Update from the Road
As I write I am pulled over at a Starbucks
just off of I-70 east of Columbus, Ohio. This is day 16 of 19 on the road. I have wanted
to communicate and update those on our list for several days but my schedule has kept me
from sleeping enough let alone taking the time needed to put together an email newsletter.
Since January, I have been as busy as I ever remember in all of our years of
ministry...but its all good. The single exception in our lives right now continues to be
the health of Melanie's parents. (I know I've asked before but please remember to pray for
them and for her as she cares for them during these days.) On a really positive note, I'm
glad to have spent some time with my Dad and step Mom between ministry stops here in the
eastern U.S. and have found them in great health and good spirits.
As I have been driving through West Virginia
and Ohio this afternoon, I have had several things on my mind to share with you. So, this
became the time and place to pull over and jot some of my thoughts down.
I've got another 300 miles to go today but
with the Lord Jesus, travel by car (in my case by minivan) has become a worship experience
that I treasure and actually look forward to. He is so good to me as I go on my way and as
it is for so many of God's servants who travel in ministry, I've found sweet communion
with God at 70 MPH, alongside highways, in parking lots and even in the corner of a coffee
shop. By the way this trip isn't near being complete quite yet. My destinations for the
next few days are Missouri on Thursday and Friday, S. Arkansas on Saturday and Sunday,
Dallas on Monday, Seattle on Tuesday and then a quick journey to Los Angeles next Friday
through Sunday. Of course, I need your intercession every time you think of me.
God bless you and thanks for your care and
support to meet the financial needs of ministry!
STUDENTS STAND FOR
First, last Friday when I gave my testimony at a Christian school in
Syracuse, NY, God drew at least FOURTEEN students to make public stands for Jesus
and invite Him to be Lord and Savior of their lives! What a tremendous blessing!
Also, God had clearly shown me a week earlier that He had already been speaking directly
to some of the kids who would be present in that service about surrendering their lives to
enter full time Christian ministry. Please pray for the students, teachers and parents who
God touched during all five of the sessions at the school in Syracuse, especially those in
that dynamic chapel service on Friday. It is ministry times such as this that makes all of
the travel and long hours worthwhile. (We are dedicated to go - it's our mission - but
please remember that it is your prayers for us and your continual financial support that
allows us be in the right place at the right time and see lives changed in Jesus' name!)
EVEL KNIEVEL CONVERTS
Next, everyone of you should take a few
moments and watch the testimony and baptism of world famous stunt motorcyclist, Evel
Knievel. Besides the awesome news and apparent authentic conversion of Knievel, I was
completely taken aback by the outwardly evangelical approach of Dr. Robert Schuller as
Knievel gave his testimony to the congregation at the Crystal Cathedral. Though the
discussion was lacking in depth it was inspirational and indeed EVANGELISTIC.
The "Hour of Power" broadcast marked a blessed and refreshing change from the
liberalized self-help teaching that has been the trademark of Dr. Schuller's ministry in
recent years. As critical as I have been when privately asked for my synopsis of
Schuller's ministry in times past, I need to commend what I witnessed during this
broadcast. I believe many of you will agree that the entire tone of the presentation -
including the mention of sin and salvation several times - is reason to rejoice. We need
to pray that it continues in the ministries of those at the Crystal Cathedral. Praise the
video of Evel Knievel at: http://www.hourofpower.org/video/video.cfm
"LORD" FROM VOCABULARY
completely opposite note, the end-time apostasy continues to accelerate at breakneck
Arizona Daily Star ran an article on April 22 that illustrates the depths which those who
claim to be Christians have fallen.
history, tradition, or even a basic understanding of Greek and Hebrew and showing zero
fear of God, liberal church leaders are proudly omitting the word "Lord" from
their sermons. It would be one thing if those doing so were ignorant or had little access
to materials to understand the fallacies of what they are saying but these are
seminarians! The claim is that the use of the word "Lord" elevates Jesus to an
unworthy position; that Jesus never intended for anyone to worship Him and that He is
merely a wonderful sage and mentor - instead of King of Kings. Many liberals are on a
mission to avoid any terms that would equate Jesus and power. This is because they are
being subtly directed by their father, the Devil, who has for eons wanted to usurp the
rightful position of God Almighty. Tragically, the majority who hold to these absolutely
false and outrageous ideas learned them in an alleged Bible school classrooms where the
Bible was not believed and where Jesus is not revered as Savior and Deity. Now, and for
several decades they have been spreading their poison from pulpits and calling it
As I have
been chronicling for years, these are surely NOT Christians regardless of their claims.
They are apostates, heretics, deceivers and also they are quite frankly, liars. As you
read the article which is entitled "Lord is Fading in Some Churches" I suggest
that you reflect on a couple of passages from Luke 19 and II Timothy 3 and 4. (I seem to
find myself quoting these last two passages from the Apostles Paul a great deal in these
"...and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus
thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh,
even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began
to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and
glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him,
Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if
these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."
- Luke 19:35-40
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers,
false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady,
highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but
denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into
houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
- II Timothy 3:1-7
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And
they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
- II Timothy 4:3-4
Arizona Daily Star article at: http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/printDS/179570
For more on
the end-time apostasy see: "The MOST
Dangerous Cult" and other articles found in the Information Center under "Troubling Trends in the End-Days"
on our website.
YU-GI-OH DRAWS YOUNG
MINDS INTO MYSTICISM
The following is
from the 2006 addendum of my book (co-authored with David Benoit) "Entertaining
Spirits Unaware: The End-Time Occult Invasion."
Back in 2000, when David and I finished the
manuscript that eventually became Entertaining Spirits Unaware, the Japanese cartoon invasion was in full swing.
Fueled by fast action storylines of mystery, monsters, dragons, spells and incantations
its popularity among boys five to ten had helped the industry grow to multi-billion dollar
strength. Leading the way was the Pokémon cartoon and assorted card sets, games
and other merchandise. But now things have changed.
Though having been the one time runaway
leader of the genre and responsible for much of the astounding popularity, by 2005 the
yearly income from the Pokémon
trademark had dropped to a mere $450 million dollars worldwide. Industry journals referred
to this as fading though it is hard to imagine a $450,000,000 revenue stream
as in some way insignificant. Still, sales attributed to Pokémon are indeed down from a
four-year peak in the late 1990s which raked in over $15 billion dollars worldwide. This void was partially created and then
conveniently filled by a new comer in kid town which has captured the minds and hearts of
young fantasy and gaming enthusiasts around the globe. Fueled by funding from their
parents, the Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomenon has now infiltrated the spiritual lives of
millions of unsuspecting kids with overt occult acts, imagery, terms and symbolism. In
less than 50 years, our childrens entertainment has evolved from Lassie, Buck Rogers
and Mighty Mouse to a steady stream of gratuitous violence and witchcraft.
Based on the success the company experienced
with Pokémon, Japanese anime
cartoon creator Konami issued the
master distribution license for Yu-Gi-Oh! to the marketing firm 4Kids Entertainment
and Yami Yugi and his friends began to capture a large and loyal viewing audience in North
America in fall of 2002 when the cartoon debuted on the now defunct WB network. In 2001,
4Kids had already awarded Mattel, Inc. (the worlds largest toymaker) the master toy
license for Yu-Gi-Oh and as the cartoon began airing five days a week Pokémon audiences were ready for something
more substantial to titillate and hold their interests. Moving millions of kids into the
next satanic realm of conditioning, Yu-Gi-Oh! has taken the cartoon, gaming and card
collecting worlds by storm. (Read
entire chapter here)
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