FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR LIONEL T. RUSH, B. S., M. A. R., D. Min.
TO: ALL PASTORS, THOUGHT LEADERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND CLERICAL LEADERS
OF THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST.
MY DEAR PASTORS
I WAS SITTING IN CHURCH SERVICES ON SATURDAY EVENING AT THE
CHRISTMAS REVIVAL LAST WEEK, WHEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD MOVED UPON
ME TO SPEAK TO ME. THIS PROPHETIC VISITATION WAS VERY STRONG AND AFFECTED ME SO GREATLY THAT I APPROACHED THE LEADERS OF THAT SERVICE AND THEY ALLOWED ME TO CONVEY THIS MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE PRESENT.
IN THAT POWERFUL VISITATIONAL SETTING, THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID TO ME, THAT
MY CHURCH, THAT IS, THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, HAD NOT
ENCOUNTERED NOR EXPERIENCED SOME OF THE TRAGIC CONFUSION THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THIS NATION, AS HAVE MANY OTHER CHURCHES AND ENTITIES.
SOME OF THE EXAMPLES OF WHAT GOD WAS SPEAKING TO ME ABOUT ARE/WERE:
April 24, 2016: Mark Storms fatally shot 27-year-old Robert Braxton III during Sunday services in a suburban Philadelphia church. Storms, 46, argued self-defense, but was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.
Aug. 9, 2016: A shooting during a party at a Jersey City, New Jersey, church left 17-year-old Leander Williams dead and two teenage girls wounded. Daequan Jackson, 18, was charged with murder.
Aug. 13, 2016: Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and his friend Thara Uddin were fatally shot as they left a New York City mosque. Oscar Morel, 35, was charged with second-degree murder.
Sept 24, 2017: Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, was charged with killing a woman and wounding six other people with gunshots at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.
Nov. 5, 2017: Dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault weapon, 21-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others.
AND, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT ANY OF US CAN FORGET THE SHOCK AND HORROR THAT EACH OF US FELT ON THAT DAY BACK ON JUNE 17, 2015 IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.
June 17, 2015: Nine black worshippers including a pastor were killed by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, after he prayed with them for nearly an hour. The shooting happened at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was convicted of federal hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion charges and sentenced to death. red wedding guest dress
THE TRAGIC SHOOTING AT MOTHER EMANUEL AME CHURCH SEEMED A BRIDGE WAY TOO FAR..YET AGAIN AND AGAIN, PRIOR TOO, AND AFTER THAT INCIDENT, WE SAW THIS REPREHENSIBLE TREND CONTINUE.
THE THING IS, AS TRAGIC AS THESE SHOOTINGS WERE AND ARE, THE DEVASTATION THAT IS UPON US HAS NOT JUST RESTRICTED IT SELF TO “MASS SHOOTINGS,” BUT, WE AS THE CHURCH COMMUNITY ARE BEING ASSAULTED IN MANY OTHER DEBAUCHED WAYS.
SO THEN, AS I GO BACK TO THAT SERVICE IN WHICH THE LORD SPOKE TO ME
THE OTHER EVENING, IN THAT INSTANT, DURING THAT CHURCH SERVICE, THE
LORD WARNED ME OF A COMING STORM THAT WE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST COULD NOT AND WILL NOT ESCAPE BUT FOR HIS SUGGESTION OF HOW TO AVERT THIS TRAGEDY.
SO, HERE IS WHAT THE LORD SAID TO DO:
THE LORD SAID THAT WE SHOULD TAKE THREE DAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF
JANUARY 2018. THAT WE SHOULD COME TOGETHER EACH OF THOSE NIGHTS AT
ONE OF OUR CHURCHES; AND, THAT WE SHOULD SPEND TWO HOURS IN PRAYER FOR EACH OF THOSE THREE NIGHTS. ADDITIONALLY, THERE SHOULD BE FASTING GOING FORWARD ON THOSE DAYS.
