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An End-Times Perspective

Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father… Luke 12:51-53

I read an article this morning about a father who wrote to a local paper calling out his son, running for political office, as a liar.  This father and son are obviously on opposite sides of the political spectrum and have allowed their worldview differences to poison their family ties.  I am not sure how you feel about this but I never thought I would witness what is happening in our country today.  What is going on?  Where is all of this dysfunction coming from?

Well, if you are a follower of Jesus and understand your Bible, none of this should surprise you.  We have been deliberately conditioned as a people to hate each other based upon class identification.  First our real enemy, the devil himself, working through corrupt leaders, divides us.  Perhaps you have heard of Mass Formation Psychosis.  Here is a recent definition posted from an SWFI article:

Psychosis is when people lose some contact with reality. Mass formation psychosis is when a large part of a society focuses its attention to a leader(s) or a series of events and their attention focuses on one small point or issue. Followers can be hypnotized and be led anywhere, regardless of data proving otherwise. A key aspect of the phenomena is that the people they identify as the leaders – the ones that can solve the problem or issue alone – they will follow that leader(s) regardless of any new information or data. Furthermore, anybody who questions the leader’s narrative are attacked and disregarded.

You can see this happening around a plethora of social issues in our culture right now.  As I mentioned earlier, we know where this is coming from but the bigger question is, where is it all headed?  If you are a Christ follower you no doubt have your views on end-times theology.  For the sake of time and space let me suggest two basic ones.

The first view is held by people who believe Christ is coming back to a victorious and spotless church that has suppressed the darkness.  The second view basically believes the opposite—Jesus is coming as our conquering King to finally defeat the prevailing darkness in our world.  There is probably not a lot of Biblical support for either of these extremes but let me unpack what I believe may be happening.

Back in the mid-eighties my pastor, Jack Hayford, related what he called The Opposing Stream Theory.  What he postured was that in the end times both of the afore mentioned views will be true.  He suggested that all throughout the history of man there has been in place two streams running in opposite directions, the stream of light and the stream of darkness…good and evil.

Pastor Jack would say that throughout most of our history those two streams have been flowing in opposite directions at a relatively slow enough speed that you can have a foot in both of them.  He then suggested that as we approach the end times the darkness is going to get a lot darker and the light a lot brighter.  As this occurs those streams will now be moving in opposite trajectories so fast that, if you try to have a foot in both of them, it will tear you apart.  YOU WILL HAVE TO DECIDE…WHICH ONE WILL YOU BE IN?

Dear friends, I believe we are seeing this in our world today, particularly in America.  Please allow me the liberty to apply different names to those streams—I would call them God and No God.  Almost every issue we find ourselves facing today, in my view, is being viewed through one of these two lenses.  At the ninety thousand foot level these are the only two worldviews that really matter. 

While I think it is helpful to explore different ideas about what is happening, it is even more important that believers discover how God wants us to think and act during this exciting leadup to His coming.  My friend Matt Barber and I are getting ready to film a pilot radio and TV show titled On Target geared toward helping the believer identify issues and discover the proper attitude and actions necessary to respond.  This is so important today—we are desperate for a balanced Biblical perspective.

If, as a believer you think this is important and want to pursue God’s perspective I want to suggest reading Romans chapter 12.  It has been said that if you could only have one book out of the entire Bible that would give you the best message of redemption, it would be Romans.  It is also suggested that if you could only have one chapter, it would be chapter 12.  I am asking each of you, reading this article, to please read chapter 12 today.  Maybe every day for a while—let it sink in and take root.

The major themes are surrender, transformation and  humility.  The Apostle Paul also talks about discovering your identity by understanding how God has wired you uniquely.  If you want a free tool that will help you discover your natural gifts outlined in verses 6 – 8 you can go to https://otm.co/spiritual-gifts-test/.  This tool only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and will give you a full report.

My friends we are headed into uncharted territory and the stakes have never been this high.  If you are putting your hope in man’s ability to save the day you are being foolish.  God is not wringing His hands about man’s ways—He could not care less about elections or political posturing and maneuvering.  His ways are not our ways but they do include you and me.  He is crazy about you and wants you to position yourself to receive His power in order to be a mighty victorious warrior in the battle that is heating up.  How will you respond?

