SEARCHING FOR THE REALLY REAL

by James A. Wilson

Nobody – not even God – expects flawed human beings to find Him; He finds us. He does expect us to seek Him; yet He is content for us to seek whatever passes for ultimate reality within our clouded perspective. He guarantees success in exchange for faithfulness on the quest throughout the book bearing His mark.

The main characters in my novel, Generation, do not have the wherewithal to go searching for God; they simply do not believe He exists. They do have the integrity to recognize the bankruptcy of nothing more important on their horizon than cutting school to go surfing and avoid discovery by school authorities. They do discover the poverty of lives lived in reactive rebellion against the parents and other people they do not trust. That same integrity impels them to begin to search for what they call the really real. It is my conviction there is only one terminus for such a search, but I have neither right nor need to judge when God does not, and certainly the characters find themselves in disparate locations from one to another when the story ends. Of course the last page of Generation is not really the end of their story; the author plans six books for the series.

But what does this search look like? Really?

For one thing it’s a good thing Jon and Lonnie and Travis and Blume begin their search as teenagers. If they had the responsibilities of family and career that come not much later in life they might excuse themselves with the old saw, “So up to our armpits in alligators we forgot our purpose was clearing the swamp.” The good news is the God they (unknowingly) seek at the end of their quest often promises He will take care of the alligators – if we let Him – so we can focus on our calling per the swamp. These young people have a roof over their heads – provided by their families – and a heart to work for the extras their families do not provide. The combination of two factors and a mandate to learn about the world beyond their high school campus confines provides both the impulse and the environment for their questing.

Another good thing is this God they unknowingly seek has a habit of challenging us with no more than we are prepared to handle in a given moment, though more is likely waiting in the wings. In Generation these close friends encounter virulent racism on a Southern California beach – where many believe it cannot exist in the easygoing culture of wind and wave – there it is dangerous but not yet deadly. They will later experience the lethal violence of the Klan, but coming as an escalation of what they have already had to process and respond to.

Still another is the will they share to have each other’s backs in fair and foul weather alike; this will extends to telling each other what neither wants to hear. When the protagonist is more devoted to conning his way through life than meeting it head on his friends confront him. The same dynamic operates when he begins to suspect a dark secret about a family member that could invade his life as well; he is able to receive the input because it is clear his friends speak from love rather than judgment; they have his back, and at cost. He has already demonstrated the same devotion to them in the first pages of his story.

The last-but-not-least good and essential thing is the commitment to act on truth discovered, wherever it may lead. The principal characters come upon opportunity after opportunity to take risks – physical, social, even spiritual – with the hoped-for pay-off being a more authentic life, a life worth living. Because they believe the really real is worth whatever they can imagine investing they go for it and are guaranteed ultimate success.

I am not offering some pap about all roads leading to the same destination. I am saying anyone willing to walk any road to its consequential end out of passion for authenticity will eventually come face-to-face with authenticity. As a Christian I am convicted authenticity has a Name. But I am equally convicted the really real God loves each of us more than I can and has made provision for each beyond my imagination. All I – or anyone else – need to do is be faithful in my own lifelong quest and encourage those I meet along the way – just as Jon and Lonnie and Travis and Blume practice for each other.

These things are essential.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

New Book Releases :: November 12th, 2019

by Sean Frankel

These are all the book releases for November 12th, 2019 that are popular. #titletuesday

Some really good science fiction and horror releases. A whole lot of series continuations as well. Good day for book releases!

