Ohio and Indiana – Apostolic Roundtable

It has been a tremendous few days … I have flown to Dayton, Ohio Saturday night and then drove to Celina, Ohio (1 Hour) where I spent the night. Then, in the morning, a 30 mile drive to another town where the mother church is planting a good work and attended the morning service. At the end of the service I was asked by the apostle over the work to prophesy over Joel who was with us and who was returning to France the next morning. An honor and a privilege.

Then out to Elkhart, Indiana – a 2.5 hour drive – where after checking in to the hotel where the meetings were being held – attended a whole evening of praise and worship with 25 apostles and prophets from the Network who invited me to attend as the only Canadian and one of two non-Network members. I received a prophetic word from Ken, a prophet, during the worship. Outstanding. Great worship and the presence of God was tangible and beautiful. I heard the Lord speak various things to my heart during the worship which, as I look at notes and think through all the Lord said, I will certainly share with you.

Monday – 2 presentations during the day … excellent, mind and spirit-stretching. These men are well read and really seriously in-touch with what is going on in the world and in God’s Kingdom. The two presentations gave me much to think about and, again, I will share some thoughts with you as the days and weeks progress. Great discussion – very penetrating. I also had opportunity to share (very briefly) the healing, salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit part of my testimony both in the car on the way to Elkhart and, when asked, to the assembled group. We rejoiced with God’s goodness towards me.

In the evening we worshipped until I thought my heart would burst from the amount of love and power He was pouring into my life. I wept and God really renewed my heart and soul. I mean I am different – seriously different as a result of that night’s worship. Then 90 minutes of prophetic ministry by the four main apostles of the Network sponsoring this roundtable. Everyone was to be prophesied over so we simply stood in line. My turn came and I sat down in the chair and it began. They nailed it. They spoke into current frustrations and situations, answered questions I had only asked and discussed with the Lord and then spoke to me about some of the things the Lord had planned for the future of Ralph Howe Ministries that I am now full time with. 60% (from memory) was serious confirmation of what I had been sensing and 40% was brand new and a tremendous revelation to my head and heart. I have it as a recorded sound file and will type it out in the next few days to send to some of my advisors for their consideration, input and feedback. Exciting words about an ever expanding future impact and worldwide ministry. Again, overwhelming – seriously overwhelming. This from apostolic men that do not know my situation or the recent changes in that situation regarding financial support and income and the faith walk I am now on. God is so, so good.

The next morning (Tuesday) one more presentation – again outstanding and even amazing. Then an hour of prophetic ministry to minister to those who had not received a word the night before. Again, in-depth and mature ministry to these wonderful men. A long drive back with great sharing and conversation as we began to process all we (the two “outsiders” and a lead apostle) had heard, received and experienced. We arrived in Celina, Ohio and simply sat and shared even more.

Supper at a church member’s home with great fellowship and terrific food. During the supper meal I was asked to share my testimony again and did so with great rejoicing from everyone around the table about how great the God we worship and serve is. As the evening was drawing to a close the apostle we were with asked me to prophesy over his wife whom I had just met and knew nothing about. They were asking me to prophesy in front of these mature apostolic people who have been doing apostolic work since 1974. I was not even saved back then. I felt the Lord say to go for it in spite of my feeling of inadequacy and so I said I would. It was lengthy – and the lady was seriously ministered to by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is really neat and always amazing.

On the way to the vehicles as we were leaving to go back to where we were staying she shared with me what she was going through currently and what the words meant to her and I was seriously amazed – seriously! God is so good. We wept on the driveway of the house.

The next day – Wednesday – we had a breakfast fellowship with 7 of us – great discussions about Jesus and then went to the local church offices and met with a younger apostle, one of the founding apostles who had just the night before returned from Peru and our host, also the lead apostle. Had a five hour discussion with the two “outsiders” asking all the questions and the answers (and maturity) were amazing. It will take me weeks to process my notes and my thoughts and feelings. A late lunch with the five of us followed the meeting in the office complex, a one hour drive to Dayton, Ohio airport, and then I was on my way home.

