Aiming too Low

Most of us, if not all of us, aim too low. Due to the gravitational pull of our fallen nature; our dreams are all too ego-centric, hence earth-bound, & limited to our natural finite abilities. The consequences are visions and dreams that are only as big as we are and no larger, thus we settle for far too little. Yet we should not aim at the high and lofty dream or ideal that we revere, but we must set our gaze on the Resurrected Christ seated above in the Heavenlies. When we look to Him - the One Who said “lift up your eyes for the harvest is plenteous” will gently lift our chin with His nail-scared Hand, raising our sight-line above the horizon of the fret & fray of this burdened world. It is then we discover we are not looking to anything other than into His Eyes of compassion. Consequentially natural dreams become as foolishness and a brand new vision takes over - a vision that is bigger than us, beyond our limitations impossible by nature. When our aim, our gaze is upon a victorious, gracious Savior - it is then we stop living the possible and we begin to live the supernatural. Only then will we be truly content and happy. 

The Genesis of a New Creation

Before we could approach the subject of prayer in this small treatise, we are prompted to evaluate the natural state of every human being, and that being unregenerate, spiritually dead, impotent. A man that has been seeded from the earth, born of the flesh, is therefore flesh. We originally being fleshly and blind to the things that of the Heavenlies, are in need of new “genesis” in the deepest part of ourselves. That “genesis” differs from the Biblical account of the origins of the material world in that it has an entirely different source. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” – John 3:6. This source afore mentioned is rooted in the Heavenlies and shares nothing with the soil we stand on now. The Source from which this comes is from The Spirit of God Himself.
Mankind needs a total rebirth, an absolute rejuvenation that is sourced from that Heavenly sphere from which springs up a new creature. Mankind cannot be remade, remodeled, or refashioned. You and I need a new genesis – a creation that is not made from the materials from ourselves, or this world.
God created this universe not out of mandate but out of love, and because of love God sends His only Son into it to rescue it. Jesus’s love and mission to this world was terminated by the ingratitude and sin of man (and of you and I). Yet it was the Love of the Spirit of God for humankind that raised Jesus from the dead and burst Him from the sullied grave.
Thus we may be reborn by this Love from Above. Anyone that allows the Love of the Spirit of the Father to enter and believe on His Son that He sent, will be a recipient of a supernatural miracle – a rebirth of the Spirit of God. Something or rather better stated; Someone will be born inside that is born from Above, that is sourced from Above, and speaks the language of Above.
!This is the new creation that the Bible speaks so much of. This new creation is born of the Spirit and cannot sin, fail or be destroyed. It is sourced from the Seed of the Gospel of Grace. Just as a new born babe cries out for it’s mother’s breast and her caress, so this new creation hungers and thirsts for God; His Word, His Love and His Communication to the inner most parts of who we are.
This is beginning of prayer.

It’s not about us...



Romans 8.28: "We are assured and know that [ God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose"

We live in an environment and in a system of social understanding that is bent on “creature comfort” and “well-being”, where to suffer as a victim in anyway is a crime warranting the highest utilization of the current legal system. This philosophy has penetrated the Church today in many different forms such as the “Blessing Movement”, "It's All About You" and “Certain Healing”. 

As Christians we need to guard ourselves from this trend of entitlement thinking as it is a form of deception. God's Eternal Purpose in our lives is not to make us happy or blessed or to even answer all our prayers as we would want; but His Purpose is that Christ would be formed in us - that we would be Christ-like. This of course creates the potential for seemingly unpleasant experiences, personal offenses and loss of opportunity. 

We as finite creatures fail to see beyond our noses, beyond what we can touch, farther than what feels nice or what we can understand. Because of our human limitations we cannot even understand what is the most beneficial for us - we cannot even define what would make us the happiest. People explain well-being and happiness by what they feel inside and what would make them sense acceptance and experience elevation socially, politically or economically.

Why? Why would God want us only to be like His Son? 

