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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Seasons of Weakness

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2018 / by Mike Barnes posted in Guest Post

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Mike Barnes is a regular contributor to our blog. He is also part of the leadership of Gateway Fellowship in Sacramento, and we just happen to be in the same men's accountability group. He is a huge blessing in my life for a whole host of reasons. Donice and my connection to our local church is part of what keeps us balanced (her at least - probably not a whole lot of hope for me😉). But regardless, I know meeting with a group of fellow warriors early on a Monday morning is really good for me and my walk. I hope this is encouraging and challenging for you as well.

In His Love and Service,
Ray

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10 Ways to Help a Church Plant

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Church Planting, Thoughts from the District Superintendent

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We have a number of active church plants going on right now from a wide background of ethnicities.  Having been a church planter, I know how lonely that can sometimes get.  I also know the encouragement that other churches were to me at times, and also how we were able to encourage other plants and planters once we were established.  Here are some ideas of how you and your church can be involved.  If you would like us to pair you up with our amazing planters, please let me know and we will do so asap.

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Great Commission Day 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] April 24, 2018 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions

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What an amazing family we are a part of - a movement called of God to bring the name of Jesus to the unreached peoples of the world! What a high calling - one that we can only accomplish by working together! I would like to encourage us to lean in to Great Commission Day (info below) and make a statement saying, "We push ahead, we won't shrink back, we send our blessing around the world so that all may hear the Good News of Jesus Christ!" Let's be RIDICULOUSLY GENEROUS!! 

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Member Highlight Video: Thank you for supporting Alliance Redwoods during the Santa Rosa Fires 

[fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2018 / by District Office posted in Fundraising, CPD Member Highlights

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Missions: How to Choose a Global Partnership

[fa icon="calendar'] March 21, 2018 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions

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Some of our pastors have been asking lately, "How does my church choose a Global Partnership?"  The best approach to finding the right partnership for your church is to start by asking yourself a couple of questions, like:

- Do we know any Alliance workers already that we would like to connect with or support?

- Do we already have a place or region of the world in mind where the Alliance is working that we would like to connect with or go see?

- Do we have a type of ministry or project in mind that our church would like to be a part of overseas?

As your church starts to pray and discuss connecting with our Alliance work globally, these questions will be helpful as you think through what it means to engage in Global Partnerships!

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The "Unpleasant" Truths of Scripture

[fa icon="calendar'] March 19, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Devotional, Guest Post

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Phil Rehberg, a regular contributor to the CPD blog nails it again as he talks about "Courage to embrace the unpleasant truths of Scripture."  Do I like everything the Bible has to say?  No.  But I accept everything the Bible has to say because it is the truth.  And the challenge upon accepting it is to then live it out.  Take a look at what he has to say as he challenges us to look objectively at the whole Word of God.

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How are you Handling Troublemakers in your Church?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 15, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Guest Post

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Joe McKeever is a regular contributor to Pastor's Newsletter.  His article about handling troublemakers in the church hits a cord with any of us who have been in ministry more than one month.  (Maybe even less!)  He writes this article with humor, frankness, and from a scriptural viewpoint that I think you will appreciate. -Ray

 

Posted by: Joe McKeever 

How to Handle Troublemakers in Church

There are two answers to this question: The best and shortest is to put mature leaders and sound structures in place to head off troublemakers. That is, stop trouble before it begins. And the other answer is everything that follows here…

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My Tribute to Billy Graham

[fa icon="calendar'] March 9, 2018 / by Wayne Hoag posted in Devotional, Leadership, Guest Post

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Wayne Hoag was the pastor of Truckee, CA for about 26 years until he handed over the reigns to his associate Jesse Richardson.  He continues to serve the church he has loved and lead for years.  He is also an author - one of his books, "The One Another Project " is on my shelf.  He writes an excellent tribute to Billy Graham that you will not want to miss.

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The Christlike Creed: What a Disciple Looks Like

[fa icon="calendar'] March 6, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Guest Post

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Phil Rehberg of Risen King handed me something at Encounter called "The Christlike Creed - what a disciple looks like."

I found it to be a helpful one page resource that you may also find helpful for those who would appreciate something to meditate on or pray through. He has made the link available on his blog, Meat for Maturity, to access for anyone who wants.

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