Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. 1 John 2:15-17 KJV
The Arrival of 2013 at Heritage
From December 29th – 31st – MorningStar’s New Year’s Conference was an overwhelming event that blessed many who attended and countless others who watched it from around the world on live-streaming.
Between the passionate music of the MorningStar Worship Team and the important messages preached by each special guest, Rick Joyner hosted a conference that achieved a new level of excellence. Yet, it did not take away from the unique beauty and peace-filled atmosphere at the Candlelight & Communion Service held at the Upper Room. In fact, every New Year’s celebration on the grounds, big or small, was a powerful way to slam the door shut on the turbulent year of 2012. Click on below picture to see slideshow of Conference:
MorningStar Ministries’ Conference was, however, a little different than previous New Year’s meetings because each speaker, including LTG (Ret.) W.G. Boykin, Paul Keith Davis and Youth Pastor Andrew Armstrong conveyed sobering reasons why America needs to experience another “Great Spiritual Awakening.”
In straightforward unrehearsed unity, each speaker discussed the apathy found in most of today’s churches, the relentless turmoil around the world and their shared belief that we are living in the biblical times relating to the Lord’s return. In keeping with these messages, Rick Joyner believes that it is not too late for America to turn back to God and often quotes the Scripture which says, “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 heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 14.
One speaker pointed out that Christians are slowly but surely being marginalized in America as extremists. The reality is that a person would have to make a concerted effort to not recognize the steady removal of God from our culture and the growing negative attitudes toward believers. The conference can be purchased through MorningStar Ministries at: www.morningstarministries.org.
Lt. General Boykin, who was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, commanded the U.S. Army’s Green Berets and is an ordained minister, went into great detail of what to expect both at home and abroad in the coming year. His knowledge of the dangers facing Israel caused many conference goers to recognize how close war really is in that region of the world.
Below is a 4 minute video of what General Boykin said concerning Israel:
See complete video at morningstarministries.org
At the conference, MorningStar’s Missions Director, Jorge Parrott, described a few of the many operations that MorningStar/CM Missions are involved in around the world. MorningStar missionaries empower native leaders, establish and equip strategic command centers worldwide, stop human trafficking in many nations, sponsor orphans in Christian education, and are involved in extremely dangerous covert missions.
To understand the dramatic situations missionaries on the field are faced with in ‘real time’, please check out MorningStar/CM Missions (The Greatest Adventure) facebook account below: https://www.facebook.com/morningstarmissions or
go to the website at http://eaglemissions.org/
The Upper Room: The New Year’s Eve Candlelight & Communion Service held in the Upper Room by Russell James and Bishop Ron Lambright was filled with the presence of the Lord. The holy, peaceful atmosphere in the restored building is a sign of God’s ability to change the impossible to the attainable.
Under the leadership of Bishop Lambright, the faith-filled Prayer Team continues getting good reports from the many prayer requests they receive. The Upper Room is open every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Additionally, for the past few months Bishop Lambright has been holding Sunday morning church services at 11 a.m. in the upstairs chamber – EVERYONE IS WELCOME. God Bless Bishop Lambright in all that he does to serve God’s people. If you have a chance to visit the Upper Room, it will be a moving experience that will not be easily forgotten.
Special Note: Unfortunately, there are some ministries on the grounds that are struggling. The Upper Room is no exception. Russell James plans to continue maintaining and improving the historic building, but every so often he needs financial support.
The following message was posted this month by Russell on the Upper Room’s facebook page:
“Occasionally I have to do some very difficult things in my life and this is one of them. I find it difficult to ask people for money, but the Upper Room is in need of some financial help. I have been encouraged by a few people to let the folks who love this place so much to have a part in helping. So here it goes.
The Upper Room has never had insulation put in the attic area of the building and now that it’s winter we find that the heating unit is running a lot more, costing more to operate the building. We also have to put in a sidewalk extension for safety reasons. We do not want anyone to fall and hurt themselves. At our second year celebration of the reopening of the Upper Room December 1st, we announced that we were going to start the ‘Aunt Susan’ Rose garden in the spring. This is a tribute to Aunt Susan and Uncle Henry who were such an important part of the Upper Room in its early history. What we have to do is raise $5,000.00 dollars to complete all these projects. We are asking twenty people to give $250 specifically for this endeavor.
We were given yesterday twenty-one of the original 1983 Heritage USA Christmas ornaments. They are in mint condition and in the original box. Just take a look at the picture. As a gift to you for helping in this project we would like to send you one of these beautiful keepsakes in hopes that it will remind you to pray for us as we pray for you. Please don’t do this because I am asking but only if the Holy Spirit directs you.
And please forgive me for asking for money, I just hate to do it, but at this time we just do not have the means to get these projects done. You can mail your gift to the Upper Room, 8409 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, SC 29715 or go to the website, www.upperroomchapel.com, and click on the Support page. There you can use the secure Pay Pal account to send it.
In much prayer for you,
PTL’s Susie Moppet Dolls: During the month, several new Susie Moppet dolls from the PTL days were donated to the Upper Room. They are in excellent condition and in the original PTL boxes, plus each doll features encouraging little messages recorded by Tammy Faye. The Susie Moppet doll was one of the more popular items offered by the PTL Ministry in the mid eighties and has recently been offered on-line by private owners for as much as $500.
For a $100 donation to help with the upkeep of the Upper Room, you can receive a doll as a “Thank You” gift. For further information go to their facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/62147692320/ or contact Russell James through the Upper Room Chapel’s website: www.upperroomchapel.com.
The Towers: Rick Joyner mentioned at the New Year’s Conference that it is time to finish the Towers. In an interview that CN2 News did with York County Manager Jim Baker, it was reported that Mr. Baker says the Towers’ situation could be resolved between MorningStar and York County during the first quarter of 2013. Also, during a recent Sunday morning service at MorningStar Dave Yarnes, Executive Vice President of MorningStar Ministries, said the ministry’s goal for this year will be to “push forward” to finish the Towers.
To view the CN2 News report with York County Manager Jim Baker concerning the Towers’ situation, click below:
Then on Thursday the 24th, our local paper The Herald reported that MorningStar Ministries has filed a lawsuit against York County concerning the redevelopment of its Heritage Towers project. After much mediation, the project has once again come to a grinding halt.
To read the full story click link: MorningStar Sues
The Castle and Possible purchase of more property: MorningStar Ministries also announced that the Castle is unsalvageable and will be taken down soon. Time has taken its toll on the building to the point that it is now beyond repair. The Castle was to be the largest Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in the world back in 1986.
It was also announced that MorningStar Ministries is looking to purchase the area adjacent to them where PTL’s former Campgrounds Registration Office and Wagon Wheel Restaurant are located. The property consists of 23+ acres and has been on the market for a few years. The Jubilee Life Center Church currently rents the buildings.
More New Homes on the Grounds: For the past several weeks the land in front of the Castle, where the Heritage Island Water Park once stood, is being developed by Coulston Enterprises to make room for even more new homes.
It’s sad, really, to watch bulldozers continually reconfigure the grounds. Though the former Heritage USA landscape has radically changed, there are many ministries that have moved here over the past few years. Church goers and church leaders alike continue to pray for a revival, both on the grounds and in our country. Keep in mind, the world changed forever on the Day of Pentecost when 120 men inside the Upper Room in Jerusalem came into agreement and they then received POWER from Heaven that eventually turned the world upside down.
The following websites are related to Heritage USA and the PTL ministry:
A Tour of Heritage USA is available at Ben Martin’s unique interactive website: www.heritage-usa.org. Experience a nostalgic walk down Memory Lane, and be delighted with the ingenious way Ben put together this site that takes you back in time to experience Heritage USA.
The Heritage USA Museum is located off Main Street inside the Heritage Grand Hotel. This excellent project was started by Ben Martin and Clint Rogers a few years ago. Donors, including Pastor Jim Bakker, have given some of their personal possessions to the museum. Someday they hope to have a larger facility to house everything they are collecting that will show the history of the entire PTL Ministry.
Remembering PTL & Heritage USA, operated by Todd Barwick, is a great way to communicate with those interested in PTL’s past, present and future on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage. Todd also oversees the PTL Heritage USA group on Yahoo Groups! at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeritageUSA/
The PTL Tape Vault is filled with short videos from the original PTL Shows. This facebook account can be accessed at:
Everything Heritage USA is another nostalgic PTL website that is being created by Jason Babcock of Jamestown, New York and can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/user/never4getheritageusa
During the month, on the Jim Bakker Show, Pastor Jim continued speaking out about the church’s need to prepare spiritually and physically for the days ahead. The Lord spoke to him that 2013 would be like it was in the days of Noah. Noah was mocked for obeying God and preaching righteousness as he warned people to turn back to God because it was going to rain. At the time no one had ever seen rain. He was ridiculed for over 100 years right up until he and his family entered the Ark and it started to rain for the very first time, causing the flood that covered the earth.
Jim Bakker was also given a dream just before the New Year where he saw the “Hordes of Hell” marching. The following article written by Jan Douglas Bish, Columnist and Middle East Analyst for Morningside Ministries, describes the dream as follows:
Hordes of Hell are Marching
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven into the earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. (Revelation (9:1)
“Jim Bakker spoke of a dream where he saw the ugliest demons he had ever looked upon during the recent holiday season. God told him what he saw was the ‘hordes of hell.’ Rick Joyner had a vision in 1995 of the horde marching out of the bottomless pit.
The marching orders for this army are to cause division, Joyner explained, This horde was sent to attack at every level of relationship, between churches, congregations, pastors, husbands and wives, children and parents, and even children with each other.
The advance scouts were sent to locate the opening that could be exploited and made into larger breeches for the larger divisions of demons that were yet to come. If the evil- one can cause division, he can divide and conquer. Together and in one accord, the Spirit of God can work and we are stronger.
NOW is the time to prepare for the days and months ahead. The ‘key word’ is Noah. ‘When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.’ (Luke 17:26)
People were disobedient, the longsuffering of God awaited to execute His righteous judgment in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared. The Lord God is waiting for the wicked to repent and His people to prepare for the tribulation time ahead. This is a test of faith. There is a reason why Jesus told us what is to come and is giving us signs to herald the coming of our Bridegroom.
The evil in this world must really be testing the patience and longsuffering of the All Powerful Lord God, just as it was in the days of Noah.
Christian persecution is on the rise. The enemies of Israel surround her and are attempting to divide Jerusalem. The world economy is crashing. Everywhere we look we see wars and rumors of more wars. Man is developing new ways to create mass murder with bigger and better weapons. It seems that from day-to-day, we don’t know if a massive storm will strike us or an EMP bomb will explode over us.
We struggle against cyber-warfare, hunger, rising food prices and pestilences that come in many different forms. Earthquakes are occurring in diverse places and we live under the threat of solar storms and falling stars, yet we will not turn from our wicked ways and repent.
All hell is about to break loose from the pit and most of what we call God’s church is ill prepared to handle the spiritual warfare or physical needs. Half of our population does not even acknowledge or understand the spiritual realities all around us. They think that if it is not physical, it is not real and they do not have to deal with it, or let someone else fight against these vile spirits.
We are in a battle for our mind, and some of us are losing the battle. We listen to the wrong spirits whispering in our ears and entertain thoughts that will lead us to destruction and separate us from God.
The pressures and tribulation of this world push in on us, but we need to know that our mind is like a radio station. Don’t tune into the wrong station. Don’t listen to all the static. Out of the abundance of your heart the mouth speaks. It is like the old saying ‘put good things in – get good things out!’ The Scriptures say if you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from saying things that are not true.
The hordes of hell will not be able to stand against the weapons of our warfare because the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.
‘And now dear brothers and sisters, one final thing, fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.’ Philippians 4:8 – Jan Bish”
NEW Internet Show! – The No Show Show – with Tammy Sue Bakker
Tammy Sue hosts a live-streamed Internet program from Grace Street at Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri. It’s on each weekday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CST) unless there is a taping of the Jim Bakker Show. The No Show Show is an encouraging time of sharing, prayer, music and anointed worship songs by Tammy Sue and the Morningside Band. Whether you watch it for a few minutes or in its entirety, the No Show Show is an inspirational break from the day-to-day tensions life brings.
To watch the show, click on the “Watch Us” tab on Morningside’s website at: www.jimbakkershow.com.
The No Show Show also has a facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/noshow.show.
A look back: Twenty-five years ago there was a New Year’s Eve Celebration held in the Barn Auditorium at Heritage USA that we attended. It’s hard to believe the events that have taken place on the grounds since that night when Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker were there as the leaders of the PTL Ministry.
One of the songs performed by the PTL Singers and Orchestra that evening was ‘Holding on Together.’ No one ever thought Heritage USA was soon to be broken into a thousand pieces. The following video brings back memories of a simpler time:
Signs of the Times:
When the Son of Man comes, he will be seen by everyone, like lightning flashing from the east to the west. Matthew 24:27 NCV
According to the National Climatic Data Center in Ashville, N.C., America set an off- the-charts heat record in 2012, making it the hottest year on record.
Click link for full story: Climate Data Center Report
On the 31st of December, Yahoo! News (Space.com) reported “Sun rings in New Year with Solar Eruption” – As people around the world rung in the New Year to celebrate Earth’s latest trip around the sun Monday night, our closest star marked the occasion with some fireworks of its own – a dazzling solar eruption.
See story and spectacular pictures at:
On the 14th, Fox News reported: School bans Bible Club Prayer Box – A western New York public school district ordered the advisor of a Student Bible Club to remove a prayer request box because it was an alleged violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Click link to read full story: Schools Ban Bible Club
On the 14th, Fox News reported: American Pastor imprisoned in Iran to go on trial next week – An American Pastor currently imprisoned in his native Iran because of his Christian faith will go on trial next week before a judge known for meting out harsh sentences. Click link to read full story: Imprisoned Pastor
During the month, Bill O’Reillly of Fox News gave this powerful warning about America. Click on below video to watch.
On the 21st, at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the 2012 best seller THE HARBINGER, was privileged to give the Keynote address. This was an eye-opening moment for those who did not know about the mystery the Bible holds concerning America’s future. As the Rabbi explained what will happen to a nation that once knew God and then departs from His ways, Jonathan Cahn delivered a powerful message to Washington D.C. at just the right time.
The following video is a must see.
SPECIAL NOTICE: JIM BAKKER AND THE STUDENTS FROM THE MASTER’S MEDIA SCHOOL WILL BE VISITING HERITAGE USA THE LAST WEEK OF FEBRUARY. PASTOR JIM WILL HOLD A RESTORATION SERVICE IN THE UPPER ROOM, AND WILL ALSO TELEVISE A PROGRAM FROM THE TV STUDIO. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE WILL BE DOING A SHOW ON THE GROUNDS SINCE JANUARY 2nd 1987!
Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit. John 3:6-8 NLT
The Towers: As the bricks are falling off the facade of the building, there appears to be no end in sight to solving the Towers’ situation. Last month, MorningStar Ministries filed a lawsuit against York County blaming them for the failure of the Towers’ completion. Whoever is to blame, the fate of the deteriorating building will have to wait until all legal litigation is settled. A lawsuit could possibly take a few years to get through the court system and, as it now stands, the only common ground some of the residents on both sides of the issue have is a shared disappointment over yet another delay.
More than a quarter century has passed since the Towers was in the final stages of completion and over those years many sincere people, ministries and organizations made plans to complete the 21-story building, all to no avail. Unfortunately, the Towers is the tallest building on the grounds and can be seen by everyone living in and around the surrounding area. This situation probably ranks high among the bizarre dilemmas that York County has dealt with.
As we’ve written time and again, the late Pastor David Wilkerson’s prophetic word concerning the Towers still holds true.
Below is a revised commentary about the Towers from our 2010 Archives:
Rick and I understand some of the frustrations being generated over the unfinished Towers. Realistically, the building 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 may be deeper reasons why the Towers is not completed and why birds continually fly in and out of the openings on the top floors.
In 1986, when the Towers was just a few months away from completion, David Wilkerson, Pastor of Times Square Church in New York City, (www.tscnyc.org) 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, Pastor Wilkerson openly voiced his objections of the prosperity message and prophesied that as a result of PTL losing its original vision, the Towers would not be completed as planned. He proclaimed that 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 every two days just to keep it alive!
