PEACE IN YOUR HOME IN 2019

12 As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient. 13 Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13

As we enter into 2019 I realize now, more than ever, that Satan desires to destroy your family and home. As my first newsletter message for the New Year, I want to give you some insight the Lord has laid burning on my heart to help you avoid some traps that I believe the enemy has laid for you.

Living in a home filled with the love and the peace of God Himself is almost like living in heaven right here on earth. We all know that’s true. And we desire to live in such a home. Yet, time and time again, we shortchange our families. We spend our kindest words and best smiles on the people outside of our family. Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s that all about”? The answer is more simplistic than you might think. Looking at this from a spiritual perspective, the devil has a bullseye on your family. Your family is one of your most precious gifts! When your family is in unity it’s one of your strongest assets. The devil is aware of how to dismantle your family and he is determined to do it!

Satan’s war plan is basic. He will do whatever it takes to bring division to your house! He will whip up emotions of unforgiveness and anger. The devil will try to motivate you to feed feelings of resentment and keep bitterness in your heart. In the middle of all of this, his strategy is to divide and conquer your home.

When we as God’s children get in unity with one another, miracles, signs, and wonders rapidly begin to take place. The unity of God’s people makes an atmosphere for the supernatural, miracle-working power of God to freely flow! The devil is constantly tempting us to cloud that atmosphere by keeping us in disagreement with one another over menial things.

Too many times we give in to his strategies because we don’t understand how detrimental discord really is. The Bible gives us clear instruction about how to deal with this in James 3:16, “Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

Do not allow the devil to access to your home by allowing your family the “luxury” of a few arguments.

Put a stop to the devastation before it begins. Hide God’s Word in your heart. Search the Bible to see what He has to say about the power of unity. Quit viewing your family from your own limited perspective and start viewing it as God views it—as a powerhouse! That way you won’t veer needlessly into an argument every time emotions are high in your home.

Make up your mind right now that from the beginning of 2019 you are not going to let the devil have your family. Instead, pray for them, support them and love them. Bring them together in unity, so you can all enjoy the fullness of what God has for you!

 

TRUTH FOR YOUTH BIBLES IN AMERICA’S PRISONS AND JAILS

With God’s leading, we plan to bring The Truth for Youth Bible distribution among young people and adults that are incarcerated in America’s juvenile detention centers, prisons and jails to a higher level than ever before. Over the past 20 years we have received more than 8000 requests for Truth for Youth Bibles from incarnated young people and adults, or requests from their family members for the Bibles to be sent to them in prison. We have NEVER turned down a request!!! We always send them Bibles and thankfully we have special permission to distribute Truth for Youth Bibles in America’s correctional facilities. There is a desperate need for Bibles among inmates and yet there are not a lot of churches that are effectively reaching into the prisons.

Most pastors have been to jail to see someone. And most want to help prisoners and their families. But their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. So instead, the work is primarily done informally by individuals in the congregation.

LifeWay Research Institute found widespread support among pastors for the idea of prison ministry. Four out of five pastors have visited a correctional facility. And almost all believe churches should help the families of those incarcerated and provide care for those getting out of jail.

However, many pastors have little contact with those who have been incarcerated. Half of pastors say no one from their congregation has been jailed in the past three years. A third have seen one or two people from their church go to jail. One in six say three or more attendees have been jailed at that time. About a third of pastors say no former inmates attend their church, one or two former inmates attend, or three or more former inmates attend.

One of the many reasons that the Truth for Youth Bible is so popular among incarcerated young people and adults is because of the effective graphic novels in the front 100 pages of the Truth for Youth Bible. These powerful comic stories deal with the truth about many moral issues that people in prison and jail are dealing with – drugs, drunkenness, sexual impurity, homosexuality, pornography, cutting, sexting, suicide, bullying, witchcraft, peer pressure. We also deal with pluralism, honor and many other issues. The Bible says in John 8:32, “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

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Overall, few pastors have contact with current or former inmates as a normal part of their ministry. So prison ministry isn’t a priority for a lot of churches. When half the pastors haven’t had someone from their church sent to jail, then prison ministry isn’t on their ministry radar. Revival Fires is able to help fill this need by having incarcerated youth and adults on our radar by providing Truth for Youth Bibles for them!

We include the plan of salvation in each of the comic stories in the Truth for Youth Bible so that not only with the prison inmates find out the truth about the moral issues we deal with in the stories, but they will also find out how to give their life to Jesus Christ! Thankfully, we receive decision cards on a daily basis from incarcerated young people and adults. When these inmates make Jesus the Lord of their life while they are in prison it makes the difference with regard to keeping them from returning to prison and living a productive and fruitful life!

Incarceration rates in the United States remain at record levels. More than 2.2 million Americans are held in state and federal prisons or local jails, according to the Institute for Criminal Policy Research. That’s more than any other nation in the world!

Other ministries, like distributing school supplies to kids or volunteering at a food pantry, are relatively easy to start. But ministering to inmates and their families is more difficult, requiring special training and often a long-term commitment from volunteers.

About two-thirds of pastors cite a lack of training or volunteers as barriers to their churches helping inmates and their families. Others say they don’t know where to start, their church is involved in too many other ministries, or they don’t see a need for it. Money is an issue as well. Half of pastors say a lack of finances is a barrier to ministry. When churches do have a prison ministry, it is often run on an informal basis. Churches face an uphill battle to grow their prison ministries.

These are messy, long-term ministries. You really have to demonstrate biblical faithfulness to be involved with them. It’s a lot easier to pick a ministry where there are quick rewards, but you miss out on the opportunity to impact families and communities.

I’ve had the privilege of preaching and giving away Bibles in a lot of prisons, jails, and youth detention centers through the years. This year we are stepping it up to a higher level than ever before as I will be ministering in many more prison facilities. Please pray for us!  Getting the Truth for Youth Bible into the hands of those that are incarcerated is not a cure-all but it is a good place to start! A Bible in their hands and Jesus in their hearts!

Jesus said in Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison, and you came to me.” Let me encourage you to prayerfully consider getting involved financially with helping us provide the Truth for Youth Bibles we will give away to incarcerated youth and adults in America’s youth detention centers, jails, and prisons. The Truth for Youth cost our ministry only $2 each to print and we will give away at least 25,000 Truth for Youth Bibles, ($50,000) in our prisons. Your prayerful consideration is greatly appreciated!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

JOHN 20:19, “PEACE BE WITH YOU!”
Our prayer is that 2019 will be your most productive & peacefull year!

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What is the greatest Christmas present?

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)

 

During this time of the year, we need to realize that Jesus Christ is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

 

Over 2000 years ago, God’s love came down from Heaven to earth and the world was blessed with a miracle of love.

