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Laodicea or Lystra?

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"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

May this reference by Winston Churchill to a turning point in World War II with a victory at El Alamein, also be a reference that WE need to utilize our full potential supernaturally and mark a turning point by not allowing the enemy to take any further ground in our cities.

God takes this seriously. This is not a joke to Him or an option for us.

We are here to occupy the very gates (city hall & courthouse- where prophets cried out, kings judged, business was conducted, city planners met & the mayor presided) of the adversary until Jesus Christ returns.

The Holy Ghost would say to the church, "I AM CALLING YOU OUT OF LAODICEA AND INTO LYSTRA."

At Lystra, the apostles had the first open witness to the Gentiles, divine healing broke out, the whole city including religious leadership was impacted, and Paul was raised from the dead!

May it be a turning point.

Posted by Rich Stein

Godly Leadership

Reflections...

Where would any of us be without Godly leadership in our lives?
Thinking about ministry leadership that has impacted me in a powerful, life changing way.

Personal mentors, former pastors, instructors, superintendents and role models I have connected with, been ordained by, and learned from.

S.G Norris, Robert Sabin, Nathaniel Haney, Anthony Mangun, Lee Stoneking, Gordon Alexander, Billy Hale, Lonnie Smith, Dan Davy.

I wasn't raised in Apostolic Pentecost, but am truly blessed to have served with some great men of God and to try to "stand on their shoulders".

Pastor Rich Stein

Posted by Rich Stein

30 Million on Board

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"I cannot imagine anything that will infuriate the Americans more. I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant, and fill him with a terrible resolve." Fleet Admiral and CinC Combined Fleet Isoroku Yamamoto, immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

What about us? What about the Apostolic church? Have Satanic and sinful influences all around us, so egregious and obvious they need not be documented here, caused a Holy Ghost rage that demands unprecedented action?

Are we now to believe that the outpouring at Topeka and Los Angeles (Azusa Street) at the turn of the last century was the apex of all that Americans can produce regarding Holy Ghost outpouring and manifestation, the growth of our 100 largest churches notwithstanding?

Dream with me. What if 30 million Apostolic Pentecostals worldwide actually committed to united prayer and fasting during one particular scheduled time and ate or drank NOTHING for 3 days before we petitioned the king, to reverse the death threat against the body of Christ?

What if we in the Apostolic movement repented of our Laodicean, pompous, political, self serving attitudes and became catalysts for the greatest outpouring of the Holy Ghost ever witnessed on this earth, even surpassing what has happened in Ethiopia over the last 30 years, for only God's glory?

Dream with me.

Pastor Rich Stein

Posted by Rich Stein

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