Friday, August 17, 2007

The Fruitful Life Story Continues...

I received an e-mail this morning. This is really the best way I know how to describe what’s happening here in Harrisburg. She said many things, but her e-mail ended with this:

I really could go on and on about what really happened this weekend, but all I can say is Thank you for being my parents and true people from God in our life because it’s not just about me.
Everyone that was there yesterday needed and we all received something and I really feel that was truly the beginning of something truly amazing… Ok I’m done now… I love you mom and dad….. Thank you God for the blessing that you have given us in this ministry for the hurting people in Harrisburg and I thank for the sacrificing by this couple and taking them out of their comfort zone and bringing them to Harrisburg to bless and to heal this area and Your people and to help to “let Your people go”. -B.L.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Simple Thank You

I was plugging along with my work when the following e-mail came to me:
I'm not sure if this is how to get in contact with you (Pastor Chris &
Carol) but if it is, I wanted to say thank you sooo much for inviting
me and my (son) to your home and giving us the opportunity to
spend time with everyone.

Oh, and the book (What Now?) that I was given is exactly what I need
and have been looking for.

As a matter of fact, I'm on my way to lunch and can't wait to read some
more. Again, thank you so very much and I'll see you Sunday!!!


D. O.

It never ceases to amaze me how a simple word of thanks is so encouraging for what God has called us to do and to be in this region. We feel so unqualified to do this. We have a little formal education. Even though we have taken many courses and had years of training and preparation, my failures over the first two years here, just made me feel like all that I learned was thrown away in a matter of months.

I can't believe I forgot so much, while falling back on old bad habits , feelings and fears, when I was faced with REAL WORLD MINISTRY challenges.

Now here we are and I feel like this:
With the hell that we have been through over the past three years, we can declare boldly that we must make sure we clearly understand whatever God is saying. Things are falling into place for us now. It's really incredible, the connections God is giving us in this season. It's tough here and I wouldn't wish this kind of warfare on my worst enemy.

When we were sent out, I thought we were supposed to start the church right away. Obviously that's why we were sent out, right? But we discovered that God has had His own plan, path and timing all along. I was going straight for the target and the goal, but God was after a process to take us through before we started the church.

We feel like we are finally in the right home, with the right people, and starting the right church for the first time. I mean, everything is right this time. Even the location and facility is right. We have learned some valuable lessons.

Lord, please don't ever let me forget these lessons. We lost thousands and thousands of dollars, resources, and hours of time all because I did not walk in the wisdom and timing of God. This simple thank you from a first-time visitor was another powerful message to encourage us that we're doing it the right way, THIS TIME.

Monday, August 13, 2007

If we had not obeyed God

Carol and I are just checking in once again. We just wanted to let you know that the word that our Bishop just recently gave us regarding the Lord creating what is missing is coming to pass in a big way.

Our Bishop indeed, spoke life into the man in the box and our whole world is turning around. Since moving the services to Sunday, we have experienced major spiritual breakthroughs.

On every level, in every area, life has totally changed. Just like our Bishop prophesied, we have moved, we’re in a better home, and our sons are still in the same school district.

The town home is more like home than any place we’ve ever lived. It’s the perfect size for us, especially since our sons are all about to leave home as they mature and prepare for life after high school.

Did I tell you that the real estate company that bought our house had locks on the doors just six days after the sale? Normally they are supposed to give the tenant 30 days to move out. The Lord heavily impressed on us that they would not honor the process (which is normal around here) and that’s why we moved out during the first week of July (1-7). The following week, the home was sold (12th). On July 18, I stopped by the house to make sure our mail was being forwarded and there were locks on the doors.

If we had not moved out, we would have come home from work one day and found ourselves locked out of our house. If we had not obeyed God… This experience has taught us the value of agreement with what God means by what He says and obeying every single little thing that He tells you to do.

We thought that the word He gave my mom when she visited back in August 2004, “I see a legal matter coming against this house, but God is going to deliver you.” that it meant we were going to see some big financial miracle that would save the house. What God meant was that He was going to deliver us, not save the house.
Now here we are, with a major debt removed and preparing a people to follow us as we follow Christ.

Carol and the twins are doing great. I just helped them complete their “Senior Project”. I took a couple of days off to help them write papers that are required by law for all students to graduate from high school. The paper requires that they research a field, log hours of community service and verify job shadowing and mentorship from a professional in a particular field of study.

Well, that’s where dad came into the picture. So we took the time to go back through our entire calendar over the past three years to recount all that they have done in setting up, recording and helping Fruitful Life for three years. Then based upon their experience and training, they wrote “Reflection” papers to talk about what they hope to do to continue in the field of multi-media production.

