In Times Like These

How are we to respond in days like these when morality is being shifted and reshaped by the courts and public opinion? The scripture below is directed primarily to preachers and speaks to such times and what our approach should be:

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NLT) 1 “I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NLT)

I plan to continue to preach the truth of the bible in love, come what may, because God’s word is the truth and the greatest source of blessing for now and for eternity.

Pastor Stan

Click here to check out a great article by the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, George O. Wood.

Fast and Furious 7

It has been an incredible seven weeks. We started two new Horizon Community Church campus locations; one in Sherwood and another in Tualatin that is Spanish speaking. We reached our million dollar missions giving goal for the year. Over $1 million has been pledged for missions globally and locally. As a result, Horizon Community Church will build another Remember Nhu home in Cambodia to rescue young ladies from sex-trafficking. We’ve increased our giving to over fifty missionaries across the world and we are going to reach to help the poor in our own area with our hands, hearts and funds in an even greater way this year as well.

And finally, this week at Easter, we had a total attendance of 1748 on Sunday (highest ever) and, even more importantly, 85 people made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Wow! Thank you Father God for all You have done!

Yes, it has been a Fast and Furious seven weeks, but all the hard work of ministry has paid off. Thank you people of Horizon Community Church for caring and giving, you are making a difference in this world!

Oh, and by the way, Paul Walker was a believer and I am sure he is smiling up in heaven and enjoying all of these results.

New church building in Cambodia built by the generous people of Horizon Community Church.

New church building in Cambodia built by the generous people of Horizon Community Church.

Exponential Advances at Horizon

One Church Many Locations Church Photos

What a great season we are in at Horizon Community Church. We have two new locations becoming Horizon campuses starting this Sunday, February 22, a Sherwood location and a Spanish speaking location, Esperanza of Horizon, in Tualatin. The multi-site era for Horizon Community Church has begun. This ministry strategy increases our impact for Jesus both here and around the world exponentially. We are now one church in many locations.

We also took what we call our Kingdom Builders pledges last Sunday. Kingdom Builders is giving to the mission of God both locally and globally. We were hoping and praying for $1,000,000 to do the following: build a house for Remember Nhu in Cambodia to rescue young girls from sex-trafficking, build a church and support a pastor for a year in Africa, help build a warehouse for Embrace Compassion to serve the poor in Ethiopia, support the Palau Festival in New York City and many more things including preparation and improvements to our two new Horizon Community Church locations.

I have great news for you, as of now, the gifts and pledges for Kingdom Builders 2015 total $964,000, meaning we are close to our goal of $1 million to build the Kingdom of God both here and across the earth. If past years are an accurate indicator, the remaining Kingdom Builders pledges and Remember Nhu offerings that trail in in the next few Sundays should put us very close to reaching that goal. What this means, of course, is more of the love of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ being shared in a greater way both locally and globally.

I don’t know if I have ever been more excited to be the pastor at Horizon. Join me in praying for all of these new endeavors and pray that God will help us reach that goal to do even more for Him. After all, in Luke 11:2, Jesus asked us to pray, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done…in earth,” and the bible also says, “faith…if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). So we are praying and working to see Jesus lifted up and glorified in our day.

Let Jesus In!


Imagine, for a moment, that your friends decided to throw you a big birthday party. You knew who would be coming to your party and where it would be. But when you arrive, you find the music so loud and your friends having such a good time that they can’t hear you knock or see you outside. As you press your face up against the glass, you see pictures of yourself on the tables. You overhear people telling stories about you. Everyone is having a great time while you’re standing outside, pounding on the door. But, astonishingly, you can’t get into your own birthday party!

We are sometimes unaware that we have ignored the honored guest. This story is an analogy of Christmas today: Jesus is outside, trying to get in.

We set up our nativity sets, sing a few Christmas carols, do a little shopping and decorate the tree. We get involved in all kinds of activities and in the busyness of the celebration. Jesus is altogether forgotten. Yet His birth is so historically important that we divide human history by it: B.C. and A.D.  His birth changed the world. Not only did His birth change the world; so did His death. God the Father sent Jesus his Son as the ultimate gift for us. How was Jesus wrapped?

Luke 2:12-14 12 “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (NKJ)

He was wrapped humbly in swaddling cloths. But the question is, why did God the Father send Jesus?

