Healing and Restoration

Around the world the Holy Spirit is moving and healing those who come to the Great Physician for healing. Often these are non-believers whom God touches and heals so that they realize that Jesus is Lord and He is alive and still ministering today through His Church – through true believers who obey His command to “lay hands on the sick and watch them recover (Mark 16).

Jesus is healing not just physical diseases but also healing those who are in need of a healing touch in their minds, their emotions, their spiritual life, as well as relationally. He is healing and restoring people, getting their attention, and revealing Himself to them so that they will cross the line of faith in His Kingdom and follow Jesus as true disciples. Read more

The Value of Youth

Young people are so important to God and He is moving in very special ways upon the youth of today around the world.

Here in our city I meet with young people every day. They are amazing, always interesting and filled with questions about Jesus and what is happening today in the world and how it all fits with what the Bible states. These are non-Christians. The same is true in Oxbow, Moose Jaw, Wolseley, Regina Beach and other towns and cities that I travel to. These young people and young couples are hungry for reality and an authentic faith that works in the world. A faith that helps them to face a real world and deal with complex issues that they face and feel every day.

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Time To Talk Jesus

Early Saturday morning and very cool out still for this time of the year. A busy day ahead – half in the office and the other part in various coffee shops around the city. Regular Saturday routine.

I plan to also take my dog for a few walks – again, a normal part of every day. There is a man with a cane I have been building a relationship with daily as he too walks his dog. Today I want to mention Jesus.

As well, I have neighbors who has just put their house up for sale who I want to speak to (I know them from dog walking as they too have one of man’s best friends). As well, three doors down from them there is a U-Haul on the front lawn and so finally my new neighbors are moving in as that house sold several months ago. Time to talk Jesus.

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God Loves – Yes, But Don’t Forget the Other Two


It seems “love” gets the most press today. God is love, we are told. And that is right as 1 John declares this truth. God loves us so much He sent His Son to die for us. Right again – John’s Gospel. We are blessed because He first loved us and we only need respond to His love (1 John). And, that love has been placed in our hearts (Romans). We are told that the love must grow and overflow and splash out onto others (Philippians). So, love is front and center and always referenced. I am glad.

2 Corinthians 13:14 states: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” So, I often ask, “Why such a serious focus on ‘love’ much to the neglect of “grace” and “fellowship’?

Then, of course, the famous love verse read out at many weddings – and coming from the love chapter that is really a chapter on supernatural gifts like prophecy and tongues and how you must walk in love to function correctly in these gifts – 1 Corinthians 13:13. That verse reads, “…three things abide; faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love.” Again, we emphasize ‘love’ to the neglect of “faith” and “hope.”

I am not mounting a campaign again “love” as I am seriously thrilled that I have God’s unconditional love every day because I am born again and made Jesus Lord of my life – all of my life – and so love Him with my whole heart. However, there is more to this walk we call “The Way” than love. Right?

How about faith and hope? Remember them, the lost ones from 1 Corinthians 13 … Well, let me take you on a short trip …

Because God loves us and has touched our lives powerfully we have been changed into “new creatures” and have discovered God’s unique plan and purpose for our own individual life.

Knowing God’s purpose has added a sense of meaning to life. We understand the big picture and see how things fit together and the part we play in things – We now have meaning… which is really important because life without meaning has no hope and life without hope as no faith. You see, they all fit together and you can’t really successfully walk in one without the others. It is not a “pick one” menu but a full meal deal.

So, you know your purpose in life because you are a born again believer. Good – this is your area where God wants you to contribute something – His life – to others. This is the area where your supernatural gifts will best be released and you will be able to use your natural skills and talents. Then, as you find a way to contribute, you will find fulfillment in your purpose and your life has meaning … and hope and faith will naturally follow and accompany you into your future.

See, God really did know what He was doing when He “first loved us.” But, don’t just settle for His love as this always leads to so much more.

Liza

At one of the services in the Village of Arna, Kazakhstan you prayed for a little girl who could not talk. Some days after your departure from Kazakhstan she began speaking. Yesterday her father took his daughter and came up in front of the church and testified about God’s glory.The girl clearly pronounced that her name is Liza (Elizabeth). We give all glory to our God!

