April 2015 Evangelist - Jimmy Swaggart Ministries

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April 2015 Evangelist - Jimmy Swaggart Ministries
BIRMINGHAM, AL
It’s not an event; it’s a movement.
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MARCH 20, 2015 | FRI 7PM
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APRIL 2015
FEATURES
ON THE COVER
April 2015 | Vol. 49 | No. 4
6 CATHOLICISM & CHRISTIANITY
Catholicism & Christianity
BY JIMMY SWAGGART PAGE 6
by Jimmy Swaggart
14 THE MOST IMPORTANT
THING HAPPENING TODAY
by Frances Swaggart
18 ERE THE LAMP OF GOD WENT OUT
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD
by Donnie Swaggart
CROSSFIRE YOUTH MINISTRIES
30 THE PRAYER OF JABEZ part iii
by Gabriel Swaggart
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
JIMMY SWAGGART
EDITOR
DONNIE SWAGGART
STAFF WRITER/EDITOR
DESIREE JONES
ART DIRECTOR
TOM COLEMAN
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
CATHIE MOODY
SHARON WHITELAW
PHOTOGRAPHY
JASON MARK
JAIME TRACY
32 OBTAINING THE PROMISE
by Loren Larson
34 CHANGE part iii
by John Rosenstern
36 HE IS RISEN
by Mike Muzzerall
38 FROM ME TO YOU
by Jimmy Swaggart
SPECIAL FEATURE
by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
13 CHRISTIANITY PLAYS DECISIVE ROLE IN
CHINA’S ECONOMIC BOOM, STUDY FINDS
5 60th Anniversary Celebration
Product Warranty
9 SonLife Radio Stations & Programming
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is received. As well, all CDs, DVDs, and other recorded media must be in
the original plastic wrap in order to receive a refund. Opened items may
only be returned if defective, and then only exchanged for the same product.
12 2015 International Youth Conference
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20 2015 Resurrection Campmeeting Schedule
22 SonLife Broadcasting Network
Programming & TV Stations
28 Letters From Our Audience
33 Why WEBC&S?
43 JSM Ministers’ Schedule
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1970s
GROWING FROM CHURCH MEETINGS
TO WORLD-WIDE CRUSADES
Editor's Note: The following article, “Giant Area-Wide Crusades: Christ’s
Great Commission In Action,” is a reprint from the 1982 JSM publication,
Portrait of a Spirit-filled Ministry by Howard “Bud” Fisher with Terry Byars.
JESUS SAID, “GO YE into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature” (Mk. 16:15).
When Jesus gave this great instruction to His disciples immediately
after His glorious resurrection, it must have seemed to them to be
an impossible assignment to carry out.
Without planes, cars, trains, printing presses, radio, television, or
microphones, how could they possibly preach the gospel to every
creature? These methods that we today so often take for granted
had not yet been invented.
Yet these great men, full of the Holy Spirit, went forth preaching
the gospel to every creature they could reach. God honored their
willingness with the breath of His Holy Spirit—and daily thousands
were added to the church.
When God called Jimmy Swaggart at the age of 8 years old, he, like
the early apostles, never dreamed what answering God’s call would
mean. But the desire to reach a lost and dying world burned within
him, and soon Jimmy began crossing and re-crossing the United
States (along with his wife, Frances, and little son, Donnie), holding
revivals in churches as the Holy Spirit brought the anointing.
For 12 years, Jimmy traveled from city to city, pulling a tiny travel trailer
behind his car — staying in cramped hotel rooms or church basements.
But Jimmy’s desire to see souls saved never lessened because of
the hardships of travel. God rewarded his efforts with each passing
year. His church revivals (which had been lasting two to three weeks)
began lasting up to nine weeks! Because of God’s anointing on these
revivals, Jimmy was being “held over” time after time — blessing the
hearts of pastors and congregations alike. In those early days, Jimmy
remained faithful to God, and hungry people searching for reality in
Christ were saved in virtually every service.
The crowds kept coming. Seemingly, Jimmy Swaggart’s ministry had
reached a point of success most evangelists would have accepted
as the apex of service.
But God had further divine plans for Jimmy Swaggart’s life and ministry,
and He began to speak to Jimmy’s heart about preaching in large arenas.
Jimmy loved the churches, but often they were filled to capacity, and
people were left without seats or turned away completely.
FROM BROTHER SWAGGART »
“Clearly
“
in the 1970s, we had to adapt our
methods to the changing times. But we
never changed the message.”
One Sunday morning, with crowds filling the aisles and
exits, Jimmy was finding it hard to preach. He felt totally
bound in the service. Jimmy could sense the Holy Spirit
saying deep inside him that it was time to move to the
auditoriums. “Until you do,” God said, “My Spirit will
not move.” Then and there, Jimmy said yes to God.
He resolved to begin area-wide crusades where no one
would ever have to be denied a seat.
From that day on, the giant, area-wide crusade services
have grown to become one of the most vital phases of
the world outreach of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
Today, Jimmy ministers, along with an outstanding professional music team, to literally hundreds of thousands
of people in crusades all over the nation and around the
world. Jimmy has held as many as 35 crusades in a year’s
time — with special foreign crusades in such countries as
South Africa, Australia, the Philippines, Canada, New Zealand, and Panama. Friends of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries
are often invited to journey overseas with Jimmy, Frances,
and the entire crusade team, joining them in these foreign
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ONE MINISTRY. ONE MESSAGE. 60 YEARS.
Catholicism
& Christianity
By Jimmy Swaggart
Again, it is the old, old story: “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Mat. 15:14).
I love the Catholic
people with a
deep and abiding
love. I also feel
that the ultimate
test of love is
to work for the
eventual good
(and happiness)
of those we love.
UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE BEEN branded antiCatholic. I do not, however, consider this to be a
valid assessment of my feelings.
Unfortunately, I have been branded anti-Catholic. I do not, however, consider this to be a
valid assessment of my feelings.
I love the Catholic people with a deep and
abiding love. I also feel that the ultimate test
of love is to work for the eventual good (and
happiness) of those we love. Unfortunately,
when we truly love someone, it can be necessary at times to cause momentary unhappiness in order to bring about long-term good.
This is what has happened as I sincerely have
tried to direct my Catholic friends toward a
Bible-based relationship with God.
To my way of thinking, the term anti-Catholic
describes someone who does not approve of or
like someone simply because he is Catholic. I
can honestly say that I have never met a Catholic I disliked. Having said that, I would like further to state this fact: I do not feel that pointing
out errors in basic doctrine — caustic as it may
seem at the moment — is anti-Catholic.
I agreed as a young man to accept the Godgiven calling of evangelist. In his epistle, the
Apostle Paul told Timothy to do the work of an
evangelist and then laid down the blueprint for
this job:
“Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of
season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (II Tim. 4:2).
Sometimes it is not easy to follow God’s directions. It is imperative, however, for the minis-
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ter (or anyone else for that matter) who desires
to walk in total obedience to God and His will.
It is my God-given imperative (and calling) to
reprove and rebuke — all the while with longsuffering and doctrine. Sometimes this is not
well received, so I am resigned to having my
efforts castigated within the organized arms of
the Catholic empire.
Still, as the Apostle Paul said:
“I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision”
(Acts 26:19).
This question is far more than just a goodnatured discussion on doctrine, for there is
nothing more tragic than a false path to salvation — a shimmering mirage that lures men
to their death as they die of thirst. I firmly
believe that the primary doctrines of the Catholic Church portray a fraudulent path to salvation, and I can think of nothing more tragic
(however well-intentioned) than a promise of
salvation that delivers eternal torment instead
of eternal life.
I am convinced that many, many Catholics
have been truly born again. Naturally, they
will make heaven their eternal home, just as
born-again Protestants will. However, for every
one who is saved, scores of others are trusting
in a false sense of salvation, which will, sad to
say, cause them to be eternally lost. This is my only reason for writing on the subject. Even though I know beforehand that it
will not produce any extended hands of love
and appreciation from the Catholic hierarchy
(or from many of my Protestant brethren either
for that matter), I write because I feel led of
THE
PRICELESS CORNER
CATHOLICISM & CHRISTIANITY
We have set aside this corner of The Evangelist to show
God’s Plan of Salvation. If you are unsure where you will go
when you die, please listen to what God has said in His Word:
FIRST: GOD LOVES YOU!
the Lord to do so. I only hope and pray that at least one precious, seeking
soul will read what will be presented and find himself directed toward the
Lord Jesus Christ — the only source of salvation under heaven. For this I will
accept gladly whatever vilification may be heaped upon me.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven
given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“For God so loved the world that he gave His only Begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have Everlasting Life” (Jn. 3:16).
SECOND: MAN IS A SINNER, AND SIN
HAS SEPARATED HIM FROM GOD
“For there is not a just man upon Earth, that doeth good and
sinneth not” (Eccl. 7:20).
“For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God”
(Rom. 3:23).
THIRD: JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY REMEDY FOR SIN
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that He might bring us to God ...” (I Pet. 3:18).
THE HOLY BIBLE
Let us consider for a moment just what the Word of God — the Holy
Bible — really is. The Bible is, in actuality, God speaking to reveal His inner
nature and His design for creation. There is a self-revelation of God throughout nature, which is His creation.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must
be saved” (Acts 4:12).