If Rick Joyner and Earl Coulston had not moved on the grounds in 2004, a large part of Heritage would not have been refurbished and many of the new subdivisions would not exist. Though a full restoration of the grounds hasn’t happened, there have been some improvements made to its overall appearance because of these two men. On the other hand, it is disappointing for the people and families who moved here since 2004 that were promised a shopping mall, restaurants, pristine parks and the removal of the Towers to not see the fulfillment of those promises.
There really isn’t a logical answer as to why the Towers has not been completed and has literally defied every effort of restoration. After over twenty-five years of watching some very sincere people with the funds to finish the Towers fail miserably, is it possible that this building could very well be a symbol of the condition some of today’s churches that are teaching people more about how to get “rich” than how to get “saved?”
Finishing the Towers has always been a realistic goal, but it’s as if the Lord holds the project in limbo for a reason. Time will tell…
During the month, Jim Bakker announced some miraculous news about the 15,000 hours of video tapes from the original PTL Shows. The entire PTL library of videos was auctioned off a few years ago after the church they were being stored in for over twenty years ran into financial problems. Additionally, there has been another 5,000 hours of PTL shows that were recently recovered.
The entire library was purchased by the Shrine of the Holy Spirit Chapel in Branson, Missouri. As it turns out, the Assemblies of God denomination that Jim Bakker was ordained by now has the entire PTL Library and they have since reached out to him. They apologized for not standing with him twenty-five years ago when his world came apart, and have consulted with him over restoring the entire video library of the PTL shows.
With over 20,000 hours of PTL programs to be digitally re-mastered, the restoration project is daunting. The Assemblies of God needed help in this huge undertaking because it is both costly and time consuming. The restoration of one PTL Program alone can take from 35 to 38 hours to re-master. Pastor Jim and the Assembly of God church made an arrangement whereby Pastor Jim will help with the whole restoration project and have full access to his life’s work.
Miraculously, he will now be able to offer the original PTL shows to the public. For information on this amazing breakthrough and how you can order the PTL Shows for a love gift, contact the Jim Bakker Show at www.jimbakkershow.com or call 1-888-988-1588. There was also some mention that the shows could end up on TV – much like the old “I Love Lucy” programs that have been broadcasting around the world for over fifty years!
Moreover, back in the day the PTL programs brought the Gospel to a worldwide television audience resulting in multiplied millions coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Without a doubt if these shows were aired, the same anointing that won millions of lost people to the Lord so long ago would happen again because the videos will never lose their anointing.
Praise the Lord for this miracle!
On the 11th, Pastor Jim & Lori Bakker appeared on the Marcus and Joni Show on the Daystar Christian Network. Pastor Jim was promoting his new book Time Has Come and he talked about it and the Revelation days we are living in. He also reminisced about bygone days at Heritage USA.
Without the pressures of being bombarded with questions about the past, coupled with Marcus and Joni Lamb’s caring friendship that dates back to the PTL days, Jim Bakker appeared more stress-free and confident than he has in quite a while. Marcus and Joni honored him in such a considerate way that the viewing audience actually got a glimpse of the Jim Bakker from years past!
There was a restoration of joy and confidence in his persona that melted away the incredible struggles he has survived since 1987. The Lambs are definitely people who recognize the importance of restoration and God’s anointing on Jim Bakker’s life.
For their appreciation for all that Jim Bakker accomplished in serving the Lord through Christian TV, Daystar donated $10,000 to Morningside Ministries for the completion of Lori’s House to save the unborn. Without a doubt, both Jim and Lori enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere and the kindness with which they were regarded.
Click below link to see the entire interview:
During the month, details of Jim Bakker’s visit to Heritage USA were broadcasted on the Jim Bakker Show. We also received the following letter that was sent out to Morningside Partners about this unexpected visit:
Dear Rick & Chris,
Lori and I wanted to let you know that we are going to meet at Heritage USA, now known as Heritage International, with Rick Joyner and many of the prophets for the Annual Round Table. This is a meeting to hear from those who are hearing from God and to find out what God is speaking to his leaders. We will be sharing some of their message over television in the next few weeks.
Cindy Jacobs, who will be at the round table, said to us that she felt God would have us originate our television program from the Upper Room, which has recently been restored and reopened. We have just completed the plans to make this event take place and we are bringing our total student body and many of our ministry staff including Kevin Shorey for this epic reunion.
Not only will that meeting take place in the upper room but we will also have many prayer and communion services over a three-day period. Over the years I have seen more miracles take place in the Upper Room than in any other place. Something so exciting is happening on our last two days of this Restoration Celebration – our program will originate in our former studio that also has been beautifully restored.
This will be the first time I have originated my program from our former studio home at Heritage USA. Rick Joyner and other prophets will be my guest for this Restoration Celebration. Cindy Jacobs says she has messages for and plans to pray for many of our viewers and former and present staff at this event.
This will be a historic event that I know many of our regular viewers and friends will want to join us for at Heritage International. Because of limited space, these tapings are limited to our regular viewers of the Jim Bakker Show. This letter is all you need to have with you for entrance to this event, or just give your name at the door and we have your information as one of our partners.
The dates are February 27, 28 and March 1. The tapings on February 27, are planned to take place in the Upper Room beginning at around 11 AM with very limited seating. The Jim Bakker Show tapings will take place on February 28 and March 1 at around 11 AM in our former studio at Heritage! While you are at Heritage be sure to take a tour to see, not only the Upper Room, but the restored Big Barn Auditorium and restored studio that Dale Hill and his team have recently rebuilt – as well as The Grand Partner Center restored by Rick Joyner and his wonderful partners! If you want information regarding the rooms at the beautiful Heritage Grand please call 877-446-3836.
I am sorry for the late information but the plans for all of these events have just taken place. Don’t feel bad if you cannot make it to this event as most of it will be televised and we hope to do a major reunion at some future date at Heritage. This is your time for all to be restored to you just as God is doing this restoring miracle for us!
Lori and I send our love,
Jim Bakker ~
From Monday the 25th through Friday March 1st, the Upper Room was filled each evening with expectations of healings and miracles as Evangelist/Singer Kevin Shorey conducted Healing Services. Kevin is a regular on the Jim Bakker Show and was one of the original Heritage Singers at PTL as a teenager. He has since become a full-time Evangelist traveling around the country as well as singing and ministering on Jim’s show. Before starting the first service, Kevin became very emotional and moved to tears as he told everyone there how thrilled he was to be back at Heritage USA where he started his ministry over thirty years ago in the Upper Room!
At the services, Kevin prayed for everyone needing a miracle. Pastor Jim also asked that he anoint and pray for each of the Morningside media students that were there. Four people were healed on the first night, with more good reports on the way. These were truly rare and beautiful miracle services that continued all week.
Note: Check the Upper Room’s facebook page for pictures of the Restoration Service Pastor Jim held in the Upper Room on the morning of the 27th.
Morningside Ministries has been posting daily blogs and pictures of their visit to Heritage USA at: http://www.jimbakkershow.com.
Click on the below photo albums for slideshow of a few miraculous moments held at the Upper Room Healing Services and the PTL TV Studio during Jim Bakker’s visit. All the shows will air on the Jim Bakker Show at www.jimbakkershow.com, and DVDs of this historic week at Heritage USA will soon become available from Morningside Ministries.
Upper Room Photos
TV Studio Photos
At the end of the last show in the TV Studio on Friday, Jim Bakker thanked everyone who came out to see him and then he sadly said goodbye, stating he would not be coming back. One prophetic person in the audience later said, it is Friday, but Sunday is coming!
Signs of the Times:
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. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 1Thessalonians 5:2-4
On February 5th, CNN reports five dead after powerful quake strikes in South Pacific: An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami that killed five people but didn’t threaten the wider region. Click link for full story: CNN Report on Earthquake
On the 11th, The Weather Channel reported “Historic February Blizzard – Winter Storm Nemo brought as much as 3 feet to New England and the Northeast. It knocked out power to hundreds of thousands, stranded drivers on the Long Island Expressway, and put the major cities of the Northeast corridor on lock down for an entire weekend.”
For stunning pictures and full story, click link: Weather Channel Report
On the 11th, The Weather Channel reported: “Lightning Strikes St. Peter’s in Vatican City.” Lightning struck the St. Peter’s Basilica Monday, hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign as leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics on February 28th. Click link for full story: Pope Story
On the 15th, NASA reported: “Largest meteor in more than 100 years” – MOSCOW – People in a freezing industrial region of Russia saw a flash of blinding light before an explosion of flying glass Friday when a meteor streaked across the sky and blew up, injuring 1100 people in what looked like a disaster out of a movie.”
Click link for full story: NASA Report
On the 22nd, Fox News reported: Imprisoned American says Iranian captors ‘waiting for me to deny Christ’. American pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in a notoriously brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is facing physical and psychological torture at the hands of captors demanding he renounce his beliefs according to supporters.
Click link for full story. Fox Report
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 1 Corinthians 18-19 NLT
On February 27th, Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri reported on the history making homecoming of Jim Bakker at the Upper Room. Below are a few excerpts from Morningside’s account of this incredible event:
The Great Homecoming
“This is a day that will go down in history as the Jim Bakker Show was broadcast live from the Upper Room at Heritage International for the first time in over 25 years.
There was a standing ovation in the Upper Room for Pastor Jim Bakker as he was introduced as host of the Jim Bakker Show by the posthumous voice of Henry Harrison (Uncle Henry), the co-host of PTL for many years, who passed into Glory in 1995! The Upper Room was filled with old friends from long ago in the history of Heritage USA, and others who came to witness this historic event…
…Jim was joined by Rick Joyner, Philip Cameron, Kevin Shorey, Cindy and Mike Jacobs and a room full of other special guests that Jim lovingly called his friends. He greeted folks like Helen Headley who was the head greeter of Heritage USA, and Sara Morgan who was the first person to buy a house on the property. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place as Jim recalled how the last face he saw, as they were hauling him off to prison, was Helen’s as she blew him kisses from atop a knoll. He said, ‘This room is filled with the biblical meaning of friendship. The bible says a friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity.’
Jim honored Rick Joyner as one who has helped in his own restoration and has restored more people in the Body of Christ ‘than anybody else I know.’ ‘There is no one who is beyond the restoration of Jesus,’ Rick Joyner said during the show’s taping. He continued to speak about the power of restoration that has come to so many as the Upper Room itself was restored into service as a house of the Lord.
Cindy Jacobs said that the restoration of Jim Bakker, Heritage International, the Upper Room, and the Big Barn is a symbol of the restoration that God wants to do in His church in the Last Days. She told Pastor Jim that ‘many will be restored if you’ll go back to the Upper Room and show them what God does, and she quoted Isaiah 61.’ ‘The buildings are a sign of God’s redemption and restoration – but any one person is more important,’ said Jim.” Click link to read the entire commentary: Great Homecoming
Click below link to Morningside’s Photo Gallery of the Restoration Celebration: Photo Gallery
Click on below u-tube video to view highlights of Jim Bakker’s Homecoming.
On March 1st, our local newspaper, the FORT MILL TIMES ran a front-page story about Pastor Jim Bakker’s visit to PTL as follows:
FORT MILL TOWNSHIP – Bakker ‘live’ from PTL site ~ by Jenny Overman
For the first time in more than 25 years, Jim Bakker is broadcasting his television program today from the studios of the former Heritage USA.
These days, the former head of Heritage USA, a Christian Theme Park that included TV studios as well as a “Main Street” with shops and other attractions, typically broadcasts his show from Missouri. But he returned to Fort Mill this week for “Restoration Celebration,” a series of broadcasts from his former stomping grounds. Events earlier this week have been by invitation only, but according to jimbakkershow.com, today’s broadcast will be streamed live on the website beginning at 10:30 a.m. from the former Heritage USA studios.
This week, Bakker has also recorded his show from The Barn and at the Upper Room at the former Heritage USA site.
Cathy McGee of Greensboro brought her mother Hazel Poe to the Upper Room Wednesday for a live broadcast of the show. Poe was a former supporter of PTL and still supports Bakker’s ministry in Missouri. She received an invitation by mail to attend, and ‘she said, ‘We have to go!’” McGee said.
According to the website, Bakker was joined at the Upper Room by Rick Joyner, head of MorningStar Ministries and Cindy Jacobs whom Bakker refers to as a “prophet,” and Sara Morgan, the first person to buy a house on the Heritage PTL property.
MorningStar Ministries acquired much of the former Heritage USA property, including Bakker’s unfinished tower that is now a bone of contention with York County.
The Upper Room was originally opened by Bakker in the 1980s. It was designed to replicate the Upper Room – the place where Jesus is said to have had his last supper with his disciples – and functioned as a 24- hour prayer center, with a bank of prayer phones manned around the clock. It was renovated and reopened in December 2010.
“Jim, you were the father of the ministry that remains on this property. There’s a heritage here and we think you were a great Father and we are honored to have you back here,” Joyner said during the broadcast at the Upper Room on Wednesday, according to Bakker’s website.
“There is no one who is beyond the restoration of Jesus,” he said.
Heritage USA and Bakker were immersed in scandal, which led to the eventual downfall of both. Bakker was discovered to have paid off then church secretary Jessica Hahn to cover up a sexual encounter and was later convicted on federal fraud charges.
Bakker was released from prison in 1994.
In addition to his religious message, Bakker’s current ministry also focuses on selling products, including vitamins, “Bread of Life” and Jim’s Favorite Soynut Butter.
Click link to article in the FORT MILL TIMES: Fort Mill Times
During the month, Jim Bakker’s return to Heritage USA drew more attention than he expected. The volume of messages and comments generated on facebook and other social media connected to PTL and Heritage USA was overwhelming. As usual, there were malicious comments made about his return as well. But they paled in comparison to the tremendous outpouring of support from thousands of viewers who watched the taped shows from the Upper Room and PTL TV Studio when the Restoration Celebration aired on the Jim Bakker Show.
Along with the joyous moments of his homecoming, there were some serious times during the broadcasts when Jim Bakker shared his heart about the horrific experience of losing PTL. At one of the show’s tapings inside the TV Studio, Pastor Jim actually revealed startling details about the 1987 takeover of Heritage USA, stating he will edit them out of the show that will air on TV. He made it known that this information will only be released upon his death. The Lord told him years ago that if he tried to vindicate himself he would not preach again.
He has since prayed for the people “in the know” to come forward and tell the truth of what led up to his sudden resignation from the PTL Ministry. Quoting from Proverbs he said, “Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side.” Vindication from all the courtroom lies that were told at his 1989 trial would be a miraculous vindication for Jim Bakker and everyone else who was devastated by the loss of the PTL Ministry and Heritage USA.
When Pastor Jim reflected on the “violent loss” of his ministry, he clearly carried a deep heartbreak that has not fully healed. He told the audience that the hostile takeover of the PTL Ministry could have been avoided if only the church had “circled the wagons.” Sadly, there are people to this day who know exactly how his downfall was planned and yet they remain silent.
Because the full story has been covered up, the stigma of the Bakker name continues to follow him, his children and his grandchildren. Jim Bakker failed morally, made mistakes, and trusted the wrong people. Even so, he did not mislead people, steal money nor did he commit the countless transgressions he was accused of by the media and his enemies.
March 19th marked the 26th anniversary since Jim Bakker resigned from the PTL Ministry and was thereafter defrocked by his denomination. Only a few people know that he was found “not guilty” of defrauding anyone by a Federal Jury at a second trial that was held in 1996. By then, many said that it was too late for him to return – but God was with him. Although his new ministry in Blue Eye, Missouri is reaching the same amount of people as did the PTL Satellite Network, there are still those inside and outside the church that shun the Bakker name.
Sooner or later the truth about the takeover of Heritage USA will surface as Isaiah 54:17 promises. It would be so much better if those who are holding on to vital information that would exonerate Jim Bakker to come forward, while he is alive, to once and for all set the record straight.
When the entire PTL story is revealed, a tremendous injustice will finally be rectified.
But in the coming day, no weapon turned against you shall succeed, and you will have justice against every courtroom lie. This is the HERITAGE of the servants of the Lord. This is the blessing I have given you, says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 TLB
More Homes on the Grounds? – This month a rezoning sign was placed on the corner of Regent Parkway and Star Light Drive by the York County Zoning Department. Earl Coulston is requesting a zoning change on 11.5 acres at the end of the main parking lot at the Heritage Grand Hotel.
