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September 22, 2008

Pastor Mark Arnold talks with Todd & Sarah Palin

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 7:38 pm

I received this e-mail this evening and called and visited with Pastor Mark Arnold. This is not an internet scam and it really did happen. He has heard from people in 23 states this weekend and today CBN News spent 90 minutes on the phone with him and reported on this event. He is calling Christians everywhere to prayer for the upcoming election. Pastor Arnold pastors Covenant Christian Church which is just north of Cincinnati, OH. He gave me permission to post this on my blog and says this can be shared with anyone.

—– Original Message —–
From:
MEA31975@aol.com
Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2008 9:33 PM
Subject: Pastor Mark’s Meeting with McCain & Palin

Dear Pastor Clagg: 
 
Thank you for contacting me with your words of encouragement regarding my recent face-to-face meeting with John McCain and Todd and Sarah Palin – when they were on their Bus Tour in Lebanon, Ohio.
 
The meeting was a Divine Appointment with a definite message that God wanted me to share with all of them.  Meeting John McCain was a tremendous honor simply as I respect anyone with the track record of being a POW and for his years of leadership in Washington. 
 
Upon sharing with Sarah Palin the message that she is a “present day Esther” was a very humbling and moving ministry opportunity for me.  Her receptivity of the Truth was very evident as she was moved to tears and that she shook her head in a positive manner, thanking me for giving her the words that she will think about and stand on in the coming days.  Both her and her husband, Todd, received the words that the Lord allowed me to share.  They are a very strong team of integrity, honesty, confidence and an allegiance to God that will truly change the face of politics. 
 
While so many nay-sayers and complainers and criticizers want to hunt them down, and destroy their destiny and purpose they will not be able to remove the fact that God was grooming Sarah Palin in a little town called Wasilla, Alaska and at the appropriate time, God birthed her “…for such a time as this.”
 
Brother Ron, I want you to know that while I preached a Revival in your home town at your Church in Idaho, more than 15 years ago, you shared with me your heart regarding “Taking Our Cities for God” and “Spiritual Warfare” and as a Pastor/Evangelist like myself, I turned up the “heat” when I got home and began to call our Congregation to prayer…not just to pray – but to pray until answers came!  We stormed the “gates of hell” and we decided
that we would do what it takes to be a people that God could use and “believe God for anything!”
 
Now, all of the preaching and teaching and believing has surely been recognized in Heaven by our God – who really is interested – in the Leadership of our Country.  My Heavenly Father spoke to me…and I heard His Voice!
 
In this Truthful – real – definite – Ministry event that the LORD called me to in meeting McCain/Palin, in the little Ohio town recently, I share the event and exactly what happened with you as a Testimony of Praise to God for allowing me to “hear the voice of God” and then “carry out His message in a timely fashion.
 
Use this story in Email form.  Please know that you can send it to the ends of the earth to anyone who has ears to hear!  I know this is true…because I experienced it.  I will never be the same. When the Anointing shows up…things change…and my prayer is that God will move in the hearts and lives of anyone who reads this email story.  Oh God, let the prophets who have been hiding out in the caves and dens of the earth come out – for it’s time to guard one another and spiritually “fight” the good fight of faith! 
 
And for anyone who needs to verify or confirm this story that follows, please Email me or call me at the following numbers: MEA31975@aol.com        (513) 291-0425
 
Be Blessed!
Pastor Mark Arnold        

(PLEASE READ ENTIRE STORY BELOW)
 
This past Tuesday, the McCain / Palin Bus came through a little town called, Lebanon, Ohio.  The LORD allowed me to go to the Rally giving them a message that He wanted me to personally deliver.

Sunday Night – a burden hit me that would only shake me to my knees – I prayed and wept for our Nation.  Never has my heart been so broken before God.  I literally interceded for these wonderful people who do not deserve all the hate against them.  The GOD-Haters are going to try everything to stop them, but they will not succeed! 

God is not pleased with the “bashing” in the News of this “Anointed” person.  He has called her for this time!  I promised God that I would pray and hold them up in prayer.  I would “listen” out and be mindful of where they were.  The following day is important in this time-line…because I didn’t even know until God spoke to me…

Monday and into Monday Night – the burden of prayer was so heavy that I was literally shaking and could not stop weeping.  I didn’t know that they were coming to Ohio.  I prayed and walked and wept and walked.  I prayed and prayed and wept and prayed…

Tuesday at 2:00 A.M. – God spoke these words to me – “…Go turn the Radio on!”  Immediately the Reporter’s Words were – “McCain & Palin Bus to be in Lebanon later this morning for a 10:00 A.M. Rally!”

Immediately on hearing that news, I heard God again…God said, “You are to go.  You will meet them and give them a message for Me!”

