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MIRACLE at a High School . . .

MIRACLE at a High School . . .
by Ken Simmons

More than forty years ago God miraculously opened the high schools in Central Florida to my team. We had been invited to share our testimonies in voluntary school assemblies in the schools’ auditoriums. Our team consisted of former dopers and drug pushers and their stories were very effective in these assemblies. When we arrived at one high school in Dade City we were completely unprepared for what was about to happen . . .

Typically an assembly was scheduled for one hour. The school’s classes were closed and students were free to mill around the campus, or they could go to the voluntary assembly. When we entered the auditorium there were a few standing at the back of the auditorium in a standing room only crowd. Danny led off, sharing his testimony about his involvement with drugs, and his scrapes with the law landing him in jail, and Wayne was the last to speak. Wayne, in his late teens, had been a major drug dealer in Central Florida, and upon his arrest, the newspaper headlines read: “Drug Kingpin Busted.”

Wayne shared his powerful and moving story, telling of how he had decided to put a gun to his head and pull the trigger. He faced a long list of felony charges against him, and if convicted he could end up spending the rest of his life in prison. But then he remembered what someone had told him during his last time in lockup. The man said to him, “What if there is one chance in a million that heaven and hell are real?” When he got out of jail he surrendered to the Lord on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Needless to say, Wayne did not spend the rest of his life in prison. God has a strange way of dealing with judges when it fits His purposes.

When the hour long assembly was over I wrapped things up by telling the students about “The Dove,” our Christian coffee house, and how they could reach us if they wanted to get involved. Not being aware that the school principal was a Christian, when the bell rang indicating the hour was up I was surprised when he motioned to me -- “keep going, keep going.”

By this time more students had arrived and the back of the auditorium as well as the side walls were lined with several more in the standing room only auditorium. Since I had the go ahead from the principal I shared my story and spoke of the love of Jesus for another hour – all while more students continued to arrive.

During this time I sensed that the Holy Spirit was moving over the crowd in a powerful way, and I was uncertain what to do about it. I knew that an “altar call,” as is often used at the end of a church service, was out of the question. Anything of that sort would mean the doors of the schools would be suddenly closed to us and we would be permanently uninvited.

While speaking I sensed the Holy Spirit saying to me -- “Be quiet and pray.” At first I was uncertain if it was truly the Lord speaking to me, or if it was simply my imagination, so I continued, until I heard it again -- “Be quiet and pray.”

Stopping mid-sentence, I said to the crowd of students, “God’s doing something special right now . . . I don’t know exactly what’s happening, but I don’t think God’s finished yet. He wants me to stop what I’m doing and pray, so I’m simply going to obey God. You do whatever you want to do . . . but I’m going to pray.”

Bowing my head I began silently praying. At first the feeling was quite awkward because for the longest time nothing was happening. Had I really heard from God, I asked myself? Still nothing. Here I was, standing alone in the middle of this big and otherwise empty stage, and still more students had been quietly filing in, standing in the back and up against the walls in the standing room only auditorium.

What was probably only a minute or two seemed like an eternity of silence. This was awkward—really awkward! Again I questioned if I had really heard God about stopping to pray, or was it just my imagination?

The silence penetrated the entire auditorium -- but then something began to happen. In a faraway part of the room I heard someone begin to weep . . . then another . . . and soon others were crying, and it began to sound like half the student body was in tears, weeping.

This continued for a while, and then I looked up and saw an amazing sight -- without my saying another word dozens of young people were rushing, some running, toward the front of the auditorium . . . weeping! And when they reached the front, many fell to their knees and began to cry openly. Within minutes the front of the auditorium was filled with tearful high school students on their knees, surrendering their lives to Jesus.

Each time I relive that event tears come to my own eyes. It is a scene I will never forget.

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(PUBLICIST’S NOTE: This is just one example of the many miracles that took place in Ken Simmons’ true life story, “The Prodigal Diaries,” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, iTunes, and Kobo. If you would like for Ken to speak to your church or organization he can be contacted at kensimmons777@gmail.com. You can also read many more of his articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com)

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MIRACLES at a Rock Festival -- Part I

MIRACLES at a Rock Festival -- Part I

by Ken Simmons 

(Preface to “Miracles at a Rock Festival – Part I”) -- As a young man I was on the board of directors of the newly formed Orange County Teen Challenge.  On a Saturday night when I went to a gathering at the Teen Challenge center in Anaheim in early 1969 I was completely unprepared for what was about to happen . . . 

The speaker that evening was Dick Mills, who was well-known for his prophetic gifts and the word of knowledge.  I was standing at the far corner of the room when he called me out and said, “Young man, God’s going to be sending you across the country, and I see you ministering to thousands, and many will be saved.  God has His hand on you, and He has anointed you for a great work.  Get your affairs in order because you’ll be leaving soon.”   

That night I went home and as I was about to fall asleep I had a vision in which I was standing chest deep in a river and I was baptizing young people who’d given their lives to Christ.  This vision was so vivid and specific.  I saw trees along a riverbank heavily laden with Spanish moss, and the banks were filled with hundreds, maybe thousands of people watching as the new Christians went down into the water.  And as they came up out of the water the Spirit of the Lord descended upon them and with a heavenly glow about them they lifted their hands and began to praise God.  This vision went on for a long time and each new convert came down into the river to be baptized and the crowds of onlookers were amazed at the scene. 

Within a few months I moved my family to Lakeland, Florida to begin the work that Dick Mills had prophesied.) 

Fast forward about two years. By this time I had a number of former drug dealers and addicts that were part of my team whose lives had been dramatically changed, and we went to weekend rock concerts in Lowry Park near Tampa, Florida.  

This rock festival usually had anywhere from fifteen hundred to five thousand people, sometimes more, and it was the scene of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.  People were shooting up heroin out in the open and marijuana smoke filled the air. Each weekend we would travel to the park and in the middle of the rock festival we put up a large wooden cross made up of railroad ties that we brought from our Christian coffee house, The Dove. 

Our message was simple, “Jesus is real . . . and He loves you and wants to give you a new life.”  Right away we began to see results.  Some of the most hardened dopers there were softening up, and several had decided to follow Jesus. By the third weekend that we’d been coming to the rock festival one of the members of the rock band summoned me to the microphone, and I got the sense he wanted me to get up on the stage to see if I’d make a fool of myself.  He shouted,

“You keep saying Jesus is real . . . get up here and prove it.” 

When I jumped up on the stage he handed me the microphone and when I began to speak a hush fell over the crowd of about five thousand. The Holy Spirit seemed to descend like a love blanket over these young people.  Then I began,

“Just as real as I’m standing here . . . Jesus Christ is here and He loves you.   If you’re quiet and listen to your heart you’ll feel Him.  He’s got your heart in His hands right now.  You can feel your heart beating, pounding in your chest.  Call on Buddha, call on Allah—nothing happens!  Call on the Hindu gods, and nothing happens!  But call on Jesus and He will touch you and you’ll know it’s Him!  Just when I said that some of you felt your heart beating a little faster. Some felt a lump in your throat. That’s the Holy Spirit calling you to Jesus.”  Then I said, 

“Many here have had their lives touched by Jesus.  Dopers, pushers, prostitutes -- it doesn’t matter.  Whatever you’ve done Jesus already took the rap for you so you’d never have to stand before God and hear the word, ‘Guilty!’  We’re going down to the river and baptize some of those who have given their lives to Jesus.” 

As I jumped down from the stage and began to walk about 75 yards to the nearby Hillsborough River I heard a commotion behind me and I turned around, and to my amazement, everyone—everyone—was leaving the rock festival and going down to the river.  The entire rock festival emptied out and followed me to the river to watch the baptisms. 

As I went down into the water by this time there was a line of young people waiting to be baptized.  The first was a young man called “Lucky,” who’d lost both his legs in Vietnam. Wearing braces and crutches he struggled down the bank to reach me. I baptized him and when he came up out of the water it was as if the heavens opened up and the Holy Spirit poured a bucket of love over him.  He lifted his face toward heaven and spontaneously began to praise God. 

It was then that I looked up and to my astonishment I saw exactly what I'd seen in the vision that I’d had two years earlier and it was being played before my eyes exactly as I’d seen it as though in instant replay, 

“I saw trees along a riverbank heavily laden with Spanish moss, and the banks were filled with hundreds, maybe thousands, of people watching as the new Christians went down into the water. And as they came up out of the water the Spirit of the Lord descended upon them, and with a heavenly glow about them they lifted their hands and began to praise God. This dream went on for a long time as each new convert came down into the river to be baptized, and the crowds of onlookers were amazed at the scene.” 

Even down to the leaves on the oak trees and the Spanish moss, everything was exactly the same.  This was the literal fulfillment of that vision. When I went home later that evening, I fell to my knees and wept.  God had told me what was going to happen years earlier and it happened exactly as He said it would. 

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(PUBLICIST’S NOTE: This is just one example of the many miracles that took place in Ken Simmons’ true life story, “The Prodigal Diaries,” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, iTunes, and Kobo.  If you would like for Ken to speak to your church or organization he can be contacted at kensimmons777@gmail.com.) You can also read many more of his articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com)

 

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MIRACLES at a Rock Festival -- Part II

MIRACLES at a Rock Festival – Part II

by Ken Simmons 

For several weekends we had been witnessing and leading many to Christ at the rock festival at Lowry Park near Tampa, Florida when suddenly shots rang out.  I looked up and saw a young man running as fast as he could, holding a gun in his outstretched arm.  He caught up with another young man and he wrestled him to the ground. This was no longer the peaceful flower-power hippies of the late 60's. This was the early 70’s and flower power had turned ugly.   

All of this happened within fifty feet or so from where I was standing in the river, baptizing young people.  He sat on the man, and then he pointed the gun directly at his face . . . his white-knuckled fist was shaking, and I could tell he desperately wanted to pull the trigger. This was one of the young men who’d beaten him a few minutes earlier when he’d attempted to make an arrest, and his rage almost overtook him. But instead of shooting him he rolled the man over, handcuffed him, and placed him under arrest and put him in a van. He was an undercover narcotics officer. When the police van pulled away with the prisoner inside an angry mob tried to stop the van, pushing it violently back and forth in an attempt to flip it over, rocking it from side to side.   

Next, gunshots again rang out . . .  bang, bang . . . bang, bang, bang . . . and soon it sounded like machine gunfire. There were local members of a motorcycle gang roaring off on their Harleys while they turned around and shot at the police, and there must have been thirty or forty gunshots that day — bikers firing at the police and the police firing back.  Amazingly no one was hit by all the bullets flying around.   

