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R. Sandford
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Book Description

15 May 2012
Respected Prophetic Leader Offers Biblically
Grounded Predictions for What Is to Come

R. Loren Sandford has long been internationally respected as a grounded
and insightful prophetic leader. A regular writer for Charisma magazine's Prophetic Insight newsletter, he has cast a poignant prophetic vision for Christians everywhere during these uncertain times. Using Amos 2 and 3, Sandford presents detailed predictions of the days to come. He reveals the pattern of indictments and penalties leveled against Israel back then that mirror America and the Western world today.

Yet within his sober reflection, he reveals the heart of the Father and the hope of glory for the body of Christ. With clarity and piercing biblical insight, he helps believers understand what is to come, and he gives them practical advice on how to prepare spiritually--for the events that will unfold and for their role in all of it.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080079530X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800795306
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. Loren Sandford is the eldest of six children born to John and Paula Sandford, widely recognized as pioneers in the charismatic renewal, prophetic ministry and inner healing. Following a career as a traveling rock musician during his high school years in north Idaho, Loren attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho where he earned a bachelors degree in music education in 1973. At college in 1972 he met and married his wife, Beth.

Following graduation they moved to Pasadena, California where Loren attended Fuller Theological Seminary, earning a master of divinity degree in 1976. While there Loren and Beth served as youth pastors in a Methodist church in La Palma, California and brought the first two of their three children into the world. Upon graduation Loren accepted a position as youth pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Sacramento where he served for two and a half years.

In January 1979 Loren accepted the invitation to become co-director of Elijah House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, alongside his father who had founded the ministry several years prior. In that position he helped craft the teachings that later became the Elijah House counseling schools while he did personal counseling and pursued an international teaching ministry.

In August, 1980, he felt led to plant Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Post Falls, Idaho, just six miles from the offices of Elijah House. The family heritage had been in the Congregational Church (later to become the United Church of Christ) where his father pastored for twenty years before founding Elijah House. It seemed a natural thing therefore to seek ordination in that historic liberal denomination and to work for renewal from within. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship therefore came into existence as a member congregation in the United Church of Christ. Loren later served on the national board of directors for Focus Renewal Ministries, the organization working for charismatic renewal within the UCC as well as continuing to serve as a board member and teacher with Elijah House.

By 1988 the membership of Cornerstone voted to withdraw from the denomination, citing foundational doctrinal differences, and within a few months had found a home with the Association of Vineyard Churches. Three years later Loren accepted a call to become the executive pastor of the Denver Vineyard, then one of the largest Vineyard churches in the nation.

Through a series of confirming circumstances and events, it became clear that Loren was once again to plant a church. In October 1992 New Song Fellowship was born on the north side of the Denver metroplex, where Loren continues as senior pastor.

In 1996, having been profoundly impacted by the Toronto Blessing, New Song affiliated with Partners in Harvest, the network of churches born out of that revival stream. Since then Loren has often served on the international advisory council for Partners in Harvest. In Denver he has served has served on many committees working for unity among Christians, including Denver Metro Transformation, Rocky Mountain Awake, Rocky Mountain Fellowship of Christian Leaders and the March for Jesus.

In Denver, Loren has written, produced and recorded twelve music CDs and has authored several books, including "Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-fulfillment", "Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift", "The Prophetic Church: Wielding the Power to Change the World" and "Renewal for the Wounded Warrior: A Burnout Survival Guide for Believers".

From earliest childhood he has been immersed in the move of the Spirit and prophetic ministry. His books reflect a lifetime of experience, gifting and study in the area of prophetic gifting. He and his wife also often host "Denver Celebration" on KRMT TV, Daystar Television Network. In addition to pastoring the church, Loren has an international teaching and worship ministry.

Married since 1972, he and Beth have two daughters and one son who have collectively given them eight grandchildren. Loren is also a member of the Osage Nation, a Native American heritage he deeply treasures.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is an important and timely book, which I hope many will read and take to heart the rich teaching contained in it. This is a book with a prophetic edge to it and the author does not claim infallibility but in a refreshing way sets forth what he believes God is saying, the whole style of teaching encourages us to test everything by the plumbline of the Holy Scripture. I think it would help at the outset to say that I have been reading this book with the apostle Paul's injunction in mind,

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but examine all things; hold fast to what is good. (1 Th 5:19-21).

