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Pray, Fast, Vote

IGWT-TMlogo-bannerIn an unprecedented partnership, a coalition of Christian television broadcasters is calling Americans to place their trust, and their vote, in God. To deliver their message, In God We Trust, a one-hour special (a 30-minute version is also available) will run on networks across the nation. The message is simple, powerful, and universal, crossing racial, political and socio-economic lines. It is time for God’s people to pray, to fast for wisdom, and then to vote for the candidates of their choice in the upcoming election this fall. Facing the stark reality that over 27 million registered Christian voters did not vote in the 2012 election, these leaders believe that a responsible turn-out of Christian voters this November will pave the way of hope for our nation and a return to the Christian principles on which it was founded.

In God We Trust viewers will be provided the opportunity to sign an online In God We Trust proclamation, pledging to pray, to fast, to vote and to place their trust in Divine Providence. A downloadable e-version of the devotional In God We Trust 21 Day Action Plan will be available to guide participants through 21 days of prayer and fasting for the nation.

This television special is spearheaded by Don Black, president and CEO of Cornerstone Network, along with other ministry broadcasting partners including Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and Pathway to Victory TV and radio program, Andrew Wommack, founder and president of Andrew Wommack Ministries and host of The Gospel Truth TV program. Also adding their voices are Joyce Meyer, founder and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries and host of Enjoying Everyday Life, Perry Stone, founder and CEO of Perry Stone Ministries-Voice of Evangelism/OCI and host of Manna-Fest TV show, Henry Fernandez, founder of Henry Fernandez Ministries and senior pastor of The Faith Center, and Gordon Robertson, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“Most American Christians will agree that we have drifted far from our Judeo-Christian values and face perilous times as a result,” states Black. “We simply believe that, election or not, it is time to take our country back to our roots and to faith in Jehovah God. The upcoming election provides us an opportunity to begin that process.”

The special, hosted by Kristi Watts a former co-host of The 700 Club, will begin airing on Labor Day and continue up to the election. The program will air in various lengths on Cornerstone and other participating networks as well.

America is hurting and needs a miracle. In God We Trust aims to inspire millions of Christian Americans to exercise their authority in electing our next leaders and to petition Almighty God for His Divine mercy to sweep this great nation with a fresh move of His Spirit.

For more information please visit www.InGodWeTrust.tv

Two Nations…

Not Under God… Easily Divisible

 

 

 

 

 

The Civil War of 1861 has been described as the central event in America’s historical consciousness. Approximately 78 years after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War that created the United States, another war was fought that would define the United States. Having secured its sovereignty and established its identity, this fledgling nation now had the greater and more difficult task of examining its soul. America desperately needed to answer two fundamental questions concerning unity and justice. “Can individual states function together as one nation?” and “Is slavery just or unjust?” Unity and justice were the pilings of the Civil War and the prime determinants of the future of the United States of America.

Of course we know that the Northern Union Army won the Civil War, which unified our nation and announced the end of the vile act of slavery. Unity and justice prevailed, but not without great cost. Nearly 625,000 lives were lost in this war and remains as one of the bloodiest wars in American history. This grave truth reminds us that war should be avoided at all cost, but is occasionally necessary—that unity and justice must sometimes be fought for.

Considering the recent controversy associated with the Confederate flag, it is clear that we are presently fighting another civil war where victim thinking is evident. This civil war is not about the division that exists between geographical states, but the growing division between people groups with differing ideologies, who are hampered by victim thinking. Similar to the American Civil War of 1861, our nation is once again struggling to answer vital questions that concern unity and justice—questions that are still the principal determinants of the future of the United States of America.

In 1954, President Eisenhower and Congress revised The Pledge of Allegiance to read one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. This phrase within our pledge is an optimistic confession of three important ideas: 1) that our nation is unified, 2) that our nation publicly acknowledges God as the Sovereign authority figure to whom we are submitted, and 3) that our nation cannot be divided regardless of our differences. It saddens me to say that this confession is not true. Today America is divided. We question God’s existence and have rejected His authority in the name of personal “rights” and “freedoms.” Instead of being one nation under God, indivisible, today America is at least two nations not under God, easily divisible.

The numerous references to God in our nation’s history prove that faith in God has always been a unifier in America since its inception. One of the most important principles of true American freedom is the fact that no one can or should be forced to believe in God. Americans are free to believe in God and to not believe in God. However, being a nation under God instead of a nation under people has protected us from ourselves. Being under God has given us an umbrella under which we can be united as a country. It has provided us with a standard of justice that transcends our mortality and delusional self-righteousness, and upholds liberty and justice for all. As we reject God’s authority as a nation, we are proportionately losing liberties, becoming more divided, and experiencing greater injustice. Each of these is an immediate consequence of not being a nation under God.

