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A word of knowledge and live stream prayer leads to the healing of two Alabama shooting victims at a Sweet 16 party

Six people have been arrested after gunfire erupted at a Sweet 16 party in Dadeville, Alabama on Saturday, April 15, 2023, resulting in four deaths and 32 injured that included four hospitalized in critical condition. One of the deaths included the brother of the young woman who was celebrating her 16th birthday. But in the midst of this tragedy, evidence is emerging of the miraculous healing of two girls who had been critically injured during the shooting, God TV reports. Michael Koulianos who pastors Jesus Image Church in Orlando, Florida was speaking at a Friday evening service on May 5, 2023, and during the worship service the word ‘shooting’ repeatedly started coming to him. Koulianos sensed that the Holy Spirit was wanting to heal someone who had been injured during a shooting and began praying for their healing during the live stream of the service. The connection to the two Dadeville shooting victims was made when a woman who was watching the live stream, believed that Koulianos’ word of knowledge and prayer was intended for …

When God healed Carlie Terradez of epilepsy

Having been divinely healed of epilepsy myself, this story about how God healed Carlie Terradez from this affliction caught my attention. Though my epilepsy was nowhere as serious as Carlie’s, I was having two to three epileptic seizures a month before God healed me. In Carlie’s case, her seizures were life-threatening. She started having the attacks and blackouts when she was 17 years old. When she had an epileptic seizure she had a 15-minute window when she needed to take her medication as failure to do so would spark a second attack, God TV reports. The road to her healing started when a friend invited Carlie to attend a Bible study. During her first meeting, the leader had a moment of silence, where people could listen to the Holy Spirit. Carlie who had never heard of this gawked at everyone who now bowed their heads. But during this brief interlude, God spoke to Carlie that if she gave her epileptic seizures to Him that she would be healed within two weeks. Carlie was uncertain if …

32 years ago, Jesus told Eric Adams he would be Mayor of New York City on Jan. 1, 2022

Shortly after Eric Adams, 62, was elected mayor of New York City in 2021, and assumed office on Jan. 1, 2022, he began causing waves, particularly among the secularists and atheists, because of how open he was about his Christian faith. This included a speech Adams delivered in February this year when the former NY police officer blamed the lack of prayer in schools for the problems facing our education system. But what recently caught people’s attention was a statement Adams made this month suggesting that 32 years ago God has spoken to him that he would be mayor of New York City on Jan. 1, 2022, CBN reports. “[Thirty-two] years ago, God placed on my heart that Jan. 1, 2022, I would be the mayor of the city of New York,” Adams said in a presentation to the Rev. A.R. Bernard’s Christian Culture Center earlier this month. “But God said, ‘Do not be silent, because if you are silent, then when you get there, people are going to believe you stumble there,’” Adam added. He …

Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit!

By Rick Renner

Many years ago, when I first studied the word “grieve” in Ephesians 4:30, I ran to my bookshelf and pulled out my Greek New Testament to discover exactly what the word “grieve” meant. I found that this word was taken from the Greek word lupete. This surprised me, because the word lupete is from the word lupe, which denotes a pain or grief that can only be experienced between two people who deeply love each other.

The Holy Spirit is moving

As we watch what is happening politically, culturally and even spiritually, as the Satanic Temple in Boston MA holds what it’s billing as the world’s largest satanic conference at the end of April, it would be easy to get discouraged. But in spite of all that is happening, the Holy Spirit is moving in America. When Jesus told Peter that he was the rock on which the church would be built, the Lord added these words “and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Though gates speak of resistance and hindrances, the Greek word, katischuō, translated prevail means simply ‘to over power’ or ‘overcome.’ Whatever barriers, Satan is putting up to hinder the Kingdom of God, they will not stand. Aside from the revival that broke out earlier this year at Asbury College, in an article for CBN, Benjamin Gill highlighted several social media posts and articles reporting how the Holy Spirit is moving across the US. Below are a few of Gill’s examples: Holy Spirit is moving in Cincinnati Pastor …

