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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Vision Trip Update: It’s About The Kingdom Not The Politics

[fa icon="calendar'] February 22, 2018 / by Perikles Alexander posted in Missions

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It’s so exciting to see when an influential leader has an “Ah-ha moment”! As we, the CPD, become more and more aware of the opportunities around the world to bring Gospel access to people who have never heard the name Jesus, my prayer is that we would engage these opportunities head-on with enthusiasm and generosity. I hope you enjoy another “eye-opening” update from our recent Vision Trip to Europe. Happy reading….

To the ends of the earth,

Tim Agnello

The team standing in front of Martin Luther's pulpit in Wittenberg, Germany.
The author of this story, Perry Alexander, is on the far left. 

“It’s About The Kingdom Not The Politics”  

It was an “ah ha” moment.  Who knew that a missions “vision trip” would…quite frankly… give me better “vision”.  I get it now.  Do you?

Like perhaps many of us here in America I was looking at the largest movement of people en masse since World War II from a political standpoint.  I was viewing German leadership’s decision in 2015 to open up their country’s borders to whoever wanted to come in from North Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere as a dangerous and shortsighted decision.  

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What C&MA Churches Are Doing to Increase Missions Engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] February 15, 2018 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions, Equipping

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Here are 7 things that many of our C&MA churches are doing to increase engagement with Alliance missions. 

The Senior Pastor

The senior pastor is ‘leaning in’ to Alliance missions. He is passionate about the church being a Christ Centered, Acts 1:8, Family. He proclaims the global mission of the church and gives opportunities up front to promote and pray for Alliance missions. The senior/lead pastor diligently seeks God along with his leaders to discern where in the world to focus or partner. He is passionate about giving people an opportunity to glorify God and impact the world through the churches mission's ministries.

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Through My Fathers’ Eyes

[fa icon="calendar'] January 31, 2018 / by Mike Barnes posted in Devotional, Guest Post

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Mike Barnes is a regular contributor to our blog, and he also happens to be in the same men's accountability group I am a part of in Sacramento.  So today you are being blessed with what I am blessed with on a regular basis as we meet 6AM on Monday mornings (too early to think, but it does our hearts good anyway).  I hope, as he is reminding us today, that you have a new sense of the Father's heart for you.  -Ray

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Mexicali Mission: Paradise Alliance Builds a New Worship Center

[fa icon="calendar'] January 29, 2018 / by Matt Larson posted in Missions, CPD Member Highlights

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Isn't it a great feeling when you are able to get a WIN-WIN in ministry? 

Well, the CPD along with the Mexicali Base just got a Quadruple WIN! The first win is that our truck made it across the border, bringing the much needed supplies for the new worship center. The second win is that YOU, our prayer warriors, got to see God say YES to your requests! The third win is the ministry that will take place in the hearts of the people of Mexico as they are blessed by the new worship center and the loving service that Gil and his team provide. The fourth win is all the wonderful things that will happen in the hearts of our church people as they bring teams to do ministry in the new worship center. How wonderful to see what God is doing through the CPD!  THANK YOU Paradise Alliance Church for your service to our God and King! - Tim Agnello

"Oh, glorify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!” Psalm 34:3 

The Full Story- by Matt Larson, Paradise CMA Pastor

Our church has been blessed with an abnormally high number of men who are skilled in the construction trades.  For the last 10 years we have been traveling to Mexico to construct buildings to support our ministry partners.  For the last 7 or 8 years we have focused all of our time building up the base in Mexicali. Through the years we have remodeled the giant clinic building and redone the kitchen.  We have built the director's house and the dorms that hold over 40 people.  We have graded the property and done extensive work to establish an effective septic system.  We built a multi-station dental clinic for dental ministry.  We have been heavily invested in the Mexicali base, which is why we are so thrilled to have Gil and Kim Blanco onsite making that ministry grow and thrive. 

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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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She has been there...

[fa icon="calendar'] January 22, 2018 / by Mike Mitchum posted in Devotional

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I got into my car, looked out the windshield and I see she has been there.  I sit down in front of my television to turn it on, and I see she has been there.  I sit down in my dining room and look into the back yard.  She has been there too.

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