The Bible reveals to us several important attributes of God’s nature and what are just a few of the many blessings of being a nation under God.

“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).

“He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”
(2 Corinthians 3:17).

These verses of Scripture reveal that all the things we desire and optimistically confess to be true in The Pledge of Allegiance—unity, liberty, and justice for all—can readily be found in God and under God.

I cannot recall a more polarizing time in our nation in my lifetime. It seems as if our nation actually prefers the partitioning of people groups, and nurtures and promotes the disunity of Church and State, blacks and whites, men and women, heterosexuals and homosexuals, rich and poor, Democrats and Republicans. It is clear to me that faithlessness toward God and victim thinking combined is a catalyst that is exponentially increasing division among people in America.

Jesus gives us the unfortunate outcome of America being two nations not under God, easily divisible. He warns us, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” [Mark 3:24-25]. Contemplating His sobering words, we see that divided people within America’s borders is a national security matter that represents a greater threat to us than ISIS, Al Qaeda, or any other terrorist organization. Homeland Security, along with the finest military in the world cannot protect us from us!

I would like to humbly summon the people of America to end the present day civil wars being fought between people groups, by pursuing the unity that only comes from being under God, and by embracing a Zero Victim mentality which disarms the hostilities that cause division. For the sake of our nation’s survival and national security, we must once again strive to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

James Ward is an author, corporate executive, and musician who speaks nationally on cultural and spiritual issues. A visionary skilled in organizational leadership, he is known for his genuine love for people, his impeccable integrity, and his ability to challenge listeners intellectually from God’s Word. He is a pastor, scholar, author, community leader, entrepreneur, and gifted teacher who emphasizes personal character development.

After studying music and business at DePaul University in Chicago and touring as a professional musician, Ward pursued a calling to ministry in 1998, eventually earning a Master’s of Divinity in Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. His personal mission is to bring out the best in people by helping them obtain and apply the wisdom of God to avoid the unnecessary hardships of life.

In 2013, Ward founded INSIGHT Church in the North Chicago suburb of Skokie, IL and presently serves as senior pastor. He and his wife Sharon have been married for fifteen years and have two wonderful children, Hannah and Jonathan.

Zero Victim by James E. Ward Jr.
www.ZeroVictim.com

(Permission to reprint this article is granted with credit given to James E. Ward, Zero Victim 2015)

What People are Saying about Movement Day Greater Dallas

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“I am incredibly excited to be a part of Movement Day Greater Dallas as we rally around the gospel of Jesus Christ together to see darkness pushed back in our great city.”
Matt Chandler
Senior Teaching Pastor The Village Church

“I am honored to be part of Movement Day Greater Dallas. This is a timely gathering of serious-minded Christians who see the need for the church to engage the city and the culture. The day encourages like-minded pastors, mission agency leaders, marketplace leaders, and governmental leaders to engage each other. What we do together here will not only impact Dallas, but will create a template for other world class cities to engage the culture with the gospel.”
Dr. Jim Denison
Founder of Denison Forum on Truth and Culture

“I am elated to participate in Movement Day Greater Dallas! In order to create change in communities, it is important for individuals from diverse backgrounds and views to come together to discover, learn and share their experiences. Collaboration is critical in order to make the necessary changes for growth in our area. I look forward to seeing God’s people come together and use their faith as the foundation for building an inspired future!”
Froswa’ Booker-Drew
National Community Engagement Director US Programs, World Vision

“I’ve been a part of Movement Day NYC since its beginning and I’m convinced God is using it as a catalytic gathering and collaboration of world-changing leaders. If we are to reach the world we must reach the cities of the world and I believe Dallas has become a major global city of influence in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. I’m thrilled that Movement Day Greater Dallas is our next step toward uniting Christian leaders across all cultural domains in order to see a Gospel Movement in our city!”
Jeff Warren
Senior Pastor Park Cities Baptist Church

“I believe that Movement Day Greater Dallas is an important next step in our journey as a metropolitan faith community. I am impressed by the passion for united prayer and collaborative action.”
Pastor Jeff Jones
Senior Pastor Chase Oaks Church

“In a fast-paced world that focuses more on events with immediate results and shallow gratification, I count it a joy to have been involved in what will become a great movement of the church to impact a community for the cause of Christ and certain to reap Kingdom benefits. As churches are challenged to refocus from mundane ministry activities to having compassion and concern for ‘the least of these’ in Matthew 25, I believe that the Metroplex will see something is taking place among their midst and question, ‘What kind of a Movement is this?'”
Chris L. Simmons
Sr. Pastor Cornerstone Baptist Church, Dallas