FOURTH: YOU MUST RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST
AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOUR
The Bible tells us:
Jesus calls this experience the new bir th. He told
Nicodemus: “... Except a man be born again, he cannot
see the Kingdom of God” (Jn. 3:3).
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handywork”
(Ps. 19:1).
We invite you now to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your
personal Saviour. “But as many as received Him, to them
gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them
that believe on His Name” (Jn. 1:12).
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so
that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
Further, the conscience of man is a moral guide, inbuilt by God to tell us
whether we are doing right or wrong.
“The Gentiles … show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience
also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing
one another” (Rom. 2:14-15).
It must, however, be expressly understood that man cannot find God through
nature alone — even though nature is a divine witness — because man is
blinded by sin and thus fails to read accurately the creation that continually
proclaims the eternal Creator.
“When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but
became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing
themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible
God into an image … Wherefore God also gave them up … Who changed the truth
of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator …
even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a
reprobate mind” (Rom. 1:21-28).
This same sin blinds man and distorts and lacerates his conscience until it
can no longer serve as an accurate barometer of the divine moral law. So, for
sinful man (and without the Saviour, we are all sinners), there is the necessity
for self-revelation from God (special revelation) beyond that of conscience
and creation (general revelation). That revelation comes to us in the form of
the Word of God.
The Word of God consists of two parts: (1) the written Word of God, which
we call the Holy Bible or Scripture (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20-21) and (2) the
Word of God as manifested in Jesus Christ, who is the Eternal Word incarnate (Jn. 1:1-5).
WE BELIEVE:
»»The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative
written Word of God (Ps. 119; Mat. 4:4; Lk. 24:27).
»»There is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: God
the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (I Jn. 5:7).
»»In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin Birth, in
His Sinless Life, in His Miracles, in His Vicarious and atoning
Death, in His Bodily Resurrection, in His Ascension to the
Right Hand of the Father, in His personal future return to
this Earth in Power and Glory to rule a thousand years (Jn.
1:1-4; Eph. 2:13-18; Rev., Chpts. 19-20).
»»In the Blessed Hope — the Rapture of the Church at Christ’s
Coming (I Thess. 4:13-18).
»»The only means of being cleansed from sin is through
Repentance and Faith in the Precious Blood of Christ (Rom.
5:1; Eph. 2:8-9, 13-18).
»»Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for
personal Salvation (Jn. 3:5-8; Titus 3:5).
»»The Redemptive Work of Christ on the Cross provides
Healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer
(Ex. 15:25-26; James 5:14-15; I Pet. 2:24).
»»The Baptism with the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4 is
given to Believers who ask for it (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7).
»»In the Sanctifying Power of the Holy Spirit by Whose
indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Rom.
6:3-14; 8:1-2, 11).
»»In the Resurrection of both the saved and the lost: the one
to Everlasting Life and the other to everlasting damnation
(Rev. 20:5-6, 11-15).
Pray this prayer and mean it with all of your heart:
“Dear
“
Lord Jesus, I now realize that I am a sinner. I accept
the fact that You died for me on the rugged Cross of Calvary.
I now open my heart’s door and receive You as Saviour
and Lord of my life. Please take full control of me and help
me to be the kind of Christian You want me to be. Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer in all sincerity, you are now a Child
of God. So that we might rejoice with you, we invite you to
fill out this coupon and mail it to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries,
P.O. Box 262550, Baton Rouge, LA 70826-2550. In Canada,
mail to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries of Canada, P.O. Box 1020,
Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6V9. We will send you a free copy
of Jimmy Swaggart’s book What Must I Do To Be Saved? This
book will help you grow in grace and knowledge.
DEAR JIMMY: TODAY I ACCEPTED JESUS
AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR.
NAME
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To reconcile sinful man to Himself,
God sent His only begotten Son, who is
the eternal Word. He assumed human
form in the person of Jesus Christ
(compare Phil. 2:5-11):
“For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believes in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. For God sent not His
Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through Him might be
saved” (Jn. 3:16-17).
that which we have preached unto you, let
him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8).
Any source (be it the church, the pope,
or a religious fanatic or cult leader)
promulgating a statement or doctrine about the Lord Jesus Christ that
cannot be supported by the clear and
concise language of the Bible should
be dismissed out of hand!
He was (and is) the Word of God
incarnate:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was
God” (Jn. 1:1).
The written Word of God (the Bible)
and the Word of God incarnate (Jesus
Christ) forever are united, inseparable, and in agreement. They must
stand in eternal unity and agreement,
or they are not of God! Of course, the
written Word and the incarnate Word
are of God, so they do stand in perfect
agreement and unity.
It must be clearly understood that
there is no Jesus other than the Jesus
revealed in the Bible. If anyone states
anything about the Lord Jesus Christ
that does not agree with scriptural
revelation, it is at best speculation and
at worst a blatant lie!
“I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty,
so your minds should be corrupted from
the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he
who comes preaching another Jesus,
whom we have not preached, or if you
receive another spirit, which you have not
received, or another gospel, which you
have not accepted, you might well bear
with him” (II Cor. 11:3-4).
“Though we, or an angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel unto you than
THE INSPIRED
WORD OF GOD
Just what do we mean by the word
inspired? In the strictest interpretation, inspired simply means “breathed.”
So, statements which we sometimes
hear preachers use — such as “Godbreathed” — are nothing less than literal interpretations of this word. By
this we mean that God utilized certain
men to put down physically the words
of the Bible, but they did so under the
influence of the Holy Spirit. God actually breathed on them as they wrote.
They (and the work they produced)
were God-inspired. They were moved
and influenced within their own intellect to put down on paper (or papyrus
or parchment, as the case may be)
exactly what God wanted written.
Oddly enough, one of the most beautiful explanations of this is found in an
encyclical of Pope Leo XIII (A.D. 18101903), which states:
“God so moved the inspired writers
by His supernatural operation that
He incited them to write, and assisted
them in their writing so that they
correctly conceived, accurately wrote
down, and truthfully expressed all
that He intended and only what He
intended; and only thus can God be
the author of the Bible.”
Does this suggest some form of
mechanical dictation by God, where
men functioned as little more than
robot tape recorders? No! All human
instruments of God retain their
individual personalities and writing abilities. However, these men
were overshadowed by the Spirit of
God, even to their choice of specific
words. In this way, their manuscripts
were free of error doctrinally, historically, geographically, scientifically,
or whatever. This is what is meant
(and correctly so) that the Holy Bible
is inerrant.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness” (II Tim. 3:16).
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take
heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark
place, until the day dawn, and the Day
Star arise in your hearts: Knowing this
first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of
any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
but holy men of God spoke as they were
moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Pet. 1:19-21).
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RADIO PROGRAM GUIDE
ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME ZONE
TIME
PROGR AM
6:00 - 7:00 AM
The Word with Gabe and Jill Swaggart
7:00 - 8:30 AM
LIVE The Message of the Cross
8:30 - 9:00 AM
LIVE Insight with John Rosenstern
9:00 -11:00 AM
LIVE Frances & Friends with Frances Swaggart
11:00 -12:00 PM
Sonlife Radio Music
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Loren Larson
1:00 - 2:30 PM
The Message of the Cross
(different than AM broadcast)
2:30 - 2:55 PM
Sonlife Radio Music
2:55 - 3:00 PM
A Daily Devotional reading by Gabe Swaggart
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Donnie Swaggart Broadcast
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Sonlife Radio Music
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Jimmy Swaggart Broadcast
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Sonlife Radio Music
7:00 - 8:30 PM
The Message of the Cross rebroadcast
8:30 - 9:00 PM
Insight with John Rosenstern rebroadcast
9:00 - 11:00 PM
Frances & Friends with Frances Swaggart
rebroadcast
11:00 - 12:00 AM
Sonlife Radio Music
12:00 - 1:00 AM
Loren Larson rebroadcast
1:00 - 2:30 AM
The Message of the Cross (different than AM
broadcast)
2:30 – 3:00 AM
Sonlife Radio Music
3:00 - 4:00 AM
Donnie Swaggart Broadcast
4:00 - 5:00 AM
Sonlife Radio Music
5:00 - 6:00 AM
Jimmy Swaggart Broadcast
7:00 - 8:30 PM WED
LIVE Family Worship Center Service
wednesdays only
7:00 - 8:30 PM THU
Crossfire Service thursdays only
9:00 - 10:00 AM SAT
Salvation Station (Children) saturday only
11:00 - 12:00 PM SAT
Crossfire with Gabriel Swaggart (Young Adults)
saturday only
5:00 - 6:00 PM SAT
Bob Cornell
7:00 - 8:00 AM SAT/SUN
The Message of the Cross replay
10:00 - 12:00 PM SUN
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The entirety of the Bible is true, trustworthy, and
dependable — even in matters not directly related to
doctrine or salvation. (It is also interesting that the
Bible, although physically set down by scores of individuals of widely varying backgrounds and experiences, and over a span of millennia, has a cohesive,
recognizable meter and style that cannot be mistaken — even when read or heard out of context.)
Oddly enough, the statements concerning inspiration
and inerrancy in the Word of God are accepted without reservation by Catholics, Protestants, and all of
evangelical Christianity.
