Thank you to those of you who were able to join us at the First Kingdom Congress last Friday evening in Everett. What a time we had! More than 150 leaders from government, business, education, ministry, and other spheres gathered to exalt King Jesus over our state and issue a response to the Goliath-sized challenges of our day. Is there not a cause?!
The vision presented at the First Kingdom Congress was one of corporate unity and projected power in the body of Christ. The consensus of those that gathered was, "Why not us, and why not now?" We are on the cusp of a historic new work of cooperation and unity in the Church of Washington State, one that will see the elders return to the gates of our cities, and the watch of the Lord establish a wall of prayer around the state.
For those of you who were not able to come, we invite you to join us on October 3, 2014 for the Second Kingdom Congress, where we will continue to unfold the plan for 1Church1Day (www.1church1day.org), the strategy for linking the body in a continual prayer watch for our state and gathering leaders from each of the seven spheres of society into strategic councils. These two efforts, combined with the communication plan that will link them, will provide valuable spiritual and natural intelligence for how to position the Church for
transformation in our state.
Between now and the Second Kingdom Congress, we also invite you to learn more about the vision at http://www.1church1day.org/and sign up there for the 1Church1Day mailing list to receive updates, articles, and information about upcoming training for the work we'll be doing together.
Revelation 12 describes how a war with Satan spilled from heaven on to earth. Satan in his fury and anger desiring to hurt who defeated him then went to deceive, destroy and to make war against people whom God loves. My friends, whether you like it or not, we are at war.
Today is July 4th, the day we celebrate our nation's independence from tyranny. The Declaration of Independence was signed today in 1776. It was the result of the work performed in the Second Congress. This Congress also authorized and sent George Washington to mobilize and organize an army to represent the newly formed government who represented the will of its people. It took a war to deliver a people from oppression. There were three types of people
We owe what our nation has enjoyed today, not to a majority but rather to a small group of patriots who risked their lives and fortunes for the sake of all. Many of these patriots were inspired by the greatest example of love ever set when Jesus choose to die upon the cross for the sake of all mankind. Jesus did this to give us the keys to victory in this heavenly conflict that spilled on to earth. The Bible says in,
I say that there are those who,
There is a tyranny facing our nation today that looms as large as Goliath did when he defied the armies of Israel. The answer is the same now as it was then; a David; actually a company of David's who will rise with courage and run to meet the giants of our day.
Our nation was founded by a people who sought freedom from a government who encroached first on their religious liberties and then spilled over into other areas. When the early colonist no longer found they could redress their issues with the king, they appealed to God and heaven. This cry was formalized in an ensign when George Washington commissioned the formation of a navy to assist his army in their cause.
The attacks levied today against the family, life, and now religious freedom are clear. The situation is no less dire than in the founding of our nation and the need to appeal to heaven is urgent. God looks for a people who will respond like David did when he cried "is there not a cause?" (1 Sam 17:29)
The "Appeal to Heaven" was accompanied by the formation of a congress. A congress by its very definition is a formal meeting or assembly of representatives who gather for the discussion, arrangement, or promotion of some matter of common interest. It is a meeting; an encounter. The First Continental Congress launched a process which led to the founding of these United States.
Calling Christian Leaders from all Seven Spheres of Society
With this in mind we are calling forth the First Kingdom Conference of Washington State. We seek Christian representatives from all seven spheres of society (church, business, government, media/entertainment, healthcare, and the family) who like David, will have the courage to appeal to heaven and then act upon heavens direction.
What do we expect from this First Kingdom Congress? Recognizing that the Church is the Lord's primary purveyor of His kingdom, we expect to start a process modeled after a pattern that King David established that will lead to the:
Dr. Dan Hammer and Tim Taylor would like to invite you to join us on August 22nd to launch a long term strategic process at:
For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string,
That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do? Psalm 11:2-3
There is no question there is a multifaceted all out strategic attack being launched against the truth of God's word in all spheres of society through people who have rejected God and His Word. From Common Core in the education realm, to an attack on God's family design from Hollywood and organizations like GLADD, to ObamaCare which is decimating not only healthcare but has also affected the relgious sphere, family, business and government spheres of society. For a nation whose foundation was so grounded upon God's word and His principles in its conception this is disastrous. The fruit of our wars, economy, disease, crime etc. all reflect the warnings described in the Pentateuch. These are ancient truths.
It's like the principle of gravity. It's not the fall that hurts. It is the sudden stop the body experiences when flesh encounters something that's existed much longer than it. It is the earth that has been here since creation. Our nation is on a crash course with eternal truth and it is time to brace for impact.
Eternal spiritual truths are just that : eternal truths. If you ignore them eventually you will run into the truth and the encounter with the truth can be disastrous. Respect God's word and you can enjoy the benefits. Reject God's word and you can enjoy the results of your choice.
Our nation became the most prosperous nation in the world because Biblical principles from the foundation of God's word were so integrated in the formation of our government and its judicial system. One thing to note is that no system of government works unless there are men of character to oversee it. I don't care if we are talking about democracy, a republic, socialism, communism or a dictatorship. All will fail without character. The character is the foundation of a man's soul.