By this time a police helicopter, along with eight or ten police cars had pulled into the park, sirens blazing, and the mayor of Tampa had also just arrived by helicopter along with several of the media outlets with their television crews. This had been an ugly and dangerous riot and the story hit the national news. 

Meanwhile throughout the riot, throughout all the gunfire and confusion, I continued with the baptisms in the river.  It was then that I noticed a young man standing on the bank of the river.  After I finished the last baptism I climbed up the muddy riverbank and walked over to him.  When I got near to him I could see tears welled up in his eyes.   

Throughout the riot, with the crowd trying to kill the undercover cop, through all the gunshots, the screams, and the roar of the motorcycles, he had been standing on the riverbank waiting for me, and he had been quietly weeping during the entire time. It was then that I recognized him as I’d seen him several times in the crowd, and I later learned he was a major heroin dealer at the rock festival.  He struggled to take in what was happening to him as he asked me, “What do I have to do?” as he tried to hold back the tears.  I quietly led him to the Lord and then baptized him too. When he emerged from the water he was overcome with joy.  He was set free! 

A year or so later I was heading to the print shop to have my monthly newsletter printed when I met this same young man who was now working at the print shop.  I learned he was now enrolled in Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland and he was going into the ministry.  

It is amazing what God can accomplish at a sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll rock concert.  There is a reference in the Bible that speaks to the matter of what was meant for evil, God meant for good (see Genesis 50:20).  

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(PUBLICIST’S NOTE: This is just one example of the many miracles that took place in Ken Simmons’ true life story, “The Prodigal Diaries,” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, iTunes, and Kobo.  If you would like for Ken to speak to your church or organization he can be contacted at kensimmons777@gmail.com.) You can also read many more of his articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com)

 

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MIRACLES at a Rock Festival -- Part III

MIRACLES at a Rock Festival . . . Part III

by Ken Simmons

Several times I had taken my team of ex-dopers and former drug dealers to a rock festival at a place called Lowry Park near Tampa, Florida during the early 1970’s.  This was a scene of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, where people would often shoot heroin right out in the open and marijuana smoke filled the air.  

These weekend rock festivals went on for several months, and the last day of the festivals was possibly the most memorable and remarkable of all.  Each weekend we would tell the people “Jesus loves you and He is real.”  And each Sunday we had many converted, and we ended up baptizing many in the nearby Hillsborough River.  Two weeks earlier we’d experienced a riot at this rock festival, with biker gangs shooting at the police, and bullets flying everywhere, but we were completely unprepared for what was about to happen this day . . .

On this particular Sunday it was overcast and dark thunderclouds loomed overhead.  The wooden stage that had been constructed for the rock festival bands was huge, easily seventy feet long, and it was located directly under and in front of several very large oak trees, with the tree branches serving as a backdrop, or canopy overhanging the stage.  One rock band had just finished playing, and another was setting up their equipment on the stage when it began to sprinkle. Obviously rain meant trouble for all their electronic gear and the lead singer of the next group to perform was visibly angered over the prospect of rain. 

It started to sprinkle even more, which further angered him, and he grabbed the microphone and with his other hand he began to shake his fist and point up at the sky, screaming out at God in a loud voice,

“You’ve been telling us Jesus is real, Jesus is real, and I’m sick of it.”  He shouted, “If God’s so xxxx--ing real, making him stop this xxxx-–ing rain!! If God’s so xxxx–ing real give us a sign!  

Immediately, with his fist still clinched and angrily shaking toward the sky, a lightning bolt struck less than 20 feet in front of him with a ball of fire and a blinding flash of light.  The young man jumped off the stage and was last seen running and screaming as he disappeared into the woods. The frightened crowd looked on in horror and amazement.

Not only did his challenge to God not stop the rain, but it rained so hard it flooded the park and washed away the stage and it ended up in the nearby Hillsborough River.  As I was leaving the rock festival I looked back and saw this 70 ft. wooden stage floating down the river. To my knowledge Lowry Park never hosted another rock festival. 

So, if you’re ever tempted to shake your fist and shout F-bombs at God, maybe what happened here on that day will convince you . . .  that’s not such a good idea!

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(PUBLICIST'S NOTE: This is just one example of the many miracles that took place in Ken Simmons' true life story, “The Prodigal Diaries,” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, iTunes, and Kobo. If you would like for Ken to speak to your church or organization he can be reached at kensimmons777@gmail.com. For more of his articles visit his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com.)

 

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MIRACLES AT A COTTAGE IN FLORIDA

MIRACLES AT A COTTAGE . . . by Ken Simmons

Many years ago I was asked to speak to a group of teenagers meeting on a Saturday evening at a cottage near Lakeland, FL. Upon arrival I was completely unprepared for what was about to happen.

"It’s no coincidence that you're all here,” I told the group of teens. “God saved me and He has filled me with His Spirit for this moment in your lives. To let you know that Jesus is here and He loves you more than you can imagine. Maybe you have never sensed His presence before but you sense it now and He is here to touch you . . . to touch you and to fill you with His love.”

Soon a teenage girl began to cry, loudly weeping from deep within her soul. It was obvious the Holy Spirit dealing with her in a dramatic way.

As I went over to her and told her this was nothing to fear, and that it was actually something beautiful that she should welcome. I then gently placed my hand on her head and began to pray with her, encouraging her to surrender her life to Jesus, and it was then that her weeping began to gradually change from pitiful sorrow to that of overwhelming joy. Soon she was feeling real joy and as she began to smile tears started to run down her cheeks. She was embracing Christ for the first time.

Soon others in the group began to weep and surrender to Christ. Several times I noticed that some of these teenagers went over to a friend to ask them to forgive them for some long forgotten wrong they’d done and then they would pray together. It was so natural, so wonderful, that there was nothing left for me to do but simply step back and watch. The Holy Spirit was in control.

Next, they were leading each other to the Lord! Several times one of them would go over to one of their friends and say something like “let’s get saved, together,” then they’d pray with each other to receive Jesus.

If that weren’t amazing enough what followed was a real shocker! Without any direction from me these young people began spontaneously praising God and raising their arms high expressing their newfound joy -- not exactly a typical sight one might expect in a group of Presbyterian teens. This was completely natural and beautiful, seeing them with hands raised with tears pouring down their faces praising God. All of this was all unscripted, by me or anyone else.

It should be noted that nothing had been said about the moving of the Holy Spirit, or the gifts of the spirit, but soon another extraordinary thing happened. Many of these teenagers were being filled with the Holy Spirit and they began spontaneously speaking in tongues, raising their hands to God in praise while speaking in a heavenly language.

Just when I thought I'd seen everything – these young people began "singing in the spirit," singing in a beautiful unrehearsed melody praising God and singing in an unknown tongue, and it was as if the choirs of heaven had opened up. The Holy Spirit had completely taken over and I was merely a spectator at that point. I couldn't hold back the joy. I didn’t want to even try.

By this time these teens were all standing, hands raised and praising God when I noticed their Sunday school teacher, a tall young man in his mid-20’s, was standing with his hands raised high above his head. But this was different. His hands were raised and stretched high, but they were more like stiff boards, stuck in an awkward position. I began to approach him when someone got my attention and led me by the hand into another room as another teen was asking for prayer. After praying with this individual I returned to the main living room about ten minutes later and noticed that the Sunday school teacher was still standing, arms raised high, seemingly stuck like wooden 2 x 4’s trying to touch the ceiling.

Not certain what to make of this I walked over to him, thinking maybe he was doing this in jest, when I noticed tears in his eyes.

“You’re not kidding around, are you . . .”

“No, my arms are stuck,” was his response.

It was then that I received a “word of knowledge” and said to him,

“You were making fun of these kids, raising their hands, and now your arms are stuck. God wants you to get on your knees, now,” as I got on my knees directly in front of him.

When I did he dropped to his knees and the second his knees touched the floor his arms came crashing down in a loud thump, like limp, wet rags. Immediately he began to shout in a loud voice, “Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus!”

Then he suddenly leaped to his feet and began jumping up and down like a kid on Christmas day who just got a new bike, shouting,

“Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus,” and then he began to speak in tongues. His exuberance was unstoppable, jumping up and down, speaking in tongues, and shouting,

“Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus!”

The next thing that happened was totally unexpected, as he burst through the front door, knocking the screen door off its hinges, and when I left he was still running around this little cottage shouting,

“Thank you, Jesus, thank you Jesus!”

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(PUBLICIST’S NOTE: This is just one example of the many miracles that took place in Ken Simmons’ true life story, “The Prodigal Diaries,” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, iTunes, and Kobo.  If you would like for Ken to speak to your church or organization he can be contacted at kensimmons777@gmail.com.) You can also read many more of his articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com)

 

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"Good News for Muslims and Christians"

"GOOD NEWS FOR MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS" by Ken Simmons

THE GREAT OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (as prophesied in JOEL 2:28, ACTS 2:17-21) – may have ALREADY BEGUN!

Take a look at the list of events (see below), a list that would take more than 1,000 pages to complete, is happening in the Muslim world . . . and it is staggering!!

SOMETHING AMAZING is happening . . . a phenomenon in which God is pouring out His love for Muslims in many places throughout the world, including North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. And, this is not just a few isolated cases but it appears to be happening to millions of Muslims in astonishing ways. This is a sweeping movement that began just in the past two decades. An amazing number of Muslims are having dreams and visions of Jesus Christ, the prophet mentioned in the Qur'an, (Qur'an 2:8, a total of 110 times) and are discovering that He does not condemn Muslims, but He loves them! He did not come into the world to condemn it, but to bring salvation and the promise of eternal life to those who believe in Him. (NOTE: This article in no way indicates that God Himself endorses the Qu'ran or the Muslim religion, but it is clear evidence that He loves Muslims.)   

In 2015, 200 MUSLIM MEN inside a mosque just outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all had a simultaneous vision of Jesus and are now following Christ and spreading the word in spite of numerous death threats. This has now been confirmed by three independent sources.  This stunning event confirms that something truly major has begun in the world today and even greater things are about to happen. Hold on to your hats because a wild ride is about to start!!  We are entering into the midst of "the BEST OF TIMES" and we are also entering into "the WORST OF TIMES" seemingly all at once. While the world seems to be going mad, and there's a Great Falling Away of "The Church of the Apostasy," God has begun to pour out His Spirit on all flesh (see Joel 2:28, and Acts 2:17).   

A MUSLIM IMAM, Sheik Mohammed Amen, lay dying in his bed of AIDS after visiting a prostitute, and, after having lost all hope, he began preparing for his burial -- but one night he had a vision of Jesus, who came into his room, stood by his side, and said "Mohammed, rise up!" He woke up healed and was cured of AIDS.    

