Christian World News – August 31, 2018

Oh this week on Christian world news is a wave of revival about to hit the globe these ministers think so see why they say it’s time to prepare for a major soul harvest plus President Donald Trump honors top evangelical faith leaders at the White House the commander in chief explains the importance of religious freedom and how he plans to protect it and a sexual abuse scandal rocks the Catholic Church and cast its shadow on the Vatican meet the people who will stop at nothing until everyone involved is held accountable for their sins [Music] hello everyone welcome to this week’s edition of Christian world news I’m George Thomas do you are and I am Wendy Griffith great to have you with us well many Christian leaders are predicting the greatest harvest of souls in history will soon be upon us they believe this next revival will be like a huge wave that washes over the entire globe sounds pretty intense and exciting among them is Toronto revival Pastor John Arnott who saw a vision of a wave so big he called it a tsunami cbn reporter Paul strand tells us more if a massive harvest is on the way how can believers get ready to do their part some of the most well-known charismatic leaders were just answering such questions at the location where the revival known as the Toronto blessing started in 1994 questions such as what should Christians expect some say this next revival will be like a huge wave that washes over the whole world Heidi Baker has helped start thousands of churches and fellowships in Mozambique and around the world she says she’s had a vision of such a wave and she says it’s a glory wave and I saw the wave and it’s full of faces and it and I thought Lord what is that are those the ones coming home or the ones going out and I saw they were the faces of these radical lovers of God every tribe tongue and nation who were gonna go to the ends of the earth carrying the glory John are not headed up the church where the Toronto blessing began he too has had a vision of a glory wave so big he called it a tsunami in the book preparing for the glory know and all these little boats on the top of it and then this wave crested and came crashing to shore and and it was just a sudden wonderful outpouring of God that was just sweeping it some may feel it’s such a revival is impossible in this dark immoral age but theology professor Michael Brown says he studied several times in American history where the most learned men thought Christianity was dying out in the land or everybody comes to church out counted got out and then Awakening came so I truly believe as much as my mind says it’s impossible I truly believe that the greatest awakening for America and certainly outpouring for the world get ahead Brown is often encountered controversy for insisting on biblical truth no matter how politically incorrect it may be like on gay marriage but he insists Christians can stand for such truth and still went over the worldly who may despise that truth so we need a fresh baptism of love for a sinful world and that fresh baptism of the image of Jesus in us so that that we can really be like him to this world if we really care the right words will follow that we also have to recognize that that the darkness always hates the light we have to quit trying to please people and be accepted we must speak the truth in love it’s not either/or it’s both at revivals are known for burning brightly but then always burning out well there are those saying that if the next one will put Jesus Christ right at the center it never has to die so that’s a part of preparing for revival if we can up our prayer lives we can reprioritize you know how we spend our day how we spend our money he needs to be number one he’s our our Lord our Savior our King our bridegroom King we want to lift him up and lift him up and lift him up as he be lifted up all men will be drawn to him Jerry Hill is the widow of Steve Hill the Evangelist at the center of the 1995 Brownsville revival at one point he was going to be put on Time magazine and he said you know what I think you need to put God get a picture of God because it’s really all about him I am only a vessel that he fixed she points out he preached a revival couldn’t super saturate the whole world till every believer becomes an evangelist to those around them and when Steve and I would go out we would talk to people about Jesus in the supermarket in an antique store in a restaurant you take it out well you keep your heart right keep short accounts with people that have offended you or hurt you or whatever and you just get rooted and grounded in the love of God and get ready for more have little gatherings at your at your company have little gatherings at your school just come together and love Jesus and then shine don’t be afraid to share your testimony Paul strand CBN News reporting from the light the fire again conference in Toronto thanks Paul well president Trump hosted evangelical leaders at the White House this week he spoke about his efforts to protect religious liberty and the need to rally voters to the polls this November CBN’s White House correspondent Bank Kennedy has details from the North Lawn it was nothing short of a state dinner here at the White House only the president wasn’t honoring a foreign head of state but evangelical leaders America is a nation of believers and tonight we’re joined by faith leaders faith leaders like Reverend Franklin Graham and pastor Paulo white it’s an honor to be here the president also took a moment to publicly express thanks for Senator John McCain service to America our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain gonna be a lot of activity over the next number of days and we very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country Trump then turned to the dinners purpose honoring America’s faith and freedom in