We were made for the eternal, the deathless, the enduring, the forever. You can hear it in our love songs on the radio, in films and on the internet. We were made to live beyond our limitations, our fears and our misguided illusions of pleasure - anything less of a life would eventually lead to restless discontentment and wander-lust. 

There is only one thing that lasts beyond death and decay and that is Jesus Christ. This world and all its pleasure, fashion, education and fame will pass and we like our ancestors will meet our certain end at death. 

To allow the Bible to chose for us - to allow our lives to come under the Holy Spirit's leading and to give up the steering wheel to God's Plan; is to start down the path of true happiness, true blessedness and true love. Because only God knows what is best in His Plan for us. This is a scary thought to lose control but here is the way of true freedom. 

We cannot interpret the quality of our lives by what we are experiencing today whether good or bad. We cannot say this way is better or I do not want this in my life - because we are so blinded by our own senses to what is really best for us.

Suffering in our lives is mostly misunderstood as a threat when it is truly the threshold to greater blessing and purer joy than we could have discovered ourselves.

I look at my life and I cannot say that I could have chosen a better way - I see the blessings around me, the people I love in my life and the adventure I live and know that I could not have brought this to pass even if I had tried! 

We have to walk by faith trusting God’s Way is best not living in ignorance to the reason for certain events in our lives. Those things He allows to impact us has a Higher Purpose - that “All things work together for good for them that love God and that are called according to His Purpose” - “to be transformed into the likeness of His Son” so that we can experience the best He has for us.

It's not about us - but how we may lay our life down as Jesus did in His Father's Will...

Quotes from "Fiery Faith" by A.W. Tozer

I've been meditating and digesting A. W. Tozer's book "Fiery Faith" recently and noted for my personal study a series of quotes from his book. I hope you enjoy these and are as blessed as I was reading this spiritually meaty book

• Before there can be any faith there must be enlightenment first - Jn 6.44

• Faith is not abstract and is to be for the immediacy of the physical life - see the words that reflect the physical: "taste & see that The Lord is good" Ps 34.8

• Imagination tries to create - projects unreal images out of the mind and seeks to attach reality to them

• Faith creates nothing but simply reckons on what's already there.

• There is no difference between the spiritual and the real - one does not contradict the other - the spiritual is the real

• Faith is present - living in the present of God - people live in their past with God and they're in the future hope in God and the work but live lonely in the present because they live with out present of God in faith

• Christian rationalists, Christian moralists, vs Christian mystics

• Faith never goes contrary to reason - it just ignores the reasons and rises above it

• The original sin was not disobedience but it was unbelief. Unbelief always proceeds sin

• Faith cannot use tangible worlds like "mountain, star, lake" if it could it
would become pagan. Faith uses words that are intangible "love, forgiveness, promises"

•Unbelief is a moral thing. Living in unbelief is demoralizing because it assumes the immoral condition of the heart before it can exist.

• There are things reason cannot do that are beyond it's capacity, for example - “wonder” - "they all wondered at Him" leads to marveling - faith moved forward supernaturally and reason follows wide-eyed in amazement - this is the way it should always be

• A believing Christian is a miracle - the moment you can explain him he is no longer the wonder of a Christian but a religious idealist or religious philosophist

• Faith must rest on not the promises but on God's nature first or the promises are taken out of context and misapplied - promise follower vs Christ follower

• Ps 116.11 we are brought up in an environment of lies Jer 17.9

• Satan’s first attack upon the human race was his sly efiort to destroy Eve’s confidence in the kindness of God. Unfortunately for her and for us he succeeded too well. From that day, men have had a false conception of God, and it is exactly this that has cut out from under them the ground of righteousness and driven them to reckless and destructive living.

• Much Christianity since the days of Christ’s flesh has also been grim and severe. And the cause has been the same - an unworthy or an inadequate view of God. Instinctively we try to be like our God, and if He is conceived to be stern and exacting, so will we ourselves be.