This property is bordered by Regent Parkway, Star Light Drive and Zenith Avenue. The request is to change the property from “PD” to “BD-11” status, meaning the land can now be used for building. Permitted uses (some of which may require site plan approval) within the BD11 zoning district include: churches; commercial parking lots; lodges and civic clubs; museums, art galleries, and libraries; professional uses; and multi-family dwellings to include townhouses, apartment buildings, and condominiums. (For more detailed information, please refer to York County Zoning Code 155.135 & 155.136.) It has yet to be announced what will be built on the land.
On the 19th, demolition started on the old Castle and was stopped that afternoon by York County and DHEC because Earl Coulston did not have the proper demolition permits. It will be torn down completely as soon as permits are issued.
Our local newspaper, the FORT MILL TIMES reported:
County stops ‘King’s Castle’ demolition at Regent Park ~ by Michael Harrison
FORT MILL – The two story castle in Regent Park that has served as a landmark and a community conversation piece for more than 20 years is being demolished. But before the building could be torn down Tuesday afternoon, York County officials made crews stop work.
Once known as “Kings Castle,” the castle was part of the Heritage USA theme park, and later the water park, that attracted visitors to Fort Mill from around the country.
The property is owned by MorningStar Ministries.
Rick Joyner, head of MorningStar Ministries, said that the castle was being torn down to create something “the whole community could use.”
The castle hadn’t been in use since at least the 1990’s. Joyner said that MorningStar considered refurbishing it but didn’t think that would be cost effective. Among the ideas being considered for the area are a dog park, he added.
Crews began the demolition Tuesday morning but work was shut down around 4 p.m. when county officials put a large, red ‘stop work’ sign on the property.
A demolition permit is required by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, however DHEC had no records of a permit being filed in York County for any demolition work between March 1 to April 15.
“York County was first on the scene but DHEC has also been out there and we’re told they (MorningStar) would take the necessary steps to be in compliance,” said DHEC spokeswoman Lindsey Evans.
A MorningStar media relations official said Joyner would not answer any questions about the demolition permit.
MorningStar filed against York County in January to dispute the county’s claim that the organization defaulted on an agreement to renovate its 21-story Heritage USA tower.
In 2007, MorningStar began renovating the tower and in January 2008 signed a development agreement with York County.
The ministry says the county’s default notice has “caused significant financial harm,” making it almost impossible to renovate the unfinished tower.
The two parties tried mediation but could not come to terms. As of earlier this month, the county had not yet filed an answer to MorningStar’s suit but planned to file for an extension to the answer period deadline.
York County’s attorney could not be reached late Tuesday afternoon.
Click link for story and VIDEO of the Castle in the process of being torn down: Demolished Castle
From the 21st – 23rd, MorningStar Ministries held their annual Healing Conference. This year’s conference was a little different because MorningStar brought in speakers, from different denominations and countries, who were virtually unknown in America. One of the most amazing speakers at the conference was Father Marc Van Rossem from Holland. This gifted Catholic priest brought a level of peace and healing to the conference that literally surpassed understanding. Much like the atmosphere found in the Upper Room, the lobby of the Heritage Grand became a sanctuary filled with the presence of God. It was transforming to experience the great peace Father Marc brought.
Below is a video featuring a few moments from Father Marc’s message at the Healing Conference:
During the month, we learned that in the span of one month Jim and Tammy Faye’s son Jamie Charles released his latest book Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed, remarried, and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jamie Charles, now known as Jay, has pastored Revolution Church NYC in Brooklyn, New York for the past six years. The New York church will continue on with Co-Pastor Vince Anderson, and will work on the direction they want to go, but Jay is branching out toward new opportunities. Jim Bakker and Jay differ on theology, but they love and respect each other.
The following sites describe Jay’s new book and personal video announcement of his future plans. Review-Faith, and Announcement
Easter Sunday March 31st – As the world grows darker and becomes more chaotic, it is a good time to remember what Jesus did for everyone on the cross. Our lives on earth are so very short compared to the everlasting life awaiting those who believe in the Lord.
The Bible says, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NCV
We have the great assurance in that on the cross Jesus Christ paid for all our sins, and made it possible for us to one day live in a whole new world where there will be no more tears, trials, persecution, sickness, loss, worry, poverty or pain.
Peter said, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, all those who have left houses, wives, brothers, parents, or children for the kingdom of God will get much more in this life. And in the age that is coming, they will have life forever.” Luke 18:28-31 NCV
The Towers’ dilemma gets more complicated by the day. After all these years, residents on the grounds continue to openly voice their frustration over when or if the Towers’ will be finished or torn down.
The latest news is that York County is now asking the State of South Carolina for an order to allow the demolition of the Towers with MorningStar Ministries being responsible for any costs that are incurred.
In contrast, Rick Joyner remains firm that the Towers will be completed.
On the 27th of March, the Herald reported: York County responds to MorningStar lawsuit calls tower a ‘nuisance’ ~ by Anna Douglas
FORT MILL – In a legal response filed Tuesday, York County maintains that MorningStar Ministries defaulted on a development agreement and asks that the organization’s tower in the Fort Mill area be demolished.
MorningStar filed a suit in late January against York County, disputing that it has defaulted on an agreement to renovate the tower – once intended to serve as a hotel in Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage USA religious resort and theme park.
The county and MorningStar entered a development agreement in 2008 in a move to repair the tower.
The tower is ‘remarkably sound from a structural and engineering standpoint,” MorningStar said in a news release in January.
The county and some neighbors near the MorningStar property contend that the tower isn’t safe.
One Fort Mill-area resident, Eric Kinsinger, started an online group called “Tear Down the Tower.”
Over the past few months, neighbors have taken their complaints to the York County Council about the organization’s road, saying the street is full of potholes. County officials have said they do not have jurisdiction to demand maintenance on private roads.
MorningStar has allowed its property to fall into a condition that “substantially and unreasonably” interferes with “public health, safety, peace, comfort, (and) convenience,” according to York County’s suit.
Click link to article: York County Responds
The Charlotte Business Journal also reported on March 27th:
York County asks state court to allow demolition of former PTL Club tower ~ by Senior Staff Writer – Ken Elkins
York County is renewing its efforts to demolish a stalled residential tower in Fort Mill that once was a part of the PTL Club Empire.
The county’s attorneys call the vacant and decaying tower a “nuisance” in an answer to MorningStar Ministries’ state court lawsuit filed in February. York County contends MorningStar violated a development agreement signed in 2008 that spelled out how MorningStar could renovate the tower in an estimated $40 million project.
“As a result of MorningStar’s breach, York County seeks and is entitled to an order authorizing it to proceed with the demolition of the tower, and an award of damages in the amount of the cost incurred or to be incurred for its demolition,” the county’s answer states.
Click link to article: York County Asks the State
The Castle: Our local paper the FORT MILL TIMES reported Earl Coulston applied for a permit to demolish the Castle as follows:
Update: Permit requested to demolish King’s Castle ~ by Michael Harrison
FORT MILL TOWNSHIP – One of the owners of the property where King’s Castle was built back in the Jim Bakker PTL era has applied for a permit to demolish the local landmark.
Local builder Earl Coulston of Regent Park developer Crown Homes submitted the applications to the S.C. Dept. Of Health and Environmental Control late Monday, an agency spokesperson said Wednesday. The iconic two-story King’s Castle, once slated to become the area’s largest Wendy’s restaurant, is on the campus of MorningStar Ministry near Regent Park.
Another DHEC spokesman said on Monday that no one had applied for the permit and it was explained Wednesday that the permit was submitted close to the end of the day and did not show up in the agency’s system until the following day.
Coulston began taking the Castle down last week, but York County officials halted the work, citing the lack of a permit.
DHEC spokesperson Lindsey Evans said if the permit is granted, the earliest demolition could resume is April 8.
For more details, click on link: Request Permit
On April 20th, the Castle was finally taken down.
WSOC-TV reported: Iconic castle in Regent Park now simply rubble, ashes- FORT MILL, S.C. – Ashes and rubble are all that is left of a historic castle in Fort Mill, S.C. The castle has stood in Regent Park for decades and people in the area told Eyewitness News that they are sad to see it go.
The rubble was once an iconic castle and part of Heritage USA. It has been a landmark in the community, and now it is being flattened by bulldozers.
Click link to read the entire article and see Video of the demolition: Demolition
On the 23rd, Rick Joyner made a statement about the demolition of the castle.
Click below to view video:
On the 25th, WCCB Charlotte TV reported: MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill has filed for a protective order against York County.
Court records reportedly show the religious organization is asking a judge to excuse it from having to provide financial documents to the county, or seal the documents so no one except attorneys in the case can see them.
Reports say MorningStar filed a breach of contract suit against the county in January.
The county disputes the claims and has subpoenaed MorningStar’s financial records from the last nine years.
Click link for story and video from WCCB:
During the month, WRHI News Talk Radio Station reported that residents at the former PTL Kensington Place Condominium Complex
located by the old entrance to Heritage USA are filing a lawsuit against the current owners of the property: A news article published on the 8th by WRHI reported: “Residents in a condominium complex connected to former TV evangelist Jim Bakker and his PTL television network are now speaking out on a lawsuit against the current owners of the property they say is in need of repair.
Kensington Place stands within eye shot of the PTL Tower at Regent Park and was never finished when Bakkers’ ministry came to a screeching halt in the late 1980s. Now, residents like Deborah Pulliam, who owns one of the 110 condos in the seven-story tower, are suing Malayan United Industries Berhad to get the property fixed – the suit also names Regent Park Carolina Corporation and the Kensington Place Property Owners Association as defendants.”
To listen to the interview and read article, click link: Condo in Bad Shape
Our local TV news station CN2 did a video report showing the condition of the Kensington building – Click link to view video:
The Upper Room: Bishop Ron Lambright recently started a Wednesday night interactive Bible study on the “End Times” at the Upper Room. Gauging from the escalating instability in the world right now, more and more people are becoming interested in what the Bible has to say about the perilous times in which we live.
Bishop Lambright wrote the following message on the Upper Room’s facebook account: “At the Upper Room on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. we will be having an interactive Bible study on the end times. You will have the opportunity to ask the questions you have always had about end time prophecy and share with others what God has been teaching you. You will enjoy it! We tried to pick a night when others were not having church and found out mid week services are happening every night. If you don’t have services you are committed to on Wednesdays, please join us and invite family and friends! Children’s Ministry will be provided.”
During the month, Jim Bakker continued teaching on the end times, warning people to be prepared spiritually and physically because there will be many more calamities just ahead. He continually emphasizes to his viewers the importance of being prepared for the times of trouble which the Bible speaks about.
One of the most important and confusing words in the Book of Revelation is the word “shortly,” found in Revelation 1:1. The word “shortly” gives the impression that the events described in the Book of Revelation will be happening soon. But that was written 2000 years ago, so people understandably become confused as soon as they start to read the Revelation. The following video bears repeating because Pastor Jim explains what the word “shortly” actually means in the Greek and Hebrew text, allowing the reader to understand that there really isn’t any confusion once you understand its meaning.
Click on video to view:
To watch the Jim Bakker Shows from Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri, click on the Jim Bakker Show at www.jimbakkershow.com. The shows are either live-streamed or can be found in the “Archives” section. For a complete listing of all the stations and channels that the Jim Bakker Show is on, click on the “Watch Us” tab on his website.
Note: Rick Joyner will be a guest on the Jim Bakker Show on May 1st. The live taping can be watched on-line at 11a.m. CST. This program will air on TV at a later date.
During the month, Former PTL Singer Sandy Hosey went to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer. Sandy along with her husband Russ not only sang frequently on the PTL Club/Jim & Tammy Show, but also performed and ministered throughout the Heritage property. Russ Hosey also served as a pastor at the Heritage Village Church.
Sandy Hosey’s Memorial Service was held in the former PTL TV Studio at the Broadcast Group on April 26th. This gracious woman was a beautiful, humble servant of the Lord who will be greatly missed. Please say a prayer for the whole Hosey family as they mourn their loss.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live… John 11:25
View pictures by David L. Cook of Sandy Hosey’s Going Home Celebration at the Broadcast Group on the Remembering PTL and Heritage USA facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38 NLT
On the 1st, Rick Joyner appeared on the Jim Bakker Show to talk about current events, what he sees happening in America, and his recent bold stand on the extraordinary significance of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack.
During their discussions, these two long-time friends found common ground in their belief that if America continues to turn its back on God, we will experience more calamities and evil will abound. We are living in dangerous times!
Rick Joyner said America has slid into its lowest state of depravity when we started calling “good evil” and “evil good” as the Bible speaks about in Isaiah 5:20 – Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! He went as far as saying that we are not going to get out of the mess America has gotten into when God was taken out of our schools, our culture and our politics unless and until there is a Great Spiritual Awakening which can only be brought about by “repentance.”
Jim Bakker, Rick Joyner and a growing number of other Christian leaders are openly voicing their belief that God will not bless America if we continue eliminating the Bible from our society. Proverbs 14:34 says, Godliness makes a nation great but sin is a disgrace to any people.
It is difficult to fathom the Lord withdrawing His blessings from our country, but an eye-opening May 15th article in USA Today appears to line up with what some Christian leaders are saying.
USA Today reported “America now has the world’s most extreme weather – North America – and the USA in particular – has the world’s wildest weather extremes: No other part of the planet can boast its ferocious weather stew of hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, wildfires, blizzards, heat waves and cold snaps. ‘You’d be hard-pressed to find another patch of land on Earth the size of the USA that boasts such a variety of such intensely extreme weather inside its borders,’ says meteorologist and author Robert Henson of Boulder, Colo. ‘We get more high-impact than any other country on the planet,’ agrees Sean Potter, a meteorologist and weather historian in New York City.”
To read the entire article, click on link: USA Weather
In light of the recent terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, Rick Joyner delivered an explosive Sunday morning message at MorningStar that went viral on the Internet. The message was so bold that it has caused him to make it clear that he is willing to go to prison for his beliefs.
Click on below video to see Rick Joyner’s impassioned message:
On the 16th, the Towers once again received media attention when attorneys for York County and MorningStar Ministries appeared in the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Common Pleas in York, South Carolina to litigate all the motions that were filed regarding MorningStar’s suit against York County and York County’s countersuit. As of May 31st, the judge has not made a decision on the motions.
The below news report is from a March article about the Towers:
On the 27th of March, our local newspaper the Herald reported: York County responds to MorningStar lawsuit calls tower a ‘nuisance’ ~ by Anna Douglas
FORT MILL – In a legal response filed Tuesday, York County maintains that MorningStar Ministries defaulted on a development agreement and asks that the organization’s tower in the Fort Mill area be demolished.
MorningStar filed a suit in late January against York County, disputing that it has defaulted on an agreement to renovate the tower – once intended to serve as a hotel in Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage USA religious resort and theme park.
The county and MorningStar entered a development agreement in 2008 in a move to repair the tower.
The tower is ‘remarkably sound from a structural and engineering standpoint,’ MorningStar said in a news release in January.
The county and some neighbors near the MorningStar property contend that the tower isn’t safe.
One Fort Mill-area resident, Eric Kinsinger, started an online group called “Tear Down the Tower.”
Over the past few months, neighbors have taken their complaints to the York County Council about the organization’s road, saying the street is full of potholes. County officials have said they do not have jurisdiction to demand maintenance on private roads.
MorningStar has allowed its property to fall into a condition that “substantially and unreasonably” interferes with “public health, safety, peace, comfort, (and) convenience,” according to York County’s suit.
Click link to article: York County Responds
During the month, Tammy Sue Bakker’s No Show Show went back on the air! After being off the air for a few weeks, Tammy Sue started doing the No Show Show again. She announced that she and the Morningside Band will return to “live-streaming” programs on the days the Jim Bakker Show isn’t taping.
Click on the Jim Bakker Show’s website at www.jimbakkershow.com at 10:30 a.m. (CST) and go to the “watch us” tab to see or listen to this fascinating, uplifting and spiritually centered program.