recent years the government tried to undermine religious freedom but the attacks on communities of faith are over we’ve ended it the commander in chief drummed up applause highlighting efforts to combat religious persecution we brought home hostages from North Korea including an American pastor and we’re fighting to release pastor Brunson from Turkey and we’ve made trumped all the evangelical leaders it’s imperative that people of faith vote in the midterms so that progress can continue they’re facing the possibility of a Democrat Congress that if they take control of the legislature are going to either impeach this president from office or at least paralyze him while he’s in office and I think they rightly know evangelicals don’t want either one of those things to happen Christians helped propel Trump into office in 2016 and this was one way of showing his for their contribution to American society and also pledging to protect their rights so that work can continue the president just wanted to celebrate and not just that but what our churches and houses of worship do every day to provide spiritual direction to the loss to heal the brokenhearted to save marriages and lives that goes on every day in America the support you’ve given me has been incredible but I really don’t feel guilty because I have given you a lot back faith leaders told CBN News the dinner was the President and First Lady’s idea yes it was a time to say thank you but also that the work is not done Ben Kennedy CBN News the White House Thank You Ben family and friends of Senator John McCain celebrated his life at his home Church in Phoenix and as Jennifer Wishon shows us his courage and service has struck a chord with our nation one last trip to the city where Senator John McCain made such an impact the American hero greeted by a military honor guard Friday McCain lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda before a final funeral service Saturday at the National Cathedral [Music] the Senators death and reflections on his life have captured the nation in Arizona thousands lined the streets some holding campaign signs to pay last respects to their senator of more than 30 years he was America’s hero at his home Church North Phoenix Baptist his former chief of staff explained how McCain’s Christian faith sustained him during the years he spent as a Pio W at the Hanoi Hilton he said you know on Christmas Eve we celebrated and we got together under this bear light bulb and we sang Christmas carols and we quoted Bible verses that we could remember and we told the gospel story to each other and former Vice President Joe Biden McCain’s friend for decades delivered a heartfelt eulogy I always thought of John as a brother McCain’s code of conduct he says was timeless it wasn’t about politics with John he could disagree on substance because the underlying values that animated everything John did everything he was could come to a different conclusion but where he part company with you if you lack the basic values of decency respect and with McCain’s Christian faith the promise of eternity to console his grieving family we will mourn father but we will do so with a different hope because of the faith he has placed in Jesus Christ like we can with confidence grieve with the hope to know that this very moment he is spending eternity Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior on Saturday another display of bipartisanship former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama once McCain’s political foes will share their thoughts about the Senators life and legacy on Sunday McCain will be laid to rest at the Naval Academy Jennifer Wishon CBN News Washington thanks Jennifer coming up has sexual abuse rocks the Catholic Church others are working to make sure these crimes never happen again angels were created to serve God these magnificent beings have awesome power beyond our comprehension CBN presents angels their power purpose and presence in Pat’s latest DVD you’ll get the biblical insight into these mysterious spiritual creatures and discover the important role they play in God’s kingdom and in your life we’re also going to meet real people who have come face-to-face with these divine creatures and have experienced what can only be described as miraculous life-changing encounters as he started pulling me through it was just a first white light my thought is the angels were there to hold me together I knew that this was something that was happening and it was supernatural angels their power purpose and presence call now or go to cbn.com to get your copy of angels hello I’m Terry Newsom did you know there are more than a hundred and forty eight million orphans in the world today a hundred and forty eight million but it was three little girls that taught me about the plight of orphans my husband and I spent nearly a month immersed in the daily activities of the Ukrainian orphanage as we waited to adopt three sisters I saw firsthand the utter loneliness the pain of rejection and the overwhelming desire to be loved that experience changed me forever and out of it grew a ministry from my heart called orphans promise today we’re helping orphans and vulnerable children in more than 50 countries worldwide thousands of children are now in safe homes they’re being educated and they’re learning life skills I’m asking you to join with me and become family to these children will you call the number on your screen right now because every child deserves a chance to be happy and welcome back to Christian world news sexual abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church are growing the latest in Pennsylvania where the Attorney General says the church aid effort hid evidence from police and parishioners accusations of cover-ups reach all the way to the Vatican now rank-and-file Catholics angry over the abuse want the church to clean house