The New Releases;
An Irish Country Family by Patrick Taylor – Fiction
Auberon by James S A Corey – Sci Fi
Coral by Sara Ella – YA
Day Zero by Kelly deVos – YA
Drone by M L Buchman – Mystery
Fan Mail by Daryl Wood Gerber – Mystery
Flamebringer by Elle Katherine White – Fantasy
Her Revolution by Gemma Jackson – Fiction
In the Heart of the Fire by Dean Koontz – Thriller
Lethal Pursuit by Will Thomas – Mystery
Mama Hissa’s Mice by Saud Alsanousi – Fiction
Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskins – Mystery
Photographing the Dead by Dean Koontz – Mystery
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender – Fantasy
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri – Fantasy
Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan – Romance
River Run by J S James – Mystery
Ruthless Cross by Barbara Freethy – Romance
The Agent by Elle Kennedy – Romance
The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton – Thriller
The Broken Man on a Halifax Pier by Lesley Choyce – Fiction
The Dog I Loved by Susan Wilson – Fiction
The Fall of Legend by Meghan March – Romance
The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown – Fiction
The Innocents by Michael Crummey – Fiction
The Killing Light by Myke Cole – Fantasy
The Langoliers by Stephen King – Horror
The Lost Colony by A G Riddle – Sci Fi
The Menance from Farside by Ian McDonald – Sci fi
The Pelican by Martin Michael Driessen – Fiction
The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North – Horror
The Road Home by Jill Shalvis – Romance
Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima – Mystery
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich – Mystery
When the Stars Lead To You by Ronni Davis – YA

New Book Releases :: November 5th, 2019

by Sean Frankel

These are the popular book releases for November 5th.

I highly recommend that if you are a fantasy reader that you pick up Piers Anthony’s new book. He is a fantastic author and is actually my all-time favorite writer.

Another book that really caught my eye is The Book of Colours. It is a historical fiction that takes place in medieval times and brings to life the power of creativity and the importance of connection.

For those that love Young Adult, The Toll (Book 3 of the Scythe series) by Neal Shusterman was released today, which; if you have yet to start this series, it is highly recommended that you do. I mean who doesn’t like reading about a bunch of grim reapers?

Book of Colours by Robyn Cadwallader 
Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – YA
Council of Fire by Eric Flint – Fantasy
Fate of the Fallen by Kell Kade – Fantasy
Final Option by Cliver Cussler – Thriller
Fire Sail by Piers Anthony – Fantasy
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark – Mystery
Legacy by Shannon Messenger – YA
Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward – Fantasy
Leopard’s Wrath by Christine Feehan – Romance
Novice Dragoneer by E E Knight – YA
Rage by Jonathan Maberry – Thriller
Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse – Sci Fi
Sh*tshow by Richard Russon – Fiction
Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock – Mystery
Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh – Romance
Supernova by Marrissa Myers – YA
Tell Me Everything by Amy Hatvany – Fiction
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell – Mystery
The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer – Kids
The Old Success by Martha Grimes – Mystery
The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton – Fiction
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstein – Fantasy
The Toll by Neal Shusterman – YA
The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs – Fiction
Unnatural Magic by C M Waggoner – Fantasy
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – YA
Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney – Kids

THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AND THE STAR CHAMBER REDUX: CONTEXT COUNTS

by James A. Wilson

The beat goes on in the impeachment circus but little attention is paid to context as one side screams of new and ever more damning revelations while the other hollers about due process; voters – if we believe polls – are increasingly comfortable with the spectre of removing a sitting president – one who has resurrected many dimensions of the nation – from office in the face of Democratic leaders despairing openly about fielding a candidate who can beat this president in an election. Context?

The grand jury model will supply. Grand juries function much as does the House of Representatives in an impeachment process. Their task is not to determine guilt or innocence, but only whether there is enough evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors to warrant a trial. They do not necessarily feature all of the due process rights of the accused in an actual trial, although they are expected to operate in terms of fair play and Bill of Rights propriety.

For example, prosecutors are just as obligated to offer up evidence that would favor the accused as in an actual trial. A majority of the whole jury must vote for an indictment. In case of congressional impeachment the Constitution clearly states the power to indict or impeach rests with the whole House of Representatives, not the speaker or selected committees, or even a caucus of the majority; yet the speaker has so far resolutely refused even to display evidence to the whole body. Instead leaders leak whatever furthers the leaders’ narrative.

