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I guess this indicates how out of touch I am with the American church scene. I just found out yesterday, on the Christian Post site, that the Crystal Cathedral is about to go down in flames.

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101019/calif-megachurch-enters-bankruptcy/

I shook my head in amazement as I read. They spent two million dollars last year for their Christmas program. Two million dollars.

How did we get here?

Last week, I taught for a week at a YWAM training center on the topic of the Holy Spirit. On the very first day, at one point, just in passing, I brought up my concern for the current state of the Church. For reasons unknown to me—well, I’ll say in Charismatic lingo that I was moved upon by the Holy Spirit—I almost broke down and wept. However—this kind of thing tends to happen often these days—I gathered myself together and continued teaching. A few minutes later, I noticed that there was a young lady sitting about three rows from the front who had tears running down her cheeks. I didn’t know if she was having a personal problem or something, so, not wanting to embarrass her, I continued teaching in the hopes that she would soon recover.

She didn’t. It wasn’t long before she left the room in tears.

During the break, one of the leaders came to Laurie and me and told us that this young lady—her name is Nadine—wanted to talk to us privately. We didn’t know what to expect. What difficulty was this young person struggling with? It turned out, however, that Nadine wasn’t experiencing a personal problem at all. She had just had a very powerful experience with the Holy Spirit.

It took a while to have a clear understanding of what she had experienced, because she couldn’t stop crying. What did come out, though, is that she had had a vision of Jesus right there in class, weeping and saying, “I didn’t want it to be like this.” The “it” that Jesus was referring to was the Church. When I had mentioned the Church in my lesson and briefly experienced His burden, the Lord had spoken to Nadine on the same topic, although her encounter had been so powerful that it overwhelmed her.

I guess seeing Jesus in a vision, weeping, might do that to a person.

What is the Lord doing concerning His Church in this day? I don’t know what’s happening in your life, but in mine, He’s turning many things upside down. It’s confusing, awkward and…wonderful.

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