The trip home was not uneventful – with delays due to red lights on the planes warning systems, lack of fuel and other assorted delays and inconveniences. However, I did, with a little running between flights, manage to make all my connections and finally got to bed at 3:00 a.m. body time.

Don’t let anyone kid you that international flights and ministry is glorious and a lot of fun. I am tired this morning and it has been a long five days physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. However, I knew it was God’s will to attend this apostolic roundtable and now I know why He permitted me to attend.

A return visit in March, 2010 to the next open or expanded apostolic roundtable has been extended to me and I have accepted it and plan to attend. However, I know that for the sake of Ralph Howe Ministries and our expanding world-wide apostolic ministry I will need to go down to Ohio for continuing apostolic consultations several times before then. They have agreed to this plan.

Time now to finish plans for and getting ready for an 18 day overseas trip to minister in Ukraine. Leave in 8 days.

God is good.

On the Road – Ohio and Indiana

Well, my bag is packed as is my Bible and my mini-computer that is no bigger than my Bible. I am ready to go. Plane leaves Regina at 2:30 today (Saturday) and I go to Minneapolis where there is a 2 hour stop over before boarding the next flight to Dayton, Ohio – arriving at 10:00 p.m. Ohio time (8:00 p.m. “body time”). Looking forward to the stop over as I have been in the airport there often enough to know the two places where I can buy a supper that is safe for the very strict controlled diet that I am on. So, a decent supper while I read a book … and then hop on the last flight, more reading and arrive in time for a short late night chat and bed as the next day my host will be responsible for his local church’s Sunday morning service. I am looking forward to just being a member of the congregation and getting to worship and learn from whoever is teaching and ministering … doesn’t happen often.

Then we drive to Indiana Sunday after the service to meet with 24 others – all leaders in their own churches and trans-locally – for an evening of praise and worship and ministry to the King of kings and Lord of lords. We will, of course, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit but I am sensing that with this number of apostles with serious prophetic giftings we will see prophetic ministry take place – with words from the Lord for individuals, ministries, and the nations. More on that as the trip progresses as I will blog at least once a day on events and what is happening.

Monday and Tuesday – more praise and worship and we will also be listening to 3 position papers as some of the leaders in this Network who are hosting the gathering present timely presentations on a number of topics. As well, they have scheduled time for prophetic ministry to those in attendance. This is good as I really am believing for further direction for Ralph Howe Ministries. The last three prophetic words that I have received over the past two years are now 100% completed and so it would be good to hear God tell me what the next steps for this ministry are to be. Tell me what to do and I am most certainly willing to work hard and follow His directions to see it all come to pass in His timing. But, just to hear Him speak and give me further direction and greater vision – including the next few steps as we expand our influence worldwide would be very beneficial.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated. I am excited!

You Will Bear Fruit, Much Fruit, Eternal Fruit

According to recent research, in the average congregation, it takes 85 people an entire year to reach one person for Christ. Many churches do not see anyone come to Christ in a year. More than 90 percent of churches are declining or growing less than the community around them. (RainerResearch.com)

Yet Jesus states that you will be able to spot those who are His disciples because they will bear fruit for the Kingdom (John 15:8). And, the Gospel of John tells us that disciples will bear fruit, much fruit and eternal fruit. (John 15:5, 8). Jesus commented that a good tree will bear good fruit (Matthew 7:18) and that the tree that does not bear fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire (Matthew 7:19).

Yet when we look at the average Christian there is little fruit as a result of their salvation experience. Fruit in the sense of the fruit of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:22-23) in their personal lives and their relationships – especially in their marriage and often in their family lives. “Much fruit” as they are not influencing others to examine what the Christian faith is all about and who Jesus really is. They are having little positive, spiritual impact upon those around them and so there is no “eternal fruit”.

The solution: I am not sure to be honest. Maybe, if I knew, I would write a book. No, don’t think so as there are too many books being written already that try to market what one person has been doing sucessfully in one place at the direct of the Holy Spirit and sell it as a package to others because it worked for them. Well, so much for the book idea. I guess there will be no speaking tour to promote the new book.

But let me make a suggestion: The lack of bearing “fruit” in one’s own life is a direct result of following Jesus at a safe distance and not being intimate with Him so that He can speak into your personal life – every closet open, even skeleton examined. The lack of influence and impact bringing forth “much fruit” in our relationships is because we have been hurt and thus retreat from meaningful relationships that would give us opportunity to love others and to relate on a meaningful level and speak to others about our dynamic relationship with Jesus and the night-and-day difference He is making in our lives (1 Peter 2:9 The Message Version). Maybe we are just too busy and thus too tired. Sad! The lack of “eternal fruit” or seeing people saved and transformed is a direct result of our lack of love for the Lord because if we loved Him as we should we would obey Him (his comment found in John 14:23-24) and He did command us to go into all the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). So, the lack of fruit in our lives and ministry is a direct result, in my mind, of a lack of love for Jesus Christ.

Love to hear your comments on the subject – because we all admit that something needs to change…

Stop Trying to be Relevant – Be SUPERNATURAL!

“How is the Church to respond to a postmodern, post-Christian culture that discounts the church as irrelevant, yet seeks spiritual connection, that is intrigued with Jesus, but doesn’t really know Him?”

Good question and one that I have been thinking about since I first read it a few weeks ago in a book I was working my way through. It is a question that deserves some thought.

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An African Christian Leader Looks At The Church Here

From a Current E-Newsletter from ATM in the USA


There is widespread talk in media houses, Christian institutions, and the general public about the deterioration of Christianity in America. America, many lament, has ceased to be a Judeo-Christian nation and Americans become less and less a Church going people. There is also a lot of ongoing criticism, especially among Third World Christians, against the Church in America, as having departed from God and the faith and compromised the faith by, for example, accepting and ordaining gay ministers, condoning the practice of abortion, and taking marriage and divorce as a light matter, etc. Many surveys have been taken, most of which have given shocking indications that American Christianity is on the decline. One recent survey, the American Religious Identification Survey published last year, showed that all was not well in America’s religious life.

In a report entitled, “Survey Shows Americans Are Losing Their Religion,” the Religion Correspondent of the TIMES, Ruth Gledhill, wrote on February 28, 2008, “The days of America’s Protestant ‘moral majority’ could be drawing to a close, according to a new survey into the religious beliefs of the US public. More than a quarter of US adults have left the faith in which they were brought up, with some choosing another religion but many embracing secularism, the survey found. Barely half of all Americans, 51 per cent, describe themselves as members of Protestant denominations while more than 16 per cent say they are atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular.'” Times Online (Comment).

On April 6, 2009, the President of the United States, visiting the nation of Turkey, said that the United States was not a Judeo-Christian nation. In protest, as shown in a May 6, 2009 You Tube video clip, entitled, “Our Judeo-Christian Nation,” Republican Congressman Randy Forbes asked on the floor of the US House the questions, “Did America ever consider itself a Judeo-Christian nation?” and “If America was once a Judeo-Christian nation, when did it cease to be?”

On the same day as Congressman Forbes was protesting in the House, Dan Harris of ABC NEWS, reporting on, “Young Americans Losing Their Religion,” published, “New research shows young Americans are dramatically less likely to go to church – or to participate in any form of organized religion – than their parents and grandparents. ‘It’s a huge change,’ says Harvard University professor Robert Putnam, who conducted the research. Historically, the percentage of Americans who said they had no religious affiliation (pollsters refer to this group as the ‘nones’) has been very small – hovering between 5 percent and 10 percent. However, Putnam says the percentage of ‘nones’ has now skyrocketed to between 30 percent and 40 percent among younger Americans.”

