We are still looking for a home for WCFN… It has taken us longer than we had originally expected… We have to find enough space for HiVision Entertainment (video studio) and New Dream Media (audio studio) that comprise WCFN Studio’s and we have to find it at the right price… Do not give up on us because we have big plans for WCFN Ministries… Once we are settled we plan on providing much more consistent and interesting content… Here is an update on our progress and plans to all you faithful viewers and associates from WCFN Manager John Armes…
We must support the bills that are before the senate and house here in Indiana because there are some who want to open up the women’s restrooms to men. We need to protect our mothers, daughters, and children… Please click on the following link and check out this video at Advance America… Call your senator and spread the word to everyone… Senate Bill 35 and House Bill 1031 will protect girls in the public schools, at rest areas, and wherever there is a public girls restroom here in Indiana!… We must all act now… Check out advanceamreica.com…
New Christian Country Recording Artist Steve Daniel
WCFN Studios, Worldwide Christian Family Network and New Dream Media is proud to announce the new Christian Country recording Artist Steve Daniel in the studio recording his new album “Brand New Home”. Accompanied by the amazing and talented Mark Ellis and the legendary Charles Ellis we have all worked hard to craft and record an outstanding country album… The album is being produced by John Armes of WCFN Studios on the “New Dream Media” label and should be released to the public early next month… Below you will see a montage of our combined efforts in the form of a slide show… Our effort is characterized by hard work, and lots of fun… Click on the video and you will see…
By John Armes
I am one… I am one man.. I am one man, a voice crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord. Make His paths straight. For there is one who comes after me that I am unworthy to unlatch His shoes. “I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” The gospel message is that the people should repent (change their minds and forsake their sins) in order to receive the remission of sins. Otherwise they would be in no position to receive the Lord. Only holy people are able to appreciate the Holy Son of God. Repent and be holy and you will see the glory of God. Jesus came to earth over 2000 years ago in love and peace, and gave His life a ransom for many. He is coming again, but this time He will set on the judgment seat and will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. He will send the righteous on to their reward and the unrighteous on to eternal damnation. And Jesus spoke to his disciples and the multitudes in Matthew 23:33… “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” So, in this day and age is this considered “hate speech”, or is it just a warning of impending doom for those who reject the one true Christ, the Son of God. Do we hate our fellow man by telling him that there is a large open pit which he cannot see and he is walking right into it, and he will be consumed in it. That he is heading to a place of pain and torment and there will be “wailing and gnashing of teeth” it is so terrible. Or, do we tell him he is doing ok and there is no problem… Everything is fine. You will have great riches, good health, miracles and never have to worry about anything ever again. What happens when he falls in that pit. When he looks at us and screams “why didn’t you tell me that pit was there”?… The gospel tells us that it is because we have sinned against God and we are heading for hell that we need to accept Christ as savior. It is because of our wicked fallen state, our blatant disregard of Gods law, and an uncontrollable urge to sin that we need redemption. That is the time old message, not promises of wealth and prosperity.
Our world is slowly deteriorating into a world where good is becoming bad and bad is becoming good. To be “politically correct” simply means to be incorrect and act as though it is correct. Where it is easier to do evil than good. Are these not signs of the end times. Christ will come back and judge man when man is no longer redeemable. When man no longer tolerates the gospel of Christ. When man revels in his sin and wants to cease the words of truth that condemn him. We Christians are a reminder of that truth and the world will grow to hate us because of it. But I am one man crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord. One man with a message for the world. Not a new message, but the same old message that was presented to my father, and his father, and his father before him. Give me that old time religion, it’s good enough for me. Make straight the way of the Lord. Repent and be baptized. The message has not changed, yet in churches today it is watered down, made more “tolerable” , changed “according to our liking”, into something less than it was originally intended. Today in some churches, there is more emphasis on entertainment than learning, evangelism, and salvation, and we think that we have to look and act like the world to convince the world of their need for a savior. The way we dress, our words, and even our music has been formed in such a way that it mimics the world. It even seems like the church has lost it’s way. We went from “black and white” to simply “shades of gray”. What was wrong in our parents generation is still wrong today, because God, His truth, and His law never changes. It always stays the same.