• They continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42) So says Luke of the thousands who received the Word and were baptized following the preaching of Peter on the day of Pentecost. Conversion for those first Christians was not a destination; it was the beginning of a journey

• Came the revolution, quietly, certainly, and put another construction upon the word faith. Little by little the whole meaning of the word shifted from what it had been to what it is now. And so insidious was the change that hardly a voice has been raised to warn against it. But the tragic consequences are all around us. Faith now means no more than passive moral acquiescence in the Word of God and the cross of Jesus.


• Such a faith as this does not perturb people. It comforts them. It does not put their hip out of joint so that they halt upon their thigh; rather it teaches them deep-breathing exercises and improves their posture. The face of their ego is washed and their self-confidense is rescued from discouragement. All this they gain, but they do not get a new name as Jacob did, nor do they limp into the eternal sunlight. “As he passed over Penuel..." Limping Gen 32.31 

Steps of Faith

Some of the greatest things that we posses today or the most exhilarating experiences we can remember, are things that we have or done because we took a step of faith when we didn’t see the whole picture. We just stepped out in obedience to the Spoken Word and the Jordan river parted.

The problem today with many of us is not that we haven’t heard from God, but that we have heard the Voice of God on the outside as well as in the inner man, and having heard we do not take that step of faith in the direction of "Him that calleth thee”.

Abraham toiled in the Ur of the Chaldees with an inner cry for something more, something supernatural, something God. Yet he did not know it that way. But when God spoke to Abraham to take steps of faith in his life and in his family - He did. That is when he ventured into the Plan of God and possessed all that God had for him to possess. 

Take steps of faith in the direction you hear the Voice of God. Do not explain away the Eternal Opportunity because of temporal circumstances. Like Peter who stepped out onto the water, yes there were the waves, the winds, and the chuckles of the other disciples; but which of the disciples can say “I walked on water”?

We don’t need to see the whole picture, to plan it all out in our heads before we take steps. God orders our steps and His Everlasting Arms are underneath us. Why not take that step of faith today and stop the procrastination?

Is it better to burn for The Lord or to obey?


Luke 22.33

Many are those that may burn in passionate love for The Lord who sing his praises and cannot be straightened in their zeal for him confessing their fiery love for Him. Yet when it comes to that lonely step of faith of obedience that is met with the icy cold wind of resistance they halt and step back secretly in their heart all the while confessing His Name and His Word.

There are times when the Fire burns in our bosom and we cannot stay but speak and move. But that is the rare blessed exception. To live in awareness of that Flame and it's purifying work is to quench it. To focus on the Flame and not the Still Small Voice of The Word inside of it is to get distracted and be turned aside to the emotion and phenomenon of the Fire & not the command. Though the Burning Flame in the heart of the quickened saint may be a new experience - the Cross must have its deep crucifying affect and separate the emotional feeling of the soul from the burning sensation of the Spirit.

The "ministers of fire" described in Hebrews 1.7 are servants that are aflame but often feel very little as they take faith steps of obedience in great weakness. It is in this great weakness where the soul feeling is divided from the spirit that God is glorified the most and His power is revealed - otherwise if the servant serves in the awareness of the Powerful Burning he is strong in his soulish feeling and weak in his spirit to obedience. We follow, we obey for the utmost of reasons, because of Truth - that is living by "Every Word"

“In Awe of the Exalted” - יִרְאַת הָרוֹמְמוּת - Understanding the Fear of the Lord

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear
the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul" (Deut. 10:12)

The word translated “fear" in many versions of the Bible comes from the Hebrew word yirah (יִרְאָה), which has a wide range of meaning in the Scriptures. Sometimes it refers to the fear we feel in anticipation of some danger or pain, but it can also can mean “awe” or “reverence” inclusive of the idea of wonder, amazement, mystery, astonishment, gratitude, admiration, and worship (like the feeling you get when gazing from the edge of the Grand Canyon). Thus at times yirah ought to be translated as “awe" -  "The awe of God is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalm 111:10)

Some Hebrew Biblical scholars link the word yirah (יִרְאָה) with the word for seeing (רָאָה). Exod. 3:2-5 Moses “turned aside” to see the wonder and awe of the burning bush. When he saw the bush and heard the Voice he trembled with awe and the inner awareness of the sanctity of the Lord and His Calling. Such awe is not the goal of wisdom (like some state of nirvana), but rather its means. We start with awe and that leads us to wisdom - (Heschel). This wisdom ultimately is revealed in the love of God as demonstrated in the sacrificial death of His Son and his resurrection for our justification.

