NEW YORK — Battered by the winds of a pandemic, social unrest and an especially contentious election season, America is now poised to answer a call to repentance and restoration signaled from the lighthouse of a grassroots church movement known as “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance,” — now set to kick off one day earlier, with a newly added worship and prayer service called “The Return: Next Generation.”

Scheduled for Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. ET on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the special service known as “The Return: Next Generation” welcomes the general public, young people, families—all can join as a precursor to the main gathering of “The Return” on Sept. 26, which will draw tens of thousands in person and online.

The Return: Next Generation will be honoring our military, law enforcement and Mike Lindell will be launching his new national addiction Lindell Recovery Network, national music artist Danny Gokey and other artists, alongside a moving key note message given by Nicky Cruz.

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Attendees should enter the special Sept. 25 gathering at 12th St. and Madison Drive and are encouraged to observe appropriate social distancing, aided by fencing provided by the crew of “The Return: Next Generation.” Food trucks and portable restroom facilities will be available.

In ancient times, the Greeks referred to kairos to mean “opportunity,” a sailing term that literally means “toward the port.” At the precise moment, sailors used it to describe when the tide and winds were favorable to make it safely to port. They would set their sails to take full advantage of it. Pastor Kevin Jessip, along with New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Cahn — co-chairs of “The Return” — believe Sept. 25 and 26 represent America’s kairos moment.

“When God is at work, as He is now, we must wake up to that opportunity, set our sails to His favor, and ride in His boat, using the wind and tide,” Jessip said. “The time has come for each of us. We have been called to seize the moment! We are at the threshold of the greatest move of God in our time.”

Jessip believes the opportunity is time-sensitive and demands courage of the American church, and that the moment could easily be lost by those who hesitate.

“‘Opportunity’ implies ‘the right moment which may only last for a moment,’” Jessip said. “Kairos means a God-given opportunity is being offered to mankind at a specific moment in time. However, the word also implies there is a risk of faith. In other words, as time moves on, the opportunity can be missed.”

That’s why Jessip and Cahn, along with many Christian leaders throughout America, are urging people to attend “The Return: Next Generation” worship service on Sept. 25 in person or online, as well as the main Sept. 26 gathering that will call the American church to prayer and repentance.

“We are living in a Kairos moment today,” Jessip continued. “We believe that working together in unison under the leadership of Jesus Christ, we will be honoring the appeal of the apostle Paul when he said in Romans 15:5-6, ‘May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity amongst yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’”

Cahn recorded a special video about the event, which already has nearly two million views. In addition, online resources are available, including videos and downloads for individuals, pastors and churches. Daily devotionals also encourage personal repentance and consecration.

“The Return” is for all believers who love the Lord from all denominations and backgrounds. Leaders already on board with “The Return” include Jonathan Cahn and Kevin Jessip (co-chairs), Mike Lindell, Michele Bachmann, Pat Boone, Dr. James Dobson, Mark Gonzales, Robert Morris, Marcus Lamb, John Kilpatrick, Pierre Bynum, Gen. William Boykin, Carter Conlon, Bishop Harry Jackson, Alveda King, Anne Graham Lotz, Pat and Gordon Robertson, Kevin and Sam Sorbo, Stephen E. Strang, E. W. Jackson and many more supporters listed at thereturn.org/faith-leaders/.

“The Return” is set for 40 days before the presidential election, and on the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, in the days of America’s founding and dedication to God. Surrounding the “The Day of Return” on Sept. 26 at the Washington Mall will be 10 days, known from ancient times as the Days of Awe, to be set as a special time of prayer and repentance from Sept. 18-28.

Coordinated events within “The Return” movement will also take place throughout America’s cities, towns, houses of worship and homes, as well as in multiple countries around the world, as many believe the nation has been given a critical window of opportunity to repent and return to God.

