Turning the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the sons to the fathers.
“It’s the Father’s heart. It’s the Father’s heart.” A man passionately whispered to Greg Lancaster and Pat Hamilton in Washington, D.C. We were at the Promise Keeper’s event called “Stand in the Gap” where over a million fathers, sons, and men came from around the nation to humble ourselves, acknowledge our sins, and repent before the Lord. It was an amazing time to hear over a million men worshiping God so loud you could hear the sound of worship all throughout Washington as we overflowed the Washington Mall into the streets of the city. As an Ambassador for Promise Keepers, Greg had led many men to join in this multitude to seek our Father and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
Malachi 4:5-6 (NKJV)
Out of the large stadium events, Promise Keepers events were awesome, powerful, and life-changing birthed the Malachi Mandate; Next Step Outback, also known as the Next Step Fathers & Sons Camping Trips. For ten years Greg Lancaster never stopped speaking this prophetic word of “turning the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the hearts of the sons to the fathers.”
As the years progressed we expanded, at the father’s request, to the parent son and daughter, Next Step Outback. They wanted to be able to bring their daughters and mothers wanted to bring their son or daughter. It was at this point we began to share the importance of making God’s values our priority and taught everyone the Ten Commandments in such a way that they all walked away knowing what they were and being able to share them. We also imparted into the parents and their children wisdom on parenting, the importance of maintaining a heart of gratitude, God’s expectation of us to have a heart of obedience, and how dependent we are on Jesus Christ for this to be a reality in our lives. It was then we imparted the wisdom of abiding with the Lord. Find more at iAbide.org. And then let him tell you the story: