Could a 450-year milestone establish new order in the “First Coast” state?
Florida has been a key state in recent national election seasons, yet it’s also been the focal point of many prophetic words regarding the apostolic spirit resting upon it. The word apostolic relates to being “first in order or that which sets order,” and indeed, prophetic statements have defined Florida as a pioneering state that sets the standard for the nation and for revival.
Because Jacksonville, Fla., is my hometown, I take note whenever people offer such words concerning Florida. Lately, though, I’ve noticed the prophetic words spoken over my state are manifesting in a three-fold nature in 2012: in the natural, spiritual and historical.
In the natural, you don’t have to be a prophet to know that during the year of the presidential election all eyes will be on Florida. But it’s the spiritual and historical elements that have brought new revelation to why this is called the “First Coast” state. read more
“Supernatural faith is the key ... the kind God provides through His Spirit and with words of encouragement.”
Sowing Into Marriages
I loved the article “How Much Have You Invested in Your Marriage” (by Iris Delgado, February). So many people want to reap the benefits of a healthy marriage without tilling the ground and sowing the seed. The steps outlined are practical yet doable! There are so many problems in marriages and high divorce rates; people need practical, Bible-inspired ways to keep their marriage together.
KarlaShavon McEwen, via Facebook
A Powerful Testimony
I had never heard of Riva Tims before the February issue. Her testimony is an awesome story of integrity, perseverance and forgiveness—qualities lacking in today’s world. She chose to take the high road even with all the verbal and emotional attacks against her. What a shining example of Christ’s commands for us to forgive and to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” I pray that God will increase her anointing and bless her in a mighty way.
Ginger Howell, Houston
Wow! I can feel for Riva Tims—I also went through a divorce and experienced a broken heart. I was involved in local ministry, and it was very difficult to stand in a place of leadership and yet watch my own world crumble. It’s sad to see that this is where the enemy is attacking our families in the church today.
Susan Blanc, Pensacola, Fla.
I enjoyed the February issue very much, especially Riva Tims’ testimony. I didn’t know much about her, so it was awesome to hear how God has pulled her through tough times. God is so amazing and He is good! He is for us not against us!
Danielle Hall, Orlando, Fla.
Lee Grady’s “A Word for the Weary” (February) was a timely word of encouragement. Supernatural faith is the key—it isn’t the faith we can muster for ourselves, but the kind that God provides through His Spirit and with words of encouragement. This was a powerful reminder of how we overcome and accomplish the tasks assigned to us. With this type of faith, all things are possible.
Michelle Dyett-Welcome Far Rockaway, N.Y. read more
Are you struggling to keep up with the current media trends? Do you feel as if all this “new media” is on the verge of overwhelming you? Then check out what Christian media consultant Phil Cooke has to say about the church embracing the new digital revolution at newmedia.charismamag.com.
Behind The Scenes With Joyce Meyer
Millions of people around the world know popular televangelist Joyce Meyer because of her television and radio broadcasts. But few see the humanitarian work she does off the air. Visit handofhope.charismamag.com to see how Meyer’s Hand of Hope ministry is radically impacting lives.
Jesus’ Painful Prayers
Jesus lived on the earth just as we do, so why is it so hard for us to believe that He too had to pray painful prayers? Find out how Christ responded to difficult situations at painful.charismamag.com.
How the Old Testament Points to Christ
Jonathan Bernis teaches on Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament and shows us how it points to Christ at otmessianic.charismamag.com. read more
Can divine truth and prophetic insight come through a Christian novel? Frank Peretti thinks so. In this exclusive interview, the genre-changing author explains why believers should pay more attention to today’s “stories.”
interview with Marcus yoars
CHARISMA: Many of our readers may not know that you actually have an Assemblies of God ministry background. Tell us about your Pentecostal roots.
PERETTI: I grew up in the Assemblies of God church. I was a licensed minister with the Northwest district of the AG until my mid-30s but stepped down because God had called me to be a writer and speaker. I tried pastoring for five years, and that showed me I wasn’t really cut out to be a pastor. My family is all still AG; I’m just off on my own now. I’ve been to a lot of different churches since then, but I still have a Pentecostal basis in my doctrine.
CHARISMA: How did your upbringing shape your early writing, particularly as you wrote This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness?
PERETTI: It provided a broad base for my perspective of things. I draw upon every aspect of life, each spiritual experience in God’s Word as I grow in the Lord—it’s a pretty broad spectrum. So now I have a much wider view of things than just strictly an Assemblies of God view.