According to Jewish tradition, there are three “levels” or types of yirah:
  1. The tormenting fear of unpleasant consequences or punishment (i.e., yirat ha’onesh: יִרְאַת הָענֶשׁWe anticipate pain of some kind and want to run from it. Note that such fear can also come from what you subjectively believe others might think of you. People will often do things (or not do them) in order to buy acceptance within a group (or to avoid rejection). Social rules are adhered to in order to avoid being alienated or rejected.  One application of this type of fear is as Plato said in his writing "Republic", that people are "too weak to do injustice with impunity". A provoking question that could help us understand if you act or do not act under this type of fear is - would you act differently if you were able to become invisible? Would the "freedom to do whatever you like with impunity" lead you to consider doing things you otherwise wouldn't do? 
  2. The type of fear concerns anxiety over breaking God’s laws (sometimes called yirat ha-malkhut: יִרְאַת הַמַּלְכוּת). This kind of fear drives people to do good deeds because they fear God will punish them in this life (or in the world to come). Even though the fear of God's punishment may deter us from sin and wrong doing in the short run, by itself it is deficient of spiritual life, since it is based on an deficient idea about God. This is the foundational concept of karma (the cycle of moral cause and effect). This kind of fear is founded on self-preservation, though in some cases the heart's motivation may be mixed with a genuine desire to honor God or to avoid God's righteous wrath for sin (Exod. 1:12Lev. 19:14; Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:5). 
  3. The third (and highest) kind of fear is a profound reverence for God that comes from rightly seeing. This level discerns the Presence of God in every detail of our life and is sometimes called yirat ha-rommemnut (יִרְאַת הָרוֹמְמוּת), or the "Awe of the Exalted."  Through it we behold God's glory and majesty in all things. "Fearing" (יִרְאָה) and "seeing" (רָאָה) are linked and united. Thus "the pure in heart shall see God". We are elevated to the high road of reverent discernment, sacred affection, and genuine communion with God's Holy Spirit.  This love for divine good creates a spiritual distaste toward evil, and thus, the hatred of evil to fear God
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well- balanced mind and discipline and self- control." - 2 Timothy 1:7amp

Eurocon 2014 Mission March

What an incredible time we all had at a record breaking attended EuroCon 2014 in Budapest! It was a powerful time in the Word, fellowship and miracles. We were able to see 40+ Ukrainians attend by nothing short of a miracle with all that's happening in Ukraine now. Here is a video p. Maciek from Poland made of the Missions March. Enjoy!

Loss of Passion in Leaders & Pastors

"And the fire upon the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be allowed to go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning and lay the burnt offering in order upon it and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall be burning continually upon the altar; it shall not go out” - Lev 6.12-13

What a few years ago we called discipleship has morphed into mentoring and now called Life-Coaching. Pastors have left the pastorate & evangelism and have become “Life-Coaches” using a philosophy that includes; goals, challenges for personal growth and self-help. There is a trend in the church as a whole today of a church-planing/church-growth plan that is more of a marketing business plan than anything else. Coaching and marketing  works for business, it has value there, but as soon as you apply it to the church, there is the loss of the mystery of the Church and it becomes a driven organization that resembles more of a corporation than a loving, living church body. 

The philosophy of this trend insinuates that leader’s and pastor’s problems of the lack of church growth or dissipating inspiration lies with their mentality, lack of personal growth or waning ambition. This type of psychology replaces the Mind of God concluding in an indirect way that the Word of God is not sufficient. I see much of this comes out of the new trend toward marketing in the church. Church-planting and church-growth have become a new business and it’s based on marketing. 