 

With a guiding star and a choir of angels rejoicing from Heaven, they pointed to a tiny babe within the manger, a Savior bringing peace to earth, the greatest gift of all.
Jesus did not come to a throne, but a manger; He lived not as a king, but as a servant. He chose not an earthly kingdom, but a cross. He gave not just a little, but He gave us everything.

 

As we look at the snow that covers much of our nation right now, we are reminded of what Jesus did for us and what Isaiah wrote about over 600 years before the Messiah was born: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)

 

Jesus came to the earth as a baby, grew in favor and wisdom, died on the cross for all of us and rose again and sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. One day He will come for those who have made Him the Lord of their lives, those who obey Him and have accepted Him as their Savior.

 

Yes, Jesus came to be a glorious light in a darkened world; He came to bring hope to everyone. Jesus is the light of the world and a gift to us from God. He was sent to the world to save us from sin and eternal damnation. He was sent to us, as the most amazing gift from God. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

 

Of all the gifts you will ever receive, the gift of salvation that Jesus Christ offers us is by far the most precious gift you will ever receive because it is one that will last for all eternity.

In honor to our Savior let us love Him and obey His commandments, therefore, we should give tribute to Jesus in everything that we say, think and do, today and every day of our life.
Remember, true salvation always results in a holy life ready to serve our gracious God who has granted us deliverance from the bondage of sin.

 

If you have family members that have never trusted in Christ as their Savior, they are in darkness and the shadow of death. The good news, however, is that God is merciful to all sinners. That is why Jesus came to earth as a baby. Continually pray for your unsaved family and friends to ask Him to guide them into the way of peace. Pray fervently, believing God for them to repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. As they submit to Christ they will know His tender mercy that forgives them of all their sins just as He has forgiven you of your sins. Then, they will know the real meaning of Christmas.
Celebrating the humble birth of our glorious Savior, we wish you a Season with overflowing peace and joy. Merry Christmas!

 

REVIVAL FIRES INTERNATIONAL

MINISTRY REPORT FOR 2018

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

 

We have witnessed tremendous Kingdom results with a powerful move of the Holy Ghost in all of our ministry outreach across America and around the world during 2018.

 

As 2018 comes to a close, Angie, myself and Revival Fires International would like to say a big thank you to our ministry partners for supporting us prayerfully and financially. You have been a great blessing to us and you have been used mightily of God to inspire, encourage and support God’s work through this vital ministry. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect and share with you the exciting things that happened in 2018 and look forward to even more exciting things that are to come in 2019 if the Lord doesn’t return first!

 

REVIVAL FIRES REVIVAL SERVICES

In 2018 we were blessed with the privilege to preach in 321 services in 47 churches here in the United States in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas resulting in hundreds of people being saved, filled with the Spirit, healed, delivered and SET ON FIRE FOR GOD!!!

 

In a revival service at CT Church in Houston, TX where Don Nordin is pastor, a young man who had never been to church and had never had a Bible, came forward and gloriously gave his heart to the Lord as his personal Savior!!! He saw the services advertised on Facebook and said he just felt compelled to come. No doubt the Holy Spirit was preparing him to surrender his life to the Lord!

 

God alone knows the impact that these revival services have had in the lives of these people and in the church congregations. The Lord willing, He has many exciting revivals in store for the coming year as well.

 

PROVIDING TRUTH FOR YOUTH BIBLES

TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN AMERICA

So thankful for all of the young people who are giving their hearts to the Lord as a result of receiving the Truth for Youth Bible. We were so blessed to give away thousands of TFY Bibles again this year during our 18th Annual National Truth for Youth Bible Week on American Family Radio and in revival services across the nation.

 

Earlier this year we were in special revival services at TAG Church in Little Rock, AR where Dwayne Maynard is pastor. Pastor Dwayne’s daughter, Haven, gave a Truth for Youth Bible to a friend in school. That night, this precious young lady came to the revival, gave her heart to the Lord and was filled with the Holy Spirit!!! The powerful testimonies from 2018 of young people being saved and filled with the Spirit are many!

 

PROVIDING TRUTH FOR YOUTH BIBLES TO ADULTS AND YOUTH

INCARCERATED IN AMERICA’S PRISONS AND JAILS

We have been providing Truth for Youth Bibles for prison inmates across America at a higher level in 2018 than in any previous year. There are approximately 6.6 million inmates in adult correctional facilities and more than 70,800 young people incarcerated in juvenile facilities. Each year there are approximately 500,000 youth brought to detention centers! The Lord has given us an inroad to provide a Truth for Youth Bible for the youth that are coming in and out of these juvenile detention centers across America!

 

One of many testimonies from this year… In September we were blessed to provide Truth for Youth Bibles for Pastor Mike Howell, New Destiny Church in Monroe, LA, to give away to all of the inmates in a prison in South Arkansas where the death row population is housed. Many of the inmates gave their heart to the Lord!

 

The only way for an incarcerated young person to truly turn from their life of crime is through the power and grace of God! The Truth for Youth Bible, with the graphic novels that deal with the very issues these incarcerated youth are facing, is being used mightily of God to bring life in Jesus Christ to each one of them.

 

Since the conception of the Truth for Youth Bible in 1994 we have GIVEN AWAY more than 2.5 million Truth for Youth Bibles and have received Decision Coupons from more than 25,000 young people that have given their hearts to Christ. We will continue to continue to distribute thousands of Truth for Youth Bibles to teenagers in America and bring in a harvest of souls through these efforts.

 

REVIVAL FIRES EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE

AND BIBLE DISTRIBUTION IN CUBA

What an awesome move of the Holy Spirit took place during our third evangelistic crusade in Cuba. With the permission of the Cuban government, we were honored to give away thousands of full Bibles to the people of Cuba who have never had a Bible and witness thousands come to the Lord.

 

In one of our crusade services, one of the highest ranking Cuban government attorneys sat on the front row with tears streaming down her cheeks as I preached the Gospel. When I gave the altar call she came forward and surrendered her heart to the Lord Jesus Christ for the very first time. It was such and honor to be able to present her with her very first Bible!

 

In another service, a teenage young man trapped in the bondage of homosexuality was saved and gloriously set free by the power of the Holy Spirit!!! I was so thankful to be able to present him with a copy of the Truth for Youth Bible. As you may know, the Truth for Youth Bible consists of the entire New Testament along with 100 pages of full color graphic novels in the front section that deal with the truth about things that young people are facing every day. One of the graphic novels deals with the truth about homosexual perversion. This was very helpful to this young man coming out of the perverted lifestyle of homosexuality.

