Come February, charismatic leaders from nearly every stream of Christianity will join together to pass Billy Graham's mantle on to this generation.
YWAM, Dunamis Movement, Christ for all Nations, Jesus Image, Circuit Riders, Lifestyle Christianity and more have partnered together for The Send.
The movement has been marked by prophecy since the Lord planted the original seeds years ago.
"It would be an outbreak of signs and wonders and miracles, and the gospel would be the center point or the central message of the stadium," says YWAM's Andy Byrd, who was part of The Send's inception.
"Out of these gatherings, the passions, the zeal and the sense of responsibility that Billy Graham had would fall on a whole generation," Byrd says.
Now, the time has come. Byrd shared all the details with Charisma in a podcast interview.
Multi-platinum-selling country singer Josh Turner's I Serve a Savior released in October to critical acclaim, "bypassing the Saturday-evening revelry of most modern-day country," as stated by Rolling Stone. A collection of hand-picked hymns alongside brand-new originals and live recordings of some of Turner's most memorable hits, I Serve A Savior complements the singer's baritone voice. "All the while, [Turner] manages to put his distinct spin on the classics," shares Sounds Like Nashville, adding "I Serve a Savior provides a much-needed message of hope to the listener ... and proves that [Turner's] gospel album was well worth the wait."
CHARISMA NEWS: Why release this project now?
A gospel record has always been something I've wanted to do. My faith has always been important to me, so when I chose songs for this project, they meant something special to me. I was able to go into the studio and record some of the songs I'd been wanting to record for a long, long time.
How did you pick the hymns? I have a deep connection to all the songs on this record, whether I first heard a song on my grandmama's record player, like "I Pray My Way Out of Trouble," or performed my favorite hymn "Without Him" with my old gospel quartet, The Thankful Hearts. Each of these songs means something special to me.
I think the biggest difference is the contemporary language in the modern hymns. But I think the message, the heart and the inspiration can be genuine, whether it's old or new.
What was the writing process like for "The River (of Happiness)"?
It's been a long time coming, and I'm glad I was able to include my wife [Jennifer] and my four sons. They actually wrote it four years ago, when Hampton was 8. Hampton even played a little bit of mandolin on it. When I was having a production meeting one day, Jennifer and I talked about it, and I said, "This would be a really neat moment on the record to have them sing on this." It's an uplifting song, and having Jennifer and the boys singing on it drives that home. I thought it would offer something new to the record, and having everyone involved is a really neat moment.
How does your understanding of hymns affect your country music and vice versa?
My understanding of hymns affects my approach to country music because of the way the lyrics are written. They tell a story in a very specific way, so when I approach a country record, I try to accomplish the same thing. I want to cut songs that mean something. The flip side of that is when I approach a gospel record like this, I come at it from a country perspective. I want it to be laid-back and tell a story. I want to hear the country or bluegrass flair.
How is the Lord moving in your life right now?
I have seen God unify people in a way I think only He can. I think He can bring everybody together no matter what race we are, where we come from, how old we are. You know, all that fades away when He's involved.
What is your prayer right now?
My prayer is that this record would be impactful and influential and would come to a listener at the exact time he or she needs it. Whether someone is looking for encouragement or some answers to questions in their life—whatever they're seeking, I hope this record would play a small part in meeting that need.
Spiritual warfare isn't just a metaphorical concept believers pretend to imagine. It's a very real war raging in the unseen spirit realm. "Turning Point" radio host David Jeremiah spoke openly with Charisma about spiritual warfare and his new book, Overcomer.
Charisma: Why is the armor of God more than a metaphor?
David Jeremiah: The armor of God is essentially eight strategies for being prepared in the fight against the evil one and for overcoming in His name. In the armor illustration, we're actually given practical instructions on how to protect our mind and our heart, reminders to stand firm on the truth and never compromise, reminders to be aware of the deception and lies of the devil and a reminder to turn to God's Word in times of doubt and uncertainty.
Charisma: Why does spiritual warfare matter in today's tension-filled climate?
David Jeremiah: Many Christians are living in the midst of a raging spiritual battle they may or may not know is taking place around them. We're told very clearly in Ephesians that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but rather against spiritual forces. I think sometimes Christians forget this. We get caught up in the physical and ignore the underlying spiritual battle that needs to be fought first and foremost.
As children of God though, I don't believe these spiritual attacks need to leave Christians defeated, discouraged or disillusioned. Instead, followers of Christ need to seek out greater connection to the Holy Spirit living inside of them, to tap into God's strength and power to overcome life's many obstacles.
Charisma: What do we not realize about the spiritual battles raging today?
