On the 5th, it was reported that during their regular school day, MorningStar University students experienced a move of God that lasted over 12 hours. As a direct result, MorningStar began having “Outpouring Services” in the lobby of the Grand hotel, and opened them to the public. As the meetings grow in number, Rick Joyner is broadcasting them on MorningStar’s recently created computer TV network www.morningstartv.com Thursday through Saturday nights at 7 PM (EST). The meetings are now being viewed by people from over 120 nations.
Jason Hooper, Todd Bentley, Pastor Robin McMillan, special guest speakers and the MorningStar Worship Team are all part of the “Outpouring.” As the attendance and viewers continue to expand, Rick Joyner said this particular move of God could be “the one” that fulfills prophecies given years ago telling of a mighty revival coming to Charlotte, North Carolina that would touch the ends of the earth. He also commented, “We’ll have to see where this one takes us, but we are hoping for great things to happen here at Heritage.”
As is sometimes the case in sudden moves of God, there is opposition. Rick Joyner said “outpourings” are subject to criticism, and he understands that. The Prophetic Ministry is controversial and MorningStar expects some people who have not been exposed to it to react in a negative way.
In a January article written by Rick Joyner, he addressed the subject of Prophetic Ministry. A portion of his writings from Prepared for the Times, Part 5:
“Having some influence to help restore prophetic ministry to the church, I want to work with others who are likewise called to do this. However, I also realize that if the prophetic ministries all gather together and do not interchange with the rest of the body this will not be healthy. When I was commissioned with the purpose of helping to restore prophetic ministry to the church for its last-day ministry, I was told that it would not be until the prophets and teachers learned to worship the Lord together as they did at Antioch that He would release true apostolic ministry in the church again. For this reason, I have always tried to relate to, and bring into, our ministry the strongest teaching ministries.
I have also tried to strongly connect to the apologetics movement, where I think some of the greatest teachers are. I realize that some of the biggest attacks on what we are devoted to has come from this camp and that they are almost universally skeptical of what we are doing; likewise, I have trouble with various things that some of them teach, and I even think there may be some false teachers in their camp. Tares are located in every field that the Lord has planted, but overall I think this is the camp that could help true prophetic ministry possibly more than any other. If prophetic people are going to be trusted with the kind of revelation that we will need for the times to come, we must be strong in sound doctrine, loving the written Word of God more and more. There is trust building between these camps, and it is from the Lord, but even if they continue not to understand us, we need much of what they have. We need to be humble enough to get it and strong enough in who we are not to compromise that either.”
“And it shall be in the last day,” God says, “that I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” Acts 2: 17-18
The full article can be read at: www.morningstarministries.org.
On Sunday the 10th, there was another Praise & Worship service held in the TV Studio by Randy Hill Ministries and The Broadcast Group, www.thebroadcastgroup.com.
Pastor Hill’s message included his prophetic view of the future he sees for the PTL property. He believes there is soon going to be an “awakening” on the grounds, and though it does not look like it now, one day the Barn Auditorium will be overflowing with people as the Gospel is broadcast around the world in many languages. The next Praise & Worship service will be Sunday evening March 7th, at 6 PM.
During the month, Evangelist Todd Bentley, the minister who held the huge revival in Lakeland, Florida in 2008*, moved his new ministry, Fresh Fire USA, into an office on Main Street in the Grand Hotel. Todd is being restored by Rick Joyner and is reestablishing his ministry on the Heritage grounds. With great confidence for this outpouring to continue, Todd Bentley says many people will be saved, healed and delivered by the power of God as it grows. The web site for Fresh Fire Ministries is: www.freshfireusa.com.
*The revival Todd Bentley conducted in Lakeland, Florida in 2008 started in a church of approximately 500 people and grew to 10,000–12,000 people from around the world attending the services every night.
The Lakeland revival grew so fast that the meetings had to be moved to another location to accommodate the amount of people who came out each night. Todd Bentley does not know the full scope of the outpouring that is now happening at Heritage, but he believes this new move of God will continue for a long time.
On the 12th, A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-Au-Prince, Haiti effecting four million of its nine million people population. The horrendous natural disaster leveled thousands of homes and businesses, and, as of the end of the month, has killed over 200,000 men, women and children while injuring countless more. The size and scope of the damage from the quake and 30+ aftershocks is still unknown, and it is impossible for the rescue workers to save all the people who are still buried in the rubble. One of the many reports about the quake can be accessed at: http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,582877,00.html
On the 20th, there were two large aftershocks in the same area of Haiti causing overwhelming damage to the already shaken buildings and people. These new reports caused one of the major news networks to do a profile on recent earthquake activity in the world. The report showed that earthquakes are on the rise. There were no explanations given by the reporter for this phenomenon, but there is now a lot of interest in the famous “Ring of Fire” where most earthquakes occur. Tracking the increasing amount of earthquakes can be found at: http://earthquake.usgs.gov.
During the month, MorningStar Ministries began coordinating relief teams, which included licensed medics, first responders and trained certified workers to send to some of the worst stricken areas of Haiti. Approximately one million Haitians are homeless and thousands of the injured are hanging on for help. Aid is flooding in from around the world, but the job is so immense that it will take thousands of rescue workers to distribute daily food, water and medical attention to the injured, while at the same time try to stabilize the country. As military personnel, doctors and emergency workers pour into Haiti, they are all aware that the crisis may be too big to handle.
From the 21st-23rd, MorningStar held its Kingdom Business Conference during the day, and continued the “Outpouring Services” each night.
During this time, Jim Bakker asked Dr. Paul Williams to be a guest on his TV program to talk about Haiti’s earthquake. Dr. Williams’ ministry has helped people in some of the most disaster stricken places around the world, and he plans to go to Haiti while sending a large shipment of supplies there. Some of the students from Master’s Commission at Morningside in Blue Eye, Missouri, will be going with Dr. Williams to help wherever they can. Morningside is also sending thousands of self-generating flashlights as well as non-perishable food with the students.
Also, during the month, Jim Bakker once again invited Economist Dr. Larry Bates on his show to talk about the financial crisis in America. Dr. Bates who wrote the book THE NEW ECONOMIC DISORDER, warned people to get out of debt as much as possible because the economy is not going to get better. America’s spending is out of control and Dr. Bates says that understanding the truths in the Bible concerning the times we live in will set us free from believing everything is going to be okay.
Dr. Bates spoke of the need for preachers to understand the times, as the sons of Issachar did in the Old Testament, and start preparing for the difficult days ahead. Jim Bakker and Dr. Bates spoke about how the basic needs of everyday life along with emergency food supplies should be available in every church. They agreed that we are to pay attention to the Bible’s teachings so that we will not be overtaken by fear during the unfolding of the Book of Revelation. Both agreed that we are not appointed for God’s wrath in the end times, but we will certainly live through some perilous times!
Jim Bakker says Christians should not be exclusive to their own church, but they should be growing into a community, helping each other in order to help the unsaved. He believes we are coming into the greatest harvest time of souls as events unfold around the world pointing to the soon return of the Lord. Jim also believes the church will someday become “places of refuge.”
“Woe to the Shepherds!”, says Dr. Larry Bates concerning the pastors and teachers who are not warning their congregations of the times we are living in for fear this message would not be popular among their church goers. Click below to read a June 2009 interview Sid Roth did with Larry Bates: http://www.itssupernatural.net/2009/06/06/sid-roth-welcomes-dr-larry-bates/
The Life Changes Ministries International that moved in August of 2009 into The Cause’s headquarters (located in PTL’s former Wagon Wheel Restaurant) is reported to be moving off the grounds. The buildings the Cause owns on the grounds are still for sale and include the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and a few of the chalets on Lake Heritage.
The Broadcast Group is hosting Center Stage Tours, who are bringing three concerts to the TV Studio over the next three months. The first Concert was on January 28th and featured Southern Gospel groups, the “Dixie Melody Boys” and “Driven.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at the Broadcast Group’s office in the Total Learning Center for the next two concerts, which will be February 11th and March 11th.
Update on the Swine Flu from January 15th, 2010: CDC: Up to 80 Million Americans infected with H1N1: click to read: http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,583132,00.html .
At the end of January:
1) There are now 452 signatures on the Petition to save the Upper Room, which was started one year ago. It can still be signed at: http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html. If you have not signed this important petition, please consider letting your voice be heard.
2) The Heritage USA Group, owned and operated by Todd Barwick on Yahoo Groups, is expanding to Facebook in order to have two sites for information about Heritage USA. The name of the Facebook account is “Remembering PTL & Heritage USA,” and the link is: http://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage. God Bless Todd for all he is doing to help further connect people who are still interested in Heritage USA.
3) For those who would like to see how the PTL grounds look today, we added a new “Picture Gallery” feature on our web-site, www.legaseepublishing.com. God willing, we will be adding more pictures during the year.
New Home construction has picked up on the grounds during the past few months. Several houses and townhomes are being constructed both off the new roadway leading to Pineville, North Carolina and next to the Time Share Clubhouse on Lake Heritage. The price of new homes has considerably declined due to the slow economy.
The condition that the former Heritage USA property is in today brings a wide variety of conclusions from the people living in and around the area. Comments and opinions about Heritage’s present state differ and range from, “It’s in ruins,” to “It has the potential to be redeemed and attract millions of people again.” After nearly twenty three years since its fall, the PTL property’s future remains a mystery.
There are some important buildings that are in major disrepair and need to be completed or restored, but overall the 2200 acres of the former PTL property looks decent. The Broadcast Group’s hard work around the Barn Auditorium and TV Studio has made one of the biggest positive changes in the last year.
MorningStar Ministries is presently building model rooms in the Heritage Grand Hotel that will display how the Towers’ suites will actually look when the building is finally completed. The Towers is the most visible sign of disrepair, and many residents on the grounds are disturbed it hasn’t been completed or completely torn down.
From the 3rd – 6th, Evangelist Todd Bentley hosted his first “Healings, Miracles, Signs & Wonders Equipping School” since his recent divorce. The divorce forced Todd to drop out of the Lakeland Revival of 2008 and subsequently move to Heritage to receive counseling from Rick Joyner. The repercussions and vicious attacks on Rick Joyner during the past year over Todd Bentley’s restoration have caused some controversy inside the church.
On Friday the 5th, during Todd Bentley’s evening teaching, there came several loud outbursts of rebuke aimed directly at him that came from a group of people who were strategically standing around the lobby of the Grand Hotel. The commotion interrupted the whole service. Todd Bentley was publicly reprimanded by a group called Operation Save America, www.Operationsaveamerica.org, who openly showed their outrage towards him.
Before the approximate thirty members of Operation Save America were escorted from the hotel, they handed out accusatory pamphlets refuting Todd Bentley’s restoration. It was an awkward moment for all those attending the church service, and for those watching the “live” broadcast. If this group is right about Todd Bentley, they were wrong to interrupt the service and demean him in front of the world.
In spite of the backlash over Todd Bentley, Rick Joyner has been working toward restoring him. In a recent MorningStar Special Bulletin Revival & The Todd Bentley Restoration (Part 1), Rick Joyner wrote:
After nearly a year and a half of working with Todd, I recently felt that it was time to release him into some limited ministry in our local church. This does not mean that Todd has been released back into ministry in general, nor does it mean that Todd is nearing the end of his restoration process. We do not know how long this will be, and as from the beginning, we want to be confident that it is the Lord’s timing with each step that is taken.
Before Todd will be fully released back into ministry, we will ask for a council to endorse this, which will be composed of those who are respected throughout the body of Christ as true elders in the church. Of course, they would need to come to the comfort level that would enable them to become part of this council, which we think would be a worthy test of Todd’s present spiritual condition. This is not to imply that this would endorse anything that Todd has done in the past; rather that he recognized his mistakes and his sins, has genuinely repented of them, and has adequately “shut the gates of hell” that gave the devil access into his life in every area where this happened, making him now fit for release back into ministry…” The complete Special Bulletin can be accessed at: www.morningstarministries.org.
On the 11th, The Broadcast Group hosted another concert by Center Stage Tours. The concert headlined Southern Gospel groups, The Pfeifers and Gold City.
The last of three concerts in the series will be held March 11th in the TV Studio and will feature The Blackwood Quartet and The Chuck Wagon Gang. Tickets can be purchased at the door, on-line at www.crowntickets.com, or at the Broadcast Group’s office in the Total Learning Center.
Another Praise & Worship service will be held in the former PTL TV Studio, now owned by The Broadcast Group, on Sunday evening March 7th at 6 PM by Pastor Randy Hill of Randy Hill Ministries, www.randyhillministries.org. Pastor Hill and His Call Ministries are continuing these monthly services while believing God for an “Awakening” to happen in the Body of Christ.
From the 17th- 20th, MorningStar Ministries hosted a “Holy Spirit Conference.” Several hundred people attended the conference, which culminated in a powerful church service on Sunday morning the 21st. Rick Joyner, along with several pastors and elders from MorningStar Ministries, formerly ordained Todd Bentley back to ministering in the “local” church.
MorningStar Ministries continue to hold Outpouring Meetings that can be seen Thursday through Saturday at 7 PM (EST) on their computer TV network: www.morningstartv.com.
On Sunday afternoon the 21st, a special Prayer Meeting was held on Main Street in the Grand Hotel for the completion of the Towers. MorningStar members prayed for the strongholds to come down that are delaying the Towers’ restoration.
