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Thursday, October 30, 2014


Edgardo Silvoso
C. Peter Wagner tells us "What is
Carlos Annacondia doing that 
other urban crusade evangelists 
do not usually do?
  Edgardo Silvoso says that 
Annacondia and the other prominent Argentine evangelists- 

    "incorporate into their evangelistic work a new emphasis 
     on spiritual warfare—the challenging of the principalities
     and powers, and the proclamation of the gospel not only 
     to the people but to the spiritual jailers who held the 
     people captive." 

  Prayer is the chief variable, according to Silvoso.

   "Evangelists begin to pray over cities before proclaiming
    the gospel there. Only after they sense that spiritual powers
    over the region have been bound will they begin to preach."

  A permanent fixture of Annacondia's crusades is what has to be one of the most sophisticated and massive deliverance ministries anywhere.

  Under the direction of Pablo Bottari, a wise, mature and gifted servant of God, literally thousands of individuals are delivered from demons each of the 30 to 50 consecutive nights of a crusade.

  The 150-foot deliverance tent, erected behind the open-air speaker's platform, is in operation from 8:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. each night.

  Annacondia calls it the "spiritual intensive care unit."

  Scores of teams whom Bottari has trained in deliverance prayer do the actual hands-on-ministry.

  I have never observed a crusade evangelist who is as publicly aggressive in confronting evil spirits as Annacondia.

  With a high- volume, high-energy, prolonged challenge, he actually taunts the spirits until they manifest in one way or another.

  To the uninitiated, the scenario in the vacant city lot where he holds his crusades might appear to be total confusion. 

  But to the skilled, experienced members of Annacondia's 31 crusade ministry teams, it is just another evening of frontline warfare prayer in which the power of Jesus Christ over the demonic forces is displayed for all to see.

  And the power of the meetings is awesome. Many miraculous healings occur. 

  For example, so many dental miracles occurteeth filled, new teeth and defective bridges replaced by whole teeth—that only those who have had more than two teeth filled are allowed to take the time to give a public testimony.

  On one occasion, a dwarf was reported to grow over 15 inches taller.

  (Wagner describes how, in the city of Santiago del Estero, a local priest decided to oppose the crusade by invading the area with a religious procession. When they arrived, the four strongmen carrying the statue of the priest's favorite virgin all fell to the ground under the power of the Spirit and the statue shattered into a thousand pieces.

Two of the men spent the night in the hospital and the other two in Annacondia's deliverance tent!)

  This is warfare prayer in action. Spirit-directed prayer opens 
the way for the blessings of the Kingdom of God to come upon 
the earth with healings, deliverances, salvation, holiness, compassion for the poor and oppressed, and the fruit of the Spirit.

  Above all, God is glorified, worshiped and praised.

By C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 26 - 28) Regal Books

A Prayer for your pastor: Healing. "Father, heal my pastor's heart of any grief caused by ministry. Enable_________ to forgive those who hurt or speak against him/her. Bestow on my pastor a crown of beauty instead of ashes and anoint him/her with the oil of gladness instead of mourning. Clothe ________with a garment of praise. May he/she be an oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord to display Your splendor (Eph. 4:32; Is. 61:3)


   Father, I'm sure this looks odd to folks who are unaware of how Your power works against the evil spirit world.
   We need this information, so we can be prepared for things like this to take place where we are, in our churches across our country.
   No doubt we'll begin to see things like this happen, as Christians begin to realize they have the means to come against such in the precious Name of Jesus, the Messiah.
   I'm one who will be open for the instruction in how to pray more effectively for those who are bound in their spirits, and cannot find the way to be delivered and healed.
   I ask for You to use me in this ministry in whatever way You want me to minister to those around me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

(Google images and emphasis added)

Today’s Bible verse: (Ps. 92:4) "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands."

Today’s quote:
Gwen Smith – “Your life is purposed to bring glory to God in and through everything. There are times – hard times – when the answers from Him are ‘no.’  When those times come, we need to choose to trust that He said no for a reason.” 

Some thoughts today:  

- There are false declarations (vows) we agree with that come from the world's point of view.
- Let God expose your vows that are presently affecting your Christian walk.
- There are underlying issues that affect us. We can be partnering with hell by what we believe. Is it a devilish declaration that keeps out God's declaration of who you are in Christ? See it, admit it, and renounce it in Jesus' name! God will release, cleanse and refresh you.