 John 3:16-17 16 ”For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (NLT)

That little baby grew into a man who went to a cross. Spikes were driven through His hands and feet. He shed His blood for the sin of all humanity. Then three days later, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, rose again from the dead. He is alive, and He is here, wanting to come into our lives. But we can miss Him. Today, Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and He is knocking.

Revelation 3:20 “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.” (TLB)

Jesus is knocking. Will you let Him in? He offers you the gift of eternal life, but you must reach out, take that gift, say “thank you,” and enjoy it. Please don’t miss Jesus this year. Make time for Him. Open the door and let Him in.

How to Deal with Criticism

When criticized, carefully evaluate the criticism to see if it is true.

a.    Go to God and ask Him if it is true.

2 Corinthians 13:5a Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith… (NCV)

b.    Go to friends, family and people who you love and trust and ask them if it is true.

Proverbs 27:6a Faithful are the wounds of a friend… (NKJV)

c.    If God and your loved ones confirm that you need to change, then get on the road to overcoming.

Psalm 51:10a Create in me a clean heart, O God. (NLT)

Remember that God is a loving God who has your best interest in mind. He will only take you through a process to heal you and bless others around you. He will not condemn you. His purpose is to bless you. You are safe in His hands.

If it is true:

a.    Have the humility and courage to admit that you need to change and grow.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (NIV)

b.    Decide to get on the road to change and reconciliation now.

c.    Ask God and people for forgiveness where necessary.

d.    Make yourself accountable to key people around the issue.

e.    Continually ask God to help you grow.

If it is not true: Deal with unfair criticism in the following ways:

a.    Know that it happens to everyone.

Yes, even a good person like you will receive criticism in life that is not fair. Someone somewhere will eventually speak evil of you. Look at David, Moses, Joseph, and Jesus. No one escapes this life without receiving unfair criticism, so don’t get caught up in the unjustness of it all. Don’t feel overly sorry for yourself. One of the most dangerous places in life for each of us is when we start to say out loud, “No one appreciates me.” It is fertile soil for the enemy of our souls to plant bitterness and we all know that bitterness will defile all those around us. We must keep our heads, know that these things happen and not throw a personal pity party. It one of the absolute worst things we could do to ourselves and those around us.

b.    Decide to be at peace as far as it depends on you, even if others don’t do the right thing.

We want to keep the blessing of God on our own lives and live in such a way that we create an opportunity for the best-case scenario for all involved down the road.

Romans 12:18-19 Do your best to live in peace with everyone. My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them,” says the Lord. (NCV)

c.    Decide now to speak the truth in love.

This means it is okay to tell someone what you feel is the truth in the situation. Speak in a measured and composed way. Sometimes we must put a couple of days between ourselves and the needed talk with others just to make sure we are thinking right. Pray through it and approach the conversation with the fruit of the spirit and a heart that has the best interest of all involved, even the one criticizing you.

d.    Decide that you will do your best to work things out in a Godly way.

e.    Decide that even if people do the wrong thing, you will do the right thing.

f.     Always leave the door open for future reconciliation.

Important: When you can’t get resolve after you are unfairly criticized, keep your focus on the job that you have to do.

a.    Don’t get distracted.

When Sanballat and Tobiah were criticizing Nehemiah and the Jews as they built the wall. Nehemiah recognized that they just wanted to stop the work.

Nehemiah 4:3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building-if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!” (NIV)

Nehemiah 6:2-3 But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (NIV)

When Sanballat and Tobiah accused Nehemiah and the Jews of coming against the King, this is how they responded:

Nehemiah 6:8 I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.” (NIV)

Then they circled the wagons to protect the work and each other, which is sometimes necessary in extreme situations.

Nehemiah 4:15-17When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall. But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah  who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon. (NLT)

Now this is metaphorically speaking here, we don’t need physical weapons today. Our weapons are spiritual weapons like bible wisdom and prayer. We do however, at times need to circle up and inform everyone so we can protect the work of the ministry and the sheep in the local church or, for some reading this, protect our work in business and the people we are associated with.

Be careful not to be sucked into a continual argument with those trying to cause trouble. Jesus spoke once and spoke well when accused. I think this is a good idea for us as well. After that discussion, get to work and finish the job. Like when you are a player in sports and angry people in the stands are booing you and your team, remember they can only be a factor if you let them. Don’t let it get to you. Don’t get distracted. Get the work done and do it well. Unfair criticism will go by the wayside and be discredited in time. Stay focused on what God has given you to do and finish the task at hand.

b. Know that your credibility will be restored over time.