As a qualification of the above statement, it should
be noted that evangelical Christianity is backpedaling in this area. Certain liberal elements are
making efforts to soften the formerly firm stand on
biblical inerrancy.
It may also be noted that while official Roman Catholicism continues to affirm the principle of scriptural
inerrancy, there is a large percentage — perhaps even
a majority — of Catholic priests (especially in these
modern times and in certain orders) who are finding
their beliefs eroded in this area.
When faith in inspiration and inerrancy are
destroyed by liberal concepts, the churches accepting these apostate (liberal) views inevitably find
themselves bereft of divine guidance through the
Holy Spirit. The result is always coldness, indifference, social busyness (not to mention such spiritual
aberrations as liberation theology), and a marked
indifference to the proclamation of God’s message of
salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.
INTELLECTUALISM
Some “great, intellectual theologians” state that the
Bible is not an “intellectual certainty.”
I do not believe this is true.
The word intellectual here infers knowing of a certainty — as opposed to sensing, thinking, or feeling.
So, while their statement may hold technical truth,
it misses the whole point of a relationship with God.
Their statement derives from the fact (and it is a fact)
that the Bible cannot be understood on an intellectual basis alone; there must be an underlying faith
CATHOLICISM & CHRISTIANITY
in God before His written Word becomes quickened (brought to life) in our heart. This can
only be brought about through the power of
the Holy Spirit acting on our intellect and will.
“It is the Spirit who quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit,
and they are life” (Jn. 6:63).
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
Elsewhere we read:
“God has dealt to every man the measure of
faith” (Rom. 12:3).
It is through this specific (albeit, small) measure
of faith that man can accept the beginnings of
believing in God, and this is what eventually
burgeons into a full understanding of the person
of Christ and the Word of God. Naturally, this
comes through faith, and it comes automatically at every person’s salvation experience.
So, anyone who tries strictly through intellect
(undergirded often with a preconceived skepticism) to understand the Word of God on a cold,
rational basis is almost surely doomed to fail.
On the other hand, those persons with true
intellect, who come armed with an underlying
desire to know truth (or at least with an unbiased neutrality in their position) will almost
surely find themselves coming away from their
investigation as Bible believers.
but immediately a Roman fallacy intrudes.
The church teaches (and this has been reaffirmed as recently as the Second Vatican Council) that “there is but one revelation from God,
but it has two sources: the first is written,
which is the Bible, and the second is the ‘traditions’ of the living church.”
Here we have an obvious (and awesome) contradiction. The Bible has been officially endorsed
by the Catholic Church as the inspired, infallible Word of God, but then, an adulterant is
allowed to intrude, which is, in fact, the basis
for all Roman Catholic error!
This is tradition!
The end result is that the (humanly inspired)
traditions of the church not only are placed on
parity with the genuine Word of God, but they
are actually given precedence over it! When
tradition and God’s Word fail to agree, the
Roman Catholic Church chooses — without
fail — to accept their human traditions and
reject the true Word of God!
When tradition
and God’s Word
fail to agree,
the Roman
Catholic Church
chooses — without
fail — to accept
their human
traditions and
reject the true
Word of God!
This article will continue in the next issue of
The Evangelist.
This message was taken from the
Jimmy Swaggart hardback book,
Catholicism & Christianity.
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AREAS OF AGREEMENT
We have already alluded to two areas of agreement between Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity: (1) The Bible is truly God’s
Word — His written revelation to man, and (2)
the Bible is inspired and inerrant.
A BASIC FLAW IN ROMAN
CATHOLIC TEACHING
The primary Roman Catholic teaching on the
inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible is sound,
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CHRISTIANITY PLAYS
DECISIVE ROLE IN CHINA’S
ECONOMIC BOOM, STUDY FINDS
by thomas d. williams, ph.d.
(reprinted with the author’s permission)
A NEW STUDY IN the China Economic Review exploring the impact of religious beliefs on economic development has found that “Christianity has the
most significant effect on economic growth” and that the steady increase
of Christianity has played an important role in China’s economic rise.
The study by Qunyong Wang of the
Institute of Statistics and Econometrics at Nankai University and Xinyu Lin
of Renmin University of China finds
that Christianity has significantly contributed to China’s economic growth.
The researchers discovered a positive
correlation between areas of particularly robust economic growth and the
prevalence of Christian congregations
and institutions in these areas.
Wang and Lin analyzed provincial
data during the ten-year period from
2001 to 2011, comparing the relative
impact of different religious beliefs on
regional economic growth, and they
found Christianity to have the most
significant effect.
The study builds on the prior research
of Zhao Xiao, a Chinese economist
who gained attention for arguing that
China’s economy would benefit from
the spread of Christianity. Zhao went
to America to study the differences
between the market economies of the
United States and China. He found
that “there are churches everywhere”
in America, whereas in China, “there
are bathhouses everywhere.” His studies led him to write an article titled
“Market Economies with Churches and
Market Economies without Churches,”
which argued that the key to America’s
commercial success was its churches.
Part of the reason for this seems to
be the institutionalizing tendency of
Christian groups. Although Christians
make up only 5 percent of the Chinese
population, Wang and Lin found that
Christian congregations and institutions account for 16.8 percent of all
religious institutions, or three times
what would be expected.
The positive connection between Christianity and the economy is good news
for China, since Christianity is growing
so fast in China that some predict that it
will be the most Christian nation in the
world in only another 15 years.
The study revealed that religion in general had a positive impact on China’s
economic growth, though the impact
of Christianity was notably higher.
Religious institutions impact the economy in a number of ways, including
direct spending for goods, services,
and salaries, as well as a broader “halo
effect.” This effect comprises the
often unmeasured benefits, such as
the safety net and networks provided
to individuals, the magnet effect of
attracting everything from lectures to
weddings, and valuable public spaces
that provide communities with centers
of cultural, ethical, spiritual, and even
recreational value.
Wang and Lin also argue that Christianity’s social ethics may have an
impact on the Chinese economy, as
well. The emphasis on the overall
development of human beings present in Christian ethics, they contend,
tends to result in legal and rational
investment behavior, rather than illicit
or wild speculation.
The mounting data for a positive correlation between a strong Christian
presence and stable economic growth
has important policy implications for
China’s officially atheist government.
Even from a purely economic standpoint, the recent crackdown on Christianity may prove to be shortsighted
and counterproductive.
Not biting the hand that feeds you
may translate into not slapping the
hand that blesses you.
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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING HAPPENING TODAY
by frances swaggart
SOMETIMES IT CAN BE hard to notice a miracle, even when one happens right in
front of you. While preaching on a Wednesday night at Family Worship Center, my
husband gave an excellent illustration of this very thing.
As far as the Lord
was concerned,
David’s selection
was the single
most important
event happening
in the entire
world because
it ensured
the continued
lineage of the
coming Messiah.
He was teaching from I Samuel, describing the
Prophet Samuel’s mission — instructed by God to
anoint the next king of Israel. He told of all that
was happening in the world of that day — the
grandeur of governments and the innovations
and progress of nations — God’s focus, His eye,
was on one shepherd boy, the person He wanted
anointed as king. Yet, this obscure selection
about to be made by God’s prophet went virtually unnoticed by everyone, including Israel.
Think about that for a moment. As far as the
Lord was concerned, David’s selection was the
single most important event happening in the
entire world because it ensured the continued
lineage of the coming Messiah. But Samuel
almost missed it; he had his eye on Jesse’s
oldest son, Eliab.
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on
his countenance, or on the height of his stature;
because I have refused him: for the Lord sees
not as man sees; for man looks on the outward
appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”
(I Sam. 16:7).
Not one person would have chosen David to
be anointed as king, except God. Only God
knows the heart. God chose David for one
of the most important positions on the face
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of the entire earth, and for all time, because a
thousand years later, the Saviour would come
through his lineage.
As the angel said to Mary: “The Holy Spirit shall
come upon you, and the power of the Highest
shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy
thing which shall be born of you shall be called
the Son of God” (Lk. 1:35).
In that same message, my husband likened the
importance of David’s obscure selection to what
is happening in the church today. He said, “I
believe this with all my heart: I believe what is
taking place now in the church — this Message
of the Cross, Jesus Christ and Him crucified — I
personally believe that it is the single, most
important thing that’s going on in the entirety
of the world today.” Then he asked the congregation, “How does it feel to be involved in the
most important thing in the world?”
My husband and I believe that nothing is more
important than a soul being saved or a life being
changed. Back when we were holding crusades,
nationally and internationally, there was no way
we could reach people in the most remote areas
of the world. But the Lord has made what was
impossible then possible now using SonLife
Broadcasting Network (SBN). Today, we’re able
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to look into these television cameras here in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, and reach millions upon millions
of people — by television, by the Internet, and by
radio — people who have never even heard the
gospel preached before. Ladies and gentlemen,
this network — from the way it came about to its
constant growth — is a miracle.
I feel like I need to share with you what is happening as these SBN programs are going forth
because we’re asking for help to support this
ministry, and people need to know the results that
are being reaped around the world.
Here at the ministry, we see these results every
day. Emails, letters, and phone calls pour into
our office daily from people testifying about how
blessed they are by SBN. A handful of those are
printed in this magazine every month, but I wanted
to share a few more with you that were especially
moving to me. I think we need to be more vocal
about what the Lord is doing through this network
and in the hearts and lives of our viewers. Testimony is powerful; it helps build the faith of others,
and I want these testimonies to show you exactly
what your help — your giving, your prayers, and
your support of this ministry and this network — is
doing for people around the world.
