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From: Rick Randall
Thanks so much for sharing.
You may not be aware of this but I just spent the weekend at MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, SC. It was very much a last minute thing to go but I can really see how God is moving.
Check out Chris' blog for more: http://the-m-blog.blogspot.com/
The message there has been a dream given to someone, possibly Rick Joyner I don't really remember [CS: Yes it was Joyner]. Anyway the point isn't so much who as what. The dream was God saying, honor your fathers and I'll bring revival to the U.S. within six months. This was near the end of 2007 or beginning of 2008. I believe we are seeing these large events for men and fertile fields because of this call from God to honor our fathers and our spiritual fathers. It doesn't matter if they are good, bad or indifferent. It doesn't matter the wounds they have caused us. God has commanded us to honor them because they are our fathers and by doing so he promised us long life, it's the only commandment with a promise so it must be a big deal to God. Just look at how our country thinks about fathers for a comparison...
I believe that taking action is the revival call here. Our western mindset just loves to sit and wait for God to move instead of being decisive and following the design that God made us to be as men. What if the reason we are always waiting for God to move is because no one will move until God is forced into doing it himself? Wouldn't it be better to follow who we are and join God out on the front lines? Even if we are the guy in the fourth row back with a hoe, at least that guy is showing up for the fight.
This weekend really showed me how easy it is to let caution turn into skeptism and then follow along into doubt. That's where the religious zealots of Jesus day liked to live and they were rarely allowed to witness Jesus miracles because of it. I for one want to stand on the front line where God is active and throw myself into a place where he HAS to protect me rather than sit idle and allow caution to kill my heart. This weekend I knew if I ended up experienceing something that was not of God that He would protect me. I also knew that my brothers here would have my back. I believe that revival is coming to the Northwest. God has told me so personally several years ago, before I met any of you other than Tony and Andy of course. God also told me that I would be a part of that revival. I also had a dream at our bootcamp a few weeks ago of harvesting the Northwest. This all happened before I heard anything about MorningStar or what God was talking to Chris about going to Charlotte. I believe something huge is going to start this fall. We have an opportunity to get ready and be in the midst of it or on the sidelines being cautious. I guess I'm a little fired up! [Random Person] your email has really unlocked something for me here.
--- On Tue, 5/13/08, [Random Person] wrote:
This is interesting information that Chris and Ken share below.
Let me add an update that I believe is reflective of these comments by sharing with you my experience at the Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) event held May 3 at my home town here in Richland WA. The event was part a nationally promoted men's one day gathering with national speakers and 15 breakout sessions. Our opening speaker was UofW and Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman and the closing speaker was Rick Kingman. In between the to keynotes were a morning and afternoon which you could chose which breakout session to go to. There were just to many to describe, but they were designed for everyone 13 and older and there were many teenagers in attendance with there fathers. How cool is that! Topics covered finance, marriage, parenting, addictions, porn and so much more.
There was an over all theme of healing wounds getting into the game, hearing God's call and taking action. Be part of a bigger picture. Do these things sound familiar?
There were over 700 men in attendance and I know that peoples lives were change that day as I know some personally. It was a great event and a stepping stone to bigger things. One struggle that is prevalent with ISI as well as BCNW is getting the word out in places that need to hear about it. Networks are being formed, people are getting to know each other, churches are coming together, the need is great and the workers are gathering. There is something happening here.
I ran a booth for BCNW and had interested people sign up for Band of Brothers small groups and for follow up for the fall camp. I sold about 2 dozen W@H paperbacks for $5 and about that many signed up with interest for our camps. I did not have time to talk to everyone that stopped by. Some had heard of W@H, some had gone through BoB, but to my surprise a majority were totally unfamiliar. What a fertile field to cultivate!
There is a fall event and as I type this I do not have the date and exact location at my finger tips but it is south of Seattle and I believe if the timing works out with or maybe even with out the fall event following the the fall ISI conference it would be beneficial to have a presence there. I am certain well over a 1000 guys will be at this event.
There are also opportunities to be discussed among ourselves, about how we could leverage BCNW through being a sponsor at this event to get our message and boot camp opportunities out to more men at a nominal cost. Many organizations seem to be looking for the type of opportunity we offer to direct men to.
May God's Blessing in what discussion and decisions are about being a part of something bigger that will touch the lives of more men.
If this leaves more questions than answers, please give me your comments of feel free to call me.
In His Service