Tammy Sue is a uniquely anointed minister and worship leader who is filled with a spirit of love that ministers to everyone from two to ninety-two! The No Show Show’s facebook page is a good way to keep up with the current happenings there and interact with those who like the show: https://www.facebook.com/#!/noshow.show?fref=ts
A look back ~ the first homes built at Heritage USA:
Today, there are hundreds of homes covering the grounds of the former Heritage USA with more on the way. Back in the early 1980’s, when the first homes and condos were being constructed, Jim Bakker fully understood that he was launching into unchartered waters by selling homes on the grounds of a mega ministry. Because of PTL’s enemies, he had the foresight to put in place a stipulation in the building plans that protected the homeowners and homes from the tremendous problem that would have been created if the ministry ever changed hands or shut down completely.
By the PTL Ministry incorporating a provision for the sections of land on which these early homes were built to be independent from the ministry, Jim Bakker insured that the land and homes would not be affected no matter what happened to PTL. He also decided a Homeowner’s Association made up of the homeowners themselves would be an extra safety net of protection. To this day, PTL’s subdivisions remain largely intact and unfettered by all of the huge changes that have been done to the grounds.
Below are a few current pictures of the PTL Ministry’s subdivisions which were built in the early 1980s. To some, they interfere with the new neighborhoods, but to others they are a nostalgic reminder of the way things were so long ago.
Note: When all of the old PTL Shows are re-mastered, there will come a day when people will be able to once again enjoy them on their TV or the Internet. Watching Tammy Faye sing songs of hope and victory, enjoying Uncle Henry’s laughter and sparkling personality, listening to Pastor Jim Bakker preaching the Gospel and the PTL Singers filling the airways again with anointed music is a worthwhile miracle of God to look forward to.
Below is one of Tammy Faye’s best songs of hope – Mercy Rewrote My Life
Signs of the times:
People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!
Luke 21:26-28 NLT
On the 5th, Fox News reported: “Israel launches airstrike on Syria targeting weapons, officials say.” Israel launched its second airstrike in three days in the Syrian capital of Damascus, targeting a shipment of extremely accurate Iranian-made guided missiles intended for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, according to an intelligence official in the Middle East. Click link for full story: Israel Strikes
On the 8th, Fox News reported: “The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world.” A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other. We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquest was almost entirely Christian, came into being.
Click link for full story and pictures: Mass Exodus
On the 11th, The Washington Post reported: “Libya protests prompt U.S. to evacuate diplomats, put troops on alert.” Growing concerns over protests roiling Libya prompted the State Department to begin evacuating some diplomats from Tripoli, as the Pentagon put troops stationed at nearby European bases on high alert.
Click link for full story: Washington Post
On the 12th, WND Faith reported: “Anti-Christian war raging at Pentagon.” In light of the confusing statements recently by the U.S. military about whether Christians will be prosecuted for sharing their faith, the chief of a chaplain’s organization says the real question is different.
Click link for full story: Christian War
On the 15th, USA Today reported: “USA has the world’s most extreme weather.” North America – and the USA in particular – has the world’s wildest weather extremes: No other part of the planet can boast its ferocious weather stew of hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, wildfires, blizzards, heat-waves and cold snaps.
Click link for full story: Extreme Weather
On the 22nd, Fox News reported: “Experts say Oklahoma tornado’s power dwarfs Hiroshima bomb, as residents face long road to recovery.” Residents of Moore, Oklahoma are returning to sheer devastation after a massive tornado decimated the town Monday afternoon, releasing an amount of energy that dwarfed even the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima, according to experts.
Click link for full story: Tornado
On the 29th, Fox News reported: “Some 100,000 Christians killed per year over faith, Vatican says.” A staggering 100,000 Christians are killed annually because of their faith, according to the Vatican – and several human rights groups claim such anti-Christian violence is on the rise in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt.
Click link for full story. Christians killed annually
IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING JIM BAKKER:
During the month, Jim Bakker suffered stoke-like symptoms and was hospitalized for three days. After resting for a few weeks, he is doing better and has, thankfully, returned to work. His doctors warned him that he needs to seriously reduce the stress in his life – Pastor Jim has worked in overdrive for years and he needs to learn how to mentally decompress from all the struggles he faces each day and practice getting in a quiet, peaceful place in order to hear from God.
The Lord has every problem we encounter under control if we trust, delight and commit it all to Him. Letting go and letting God is easier said than done. Please pray that Pastor Jim makes the necessary changes in his life so he can spend more time with God and fully regain his health.
On May 22nd, Pastor Jim wrote the following blog:
Don’t Be Distracted – These are Critical Times! ~ by Jim Bakker
One of the dangers of the End Times is hearing so much and understanding so little. Even the church fails to discern the meaning of End Time events because they have heard it so much and so often, it has lost its impact. We can’t become desensitized to End Times events!
We are bombarded every day with information from every direction. For me, that information can be a distraction, even when it concerns the administration of our world-wide television ministry. Sometimes, a constant flow of information is just a distraction from the greater thing. We cannot allow administration or any other thing to distract us from the main thing.
So much information, so many words coming at us from everywhere; our televisions, smart phones, ipads, and even our proximity to others is constantly feeding us information. I know that the plan of the enemy includes distractions and confusion caused by so much ‘noise’ that it makes it hard to hear the important things!
Wouldn’t it be a tragedy if, after we have studied, talked about, and generally saturated ourselves with information about the End Times, that we become so busy, busy, busy in our thoughts and activities that we miss the voice of the Lord instructing us in every move we make?
In all this information (knowledge), the greatest thing we must be listening for is the voice of our Lord!
This is a critical time. Any time after this, we will have done all we could do and our time is over. Then the seals will open and the trumpets will blow and nothing we do or say will affect anything when that begins.
I’m struck with a sense of profoundness for this very small window of time. God uses vessels like us to discern and alert and inform. We cannot ere in discerning the Times – and after we discern, we must alert and inform others. These are truly the days we were born for…for this, the grand finale.
We have a supreme challenge in the days we live in to not only discern the Times, but to find the time to be still before the Lord in order to hear His voice.
I learned about distractions years ago when I was trying to spend quality time with the Lord and a honey bee began buzzing around me. I heard the Lord say, “even the buzzing bee distracts you!”
Even when life demands our time and attention, we must find the time to spend alone so that God can speak to us. That’s why I often get up in the middle of the night and sit quietly before the Lord. That’s the only time I can be without distractions!
Only after we have “been with Jesus” can we hear Him and His instructions for these amazing final days. Love, Jim
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT
On Saturday evening the 1st, the Upper Room held another outdoor Bonfire/cookout that included roasting hot dogs, toasting marshmallows, good conversations and worship music that was provided by a few members of the church. As always, Russell James cordially invited everyone to come out to the informal get-together that keeps growing in popularity. Though the temperature was a humid 86 degrees, the cold soda, friendly fellowship and pleasant music flowing from the cooled upstairs chamber of the Upper Room, created a comfortable atmosphere for both the adults and children.
People enjoying the cookout – Click on picture to advance Slideshow
As people chitchatted, Russell told how he and his good friend Fred Yeary transplanted a rose bush from Aunt Susan and Uncle Henry’s former home to the newly created Aunt Susan’s Rose Garden located along the base of the Upper Room’s back wall. At first, the guys didn’t know if it would live because the plant had no leaves and appeared lifeless. But they watered it, fertilized it, and hoped for the best. Russell then pointed out the transplanted rose bush that now has beautiful roses blooming on it.
Aunt Susan’s Rose Garden – Click on picture to Advance Slideshow
Good News! The funds are in for the Upper Room’s parking lot expansion. Preparation work has already begun on the project and it should be completed this year. They definitely need extra parking spaces as more people are attending the church services and special events. Plus, throughout the year a number of couples choose the historic building to hold their wedding and reception.
The Prayer Team continues getting good reports from people who either visit the Upper Room, post their prayer requests on-line, leave requests in the Prayer Bin or mail them to:
Upper Room Chapel
8409 Regent Parkway
Fort Mill, S.C. 29715
The Upper Room is open Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for a Bible study on the “End Times.” It is also open for prayer and meditation on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. People from the Prayer Team are always there to pray with you or for you at these times.
On Sunday mornings at 11 a.m., Bishop Ron Lambright ministers at an interdenominational church service – EVERYONE IS WELCOME. God richly bless Russell James, Bishop Ron Lambright, the Prayer Team and everyone else serving the Lord at the Upper Room.
All events related to the Upper Room are usually posted ahead of time on their facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/62147692320/.
The Upper Room Chapel’s website is: www.upperroomchapel.com.
The Power of Prayer ~ A Personal Testimony
My husband Rick was recently healed in the Upper Room. It all started in November of last year when Bishop Ron Lambright prayed for him at the Upper Room prior to an emergency surgery on his left carotid artery, which was 97% blocked. After the delicate operation, Rick’s surgeon said it was a success but he needed to be checked regularly because his right carotid artery was over 60% blocked.
As the Lord predestined, one week in late February of this year Evangelist Kevin Shorey conducted nightly Healing Services in the Upper Room. He was visiting Heritage along with Jim Bakker and the ministry team from Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri. On the first night, Kevin called Rick and Bishop Lambright up for prayer at the same time not knowing anything about their health issues.
The following week Rick went back to his surgeon to find out the results of a new ultrasound that he had taken two days before this follow-up appointment. He was astonished when the results of the new ultrasound showed that his right carotid artery was totally clear. The surgeon told him that he was “amazed that both arteries are completely open and functioning properly.”
There’s a verse from an old Christian song that is very fitting for this miracle:
It is no secret what God can do – What He’s done for others He will do for you…
On the 2nd, MorningStar University and MorningStar University College of Theology held their 2013 Graduation. Rick Joyner presided over the ceremonies along with the leaders from both colleges. We pray that God continually watches over all the students that go out on the mission fields in many dangerous places throughout the world. For information about the universities’ diverse programs and the degrees they offer, contact MorningStar Ministries at: www.morningstarministries.org.
MSU 2013 Graduation Ceremony – Click on picture to advance Slideshow
NOTE: MorningStar Ministries will be closed for the month of July
They explain the closing as follows: “Our purpose for taking this yearly sabbatical during the month of July is to give everyone on staff and in our congregation a special time to seek the Lord, to get closer to Him and our families. It is also an opportunity to visit other congregations to get to know other members of the Body of Christ, which are also our family. We will resume our Sunday Morning Church Services on Sunday, August 4th.”
During the month, tensions mounted between some residents living on the grounds and developer Earl Coulston over the building of yet another apartment complex. Our local newspaper FORT MILL TIMES reported on the apartment complex that will soon be constructed on 11.5 acres of an unused portion of the Heritage Grand Hotel’s parking lot.
The article read:
Regent Park area could get new apartment complex ~ By David Thackham
FORT MILL TOWNSHIP – The York County Council cleared the way for the construction of a new apartment complex in the Regent Park area.
Council approved third reading of a request by developer Earl Coulston to rezone 11.5 acres around Starlight Drive and Regent Parkway from planned development to business. Meanwhile, an outspoken resident who has been crusading for the demolition of the nearby tower built but never completed by Jim Bakker’s PTL Ministry, criticized Coulston and county council members for allowing the project to proceed.
The resident, Eric Kinsinger, said the decision to allow the complex to be built will increase traffic on an already busy road. He called Coulston’s plans “odd.”
“It’s a terrible intersection as it is,” Kinsinger said, “It’s overcrowded in the morning as the main cut through road to the Ballantyne (N.C.) area. Building an apartment complex just adds to more trouble in the area. It’s an odd location.”
County councilman Michael Johnson said at the first reading that the area is set up for the type of development Coulston wants to bring, noting that there were “houses everywhere you look.”
Starlight Drive is a private road owned by MorningStar Ministries, which also now owns the tower built by the PTL, but Kinsinger and other neighbors said they typically use the road as the most direct route to Sugar Creek Elementary School.
“Enough people have had their cars damaged, “Kinsinger said. “They’ll have to really start making complaints. The county can’t take control and no one wants to take responsibility.”
Coulston declined to comment.
Kinsinger, who spoke out against the Coulston’s rezoning request before first reading by the county council, said he feels like the developer’s plans are merely rubber-stamped by the county.
“(Coulston) seems to do whatever he wants and no one holds him to any standards,” Kinsinger said.
“This is my district,” Johnson said back in April. “I’ve been out to the site…there’s nothing industrial going in there and the neighbors would be more unhappy with something industrial than with this apartment complex.”
Story on Fort Mill Times website at: Fort Mill Times Story
Antioch International Church, pastored by Peter Wyns is currently holding a Wednesday night Bible Study at 7 p.m. on the “End Times.” The Antioch church is located just over the railroad tracks at 8180 Regent Parkway.
It is notable that more and more churches are raising awareness of the worldwide biblical events that are pointing to the probability that we are actually living in the times Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24.
For more information, Antioch’s website is: www.lifeatantioch.org.
Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri: From June 12th – 14th, Jim Bakker’s good friend Rabbi Jonathan Cahn appeared on his TV show. Author of the extraordinary book, THE HARBINGER, Rabbi Cahn mentioned that the book has been on the best seller list of Christian books for 74+ weeks and counting.
Rabbi Cahn describes THE HARBINGER in the below video:
The documentary of the book THE ISAIAH 9:10 JUDGMENT, which is narrated by Rabbi Cahn, is still the #1 Christian video in the world both in 2012 and 2013. In the documentary Rabbi Cahn gives a startling biblical explanation for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, focusing on the destruction of the Twin Towers.
Since his last visit to Morningside just a few months ago, Rabbi Cahn now believes America is at a tipping point. He shared some new revelations concerning recent events that relate to the harbingers, which are warnings from God to a nation that once knew God and then turned from His ways. Rabbi Cahn expressed his surprise at how rapidly events are accelerating in almost the same pattern as happened in ancient Israel before it was destroyed.
Both Jim Bakker and Rabbi Cahn agreed that step-by-step America is departing from the Bible as man seeks to be God and control everything.
Jim Bakker stated there are great divisions between Christian denominations and that God’s people need to break down these denominational walls and come into a place of unity. He pointed out that Heritage USA was a place that welcomed millions of people from all denominations.
Rabbi Cahn strongly believes that if America doesn’t return to God’s rules of order, there is little hope that she will escape the same judgments that were meted out to ancient Israel when they defied the Lord’s warnings. He referred to 2 Chronicles 7:14 where God says:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. KJV
In an attempt to lead our nation into repentance, Rabbi Cahn is currently organizing a prayer gathering for September 11th, possibly at Ground Zero in New York City. People from every denomination will be invited to gather together for a day of “repentance and prayer.” The time and location of this event has yet to be announced, and there is a possibility that the gathering will extend to more than one location.
For information on the Prayer Gathering 2013 check Rabbi Cahn’s website at: Rabbi Cahn’s Site
On the last day of Rabbi Cahn’s visit, he officiated over a Jewish Wedding ceremony that brought nearly 100 couples to Morningside Ministries to renew their wedding vows. The stage was beautifully set for a traditional Jewish wedding, and every detail of the ceremony spoke volumes of the Lord’s relationship to His church – and the End Times. Jim Bakker explained, “We are sure that even mature Christians who have been in the Church all their lives received new revelation about the significance of marriage – one to another – and Christ to His bride, the Church. It’s time for the bride to get ready NOW.”
This series of shows with Rabbi Cahn are a “must see,” and can be viewed on TV or in the Video Achieve section of the Jim Bakker Show at: www.jimbakkershow.com.
During the month, Jim Bakker continued to regain his health. Since he was hospitalized for stroke-like symptoms, he has had to cut back on his sixteen hour work days to help reduce the stress in his life.
In order for Pastor Jim to manage all he does to bring the Gospel to a world-wide television audience, he has delegated some of his many responsibilities to his family members. He has also appointed Evangelist Kevin Shorey as the new pastor of Morningside Church. Pastor Jim will speak at the church occasionally, but he has placed it in Kevin Shorey’s capable hands. The Morningside Church meets Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (CST) on Grace Street at Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri. These services are also live-streamed on the Internet at: www.jimbakkershow.com.
Pastor Jim wrote the following blog on his website about managing stress:
Stress is a Killer
“Stress is a killer,” a well-known fact that I found accurate…the hard way. I had heard the expression many times over my lifetime, but the reality of it hits home when you find yourself landed in the hospital with life-threatening symptoms. The bottom line diagnosis and remedy was echoed by several doctors…de-stress or die!