YES, ZOEY, JESUS CHRIST IS REAL
In January, we had the distinct privilege of leading
a little 9-year-old girl to the Lord on a live broadcast of Frances & Friends. It was one of the most
precious things that we’ve ever had happen while
on the air. The little girl’s name was Zoey, and she
had her mom help her call during the time we were
taking questions. She said, “My cousin told me
this year that there’s no Santa Claus, and I believed
on my life that there was, so how do I know that
there’s not no God, if that’s not a fairy tale?”
We explained to Zoey that Santa Claus is a fairy
tale, but that the Lord Jesus Christ is very real, and
that she could be assured of that by the testimonies of so many lives being transformed every day
by the love and the power of God.
I asked Zoey if she wanted to be saved. Before she
said yes, you could hear her little 9-year-old heart
reaching out to believe as she asked again, “So, just
because Santa Claus is not real, Jesus really is real,
right? Because Santa Claus, I never seen him, but I
never seen Jesus, but Jesus really is real then, right?”
We assured her again that Jesus was real, and
Donnie asked her if she wanted to receive the
Lord. She said yes, and Donnie started explaining
to her how he would pray, and she would repeat
the sinner’s prayer, believing the words. When
she told Donnie, “But I never done much sins,” he
reminded her that all of us have sinned and come
short of the glory of God.
As Donnie led Zoey, line by line, through the sinner’s prayer, you could sense the Spirit of God
working on that little heart through the phone line,
moving her to tears as she prayed. After she said
the last line, “I am a new creation in Christ Jesus,”
our praises to the Lord were interrupted when we
heard Zoey holler out, “Mommy, I just got saved!”
Anyone listening
to the program
that day — saved or
unsaved — got to
hear the miracle
of this little girl
receiving Christ
into her heart.
This is that for
which we labor.
Anyone listening to the program that day — saved
or unsaved — got to hear the miracle of this little
girl receiving Christ into her heart. This is that for
which we labor. This is what SonLife Broadcasting
Network is all about.
Incidentally, this precious conversion happened on
the exact same day that Islamic terrorists gunned
down 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo office in
Paris. But, praise the Lord, in the midst of such
violent acts, the Holy Spirit was still moving in the
world, drawing people to the Cross. That’s what
SonLife Broadcasting is doing: shouting the message of the Lord Jesus Christ from the housetops
so that people like Zoey can answer.
BIBLES RECEIVED IN INDIA
At the first part of every month, we dedicate one
day of live airtime on SBN to take in donations that
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are used to purchase Bibles for pastors
in other countries. Each month, we
focus on one or two specific regions for
this outreach. In the spring of 2014, we
sent 10,850 copies of The Expositor’s
Study Bible to India, where they were
distributed to local ministers. Keep in
mind that 80 percent of the 1.2 billion
people who live in India are Hindus.
Less than three percent are Christians. That’s what makes this email we
received so special. It reads:
Dear Brother Swaggart:
I am the national director of Scripture
Union India, an organization that
ministers among children, young
people, and families. I have been in
the publishing ministry specializing
in Bible reading notes for 22 years.
Recently I received a copy of The
Expositor’s Study Bible, published by
you and your organization. My family
and I find it very useful as a guide to
study the Word of God, and it also
helps us to understand the text in a
different perspective.
Our organization received 150 copies
of it from one of my friends, and [we
are] distributing to all our staff who
are working all over India.
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we all get there, you’re going to have a
lot of people come up to you and say,
“Because of you, I found the Lord Jesus
Christ as my personal Saviour.”
Now, my husband is the face of this
ministry. He’s the minister up there
preaching the gospel, and people recognize him. But he could not do what
he’s doing without you behind him as a
very supportive team helping to finance
this gospel going out. You’re not going
to be overlooked; the Lord knows what
you’re doing. You will never know in
this life, but in the life to come, you
will know what you’re giving to SonLife
Broadcasting Network produced.
This effort was a direct result
of our monthly Bible-thons, so
when you give in our Bible-thons
each and every month, this is
where your money is going.
TWO WOMEN WHO DECIDED
TO KEEP THEIR BABIES
We, from our ministries and families,
thank you for having invested a lot of
money, time, and energy in publishing this study Bible and giving it as a
free gift. It is my sincere prayer that
God should bless your ministry. It
is needless to say that your product
is useful and educative to all our
personal lives.
During one of our recent share-a-thons,
a young lady called in to make a donation of $300 — the money she had been
saving up to have an abortion. Like
so many in her situation, this girl was
young, scared, and didn’t know what to
do, but after listening to our programming and praying with someone on our
prayer line, she decided to keep her
baby. Praise the Lord! This child will
now live and not die; that is a miracle.
Praise God. This effort was a direct result
of our monthly Bible-thons, so when
you give in our Bible-thons each and
every month, this is where your money is
going — to people like this dear brother
in India. You may never see this man or
all the others who benefit from these
outreaches this side of heaven, but when
Our stand on abortion is very clear.
We believe that life begins at the time
of conception; the moment a baby is
conceived, that baby becomes a human
being — a living soul. To purposefully end that life during any stage of
pregnancy is murder. Thank the Lord
that there is mercy and forgiveness for
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anyone who has had an abortion, who
comes to God with a repentant heart.
The Cross of Christ is the only remedy
for the brokenness and guilt caused
by abortion.
Right now, our middle grandson and his
wife are expecting (it will be our eighth
great-grandchild) and when they had the
sonogram done, that little baby’s face
looked just perfect; you could see its
little hand. Looking at that, I wondered
how anybody could stand up and lie—
and that’s all it is, a lie — and tell anyone
that that baby is not a baby — that it’s
not a human being. That child is already
there, the features are already in place,
and that little soul, that little spirit, is in
that baby’s body.
As joyful as it is to receive a call from
a girl deciding to keep her baby, it’s
equally heartbreaking to hear from
women who made the choice to abort.
The guilt and regret of their decision
deeply affects them personally and, on
a larger scale, our nation.
It’s been 42 years since the U.S. Supreme
Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalized
abortion in America. Since then, it is
estimated that more than 56 million
abortions have been performed in this
country alone. That’s two generations
of American women raised with the
right to choose. Thankfully, the abortion rate is beginning to decline, very
slowly, with reports showing more millennials as pro-life.
During a recent pro-life march, one
college student explained why. She
said, “I think one big reason is because
our generation is the one that’s missing so many people because of abortion. There are many people, college
age, who have siblings who were
aborted. There are people missing
in our lives because they were never
given the chance to live — siblings,
friends, maybe even people we would
have married. We mourn them, and
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we resolve to stand up for their God-given
right to life so that others will not share that
same fate.”
On a recent episode of Frances & Friends, we had
a call from Sharron, who gave us her perspective
on abortion. In the 1970s, Sharron found herself
in a troubled marriage and pregnant. She didn’t
want the baby and for three months, tried to get
the required doctor’s approval to get an abortion.
At three months, she felt the pregnancy was too
advanced and carried the baby to term.
Sharron said, “What we think is right, God has
another plan. That baby was born, and that baby
saved my life. That baby gave me so much joy in
the hard times I was going through. That baby
was my peace. That baby was my joy. Every
day I would come home from a hard day’s work,
struggling, and that baby would give me a smile
that would just change my whole life. We need
to think, not about the position we’re in, but you
don’t know what God has planned for us. That
baby could be our saving grace, no matter what
we’re going through at the time.”
I appreciated Sharron telling us her story on air
because I know it ministered to other young
women who may have been contemplating an
abortion. Sharron was absolutely right: we just
don’t know what God has planned for us, or what
He has in store for that little life entrusted to its
parents, but if you will let the Lord help you, you
can be assured that His plan will succeed.
TODDLER CHOOSES “HALLELUJAH”
OVER MICKEY MOUSE
This next email we received just blessed my heart,
and I believe it will bless yours as well:
Brother Swaggart, I’m writing you about a special 3-year-old who watches you on television
all the time. His name is Justin, and he really
admires you — who you are and what you do
for Jesus. He lives with his great-grandparents
and has a lot of adversity that’s facing him
through his life. His mother is on meth; his
dad is on drugs as well. Now he has a birthday
coming up in a few weeks, and my family and
I were going to take him to Disney World and
to SeaWorld. When we told him about it, he
told us he didn’t want to go see Mickey Mouse,
that he wants to go see “Hallelujah,” that’s his
nickname for you. Justin said he wants to hug
you, not Mickey Mouse. Brother Swaggart, if
[there is] any way possible that we could come
to a service to see you and let him hug you so
then he will know that there is really hope in
Jesus. I would much rather that he has a hero
in a man that loves Jesus than in a mouse that
cannot tell him about Jesus.
Isn’t that amazing? This child is just 3 years old,
but that’s what the Spirit of God does. We can’t
do that, but the Spirit of God ministered to that
little child who doesn’t have a mother (she’s on
meth) and the father’s on drugs. Thank God, his
great-grandparents are letting him watch SonLife
Broadcasting and instead of this little life being
destroyed and heading for destruction, this child
can grow up knowing the Lord and doing great
things for God and have a great life. That’s what
our Lord Jesus Christ does.