During the month, weighed down by the mandate on his life to communicate the “end time” message, Jim Bakker continued to speak out about the current events that are happening around the world, and future events that are about to happen as the return of Christ draws closer. Teaching from the Book of Revelation on his TV show and Thursday night Bible Study, Jim anguishes over profoundly naive Christian leaders who preach a “Prosperity” message instead of warning people of the times we live in.
The Bible refers to the times we are experiencing as “perilous times.” It is not a popular subject for Jim Bakker to talk about because many Christians believe that they will not go through any of the Tribulation. Most say, “Jesus will take us out of here before the revealing of the Anti-Christ and the Great Tribulation starts.”
Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948 triggered the generation that would see the return of the Lord and Jim Bakker openly rebukes preachers who are not telling their congregations what the Bible actually says about the subject. Jim is far from being alone in his teachings; historical Bible scholars such as John Foxe (who wrote Foxe’s Book of Martyrs), Charles Finney, John Bunyan, John Wesley, William Tyndale and George Muller are just a few who understood that the church will go through some or all of the Great Tribulation.
The problem with most church leaders is they fail to read the whole verse of the many scriptures pertaining to the end times to their congregation. For example, Jim Bakker points out that most Christians have heard only Acts Chapter 2 verses 17-18 read from the pulpits of their churches which says:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” Acts 2 17-18
THE FULL PASSAGE READS:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: AND I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts Chapter 2: 17-20 (KJV)
The promises coming from preachers who tell their congregations they are not going to live through perilous times is more “acceptable,” because they fear the complete teachings of the end time scriptures would cause them to lose members. Many pastors are giving their congregations a “false sense of security.”
The reason Jim Bakker anguishes over the “Prosperity Ministries” is that many people will lose their minds when they realize they are not going to be whisked out of here before tribulation days suddenly come upon the world. If Christians would study the Bible, they would understand the end times and would not be overtaken by surprise. Realistically, Christians who are prepared for the coming days would have peace knowing the truths in the Bible.
Jim Bakker stands on the fact that, “The Bible does not contradict itself…there may be poor translations, but the Word of God cannot contradict itself if it is studied in the Greek and Hebrew translations that it was originally written in.” He also said, “Being in prison for five years and having the time to study the Bible, sometimes for 16 hours a day, God gave me understanding and insight into the Book of Revelation so that I can share and teach it to you!” He added, “There is going to be a SHAKING in the next few months of “Prosperity Ministries” that are teaching innocent people to love money when the love of money is the root of all evil.”
During the month, The Master’s Commission students at Morningside are broadcasting their TV show SAFELOCK weekdays at 9 PM (CST) on: www.jimbakkershow.com.
These openly honest young people are helping their generation to cope with the reality of today’s complicated world. Speaking about difficult subjects like depression, rejection and many other serious issues young people in and out of the church face each day makes this reality show a unique and necessary voice in the Christian world.
The Upper Room remains vacant and neglected. The Petition to save it can be signed at: http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html.
At the end of the month, two powerful earthquakes struck Japan and Chile.
The first was a 7.0 Magnitude earthquake that hit Japan’s southern islands on the 26th. Details are available at: http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,587524,00.html
The second quake struck the country of Chile on the 27th. The reports from the mega 8.8 Magnitude earthquake’s damage are still pouring in. The following is a preliminary report and includes a slideshow of some of the damage:
A small portion of Scripture from Matthew 24 in the King James Version:
“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of war: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24 vs. 3-8
The Towers’ future became the center of attention this month.
On the 2nd, The Herald reported on the possible fate of the Towers:
Old PTL hotel owners face June demolition – County urges ministry to ramp up renovations – by Christy Mullins
York County again is giving a deadline to the owners of the old Heritage Grand Hotel – who want to convert it into a retirement facility – to make it safe to live in or the county will demolish it.
MorningStar Ministries’ $40 million plan would convert the 21 story ramshackle hotel into what the church calls a “Refirement Center.” Instead of retiring people, the facility would “re-fire” them back into ministry.
The building was one of the centerpieces of Heritage USA, the now-defunct Christian theme park built in the late 1970s and 1980s. It stands on property once owned by Praise the Lord ministries, which crumbled when televangelist-founder Jim Bakker was caught up in a sex scandal and later convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
Since 2004, Morning Star has worked to restore the 345 rooms, suites and office spaces of the old hotel.
So far, though, the ministry hasn’t been able to get enough people to commit to buying into the retirement facility – which has made it more difficult to get the financing the ministry needs to bring the building up to meet county safety codes.
County officials say MorningStar is past a previous six-month deadline to hold up its end of the bargain.
The council voted Monday to notify MorningStar of the new deadline, threatening to demolish the building if it isn’t up to code by the end of June.
“If they can’t convince us they need more time, it’ll have to be torn down,” York County Council Chairman Buddy Motz said Monday. “They’ve passed their time for renovations.”
If the county moved to demolish the building, it would “cause irreparable and significant financial hardship” to MorningStar Fellowship Church, the ministry’s vice president Dave Yarnes wrote to the county in a Feb.17 letter.
MorningStar also asked the county not to talk about the dispute publicly until the dispute is resolved.
Yarnes said county officials “unilaterally dismissed” poor market conditions – one of the main reasons the ministry says it has struggled to meet the county’s deadlines – as irrelevant in a Feb. 4 meeting.
MorningStar representatives blamed a tough economy for the slow-moving project. As part of its development agreement with the county, Yarnes said, both parties had agreed to acknowledge market conditions when negotiating.
Yarnes also maintains in the letter that the Feb. 4 meeting had been planned as “informal mediation” – but the county brought an attorney to the table and MorningStar didn’t, putting the ministry at a disadvantage.
MorningStar operates a church, schools and a religious conference center in the old hotel and 52 acres of land nearby. The ministry purchased the property in 2005 from Coulston Enterprises Inc.
York County officials wanted to demolish the hotel in 2007 and threatened to fine the company daily after MorningStar missed a deadline to tear it down. County officials plan to draft a letter to MorningStar today.
On the 5th,The Herald reported: Fort Mill Tower Project on track, MorningStar says-Ministry calls county’s claims about former PTL hotel ‘a shock’ by Toya Graham
Days after York County officials planned to slap a deadline on MorningStar Ministries’ plan to rehabilitate the former PTL tower, MorningStar fired back Thursday.
Contradicting the county’s assertion that the project is behind schedule, MorningStar’s leader said county officials have no reason to consider condemning and demolishing the tower.
“This is such a shock,” Rick Joyner, director and founder, said during a news conference Thursday afternoon on the MorningStar campus in Fort Mill Township.
At the meeting Monday, the York County Council voted to give MorningStar a new deadline to move ahead with plans to turn the 21-story building into housing for active senior citizens or have it demolished at MorningStar’s expense.
Marketed by MorningStar as the future site of a “Refirement Center” that would encourage seniors into the ministry, the project, according to county officials, is past a six-month deadline for renovations.
Not true, Joyner said. “We’re on our timeline” he said Thursday. “Everything is going good.”
So good, Joyner said, that the demand for units surpasses available homes. The first phase has 140 units with more than 200 reservations, he said.
“You can’t do better,” he said. “We could have gotten more people.”
Those people had to shell out a $1,000 deposit, he said.
“I think any community in the country would love to have a $40 million construction project going on,” he said.
According to Herald archives, York County officials wanted to demolish the hotel in 2007 and threatened to fine the company daily after MorningStar missed a deadline to tear it down.
But by the end of the month, MorningStar says it plans to unveil a model unit at the Tower that will feature two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling glass. That debut is set for March 26.
At Monday’s York County Council meeting, county leaders agreed to the new deadline to rehabilitate the tower. A letter to MorningStar was to be drafted today.”
“We have not sent the notice yet,” York County Manager Jim Baker said Thursday. “The county attorney is drafting it.”
MorningStar officials contend that moving their deadline up isn’t feasible. They say that project financing is not an issue, considering the project started with multiple lenders. Initially, the project commanded the attention of about 14 to 15 lenders, Joyner said.
“We’re down to four that we feel are viable sources,” Joyner said. “That’s good during these (economic) times.”
MorningStar officials say they have not had any problems with York County leaders.
“Until this, they’ve been great to work with,” Joyner said.
But in response to reports of the county’s deadline, Dave Yarnes, MorningStar vice president and Tower project supervisor, said in a statement Thursday, “It’s extremely unusual for the county to be issuing public statements without any official correspondence with us and not allow us to demonstrate our progress.”
“We have over $2 million in soft cost development of the Tower to date.”
Yarnes’ statement goes on to say that MorningStar is “stunned by recent government allegations that it (MorningStar) is not moving forward within its allotted time frame.”
The four-page document states that MorningStar “considers the allegations to be factually untrue.”
“Just two years ago, York County signed a five-year development agreement with MorningStar to redevelop the Tower into an active adult community. Even though the world-wide economic crisis ground most development to a halt, MorningStar admits that it was slowed some by this, as probably every project has, but is still very much on schedule to get the project completed on time.
Therefore, “It comes as a shock to its owners and development staff that after only 30 days after issuing the permit for construction of its model, local government officials are making accusations of MorningStar’s delays.”
Joyner said MorningStar’s next move is to try to talk to the county.
“A June deadline to try to finish it is not possible,” he said.
Yarnes said, “We believe we can finish the project in the five-year timeline. We’re excited about where we are. We’ve got a great momentum for the project. We’d like for people to come down and check us out.”
MorningStar operates a church, religious conference center and schools in the old hotel on 52 acres. In 2005, the ministry purchased the property from Coulston Enterprises.
On the 8th, The Charlotte Observer reported: County –
Fort Mill tower owners have 60 days – by Toya Graham
Claiming that MorningStar Ministries breached an agreement with York County to rehabilitate the former Heritage USA Tower, county officials served notice that MorningStar has 60 days to remedy the problem.
County Manager Jim Baker e-mailed local newspapers a copy of the certified letter dated March 5 that Baker said was sent to project officials. At a March 1 county council meeting, officials accused MorningStar of missing a deadline to turn the old PTL site into a senior citizen housing facility.
Referred to by MorningStar as a “Refirement Center” that would encourage seniors into the ministry, the project, according to county officials, is past a six-month deadline for renovations.
The letter contends that according to the development agreement, within 180 days of county approval of the commercial site plan for the property, MorningStar was to provide several documents related to financing. Click Below to read the full article: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/03/09/v-print/1300905/letter-fort-mill-ministry-breached.html
Local reporters parked their news trucks outside the Heritage Grand Hotel on the 5th to broadcast the latest news on the dispute during MorningStar’s “Open Heavens Conference.” Rick Joyner held a news conference in the Bethany Lounge in the Grand Hotel to make a statement that his intentions are to finish the Towers, and presented the facts as to how MorningStar is going to accomplish its goal.
On Sunday evening the 7th, Another Praise & Worship service was held in the former PTL TV Studio by Pastor Randy Hill and Worship Leader, Keith Duncan. This particular service was the most anointed one to date; the presence of the Lord consumed the atmosphere. There is no scheduled date for the next service as of now.
On the 8th, Rick Joyner posted a lengthy video message on his web site called, Withstanding the Storms. Speaking of the “perilous times” we are living in, he addressed the problems facing the nation spiritually, economically and socially, and how we can prevent a possible “meltdown” of the national economy. The video is alarming, but Rick Joyner believes it is imperative to “sound an alarm.” This message can be accessed at: http://www.morningstarministries.org/ in the “Prophetic Perspective on Current Events” section. Rick Joyner also decided to post 30 minute messages weekly on this subject; the first video was released on March 22nd.
During the month, Jim Bakker continued teaching on the Book of Revelation as well as bringing important information to his viewers on how to stay healthy during these times. Naming March “Health Month” Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri offered information on natural ways to develop a healthy lifestyle. Jim and Lori hosted shows dedicated to the subject of nutrition, exercise and they invited several doctors and nutritionists to speak about the practical steps people can take to gain control of their health. Morningside’s web site is: http://www.jimbakkershow.com/
A REVISED TEACHING BY JIM BAKKER ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE ON DVD:A revised 28 hour teaching series of the “every word” study of the Book of Revelation is almost completed. Jim Bakker will once again offer the DVD series with added videos and updated current events, which are in direct correlation to the Bible.
The March 11th concert that was scheduled in the TV Studio hosted by Center Stage Tours was canceled. As of now, no further information is available.
March 19th marked the 23rd anniversary of Jim & Tammy Bakker’s resignation from PTL. Remarkably, since the day they left, the Towers, which was 6 months away from completion in 1987, remains unfinished and continues to be a point of contention.
March 26th MorningStar Ministries held a two day invitational event for people interested in living in the Towers when the building is finished.
At the end of March:
1) The petition to save the Upper Room now numbers 468 signatures and it can be signed at http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html.
2) There is an amazing web site, www.heritage-usa.org, created by a Ben Martin that lets people take a virtual tour of Heritage USA from back in the day. Click on each point of interest on the map of Heritage USA and take a nostalgic tour of the grounds. Check it out, you will not be disappointed.
3) There is also a Facebook account named “PTL Tape Vault” that is filled with memories from those involved with PTL in years past and many nostalgic short videos from the original PTL shows.
4) The new Facebook account “Remembering PTL & Heritage USA” can be accessed at http://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage. The “Heritage USA Group” on Yahoo Groups is another way to connect with those interested in PTL.