David Jeremiah: From a spiritual perspective, an important distinction is that as Christians we are not fighting for victory, but from victory. How comforting is that? This is an important paradigm shift that will change everything if followers of Christ will grab ahold of this truth. Throughout Scripture, we're called to be strong, and that means standing in the victory that's already been won. As we look back, we rest in Christ's victory over sin, Satan and death. As we look forward, we face the future, knowing God will always lead us in victory.
Charisma: How can we prepare ourselves for spiritual battle?
David Jeremiah: I've noticed something interesting, looking back on the story of David and Goliath. Notice the terms in the Bible describing Goliath are all physical: his massive size, the sight of him twice a day for weeks on end taunting the Israelites and the shout of his booming voice. But the terms used to describe David are all spiritual: his conviction, his courage and his confidence in the Lord. Going further, we read that David never asks about the weight of Goliath's spear or the size of his shield. But he does reference the Lord's strength nine times throughout the story.
David never lets himself get consumed with the physical aspect of the task at hand. He's laser-focused on the supernatural power God has promised. So we need to take a page from David's playbook. When we're overburdened, oftentimes, the solution is to get our eyes off of the physical and readjust to the spiritual.
Charisma: How can we press in to victory when it seems like all hope is lost?
David Jeremiah: It's all right to talk to God about your problems, but sometimes you need to talk to your problems about God. Preach the goodness of God to them. Prophesy the promises of God to them. Proclaim the victory of the cross to them.
Charisma: How is God moving today?
David Jeremiah: An important fact I constantly remind believers of is that the miracle-working God of the Bible is the same God who has empowered you today. I don't say that to be cute. I mean it! Grab ahold of the authority you've been given and pray over every crisis in your life in Jesus' name.
The brutal act of terrorism against Jews in Pittsburgh has united many in the Judeo-Christian family in Pennsylvania and the country at large to pray and seek the Lord during a time of sorrow.
According to Reuters, a gunman yelling, "All Jews must die," stormed Tree of Life Synagogue during Saturday services, killing 11 worshippers and wounding six other people including four police officers, before he was arrested.
Here's how major faith leaders are responding:
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California:
As Americans, and as a fellow community of faith, we can testify that nothing is quite as despicable, horrifying or barbaric as when worshippers of any tradition or creed are targeted for what they believe, or as is the tragic reality today, senselessly murdered for it. We at the NHCLC stand in unity with the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, as well as the larger Jewish community throughout America, and affirm our deeply shared kinship and love— unbreakable bonds that span millennia. Where one of us is less safe to believe, we are all effected and we are all less free. While we thank God for the bravery of our first responders in law enforcement, our hearts are deeply grieved by this senseless violence. We pray that the wounded would heal, that the family and friends who have lost loved ones would be comforted, and that justice would ultimately be swiftly served.
Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel:
I plead with all of America to pray for our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh who have awoken to the news of this horrible tragedy. I grieve with my Jewish friends in the aftermath of such senseless hatred. People of every faith must be able to worship freely and without fear. This is a hallmark of our nation's history, and every faith leader must treat this as an attack on the free expression of worship, regardless of their own religious beliefs.
I can't imagine what the families of these innocent victims are experiencing right now. But I want them to know that the entire nation is grieving with them. We need to do more to protect our places of worship in this country. We are all too familiar with this sort of breaking news; and we can't grow numb to it. I don't ever want to wake up to hear of a story like this ever again.
Anti-Semitism is sadly still a very real and dangerous ideology that plagues every corner of the globe. So I also pray that everyone, no matter their political persuasion, will put aside their differences and help combat this and try to turn the tide.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas:
I strongly condemn Saturday's attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our Founding Fathers built our country on the most precious of all freedoms, the freedom to worship God free of persecution, without compulsion and in safety. Attacks on any faith are wrong and reprehensible. It's time to remember, as I pointed out in my book, Twilight's Last Gleaming, that true tolerance doesn't require surrendering your own beliefs or deeming them unimportant or negotiable. Instead, true tolerance is respecting the right of others to be wrong.
I know that Christians everywhere will join me in praying for the victims of this tragedy, in expressing our solidarity with the Jewish people, and deploring anti-Semitism in any form.
Rabbi Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and founder and associate dean and director of Global Social Action of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO:
We are sickened by this horrific attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's historic Jewish neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with families of the dead and injured as well as the rest of the congregation and Jewish community.
Rabbi Tuly Weisz, director of Israel365 and editor of The Israel Bible:
There is a long, bloody history of Jews being murdered in our houses of worship. What is new is that this is happening in America in 2018. It is jarring, horrible and should be a wake-up call that terror needs to be obliterated everywhere.
People all over the world must stand together against religiously motivated terrorism.
As an Orthodox rabbi who has dedicated his life to building bridges between Jews and our Christian friends, I call on lovers of Israel everywhere to stand in unity and pray for these families whose loved ones were killed, and to fulfill the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Comfort, oh comfort My people, says your God."