NEW YORK — Mike Lindell, known to most Americans as the “MyPillow guy,” is donating the proceeds of his new book, What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO, to “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance.” Lindell wants to help deliver God’s message of hope to addicts and to raise support for the landmark revival gathering of “The Return” on September 26.

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My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

As the founder and creator of MyPillow and an advisory board member of “The Return,” Lindell is sending a copy of his book to everyone who donates at least $25 to “The Return.”

“The Return is America’s moment to unite together in prayer asking God to forgive our nation of the sins we have all committed,” Lindell said. “Right now, in our country, we can ask for healing and forgiveness as we have the biggest opportunity in history: We have addiction. With addiction, the addicts and the addicts’ families are praying for their souls. They’re open to hope. And where is that hope? The hope is in Jesus. We encourage people to attend The Return in person or online, but however people participate, prayer, repentance, hope and healing will be sought after that night, and we know the only One Who can bring someone from rebellion to redemption, from repentance to reformation.”

Lindell is a living, breathing testimony to the redemptive power of God to turn him from a 20-year crack addict into a CEO with a net worth of $300 million. He wants other lost people to find their recovery through Christ as he did.

Like Lindell’s book, “The Return” is an invitation to all Americans to turn from sin back to God through prayer and repentance. Thousands of pastors, congregations and individuals will attend the “The Return” landmark gathering at the National Mall on September 26.

As a thank-you gift, Lindell is sending donors of “The Return” copies of his book, and donors are still able to deduct most of their donation for tax purposes. Examples of the donation and books received are as follows:

  • $25 – 1 book and a $20.00 tax deduction
  • $100 – 4 books and an $80 tax deduction
  • $250 – 10 books and a $200 tax deduction
  • $500 – 20 books and a $400 tax deduction

Donations will benefit the Lindell Recovery Network and “The Return,” which have partnered together to help the addicted and the lost, and to bring America back to God. Supporters may also hear a special phone message by calling **PRAY, or **7729.

Lindell joins Christian leaders from across the country in support of “The Return.” Other leaders include Pastor Kevin Jessip and bestselling author Jonathan Cahn (co-chairs), Michele Bachmann, Pat Boone, Dr. James Dobson, Mark Gonzales, Robert Morris, Marcus Lamb, John Kilpatrick, Pierre Bynum, Gen. William Boykin, Carter Conlon, Bishop Harry Jackson, Alveda King, Anne Graham Lotz, Pat and Gordon Robertson, Kevin and Sam Sorbo, Stephen E. Strang, E. W. Jackson and many more supporters listed at thereturn.org/faith-leaders/.

Coordinated events within “The Return” will also take place throughout America’s cities, towns, houses of worship and homes, as well as in multiple countries around the world, as many believe the nation has been given a critical window of opportunity to repent and return to God.

The following Christian organizations are Partners of “http://www.hispanicprayernetwork.com/The Return”: EpicPay, Every Home for ChristFamily Research CouncilFamily TalkGateway ChurchHispanic Prayer Network, House of David MinistriesInciite EventsIntercessors for AmericaJensine Bard MinistriesJohn Kilpatrick Ministries.

Visit “The Return” at www.TheReturn.org or call **pray (**7729) to register and learn more. Follow “The Return” on social media at Facebook: @ReturnEvent2020; Twitter: @2020_Return; and Instagram: @The_Return2020.


Bright Hope is a 50-year-old ministry helping poor churches in developing countries. Their unique success path for raising the poor out of poverty has put hundreds of thousands of people on the road to self-sustainability. Bright Hope Allies are Christians, private businesses, churches and foundations who believe Christians should be active in helping the poorest people on the planet.

Below are 5 actions churches must do to help the extreme poor dealing with COVID-19:

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  1. Pivot your thinking from disease prevention to food security. While COVID-19 is impacting the poor and putting healthcare systems at risk, far more of the poor are being impacted by the shutdowns and lack of income for food purchases.
     