Those of us that have been involved with church-planting over the years and seen the exciting momentum of a growing church really were not being coached or mentored as the marking plans go today - but experienced a burning passion in our hearts for God, people and the Mission with a team that was energized in the vision.

What we see happen with leaders today is that 80% of leaders that begin well do not finish well. They lose their edge. What goes wrong? Where does the passion go? Many pastors if they were free to share it - have lost their passion for the ministry and many don’t discern it. Passion and fire in the ministry is sapped and replaced with a substitute - compensated by knowledge, information, new programs, & emotional watered down events that do more to entertain than convert & dramatically transform people.

The truth is that what is needed today in the ministry, in leadership, & in church-ministries is men and women of God ON FIRE.

Here are 12 reasons (among many) why I think leaders lose their passion in their call and they stop growing thus in return their ministry stops growing.

  1. Getting stuck in the mud of the details spinning their wheels.
  2. Distraction of entertainment - movies, online entertainment, gaming, and excessive recreation
  3. Google searches replace turning of the pages of the Bible and books.
  4. Mindless wasted time on social media
  5. Soulish relationships - relationships that cross the lines into the inappropriate 
  6. Petty skirmishes - the tit-for-tat arguments of personal justification because of insecurity 
  7. Technology - excessive time spend on the computer or mobile device 
  8. Hidden idols - toleration for error that slip in and cause to stumble in sin.
  9. Pursuit of materialism - Succumbing to the temptation to possess and acquire. 
  10. Knowledge replaces obedience - The stimulation of information replaces radical steps of faith
  11. Psychological thinking replacing Bible Conviction
  12. Departing from the basics of the vision to be more acceptable and less controversial.
Passion has very simple focus, focus comes from concentration and concentration comes from consecration. We cannot fake consecration. Where there is no consecration there can be no focus or concentration. Passion is the result of consecration. Consecration comes from doing the hard thing, losing our self-life at the Altar thus thwarting those things that sap our passion. 

Guard yourself daily from those things that dilute your laser-vision and you’ll find they have no siphoning power on your passion.


Inner Healing - Some thoughts on a Damaged Soul

Recently observing a dear person I began praying for their "soul situation" and asked God for insight to help. Here are a few musing on the subject which are not by any-means exhaustive but something that I'd like to study more preach about this month of February.

Isaiah 1.6 - From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it [the soul]; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. - (brackets mine)

It’s unimaginable the pain and suffering people have experienced in their lives because they were victims of prevalent evil in this world. The depth of the damage that has been caused deep in people’s souls can be described in Proverbs 18.8 as "wounds that go down into the innermost parts of the emotions (belly)”. This injury hurts and causes the most destruction to the innocent soul when it is caused by people we love in circles of trust and safety. The greater question though is how the damaged goods are healed rather than the wallowing in the pool of the injustice that is done; which can be so consoling and oddly satisfying. Because of the  "wounds that go down into the innermost parts of the emotion” are not healed than the following verse applies in verse 9 - passivity and paralysis comes into dominate the hurting soul and the "Waster of Souls” wins.

When there is no “mollification” - no healing ointment then what substitutes the healing is protectiveness and an underlying drive in some cases to lash out or campaign against the injustice done to them. This reaction continues to grow and fester in Isaiah 1.6 resulting in an inner motive that affects all other parts of a person’s soul. It may even manifest itself in a religious endeavor or a self-justifying cause looking to others for support in their self-righteous movement.

The true problem is they need desperately to be understood in their suffering and they want to be heard - someone to feel their pain with them though they may fiercely refuse it because of an advanced state of bitterness. We know that there is only One who has suffered untold loads of pain and suffering and that is mankind’s Savior Jesus. When the Spirit of Jesus and the Words of His comfort are allowed deep into the injured part of our soul via identification, compassion and understanding, then inner healing and “mollification” begins and the damaged soul can heal to become a very effective person in ministering to others. At that point a vision can come into the once paralyzed soul and a capacity of faith can enable with the motive of God’s Love. 