During the month, a long time resident on the grounds said to me, “The Upper Room is going to be taken down!” Whether the statement is true or not, rumors continue to circulate about the fate of the Upper Room, and the current owners have not made their plans public as to what will become of the dated replica.
For those who hope to see what is left of Heritage USA fully restored someday, one of the dominant issues that casts a cloud over that prospect is the decaying Upper Room. Still considered the “heart” of the property, the Upper Room remains neglected and is slowly going back to the condition it was in back in 2002. That year the Lord miraculously brought together a small group of Christians from around the country who volunteered their time and talents to repair the building.
At the time, the Upper Room had been closed for over five years and was owned by a group of Malaysian businessman who gave their permission for the team to do the necessary work to salvage it. After over two years of dedicated work, the team’s mission ended when Coulston Enterprises bought 900+ acres of the former Heritage USA property from the Malaysians in 2004, which included the Upper Room. – See our 2004 Time Line for more details.
Earl Coulston and his wife, Sabrina, then completed the restoration and reopened the Upper Room to the public as a “House of Prayer” in June 2006. Two years later the building was closed, again, due to another mold problem. The Upper Room has since lain desolate – and is now reported “for-sale.”
There is definitely a mold problem inside the Upper Room, but it is not any worse than in 2002 when black mold covered almost every wall of the inside chambers. Days were spent wiping down the walls, windows, doors and everything else that was covered with the black menace. Mold retardant paint was applied to all the walls to keep the mold from returning. There were countless other problems that were fixed by the team of volunteers who knew the spiritual importance of the building’s restoration. Their efforts and those of the Coulstons are the reasons the building still stands.
Recently, one of the back windows on the lower floor of the Upper Room was shattered with a brick. At night, the lights are off around the building, making it much easier for vandals to take advantage of its vulnerability. It is tragic that the building continues to be neglected. Given all the people who pray that the Upper Room will be used again for the purpose it was originally intended, Rick and I believe the Lord will answer those prayers.
The signatures on the petition to save the Upper Room now numbers 476 and can be signed at: petitiononline.com.
The following MorningStar video shows the terrible condition the Heritage Grand Hotel was in when MorningStar purchased it in 2004. There is also a brief summary of PTL’s demise.
The Broadcast Group: The Broadcast Group (www.thebroadcastgroup.com) & Randy Hill Ministries (www.randyhillministries.org) will host the next Praise & Worship Service on Sunday, May 16th at 6 PM in the TV Studio — This special service will be videotaped — Everyone is welcome. There were no services held there in the month of April.
MorningStar Ministries (www.morningstarministries.org)held a “Women in the Kingdom” conference from April 14th – 17th in the Grand Hotel. Special guests included Denise Goulet and Bonnie Chavda. MorningStar continues to hold “Holy Spirit Breakout” services and “Miracles, Signs and Wonders” services from Thursday – Saturday night in the lobby of the Heritage Grand — the services can be seen on www.morningstartv.com.
Fresh Fire USA: (www.freshfireusa.com) Evangelist Todd Bentley’s “The Greater Glory Gathering” meeting was held in the Grand Hotel from the 18th – 21st. Guest speakers included Ryan Wyatt, Jason Hooper, Bob Jones and Rick Joyner.
During the month, Jim Bakker announced on his TV show that the 15,000 hours of the original PTL shows (the entire PTL library of videos), which were recently up for auction, have just been purchased by his friends who own a Chapel named “Shrine of the Holy Spirit” and The Mansion America Theatre in Branson, Missouri (www.themansiontheatre.com). The huge library of tapes is being digitally re-mastered, and Jim Bakker will now have some access to his old PTL shows.
Overcome with joy over the news of the restoration of the PTL shows, Jim spoke of the programs that he would like to see again, which included his interviews with Rev. Billy Graham and Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. When the tapes are re-mastered, there is a possibility he could share some of them on his TV show (www.jimbakkershow.com). What will happen to all the PTL shows when they are completely restored has not yet been made public information.
As repetitive as it gets at times, Jim Bakker continues teaching and warning people that we are living in the Book of Revelation on both his TV show and Thursday night Bible Study at Morningside in Blue Eye, Missouri. The revised 28 hours of his teachings on the Book of Revelation are now available and are being offered on the Jim Bakker Show.
This month Pastor Jim taught about the Lord coming for the WORLD as a “thief in the night.” Christians will not be taken by surprise when the world is coming apart. The Apostle Paul states that the WORLD will not be ready when the Lord returns as a “thief in the night,” and wrote about this subject in 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11. The Apostle Paul also wrote that Christians are not appointed for God’s wrath.
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11
1 Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.
4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. 7 Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. 8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
9 For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
During the month, as Earthquakes were noticeably increasing around the world, Fox News actually did a segment on this phenomena concluding that there is no specific scientific explanation for the earth shaking as it is. The increase of earthquakes can be monitored at: earthquake.usgs.gov/. The number one question the United States Geological Survey receives about the latest increase in quakes is, “Is the world coming to an end?”
On April 14th, CNN News reported: Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky: Click below to see the full story. It is interesting to read the variety of comments about the appearance of this meteor following the report on CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/15/midwest.fireball/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn
On the 15th, an Icelandic volcanic eruption caused a massive ash cloud that covered most of England and Europe resulting in several airports in many countries to shut down, stranding tens of thousands of passengers for days. The news networks reported this disaster as the “worst travel disruption in world history.” Planes cannot fly in an ash cloud because their engines could cease up from the debris inside the cloud. As of this writing, the ash cloud has cleared away to the degree of making limited air travel possible, but the disruption has left the airlines with huge losses in revenue.
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On the 26th, Rick Joyner was a guest on The Jim Bakker Show. These two long-time friends talked about the “shaking” the world is now experiencing. They agreed that we are living in the “Harvest Time” as the signs of the end of the age continue to increase. Rick Joyner does not like to call the season we live in, “the end times”, rather he says call it “the beginning!” Jim Bakker says Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948 is the timepiece that triggered the countdown for the return of the Lord. In their discussions, Rick Joyner pointed out that America must treat Israel as a sovereign nation, and honor their leaders because God says in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Note: Rick Joyner is also concerned about the economy. A portion from his April 27th weekly article, Prepared for the Times, Part 18 reads;
“As we have said, if you do not change your direction, you will end up where you are headed. If we do not change our direction soon, the U.S. economy will implode. It is unnecessary and would not have to end in such a disaster, but it will. The remedies that the present Administration have been implementing to try and correct it could be compared to using leeches to bleed a patient to get the bad blood out. In a weakened state, bleeding is foolish and will kill the patient. The U.S. economy is a very sick patient right now, and so is the world economy. With but a few exceptions, the world economy is in at least as bad a shape as America is in.
Many Christian scholars and Bible teachers believe that a worldwide economic collapse will precede the antichrist who will come with the seeming answers to the great problems of the times. If that is so, and this is destiny, how do we get ready? If it is not so, and we allow it to happen because we did nothing, we have failed in our purpose in a most basic way to be the light and salt we are called to be.
Even if it is destiny for a worldwide economic collapse, which seems more likely almost every day now, we have an obligation to be engaged and to seek to counter the enemy in every way we can. In Daniel 11:31 where it speaks of “the abomination of desolation” being set up, the very next verse says “but the people who know their God will display strength and take action” (see Daniel 11:32). Those who really know the Lord will always be people of action and will display strength even in the darkest of times. That is your destiny.” Rick Joyner
At the end of April:
1) There are no new reports on the Towers. June is the slated deadline for MorningStar to complete its obligations to York County.
2) The “PTL Tape Vault” on Facebook and “Remembering PTL & Heritage USA” (http://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage) are good sources of information about PTL’s past, present and future.
3) The “Heritage USA” Group on Yahoo Groups, which was started in 2002 by Tim Sanford and has continued under the direction of Todd Barwick, is a good way to communicate with those interested in PTL.
4) The Jim Bakker Show with guest Rick Joyner that was taped on the 26th, will air on the networks sometime over the next few weeks. Jim Bakker had to stop broadcasting his live shows until May 10th because he is moving all the TV equipment from their satellite truck into a new “Master Control” Production Studio on Grace Street at Morningside.
On the 1st & 8th, members of MorningStar Ministries met for a Prayer Walk around the parameter of the Towers. The deadline for an agreement between MorningStar Ministries and York County over the completion of the Towers is next month. If MorningStar does not meet their obligations, York County plans to demolish the building and then send the bill to the ministry. More Prayer Walks were scheduled for May 29th, June 5th and June 12th. So far there is nothing new to report. Rick Joyner is proceeding with his plans and hosted a dinner on the 28th for the official opening of a model of a Towers suite. He also made a video sharing his desires to see the Towers through to completion. The link is: http://towerlife.org/index.php/a_message_from_rick_joyner/
On the 5th, All Nations Church, located on the grounds where Heritage USA’s Fort Hope once stood, experienced fires that turned out to be suspicious. The following is a May 6th article from the Fort Mill Times:
Update: Fires at All Nations Church considered arson- by Toya Graham
FORT MILL TOWNSHIP – Multiple fires that damaged a Fort Mill church early Wednesday morning have been labeled as arson, authorities said.
“We have a suspicious fire at the All Nations Church,” York County Fire Marshall Randy Thompson said.
No one was injured in the blaze that remains under investigation, Thompson said.
“There were fires on the outside of the building,” Thompson said of the multiple fires located in different spots at the church on Hammond Road.
Thompson declined to say specifically how many fires were involved.
Now, officials from the York County Fire Marshall’s office, the State Law Enforcement Division, York County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the fires, Thompson said.
Around 5:30 a.m. May 5, a church maintenance man and three other church members met for Morning Prayer at the church. When they finished praying, they noticed the right side wall of the sanctuary was burning, according to a police report issued late this afternoon from the sheriff’s office.
That report notes the maintenance man “immediately put the fires out with a nearby water hose.”
The report also notes that a daycare employee arriving for work passed a silver late model truck that was driven by a man who wore a white T-shirt.
Around 6:55 a.m., the Flint Hill Fire Department responded to a fire call at the church.
“The fire was actually extinguished before we got there,” firefighter Brent Hucks said.
According to the report, the fires caused about $300 worth of damage to the church. Other details as to what triggered the fire or the fire’s source were not available.
“Investigators have taken samples, and they will be analyzed,” Thompson said. “SLED will take them back to their lab.”
All Nations Church also houses All Nations Christian Academy and Child Development Center, according to the church’s Web site. A woman who answered the daycare center’s telephone declined to comment on the fire.
Arson is a felony charge, 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson said. Upon conviction, second degree arson could carry a sentence ranging from five to 25 years, he said. Third degree arson, he said, could carry up to 10 years.
On the 6th, the DOW dropped nearly 1000 points in less than an hour before rebounding. The global economy is so fragile and investors are so jittery that it would not take much to see another downturn in the Stock Market. Some predict that stocks will tumble another 20 percent with cash becoming the safest place: Check out the report of what top Economist Nouriel Roubini recently told CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/37259541 In the comments following this interview, some wrote his prediction is “fear-mongering” while others commented that he is exactly right.
Years ago Jim Bakker prophesied and recently reminded his viewers that one day you will be able to buy Disneyland and Disney World for pennies on the dollar because no one will be attending the parks due to an economic collapse. This prophetic word was one of the 31 things the Lord showed him in 1999 that would happen as we approach the end of the age. Jim believes, “When the world is coming apart, the church will be coming together.”
In Jim Bakker’s May newsletter, he recounted some of his conversation with Rick Joyner when Rick visited Morningside on April 27th.
A portion of Jim Bakker’s writings: “Rick talked a lot about the spiritual truth of restoration and why it is so important in the last days. Galatians 6:1 tells us ‘Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.’ The heart of God is a heart of restoration. Rick went on to say the biggest spiritual advances are made by those who have made the biggest mistakes, such as (Jesus’ disciple) Peter in the Bible.
My heart leaped with joy when Rick restored Heritage USA. His restorative spirit bore witness with what the Spirit had breathed to me in affirming that Heritage USA was built to establish a platform for all Christians and all denominations to come together and begin to love and listen to each other! That is the legacy for which Heritage USA was built, that in the last days God’s people would come together and encourage one another and it would be a refirement center for reaching the world for Christ! It thrills my heart to see MorningStar and Rick’s ministry reopen and establish this anointed place once again as it is filled with people praising God!”
On the 8th, for the second consecutive year, a worldwide call for prayer to save the Upper Room was initiated by Dorothy Wilson (the woman who started the petition to save it in 2009). This call is also for daily prayer; there are now 485 signatures on the petition and it can be signed at: www.petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html.
Buying the Upper Room may someday be a missed opportunity for someone who now has the ability to save the building from destruction because many people believe that there is a move of God coming on the grounds of Heritage USA that will once again attract the multitudes.
During the month, there was a necessary lay-off at MorningStar Ministries. Rick Joyner said at a Sunday service that the staff had to be cut back temporarily in order to withstand the current downturn in the economy. Many major ministries around the country have reduced their budget as of late due to the worldwide economic crisis causing most ministries’ income to decrease by as much as 40%.
On the 16th, The Broadcast Group and Randy Hill Ministries held a Praise & Worship service inside the former PTL TV Studio. The next Worship Service will be on Sunday, June 13th at 6 PM. Pastor Hill is expecting the Lord to continue to move in these special services and says there will be more to announce soon.