I invite you to
join with us and
CONCLUSION
Going back to my husband’s message from that
Wednesday night, he spoke to the supporters
of this ministry and reminded them that God
has chosen them for a specific task. He said,
“You must understand the importance and the
significance of your place and position that God
has at this time in history. He has chosen you
for what you do; don’t take it lightly because
anything that God does is extremely significant.”
As you can see from these testimonies, the Lord
is moving mightily through SonLife Broadcasting Network. I invite you to join with us and be
part of what the Lord is doing. It may not look
like much to the world, but it could very well
be the most important thing happening in the
church today.
be part of what
the Lord is doing.
It may not look
like much to
the world, but it
could very well
be the most
important thing
happening in the
church today.
Paris attack: http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/10/world/franceparis-who-were-terror-victims/index.html
India:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-worldfactbook/geos/in.html
abortions: http://www.numberofabortions.com
http://www.christianpost.com/news/march-for-life-42-yearsafter-roe-v-wade-half-of-americans-say-abortion-is-morally-wrong-132958/
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ERE THE LAMP OF GOD WENT OUT
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD by donnie swaggart
I Sam. 3:1-3 – “And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his
place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple
of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep.”
Martin Luther said:
'A religion that
gives nothing,
costs nothing,
and suffers
nothing is worth
nothing.' What a
perfect description
of much of the
modern church.
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MARTIN LUTHER SAID: "A religion that gives nothing,
costs nothing, and suffers nothing is worth nothing.”
What a perfect description of much of the modern
church. It gives nothing to the people as it regards the
Word of God, it suffers nothing because it is not a threat
to the kingdom of darkness, and it is worth nothing
to the kingdom of God because it stands for nothing.
Why? It is because there is no Word, there is no Spirit,
and there is no light because the lamp has gone out.
A CORRUPT PRIESTHOOD
In I Samuel, Chapter 2, Verse 12, the Scripture says:
“Now the sons of Eli (the high priest) were sons of Belial
(Belial means worthless, evil, ungodly, sons of the Devil);
they knew not the Lord.” These sons of Eli — Hophni
and Phinehas — were priests, yet they were wicked
beyond imagination. Scripture says of Eli that he was
blind (physically and spiritually). He knew of his sons’
great wickedness, yet he did nothing, and by doing
nothing, he was, in effect, condoning their actions.
pastors who stand for nothing, who no longer
hold on to the doctrinal foundations of God’s
Word, and who openly invite the world and its
ways into the church, thus leading the people
into deception and destruction.
The minister of the gospel is to be a watchman (Ezek. 3:17). It is our job to stand watch
and to warn the church when the enemy tries
to infiltrate the church for the purpose of
destroying the sheep.
The watchman will win no popularity contests,
but when he stands before the Lord, his hands
will be clean.
THE WORD OF THE LORD WAS PRECIOUS
A nation, a church, or a denomination can only rise as
high as its leadership.
I Samuel, Verse 1 states: “The Word of the
Lord was precious in those days ; there was
no open vision.” The word precious means
“scarce” or “rare”; in other words, God’s Word
was neglected. There were no revelations,
no prophecies, and no visions from those in
spiritual leadership.
Too many churches today have “sons of Belial” as pastors. I know that to some, that is a harsh statement;
however, the truth is the truth. We have too many
Without strong Bible preaching, the sheep
will be devoured and destroyed, and as the
church goes, so goes a nation.
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THE LAMP OF GOD WENT OUT
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD
The lamp of God referred to the golden lampstand that provided the light for the priests to fulfill their duties. Without
the light, they were blind to their duties, their work, and
their walk for God.
WHAT THE LAMP REPRESENTED
The lamp of God represented three things:
1. Jesus Christ: Jesus said: “I am the Light of the World:
he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall
have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12). John 1:4-5 says: “In Him
was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light
shines in darkness.”
Jesus Christ is the Light of the World; therefore, we must
preach Christ, we must teach Christ, and we must sing Christ.
We must preach Christ crucified, resurrected, and the only
hope for mankind.
2. The Bible: If the Bible is not preached as it should be
preached, there is no light. The Bible is the only book
of true light, true hope, and true power. The Bible is the
revelation of Christ and Him crucified. If the Word of
God is preached under the anointing of the Holy Spirit,
then “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free” (Jn. 8:32).
3. The Holy Spirit: Twice a day the lamp was to be replenished with oil in the bowls of the golden lampstand. The oil
was a type of the Holy Spirit. As the oil was the fuel source
for the golden lampstand, the Holy Spirit is the fuel source
for the believer and the church. The Holy Spirit brings
power and anointing, which will play out to souls saved,
bondages broken, and a church that is on fire for the Lord.
In all of this, we see the three ingredients for the church, for
the nation, and for the believer—Jesus Christ, the Bible, and
the Holy Spirit.
With these three ingredients, the lamp will shine brightly, and
Jesus Christ will be glorified.
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THROUGH JSM PRAYER LINE
DEAR EVANGELIST: I just want to say thank you to the lady
who prayed with me over the phone when I called in a few
weeks ago. My grandson, who is 4 years old, had his appendix burst, and they had to rush him to surgery almost as soon
as they diagnosed him. I felt the presence of God when she
prayed with me. My grandson’s name is Gabriel, and he is
doing fine now, praise God! Thank you so much for your
faithfulness and God bless you all!
– Alabama
CHURCH SERVICES ARE DYNAMIC;
YOU HAVE TO STAY ON THE AIR
DEAR EVANGELIST: Your services on Sunday, both morning
and night, were so dynamic and uplifting. Thank you so very
much for blessing us on this Sunday. We have been unable
to go to church the past two Sundays because of tribulation,
and are so thankful for your ministry. God bless you all for a
wonderful share-a-thon. To think we would have to do without
your broadcast saddens me. You just have to stay on the air.
Until the rapture, your distant family loves you!
– Email
of hell-breaking, demon-busting, sin-killing
gospel through the redeeming blood of the
Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. No other gospel,
only Calvary. I started the ministry in Zimbabwe.
Thank you, Brother Jimmy. May the Almighty reward
you, accordingly to the great work in which you have
run a good race and fought a good fight of faith.
– Zimbabwe
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DEAR EVANGELIST: I wanted to share my testimony with you.
About 15 months ago, I started a new career as a real estate
agent. I committed to the Lord that I would tithe on every commission check to the ministry. Everyday, I start my day in prayer
and trusting in the Cross that the Lord would bless my business.
I have learned from you to “ask big because our God is a big
God!” In just 15 months, I have sold 37 properties with over
$7,300,000 in sales, and I can assure you that all my tithe has
gone to the ministry. Our cupboards have never been fuller and
our refrigerator is never empty! In our home, we are experiencing the blessing that Obed-Edom received in II Samuel 6:11.
My faith is solidly in the Cross as I know every need has been
met and every battle has been won. I give God all the glory!
– New Hampshire
SAVED 30 YEARS AGO AND STILL A SOLDIER OF CHRIST
DEAR EVANGELIST: When I stumbled onto your website
and also onto the telecast, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Reason
being that 30 years ago, in 1984, I was 19 years old, all alone
in my hotel room, waiting to go on stage to sing as I was a jazz
singer. Then, suddenly, I don’t remember what happened, or
who switched on the TV, and there was Jimmy Swaggart pointing
a finger at me as if he were in that room. I freaked; the words
pierced my heart because I had given my life to Jesus two years
earlier, but I not experienced anything. That day, that very night,
I felt an awesome presence. Brother Swaggart spoke about the
infilling of the Holy Spirit to resist sin; all I can say is that that
is the day up to now I am a soldier of Christ. I am a preacher
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WOMAN RECEIVES COUNSELING, PRAYER
THAT CHANGES HER CHRISTIAN WALK
DEAR EVANGELIST: I have a beautiful testimony regarding
your family’s ministry. I went through a very horrific and traumatic divorce several years ago. Family members were busy
with their lives and I found myself with no one except Jesus.
On one particular desperate day, I dialed the prayer line and
poured out my troubles to the most compassionate prayer warrior on the other end, all while she spoke beautiful Scripture
and positive, uplifting things to me. I would hang up saying, “I
just don’t think that could apply in my life.” I figured she just
said that to everyone. I also spoke to Jim Nations who spoke
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to me as a compassionate father figure and when I bitterly
spouted off about a few details concerning my divorce, he said
in a gentle voice, “Let’s start with your attitude, young lady,”
and I knew deep down he was right. The prayer line and Jim
Nations helped me so much. They gave me Scripture from the
Bible and reassured me that through this ordeal of mine that
not only were they there for me, but, most importantly, Jesus
was with me. After this was all over, I saw where He never did
leave my side. The Lord gave me a gift that was so far above
and beyond any monetary asset that I could have received in
my divorce settlement. It was a deeper way to worship Him,
truly worship Him, that as a born-again Spirit-filled believer,
I never knew existed. This is a gift that stands out from any
other gift that I have received from the Lord. I worship Him
more deeply and lovingly, and it brings me to tears because it
is my most treasured gift from the Lord to date. Your ministry
blesses me and I wanted to share this beautiful news that in
the worst crisis of my life that godly people from your ministry
held my hand and saw me safely to the end.