No wonder the world is confused. When they look at us do they see a people “set apart” or are we just a mirror image of them and not any different than what they are. How can you convince someone of a change if they see no change in you. It is true we have all sinned and no man is better than the other, we have all sinned in Gods eyes, but when the world sees us Christians they should see a repentant sinner, no better than them, but redeemed by the blood of the lamb and saved only because of the grace of God. Someone that God has reached down and picked up out of the miry clay, brushed off and set on the rock. Someone who God has drastically changed, cleaned up their lives, and set them on a new journey, shaping them into the person that God intended us to be. Someone who will go back and stand outside the pit and help pull others out so they too can experience the awesome grace and salvation that our risen savior has offered to mankind for the past 2000 years. We don’t need a new gospel, we just have to follow the original message. Anything different than Christ’s original gospel and his true message, becomes a false gospel. To follow the true Christ you have to know who He is. If you are following anything other than the Jesus of the Bible, you are following a false God.
“Study to show thy self approved.” If you don’t have a Bible, get one and read it. If you do have a Bible, take it off the shelf, dust it off and begin reading. Don’t let someone else tell you, let God speak to you thru His word. When you read your Bible, God talks to you. When you pray, you talk to God. Keep the communication lines open. Stay connected with God, He wants to connect with you. And when you have read and learned the Bible you will begin to see the error of false doctrine and be able to tell the true from false. You will be able to see when someone is trying to lead you astray. For there will be many false teachers and false religions in the last days and you need to be able to spot them. The Bible may be your only guide to keep you from falling in this pit. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Do not be led astray. “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Trust in the Lord and He will guide all your paths.
God will lead you and work with you but you must take that first step. You must put your trust in the Lord and have faith that he will deliver. How many times do we pray about something and ask God to “make it happen”, and than continuously worry about it. It’s like God is saying “I will take care of it”, and we keep worrying and doubting and than when he does do something about our request we act surprised that everything worked out. What does that tell God about our faith? Could God be saying to us “oh thou of little faith” as Jesus said to Peter. Do we have the faith of a mustard seed, the smallest seed there is? Jesus said that if we had just a little faith we could move mountains. How much faith do we really have?
God is so wonderful that if someone could see where God has worked in my life they would think that there is a lot of “coincidences” where things worked out for me, but I know better. I can see the hand of God working with me as I look back on my life as I am sure some of you can. It doesn’t mean that everything goes my way all the time. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have any rough spots in my life. It just means that when the storms rage, and the heartaches come, that Jesus is there with me, beside me, leading me out of the storm, but sometimes I have to go thru the storm to see God better. To see where he is working in my life and reminding me that he is still there… He wants us to go to him with all our needs. You see, we fail him… He doesn’t fail us. He is always there to pick us up when we fall, and to brush us off and set us on our feet. But, just as we do with our kids when they are growing up, he has to let us fall so he can pick us up. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, which means that he is all knowing, all seeing, and able to be everywhere at the same time. So when we think we know better than him, that is when we fall. But when he picks us up he shows us that he knows better than us. As a patient and loving father to his kids. Not saying “I told you so”, or pointing an accusing finger at us, but holding us in his arms of love. Someone who is great doesn’t have to tell anyone they are great, they don’t have to prove anything or defend themselves because people already know they are great. And often great people have a respect and compassion for all people. Christ did, and as we become more mature Christians than God changes us over time to be more like Christ.