It is absolutely essential that grand jury proceedings be conducted in secret; this is to benefit the accused, not the prosecution. If no formal indictment or impeachment is voted – because evidence of wrongdoing is inadequate and the presumption of innocence must prevail – it would be a gross miscarriage of justice to release material destructive of the innocent party’s reputation. Yet in the case of the President we get leaks virtually every day of testimony damaging to the President without any opportunity to refute or counter it. Case in point, former Ambassador William Taylor recently testified he knew – although he later admits he has only hearsay because he has not talked with Donald Trump; he claims this one told him this and that one told him that and the committee calls this back fence gossip evidence. House leaders trumpet his testimony as convicting evidence of a quid pro quo demand on Ukraine to assist Trump in the 2020 campaign because Taylor got parts of it from sitting Ambassador Gordon Sondland. What the leaders hope we ignore is that Sondland himself contradicted Taylor when he testified. The bottom line is whenever a grand jury inquiry is leaked – especially when the leaks are selective – it has become a trial and without a full court press of due process it becomes a mistrial.

House leaders know perfectly well there is no way the Senate would convict and without a vote of the full house there is no way to get the case into the Senate for trial. What they hope the voters don’t get – and here is my prediction – is they have no intention now or ever of bringing this matter to a vote of the full House.

The way a trial by gossip – or an election by gossip – works is by presenting a narrative that cannot be refuted because the accused is never given an opportunity to refute it. If a legal process will inevitably proceed to the point where the accused gets his day before the jury – the voters – then you short circuit the process before it gets there. In this case – if you are Nancy Pelosi – you leak one damaging but unproven allegation after another until you finally “confess” you don’t have the votes and cancel the investigation. Presidential credibility and character have theoretically been so hopelessly through the trash compactor even AOC could beat Trump in a general election (were she old enough to run) by possessing the one essential virtue of not being the disgraced Donald Trump who never got his day in court.

What should we do?

We should demand a fair process; the sole counterweight to leaking selective bits of information and insidious dishonesty as to mandate full disclosure now. Pious claims of need-for-secrecy from a chair already caught in multiple lies so outrageous even the New York Times calls him out should be mocked. For Americans of faith there should be serious and sustained prayer before and after demands for full revelation.

We should demand a legislated code of conduct – changeable only by new legislation – that precludes such a travesty ever again no matter who runs the House. (If it passes the House first it should survive court challenge.) We should vote in lawmakers who will enact such changes in 2020 because it is in everyone’s interest to bring justice back to Congress, lest a new majority commit a new but identical tyranny with different victims. And again for those of faith, commit prayer before and after demanding.

The biblical Sons of Issachar – descendants of the patriarch of the same name – are depicted in 1 Chronicles 12:32 as people who “understood the signs of the times and knew what Israel should do.” This is to say they were gifted with comprehending the context of their times and its challenges. We are going to need a lot of Sons of Issachar – and be prepared to hear them – if our nation is to weather this typhoon. Therefore…

Last and most important – let each of us repent of the times we have convicted anyone by gossip. Acorns are what grow into oak trees. Repentance releases clarity within the lens of context. And context is important.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books. or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

MISPLACED WORSHIP BRINGS DISASTER EVERY TIME

by James A. Wilson

Any operation as big and as successful as Bethel Church of Redding, California, is going to ignite controversy from time to time – and sometimes all the time. A recent dust-up for the mega church is over one of their ministries called Changed, an outreach to gays and lesbians who struggle with their sexuality. There are many such ministries and some are quite effective at helping people re-orient while others are downright abusive. Inasmuch as I know one of the two founders of Changed I can say confidently this is one of the good-guy outreaches.

The complication comes from some posts appearing on the church’s Facebook page. The accusation is that this church has now become politically correct instead of Biblically orthodox in its approach to this hot button – especially in California.

I am not going to speak for or quote these posts; interested readers can go to the page and see for themselves what has been said. My issue is not with or against Bethel Church, but with the many who so slavishly worship the church itself – instead of the God who creates and redeems churches and persons – on the one hand, and with those zealots who worship their self-appointed calling to cleanse us of all error by attacking successful ministries on the other.

The issue is not whether Bethel Church gets it right, but whether the rest of us worship and serve God – accountable to His revealed words – or some variant of the idols I describe above.

What does God actually say about homosexuality and homosexual people?

First off, God has no use for homosexuality, any more than He has love for pornography, drugs, bullying, or any other form of idolatry. He has, however, given His life – through the death and resurrection of the Son – for each and every homosexual person, as well as for every pornography maker and addict, indeed everyone in bondage to drugs, alcohol, bullies, and others imprisoned in a lesser life than what He intends.