Charlene aaron has the story a statement signed by more than 3,000 diverse Catholics calls for Catholic Bishops of the United States to consider submitting their collective resignation as a public act of repentance before God and God’s people the open letter comes on the heels of last week’s bombshell grand jury report that sent shockwaves reaching to the top they found that there was not only widespread sexual abuse rape of children but they found that there was a systematic cover-up that went all the way to the Vatican the Pennsylvania case involves thousands of victims and hundreds of priests the AG accuses the Church of purposely hiding evidence from parishioners and police father Frank Pavone of priests for life says he is grateful the crimes are coming to light and bringing change I’m happy that that the law enforcement is stepping up to the plate that has to happen and we just have to continue calling for working for and praying for authentic reform the Vatican responded to the Attorney General’s claims telling CNN quote if the prosecutor is referring to something outside the report we’ll wait to see that before commenting on top of that this week’s explosive accusations of a cover-up by the Pope himself Archbishop Carlo Vigano the former papal nuncio published an 11-page letter calling on Pope Francis to resign Vigano claims he warned Francis about disgraced former Washington archbishop Theodore McCarrick in 2013 but Francis did nothing about it Father Pavone cautions that move before you come to a decision on that question unite need to know what’s going on everyone is asking in their minds the same questions who knew what and when what did they do or not do and why some have questioned viga knows motives noting he is a known critic of the Pope all this is happening among reports of a schism between the Pope supporters and more conservative Catholics in his recent trip to Ireland Pope Francis apologized for the sex abuses that have rocked the Catholic Church but the faithful may be making their own statement the Pope’s outdoor mass was expected to bring half a million people but only 130,000 showed up Charlene Aaron CBN News thanks Charlene Iran’s hardliners sentenced for Christians to harsh prison terms for believing in Jesus Christ the four were sentenced to a combined 40 years in prison for allegedly conducting illegal church activities and spreading propaganda which reportedly would threaten national security the number of Iranian Christians have been sentenced just recently to a combined total of 45 years in prison solely for practicing the Christian faith including you know through attending Christmas gatherings and organizing hostages now if they are imprisoned they will be prisoners of conscience so it is happening right now I may ask you to continue to pray for the Iranian Christians that are highly persecuted indeed we must Amnesty International is appealing to you drop the sentences the four Christians who are currently free on bail are awaiting the verdict of their appeal in courts more than 100 years after the Ku Klux Klan held a major rally at the top of Georgia Stone Mountain hundreds of Christians from across races and denominations gathered there to denounce racism making the climb to the top of the mountain participants in the event dubbed one race took part in a day of reconciliation prayer and worship attendees say the experience was a step toward fulfilling the will of Jesus Jesus did say this that the world will know that we are his disciples when we love each other and we are one and so this is God’s heart his desire for us to be one one race pastors at the event signed the Atlantic covenant vowing to stand against racism and Christian disunity well up next author and minister Max Lucado explains how you can find hope in a hopeless world it’s all in his new book when we come back parents the Superbook Bible app is a great way to get your child reading the Bible because in today’s busy world we can use some help the free Superbook Bible app has fun stuff your kids will love they’ll have a blast learning the Bible playing great games watching cool videos discovering heroes in the Bible they’ll have fun while they learn God’s Word the Superbook kids Bible app available now life it’s meant to be lived fully jesus said it I came to give you life life to the fullest life in your family life in your finances life in your body mind and spirit [Music] life in your everyday [Music] at cbn.com we’re taking what Jesus said seriously [Music] we’re here to help you discover life life live it fully cbn.com nine-one-one what’s your emergency we have a vehicle that it’s upside-down and on fire these people are trapped and we need the jaws of life my feet were on fire the car was full of smoke it was fire coming in to my left your steering wheel was stuck in my chest it didn’t move seat belt I kept trying to release it the neuen release and I just screamed God finger angels now I saw a set of just white hands it was just a burst of white light some sad news to report inland Hills Church in California lost its lead pastor Andrew Stoke line after he took his own life on Saturday his wife shared the devastating loss on Instagram saying her husband struggled with depression and anxiety his suicide is bringing attention to all the pressure on men and women in the ministry pastors have a real challenge in the sense that pastors give so much to so many people and many times the standards of behavior and conduct for pastors is so much higher that they feel isolated pastor Andrew left behind his wife and their three young children the family asked for prayers during this difficult time more and more it seems the world is becoming a hopeless place that’s why pastor and author Max Lucado wrote his latest book on a topic he believes the world needs to need to hear more now more than ever he sat down with CBN’s