MONDAY ‑ THURSDAY 9-11:45 AM | 1-3 PM
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INSTRUCTOR
BOB CORNELL
– Email
BIBLE-THON WILL DETONATE A
CATACLYSMIC EXPLOSION OF FAITH
DEAR EVANGELIST: Listening to the brethren speaking of
the upcoming Bible-thon, I can’t help believing that as these
Bibles will get into all the hands that want them. There will
be a cataclysmic explosion of faith in the finished work of
Christ on the Cross that will shake, and go on shaking, all
the nations before Jesus comes.
WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE pastors or any student of the Bible to
attend this one week intensive, free of charge. The class will
be held on the grounds of World Evangelism Bible College
in Baton Rouge, Louuisiana. The student is responsible for
travel and lodging, but there is no charge for attending the
course. Come learn the Word of God with others. Please
call 225.768.3890 to register.
– Australia
THIS COURSE IS AN OVERVIEW study of Bible prophecy, and an
RUSSIAN FAMILY THANKFUL THAT
SBN IS AIRING IN THEIR COUNTRY
DEAR EVANGELIST: Thank you for showing the SonLife
Broadcasting channel in Russia over Yamal 300K. We really
like your preaching, and we will watch every week with all
our family. They are very interesting and helpful!
in-depth study of the millennial reign of Christ. The millennial
passages in Revelation, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Zechariah will be
the foundation of our study. We will be studying subjects such
as the second coming of Christ, the physical reign of Christ
on the earth, the activity of glorified saints, the restoration of
Israel, the condition of the earth and the nations of the earth
during the millennium, and more.
– Australia
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THE PRAYER OF JABEZ part iii by gabriel swaggart
I Chronicles 4:9-10 – “And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his
mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bore him with sorrow. And Jabez
called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge
my coast, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from
evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”
THAT YOUR HAND MIGHT BE WITH ME
As a believer,
through every
trial that we may
face, we can have
the assurance of
knowing that the
Lord’s hand is
with us and upon
us, and it will
never let us fall
to the ground.
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THE THIRD REQUEST ASKED by Jabez was
that the hand of the Lord would be with him.
Hallelujah! This is what is referred to as the
“hand of strength,” and I want you to know that
only the Lord is capable of such! As a believer,
through every trial that we may face, we can
have the assurance of knowing that the Lord’s
hand is with us and upon us, and it will never
let us fall to the ground. With His hand leading
us, guiding us, and sustaining us, we cannot fail.
What a promise!
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
It’s one thing to read this, but it’s another thing
to experience it. I was about 22 years of age,
and at that time in my life, I was experiencing
a difficult situation. It was a Monday morning
around 10 o’clock, and I will never forget it for
as long as I live. As I stood up from my desk in
my office, I walked across the little office that I
was in and sat down on the floor, with my back
up against the brick wall. My heart was heavy,
and my eyes filled with tears as I buried my head
into my hands. I began to cry out to God for
His help and His strength or, in reality, anything
that would help me get through that situation.
As I began to ask God for an answer, for something to help me through the situation, I glanced
over at my Bible, which was sitting right next
to me on the floor. I reached over, picked it
up, and just opened it. Before my eyes came
a passage of Scripture that literally jumped off
the page to me. It was as if all other words on
the page became clear, and all that I could see
was the following words:
“But now thus says the Lord who created you, O
Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, Fear
not: for I have redeemed you, I have called
you by your name; you are Mine. When you
pass through the waters, I will be with you; and
through the rivers, they shall not overflow you:
when you walk through the fire, you shall not
be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon
you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One
of Israel, your Saviour” (Isa. 43:1-3).
As I read those words, the presence of God
filled that room, and I began to worship Him
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and speak with other tongues as the Spirit of
God gave the utterance. After a few minutes
of this, the Holy Spirit spoke to me as clearly as
if He were right beside me, and told me, “Son,
as long as you hold on to the Cross, I’ll never let
you go.” Praise God! I can sense the presence
of God even now as I recount that event in my
life, and I believe that you can sense it as well. In
other words, He was telling me that even though I
might go through some difficult times, as long as
I trust Him, He will always see me through. And
not only will He see me through, but He will see
you through if you trust Him.
GOD SPECIALIZES IN THINGS
THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE
As Jabez put his trust in the Lord, we must put
our trust in Him, for when we do, He will uphold
us in the power of His right hand (Isa. 41:10), and
He will bring us through any trial and tribulation
that we face.
This reminds me of the words to a song that we
sing here at Family Worship Center:
Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God specializes in things thought impossible.
He’ll do for you what no other power can do.
Just believe that today, and no matter what difficulties come your way, believe that His hand
will be upon you, and with His hand upon you,
you cannot fail.
KEEP ME FROM EVIL
demolished. However, when Christ said, “Lead us
not into temptation,” He was telling us that God
is the One who draws the parameters, not Satan,
which means that Satan can only do what God has
allowed him to do, and nothing more.
THE CROSS BRINGS DELIVERANCE
The word deliver in that verse is used to signify a
trap that was set by Satan, and the believer cannot
dislodge himself from it by his own accord, and
he must be delivered by the power of God. This
deliverance can only come about through the
means of the finished work of Christ and nothing
else. That’s why Christ proclaimed that the Spirit
of the Lord had anointed Him to “preach deliverance to the captives” (Lk. 4:18), which means that
deliverance can only be obtained by simple faith
in Christ and Him crucified. When a preacher
of the gospel points the individual to anything
other than Christ and the Cross, that preacher is
not giving that person the means by which he can
be delivered. Deliverance can only come about
through the means of the slain Lamb, which is
Jesus Christ and what He accomplished for us
at Calvary’s Cross. It all goes back to the Cross.
AND GOD GRANTED THAT
WHICH JABEZ REQUESTED
After Jabez made his request, the Bible tells us that
God granted Jabez “that which he requested.” This
means that the Lord heard his request; He approved
his petition; and He granted that which he had
asked. If God would do this for Jabez, He will do
the same for anyone who dares to believe Him.
This means that
the Lord heard
his request; He
approved his
petition; and He
granted that which
he had asked. If
God would do this
for Jabez, He will
do the same for
anyone who dares
to believe Him.
The last request given by Jabez said, “Keep me
from evil that it might not grieve me.” This statement, in effect, is what the Lord Jesus Christ told
us to pray when He gave us the Lord’s Prayer.
Christ would say, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Mat. 6:13). The evil
mentioned here by Christ is referring to Satan, the
Evil One, and is designed to destroy you and me.
Christ tells us that Satan has a scheme that he has
concocted that is extremely clever and put together
ever so subtly to see to it that we are completely
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OBTAINING THE PROMISE by loren larson
II Cor. 1:20 – “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
The fear of the
unknown has
stopped many
believers from
attaining to the
'new level' of
spiritual truth
that God desired
for them.
THE PROMISES OF GOD are yes and
Amen! However, in most cases, promises
are not always simple to obtain. There
is often a preparation time wherein the
individual who will receive the promise is
prepared for the advent of that promise.
In addition, there are spiritual forces that
oppose the individual’s reception of that
promise or word from the Lord. Both areas
are traversable as long as the believer
understands the process and is willing to
be changed and helped by the Holy Spirit.
On the other hand, there are four key areas
over which we must be sure not to stumble.
I’m sure that there are many other obstacles
that the believer will face during the growth
process, but these four stand out as some
of the most prominent obstacles to the
believer’s pursuit of God and His promises.
FEAR
The first obstacle is fear. Often we are afraid
of moving out of our comfort zone into
something new. The fear of the unknown
has stopped many believers from attaining to the “new level” of spiritual truth that
God desired for them. Fear grips the heart
and causes us to head in one of two wrong
directions. First, fear may cause us to act
prematurely or presumptuously. We feel
that due to circumstances, we “just have to
do something.” Secondly, fear may cause us
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to stop moving altogether. We stop moving
toward the goal that God has given because
we are unsure or uneasy. Fear is overcome
by choosing to trust that God knows the
needs that lie ahead and that He will meet
each one as they arise. Faith does not guarantee the absence of fear. Faith overcomes
the obstacle created by fear.
DISTRACTION
The second obstacle the believer must
defeat is the obstacle of distraction. In
Mark 4:14-20, Jesus explains to His disciples
the true meaning of the parable of the
sower. It is here that we learn of the great
opposition that comes from both Satan and
self. As soon as the word (the promise) is
given, Satan attempts to steal it. If the word
falls on a heart that will receive it, that word
has the capability of growing and bringing
forth fruit. If it passes the initial attack of
persecution, the believer has to be careful
not to be “lulled” into a destructive state
of apathy. The entrance and focus of other
things — usually physical desires of some
nature — create this scenario. In Mark,
Chapter 4, we see that the deceitfulness
of riches and the lust of other things choke
the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Pay
attention to the promise or to the word that
God has given. Don’t be distracted from
it. Meditate upon it. Hold it close to your
OBTAINING THE PROMISE
heart. God will both confirm His word to you
and will enlarge upon its purpose and definition.
Don’t lose sight of what God has revealed to you.
God’s way to
DISCOURAGEMENT
faith in the Cross
The third obstacle is discouragement. Very rarely
will a promise of God come to pass immediately.
