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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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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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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Making and Breaking of a Racist

[fa icon="calendar'] January 18, 2018 / by Grady Jones posted in Guest Post

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Grady Jones is a regular contributor to our blog.  I always appreciate getting blogs from those who aren't necessarily clergy, but still part of our Alliance family.  Having roots in the south, he brings a perspective that many of us aren't aware of when it comes the issues of racism.

Given the recent national brouhaha over systemic racism in America, I thought it might be a good time to explore what makes a racist. Lately, a disconcerting number of Americans have found it easy to toss about accusations of racism against those with whom they disagree. Hating on “racists” has become the debate tactic du jour. Followers of Christ must take a more benevolent approach. Why? Allow me to explain with a personal example.

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Are You Living a Life Worth Following?

[fa icon="calendar'] November 20, 2017 / by Dr. Ron Walborn posted in Equipping, Guest Post

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One of my goals as a church planter and pastor was to get people to follow Jesus. I remember as a young man doing everything possible to get people’s eyes off of me and onto Jesus. To this day, when I pray for people I never ask “How can I pray for you?” I always deflect attention from myself by asking, “What do you need Jesus to do for you?” While this desire to get people to follow Jesus and not me is often good and noble, it is not realistic and may not even be Biblical.

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I (Will) Follow You

[fa icon="calendar'] November 17, 2017 / by Mike Barnes posted in Guest Post

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Here is another gem from one of our regulars, Mike Barnes of Gateway Fellowship in Natomas. When I read his thoughts about following, it is sobering to me to realize that what I do (or don't do) affects those around me and those who follow me. I trust it will challenge you in a similarly healthy way.  -Ray

My wife and I regularly drive together to church on Sundays but occasionally need to drive separately. Such was the occasion on a recent weekend when, as we walked out of the house, Janet said to me, “I will follow you.” The meaning of her four simple words have become more profound in the days since first spoken.

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