The Lord is your protection. He is your defender. The honest truth is that when things are very difficult, it sometimes takes more than days or weeks for people to see your integrity and faithfulness. Sometimes it takes months or years, but walk it out and you will see improvement incrementally. The important thing for you to remember when you are unfairly criticized is that when you do right, the Lord’s blessing remains on you and He will bless you, your family and the work of your hands.

Proverbs 26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim. (NLT)

A time came when the wall was built and Nehemiah had a great place in history, but for a couple of months there were some nasty things said about him out there. You, too, will eventually be honored by God and others if you don’t get distracted. Keep the right spirit and finish the work.

c. Take all your hurt to God and let Him heal you. The truth is, it hurts when people criticize you.  

1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

Ouch, ouch, ouch! How can people believe the ugly things they say about you? It hurts so badly sometimes. In these times, remember that Jesus is the faithful high priest who was tempted in every manner. The word of God says “He was despised and rejected by men.” Go to the faithful high priest, Jesus, in prayer. He knows what you are going through and He is the one who will heal your heart.

d. Pray for those who have criticized and hurt you.

Matthew 5:44But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.” (NCV)

When we pray for those who have hurt us, we protect our hearts from fear and bitterness and we unleash the greatest possibility for the healing of those who are unfairly critical. This would be the best case scenario.

So trust God and follow the path that the word of God clearly gives you and you will see that God will be faithful to complete the good work that He has begun in you!

I hope this is helpful to those of you who are facing difficulties.

Grace and Truth,

Pastor Stan Russell

Preach the Gospel, and Since it’s Necessary, Use Words

A friend sent me this article today and I believe it is profound. It talks about the importance of preaching the Gospel in a day where many in America are talking about good deeds as the Gospel. The Gospel is the Good News about Jesus Christ and without words or understanding it cannot be received. Good works and example are fertilizer, but the seed that needs to be planted is Jesus!

Good deeds are, well…good, but they are not the Gospel. The Gospel is the forgiveness of sin that comes through the one and only Son of God who gave His life to pay a ransom for our sins on the cross.

If you don’t believe this, try watching a movie without the sound. See if it holds your interest and see if you can follow the plot without sound.

Romans 10:14  But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (NLT)

Ed Stetzer does a great job explaining further in this article.


The question isn’t, “Will I have problems?” The question is, “When will trouble happen?”  We can’t escape it in this life.  But, we are told by Jesus in God’s holy word, the Bible, how best to overcome it.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

Jesus can help us in our time of trouble like no one else can. Why? Because He is the ultimate overcomer who was crucified on a cross for our sins and has risen to sit at the right hand of Father God and He will intercede on your behalf:

Romans 8:34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. (NLT)

So if you are hurting, in trouble, or lost for answers in a difficult situation, try this: Kneel down in the privacy of your room and humbly say, “Jesus I need your help. I need your peace and your wisdom. Please show me the way.”

The bible tells us that we need to trust in God:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)

It also tells us that God is always ready to help us:

Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. (NLT)

God is eager to hear from you and He will respond to your prayers. In Isaiah 41:10, He says:

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  (NLT)

If you are hurting and have trouble today, my prayer for you is:

2 Peter 1:2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. (NLT)


Plant Yourself in a Good Church

Horizon Cross at Sunset 07-15-2012I have just returned from my sabbatical. A sabbatical is a time away to refresh and regenerate. Here at Horizon, pastors are given a sabbatical every seven years of service. I had a great time being with my family and traveling. I went to a number of very good churches while I was gone and enjoyed them all thoroughly. However, coming back to Horizon, the church where I have now been the lead pastor for over 21 years, felt great this last week. This is where I want to be, this is where I have “planted” myself and my family.

The bible says in Psalm 92:13-14:

13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing… (NKJV)

Catch this awesome truth from God’s word. His true Church is an awesome place that He has given as a gift to help us and our families.