During the month, with new cameras and the completed “Master Control Studio” now operational, the Jim Bakker Show broadcast the first “live” show since April 27th. All Morningside’s “live” broadcasting can be seen at: www.jimbakkershow.com.
It was a big undertaking to move all the production equipment from the old TV satellite truck that had been parked outside the ministry for eight years to the new studio located on Grace Street. Jim thanked everyone who helped Morningside Ministries make the move possible. He said that it is a miracle because just a few weeks ago the monies weren’t there, but with the help of God and our partners the impossible has become a reality!
Because there were no “live” broadcasts since April 27th, Jim Bakker reported on some of the current events pertaining to the signs of the times Jesus spoke of before His return. As he began talking about the latest world news, it became more apparent how frustrated he is over often being laughed at for his message. He said that sometimes he feels a lot like Noah, who warned people of a coming storm for 120 years!
Jim caught up on many events including the historic floods in the south, the crisis of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, volcanic eruptions, and the decision by a U.S. District Judge who called the National Day of Prayer in America unconstitutional. Click below to see details:
“New” Heritage USA Museum/Memorial! Ben Martin, a graduate of Crown Christian Academy and long time fan of the PTL Ministry, is in the process of making one of the hallways off Main Street in the Heritage Grand Hotel into a small museum/memorial honoring the PTL Ministry and Heritage USA. In four wall-mounted window cases that line the hallway, Ben is creating a thoughtful place of remembrance of bygone days.
Contained inside two finished display cases are the Susie Moppet doll, Tammy Faye’s record albums, old pictures from PTL’s heyday and many other treasured pieces of PTL’s past. It is a beautiful collection and helps those interested in what Heritage USA used to be, and brings back memories for those who were part of the PTL Ministry. The museum is becoming a nostalgic walk down Memory Lane. God Bless Ben Martin for his labor of love.
On the 27th, Jim Bakker once again had Economist Larry Bates on his show. Larry Bates premiered his latest book A NATION IN CRISIS (THE MELTDOWN OF MONEY, GOVERNMENT AND RELIGION). Jim Bakker and Larry Bates became good friends over the past few years and have a deep respect for each other. During the interview, Larry Bates stated, “Facts are stubborn things, and our country has gone from being debt free to becoming the biggest debtor nation in the world.”
Since his first book, The New Economic Disorder, Larry Bates has traveled around the world with his message of how to prepare for the coming worldwide collapse of the economic system. He delivers hope and ways to avoid becoming part of the problem. This former congressman, owner of three banks, and expert in economics saw this economic mess coming many years ago, and he wants to help people with solutions to the times we are living in.
From the 27th – 29th, MorningStar Ministries hosted a Worship and Warfare Conference. Guest speakers were Cindy Jacobs, Ray Hughes and Rick Joyner. Rick Joyner believes if Christians would become proactive and America would turn back to God, we could take back our country. He continues to say, “We are about to lose America and the only hope for it is if Christians awaken and take action.”
On May 30th, the first graduating class of Morningside’s Media Masters Commission was held during the Sunday morning service at Morningside in Blue Eye, Missouri. These students in their first year of school produced and directed the daily Internet show “Safelock” for young people, were given hands on training in television production, worked as cameramen & women, and taken through an every word study of the Book of Revelation.
During the year, the Master Commission students also spoke to 20,000+ teenagers in 54 high schools around the country. They weren’t allowed to mention God in the schools, but were able to talk about drugs, teen suicide and many other issues teens face in today’s world. They then invited the high school students to concerts held at arenas in each town they visited. Bill Ballenger, the International Master Commission’s Youth Director, hosted these Christian concerts that attracted thousands of teenagers. Jim Bakker showed dramatic video of the crusades that impacted high school students around the country, with many receiving the Lord into their lives.
At the end of May: Jim Bakker announced that his show will soon be available on Direct TV. In the midst of the economic downturn, the Lord has opened a door to bring his message of the warnings and hopes found in the Bible to a potential 35 million new viewers. By faith, he is signing a contract knowing the Lord wants him to advance his ministry.
There is so much apprehension today because of the ongoing terrorist threats, uncertainty of the future, and the perilous times that are trying to everyone, we sometimes fail to remember who has the final say. This portion of Scripture helped us and we pray it brings perspective to you as well.
10 Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. 12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name. 13 Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
The Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
MorningStar Ministries: For the second time since moving on the grounds, MorningStar will not be closing entirely for their annual sabbatical in July. During the month, the ministry will hold Sunday morning church services at 10 am.
On the weekend of the 5th, MorningStar University held its graduation service for the Class of 2010. Jim & Lori Bakker attended the service because their adopted daughter Clarisa was one of the graduates. During the ceremony, Rick Joyner surprised Jim when he asked him to say a few words to the graduating class.
Click below to view Jim Bakker’s message from Heritage USA:
Video excerpt from MorningStar University Graduation 2010
During the weekend of the 5th, Jim Bakker met Ben Martin (the visionary of the Heritage USA Legacy Museum) in the Heritage Grand Hotel. When Ben showed Jim that he was in the process of creating a place of remembrance of the PTL Ministry and Heritage USA, Jim became delighted and immediately decided to donate several PTL related items to the collection. Pictures of their meeting and of the museum can be seen on Ben Martin’s Facebook account, the Heritage USA Group on Yahoo Groups, and the Remembering PTL & Heritage USA Facebook account at: http://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage.
On the 10th, Charlotte’s WBTV reported on the status of the Towers: Demolition deadline looming for old PTL hotel ~ By Trent Faris
Former PTL ministry in Fort Mill – The York County Council says it’s time to renovate the building or it will be demolished.
A stern warning came out back in April when the Council voted to give MorningStar Ministries until June 30th to make changes to the former Heritage Grand Hotel in Fort Mill.
Since that time, it appears that no changes have been made. Nothing is happening at the old hotel, WBTV is told.
FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) – Time is running out for the owners of the old hotel at the former PTL ministry in Fort Mill. MorningStar has a $40 million plan to convert the 21-story hotel into a retirement facility. The ministry hasn’t been able to get enough people to buy into the project to obtain financing for renovations.
“It’s not getting any better and as time goes on it is becoming more of an eyesore,” said Matt Lochel.
Lochel lives in the shadow of the old PTL hotel and drives by it every day. He’s embarrassed by the tower’s condition.
“Often times when we direct people into the neighborhood I have them come down this way so they don’t have to drive past the tower,” said Lochel.
The hotel was part of Heritage USA, a now-closed Christian theme park built in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Praise the Lord ministries collapsed when televangelist Jim Bakker was caught up in a sex scandal and was later convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
MorningStar has been working with the county for two years to finish the project.
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What’s Next for the PTL property
The Broadcast Group and Randy Hill Ministries announced that the monthly Sunday evening services held in the TV Studio will now be held “WEEKLY” at 6:30 PM. Pastor Hill and Dr. Dale Hill believe the Lord is directing them to increase the amount of services from once a month to every week. Weekly services will begin Sunday, July 4th. Everyone is Welcome. Their web sites are www.randyhillministries.org and www.thebroadcastgroup.com
On the 14th, Charlotte’s WSOC-TV reported there are still no definitive answers as to the future of the Towers. The York County Council contends that MorningStar has not lived up to its obligations. MorningStar contends that they are following their agreement with York County and Rick Joyner, the founder of MorningStar, says it is a “tragedy” the situation has come to this. However, he is prepared to go to court over the dispute. Click Below to see a news report by Greg Suskin of WSOC-TV. http://www.wsoctv.com/video/23898089/index.html
During the month, a WAR OF WORDS over the TOWERS began on Facebook. The first group called “Tear the Morningstar Tower Down” was created by a resident on the Heritage grounds. The site enables all residents to voice their viewpoints on the delayed finishing of the Towers. The founder describes the group as a place to “discuss tearing the Tower down which needed and needs to go.” All content is public.
The “Tear the Morningstar Tower Down” Facebook page displays a picture of how the Towers stand today and can be accessed by clicking on the following site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=103986112983510&ref=ts
However, this group went further than reporting on the inaction of progress on finishing the Towers; they began dissecting Rick Joyner’s credibility as a church leader and his teachings. Posting reports from religious groups and a former member of MorningStar, they crossed into unchartered territory attacking Rick Joyner personally.
On the 15th, another Facebook page was created by those in favor of the vision to complete the Towers project. The account named “Keep Heritage Towers!” attracts people having the common interest to see the Towers completed and used for senior citizens. The picture on this Facebook account is an artist’s rendition of how the Towers will look when completed.
The description given on the Keep Heritage Towers! Facebook page is, “There is a movement to tear the Heritage Towers down. The local media is only showing half the story and is making it appear that the local residents want to have the Towers torn down. We know this is not the truth, so this group is to display vast support for the Heritage Towers.” It is an open group where all content is public.
This group can be accessed by clicking on either one of the below sites: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101822473201787 or http://savethetower.us/
Two conflicting viewpoints of the Towers immediately dominated the discussions on the Facebook sites. Even members of the York County Council weighed in. The arguments became ugly!
District #1 York County Councilman Paul Lindemann posted the following message on Tear the Morningstar Tower Down:
“Nobody is in bed with Rick Joyner and I am sorry that you have been sadly misinformed or like most people, just read or hear what they see in the paper or TV. SAD!!!!!!! I am also sorry that you were told the building was going to be imploded…NEVER WAS!!! That was your builder that sold you your house to make money not, the county. I think the first thing you along with the residents should do, is get a copy of the development agreement between MorningStar and the county. I promise you won’t see that kind of language in it.
We (the county) have held MorningStar and the developer to all the standard deadlines as we would anyone else. The county has nothing to gain by having this tower here because there will be no taxes collected. I am sick and tired of uninformed residents blaming the county and blaming council for making decisions based on laws and agreements in place. MorningStar could sue the county for millions of dollars if we don’t follow the agreement to a “T”. Would you like to pay for that as a taxpayer??? The fact of the matter is MorningStar has made good with all the development agreement but, financing!!! Has anyone tried to get a commercial loan for development lately???? They are not out there and so you can’t blame MorningStar for the country as a whole ruining it for everyone with the crash of the banking system.
I am sorry the news is out there doing a story but, they only report negative stories that get folks riled up. And, in this case it sounds like they did this to your neighborhood. Here is what happens in June…MorningStar comes to the county and says they don’t have financing in place they have 60 days to answer the county’s complaint with why. After their answer, they will have another period of default at which time may be another 90 days or so to complete the complaint period (but, remember the entire time they have the opportunity to continue to find financing and get out of all of this and complete the project). This could drag on for a while and if it goes past all of these periods (all in the development agreement) then they can sue the county and hold this up in court for YEARS, just like the hospital in Fort Mill (Piedmont). I will be glad to answer any questions and continue to hold MorningStar to all agreements.
Sincerely, Paul Lindemann York County Council District #1”
York County Manager Jim Baker responded to a question asked of him by the founder of “Tear the MorningStar Tower Down” as follows:
“I’ll inquire with our Planning Department and provide you with the exact date the commercial site plan, referenced in the development agreement, was approved. I think it is also fair to say that the County views the five-year duration of the Agreement as the period within which all MorningStar’s represented actions should be completed. However, it is also fair to say that MorningStar, like any other developer, will undoubtedly argue any interpretation of the development agreement that is most beneficial to their interests.
However, the bottom line is probably this. Everyone should focus on what is most productive to achieving a resolution that meets the most critical needs of everyone. If financing for a renovation of the structure was irrevocably in place and construction was well underway before this five year period expires, there probably wouldn’t be too much anxiety about a reasonable extension of time.
However, right now, we are in a much different set of circumstances. Financing for their proposed renovations is not yet in place and MorningStar is not even estimating when that could happen. Therefore, the County is diligently going forward with the process leading to demolition. At the same time, if MorningStar can get the financing in place during the mediation process, they still have the possibility of completing the project. That’s about all I can tell you right now. Jim Baker” (York County Manager)
During the month, Ben Martin, the visionary of the Heritage USA Legacy Museum is currently planning to open the ICE CREAM PARLOR on Main Street in the Grand Hotel. With a close friend, Ben plans to have the old ice cream parlor open in the near future.
On the 25th, The Herald reported: York County suggests trying mediation for MorningStar tower dispute ~ By Jamie Self
If York County has its way, the fate of the MorningStar tower in Fort Mill Township might be decided soon.
County leaders have invited MorningStar Ministries to help them settle their dispute over whether MorningStar should abandon plans to develop the former Heritage USA high-rise into a retirement community and demolish the tower.
Click the following link to read the entire article: http://www.heraldonline.com/2010/06/25/2269004/county-suggests-trying-mediation.html
From the 28th – 30th MorningStar Ministries held a Great Awakening Conference where over 600 people attended. This conference was for digging into the roots of past revivals and positioning for the next move of the Spirit. Speakers for the conference included Jason Hooper, Bill Johnson, Jerame Nelson, Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley and Worship Leaders Brian and Jenn Johnson.
Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri is once again preparing for their annual week long 4th of July celebration. Jim Bakker’s extravaganza will be shown “live” on his web site, and will be aired on his daily TV program the following week. Jim’s many special guests will range from The Chuck Wagon Gang to MorningStar’s Revivalist Jason Hooper. All the details can be accessed at: www.jimbakkershow.com
The Upper Room: The state of the Upper Room has not changed. Anyone who understands the spiritual significance of the building knows what a tragedy this really is. The on-line petition asking the Coulstons to save the building numbers 494 and can be signed at: http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html
At the end of June, animosity and accusations continue on the Heritage Grounds over MorningStar Ministries, the unfinished Towers and the unkempt areas on the property. The arguments on the Facebook accounts are unsettling as the lives of some of those living here and some of those involved with MorningStar Ministries are engaged in an openly heated battle.
This reminds us of the hostility of the 1987 PTL scandal when people turned on each other and thousands of lives and livelihoods were shattered. Ecclesiastes 9 verse 1 says, History merely repeats itself; it has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Is history going to repeat itself? The unraveling of the PTL Ministry could have easily been avoided if people “in the know” would have stopped the madness before it got out of hand.
There are two legitimate sides in today’s problems on the Heritage grounds, but hatred, pointing fingers and going to the media won’t solve a thing. We know this first-hand after living through the PTL scandal. Bringing the media in gives opportunity to destroy lives. Whether or not the completion of the Towers’ project is being stalled, media attention is not always the answer. We hope and pray that it is possible to find an amicable agreement between both sides because this situation could get held up in court for years to come. Destroying Rick Joyner’s credibility without at the very least trying to reconcile differences privately is cruel at best. If everything being said about MorningStar is true, then it is the church’s responsibility to help Rick Joyner.
Looking back, after the media destroyed Jim Bakker, his family and Heritage USA they believed they accomplished something good. However, years later, Jim Bakker was proven “not guilty” after being released from prison in 1994. A Federal Court of Appeals, at a second trial in 1996, found that PTL was not selling securities by offering Lifetime Partnerships at Heritage USA. The jury’s ruling thus affirmed what Jim Bakker had contended from the first day he was indicted. Tragically, the erroneous accusations wrought havoc on the Bakker family, ruined one of the most beautiful Christian retreats in America, and to this day Jim Bakker is still considered “guilty” in many circles.
There should be a better way of solving the Towers issue other than dragging it into court or the media because when it is all said and done, it is people that get destroyed–not necessarily the buildings.
“NEW” WEB SITE – Jason Babcock of Jamestown, New York is building a new web site dedicated to PTL- Heritage USA. Jason was so inspired by Ben Martin’s ingenious virtual tour of Heritage USA found at, http://www.heritage-usa.org/, he decided to build a web-channel of videos relating to “Everything Heritage USA.” Jason wrote on Facebook’s Remembering Heritage USA and PTL that ever since he found Ben Martin’s site, he has begun compiling all the videos he can find of Heritage USA, The PTL Club, PTL Singers, Jim, Tammy, Tammy Sue, Jay Bakker and Jim Bakker’s new show in Branson, Missouri. Jason Babcock’s U-Tube web page is: http://www.youtube.com/user/never4getheritageusa.
Another way to view a wide variety of video clips from the old PTL shows is on Facebook’s “PTL Tape Vault” created by Gene Bailey and Daryl Chesser at:
On July 9th, Susan Lancaster Harrison, affectionately known as “Aunt Susan,” passed away at age 91 in her home on the grounds of Heritage USA. Aunt Susan was married to beloved Pastor Henry Harrison, who went to be with the Lord in 1995. Aunt Susan & Uncle Henry helped pioneer the PTL Ministry with Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker. Uncle Henry also co-hosted on The PTL Club for several years, and worked alongside Jim Bakker when he started the 700 Club in the 1960’s.
Both Uncle Henry & Aunt Susan ministered daily in the Upper Room at Heritage USA during the PTL years. Until she succumbed to cancer, Aunt Susan continued hosting Bible Studies in her home, which will now be referred to as the “Harrison Home.”
On a personal note: Before moving to South Carolina, Rick and I, along with our three children, were baptized by Uncle Henry in the Olympic sized swimming pool in Recreation Village at Heritage USA during our summer vacation in July 1982. It was an awesome moment for our family. Aunt Susan was there to fill out the paperwork for the Baptism Certificates that were sent to us a few weeks later. They were both very gracious people to be around. Those were the days when the Heritage grounds were immaculately kept, and it was an all-around incredible place to visit.
From July 15th – 17th, All Nations Church pastored by Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda held a three day conference called “Pour Out Your Spirit.” The church is located on the 26 acres where PTL’s Fort Hope once stood. For more information about this ministry, check out their web site at: http://www.maheshchavda.com/
During the month, Randy Hill Ministries held “weekly” Sunday night church services in the former PTL TV studio. Worship leader Keith Duncan, of His Call Ministries, and Pastor Randy Hill have combined their callings, making each service an anointed experience filled with HOPE, HEALING and ENCOURAGEMENT. The Sunday evening services begin at 6:30 PM. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.
The Broadcast Group, owned by Dr. Dale Hill has not made any new announcement about the completion of the Barn Auditorium. All updates can be found on their Facebook account and web site that can be accessed at: http://www.thebroadcastgroup.com/.
On July 22, there was a taping of the new “Start Your Day” program with Pastor Randy Hill. Anyone is welcome to be part of the audience for each taping. To find out more information, contact The Broadcast Group or Randy Hill Ministries at: http://www.randyhillministries.org/
HIS CALL MINISTRIES: Worship Leader Keith Duncan is hosting the 1st Regional Worship Gathering from August 12th – 14th. Keith describes the conference as being ushered into the presence of the Lord stating, “Your life will never be the same…your church will never be the same. You will be transformed by the presence of the Lord.” See details and Keith Duncan’s short VIDEO for the gathering at: http://www.hiscall.org/.
The Upper Room: Nothing new to report. The on-line petition to save it can be accessed at: http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html. Unfortunately, no one signed the petition this month; the number of signatures remains at 495.
During the month, MorningStar Ministries broadened its efforts to sell life-leases of residential units in the future “Heritage Court” and “Heritage Towers.” These residential units are located in two separate areas on the grounds. MorningStar plans to build forty (40) Heritage Court condominiums inside the Heritage Grand Hotel. The Towers, when completed, will house 200+ suites. Both are non-transferable life-leases, and are being offered to qualified people age 55 and older. There is still no resolution in the ongoing dispute over the Towers. The following are the latest news reports:
The Herald reported on July 1st:
MorningStar continues trying to sell units FORT MILL – While residents living near the old Heritage USA site in Fort Mill Township wait for news of a planned residential tower’s fate, MorningStar Ministries continues efforts to sell residential units for the Heritage Court and Heritage Towers communities.
During a sales pitch Wednesday, MorningStar representatives encouraged a few dozen attendees of the ministry’s Great Awakening conference to make reservations or put down a 10 percent deposit toward buying a residential unit.
Since 2004, MorningStar has planned to renovate the tower into a spiritually focused retirement community. The group runs the MorningStar Fellowship Church, camps, a school and a conference center at the former Heritage USA site off U.S. 21 near the state line.
David Yarnes, executive vice president of MorningStar Ministries, told listeners that “units in the court are selling well.”
“We’re right at the cusp of bringing these people in, “Yarnes said.
Later David Herr, who handles reservations for the residential projects, told the group that “the whole first floor” of units in Heritage Court is sold.
The push follows negotiation with York County over whether the ministry defaulted on its development agreement with the county.
The county contends that because the developer has not provided the county with “bid, performance and payment bonds, or letters of credit” – evidence that it has the financial backing to move forward with the project – MorningStar must comply with the development agreement and demolish the tower.
Last week, county officials requested that MorningStar join them in mediation to determine the tower’s fate. County Manager Jim Baker said MorningStar still had two options; to produce the requested documents or demolish the tower.
Yarnes told prospective residents Wednesday, “I spoke with the county manager, Jim Baker, yesterday. Behind the scenes we are moving forward.”
Baker confirmed having spoken with Yarnes but could not say the two entities were “moving forward.”
Yarnes informed Baker that MorningStar was sending the county a response to its mediation request. The letter, Yarnes told Baker, will convey that MorningStar is considering mediation.
Residents living in the neighborhoods clustered along Regent Parkway and A.O. Jones Boulevard near MorningStar’s property have increased their opposition to or support for the tower.
Some went so far as to launch group pages on the social networking web site Facebook.
Eric Kinsinger started the group “Tear the MorningStar Tower Down.” He and his wife, Denise, live just south of the tower on Sherri Lane. Together with Jennifer and Scott Rossi, who live on Meer Road, they feel that the tower should be demolished.
“Everyone bought here under the assumption that the tower would eventually come down,” Jennifer Rossi said. Then MorningStar came forward with plans for renovating the tower.
The couples said they would be happy if the developer moved forward with renovation, but they have seen no progress.
Denise Kinsinger dislikes the “up in the air feeling” of not knowing the tower’s fate. The tower diminishing their property values, the couples says, and poses a threat to the safety of neighborhood children who might trespass on the property. They mentioned bricks falling off the building and tears in the fence surrounding the tower.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Jennifer Rossi, “One of our neighbors down the street says when he has guests he always brings them in the back way.”
Michael Falciglia, who started the group “Keep Heritage Towers!” lives off Regent Parkway northwest of the tower. He moved to the area to join the MorningStar community and attends the church there.
“I want to show there is support for the tower,” Falciglia said. “Even though we come to the church, a lot of us, we are residents, we own houses and we do vote,” he said of the members of his Facebook group.
He said people should be responsible enough to stay out of the tower.
“It says ‘no trespassing’,” he said. “There’s a common sense factor here.”
Some neighbors offered similar stances on the tower’s future, while admitting some disinterest in the issue.
“I don’t ever hear anyone say anything about it,” said Tim Brown of Manor Lake, which is the closest neighborhood to the tower.
Brown, who has a 10-year old, said he isn’t concerned about the safety of the tower, and he thinks the idea of a retirement community is a good idea.
“Having a bunch of nice old people would be good, “If MorningStar follows through with its plans, he said. But if the tower ceased to be of use, he said it would make sense to demolish it, “because there’s no reason for it,” he said.
Melissa Matlock and Lisa Dunkar of nearby Durand Street also don’t have a problem with the tower. They said the economy is to blame for diminished property values, not the tower.
“It would be a great opportunity for the retirement community,” Dunkar said.
“I would rather them use it as a resource than tear it down, because what a waste is that,” Matlock said.
Lisa’s husband, Russ Dunkar, also said he doesn’t mind the tower.
“I wouldn’t want to look at it for 10 years down the road.” He said. “But I can offer some grace” to MorningStar, he said, considering the dismal state of the housing market.
Though Dunkar admitted he hadn’t been following news about the tower closely, he said, “It seems to be an ambiguous debate,” referring to the conflict between MorningStar and the county over whether the developer is moving forward with the project.
“The back and forth is odd,” he said.
Dunkar runs a company that produces painter’s grade masking tape. As a businessman with experience in court, he stressed the importance of having documentation to support claims.”
“If you’re going to represent the community, show the county and the media your documentation,” he said of MorningStar, “Tell the truth.”
On the 2nd, The Herald reported as follows:
Enforce deadline on tower
Mediation might be last resort before York County has to face MorningStar in court.
York County has given MorningStar Ministries a number of reprieves from demolishing the unfinished tower on property once owned by Heritage USA. Now the county is offering the group one more chance.
We hope this will finally resolve the issue, but we have little confidence it will.
The tower is a remnant of the abandoned Heritage USA, a high-rise that MorningStar hopes to develop into a retirement complex. In March, County Manager Jim Baker sent a certified letter to MorningStar to serve notice that the group had 60 days to fulfill the terms of the contract to develop the tower or risk having it demolished by the county at the ministries’ expense.
But the deadline has passed without the two sides being able to agree on whether the development agreement has been upheld. MorningStar officials say plans are proceeding, and that sales of apartments in the high-rise are “robust.”
The county, however, asserts that MorningStar defaulted on the agreement, which requires the developer to “obtain bid, performance and payment bonds or letters of credit” within the time specified by the county. Now, Baker said, MorningStar is liable for demolishing the tower at its own expense.
Baker’s next move has been to demand that MorningStar choose a mediator to settle the dispute so a court battle can be averted. If MorningStar doesn’t choose a mediator, the county will.
But, MorningStar officials are reluctant to take that step.
“I don’t feel mediation is merited at this point. “We’re well within our five-year development agreement. We’re moving along” said David Yarnes, vice president of the ministries. “We’re stunned that we’re not getting more support (from the county) for the project.”
The county, no doubt, would prefer it if MorningStar were able to successfully complete the tower project. Baker has said that he is convinced MorningStar is trying hard to put its finances together.
Barring that, the county also would like to avoid a protracted court battle, which would be expensive for both sides. Mediation could provide a less expensive solution.
But, as we noted in March when the county issued its last final ultimatum, county officials have bent over backward to give MorningStar the chance to demonstrate that it is capable of completing this project. The county has been threatening to demolish the tower since 2007, and the dispute still is unresolved.
Meanwhile, neighbors have to put up with the eyesore of a partially completed, high-rise that has stood empty since 1988, when construction was halted. How long should neighbors have to tolerate more stalling by MorningStar?
We, too, hope the county can avoid a costly court battle. But if MorningStar can’t meet the terms of its contract, the tower should be torn down.
On the 18th, The Herald reported:
York County: ‘Clock is running’ for action on Fort Mill tower ~ by Jamie Self
Last week, York County leaders took another step toward resolving the ongoing Fort Mill tower dispute between the county and the tower’s developers.
