“Back at the Crossroads” Again – Identity, Listening, Plumbline, Holy Spirit

This fall’s Crossroads school is well under way, in fact we are almost halfway through the lecture phase. Already we have witnessed lives being transformed, we have seen physical and emotional healing, and we have seen people freed from all kinds of baggage. People are getting healthier as they learn and walk more in the Way.

Our outreach locations and teams are finalized and we are preparing for our time in the field. This Crossroads School has teams heading to Battambang, Cambodia; Penang, Malaysia, and we will be with the group going to Hanoi, Vietnam.  We already know that we have an awesome team. We will be flying to Hanoi on December 19th and we are looking forward to our third trip into Vietnam with much anticipation.

Over the past weeks we have had some great teaching from:–

Ivan Roman – Identity in Christ. Knowing whose we are in life is huge, it is missing in many peoples lives, when we understand that we are children of God, we understand the authority that we walk in.
Donna Jordan – Listening to God. Everyone can hear God’s voice, in fact, we all do, but often we don’t recognize it or know how to discern it from other voices: our own voice; other peoples’ voice or the enemy’s voice. Spend time getting to know the Father and we will recognize His voice.
Dr Bruce Thompson – Divine Plumbline, the premise here is that we build walls using the wrong plumbline Amos 8 healing, when we identify the bricks our walls are made from and replace them with what Christ has done Jesus can restore lives.
Gord Whyte – Holy Spirit, so much has happened in the lives of us all over the past few weeks and Holy Spirit has built on that foundation of transformation this week.

Thursday Night Gatherings have been powerful this year, in both worship and teaching. Follow the link and you can watch the livestream or look back through the archives. Some of the people that have spoken this quarter are:–

Landa Cope, is the Founding International Dean of the College of  Communication for Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations. Her rendition of the creation story is well-worth watching, the Korean translator adds to the enjoyment. But the takeaway word, for me, from Landa was definitely “When you focus on knowing God you will make Him known, when you focus on making Him known you will the lose the reason, and joy, of making Him known.”
Frank Heinrich of the German  Bundestag (Government). Frank is a Salvation Army officer who was elected as Member of Parliament for Chemnitz, in east Germany. He shared some of his journey of how he moved from religion to politics without denying his faith in Jesus.
Loren Cunningham spoke on Ending Bible Poverty. It is a reality, thanks to ground-breaking technology. God is reclaiming that which Satan has stolen and restoring it for good in the area of the internet and technology. Follow some of these links to explore some of the things that are happening https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/ Global Bible Network, Bible.is

We had a casting call for Jo, The Medicine Runner, and on Facebook (not much info there yet, but it will come soon.) David L. Cunningham, son of Loren and Darlene the founders of YWAM, is directing this movie  based on a true story about a young boy who ran medicine up the mountain here on the Big Island.

blessingPhotographs are few and far between this year, but here is one of me, Andy, receiving a prayer of blessing on the 22nd anniversary of my re-birth. This was followed up by my full-immersion baptism. This has been a long on-going argument for me. As an Anglican I have not renounced my infant “sprinkling baptism” nor my “confirmations”, (2), nor the many “reaffirmation of baptismal vows” with and without asperges I have made through the years. I believe that God has blessed me through those and they have had great influence in my walk. But right from my re-birth on 4th November 1994 I have been bothered, on occasion feeling ripped-off, by the lack of a more-Christ like experience. John the Baptist didn’t just sprinkle Jesus. For quite a while now, I have been asking God to reveal anything that is holding me back from going deeper with Him. So on Thursday as Gord Whyte was talking about baptism, it occurred to me that this may be inhibiting my relationship, so I took the “plunge”, the very next day, my 22nd re-birthday! This being done, I shall continue to ask God to do in me all that he needs to so that through me he can do all he wants to do.

Lots of links to explore this edition. 🙂

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Until next time be blessed and be a blessing, A&G

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“Back at the Crossroads” Again – Arrival Day

We are off. Arrival Day is already a week past. After our DTS staff training, Crossroads school training and cleaning up the campus and rooms, and the arrival of our 33 students, we are on the journey – and expectant. One word given for this quarter is “GREATER”. At the All Campus prayer morning on Tuesday. before aArrival Day, Aaron Barker led the prayers, Bryce Anderson led worship and Jim Orred shared a word, one word “GREATER.” He then expanded quoting a list of scriptures that contain the word greater.

