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Orange Sunday

Orange SundayAs we approach All Hallows Eve, I am once again reminded of the price others have paid for the liberty we have today. Pagan Europe was the original home of my ancestral family and it was a brutal place, filled with superstition and fear.

All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, was a part of a multi-day event set aside by the Church to commemorate and remember the winning of Europe to Christ.

All Hallows Eve was a night to remember the darkness. Paganism was defined by superstition and fear. Children played the role of demons, goblins, witches and trolls demanding an offering. If you did not give the offering, they would do something bad–trick or treat. It was a night in which Christians mocked evil and the darkness of pagan superstitions.

It says something about the hearts of men that in our modern time, we celebrate the darkness and forget the rest of the festival.

The morning brought the light and was called “All Hallows Day.” It was also called Martyr’s day and All Saints Day. Later on, it became known as Reformation Day. This day was set aside to remember those who suffered and died for believing in Christ and especially those who suffered and died bringing the Gospel to people trapped in the darkness, especially those who knowing nothing better clung to the darkness.

There is a price to pay for the salvation of the souls of men and for the redemption of the world. The price is paid with blood. Christ will not return to the earth until the blood of the saints willingly offered is sufficient to sanctify the world.

The first of November began with a memorial to the martyrs. Those who chose to die rather than deny Christ–those who willingly added their blood to the great sacrifice.

Persecution of Christians seems to have returned to the world with a vengeance. America has understood until lately that all freedom is derived from the freedom of religion. If you cannot believe what you wish and practice it in your home, family, work and community then there is no true freedom. If the government will not allow us to obey our conscience and offer ourselves to God, then we are chattel, the property of the government and there is nothing that the government cannot take from us.

Because as a tenet of faith, Christians must express our faith in the public domain (it is a rite of passage), the First Amendment includes the right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. It also protects our right to assemble peaceably and to petition the government. These are all necessary to the Amendment’s primary purpose which is to secure the Freedom of Religion.

Moreover, property rights are guaranteed to prevent government seizure as the Romans did with the Christians (Hebrews 10:34) and jury trials are put forward as a check against laws that lack popular support in the belief that a jury of peers would not find someone guilty of a crime when what the person did was widely viewed as good.

Some months back, while hiking the woods with my dogs I felt the Lord speak to me about honoring our Christian martyrs. Jesus STOOD at the right hand of God when Stephen, the first martyr fell to the ground under a hail of stones. If we are seeking to be Christ-like, then we should imitate Him.

“Jesus stands with those who fall—will you stand with Jesus?”

This year, we have many martyrs to honor. Some are very close to home. At Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon this month, an assistant professor and eight students were murdered. The shooter demanded to know their faith and murdered those who claimed Christ. It took great courage to answer, “I am a Christian” when the reward was a bullet in the head.

We also should remember the 21 young Christian men who chose to be beheaded by ISIS militants rather than deny Christ. Their orange jumpsuits have become the new color of Christian Martyrs. I am calling on my own church to make Sunday, November 1st, 2015 “ORANGE SUNDAY” to to stand with Jesus and honor those who have fallen.

I hope you will join us.

About the Author

Ken Van Horn has been a pastor for over 25 years–only two years of which was full-time ministry. He has worked as an electrical contractor, editor, probate judge, web developer, consultant and recently completed “A Greater Reward” based upon what the Holy Spirit revealed to him while serving as a judge concerning the work of justice and the imminent Judgment Seat of Christ.

He is currently developing a start up church in Cusseta, Georgia and does itinerant ministry when available.

You can follow him here or on Facebook, or Twitter.

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An Awakened Church

An Awakened Church

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Romans 13:11 NKJV

For over 20 years I’ve been seeking the Lord for something more than revival. I’ve been seeking the Lord for a Great Awakening.

I studied revivals. We need more than revival. We need so much more than the excitement of revival and the outpouring of His Spirit, though most pastors would be thrilled with that. The revival at Brownsville didn’t change the city, much less the nation. What we need is Awakening.

Awakening is more than excitement and the glory of His presence in the midst of His people. Awakening is accompanied by a transformational change in the way the Church thinks and operates.A Greater Reward 240x400

Revival is like slamming your foot on the gas pedal until the engine redlines and explodes. Awakening is changing gears.

When Parham gathered his students at Stone’s Folly, they sought the Lord to find out what was missing. The harvest was great and millions were lost and without Christ. They studied the Scriptures, and sought the Lord that He would reveal to them what was missing. The Lord whispered to their hearts “the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire.”

They hungrily sought the Lord, and were filled. God poured out his Spirit upon them and in the years that followed, it spread and the world could never be the same.

This generation has the baptism in the Holy Spirit. So what then are we lacking?

We need to see Jesus as he is.

1 John 3:2

2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. NKJV

We need to see Jesus. “His eyes are a flame of fire.” We need the baptism of fire.

We need to be transformed into the image of Christ. We need to be transfigured by the glory of His presence. We need to see Jesus.

May 17th, 2015, during our morning worship service, I saw a flash–just a glimpse–of what the Lord wants to do. I saw a congregation in worship and prayer crying out to God and Jesus walking the aisles. He would stand in front of first one and then another and they would see Him.

You cannot see Jesus and ever be the same again.

I saw another glimpse of a homeless man entering an old adobe church and asking the priest if he could pray there. He was granted permission and day after day he would enter the sanctuary and pray.

One day, the homeless drifter was sitting waiting for the priest to arrive and when the priest walked in, the man stood and said to the priest, “Whatever He says to you, do it” and headed out of the church. The priest seemed confused and watching the man leave asked “Who?”

As he walked out of the church, the drifter heard the priest exclaim “My Lord and my God!” and he smiled.

We need to be baptized in the fire of His presence.

About the Author

Ken Van Horn has been a pastor for over 25 years–only two years of which was full-time ministry. He has worked as an electrical contractor, editor, probate judge, web developer, consultant and recently completed “A Greater Reward” based upon what the Holy Spirit revealed to him while serving as a judge concerning the work of justice and the imminent Judgment Seat of Christ.

He is currently developing a start up church in Cusseta, Georgia and does itinerant ministry when available.

You can follow him here or on Facebook, or Twitter.

Re-posts are greatly appreciated. Our only means of spreading the articles is our readers sharing with others what has spoken to them.

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