God hates nothing and no one He has made; He desires abundant life for all. His rejection of addictions like homosexuality is grounded entirely in their deadly impact on those they hold in bondage. Jesus says He came to set the captives free…all of us.

The best analogy I can imagine is the image of God writing each of us a check for our salvation, no matter what the cost. The check is good; His money is in the account, but that same check is of no value to anyone who declines to cash it at the First Bank of Abundant Life in Christ.

Another way to express the truth is to point out God gave each of us unlimited access to Himself and His life over the weekend Jesus died and rose – this access is available to us whether or not we believe; He says He came for all mankind and if He be lifted up – on the Cross – He will lift all mankind to Himself. The point is reiterated when Paul declares Jesus desires the death of not a single sinner; Jesus Himself says He came to set the captives – not the condemned – free. However, salvation is not a function of our access to God; it is dependent on the access we give Him.

There is no universal salvation depicted in Scripture, only universal availability. The same condition – giving Him access to us is where the rubber meets the road – restricts all of us to an obligation of obedience. What does that mean for gays? It means the same for them as for the rest of us in the straight world. Romans 10:9 states clearly that if we believe in our hearts and confess with our lips that Jesus is the necessary Lord of our lives we will live with and in Him. Romans 14:4 cautions those of us who think one sin – or sinner – worse than another that we dare not judge the servant of another; that other would be Jesus Himself.

That said, God does hate all lifestyles and behavior that injure and kill those who practice them; that certainly includes homosexuality. He hates the lifestyle because He loves those addicted to it. He has set free untold thousands from that lifestyle – including the leaders of the Changed ministry of Bethel Church and the leaders of virtually every other ministry to gays that is of any good – and He will not rest until He has rescued them all. But – and this is crucial – a passion to save does not equal a passion to condemn those who have not surrendered to His love. All He asks of any of us is a confession from our lips and a belief in our hearts that He is the only game in town – and a commitment from us to not judge as we have not been judged. He calls us to leave the rest to Him and we do well to obey.

That means spending more time developing our relationship with Him and a lot less worrying about those we think less worthy than ourselves.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books, or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

New Book Releases :: October 22nd, 2019

by Sean Frankel

Here are all the new releases this week! (Some from last!)

All of these amazing Christmas Romance books are coming out! So make sure to get your holiday reads on!

A Book of Bones by John Connolly – Mystery
A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd – Mystery
Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre – Thriller
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg – Fiction
Allies by Alan Gratz – Kids
Before and After by Lisa Wingate & Judy Pace Christie – Mystery
Beside Herself by Elizabeth LaBan – Lit. Fiction
Let it Snow by Nancy Thayer – Romance
Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery – Romance
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout – Lit. Fiction
Saving Everest by Sky Chase – Kids
Season of Love by Debbie Macomber – Romance
Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston – Fantasy
Stealth by Stuart Woods – Mystery
Stillicide by Cynan Jones – Lit. Fiction
The Art of Regret by Mary Fleming – Ficiton
The Beadworkers by Beth Piatote – Lit. Fiction
The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts – Lit. Fiction
The Burning White by Brent Weeks – Fantasy
The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde – Romance
The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White – Paranormal Romance
The Deserter by Nelson Demille – Thriller
The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly – Fiction
The Guardians by John Grisham – Mystery
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly – Thriller
The Poison Garden by A J Banner – Mystery
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren – Romance
Whisper of Bones by Melinda Leigh – Mystery

JUDGE NOT LEST…

By James Wilson

Many American Christian leaders eagerly anticipate the next great move of God. Prophetic types believe they hear of it directly from the Holy Spirit; others are astute observers of history with a sharp eye for how God sees things as opposed to how man sees. They call it the Third Great Awakening and they are half right. There is indeed a Great Awakening bearing down on us; I happen to believe it already underway, albeit in its infancy. But this is not the Third; it is rather the Fourth.

The Jesus People Movement was Number Three, and the Lord has made clear that – although He is forever doing a new thing instead of replicating an old – we will fail to recognize what is coming if we fail to recognize and appreciate what has already come. Yet it is remarkable how few leaders see the Jesus People for what they were; this includes many who came to faith in the midst of that movement.