Jennifer Wishon to talk about the power of hope famed author Max Lucado has written so many books he finds it difficult to name every title for memory his latest is called unshakable hope why did you feel led to write this for youth book yeah about hope in this case two things happened one was just a sense of despair among people in our congregation of people facing challenge after challenge issue after issue generally with the tone of saying is this ever going to stop and then about the same time coming across the statistic that said that the numbers of suicides in the United States have increased 24% since 1999 I just was stunned by that you know if if a particular disease increased 24% would call it an epidemic and you’re right that God is incapable of breaking the promises only have value if God is faithful right and every time in Scripture that God speaks what he says happens I mean we found that in the creation story and God said and God said and God said and it was and it was and it was when God says something it happens he cannot lie the Bible says as a pastor you said that you tend to write about things that are on your heart and things that you’re seeing in your congregation and in society I wonder why right now we’re seeing people feeling anxious and you know what’s going on in the world that that’s creating this environment my hunch on this is that we are seeing the fruit of a secular society when when we raise up a generation of people and tell them that all of life is just what they can see what they can touch and what they can hear in other words there’s no transcending power there’s no good God overseeing the affairs of mankind when you remove that from society my feeling is that that creates a discouraged society it there’s if there’s no hope beyond what I can create no strength beyond what I can muster no no solution beyond what we can come up with we look around say well this isn’t very good you know and I just soon get out of it then stay in it I do not want to oversimplify that the whole issue of suicide I know it’s it’s a very complex issue and I would never want to you know make it sound like there’s a one-step solution but you got to think that a generation that does not believe in God that that is choosing to turn its back on God well you got to think that we would soon bear the fruits of that in secularism sucks hope out of a society Jennifer Wishon CBN News hello is this thing on hey kids well do you then you’re gonna love this it’s the new free Superbook kids Bible app you can play games watch videos find answers to your questions and a whole lot more the new Superbook kids Bible app free downloads available on iTunes and Google Play now hello I’m Terry Newsom did you know there are more than a hundred and forty-eight million orphans in the world today a hundred and forty eight million but it was three little girls that taught me about the plight of orphans my husband and I spent nearly a month immersed in the daily activities of the Ukrainian orphanage as we waited to adopt three sisters I saw firsthand the utter loneliness the pain of rejection and the overwhelming desire to be loved that experience changed me forever and out of it grew a ministry from my heart called orphans promise today we’re helping orphans and vulnerable children in more than 50 countries worldwide thousands of children are now in safe homes they’re being educated and they’re learning life skills I’m asking you to join with me and they family to these children will you call the number on your screen right now because every child deserves a chance to be happy when you give smiles grow bigger will you care homes are happier when you comfort the hurt goes away [Music] when we all come together to love [Music] miracles happen hundreds of thousands of people in the flood battered Indian state of Kerala are rebuilding their lives after devastating floods their Kerala that’s ok CBN’s Operation Blessing is on the grounds helping on the ground helping victims Kerala is slowly limping back to life for two weeks the South Indian state got hammered with catastrophic flooding not seen in these parts in over 100 years I’ve lived here for the past 10 years and this is the first time such an event has ever happened all 14 districts in the state got affected causing widespread damage so many families had no time to save any of their possessions as floodwaters swept through their homes and businesses 445 people lost their lives more than 100,000 buildings were destroyed the government says some 7,000 miles of roads have been destroyed or damaged farmers have lost millions of acres of crops the water here were till the level of the houses the end that tank which is which we see behind me it was completely submerged and now the water is receding and people are coming back from their relief camps CBN’s Operation Blessing teams are there to meet them doctors nurses and aid workers are deployed to some of the hardest hit areas of Kerala bringing food medicine water and other essential supplies here as you can see there are a huge number of patients and people in distress the patients mainly have complaints related to fungal infections and waterborne diseases more than a million people were displaced by the floods with many finding shelter in thousands of relief camps across the southern state while doctors treat the sick and injured at this medical camp Operation Blessing crews are helping some 300 families as they wade through muck and mud to clean houses and streets that were submerged for days so they can return to their homes and rebuild their lives Operation Blessing in India and around the world doing good work and I is corrected it’s careless you actually have connections to Kerala that’s what your parents are from Kerala you know god bless you well folks thanks for joining us this week until next week goodbye and God bless you [Music]