Once again we broke the stereotype as I walked into the school with them to hand in their projects. This place is awfully frustrating with all of its laws, rules and fees, but it is good training for us and our children.

Thursday, August 9, 2007


This is just a quick follow up from this past Sunday's service. Since it was our first public meeting in over a year, it felt a little odd at first. I'll give you this one testimony. Pastor Carol's mother invited a woman from her job and she came.

During the service, the Lord took me completely away from what I planned and had us to share from Psalm 5, on what it means to truly trust the Lord.

At the end of the service, the woman came up to speak to us. She said she has not been going to church as often as she should, but in her own words, "after experiencing this, I'll be back next week."

Her words were so encouraging because everyone who attends Fruitful Life says the exact same thing. They all use the exact same terminology. They all said, including this woman, that it is an

She also said that what touched her was our relationship. She said, "As soon as I walked into the room, I knew that this couple was really together and united. I could just tell right away."

Then her next words were, "And just seeing how much this man loves his wife…" and she stopped and burst into tears. She said "I've never seen anything like this ever before. Even more than the
message and service, what impressed me the most was their marriage."

Then she smiled and jokingly said, "If you had a gimmick to attract people, that would be the only one that would work for me: Your marriage, your family, just seeing your sons helping you; everything is just so real…"

A few minutes later, she was being ministered to by one of our members named Traci.

After that, Pastor Carol told Traci, "I told you that God would use you to minister to people who come to Fruitful Life that would be going through the same things as you." It was a special revelation moment for Traci as well.

Last year we were reminded by Kristie Jursch, Bishop Raphael Green's executive administrator, to give it one more try. God gave her a dream where I was hitting a wall with a sledge hammer. I was down on one knee, exhausted and ready to quit. What she saw, but I didn't know, was that the wall was cracked on the other side. So in the dream, she told me to hit it one more time. This move into the hotel and returning to the Sunday service is our "one more time" swing of
the sledge hammer against the wall.

This woman was just one testimony, but she represents the trickle of water that comes through when a dam is cracked and beginning to break. We are so encouraged. This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.

Thank you for your continued prayer support,

Pastor Chris Green

Thursday, August 2, 2007

***BREAKING NEWS*** - Aug. 2, 2007


HARRISBURG, PA- Pastors Chris and Carol Green return Fruitful Life
Worship Center to SUNDAY morning Worship, Word and Fellowship, on
Sunday, August 5, 2007.

After more than a year of meeting on Friday nights, the last 10
months of which were in their home, the church makes a triumphant
return to the Harrisburg community.

The pastors will lead the services on Harrisburg's west side of the
Susquehanna River which divides the region racially, socially,
economically, politically, and spiritually. Traditionally known as
the "White" shore because of its predominantly white population, this
region is going through great change and Fruitful Life is making a
bold stand as African American pastors open their hearts and lives
for God to use them to build a multi-ethnic, mutli-generation church
filled with seekers and believers.

Continuing with the innovative style of a family living room
atmosphere, combined with multi-media Worship and Word presentations,
the pastors will host their weekly sessions at the Harrisburg,
Holiday Inn West, in the very popular Carlisle Pike section of the
region which is home to scores of restaurants, retail stores and
tourist attractions.

Services will begin at 11:00am EST which coincides precisely with the
start time of their sending church, Metro Christian Worship Center,
in St. Louis, MO which begins at 10:00am CST.

Intercessors are being called upon to stand with Pastor Chris and
Carol Green as they move out, once again, with the Call and
Commission to establish a work where PEOPLE will be PLANTED to

Sunday, July 22, 2007



This morning I am scheduled to return to the pulpit (during our vacation) but the Lord compelled me to write and give you a word that He gave me concerning you in a dream on 7/14 while in Charleston, SC during our family reunion with Pastor Brenda's portion of our


I awoke early in the morning about 2:50am after the following dream:

Brenda and I went to a large church to minister. (However, I didn't recognize the city or building.) We returned later after a short break following the benediction and was asked by an elderly lady for prayer for the healing of someone she knew that was present in the audience/congregation.

What followed seemed a bit strange, but I was led to a person that was in a very large box which was in a wheelchair. I had to push the person who was in the large container/box to a vehicle/van. While doing this I was praying. I did not know who was in the box.

When I got to the car, I had to lift this person while still in the box and help place it and him/her in the vehicle. As I did this I began to speak Holy Spirit prompted exhortations to the person. The only exhortations I remember are:

After giving this word, I opened a flap that was on the side of the box to see the person in side. (I had been praying and speaking the exhortations through this opening.)