Last month county officials asked MorningStar Ministries to join them in mediation to determine the fate of the former Heritage USA high-rise in the Fort Mill Township.
County Manager Jim Baker said he has not received a response from the ministry to that request.
Now the county is again asking MorningStar to agree to mediation, a legal way of resolving disputes without going to court.
If MorningStar does not respond, the letter emphasizes that the county will have the right to pursue legal action against MorningStar.
“Regardless of whether they’re responding, there is a clock running,” Baker said. “This is the next milestone”
Since 2004, MorningStar has planned to renovate the tower into a spiritually focused retirement community. The group runs the MorningStar Fellowship Church, camps, a school and a conference center at the former Heritage USA site off U.S. 21 near the state line.
In a letter dated July 14th, Baker asks the developer to select a mediator from a list the county provided, or recommend one not on the list. He asks MorningStar to inform the county in writing of which mediator they want within 10 days of receiving the letter.
The letter then states that “on or about August 20” is the deadline for a mediator to be named and for mediation proceedings to be underway.
That date is 60 days after the last time the county asked MorningStar to show proof that they are financially able to and prepared to move forward with the tower’s renovation or demolition, or to agree to mediation to resolve the matter. Baker said the deadline is set according to the 2008 development agreement between the county and MorningStar.
In closing, the letter states that if MorningStar has not complied after the 60 days is up, York County will have the right to pursue legal action against the developer. Legal action, the letter said, may result in termination of the development agreement and demolition of the tower.
David Yarnes, vice president of MorningStar Ministries, has said that the project is moving along: Building plans are nearly complete and the project has financial backing.
Yarnes, who could not be reached for comment, has said that there are aspects of the development agreement he feels are unresolved.
In June, Yarnes told The Herald: “I don’t feel that mediation is merited at this point. We’re well within our five-year development agreement. We’re moving along. We’re stunned that we’re not getting more support (from the county) for the project.”
Baker said the county does support the ministry and would like to see the project progress, but that their contract must be upheld.” A development agreement is a contract with the community,” Baker said.
“When you make promises, you’re hopefully going to back them up and do what you have to do. If you haven’t done it yet, we have to start taking action to hold you accountable,” Baker said.
“If you can get it done in the meantime, great.”
Baker warned that a resolution will take time. Taking the matter to court, he said, “doesn’t mean that it’s going to be resolved the next day.”Article can be found at:
At the end of the month, MorningStar and York County have not yet reached an amicable agreement. August 20th is the deadline given by York County for the selection of a mediator by MorningStar from a list the county provided, or they can recommend one that is not on the list.
On Sunday the 1st, all MorningStar church services resumed their regularly scheduled meetings in the lobby of the Grand Hotel. Sunday church services are at 9 and 11 AM. There was an announcement made at the service that there will be more church and equipping meetings this year including Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Services can be seen on MorningStar’s television web site: www.morningstarTV.com.
MorningStar University students for the new school year are scheduled to arrive on Labor Day weekend. MorningStar is now a fully accredited college that includes Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctor Degrees.
Rick Joyner continues to say that he is determined to move forward with the ministry and definitely plans to complete the Towers. He also addressed the current condition of the economy in America: Rick still believes that America’s economy is on the brink of collapse if the country doesn’t change its course.
On the other hand, after visiting the Gulf Coast on a family vacation this summer, Rick Joyner wrote a commentary in MorningStar’s Prophetic Bulletin titled Crisis and Hope – A portion of his writings:
“On the Gulf Coast, many who thought they had the best place in the world to live are packing up and leaving. This is not just happening on the Gulf Coast, but it is happening all across America. Some of the greatest manufacturing have left America because of the combination of high taxes, government over regulation, and union intransigence. Now we are about to see some of the best financial institutions pulling out, and this has the potential to be devastating to our economy for a long time. It is much easier to deal with natural disasters or even an attack from an enemy, which usually increases people’s resolve and willingness to work together, but when the government starts going awry, people flee.
Even so, others are not entertaining thoughts of leaving the Gulf Coast or America. This is their home, and they simply will not desert it. They are also resolving to fight back. America is going to be taken back, and it will again be the most free and prosperous nation on earth, and the Gulf Coast will be one of the best parts of it.
Over–taxation, over-regulation, and bureaucratic incompetence in general are about to be pushed way back. With basic good management, our Federal Government could be 20 percent of its present size and be doing much more. The remedy for the deficits is not more taxation, but less spending and better management of the people’s trust – their government. Managed right, the size of the burden over government on the people and the economy would not have a deficit and not be draining trillions of dollars from the economy, which the bloated government is now consuming. When America starts dealing with this fundamental issue, American businesses, as well as the world businesses, will want to come to America again and be based here.”
Rick Joyner (www.morningstarministries.org)
The Upper Room: During the month, there were 45 new signatures added to the on-line Petition to save the Upper Room, bringing the number to 540.
To sign the petition and read the comments, click on: http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html.
After reading some of the comments on the Petition, it is obvious that after all these years there are still people who appreciate the Upper Room so much so that they are willing to help reopen it. This might be the time for someone, under the direction of the Lord, to take a step of faith toward that goal.
A recent video of the Upper Room was recorded by “Cincinnati Gifts” and then posted on U-TUBE. CLICK on the following picture to see how the UPPER ROOM looks today:
On the 10th, there was another live taping of the new inspirational program “Start Your Day” with Pastor Randy Hill. Anyone is welcome to be part of the audience for each taping. For more information, contact The Broadcast Group or Randy Hill Ministries at: http://www.randyhillministries.org/
Pastor Hill now has weekly Sunday church services in the TV Studio at 6:30 PM. He continues to believe strongly that there is coming a day when the whole TV Studio will be filled to capacity, and the Glory of the Lord will once again cover the property.
On the 15th, MorningStar Ministries held an “Open House” in the Grand Hotel after each morning church service to showcase a model of future suites to be built inside the Grand Hotel and the Towers. Click on the following link to see a model suite: http://tinyurl.com/3x5qagu.
August 20th is the deadline for MorningStar to pick a mediator to solve the dispute between them and the county over the timetable for finishing the Towers. So far, there is nothing new to report.
Morningside Ministries – The new school year for Media Master’s Commission at Morningside in Blue Eye, Missouri will begin its second year this September. Jim Bakker said that he is proud that the first Master’s Commission class from last year produced, directed and hosted over 90 hours of their own web-broadcasts in their very own program titled “SafeLock.” This new show is now syndicated around the world. That’s quite an accomplishment for a first-year class.
Pastor Jim also stated that Morningside Master’s Commission is preparing the next generation of students to sound the alarm with a clear sound. He stated, “We are training up young people who will tell the truth – and not just repeat the babble they hear from others – whether from the world or the church. We are teaching and training those who will follow to declare the Truth of God’s times and seasons to the Church and win souls into the Kingdom of God!”
During the month, Jim Bakker continued speaking out on his TV show about the “Signs of the times,” and says the world in general hardly pays any attention to them from a biblical point of view. A portion of his writings published in the August edition of the Morningside Monthly;
Many Revelation Events Are Now Unfolding All Around Us
The huge oil spill in the Gulf killing life in the sea is a revelation-type event. Bizarre weather patterns are producing more tornados, hurricanes, and floods than ever before just as Jesus warned would happen to signal his soon return!
We all watched in horror as the earthquake in Haiti devastated the country and took an uncalculated amount of human life. A recent earthquake in California moved the city of Baja 31 inches!
A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on earth for a worse-case scenario solar storm. Damage to power grids could shut down our electric, cell phone and satellite operations and could be catastrophic with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation. In another article, the headlines say “NASA warns solar flares from huge space storm will cause devastation.”
As we see all these things happening in the world, it’s time to wake up, store up, and look up because Jesus is coming soon!
1 Thessalonians 5 verses 1 – 6 says, ‘But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.’
I plead with you to be ready to live and be ready to die. Be ready to minister to others and have the answers for them. The Church should not be the victim because we have the Word that tells us of the signs! Jesus said that before He returns there would be a time when there would be no food to eat and famine would be one of the signs of His soon return. He said it would cost a day’s wages just to buy a loaf of bread. Get ready now so that you can help yourself, your family and others.
Jim Bakker (www.jimbakkershow.com)
Click below links to view some of the unprecedented events that are sliding us further into the Book of Revelation.
25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/08/07/greenland.ice.island/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn (massive ice break)
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/08/29/volcano-quiet-years-erupts-indonesia/ (volcano quiet for 400 years erupts)
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/08/29/floodwaters-force-flee-pakistan/ (Pakistan flooding has displaced millions and left one fifth of the country underwater)
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/08/03/spectacular-northern-lights-signals-sun-waking/ (solar tsunami to hit Earth)
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/extremes/2010-08-09-moscow-heat-smog_N.htm?csp=34news&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+usatoday-NewsTopStories+%28News+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher (Russian fire w/video)
On the 20th, there was no public news made available about the ongoing dispute over the Towers. The August 20th date, set by York County, for MorningStar to choose a mediator for the Towers’ completion plan has come and gone.
From the 26th – 28th MorningStar hosted an “Oak Initiative Convention.” There were General Sessions and Focus Workshops on Social Issues, Government and Politics, Environmental, Media, Education, and Economics. This convention was open to Oak Members and their invited guests. The web site for the Oak Initiative is: www.theoakinitiative.org. There are also Oak Initiative meetings weekly in the main atrium on Monday nights at 7 PM.
The World Outreach Community Church located in the former PTL Welcome Center is giving a training course in Mission Internship from September 28th – December 17th. Check out their informative web site for more information about the church and their outreach programs at: http://www.worldoutreachcommunity.org/
A 1986 NOSTALGIC MOMENT FROM HERITAGE USA
The following is a short video from the New Years Eve celebration that was held in the Barn Auditorium at Heritage USA on December 31, 1986. This was the last time the Bakker family was altogether at PTL for a New Year’s celebration.
Click on the following picture to view this moment in history:
During the month, the Towers’ dispute dragged on, and its completion once again became a contentious subject on the grounds. MorningStar Ministries agreed to mediation with York County to try and solve the ongoing disagreement; a meeting was then scheduled for September 7th.
On the 2nd, Rick Joyner held an on-line “Webinar” discussing his own frustration over the Towers’ situation. He did not give in-depth details as to why construction is delayed, nor did he give a projected date for its completion, which caused some residents to openly express their disappointment. The polarization between the residents wanting the Towers torn down, and those who feel it will be completed, has caused more division on the grounds.
On the 4th, The Herald reported: MorningStar agrees to mediation with county – Ministry seeks resolution in dispute over plans for tower – by Jamie Self
FORT MILL – After several months of pleading its case in back-and-forth letters with the York leaders, MorningStar Ministries has agreed to a mediator in its dispute over the Heritage USA tower project.The York County Council will determine the “appropriate next steps” in a closed-door session Sept. 7, County Manager Jim Baker wrote in a news release.
Since 2004, MorningStar has planned to renovate the tower into a spiritually focused retirement community. The group runs the MorningStar Fellowship Church, camps, a school and a conference center at the former Heritage USA site off U.S. 21 near the state line.
The county has argued that MorningStar should tear down the tower because it failed to show proof, financial or otherwise, that it’s able to move forward with the project.
According to the development agreement, MorningStar was supposed to show proof of “bid, performance and payment bonds, or letters of credit” within 180 days of the county’s approval of the site plan, or else tear down the tower.
On Aug. 12, just days before the county said it would consider taking legal action, attorney Carl Epps III sent a letter on MorningStar’s behalf agreeing to mediation.
According to the letter, MorningStar contends that it never defaulted on the agreement because it never received notification that the site plan was approved. The ministry claims it revoked the site plan in February.
The ministry also feels the county’s intent is to “force MorningStar to demolish the Heritage Tower…a dramatic and devastating action” that will result in “significant damages” to the ministry, the letter stated.
Attempts to reach David Yarnes, executive vice president of MorningStar Ministries, on Thursday and Friday were unsuccessful.
County leaders are ready to move toward a resolution. “I think the majority consensus is tear it down or fix it,” said County Councilman Paul Lindemann, who represents (the) Fort Mill area. “The county has done everything to hold them liable for what they’re liable for,” he said.
County Council Chairman Buddy Motz expressed frustration with MorningStar’s position.
“It continues to surprise me that every time we get a letter from them they say we haven’t given them an opportunity to conform to a request, but yet all we’ve ever asked from the start is show us the money that you have to do the remodeling,” Motz said.
While mediation help settle disputes outside the court, they have no authority and cannot make judgment. If no agreement is reached, either party can pursue legal actions.
On the 7th, a closed door meeting over the Towers’ completion was planned at the Town Hall in Fort Mill between MorningStar Ministries and the York County Council. A mediator, chosen by MorningStar, was to be appointed. As of now, no details of a meeting or its outcome have been made public.
The Upper Room: There are currently 555 signatures on the Petition to save the Upper Room. The on-line petition asking the Coulstons to save the building can be signed at: http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html.