“So I tell you to make straight the way of the Lord. Believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, for we are in the business of saving men’s souls, and we should be about our fathers business. God’s kingdom is at hand. Repent and be baptized, for now is the season of harvest, now is the day of salvation, and the fields are plenteous, but the laborers are few. Brothers and sisters, now is the time to take up your cross and follow Him. The end time is drawing nigh, this day will never pass this way again and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Yes, you are only one, but you are not alone. You and God make a majority. What you have to do for the Lord, do now. Be that one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord. Be set apart from the world, for we are in this world but not of this world. Lean on God’s understanding and not your own because he can do far better than we can. I am one, but we are one in the spirit, together redeemed by the blood of Christ, and saved by the grace of God. So now there is you, me, and God and together we can be strong. Together we have true purpose. Together we can help change lives. And together, me you and God can change the world. The world is waiting.. Now is the time, today is that day… What are we waiting for?……..
A true story told by John Armes…
In the mid 1950’s New York City was a cesspool of drugs, prostitution, and crime. The streets were ruled by vicious gangs and gang wars rose up all over the city. Rival gangs would fight for “turf” (land) to expand their gangs physical presence and to prove who was the toughest. The law of the fight was the only law these gangs understood and when two gangs went out to face each other, some did not return. Only the toughest would survive on the streets and don’t be caught on a rival gangs turf or you may be beat up, knifed, or shot. The weapon of choice was the switchblade, although they would use whatever they could find including pipes, baseball bats, zip guns, whips and chains, etc.
It was during this time that a young man named Nicky was sent from Las Piedras, Puerto Rico to live with his brother in New York City to begin a new life. His old neighborhood was the worst in Puerto Rico yet they were happy to see him go because he was always getting into trouble and fighting. When Nicky arrived in New York City and stepped off the plane, he felt a new found freedom and decided to run the streets. However, not having a coat and it being winter he decided to go to his brother’s after 3 days. Shortly after, Nicky was walking down the street when he had his first encounter with a gang. Someone pushed Nicky up against a wall and pulled a switchblade knife on him. Even though this gang member was bigger, Nicky put up a good fight but got beat up in the end. It took a few weeks for him to recuperate. Than he went out to find his attacker and beat him with a baseball bat and drug him down the sidewalk. The word on the streets was “don’t mess with Nicky, he’s crazy”. Already Nicky began to create a reputation on the streets as a tough guy.
As time went by, Nicky made a friend with the member of a gang and decided it was time for him to join a gang. He asked his friend to introduce him to the gang leader and he did. The friend brought Nicky to the gang clubhouse of the most notorious gang in New York City, the Mau-Mau’s. Nicky waited to be introduced to the leader. When they came and got him and took him into the room where the leader was, the leader ignored Nicky. Nicky finally asked “what do I have to do to join the Mau-Mau’s”? The leader said “there are two ways to join the Mau-Mau’s. The first way is to stand against a wall and I will take 20 steps from where you are, turn and throw a knife at you. If the knife sticks somewhere in your body and you survive, than you will be a member.” Nicky says ” I don’t like that way, what is the next”. The leader says “the second way is for you to stand against a wall and 5 of the toughest Mau-Mau’s will beat you all over your body until you are unconscious and if you survive, than you will be a member.” Nicky says “I’ll take the second one”. The leader says, “Nicky, you can’t fight back”. Nicky says “that’s not fair”… Nicky was beat from head to toe and when they got done, he couldn’t stand and laid there for almost an hour. It took Nicky a few weeks to recuperate, but at least he was a member of a gang. For once he had backup when he needed it. Nicky quickly rose in the gang to the position of “warlord” after six months, and then later he became leader of the Mau-Mau’s. Nicky’s reputation preceded him wherever he went, and his name brought fear to everyone who heard it. He had gone from running the streets to ruling the streets.
