Ray Van Gilst


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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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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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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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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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Like Moses, Will You Choose Rejection?

[fa icon="calendar'] January 25, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Devotional

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Thumbs down in sign of rejection

Phil Rehberg from Risen King in Redding is a regular contributor to our blog.  Today in the face of growing uncertainty from our own government, he reminds us of what is really important as we serve our King.  While we don't face the same kinds of things believers in other countries face, there are still ways we will face rejection.  His question, "Are you ready?"  is a valid question, especially in these times.

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Are You Missing What You Should Be Hearing?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 5, 2017 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Thoughts from the District Superintendent

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From the heart of the District Superintendent:

 

Don't Be Distracted -- That seems like a hopeless mandate in our ever increasingly busy and full world and lives. The other day I came across Acts 6:2 once again where the Apostles said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables."

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Insights to Help You Tune Out Technology and Turn on Vacation Mode

[fa icon="calendar'] July 14, 2017 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Guest Post

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I'm afraid Keith's experience is like many of us. I know that I resonate with his sentiment, "I don't want to come home from vacation (or any traveling) to a mountain of emails."  Whether or not this would work for you is something you will have to figure out.  But it is obvious we all need more balance in our lives in this area. Take a look at what he has to say and see if it applies to you and if it is an idea you can use. And thank you Keith for making us think about our priorities.

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Are We Creating a Dialogue with Our Children About Sexuality?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 14, 2017 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Equipping

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Sandy Kang is wife to Ted Kang of San Jose Christian Alliance, and Consecrated worker. From time to time she is one of our blog contributors, and I always greatly appreciate her insights. I trust you will be challenged as I was in reading this on how to handle equipping with our young people when it comes to sexuality in our changing culture.

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Faith, Joy, and Peace Come by Hearing the Word of God

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2017 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Equipping, Hearing the Voice of God

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Another effect of the Word of the Lord is faith, that the certainty of knowing a thing is so. Romans 10:17, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Often, when God speaks to you faith happens. And there’s a difference between belief and faith. I believe everything in the Bible. But I’m also going to be honest and tell you this: I don’t have faith for everything in the Bible.

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