Top of the Week: Prominent Virginia Pastor Arrested in Police Prostitution Sting

Pastor John Blanchard
Pastor John Blanchard (Rock Church YouTube channel)
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Prominent Virginia Pastor Arrested in Police Prostitution Sting

The senior co-pastor at Rock Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was arrested last week during a police sting and accused of solicitation, several media outlets are reporting.

John Blanchard, 51, was one of 17 men arrested in the police operation, in reported. The men were allegedly looking for sex through online and social media platforms.

"During the two-day operation, detectives intercepted suspects who believed they were soliciting sex from minors," a statement from the Virginia Beach Police Department read. The Chesterfield County Police Special Victims Unit told in Virginia Beach that the suspects believed they were soliciting sex from minors, but they were actually communicating with police detectives.

Man Raised From the Dead; Woman Healed of Stage 4 Brain Cancer

After one of his speaking engagements last month, a man came up to Capital Area Dream Center Executive Director Richie Lewis and told him of several testimonies from people he has seen healed since reading Lewis' book Moving Mountains: How to See the Sick Healed & the Captives Set Free, one of which was a man he saw raised from the dead.

Recently, Bob was driving home when he came across the scene of a bad car accident. He decided to stop and see if there was anything he could do to help.

As he approached the pickup truck, he saw a man lying on the ground lifeless. Several people were gathered around the body. After talking to them for a few minutes Bob knelt down, and using the principles in Richie's book, commanded healing and life over the man.

Holy Ghost Outpouring Explodes in Kansas Small Town, Spreads Like Wildfire

First Assembly of God of Coffeyville, Kansas, pastored by Rev. Randy DePriest, is the hub of a great spiritual awakening among six churches in the community which has partnered in praying for revival. Meetings began earlier this year. The Holy Spirit has added to its numbers in the monthly revival meetings.

On Sunday evening, Nov. 7, 2021, a major revival exploded with evangelist Robert Newton ministering. Newton's ministry is called Powerhouse Ministries, and he is ordained by the Church of God, a Pentecostal denomination based in Cleveland, Tennessee.

The love of the Holy Spirit came down on Coffeyville's city-wide revival! It spread to South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, where the churches gathered at Emanuel Chapel and the Holy Spirit flowed through Newton like rivers of mighty waters.

Pentecostal Nashville Pastor Tackles Gunman Who 'Wanted to Kill'

One Nashville pastor has no doubt in God's power after he successfully tackled a gunman as he marched toward the altar at the front of the church's sanctuary.

On Sunday, Ezekiel Ndikumana, the heroic pastor of Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church, lunged toward 26-year-old gunman Dezire Baganda after Baganda walked up to the altar and told everyone at the worship service to get up, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

"He wanted to kill," Ndikumana told local news outlet WKRN-TV, the pastor's comments being translated by choir member Nzojibugami Noe. "That's what first came to my mind. ... He was standing in the front of almost everybody. No one was behind him yet, so he could have done anything."

Benny Hinn Gives End-Time Prophetic Insight About Israel, Iran and USA

Evangelist Benny Hinn, whom I've known for more than 40 years, says God has shown him three key truths about what is happening today that have a direct connection to end-time prophecies having to do with Israel, Iran and the U.S.

On my Strang Report podcast, he pointed to the prophecy in Matthew 10:23, where Jesus sent his apostles to preach the gospel and told them, "You will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes."

He believes when the temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and the Jews were dispersed throughout the world, the clock stopped on that prophecy. "For 2,000 years, there was silence in Israel. ... 1948 came, and the Jews were restored to their homeland, but nobody wanted to do the gospel. And nobody was preaching it in Israel."

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