People cannot self-heal. The self-healing is a substitute for true healing. What is needed is to allow the process of the Spirit of Comfort and the Word of His Healing to be allowed to go deep and recreate the ruins of the soul and make a person a brand-new creation. They need to enter into a Body of Believers that are Christ-centered, Finished-Work thinkers that create an environment of love, faith and safety where they as Lazarus can slowly have the death-bandages taken off that still linger binding them though they have been spiritually resurrected from the dead.

The Humility of Jesus Portrayed on Christmas

Here are some draft notes from our message today on the Humility of Christ on Christmas - you can here the sermon here: http://bit.ly/1d23fhg

2 Cor 8.9 - For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

One of the greatest beauties of Christ was His humility. It was the most attractable thing about Him. He was always attracting humble people around Him and making proud people angry.

Luke 2.7-20
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found -- Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  
  • Psalm 113:4-6 - The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
  • "Think about that for a moment. God humbles Himself. God condescends to look at, to behold the things that are in the heavens. God has to stoop down to look at what’s in heaven. We have to look up to see what’s in heaven. God has to look down to see the things that are in the heavens. The angels—they are lower than God. God stoops down. He humbles Himself to look at the things in heaven.”
  • Not only did He have to stoop down to even look at us but it is His amazing Grace that He even is mindful of man - Ps 8.3-4
  • The Love of God in Jogn 3.16 caused Him to do 7 things
    • So God doesn’t just look at us, He gets involved with us.
    • He humbles Himself.
    • He condescends.
    • He stoops down to think of us.
    • He is mindful of us.
    • He stoops down to care for us.
    • He became one of us
  • Christmas is about the greatest theological facts - The incarnation, God being born in the likeness of sinful flesh - Rom 8.3 - the uttermost display of humility. This is what made him guilty, not because of an inherited sin nature but because he associated with us. 
  • Heaven and earth cannot contain God but He became confined to a human body. 
  • 2 Chron 2.6 But who is able to build him a house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him. 
  • Heb 2.7 He became man made a little lower than the angels submitted himself in a human body to God.
  • The devil underestimated God’s humility - underestimated how far God would go.
  • We are never more like Jesus than when we humble ourselves and surrender to the plan of God
  • He was circumcised on the 8th day. Not because He was a sinner, He was sinless, He submitted to the Law of Moses to fulfill it. His first pain and suffering for us.

Father Damien was a Belgian priest in the 1800s who went to a village on the island of Molokai in Hawaii, a village that had been quarantined as a leper colony. For 16 years, Father Damien lived with these people that no one else wanted to have anything to do with. He learned their language. He served them. He built homes for them. He organized schools and choirs. Rather than being careful to keep His distance from the lepers as most would have done, He got right up next to them. He bandaged their wounds. He ate with his patients, sometimes out of the same dish. He touched people that others considered untouchable. Gradually, throughout the course of his years of serving there, that village was transformed. Despair was replaced with hope. Yet for years he was still different in one very important point. They were lepers, and he was not. Then one day he stood up before his congregation and he began his sermon with two words. “We lepers,” for he had contracted leprosy while living among the people. From that moment on people in that village saw this servant in a whole different light. Now he wasn’t just living among them. He wasn’t just serving them. He had actually become one of them. Not only would he share their life, now he would die as they died.

On Christmas we celebrate the day that God came to our village. He didn’t just come to help us. He began His message by saying "we lepers." We sinners. He had become one of us. He took on our sin. 

Puerto Rico Mission Trip Getaway 2013


This week my wife and I went on a mission trip getaway to Puerto Rico where we met up with a team from Baltimore; p. Kevin Cooper, James Bryson, & Ian. There we visited p. David in Aguadilla, and his church. The Body there is a very joyous church with an outreach vision for their city. P. David met Greater Grace through p. Foster who led him to Christ while he was a missionary in Puerto Rico. While in Puerto Rico we did outreach in Mayaguez & other coastal towns. I was able to take a mountain bike trip up into the rain forest of El Yunque and do some evangelism for the people that lived up there. Precious people!