In 1958 a young preacher named Dave heard about the rough gangs in New York and after much prayer decided to go and approach these gangs and tell them about Jesus Christ. He got a little money from his church and it was enough to get him there but didn’t last long. He ended up living in his car on the streets. During the day he would preach on the streets to those passing by and that was the first time that Nicky met him. He was the leader of the Mau Mau’s then and had his war lord with him. Pastor Dave told Nicky that “Jesus loved him and would never stop loving him”. Nicky responded by slapping Dave and threatening to kill him. Dave realized that if he could get to Nicky, he could get to anyone, so he set out as his mission to win Nicky to Jesus. Later, Pastor Dave came to a place where the gang was hanging out and asked to talk with Nicky. Nicky told Dave to leave or he would shoot Dave with his 32 pistol if he came any closer . Dave just kept on coming, so Nicky pushed him and hit him. His fellow gang members held Nicky back and said “you can’t beat him up, he is a preacher”. Pastor Dave told Nicky again how God lived him and Nicky was becoming more and more convicted. The only religion that Nicky knew was that of his mother and father who practiced spiritism and voodoo. His parents had mentally abused him and called him “Son of Satan”. Nicky wanted no part of religion, but somehow this was different. No one had ever told him that God loved him. Pastor Dave was interested in reaching others for Jesus too. He arranged to get all the gangs together at an arena in New York so he could preach to them and try and reach them. Little did he know that the Mau Mau’s and a rival gang had decided to have a gang fight at the arena the night of the crusade to settle once and for all who was the toughest gang and who would control the streets.
The night of the crusade came and arrangements for busses were made to transport gang members to the arena. The Mau Mau’s sat on one side and the rival gang set on the other. When Dave started preaching, he could feel the spirit of the Lord move across the arena. The gangs were rowdy and frightened a young girl singer off the platform. The gangs were taunting each other, but Nicky was feeling conviction for the things he had done. Dave asked the leaders of both gangs to come up front and take the collection plates and collect money for the service. Nicky and the other leader and a few other gang members collected the offering and Nicky talked them out of taking the money and leaving. After they went back to their seats, Pastor Dave started preaching. He told them that they didn’t have to live the way they are living and that there is a better way. He told them about how tough Christ was to die on a cross for their sins, and how God loves each and every one of them. All of the sudden the rival gang member jumped up and made a run at Nicky. The other gang members prepared to fight but all eyes were on the two gang members. Nicky had the other gang leader down on the floor with his switchblade engaged and ready for action. But Nicky was overcome with conviction. He let the gang leader go and the fighting stopped. It was at that point that Pastor Dave began preaching again. At the end of the service Pastor Dave gave an altar call and many gang members were saved that night including Nicky. After it was all over, the gang members took their weapons and turned them in at the police station. The police said that if they would have seen them coming, they would have opened fire and shot them down thinking they were trying to take them over.
It just shows that when people hear the real gospel of Christ under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, than God works and people are saved. The Holy Spirit helps to convince the hearer of the truth that is being said. There is no other religion that promises what the God of the Bible promises, and non other can deliver as He does. Those of us who have been lifted out of the deep sinful hole that we came out of remember what it was like and we don’t want to go back, and as we grow in Christ, we are more and more compelled to reach the souls that are down there where we came from. The same grace that we received is also available to them. God can lift us out of that situation that clouds our minds where we don’t see the light, and he can bring that light down on us so we can finally see our situation, our sin, our need for a savior. As we grow closer to Christ we begin to change and become more Christ like and like the song goes “the things of this world will grow strangely dim” because we are spending more time looking at things above than things below. Our sights are on God and Heaven and others and less on ourselves. We no longer have to manipulate others to get what we want. God supplies all our needs.
You can see the movie about Nicky Cruz’s life and Pastor Dave Wilkerson. It is called “The Cross And The Switchblade”, and visit his website online. He has a few more video’s out. Another movie about Nicky Cruz is “Run Baby Run”… Nicky went to Bible college, studied the Bible and is a pastor now and has gone back to New York and recruited gang members for Christ. He talks to gang members all the time. Pastor Dave Wilkerson went on and kept preaching too.
