There is a biblical principle that teaches us first the natural then the spiritual. Natural occurrences can reflect what is happening in the spiritual world. Hurricane Sandy is an example of this right now. This is being called a perfect storm as a nor'easter is on a collision course with a hurricane.
This reflects the coming collision between an economic tsunami, a moral decline and the current political storm raging at this time. It is no surprise that Washington DC (seat of government), Maryland (1 of 3 states seeking same sex marriage) and New York (economic center) will all be affected by this very broad storm. It is displacing a lot of people as it moves them out of their homes and will cost billions in damage and lost revenue.
It is indicative of the number of people who are being affected by the moral, economic and political collision that is underway. Turning the direction of one, two or all three of these juggernauts will greatly reduce the destruction that will be experienced.
Another word we could use for this is "repentance." It is a change of thinking that leads to a change in action. Haggai and Jonah both provide a great example of how a people's sincere heart change can lead to a destructive judgment averted. Haggai does a great job of describing the economic judgment.
Hag 1:5-11 Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways! 6 "You have sown much, and bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes." 7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways! 8 Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified," says the Lord. 9 "You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?" says the Lord of hosts. "Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands." NKJV
But when they changed their heart and repented and began to draw near to God He says in Haggai 2:19 "Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yielded fruit. But from this day I will bless you.'"
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Romans 16:1 - 7
I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who labored much for us. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
Women have played a powerful role in ministry since the foundation of the Church. In this portion of scripture we see we see Phoebe commended as a diakanos (minister) of the Church in the city of Cenchrea and then we see Paul addressing Priscilla and Aquila and the Church that is in their house. In that culture it was common for the leader to be mentioned first. Finally we see Junia (feminine) whom Paul listed among the apostles.
Today I received an newsletter from Ministry to Christian Nationals. Our friends Roger and Janice Tompkins have been doing an apostolic work since we first met them in the Philippines since 1989. They have raised up many Filipinos whom they have sent to the nations. Now they are sending 7 more courageous ministers (women) to minister in Indonesia. In this letter he alludes to a trend that has existed in missions for years. It is eye opening, inspiring and challenging.
Tony & Irene Fournier ordained as elders.
Yesterday was an exciting day for many! It marked the last day of the Sukkot. Sukkot is called the Feast of Tabernacles or Ingathering. It was the 7th day of Sukkot which is called Hoshana Rabah. It is a celebration of the "great salvation" and marks the day that the judgments for the coming year are sealed. The truths presented through each of the elements pointed to the prophetic significance and direction KLI has embarked upon.
It was also "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." Over 1500 courageous ministers stood up to challenge part of the IRS Code (501c3) that was established in 1954 that restricts pastors freedom of speech in the pulpit when it comes to political issues. It violates the First Amendment. The goal is to force a trial so the unconstitutional portion of the code as it pertains to Church can be challenged. We support and even participated in this day as one of the 1500+ ministers. In fact, we've even gone beyond the strategy advocated by the ADF and dissolved our 501c3. We are functioning under the First Amendment as a Church and an association of churches and ministries like the Church did for the first 160 years before the Johnson Amendment introduced in 1954.
Yesterday was also the day that Tony & Irene Fournier were set in as elders in the local church in Renton/Kent WA. This was a very exciting day for us. At the start of the service yesterday I realized the significance of the date 10/7/12. The very meaning of each of these numbers combined pointed to and reinforced the purpose of that day.
In Biblical numerology numbers have significant meaning. The numbers mean:
Lots of people have gotten a shofar, but few have invested the time nor discipline to learn how to play it well. A poorly blown shofar during a service is sometimes distracting. There is a concept in God's word that if you are going to offer something we ought to give our best. Our Lord is worthy of that. If you want to share this instrument in a public service then let's honor the Lord by learning to play it skillfully. Here is a short instructional video.