Slain in the Spirit

One of the more controversial manifestations associated with the Charismatic movement is what is referred to as being slain in the Spirit. This occurs when people are so overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit that they are no longer able to stand and collapse uncontrollably to the ground It usually takes place in a group setting and is often accompanied by prayer or laying on of hands. Though I have never personally experienced it myself, I have been in several services where I witnessed it happenings. Others who have experienced it, said they felt an electrical flow entering their body forcing them to fall to the ground, Part of the controversy surrounding being slain in the Spirit is that we have no actual teaching on the subject in the Bible and only a few recorded instances of it taking place. Perhaps the most notable took place in the Garden of Gethsemane when the Chief priests along with somewhere between 300 and 600 Roman soldiers showed up to arrest Christ. When Christ asked why they were there, …

Did Kelsey Grammer receive a sign from God about his role in ‘Jesus Revolution’?

American actor, Kelsey Grammer, who plays Chuck Smith in the Jesus Revolution, a movie about the Jesus People’s movement that swept America in the late 60s and early 70s may have received a sign from God leading him to accept the role, the Western Journal reports. Kelsey Grammer is best known for playing psychiatrist Frasier Crane in two hit TV series, Cheers and Frasier. Grammer shared the unusual story that led him to accept the role in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Tonight Show. “The truth is I was having sort of a meditative evening one night in my home, and I was up pretty late. It was about 3, 4 in the morning,” Grammer told Fallon. “And I started to think, ‘I want to do something worthwhile, something that has a bigger purpose than just me.’ And I was kind of saying a prayer, I guess. And the next morning the script lands on my door. And I read it and I said, ‘OK, that’s it. I’m doing this Jesus story.’” When …

How the Asbury revival is uniquely impacting ‘Gen Z’

One thing that has struck me about the Asbury Revival is that by targeting this Kentucky university, the Holy Spirit has specifically chosen to move upon what some would describe as a lost generation, Gen Z. These are people born between 1997 and 2012, with many in the latter years attending colleges and universities. This was very similar to the Jesus Movement that also impacted Asbury University in 1970, which saw the Holy Spirit move upon the disillusioned hippies made up of people in their late teens and twenties. With many Gen Z abandoning the church, it is easy to look upon this generation as spiritually disconnected, but research shows that despite outward appearances, they are very open to spiritual things. In fact, polling reveals that they may be more spiritually open, than their older peers. The authors of a recent poll conducted by Barna stated, “Younger non-Christians are more than twice as likely to express a personal interest in Christianity compared to older non-Christians.” In an article for Denison Forum, Laurel Wood added that …

Asbury’s revival spreads to a secular university, Texas A&M

According to a report by God TV, the revival that broke out at Asbury University in Kentucky, has now spread to a secular university, Texas A&M. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M has a student population of over 72,000. The Asbury revival had previously spread to several private Christian universities, such as Lee and Samford, and this is the first report of revival breaking out at a secular school, Charisma News reports. In a Facebook post, Texas A&M student, Grant Bynum, explained that the services are taking place in an area beside the university’s football field and that crowds are growing each night. He writes: “Student led spontaneous event next to Kyle Field, no leader wanted. Worship breaks out. Testimonies. Prayers for miraculous healings. Prayers for the lost and boldness to witness to the entire campus. This is a MIRACLE!” “Jesus is moving at Texas A&M. It’s real! No program. Closest things I’ve ever seen to ACTS. … SUPPPORT/PRAY for the Holy Spirit to lead and to continue this. Jesus is just …

Guard the Holy Flame!