We need to be open to the Holy Spirit at all times but we must test everything and only hold onto what is good. At the moment some of the predictions found in this book cannot be confirmed it will be a matter of waiting to see what happens.

Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised that I say that the Preface to the book by John Paul Jackson is of high importance, his warnings and his call to us to test everything by the Word is much appreciated. His call to have the right relationship between Word and Spirit is to be applauded. I found the preface so encouraging it was worth paying the price to just read that.

In the first part of the book Loren Sandford lays the foundation of all that is to come, the first chapters are about having the Father's heart and this is vital teaching for the present moment. It moves us beyond the self -centered focus of much renewal teaching. If we have the Fathers heart, we will hear what he is saying and we will want to renounce self. It is time to move away from concentrating on the gifts of God to really worship the Lord himself.
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This is a very balanced and helpful book. Everyone should read this. He is a true prophet who exhorts, encourages and challenges rather than scaring the living daylights out of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Can YOU Drink the Cup I Am Going To Drink?" (JESUS--Matthew 20:22b) This Book Is Revolutionary Written By A Revolutionary! 16 Feb 2013
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I will preface my review by saying that I have NEVER written a review for Amazon (or any site like it), and I did not buy the book with much knowledge of Pastor Loren, and I certainly didn't come to the table doing backflips over what a stellar, "prophetic" writing it would be. Contrarily, after having spent the bulk of my Christian life in "Charismatic-Pentecostal-prophetic" circles, I've witnessed such a plethora of the prostitution therein that I found myself bankrupt and not a little bit skeptical from my disillusionment. I read one article sent by a friend by the author that struck a chord with me, and since I saw the JPJ forward, one of a handful of ministers I trust, my interest was piqued enough to read the book. Like many, I do desire to know what will please God with my life in the days in which we live, however, deep down, my ambivalence toward the prophetic (because I deeply believe in it but am so violently sick of the crap--my own included), probably left me expecting "a lot more of the same". That said, I WAS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. This book was very little of what I expected. I thought I was going to read about the desperate condition of our nation (and it is desperate) and how to prepare for the inevitable crises coming (storing food, getting out of debt, etc.). Pastor Loren does expound some on societal and cultural issues, but what I realized very quickly is that this book is not really about the condition of the nation. It's about the condition of our own hearts in intimate relationship to Father God's heart. It's about the condition of MY own heart. I wasn't entirely enthused by the revelation of how much my own heart is still steeped in its own petulant, self-seeking ways, even in areas I sacredly held to be noble and altruistic--even victimized. My heart laid bare and broken with the sense of my own compromise, and the matrix of my reality shattered, I am still assimilating and processing the heart of this servant's message, but one thing is for sure... NOBODY, no, not one, who reads this book will be excluded from the Valley of Decision. This message is replete with the loving heart of a Father, the heart of a true pastor-Shepherd as found in Jesus and Pastor Loren, and yes, it does carry a prophetic edge to it. If one cracks the door to their heart even a smidgeon, they WILL feel the tremendous Father heart of unfailing love that drives this message from start to finish, but it is that very love that compels urgency and a severely needed course correction, as well. I plead with the prospective reader not to approach this book as lackadaisically as I did. Before God, I repent. Every reader's life WILL no doubt be called into account as choices are made and lines immutably drawn between the Living Lord Jesus or Baal. There won't remain to any of us an intermediate position. As I hear my Father call out to me in clarion emphasis, I say, "Father, help me to pick up that cross I've scorned the shame of. Help me, dear God, to drink the cup You press tenderly against my lips." Despite the worst of me, the only centered heartbeat I've ever had as a Christian is that I could make Jesus smile when He thinks of me. If I fail to do that, I view my life as an utter waste of time and energy. I am determined to give myself to Him wholly and lay my life down for His life, and if it necessitates some crying, kicking, and screaming along the way, so be it. For anyone ready to do likewise, then by ALL MEANS, READ THE BOOK! In so doing, this book will rock you to your utter core and unleash within you the potential for the unconstrained, uninhibited, recklessly abandoned love and compassion of Jesus to gather the greatest harvest of the ages, ushering in our Bridegroom Whom we seek to worship and adore for Eternity. Is there anything more exciting than that? Is there anything of value in this temporal, fading age that compares? No. Resoundingly, NO. So, pass me the cup.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Medicine for Troubling Times 15 Jun 2012
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A world in crisis needs truth, shared by one whose heart longs for redemption, restoration and healing for those who are hurting. A must-read for Christians across all walks of life, this book is based in biblical principles and personal experiences that offer insight to our troubling times. Those who resonate to the charismatic, prophetic and revelatory streams of Christianity will appreciate the author's grounding of biblical prophecy and unfolding of future events within its scriptural contexts. For those who have drifted from an immediacy of knowing and serving God, this book will serve as a wake-up call to prepare for a life soon to change. Those readers who hope to learn about a comprehensive timeline of future events may be disappointed, however, Sandford shares several themes that reflect the unfolding of biblical events. This is no less than a clarion call to press deeply into a personal relationship with God, to take up the invitation to prepare for the challenging days to come and to rise up into what will be the Church's finest hour. A powerful forward by John Paul Jackson, founder and president of Streams Ministries International, sets the tone for the chapters that follow. "Visions of the Coming Days" is authored by a man who writes humbly, from the heart, in wisdom with great insight and passion for the topic. What a joy to read this - it left this reader wanting more! Thank you!
Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look For and How to Prepare
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical 'prophet' 18 May 2012
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I really appreciate Loren - the sane and sober man of God. I like that he take a pastor's heart to this material. He cares about God's flock and not his reputation. He focuses on what is helpful and not the sensational.