 

Cuba’s Department of Religious Affairs, the Cuban Bible Council and the Cuban Council of Churches have all given their approval for Revival Fires to distribute one million FULL Bibles to the people in Cuba that have never had a Bible! In addition, we have also been given permission to give away our BRAND NEW CUBAN SPANISH Truth for Youth Bible to the 1.4 million teenagers in Cuba! Please continue to pray that God will give us wisdom as He strategically positions us to complete this vitally important mission as we will be back in Cuba for evangelistic crusades and Bible distribution in 2019!

 

The FULL Bibles cost our ministry only $5 each to print. With God’s help, we plan to provide 50,000 Bibles for the people of Cuba this coming year. It will cost a total of $250,000 to print and deliver these Bibles. To help us provide 50,000 full Bibles for the people of Cuba that have never had a Bible in 2019 you may use the enclosed envelope.

 

UPCOMING EVANGELISTIC

MINISTRY IN AUSTRALIA

In January 2019, the Lord willing, we will be privileged to preach the Gospel in an evangelistic crusade just outside of Melbourne, Australia for the third time. In our two previous Australia Crusades, we have witnessed a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The altars have been full in every service as people gave their hearts to Christ and receiving victory in every way possible. We distributed Truth for Youth Bibles to all young people in attendance.

 

Angie preached to a large group of ladies in special services and prayed for, and ministered to them in very special altar services.

 

Australia is a very secular country and they are in desperate need of a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit. Your prayers for these special evangelistic services in January are greatly appreciated!

 

2019 will bring a massive harvest of souls and many great things for the Kingdom of God through Revival Fires International! We are praying that our God will bless you and your family as you serve Him. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! For helping us take the whole Gospel to the whole world before Jesus comes!

 

BLESS THE LORD

In just a few short days we will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a shame that we have only one day set aside each year to give thanks to God as a nation. We should have some time set aside each day, to give our praise to Him who has blessed us so richly.
I was shopping in one of the local grocery stores just before Thanksgiving last year and most everything in the store was promoting the great commercial power of Christmas. You remember when all the stores use to have the paper pilgrims to decorate the stores not too many years ago. Now as soon as the big push to buy costumes and candy is over, out comes the commercialization of Christmas. We are bombarded with Santa Claus and snowmen.

As God’s people, we should focus our thoughts, not only now but often, on the goodness of God and offer our gratitude to Him for who He is and for all He has done for us.
Psalm 103:1-5 is David’s Hallelujah Chorus! “Praise the Lord, my soul! Praise his holy name, all that is within me. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and never forget all the good he has done: 3 He is the one who forgives all your sins, the one who heals all your diseases, 4 the one who rescues your life from the pit, the one who crowns you with mercy and compassion, 5 the one who fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle.” Notice he addresses his soul. He is reminding himself, as he praises the Lord, of all that God has done.

 

PRAISE THE LORD AND COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – (vs. 1-2)

This is a prayer of nothing but praise to God. There is no supplication, no request, no petition or plea in this prayer. It is pure unadulterated praise to God. David was awestruck with God’s blessings. We are not told the circumstances in which David received this Psalm, but it is not difficult to imagine how it happened. Looking at his life, counting his blessings instead of complaining about his burdens, it dawned on David just how much God had done for him. He realized how good God had been and how undeserving he was of all these blessings. Springing up from the depths of his heart and gushing out onto his parchment came this prayer of praise, expressing his gratitude toward the Lord.

David praised the Lord with his song. If you ever have a problem praising the Lord all you have to do is read this psalm. A psalm is a song. All the psalms were sung by the Hebrews. The book of Psalms is a hymn book. So David sang this song of praise to the Lord.

I can see David, full of emotion, passionate in all that he did, praising God with all his heart. He’d have a difficult time in some of our churches today. He believed in putting his all into it. King David was also an accomplished musician, a man who sang with feeling and with conviction. This was a joyous song of praise to the Lord.

These words were not dry and stale when David sang them. They were full of life and energy. They were part of his worship. You remember that David danced when he worshiped God. Remember that one of his wives, Michal, did not approve and criticized him, and God made her barren for her criticism. Now a guy who dances when he worships God, would not be dry as he sang this song. It would not be sung like he was at a funeral. This was a song of praise. David sang it with joy and with a deep desire to let God and everyone who could hear, know just how much he really wanted God to receive praise and glory. The psalms are filled with these kinds of praise songs.

In Psalm 34:12 when David pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech, who drove him out, he said, “I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. I will boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and be glad. Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name together.”

Psalm 66:1 – 4: “Shout joyfully to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awe-inspiring are Your works! Your enemies will cringe before you because of your great strength. All the earth will worship You and sing praise to You. They will sing praise to Your name.'”

Psalm 81, 92, and many, many others are songs of praise to the Lord.

David was serious about praising the Lord. It wasn’t something he only did at the temple during religious ceremonies. It was part of his everyday experience. He was grateful to the Lord and he could not help but praise him. We need to be the same when it comes to the way we sing our songs of praise. David was singing the Hebrew version of “Count your blessings.”

 

YOUR LIFE IN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS HEALTHY AND WHOLE – (vs. 3)

One of the names of the devil is the accuser of the brethren. In Job we see him going before God to accuse Job. We have every reason to believe that he goes before God even now to accuse us. He says, “Look at what he said. Look at what she did. These people of yours are sinners. How can they say they really love you and continue to act like they do?” He does not have to lie about us when he comes before the Lord, for God would not permit it. No, there are enough faults in all of our lives that the devil simply has to point out the obvious.

The Bible calls him the adversary, the enemy. But we also have an Advocate. We have one who goes to the Father on our behalf. We have Jesus Christ the righteous. When the old devil accuses us, our Advocate, Jesus, raises His nail-pierced hand and says, “Just a minute. We see no stain of sin on that one or on that one or on that one, because they are mine. I have bought them with a price and their sins, though they were like scarlet, have been washed white as snow. They belong to me.”

As David writes under the anointing of the Holy Spirit he understands that God forgives our sins. But he also sees believers as people who have been made whole because of their relationship with God.

Verse 3b – who heals all your diseases – remember that he is addressing his soul. So what kind of healing is he speaking of here?

Many take this to mean physical healing. We know that God heals physically. God is the great physician and we can take all of our physical needs to Him. He made us and has the power to save us and heal us.

James 5:14-15: “Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

But physical healing is not the kind spoken of here. If we are to do justice to this passage, we can’t simply assign to it any meaning we would like. David is talking to his soul, telling it that God heals all the diseases of the soul, sin being chief among them. Does the soul have diseases? Absolutely! Fear, doubt, depression, anger, lust, hate, jealously, pride, greed . . . the list goes on and on. These soul diseases can all be traced back to our fallen nature and the effects of sin. But God can give permanent healing to the soul.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

 

LIFE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS MEANINGFUL – (vs. 4-5)

Because He forgives our sins, because He gives us relationship, because He heals our souls diseases, then we see that life is meaningful. This verse can be translated, “He keeps your life from going to waste.”