“Movement Day Greater Dallas is an excellent opportunity to network the Christian community with City leaders to offer solutions to our city’s biggest challenges. It is about bringing the Kingdom of God very near in tangible ways. Historically, Dallas has been known to respond to the needs of her citizens, especially with regard to social and spiritual issues. Buckner International, with her rich history of serving children, seniors, and their families, is proud to be an integral part of this effort.”
Dr. Albert L. Reyes
President and CEO Buckner International

“It is with immense optimism that I support Movement Day Greater Dallas. No one would say that our Churches have sat idly by as the moral social and spiritual fabric of our world has become stained and ragged. If we are honest, however, we will acknowledge our guilt of not working as closely together as a collective body of Christ. Movement Day Greater Dallas can serve as a galvanizing platform to begin manifesting the limitless power of Christ to empower HIS body of believers to heal HIS land, through HIS proclaimed word and our service in faith. Let us boldly gather in the name and perfect will of Christ to further ignite what our ministries are doing for all to behold HIS transforming power.”
Terry J. Flowers, Ph. D.
Executive Director St. Philip’s School and Community Center

“I believe that Movement Day Greater Dallas is an important next step in our journey as a metropolitan faith community. I am impressed by the passion for united prayer and collaborative action.”
Pastor Jeff Jones
Senior Pastor Chase Oaks Church

“Movement Day Greater Dallas is the most proactive conference I’ve ever experienced. It’s in the city and for the city. Not only does it gather a diversity of leaders across generations, race, and denominations, but it also convenes leaders from a diversity of occupations. Movement Day Greater Dallas puts the responsibility of city gospel transformation, not only on the Church, but Christians, clergy or lay members. I believe their empowerment of the whole Church is the missing link in a sincere, sustainable movement.”
Grant Skeldon
Founder | INITIATIVE

“Over 30 years ago, Theresa and I prayed for a great movement of God in the Dallas area as we started our ministry in Kaufman, Texas at Country Bible Church. What an honor and privilege it is to partner with area churches and business people to cooperate with God’s Spirit as He draws us together to transform Dallas for Christ.”
Chip Ingram
CEO and Teaching Pastor Living on the Edge

“Unity in the body of Christ — it doesn’t get more powerful, and that is my favorite driving force of Movement Day.”
Bruce Kuhn
Broadway Actor and Instructor

“It is a unique moment in our city to see Christian leaders from the Church, marketplace and community to unite under one vision of seeking spiritual and social transformation in our communities. Movement Day Greater Dallas served as a catalyst to bring this movement to our city.”
Brian Carter
Senior Pastor Concord Church

“We are called to serve as God’s ambassadors on the earth. As a speaker for Movement Day, I believe this conference is a wonderful opportunity to inform, inspire, and empower my fellow ambassadors!”
Dr. K. Shelette Stewart
Director – Executive Education, SMU Cox

See more www.MovementDayGreaterDallas.com

Charles D. Drew Interview

In his timely release, author Charles D. Drew tackles the issue of hostility among Christian activists

As the next presidential election draws near, American voters and pundits alike are wondering just how big an impact religious and values voters will play in 2012. Christian Americans are deciding where, and with whom, they will stand on key issues. But, the church has often been as politically divided as the culture, leading many Christians to withdraw from politics altogether and even distance themselves from believers of a different political persuasion. In Body Broken: Can Republicans and Democrats Sit in the Same Pew? (New Growth Press, Feb. 2012), Charles D. Drew addresses this enmity among Christian political activists and supplies workable solutions to finding common ground without abandoning personal convictions… or each other.

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Author Bio: Charles D. Drew received his education at Harvard (BA in English) and Westminster Seminary(M. Div.). Hehas pastored for thirty years in Virginia, Long Island and New York, all in university settings. He presently serves as the senior minister of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, which he founded in 2000 near Columbia University. Drew speaks frequently to universities and churches and is also the author of A Public Faith: Bringing Personal Faith to Public Issues, An Ancient Love Song: Finding Christ in the Old Testament and A Journey Worth Taking: Finding Your Purpose in This World.He and his wife Jean, a science teacher at the Brearly School in Manhattan, have two married children and two grandchildren. Sailing and music are two of Charles’ great loves.

www.newgrowthpress.com

bodybrokenbook.blogspot.com

Can Republicans and Democrats Sit in the Same Pew?