Let me close with the Apostle Paul’s powerful last words to Timothy, and by extension, to all of us:

2 Tim 4:1-5 (NKJV)  I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

September was a month filled with some major highs and lows.  On the low side our dear English Cream Golden, Bentley, has had three severe seizures.  I have not witnessed anything like this before.  You feel so helpless as there is nothing you can do for the poor animal who is going through it.  Perhaps some of you have experienced this.  For me it has caused some very emotional times as I keep reliving the visuals.  He is getting a lot of prayer and our vet is doing everything possible to find out what is happening.  Cindy and I would ask you to please pray for Bentley.

Another low point happened this month as Facebook decided to permanently take down our pages and we lost 13,000 followers overnight.  The frustrating part of this is there is no way to find out why.  They have complete control and will not tell us why this happened.  The only thing they tell you is that we somehow violated some standard but we have no clue what that might have been and they refuse to review our appeal with a generic message saying they do not have the manpower because of Covid.

The bottom line of course, is that we do know why.  Be prepared folks as any of us who proclaim Jesus and quote scriptures are subject to being shut down.  It is only a matter of time before Youtube and Twitter do the same.  We have already had warnings.  These platforms are highly political and very woke.  If you have a sizable audience they will shut you down, especially before this important election season. 

I am to the point now where I am wearing this as a badge of honor.  The Bible tells us that this kind of persecution is to be expected.  Our job is to press on and shake this off, and that is what we are doing.  In the process we are rapidly expanding through 6-8 other emerging platforms that are open to our messaging.  Please look for us by going to our home page at otm.co where you will find a number of icons for other platforms.  The main ones right now would be Gettr, Truth Social and  Rumble.

On the upside we have had a lot of ministry happen through our weekly men’s group, All In Men (AIM) and also our weekly Zoom leadership meetings.  We also had another Zoom pastors conference with about a dozen village pastors in India.  The most exciting ministry happened on the last weekend of the month as we held our second Encounter event in Florissant, Colorado.  I may have mentioned last month that The Encounter was a tremendous success as so many men told us it really helped them discover how to get closer to God.

This month at our second event it was even more special.  After our morning briefing and orientation for the day we gathered the men at the Ranch’s stable for a special event before they began their six hours of quiet time with the Lord.  Cliff, a true horse whisperer who works at the ranch, put on an hour presentation with a horse named Tanner.  Cliff has known Tanner since the day he was born 26 years ago.

What he and Tanner did around the arena was amazing.  Each of about a dozen different exercises were designed to show us what a proper relationship with God is supposed to look.  At one point he was guiding the horse without a saddle or reigns—just gentle nudges and soft words.  He even sighted the words in Isaiah that say, you will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it as he had Tanner literally walk backwards through a maze he could not see.  What a powerful time to experience before going out into the forest to spend time alone with our Lord.

The discussion and teaching time at the end of the day was wonderful and after dinner the men had another opportunity to throw their pieces of paper with the issues they wish to let go of into the fire.  At this event we offered the men an opportunity to stay overnight and enjoy a breakfast and final session with communion.  Pastor Al McCausland led that session and it was powerful.  We ended our time by gathering together and praying specifically for each member of the Dawn Of Hope Ranchteam.  Such a special time.

As I close I want to remind each of you of how special you are to us.  This letter only goes to our monthly supporters and it is Cindy and my hope that what God is doing through your generous financial and prayer support blesses you.

Advancing His Kingdom Together,

What Is A Disciple?

An excerpt from Vince’s upcoming book, The Man God Intended  

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…  Matt 28:19

What is the purpose of an automobile?  Transportation, of course.  How would you define an automobile, in other words, what are the essential characteristics an automobile must possess in order to live out its purpose?  The first, and obviously most important, would be its power source.  Without that it is going nowhere.  Next, it needs all of the essential parts that give it the ability to navigate.  Then finally, it needs a destination.

Now, lets switch gears (pun intended) and ask, what is the purpose of a disciple?  I want to suggest that it is Transformation.  In fact, I believe that is really the main purpose of God’s church on planet earth.  The REAL product of Ford Motor Company is not cars, it is Transportation.  They manufacture different kinds of cars for differing transportation needs.