Usually there is a time frame that is involved from
the promise to the possession of that promise.
If we become discouraged along the way, we
will release our faith in what God has said and in
what God desires to do. In Joshua 1:6-9, God tells
Joshua to “be strong and of a good courage,” or
words to that effect, three separate times. Why
was this? It was because of the fact that Joshua
would face many battles before God’s people
possessed the land promised to them. Time
would pass. Giants would have to be faced and
defeated. Opposition would arise. Don’t let
discouragement cause you to stumble. Don’t let
discouragement stop you short of the goal that
God has set before you.
of Christ! There is
THE RIGHT WAY IS GOD’S WAY
The last obstacle that I will mention is the everpresent tendency in man to try to accomplish the
right thing in the wrong way. God has a way in
which everything He has designed and produced
defeat sin is by
no other way.
is to be accomplished. Man’s problem is that we
truly hear from God and then try to bring about
what God has proclaimed by our own method.
This is the evil tendency of the flesh. It is trust in
oneself and trust in ways that are the manufacturing of man’s own mind. If we want the Holy
Spirit’s power to work in our situation, we must
submit completely to the prescribed order that
God has in regard to the goal that He has set
before us. For example, sin must be defeated
by faith in the finished work of Christ. It cannot
be prayed out or fasted out. That is the wrong
way as it regards overcoming sin and its power
over an individual. God’s way to defeat sin is
by faith in the Cross of Christ! There is no other
way. Cain came up with another way, the way of
a vegetable and fruit offering. God rejected that
offering and because of the way that Cain chose,
God rejected Cain. If we want to be acceptable
to God, we must do things His way.
Why WEBC&S?
““In the Romans class, Brother Larson was teaching on Chapter 7. He taught in
Verse 1 how Paul says that a man is under the law as long as he lives, and then
how in Verse 4, Paul states that the believer in Christ is dead to the law. So, in
Verse 9, when Paul says that he was dead to the law once before the commandment came, Brother Larson explained that this verse indicates that Paul must
have been saved before the account in Verses 7 through 13 took place. I had
known this already, but it being explained in this fashion really stayed with me
and gave me a greater appreciation for the seventh chapter of Romans.”
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CHANGE part iii by john rosenstern
PRIOR TO THE REFORMATION, education in Europe was limited to the elite ruling class. Martin
Luther changed things in 1524. He wrote a letter to German princes, urging them to establish
schools “for every man’s child.” Furthermore, he believed it should be government-paid.
The object of
his effort was
'to get rid of
Christianity, and
to convert our
churches into
halls of science.'
In 1559, the Duke of Wurttemberg established
the first compulsory attendance system, one
in which detailed records were kept while fines
were levied on parents of truants. Later, the
Wurttemberg system became the model for
compulsory public schools in most Protestant
states in Prussia. Just a short time afterward,
John Calvin became the head of government
in Geneva, Switzerland, where he established
a state-sponsored educational system. Both
men realized that the way to inculcate religious learning into the citizenry was to educate them with the right literature. The advent
of the printing press, nearly a century later,
made possible the advancement of Christian
learning. The Puritans came to America and
unashamedly taught the precepts of God
and Jesus Christ. Our forefathers came to
America with this heritage and immediately
established schools and universities for every
child in the New World.
LIBERALISM’S RISE
It only took 70 years for liberalism to gradually
replace the Puritan charter. The public schools,
also called the common schools, were imbued
with humanism as a framework for character
developing in opposition to Christian principals
found in the Bible. How did our schools backslide from the foundational faith of our forefathers and revolutionaries? How could the great
city of Boston, the citadel of learning, enlist the
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conscripts of liberalism? The Unitarians in Boston
copied from the pages of Luther and Calvin the
concept of public education supported and
funded by the government. However, Unitarianism crept in and became the mother of secular
humanism and ultimately rejected the moral
teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible. Isn’t it
interesting to see that nearly half of the signers
of our Declaration of Independence were either
Bible school or seminary graduates, while a
large percentage of the signers of the Humanist
Manifesto in 1933 were Unitarians?
The Unitarian movement was formed out of the
Reformation. “Unitarians have liberal views of
God, Jesus, the world, and purpose of life as
revealed through reason, scholarship, science,
philosophy, scripture, and other prophets and
religions. They believe that reason and belief are
complementary and that religion and science can
co-exist and guide them in their understanding
of nature and God.” Faith in God can only be
proven by science, according to their thoughts.
The dynamics of education in America vastly
embraced their new standards. Fundamental
Bible teaching and morals were replaced with
liberalism. The steps of liberalism were small.
For example, Harvard University embraced
liberal theologians, whose thinking process
originated in the humanistic minds of Europe.
The 100-year battle between fundamentalists
and liberals raged at Harvard, but the Unitarianists grew stronger and their influence prevailed.
CHANGE
PART III
SOCIALISM
Robert Owen, an Englishman, often labeled “the father of
modern socialism,” established a socialist community in
Scotland with the intention of conditioning young minds
and future generations to accept socialism. He believed
education was a prerequisite to the success of socialism. Owen joined the humanist movement and began
to work insidiously for the takeover of public education.
The object of his effort was “to get rid of Christianity, and
to convert our churches into halls of science,” according
to Orestes A. Brownson, a Universalist minister. Orestes
revealed, “The plan was not to make open attacks on
religion, although we might belabor the clergy and bring
them into contempt where we could: but to establish a
system of state-we said-national schools, from which all
religion would be excluded, in which nothing was to be
taught but such knowledge as is verifiable by the senses
…” These “Owenites” organized in 1829 in New York
City. By 1832, the Bible had already been excluded from
the curriculum of secular public education. A three-step
plan to take over the public educational system included:
1. Make school attendance mandatory.
2. Establish government-sponsored “free” schools.
3. Establish teacher-training schools, controlled by
the elite.
Gradually our schools and libraries reflected the atheism
of Europe. The departure from God was by design. It
happened because believers in Jesus Christ lost their vigilance, while the humanists sought positions of influence
to gain control of what children learned. The deception
came in “unawares.” The goal of the humanists and socialists had more to do with indoctrination of our youth with
the theories of humanism than in academic-achievement
scores. From Horace Mann to John Dewey, they introduced the harmful progressive education that included
look-and-say reading, child-centered teaching techniques,
and challenged moral absolutes. After him came the new
math, sex education, and values clarification. The defrauding of parents and bilking the taxpayer has produced
an “undereducated” child. Few have stepped in and
opposed the system. The education system has trained
its followers well. Anyone who opposes the system is stereotyped and labeled, thereby, discouraging others in the
pursuit to educate their children with an alternative way.
We will proceed next month in our brief journey of the
changes in education to the different methods the system
uses to make it appear they are “fixing” the problem, but,
in reality, it is simply just another part of their strategy.
“Go
“ ye into all the world, and preach
the Gospel to every creature.”
- Mark 16:15
World Evangelism Fellowship was born out of a
deep desire of Christians from all denominational
backgrounds to reach the world with the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. It was realized that when churches and
ministries band together under the anointing of the
Holy Spirit to attack the strongholds of Satan, much
can be accomplished.
This is the reason World Evangelism Fellowship was
formed – to channel the efforts of churches and
preachers from all over the United States, Canada,
and the world into a unified, proven plan to reach the
lost and dying with the Good News of the Gospel.
The call of God to win the lost is clear. World Evangelism Fellowship is answering that call and we would like
to extend an invitation to you to join us. This is not a
denomination, and we pray it never will be. It is, however, a fellowship of Ministers and Churches united in
their efforts to reach the world for Jesus Christ.
How do I, as an individual, affiliate with World
Evangelism Fellowship?
There are several ways to join World Evangelism
Fellowship, and the method you choose depends
on what God has called you to do.
• Christian Worker • Licensed Minister
•Ordained Minister •Church Affiliation
For more information contact:
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HE IS RISEN by mike muzzerall
Mark 16:6 – “And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: You seek
Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here.”
HE IS RISEN INDEED! What powerful words that even today
causes the saint of God to rejoice. What a life-changing
moment! Hope and happiness replaced hopelessness and
despair by one simple phrase: He is risen!
THEY JUST DIDN’T GET IT
At first, the disciples struggled with what seemed to be an
impossibility. Why would the resurrection of the Son of God
be so hard for them to accept? After all, Jesus had raised
the widow’s son at Nain (Lk. 7:11-17), Jairus’ daughter (Mat.
9:18-26), and Lazarus from the dead (Jn. 11:1-44).
Jesus had also told them ahead of the time of His death,
burial and resurrection: “And He began to teach them, that
the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected
of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be
killed, and after three days rise again” (Mk. 8:31). And yet
they struggled. They just didn’t get it. It took physical visitations by Jesus before they would accept the news. Before
we belittle them for their lack of faith, consider that we may
have acted the same way.
THEN WERE THE DISCIPLES GLAD
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the
week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were
assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in
the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And
when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and
His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the
Lord” (Jn. 20:19-20).
There’s a world of difference between hearing the good
news about Jesus and experiencing that good news first
hand. As the saints of old used to say, “It’s better felt then
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telt.” Experiencing God’s love, grace, and mercy is far better
than merely hearing of it.
THE CHURCH TODAY REJOICES
IN THE RESURRECTION
During Resurrection Sunday, all around the world, bloodbought saints rejoice in the announcement, “He is risen!”
Added to the excitement of the resurrection is the hope of
our own personal resurrection whether in the rapture or from
the dead. As a result of the completed work of Calvary we
have an assurance of a future resurrection. We have been
co-crucified, co-buried, and co-risen with Christ.
Therefore, as believers we know we will be raised from the
dead. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by
man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all
die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Cor. 15:20-22).
GOD’S SEAL OF APPROVAL
We have been falsely accused of not believing in the resurrection. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Message
of the Cross encompasses the resurrection. It was the death
of Christ that paid for the debt of sin, not the resurrection.
The resurrection was God’s seal of approval on the blood that
had been offered as full payment for sin! Jesus said on the
Cross, “It is finished” (tetelestai), with the result it remains
finished or paid in full (perfect tense). The resurrection did
not pay our debt nor add to that payment. The resurrection
did not overcome Satan. The blood of Jesus Christ did and
still does (Rev. 12:11). We rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus
Christ because it is God’s seal of approval on the completed
work of Calvary. Therefore, rejoice. He is risen!
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SEVENTY-FIVE MILLION AND COUNTING
THAT’S RIGHT, WE ARE in 75 million homes in America
presently, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By the first of
the month, we should go on 5 million more. They won’t let
me tell you where at this time, but I am eagerly anticipating this addition.
as you’ve never heard before. If you can come and don’t,
you will wish you had.
MINISTRY MUSICIAN WANTED
If you play rhythm guitar, can read charts, and you want
to help touch the world for Christ, give Robin Herd a call.
The number is (225) 768-8300.
VISITORS
NOW AIRING IN
75 MILLION HOMES
IN AMERICA.
There are 115 million homes in America with a television set. We want to be in every single home. We feel
that everyone deserves the opportunity to hear the gospel,
whether they accept it or not.
Counting all the cable systems, satellites, and stations that
we’re on overseas, and including the Internet, which is
much larger than any of us know, we are told that some 2
billion people can tune in to SonLife Broadcasting Network
if they so desire.
RESURRECTION CAMPMEETING
It’s going to be a blockbuster! It’s going to be a little bit
of heaven on earth! The dates are April 1-5. If at all possible, you should be making your plans now to be with us.
Regarding music and singing and regarding the preaching
and teaching of the Word, we think it will be worship such
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We have people every single Sunday morning that visit
Family Worship Center, and how so glad and happy we are
to have you. Whether you are just passing through, or you
especially come for the service, I don’t think you will be
disappointed. So, on your vacation this coming summer,
or whenever, make your plans to stop by and be with us.
The service begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning and at
6 p.m. on Sunday night. If you happen to be with us on a
Wednesday, the service begins at 7 p.m.
CHINA
I pray that you will read the article in this magazine on China
(see page 13). I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
OFFERS
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We do our best to give the finest product that money can
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you do, take advantage!
THANK YOU
I’m speaking of all the well wishes as it regards my 80th
birthday. That sounds old and, in fact, is, but to be frank,
I’ve never felt better in my life, and we give the Lord
all the praise and all the glory. We still have an
awful lot more to be done for the work of the Lord,
which we cannot do without your help.
I AM SO GRATEFUL
I am speaking of the prayerful support and the financial support that you give to this ministry. I told the
congregation at Family Worship Center a short time
ago, which many of you heard, that I believe the
single most important thing in the world was and is
the Message of the Cross. I realize that’s quite a statement, but I believe it to be true. What Jesus did on the
Cross nearly 2,000 years ago is the greatest thing, as
should be overly obvious, that ever happened to the
human race. The door was opened to heaven that all
who will may enter in. It is the Cross of Christ that
has made and does make it all possible.
RESPONSE
The emails, letters, phone calls, and testimonials of
whatever stripe that we are receiving from all over
the world is encouraging to say the least. I do believe
that we are getting some of the greatest testimonies
that we’ve ever gotten in the history of this ministry.
The Message of the Cross is bringing about the victory that it alone can bring. Thank God, many are
taking advantage of what the Lord did so long ago,
but which is just as effective now as it was then and
ever shall be.
LITTLE ONE
Harper is our great granddaughter. She is 3 years
old. She belongs to Jennifer and Cliff. She was riding
with her grandmother the other day, and to show
how much she listens to the programming (they live
in Atlanta, Georgia), she said “Mee Mee Frances says,
‘Praise the Lord,’ while Papaw says, ‘My, my, my.’”
She is exactly right.
Again, thank you so very much for standing with us.
Our prayers are that God will continue to bless you
abundantly so, as I am certain that He will.
In the Master’s service, yours,
Jimmy Swaggart
1970s
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crusades. Each of these uplifting pilgrimages is called a
“journey with a purpose” — a unique experience to travel
with the Swaggart family. With specially arranged tours and
activities during the day, and the dynamic Spirit-directed crusade services at night, these foreign crusades have become
a tremendous source of blessing — not just to our friends
in the U.S. and Canada but to overseas brethren as well.
Planning for an area-wide crusade often begins a year
in advance. A highly trained, dedicated crusade staff,
headed by Donnie Swaggart, oversees the thousands
of details that must be worked out before Jimmy and
the team actually arrive in a particular city. Counselors,
ushers, bus drivers, and other workers are enlisted on
the local level; and they coordinate with the ministry’s
personnel to ensure that every duty will be handled
smoothly once a mammoth crusade has begun.
Five giant tractor-trailers transport all the paraphernalia
needed for each crusade — including sound and television
equipment, musical instruments, and many other necessary
items. God has blessed this ministry with a television remote
production truck of the highest quality. A virtual “television
studio on wheels,” this colorful, yet functional, truck plays a
key role in the production of the Jimmy Swaggart telecast.
Jimmy Swaggart Ministries’ extremely talented and
professional television team videotapes each crusade
service. These tapes are later aired on television stations
around the nation and throughout other parts of the
world—reaching literally millions of hungry hearts with
the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.
It has truly been a long way from the street corner in Mangham, Louisiana (where Jimmy Swaggart preached his first
sermon in 1953), — to the thrilling Spirit-charged mega
crusades of today. But this ministry is indeed reaping the
seeds of faithfulness sown in Jimmy’s many years of hard
work, Bible study, and seeking the perfect will of God.
Today the Jimmy Swaggart Crusades see multiple thousands saved by the power of God — a reality that was
once only a dream in Jimmy Swaggart’s heart.
But God has brought the increase and is honoring Jimmy
Swaggart, His servant, who was willing to answer Christ’s great
commission by saying, “Yes, Lord, I will go. Send me.”
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APRIL 10-12, 2015 – PACHUCA, MEXICO
APRIL 24-25, 2015 – HAZLEHURST, MS
² SAT 5 PM | SUN 11 AM
² FRI 7 PM* | SAT 6 PM*
Special Musical Guest - Martha Borg
Pastor Moises Gomez
Pentecost Principe de Paz
Avenue Ejercito Nacional, Colonia Militar
Mineral de la Reforma, Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
771.71.91941
Pastors Billy & Dondri Mangum
Tree Of Life Worship Center
6007 Beasley Road, Hazlehurst, MS 39083
601.894.8429
Pastor Abraham Gomez
Centro Familiar de alabanza y Adoración Emmaus
5 de Febrero 83, Colonia el
Pedregal Tizayuca
Hidalgo, Mexico
Bob & Sharon Cornell
Office: 225.768.3887
Email: [email protected]
² SUN 6 PM
APRIL 24-26, 2015 – PALM HARBOR, FL
Pastor Joe Peterson
Christ Church of Palm Harbor
1111 Indiana Avenue, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
727.784.5829 | www.christchurchpalmharbor.com
² FRI & SAT 7 PM | SUN 10 AM & 6 PM
APRIL 24-26, 2015 – DENVER, NC
Pastors Jason & Summer Collins
Lakeside Church
6636 Pine Ridge Drive, Denver, NC 28037
704.620.8583 | www.mylakesidechurch.com
² FRI 7 PM (Sharon ministering) | SAT 6 PM
SUN 10:30 AM & 6 PM (Sharon ministering)
Gabriel Swaggart
Office: 225.768.3072
Email: [email protected]
SPECIAL EVENT: MAY 8, 2015 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
Gabriel Swaggart Rally
Lila Cockrell Theatre
200 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
MAY 23-24, 2015 – COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Pastor Eric Harding
Finished Work Worship Center
The Garden Ranch YMCA
2380 Montebello Drive West, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719.244.4939 | [email protected] | www.fwwc-cs.com
² SAT 7 PM | SUN 10:30 AM
² FRI 7 PM
SPECIAL EVENT: JUNE 26, 2015 – LAKELAND, FL
Gabriel Swaggart Rally
Youkey Theater
701 West Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33815
² FRI 7 PM
SPECIAL EVENT: AUGUST 28, 2015 – SPARTANBURG, SC
Gabriel Swaggart Rally
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
385 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303
² FRI 7 PM
Please visit www.jsm.org to view full list of meetings.
Jim Nations
Email: [email protected]
APRIL 12, 2015 – EUNICE, LA
Pastor Danny Ortago
Maranatha Christian Ministry
331 Jake Street, Eunice, LA 70535
337.305.2118 | www.faithagchurch.org
² SUN 10:30 AM
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