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer:
Please join me in praying for the victims and the families of all affected by today's terrible shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, including the three police officers who were injured trying to stop this attack. This was an act of pure and outright hatred, and it should be condemned by all of us. Anti-Semitism should have no place in America.
Debra Minotti, Operation Exodus USA president:
It's a sad and heart-wrenching time for our Jewish friends and for the world. A horrific, ant-Semitic and evil attack was perpetrated upon a peaceful group of gathered worshippers.
We need to be alert to this event. Anti-Semitism is rising. We must pursue the Lord for His leading this day, and for the days to come. What would He have us be, and what would He have us do in the day we live in. OEUSA has a representative covering Pittsburg, Judy Peterson. That team is now praying.
Let's take this moment and first pray and seek the Lord's will and heart. Next, look for a way to reach out to your local Jewish community and extend to them your love and support. Do this with no agenda but love, God will show you the way. Lastly, we serve a faithful God who is watching over His Word. Let us walk in the confidence of the knowledge of this truth.
Hug your family this day!
Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church:
Before the finger-pointing begins and this tragedy gets lost in politics, please stop and consider this: Eleven people will not return to their families tonight. Many others will bear on their bodies and in their minds the wounds of this day for the rest of their lives. Whether we are near or far from this tragedy, we should all pray a prayer for them.
We also must call this violent act for what it is: Anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest, most despicable forms of racism in the world. It has paved the way for a myriad forms of hatred and prejudice. We must all condemn it and commit to root it out of our country.
Dr. David Jeremiah, Pastor, Bible teacher, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated TV and radio host:
What a devastating day it has been for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Yet it's also a devastating day for all Americans and people of all faiths. No one should ever have to endure such horrific violence in a house of worship in a nation where the free exercise of religion is a fundamental and basic human right. I'm praying for the families of these victims right now, and I pray that God gives them comfort and a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes:
The murder of 11 Jews [Saturday] isn't just an attack on the Jewish community, but an assault on all Americans. This act of pure evil struck at America's foundational value of religious liberty. No person should ever face persecution or violence for their faith. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims, and we are praying for the recovery of the six individuals who were wounded. People of faith— every faith—share in mourning with the Tree of Life Congregation.
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Don Moen, a pioneer of the modern praise and worship movement, has spent his career as a worship leader, producer, songwriter and music executive. While a student at Oral Roberts University in the early 70s, Moen began touring with the musical group Living Sound and evangelist Terry Law. By 1986, Moen had recorded "Give Thanks" for the Hosanna Music! praise and worship series at Integrity Music, where he would serve as creative director, executive producer, and eventually, president of the label. During his tenure there, he sold more than 5 million units and signed worship leaders and songwriters such as Paul Baloche, Ron Kenoly, Darlene Zschech and many more. Today, Moen lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Laura, where he is president of Don Moen Productions and oversees his international nonprofit ministry, Worship in Action.
If there was ever a time for people to hear this message, it's now. "God will make a way where there seems to be no way; He works in ways we cannot see..." —that's the key phrase right there. In spite of the hopelessness you see around you, God is working in ways you cannot see to bring hope, healing, salvation, provision, deliverance, and provide for every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). We need to take our eyes off what we are hearing in the news, on social media and more and focus on the only one who can make a way.
Looking back, what are some specific circumstances where you saw the Holy Spirit intervene in your life/career?
There are so many times the Holy Spirit has intervened in my life, and I share a lot of these personal stories in the book. It's much easier to see how the Holy Spirit intervened in my life when I look back—while I was in the middle of a decision or a challenging circumstance, it was a little more difficult to see.
The Holy Spirit worked through many people to influence the direction of my life. My pastor, Ray Schaible, gave me a love for worship and for the presence of the Lord as a young boy, preparing my heart for what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life. The Holy Spirit clearly led me to transfer from a state university to ORU, where I met Terry Law and Larry Dalton, two men who influenced my life tremendously by giving me the opportunity to travel the world with a missionary evangelistic group called Living Sound. This led to my first opportunity to lead worship for Terry Law at his meetings, which eventually opened the doors for me to work with Integrity Music for 20 years. It's so clear to see how the Holy Spirit led me through all these decisions, but at the time, I couldn't see things as clear as I see them now. There were a lot of days that just required walking by faith, knowing that God had called me and believing that somehow He would make a way for me.
How did your time at ORU influence your career?