I prayed as an intercessor and went to a place in prayer that I don’t think I’ve ever been…because the LORD had just visited me…and I knew I was on a ” Mission .”  I had now been up since Sunday NIght…and now it’s Tuesday and I’ve got to go on the “WORD of the LORD.”  He sure became My Strength as this unfolds…

I didn’t stop praying until I drove over to the town and parked the car.  The News would later report they were expecting 5,000 people and the actual head-count of those who had been scanned was more than 10,000 people. 

I simply obeyed…and God actually told me where to stand, who to talk to…and when to be on the move.  I had sure learned on the Mission Field, when God wants to open a door, He will do it at the appropriate time.  He always has someone to assist…and even those standing beside you may just be an Angel.

I struck up a conversation with an agent on the ground – he simply said, “I can’t allow you to stand here!”  Here is where the bus was going to actually pull up to.  They had to make a much larger perimeter so the entire area was now being moved back several blocks.  The only other thing he told me to do was to go through the metal detector zone and just watch from the back.  So, that’s what I did.

Due to sensitivity of the Internet…I can’t share much of the story as to what happened next was a definite GOD THING ALL THE WAY. 

Looking over the shoulders and backs and heads of all those people…I knew it would take a miracle for what GOD told me to do.

As I was standing there, two Boy Scouts came running up my back…literally, they almost knocked me to the ground because they were running so fast behind me…up my back and over to the right.  These Boy Scouts were about Junior High Age.  Their Scout Leader and several others were behind them…but as the two out front was trying to push through the crowd, saying they were late…the smaller scouts were left in their dust.  The Scout Leader who was with a McCain Rep from the State grabbed me and told me bring the other Scouts up front as they try to keep up with the first two that just came through.

I just became the leader of the rest of the Scouts to lead them right up front and center.  As the Rep was shouting back at me…to bring the Scouts forward…the people parted just like God parted the Red Sea.

I marched them boys right up front and to the right of the stage as one was looking from the back.  When I got there I was fifteen feet from the podium.  GOD said,
“Stand here, and don’t move from this spot.”
Within five minutes…the bus pulled up and around the other side McCain, Sarah Palin and her husband Todd stepped up and the speeches took off.  I was where God placed me…and even Sarah Palin and Todd were standing on my side of the stage.  I made eye contact, I gave them thumbs up gestures…and I knew they were just happy to see me standing there.  Ha Ha 

When they came around the podium and started on the other side, I knew they were coming right toward me, a little lady who stood by me, reached up and told the Rep that they had promised a Picture with her because she was the one who had lost a son in Iraq, recently.  The Rep confirmed she would get a pic with them and they would talk to her.  When McCain came to hug her… he immediately shook my hand and following his moment with her, I shook his hand as he grabbed my hand, now for the second time, and I said, “God wants you to know that I’m praying for you, Sir!”  He thanked me and kept smiling.  I repeated that phrase to him five times.  He grabbed my hands and looked right into my eyes and said, “I won’t make it without prayer.  Sir, Thank You for praying for me, and don’t let one day go by that you don’t pray for me.  I need all the prayers that I can get. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”As he moved to my right, Sarah Palin, came over to my left side…standing over the crowd and then looking at the little lady who had lost the son.  It took a moment for her to shake some hands and people were pushing in all around.  Sarah came and got on her hands and knees on that side of the stage and hugged that little Mom, telling her, “…it was not in vain.”  She promised her support. 

It was at this moment Sarah Palin, reached out for me to help her up and as I was assisting her to stand I was now face to face with her and GOD said, “Open up your Mouth and I will fill it.”Here is what came out…

“God wants you to know that you are a present day Esther!” 

[She immediately began to cry]!

“God wants to tell you that you are Chosen for such a time as this!”Her husband Todd came over and I told him what I told her.  He began to cry.

“You are called, and chosen to be a leader.”

“Don’t lose heart and don’t fear man.”

“The news and nay-sayers and criticizers are going to be very hateful toward you… and in the days ahead they are going to turn up the heat…but do not fear.”

“You are a present day Esther.”   You are an Esther.  You are an Esther!

“Keep your eyes on GOD and know that He has chosen you to Reign!”

“Stay strong…be strong…don’t tire.  Don’t be weary in well-doing.  Be strong.”

I emphasized the fact that he was to guard her at this time…and know that “…she is GOD-CALLED and GOD-ANOINTED.”  “…this is a GOD-THING and your wife is a Present day Esther…she is for God to use at this time…She is an Esther…she is an Esther…she is an Esther.”At this moment, McCain came right to where I was finishing talking to Todd and I told Mr. McCain exactly what I told to Sarah and Todd Palin.

“You will be hated…but stand strong…GOD has called both of you to stand!”

“We are praying and I am praying for you…!”