How many people waste the years of their lives on things that, in the long run, really don’t count? They spend their days in pursuit of the temporal passing things, and wake up one day, empty, tired and feeling like there is no use going on. In fact, they end up feeling betrayed because the things they worked so hard to obtain failed to bring them the satisfaction for which they longed. The world does not offer any hope for meaningful living. Money, material, power, position, things, won’t do it.

God gives His people purpose in living. He gives us meaning. He keeps our lives from going to waste. Our lives are lived with eternal purpose. All lives not lived in Christ are only a shell of what they are intended to be. This is one of the benefits of knowing God, our lives count; they are not lived in vain. They have eternal significance. This is one of the things David is praising the Lord for. In verse 5 David said, “He satisfies your mouth.”

He gives us satisfaction in our old age. Remember David is speaking to his soul and he said that one of the benefits of being God’s people is that when we are old we will not have to look back on our lives with regret. Regardless of your age, or of how many years you have walked on the earth, God will give you satisfaction.

Are you living a life in relationship with God? If so, you can’t help but praise Him. This is the same passion David had. How do you praise him? With your life. But we have to be careful not to fall into the same rut the Israelites fell into – saying one thing and doing another.

Isaiah 29:13 “These people worship me with their mouths and honor me with their lips. But their hearts are far from me, and their worship of me is based on rules made by humans.”

David said I will praise Him with all that is within me. That means, praise Him with my attitudes and my actions, my family and my finances, my words and my work, my relationship with God and my relationships with others, my voice and my vocation, my church and my children, my hobbies and my habits, I will praise Him not only in word but also in deed. I will praise Him with everything that is within me!!!

When was the last time you stopped to consider all His benefits? Do you enjoy those benefits? Have you ever experienced forgiveness? Are you living a meaningful life, a satisfied life? Does your soul have diseases that need to be healed? Are you living with an eternal purpose? As we approach Thanksgiving Day consider DAILY the many blessings and benefits God has given you!

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING MINISTRY PRAYER REQUESTS

 

  1. Our Revival Services and Evangelistic Crusades as we preach the uncompromised Word of God! We are witnessing more people get saved, filled with the Spirit, healed, delivered and set on fire for God than ever before!
  2. Providing Truth for Youth Bibles for the young people in America. (2.5 million given away so far.)
  3. Providing full Bibles and Truth for Youth Bibles for the young people in Cuba. (in the process of giving away 50,000 now.)
  4. Providing Bibles for our soldiers in the U.S. Armed Forces defending America in the war on terror. (More than 250,000 have been given away so far.)
  5. Upcoming evangelistic crusade in Melbourne, Australia area in January, 2019.

 

PREACH THE WORD

Clearly, the need of the hour is Holy Ghost Revival Fire! We need the real thing – a spiritual awakening to sweep through our slumbering congregations and put us back on our knees before the living Lord. The word revival conjures up different pictures to different people. If you have lived in the South as I do, a revival means a week-long series of meetings at the church held by a powerful evangelist wearing a three-piece suit. Each of these “revival” meetings is primarily designed to reach unbelievers for Christ. I personally have been on the evangelistic field preach revival services for over 31 years and we have witnessed thousands of people surrender their heart and life to Christ.

That is all tremendous, however, that’s not what revival is. Evangelism is not revival. That’s regeneration. Revival is strengthening believers in the church. Reaching the unsaved is the by-product of revival. Revival is a sovereign work of God in His own people, bringing back to full spiritual fervor the hearts of believers that are now dormant and dull. Revival is a visitation of God that brings to life believers who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God’s near presence and holiness. All this ushers in a sense of sin and a profound exercise of heart in repentance, praise, and love with an evangelistic overflow.

Charles Finney, the revivalist of the early nineteenth century, defined revival as “a new beginning of obedience.” Simply put, it is a new humility. A new closeness to God. A new passion for Christ. A new love for God. A new desire for holiness. A fresh new baptism in the Holy Ghost! That’s what real revival is! It is a sovereign and mysterious work of God, just as the new birth is. It cannot be coerced, nor manipulated. It is a supernatural work of God in His church that restores her lost purity, devotion, and power. Revival restores to full health the spiritual life that is already present in the church. It is the renewing, purifying, replenishing work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church.

Realistically, revival is a time of divine visitation. It is an invasion from heaven that manifests the presence and power of God in the church. It ushers in a renewed, conscious awareness of God’s awesome holiness that produces holiness in the church. Now, that’s the real thing!!!

In my opinion the best definition of revival found anywhere in the Bible is Revelation 3:1-2, “I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen the things which remain, which were about to die…”

That church, the church of Sardis, was dead as last years Christmas tree! They had lost their spiritual passion and fervency for Christ. They were flat and devoid of spiritual power. By outward appearances, they looked religious and sounded pious. But in reality, they were dead. Jesus called out to them to wake up! That’s what revival is – it is a spiritual awakening of those who are lethargic toward Christ. It is a sleeping church – unconscious, unresponsive, unexcited – waking up to the presence of God and returning to full spiritual vitality. It’s waking up to Jesus Christ and allowing Him to strengthen what spiritual life remains.

How can we wake up? How can we have revival in the church and in our lives? How can we stop playing church and have the real thing? Revival begins with the ministry of the Word of God. It begins with the preaching of the Word of God to the church under the anointing of the Holy Ghost! Why is that so important? Because the Scriptures are full of the life of God (! Peter 1:23; John 6:63). And if we are to have God’s life within the church revived, then God’s Word – which is “living” and “active” (Hebrews 4:12) – must invade our lives. Like produces like. The Word of God revives the life of God in His people.

In fact, each of the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation begin with a call for the proclamation of God’s Word: “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write…” (Revelation 2:1), “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write…” (2:8), “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write…” (2:12), “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write…” (2:18), “To the angel of the church in Sardis write…” (3:1), “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write…” (3:7), and finally, “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write…” (3:14). Notice that the emphasis is on the communication and proclamation of the written Word of God!

In each passage the pastor of the church is told to communicate the written Word of Christ to His congregation. That’s where revival begins. It begins when the pastor and the spiritual leadership of the church preach and teach the Word of God. I love what D.L. Moody said, “The best way to start a revival is to build a fire in the pulpit.” The Lord Jesus Christ promises to bring a great spiritual awakening to the church where God’s Word is preached.

John wrote in Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it.” This verse pictures the public gathering, or worship service, of the church. The Word of God is to be read by the pastor (“he who reads”). And is to be heard and obeyed by the entire church (“those who hear…and heed the things which are written in it”).