In December 2001, Sheikh Ahmad al Qataani, a leading Saudi cleric, appeared on a live interview on Al-Jazeera satellite television to confirm that Muslims were turning to Jesus in, according to him, "alarming numbers." He went on to say, "In every hour 667 Muslims become Christians," Al Qataani stated. "Every day 16,000 Muslims" become his followers, and "every year 6 million Muslims decide to follow Jesus."  

WATCH THE POWERFUL TRUE STORY of Labarin Mohammed, a Nigerian, who studied the Qur'an for 5 years, who met Jesus in a series of dreams, was persecuted, jailed, poisoned and nearly killed by his father, who he called Baba, but due to his unwavering love for Baba his father surrendered to the Lord Jesus just 3 hours before his death. 

As the world seems to be turning its back on God in record and unprecedented numbers, a move of God that is unimaginable in scale has begun. 

In CHINA, officially a Communist-atheist country, there are estimates of more than 200 million Christians in spite of government persecution, and that country is on a course to become the world's most Christian nation. 

The nation of IRAN is the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, but despite a crackdown on Christians in the land formerly known as Persia the growth of Christianity is nothing short of explosive. The growth of house churches and secret meetings is staggering. A few short years ago there were reports of 300,000 believers meeting in secret in Iran, but today it is estimated that there are more than 3,000,000 believers in IRAN (at last count and growing daily). There is widespread disenchantment with Islam because in Islam there is no assurance of salvation, but following Jesus means we are assured we can spend the rest of forever with Him in paradise.  

IN PAKISTAN -- Recently 85-year-old grandmother/evangelist Marilyn Hickey spoke to a crowd of 1 MILLION Muslims, and people got up and told of miraculous healings. She said to them, "The world may not know your name, but Jesus knows your name," and the Pakistanis loved her, and called her “Mom.” 

GOD SAID, "In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams." When all hell seems to be breaking out and things couldn't get much darker, that's when God said He would begin a Great Outpouring of His Spirit upon the earth. (See JOEL 2:28,  ACTS 2:14).  

Lagos, Nigeria now has what many consider to be the largest church in the world, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, where it is not uncommon to find *a million Christians gathered together for a Friday night prayer meeting, and they are still there when the sun comes up on Saturday morning. True miracles happen at these meetings, including many being raised from the dead (documented and even video taped) and children praying for the sick and they are healed. In fact this happens so often that they no longer make a big deal out of it. A few years ago this writer met a man from that same congregation who was touring America, and he confirmed to me the miracles that take place there. 

Their church building holds 1 million worshipers and is 87 football fields long. Recently, on separate occasions, I personally met three different Nigerian men in California, who had been members of this church in Nigeria, and they all confirmed this, and one man I led to the Lord more than 40 years ago, who had been an ex-con and heroin addict, and has himself led approximately 500,000 people to Jesus since, went to Lagos, Nigeria and witnessed these miracles first-hand. Over a period of a few days he had seen a young boy who was born without legs, having only short stubs where healthy legs should have been, and a few days later he saw that same young boy get up and walk, and then run, on new legs!!  What a creative miracle!! At one point CNN sent reporters to confirm these reports (possibly to debunk it?), and while they were there during a regional conference, it was confirmed that more than 6 million believers were in attendance.  

*Read - Out of Africa by C. Peter Wagner, Joseph Thompson.   

JESUS SAID "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me." He came to give us Living Water that we would never thirst again, and the Bread of Life that we would never again be hungry. He took the punishment for my sins, and your sins, so that if we believe in Him we would never have to stand before a just God and hear the words "Guilty!"  He was crucified, rose from the dead, was seen by hundreds over a period of 40 days, so that "whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)  

Call on Buddha, or Muhammad . . . nothing happens. Call on the Hindu gods . . . nothing happens. Call on any other name but the name of JESUS . . . nothing happens. But call on Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and He will set you free and give you ETERNAL LIFE!  No one else promises salvation and eternal life!  When one soul comes to the Lord Jesus all the angels of Heaven are rejoicing!! (See Luke 15:7-8) Find out of this is true . . .  seek and you shall find! 

As Christians we must learn that we will never win anyone, including Muslims, through hate and condemnation, but through love . . . "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life," (John 3:16) 

That "whosoever" includes Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, as well as "good  people" who think their being good will get them into heaven (it won't), but surrendering to Jesus will . . . that whosoever means everyone!!   

--oo0oo--         

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  If you would like to have Ken Simmons speak to your church or organization you can contact him at kensimmons777@aol.com – You can also read this and many of his other articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com

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"Who are the . . . REAL FANATICS?"

Who are the REAL FANATICS? . . . by Ken Simmons

Most people today think nothing of fans (same word origins as "fanatic") jumping up and down and shouting at a football game, or going to a rock concert and raising their hands and working themselves into a frenzy over rock musicians, but if they see Christians raising their hands and praising Jesus . . . they’re called fanatics! That’s right, let’s not get too excited about this Jesus business -- after all, He's just the Savior of the World! It's all a matter of perspective. Let’s see if we can discover who the real fanatics are. 

Some years back I had a vision in which I saw multitudes, millions, of people heading for a cliff. As I looked closer I saw that all the people were blind and completely oblivious to the fact that they were headed for a horrible death. And yet they came. They came by the tens of thousands and they continued to plunge to their deaths over the cliff. And in the dream I saw a few men and women who were, against all odds, standing at the edge of those cliffs shouting and waving their hands, trying to warn the people that if they didn’t stop and turn around they’d fall to their death. A few heeded their warnings but most did not. 

Even an atheist would try to warn them, wouldn’t you? 

That vision was immediately followed by another in which I was driving down a dark and winding road during a terrible storm, in the midst of a forest, and just as I rounded a bend I immediately came upon a bridge that had been washed out and I barely missed a headlong plunge into a raging river hundreds of feet below. In the dream I turned my car around and headed back up the road, and I parked my car as best I could to block the road. Next I set off flares up ahead because I knew that if the oncoming traffic was not warned they would certainly plunge to a horrible death. 

I’m sure that even an atheist would put out flares and try to block the road for them, wouldn’t you? 

The vision continued. Next I was in a laboratory and somehow I had been given the formula that would cure every form of cancer, a formula that would eliminate one of the most damnable diseases mankind has ever faced. I actually had the cure—a formula, if you will—and it was all neatly inside a folder marked “Top Secret – Eyes Only” written on the cover. I put the folder under my arm and headed out the door. As I left the laboratory I was suddenly surrounded by people, people everywhere, who had cancer and would die without the cure—the cure that I was holding, marked “Top Secret.” 

Even an atheist would share that cure with them, wouldn’t you? 

What man or woman, even an atheist, would not try to warn the multitudes before they plunged off a cliff to their deaths? Who’s the fanatic? 

What man or woman, even an atheist, would not attempt to block the road and warn the oncoming traffic that the bridge was out and that to continue would mean certain death? 

What man or woman, even an atheist, would not share the cure for one of the greatest plagues of mankind?

Is it fanatical to tell a lonely, frightened, and dying world that the Son of the Living God “became flesh and lived among us,” (see John 1:14) to take our punishment on Himself for our sins? He took the unimaginable pain of crucifixion, the shame being hanged naked and nailed to a cross, and for that brief moment He suffered the separation from His fellowship with the Father, and it was then and there that He became sin itself so that we could escape our deserved death sentence. When He took our sins upon Himself was when a righteous Father God could not look upon Jesus, who was carrying the sins of the world upon Himself, and when He cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?" fulfilling the prophecies found in the *Book of Psalms 22:1 - 18. 

Yeah, don’t get too excited about Jesus, the Christ, the Savior, because you don’t want anyone to think you’re a fanatic. He was the greatest hero the world has ever known, because He volunteered for the crucifixion when He traveled to Jerusalem, knowing He would be hanged on a tree – Who’s a fanatic? Who, indeed, is the fanatic? Aw, don’t get me started!

This writer has known so many who were considered the derelicts of society. They were drug dealers, addicts, gang bangers and prostitutes, but when they surrendered to Jesus they went from “death to life” – from "darkness into the light" -- and they were thrilled and excited about it. Often they were seen raising their hands and praising God with tears streaming down their faces. They had an undeniable and unquenchable zeal for their faith in Jesus. God says that He’d rather you be "hot or cold, but because you are lukewarm I will vomit you out of My mouth" (see Revelation 3:16). What is your “Faith Temperature”? 

Fall off a cliff and you’ll die, but if you’ve been born again you’ll live forever anyway. Drive off a cliff into a raging river below and you’ll die, but you’ll never experience The Second Death, which is in a place where there is "weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth" -- and it is forever. Cancer has the potential to kill you, but it will never send you to hell if you have been born again. 

*(NOTE: In the Book of Psalms, 22:1 - 18, King David describes in excruciating detail the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see v. 16). "They pierced my hands and feet," and v. 18 "They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots." Wow, nearly 1,000 years before it happened and hundreds of years before crucifixion was even invented!!) Share this with your Jewish friends. It amazes them every time. 

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(Some of these were examples taken from Ken's true life story "The Prodigal Diaries," available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, iTunes, and Kobo.  You can read more of his articles on his website www.kensimmonsministries.com)

(PUBLICIST'S NOTE: If you would like to have Ken Simmons speak to your church or organization you can contact him at kensimmons777@gmail.com) 

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Help Us Reach -- AFRICA FOR CHRIST

Our Goal - AFRICA FOR CHRIST - WE NEED YOUR HELP

Diane and I will be traveling to Kenya and Tanzania in July and August on a mission trip. We will be teaching in seminars and preaching the gospel in crusades, as well as showing Super Book episodes to the children. We have a strong desire to reach many Africans with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

My wife and I are paying our own expenses, such as air fare, lodging etc., but we need your help. You can play an important role in our time in Africa. Your gift, large or small, will provide food for the African people, Swahili translation New Testament Bibles, musicians, sound equipment, to build a stage platform for the crusades, and other facilities. Our goal is to reach $10,000 in donations to help us reach Kenyans and Tanzanians for Jesus Christ. We already have $1,000 in gifts and we hope you can add to that total.

Your prayers are so very important. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will go before us and prepare the hearts of those who desperately need the message of salvation, healing, and deliverance.

To help us in this work please go to my webpage www.kensimmonsministries.com and click on the DONATIONS section at the top of the page.

P. S. Nearly two years ago I learned that hundreds of Kenyans are reading my life story, "The Prodigal Diaries," published by Christian Faith Publishing, and at that time we also learned that some 200 Kenyans and about the same number of Tanzanians were praying for my wife who was fighting for her life due to three deadly cancers, and today Diane is -- "cancer free!!"