“Mr. McCain …they are called of God and she is an Esther.”He shook my hand and with a deep look of understanding what I had just said, he said, “Thank you for your prayers and support…I really do mean that!”And he turned and shook more hands…and I watched them as they went through the crowd.

“Don’t lose hope and don’t lose heart.”

“We are praying for all of you!”

When I got to my car I sat there for quite a long time…knowing the GOD of the Universe had just used me to deliver a message confirming to Sarah and Todd to realize they are truly chosen vessels of God. 

I wept.  I have not stopped praying and crying.  My heart is full knowing they had to have all the staging and all the hype and all the crowd…but the GOD of Heaven and Earth…wanted to give them a Divine-God-Appointment! 

To God be all the GLORY and HONOR.

If anyone wants to know if I believe God can speak.  Yes…Absolutely, is my Answer!

Be praying for me…and let me know what you think about all of this.

Pastor Mark Arnold
MEA31975@aol.com

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September 21, 2008

Election 2008 Prayer Guide

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 3:11 pm

Recently, a friend of mine whom I’ve known since she was a little girl, Elizabeth Brown, challenged me with an open letter calling Christians to pray for our upcoming election. It seems like for years I’ve heard people talk about the awful condition of America and our world. I’m sure times might be worse now than they were a hundred years ago, it’s hard to know for sure. However, one thing I do know for sure is that God’s Word has not changed and that the same God that was in control a hundred years ago is in control today. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

I will not hide the fact that I’m a proud supporter of McCain and Palin! I wasn’t very impressed with John McCain prior to the announcement of Sara Palin as his running mate. During the past 3 weeks, I have fallen in love with Sarah Palin (don’t worry, my wife knows about this crush of mine! J). I believe Sarah has the courage and the aptitude needed to effectively serve as Vice President and even President should that be deemed necessary. Sarah is a committed Christian and a pro-life Mom and a lady whom I believe is in touch with the real world. Last Friday, the 700 Club did a special report on Sarah’s faith. You can read that report and see the video here.

Over this weekend I thought about the parallels between the opportunity Sarah Palin has engaged in and what Queen Esther faced, as recorded in the Bible. I believe God controlled the heart of John McCain and caused him to select Palin as his running mate. To me, she is like Queen Esther, “Who knows, perhaps you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14b).

This morning in church I started multi-tasking and looking at some scripture verses that assure me that God is still in control of our political situation in 2008. I want to share just a few of those with the readers of my blog. I pray these verses encourage you as much as they did me. I also pray that they encourage you to spend time praying specifically about this upcoming election. I certainly believe Jesus Christ could return at any moment and I’m doing my best to be ready for the rapture. But, in the meantime, I want to pray for the great country of America and also those who are leading or who will be leading us for the next four years.

God controls the hearts of our leaders. Proverbs 21:1, “A king’s heart is a water channel in the LORD’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.” Whether the Republicans or the Democrats control the White House, we can know that God is controlling the heart of whoever is elected as President. We can begin praying now for our new President. God already knows who will win the election.

God accomplishes His purpose. Proverbs 16:4, “The LORD has prepared everything for His purpose–even the wicked for the day of disaster. ” God may choose to let America have a less than ideal leader as part of His punishment of a country that has seemingly left Him out of the picture. The NIV Study Bible has these comments about this verse: “God is sovereign in every life and in all of history. Even through wicked men God displays His power and all evil will be judged.” Let us pray that God will help us as a country to turn back to Him, His Word, and the principles our country was originally founded upon.

God helps those who commit their way to Him. Proverbs 16:1, “The reflections of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.” McCain and Palin both have good ideas and plans that, if elected, could really benefit this country. However, it will be God who will give them the ability to accomplish those plans (Proverbs 16:9). Let us pray that God will guide Sarah’s tongue as she debates Biden next week on October 2. This is going to be a tough debate for Sarah Palin, she mentioned this last week in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. I know God can give her the right answers for the questions that will be asked of her. I pray that Sarah will keep her way committed to the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6). The NIV Study Bible says, “Be ever mindful of God and serve him with a willing and faithful heart. He will remove the obstacles from your pathway and bring you to your appointed goal.”  

God gives grace and help to the humble. I Peter 5:5b, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” I’m joining with Rev. Paul Riley who baptized Sarah when she was 12 years old and praying that Palin will continue to maintain a humble spirit. (“My prayer is that she will continue to be humble,” Rev. Riley said. “That she will realize that she has God who is able to help her and give her wisdom and she will not be prideful over it. God will give her wisdom” CBNNews.com.)

I’m encouraged about the future of America. I believe God is still hearing and answering the prayers of Christians across our land who are coming to Him with a humble and prayerful attitude. “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Thank you, Elizabeth, for challenging Christians to spend extra time praying about this election and for our country. I’m glad you were faithful to God and thankful you wrote your open letter. May God bless you in a special way!

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