It is the Word of God – preached, heard, applied, and obeyed – that brings Revival Fire to the hearts of God’s people. That’s exactly what Psalm 119 tells us. Revival comes when the Word of God invades our lives, searches our hearts, and produces holiness. The psalmist says, “Revive me according to Thy word” (verse 25). He pleaded, “Revival me in Thy ways” (verse 37). “Thy ways” is a synonym for the Word of God because it points out the way we are to take. Again he says, “Revive me through Thy righteousness” (verse 40). “Thy righteousness” is another synonym for God’s Word because it defines right and wrong. Also, “I will never forget Thy precepts, for by them Thou hast revived me” (verse 93). Finally, “Revive me according to Thy word” (verse 154).

Each of the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation finishes up in the same way: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Revival breaks out when God’s Word is preached, heard and, by the power of the Holy Ghost, illuminates and convicts, and is applied to our lives! If there is to be a revival in our churches, it must begin in our pulpits! Pastors and Evangelists must return to bold, biblical preaching of holy Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-4:5).

Many things today have been offered to replace biblical preaching. Some of them – musicals, Christian talk shows, movies, and drama – have a place in the church. But they should never be allowed to replace the preaching of the Word of God. The need of the hour is for the powerful, Holy Ghost anointed preaching of the Word of God! Think about this, God only had one son, and He made Him a preacher (Mark 1:14).

If we are to have revival, we must return again to biblical preaching that exalts Christ, exposes sin, encourages hope, builds faith, and calls for a verdict. It is the proclamation of the Word of God that prepares the way for revival! I want to encourage and challenge my fellow pastors and evangelists…PREACH THE WORD!!!

 

REVIVAL FIRES IN CUBA

Cuba’s churches may still be restricted, but that’s not stopping a spiritual Revival Fire in the communist nation. The churches in Cuba are thriving right now. All of them are growing, not just in the number of members but in their capacity to lead and act in society.

The Cuban government is now allowing Revival Fires to distribute the brand new Cuban Spanish Truth for Youth Bible to the 1.4 million young people of Cuba that have never had a Bible! The Cuban government is also allowing churches to provide the social services that it once monopolized. These projects include AIDS prevention, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, medicine distribution and disaster relief.

It is estimated that about 25,000 evangelical and other Protestant houses of worship are flourishing across the country. Assemblies of God churches have seen the most spectacular growth in recent years. In the early 1990’s they had roughly 10,000 members compared to 120,000 currently.

Some 100,000 Cubans consider themselves Baptist and 40,000 are Methodist. Sixty percent of Cuba’s 11 million people are baptized Catholic.

For many years the Cuban government has not allowed churches or other religious groups to build houses of worship or other structures. This has inadvertently sparked the growth of house churches which Cuban believers have multiplied with great success. However, recently, because of a close connection with Pastor Hernandez Salazar in Havana, Cuba, Revival Fires has been granted permission to help build large facilities for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the country of Cuba!

Pastor Salazar has great favor with the Cuban government officials as he previously served as the National Cuban Council of Churches president from 2008 to 2012. While serving in the position, he was able to regularly plant the seed of the Gospel into the hearts of then Dictator Fidel Castro, Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, and many other high-ranking Cuban government officials.

Pastor Salazar now oversees more than 250 on fire for God churches that are making an eternal, spiritual impact in the entire nation of Cuba! We have already helped Pastor Salazar build a church in Santa Clara and a church in  Cein Fuegos.

We are now in the process of helping to build two more churches in areas of Cuba where there are no churches. It cost our ministry only $10,000 to build one church building. If the Holy Spirit lays on your heart to help us with the expense of providing the necessary funds for these churches or to help us provide Bibles for the people of Cuba that have never had a Bible you may use the enclosed envelope. Wrap your gift with love and please pray for the people of Cuba!

 

REVIVAL FIRES IN AMERICA

Across the country, we have experienced, and are currently experiencing, miraculous moves of God. Currently, revival fires are sweeping across America in our revival services!

We are witnessing a massive amount of healings and miracles of deliverance, supernatural breakthrough and salvation. The Holy Spirit is flowing mightily in the lives of each person in attendance. I see these miracles as a sign that an even greater awakening is on the horizon!

The personal, regional, and global expansion of God’s kingdom through His manifest presence are what we are seeing take place right now. The focus on revival fire has brought many to Christ and led to countless testimonies. Healing a range of afflictions, from scoliosis to manic-depressive disorder, God is working miracles in the lives of those attending our revival services.

We are seeing more miracles happen by accident than we ever used to have on purpose. When the glory of God begins to come into the room, I’m not going to stop that to preach. I don’t have anything that important to say. The preaching of the Word of God under the anointing of the Holy Ghost is extremely important, however, to me, it’s all about His presence.

Please pray with us as we continue to fan the flames of Revival Fires across America and around the world!!

CUBA CRUSADE – A KINGDOM SUCESS!

Cuba is being shaken by the Gospel! Angie, our daughter Mikalen, and I were privileged to be used by the Lord in an epic outreach for His Glory and the advancement of the Kingdom of God in Cuba.

In our services in Santa Clara, Ceigo, Falcon and Cein Fuegos, we witnessed thousands surrender their lives to Jesus and many wonderful miracles took place. What a blessing to be a part of shaking the nation of Cuba for Christ! Cuba will never be the same after this crusade!

It was an honor and a privilege to blitz the country of Cuba with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! When all of the wheels of the “harvesting combine” began to turn prior to the crusade the Holy Ghost was revealing to me that the nation of Cuba truly can be brought to Christ! With a battle cry from the Lord, through these services, Cuba has truly been eternally impacted by the power of the Gospel! This battle cry mobilized the Cuban church into action.

It was such a blessing to work side by side in Cuba with my wonderful wife Angie and our daughter Mikalen.

ANGIE HAD A FRESH WORD FROM THE LORD as she ministered the Gospel in an illustrated message under the anointing of the Holy Ghost! The beauty of it was to see all the hands raised of so many precious Cuban people who were being forgiven of their sins.
Several months before our journey to Cuba,


MIKALEN MINISTERED IN MUSIC

Mikalen learned songs in Spanish and ministered in each service. God used her to change the lives of so many young people as she sang, prayed in the altars and spent quality time just getting to know them.

With the huge crowds in attendance, we prayed again and again for the people, many of them brand new converts, to receive the glorious gift of the Holy Ghost. The place was shaken. Even before we started praying the Holy Ghost began to move across the large facilities we were packed into.