I love God’s Church! It has gotten a bad rap lately in America, but the Church where Jesus truly resides is a loving, embracing, compassionate, caring, inclusive place that, at the same time, shares the truth of God’s word, the bible. The bible says in John 1:14 that Jesus was “full of grace and truth.” His church should be too. When it works right, the church leads people to the love of Jesus, helps them find a personal relationship with Him and encourages them to follow Him with their whole heart. As a result of following Jesus this way, people find peace, joy and eternal life in heaven. The bible says about Jesus in John 3:17-18: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)

I saw the church make a difference in my family’s life in an amazing way when I was young. We were a family that didn’t go to church when I was a young child, but when I was about eight years old, we all finally gave our hearts to Jesus and then my dad made sure we were planted in a church. Every time the doors were open we were there. A body of believers at Harbor Light Gospel Church in Santa Cruz, California, gathered around us and loved us, helped us overcome our weaknesses and even gave to us when we were having financial difficulty. That was the beginning of great blessing that would follow our family. I thank God for that church and every church like it.

The reason we all need to plant ourselves in the Church of Jesus, is that the true Church of Jesus is an awesome place for people and families to be and when we go there we will be blessed, built up and encouraged. Honestly, everything will start getting better from day one if you will plant yourself in the house of the Lord and commit to regularly participating in what God is doing there.

Consider these scriptures in the bible:

  • Hebrews 10:25 You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming. (NCV)
  • Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (NKJV)
  • Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not make your children angry, but raise them with the training and teaching of the Lord. (NCV)
  • Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (NLT)

We see in the bible that Jesus was in the temple regularly on the Sabbath and more. He is our example, right? Also, Paul, who wrote about two thirds of the New Testament, said it was his “custom” to be in the synagogue on the Sabbath.

So, I want to encourage you to plant yourself, and if you do, I firmly believe that your family will be refreshed, and that it will flourish and bear fruit just as Psalm 92:13-14 says:

13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing… (NKJV)

Grace and Truth,

Pastor Stan

God Loves and Forgives the Exotic Dancer

That’s an unusual title for a blog, isn’t it? But it’s true! God will love and forgive everyone who comes to Him with a humble and repentant heart. The letter below is one written to me by a woman who found Jesus at Horizon Community Church.  She wrote it anonymously, so to this day I do not know who she is. The letter vividly illustrates the amazing grace of God.

 Dear Pastor Stan:

            I have felt the pull to write you a letter for quite some time. Many times I’ve been unable to put the pen down on the paper. I have a tendency to want to appear perfect. Haha! What a joke that is!

            Nevertheless, here I am on Easter Eve with actual ink on a blank page! Tonight is the perfect time to share with you how amazing my walk with Christ has been; and how instrumental every aspect of the Horizon experience has been in my choice to receive the forgiveness Jesus gave me by dying to forgive my sins.

My adult life has been nothing short of disaster after disaster. I dropped out of Oregon State during my sophomore year and worked full-time since I was 19 years old. I worked in retail and hospitality until I was 22 when I decided to audition to be an exotic dancer. I was hired and quit my full time job as a reservations manager at a Red Lion Hotel when I was making twice the money in one hour that I would make in an 8 hour day. I spent 15 years dancing. Luckily I never did drugs but I drank, prostituted and was suicidal 90% of the time. This is a story that is too long to tell here and now, but it’s important for you to know that I am one of the people you are talking about when you say, “It’s life or death!” I don’t think a lot of people believe that. I am saying it’s true, more often than anyone would ever imagine.

            I came to Horizon in January 2009. My friend’s parents attend and my desire to attend church surfaced in a conversation. She agreed to go with me, so I met her and her family there. I was so nervous. I used to joke that I didn’t go to church because I didn’t want others to get hurt when the building fell as I walked in. (You have mentioned people like this and I crack up now!)

            By this time in my life I was married with a 1 year old daughter. I continued to come…it was an easygoing atmosphere. I could easily get up, get my daughter dressed and throw on some clothes, BAM! out the door to church. Nobody bothered me… I learned a lot from your sermons… and I cried a thousand tears. You let me know that God loved me no matter what. You gave me proof through scripture. You shared knowledge in a way that I understood and felt comfortable about. I felt very convicted every Sunday, but I would learn so much that I would keep coming back. Plus you are hilarious!!! I didn’t know a man or woman of God could be so “normal”! (Meaning (for me) down-to-earth.) I wouldn’t raise my hand to come to Jesus, though, because I went back to working in the adult industry after I got married. (My soon-to-be-ex-husband required me to bring in an income that I was unable to with an hourly job.) I worked until I was 6 months pregnant with our 2nd child. In January 2010, I finally raised my hand… oh what a feeling!!