But one of the most shocking publications, and one that struck the nerves of Christian leaders, ministers, and ordinary believers of late was a recent Newsweek magazine cover story, entitled, “The Decline And Fall of Christian America.” The Newsweek editor, Jon Meacham, published the story on April 4, 2009, from the magazine’s edition dated April 13, 2009. Meacham asserted, “The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now-and what, as a nation, we are about to become.” (“The End of Christian America.” Newsweek. Blogs: Religion. ).

Following the story, a shocked President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Albert Mohler, commented, “To the surprise of liberals who fear the advent of an evangelical theocracy and to the dismay of religious conservatives who long to see their faith more fully expressed in public life, Christians are now making up a declining percentage of the American population…The cover story is a serious consideration of the issue Newsweek set as its priority for the week of Easter, and the seriousness of the magazine’s approach is evident in the fact that its editor, Mr. Meacham, wrote the cover story himself. The essay, elegant in form and serious in tone, demands attention.” (Crosswalk. Commentary. ).

If those who are so talking are referring to American Church denominations, American religious life, or even American Christianity, then they are very right because there are, indeed, very clear and indisputable signs that this is the case. America as a nation has, admittedly, been experiencing successive periods of spiritual turmoil. However, if the utterances and reports narrated above are talking about the “catholic” Church of Jesus Christ, which is His Body, then they are misinformed, inaccurate, and irrelevant. None of the surveys, reports, or utterances applies to the Body of Christ in America. Instead, the Church, the Body of Christ in America, is God-fearing, full of faith, prayerful, missionary minded, zealously working hard to fulfill the Great Commission, and increasing in grace as she awaits the return of our Master, Jesus Christ.

Christ’s Church may not be called American religion, Christianity, or Churches. The Body of Christ consists of and is the community of the saints, who are the redeemed of the Lord, purchased and born again through His own blood. We are God’s children through faith in the Name of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. God our Father has give us eternal life, His own life, and our names are written in the book of life. As His true witnesses, we carry His Name, Love, and Glory in the world and make Him known to the nations through the Gospel. Those who believe are incorporated into His Body and baptized in water as a testimony.

Children of God in America, this question is to you: Whose report will you believe? Will you believe the truth of the Lord your God or the lies of the enemy? The truth about the Church is clearly taught in the Scriptures.

1. Our Lord Jesus Christ has built His Church, universally, including the American Church, upon His Rock, and the gates of hell shall never be able to overcome it (Matthew 16:18). The Body of Christ is a conqueror, because the conquering Lord is in her midst.

2. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, comforts, counsels, teaches, and empowers the Church. God’s children individually and the Christ’s Body corporately are the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:17; 6:19). The Church is a section of God’s eternal Kingdom!

3. God’s Church has got the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (read demons, evil, wickedness, unbelief, false “churches” and other groups or cults, Satanists, malicious reports, etc) and nothing shall by any means hurt her (Luke 10:19).

4. We are more than conquerors through Christ who died for us. No amount of trial can bring the Church down. We overcome the world and Satan through our faith, testimony, and the blood of Jesus Christ. Greater is He that is in us than He that is the world (1 John 4:4; 5:4; Rev. 12:11).

5. The Church is the apple of God’s eye; He protects us the way one protects his or her eye. He loves us with an everlasting love. We are the Lord’s anointed; no one touches us and gets away with it. The Church is God’s bride whom He is preparing for marriage to His Son, the Lamb who was slain.

6. The Church, the Body of Christ, is the seed that falls on good soil and yields (Matthew 13). It is the grain of mustard seed that becomes a tree that overshadows the world. It is the salt and light of the world. The Church is the good wheat that is growing among the tares but still producing, and the light that shines in the darkness and overcomes it.

7. Church of God in America! Fear not nor be dismayed; only believe. Rekindle your zeal. Restore your first love. Shun apathy and complacency. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Pass your faith onto the next generation. Prevent the loss of the waiting generation of the Church in America. Ensure the Lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ in your lives.

Closing Thought

Times of change require risk takers. But those with vision rather than fear will adapt to the new things of God and be the Joshuas’ and Calebs’ of our day (editor of the e-newsletter)

My Thought:

Worth a second abd third read and worth reminding ourselves daily who we really are!

