Let's Reach an Unengaged Unreached People Group in Central Mexico

[fa icon="calendar'] August 20, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Missions, Fundraising

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Whenever we come across people groups that are not yet reached, it is a big AHA moment.  And especially when they are so relatively close to home.  After all, Mexico is pretty much in our backyard.  So, my question for you is, "Do you want to be a part of something big?"  Actually, I would challenge you to be a part of something big - like bringing back the King - by engaging an unreached people group with the gospel! 

Read more from our Missions Director Tim Agnello on how you can be a part of this "something big." - Ray


As most of you know, my heart beats for the unreached people groups around the world – and that we, the CPD, would be diligent in bringing the name of Jesus to those who have not yet heard! Well, we have an unprecedented opportunity, as a District, to help pioneer a brand new initiative and engage an Unengaged Unreached People Group (UUPG) in the mountains of Central Mexico.

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Be Vigilant Over Your Mind and Heart

[fa icon="calendar'] August 15, 2018 / by Jim Bailey posted in Guest Post

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Just a few weeks ago I had the honor of traveling to Chico with our Stirring team. Nathan led us in a day of reflection and dreaming about life, ministry, and Jesus.

After listening to each other we prayed and spoke words of life and encouragement. When my turn came one of the other staff members said, “Jim, you are not stuck!”

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CPD Hispanic Retreat 2018 [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] August 13, 2018 / by Edgar Castro posted in CPD Member Highlights

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We had a very blessed CPD Hispanic Retreat over the weekend of July 6-8th, 2018. During this retreat Hispanic Pastors with their church members enjoyed visiting Alliance Redwoods for two nights of complete blessings.

Five people received Jesus on their heart, and more that 400 people came to the camp.

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Are the Gifts Really Supernatural?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 8, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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In Jesus Christ there is the full expression of every one of the gifts. Did Jesus have the gift of giving? Yes! Did He have the gift of mercy? Yes! Did he have the gift of preaching? Yes! Gift of teaching? Yes. Faith? Yes, he did! Now in the body of Christ, the church, I do not have all those gifts, and YOU do not have all those gifts, but you know what? WE have all those gifts. And as the body begins to function and use those gifts, and minister to each other, all of the gifts are there.  And the ministry begins to take place – not with just 5 people, but with everyone having their part.

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Member Highlight: Pastor J Spurling

[fa icon="calendar'] August 1, 2018 / by District Office posted in CPD Member Highlights

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"Each week we walk and pray—with insight onsite—for community breakthrough. Even though our numbers for this event are small, every week one of our three groups comes back with a story of how God used them to minister."

- Pastor J Spurling

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 J Spurling at Kapahulu Bible Church (KBC) in Hawaii.

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The Corinthian Struggle with Balance

[fa icon="calendar'] July 25, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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The full functioning of the gifts of the Spirit within the church is absolutely essential to the building up of the body, that the body may indeed look like Christ. There is no way that the church can be the church without the functioning of the gifts of the Spirit. They are the gifts God has given to us to help us be Christ in the world.

But not only is the subject vital, it’s also controversial since not all Christians agree on how the gifts are to be expressed, how they are to be used, how many there are, how important certain ones are, what those gifts even are, or how they are discovered. And to top it off, what about tongues?

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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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