January, 2018 Apostolic Trip to Kazakhstan

Ralph recently returned from his semi-annual trip into the wonderful nation of Kazakhstan. This two week apostolic ministry trip was the most powerful trip he has ever taken to this nation over the past decade.

The teaching schedule was intense. There were three schools each running for three days

1> The Holy Spirit (a Master’s level course for Vine University)

2> School on apostles and prophets (the building of an apostolic-prophetic church)

3> Leadership School teaching on leadership principles

Those in attendance at all three schools were eager to learn, interacted and engaged with the material being presented, and were obviously impacted by what they were learning and in the ministry times when many received life-changing prophetic words.

Ralph also ministered both Sundays to a very active congregation and again the messages were well received and a number of believers were impacted when they received prophetic words.

Each evening there was a meeting with leaders, a cell church to attend, a house church to share at, and youth meeting where young people had opportunity to ask questions about any topic they wanted to.

Plans are already set for Ralph’s next visit to Kazakhstan in early September 2018.

You Are The Church

You are not the “laity”

I am not the “professional clergy”

The clergy – laity divide is not biblical in the least

The word “laity” means “amateur”

And God does not want you to an amateur when it comes to the things of the faith

He wants you to be a mature believer

  • A new creature in Christ – growing into maturity so you become more and more like Him
  • A minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5)
  • An ambassador of the King and the Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5)
  • A reproducing believer going into your community and making disciples (Matthew 28)
  • A disciple who knows and can discern truth from error

We are all part of the “priesthood of all believers”  Read more

Kingdom DNA

Jesus came to earth with two interrelated missions

1> Take the judgment and penalty for the sins of everyone as the perfect God/Man and Sacrificial Lamb

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

2> Set in motion a movement that nothing could or will stop

The most important, longest-lasting, greatest life-changing, movement in history

These two separate but related missions come together as ESTABLISH A KINGDOM

Other kingdoms would come and go Read more

THE APOSTOLIC MODEL OF THE CHURCH – APOSTOLIC CENTERS

[Antioch: The Second Apostolic Center]

The early Church experienced a level of harvest of new believers none of us could even imagine.

Pentecost, and the initial harvest of 3,000 on the first day of the Church, initiated three centuries of sustained multi-generational growth and the continual expansion of the Kingdom.

How did they do it?

Part of the answer is that they had an administrative structure that allowed the fivefold ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12) of the Church to function in each and every local church no matter how large or small they might be.

The apostles first established Jerusalem as a teaching, training, and equipping center.

They began to equip the saints to do the works of Jesus (John 14:12).  Read more

You Can Do It – Yes You Can Can

 

I grew up with a father who was a hard working man who was proud to support his family

He was the oldest of 9 children – 8 boys and one sister

His father was an alcoholic and would spend all of his pay cheque on alcohol each week and come home drunk – beat my father to pulp, and then fall asleep

After grade five my father stopped going to school and went to work to support his mother and his brothers and sister

This grade five graduate had one motto – if I heard it once I heard it 10,000 times

“If you set your mind to do it – you can do it”

When he died at 56 years old he was teaching high school and owned his own, successful local business in the city where we lived – a suburb of Montreal, Quebec Read more

DON’T MAKE IT DIFFICULT

We are now entering the countdown to Christmas and much of what we are thinking and doing in our spare time is geared to those few days of family, food, and fun…

As I walk my dog I find it interesting, to say the least, that the homes that were seriously decorated for Hallowe’en are now just as decorated for Christmas
That those who did the Hallowe’en thing are now doing the Christmas thing
And, for many, it is just “a thing” and not, in the least, really connected to the birth of Jesus and the spiritual significance – the eternal difference – that his birth was really all about
But, this I do know, it is a great window of opportunity for those of us who believe to share Jesus and, as we say, “the reason for the season” with each and every person that we meet during the mad rush towards more debt…

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Come and See / Go and Be

We live in a inwardly focused world where people are at the center of their own world
Everything is about them
How they feel
What they think
Where they are going
Where they have been
Their thoughts
Theirs opinions
Their beliefs
It is all about me – mine – my
But, as believers, we can and must learn how to live outwardly focussed lives in the inward focussed world
To go into our everyday world and touch lives for Jesus

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Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus

Towards people who He regarded as “sheep”

Lost sheep in need of a shepherd – in need of Him Jesus is the good Shepherd of the sheep ….

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

And, as the good Shepherd of the sheep, He has great compassion on them for they are lost and in need of a Shepherd – a Saviour

Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Every animal that God created has its own built-in defence mechanisms.

God, in His wisdom, placed within all living things the desire to survive and the means to do so

So, you may ask … What is the mechanism of self-defence of the common sheep? Is it lightening-quick speed?

No, not with those big round bodies and short legs Is it their ferocious roar and sharp teeth?

Nope!
Is it the incredible camouflage?

Puffy white creatures on rolling green hills? Don’t think so

We all know it isn’t their quick intelligence and cunning strategic thinking They are some of the dumbest animals on the planet

Some who are a little more in the know might respond to this question by saying that sheep have strength in numbers

To a wolf pack, however, that is the difference between a single entree and an all-you- can-eat buffet!

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“SPIRITUAL COVERING” BIBLE DOCTRINE OR ROMAN/PAGAN DOGMA? By Steve Hill

INTRODUCTION:

Sometimes the line between right and wrong in doctrine and practice does not run through the words or even the practice but through the hearts of those involved. People may blame leaders and leaders may blame people. However, foolishness is often driven from both sides! It was the people of Israel that demanded a king when that was not God’s will for them. God wanted to be their king! Theocracy is not rule by one man. That is a dictatorship! Theocracy is rule by God. This is fulfilled in the New Covenant with the statement that “the head of every man is Christ”! That is the promise of Jesus, “I will build my church!

Sometimes the line between truth and error is visible by the emphasis. Truth is in Jesus. It is living and dynamic. Jesus is God of God and man of very man. Logically those two things cannot be true in the same individual at the same time but our universe is not rationally determined. It is relationally structured. Truth is a person! Jesus is both Son of God and Son of Man. We must hold both at the same time to remain true to who He is. If we let go of either truth we end up in the ditch on the other side of the road. To remain in the way to God we must hold both to be equally, absolutely, totally true at the same time! Our minds must worship. They cannot understand, ie, control this! If my mind could do so, it would be God. My mind must worship the mystery of the Son of God who is the Son of Man! All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ (Colossians 2:3)! Read more