There was a rumor on the grounds this month that the Upper Room might not be for sale any longer. When we checked it out, we learned that the Upper Room was sold in October 2009 to S&D Financial Group LLC. It appears that Coulston Enterprises has transferred some of its properties on the grounds to individual LLC’s. To check further into this sale and others, click the link below which will take you to the York County Government Site. From what we have been told by a representative of Coulston Enterprises, the Upper Room is still owned and for-sale by Earl Coulston. The asking price for the building is $350,000, which includes two acres. The telephone number to talk to a sales representative is (803) 547-9844. http://maps.yorkcountygov.com/gisonline/Reports/LandPropBasic/property_report.asp?tmid=7290000518&layers=cobound;city;parcels;parcelidlabel;address;roads;regroads;watbod;
September 11, 2001 ~ a look back
In June 1999, Rick and I went to a conference given by Jim Bakker held at the Yeager Estates in Charlotte, North Carolina. The central theme of that meeting was on the “end times.” Jim’s message was based on the 24th Chapter of Matthew, and 31 revelations the Lord revealed to him would be happening in the near future.
Jim spoke prophetically of planes flying into buildings, explosions in New York City and at a large military facility in Washington D.C. At the time, it was difficult to believe Jim’s insights could actually happen, particularly New York City coming under attack. He also talked about famines, diseases, tsunamis, earthquakes increasing in number, asteroids, strange weather patterns and a global Stock Market crash leading to a one-world-order headed by the Anti-Christ.
At Rick Joyner’s 1999 New Year’s Conference at Moravian Falls, North Carolina, Jim Bakker went into further detail about these startling revelations, and carefully explained how the Lord woke him up one night in April of that year, and in a darkened room he intently wrote down 31 revelations as the Lord spoke to his heart. At the time, his insights sounded like “fiction.” Less than two years later, these seemingly impossible events began happening, starting with September 11, 2001. What we naively thought was fiction, suddenly became a reality in one hour.
In Jim Bakker’s two books. “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse” and “The Refuge,” both of which he wrote in the late 90’s, he detailed what the Book of Revelation says about the end times, and the deception of the “Prosperity Gospel.” He warned about the dangers of “loving money and things more than God,” and not being prepared spiritually and emotionally to face a collapse of the monetary system.
September 11th marked the 9th anniversary since America was viciously attacked by terrorists. Jim Bakker has since referred to this disastrous day as “the beginning of sorrows,” and has dedicated his life to bringing the “end time” message to the world. The following pictures are of the 2001 attack on the Towers in New York City. These photos are an overwhelming reminder of the perilous times we are truly living in. http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/us/2010/09/09/timeline-pictures/#slide=1
Hardly a month goes by now without something biblically significant happening in the world that points to the soon return of the Lord. Click below for a report of two asteroids buzzing the Earth this month:
During the month, on the Jim Bakker Show, one of Jim’s special guests was missionary Dr. Paul Williams. Dr. Williams and his ministry team have traveled the world for years helping disaster stricken countries. From what he has witnessed on his mission trips, Dr. Williams believes we are living in unprecedented times of natural and man- made disasters as spoken of in the Bible.
Their conversation was sobering, and during it Jim Bakker broke down in tears because of how weary he is becoming in trying to help people understand that the church needs to start helping each other and be prepared for the days ahead.
Jim has said on many occasions that countless people are going to “seeker-friendly” or “happy hour” churches that are telling them things are going to get better when the Bible teaches the exact opposite about the generation in which we live; the generation that saw the rebirth of Israel will not all die before the Lord returns.
Jesus said In Luke Chapter 21 vs. 24 – 33 (KJV):
24 “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
On the 22nd, The Fort Mill Times ran a thought- provoking article by Scott Cost. Click the below link to read his opinion titled, Is it ‘yes’ or is it ‘no?’
After reading the above commentary, we understand some of the frustration being generated over the Towers’ situation. Realistically, the Towers should have been completed by now. To be fair to Rick Joyner, it isn’t necessarily his fault. Looking at the problem from a spiritual perspective, there is possibly a deeper reason for the Towers not being finished and why birds continually fly in and out of the openings in the top floors.
In 1986, when the Towers was just a few months away from completion, David Wilkerson, Pastor of the Times Square Church in New York City, saw that the PTL Ministry had moved from the “Spirit” into the “Flesh,” and its message started leaning toward a “Prosperity Gospel.” While Heritage USA was exploding with success, David Wilkerson openly voiced his objections of the prosperity message and prophesied that because PTL lost its original vision, the Towers would not be completed as planned, and birds would be flying in and out of it until the ministry changed course.
At the time, David Wilkerson’s words seemed absurd because in 1986 six-million people visited Heritage USA. However, two decades later his words have become haunting! The simple truth is only God has control over when or if the Towers will be completed. Long after Jim Bakker left PTL, he said that Heritage USA had turned into a “monster,” which caused him to have to raise $1 million dollars every two days justto keep it alive.
If Rick Joyner and Earl Coulston had not moved on the grounds in 2004, a large part of this land would not have been restored, and many of the subdivisions would not exist. Though the full restoration of the grounds hasn’t happened, there has been a big improvement because of these two men. On the other hand, it is sad for the people and families who moved here since 2004 who were promised a shopping mall, restaurants, pristine parks and the removal of the Towers and then not see the fulfillment of any of those promises.
There really isn’t a logical answer as to why, after nearly a quarter of a century, the Towers remains unfinished, and has defied every effort of restoration. After years of watching some very sincere people and ministries with the funds to finish the Towers fail miserably, is it possible that this building could very well be a symbol of the condition of some of today’s churches that are teaching people more about how to get “rich” than how to get “saved?”
The Amphitheatre lies in ruins, and the parking lot is still being used to store construction equipment. Most of the ground around the Upper Room and the Amphitheater are overgrown with weeds and tall grass.
The number of home foreclosures in America continues to rise. Click below to read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/09/16/homes-lost-foreclosure-percent/
This site is a journey back in time to see short videos about Heritage USA.
There have been more and more residents expressing their concerns over Earl Coulston’s and MorningStar Ministries’ commitments, which include the ongoing Towers’ situation and the promises of restaurants, shops and parks that were made to many of the newer residents. Recently, the war of words has kicked up a notch, and it keeps on escalating. If ever there was a time for those involved with the unresolved problems on the grounds to meet and openly discuss this situation, the time is now!
From September 30th thru October 2nd, a few thousand people including church members, pastors, missionaries and residents gathered on the grounds for MorningStar’s biggest annual conference, The Harvest Fest. For the first time, this year’s event was free of charge. Guest speakers included Ed Silvoso and Samuel Rodriquez. The MorningStar Worship Team along with Jake Hamilton provided the music.
The Harvest Fest was held outdoors and though rain was predicted, the weather turned out perfect. Numerous open-faced tents were spread out around the conference area where national and international ministries associated with MorningStar offered information about their organizations. Artists added their talents in the form of fine paintings and unique works of art, while others showcased a variety of merchandise from around the world.
The newly formed MorningStar University set up an information center for those interested in earning degrees in theology and other specialized areas of ministry. Missionaries were on hand to talk about the struggles and accomplishments of bringing the gospel to the nations. Many of these missionary teams put their lives on the line daily as they minister in some of the most dangerous regions of the world.
Rick Joyner’s wife, Julie, raised enough money to prepare several hundred Christmas boxes filled with toys and basic necessities for needy children, all of them are being donated to Rev. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Upper Room: Nothing new to report this month, but we’ve noticed that more people than usual are stopping by the Upper Room. Some are looking the building over, while others pray together around its parameters. There are 559 signatures on the on-line petition asking the Coulstons to save the building, and it can be signed at: http://petitiononline.com/HUSA2009/petition.html.
“NEW!” REZONING LAND – ARE MORE HOUSES ON THE WAY?
A formal request for rezoning was filed this month with York County for the acreage where the Heritage Island Water Park was located, and the 5 acre campground next to the Upper Room. Owner, Earl Coulston, has requested that the area be rezoned for single-family homes and less commercial buildings. The larger area where the water park stood had been set aside in 2005 for shops, restaurants and a park. A public rezoning hearing has been scheduled by York County for November 1st.
STILL FOR SALE: The Cause, headed by Chuck Mervin, placed two new “for-sale by owner” signs in front of the five buildings across the road from the Heritage Grand Hotel. The two acres of waterfront property includes the former PTL Wagon Wheel Restaurant, the Campground Registration Office and three log cabins along Lake Heritage.
The total amount of space in all 5 buildings is 12,000 square feet and is zoned as residential/commercial property that can only be sold as “one unit.” The asking price is $900,000. Contact numbers for more information are: 516-658-2251 or 828-719-0323.
Click on the following web site to see a model of a typical Towers and/or Heritage Court suite: http://tinyurl.com/3x5qagu.
The Heritage USA Legacy Museum: Ben Martin has done a great job of putting together a small museum about Heritage USA in a hallway off Main Street inside the Heritage Grand Hotel. This museum is being created to honor the PTL Ministry, Heritage USA and the Bakker family. Ben hopes to someday have a bigger place to display all that the former PTL Ministry represented.
The museum is a “from the heart” project; anyone wanting to donate items related to Heritage USA can contact Ben at: email@example.com.
Ben Martin is also the creator of an incredible tour of Heritage USA that can be found at: http://www.heritage-usa.org/. This site features a unique journey back in time to see Heritage USA from back in the day.
VANDALISM ON THE GROUNDS: On the 20th, The Herald reported: $30,000 in street lights stolen, damaged in Regent Park area ~ By Toya Graham
FORT MILL – Authorities are on the lookout for $30,000 worth of street lights stolen Monday from two Fort Mill Township locations, according to reports from the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Twenty-three street light poles with glass globes were stolen from Coulston Enterprises Inc. at 8180 Regent Parkway, one report notes.
A second report shows that six street light poles were stolen from the Heritage International Ministries’ parking lot at 375 Starlight Drive. Another six street light poles with globes at the same location were destroyed, according to that report notes.
The combined reports show 29 street poles, valued at $1,000 each were stolen. Authorities have not made an arrest in either incident, Lt. Mike Baker of the sheriff’s office said.
“I’m not aware of this happening in Fort Mill previously,” Baker said. “The value would be in scrap metal,” Baker said.
According to the report taken in the Heritage International incident, the officer who responded noticed, “the concrete bases where the light poles were connected to concrete (appeared) to have marks and damage that would indicate the street lights were knocked down using a sledgehammer or heavy object that would shatter the cast metal poles.”
Heritage Ministries’ employees told authorities that two males in a white single cab GMC pick-up truck had been “in the area acting suspicious.”The person or persons involved in the incident could face malicious injury to real property and two counts of grand larceny, Baker said.
Anyone with information about the stolen and damaged street lights, should call York County Crime Stoppers at: 1-877-409-4321.
During the month, on the Jim Bakker Show, Jim continued teaching on the subject of being prepared physically and spiritually for the times in which we live, warning everyone, “Beware of those who are telling you that things are going to get better and better when the Bible teaches we are headed into perilous times.”
He also addressed some of the issues of the last day church, especially the “pretenders” vs. the “real deal Christians.” With so many accusations being made lately of who is or isn’t speaking from God, the following portion of Jim’s October 19th blog may help to better understand the condition of today’s Church.
A portion of Jim Bakker’s Blog from October 19th:
“Matthew 24:12 tells us one of the characteristics of the last days will be that the “love of many will grow cold.” I don’t know about you, but when I thought of that verse before, I always thought Jesus was talking to those who were outside the Church; those that were in the ‘world.’ But of recent days, I have begun to see how this verse may apply to those who are within the Church, or appear to be in the Church.
The Lord has not forsaken His promises over the Heritage property, and there are people that can still see the possibility of Heritage USA rising from the ashes. Below is the video of Jim Bakker’s proclamation on October 29, 2009.
On the 2nd, from 8AM to 8PM, MorningStar Ministries held a POWERFUL Solemn Assembly in the Ballroom of the Grand Hotel. Church members, staff and students gathered for an intimate time of fasting, prayer, worship and repentance. Hundreds of heartfelt prayers were spoken out during the intense prayer meeting; prayers for healings, guidance, restoration of families and many called out for America to turn back to the Lord.
Because of the seriousness of the recession and the fragile times in which we live, Rick Joyner suggested holding a Solemn Assembly on the first Tuesday of every month.
The following words from 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 were at the heart of the assembly:
“13 At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. 14 Then if MY people who are called by MY name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heavenand will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
Shortly after the Solemn Assembly, the following three unexpected changes happened on the grounds:
1) A NEW CHURCH announced it was moving on the groundsin December
“The Antioch International Church” pastored by Peter Wyns is moving from the Narroway Theatre in Fort Mill to one of the office buildings in the industrial complex at 8180 Regent Parkway in the Emerald Lakes section.
Pastor Peter Wyns plans to conduct services on Sunday mornings at 10AM and Wednesday nights at 7PM.
For details about the Antioch Church, click on: www.lifeatantioch.org.
Below are pictures of the future location of the Antioch International Church:
The Broadcast Group (www.thebroadcastgroup.com) has embarked on restoring the inside of the Big Barn Auditorium (The Church). Plans are in the works to completely finish the Barn, and they then plan to host camp meetings and other quality events there. If any one person has the know-how to achieve this goal it is Dr. Dale Hill, who was there at the beginning of Heritage USA as the Executive Vice President of all TV production.
Note: The outside of the Barn Auditorium was restored in 2005 by Earl Coulston, but the work on the inside came to a halt a few years later. The Barn, TV Studio and the Total Learning Center were then put on the market. By the grace of God, Dr. Dale Hill purchased all three buildings in 2009.
3) On the 18th, THE UPPER ROOM SOLD!