  2. Help in-country (indigenous) churches survive and thrive. Many pastors in slums and remote villages have lost contact with their congregation, and therefore their weekly offerings. For churches in extremely poor places there is no online giving option. Pastors are struggling to support their families and it is difficult for them to visit needy members of their church without any resources to offer.
     
  3. Interview your missionaries or experts on how COVID-19 is impacting the world’s poorest communities. Chances are someone in your church has some expertise or a connection. If not, reach out to Bright Hope. We are happy to help.
     
  4. Encourage connection between your church and indigenous poor churches. It is time to be creative. One of our partner churches in rural Uganda began distributing soap to homes in their village. A simple bar of soap was such a blessing and is an important part of virus prevention. They were able to distribute 1,000 bars of soap!
     
    Here’s just one idea: what if a U.S. Church asked each member to buy a bar of soap, write an encouraging note to put inside, and donate $25 for food relief for each family receiving a bar of soap? How great it would be to see food and clean hands in some of the poorest places. Creatively connecting with the poor is needed more than ever, but we must meet real needs in a timely fashion, while helping build long-term relationships.

    * When seeking greater connection with churches in poor places, ask these three questions:

    * What exactly are you asking for?
     
    * What can we do, together, that will make a long-term difference in the lives of the poor?
     
    * How can we provide help in a way that increases our connection/bond?
     
  5. Distribute Bright Hope’s free booklet, COVID-19 and The Extreme Poor: Why the Poor May Be Hit the Hardest. We need to get the word out about the poor and what is going on in their homes. Let Bright Hope be a resource for you—download the booklet and distribute freely. Co-branding the booklet is available to those interested.

Bright Hope is a Christian ministry helping the poorest churches in the world reach their communities with Hope for Today, Tomorrow and Eternity. Visit Bright Hope online or via email

Prayers at Louisville, Kentucky Peaceably Gather Rally

Prayers at Louisville, Kentucky Peaceably Gather Rally

Proverbs 16:32 tells us to be slow to anger. Eventually, anger becomes quite overwhelming and we lose direction. Why are these references to Proverbs significant today as the nation and world mourns the senseless death of George Floyd on May 25? Change is necessary, but it is important not to allow our mission to become overshadowed by the devil (Ephesians 4:26-27).

In the week-plus since Floyd’s murder, looting and destruction have reared their ugly head and shifted our focus

(Proverbs 16:29; Titus 1:7). Those who do not understand the cause immediately attacked the legitimacy of the black community’s need for answers to police brutality. When I first witnessed the violence, my first reaction was this could not happen because the ruin results in long term damage to neighborhoods and businesses that are still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following days ushered in a new atmosphere, where we became united regardless of race and religion. Our congruent strength now resembles Jonah 4:4, when the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?” As the Floyd family prepares to lay their deceased to eternal rest, ask yourself if the misdirected anger make you feel better? Or, does it leave you with comfort as you progress on path toward change? The family of Floyd have asked time and time again for us as a nation to peacefully come together and encourage the hearts of all who do not understand (Mark 3:5).

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on June 1 commended Louisiana residents for peacefully protesting the “egregious” death of Floyd. He said in the press conference that is continued to encourage people “to not engage in violence or property damage, as it is better “to focus on the changes we need to bring in our society.”

Edwards is correct. You might remember that he was governor of the Louisiana during the riots and protests after Alton Sterling was killed by a Baton Rouge police officer in July 5, 2016.