He talked about having a greater fear of God (awesome respect) and less unbelief.

Greater VALUE – Heb 11:26 “Moses regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”

Greater JOY – 3 John 1:4 “no greater joy than to know we are walking in truth.”

Greater WISDOM – Luke 11:31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here.

Greater GIFTS – 1 Cor 12:31 “Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.” & John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Greater GLORY – Hag 2:9 “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

And to remember 1 John 4:4 “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” and that 1 John 4:18 perfect love drives out all fear.

There is certainly a great excitement on campus.

arrival-dayOver 500 students arrived on campus, 33 of them are in our Crossroads DTS class and we are expecting GREATER. Already, within the first week  God has revealed that we have GREAT students who are looking to do GREATER things. Our first week began with a traditional Hawaiian welcome where Island Breeze ministries representing the islands of Hawaii receive us as guests in their land. Island Breeze is a christian group that share traditional Polynesian culture at luaus around the islands. They have ministries in other nations too, including Brandon, Manitoba.

After all the registration, orientation and information dissemination, we had two days of great teaching this week with Bill Barley pastor of Living Stones Church here in Kona. Bill is a past Crossroads DTS student and he did a great job of introducing our students to DTS with a message on how to identify, reject and replace the toxins that are in play in our lives. We touched on the Fear of God, Identity in Christ, Hearing the Voice of God, Holy Spirit, and many other areas of our Christian walk. Detoxing by intentionally transforming our minds, using Biblical principles, brings us freedom and a flourishing, abundant life. Trying is success! Oh, and don’t let our rationalization overrule revelation, through the Word, dreams and vision, prophetic utterance.

Today is the IRONMAN world championship, we are volunteering again this year with around 400 others from the University of the Nations and the  YWAM base. As I write the first swimmers are in the water for the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, next a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and then a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run. We will be helping with security from 10 – 2, which will include the athletes coming in from the bike and heading out on the run, the leader will be finished within 8 hours, maybe a record year, conditions are very favourable.

Until next time be blessed and be a blessing, A&G

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“Back at the Crossroads” Again – Staff Training

ywam-orange-redWe have arrived back at YWAM Kona to help staff the September 2016 Crossroads Discipleship Training School. This year we are blessed to have a room with a view and two other couples staffing with us. We are excited as corporate staff training ends and we are more equipped to be able to support the students who will arrive on September 29th.

Each day of training began with sharing some of the 18 Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission. It occurred to me that many of our readers and supporters will not be familiar with them, so here they are, copied from http://www.ywam.org/about-us/values/

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation through the atoning work of Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:

Worship:         We are called to praise and worship God alone.
Holiness:        We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.
Witness:          We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.
Prayer:            We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form.
Fellowship:    We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM’s beginning in 1960. They are recorded here in order to pass on to successive generations that which God has emphasized to us.

These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission.

The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM—our “DNA.” They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.

1. Know God
YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways. We seek to reflect who He is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others.

2. Make God known
YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies, thus obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations.

3. Hear God’s voice
YWAM is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings as an integral part of our process for decision making.

4. Practice worship and intercessory prayer
YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God’s power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.

5. Be visionary
YWAM is called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of YWAM requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.

6. Champion young people
YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

7. Be broad-structured and decentralized
YWAM is broad-structured and diverse, yet integrated. We are a global family of ministries held together by shared purpose, vision, values and relationship. We believe that structures should serve the people and the purposes of God. Every ministry at every level has the privilege and responsibility of accountability to a circle of elders.

8. Be international and interdenominational
YWAM is international and interdenominational in its global scope as well as its local constituency. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of the mission.

9. Have a biblical Christian worldview
YWAM is called to a biblical Christian worldview. We believe that the Bible makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.

10. Function in teams
YWAM is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God’s will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

11. Exhibit servant leadership
YWAM is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.

12. Do first, then teach
YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual’s gifts, abilities and expertise.

13. Be relationship-oriented
YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.

14. Value the individual
YWAM is called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.

15. Value families
YWAM affirms the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and complementary ways.

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17. Practice hospitality
YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes and campuses to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.

18. Communicate with integrity
YWAM affirms that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, YWAM is committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families and communities, and effective ministry.

YWAM Statement of Faith

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world. We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15)

 

Until next time be blessed and be a blessing, A&G

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