221 B Blaker Street, blood, fingerprinting, forensic science, gaslight, Halloween, Jack the Ripper, London, London Police, Mary Jane Kelly, murder case, Scotland Yard, serial killer, Sherlock Holmes, strange
A story by John Armes
This being October and the month of Halloween, I thought that I might try my hand at a story more fitting to the season. It is now time to get that favorite beverage and sit down in your most comfortable easy chair and think about something else for a while. Well, lets get started shall we…
It is London in the late 1800’s and close to the turn of the century. Friday November 9, 1888 to be exact… You are a constable on night shift walking the streets of the Whitechapel district keeping the peace and watching over your section of town . You are armed with a small whistle and a club for your protection and to defend others. The London fog is thick and visibility is limited to a short distance. As you look up at the flickering gas street light, it causes eerie shadows to dance across your path. As you pull up your collar to the cold night air and step out onto the cobblestone streets, you have to watch your step. The dimly lit streets offer little help in guiding your way and most of the businesses along the main section of town have closed their doors, and turned out their lights for the night. There aren’t many people out and about at this time of night with only a few pubs open. As you round the corner you see a strange dim light off in the distance and hear a woman scream. You rush closer and see the few people that are left on the street begin to gather where the faint light once was. As you move closer, you see something huddled on the ground before you. Than you notice that it is the body of a woman who has been brutally murdered. Blood is oozing from the lacerations and onto the ground. You immediately begin blowing your whistle alerting other officers in the area that there is trouble. As the first officer arrives you send him to get the town doctor and you try to keep the small crowd back. By this time you notice the lights coming on at residences nearby and there are more people coming. A few more officers show up and shortly , everyone in the East End of London will know that Jack the Ripper has claimed his next victim. Her name was Mary Jane Kelly, and according to Scotland Yard she was his last victim.
Jack the Ripper was also credited with 4 other murders prior to this one which all took place in a one mile radius in the London districts of Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Aldgate, and the city of London proper. Some believed he could have committed 4 or 5 other murders besides these, but it was never proven. The 4 murders he is credited with all took place in 1888 and ranged from Friday, August 31 to Friday, November 9 (all on weekends)… He was not the first serial killer, but probably the first to appear in a large metropolis among a thriving press and much political turmoil. For these reasons Jack the Ripper became both popular and somewhat romanticized. At the time there were no forensic science or fingerprinting and the only way to convict a murderer was to actually catch him or her in the act or get the suspect to confess. There were two police forces involved in the Ripper murders which were the London Police, and Scotland Yard. Other than taking statements and autopsies there was not much that could be done, so most people didn’t blame the local law enforcement. Actually local police took notes, drew diagrams and took pictures of the victims and crime scenes. However, Jack was never found out and the case was never solved. Even though there were several suspects, no one was ever arrested for the crimes, and Scotland Yard officially closed the case in 1892.
Literature was beginning to thrive at that time and people were becoming interested in books and stories. Another memorable subject was born around this time. His name is Sherlock Holmes and he is remembered to this day. In fact lately there have been a few new movies about him appearing at the cinema, and countless movies, radio stories, and television series now and in the past. (I happen to be a huge fan.) Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and first appeared in print in 1887 (the year before the Ripper murders) and was featured in 4 novels and 56 short stories. The stories cover a period from about 1880 to 1914.The Holmes stories were also featured in 3 of the popular magazines circulating in London at the time, including Beeton’s Christmas Annual, Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, and The Strand Magazine. His birthday (even though he is fictional), according to information in the stories is calculated to be January 6, 1854 and in 1881 Holmes had lodgings at 221 B Baker Street, London.
I find it strange that the greatest detective that ever lived began his career one year before the Ripper murders and the police at that time were so far behind in crime analysis and investigation that the most famous villain of all time was never caught. Holmes ability of using astute logical reasoning, to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science to solve difficult cases was the beginning of forensic science and pioneered some techniques that are still used today. If the police of that time had used Holms methods, than there is a good chance that Jack the Ripper would have been caught. So, the greatest detective that ever lived, and the most famous serial killer of all time, lived at the same time, and in the same area, and the bad guy got away…