(The Prodigal Diaries was my first book, released in 2017, and it is full of true miracles. And my latest novel, which was inspired by true events, is "Jeané Rose, the Face of Courage."  We are hopeful that Jeané Rose will be made into a full-length motion picture, as we have presented it to several Christian movie producers. Both of these books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Walmart.)   

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The Ugly Rise of Anti-Semitism

THE UGLY RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
by Ken Simmons

Anti-Semitism is definitely on the rise, and many are admittedly scratching their heads and wondering why this is happening. Statements to that effect were heard recently on a Christian television network, calling the hatred of Jews "inexplicable” and saying, “it makes no sense.” This writer will make the case that not only is it not a mystery, but that it makes perfect sense. Stay with me over the next few paragraphs and see if you agree.

On April 27, 2019 a man armed with a military-style rifle, entered a Jewish synagogue in Poway, California and began shooting while more than 100 people were present, killing one woman and wounding three others.

Later that year on December 10, 2019 shooters armed with assault-style rifles began firing inside a Kosher store in Jersey City, N.J. killing 6 people, including a police officer and 3 bystanders. The attackers called themselves the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement, who had published anti-Semitic posts on social media.

Examples of anti-Semitism would fill the pages of a thousand newspapers and listing all of them and their various iterations would be considered futile because most of us know them well. In Biblical times the Jews were hated by virtually all of their neighboring countries and in many cases they were taken captive and their cities destroyed. More recently the Jews were despised by Nazi Germany resulting in the holocaust in which some six million Jews were exterminated in more than one thousand concentration camps, with names like Auschwitz-Berkenau, Treblinka, Dachau, and Buchenwald.

The tiny nation of Israel is dwarfed by much larger neighbors that are determined to “drive them into the sea.” Iran’s current leader Ayatollah Khamenei calls Jews, “a cancerous tumor.”

But if you’re still scratching your head and wondering why all this hatred for the Jewish people let’s see if we can shed some light on the subject, because, except for the spiritually ignorant, as well as those trapped into the politically correct crowd, the answer is quite simple.

Most people are oblivious to the fact that we live in a world that is surrounded by unseen forces. Call them “evil spirits,” or “demons” if you like, but they have been unleashed on mankind. But even they are disciples of a greater power, and his name is Satan, Lucifer, the Devil – and he hates mankind, as man was made “in the image of God.” This malevolent creature hates you, me, and every person that has ever lived.

But his hatred for mankind in general pales in comparison to his despising of the people called Jews, Hebrews – because the Bible makes it clear that these were “God’s chosen people” – people who were repeatedly granted special favors such as “the Promised Land” – pledges from God Almighty that He never made to any other people on earth. God said to Joshua “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses” (Joshua 1:3). 

It is precisely because of that special status granted by God that Satan has, over the millenia, worked overtime in his efforts to destroy them, because it is he who wanted special favor and position by God, but was instead cast out of heaven because of his pride and arrogance. Satan's unbridled hatred for God has been focused on the Jews because it was Jesus who said, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" (Luke 10:18). 

To further illustrate the unique and special status granted to the Jewish people, Jesus, the promised Messiah, was a Jew and He has had a greater impact on mankind than anyone else in history and His life has influenced more people than any other, before or since. The way we mark time is now divided – before Christ, and after Christ. More books have been written about this Jewish Messiah than anyone, and motion pictures depicting his life, death, and resurrection have moved audiences for more than a century.

And Satan hates Him as no other. He once offered Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world and their glory” (Matthew 4:8) if Jesus would bow down and worship him. When that plan failed Satan plotted to kill Jesus, believing that in so doing he would be free to rule the earth without any interference from Him.

(NOTE: If you’re not convinced that Satan has the power to grant Jesus rule over the whole earth, listen to what Jesus said of him – “. . . now the ruler of this world will be cast out” (see John 12:31), and again He said “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” -- John 14:30). Twice Jesus called Satan the ruler of this world. But Satan's rule is temporary, and is limited by God Himself, because Satan will eventually be cast into the Lake of Fire forever.)

Satan not only hates the Jews, but he has unleashed his hate and anger to anyone who chooses to follow Christ. Hatred of Christians is now becoming fashionable in many circles, and this writer believes that the day may soon come when the hatred and persecution of Christians rivals that of the Jewish people. Do not be surprised if following Jesus, and sharing that good news with others, becomes a "hate crime," punishable by law, as examples where people are now being prosecuted for such "crimes" are recently coming to light.

People throughout history, either through ignorance or weakness, have been influenced by Satan, and although those who hate Jews and Christians may have no idea why they are fueled by such hatred, to those of us who understand the underlying spiritual forces at work on the earth, this is not a mystery. As we said in our opening paragraph – “It makes perfect sense.”

 
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 'WAR ZONE' MARRIAGES
by Ken Simmons
 
A good marriage seems rather elusive today. How did we start out loving each other so much and now it seems like we hate each other? Fights seem to erupt over the most trivial things, and once the fight stops neither of us can remember why the fight began in the first place. In the early years the fights often ended up with some pretty exciting times of “making up” . . . (you can fill in the blanks) but now making up usually means the referee sends us each to a neutral corner and we try to patch up the wounds. What's happened to our marriage, and why does it seem we end up hating each other at times?
 
For those who are serious about turning their marriage around, we encourage you to have an open mind and read on:
 
As a practical matter, there are times when it would seem better if men had their own version of the New Testament, and women had their own version of it. Here’s what we mean:
 
A man’s responsibility should be to learn how to be the best man, the best husband he could possibly be – nothing more, nothing less. It would have been better for men to have never read the scriptures about the wife’s duty to “honor” and to “submit,” and the only scriptures he reads on the subject shows that it was his his duty to “love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
 
The husband was never intended to be "the enforcer,” but his role should be to “lead with love, protect and provide.” A husband should never tell his wife, “The Bible says you’re to obey me, so obey me!!” On the contrary, God’s divine order in the family was that man should be the spiritual head of the household, teaching, loving, protecting, and providing. Let the Holy Spirit work on his wife. Get out of the way and He will do it for you. For a man to take on the role as an enforcer means he is trying to usurp the role of the Holy Spirit. The husband needs to focus on his role, and not his wife’s role. The wife’s responsibility to love, honor, and submit – is none of his business!
 
And, at times it would also seem better if women had their own private versions of the New Testament.
 
Her responsibility should be to learn how to be the best woman, the best wife, she could possibly be – nothing more, nothing less. It should not be her role to see to it that the man “loves his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.” If she sees her husband in this light he is bound to fail!
 
“You’re not loving me as Christ loved the church, so I’m not going to submit to you.” No, the wife’s responsibility is to love, honor, and submit to the husband as the spiritual head of the family. She would be better served to have never read her husband’s responsibilities, but to have learned her own responsibilities fulfilling her Biblical role as a wife. The husband's role to "love her as Christ loved the church," -- is none of her business!
 
Now let's try to put this in some practical perspective.
 
Let's say that Stephanie is a believer and Ralph is not. Before long Ralph's unsavory ways are beginning to rub Stephanie the wrong way and she has finally had it. She blurts out with,
 
"I've had it with you, Ralph. I've had it with your empty beer cans and cigarette butts. And I've had it with your looking at pictures of naked women. From now on you can cook your own dinner and wash your own clothes. And you never go to church with me. I'm going to church and we're going to pray that God will straighten you out. If you don't -- then I want you to pack up and get out!"
 
Wow, that’s sure to win Ralph over won't it. He's going to fall on his knees, repent, and then rush to church with Stephanie -- right? Her approach really won him over (not). In effect, she said,
 
"I've got this God. Just let me deal with Ralph and his stinky ways, and when I'm through you can have a whack at him."
 
Now let's give Stephanie a few healthy suggestions. She's a believer, and Ralph is an unrepentant sinner and a slob. But Stephanie begins to ask God what she can do to win her husband over and be the kind of wife the Lord wants her to be. She's read in the Bible that she's to honor, respect, and submit to her husband. She decides that from now on,
 
"Ralph, as you know I'm a Christian and Jesus is giving me a deeper kind of love for you. From now on I'm going to try my best to love you and be the best wife I can be. Many of your ways still bother me, but I will pray for you -- and my prayers will be that someday you will love me again as you did in the beginning. I'm not ready to give up on our marriage. I hope you can be patient with me as I learn to be a better wife."
 
In this instance Stephanie didn't get in the way of the Holy Spirit, who has been dealing with Ralph for some time, but she kept trying to do it herself, in effect interfering with the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit on Ralph. Now that she's decided to do it God's way the Holy Spirit can begin to work on his conscience in ways that only He can. Her love, kindness, and tender ways will begin to melt his hard heart -- and without her trying to do it herself now God can win him over.
 
Let's say that Robert is a believer and Angie is not, and Angie's not very happy about being married to Robert. She rebels and is angry with him much of the time.
 
Robert says to Angie,
 
"The Bible says you're to obey me, and by God I'm going to see to it you do. My meals are never on time, you're a lousy cook, and sex with you seems to be next to never! I'm going to make sure you shape up, woman!!!"
 
Yeah, that'll do it every time. Hit her over the head with that "obey me," stuff and she'll just melt in your arms – right?
 
But let's give Robert some hints on a better way.
 
Robert says to Angie "Honey, I know you're not happy and it's affecting our marriage, but from now on I'm going to do my best to love you as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. I'm going to respect you, protect you, and do my best to provide for you. I'll do my best from here on out because I want to be the kind of husband God wants me to be. I’m hoping and praying that we can learn to love each other again, as we did in the beginning."
 
Refreshingly different . . . different results . . .
 
Couples must always remember that their spouse is not their enemy, it’s the enemy of our souls that came to steal, kill, and destroy, and he is the one we should be fighting against.
 
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12).
 
(PERSONAL NOTE: This month my wife and I will have been married 39 years and we have never had a fight or an argument (God knows this is true), and when we disagree we never let it turn into anger. She is my best friend, and I am hers, and we both know that harsh words spoken in anger can wound and leave scars that may never heal.)
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Why Do We Have to Be "BORN AGAIN"?

Why Do We Have to be Born Again?
by Ken Simmons

This is a serious and deeply profound subject that contains of great deal of meat and very little milk.  That means we're skipping kindergarten and moving up to post graduate school.  You may need to read, and then re-read this to come to an understanding.  As you read I will try to cover in a few minutes what took me many years to understand.  Consider this the introduction to your doctorate dissertation on the subject of being born again.