Encarta defines stress as: mental, emotional, or physical strain caused, e.g. by anxiety or overwork. It may cause such symptoms as raised blood pressure.
Mental, emotional and physical strain – let’s see…Yes, yes, and yes. Such are the pressures of keeping a world-wide television ministry on the air. To list the individual stressors would be way too…Well, stressful.
It’s not easy to do at this age, but I am now committed to de-stressing my life which requires me to change my mind about how I handled certain pressures up until this point.
When you make a change of this magnitude, it’s not easy, but it can be done. I made a similar change years ago when I decided to help my body deal with diabetes by eating right.
Stress is a complex issue that you must work very hard to conquer, but you can do it. I recommend Dr. Don Colbert’s book, “Stress Less” as your guide. You can get this book, along with a complete package of other informational sources in our “De-Stress Your Life” package available on our website. (www.jimbakkershow.com)
As God often does, He will work out the solution to a problem in the messenger first, so that it can then be given to many others. Lori and I will always bring the best of what we learn through life’s challenges so that you and yours can benefit from our research. God loves you, and so do we!” Love, Jim & Lori
4th of July Celebration at Morningside Ministries:
Last minute preparations are being worked out for the annual weeklong July 4th Celebration on the grounds of Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri. The Celebration will run from Monday July 1st to Friday the 5th. Special guests will include: Philip Cameron, Mike and Cindy Jacobs, Pastor John Kilpatrick, Kim (Boyce) Koreiba, Bishop Ron Webb and Tammy Sue Bakker. Everyone is Welcome!
For the details about the July 4th celebration and accommodations, click on the following link: www.jimbakkershow.com.
A look back ~ The below U-tube video of Tammy Faye singing America the Beautiful at a Fourth of July Celebration during the PTL era takes us back for a peek into how wonderful Heritage USA used to be. This particular video is from the day when over 50,000 people from every walk of life gathered together at Heritage USA to celebrate the holiday and the PTL Ministry’s official anniversary.
Signs of the times:
Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. Matthew 24:32-35 NLT
On the 6th, RAI Novosti reported: “Space storm could black out US East Coast for two years – expert.” Severe space “weather” can knock out satellite communications and GPS systems, expose space tourists and astronauts to dangerous levels of radiation, and even cause massive blackouts on Earth that could last up to two years, scientists and NASA officials warned at a conference here on Tuesday.
Click on link for video and full story. Storm Clouds
On the 12th, Fox News reported: “Turkey’s prime minister meets with public figures in bid to diffuse protests.” Turkey’s prime minister is meeting with public figures in hopes of diffusing anti-government protests that have rocked the country for nearly two weeks, while lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday to join the demonstrators.” Click link for video and full story. Turkey’s Prime Minister
On the 15th, Fox News reported “Some evacuations lifted in destructive Colorado fire that has killed 2.” Firefighters advanced against a monstrous wildfire outside of Colorado Springs, expanding containment lines and lifting evacuation orders for thousands of anxious residents in the most destructive blaze in state history, which has destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people.
Click link for full story. Colorado Fires
On the 22nd, Fox News reported “Floods kill 3, force 75,000 from homes in Calgary.” At least three people were killed by floodwaters that devastated much of southern Alberta, leading authorities to evacuate the western Canadian city of Calgary’s entire downtown. Inside the city’s hockey arena, the waters reached as high as the 10th row. Harper, a Calgary resident, said he never imagined there would be a flood of this magnitude in this part of Canada.
Click link for full story. Floodwaters
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself… Galatians 6:1-3 NLT
Church Updates: There have been some significant changes since we last updated the church listings in April. It seems as though whenever we update the list, we learn of another new church being planted on the grounds, or of one that has moved away.
For example, the Renovatus Church that rented the TV Studio for the past few years to hold Sunday morning church services has moved off the grounds. The Renovatus Church’s website, www.renovatuschurch.org, includes information as to where they are now.
We also learned about a new church named, State Line Church of Christ. This gathering meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the pristine clubhouse at Regent Park Golf Club & Academy located at 5049 Regent Parkway.
The State Line Church of Christ describes itself as follows:
“We’re simply Christians following God’s will as revealed in the New Testament. Our members live in the greater Charlotte, NC area and currently assemble in Fort Mill, SC. When you assemble with us, you’ll find several things:
• Biblical teaching – The Bible is God’s message to mankind, the unfolding of His great plan to save us, and the expression of His will for each of us to follow. Our goal is to follow the New Testament to be a church of – belonging to – Christ, nothing more and nothing less.
• Heartfelt worship – As a congregation, we teach each other by singing songs and hymns to God. We partake of the Lord’s Supper, the memorial at Christ’s death. We talk to our Father through Christ in prayer. We learn more about God’s will for us through teaching, preaching, and the reading of Scripture.
• Caring hearts – Truth without love is as empty as love without truth. We were made to care for each other, to rejoice with each other, and sometimes to cry with each other. We want to be God’s family, brothers and sisters together, helping each other to grow in faith.
• Working hands – Faith without works is dead. As God’s children, we should be servants and workers just as Christ was.
If simple New Testament Christianity appeals to you, won’t you come worship and study with us?”
For information about the State Line Church, click on the below links: http://www.statelinecoc.org/ & http://www.facebook.com/StateLineChurchOfChrist
Additionally, Pastor Randy Hill, who ministers at Praise & Worship gatherings on Sunday nights in the TV Studio, has just announced he is starting a church in mid August. The church will be named Restoration House Worship Center. Pastor Hill is creating a website for the new church that will go on-line as soon as possible.
A July Praise & Worship gathering held in the lobby of the TV Studio –
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In a July 17th open letter posted on the Upper Room Chapel’s facebook page, Pastor Hill wrote about the new direction the Lord is leading him.
Below is an excerpt from Pastor Hill’s open letter to Russell James and the Upper Room Chapel’s friends:
God is all about restoration! God spoke to my family to return to Fort Mill, South Carolina, 5 years ago, after 20 years of full time pastoral ministry in Virginia. Later He shared with me that He was going to restore ministry again in the former PTL Studio and Barn. During the last 5 years I have been working with The Broadcast Group to restore the complex.
One thing that I said I would never do is pastor another church. I’ve always desired to minister but be a Senior Pastor was something that I decided was not for me. Always be careful when you say “never.” In the month of March in a time of prayer, the Lord began to deal with me about my “never” statement. He spoke to me about his purpose of restoration on the earth and His desire to have a House of Restoration in the Fort Mill area.
After much prayer, self-struggle and repentance I accepted the call and I am glad to joyfully announce the beginning of a new church in Fort Mill, SC called Restoration House Worship Center. One of the exciting parts of this plant is its location. We have an opportunity to lease space from The Barn at Regent Park, which some of you know as the Barn at the former Heritage USA. Can you imagine launching a ministry in a facility that has such a rich heritage of ministry? God’s purpose is restoring ministry again in the Barn Complex! We have been offered a great lease rate because of our desire to help and see the Barn completely restored. This is where you can be a part….”
To read the entire July 17th letter, click on the Upper Room’s facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/62147692320/
Currently, Randy Hill Ministries’ website is: www.randyhillministries.org.
The Regent Park Golf Course & Academy: The world class golf course was originally part of PTL’s “Master Plan” for Heritage USA. When the ministry was forced to close its doors in 1989 due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Hugo, the plans were put aside.
One year later, in 1990, Evangelist Morris Cerullo purchased the PTL Satellite Network out of bankruptcy for $7 million while entering into an agreement with Malaysia United Industries to purchase all of Heritage USA.
When their plan failed, Morris Cerullo kept the PTL Satellite Network, which had been renamed The Inspiration Network after Jim Bakker’s fall. He then changed the name again to The New Inspirational Network (INSP) and sold his 49% share of Heritage USA to Malaysia United Industries.
Morris Cerullo quickly relocated the network to Charlotte, N.C., and commissioned his son David Cerullo to oversee it. The Malaysian based company then completed the purchase of Heritage USA and soon after renamed the ministry “New Heritage USA.” It was so confusing that even the media found it challenging to explain these transactions!
For the next few years the Malaysians worked on repairing and improving the property and reopened “New Heritage USA” in June of 1992.
The following excerpt from our book, “LISTEN TO ME!” describes the opening: “While our family slowly unraveled, New Heritage USA opened its doors to the public on Saturday, June 27th. Since we were still living on the grounds, we were invited to the opening day festivities. In a whirlwind of publicity and a guest list that included some well-known Christian personalities, such as Pat Robertson, the Malaysians anticipated the best. They invested a lot of money over the past two years repairing the damages left by Hurricane Hugo. They added an impressive new front entrance as well as developing a portion of the land into a world class golf course, causing them to believe they would flourish and attract millions of visitors once again.
All in all, the Malaysians paid a lot of attention to detail and, for the most part, the grounds appeared the same. The special parties for the Heritage residents were held in the smaller reception rooms in the Heritage Grand Hotel. The new owners wanted all the residents and homeowners to feel welcomed, and they went out of their way to make everyone feel at ease. As I made my way over to the hotel, I realized that although the Malaysians tried to imitate the same ambiance of the glory days of PTL, there was a tremendous difference in the atmosphere.
Some of the guests were excited and even thrilled with the new management. But there were those of us who instantly noticed the absence of the presence of the Lord that had once infused every inch of the grounds. As for me, it was almost chilling to feel the terrible void in the atmosphere. It was heartbreaking for many people to be there on that particular day, and a few of us already knew that the Malaysians would never succeed, no matter how much money they had invested in the property.”
Regent Park Golf Course today – Click on arrows to advance Slideshow
The Towers: The unfinished Towers continues to deteriorate while there is seemingly no end in sight for its completion any time soon. As expected, MorningStar Ministries’ lawsuit against York County and the county’s countersuit has caused more frustration for some residents and homeowners.
Criticism over the Towers’ dilemma continues to escalate, especially on the “Tear Down the MorningStar Tower” facebook page: Tear it Down
The big question remains – Will the Towers be finished or torn down?
During the month, Jim Bakker wrote about the incredible 4th of July Celebration at Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Mo.
A portion of his writings from the ministry’s monthly letter:
“This was absolutely the best 4th of July celebration to date! I couldn’t be more excited about the new spiritual infusion we are experiencing and the excitement and anticipation of what God is doing here. We are finally coming into the maturity that we have been longing for!
Our partners and friends came from near and far and we had ourselves a time! Paul said that he would ‘become all things to all people’ in order to reach whoever he could (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) – and we are doing the same thing! When I see the passion in the hearts of our Master’s kids to reach their generation, I am delighted to be able to help them! As you sow into this ministry, you are helping them too, with your love and support, and I know that out Father in heaven will someday reward us all with a soul winner’s crown (1 Thess. 2:19).
Philip Cameron and the girls from Stella’s House in Moldova were here with us and what a blessing they are! When I see the abundant life these young women have now and then think about what could have happened to them had they not been rescued by God-loving people, it makes me shudder! That’s what the real ministry of the Lord is all about; rescuing the perishing, especially the innocent and the helpless. These girls were orphans but no longer…now, they are adopted into the family of God and they are soul-winning machines!
Stella’s House and Lori’s House are causes we can be sure are pleasing to the Lord. Both efforts are saving innocent young lives and giving them an opportunity to live and be a great witness for the Lord in these Last Days. We’re delighted that we have progressed with building Lori’s House and have begun the finish work on the inside! It won’t be long now until we can begin saving babies. A call came in as we were taping the 4th of July shows, and there were two girls in crisis needing a place to go! We need to get Lori’s House open ASAP!
As you know, it was an uphill battle to get everything lined up and we met with great resistance. But rest assured, with God’s help and your support, we will accomplish our goal! Keep this project in your prayers!
Lori sends her love and so do I.
The 4th of July Celebration shows can be seen in the Achieve section of the Jim Bakker Show at: www.jimbakkershow.com.
(Below Pictures by Morningside Ministries)
On the 25th, Jim Bakker announced that he will be televising his TV program on the Daystar Network: Below is a portion from his e-mail:
“Beginning Wednesday, July 31st, 2013, The Jim Bakker Show will
be airing every Wednesday at 1:00 PM ET on the Daystar Network! At
this time Daystar does not have a daily one-hour time slot available, but we are
delighted to be on the Daystar Network throughout America and Canada each
Wednesday at 1:00 PM ET. Please be sure to tune in and join us!
This is an incredible door that has been opened for us as this will DOUBLE our current
viewing audience! This means that we will now be able to reach TWICE as many
with Jesus’ message of grace and love and preparing the Church for His
A look back ~ Below is a 1980’s video from a Sunday morning church service in the Barn Auditorium featuring Tammy Faye singing “Don’t Give Up on The Brink of a Miracle.”
Signs of the times:
Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. Matthew 13:8 NLT
On the 1st, Fox News reported: “Hundreds of thousands hit streets in Egypt to protest Morsi.” Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country Sunday and marched on the presidential palace, filling a broad avenue for blocks, in an attempt to force out the Islamist president with the most massive protests Egypt has seen in 2 ½ years of turmoil.
Click link for full story and video. Fox News Egypt
On the 5th, Fox News reported: “Clashes between Egyptian troops, Morsi supporters turn deadly as thousands protest.” Egyptian troops reportedly opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi outside Republican Guard headquarters near Cairo Friday as tens of thousands protested in locations all over the country.
Click link for full story and video. Fox News Violence
On the 14th, Fox News reported:”Israeli leader urges: Don’t trust new Iran leader, keep up pressure on Iranian nuclear program.” Israel’s prime minister says the world should not trust Iran’s newly elected president.
Click link for full story and video. Fox News Leaders
On the 15th, Fox News reported: “Rapid decline of Christian influence in America.” Fox News religion reporter interviewed Evangelical Pastor John S. Dickerson on the decline of the Christian influence in America in today’s society.
Click link to listen to story. Fox News
On the 18th, USA Today reported:”Detroit files for bankruptcy protection.” DETROIT- The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court Thursday, laying the groundwork for a historic effort to bail out a city that is sinking under billions of dollars in debt and decades of mismanagement, population flight and loss of tax revenue. Click link for full story. USA Today
On the 29th, the Weather Channel reported: “Record wettest day in Philadelphia & southern New Jersey”
Click link for story and videos.
Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” John 11:23-26 NLT
A Greater Works Church, pastored by Germaine Nichols, moved into Suite 103 in the industrial section just over the railroad tracks at 8169 Regent Parkway. It is a few doors down from the new Legacy Church and across the road from the Antioch Church.
This church describes itself as “a Bible-based, grace-centered place of worship that values relationship over religion. We believe that when people of God gather miraculous things can and should happen. God, through his son Jesus Christ, has given us all gifts that fulfill both our spiritual and practical needs, so that we may live a joyful and abundant life. Come experience worship with stirring music and a message that uplifts and inspires. Be a part of something great. Don’t join a church join a Greater Work! Yours by Grace, Pastor Jermaine Nichols”
Meetings at ‘A Greater Works Church’ are on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Learn more about the church at; http://www.agreaterwork.com, or check out their informative facebook page at; https://www.facebook.com/#!/LiveGreater.
The Grace Church of the Carolinas founded and pastored by Dr. Randall Odom that met at 8160 Regent Parkway for the past few years has just moved. The building they were renting is owned by MorningStar Ministries and it will now be used to house another ministry. It has yet to be announced what ministry will be moving there. The Grace Church’s new address is: 10622 Pineville Road, Pineville, N.C.
For further information check out their facebook page at; https://www.facebook.com/gracechurchofthecarolinas
On Sunday the 4th, MorningStar Ministries opened its doors after their July sabbatical. Rick Joyner’s opening day message covered a wide range of topics including his belief that as the world is growing darker and becoming more chaotic, the Kingdom of God is growing brighter. He spoke about topics that included the many aspects of God’s grace, repentance from dead works, the Holiness of God and why believers should be radically different, going in the opposite direction from this “perverse” world – He emphatically stated that the whole world is now entering the “Valley of Decision.”
For information about MorningStar’s services, conferences, and the many facets of their ministry, check out their website at; www.morningstarministries.com.
MorningStar’s annual Harvest Fest Conference will be held from September 26th through the 29th. Among the guest speakers is Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who brought a powerfully anointed message to MorningStar at last year’s Harvest Fest.
