Another 4 weeks of awesome teachings at the YWAM Kona Crossroads DTS are now behind us and we are just 4 weeks away from arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam along with a great team for our outreach.
While the core message of the teachings has been the same as last year the presentations have been different enough that I have rarely been able to follow along in my old notes, and I am finding myself taking many pages of new ones. Being staff also gives us a different perspective as we help others through their experiences with the teaching. I posted summaries of these teachings when we were at Crossroads for the first time in 2014 and you can read those writings in the Archives. A quick overview of the teachings… Darlene Cunningham and David Hamilton taught Family Week with 500+ students in the Ohana Court class; Dr Bruce Thompson taught Divine Plumbline; Dave Bryan, of Glad Tidings Church, Yuba City, shared from his many experiences of Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare; and Gord Whyte spoke about and introduced Holy Spirit.
The first weeks of DTS concentrate on our relationship with God. These middle weeks are focused more on our relationship with ourselves, and the last weeks will be more about our relationship with others, as we a take look at Outreach, Missions and Evangelism. If we don’t love ourselves we are not able to love others.
I will share one of the highlights from the weeks since our last update. After the Divine Plumbline teaching and ministry time we went to The End of the World where the whole class threw a rock, or rocks, into the ocean to symbolize the wounds and hurts that had been released. This rock throwing demonstrates full healing as it is practically impossible to get them back, although a couple of the guys jumped in and tried. Afterwards we shared Holy Communion with each other, as we received the body and blood of Jesus, overlooking the vast expanse of the ocean, listening to the roar of the breakers on the rocks below, standing in the trees with birds singing in the open air. It reminded me of Brian Doerksen’s words “A singing bird, a mighty tree, the vast expanse of open sea. Gazing at a bird in flight, soaring through the air. Lying down beneath the stars, I feel your presence there. I love to stand at ocean shore and feel the thundering breakers roar, to walk through golden fields of grain with endless bloom horizons fray. Listening to a river run, watering the Earth. Fragrance of a rose in bloom, a newborn’s cry at birth. How could I say there is no God? When all around creation calls!!” It was a very moving and meaningful Eucharist. We closed this time by reading 2 Cor 6:1&2 from The Voice Bible “As for those of us working as His emissaries, we beg you not to take the grace of God lightly. For God says through Isaiah, ‘When the time was right, I listened to you; and that day you were delivered, I was your help. Look, now the time is right! See, your day of deliverance is here.'”
Deliverance — we have seen so much over the past few weeks. Many of us are blind to the damage that has been done by our past: rejection, abandonment, betrayal, un-forgiveness, oppression and other abuse built up over the years. Few have been released from all that holds us back from living at our full potential and becoming the person we were created to be. In Luke’s record of history, Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 (ESV) in “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” and as was foretold “He (Jesus) heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds” Ps 147:3
As ambassadors for Christ whom He said would do more and greater things than He did we need to find Liberty! Freedom! We talk about it, a lot, and we sing about it, but few of us really experience being free. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” then there we are “No longer slaves”. So many churches fail in the area of getting people well, delivered, released from old wounds, bondages, prisons, and oppressive spirits. Getting them to a place from where they can love themselves so that they can love others, so that they can as Jesus commands “fear not, and love your enemy.” Then as believers the signs and wonders will follow us.
The Thursday Night Gatherings in Ohana Court have been excellent this year. Looking back, one week Michael Ketterer, of United Pursuit, a worship leader and adoptive father then Dr Benny Prasad, musician, inventor and evangelist, who is the fastest man to travel to every nation in the world (245 nations in 6 years 6 months and 22 days), he has invented 2 musical instruments and opened Chai 316 a teahouse in Bangalore where university students sit and drink tea. The servers and hosts are Christian missionaries who bring tea and then sit and chat with the students. Benny also spoke at our Tuesday staff meeting, he shared his testimony, the fact that he has never slept in a bed, never had any debt, never earned a paycheque or sold anything, and many stories of how God has provided all of his needs. Another week had David Brymer leading us in worship and Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church spoke an awesome word about our need to find our people. Click on Thursday Night Gathering link to watch any of these events.
This weekend we were helping with the “Beyond Freedom” seminar hosted by our guest speaker from this last week, Gord Whyte. Then we go straight into Thanksgiving (US) week with Evangelism. We are on the go for God and loving it.
Scripture from The Voice Bible unless otherwise noted.
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