Pastors Vyacheslav and Elena

Purpose and Passion

Many people in life just live life. They exist. They live by putting one foot in front of the other and simply surviving. Jesus promised us life and life abundantly. Just surviving – just making it – plodding along through life and being glad when the day finally comes to an end is not how life is suppose to be lived. You are suppose to grab life by the tail and swing it for all that it is worth. After-all, today is not a dress rehearsal; you don’t get to live today twice. So, give it your full attention and live it with focus and passion.

I often observe how believers seem to be lacking passion for Jesus. I wonder, at times, if it is not simply lacking passion for life. But then passion for life would logically arise out of your passion for Jesus who is the Author of all life. And, believers – born again Christians – have a personal relationship with the Giver of Life and so should not only have tremendous passion for Him but also for His gift of life – daily life.

So,why do people who say they love Jesus apparently lack passion? Good question. A possible answer would be that they have yet to discover God’s true purpose for their life -for who they are as God created them to be, (see yesterday’s blog “Be the Best You And…”) when followed and expressed, will bring passion. Maybe they have also yet to discover what God’s purpose is for them – for this unique individual who is not ‘normal’ but very unique and different than all others on the planet. I believe that when you find your true purpose in life, passion follows. You absolutely live to pursue it.

So, passion for Jesus and for life comes from knowing who you are – the unique ‘you’ God created – and while being ‘you’ finding God’s purpose for ‘you’ and chasing after it with every fiber of your being and giving it your better than best shot. This will be seen as passion and the world is looking for passionate people and will follow those who truly know where they are going and why and are going there with passion and excitement.

Be the Best You And…

God’s love for you is unconditional. He doesn’t love you if…He loves you always. God’s love is so real that He created you to prove it. You are special and you are unique. There is no one else like you on the face of planet Earth – never has been and never will be. Amazing. And, God loves you just as you are – although He also loves you too much to leave you as you are – so be ready for some major changes as you walk with him.

For many years I tried to be “normal.” What I didn’t realize was that I didn’t have to be normal – I just had to be me, my Heavenly Father’s child, carrying out God’s plan for my life. I did not need to “fit in” with those around me. I just needed to be me. I realized that I needed to come to know myself – the “me” God created. I needed to know who I am “in Christ” and thus ‘whose I am.’ Then I needed to hear who God wanted me to become. Having discovered that and agreed to it – my task is then to simply become the best “me” there ever could be. Not to copy someone else. Not to be like others that I knew and related to. Not to be one in a crowd – but just to be me.

Once in touch with the real me that God created I then needed to find out how best to express who I am … how I wanted to live, what God was calling me to do for a living, what my lifestyle and dress code would be – how to express this real me so as to glorify and honor God and yet be comfortable with myself and with being “not normal” in a world that wants you to be normal. This meant learning to be comfortable being different from other people. In fact, understanding that “being different” from others just might help me contribute something special to the world.

This meant I had to decide not to be normal but simply be myself. This meant I needed to risk being known and thus maybe ridiculed and rejected. This meant understanding that I might simply not always be ‘socially acceptable’ and that it was better to be powerful (for God) than popular and I could not be both. This meant understanding that I was ‘beautiful’ in God’s eyes and that he made me the way I am because He loves me. And, I was honoring Him just by being myself.

I am comfortable with me. I like – no, in fact I love – me. The Bible says I must because I am to “love my neighbor as I love myself.” I like who I am and am seriously comfortable with who I am but not so comfortable that I cannot continue to change and become more and more like Jesus. Because I am accepting of myself I am free of being self-conscious, free of self-condemnation, free of trying to be someone I am not, free of the performance trap, free of having to constantly compare me to someone else … Free to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit even if it takes me in a different direction than most others I relate to. I am free to just be me.

As a result, I have discovered that I am not normal and that this is good.

A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

The Church is undergoing a time of great shaking as the Lord moves mightily in His Church. Following this there will be a tremendous move of God’s Spirit on the Church – a move like no one has ever seen before. So, good news – the Lord is going to move in mighty ways on His Church and we will see the hand of God in miracles, signs and wonders. The bad news – first He will move in His Church removing everything that will hinder Him moving on and then through His Church to impact the world.