The Bible says in Mark 8:36, “The value of one soul is worth more than the entire world,” and Evangelist Bonnke expresses this truth whenever and wherever he preaches the Gospel, winning an astounding 55 million souls to the Lord. This beloved man of God has actually preached to well over a million people at one gathering. It would seem impossible to gather that many people into one area and have peace and order while experiencing the Holy Spirit’s presence, yet this phenomenon occurs whenever he is out on the mission fields.
Below is a short video of Reinhard Bonnke’s 2012 visit to MorningStar Ministries that includes a clip of the millions of people he has reached with the Gospel in Africa from 2000–2009. This is a MUST SEE!
To learn more about the Harvest Fest Conference, click on the following link; MorningStar Harvest Fest
More New Homes! During the summer, there has been continuous construction of homes on the grounds that dramatically changed the landscape. There is little left of Heritage USA to build on.
1. The Adler Grove subdivision, where the former parking lot of the Heritage Island Water Park was located, is now almost completed.
2. The Stafford Oaks subdivision, where Sugar Creek Campgrounds was located, is on its way to completion. These homes border the Upper Room.
3. The Bexley subdivision, where Recreation Village once stood, is also nearing completion.
4. Approximately one hundred Summerlake Townhomes are being constructed across the road from the Heritage Grand Hotel where MorningStar Ministries is located. These homes are being built on the property where the Heritage Island Water Park was located.
Note: Residents moving into these homes will have access to the Regal Manor Clubhouse where the former PTL Lakeside Lodge’s Timeshare Clubhouse and the timeshare pool were located.
The Heritage USA Museum: This unique museum was started a few years ago by Ben Martin and Clint Rogers and is located in a hallway just off Main Street inside the Heritage Grand Hotel. Nostalgic photographs and information about Heritage USA line the walls of the hallway along with display cases that are filled with PTL record albums, souvenirs, books related to Heritage USA and a variety of memorabilia from the PTL ministry.
Several donors, including Jim Bakker, have given some of their personal possessions to this modest museum, and both Clint Rogers and Ben Martin hope to one day have a larger facility to house everything they are collecting in order to display the PTL Ministry’s entire history.
The following is a 2012 slideshow of the Heritage Museum:
Heritage USA Groups on Yahoo! and facebook:
There are a number of websites and on-line groups where people can discuss today’s happenings on the grounds and share their memories of Heritage USA.
One of the popular sites is the Remembering PTL & Heritage USA group on facebook. This interactive group was started by Todd Barwick in 2010 and is a great way to connect with people who fondly remember the former PTL Ministry and Heritage USA. Todd Barwick has recently married and along with his wife is now working on the mission field in Honduras. Before he left, Todd prayerfully entrusted the Remembering PTL & Heritage USA facebook page to Mark Shannon in February of this year.
Mark is doing a first-rate job monitoring the wide variety of information that is posted on this facebook page, and his prudent decision to disallow derogatoryor “offensive comments” of individuals or groups is commendable.
Click the following link to view or join the Remembering PTL & Heritage USA facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/PTL.Heritage.
Note: The original Heritage USA PTL group was started Christmas Day 2002 on Yahoo! groups by Tim Sanford and a few of his friends, and it is now being overseen by Rick Olson, who has been involved since the group’s earliest days. In fact, Tim Sanford, Todd Barwick, Rick Olson and Mark Shannon are the pioneers of these Heritage USA groups that are keeping PTL’s memories alive by giving people a platform to share their stories and comments about the former ministry.
These dedicated men were also instrumental in helping to save the Upper Room from destruction by keeping the story and the petition to save the building in the forefront when it looked as if there was no hope for it to be restored.
Click on the following link to view or join the Heritage USA/PTL group on Yahoo! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeritageUSA/
Tammy Sue Bakker and the ‘No Show Show’
Since Tammy Sue returned to ministry in March of 2012, when she totally surprised her Dad while he was “live streaming” the Jim Bakker Show, she has become a tremendous blessing to everyone at Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri. She not only works for the Jim Bakker Show in various positions such as the Director of the Music Department, she also helps with the interior decorating at Morningside and has her own Internet show called the “No Show Show.”
Tammy Sue is maturing into one of the greatest Christian vocalists of our time. With mentors like CeCe Winans, Jeannie Johnson, and her Mom, Tammy Faye, her God-given talent is nothing short of extraordinary.
The below video is from a recent Jim Bakker Show when Tammy Sue ministered in song at Morningside Ministries:
Tammy Sue and the Morningside Band ‘live stream’ the No Show Show from Grace Street at Morningside from Tuesday – Friday at 10:30 a.m.(CST), whenever the Jim Bakker Show isn’t taping.
Click on the Jim Bakker Show’s website at; www.jimbakkershow.com and go to the “watch us” tab to see this unrehearsed, non- judgmental, and spiritually centered program that ministers to people from two to ninety-two! To contact the No Show Show, their e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the summer months, Jim Bakker wrote a series of blogs centered on the thirty-one things the Lord revealed to him back in 1999. Most of these events have already taken place – with more to come. In his latest book, Time Has Come, Pastor Jim explains in the simplest way about the revelation days we are living in.
One of the first events the Lord revealed to him back in 1999 was of planes flying into buildings, and explosions in New York City and at a major defense facility in Washington D.C. Though difficult to understand at the time, Pastor Jim wasn’t alone in his belief that a calamity was coming to New York City.
The late Pastor David Wilkerson of the Times Square Church in New York City was also shown by God of a calamity coming to New York. Recently, a viewer of the Jim Bakker Show sent in a newsletter that was written by Pastor Wilkerson just a few days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Below is a clip from the Jim Bakker Show where Pastor Jim reads a portion of David Wilkerson’s writings. The entire show can be viewed in the Archives section of the Jim Bakker Show at; www.jimbakkershow.com.
A look back ~ Through the Years –
The following seven- minute video is of Jim & Tammy Faye’s ministry from the early years in the 1960s to their final Christmas at Heritage USA in 1986
Signs of the Times:
After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Acts 9-12 NLT
On the 6th, Fox News reported: “US military evacuates embassy staff from Yemen over terror threat, Americans urged to leave.” The State Department on Tuesday ordered most embassy personnel out of Yemen and urged all U.S. citizens currently in that country to leave over the Al-Qaeda threat that triggered the shutdown of 19 American diplomatic posts this week.
Click link for full story and video. Fox New: Embassy
On the 14th, Fox News reported: “Egypt’s Interim Vice President ElBaradei resigns while clashes across Egypt leave more than 100 dead.” Mohamed ElBaradei, the No. 2 man in Egypt’s embattled government, abruptly resigned Wednesday in an apparent split with the nation’s leader, as fighting intensified between security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Click link for full story and pictures. Egypt VP
On the 14th, the Blaze reported: “Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Attack Churches Around Egypt in Apparent Retaliation for Military Crackdown as 149 People Killed.” While most headlines from Egypt are focused on Wednesday’s violent dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood supporter sit-ins – latest death toll placed at 149, per the Associated Press – Christians in the embattled country are facing what’s being described as “a black day” as their churches are being attacked and torched by angry Islamists.
Click link for full story, pictures and video. The Blaze: Muslim Brotherhood
On the 15th, Fox News reported: “California economist says real US debt $70 trillion.” The federal government has been low-balling the public for years on how much debt it actually has, a University of California, San Diego economics professor says, adding that the real amount is $70 trillion – not $16.9 trillion.
Click link for full story. Fox News: CA economist
On the 21st, Fox News reported: “’Poisonous gas’ attack by regime troops kills at least 100 in Syria, activists say.” Syrian opposition groups say a “poisonous gas” attack during a government offensive near Damascus has left at least 100 people dead, with images showing pale, lifeless bodies of children lined up in makeshift hospitals.
Click link for full story and video. Fox News: Poisonous Gas
On the 21st, Fox News reported:”Faith-based charity to airlift persecuted Christians out of Sudan.” An international relief agency plans to airlift some 3,400 Christians out of Sudan, where they face increasing persecution from the Islamist government.
Click link for full story. Fox News Sudan
On the 21st, Fox News reported: “Persecution of Coptic Christians grows worse in Egypt.”
Click link to view video. Fox News Video
On the 23rd, Fox News reported: “Israeli warplanes strike Lebanon in response to rocket attack.” Beirut- Israeli warplanes struck a target south of Beirut early Friday, a day after militants fired four rockets into northern Israel, the Israeli military and a Palestinian official said.
Click link for full story. Fox News: warplanes
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. Matthew 5:44-45 NLT
During the month, Rick and I took pictures of a few landmarks that most people who visited Heritage USA would not recognize today. As we looked around, we noticed the marks from the rails the PTL tourist trains rode on are still noticeable on the old wooden bridge that crosses over a narrow mote in front of the hotel.
The bridge connected the trains traveling from the Heritage Island Water Park to PTL’s mainland. It was used exclusively by the colorful passenger trains as they slowly wound their way to the train depot at the lower level of the Tram Stop. During the peak of PTL’s success, countless visitors both young and old very much enjoyed taking a scenic train ride that was accompanied by a friendly tour guide.
Click on arrows below to see slideshow.
Over the years, critics of the PTL Ministry said that Heritage USA came apart because it had a “circus-like” atmosphere, having little value in the Body of Christ. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:27, But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and purchasing trains for Heritage USA was, at the time, considered by some as a very “foolish thing” for a Christian retreat to do.
However, those seemingly “foolish” trains transported visitors to places where they heard uplifting Gospel music coming from the open air theater at Buffalo Park and experienced the peace-filled presence of God while taking in the size and scope of the immaculate grounds. A train or tram ride brought some of the ‘least likely’ to attend a church into an atmosphere where they became open to hearing the Gospel.
To this day, many of the people who were saved through the PTL Ministry remain thankful to the Lord for a place that forever changed their lives through the “foolishness” of going on a relaxing train ride where they were introduced to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Thank God for the dedication of those who operated the trains and those who gave guided tours to the passengers. Truly each worker in the PTL Ministry greatly contributed in helping unsaved people’s hearts soften towards receiving the Lord.
Praise the Lord for the foolish things…
On the 10th, classes began for the 2013-14 school year at MorningStar University & MorningStar University College of Theology. Many of the new students settled into the rustic old PTL Bunkhouses across the roadway from the hotel. MorningStar Ministries moved the two large bunkhouses from their original location near Farmland where they had sat abandoned for years. They have since been restored and put to good use as dormatories. Click below to see slideshow of the bunkhouses today.
May God abundantly bless and enlighten each student during the school year as they study the Word of God and learn how to serve the Lord in whatever service He calls them to. A MorningStar University class on Main Street pictured below.
On the 11th, Jim Bakker once again invited Pastor John Shorey on his show to discuss today’s major news events that are happening worldwide depicting the times Jesus spoke of concerning His return.
During these compelling shows, Pastor Shorey, author of THE WINDOW OF THE LORD’S RETURN ~ 2012–2020, said he is convinced we are in that ‘window’ right now. He believes the natural and man-made disasters that are rapidly increasing coupled with the ongoing wars in the Middle East and rumors of more wars as the super power nations line up on both sides of the civil war in Syria, are biblical indicators that we are the “revelation generation.”
John Shorey also believes the rebirth of Israel in 1948 is critical to the end time scenario. He explained to viewers that two-thousand years ago, in 70 A.D., Israel was destroyed by the Roman army causing the Israelites to wander the earth without a country from then on. The Jewish people’s astounding return to their land and becoming a nation once again is an “against all odds” miracle, and is the starting point of the generation that could see Jesus’ return. “Israel had to become a nation for the pieces of the window of the Lord’s return to begin,” John Shorey emphatically stated.
Jim Bakker and John Shorey went into an in-depth conversation over Jesus’ words in Matthew 24 that explains the signs of the times preceding His return. According to the Bible, there will be a “certain generation” that sees it all! Because Jesus told his deciples in Matthew 24:34, I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place, both ministers are driven to bring this message to as many people as possible.
During these shows, John Shorey brought out the fact that Iran and Syria have spent billions of dollars to obtain cruise missiles, high-tech sophisticated weapons and weapons of mass destruction, leaving Israel surrounded by highly armed enemy nations bent on destroying her.
Pastor Shorey also stated that seventy-eighty years is considered by many Bible scholars as a generation. According to this belief, it stands to reason Jesus could return in our lifetime. Jesus himself said we would not know the day or the hour of His return, but He said nothing about knowing the year. In fact, He made it clear that His people will “not be surprised” when He returns. In 1 Thessalonians 5:4 the Apostle Paul wrote, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
Note: Because of the unprecedented times we are living in, Jim Bakker made an executive decision to change the format of his programs to include more of today’s prophetic voices. He made the point that, “We don’t agree on every ‘jot and tittle’ in the Bible, but we can come together and reason together.” He commented that people by the millions won’t be ready to meet the Lord when he returns, and said that God told him to continue to warn people regardless of the harassment he continually receives from his critics.
These dramatic programs aired during September and can be watched in the Video on Demand section of the Jim Bakker Show at: www.jimbakkershow.com.
On Sunday the 15th, at MorningStar Ministries’ church services, Rick Joyner gave one of the most powerful messages he has ever preached there. It was truly a wake-up call for the church and a way forward, through repentance, to experiencing a revival in America which is so desperately needed.
Over the past few years, more pastors are in agreement with America’s need to return to biblical principles because we are not the same nation we once were thirty years ago. Though Christian leaders differ on church doctrines, it is encouraging to realize that they are finding common ground in America’s need for God’s rules of order to be restored. America’s return to the Lord will not stop the end time clock, but our country could be spared from God’s harshest judgments.
Below is an excerpt from Rick Joyner’s Sunday morning message:
From the 26th – 29th, MorningStar Ministries hosted its annual Harvest Fest. Lights, cameras, music and ministry connected hundreds of people from around the world to gather together and enjoy this spirit-filled event. It was amazing to experience the energy, fellowship, and the powerfully moving messages given by MorningStar’s special guest speakers.
Rick Joyner said of the conference, “There is a new move of the Spirit building. We will need a whole new model for our conferences in order to best help Christians prepare and find their place in His body. Our upcoming Harvest Fest will be the last of the old for us and the beginning of the new.”
Guest speakers included Rev. Reinhard Bonnke, Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley and Mike Warnke. To purchase the entire Harvest Fest Conference on DVD or CD contact MorningStar Ministries at: www.morningstarministries.org.
Below is a slideshow from the 2013 Harvest Fest Conference:
The Upper Room: On the 28th, Russell James hosted a ‘Susie Moppet Day’ at the Upper Room. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., original Susie Moppet dolls were given away to the first 100 ladies who came into the Upper Room. These popular PTL dolls were the last ones delivered to Heritage USA in 1985. Each doll is a collector’s item and contains a number of encouraging messages recorded by Tammy Faye.
God Bless Russell James’ generosity!
A look back ~
Video of Tammy Faye on the PTL Show singing her uplifting song YOU CAN MAKE IT!
Signs of the times:
Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. Matthew 24:7-8 NLT
So many unprecedented events are happening around the world that it is difficult to keep up with them all. Now, a few media outlets are actually making reference to the Bible in their reporting. Below are some of the most dramatic reports relating to the Bible.
On the 10th, Fox News interviewed Joel Rosenberg, a biblical scholar whose book Damascus Countdown causes pause to look at the Syrian crisis from the Bible’s perspective. “Some scholars see a link between old Bible passages in Isaiah and Jeremiah and today’s crisis in Syria.”
The interview with Joel Rosenberg is worth viewing
On the 12th, the Blaze reported: Are we living in the ‘End Times’ as prophesied in the Bible? Poll reveals Americans’ view. A startling proportion of Americans believe that we’re currently living in the End Times, according to a stunning new poll that was conducted by the Barna Group, a research firm that focuses on faith. In fact, more than four in ten individuals (41 percent) over the age of 18 believe that “the world is currently living in ‘end times’ as described by prophecies in the Bible.”
Click link for full story. The Blaze
On the 12th, USA Today reported: “Biblical” rains trigger flooding that kills 3 in Colo. Massive flash flooding along Colorado’s picturesque Front Range Mountains, triggered by what the National Weather Service termed “biblical rainfall amounts,” killed at least three people Thursday, cut off small towns and left countless residents scrambling for high ground.
Click photo for full story and video.