11/1st- Saturday’s post: 
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2nd- Sunday evening's post:  The Small Giant
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4th- Tuesday's post:  #13 Drawing the Battle Lines
C. Peter Wagner

6th- Thursday's post:  #14 The Fall of Merigildo
C. Peter Wagner

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#2 How God's Power is Released C. Peter Wagner continues to tell us, in his book, PRAYER SHIELD: "A fascinating story is told in Exodus 17. Many will recall the account of the battle of Rephidim in which Joshua defeated Amalek..."

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#11 Evangelist Carlos Annacondia

Carlos Annacondia

C. Peter Wagner continues his message
today, Carlos Annacondia was a
committed Christian owner of a
prosperous nuts and bolts factory in
Quilmes on the outskirts of Buenos
Aires when God called him into
evangelistic ministry.

It was probably no mere coincidence that the day he launched his first public crusade was the day the British sank the Argentine battle ship General Belgrano in the 1982 Falkland Islands War. Carlos was 37 years old and the father of 8 children at the time.

After observing the ministry of Carlos Annacondia both at a distance and first hand, I am prepared to offer a hypothesis.

Although some other likely contenders may be Reinhard Bonnke or Billy Graham, my guess is that Annacondia may well turn out to be the most effective crusade evangelist of all time.

More than any other evangelist I have studied, Annacondia's ministry seems to be an instrument for increasing the growth rate of participating churches.

In La Plata, for example, the Assemblies of God Church of the Diagonal, pastored by Alberto Scataglini, grew from 500 to more than 2,500 in 3 years following Annacondia's crusade.

They have held their Sunday services in a leased basketball stadium ever since because their sanctuary could not hold all the attenders.

The neighboring Los Olivos Baptist Church pastored by Alberto Prokopchuk grew from 200 members to more than 1,600 in the same period.

On a recent visit to Argentina I worked with pastors of four cities. without any leading questions on my part, in each of the four cities I heard Christian leaders in a matter-of-fact way refer to recent trends in their cities as "before Annacondia" and "after Annacondia."

In more than 20 years of studying urban crusade evangelism, I have never heard such consistent testimonials of the ministry of a single evangelist across the board.

Pastor Alberto Scataglini, the principal host of Annacondia's milestone La Plata crusade, says,

   "He transmits his ministry. It's not just one person; 

    wherever he goes, he seems to transmit the same 
    anointing to other people. And that was very different
    from any other evangelist we had here. Before, 

    evangelist would come and when he left the revival 
    was over; the power was gone."

#11 Evangelist Carlos
by C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 25 - 26) Regal Books

Prayer for your pastor: 

Thoughts. "Let the mind of Christ be strong in my pastor. Guard my pastor from mental distractions, doubt, and futile thinking. Enable him/her to take every thought captive to obey Christ" (1 Cor. 2;16; Eph. 4:17; Col. 2:8; 2 Cor. 10. 10:3-5).

Pray with me:

   Father, please help us pray for 
our pastors and leaders to be so 
filled with Your Spirit, that they 
also transmit their anointing on 
to us.
   I understand that I'm responsible 
to pray for my own heart and ears 
to be open to receive all You speak through them, so I can be effective in my own ministry.
   May I transmit Your anointing to those I share with, and may they also become effective in their sharing with others of concern to them.
   Thank You for Your Spirit's work in us. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse:

(Is. 12:2) "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation."

Today’s quote:

Mark I. Bubeck shares with us from his book, The Satanic Revival, "Signs of Satanic Revival are, 1. Sexual immorality, including pornography and the free expression of sensuality, 2. Crime, preoccupation with violence and death, and abortion, 3. Growing involvement in the occult." (Taken from pp. 17-24)

Some thoughts today:

- If you'll study God's ways, you'll know counterfeit when you 
hear of it. If you have questions on what is the Real way to live, read the Bible.

- We have the privilege of choosing how we'll live when we're born-again Christians, as Christ gives us New Life. A person yet dead in their sins, is unable to live without sinning. We'll sin, but we then can get forgiveness simply by repenting, (which is turning from that sin), and asking for God's forgiveness.

