Archive | July 2013

CUFI Summit: Israel Is America’s Ally

As thousands of Christians from all over the nation gathered together for the Christians United For Israel Washington Summit, their rally cry was to continue strengthening and upholding the allegiance between America and Israel.

As Pastor John Hagee pointed out early on in the summit, “I have studied enough history to equal about three degrees and I can sum it up in one sentence: those who have blessed Israel have survived. Those who cursed Israel were destroyed.”

Much happened during the summit including breakout sessions, pastor gatherings, and the national A Night to Honor Israel. Attendees were provided with a timely perspective as to all that is going on over in the Middle East. As Mike Huckabee stated, “Imagine if Toronto, Canada, started sending rockets into Buffalo, New York. Would we decide that yes, of course, the solution is to give the Canadians New York so that we can have peace? Think about it.”

David Brog pointed out that Israel is America’s first line of defense. “How many of our allies are on the front lines fighting our enemies for us? That’s what Israel is doing. They are on the front lines facing our enemies in our place.”

On Wednesday, all summit attendees visited Capitol Hill to encourage their government representatives to support Israel in their decisions. Pastor Charlie Houle, CUFI City Director for Brooklyn Park, stated this about our visit to Capitol Hill: “We’ve watched our presence and the presence of CUFI cause the overall membership in Congress to become more and more pro-Israel. There still is much work to do in some of these districts, but we are definitely having an influence. The group we bring from Minnesota is typically the largest group of constituents that they see each year. It is an ongoing reminder to our elected officials that Minnesotans back Israel and that we are looking to them to do the same.”

What a powerful way to let our government officials know the desires of millions of their constituents.

I am grateful for the 88 people who attended the conference from Minnesota, 60 of whom were from Living Word. In total, region 8 (MN, WI, IA, and IL) had 170 people registered. I hope they were truly blessed by this opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and show our government that we support Israel.

It is truly an honor to stand for Israel and the Jewish people through Christians United For Israel (CUFI). If you haven’t heard of CUFI or want to find out more about the summit, CUFI’s mission, or other events they host, please visit cufi.org.

A Summer of Healing

This summer, I’ve been ministering a new series at my church entitled, A Summer of Healing. We’ve been walking through the 19 healings Jesus performed that were written about in the four gospels. Our purpose is to learn the principles that govern the process of healing—and receiving anything in faith from God—and apply them in our own lives.

We’ve been through five accounts up until this point. Some stories show us multiple principles about receiving from God, so each week we have focused in on just a few of the main points we can learn. Read More…

Christians United for Israel Washington Summit 2013

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This week, Washington DC is filled with thousands of Christians from around the nation. They have gathered for the annual Christians United for Israel Washington Summit 2013. The purpose of this nonpartisan summit is for our CUFI delegates to represent to our government the million plus members of CUFI who want America to support Israel in its policies and national decisions.

Last night, Daughters For Zion, a subsection of CUFI, held a special teaching and prayer session with Pastor Cheryl Morrison, Rev. Billye Brim, and my wife, Pastor Lynne Hammond. Today, summit attendees can attend a variety of breakout sessions where they can learn more about supporting and honoring Israel and the Jewish people.

The highlight for Tuesday, July 23 will be the national A Night to Honor Israel event held at 7 p.m. with Pastor John Hagee, Ambassador Ron Prosor, and Glenn Beck.

Wednesday, July 24 is the day set aside for registered attendees to meet with their elected officials and tell them why supporting Israel is so crucial for our country.

Please keep the summit in your prayers over these next few days. Together, we can look forward to hearing what God will do through this trip.