The Church As it is and As it Should Be (Part Two)

When one looks today at the Church of Jesus Christ and examines its life and structure what you observe actually has little resemblance to the early Church in the book of Acts. I believe today’s Church falls far short of what is set out for us in the New Testament as normative to the Church of Jesus Christ.

So I would like to continue to set out some of the differences that, in my mind, become obvious when you lovingly look at the Church as it is today and as it should be.

Last issue of this e-newsletter we looked at 4 issues:

1> We have a church that is organizational and structures where the Lord wants an organism that has life. Read more

Six Signs of a Struggling Church

As an apostle in our Network I visit many member churches as well as “friends” of the Network churches. Sometimes I am there to minister God’s Word through preaching and prophesying. Other times I am there helping the leaders determine the health of their church and how to turn it around so that it will begin to grow again.

These behind-the-scenes apostolic consultations usually look for six signs that a church is or soon will be struggling to stay alive, active, and relevant to the community through its outreach and evangelism strategy. 

Sign #1: We don’t emphasize Bible study anymore: When God’s Word is the not the foundation and the driving force of a church then the church and the people who attend it will inevitably wind up going down the wrong road. A healthy church focuses on, teaches and proclaims the Word of God in each and every activity that they pursue. A lack of deep biblical teaching is one of the most glaring signs of a struggling church.

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Stop Trying to Be Relevant – Be Supernatural

“How is the Church to respond to a postmodern, post-Christian culture that discounts the church as irrelevant, yet seeks spiritual connection, that is intrigued with Jesus, but doesn’t really know Him?”

Good question and one that I have been thinking about since I first read it a few weeks ago in a book I was working my way through. It is a question that deserves some thought.

We live in a culture (if not world) where the young generation has no “Christian memory” and so do not have any common ground from which we can lead them into a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. They do not own a Bible, may have never seen one and most certainly have never read it. They have never been inside a church – in their generation funerals are done from funeral homes (if at all) and weddings are done outside or in some catering hall, again, if at all, as living common law is now simply acceptable. They don’t think of the Church when making decisions about life and have created their own set of ethics and philosophy of life not even loosely based on Bible standards as set forth by God. To them there are no absolutes (like the Ten Commandments) and they have literally created a god of their own imagination. When you present the Gospel to them (especially if you use Christianeze) it is as if you have stepped off another planet.

The older generation have traditional views, are set in their ways and beliefs, mired in lifeless tradition that no longer has meaning if it ever did and many have been deeply wounded by the Church and have not found it in their heart to forgive and be reconciled. Present the Gospel to them and you are telling them that most of what they have been taught, believed, and built their lives on – tradition, man-made rules, religion, unforgiveness and bitterness – is not worth anything and needs to be discarded to receive the true Jesus Christ. This too is offensive.

So, how do we become relevant? Wrong question.

We should stop trying to be relevant and simply be what God called us to be. Supernatural! We need to understand that the traditional “good works” of being nice neighbours and helping old men like me across the street will not bring people to Christ. We need to be more than “contagious Christians” and do more than “walk across the room”. We need to do what Jesus has left us here to do – be His witnesses using the power we received through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We need to move in supernatural power and bring healing and deliverance to an individual, family or situation and then, when you have their attention, present the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power of God unto salvation.

Jesus gave us the baptism in the Holy Spirit (as it has commonly become known as) to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). He told those who followed Him that the things He was doing they would do also (John 14:12). He has left us here to do exactly what He did and bring what John Wimber called “power encounters” to bear on people’s lives and situations. Then given them what Neil Anderson calls a “truth encounter” so that they will know the truth and, if received and believed, this truth will set them free – eternally.

It is time for believers to stop trying to look like and act like the world so we find acceptance. We need to be walking supernaturally at all times hearing God’s voice and speaking on His behalf into people’s lives because “we can all prophesy” (1 Corinthians 14). And as we go “into all the world” and preach the Gospel His way then He promises to be there with us to back up the words with His power flowing through us so that we can then say that we have “fully proclaimed the Gospel” as Paul states he did (Romans 15).