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David Brainerd's last journal entries - Missionary to the American Indians

Reading these last entries recently stirred me. This journal was used by God to inspire many modern day missionaries from the 1700's on till today.

Wednesday, Sept. 23. 1747
I finished my corrections of the little piece before mentioned, and felt uncommonly peaceful; it seemed as if I had now done all my work in this world, and stood ready for my call to a better. As long as I see any thing to be done for God, life is worth having: but oh, how vain and unworthy it is, to live for any lower end! ---- This day I indited a letter, I think, of  great importance, to the Reverend Mr. Byram in New Jersey. Oh that God would bless and succeed that letter, which was written for the benefit of his church! Oh that God would  purify the sons of Levi, that his glory may be advanced! ---- This night I endured a dreadful turn, wherein my life was expected scarce an hour or minute together. But blessed be God, I have enjoyed considerable sweetness in divine things this week, both by night and day.

His last entry: Friday, Oct. 2. 1747
My soul was this day, at turns, sweetly set on God: I longed to be with him, that I might behold his glory. I felt sweetly disposed to commit all to him, even my dearest friends, my dearest flock, my absent brother, and all my concerns for time and eternity. Oh that his kingdom might come in the world; that they might all love and glorify him, for what he is in himself; and that the blessed Redeemer might see the travail of his soul, and be satisfied! 'Oh come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! Amen.'

Take Heart Tour Kyiv - 2011

The week before Eurocon we had 6 Maryland Bible College and Seminary students visit Kyiv and L'viv Ukraine for 5 days. We evangelized, rapped, preached and ate untold poundage of Ukrainian Domino's Pizza. The joy was tremendous and our students revealed a lot of Divine content as they ministered.

Enjoy the video - if you cannot see it click here: http://www.facebook.com/v/141300132603562

"The Key to Our Joy!" UkrCon 2010 with p.Thomas Schaller - L'viv, Ukraine - November 21-24

  In January 1992, P. Schaller, P. Matti and a sizable group of others, arrived to L'viv, Ukraine where we had our first Ukrainian Conference with visitors from Poland, Hungary, Russia, Baltimore and Kyiv. This conference, located at a run-down Soviet resort in Bruhovicha just outside of L'viv, marked the beginning of a vision that the Holy Spirit gave to us at Greater Grace for the Ukraine. By the summer of 1992 we were living in L'viv starting a Bible School and a ministry of the Word by faith in the unfailing love of Christ for Ukrainians. This November 21st, 18 years later, by the mercy of God, we begin our Ukrainian National Conference titled "The Key to Our Joy!"
We are gearing up for our largest conference ever with visitors from Russia, Poland, Hungary, Central Asia, Iran & the US. Included in the conference and fellowship will be a special missions session and leadership training. 

We are extending an invite to YOU to join us at this momentous event that begins Sunday the 21st & closing Wednesday the 24th. 

To contact us regarding very reasonable registration and housing rates please call me here in the States: 1.410.575.3838 or in Europe call p.Myhailo in L'viv (+380964257411 or church@ggwo.org.ua).  

Please Come.
May God Bless You,
p. Christian Moore

Pastor Mihail Obrecht

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

October 3, 2010, Pastor Mihail Obrecht, a loving husband, godly father
and a mighty Russian pastor full of faith, joy and vision, was
promoted to be with the Lord in Heaven. He died from the injuries he
suffered in a car accident September 30, 2010 on his way to a Bible
study.

Please be in prayer for the comfort and support for Olga, his wife,
his 3 children, Daniel, Samuel and Mihail and the Greater Grace church
of Kaliningrad, Russia.

You can see more photos of his family and church in Kaliningrad at their website: http://church-eng.fullblessing.ru/