HOLY GHOST REVIVAL FIRE

In route to Cein Fuegos the Holy Spirit began to deal with me about preaching on the subject of the Holy Fire of God. Cein Fuegos means, “One Hundred Fires”! As I was going over my message with my interpreter we passed a large field, ON FIRE, just off of the highway. In all of my traveling through Cuba I had never seen a large field on fire. Our daughter Mikalen leaned up and let me know that the Lord had given her a dream the night before that she was in a room that was 100 degrees and completely surrounded by fire. “When you walk through the fire you will not be burned up. The flames will not consume you.”  Isaiah 43:2

That night in the service the Fire of the Holy Ghost began to fall mightily! What an awesome presence of the Holy Ghost! A massive amount of Cuban people came to Christ and were filled with the Holy Ghost and Fire! Our translators son Caleb gave His heart to the Lord that night. At 14 years old he was drinking and smoking and living for the devil. God radically saved him!!!


BIBLE DISTRIBUTION

We were blessed to be able to give Bibles to many of the people in attendance in each service. What a glorious sight to witness people receiving their very first Bible! Our plan was to massively distribute the brand new Cuban Spanish Truth for Youth Bible we publish while we were there. However, the 60,000 Truth for Youth Bibles did not arrive in time for us to actually be the ones to give them away. The TFY Bibles will arrive in Cuba in just a few days.

We were able to meet with the key youth leaders on the Island of Cuba that will oversee the massive Truth for Youth Bible distribution. We gave each one of them a copy of the Truth for Youth Bible and prayed over them as these leaders represent the youth of the nation of Cuba. They will be distributed by the youth leaders to the more than 400 youth groups in 400 churches that are on fire for God!!! Each young person in each of the youth groups will be given their very own first Bible and will be commissioned to give the remaining Bibles to their friends.

As most of you already know, we have been granted permission from the Cuban government to give 1.4 million copies of the Truth for Youth Bible to the youth of Cuba that have never had a Bible! This is historic! This will change the spiritual trajectory of the youth of Cuba and the nation of Cuba! Please be praying as this project is going to be an intricate part of setting Cuba on fire for Jesus!!!


WATER BAPTIZED NEW CONVERTS

It was such an honor to baptize new converts as they surrendered their hearts to Christ! Such a wonderful experience to be a part of baptizing people in the rivers of Cuba.

It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to work side by side with such anointed pastors and spiritual leaders in Cuba to help bring this nation to the Lord! The unity among the churches was glorious. We truly experienced what Psalm 133 described, “behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity”. The team work modeled in the Cuban cities we were blessed to proclaim the Gospel in, will be reproduced to win the entire country of Cuba for Christ! We are strategically planning, preparing and praying for our next Cuba Crusade! Thank you for praying with us! Have a look at the pictures – they will give you some idea of what Jesus is in the process of doing in Cuba right now! To help provide Truth for Youth Bibles for the young people in Cuba you may use the enclosed envelope.


THOUSANDS OF BIBLES WERE GIVEN AWAY IN OUR 18TH ANNUAL NATIONAL TRUTH FOR YOUTH BIBLE WEEK ON AMERICAN FAMILY RADIO

Revival Fires International and American Family Association partnered to reach America’s youth with the Word of God for our 18th Annual National Truth for Youth Bible Week on American Family Radio!

One free Truth for Youth Bible was given to every student between the ages of 13-18 who committed to pass it along to a friend in school not serving the Lord.

Along with the free Truth for Youth Bible, the students received an attractive wristband promoting the sixth commandment “You Shall Not Kill” (Exodus 20:13). The social media campaign hash tag “Number 6” (#Number6) is meant to reach young people with a message of life. We encouraged students to give away the free Bible and proudly wear the wristband to promote life among their friends. With the rise of school shootings, the need to return to the biblical view of life is urgent!

By including these wristbands we not only gave away thousands of Truth for Youth Bibles to teens but at the same time, promoted the sixth commandment; it’s more than a prohibition against murder, it’s a validation of life!!

AFR President Tim Wildmon said, “American Family Radio is always excited about our vital partnership with Dr. Tim Todd and Revival Fires International to get the living and powerful Word of God into the hands of young people who desire to share Christ with their friends at school. Thousands of teenagers have been saved through these efforts.”

The Truth for Youth Bible consists of the entire New Testament and includes full color graphic novels that present a Christian perspective on many of the issues that teens face, such as, School Violence, Sexual Purity, Homosexuality, Abortion, Pornography, Evolution, Drugs, Drunkenness, Peer Pressure, Honor, Suicide, Bullying, Sexting, Cutting, the Supernatural and Pluralism. God’s wonderful plan of salvation is incorporated into each of the stories. Student’s Legal Rights on Public School Campuses are displayed on the back cover of the TFY to inform school administrators and young people that they have the right to give Bibles away on campus during non-instructional time.The Truth for Youth Bible is also available in Spanish!

I am convinced that introducing young people to Jesus Christ is the only real solution to the senseless violence in our schools! When Bibles were in school bullets were not! Giving 2.5 million Truth for Youth Bibles to America’s youth has resulted in our ministry receiving more than 25,000 decision cards from young people giving their hearts to Christ!

Our goal with the distribution of the Truth for Youth Bible is to give young people an opportunity to share their faith, win a generation of young people to Christ and get the Word of God back into the public schools of America! To help provide Truth for Youth Bibles for the young people in America you may click here.

LIVING AT THE DOOR OF HELL’S HEADQUARTERS

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  What will America look like in the very near future? Where is our culture heading? Where are we headed as a society? What will our lifestyle be?

As I travel the nation this is the direction I see America trending toward. Now more than ever I see families made up of multiple marriages. The family as we have known it in the past is almost nonexistent. It has become nothing more than an interesting anomaly – a mere blip in human history. What God calls a family has become abnormal. A godly marriage has been replaced with “serial monogamy.”

Widespread divorce has become so common it is now considered to be normal. Some states have marriage contracts with sunset clauses – to automatically terminate the marriage at a given date.

Many families have multiple parents. Children are living with a bewildering array of relatives – mothers, fathers, multiple stepmothers, multiple stepfathers, stepbrothers, stepsisters, grandparents, former grandparents, etc.

Incest has become rampant! The taboo against incestual relationships has weakened dramatically. The fractured family consists of relatives, non-relatives and former relatives, breaking down the obsolete prohibition against intimacies at home.

The trend toward childlessness has accelerated. We are headed toward a society made up of far more older people and fewer children than ever before.

Children are routinely being abused, victimized and bounced from home to home as families splinter and reform and splinter and reform. Many children have no one to care for them. Boys and girls are roaming the streets much like they do in Venezuela and Brazil.

In several states, pediatricians are teaching children about the use of condoms at the time of their vaccinations against disease and in the classroom in grade school.

Atheism is being embraced by many! Theology, the study of God and the Bible is at an all-time low. As God is no longer welcome in our public school systems, school children have no knowledge of spiritual matters, nor even an interest in this topic.