Loren understands the deep seriousness of our times but does not draw attention to the 'prophetic show' but to what is needful for the Bride of Christ.

Prophets like John Sandford - Loren's dad - have demonstrated that the prophetic gift can be used pastorally to help the Body of Christ by using his gift during counselling to find answers from God. John and Paula talk about the "Help, God!" prayer when they were stuck. The answers they got have been a blessing to those providing Christian counseling to Body of Christ.

The forward is by John Paul Jackson who I also commend for using his prophetic gift to help pastors by anwering the questions about difficulties congregations, families and individuals were having by seeking God's wisdom. Jackson's "Needless Casualties of War" is the answer to the Bride of Christ in trouble and what an answer it is! What a needed correction to dangerous practices of binding Satan or principalities and powers!

I wish all 'prophets' would get off the stage and seek practical answers like John Sandford and John Paul Jackson. I like and trust Loren - the Nathan prophet 'who just knows.' I trust him because he, too, has been a source of practical 'prophetic' wisdom. I can give an example.

It was Loren who discerned that John and Paula's (his dad and mom) teaching on 'Father and Mother in Christ' was not bearing good fruit. Based on his practical wisdom they stepped back from this teaching that was creating confusion. Bless you Loren and may your 'just know' pastoral wisdom be a blessing to the Bride of Jesus. Jesus wants his Bride back!

I know Loren loves the Bride too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change the way you think! 10 May 2012
By Sue Stevens, Denver Colorado - Published on
All I can say so far, is "Wow! "Yes!" and "Amen!" At one point I had a hard time putting it down, but it didn't take long before, I found myself literally having to stop and take prayer and / or repentance "breathers." It is impossible to get through this book comfortably; that's what makes it SO good! This book messes with our minds and hearts like no other! I'm not quite done reading it, but I'll just say, the chapter entitled "The Samson Generation," is enough to leave any of us baby boomers good and "wrecked." The words of this book stand personally in front of each one of us, drawing a clear line in the sand, that forces us to wake up and choose today...where we will park our hearts, minds, spirits, and passion in the coming days. Let us run HARD with reckless abandonment, and pure hearts after the glory cloud of Jesus' Presence, the One who designed and chose us for "such a time as this!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 9 Feb 2013
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I enjoyed reading this and will probably read it again. It makes sense of things that have occurred with me in recent years.
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