Unfortunately most Christians know that we must be born again -- Jesus said so -- but they don't know why!  There is a great deal more to it than simply saying we need to be born again to get to heaven.  We need to be born again so that we could even exist in heaven!  Read on to find out why this is true.

Today it’s likely that everyone in the modern world has heard the phrase “born again Christian.” The secular world bristles at the phrase, seeing it as some sort of spiritual superiority, while others have seen this as a requirement if you will, that you must be born again . . . as though some type of harsh commands from a tough, iron-fisted God who is saying to the world,

"It’s My way or the Highway" -- demanding “You must be born again or I'll send you to hell."  

If the world only knew who God is.  He is not some mean-spirited task-master who has placed before us an impossible obstacle course through which, if successful, we might gain entry to heaven -- that is if we’re lucky enough to survive the gauntlet of His torturous life tests.  No, being born again is a “love gift for the asking,” and not a test.  Who better to ask than Jesus, who said,

“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3), and "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).   

If you’re a speed reader please turn off the turbo charger and read the following slow enough to let it penetrate deep into your being because it answers so many of our most profound questions, such as -- who ends up in heaven -- and why?

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, and as such had a fellowship with God the Father that no one since has known except for Jesus Christ, who, as part of the Godhead comprised of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, became flesh and lived among us (John 1:14).  God created Adam and Eve that He might fellowship with man (mankind) and that man would be a reflection of His glory.  That ultimately brings us to the issue of why some people end up in hell while others go to heaven because once you understand this you will begin to see why we must be born again. Consider this,

Man was made in His image, which was Spirit, Soul, and Body.  This was a race of beings in whom God breathed "the breath of lives" (Genesis 2:7) and it was His intention to create this race of beings that were spiritual, with whom He could fellowship.  It was God who desired this relationship with man, who would become a reflection of His glory.  You should underline that last sentence for it is on that basis and that understanding that you will begin to have the foundation for knowing God’s purpose for mankind, i.e., why we're here.

Adam, who had yielded to Lucifer, the Fallen One, who first tempted Eve when he enticed her to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, said to her "your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (see Genesis 3:4).  This was Satan's big lie because they already knew "good" -- now he was going to teach them "evil" -- in the form of rebellion.  Now man had the choice to exercise his free will to choose between good and evil, but since being introduced to evil God's mold for man had been reversed.   God then drove them out of the garden, “ . . . lest he put his hand and take also of the tree of life, and live forever” (Genesis 3:22).  God could not allow man to eat of the fruit of the tree of life and live forever – as he was still in his sinful, carnal state.  

It was only after the fall of man that in essence another race came into being, and that was the natural man, and the natural man completely reversed God's order, sort of an upside-down metamorphosis from being one of Spirit, Soul, and Body, to becoming that of Body, Soul, and Spirit.  This was a radical change, even to be thought of as a different race, or a different species, if you will, and that new race was no longer a reflection of God.  The consequences would be profound and would last forever unless we experienced another transformation that would bring us back to our original state of Spirit, Soul, and Body; a state which could exist in the presence of God! 

Did you ever wonder why Adam and Eve never noticed they were naked until after they had gone through this reverse metamorphosis, from being Spirit, Soul, and Body, to becoming Body, Soul and Spirit?  As natural (Body, Soul and Spirit) beings they became carnal, and they were suddenly exposed, vulnerable and aware of their nakedness.  They were no longer spiritual beings and their spiritual senses were dulled and their "natural" eyes were opened (Genesis 3:7).  When they were spiritual beings they desired God's presence, but once they went through this tragic transformation and became carnal beings they ran and hid from God, ashamed of their nakedness.

Just as man's seed is incapable of producing dogs, or apes, and the seed of dogs and apes cannot give birth to man . . . similarly, apes will always breed apes, dogs will always breed dogs, and natural (fallen) man will always produce natural (fallen) man.  The natural man, which is the seed of Adam, who had fallen due to the temptation followed by his disobedience, can only produce natural (fallen) man.  His offspring will always be carnal unless they are transformed. This is why even our children must be born again, as our salvation is not automatically passed on to them through our genes.

Here's an analogy that might help you to understand.  Imagine that the caterpillar wants to fly around in heaven with the butterflies, but it can never do so unless it first goes through a transformation (metamorphosis) and dies, to become a butterfly.  Similarly, the natural man (like the caterpillar) must go through a transformation and die to become a spiritual man (like the butterfly) in order to exist in heaven.  Consider this example as well; a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die before it becomes a stalk full of fine wheat.

Does that suggest that this new "transformed" being has been perfected?  No, it means that everyone who has had this transformation -- this metamorphosis -- is now capable of being perfected, and God sees those who have been born again as "justified." This means that those who have not yet had this transformation are incapable of being justified.  They can never be good enough, righteous enough, religious enough, or penitent enough to be worthy of heaven.  They have to go through the transformation.  Jesus called it being “born again."

You may recall that in our opening statement we mentioned that being born again was necessary – to even exist in heaven.  The following should shed light on that statement:

When Moses saw the burning bush on the mountain and he met with God, he was instructed to hide himself in the cleft of the rock and he was permitted to see only the “hindered parts” of God.  Moses was permitted to have a brief glimpse of the backside of God, and when he came down from the mountain he had to put a veil over his face because his countenance was shining so brightly “the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold him,” such was the effect of his brief encounter with God (2 Cor. 3:7).

And, “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves, and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:1-2). Jesus, who came to earth and lived as a man ["the Word became flesh and made his welling among us," John 1:14] was so transfigured that He radiated the full glory that He had in heaven while still in his fleshly body.)  

If Moses’ brief encounter with God was such a radical experience that the Israelites couldn’t look at him, and if Jesus, when He was transfigured in the presence of three of His disciples, and His face “shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:1-2), what does one imagine would happen if natural, unredeemed man -- who had not yet been transformed from being Body, Soul, and Spirit, back to being Spirit, Soul, and Body, was permitted to be saturated in the glorious atmosphere of heaven?  Such a being could not exist even for a brief moment – he would be instantly extinguished – vaporized! 

How do we experience that metamorphosis -- how do we change from being Body, Soul and Spirit, back to being Spirit, Soul and Body?  We believe in and surrender to Jesus and make Him Lord of our lives.  Even though we are still imperfect beings God sees us as perfected through the sacrificial blood of Jesus.  There was a price to be paid for sin and Jesus paid that price.  That selfless act is what saves us and gives us the assurance of eternal life.  He stood in our place and took our sins upon Himself so we would never have to stand before a righteous God and hear the words "GUILTY!"

I have done my best to explain these truths and the revelations that the Holy Spirit has given me regarding this aspect of the kingdom of God and why we must be born again.  Jesus once asked His disciples "Who do men say that I am?"  Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the son of the Living God" (Matthew 16: 13-16).   

Jesus explained to Peter that this confession of faith was a revelation from God, and within that revelation were the "keys to the kingdom."  It's not a formula, and it's not just an altar call or a prayer you repeated once.  It's a supernatural revealing that Peter had, and you too must have -- a revelation that He is the Messiah, the Christ, the one who was sent to save mankind.  That's why we call Him our "Savior."  It's a surrender and a transformed life.  I can only hope that I have done justice to such an important topic.   In this lifetime you will face no greater choice."

 

 

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"EVERYTHING From NOTHING"

 

“EVERYTHING from NOTHING”
by Ken Simmons

Before everything came into being – there was nothing. He who always was, the Un-created One -- spoke. And in an infinitesimal instant He created both space and time. It is hard for us to imagine something of that magnitude. Prior to that time there was no time, and before that instant there was no space. In that instant “nothing” became “everything.”

At that moment God created all of the energy, which in turn created all of the matter that exists in the entire universe! Maybe Einstein got this one right -- E-mc2.

To put that in perspective, imagine if you will all of the matter just on our home, the earth. The word "trillions" doesn't even come close, and it’s too staggering to comprehend.  Try to extrapolate that to all of the matter in the estimated 400 billion stars in our galaxy, The Milky Way. Now, try to wrap your head around the approximately 170 billion galaxies in the universe, with the trillions of stars and an unimaginable number of planets. The "All-Knowing God" knows how many atoms make up the universe. It's mind-numbing, but that is the purest definition of omniscient. That same God knows all there is to be known, and absolutely nothing is outside of his infinite knowledge. He who always was spoke the word and everything was created from nothing.

Many are confused about the timing of all of this, especially because before that instant in time there was no time. It simply didn’t exist.

The Bible says that “a day is as a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is as a day” (2 Peter 3:8). Since there were no words in the Bible such as million, and billion, it conveys the sense that one day could mean billions of years. Remember, for the One who created time, 13.8 billion years was simply “yesterday.”

That same Someone hears every prayer uttered on earth simultaneously. He also has numbered the hairs on your head, as well as on all of the 7.655 billion people now living on earth, and all of those who have lived and died before the present time. Are you beginning to get the picture?

Even His name is holy – “hallowed be thy name" (Matthew 6:9). YAHWEH, and I AM that I AM are about as close to His actual name as we can get, although there are many other names associated with Him, such as ELOHIM “Creator, Mighty and Strong” – EL SHADDAI “God Almighty” – ADONAI “Lord,” and they all give us a glimpse into the nature of the One who has always been. Many still believe that His name is so holy that we are not worthy to speak that name. Sadly His name is often bandied about and used as a curse word. For those of us who love Him because He first loved us, this is painful to hear.

And this amazing Creator so loved us that when He saw the sinfulness on earth and that mankind had gone through a tragic metamorphosis from being Spirit, Soul, and Body, to becoming Body, Soul, and Spirit (carnal), He sent His only Son to take upon Himself all of the sins of mankind. The Father willingly allowed Him to suffer and die so that we could be saved, so that He, as the Lamb of God, could be our Sacrificial Lamb cleansing us from sin.

Jesus was the ultimate volunteer. As that sacrificial lamb He willingly took all of our dirty sins upon Himself, and then descended into hell, ripped the keys of death, hell, and the grave from the hands of Satan, and then made an open spectacle of the devil so that we would never have to stand before a righteous God and hear the words – “GUILTY!”

Such is the nature of our God.

 

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The "MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH"

THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH 

by Ken Simmons

From 1933, when Adolf Hitler rose to absolute power in Germany, until his death in 1945, 6 million Jews and an untold number of non-Jewish people were exterminated. It is estimated that Hitler was responsible for more than 50 million deaths. As unimaginably horrific as are these statistics, political correctness maintains a cloak of silence on an even greater tragedy.

The leading cause of death worldwide is not cancer, heart attacks, wars, or any other cause, but it is – abortion!

