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Results That Last (4-24-17)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Left, Vitali from Poltovskaya, Russia. Right, cell phone photo of his wife on their wedding day.

When you buy a home, a car, a refrigerator, a cell phone, what are you looking for? Results that last. Dependability for the long haul. Yet when many people support charities or Christian ministries, they often think of none of these factors. They should. Whether you’re committing to a material investment or donating tithes and offerings, lasting results should be considered. Which brings me to a Russian man named Vitali. I first met him in September, 2011 when I spoke in Poltovskaya (Krasnodar region), Russia. I had taken a ferry from Crimea, which has been much in the news since Russia invaded and took control in early 2014. This was our first ministry venture into Russia.

During the Poltovskaya seminar, the enthusiasm of the crowd was electrifying. Hundreds sought deliverance, but I concentrated on a 27-year-old man named Ivan. I later learned that he had recently been released from three years in prison for drug dealing and violence. It took eight of the biggest and strongest men in the room to control Ivan’s demons of Murder, Hate, and Witchcraft. When he was finally freed after a lengthy battle, his soft demeanor was a sharp contrast to the belligerence of his demons. At the end of the seminar, before I left for Moscow, a young couple made a special request. They asked me to officiate at their marriage ceremony the next day. At first I thought I’d say a short prayer, but they wanted me to do the whole wedding, traditional Russian style.

Fast forward to our most recent mission to Ukraine, teaching, for an entire week, more than 1000 students at the New Generation Bible College. Among the students was Vitali. During a class break he approached me and explained that he was the man for whom I had performed the wedding ceremony in Poltovskaya, six years ago. Vitali shared an update. He and his wife are very happily married “and happier every year.” They are making plans to adopt children. “At first when I saw you at the seminar, I was afraid to come near to you. But then I saw your kind eyes we started to cry,” he said. “We knew then that we wanted you to perform our ceremony.”

Then, Vitali shared the best part. “I and my wife are now pastors and have four churches in Krasnodar region. We do healing encounters and deliverance ministry. Thank you, pastor Bob. It is a great honor to know you.” Then a smile came across his face as he said, “When I tell people that Pastor Bob did our wedding ceremony, they know that when I pray for them they have to get rid of their demons.”

Six years later, results that last.


An encouraging word: HOW RICH ARE YOU?
I am truly blessed! I have farmers all over the world who grow food for me, and people who ship it to convenient locations. Teams of people design and manufacture technological devices to make my life easier. I have air conditioning, clean hot and cold running water, a box in my kitchen that heats up food almost instantly — all this without the need to haul wood and build a fire. The list goes on and on. As Americans, we take for granted so many amazing blessings that happen in our life on a daily basis. But it is easy to complain about the smallest discomfort or inconvenience. 1 Timothy 6:6 says that “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” Let’s take our eyes off of ourselves today and reach out to those who are truly less fortunate by sharing our blessings and God’s message of hope, love and freedom.

Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did® (Luke 4:18). You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online

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Demon Driving (4-17-17)

  Monday, April 17, 2017

 

 

It’s an 840-HP car, the new, 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT, known better as “The Demon.” Ford named their competitor after a horse. But Dodge’s entry into the drag racing field prefers to take its name from Hell. According to its creators, it beats anything sent its way, including the Porsche 918. The color? What else, it’s red. And zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds. Fans of “muscle cars” are drooling. As USA TODAY put it, “Dodge conjured a power Demon . . .” The subtitle of the newspaper story said, “A DEMON OF UNGODLY SPEED.” A driving enthusiast was quoting as saying, “That is one hell of a car.” Want one? Better hurry fast. Only 3,000 will be built.

I don’t want one. Why? I can’t afford it. I have no desire for expensive thrills. It’s a matter of principle. Name a car after a demon, and I’m not driving it. This car is cursed. I can read some minds. “C’mon, Bob, lighten up. It’s just a car.”

Really? Then why not name your child “Demon.” Or your church. How’s this sound: “The First church of Demon.” Ridiculous? So is the trivialization of denizens of the deep. Demon is not a word to be bandied about, like the writer covering the recent Masters Golf Tournament; he opined of the winner, “Sergio Garcia finally gets rid of his demons.” (This referred to Garcia’s failure to win a big tournament after 74 attempts.)