CHARISMA: Those books helped re-establish for much of the American church the reality of spiritual warfare, demonic strongholds and everyday angelic involvement—which had mostly been emphasized in charismatic circles. What prompted you to write about such things? read more
Why the post-9/11 message behind The Harbinger hits home for me—and should be read by every American
My first months in prison were filled with overwhelming emotion and brutally honest questions. “God, why do You hate me?,” I remember asking. Another time I cried out, “Are you there, God?” And at one point, I even questioned: Is there really a God to hear my prayer—and if so, is He trying to get even with me for my sins?
I repented of every sin I could remember ever committing, and for any I may have missed and couldn’t remember! I felt God had left me, or worse yet, wasn’t there at all. At the lowest and loneliest time of my life, I cried out and said, “God, even if You are not there, I choose to believe in You and serve You. Even if I die and just go back to dust, I’m going to serve You the rest of my life.”
After those months of repenting, it was as if God spoke directly to me. He let me know He wasn’t trying to get even with me for my sins. “I got even for your sins on the cross,” He said. From that time on, God let me know that He had allowed me to come to prison so I could get to know Him; my loneliness became a time of solitude and study of His Word. read more
Honoring the legacy of Robert Walker, a true pioneer of Christian publishing
For more than three decades I’ve been trying to motivate people to “radically change their world.” (A year ago the company I lead adopted that wording as our corporate motto.)
One of my mentors is an example of someone who radically changed his world—and he was doing it long before I was born. He used journalism in his generation as I am today. His name was Robert Walker and he was born 100 years ago this April 30.
If you’ve read this magazine for long, you know we’ve written about him numerous times—most recently when he passed away in 2008. He was best known for founding Christian Life magazine, which merged with Charisma in 1986. read more
Christians must adopt a new “kingdom” plan to see our nation through its current leadership crisis
It doesn’t take a prophet to point out that our nation is in trouble and that the trouble we’re facing won’t go away anytime soon. The body of Christ must prepare to stand in the midst of it to exert influence for the kingdom of God, and the clock is ticking.
At virtually every crisis point in the United States’ history God has provided great men to lead the nation so that we’ve come out the other side victorious and ready to build on what has been won. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt ... the list goes on of men who helped set the stage for the unprecedented level of prosperity and influence the U.S. has enjoyed since 1945. Clearly, God has favored us.
We haven’t always lived out the full implications of the godly values our founding fathers articulated and that we claimed to believe in. Neither have we always been a moral people by such a basic standard as the Ten Commandments. We did, however, always acknowledge God and His place in our nation at both cultural and governmental levels. read more
When a pushy preacher shoved me to the floor, I got a sore neck—and an education
We see obvious evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work whenever sinners are converted, backsliders repent, bodies are healed or self-centered believers are broken by God. I love it when the Lord shows up in church gatherings. But I don’t appreciate it when people fabricate spiritual manifestations to prove God is using them.
A few years ago a popular charismatic preacher spoke at a meeting I attended at a church in Orlando, Fla. After his message he asked all ordained ministers to run to the platform so he could lay hands on them. Immediately this man’s beefy bodyguards began grabbing people, dragging them onto the stage and holding them in place until the evangelist could pray for everyone.
I felt queasy about this spectacle. It resembled a charismatic version of World Wrestling Entertainment: Lots of smacking noises, falling bodies and cheers from the excited crowd. (We Christians seem to love a good show, even if it is staged!) read more
Easter took on an entirely new meaning after the sudden death of my 25-year-old son
Six of us piled into our Suburban early on Easter morning. We were silent. I felt empty.
After what seemed like a long road trip, we finally arrived at the local cemetery where the body of my 25-year-old son, Nathan, was buried. He had unexpectedly died in a rock-climbing fall, just one day after we buried my husband’s father.
We slowly made the dreaded walk to Nathan’s grave. A year earlier, no one would have ever thought that this would be our first activity on our next Easter. read more
What I learned about Easter by the Sea of Galilee ... from a stone
Every rock is a spiritual lesson waiting to be learned when you’re in Israel. Or so it seemed that way when I went there for the first time a couple of years ago.
Any believer who’s traveled around the Holy Land and traced the footsteps of Jesus knows the deep, almost inexplicable awakening that explodes inside you when, while touching the same land Jesus touched, the thought crosses your mind: This is where my Savior was. I’m actually standing where the God of the universe stood!
It happened countless times during my visit. Everywhere I went the surroundings seemed to whisper their Christ-brushed history like a flag flapping in the wind. read more