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King Jesus Champions the Gospel and KOs The Devil At The Gates in Granite City


King Jesus Champions the Gospel and KOs The Devil At The Gates in Granite City

Friday, April 25-Flip Benham came to the gates of hell in Granite City this past weekend and proclaimed the truth. Friday there was a victorious fundraising banquet for Small Victories in St. Louis at the Bevo Mill. Flip proclaimed the need for men to fight this abortion battle and the need for people to get out on the front lines. "Jesus through Small Victories and company has saved 635 babies since January 2000, that's incredible," said Pastor Benham. There were over 200 saints in attendance. A free lance photographer gave his heart to Jesus and a few minutes later a love offering was taken for Daniel and Angela's ministry. The Holy Spirit came down and filled this new, baby Christian's heart with the grace of the Holy Spirit and he announced he would match the offering taken… PTL! There was great praise and worship music by Joy Mick, and Daniel and Angela gave their testimony. Angela told a heartfelt story of a reformed Sandy who had every intention of aborting her three grandbabies. Flip gave a great teaching message. Good fellowship and spiritual time was had by all.

Saturday- On Saturday morning we stormed the gates of hell at the Hope Clinic. As innocent blood was flowing throughout the sewers of Granite City, IL., churches were just "singing a lil' louder" to cover the cries of thirty unborn little boys and girls. Between seventy-eight and one hundred little "Davids" turned out to "pick a fight" with the "Goliath" of our day. Two mothers decided against sacrificing their unborn children and left this altar of murder and mayhem with their babies still ALIVE! Church members from Faith Lutheran, New Birth, New Life Assembly of God, Our Lady Queen of Peace, and St. Peter and Paul stood in the gap for the these precious image bearers. Four pastors represented clergy with Reverend Flip Benham, director of O.S.A., leading the charge. In 1 Samuel 11:1-7 Compromise seemed to be the order of the day. "Reaching across the aisles"

On Sunday morning, Pastor Steve Hunsaker of New Birth Church welcomed Flip and gave us a great luncheon afterwards. Flip preached on the men of Jabesh-Gilead laying down and refusing to fight. People were very encouraged by his message of truth. Abortion is a man's issue. We live in a "sissified nation." Our sword (the word of God) is our most powerful weapon, yet religious men are not using it for what God intended. Instead, they are showing off the sword and putting it away for another day. Everyone is coming out of the closet, except the Christian… Why are so many evangelical Christians killing their own flesh & blood? Because religious men are not using the sword that God equipped them with every Sunday!

On Sunday night Angela, Daniel and arrows, took Flip down to O'Fallon, Missouri where Flip spoke at Pheasant Point Baptist Church. He gave a great sermon on how we must stand on God's word and go out and reveal three truths. Abortion is murder, homosexuality is a sin, and Islam is a lie. God calls us fathers and mothers to teach our children the truth and lay down our lives for them. He spoke on "gates".
               Gen. 22:17-18, Gen. 23:17 Let's roll, we're goin' in for a fight."

Psalms 24:8-9 "Lift these gates so that the King of Glory may come in." Men of God need to be out on these front lines of the battle, with the Word of God as their weapons. It shouldn't be the pregnancy centers run by women leading the battle. When America went to war, we didn't send the Red Cross out first and then the troops. No, the mercy ministry is sent out towards the end or after the fighting. There needs to be justice first, and then mercy. "Hoorah!"

1 Samuel 11:1-7 The Ammonites were going up against Israel to attack them. So the men of Israel wanted to "compromise" with them so they wouldn't have to fight the battle like the Church of Jesus Christ. Israel's leaders were wimpy and whining. Israel was a "sissified" nation. King Saul heard about it and he cut up an oxen telling the people, "This is what will happen to the oxen of anyone who won't follow Saul and Samuel." What if God cut up a church and sent it to the other churches of St. Louis. They would be terrified to lose their churches, their salary, or their pension. They would rise up and fight like the men of Israel did. 1 Samuel 11:7 "Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they turned out as one man."

1 Samuel 13:1-15 King Saul had 2,000 fighting men with him and his son Jonathan had 1,000. Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost and the Philistines heard about it. Israel heard the news and said, "Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost and now Israel has become a stench to the Philistines." The men of Israel were whining again. They needed a "wham-bulance" to take them away. When the men of Israel saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns. They didn't want to fight the battle, just like the church today. The church is hiding in the closet. Men of God are hiding in caves. Jonathan picked a fight. The Church needs to be like Jonathan and pick a fight with the devil. We need to pick a fight with the abortion industry, homosexuality, and Islam. We need to fight the battle. When you lose your life in battle you do valiantly.

1 Samuel 13:19- 14:23 The Philistines were raiding Israel of their weapons so that Israel couldn't fight. Only King Saul and his son Jonathan had a spear and a sword on the day of battle. But only Jonathan was using his sword. Our sword is the Word of God. The enemy has taken away our sword. We like to sing about it and talk about it and show it off, but we don't use it. We need to be like Jonathan and use the Word of God against the devil. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he used God's Word to fight him. In 1 Samuel 14 Jonathan picked another fight with the Philistines. The men of Israel were still hiding in their caves. Jonathan said, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few." Jonathan's armor bearer was with him in heart and soul. We need to be that faithful to God. Jonathan and his armor bearer showed themselves to the Philistines. They let the Philistines see them. They came out of the closet! Everybody is coming out of the closet… except the Christian. The Philistines said, "Look! The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in." In their first attack Jonathan and his armor bearer killed some twenty men. Panic struck the whole Philistine army. The ground shook. It was a panic sent by God. The King Saul's army came out of their holes and joined in the battle. We need to fight the devil. We need to do to the devil what David did to Goliath. David took out the "uncircumcised Philistine who defied the armies of the living God." 1 Samuel 17:26 Just like Jonathan took out the "uncircumcised fellows" who attacked Israel. The Lord rescued Israel! King Jesus rules, and the devil drools"!

Remember, "A gift will get you anywhere, but character will keep you there".

~A. Johnson MBA featherweight champion

Be encouraged, ~ Angela