By Dr. Michael Brown When I served as a leader in the Brownsville Revival (which ran from 1995-2000), I started to write a book on hindrances to revival, laying out 20 ways to put out the Spirit’s fire. Put another way, if you do these things, the revival will come to a premature end. When I finished compiling my list, I was amazed to see how similar it was to Charles Finney’s classic sermons titled “Hindrances to Revival.” Some things never change! For a number of reasons, I did not finish writing my book, but several years after the revival, I got the strong impression that I would need to finish the book in the future. In other words, I would live to see another wave of revival. That wave, in its early stages, is already here in America, because of which I feel a real urgency to finish writing that book and get it out to the public. For the moment, though, let me share one of the principles I address in the book, …

Asbury is overwhelmed as attendance grows and revival spreads

CBN is reporting that the revival, which started at Asbury University in Kentucky on Feb 8, 2023, is now spreading. There are reports that people from across America and even other countries such as Holland and Finland are flying into the school to participate in the services. This has resulted in lineups over a half-mile long of people trying to enter the services. It is estimated that between 15,000 to 20,000 people attended services at Asbury this past weekend. This has resulted in services spilling over onto the university’s lawns. Asbury’s administrators are trying to deal with the growing crowds, which now regularly exceed the capacity limits of the school’s facilities, by looking at larger buildings off campus that can hold the growing crowds. In an interview with WDRB, second-year Asbury student, Canaan Yan, said, “I feel as though maybe we were the candle and now we are just passing that flame on to other churches and other schools.” And the fire is spreading. In addition to the revival breaking out at Lee University in …

Revival breaks out at Asbury University in Kentucky

19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19 NIV) There has been a major outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, CBN reports. The school founded in 1891 has over 1,800 students and is across the street from the associated Asbury Theological Seminary which has over 1,700 students. The revival broke out during a chapel service on Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023, when 100 students responded to an altar call resulting in them falling to their knees in prayer and repentance. Those attending services stated there is a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit during the services that have been going on 24/7 since the revival broke out. Alexandra Presta, who edits The Asbury Collegian, a student website, said she had never seen anything like this. “Peers, professors, local church leaders, and seminary students surround me— all of them praying, worshipping, and praising God together. Voices are ringing out. People are bowing at the altar, …

Catholic priest claims he was healed of a brain tumor after visiting Lourdes

I have often been leery of claims by the Roman Catholic Church of miraculous healing because sometimes they attribute them to a myriad of things like the saints. In fact, you can’t become a saint in the Roman Catholic Church without performing at least two miracles after you are dead, which I believe is Biblical error. READ: How many miracles does it take to be canonized a saint? However, I do acknowledge, there was one instance of a dead man coming to life after touching the bones of the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 13:21), but I believe the healing came from the anointing remaining on his bones. It did not originate from the prophet in heaven. The Roman Catholic Church seems to agree because, ironically, it has NOT declared Elisha to be a saint. But at the same time, I also believe it’s possible for healing to take place under weird circumstances because of a person’s underlying faith in Christ. For example, we read of the strange occurrences that took place in Ephesus when the …

Dolly Parton puts prophetic dream to music

With a career spanning over 50 years, Dolly Parton, 77, is a country music legend and also a Christian. Recently she wrote a song entitled, “Don’t Make Me Have to Come Down There,” which was based on a dream that she described as ‘something special,’ CBN reports. “I had a dream that God was standing on a mountain and looking down at us saying ‘don’t make Me come down there’,” Parton explained on Instagram. “It woke me up, and I got up and started writing this song over a period of weeks and months.” This divine warning became the basis of the lyrics for her song: “Last night I had a dream about God/He was standing on a mountain top/Looking down, around in such dismay,And in my dream, I heard him sayDon’t make Me have to come down thereMy children, you had best bewareIf you don’t pay attention, consequences will be direDon’t make Me have to come down there.” In the song, Dolly also speaks about natural phenomena such as earthquakes, erratic weather, and pandemics …

Why Westerners are not receiving dreams and visions like those in the Middle East?