As a result of the triumph of feminism, many have begun to shun even the reference of God in personal masculine terms (no more, ‘Lord’ or “Heavenly Father’).

Several years ago I was given the divine appointment of witnessing to boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather in the Atlanta airport. To approach Mr. Mayweather I asked him for an autograph for my son Luke who was 10 years old at the time. He signed the autograph with “God bless you.” I asked, “Do you know Him?” Mayweather immediately responded, “How do you know God is a ‘He’?” I told him the Bible refers to God as our Heavenly Father. He asked me where I was going? I told him that I was on my way to Heaven but making several stops on my way there. He laughed and asked if I wanted to sit down and visit with him for a few minutes.

I was given the opportunity to talk to him for 45 minutes. What Mayweather was unaware of is that the night before I happened on an ESPN special about Floyd Mayweather and his rough relationship with his dad. God had given me a download of information about Floyd Mayweather’s family to prepare me for the opportunity to minister to him in the airport. When we parted ways, Mayweather’s bodyguard put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Thank you for taking the time to do that. No one has ever talked to him about the Lord like that before.” Thank God that God is our Heavenly Father!

And finally, I am seeing a trend toward trying to force women to have abortions to deal with an exploding population, just like China imposes on its women. Representative Pat Schroeder spelled out the ideal: “The most important goal for the 21st Century is family planning for everyone.” The bottom line? Here’s what these liberal-minded socialists see in the future: An even more radical approach is evolving! It is reasonable to ask whether there will be a family at all. Given the propensity for divorce, the growing number of adults who choose to remain single, the declining popularity of having children, and the evaporation of the time families spend together, another way may eventually emerge. Many are embracing the concept of dispensing with family-based reproduction. Our society is in the process of trying to produce its future generations in institutions that resemble state-supported baby hatcheries.

Not a pretty picture. Begin with multiple marriages, divorce, and homosexuality. Throw in incest, childlessness and child abuse. Add sexual promiscuity, feminism and abortion. Stir well with atheism and socialism. Wrap it up with giving all of our young children smartphones where they have easy access to pornography. This is the world in which we have found ourselves. Undoubtedly we have entered a post-Christian era in America. An era in which the culture has become increasingly hostile to biblical values and morality.

We the church have found ourselves ministering in an increasing godless society. We are now living at hell’s headquarters. We have set up church at the gates of hell. How should we live? What should be the church’s strategy in the midst of such culture wars?

Like a bride at the altar, our hearts should be filled with anticipation of the glorious consummation of our relationship with Christ. This anticipation should motivate us to spiritual purity and fidelity today. But while we wait, the bride of Christ lives at the front steps of hell’s headquarters. Surrounded by the forces of evil, she must combat Satan and the hordes of hell. The battle roars around us.

We, the church, cannot ignore the spiritual conflict that rages on every hand. Nor can we afford to be safely isolated within the four walls of the church. We must be the church and penetrate our culture, which is under siege by Satan.

In 1917, the Russian Orthodox Church met in Petrograd. The agenda? The church’s leadership deliberated in deep debate and heated argument over – are you ready for this? – the color of their liturgical garb. All the while, just a few blocks away the godless Communist revolution was breaking out and was spilling Russian blood in the streets. While the church met, hell’s headquarters – just blocks away – commenced the takeover of a nation.

Doesn’t this sound like the church in America today? While Satan and his legions are pushing a cultural revolution all across the land, we are deliberating behind cloistered walls, where we trivialize the essentials and debate the unimportant. If we are to be the church, we must be faithful to Christ and so penetrate our world.

No matter where we live, hell’s headquarters are but a few blocks away. The danger is great today. Greater than it’s ever been. And the forces of hell are closer than ever before. But the opportunity for the church today has never been greater either. Especially while we live at hell’s headquarters.


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Join us in prayer for our annual National Truth For Youth Bible Week on American Family Radio August 6-10.

Over 2.5 million Truth For Youth have already been distributed and thousands of young people are receiving Christ through these efforts. You can help us continue to bring the message of the Gospel to America’s youth by partnering with us in these two ways: prayer and giving! We cannot do it without you! To give, you may CLICK HERE.

 

Revival Fires has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to give Truth For Youth Bibles to the 1.4 million youth of Cuba who do not have a Bible in their very own language!

August 12-19, we will be giving away 60,000 Bibles to youth at the very first Truth Rally in Cuba where thousands will be in attendance. God has opened the door to make this historic event possible. We are praying for kingdom productive results!

Please pray with us for every teenager in attendance to experience the power of God! To help us pay for these Bibles so that youth in Cuba who do not have a Bible can receive the Gospel, you may CLICK HERE.

 

God is moving in our services like never before!

We are seeing people accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior who have never set foot in a church, hundreds of people are being filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, restored, healed and delivered.

God is doing a new thing! Pray that as we continue to take the Gospel across America and around the world that God will accomplish all that He desires to do!

CLICK HERE to give to help us continue to take the Gospel across America and around the world!


 

WE SERVE A BIG GOD!

Those who believe in a great God are those who desire to do great things for God. He delights in taking ordinary people and doing extraordinary things through them. That way, the greatness belongs to Him. There is one holy passion that beats in the heart of every Spirit filled believer. It is an ambition to know God and to do something great for Him. Whether it be a pastor or evangelist toward his ministry, a business person toward his career, or a parent toward his or her child, every Christian wants their life to count for eternity. The key for making one’s life strategically count for Jesus is to be gripped with a high view of God!

Are you a big-Godder? Do you serve a great and awesome God? These are life determining questions. In fact, these are the most important questions that we can ask ourselves. Answer them correctly and great will be our influence for the kingdom of God. The size of our God will determine the impact of our lives. Churches and ministries with a big God conduct extraordinary ministry. Big-Godders shake this world for Christ! Ordinary people do extraordinary things when their eyes are upon a great God!

We serve a big God with an “OPEN DOOR POLICY”. He sovereignly opens doors for His people. Only Christ can open doors leading into His will. He alone has the keys. When our circumstances seem to be most impossible, that is when God most delight to open doors for His people. This demands that we pray to Him who alone can open the door to effective ministry.

A great example in the Bible is when Moses led the children of God out of Egypt to the Promise Land. Pharaoh and his army were in hot pursuit. Unexpectedly, the people of God found themselves trapped between a rock and a hard place. So Moses raised the God Rod and God opened a door for them right through the Red Sea! What door are you asking Him to open? A door to witness to someone? A door to serve those who are in need?