And, all of this must be intentional or else it simply never happens in the life of a believer. We must remember every time we step out of our homes and into the world that we have entered the mission field and that all day long opportunities will be given to us (set up and prepared by the Holy Spirit) to pray with people and present the life-changing Gospel to them. We need to “go into all our world” intentionally looking for those opportunities and open doors. Daily. Every day!

And we are not looking for decisions or notches on our Gospel belt – we are looking to make true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ who will then learn from us “all that He has commanded us” and not just to know it but to “observe” or do everything Jesus said to do. Disciples not decisions. Which then makes us their teacher and mentor… now that is something that will help you to grow up really fast! And that would not be a bad thing either.

An Upcoming Trip

This Saturday I leave for Ohio where I will be involved in a three day meeting that runs from Sunday supper through to Tuesday lunch. Before the meeting I will experience worship with a local church in Celina, Ohio and after the meeting I will have the opportunity to spend 24 hours with my host for this trip in his home. He is one of the leaders of the group of men I will be visiting with. I have a pile of questions I want to ask him as the situation allows.

This is a meeting that I was invited to attend although I have never met any of those who are going to be involved. A number of apostolic men from various regions in the United States are coming together to seek the Lord, worship, and minister prophetically as well as the hear three or four of them present “position papers” on a number of wide-ranging topics. A time of learning together what the Lord is saying and doing in the Body of Christ today and a look into the future and what the Lord is preparing for His people.

This is being called an apostolic roundtable and I am excited that I have been invited to be one of those in attendance. In fact, more than excited – honored. God has graciously supplied the funding for the trip – airfare, hotels and meals … and so I already see His hand directing this connection and wider networking of both my personal apostolic ministry (Ralph Howe Ministries) and the Network that I work with here as an apostle with their various groups and network. Unity always blesses God and releases His anointing upon His people in fresh ways.

So, I would appreciate your prayers … and I will blog daily (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) while on this short trip into the wonderful nation of the United States. I would appreciate as many people praying as we can raise for this task as I believe these few days are vital to this ministry and the ministry of all apostles in this nation.

Lives Instantly Transformed Forever

The signs are very evident. They are all around us. God is up to something. It is not something that is going to happen in a year or two. It is not something that will happen if you do something. It is not something that is happening somewhere else requiring us to go there to receive the benefits of it. It is not only happening overseas – it is happening in this nation. It is already happening right now and it is taking place right where you are. Here! Now! In this place at this time in history.

God is moving mightily and in very significant and life-changing ways right here and right now! I personally see it everywhere I go. Lives are being instantly and supernaturally changed. Permanently. Visibly.

This is not a Church thing; it is not a man-made, hyped-up, emotionally-charged, programmed “revival”. It is not connected to any Church or any movement. It did not start through the ministry of one person. It is a God initiated, God empowered, God glorifying, true move of God’s Holy Spirit touching and transforming lives right before your eyes. You can see dramatic changes happen instantaneously right before your eyes. Permanent changes transforming lives.
God is doing some truly amazing supernatural work and I see it everywhere I go to minister God’s Word – both through teaching and through the prophetic. Every day in every place I minister I see it. It happens on street corners, in coffee shops, in church building; it happens during worship and without worship. It happens wherever a true born again believer is bold enough to believe God’s Word and act upon it.

I recently called a man forward and asked permission to simply hug him. In front of a substantial group of people I stood there and hugged him for 5 minutes and watched God pour His love into this alcoholic drug addict and we literally saw demonic spirits come out of this man and permanently leave him. I was not the only one who saw it happening. It was visible. God poured in His love and light and the darkness that hates this man and was destroying him left without anyone telling them to. The next morning the difference was obvious. Two days later, as I was packing the car to leave, he came up – still radiating – and thanked me. A life transformed

The Point: As you believe – you will see it (Matthew 9:29)