At first all I could see was that the person was a man. After I spoke these words light came in and I noticed that it was you Chris. You were sitting in a black Nehru type of suit with a white ban shirt or clergy collar. You were smiling and you looked very rested and about five or ten years younger.

I don't know how you looked before the prayer but I kept hearing also: "Three days . . . in three days." Then I was reminded of the story of Lazarus. Simultaneously, I was awakened.

I don't know what all of this means. However, the Lord assured me in prayer that HE would be doing the miraculous in your lives during this season of your (you and Carol's) personal development and life's work and that you are to trust HIM completely.

Many great things are going to happen. I know that it has been hard. But, don't dwell negatively on the past. As always, learn from it and move on wisely and lovingly. l This is a new season. God will defend you and uphold you in your integrity. Tremendous increase is coming in this season. Remember to intentionally and deliberately give HIM all the glory!!! Stay focused and on point through prayer and obedience.

This is a season of tremendous fulfillment in your lives and the lives of those you
lead and even for the city Harrisburg and region.

I am led of the Spirit to end this exhortation with this word from 2nd Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,
22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 23Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. 24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.

May the Lord God Bless You, your family (here and there) and the entire congregation and related ministries of Fruitful Life. May the Lord bless Harrisburg to see and embrace it's providential destiny in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.
Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Love to All.

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Carol and I are pleased to announce that we have a new meeting
facility. Starting this Saturday evening, we will begin meeting on
the West Shore at the Holiday Inn WEST. It's in a great location on
Carlisle Pike, sitting between HWY 81 and 581. It's in a location
where everyone and anyone can get to it easily. There are stores,
restaurants, and shopping malls all around us.

We are in the BEST location, you could possibly think of, for
launching a new ministry. The hotel actually houses several
ballrooms, conference rooms, and even a night club.

The nightclub is very popular with the 20's and 30's generation. In
fact we'll be meeting directly over the night club each week. We'll
be wrapping up our meetings around 8:00-8:30pm and we understand the
night club gets going around 9:00-9:30pm. It's a perfect set up for
outreach and ministry for us. God has set us up in the most wonderful
and amazing way.

We have been received by the hotel staff with the utmost in grace
and favor. I cannot explain how much favor God has given us there.
They have been abundantly pleasant toward us. They have given us "red
carpet" treatment, offering a choice of rooms and meeting times. They
didn't even ask for a deposit. They just asked for our credit card to
hold the reservation each week. They have even given us a 3 month
contract as a trial run, so that WE can determine if this will work
out for us.

We have never been shown so much hospitality from the business
community since we moved here. We have finally found the right place,
the right people, and the right time to release FRUITFUL LIFE into
this region.

It's been a long journey, but hey y'all, "WE'RE BAAACK!"

We look forward to this Saturday.
We will get started at 6:30PM as usual.

WE WILL NOT MEET FOR PRAYER ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. In the meantime, we will start having prayer at 5:30pm at
the hotel, one hour before our start time.

We look forward to what God is going to do in this NEW MOVE OF GOD!

Friday, June 1, 2007


(Prophetic Word to Chris and Carol Green)

Sir, the Word of the Lord comes to you today as one who stood beside, one who has looked upon, one who has stood beside and held the shield, for today, says the Lord, do I place your feet on higher ground. For this day, I have destroyed the argument of the enemy. It is has been destroyed over this house (Metro Christian Worship Center) and it is destroyed over your house (Fruitful Life).

For the connection, which I have brought with you and this man (Bishop Raphael Green), is a Godly one, and even so shall your FRUIT BE GREAT! Therefore, man of God, see the multitudes for surely I have ordained them for your place. Make room, says the Lord, and stretch your tents. The tent pegs of your house, stretch them. Make room for MIGHTY increase and surely that which you have prayed for, that which you have spoken to ME in private, I will MAKE AVAILABLE and MANIFEST PUBLICLY! This is the Word of the Lord to you today!

For, man of God, take up the pen and prepare to write. Now this is funny to me, but I’m looking at comic books. (Would you just worship the Lord in this place for a moment)

You are to make this come about. This is the Spirit of God. I’m just exhorting you, now. This is the Spirit of the Lord, (I) just encourage you to GO FOR IT! GO FOR IT! Don’t back off of it.

And woman of God have I not put MY word in your mouth? Have I not stirred you? Have I not reached into the broken places? I have seen the pain you’ve come through, says the Lord your God, but out of that pain I bring forth an incredible beauty. Open your mouth, says the Lord, open your mouth, wide. I promised you, I will fill it. Let the prophetic word come forth, says the Lord, and SURELY, SURELY, a crown I have fashioned for your head. - Bishop Flynn Johnson, May 20, 2007, St. Louis, Missouri