Click link to see photos of Colorado flooding. Arial View
On the 22nd, CNN reported: “Suicide bombers kill 81 at church in Peshawar, Pakistan.” Choir members and children attending Sunday school were among 81 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Protestant church in northwest Pakistan. It was one of the deadliest attacks ever on the Christian community in Pakistan.
Click link for full story and video. Suicide Bombers
On the 24th, Fox News reported: “UN official demands access for aid in Syrian areas where chemical inspectors go.” Aid workers must be given access if parts of Syria come under a cease-fire to allow chemical weapons experts to try to bring the country’s stockpile under international control, the head of the UN’s World Food Program said. As Syrians prepare to face their third winter in conflict, thousands including women, children and seniors, need food, medicine, blankets and other humanitarian aid.
Click link for full story. Syrian Aid
On the 24th, Fox News reported: “Kenya, Pakistan, Egypt – – it is now open season on Christians.” Attacks on Christians and other minorities in the Muslim-majority world are increasing and an already terrible situation is worsening.
Click link for full story and video. Kenya, Pakistan, Egypt
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…
Hebrews 12:1 KJV
MorningStar Ministries – During the month, Rick Joyner and MorningStar’s Vice President Dave Yarnes announced the ministry is coming into its “final phase” of restoration on the Heritage campus. This final phase will include transforming the main Tram Stop in front of the Heritage Grand, and restoring the kitchen at the end of Main Street in the former PTL Grand Palace Cafeteria.
Below is a portion of an e-mail that was sent out to all MorningStar partners describing these projects titled Vital Projects Update.
Tram Stop and Conference Center Kitchen
“During the peak years of PTL, the Tram Stop served as the connecting point for the entire ministry. We are now undertaking the transformation of this unique structure into the place of interchange and connection to God as a place of continuous intercession and worship to the Lord. With its scenic view of Heritage Lake, and a large portico and deck stretching out over the water, the Tram Stop will also become a place for fellowship, small ministry gatherings, prayer times, and celebrations such as weddings. We know prophetically that it will be a place of great joy being released.
Equally important, the Conference Center Kitchen within our Heritage facilities was at one point the world record holder as the restaurant serving the most people within a 24-hour period. This is the last remaining un-restored area of the 500,000 square foot Heritage Grand Hotel and Conference Center. It is a basic goal that we have as a ministry to do the most we can with what we are entrusted with. We were given estimates of nearly a half-million dollars to bring this back on line, but now have a plan to do it for about $85,000. We are expecting to finish both of these projects for $300,000.
Having the kitchen will likely pay for itself quickly, as well as have a much better place for our schools, Heritage Community, and church and conference attendees to enjoy their meals and have fellowship. As we prepare for the greatest harvest the world has ever seen, we know that our facilities need to be ready to accommodate and feed thousands. Scripture shows that mealtime fellowship and the “breaking of bread” between believers is very dear to the heart of the Lord…”
To read the entire message, click link: Restore H.I.M.
Slideshow of café & kitchen as it looks today:
UPPER ROOM CHAPEL ~ SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Russell James will host a Celebration Service for the third anniversary purchase and restoration of the historic Upper Room on Saturday, December 14th at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to this special celebration where Russell will give an update on the improvements made to the building since last year, share his vision for the coming year, and he may have a few surprise announcements. This will be a great time of fellowship and thanking God for all the answered prayers and miracles that continue to take place in the Upper Room.
Through all of the uncertainty surrounding the Upper Room’s fate, Russell James purchased the building in November 2010; just a few weeks before it was to be torn down if it was not sold. The timely purchase and restoration of the Upper Room is one of the most profound miracles in Heritage USA’s history.
Note: Refreshments will be served after the service. ALL ARE WELCOME!
On the 8th, Pastor Ron Lambright posted the following message on the Upper Room’s facebook page:
“I realize many of our friends are out of town so I wanted to give you an advance announcement so you can put it on your calendar and plan to be with us. We are so excited to announce that on December 1st and 8th, Reverend Russell James will be preaching and ministering at our 11 A.M. Sunday Worship. Also, on December 31st we will be having our annual Candlelight Communion Service as we see in the New Year at the Upper Room. This has become the favorite service of the year. Please schedule a visit to be with us if you possibly can.”
For information about the happenings at the Upper Room and when it is open, click on their facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/62147692320/ or go to the website at: www.upperroomchapel.com.
During the month, Rick Joyner caused quite a stir in the national media through one of his weekly ‘Prophetic Perspective on Current Events’ Internet broadcasts where he foresees the possible destruction of America’s republic.
Jennifer LeClaire, news editor at Charisma Magazine, wrote one of the articles concerning Rick Joyner’s alarming broadcast.
Below is a large portion of the October 2nd article by Jennifer LeClaire;
“In his weekly Prophetic Perspective on Current Events broadcast, Rick Joyner predicted the destruction of America’s republic—maybe even during President Obama’s second term.
Joyner prefaced the Internet broadcast entitled “Has Democracy Failed?” by warning viewers that he would say some things that may be shocking. The segment was filmed on the day before the government shutdown.
From Joyner’s prophetic perspective, the republic of the United States of America is crumbling because of tyranny from the government and from the people.
“There’s no way this republic can last much longer,” he said. “It may not last through Obama’s second term. There are a lot of people who feel it can’t. There are forces at work right now seeking to undermine and destroy the republic. There’s almost a glib and joyful disregard of the Constitution, a belittling of the Constitution. We can’t make it without that. That’s our foundation, our moorings. We’re heading for serious tyranny—for a terrible tyranny right now.”
Despite his strong words, Joyner is not all doom and gloom. He believes the republic can be restored. His heart’s cry? “Don’t let us be totally destroyed. Please raise up those who will save us.”
As Joyner sees it, no election is going to fix America’s problems because the system is broken. He believes our only hope is a military takeover—martial law.
“I believe there are noble leaders in our military that love the republic and love everything we stand for—and they could seize the government,” he said. “I am not advocating this. I am just telling you what could happen. They could seize it and help restore the foundations, help restore the Constitution.”
Although Joyner is not calling for martial law, he is calling for a radical change…”
To read the entire article, click link: Charisma News
On the 8th, Rick Joyner responded to his Internet broadcast in MorningStar’s Prophetic Bulletin #82 titled, The Straw That Breaks the Camel’s Back. It reads as follows:
“My warning about martial law coming to America has created many questions that deserve answers. I will address some of these here, as well as further clarifying what I am predicting, and what I am not predicting that some have assumed that I am. I will then address what is causing this crisis, and what we need to do to be prepared for it.
oI am not advocating martial law.
o However, it is inevitable. If we are prepared, we can get through it and come out of it better, stronger, and continue as a Republic. If we are not prepared, it can lead to a terrible tyranny.
o I am not predicting martial law based on any conspiracy theory.
o All of the revelations that have come out recently about the NSA, the IRS, etc. should be deeply troubling to every American, but they are not the basis of what I am predicting. Neither is the purchase of hundreds of millions of rounds of ammo by government agencies or their purchase of armored vehicles, though this too should be alarming to any thinking person, yet these are not the basis of what I’m saying. Neither is any other conspiracy theory.
o I am not sounding this warning because I think martial law is something Obama is scheming to do.
o I am troubled by the “control freak” nature of the Obama Administration as it was recently characterized in the New York Times. I disagree with the direction in which President Obama has led our country, but this is not why I see martial law coming.
o I do not think that martial law is something our military leaders are scheming to do or want to see happen.
o Martial law is the last thing most military leaders would want to see happen. Of course, the few who may not be appalled by this prospect would be the ones we should pray do not become the martial.
o The Republican and Democratic Parties are equally culpable for what has led us to where martial law will be needed to help save the Republic.
o The Founding Fathers were not infallible or necessarily right about everything, but they did have uncommon wisdom that I have become convinced was divinely inspired. They were right that our Republic could not last if certain basic firewalls were removed. They placed these firewalls in the Constitution to preserve it. Republicans and Democratic Administrations have both been responsible for tearing down these firewalls, and now the consequences are as predicted.
o Tyranny can come from the left or the right.
o We should be equally concerned about extremes from either side. As devastating as the sharp turn to the left may have been in recent years, and as much as we may need to turn back to the right for a time, an ultimate danger can come from overreacting and going too far to the right. More will be said about this later.
o To navigate safely through the storms we are entering will take the wisest and most decisive leadership we have ever had. When martial law comes, who the martial is will be critical. We need to pray for someone who is like George Washington—deeply committed to the Republic yet who does not want the job any longer than is necessary to get us back on a solid foundation. We need one who is not an ideologue from either extreme.
o Martial law does not have to be the end of our story. It can be just a temporary emergency that we must go through to get back on track.
o Our Federal government is off its rails and quickly grinding to a halt. What caused it to jump the rails needs to be understood before it is put back on the rails and released again…”
To read the entire article, click link: http://www.morningstarministries.org/print/13627
NOTE: Rick Joyner will be a guest on the Jim Bakker Show November 19th at Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri – For more information click link: www.jimbakkershow.com.
During the month, among the many special guests appearing on the Jim Bakker Show was Pastor Jim’s long-time friend Dr. Billye Brim, whose ministry is located in Branson, Missouri –
(http://www.billyebrim.org/). She came specifically to share some amazing revelations on the fascinating subject of Blood Moons.*
*NASA (National Aeronautics Space Agency) has officially named this rare phenomena ‘Blood Moons’ because throughout history they have appeared during a total lunar eclipse, which causes the moon to appear “blood red.”
In Acts Chapter 2 verse 20, the Bible confirms that there will be signs appearing in the sun and in the moon: The sun will become dark, the moon red as blood, before the overwhelming and glorious day of the Lord will come. What is so startling about blood moons is there have only been three times in the last five-hundred years that four blood moons have appeared in a two-year period that are in conjunction with the Jewish holy days of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.
The first recorded four blood moons appeared on the Jewish holy days of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in 1493-1494, during the Spanish Inquisition. This was a time when the Jewish people were being persecuted; some were tortured if they didn’t convert to the religion of that time, some were forced to flee without a single thing they owned, and some were reported to have actually left on Christopher Columbus’ ships when he discovered America.
The second set of four blood moons appeared on the Jewish holy days of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in 1949-1950. This was around the time when the Jewish people returned to their land and Israel was miraculously reborn as a nation.
The third set of blood moons were recorded by NASA as occurring in 1967-1968 when the Six Day War against Israel took place. Israel not only won the war in six days, but against all odds recaptured Jerusalem for the first time in 2000 years. Once again these blood moons appeared on the Jewish holy days of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Billye Brim explained that the next four blood moons will appear in the years 2014-2015, during Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. There also will be a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, which is not only a rarity, but extremely unlikely. Interpretations of this event vary, but some Bible scholars believe that something BIG is going to happen concerning Israel around the times of the next blood moons which are on:
- April 15, 2014 at Passover
- October 8, 2014 at the Feast of Tabernacles
- Total Solar Eclipse on March 20th, 2015.
- April 4th, 2015 at Passover
- September 28, 2015 at the Feast of Tabernacles
Some of the above information was obtained from Pastor John Hagee’s latest book
Four Blood Moons, NASA, and Washington Correspondent Bill Koenig’s weekly report Koenig International News at: http://www.watch.org/showart.php3?idx=104119
Jim Bakker became so passionate about this information that he included a copy of Pastor John Hagee’s new book Four Blood Moons with the love gifts he offered during Billye Brim’s visit.
To see this amazing teaching, click on the below video of Jim Bakker’s Show where Billye Brim explains the Blood Moons to Jim & Lori and the viewing audience. Billye Brim’s teaching gets very explicit about twenty-five minutes into the broadcast.
It is Billye Brim – Part 2
On the 31st, MorningStar Ministries held their annual Fall Festival in the front of the Heritage Grand from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This yearly event welcomes every person and family living in the area to an enjoyable night of fun. MorningStar provided the games, rides, live music and fabulous food! It is one of the friendliest times at MorningStar as many people from the neighborhood come together.
A look back ~
People sometimes ask if Heritage USA really had Christmas displays that stretched over the entire grounds. During the 1980’s, PTL not only had one of the largest displays of Christmas lights in the Carolinas but Heritage USA’s Christmas City was one of the more popular destinations for travelers from around the country all during the holiday season.
Each night between November and January cars would line up, often for over two miles, waiting to drive through the grounds to enjoy the spectacular two million sparkling lights that transformed Heritage USA into an amazing winter wonderland for all people.
Below is a peek into what used to be…
Signs of the times:
There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
Matthew 24:7-8 NLT
On the 1st, Fox News reported on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful speech at the UN General Assembly. To see the video, click below link:
On the 5th, Fox News reported: “Double trouble in Great Plains: 3.5 feet of snow in SD Black Hills; 15 hurt in Neb. Tornado.” In the span of 24 hours, the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota were coated in up to three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow, one of several Great Plains states walloped by a storm system that’s caused millions of dollars in damage. Click link for full story and pictures. Great Plains
Click link for photos from the Weather Channel of the great snow storm. Weather News
On the 10th, the Blaze reported: “A record-setting blizzard killed 75,000 cows and you might not have ever heard about it.” Ranchers are still digging out thousands of their cattle that became buried in a record-setting snowstorm in South Dakota late last week and over the weekend.
Click link for full story and picture. The Blaze Report
On the 15th, Fox News reported: “At least 93 people dead after 7.2 earthquake hits central Philippines.” The death toll from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power.
Click link for full story and picture. Earthquake in Philippines
On the 19th, RT USA reported: “US debt surges $328 billion in single day, surpassing $17 trillion for the first time.” Just one day after President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default, the US debt surged a record $328 billion, the first day the government was able to borrow money.
Click link for full story. Obama Default
Click link to see the current US debt. http://www.usdebtclock.org/
On the 24th, Fox News reported: “Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record.” Four Iranian Christians were reportedly
sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment
meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for
its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.
Click link for full story. Fox News Human Rights
On the 25th, Fox News reported: “No report of damage after 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Japan.” An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck early Saturday off Japan’s east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and Japan’s emergency agencies issued a tsunami advisory for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site.
Click link for full story and map. Fox News Earthquakes
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. Psalms 84:10 NLT
Today, Heritage Boulevard is a road less traveled, but it was originally the official entrance to Heritage USA that everyone used. By design, this picturesque winding road with its 25 mph speed limit still offers a relaxing way to get into the main area of Heritage. Most visitors from back in the day fondly remember the mile-long driveway as an inspirational ride that brought them into a Godly atmosphere of expectation and peace.
Despite the countless changes to the grounds over the past three decades, Heritage Boulevard has remained unaltered since Heritage USA first opened in the late 1970’s. It is one of the few main roads that hasn’t been reconfigured, steamlined or added since PTL changed hands in 1987.
In the fall, the immaculately kept entrance and roadway are enhanced with a palette of bold, multicolored leaves on a variety of trees and bushes lining the entire drive. What is missing are the long forgotten HERITAGE USA signs that were out front on Old Nation Road (formally Business 21).
Below is a slideshow of Heritage Boulevard in the fall of 2013
Note: A little known fact as to why the roads on the grounds are always immaculate is that for years now a “father & son” team regularly drives around Heritage in a specially designed cart picking up every piece of trash tossed on the roads. These unsung heroes are a tremendous blessing to everyone living here.
On the 9th, PTL’s former TV Studio at The Barn became the new venue for the third annual Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards weekend event. The Artists Music Guild (AMG) was created by David L. Cook, seven-time Emmy Award winner and a member of the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. For the past two years this event had been held in the Heritage Grand Hotel, but the Guild recently partnered with The Broadcast Group for a potential expansion of music events in the fully restored Barn and TV Studio.
The Fort Mill Times reported that David L. Cook’s partnership between the Guild, The Broadcast Group and The Barn will put the AMG Heritage Awards at The Barn annually. Especially interesting in the Fort Mill Times’ article is the disclosure that David L. Cook is working with The Barn on creating a year-round concert series to possibly feature music events “every month or two.”
The entire Saturday evening Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on TV. Check the Artists Guild’s website at: http://artistsmusicguild.com/content/ for the date and time, or contact The Broadcast Group at: http://thebroadcastgroup.com/.
The weekend itself was filled with entertainment, awards, music legends and mentoring young artists. Especially moving at the Awards Ceremony was a special tribute to Gospel singer Sandy Hosey, who passed away from cancer earlier this year. The Artists Guild has officially named their Lifetime Achievement Award after her.