The deliberate taking of a human life inside the womb is euphemistically labeled as “the right to choose.” As of today there have been more than *61.75 million babies aborted in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973. Just since 1980, when they began keeping statistics, there have been more than *1.554 billion deaths due to abortion worldwide. For those of us for whom numbers are not their strong suit – 1.554 billion is -- 1 THOUSAND MILLION, plus ANOTHER 554 MILLION.

In the U.S. more than 19 million African American babies have been killed inside the womb than any other racial group, and under any other circumstances this would be labeled as genocidal. But thanks to political correctness it is rarely mentioned.

-- U.S. DEATH TOLL FROM ABORTIONS since Roe v. Wade – 61.75 MILLION

-- WORLDWIDE DEATH TOLL FROM ABORTIONS since 1980 1.554 BILLION

Instead of the mother's womb being the safest and most nurturing place for the unborn -- it has become the most dangerous place on earth. Nothing else in history has recorded 1.55 billion deaths but inside the womb of the mother. Let that one sink in – more human beings die inside the womb than in any other place in the world!

In fact, the worldwide death toll (inside the mother’s womb) equals more deaths than the American Revolutionary War with England, the U.S. Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East – combined!

And what is the moral justification for this tragedy? A "Woman's Right to Choose?" Is that what it has come down to? This writer believes that the day will come when we will all learn what God has to say about the matter. But don’t be surprised if He’s not pleased about it.

Unplanned and unwanted pregnancy is tragic for all concerned, and should never be minimized. One example would be a 16-year-old girl who has to tell her parents she is pregnant. She must face the most difficult dilemma imaginable. The decision to keep the child will forever change her life. Whether she is prepared or not, she will always be a mother. The responsibility is life-long and it never ends. Even if she chooses to put the baby up for adoption, until the day she dies she will always be a mother. Her life will never be the same. But as difficult as this situation is, the alternative is that her child will be dead. If she chooses abortion she will always be the mother of a dead baby.

The same holds true for the woman with five children who finds herself pregnant, and she is having difficulty providing for the five, let alone a sixth child. If she keeps the new baby her life will become even more difficult. But if she chooses abortion she will always be the mother of a dead baby. It’s a choice between a matter of difficulty and inconvenience, or the death of her child.

But there's good news for any woman who has chosen to have her unborn child aborted -- that same God is also more than willing to forgive, and to wipe away the tears that so many suffer through because of this tragedy. How do we get His forgiveness? Just ask Him – He’s got a great big heart.

Please consider “ADOPTION over ABORTION"

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Why Did Jesus Have to DIE for my sins?

"Why Did Jesus Have to DIE for my sins?

by Ken Simmons

People hear the phrase “Jesus died for my sins” and they wonder . . . “Why?  This doesn’t make any sense.  If he was the son of God then why did he have to DIE for my sins? Couldn't he have simply said, 'I forgive you of all your sins' and be done with it?" More than one billion people believe in Islam, and Mohammed didn’t die for the sins of Muslims any more than Buddha died for the sins of Buddhists.  The world doesn’t understand this and Christians have done a poor job of explaining it.

There is a scripture that says, “. . . without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness ('of sin' is implied)” (see Hebrews 9:22)

For whatever reasons, God, in His wisdom, has required blood sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind.  Without going into the details of how and why many of the various sacrifices were required, they were spelled out by Moses in considerable detail in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament. 

When Moses made his demands to Pharoah saying, “Let my people go” there were many plagues sent to convince Pharoah that defying the will of God wasn’t such a smart thing to do.  Following the plagues of locusts, frogs, the Nile turning to blood, and blisters and boils, the final plague got Pharoah’s attention because it required the death of all first born children in Egypt, which included the Pharoah’s own son.

The only way for the Hebrews to avoid the death of their own first born was to apply the blood of a perfect, spotless lamb onto the door posts and lintels of their houses.  This would cause death to “pass over” the houses of the Hebrews.  To this day Jewish people still celebrate the "Passover," and that is also why Christians to this day refer to Jesus as “the Lamb of God” since He was the spotless (sinless) sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

The next question would seem to be, “If God required Jesus to be sacrificed for our sins, why did he have to suffer so much.  Why did he have to go through such excruciating pain?"  (Note: the word excruciating comes from the origins of the word “crucifixion.”) Jesus was spit on, tortured and beaten beyond recognition.  They lashed him with leather whips that had pieces of bone and metal on the ends, ripping open his flesh.  They shoved a crown of acacia thorns onto his head, causing blood to run down his face.

"Couldn’t the Romans have just killed him quickly without all the torment?"  The simple answer would seem to be that . . . great sin requires great sacrifice.

Most people are unaware that Jesus took on Himself all the horrific sins of mankind and in doing so in essence He became sin itself.  When Jesus said, in the Aramaic language, "Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani" -- (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)  this was in fulfillment of prophecies written about 1,000 years before Jesus was born (see Psalms 22).  Because God could not look upon sin, even the sin that Jesus had willingly taken upon Himself, for that brief moment God could not look upon Jesus, and it was then that our Lord cried out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" which was the literal fulfillment of the 1,000-year-old prophecy.  Incidentally, as you will discover in reading this passage, it also spells out in detail the crucifixion of Jesus several hundred years before crucifixion had even been invented.  Our Jewish friends have difficulty explaining that one. 

Immediately afterward Jesus descended into hell, confronted Satan, ripped the keys of death, hell, and the grave out of the devil's hands, shamed him and made an open spectacle of Satan, so that those that believe on Him would never have to stand before a righteous God and hear the words, “Guilty!”  We all have a death sentence on us because of sin, but Jesus took our death sentence upon Himself. When I have spoken to people in prison I tell them, "Jesus took the rap for you and me." 

Imagine if you were asked to take someone else’s place and allow yourself to be executed in that person’s stead.  Jesus volunteered to do just that by traveling to Jerusalem where He knew ahead of time he would be hanged on a tree.  That was part of Satan's plan, but what the devil thought would be his final victory over Jesus, in turn became his ultimate defeat.  In that light the scripture that says, “Greater love has no man that he lay down his life for a friend” takes on a whole new meaning (John 15:13).

You may have a new appreciation for the next time you hear someone say, “Jesus died for my sins.”         

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The BEST OF TIMES, The WORST OF TIMES

The BEST OF TIMES, the WORST OF TIMES

by Ken Simmons

(NOTE: This article is not a 10-second "sound-bite," but is a serious look at a two-fold phenomenon that will profoundly change the world in which we live.)

Borrowing a phrase from author Charles Dickens, we are entering a period of time during which powerful events and forces have been set in motion suggesting they are harbingers of things to come -- strong indicators that we are at the onset of “The Best of Times, and the Worst of Times.”  In the following article this writer will attempt to make the case for each, beginning with the latter.

“The WORST OF TIMES” . . . 

Some would suggest that there have been periods in history when things were worse than they are today.  World War II comes to mind.  But during those tumultuous times there were clear distinctions.  Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich ushered in a period of clear and present danger to the world.  There were more than 1,000 death camps at places such as Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and Treblinka, and the evil slaughter of six million Jews was unambiguous -- it was pure evil, and it is hard to imagine things getting any worse. History shows that Hitler, who began World War II with his blitzkrieg attack on Poland on September 1, 1939, was responsible for 50 million deaths.  The world knew it was evil, and people did not need to be convinced of the evil that had been unleashed upon the world.  The December 7, 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan signaled that evil forces wanted to conquer the world.  Lines were drawn and the world seemed to know that it was a case of -- good vs. evil.

Today there seems to be no such clear distinctions.  The lines have been blurred.  That which has been considered – “truth” for countless generations, is now considered – “a lie,” and those things that most agreed were – “lies” are now being called – “the truth.”  Similarly, things that were traditionally considered – “evil” are now called – “good”, and those things considered – “good” are now considered “evil.”  And this is not exclusive to America.  Traditional values have been turned on their head in what has generally been considered the civilized world, so much so that a paradigm shift seems to have occurred.  Evil forces seem hell bent on destroying America and American values, and the same is happening at an accelerated pace in the world at large. 

These are all the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies.  The prophet Isaiah said:  “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

As far as America is concerned, during the times mentioned above, the enemy was at the gates, but today . . . the enemy seems to be within and scriptures warn us that a house (nation) divided cannot stand.

the Church of the Apostasy . . . 

Another dark sign of things to come was described as “The Great Falling Away” by the Apostle Paul (2 Thessalonians 2:3).  This apostasy that Paul described is when people fall away from the faith and return to their worldly ways, and this is happening at an alarming rate.  When Christianity became a "religion" it abandoned the faith and now seems to have man’s dirty fingerprints all over it.  Churches that traditionally held to Biblical principles have begun leaving those values for a more worldly view. Much of the Christian church has become an organized “religious system” rather than a living organism, and it seems to be more divided today than ever before. They have become The Church of the Apostasy." The world looks at a divided and splintered church and says, “I want nothing to do with it” and turns away.  These schisms in the church have created an enormous breeding ground for atheism.

Some churches have embraced homosexuality in the priesthood and in leadership roles, while others routinely perform “marriages” between same sex couples.  Those who refuse to go along with these changes are called bigots and homophobes, and some even face severe criminal and civil penalties, and they are labeled as “evil” while those who champion such causes are celebrated as heroic.

In a growing number of places throughout the world simply being a follower of Jesus, and adhering to traditional Biblical values, is being called a "hate crime."

the most dangerous place on earth . . . 

The most vulnerable of all, the unborn, are now routinely destroyed in the womb, and pregnancy has become an "inconvenience" to many. In America, since Roe v Wade in 1973 there have been more than 61 million babies killed in what would otherwise be the safest environment, inside their mother’s womb, and world-wide that number is a staggering 1 billion, 518 million.  Anyone who declares they are pro-life and opposes abortion is labeled “anti-women,” and the world media is complicit in their condemnation of those who take a stand for life. Those staggering numbers are difficult to comprehend, but to put it in terms we can more radily comprehend, a billion is a thousand million. That means a thousand million, plus another 518 million, babies have been eliminated inside the mother's womb, and it is euphemistically called "a woman's right to choose." 

To put the matter in perspective, that is more deaths inside the mother's womb than deaths that occurred during the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I & II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and throughout the Middle East -- COMBINED!!

hatred unleashed . . . 

Radical Islam has become a scourge on the globe, and it has embarked on a killing rampage throughout many parts of the world.  Their evil philosophy is the spirit of the Anti-Christ today, and their blood-lust knows no bounds as they routinely crucify women and children, and behead followers of Jesus.  There are now more martyrs for Christ than at any time in history.

America is being ripped apart by anger and hatred and many wonder if the U.S. is on the verge of another civil war.  Political opponents are urged to “take to the streets” and “get in people’s faces,” while others encourage outright violence.   