            When my 2nd daughter was 1 month old, I returned to church. We (me and my girls) had begun living at my parents – my husband had abandoned us in most ways, and my mom and dad came to church with me the first time back. You had an altar call. I had never come up, I was too shy before. But with my parent’s strength to help me I came up, holding my tiny daughter on my shoulder. You looked right at us and I knew you felt my/our pain. (I am sure that gift is hard to bear sometimes.) You talked about how we are not alone with our pain, that God is with us. I was baptized 3 months later, in July, with my 2 daughters watching right there on the lawn.

            Pastor Stan, I know you get quite a few letters, probably hundreds. I have heard you read some. The common thread is how you have relayed God’s truth in a way that expresses the depth and breadth of God’s love and grace. You, the pastoral team, the elders, staff, volunteers, and church members have each contributed to my life “being saved” both physically and spiritually. Awkward Sunday showed me how important the light is, lowered, so one can feel a sense of privacy. The woman who opened the door for me many, many, many times with a smile when I was feeling harried. Having the card to scan to check in my children quickly is wonderful. The coffee, the clean restrooms, the sermon notes in the flyer…are things I love about Horizon. I love that it’s fun! I love that the truth is told! I love that, even being a large church, it really does feel like family.

            The words thank you are not sufficient for all of the people and all of the things that have been done to lead me in the direction of Christ. I simply want you to know how deep my gratitude runs towards Horizon. The touch on my life has touched my daughters, my parents, and (I am sure) others who I don’t even know. I just hope that the parts I play in Horizon will give someone else the environment they need to hear the truth, feel the grace and love of God, and see the amazing body of Christ that I did and still do see.


(name withheld)

2 Corinthians 5:17-18

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  (NLT)


Influence in Mainstream and the Marketplace

I was thrilled to see that there are currently three movies that have a bible emphasis that are in the top ten for mainstream Hollywood movies this week. I can’t ever remember this happening before. Heaven is for Real is at #3, Noah at #9 and God’s not Dead at #10. Not to mention that the movie Son of God was also in the top ten just weeks ago. (See the results online here: http://www.boxofficemojo com/weekend/chart/.)

I know you can find fault in some way with each of these movies. Noah: not true enough to the text (I agree), Heaven is for Real: could have gone further to bring it home about how to get to heaven, God’s not Dead: close in quality but missed the mark by a bit, Son of God: too small a budget and looked like the TV series.  But come on people, see it!!! This is good! These movies are in the top ten of mainstream! The point is, we are making progress and we are going to continue to bring Jesus and the bible to mainstream America. I am thrilled about it and praying for the future movie makers, actors and actresses, business people, singers, entertainers, politicians and athletes. It is a new day. We are not going backward, we are going forward. God is calling us to shift the conversation, to change the perception, to show His grace and truth to mainstream America and to do this not just within the confines of church walls.

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (NLT)

Romans 10:14-15 tells us, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!’” (NLT)

I love it when believers penetrate the marketplace. I have this conviction that we made a mistake a generation or two ago when we decided to hold up in the church and keep ourselves pure. We are called by God to shine our light in this world and when we left the mainstream with our music, our art and even decided movies were evil and that we should stay away, we left these things to the darkness. We can use the arts, entertainment and technology in a godly way to change the tide, to bring our nation back to God. The same is true with business. We are all ministers and business can and should be one of our main focuses for ministry. I believe God is calling His people to re-enter the marketplace. To be loving and caring, but bold to share who Jesus really is.

Please pray for and ask God how to support His servants who are missionaries in the entertainment industry. All too often we have made them feel they have left the faith, when in reality they are on the front lines, fulfilling a call that Jesus has given them.

There is a movement afoot to encourage and equip people to do just this. It is called the 7 Mountains of Influence. Here is a brief synopsis of how this got started:

There are 7 Mountains of Influence in Culture…

In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth with a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same timeframe Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.

These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. There are many subgroups under these main categories. About a month later, the Lord showed Francis Schaeffer the same thing. In essence, God was telling these three change agents where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents to scale the mountains and to help a new generation of change agents understand the larger story.

Follow this link if you are interested in more information about the 7 Mountains of Influence:

Grace and Truth,

Pastor Stan

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