What was so unique about the Jesus People? They were unlikely ambassadors of Our Lord to an extent not known since the time of the Apostles, or even the time of the Hebrew conquest of ancient Canaan. The most magnetic driver of the Jesus People was an acid head named Lonnie Frisbee.

A sometime television dancer and fledgling artist, Frisbee was high on LSD out in the California desert when Jesus introduced Himself, brought him down, and went on to fill him with His Holy Spirit. Raped repeatedly molested by a babysitter and constantly ridiculed about his so-called unmanliness by a stepfather, he struggled with sexuality all his life, was not healed like so many I know, and eventually died of AIDS contracted via homosexual behavior. He fought for freedom from his addiction all his life, ultimately failing in this life, and yet brought many thousands to know Christ in all His healing and liberating glory. Because he was an embarrassment to the institutional churches he helped found and flourish he has been largely written out of their history. That is making a long story short, but readers can glean the general idea.

Lonnie Frisbee would be the last to declare some sort of revisionist teaching about homosexuality or anything else; the Word is what it is. But he would be the first to speak of God’s unlimited mercy and love for those who need Him the most. He would be unswerving that Jesus came to heal the sick and the lost, and He chooses whom He chooses to go before Him into the towns and villages where the ragged people live, per Paul Simon’s lyric. He would say he was chosen in spite of his dysfunction – because the Lord is that loving – not because of it. In this he is in the mainstream of salvation history.

Can we imagine the conquest of Canaan without Rahab the Prostitute? How about the gospels without Mary Magdalene – whether the prostitute of tradition or just the demonized nutcase depicted in the synoptics – and what about the prostitute in Luke 7 who washes the Lord’s feet with her tears and is promised eternal remembrance? What about King David, adulterer and murderer, or Levi the tax collector whom Jesus called away from his counting table to follow Him into martyrdom? Consider the ordinary fishermen with dirty faces and unwashed hands who turned the world upside down in Jesus’ Name. How many of these repented before the Lord called and sent them?

No serious person contends any of these people – from Bible times to our own season of Awakening-on-the-way – is not in need of serious repentance; their deeds are not in sync with the Lord they serve. None of us can legitimately claim we do not share that need. But the Lord is not accountable to Church authorities. He expects all His people to struggle for freedom from bondage – free gift though it is – and especially if their bondage is to judgment and unforgiveness – but whether He uses them before or after complete liberation is His business alone. He does require surrender and commitment as the offering of repentance – re-focus – on Him instead of His competitors.

There are consequences for choosing our values over His grace. Calvary Chapel, which was a church plant in Chuck Smith’s living room when Frisbee began pouring gasoline on its small fire, has so written him out of its history they even eschew the signs and wonders that were so plentiful when he ministered. The Vineyard, which was just as blessed by Frisbee sometime after John Wimber lit its fires, rejected him and failed likewise to see what God was doing through its Airport Christian Fellowship in Toronto. Both denominations are so bogged down in doctrinal hairsplitting today they often miss the Presence, and they are not unique.

Don’t get me wrong. God is not soft on sin; the pages of scripture trumpet this reality. Yet He chose Martin Luther King – a man who loved Him and served Him unto his own martyr’s death despite his sexual issues, in this case hetero – and never thought of himself more highly than he ought. God has no use for people who glory in their inadequacies, as revisionist types tend to do, but He can do all things through those who acknowledge their shortcomings and permit Him to perfect His strength in their weaknesses.

Paul of Tarsus referred to himself as an abortion, the unlikeliest ambassador of them all. Lonnie Frisbee and Martin Luther King could relate to him. So should we. The coming Awakening is going to feature the unlikely. Let us give thanks and wake up to smell the coffee the Lord Himself is brewing.

It is Number Four coming. Praise the Lord.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books or at praynorthstate@gmail.com

WAGING WARFARE BY HONOR

By James Wilson

(Author Note: A Warfare by Honor conference will be presented at Revival Barn in Elk Grove, California, November 1-2; there is no charge although love offerings will be taken. To learn how to bring this teaching to your region contact Jim at praynorthstate@gmail.com or call him at 530 941 3470.)