In the same way, the REAL product of the church should be Transformation.  Making disciples and releasing them into the world is the way we bring about the true purpose and thereby advance His kingdom.  If Ford attracts a whole lot of parts, the pieces that when brought together create the car, and leaves them on the factory floor, Transportation will not happen.  In the same way, if the church attracts a bunch of people and does not make them Disciples…Transformationwill not happen. 

I suggest to you that this is the great challenge we face in the church today.  If we do not get this and change our ways, we are doomed as a nation and will have missed God’s call for America.  If we can agree that we must change and be intentional about making Disciples we must start with defining what a disciple looks like.  In a recent meeting with a bunch of pastors and leaders I posed the question, what are the characteristics, or markers of a Disciple?  It was embarrassing—deer in the headlights.  How can we produce something we cannot even define.

Before Ford even thinks about assembling those parts do you not think they know EXACTLY what it is to look like?  Do you think they would even release it from the factory until they examined it and knew that it passed inspection and that Transportation, will result?  Of course not.  So what do you think?  How good a job are we doing in our churches as we consider this analogy?

In a past article I wrote about the three, which have now become four, characteristics or markers of a Disciple.  I want to briefly mention those again here, but before I do, let me ask you to consider what the non-essentials are in the quest to live out the intended purpose.  For instance, in the case of the automobile, it does not matter what color it may be…let me repeat that, the color of the car means nothing.  It also does not matter how flashy it is or how much it costs.

Likewise, with producing a disciple, there should be no concern about anything other than the essentials.  In His mind every human being on planet earth can become a disciple as long as they possess the necessary markers.  Who you are, what color you are, where you’ve been, what you have done…none of that disqualifies us from becoming the man (or woman) God intended.  What is required, however, are these four markers:

Marker one:
An intimate relationship with God.  This may sound like a given but in my humble opinion, this is where we have failed miserably as a church.  Let’s go back to our car.  This is equivalent to putting all the parts together without a power source.  It may look and feel like a car (a lot of people look and feel like disciples) but is not going to produce Transportation any more than that church attender will bring about Transformation.  This is why today there are so many well-intended Christians out there trying to make a difference with little to show for their efforts—no REAL spiritual power.

Dear ones, this is essential for us to get.  This is the reason in my ministry that I am now dedicating myself to specific training times throughout the year to help men develop an intimate relationship with our Lord.  A relationship that will allow them to truly sense and feel His presence in their lives.  It is only then that we can understand and receive the next markers.

Marker two:
Know how God made me.  If I do not have an intimate relationship with God I will never discover how He made me.  In other words, it’s like God answering the question, Lord, when you look at me, what do You see?  I don’t know anyone who would not want the answer to that question.  Going back to our car, this would be understanding all of the parts (gifts) present that make it, or me, work.

Marker three:
Know why God made me.  Following this process we now come to our destiny—the reason for our existence.  Someone once said, if you do not know where you are going…any road will take you there.  That is what is happening, especially with a lot of men today.  In this stage is where we find out our specific assignment.  Remember the third marker for our car is knowing the destination.

Marker four
Living out my purpose.  Just like what happens when that car is headed toward its destination, Transportation is taking place and it is fulfilling its purpose.  You and I, in our respective spheres of influence, bring the life and love of Jesus and transform our culture one life at a time.   

Keep in mind that a car without a destination and a man without a destiny are still a car and a man. 
What they have in common is they both belong in a museum.

In case you missed it earlier, let me say it again, the problem we have today is that we do not have true spiritual formation until we develop an intimate relationship with our Lord.  The true spiritual power is not there and all the world hears is our noise.  If we are going to turn this around, not only do we need to adopt these markers and have a take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to developing them, we also need to do it in the order they appear above.

Each one of these must be built upon the former.  Our training in our churches needs to reflect this approach and we must be willing to change our metrics for success from butts in chairs to spiritual formation/depth.  Remember, before that car leaves the factory it is inspected, evaluated, and someone checks that box that says—Transportation can now happen.  Pastor, leader, trainer, when Jack and Mary leave your church or equipping systems, do you know if they qualify as a disciple and Transformation will be the result?