The devil is here to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). As people of God, violence as an end to result to our problems will not satisfy Him. Spiritual soldiers are showing their peaceful call for justice in these ways:

  • The Rev. Robert Scott organized a rally in Baton Rouge June 5 at the Old Louisiana State Capitol for justice and a “prayer for peace” after Louisiana police officials announced “outside agitators” infiltrating peaceful demonstrations in the region to incite violence against police and local merchants.
  • A protest rally in Troy, Ohio, on June 1 became a symbol of what can happen when people are willing to listen to each other and pray together. About 150 mostly young people of all races gathered in the town square to show their solidarity for Floyd. Priests for Life Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper, a Troy resident, asked his colleague, Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, to ask her to pray on speaker phone. The crowd hushed when they heard that the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be addressing them. “Heavenly Father, I love these young people,” Evangelist King prayed. “I wish I could be there right among them. They have energy. They have enthusiasm. They want to make a difference. They know they were born for a purpose. … Help them to use their passion and their anger and even their confusion for Your good. Give them true answers, turn them around and let them win, win, win because they were born to be winners.”
  • PeaceablyGather.com, a growing national movement of leaders reclaiming the moral leadership of America’s pulpits, held a “Peaceably Gather Rally” in downtown Louisville, Ky. on June 2 led by pastors from black, white, and Latino congregations, and attended by Mayor Greg Fischer, police officers, and concerned citizens alike. In a stunning event in which many were on their knees, Pastor Brian Gibson announced a new PPP Plan—Prayer, Preaching, and Partnership—to end the riots and heal racial divisions.

Grelan A. Muse Sr. is founder of Inside The Pew. Responses to this column are accepted at pewnews@aol.com.

BELTSVILLE, Md. – Following the unjust death of George Floyd and a week of protests and violence, Vice President Mike Pence and Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Scott Turner on June 5 joined Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., and author of the forthcoming book “A Manifesto: Christian America’s Contract with Minorities,” for a listening session with a

Bishop Harry Jackson and Vice President Mike Pence

Bishop Harry Jackson, left, and Vice President Mike Pence

select group of Black and minority leaders representing churches, businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Pence’s main goal is to ‘listen and learn’
The Vice President addressed attendees with brief opening remarks, noting his main goal during the event was to listen and learn.

“I couldn’t help but feel that as our nation reels from the tragic death of George Floyd, that a place to start a conversation is a place of worship. It’s the wellspring of our nation’s strength. It’s been the wellspring of our national unity and our steady march toward a more perfect union,” Pence said.

“It will not be enough for us just to heal our economy. We have to heal that which divides by breaking down the barriers to opportunity for African Americans and any American that’s been left behind, so I’m anxious to gain your insights.”

Jackson sees unity as a momentum builder
Jackson, who through The Reconciled Church movement has been actively engaged for many years in leading conversations and working with faith leaders to heal racial divides, equated the current climate following Floyd’s death to the events surrounding the 1955 death of Emmett Till, which led to the start of the civil rights movement.

“His death was almost prophetic and symbolic of a time and season that change had to come. Black and Whites came together to address the civil rights movement, and we found momentum. I think we will similarly find momentum during this time,” said Jackson.

Jackson noted that as a diverse nation, it is vital that every American feel loved and accepted. He stated this is not solely the role of government but requires all three sectors of our country – government, business, and church – uniting together.

“Minorities need to hear that they are valued and that the lives of people really matter,” Jackson said. “It’s not just George Floyd’s death alone. His death is representative of the nearly 400-year history of challenges we’ve had … This administration didn’t create this problem, but it has the opportunity to help us heal.

Reflection of voices; Pence’s reassurance

Following opening remarks, a select group offered personal reflections of their own experiences as minority leaders, fathers, educators, business owners and citizens as well as insight into a way forward. The representative voices provided input regarding numerous issues, including:

  • Ensuring Black youth feel heard and acknowledged;
  • Encouraging leaders of faith to use their platforms to address race;
  • Increasing funding and resources for Historically Black Colleges and Universities;
  • Tackling criminal justice reform; and
  • Providing more practical, hands-on training, evaluation, and accountability for police officers.

Pence assured those present the Administration is working with a commitment for equality in our nation, while mourning with those who mourn and grieving with those who grieve. He also expressed support for the right to peaceful protest, explaining that is why forces were mobilized to make space for peaceful demonstrations so voices can be heard.

“My prayer is that we as a nation have ears to hear, to listen to one another, with open hearts,” said Pence.