When a judge cut Sacramento Delta water to farmers in order to save a fish called the snail darter many Californians were up in arms. Dedicated attorneys argued persistently in courts against this wrong on multiple levels. Meanwhile a few hundred Christians who practice warfare by honor prayed blessings on all concerned and repented of the tendency to rage at injustice rather than seek God’s solution to it. We prayed for eighteen months, asking God to forgive as well, blessing also those who argued while asking God to reframe the conversation to give Himself the last word. The judge eventually reversed himself, saying the so-called science presented to rationalize the water cutoff no longer impressed him. Delta water flow returned to parched fields. God did have the last word and it was good.

Warfare by honor is God’s way to fight for His people and His plans; He never loses a conflict and we never have cause to regret it when we fight His battles using His methods. When, for example, Moses goes to Pharaoh, commanding in the Name of Yahweh that his people be freed, he always begins by asking God for long life for Pharaoh and wisdom for his rule. He is not wimpy in his demands, but he recognizes and acknowledges Pharaoh was made and loved by the same God who made the Israelites. Honor simply acknowledges God parting the sea for those who honor Him.

When Daniel must defy King Nebuchadnezzar over the issue of praying to God rather than to the king he does it with courtesy and prayer for the king’s well being. The fruit is – after a night among the lions – he is eventually enabled to lead the king to faith in God, just as Elijah earlier led King Ahab. When Paul defends his faith before the detestable Herod Antipas he first honors the king with confidence the king is quite able to see the truth Paul speaks; it was no different when Peter and John spoke before the Sanhedrin, telling leaders what they did not want to hear after honoring them as leaders of the Jews.

Jesus Himself honors Pontius Pilate and washes Judas’ feet before sharing the Supper with him, just as he does with the other disciples. This is how important God holds this thing we call warfare by honor. But what is this warfare that is so effective and yet so counter-intuitive to human methods?

It is simply walking out Paul’s teaching that we struggle not against flesh and blood – people are not the enemy – but against principalities and powers. We are called to engage one another rather than these powers themselves, using only the weapons with which Christ Himself engages us. There are three weapons, each expressing a dimension of repentance.

The first is blessing. Romans 12:14 is clear: We are to bless and curse not. That does not mean endorsing or accepting evil; it includes and requires confrontation of evil, but in terms of a loving God who hates nothing He has made. When Christian legal foundations take on judges who favor fish over farmers they do it in the knowledge God loves that judge as much as He loved kings like Ahab and Nebuchadnezzar. When we bless we simply pray for and affirm the best God intends even for His adversaries. We say in word, deed and – especially – prayer – that they are better than their behavior indicates and we seek that betterness. It requires repentance – re-focus on God – to bless those whom we abhor.

The second is forgiveness. John 20:19-23 is just as clear: Those sins we forgive are forgiven and those we retain are retained – by any who refuse God’s command to forgive as He forgives. Shannon Grove was a member of California’s Assembly known as a fiery voice for conservative and biblical values and hated by her opponents. That ended when she heard God calling her to pray for her enemies – for their blessing – even as she opposed their policies. It required her to repent of unforgiveness before she could so bless. Today she is the minority leader in the California State Senate and known as the one who prays for everyone in that body.

The third is engagement through the Lord’s Supper – however we express that act of ultimate worship. It takes a heap-load of repentance to feed our enemies and – perhaps – even more to relax into the necessarily unself-conscious worship via the sacred meal in the middle of a crisis. Yet when I was asked to lead a prayer team into a community called Forest Ranch that is exactly what we did.

Witches and warlocks were practicing their foul faith on a stone slab near the town’s northerly edge. We found the location, blessed them as children for whom Christ died, forgave them in His Name, and celebrated the Supper on the slab. This kind of thing is effective beyond argument – although consistent witness is crucial – it literally changes the atmospherics to alignment with the Lord’s powerful love. This change is impacting whether or not people know what has been done. Within days they had ceased operations and car crashes in the area had nearly stopped altogether. This is the power of the Lord released through repentance and reiteration of His ways; I have witnessed it many times. The world witnessed this power when it felled the Berlin Wall and set Eastern Europe free.

This is waging warfare by honor.

James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the EndTimes, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books, or at praynorthstate@gmail.com