The first Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr. Dale Hill, founder of the The Broadcast Group and new owner of The Barn Auditorium. Dale Hill started in TV production as a teenager working behind the scenes with Jim Bakker back in the 1960s on the 700 Club. Eventually, he worked his way up to Senior Vice President in charge of TV production for the entire PTL Ministry. This is the man responsible for daily bringing the PTL Satellite Network into countless homes worldwide, helping millions of people come to the saving knowledge of the Lord.
Dr. Dale Hill later started The Broadcast Group, a media company that has done TV production work for mega ministries as well as major sporting events, including the NFL, ESPN, the Trinity Broadcasting Network and T.D. Jakes. He has also helped Jim Bakker and his production staff at Morningside Ministries in Branson, Missouri to produce special events. Most recently, Dale Hill helped produce the TV programs of Jim Bakker’s historic return to Heritage USA in February of this year.
The Broadcast Group’s trademark statement is, “Capturing the Event…Delivering it to the World.”
The following Slideshow was taken before the Saturday night Awards Ceremony started. In it, is a unique picture of the 1960’s Rock & Roll star Chubby Checker with world renowned pianist Dino Kartsonakis on the red carpet.
Below are the articles from the Fort Mill Times of this special event:
On the 6th, the Fort Mill Times reported: Hall of famer Chubby Checker, others, coming to Fort Mill ~ by John Marks
A red-carpet event Saturday will bring one of the most famous names in music to Fort Mill.
Chubby Checker, best known for his 1960 recording of “The Twist” that topped music charts that year and again two years later, will host the 2013 AMG Heritage Awards on Saturday at The Barn at Regent Park.
Click link to read entire article: Chubby Checker
On the 11th, the Fort Mill Times reported:
Fort Mill Hosts Music Guild Show ~ by David Thackham
FORT MILL TOWNSHIP
A man, his smile beaming from cheek to cheek, entered the stage at The Barn on Regent Parkway late Saturday night. His gate was slow, but purposeful, calm, but confident.
Click link to read entire article: Music Guild
The Upper Room: On Sunday the 17th, the Upper Room held a Thanksgiving Dinner after their 11a.m. church service in the downstairs level of the building. Pastor Lambright invited whosover wanted to come and just asked that they bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish. The Upper Room doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the holidays – Russell James and Pastor Ron Lambright both understand how lonely and painful the holidays can be for many people.
These two godly men have given up many of their holidays to spend at the Upper Room to ensure the doors are open. It is an amazing blessing to see that the Upper Room has not deviated from its original purpose of ministering to people even on the holidays.
For information about the happenings at the Upper Room and when it is open, click on their facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/62147692320/ or go to their website at: www.upperroomchapel.com.
During the month, our special friend Nancy Daniel, Creative Team Captain for the Missions Department at MorningStar Ministries, left on a mission trip to the Philippines. She went with Jorge Parrott, Director of MorningStar Missions, and his wife Anna to visit some of the many churches planted by CMM (Christ’s Mandate for Missions).
They left Charlotte, North Carolina on the 6th and journeyed halfway around the world, arriving in Manila on the 8th. What they did not realize was as their plane approached the Philippines, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in history was landing a few hundred miles to the south of them.
Super typhoon Haiyan arrived in the Philippines with a vengeance, destroying everything in its path. Nancy, George and Anna continued their mission because the super typhoon was over 300 miles south of them so as not to put them directly in harm’s way. There were also several missionary teams arriving in the typhoon stricken areas to aid the victims. This was positively the perfect time to bring hope and encouragement to each church they ministered in.
An Excerpt from Nancy’s Journal of her Mission Trip to the Philippines
“We arrived in time for the 61st anniversary celebration on Friday the 8th. Pastor Florie, (our host and apostolic leader of the churches we will be visiting) had Jorge, Anna and I greet the people. It was such a joyful celebration. You could feel the joy in the atmosphere. Anna sang “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to the audience. We were warmly received.
Jorge spoke in the main church Sunday morning. It was tough ground for some reason, but he broke through for us. I got to speak in the main church with Anna Parrott on Sunday night. Anna had me lay a foundation first then she spoke and brought the house down as she released love into the body.
We left on Monday and traveled to the mountain churches. We traveled 7 hours the first day to get to these churches. We were accompanied by several in the ministry. Pastor Florie organized a great trip. We had stops in great places. I am so grateful to Jorge and Anna for making this happen. This was a blessing to me, the pastors who went with us and those we went to see. Jorge and Anna will have many crowns in Heaven.
To drive this road is not for the driver weak at heart. The terrain was very difficult but thank God we had a very skilled driver.
All day my hands were burning. I kept trying to release the healing to my travel companions but it came back stronger. I inquired of the Lord and He said it was for the nations and showed me that when we got to the next church I should line the altar with people and pray for them.
When we arrived, we had a meal that was a sacrifice for them to prepare. We ate outside under a tin roof. My favorite was the greens with rice and small bananas.
We spoke in the church that evening. Bear in mind this was Monday night and the church was packed. The people came out to the meeting on a moment’s notice to the small cement building. Jorge was first to speak, he broke some things in the Spirit over the city. It was a very powerful meeting as well.
Anna was next and sang. The Holy Spirit filled the room. It was powerful!
Then it was my turn and I said, ‘Let’s continue in the Spirit.’ I told them when Jorge started speaking I saw a river ankle deep beginning to flow. I saw healing written on the doorway and told everyone. I said that healing is in this house, please come forward for prayer. So they came forward.
I heard the Lord say that a vile of healing oil had been broken over the people and told Jorge as we were praying.
One of the young pastors stepped up to the mic and said, ‘As Ma’am Nancy came back to pray for the people, she heard the sound of something breaking.’ That was such a great confirmation to me. I did not think about Jorge also breaking powers of darkness until later, so there was altogether much breakthrough going on.
We prayed for the people. It was a good meeting…
We continue to pray for those suffering from the incredible storm south of us. Our mission’s group, CMM, has feet on the ground in the typhoon area. This is over 26 hours driving time from where we are.
You can go to www.eaglemissions.org to donate as you feel led.”
USA Today reported on the typhoon as follows: “Super typhoon makes landfall in the Philippines.” Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall early Friday morning in Guiuan, a small city in Samar province in the eastern Philippines.
It reached the fragile island chain as the most powerful typhoon or hurricane in recorded history, as based on wind speed measurements from satellites, says meteorologist Jeff Masters of Weather Underground.
Click link for full story, video and pictures. Typhoon
Below is a slideshow of a few pictures Nancy took on the Mission Trip.
On the 28th, Thanksgiving Day, Bishop Ron Lambright’s wife Sue passed away unexpectedly. Sue Lambright was Pastor of Freedom Ministries and a minister at Freedom Christian Center of Fort Mill. She was involved in many ministries and charities such as Ambassadors to the Nations, the Upper Room Chapel, Blessed to be a Blessing Ministries, Samaritan’s Purse and many more.
Pastor Sue leaves loving memories to be cherished by her husband: Ron Lambright; two daughters and sons in law: Cherie and Freddy Young of Fort Mill, SC and Michelle and Donald Black of Fort Mill, SC; five grandchildren: Rosie (David) Cohen, Jimmy Grennan, Linda (Brandon) Kott, Nathaniel Black, and Gabriella Black; one great-granddaughter: Skylar Kott and many other loved ones.
The visitation was held on the evening of December 2nd at the Broadcast Group Complex Studio (former PTL TV Studio) from 5 to 6:30 pm. The funeral immediately followed the visitation from 6:30 to 8:00 pm with Pastor Sue’s husband Bishop Ron Lambright officiating along with words by Reverend Russell James and fellow friends and ministers of the Gospel.
Bishop Ron Lambright was one of the original pastors at the Upper Room for the PTL Ministry. Both he and Sue were part of the PTL Ministry and also helped Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker through some difficult times in 1988-89 when they returned to Charlotte, North Carolina. Pastor Lambright currently pastors the Upper Room Chapel.
Rick and I knew Sue Lambright as a faithful servant of the Lord with a compassionate heart for broken and disadvantaged people. She was also a fervent prayer warrior!
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 KJV
Signs of the times:
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:37-40 NLT
At the end of October, Fox News reported: “Europe storm deaths rise to 15 after 2nd victim in Denmark; tens of thousands without power.” The Europe storm death toll has risen to 15 after Danish police say a driver was killed when he crashed into a tree knocked down by violent gusts.
Click link for full story. Europe Storms
On the 7th, USA Today reported: “Super typhoon makes landfall in the Philippines.” Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall early Friday morning in Guiuan, a small city in Samar province in the eastern Philippines.
It reached the fragile island chain as the most powerful typhoon or hurricane in recorded history, as based on wind speed measurements from satellites, says meteorologist Jeff Masters of Weather Underground.
Click link for full story, video and pictures. Weather
On the 8th, the Weekly Standard reported: “Netanyahu: ‘This is a bad deal – a very, very bad deal.’ A very unusual statement from the Israel prime minister on the eve of a possible nuclear detail between the U.S. and Iran.
Click link for full story and two videos. Netanyahu
On the 13th, CNN reported:”Jesus statue unscratched by Typhoon Haiyan.” (CNN) – A giant statue of Jesus apparently survived Typhoon Haiyan unscratched, even as the massive storm flattened many parts of Tanauan, a coastal town in the central Philippines. Click link for full story and picture. Haiyan
On the 18th, Fox News reported: “Searchers comb through rubble after deadly storm system clobbers Midwest.” Rescuers fanned out across at least a half-dozen states Monday morning in a search for victims, a day after a series of deadly tornadoes and powerful storms tore through the nation’s heartland on Sunday, destroying homes and flipping over cars.
Click link for full story and video. Midwest
On the 24th, the Jerusalem Post reported: “Netanyahu says Iran nuclear deal ‘historic mistake’.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu characterized the agreement signed with Iran early Sunday morning as a historic mistake.
Click link for full story and video. Netanyahu and Iran Nuclear
On the 24th, Fox News reported: “Indonesia raises alert level at Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island to highest.” Indonesian authorities raised the alert status for the country’s most active volcanoes to the highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions in recent days.
Click link for full story. Indonesia
Christmas at MorningStar in the Grand Hotel
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.'” Matthew 2:5-7 NLT
On the 4th- 6th, Rick Joyner’s November visit to the Jim Bakker Show was aired. He spent several hours with Pastor Jim, and it took three shows to cover all of their discussions on topics concerning what is happening in the church, the world and to America’s future.
Rick Joyner was also promoting his new book titled The Path. It is described as a story “Written in the genre of The Final Quest trilogy, this is prophetic allegory that goes deeper, further, and higher, illuminating some of the most important truths of our times.”
During their lengthy conversations, Rick Joyner stated that “time is short” for America, and if we don’t have a revival, a Third Great Awakening, we cannot go any further. He believes that if we don’t put God back on the throne, our money will not be “worth less – it will be worth nothing. No man can fix America’s problems because there is no hope in the natural; only the Lord can help America” Rick Joyner emphatically stated.
These interesting shows can be found in the Achieves Section of the Jim Bakker Show; the first show, #2414, aired on December 4th, the second, #2415, on the 5th and the last one, #2416, aired on the 6th. Jim Bakker’s website is: www.jimbakkershow.com.
On the weekend of the 6th, Rick Joyner celebrated his 30 years in the ministry with a huge celebration at MorningStar. MorningStar Ministries reported: “There are events that only come once in a person’s lifetime. This December join us for such an event: the celebration of Rick Joyner’s 30 years of ministry.”
The weekend-long celebration included guest speakers Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, Dr. Lance Wallnau, Bob Jones, Larry Randolph, Don Potter, Marc Nuttle, Bob Weiner, Pastor Robin McMillan and David Yarnes. The gala celebration was filled with anointed music, uplifting meetings and banquet dinners on Friday and Saturday evening to honor both Pastor Rick Joyner and his wife Julie. It truly was a “once in a lifetime event.”
MorningStar Ministries will be holding its annual New Year’s Celebration – 2014 Knowing Your Purpose gathering from December 29th through the 31st. For further information please contact MorningStar Ministries at: www.morningstarministries.org. The guests include, Isaiah Saldivar, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) W.G. Boykin and Rick Joyner.
The Towers: Another year has come and gone and there are still no answers as to the fate of the Towers. Rumors swirl but as of now there is no breakthrough on the situation. Once there is a legal battle over anything, it often takes a long, long time to resolve. God’s will be done in this seemingly hopeless drama. The unfinished Towers has been standing vacant for almost three decades.
On the 14th, The Upper Room celebrated the third anniversary of its purchase and restoration. There was a detailed report on the current status of the Upper Room given by Russell James, a message from Pastor Brian Keith, a former PTL Singer, and a special reception afterwards in the lower level of the building.
First, Russell gave an account of all the work that was accomplished on the building and grounds this year and his plans for the future. His plans include adding more people to the Prayer Team, being open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day and eventually 24/7. It will continue to be a community – a House of Unconditional Love.
The list of improvements included:
1. Two beautiful red, white and blue signs were mounted on the sides of the brick column in front of the Upper Room, helping drivers going in either direction to better identify what the building is.
2. The ground around the life-size statue of Jesus before Pontius Pilate was redone with white marble chips, and several plants were added to the area.
3. Pastor Aubrey Sara’s gravesite has been completely refurbished.
4. One of the original concrete benches at the Upper Room was recently located and repaired. The bench happened to be the one Russell James used to write down his thoughts when he would visit Heritage USA many years ago.
5. Aunt Susan’s Rose Garden now has 28 rose bushes in it.
There was also the tedious job of resurfacing the roof, and many trees were trimmed back by a crew that Russell found favor with. One of the larger trees that could have caused damage to the building was completely removed. Leaks are being fixed and there is continual work being done to upkeep the building. In the spring, all the walkways will be washed with the Upper Room’s new pressure washer which was an anonymous gift.
Russell also stated that the total of the 2013 donations to the Upper Room was $12,270. Additionally, there was an unexpected donation made by Morningside Ministries in Blue Eye, Missouri for the same amount! God’s hand is certainly on Russell. This is a humble man who has given up everything to continue the work of ministering to people in the Upper Room. God Bless him and his entire family one hundred fold now and in the coming year.
The next part of the service was conducted by Pastor Brian Keith. Pastor Keith told how he came to PTL in 1984 as a very young man and was privileged to be a part of the PTL Ministry. He shared how he went through the heartache of watching PTL collapse, but he went on to experience the Lord’s unfailing faithfulness in directing his life and is now the Pastor of Faith Assembly Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Pastor Keith’s timely message was an encouragement to keep walking with God. He said there will be a “defining singular moment” in a person’s life revealing his purpose to change the world he or she lives in. He referenced Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “The Catch” in a San Francisco 49ers’ major football game in the late 80’s that changed their losing streak, leading them to a Super Bowl victory.
He pointed out the beautiful Esther in the Old Testament who had her “defining singular moment” when she stood up to her husband King Xerxes, who reigned over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia, on behalf of her people and saved the Jewish population from being destroyed. It was a good message for such a time as this.
Below is a slideshow from the Upper Room’s Third Year Celebration of 2013
A look back ~ A timeless video of the Bakker Family at their last celebration at Heritage USA on New Year’s Eve 1986 – just three months before Jim Bakker resigned. The video is 57 minutes long and the first few minutes are jumpy.
Can you believe that 2013 is coming to an end? So much changed this year on the grounds and in the world that it would be worth looking over the Time Line. We will leave 2013 up for a while before we transfer it to the Achieves.
God Bless you in the coming New Year with a peace that passes understanding, the joy of knowing that the Lord is always in control and the courage to live out your convictions. May you find comfort in our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who supplies all our needs according to His riches in Heaven.
We also want to take this time to Thank You so very much for visiting our Website. God willing, we will be back in 2014 with January’s Update. We pray for you to have a peace-filled Christmas filled with hope in your heart.
Merry Christmas! Love, Rick & Chris (from the grounds of Heritage USA)
This is the prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on shigionoth. Lord, I have heard the news about you; I am amazed at what you have done. Lord, do great things once again in our time; make those things happen again in our own days. Even when you are angry, remember to be kind.
Habakkuk 3:1-2 NCV