The word “demon” isn’t a psychological construct describing some inner, emotional struggle. It’s not a euphemism for the rebellious or uncanny. Demons are fallen angels, without redemption, who come to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). Demons are the enemy of Christian faith and are to be cast out, not referred to with a mischievous glance. Enough of this casualness about demonic possession and face the truth. Demons rape, molest, lust, murder and rage. They start wars and foment drug addiction, prostitution, and domestic violence. If you have a demon, get an exorcism, not a Dodge souped-up devil of a car.

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An encouraging word: GOD CREATED YOU FOR A PURPOSE
All around there are people who believe that human existence is the product of chance, and they live like it. Their disregard for the moral law of God testifies to their belief in the capriciousness of fate or the survival of the fittest. But know this: God created you with design and purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” You are not an evolutionary accident. God created you with a destiny of blessing and fulfillment.

Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did® (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online

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One Week to Ukraine! (4-10-17)

  Monday, April 10, 2017

 

Dmitry. Urslana. Irene. Inna. These are just a few of the hundreds who were set free during our mission to Ukraine last year. What makes their deliverances so significant is that each was attending New Generation Bible College, preparing for the ministry. They weren’t ordinary people. They felt a call from God and were studying to be a Christian leader or pastor. They listened attentively, 6-8 hours a day to my teaching, for an entire week. They took copious notes. They asked deep, theological questions. But they also wanted prayer for personal deliverance.Each year, for the last four years, I’ve been honored to be a visiting Professor of Spiritual Warfare at this Bible College. More than a thousand students from over 20 nations have gathered each year for intensive training on how to start a church, pastor a congregation, and teach the Word of God. Because this Bible College believes in our ministry, these students also learn how to minister inner healing and cast out demons.

Next week will be our fifth annual visit. We’ll teach and minister to students from Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Scandinavia, plus more than a dozen nations of the former Soviet Republic. They will study what we teach and put it into action. As a result of previous visits, thousands of ministers now pastor churches where casting out demons is a normal part of their church.

There’s nowhere in America I can do this. Not one of the hundreds of Bible Colleges and Seminaries in the U. S. would allow our message to reach their student bodies. Consequently, every year many men and women begin ministerial careers without a clue concerning spiritual warfare. If someone says has he demons, he’ll be told to see a psychiatrist. If he wants prayers for deliverance, he’ll be admonished that Christians can’t be tormented by demons.

This unfortunate situation isn’t likely to change any time soon. But God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t check the nationality of an individual’s passport. He’s willing give His power and anointing to all who heed the call of the Great Commission: “In my name they will cast out demons” (Mark 16:17). These are exciting days for the message of spiritual warfare, beyond the shores of America. Thank you for your prayers and financial support that make missions such as this possible.

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An encouraging word: DON’T BE AFRAID
The Psalmist said, “I will not be afraid of ten-thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around” (Psalm 2:6). Wow! That’s a lot. Not a handful or even a few dozen. Not hundreds. Not thousands. But tens of thousands. How could one not be afraid of many thousands on every side, seeking harm and spiritual destruction? The next verse tells us, “Your blessing is on your people.” If even one, let alone thousands, wishes you evil for any reason, you have a heritage in Christ. When others want calamity to fall upon you, you have a blessing to take its place. Call upon His blessing to cancel every curse.

Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did® (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online

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Islamophobia in Canada (4-3-17)

  Monday, April 3, 2017

Newspaper headline last week in Canada.
“Nothing more than a thought-terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.” So said a former Muslim Imam and a member of the International Institute of Islamic thought about legislation just passed in Canada to criminalize what Parliament calls “Islamophobia.” The headline above is from a newspaper I read while in Edmonton, Canada for a recent seminar. The Islamophobia motion M-103 was proposed by (who else) a Muslim MP whose motion would, in the words of the legislation, “eliminate religious discrimination including Islamophobia.” Here is the strategy. Make up a word. Create the appearance of a prejudice. Presto. You’ve got a specially protected class of people with a religious viewpoint that must be saved from the perceived ravages of discrimination. Never mind that a national poll of Canadian citizens found that only 29 percent of them would actually vote for such a bill. Fortunately, several Members of Parliament who hadn’t lost their sanity argued in opposition to the bill. One of them put it this way: “The word ‘Islamophobia can be used against criticism of Muslim doctrine and practice. Religious people deserve legal protection, but religions do not. People should feel free to criticize the doctrines, history, or practice of any religion.”