This was one of the most defining moments of my life
–Vince D’Acchioli

It was in the early 80’s, I was a rising senior executive for a Fortune 1000 company and a fairly new believer on my journey to become The Man God Intended.  In my quest to discover who I was as a man, I decided to ask a range of people, beginning with my family, what they saw in me.  A significant person on my list of those to pursue was a man that would become my mentor and great personal friend, Pastor Jack Hayford.  What follows is the story of what happened when I asked him what he observed in me.  If you happen to know Pastor Jack you are probably smiling right now and thinking, that is a very dangerous question.

It turned out to be a pretty long lunch.  When I asked Pastor Jack for his impression of me I remember a blank stare and an uncomfortable period of silence.  Then, he reached over and grabbed the salt and pepper shakers from the side of our table.  He took the pepper shaker and said see this…this represents product.  You like product.  Nodding, but not really knowing where this was going, he continued.  You know why you like product?  I said no and he continued—you know how to purchase the raw material, you know how to manufacture it, you know how to package it, price it, display it, sell it—you can control product.

At this point I am thinking I may not like where this is headed but was still clueless.  He then grabbed the salt shaker and continued.  Vince, this is fruit.  You don’t like fruit.  It just so happens I really don’t like fruit but I had a good idea that was not what he meant.  He then added, do you know why?  It’s because fruit grows the way it wants to grow.  At this point he began to describe from the cellular level the incredible nature of fruit and all of its nourishing attributes in ways I had never heard.  And then came the clincher—Vince I see you as a Tiger becoming a Lion.

It was at this point I had to call a time out—Ok Pastor Jack, help me understand the zoological implications of that one?  He did—he went on to talk about the differences between a Tiger and a Lion in ways that blew me away.  Remember, this is the man who wrote the powerful song, Majesty.  He talked about how the Tiger is a skilled hunter, like the Lion, but that they hunt singular—they are not familial like Lions.  He talked about the majesty and patience of the Lion and then said, Jesus is not referred to as the Tiger of Judah, but the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

He encouraged me by letting me know how much he believed in me, but recognized I needed to rely much more on the Holy Spirit in my life then on my human ability to control.  He concluded by saying he saw me as a marble that God wanted to turn into a grape.  He held out his hand and used his thumb to demonstrate pressing down on a marble and reminded me that when the pressure is exerted the marble escapes—it will not be crushed.

On the other hand, he suggested that when you become that precious and ripe grape, submitted to the will of your heavenly Father, that same pressure now reveals the sweetness from your life that will extend to strengthen and nurture the lives of others.  What a powerful picture I received on that memorable day.

My friends, there are a couple of take-aways I want you to consider from this story.  First, the wisdom of asking others what they see in you.  I recommend this to practically every audience I address when talking about how to find God’s direction for your life.  It will provide a rich and meaningful flow of information that will help you better understand your blind-spots—we all have them.

But second, and most important is the lesson regarding letting go of our way and letting God fill us with His Holy Spirit.  Something that can only happen as I totally surrender my total being to Him and allow His richness to fill me for the designed purpose of extending His wonderful grace to a dying world.  In order for this to happen, we MUST get our eyes off of all the distractions and confusion going on in our culture right now and focus on what God wants to do with us.

We must remember that what comes out of us is only the product of what is in us.  If I am filled with anger, disgust, disbelief and fear, that is what I communicate to others when I am squeezed.  However, if I understand that He is crazy about me and desires to fill me up with His love, patience, kindness and joy, then imagine the significance of that flow as it is extended to a fractured people. 

Make no mistake, we are living in perhaps the most critical point in all of human history when it comes to the juxtaposition of light vs darkness. 

I want to close with some powerful words from a devotional I read just the other day:

He who believes in Me ... out of his heart will flow ... John 7:38

Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord's teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person — His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what He pours through us that really counts. God's purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze the sweetness out of us. Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, but only by what God pours through us — and we cannot measure that at all.   –Oswald Chambers

The Lord does not tolerate sin…He forgives it

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 6:9,10

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  Rom. 1:26-27

The great battle for the souls of man is heating up in America.  Our greatest privilege, freedom, is the very tool the enemy of our soul is using to destroy us.  Not much has changed since that incredible garden scene where the serpent suggested to Eve, surely God would not…

It is time for the vast majority if people in our nation, Christians and those who are not, to stand up for common sense virtue.  It has been said many times and in many ways, that freedom can only exist in a virtuous culture.  Our enemy knows that the only way to bring the bondage he desires is to divide us and it is working.