In 2017, in a suburb just outside of Washington, DC, a man said he “wanted to kill as many Republicans as he could” as he shot four people at an annual baseball game involving lawmakers nearly killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

On October 1 of that same year a man opened fire on a huge crowd at a Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 people and injuring 851 others before he took his own life.  This was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Regarding the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court the confirmation hearings were considered the most contentious and divisive ever, particularly since Judge Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual assault while in high school 36 years earlier, although there was no evidence to support the charges.  Following his confirmation an innocent-looking 2nd grade teacher posted on Facebook, “Someone should take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh.”  

It is for reasons such as these that this writer is convinced we are entering into what is only the beginning of “The Worst of Times.”  It will likely get considerably worse with the passage of time.

“The BEST OF TIMES” . . . 

If “The Great Falling Away” and the exponential rise of evil in the world are indicators of “The Worst of Times,” there is overwhelming evidence that events are also taking place throughout the world that herald the entering into an unprecedented era of “The Best of Times.”  Biblical prophecies indicate that this period will be earmarked with the Great Outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and it is beginning in unexpected places throughout the world.

As the world seems to be turning its back on God in record and unprecedented numbers, a move of God that is unimaginable in scale has begun.

In CHINA, officially a Communist-atheist country, there are estimates of more than 200 million followers of Christ despite recent crackdowns on Christians, and that country is on a course to become the world's most Christian nation despite a crackdown from the Chinese government. 

The nation of IRAN is the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, but despite severe persecution of Christians in the land formerly known as Persia, the growth of Christianity is nothing short of explosive.  The growing number of house churches and secret meetings is staggering.  Only a few short years ago there were reports of 300,000 believers meeting in secret in Iran, but today it is estimated that there are more than 3 million followers of Christ in IRAN (at last count and growing daily).  There is widespread disenchantment with Islam because in Islam there is no assurance of salvation, but to believers, following Jesus means forgiveness and an eternity in paradise.

IN PAKISTAN -- Recently 85-year-old grandmother, evangelist Marilyn Hickey, spoke to a crowd of 1 million Muslims, and people came forward and told of miraculous healings.  She said to them, "The world may not know your name, but Jesus knows your name," and the Pakistanis loved her, and called her “Mom.”  https://www.facebook.com/…/UzpfSTE1ODg4NzE0MjA6MTAyMTIwODI…/

Examine the list of events (see below), a list that would take more than 1,000 pages to complete, that are happening in the Muslim world . . . and it is staggering!!

SOMETHING AMAZING is happening . . . a phenomenon in which God is pouring out His love for Muslims in many places throughout the world, including in North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  And, this is not just a few isolated cases but it appears to be happening to millions of Muslims in astonishing ways.  This is a sweeping movement that began just in the past two decades.  An amazing number of Muslims are having dreams and visions of Jesus Christ, the prophet mentioned in the Qur'an, (Qur'an 2:8, a total of 110 times) and are discovering that He does not condemn Muslims, but He loves them!  He did not come into the world to condemn it, but to bring salvation and the promise of eternal life to those who believe in Him.

Lagos, Nigeria now has what many consider the largest church in the world, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, where it is not uncommon to find a million Christians gathered together for a Friday night prayer meeting, and they are still there when the sun comes up on Saturday morning.  True miracles happen at these meetings, including many being raised from the dead (documented and one case even video recorded) and children praying for the sick and they are healed.  These events take place so often that they no longer make a big deal out of it.

Their church building holds 1 million worshipers and is equal to 87 football fields (see photo below).  From the looks on their faces you can see they're not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Recently, on two separate occasions, this writer personally met three different Nigerian men in California, who had been members of this church in Nigeria, and they each confirmed all of this, and one man I led to the Lord more than 40 years ago, who had been an ex-con and heroin addict, and has himself led approximately 500,000 people to Jesus since, went to Lagos, Nigeria and witnessed these miracles first-hand.

In 2015, 200 MUSLIM MEN inside a mosque just outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all had a simultaneous vision of Jesus and are now following Christ and spreading the word in spite of numerous death threats. This has now been confirmed by three independent sources.

Recently reports out of Brazil have been confirmed that 16 people have been raised from the dead through the faith of believers.  These are just a few of the signs that were predicted by Jesus when He said, “These signs shall follow them that believe” (see Mark 16:17).

These stunning events confirm that something truly major has begun in the world today and even greater things are about to happen. Hold on to your hats because a wild ride is about to start!!  We are entering into the midst of 'The Worst of Times" and we are also entering into "The Best of Times" seemingly all at once.  While the world seems to be going mad, and there's a Great Falling Away of the apostate church, God has begun to pour out His Spirit on all flesh. This is the Good News the world has been waiting for.

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What Does "IN JESUS' NAME" Really Mean?

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“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

 

What Does "IN JESUS' NAME" Really Mean?  
by Ken Simmons

           

          That passage in the Bible is one of the most misused and misunderstood of all the scriptures.  The above quote is what Jesus told His disciples shortly before His crucifixion (see John 14:14).     

          In the picture above Peter said to the lame beggar “I have no silver or gold to give you, but what I do have I give you, in the name of Jesus RISE UP and WALK.”  The man was then seen walking, and leaping, and praising God” (Acts 3:6-8).

          The question we need to ask ourselves is: What does it mean to "ask anything in His name?"  Unfortunately it has become a phrase that we tack on casually to the end of just about any prayer, and in doing so it loses all its power and authority.

          “Lord, I pray that she will learn to love me and not that other guy – in Jesus’ name” . . . or, “Father, help me to get that raise so I can get that new car – in Jesus’ name.”

it's not a magic wand . . . 

          We have come to believe that if we finish up a prayer (usually a prayer asking God for something), if we simply say “In Jesus’ name” at the end of that prayer then we’ll receive what we asked for.  It's unfortunate that many seem to use it as if they're pulling the handle on a slot machine and saying, “In Jesus’ name” and they’ll hit the jackpot.  Yet others act as though they're waving a magic wand and saying "Abracadabra," and poof, the answer magically appears in a puff of smoke.

          The problem is that very few understand the concept of “in Jesus’ name.”  This is not something we should ever say casually or take lightly.  To misuse this powerful statement that Jesus gave us strips it of the power and authority that is behind it and waters it down so much that we might as well say "Abracadabra." 

patronymic titles . . .

          In Jewish tradition the patriarch of a family typically had earned a considerable amount of respect in his sphere of influence.  If he was a person of wealth, or held a position of authority in his community, his word carried a great deal of weight.  Often he could conclude a transaction based on his standing and nothing else, i.e., his word was his bond.  It is somewhat similar to having one's Power of Attorney today, although even one’s Power of Attorney today still falls short of its historical meaning. 

          Therefore, in Jewish tradition the son who bore the name of such a father could carry on business in the name of his father, or in his father’s place, with great authority.  These were “patronymic” titles that usually began with ben -, or bar –, followed by the father’s name.  The first example that comes to mind is the name David Ben-Gurion, often called the founder of the nation of Israel and its first Prime Minister in 1948.  Another good example is one that we’re likely most familiar with and that is Ben-Hur, which we remember by the 11-time Oscar- winning motion picture “Ben-Hur” starring Charlton Heston.  The main character was the son of Hur and he carried on business and social affairs with the full authority of his father even long after his father’s death.

          Let’s put that into a modern context.  The Secretary of State in America is one who is appointed by the president, and he or she conducts affairs and makes decisions as the voice, or representative, of the President of the United States.  That person speaks for the president, as though he or she were the president.

          That brings up an example of when “in his name” was less than effective.  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had frequent disagreements with President Donald Trump, meaning that when he spoke it didn’t necessarily represent the thoughts and intents of the president, and he was eventually dismissed and another man was chosen to take his place.  The president felt that Mike Pompeo was more in tune with his policies and intentions so he took Tillerson’s place.  When Secretary Pompeo speaks the president is confident he is speaking for and on behalf of the president.

how to effectively use -- “in Jesus’ name” . . .

          If we, as believers, conclude our prayers with “in Jesus’ name” we must be in agreement with Jesus in every way, having surrendered our will to His completely and without reservation.  We must be one with the Holy Spirit to the extent that we are confidently serving Him and there is nothing in our character now that reflects poorly on Him.  Instead, our life is a reflection of Him that brings glory to Jesus and to the Father. 

          When we say “in Jesus’ name” we are doing so in faith, nothing wavering. We are not hindered by unbelief, but we are exercising the kind of faith that is “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1).

          If our prayers and our actions meet these criteria – walking in absolute unity with Christ, and unencumbered with doubt, then we will be able to say “In Jesus’ name” and it will carry with it His full authority and we will see the expected results of exercising that authority.

          Jesus told His followers: "Truly, truly I say to you, He that believes on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto the Father" (John 14:12).  When that happens we have opened wide the doors for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to endow us with the power (dunamis) and authority (exousia) to do the works that He did.  (NOTE:  Our word dynamite originated from the Greek word dunamis.)

          One of the most powerful promises of Jesus was when He said, “For when two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).  It is in those times that we no longer take His presence for granted, but His actual presence comes alive in our spirit and we begin to understand that together we can do anything . . . “in Jesus’ name.”

          When we finally grasp the fact that within those few words, "In Jesus' name", is the power to move mountains, to heal the sick, cast out demons, open the eyes of the blind, unstop deaf ears, and raise the dead, we will then step into the realm of "these signs shall follow them that believe" (Mark 16:17-18).  The world is crying out, desperate to see the supernatural Jesus manifested in His followers with signs and wonders following (Romans 8:19).  When this happens people will flock to Him!

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3811522230?profile=RESIZE_710xTHE TRUE EVENTS that inspired this story are set in the Tampa Bay area in the 1970’s: 

There were television news reports of a woman who was abducted during a home invasion, kidnapped, beaten and sexually assaulted. She was then bound and thrown off of the Howard Franklin Bridge in Tampa Bay miles from any shore, where for the entire night and throughout the following day she had to tread water clinging only to barnacle and mussel encrusted pilings of the bridge. Frequently during her time in the water she had to fight off sharks in order to survive before finally being rescued by a fishing boat. The news report indicated her husband was suspected of instigating the attack.