Just how far might such a law go? Who knows. Thirty percent of Canadians surveyed saw the measure as a clear attack on free speech. Though this motion in Parliament claims to be intent on protecting all religious discrimination, Islam is the only religion specifically called out. Just imagine trying to pass a similar motion in the defense of Jews or Christians. Wouldn’t happen. And the irony is that the more violent and bloodthirsty the Islamic terrorists get, the more some, like the Canadian Parliament, seems bent on showing discriminatory favor to Islam. This motion of the Canadian Parliament is an attack, not on religious discrimination, but on any criticism of political Islam, even terroristic Islam. Canadians, be careful because the Muslim Big Brotherhood is watching. And never forget the chilling words of President Barack Obama, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”


An encouraging word: LOVE CONQUERS HATE
“Pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44 compels us. The “love your enemies” ethic of Christianity isn’t easy to practice. But if I’ve learned anything in all my years of dealing with demons it’s that love is more powerful than hate. Satan has a defense for almost every Christian counter-strategy, but he has no way to defend against unconditional love. Loving people is the path to their conversion and their liberation. The devil can’t understand godly love and he is incapable of mounting a resistance against it.

Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did® (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online

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Tear Down the Shack Part 2 (3-27-17)

  Monday, March 27, 2017

NOTE: Please read Part #1 of the blog to get the plotline context of “The Shack,” along with my introductory remarks about this faith-based movie. To read Part #1, CLICK HERE.

 

Part #1 regarding my analysis of the movie “The Shack” explained the basic plot line and emphasized my objection to God being portrayed in female form. I connected this to the ancient heresies of the Gnostics and teachings of Modalism. But the idea of a female godhead (remember both the Father and the Holy Spirit of “Shack” are female) has also been expressed in witchcraft and many false religions.

The idea of God as a woman has deep pagan roots, usually linked to qualities of love, motherhood, and fertility. Buddhism, Hinduism, and many polytheistic religions, including the Romans and Greeks, elevated female deities to a place of supremacy. We expect this sort of thing from the New Age and witchcraft, but not from an alleged Christian writer in a faith based movie. So, let’s get a few things straight. Though God is a spirit (John 4:24), He has revealed himself to humanity in Scripture, and in the Incarnation, as male. Anthropomorphism is the theology by which God is assigned human characteristics, such as references to his eyes and arms. This communicative device is nowhere in the Bible assumed to be literal. (In their perverted view of sex, Mormons make God into a deity who was once human and still retrains those same characteristics, including genitalia. In Mormonism, Mormons believe that is how Mary became pregnant.)

But what we have in “The Shack” is bald-faced blasphemy, accepted by many evangelical Christians for whom the sentimentality of “forgiveness” and the healing of painful memories takes precedence over Scriptural fidelity. Genesis 1:26 tells us that man was created in God’s image, not only the essence of God’s character but also his maleness. There are 170 references in the Bible to God as “Father.” If the Bible had meant “Mother,” it would have said so. Never once in Scripture is a female pronoun used to reference God. Jesus referred to the “Father” with distinctive maleness 160 times. John 10:30 says, “I and the Father are one.” Not “I and the Mother are one.” From Acts to Revelation 900 verses use masculine nouns (in the original Greek) when directly referring to God. Literary license can be employed in many motifs, but deceiving depictions of God the Father as if He were actually God the Mother isn’t one of them

“Shack” the movie may or may not be good cinema. (I personally felt it was a little sappy and disingenuously aimed at the sympathetic gut. On a human level, I was more inclined to be teary-eyed at “La-La Land,” by comparison.) It may even be emotionally moving. But when the writer of a film, or book, ventures into theological territory, and the author claims a cloak of personal, evangelical faith, he surrenders all rights to misrepresent the attributes, purposes, and gender of God. As for author Young’s sometime comparison to C. S Lewis’s use of allegory, remember that Aslan was a lion, a Lion of Judah (Genesis 49:9; Revelation 5:5). That is a consistent, permissible allegory with biblical roots. God as Octavia Spencer is not. Gender fluidity in secular culture may be a topic of political debate, but gender-bending the Bible is blasphemy! It’s time to tear down the shack!


An encouraging word: WORDS HAVE MEANING
Words are more than a collection of letters on a page or sounds spoken. The word “demons” is bandied about as some vague description of inner emotional torment, with no literal significance. Likewise, “hell” and “damn” are frequent epithets with no objective meaning in modern slang. But words are more than sounds and syllables. Words have meaning and influence. Check out the words you speak today. Speak good words to those around you, remembering Proverbs 16:24: “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did® (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online

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