VFNRadio First Hour January 21, 2014

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WhyDr. Martin Luther King Jr.; We are called to love our Brothers
LISTEN NOW! Greg, John, and Pat discuss – Why? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.we are called to love our brothers.  They continue to share how the greatest tragedy is to remain silent in the face of injustice.  This is not a sound byte but rather how Dr. King lived and how we are to live.  We must begin to teach all of America’s history.  They continued to discuss how manydidn’t recognize Jesus when he walked about the face of the earth because they were expecting Jesus to arrive in a different way.  They further discussed how two men’s hearts burned when they thought they were just talking to a man but was later revealed that they were indeed speaking with Jesus.  What would happen if Jesus came to us in a different nationality? Would we embrace him? Rick Joyner shared a prophetic word that stated that African Americans would be used in a mighty way to usher in the third great awakening.   Why Dr. King?Because as an American Apostle his words still burn in our hearts some fifty years after he originally shared his now famousI have a dream speech.  If we don’t love our brother how can we say we love God?  The world sees another ethnicticity but we see another brother.   

History of Pensacola and It’s Significance for Today
Steve, Greg, and Pat discuss a recent trip as Steve ventured to a museum of Pensacola history. As Steve has only lived in Pensacola a few years, not exactly a native, what he learned was surprising. Pensacola is known as “The City of 5 Flags”. This name comes from the 5 different nations that controlled Pensacola: Spain, France, Great Britain, The Confederate States, and The United States.  As Spain explored and made new settlements, Christian missions played a significant part of the explorations throughout Florida including Pensacola. What was surprising to learn was that as Spain would explore new areas and established settlements, Great Britain would immediately be behind on their heels seeking to take back the land for British control. This struggle for power went back and forth in the early beginnings of Pensacola. Steve shared that it reminded him much of the history that was shared in the movie “Monumental”. People were looking to come out from under the oppression of the British leadership seeking their own land for freedom. During the time of learning, what stuck out to Steve most was a major slice of American History, The Battle of Pensacola. Little did he know just how significant this battle was in the formation of the nation.  During the struggle of back and forth control for Pensacola, Great Britain once again took control.   On January 1, 1777, the King of Spain, Carlos III receives this news. In response, he then delegates the young Captain Bernardo de Galvez to take back control of Pensacola for Spain. Galvez then leads a fleet of 30 ships through the Gulf of Mexico to Pensacola where the battle ensued. Galvez ordered his fleet to push into the bay of Pensacola. His troops disobeyed his commands commenting on the cannon fire that they would receive. Galvez then steers his own vessel, amidst cannon fire, secures land south of Pensacola, and then orders his fleet to follow his leadership. The battle ensued for weeks. On May 8, 1781, during an early morning surprise attack, a specific howitzer round was directed towards the British fort in the Northern part of Pensacola, “The Queen’s Redoubt”.  What is significant about this particular shot fired is what was going on behind British lines at the time: two British soldiers were walking into thegunpowder room, doors opened in the Queen’s Redoubt. At this exact moment the howitzer round impacted the gunpowder room causing the explosion that destroyed this British Fort.  The destruction of this specific fort finalized the victory for Galvez at the Battle of Pensacola.  What is vital about this battle was the reality that then President George Washington, was in communications with Spanish forces regarding the outcome of the battle. What he wrote highlights the importance of this specific battle
“Our whole attention is turned to the Southward, which is at present the Theatre of the most important operations. A successful blow in that quarter may give a total change to the face of affairs there.”-March 21, 1781
At the time of The Battle of Pensacola, George Washington was in Yorktown preparing to battle the British that were crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The victory in Pensacola destroyed supply lines that the British were setting up in hopes of ambushing George Washington from the rear in Yorktown. Because Galvez was successful in Pensacola, Washington was able to be successful in Yorktown and go on to establish the birth of the United States. Steve was shocked when he learned how significant Pensacola played in the establishment of the nation. From this victory, Captain Bernardo de Galvez was promoted to Commander General.
In the years ahead, the event of the Louisiana Purchase brought many Spanish settlers from the West to venture east again back to Pensacola doubling the population of Pensacola. During these times, there was much growth to follow.
“Pensacola was a hub for commerce along the Gulf Coast and across the Gulf of Mexico. Products from the interior, such as lumber and bricks, were processed or manufactured along the bays and rivers of the region, and were traded widely using water transportation.”