In this TargetPoint I am going to focus on just one of our points of division though there are a myriad in play right now.  What we call the LGBTQ movement or agenda, in my view, is the most disgusting and destructive force that needs to be dealt with.  The lost people behind this agenda are clever.  While claiming that people should be free to do what they wish they will not be satisfied until everyone affirms and even celebrates their perversion.  The result, children groomed and perverted and hideous diseases like AIDS and Monkeypox.

I need to pause here and make something very clear to my reader.  God loves every human being just like every parent loves all of their children.  However, not unlike a parent, He does not always approve of what His children do.  If you are a parent you understand this—how many times have our children entered into behavior that is not good for them or just wrong.  Does that negate our love for them?  Of course not—so why would we think our Heavenly Father would remove His love for us?  God is crazy about every single person caught up in this lifestyle.

People who are trapped into this lifestyle cleverly distort our concern about people violating God’s order as intolerance or hate—it is their way of forcing you into submission and even celebrating their perversion.  I will talk about Gay pride month in a minute but first let’s define LGBTQ.  Lesbian, (women attracted to women), Gay (men attracted to men), Bisexual (men and women who go both ways), Trans (people who feel like they are the opposite sex), Queer (strange or peculiar—not heterosexual), and soon you will see Pedophilia (people who are attracted to sex with children). 

If you think the sexual education of our grade school kids is happening because they care about them you are totally lost—they are being groomed

If you are not disgusted with the behavior associated with these orientations you are either caught up into one of these categories yourself or have been persuaded that it is just alternative behavior and should be tolerated.  Please let me suggest again that I am in no way suggesting that God does not love every single person caught up in this—He loves them deeply and so do I.

I am only focusing on the destructive nature of what these people “do” and not who they are.  What is being advanced here is what I call behavioral cancer and it is being used by the devil to destroy the human soul.  The vast, and I mean VAST, majority of people in our nation do not support this behavior.

Our kids are virtually being groomed and then destroyed and it is all planned and intended in order to divide us and ultimately destroy our nation.  This has happened in virtually every civilized culture in recorded history.  I do not need the Bible or my Christian beliefs to understand how destructive and perverted this is—a simple understanding of science, biology and common sense is all that is required.

It is time to wake up my friends.  The all-to-often scene of families with children on the sidelines of a Gay pride parade watching nude people riding bikes and people in leather and drag is a pathetic capitulation to a debauchery that is destroying our culture. We must speak out in love but boldly against all of this. 

Dear ones, this same capitulation is happening every time you enter a store celebrating Gay pride month with rainbow clothing and displays and continue to shop there.  The same thing happens when you hear of a sports team that sidelines a player for refusal to wear the Gay pride patch on their uniform and you continue to watch and support that team.  The same thing happens when national franchises openly say you are not welcome to shop here if you do not support LGBTQ and you go there anyway.

So, what should we do.  First we need to recognize the serious nature of this battle—and it is a spiritual one for sure.  We need to be on our knees every day in prayer, first for the precious people who are caught up in all this, and then for God to open the eyes of the blind.  We need to be voicing our objections in love.  But we must also understand that doing nothing is not an option—we MUST be engaged.

Though it will no doubt cause great inconvenience we no longer have an option to simply watch what is unfolding in our nation.  The next time you encounter a company, organization, church (sadly) or institution promoting this agenda you need to speak out and you also need to stop doing any kind of business with them.  When you see the display celebrating Gay pride month simply make a decision to never shop there again.  If you want to send an email or letter please bath it in prayer and love.

When you think about the two sides of this controversy typically, though not always, people who are opposed to this lifestyle either do not speak out or, if they do, it tends to be with love.  This is not so in my view with those who are caught up in these abhorrent behaviors.  I believe it is because God has placed in every human being a conscience that is aware deep within the heart that something is not right—the reaction then is usually tainted with anger.  This is a typical human response.

So again, please know that none of this is truly impacted if we allow our human nature to speak—it must be Jesus’ love and nature in you that people see. 

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