In his timely release, author Charles D. Drew tackles the issue of hostility among Christian activists

As the next presidential election draws near, American voters and pundits alike are wondering just how big an impact religious and values voters will play in 2012. Christian Americans are deciding where, and with whom, they will stand on key issues. But, the church has often been as politically divided as the culture, leading many Christians to withdraw from politics altogether and even distance themselves from believers of a different political persuasion. In Body Broken: Can Republicans and Democrats Sit in the Same Pew? (New Growth Press, Feb. 2012), Charles D. Drew addresses this enmity among Christian political activists and supplies workable solutions to finding common ground without abandoning personal convictions… or each other.

In this updated and revised version of A Public Faith (NavPress 2000), Drew helps Christians to develop practical biblical convictions about critical social and political issues, while also keeping the peace. Carefully distinguishing between moral principle and political strategy, Body Brokenequips believers to build their activism upon a thoughtful and biblical foundation. This balanced approach will provide readers—Democrats, Republicans, or Independents—with solid scriptural tools for decision making. A sensitive and thorough treatise on true Christian citizenship and responsibility, Body Broken prepares Christians of all political perspectives to understand how they can practice servanthood, cooperation and integrity in today’s public square.

Emphasizing the importance of unity in the church, despite differing views, Crew provides those who care deeply about their faith as well as the church’s corporate calling in the world with an alternative to polarizing fear and hatred. He assists Christians in navigating their political differences without panic and resentment, teaching them to respond instead with love and understanding. With questions at the end of each chapter to help readers explore and apply these principles, Body Broken will train believers to actively engage with political issues while at the same time standing united as a church.

Author Bio: Charles D. Drew received his education at Harvard (BA in English) and Westminster Seminary(M. Div.). Hehas pastored for thirty years in Virginia, Long Island and New York, all in university settings. He presently serves as the senior minister of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, which he founded in 2000 near Columbia University. Drew speaks frequently to universities and churches and is also the author of A Public Faith: Bringing Personal Faith to Public Issues, An Ancient Love Song: Finding Christ in the Old Testament and A Journey Worth Taking: Finding Your Purpose in This World.He and his wife Jean, a science teacher at the Brearly School in Manhattan, have two married children and two grandchildren. Sailing and music are two of Charles’ great loves.

www.newgrowthpress.com

bodybrokenbook.blogspot.com

Natural Chance ——> Personal Creator

New reference book showcases flaws in the argument for evolution.

Are we children of the Most High God or the result of an evolutionary throw of the dice? It is a question scientists and theologians have been asking and debating since before Darwin publicly postulated his theory of evolution. And even though the evolution theory has been denounced by much of the scientific community in recent years, it is still being routinely taught in schools and the number of respected evangelical leaders who have felt pressured to surrender to the scientific community has continued to rise. Now, thanks to 40 years of meticulous research by noted author and researcher Carl W. Wilson, those seeking a reasonable response to evolutionist arguments will be able to find one in, True Enlightenment, Volume One: From Natural Chance to Personal Creator (Andragathia Ministries, 2011). With tireless devotion to detail, Wilson steps into the role of science history reporter, delving through the outer layer of 1,500 years of scientific theory to expose the bias encased within.

Carl W. Wilson and wife at ICRS 12′ Orlando

An excellent reference with well-documented resources, True Enlightenment examines the theories developed in areas of science ranging from carbon dating to tectonic plates and everything in between. With careful documentation and over 1,000 footnotes, Wilson reveals the true story of science, exposing the weaknesses caused by any number of theory-defying events and presenting facts supporting biblical creation. Although scientists may ignore mounting evidence, Wilson makes no exceptions, presenting the broader picture and telling the story in such a way that the frailties and errors of scientific thought are easily exposed.

Personal Creator

President and C.E.O of Andragathia Ministries, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of spiritual growth, Wilson is a retired minister and the author of numerous books on the Christian walk. With degrees in both biology and chemistry from Maryville College, he is certainly no stranger to science. His interest in documenting the bias in scientific theory began after he realized the entire history of man had been rewritten based solely upon evolutionary theory. It is his hope that True Enlightenment might prove to be an aid in helping Christian leaders boldly proclaim Christ as the sovereign Creator, knowing the grace of Christ’s kingdom will triumph over lies and opposition to His glory.

True Enlightenment

Volume One:From Natural Chance to Personal Creator

by Carl W. Wilson

Andragathia Ministries /2011

ISBN: 9780966818130/622 pages/hardback/$45.00

www.bravegoodmen.org