God opened doors are seen only through the eyes of faith. Natural eyes see only the impossibilities. Physical eyes see only the obstacles. Only spiritual eyes can see God’s doors opening before us. Only faith can see God-given opportunities. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11:1). An open door requires our step of faith. It’s not enough just to see and admire an open door. We must take a step of faith and move forward. God’s part is to open the door, but our part is to go through it.

In 2015 the Holy Spirit began to deal with me about translating the Truth for Youth Bible into Cuban Spanish. At that point I had no connection whatsoever to Cuba. I just new what God said to do! I began the long drawn out tedious process of translating the 100 graphic novel pages. The process included working closely with 14 different artists that would create new stories applicable to Cuba, sketches, pencil art, ink art, color art, word balloons, etc. We also had to secure the Cuban Spanish New Testament translation.

In the meantime God supernaturally opened doors for evangelistic crusades and Bible distribution in Cuba. While we were there we were granted permission to give 1.4 million Bibles to the young people of Cuba!!! With the permission of the Cuban Department of Religious Affairs, the Cuban Council of Churches, and the Cuban Bible Council, we received the approval, endorsement and encouragement from Cuban government officials to publicly hand out the Truth for youth Bible to over a million young people that have never had a Bible! This is a huge breakthrough and God has allowed us to be on the ground floor of this incredible effort! The first 60,000 Truth for Youth Bibles will be delivered to Cuba in time for out GIANT OPEN-AIR TRUTH RALLY that will take place August 12-19. God opened the door and we stepped out in faith! What door has God opened for you? Step out by faith and enter it. To help us provide Bibles for young people in Cuba that have never had a Bible, click here.

Unbelief sees the obstacles, but faith sees the opportunities. An open door always implies that there is also a massive wall. Unbelief looks at the barriers, obstacles, and difficulties, while faith is focused on the open door. Unbelief says, “The obstacles are too great. It costs too much. It’ll never work. People will never buy it. We’ve never done it that way before.” But faith says, “Here’s an open door. Let’s go through it!”

Caleb and Joshua saw the opportunity, not the obstacles. The other ten spies could only see the giants in the land. But Caleb and Joshua saw what a giant their God was. The Chinese word for crisis is a combination of symbols for “danger’ plus “opportunity.” That’s the way it is in God’s kingdom. Opportunity usually comes in the face of crisis and danger.

Doors now open are quickly closing. When God opens an opportunity, it will not stay open forever. There is a day – an appointed time, a divinely designated season – for that door to be open. But it will eventually be closed. Jeremiah 5:24, “The Lord appoints the weeks of harvest.” It’s like harvest time. The farmer has worked hard preparing the soil, planting the seed, and growing the crop. When harvest time comes, the crop must be captured today. Harvest time is no time to be painting the barn. No time to be oiling the tractor. No time to be planting flowers around the house. All that must be left for another day. The harvest must be gathered now or never. So it is in God’s kingdom. When He opens a door before us, we must act promptly. If not, the door will soon be closed.

The church must go through an open door together. As God opens doors, it requires harmony, unity, and togetherness. Only as we take action together can we capture the opportunity at hand! We must move forward by faith as one body – undivided!

When I was in high school, I played football. After we had warmed up before the game, we would return to the locker room for final instructions. Then we would come back onto the field together. We would gather together behind the goalposts, and the cheerleaders would put up a big banner across the goalposts. The band would play our school fight song, and we would run and bust through the banner together. That’s the way God wants the church to be united. Running through the door of opportunity together into the assignments He has given us!

If God is with us, nothing can stop us. Jesus says, “I have put before you an open door which no one can shut.” If God opened it, only God can close it. Satan can’t close it! Demons can’t close it! Imposing circumstances can’t close it! A hostile government can’t close it! An unbelieving world can’t close it! Nobody can close it!!! God opened it and only God can close it!!!

This world is not friendly to the church of Christ. The spiritual warfare is heating upas never before. But we must be assured that as long as God desires a door of ministry opportunity to remain open, it will. Nothing an no one can close it. Whenever God opens the door of heaven to bless us, Satan will open the gates of hell to blast us. Whenever a believer moves forward by faith, you are sure to meet the Devil head-on.

Jesus said in Revelation 3:13, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”. Pay special attention to Christ’s words. Jesus is the speaker, and the Spirit is calling out to every believer. This messages is critically important. To hear and not obey is to not hear at all. What is the Spirit saying? Our faithfulness in small matters opens up greater ministry opportunities in the future. No church or ministry is limited by its size. We are only limited by the size of our God! Faith in a great God opens up great doors for ministry. No matter how small the church or ministry. God often does His greatest work through His weakest and most obscure instruments.

Are you a big-Godder? How big is your God? Do you have faith in a big God? Or is your God too small? If we have faith in a big God, even the smallest task is important. A construction foreman approached one of his workers who was busy laying bricks at the foundation of a new church. The foreman asked, “What are you doing?” The laborer asked, “Can’t you see? I’m laying bricks.” The foreman then proceeded to another bricklayer and asked, “What are you doing?” The second laborer said, “I’m building a church.” The foreman then walked over to a third bricklayer and asked the same question – “What are you doing?” But this man had a totally different perspective. He answered, “I’m building a house of worship for the glory of God.” All three were doing the same work. But the first two were occupied only the the task. Only the third man saw the big picture. He lived to serve a great God! How about you? Are you just laying bricks? Or do you live to serve a great God? Let me ask you one more time: are you a big-Godder?

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In the past 20 years we have given away more than 2.5 million Truth for Youth Bibles to teenagers. We have received more that 25,000 decision cards from young people that have been saved as a result of these efforts. Please pray that we will give away more of these Truth for Youth Bibles in this project than in any previous year! Pray that more young people will be saved this year than in any previous campaign. I’m convinced that Jesus is the solution to the violence in our public school systems. The Truth for Youth Bible is being used mightily to make a tremendous spiritual impact in the lives of every young person that receives a copy.
“I highly commend Tim Todd for designing THE TRUTH FOR YOUTH bible. The spectacular comics within THE TRUTH FOR YOUTH deal with important issues that today’s youth are faced with and it is making an eternal impact in our schools and around the country. THE TRUTH FOR YOUTH is the most powerful outreach tool available for use by the Holy Spirit to change the lives of millions of young people today! Without reservation, I highly recommend it to every teenager in America!” Michael Reagan (Son of the late President Ronald Reagan)
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We are in the process of coordinating this historic Youth Crusade TRUTH RALLY where thousands of young people will be in attendance. We will be giving away 60,000 of the 1.4 million Truth for Youth Bibles that have been approved to young people that have never had a Bible. Please pray with us for a massive harvest of souls!
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We are witnessing more people give their hearts to Christ, get filled with the Spirit, healed, delivered, and set on fire for God than ever before! Please pray with us that God will continue to accomplish what He desires to accomplish in our revival services!
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