30th- Thursday’s post:  #12 WARFARE PRAYER
C. Peter Wagner

11/1- Saturday's post:  How to Have the Best Date of Your Life

Toni Campbell

2nd- Sunday afternoon's post:  The Small Giant

Poh Fang Chia

4th- Tuesday's post:  #13 Drawing the Battle Lines

C. Peter Wagner

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human body, is itself in the minority.
   More members of your body are not fingers than are fingers.
   More are not lungs than are lungs. Likewise in the church."

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Behind the Song: He Touched Me

He touched MeDiana Leagh Matthew relates: He 
Touched Me was the song that 
propelled Bill Gaither onto the 
national stage.
   Gaither had been writing songs for 
years, but nothing struck the chord 
with the American public the way 
He Touched Me did. 
   Gaither stated in an interview that he began writing in “1960” and this was “my fifty-fourth song.”
   Gaither was accompanying an “old preacher friend” Dr. Dale Oldham on various crusades. He recalled: “He was a very eloquent speaker. One night after one of those meetings, Dr. Oldham said to me, 

    "Bill, the word 'touch' is a very popular word. It comes 
     up so often in the New Testament stories about Jesus 
     touching people’s eyes and healing them, or touching 
     people’s lives and changing them. It’s a special, spiritual
     word and you ought to write a song that praises His touch."

   So I did.

   After the meeting, Gaither, Dr. Oldham and Doug were driving back to Gaither’s home in Anderson, Indiana. The conversation turned to how deeply the Spirit of God was felt during the crusade meetings. Gaither was unable to sleep that night. 

    He could not get the last words the minister said to him when he dropped him off that night out of his mind. The minister said ‘You should write a song that says, ‘He touched me’ oh, He touched me.”

   Gaither’s mind mulled over the revival meeting and the heavy laden faces he’d seen in the crowd. He thought about how the meeting transformed them to looks of hope and joy by the end of the meeting.

   The next morning, Gaither’s wife, Gloria, awoke to find him still working on the song.

   Dr. Oldham’s son, Doug, recorded He Touched Me in 1964. Gaither recalled: “Doug sang it around in church circles, but I think it really started to get popular as people would take it back to their own congregations and sing it as a chorus. Its funny, you write 53 songs and then you write one little baby, and even though it comes out of the womb the same way they all did, this baby just all of a sudden goes BOOM!”

   The Gaither
Trio recorded the song in later 1964.

   Elvis Presley recorded the song in 1971. After releasing the song as a single, he released the album ‘He Touched Me’in 1972.–ptwd_iI He received a Grammy Award for this album and was named the Best Inspirational Performance for 1972.

Diana Leagh Matthews

is a writer, speaker, life coach, and


Pray with me:

   Father, I understand that when
people pray for Your help to be a blessing to others, and accomplish what You want done, each of us is blessed.
   Make it plain what we're up against, and what it is we need to do to accomplish the Kingdom's work.

   Cause us to seek Your will in every area that we are involved with. I ask this is the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: (Romans 2:1) "Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things."

Today’s quote: 

~ Jamie Sinclair - "We can sin in our thoughts toward sinners if we hate them or are prideful as we look down at them, but what this verse is really stressing is that while we might be more polished or look a little better in the outside, we have sinned and fall short of the same holy standard of perfection. 
   The mere act of judging that those around us have fallen short is not in itself sinful, but Paul is saying that we fall short of the same standard!"

Some thoughts today:  

- The bad and good news is, that "we all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ...
   (Rom. 3:23,24) Check out the Scriptures that continue Paul's thoughts, and see what his conclusion is.

- As we are in need of eating regularly to replenish our bodies, we also have a need to read God's Word, so we can become healthy spiritually.

28th- Tuesday’s post:  
#11 Evangelist Carlos Annacondia   C. Peter Wagner

30th- Thursday's post: 

C. Peter Wagner

11/1st- Saturday's post:  

How to Have the Best Date of Your Life   Toni Campbell

2nd- Sunday evening's post:  

The Small Giant
Poh Fang Chia

~Rugosa rose~
Val discovered this
recently on a rainy,
cold day in the North
The Tally by Debbie McEwen

"The leaves are falling

The colors have been glorious
Some hopeful flowers still bloom

The days are cooler for the most part

Snow is predicted on Sunday
Most of my outdoor jobs are done for the year.