My time at ORU influenced me in so many ways. I began to learn how to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, to listen to His voice. I learned the principle of seed faith and giving, and I'm not talking about a "give to get" philosophy. The principle of sowing and reaping is biblical. At ORU, my faith was stretched like never before. Oral Roberts had a plaque on his desk that read, "Make No Small Plans Here." ORU, the university that bears his name, is just one example of how he lived out his faith every day. This was contagious, and it rubbed off on all the students. In those days, ORU was a smaller school, and it was not uncommon to be sitting in the Student Union having a snack and have Oral come and join you at your table!
ORU was founded with this prophetic word that Oral Roberts received: "Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased." I answered this call while I was attending ORU and as a result, I have been privileged to share the good news of the gospel around the world for many years.
What prophetic words have guided you?
I think one of the most important prophetic words that has guided my entire career came to me in the middle of the night. I was 32 years old when I was awakened from a deep sleep at 3:00 a.m., and I clearly heard a voice that said, "Get up and turn in your Bible to Psalm 40:3."
That's all I heard, but I was wide awake, and when I read that Scripture, something happened to me, and I just sat there, meditating on that Scripture. I can't explain it all, but I told my wife the next morning that I felt I had been ordained into something, and I wasn't sure I understood what it meant. I had been praying a lot about my music and had written in my journal that I didn't want to write any more music unless it came in "power, praise, healing and deliverance."
I'm not sure I even understood what this meant, except that I was determined to find a deeper purpose in my songwriting. The message in Psalm 40:3 was very clear: "I have put a new song in your mouth; a song of praise to our God. Many will see it and fear and put their trust in the Lord."
This is "worship evangelism." God was about to bring together all the years I had spent touring with the group Living Sound and open up a new door of influence for me with my music through a company, Integrity Music, that had not yet been founded.
Many years ago, after a concert outside of Phoenix, Arizona, a pastor gave a prophetic word to my wife, Laura. He said, "I see you giving birth to a child. ... in fact, I see you giving birth to many children, but this will not stop you from traveling the world, sharing the good news of the gospel. I see an international family. Your children will go with you around the world."
Wow. Little did we know the struggle we would face trying to have children, and how many times we would listen to this word and wonder if it would ever come to pass. I share this very personal story in one of the chapters in my book. Years of tests, infertility doctors and miscarriages discouraged us and challenged what little faith we had left, but after 12 years, God gave us a baby girl, then a boy, then a girl, then another boy, then another boy! Yes, in seven years, God gave us five children!
And just as the pastor prophesied, they have all traveled the world with us as we share the good news of the gospel and still work with me in the ministry. God is so good! I have one more story to share if you have the time.
Many years ago, my wife's sister wrote a letter to her sharing some personal things, and then she added, "While I was praying for you, I had a vision of Don standing in front of thousands of people, leading them into God's presence and writing songs that soothe the hearts of kings."
When Laura read that letter to me, I said, "Honey, your sister Susan is a great girl, but she is not a prophet, because there is no way I am going to stand in front of thousands of people and sing."
You see, I had failed my speech class at ORU because I was too afraid to get up in front of 15 people to give a speech, so I skipped my final exam. There was no way I could imagine myself standing in front of thousands!
A few years ago, Laura found that letter in one of her old Bibles, and as we read it, we realized that everything had come to pass, including her final word that said, "Don's real strength will come from Laura standing behind the wings of the stage."
How true that is! Laura and I have been married for over 45 years, and although she has heard me sing thousands of times, I can always find her somewhere in the audience or back stage lifting up her hands in worship like she was experiencing this for the very first time. She is an amazing gift to me, and I had to confess to her that it seems like her sister was a prophet after all.
What has the Holy Spirit told you about your future?
I believe I've heard the Holy Spirit say to me that He has much more for me to do and that the next 20 years of my ministry will produce more fruit than all the previous years put together. This has been confirmed to me through many other people as well. God has put some big dreams in my heart, and sometimes I wonder how they will become reality, but Isaiah 55: 9 tells us His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
My prayer is simply that God will do all that He wants to do in my life. Amen!
Lauren Daigle's latest album, Look Up Child, appeals to the masses on a supernatural level.
Her songs topped charts upon their debut, beating out hit artists like Drake and Ariana Grande.
Her worship touches the hearts of Christians around the globe in all circumstances.
On Saturday, she took her music behind bars.
"Yesterday was one so unexpected. It was a day that was more than I can articulate. It was a day my eyes had never seen and will never be able to unsee. We sang songs with inmates whose voices carried deeper in to our hearts than the echo of a microphone will ever release. I saw hope in the face of the hopeless, joy in the wake of sorrow, wealth in the gap of depravity, and life in the midst of death. These people have stories, and they also have souls. I watched heaven befriend those who are often forgotten. With each day that passes, may I never take for granted what it is to walk around as a free man. I held a bottle of cold coffee upon pulling out of Statesville Correctional Prison. My hand had never remembered that bottle being so cold..." Daigle posted to Facebook.