In Joel 2:28, the prophet spoke of a day when God would pour out His Holy Spirit on all flesh, and added that it would be evidenced by people having dreams and visions. I have written several articles on how people in the Middle East have had their lives transformed by God-given dreams and visions. And while this seems to be happening in other parts of the world, it does not seem to be taking place, at least to the same degree, in Western countries. I have a couple of friends who regularly receive dreams and visions. In my case, I have had only one, which I would describe as a warning dream. It resulted in a positive, spiritually life-altering experience as my wife and I moved to another city. Yet, for most Westerners, myself included, these are rare experiences in Christian circles. In an interview with Faithwire, Rev. Lazarus Yeghnazar, the founder of Transform Iran, made an interesting statement that may explain why. If he was in a meeting with Iranian believers and asked …

Wayne Johnston: A prophetic word for 2023

A few days ago while celebrating Christmas early with family, I woke up after 3 am because of pain in my shoulder from an injury. I did not want to get up and disturb others, so I raised my arm before God and in hushed tones started to worship and pray. During this time of brokenness, God gave me the following vision for 2023. The next day, I shared it with a church leader where it resonated, and later I felt it was not just a word for his church, but the Body of Christ as a whole. The Vision I saw the master of a vineyard carefully looking over the grape harvest. He lovingly and carefully picked one ripe purple grape and put it on a shelf to admire its perfect mature form. It represented the perfectly formed mature fruit. It had everything in its right place. It was a fully grown grape that had it all together, but it lacked one thing. The master of the vineyard lovingly and carefully picked it up …

Word of knowledge reveals the name of a woman’s unknown birth father

The word of knowledge is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that is distributed to believers mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; (1 Corinthians 12:8 NASV) It is defined as receiving revelatory information about a person or situation, either past or present, that a person would have otherwise not known about. And in a story on God TV, Deanna Shrodes shared the remarkable story of how God revealed the name of her birth father, through a word of knowledge. Deanna works in the ministry with her husband Larry where they pastor a church outside of Tampa, Florida. She had been adopted as an infant and never knew her birth parents When she was 27 years old, Deanna was finally able to track down her biological mother. Though they developed a relationship over the next 20 years before her mother died of cancer in 2019, she …

She had given up praying for healing, and then God …

While she was taking skiing lessons as a young girl, Elizabeth Chatka found herself struggling to keep her balance. She later went to the doctor and after a series of tests was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSH), CBN reports, FSH is an inherited disorder caused by a genetic mutation, hence no known cure, that results in a weakening of the muscles particularly in the face, shoulders and arms. Though not deadly, 20% of cases result in people having to use a wheelchair. It is a rare condition with less than 40,000 cases reported in the US, and it usually shows up in people between the ages of 15 – 30. Because of her condition Elizabeth struggled with constant pain and found herself needing to rest while others were out having fun. But she had grown up in a Christian home and for several years sought God for healing. But nothing changed. She eventually married and while both she and her husband continued praying for healing, Elizabeth noticed that her symptoms were getting worse. At …

A sense of purpose leads to a longer life, study suggests

Throughout the Bible, one message is delivered time and again, God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. From Jeremiah’s prophecy during Judah’s darkest hour while in Babylonian captivity, God still had a plan and a purpose for every person, even though they had been ripped from the promised land: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) The Apostle Paul writes that we are all part of the Body of Christ, and each of us are gifted with a unique and necessary role. And Paul adds that those with seemingly lesser roles are often the most important (1 Corinthians 12:21-25). So, it is vital that you find God’s purpose for your life, because according to research by Harvard University’s School of Public Health, those who have a sense of purpose live longer lives, StudyFinds reports. The research team led by Dr. Koichiro Shiba came to this conclusion after …

Prove all things

By Rick Renner

I once bought a violin that I was sure was an authentic Stradivarius violin. Of course, if it was real, it was worth several million dollars. Before I purchased it, I studied documents about how to recognize a real Stradivarius compared to a well-made copy. After convincing myself that I had found a real Stradivarius in a remote antique shop in Russia, I purchased it. But after an examination by a violin expert, it proved to be nothing more than a very old, fabulous fake.

