Part 2: We must restore Christ as the Lord of the Harvest

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Last night in the Silicon Valley, the nets filled to overflowing with souls seeking Christ.  Now we are adding another service at Star of David Church tomorrow night. Here is part 2 of a message that came out of this visitation of God.

John 21:3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”

They answered Him, “No.”

6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.

Jesus asks a question that should burn in the heart of every preacher today: “Have you caught any fish?”  For Peter that question was explosive.  He had met Christ after a night just like this, a night where he caught no fish.

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This simple command that came next will save us now.   It will save us from losing our nation.  It will save us from wasting our life.  Jesus said; “Throw the net on the right side.”

He is the Lord of the harvest!  Thousands of pastors and churches in America need to be awakened to this truth.  I am warning you that God is issuing a warning and a deadline to the American church.  We must throw the net where, when and how God tells us.

Tragically we have become Oscar winning actors at net throwing.  A breathtaking denial hangs like a shroud over a vast number of churches.  We have glorified the act of tossing a net.  We have celebrated the skill of tossing out information and programs and then blithely ignore the fact that there are no fish in the nets.  We are distracting millions of Christians away from our flat lining birth rate.

As I said before we do not have to die this way! He is the Lord of the Harvest!  What baffles us does not faze God.  People groups that we believe are unreachable can be deeply influenced by the Holy Spirit.  We cannot offer God the excuse that the Silicon Valley or any other enclave of secular progressives is too hard or too sophisticated for Christ.

The granddaddy sin of the American Church is…wresting away from the Holy Spirit the chief responsibility for leading our fishing.  Jesus gave Him that job.  Jesus imparted all He had to the Holy Spirit.

We were never supposed to overrule the impulses He infuses in us; we were never supposed to figure out how to be relevant to a culture.   We were supposed to surrender through prayer and expect step by step instructions.

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To be sure, those instructions will often go against the grain of our logic and even our dignity.  There is a towering reason that we are so deeply stung when the Spirit moves.  Let me explain:

Removing the Holy Spirit as General, CEO and director of the harvest is our greatest sin…but it is another sin that feeds that sin… WE VIOLENTLY DISAGREE WITH JESUS ABOUT THE HARVEST ITSELF!!

He believes that the fields are ripe for the Gospel and we believe that few if any want the message of Christ.  That colossal disagreement is why we do what we do and we keep doing what we do.

Peter seemed to spend a lifetime disagreeing with Jesus about fish.  Jesus kept correcting Peter with object lessons that proved there were mountains of fish.  He even once had Peter pull tax money out a fish’s mouth.

If we do not change our ways our nation is lost.  There is no version of this  current Church growth movement that will save us.  None of it  ends in revival or restoring us to one nation under God.

If we could but drop our defenses against Christ and the Holy Spirit and wait for divine directives our nets will fill with fish and our nation will honor righteousness again.

Silicon Valley around San Jose

Christian film stripped of ‘Best Song’ Oscar nomination

Christian film stripped of ‘Best Song’ Oscar nomination

Academy says that writer broke its rules against lobbying.

By Victor Morton

The Washington Times

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This year’s most-obscure Oscar nominee is no more.

At a meeting this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors decided to strip the surprise nomination for Best Song from “Alone Yet Not Alone,” which appears in the independent Christian-produced film of the same name.


 


Writer Bruce Broughton, a former member of the board of governors and currently on the music branch’s executive committee, violated the Academy’s rules against lobbying by personally e-mailing “members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period,” according to a statement released by the governors Wednesday.

The nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” raised the eyebrows (and hackles) of many veteran Oscar-watchers when the nominations were announced Jan. 16. The film had a public profile more associated with obscure foreign films and nobody had tipped it as a possible nominee in any category.

“Alone Yet Not Alone” played on 11 screens nationwide for one week in October and grossed less than $135,000, BoxOfficeMojo.com said. As of Wednesday evening, fewer than 100 people had rated it on the Internet Movie Database. By comparison, the Sandra Bullock October release “Gravity,” which was nominated for 10 Oscars, has grossed more than $260 million and been rated by more than 250,000 IMDb users.

The producers of “Alone Yet Not Alone” plan a broader release in June.

Studios sometimes give films a short end-of-the-year “qualifying run” to make it eligible for the Oscars, with a broader release planned for the spring, cashing in on the publicity and cachet of the nomination.

The Japanese animated film “The Wind Rises” by Hayao Miyazaki was nominated for Best Animated Feature this year using the same strategy. But that strategy usually requires a much more-aggressive and high-profile publicity campaign than “Alone Yet Not Alone” could manage.


 


Ironically, the song had survived an earlier challenge to its eligibility based on the fact the film’s producers had not purchased any advertisements for its short and barely-noticed qualifying run in Los Angeles. The Academy ruled in that case that the theater listings for its showtimes qualified as the required advertisement.

According to the Academy governors, no other song will be nominated in place of “Alone Yet Not Alone” when the final ballots are sent out Feb. 14, and the Oscar will go to one of the four remaining nominees on March 2.

“Alone Yet Not Alone” is a religiously themed period piece about 18th-century settlers dealing with colonial wars and Indian kidnappers in the Ohio Valley. The song is presented in the movie as a traditional family hymn and sung on the film’s soundtrack by Joni Eareckson Tada, a well-known evangelical minister.

Mr. Broughton, who wrote the song with lyricist Dennis Spiegel, told the Hollywood Reporter that he was “devastated” by the stripping.

“I indulged in the simplest grassroots campaign, and it went against me when the song started getting attention. I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them. I simply asked people to find the song and consider it,” he told the prominent trade publication.

The film’s status as a small Christian film led Orthodox Christian film blogger Peter Chattaway to predict charges of religious persecution in the coming days, playing off the image of Hollywood as a liberal bastion hostile to Christianity.

“The Academy may or may not have ruled correctly when it comes to Broughton’s e-mails. But it probably, however unintentionally, just gave certain Christians a little more fodder for their persecution narrative, and thereby threw just a little more fuel on the culture-wars fire. Sigh,” Mr. Chattaway wrote on his Patheos site Wednesday night.