THE FICTIONAL ACCOUNT, inspired by those true events, is set in contemporary times:

The heroine in this story is a world famous fashion model Jeané Rose, often called the most beautiful woman in the world. This kindhearted woman, who was never enamored with her own fame or celebrity, was loved by all, appeared with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, and married a paparazzi photo journalist who thought the world was his oyster having married a rich model. They had a whirlwind honeymoon, traveled the world, and were granted an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, otherwise known as Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Shortly after she surrendered her life to Jesus Christ she was attacked in such a manner and the world was in shock. Their beloved Jeané had been violated. Her newfound faith was what sustained her through this horrific ordeal. The trials of her attacker, as well as that of her husband who had paid to have his wife killed, were dubbed by the press as “The Twin Trials of the Century.” The following courtroom drama is as gripping as any found on the big screen. Having gone through what was an unimaginable ordeal, this becomes a story of faith, redemption, and the amazing power of forgiveness. Her confrontation with her attacker on death row at Raiford State Prison in Florida is an epic and stunning conclusion to this dramatic story. It’s “a whole box of Kleenex good” said a woman reader.

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The PRODIGAL DIARIES, by Ken Simmons

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"THE PRODIGAL DIARIES" - Author, Ken Simmons

In 1969 he left California to begin a work in Florida, and without any money or the backing of any church or organization he moved his family to Lakeland, Florida and began reaching out to troubled young people. Within a short period he began to see results, with dopers, drug dealers, and young people with little hope began flocking to his work. Soon the local newspapers began featuring full page stories of his work and the word spread. He had converted a former honky-tonk biker bar into a Christian coffee house, and soon young people from all around flocked to hear. Quickly the schools began to open up and he and his team were invited into high schools throughout Central Florida with amazing results.

He also took his team to rock concerts in a park near Tampa that was truly a scene of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. One day a band leader challenged him with, "You've been saying 'Jesus is Real' -- get up here and prove it!" Ken then got up on the stage and spoke for about 15 minutes as a hush fell over the crowd. Then he announced, "We've had many here decide to follow Jesus, and we're going down the river and baptize them." He jumped off the stage, and as he headed to the nearby river he heard a commotion, and when he looked back he saw that literally everybody was leaving the rock festival, fulfilling a vision he'd had 2 years earlier as thousands lined the banks of the river to watch the baptisms. During their time at the rock concerts, hundreds were baptized and converted, including major drug dealers.

During one particular rock concert the leader of a band took the microphone and with a raised fist he began cursing and shouting at God, "You've been saying 'Jesus is Real, Jesus is real' -- if he's so #@!!! real, give us a sign!" While he was still shaking his fist at the sky and shouting at God into the microphone, immediately a bolt of lightning struck the ground less than 20 feet in front of him as thousands of shocked young people looked on. The young man was last seen screaming as he ran off the stage and disappeared into the woods.

This work had a ripple effect that eventually spread to reach many around the world. One young man who he led to the Lord, a former heroin addict and ex-con, who had also been a cell mate with Charles Manson, has led hundreds of thousands to the Lord since then, sharing his story in America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, and a full re-enactment of his story was featured on The 700 Club as well as on Dutch television.

Unfortunately turmoil at home eventually found Ken running from God, a modern-day prodigal. His return to the Father heart of God is an epic conclusion to this heart-warming story.

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  If you would like to have Ken Simmons speak to your church or organization you can contact him at kensimmons777@aol.com – You can also read many of his articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com )

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THE (OTHER) DEADLY CANCER


3811453890?profile=RESIZE_710xThe (other) DEADLY CANCER
by 
Ken Simmons

Virtually everyone today has someone affected by cancer. It is a disease that comes straight from the pits of hell and it has the potential to send the sufferer to an early grave. The world is desperate for a cure for this damnable disease. Recently my wife battled three different deadly cancers, each potentially life ending. Because of the prayers of thousands around the world today she is cancer free.

But there is another cancer that is even more deadly. Someone once said, “Unforgiveness is like drinking a poison, hoping someone else will die from it" (author unknown).

In my recent novel “Jeané Rose, the Face of Courage” Jeané Rose’s father, who was once a cancer surgeon, explains to her how it was possible that her husband Michael had once loved her so deeply, but had through time ended up hating her and plotting to have her killed. Her father said:

“In much the same way as cancer is typically a progressive disease, often starting off in one area and then metastasizing to others, so is what happens to many people if they let the cancer of certain things continue in their lives without being dealt with.

“Because Michael’s resentment was allowed to simmer for some time it eventually progressed into bitterness. It was like a cancer that had begun to metastasize. You’ve said he became bitter about not being able to continue the lavish lifestyle you two had started out with. That bitterness must have lingered with him for a long time. But it doesn’t stop there. Like cancer, it spreads. Bitterness eventually leads to anger and if anger isn’t dealt with and is allowed to continue that anger will eventually turn into hate.”

Her father explained that Michael’s unwillingness to forgive Jeané when she decided to leave her lucrative modeling career, depriving him of the lavish lifestyle he thought he’d inherited by marrying a rich model, was the beginning of that downward spiral.

“Although it seemed impossible at the time, the Michael that had started out loving you so deeply finally ended up hating you. It wasn’t a case of being in love with you one minute and then hating you the next. It didn’t happen overnight . . . he was unable to recognize and deal with the signs, the metastasizing of the cancers of resentment, bitterness, anger, and hate -- eating away at him. Without knowing it he’s been dealing with forces he doesn’t understand, but the end game for these spiritual forces is to destroy Michael and then to use him to destroy your marriage.”

In an earlier paragraph I stated “there is another cancer that is even more deadly” referring to the physical cancer that can send us to an early grave.

That “more deadly cancer” is – UNFORGIVENESS. Physical cancer can kill our body, but “UNFORGIVENESS” has the potential to sentence us to a place where there is “outer darkness”, and where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (see Matthew 21:1-11).

Here is what Jesus had to say about the matter, and as a believer I tend to take his words seriously,

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV).

That was not a suggestion, but an absolute spiritual law. If you want to have your sins forgiven you must forgive others. There were no ambiguities or loopholes in that statement of Jesus.

That leads us to the question; what happens if your sins are not forgiven? The only other option is to end up in a place of “outer darkness” where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

There are those that will say, “God’s not going to send me to hell just because I didn’t forgive someone – after all, what they did was unforgiveable.” Are you willing to argue that point with Jesus?

Let’s put that into perspective. If you say that what he or she did to you was unforgiveable, was it as bad as being crucified? Jesus was mocked, spit on, beaten, stripped naked and nailed to a cross, and yet He said,

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (see Luke 23:34).

Unforgiveness, when seen in this light, is a condition that is deadlier than a cancer that sends one to an early grave.

This is . . . the (other) DEADLY CANCER.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE:  If you would like to have Ken Simmons speak to your church or organization you can contact him at kensimmons777@aol.com – You can also read many of his articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com )

 

 

 

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CHILDREN SOLD FOR SEX IN AMERICA
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          Although primarily young girls, children of both sexes are being sold for sex in the U.S. at an alarming rate. Estimates range from 300,000 to 1.5 million* of America’s children have been taken as sex slaves. The reason for the wide range in the statistical numbers is that only about 1% of such crimes are ever reported. The average young girl taken is between the ages of 11 and 14, but if you believe it couldn’t get any worse, some are sold into sex slavery as young as 4 years old.

          If America had 300,000 cases of measles in a year this would be a national emergency. The government would call on the CDC to pull out all the stops to end this threat, but child sex trafficking is largely ignored. Rather than placing this tragedy high on the list of national priorities, it barely registers a blip on our radar screen. 

          Jaco Booyens, a guest on “Life, Liberty & Levin,”** which aired Aug. 11, 2019 on the Fox News Channel, indicated that 77,000 times a day in the state of Texas alone, a child is forced to engage in sex for profit. He did point out, however, that President Trump, along with Texas governor Greg Abbott are two of the few in government that are addressing this problem to head off this despicable practice that seems to be sweeping America, but rather than facing the matter it is being swept it under the rug by many in government and the complacent news media. 

          Money is the driving force in this shameful business, to the tune of $32 billion a year. For a perspective, compare that to the annual revenue for motion pictures in the U.S., at $11.1 billion (2017). It is expected that money derived from sex trafficking in America will surpass drug trafficking revenues in the next 2 to 3 years unless this plague on America’s children is stopped.

          The sex traffickers have become shrewd businessmen, studying ways to reach young victims much in the same way that retail marketers study their potential customers. One favorite tool is to use social media, looking for children who frequent chat rooms and who use such phrases as “my parents don’t understand me,” and “I feel so lonely.” They then cultivate their young victims in those chat rooms, telling them “I know how you feel, but I understand you,” or “I think you’re so pretty,” and they sometimes lavish gifts on their prey in much the way a fisherman baits his hook . . . except these human fishermen don’t use “catch and release” but snag their victims into a life that frequently leads to an early grave. These children become the bait dangled before their future customers.

          A drug trafficker, once he has peddled his goods, must go out and purchase more drugs to sell, but to the trafficker a child can be used over, and over, and over again, earning him $100,000 - $200,000 a year . . . such is the value they place on a child.  Their ultimate reward will be a place where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth without end.

          Who is to blame -- the drug traffickers certainly -- but are not the customers whose value of these children is limited their sexual gratification even more so to blame? Without those who pay for such services this industry would dry up overnight.   

How can this happen in the “land of the free”? America is supposed to be a beacon of hope, but for so many of our children it has become a prison, trapping them into a life of degradation and slavery. As a nation we share in this blame and this shame because we have allowed our moral foundation to slip away to such a degree that we seem to tolerate this problem by ignoring it.

          In some narrow segments of our country pedophilia is considered "normal." There is even an organization that goes by the acronym NAMBLA, which stands for North American Man/Boy Love Association.

          Another example is while U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an attorney for the ACLU she openly advocated lowering the age of consent for sexual relations to 12 years, meaning that adults engaging in sex with a 12-year-old could not be arrested for committing an act of pedophilia.

          Today America clamors for “gun control” . . . to do anything to stop the “gun violence,” but seems to be unwilling to face what is happening to our greatest treasure, our children. (Incidentally, when the guest on Life, Liberty & Levin reached out to CNN and MSNBC to air this story he was turned down.)

          Children that are finally rescued and returned home to their parents, end up being scarred for life. In some jurisdictions, once they turn 18 they are no longer considered victims, but are prosecuted as prostitutes. This is a compounded tragedy.

          America must regain its moral clarity and demand that those who traffic in children must be brought to justice. Many consider life sentences to be too lenient and they advocate for the death penalty for both the traffickers, and their customers.

*According to an article by the website Share Together, entitled “Trafficking by the Numbers.”

**https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdzdfGEaDJY

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(EDITOR’S NOTE:  If you would like to have Ken Simmons speak to your church or organization you can contact him at kensimmons777@aol.com – You can also read many of his articles on his website at www.kensimmonsministries.com -- please feel free to share any of Ken's articles with friends and family.)

 

 

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