Without going into the reason why nor attempting to assign blame I'll just acknowledge that there are wicked men (women) in some of the highest offices of our nation. I emphasize wicked because one of the meanings of that word is twisted. Their thinking is twisted therefore their logic is twisted and there are consequences associated with implementing unrighteous laws and policies. I.e. see 1st and 2nd Kings and do a study on the kings who "causes Israel to sin."
So the question is; if the foundations are destroyed, "what can the righteous do?"
The office of prophet is likened unto that of a watchman in Ezekiel. Scripturally we see there are three ways that God anoints prophets with a spirit of revelation to gather what I like to call "spiritual intelligence." First, God can speak directly to a prophet audibly, internally, or through a vision or a dream just like the Lord spoke to Elisha sharing with him the Syrian King's war strategies (2 Kings 6:12, 2 Kings 7:1). Second, God can speak through research and give direction like He did Daniel as he studied the book of Jeremiah (Dan. 9). Finally, God can give insight through prayer walking just like the Apostle Paul recieved revelation about how to present the gospel to the Athenians in Acts 17 using the statue of the Unknown God he'd seen as he wandered through the city.
I'm going to use our recent trip to Burma to illustrate how we constantly seek to gather and utilize spiritual intelligence.
During the second part of our journey to Myanmar (Burma) we stayed in Yangon. As we walked through the city made several observations. I will only share two. First, we saw Shwedagon Pagoda. The term "dagon" stood out immediately. Second, we saw the Lion Throne in the National Museum. We learned that the Lion throne was only ascended by the king when judicial decrees were to be made. This is clearly a counterfiet throne. It is a counterfiet of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Biblical Research Regarding Dagon
I saw a post by Dr. Lance Wallnau of LanceLearning today on Facebook. With his permission I am reprinting his post below.
Why? Amos 3:7 - Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
Here is a summary of the major themes I see:
Lance's Post - 9/17/2013
Update 9-17-2013 - Fully Funded!
Brenda and I have the great privilege of ministering in Myanmar/Burma soon. I began to work with a young apostle starting in 2006 who served as one of our CONECTers. In 2008 he helped launch one of the first prayer centers through ORT. This strategy has helped leaders launch 34 prayer centers around the world so far. Our CONECTer worked with 7 different denominations and they established Mount Horeb Prayer Center.
During our outreach we will be not only will we minister to the founders of the prayer center, church elders and tribal elders but we will also host an Apostolic Leadership Conference for 150 ministers. The focus of this conference is equipping kings and priest to re-present the gospel of the kingdom with authority in power in Jesus name.
We see this as a strategic opportunity. Christians are a minority here, however, the area we are in has a large contingent of Christians. So we'll have an opportunity to help them build that eternal house of prayer for all nations with a view to launching a variety of aggressive church planting strategies into the nation.
We will also visit children in a nursery and install a fresh water well for the young apostle and his people. We covet your prayer and support ($2700 more needed today). If you would like to learn how you can partner with us in this strategic outreach then I invite you to visit
http://fundly.com/myanmar-burma-outreach. For those who have already given we say:
Thanks be to God for your indescribable gift
2 Corinthians 9:12-15
For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Brenda and I want to extend our sincerest heartfelt thanks to you for your partnership in the gospel and your stewardship distribution of the resources Christ put within your hands. We thank God for you and bless you in Jesus name.
Bless according to the Theological Workbook of the Old Testament means "to endue with power for success, prosperity, fecundity (means to reproduce), and longevity..."
Enjoy the slide show below!
Excerpt from Aligning with the Apostolic Volume III - "The Spiritual Architect" by Tim Taylor
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. NKJV
Paul the apostle is the one who penned this portion of scripture which provides keen insight into another aspect of the apostolic gift, its role and its order. He describes himself as a “master builder.” The Greek word translated “master builder” literally means chief architect. Architects are the first ones to work on a project and design plans which move a structure from vision into reality. These plans provide the pattern from which the general contractor and all of the sub-contractors work from.
This is why in 1 Corinthians 12:28 apostles go first, prophets second and teachers third. It is an order of function. God has uniquely designed this gift with revelation and wisdom to build. This gift working with the prophet lays the foundation for all of the rest of the gifts to successfully build their part while interacting with the rest of the team.
Rep Matt Shea
I met Representative Matt Shea in Spokane WA in 2010 while I was mobilizing the Church in that region through Operation Rolling Thunder. I liked Matt right away. He is an army officer, a combat veteran, an attorney and a Christian. I like all that, but what I truly like is that Matt entered the political arena to serve. He did not check his morals and convictions at the door of political expediency. From my observation, truth is something that is important to him and he is not afraid to stand up with boldness and courage to fight for the truth.
I remember the oath I took to defend the constitution of these United States and from watching him over the last three years, I'd say he remembered that oath too. It also appears like he has actually read it and is defending it rather than undermining it and violating it for political expediency. I appreciate the moral conviction and courage he has been demonstrating. Now, I'd like to share with you some sage advice he just offered in his recent blog