Then, at a prayer conference sponsored by Pastor Ed Cain (the English-Congregation pastor of the Korean Presbyterian Church in Spokane) in October of 2005, the Holy Spirit "surprised" me with a renewed call to the Church in Spokane to repent (yep, same response).
I didn't fully understand what God was saying or doing by this renewed call until February when the Lord took me to Zechariah 1:1-6 and showed me the difference between "easy" repentance and "hard" repentance.He
showed me that the Church had ignored and rejected His
season of "easy" repentance and was now entering a season of "hard" repentance (see our February 23, 2006 newsletter for details).Feeling that I had "done my duty" I tried over the next few months to set this message aside and concentrate on other things.But once God declares a season, He
sees it through to the end, regardless of what we do . . . or don't do.I had been working on an extended treatment of repentance in the letters to the 7 churches of Asia in Revelation 2-3, but set the study aside this summer in the hope that my involvement was done.Right.Then, in September the Lord surprised me (again) with a strong sense that we were entering a season during which He
would answer the "desperate prayers" of His
people (see our newsletter for September 18, 2006).What I didn't know then was how God planned to bring His church to a point of desperation - you see, it takes desperate people to pray desperate prayers.