How a misfiring gun, turned a gang member to Christ

In 2016, Javier Torres was a member of a Mexican gang in Northern California, until God intervened in an unusual way, causing him to become a believer in Jesus. According to AG News, he and members of his gang were involved in a confrontation with a member of another gang. Torres pulled his gun and unloaded his pistol, a .357 magnum revolver, on the man. However, instead of shots ringing out, there were only six clicks as the gun didn’t fire. Stunned, Torres and his gang fled. Once back at their home base, another gang member checked Torres’ gun. When he noticed that the bullets had not misfired, he told Torres that it must have been God who stopped the pistol from firing. Shook by the experience, for the next three months Torres turned to cocaine. But one day, when he was unable to get cocaine for his daily fix, Torres turned to God in prayer. “God, if this is you helping me get me out of this pain and hurt, I want a new …

Can dreams be a form of evangelism? The conversion of an ex-Muslim suggests they can

A Christian man, who had converted to Islam, turned back to Christ after people prayed for God to send a dream of Jesus, CBN reports. Raised in a Christian home, Mike Westerfield considered himself a religious man. He had attended a Bible college and occasionally preached at his local church, but his faith was challenged when he started visiting some Muslims at a local prison in Florida. In particular, this group challenged Westerfield about his belief in the Trinity and began to give him Islamic literature. This eventually led to Westerfield becoming a Muslim. This was not a shallow conversion. Over the next 12 years, Westerfield actually attended an Islamic university with the intention of becoming an Imam. But despite his conversion, Westerfield would eventually start questioning some of the things that he was discovering in Islam, which he described as “deception and lies” in an interview with IfoundtheTruth.com. This led to him reexamining Jesus. He turned to several apologetic groups, such as Lee Strobel, and Abdu Murray, an ex-Muslim, who had become a Christian …

Deion Sanders shares how he called out to God during a medical crisis

Former NFL star, Deion Sanders, shared how he called out to God for help, which included speaking in tongues, during a serious medical crisis in 2021, the Christian Post reports. Saunders, 55, who is now the head coach of the Jackson State University football team, had to go to the hospital last year after experiencing blood clots in his legs that resulted in the amputation of two toes. Fearing the loss of his leg and possibly his life, Deion shared his experience in an interviewed with Chris Neely of “Thee Pregame Show,. In her article for the Christian Post, Jeannie Ortega Law provides more details: “It was a blessing. Because I could have lost my life very easily. It was there. It was a thought process of losing my leg from the knee down. It was almost there,” the legendary cornerback continued. “So when I look up and say thank you, Jesus, it’s because I know the quiet cries at night that were in that hospital.” […] “I know all the speaking in tongues, and the …

When the Holy Spirit falls upon people: Ex-gay Hollywood designer explains how this helped lead him to Jesus

We read throughout the Bible of times that the Holy Spirit fell upon people and each time something unusual happened as there were outward manifestations: As we move into the New Testament, there is a shift because of Christ’s perfect redemption the Holy Spirit is now able to permanently reside inside us (1 Corinthians 6:19). But there were still instances of the Holy Spirit falling upon people, as took place on the Day of Pentecost. The same thing happened to a group of gentiles at the home of Cornelius as Peter was preaching. The Holy Spirit also fell on them, and they began speaking in tongues: 15 As I [Peter] began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. (Acts 11:15 ESV). When the Holy Spirit falls upon people, something invariably happens, and a similar event laid the groundwork for Becket Cook, a Hollywood designer, to become a Christian, Faithwire reports. Becket was an influential designer in Hollywood, and had worked for major stars such as Oprah, Paris Hilton …

When is the last time you spoke in tongues?

When is the last time you spoke in tongues? I am directing this question to myself, as much as I am to anyone else, because based on a recent survey I know at least a quarter of us have spoken in tongues. But are still continuing this spiritual practice today? A recent study conducted by Infinity Concepts and Grey Matter Research (ICGMR) in early August 2022 found that 25% of American Christians have spoken in tongues. Included in this percentage were people who did not consider themselves charismatic or did not attend a Pentecostal church. The survey entitled, “The Renewalists: Pentecostal and Charismatic Evangelicals,” also found that 13% of those surveyed attended a Pentecostal/Charismatic church and of those who did 55% had spoken in tongues, which means 45% had not. So, back to my original question, if you have received this gift of the Holy Spirit, when was the last time you used this gift? I ask this because, despite the controversy, the gift of Tongues is an important part of our walk with God. …