The season is changing

The ground is getting ready for its long sleep
I reflect on what has been and what is to come

A lot was accomplished

More jobs are planned for next year
The cycle continues

So many bright and so many bittersweet memories

How many are to come?
How much will I accomplish?

When I lie down to sleep for the last time, what will the tally be?"

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

How Do Others Experience Me?


    Then he (Joseph) dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me." But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?" Genesis 37:9-10  
       Joseph shared his first dream with his brothers and it didn't go well. They despised him for it. Didn't he notice their reaction? Didn't their rejection of him make an impact on his heart? 

       Why in the world would he tell the second dream to this same unreceptive audience? Perhaps in his enthusiasm, he just couldn't help himself.

       When I'm excited about something, the need to tell someone is strong. I want those I love to share the joy with me. But I can share my jewels indiscriminately and experience the same kind of reaction Joseph got from his family. I repeatedly put myself in a setting where rejection is going to be the outcome. 

        I do this for a couple of reasons. 1.) My need for approval is so strong that discretion goes out the door. And, 2.) I suffer from magical thinking. "This time they'll listen!"

       Becoming a person of self-awareness is critical if I'm going to be successful in relationships. Do others receive my words and stories eagerly? Is my point of view welcomed? What is the track record with these people? 

      If Joseph had considered what happened when he related his first dream, perhaps he would have stopped himself before sharing the second. Timing was everything but maybe the power of rejection urged him to speak prematurely. 

         He needed them to value him as much as God did. I can be so much like Joseph. If I know something, I just have to say it.  

         There are some things I believe passionately and I'm tempted to keep speaking them to the same group of people. So far, they haven't listened. Truth be told, they may be rolling their eyes when I start my speech for the umpteenth time. They are closed to me and it would be wise for me to acknowledge that. 

          A season of quietness and prayerfulness is needed. God needs to heal the rejection my soul suffers. He also needs to show me if my words are framed by a need to be right. That repels people. What I speak may be true but no one will hear it if it comes with 'attitude'.

        No mission is more important than being God's spokesman. Getting the message right is only half the challenge though. Getting the timing and attitude right will cause the words to roll off my tongue the way Jesus would speak them. 

        There may still be rejection but at least I'll know it's the message they're rejecting and not me.

         So, what do I do with my need to be liked, respected, validated and accepted? Prior to any speeches, I take my needs to the One who makes me whole in His presence.

Put a watch on my tongue until it's time for me to speak. Amen 

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Let’s pray: 

   Father, I'm sure there are times
that I should not have spoken.

   Please make me more aware 

of what is Your pleasure for me 
to share with others.

   May my words be seasoned with grace and Your wisdom.

   Remind me to pray first, so that what I say or write will have
a favorable impact.

   I ask for this in Jesus' name. Amen.

What does the Bible say?: Is. 60:2b "But the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee."

Today’s quote: Randy Kilgore “God offers His presence to us in life’s darkest moments, which enables us, in turn, to be His presence to the hurting. Crying out for help — from others and from God — may be the strongest moment of our lives.”

Some thoughts today: Natural wisdom connects the dots, so we draw natural conclusions. With God on the scene, things can change!

- We need to know God's on the scene. He works through time-released seeds in hearts. Trust His wisdom, timing, and plan.

- Our challenge is: The tongue can change the atmosphere and can affect the impart of one's self image and direction. 

           Master Painter         

Each Fall God takes His paintbrush
And paints an Autumn scene.
A dab of red, a touch of gold

And luscious shades of green.

Each day He adds another hue
For all the world to see.
Behold His awesome canvas!
Observe His majesty!

 ©Frances Gregory Pasch 

26th- Sunday evening’s post: He Touched Me (Behind the Song)
Diana Leagh Matthews

28th- Tuesday's post: #11 Evangelist Carlos Annacondia
C. Peter Wagner 

30th- Thursday's post:  #12 WARFARE PRAYER
C. Peter Wagner

11/1st- Saturday's post: How To Have the Best Date of Your Life
Tony Campbell

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