The Heart of Nehemiah: The Secret to Rebuilding the Church in America- Part 6

Don’t Stop Half Way the Enemy is Losing Ground and He knows it

LISTEN NOW! Greg, John, and Pat continue to discuss the heart of Nehemiah and the secret to rebuilding the church in America.  They encourage us not to settle for half builtwalls and not to leave any gaps.  They continue to share that we are building with living stones and these living stones will cry out.  We are seeing that if we embrace Nehemiah’s heart we may possibly be able to help rebuild the church.  However, that doesn’t mean it is a guarantee because others have to respond as well.  This can be seen in the lives of King Saul and King David they both had the same word spoken over them yet just one of them walked it out.  They continue to share how the walls have built up at this point.  They further discuss how many have s settled for half way built walls in their lives and ministry.  It’simportant to know that half way is not all the way.  Halfway built walls always leave you open for attack.  They continue to share how Sanballat and his crew came back to harass and frustrate the plan of God.    They came to the realization that they will not be able to have access to God’s people.  They also realized that they will lose their ability to get to them and find themselves outside of the walls.  These men were held captive by Lucifer.  They were really scarred because all the gaps were about to be closed.As long as you hang out with wolves and have open doors and windows he has access to you.  Don’t give access with those who will cross pollinate in a bad way.  Don’t be a gap in the wall, a hole for satan’s messages and messengers to get in.  The Apostle Paul warned you day and night that wolves would come in from amongst you.  Don’t give the wolf access.  They remind us that there are people that are supposed to be in the walls and then there are those outside of the walls.  They continue to encourage us not to leavegaps open just to make people happy.  No gap meetings, emails, and phone calls they will only take you out.  They continue to share that if you are on this journey this will prove to be very valuable to you.  When gaps in the wallare closed then there is protocol to come in.  Jesus said he is the gate any other way in is a thief or a robber.   They continue to share how Sanballat started a strategy to come against the completion of the walls.  It’s going to be thosewho say they love God.  Plotting to come against Jerusalem.  They are doing this because there access is going to be cut off.  These people are not just going to go away.  The closer the walls are getting higher and gaps closed they realize they will be completely out.  They were benefiting from the gaps, hearing what God is saying so now they are panicking because they are losing access.Organizers will use other people who are standing around.  They are stirring them with gossip.  If this is you; and you have been the “gap” then all that you have to do is repent and turn your heart to God so that you can come in through the gate.   They continue to discuss more in regards to Nehemiah chapter 4 and how the enemy doesn’t just sit there he is on the attack.    People get stirred up by Lucifer when they realize they don’t have access.  It’s time to close the gaps so that people can walk through the gate, Jesus Christ.  They continue to share in context of a local church gathering that just because someone came through a gap and is sitting in our present gathering thinking they are in but in reality they are not in because they didn’t come through Jesus.  Nehemiah’s response was but we will pray to God.  God will show you what to do.  They prayed andposted guards to watch and to protect.   You need to have a strategy of protection.  If the constant onslaught of discouraging attacks were not enough the strength of the labors was giving out.  They were half way there finally closing in the gaps and the adversary continues to wage attacks.  They begin to think because of the physical stature that the spiritual things the Lord has called them to dowon’t be accomplished.  That’s why it’s important to write down your vision and be refreshed by what God has said.   You also need to seek out wisdom.   It’s not by might or by power but by God’s spirit.    It’s God doing this thing.  Don’t measure yourself by the response of others.  They encourage us to just stay steady and watch what happens.The Bible tells us in Nehemiah 4:11 “Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”.  They are talking about physical deaths but we are talking about spiritual deaths.  Those who had their visions snuffed out.  Wherever you turn they will attack us.  Thewolves are circling. People held captive by Lucifer go around seeking someone to devour.  Nehemiah sends men to the lower parts of the wall.  Many in the body begin to grumble in their hearts because it is perceived by them that it is something that is not as important, but they are wrong. There is not time for wolves just remain steady in God call, direction and most all His love.
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