THE DAYS THAT I LOOKED AT WERE:
JANUARY 23RD, 24TH AND THE 25TH —THESE DAYS ARE— TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY—@-6:45 P.M. TILL 8:45 P.M.
THE PURPOSE OF THESE PRAYER SERVICES:
THESE SERVICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE ‘PASTORAL” PRAYERS…ALL MAY ATTEND
BUT GOD HAS CALLED TOGETHER HIS SHEPHERDS TO PRAY AS PRIEST/PROPHETS
THE GUIDING SCRIPTURES FOR THESE PRAYER SERVICES ARE:
*LEVITICUS 9: 23—MOSES AND AARON THEN WENT INTO THE TENT OF MEETINGS. WHEN THEY CAME OUT, THEY BLESSED THE PEOPLE; AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD APPEARED TO ALL THE PEOPLE.
*NUMBERS 12:4 AT ONCE THE LORD SAID TO MOSES AARON AND MIRIAM, “COME OUT TO THE TENT OF MEETING, ALL THREE OF YOU. “SO THE THREE OF THEM WENT OUT.
*NUMBERS 20: 6—MOSES AND AARON WENT FROM THE ASSEMBLY TO THE ENTRANCE TO THE TENT OF MEETING AND FELL FACEDOWN, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD APPEARED TO THEM.
*I TIMOTHY 2: 1-3—FIRST OF ALL, THEN, I URGE THAT SUPPLICATIONS,
PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, AND THANKSGIVINGS BE MADE FOR ALL PEOPLE,
FOR KINGS AND ALL WHO ARE IN HIGH POSITIONS, THAT WE MAY LEAD A PEACEFUL AND QUIET LIFE, GODLY AND DIGNIFIED IN EVERY WAY.
THIS IS GOOD, AND IT IS PLEASING IN THE SIGHT OF GOD OUR SAVIOR.
WHO DESIRES ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED AND TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.
THE FIRST PRAYER SERVICE WILL BE HELD JANUARY 23, 2018 BEGINNING AT 6:45 PM AT:
FREEDOM TEMPLE COGIC-2101 EAST BROOKSIDE AVE, INDPLS, IN 46218
—PASTOR—SUPT CHARLES SANDERS
--THE THEME OF THE FIRST PRAYER IS---“SEEKING THE FACE OF GOD”
THE SECOND PRAYER SERVICE WILL BE HELD JANUARY 24, 2018 BEGINNING AT 6:45 PM AT:
NEW ST MARK COGIC-2064 CORNELL AVE. INDPLS, IN 46202
—PASTOR DR. MICHEAL FRENCH
--THE THEME OF THE SECOND PRAYER SERVICE IS—“SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD”
THE THIRD AND FINAL PRAYER SERVICE WILL BE HELD JANUARY 25, 2018 BEGINNING AT 6:45 PM AT:
SOLID ROCK COGIC-2357 CARROLLTON AVE. INDPLS. IN. 46205
—SUPT JAMES R. DARTY
--THE THEME OF THE THIRD PRAYER SERVICE IS— “SEEKING THE MIND OF GOD”
WE WOULD HAVE AND THEREFORE WE SEEK THE FOLLOWING THINGS TO WIT:
GOD’S PROVISIONS, AND
***ALL, AS WE ARE ASSURED OF GOD’S PROTECTION AS WE STAY***
“UNDER THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS!”
--ALL ARE WELCOME—PASTORS WILL LEAD THE PRAYERS—
THE HOST PASTOR WILL INITIATE THE FIRST PRAYER OF EACH SESSION THEN THE OTHER ATTENDING PASTORS WILL CONTINUE THE PRAYERS ACCORDING TO THE THEME OF THE EVENING AND AS GOD LEADS.
HUMBLY SUBMITTED AND I REMAIN:
YOURS IN THE MASTER’S SERVICE
ELDER, DR. LIONEL THOMAS RUSH, B. S., M. A. R., D. Min.
PASTOR & SON OF THE COGIC.