The Bible states, “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern. The phrase ‘one last shaking’ means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.” (The Message Version – Hebrews 12:25b-27)

The shaking has begun worldwide. It is like an earthquake is happening and many of the things we hold precious and dear and being toppled and destroyed. The things of man are being removed. During this spiritual earthquake – each and every believer and disciple of the Lord is being given opportunity to work with the Holy Spirit as He shakes their soul (mind, will and emotions). The Lord wants each disciple to look into their heart and see what else may be sharing the throne with Him. He wants to remove those things from the center of your life. He wants each disciple to examine what they believe and to be ruthless in bringing all beliefs and understanding into line with what the Bible really states. He is about to shake the way each disciple lives so as to bring our lifestyle into line with His Word and what it states about life – its priorities, its focus, its purpose.

These are tremendous times, exciting and dynamic times, to be alive and to be a serious disciple of the Lord. They are going to be tough and somewhat difficult times for those who are Christian in name only and still live as they choose to live regardless of what the Word of the Lord states – both the written Word (Bible) and the spoken word (prophecy and prophetic teaching). Obedience to the Holy Spirit and changing to bring beliefs and lifestyle into line with the will and Word of God will be key to walking through the season we are now in.

Young People Are Very Important

Young people are so important to God and He is moving in very special ways upon the youth of today around the world.

Here in my city I meet with young people every day. They are amazing, always interesting and filled with questions about Jesus and what is happening today in the world and how it all fits with what the Bible states. These are non-Christians. The same is true in every town and city that I travel to – no matter what part of the world I am visiting. These young people and young couples are hungry for reality and an authentic faith that works in the world. A faith that helps them to face a real world and deal with complex issues that they face and feel every day.

In every case these young men and women are simply looking for someone to listen and to understand them – not always agree with them, but willing to listen to their heartbeat. They know when they are being judged and rejected; they know when people are sincere and really caring; they want us to look past the outward appearance and see their hearts. They want to know that we walk in grace and so can accept them for who they are even if we can’t agree with their values, beliefs or lifestyle.

It is important for them to know that in spite of walking in what we believe to be truth, which tends to be very narrow, that we handle these truths with great grace. The narrower the truth the greater the grace needed. We believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven – very narrow truth that tends not to sound inclusive. So, when talking to the young people who do not believe this we need to extend great grace – loving them, accepting them (who they are and what they believe) and not judging them.

Only after they have experienced great grace through you will they open their hearts and hear what you have to say and what you believe.

Just a Regular Saturday

Early Saturday morning and turning out to be a great day – sunny and warm finally. A busy day ahead – half in the office and the other part in various coffee shops around the city. Regular Saturday routine.

I plan to also take my dog for a few walks – again, a normal part of every day. There is a man with a cane I have been building a relationship with daily as he too walks his dog. Today I want to mention Jesus for the first time and begin to steer the conversation to spiritual things now that we have been talking almost daily for a few weeks.

As well, I have neighbors who has just put their house up for sale who I want to speak to (I know them from dog walking as they too have one of man’s best friends). As well, three doors down from them there is a U-Haul on the front lawn and so finally my new neighbors are moving in as that house sold several months ago. Time to welcome them in Jesus’ Name.

The summer allows us many different opportunities to talk to neighbors and strangers about Jesus. Whether in the park, on the bike paths, at the beach, or simply on the parking lots of the shopping malls – people are more relaxed and less rushed and actually wanting to slow down and chat with others. Be one of those ‘others.’

And, this is not something extra we need to add on to our already busy day. We simply talk with others about Jesus as we go about our regular days. It is not an event or an activity – it is a lifestyle. So, I am not adding things to my life – I am simply talking to others about Jesus as I live my life. I even invite non-Christians to go with me when doing something … going for a bike ride, eating after ministering at a service, watching a sporting event or whatever else I might be doing where I can take someone and thus create an opportunity to chat about Jesus. So, not adding an event or activity – simply turning everyday activities into witnessing opportunities.

This is not new or different or even strange. It is simply what disciples are called to do by the One that we follow. We are to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” Gee – maybe the root problem is that we really don’t know or even love ourselves!