After countless prayers, a few failed attempts, and one incredibly brave-hearted woman named Dorothy Wilson, who started an on-line petition to save the Upper Room almost two years ago, the Upper Room was saved from destruction on November 18th. It happened so suddenly that it took a few days for the news to sink in for those who have believed for this miracle for a very long time.
The Upper Room was purchased by Mr. Russell James, a man of integrity who has been involved with Christian ministries for several years. The new Upper Room web site that was just created by him can be accessed at: www.upperroomchapel.com
In 1985, Russell and his wife visited Heritage USA for the first time, and their experience left a lasting impression on both of them. Russell James and Dr. Dale Hill are associates, and their friendship dates back to the earliest days of CBN (Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network).
Rick and I were privileged to meet Russell in January when he made arrangements for Center Stage Tours http://www.centerstagetour.com/ to hold Gospel Concerts in the TV Studio. (See our January Time Line for details)
The Broadcast Group will be connected to the Upper Room “by cable.” The following announcement put out on the 20th by the Broadcast Group can be read in its entirety at: http://www.facebook.com/thebroadcastgroup?ref=ts
“The Broadcast Group is excited to announce that the new owner of the Upper Room has asked us to join the Upper Room and our Complex together by cable for the purpose of broadcasting a live video 24 hours a day via the internet. In the coming months you will be able to log in to the Upper…”
December 1st ~ A Prayer and Rededication Service was held at the Upper Room to officially dedicate it back to the Lord. A full day of cleaning and repair work followed. Details of the Upper Room’s restoration can be found at the official Upper Room web site: www.upperroomchapel.com. The designated official opening of the Upper Room is scheduled for January 1, 2011.
Good sources of information about the Upper Room’s progress also can be found at the following sites:
The Broadcast Group: http://www.facebook.com/thebroadcastgroup?ref=ts
Remembering PTL & Heritage USA Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage
The Upper Room at Heritage USA is Saved Facebook page:
Click on the following links to see press releases of the Upper Room’s purchase:
On the 24th, Fox News of Charlotte reported: Upper Room opening: http://www.foxcharlotte.com/calendar/110403674.html
On the 25th, So Gospel (Southern Gospel’s First Dot.com) reported: The Upper Room at the Former Heritage USA to be Restored: http://sogospel.com/the-upper-room-at-the-former-heritage-usa-to-be-restored.htm
Miracles Still Happen
Apart from the ongoing Towers situation, there was a ray of hope this month that showed clearly the Lord’s hand is still on Heritage USA. In June of this year, Jim & Edith Garvich came up from Georgia to attend Aunt Susan’s Memorial Service. Jim Garvich is the man God sent in 2002 to restore the deteriorating Upper Room. (See 2003 Time Line)
After over two years of tireless work with a small team of volunteers, the Upper Room was salvaged. Earl & Sabrina Coulston purchased Heritage USA, and then sold the Heritage Grand Hotel to Rick Joyner at the end of 2004. Jim & Edith’s work ended abruptly with a huge question mark. Discouraged, Jim pondered if the labor on the Upper Room was done in vain, especially when it went back on the market in 2007 and again plunged into disrepair.
While Jim Garvich visited with us in June, he said that he went to see the Upper Room the day before, as it was rumored to be taken down because of new construction. He somberly observed the deep, threatening track-marks made from a bulldozer butting up against the property line of the decaying building. That same night, the Lord gave Jim a dream which revealed that was as far as the bulldozers were going to go, and the Upper Room would be spared. He shared the dream with Rick and I, and it gave us hope to believe for the seemingly impossible. The dream was truly God-given, and now is a reality.
May God richly bless Jim Garvich for his obedience to the Lord, and Russell James as he takes over the responsibilities of Overseer of the Upper Room.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15 verse 58 (KJV)
MorningStar Ministries held another Solemn Assembly on December 7th. Providentially, these gatherings are continuing on the first Tuesday of every month.
Because of the growing number of new ministries, it would be in keeping with the Bible if the Leaders of all the ministries joined together and prayed for each other’s work in the Lord. The prayer of many Christians who love Heritage is to see a full restoration of the grounds, and to once again experience the loving atmosphere that hovered over this special land. There is so much potential for all the people living and working here to someday be proud of where they are. Right now, there is so much confusion and division on the grounds that many people, church people included, avoid even talking to each other. Leading the way to many of the divisions are questions like, What church do you go to? or Do you think the Towers should come down? Lately, small talk can open the door to big arguments.
The Bible records how 120 humble men waited and prayed together inside the Upper Room for 10 days, and then on the day of Pentecost when they finally came into agreement with each other, God’s power descended on them all. These unassuming men instantly became empowered with boldness, and they then preached the gospel to multitudes, forever changing the world they lived in. Acts 2:1-2 says: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (KJV)
In all these many years, there has not been a person or a ministry that has succeeded in fully restoring the spiritual atmosphere that drew six million visitors to Heritage USA. Some say the grounds are cursed, some say it is because of the injustice done to the Bakker family, while others believe it is because people failed to see the importance of restoring a fallen brother. Whatever the reasons are for not realizing a supernatural move of God, is it possible that the key to unlocking God’s Spirit on the grounds is linked to the leadership? If the present Ministry Leaders came together to seek the Lord’s will for Heritage USA, and agreed on how to accomplish His will, they would set an example that could change the course of Christianity in America.
During the month, the purchase of the Upper Room remained one of the biggest news stories. It truly is a miracle to drive by the Upper Room at night and see all the lights on. The saving of this historic building is an amazing sign to help people believe that with God all things are possible. The Bible says in Matthew 17:20, “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”
On the morning of the 1st, Russell James rededicated the Upper Room.
The Fort Mill Times featured the following article about the Upper Room’s reopening:
‘Upper Room’ reborn; All welcome at prayer center ~ by Jenny Overman
But the small prayer rooms that line the wall of the interior stood with doors open and lights on, ready to welcome people who wanted a quiet moment of prayer. The red and gold stained glass windows still shined as light streamed through them on Dec.1, when the Upper Room was dedicated anew as a prayer center that welcomes all people.
Russell James is the man behind the renovation in progress at the Upper Room. A Virginia resident, James was a regular visitor to Fort Mill when the Upper Room was first constructed as part of Heritage USA, a Christian theme park and residential area that occupied much of the area now known as Regent Park.
The Upper Room under the direction of Heritage leader Jim Bakker, who returned to Fort Mill from a trip to Israel with a mission to replicate the Upper Room – the place where Jesus is said to have had his last supper with his disciples.
When originally opened, the Upper Room was a 24-hour prayer center, with a bank of prayer phones manned around the clock. The Upper Room was vacated when scandal overtook the Bakkers and Heritage USA, but found new life in 2006 when Freedom Christian Center began using it for a worship center. But mold was discovered in the building and the group left.
The building has stood empty since.
James watched the transitions the Upper Room underwent as he traveled from Virginia to the Carolinas, first to visit Heritage, then as part of his work with Center Stage Tours, who brought gospel concerts to a nearby TV studio.
Every once in a while James would go to the parking lot of the Upper Room, or sit on a nearby hill and reminisce about its former glory.
“I begin to pray and that’s when God really started moving on me about this place, and started giving me all these ideas about how it should be used, and purposes,” James said. “I went in every room, every nook and cranny, and just talked to God about it.”
After more than a year of prayer and consideration, James said he approached former owner Earl Coulston and bought the building.
Last week, 20 people gathered at the Upper Room to celebrate its re-opening under James’ direction and to commit themselves to help with the repairs that will be required and the upkeep of the Upper Room
“Many people have asked over the last few weeks, ‘Who owns the Upper Room?’ The answer is, ‘You do.’” James told the people gathered.
Volunteers are already surfacing to help with various repairs, James said, including people who are helping care for the grounds, a family that has volunteered to replace door locks, trim and other small jobs, and many who are offering to help with clean-up chores.
Now, James said, he’s hoping for volunteers to help remove dead trees and undergrowth, repair the plaster inside the building and repair windows. He hopes to have a grand reopening in January, with the building in fully restored condition.
The Upper Room, now formally called the Upper Room Chapel, will be a prayer center, just like in its early days, James added. Church services won’t be held there and it isn’t affiliated with any ministry. It’s simply a place to pray, he said.
“Someone will let you in, pray with you or you can just sit and pray by yourself and as it develops and more people come, we’ll open on weekends, extend the hours, and then my prayer is that one day it will be open 24 hours a day seven days a week,” James said. “There is no big ministry behind this, no televangelist behind this, “It’s just ordinary people.”
There is no paid staff involved with the Upper Room Chapel and every dollar received will be used to pay for repairs, utility bills, taxes and other costs directly related to the Upper Room Chapel, James said. He is soliciting donations through a website, target=”_blank”>http://www.upperroomchapel.com/ and said that he has already received donations from as far away as Russia.
Many of the supporters of the Upper Room Chapel are folks that were involved with the former Heritage USA property, he added, but not all.
“About half the people knew it when it was Jim Bakker’s property, but the other half just want to be involved too.” James said.
The Upper Room Chapel will open for prayer in January (from) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The above article can be accessed at: http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2010/12/07/1363834/upper-room-reborn-all-welcome.html
On Sunday night the 5th, the first Praise & Worship service was held in the Upper Room by Pastor Randy Hill (http://www.randyhillministries.org/). A decision was made to have Sunday night Praise & Worship services there, which is one of the many ideas Russell James proposed for the use of the building. For now, there are no Sunday night Praise & Worship services being held in the TV Studio.
The Praise & Worship services in the Upper Room are interdenominational gatherings and everyone is welcome. If you cannot attend, all services are being broadcast “live” by The Broadcast Group, and can be seen at 6:30 p.m. EST at: http://www.upperroomchapel.com
On Sunday the 12th, The Antioch International Church that recently moved on the grounds opened its doors for the first time. Pastored by Peter Wyns, the Sunday morning and Wednesday night services are open to all. To learn about this church’s vision, check out their web site at: http://www.lifeatantioch.org/.
On the 13th, our local TV station, WBTV, featured an excellent story on Russell James and the purchase of the Upper Room.
Click on the following link to watch the interview with Russell James and to see the inside of the building as it looks today. http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13666300
During the month, the Heritage Grand Hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas by volunteers who created an atmosphere filled with the unsurpassed love and hope that Jesus’ birth brought to the world. For reasons beyond comprehension, the warmth of the Christmas season that is prevalent inside the Heritage Grand can still lift people’s spirit during this sometimes difficult time of the year.
MorningStar Ministries is planning the 2010 New Year’s Conference, which will be held from the 29th – 31st. Special guests this year are Rick Joyner, Lance Wallnau and Larry Randolph. For more information about the conference click on: http://www.morningstarministries.com/.
On the 19th, Rick Joyner spoke passionately at MorningStar’s Sunday service about the necessity of completing the Towers as soon as possible. He stated the grounds will not be restored the way it should be until the Towers is finished. The cost of finishing the building is far less than MorningStar first thought, so it is in everyone’s interest to do it now, Rick Joyner stated. According to reports from engineers, the Towers was built well, and the restoration is only superficial because of its superior construction.
With determination, Rick Joyner also said there are problems between MorningStar and York County, but there will be an amicable agreement soon. He also made it clear that MorningStar is not only a church, but it is a school and missionary center, educating and then sending out hundreds of missionaries all over the world.
In looking back, the past year has brought great challenges and sorrow into the lives of many people in our neighborhood and churches. Some have lost their jobs, others a family member, and a few of our closest friends and neighbors are facing overwhelming uncertainty in their finances because of the Great Recession. A tragedy happened at All Nations Church (located on the site of PTL’s Fort Hope) as they experienced another fire on December 23rd. http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2010/12/28/1385149/york-co-deputies-seek-church-arson.html Arson is the cause, and the fire has left the church facing tens of thousands of dollars in damages.
Our prayer is the Lord comforts everyone who has experienced life’s harshest blows this year. Romans 8:31-39 says:
31 So what should we say about this? If God is with us, no one can defeat us.
32 He did not spare his own Son but gave him for us all. So with Jesus, God will surely give us all things.
33 Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one, because God is the One who makes them right.
34 Who can say God’s people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God’s right side, begging God for us.
35 Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death?
36 As it is written in the Scriptures:
“For you we are in danger of death all the time.
People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.”
37 But in all these things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us.
38 Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers,
39 nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Before entering 2011, Rick and I thought it fitting to take a trip back in time to a New Year’s Eve celebration that we attended at Heritage USA in 1986. Through the talents of an amazing video engineer, an old videotape of a special PTL program has been salvaged. Our son Michael originally recorded the PTL program for us when it aired early in January 1987. The video is from the last New Year’s Eve celebration at PTL where the Bakker family, PTL Singers and Orchestra were altogether in the Big Barn Auditorium. We wouldn’t be surprised if Dr. Dale Hill of “The Broadcast Group” was the man in charge of taping this historic evening.
The video is 57 minutes long, and the first few minutes are jumpy. To start the video, click on the below link:
click here to view video
God Bless you in the coming New Year with peace that passes understanding, the joy of knowing that the Lord is always in control, and the courage to live out your convictions. And may you find comfort in our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who supplies all our needs according to His riches in Heaven.
We want to thank you so very much for visiting our Time Line over the past few years. God willing, we will be back next month with the January 2011 Heritage Update.
Note: We have just updated the Picture Gallery on our web site!