Ten stories from this week

Here are a ten news stories, that caught my attention, this past week. Prophetic word about draft, fulfilled in the very last pick in 2021 NFL draft Grant Stuard was an all-conference linebacker while playing for the University of Houston. His dad was in prison several times and his drug-addict mother worked strip clubs to feed her habit, leaving Grant to raise his four siblings. There had been hints he would be drafted in the 2021 NFL draft, and a friend even gave a prophetic word, that this would happen. But Grant was losing hope by the time the seventh and final round of the draft started. But Grant was picked by the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the very last pick of the draft. READ: NFL’s Last Draft Pick Sees His Blessing Movie director encourages Chris Pratt to ‘keep standing for Jesus’ Andrew Erwin, who has directed films such as American Underdog and Moms’ Night Out, took to Instagram to support Hollywood actor, Chris Pratt, after he was criticized for sharing that his faith …

A Friendly Word to My ‘Cautiously Charismatic’ Colleagues

By Dr. Michael L. Brown In recent years, I have heard Christian leaders describe themselves as “open but cautious” when it comes to the gifts and power of the Spirit for today, including tongues and prophecy and healing. Others have described themselves as “charismatics with seatbelts.” But is that really a biblical position to hold? Is it a healthy spiritual perspective? To speak directly to my “cautiously charismatic” colleagues, are you “open but cautious” when it comes to following Jesus? Or believing God’s Word? Or giving yourself to the Great Commission? Or loving God? Why, then, when it comes to the gifts and power of the Spirit for today are you “open but cautious”? When it comes to your overall devotion to the Lord, do you wear those same seatbelts? Or do you wear them when you get alone with God in prayer? Or when you engage in corporate worship? Or when you share the gospel with the lost? Why put those seatbelts on only when it comes to the things of the Spirit? I …

Becoming drunk in the Holy Spirit?

There are a few passages in the Bible that speak of one of the more unusual manifestations of the Holy Spirit. It talks about people being so overcome by the Holy Spirit, that they appear drunk to outsiders. And I was reminded of this in a recent story on CBN by Vernell Windsor, a regular columnist, who along with a friend had decided to attend a church service in North Carolina. During the service, Vernell writes that she was so overcome by the presence of God, that she became drunk in the Holy Spirit: “The presence of the Lord was in that place. During worship, I forgot all about my friend and realized I could no longer stand. I was weeping and got all snotty-nosed,” Vernell said. “Strangely, I was also laughing because the joy of the Lord was flowing all through me. My friend was trying to protect me from getting trampled upon as people were headed to and from the altar and dancing around, but I was oblivious to any danger,” Vernell added. …

Hold Fast to That Which Is Good

By Rick Renner

Years ago I was invited to have lunch with a man who said he wanted to talk. As I sat with him, he began to tell me the many reasons why he had abandoned believing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. At first, I thought maybe he just needed someone to talk to about his doubts, but soon I realized this man was deeply bitter. I finally understood he had asked me to lunch in an attempt to dissuade me, and whoever else would listen, from believing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

How actor Michael Sheen’s great-grandfather went from town drunk to street preacher

Welsh actor Michael Sheen is best known for playing roles of famous people during his acting career, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in The Deal. He also played the role of journalist David Frost in Frost/Nixon, a movie about Frost’s 1977 interview with US President Richard Nixon. Though I am uncertain of Sheen’s faith, in April 2011, the actor led a modern retelling of The Passion in Port Talbot, Wales, the home of his great-grandfather. The play performed outside over three days involved the dramatic retelling of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. On the first day of the play, which started at 5:30 am on Good Friday morning, it drew a crowd of a few hundred people. By Easter Sunday, the crowd had grown to an estimated 13,000. But Port Talbot also serves as the backdrop to the remarkable spiritual transformation of Sheen’s great-grandfather. His great-grandfather was basically the town drunk, but Sheen says that all changed when one night, after being thrown out of the local pub, he was lying on his back in …