Tattoos on the Soul

[fa icon="calendar'] July 18, 2018 / by Jim Bailey posted in Guest Post

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I love tattoos. For me, they are symbols of the journey that I am on with God and with family. They mark my life…telling a story of values and encounters.

When you think about it…we are all marked. You may not have tattoos to display your journey, but your heart surely carries the marks of a journey lived and marked by key events that shape your story.

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Are Spiritual Gifts Really for Today?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 11, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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Recently I started a new blog series on "The Gifts of the Spirit" by talking about being “Equipped for Significance.” I want to take a different approach to the gifts than what you might normally see. My view of the gifts is simple: they are supernatural. They are given (hence the word "gifts") by God as needed for service. As I said, simple. So, go on this journey with me as we flesh out what Paul has to say about them and how we are "gifted" to glorify God.

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Member Highlight: Pastor Jonathan Lau

[fa icon="calendar'] July 5, 2018 / by District Office posted in CPD Member Highlights

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"Ministry is not easy by any stretch of the imagination; it's such an empowering truth that the Needed One in the church/congregation is not sinful, imperfect me, but the sovereign, all-caring, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present God."
- Pastor Jonathan Lau

From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with English Pastor Jonathan Lau at San Francisco Chinese Alliance Church.

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My Encounter with an Atheist Church Starter

[fa icon="calendar'] June 27, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Church Planting

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One time on a flight from Baltimore to Sacramento I was sitting next to a guy who asked what I do. When I told him that I help people start churches he said, “Really, I’m starting a church – how do you do that?” So, we talked for a bit as I briefly described the process. I began asking him questions about his goals, etc. When I asked him, “So what kind of church are you trying to start?” He said, “An Atheist Church.” Long story short, he turned out to be the guy from Sacramento that sued to get “One nation under God” out of the pledge of allegiance. 

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Equipped for Significance

[fa icon="calendar'] June 20, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Equipping

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Do you want your life to be marked by significance? Do you sometimes feel like even though you want your life to have significance, you just don’t have the tools or skills for it – that you aren’t equipped for significance?

Maybe you even feel a little bit like the customer who called the computer helpline:

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Christ's Great Commission is the Call of The Alliance

[fa icon="calendar'] June 14, 2018 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions

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As our Central Pacific District churches are holding their Great Commission Day on a Sunday in May or June, we have an great opportunity to share the message, encourage each other, and give to support Christ's Great Commission.

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Member Highlight: Rev. Gilberto Medina

[fa icon="calendar'] June 12, 2018 / by District Office posted in CPD Member Highlights

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"The reason I can say it was Him and not myself wanting to do this, is because the church is still alive and well after 29 years."
- Rev. Gilberto Medina

From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The testimony below is from an interview with Rev. Gilberto Medina.

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5 Ways Students Were Impacted by Unplugging at Alliance Redwoods Camp

[fa icon="calendar'] June 6, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Alliance Youth, CPD Member Highlights

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We like to give you updates from our partner ministries. Alliance Redwoods is a beautiful facility in a spectacular area among the redwoods where God has been given space to change many lives.

Earlier this spring, students from St. Bonaventure finished their two-year confirmation program with a retreat at Alliance Redwoods. Their youth leader personally understands the impact of camp having converted as a teenager at Alliance Redwoods. He shared this with us: 

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Member Highlight: Pastor Shawn Van De Mark

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2018 / by District Office posted in CPD Member Highlights

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I’m excited to be exposed to new sources of God’s love and provision as I settle into this new role, new church, new city, new state, and new Alliance district.
- Pastor Shawn Van De Mark

From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Shawn Van De Mark at Trinity Alliance Church in Redding, California.

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How Can You Participate in God’s Fullness?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2018 / by District Office posted in Guest Post

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There are a number of different perspectives when it comes to holiness and seeking a closer relationship with God. Phil Rehberg is a regular contributor to our blog, and he takes a thoughtful look at the question, "How Can I Be Filled With God?" I trust this is helpful for your walk as you desire to draw close to Him.  

- Ray Van Gilst

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