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The Gift of Being Able to Listen to God

[fa icon="calendar'] June 14, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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The manifestation of the spirit I want to look at today is discernment – another gift to the church to build it up – that comes through people, to people, so that we can storm the gates of hell.

There are people who, by nature, are more discerning than others. They just have good insight. When naturally discerning people surrender themselves to God, I think the spirit of God manifests through them discernment because they’ve surrendered that dimension of their personality to the spirit of God, allowing him to use it.

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LEAD with Simpson University

[fa icon="calendar'] June 13, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in News

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Last month, at General Council, Simpson University signed an articulation agreement with LEAD with the purpose of being able to work with LEAD students, enabling them to finish a degree with Simpson University. The program is called LEAD because they train LEADers with the purpose of "Equipping men and women to be ministry leaders." 

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I Don’t Want to Need Faith

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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People who are uncommitted and uninvolved don’t need empowerment because they’re not doing anything. I believe God begins to work through people who surrender their lives as living sacrifices to God and say, “God, take my ability, talent, mouth, eyes, ears and everything I have and use it for you.” He manifests himself through them in a variety of ways, gifting the church.

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Welcome Guam to the Central Pacific District!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights, News

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On April 27, 2019 we made history as we welcomed Guam into the Central Pacific District! 

Guam Christian Alliance Church has been working through the process of joining the Alliance for about a year.  A Mandarin speaking Chinese church of about 60, GCAC joins us as the 20th Chinese church in the CPD. 

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It is Impossible to Please God (without faith)

[fa icon="calendar'] April 17, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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As we take a look at the serving gifts that act, the first one we’re going to look at is the gift of faith. What is the gift of faith? I’m sure as I ask that question, certain things go through your mind.

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Reflecting on Encounter 2019 [Video + Testimony]

[fa icon="calendar'] April 5, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights

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As we look back at Encounter 2019, we are again reminded of what a special time together we had at the Central Pacific District. As you watch this highlight video, may you be reminded about what God did at Encounter 2019 in your own heart and be encouraged!

It was a time of reconnecting, reflecting and repenting; a time of mourning with those who lost everything in Paradise, and a time of hearing what the Lord is going to do; a time of pressing into the presence of the holy spirit; a time of prayer, healing, and much, much more...

We wanted to share a few photos, prayers, and testimonies from our precious time together. Check them out below!

If you attended Encounter 2019, we encourage you to share your testimony in the comments below, or email the district office so that we can record and share what the Lord has been doing in and through his people of the Central Pacific District.

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Simpson University is Back to Full Accreditation

[fa icon="calendar'] March 20, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in News

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Dr. Norm Hall, new President of Simpson University, addressed us at Encounter. He has been instrumental along with the hard work of University Administration and Faculty in bringing Simpson back to full accreditation. 

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Variety is the Spice of (The Spiritual) Life

[fa icon="calendar'] March 13, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 

God takes what I am, who I am, and what I do and manifests himself through me in a variety of ways. And it’s all by one spirit.

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Hope is Rising: Prayer for Encounter 2019 [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] January 29, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Leadership, Video Blogs

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A Prayer for our time together at Encounter 2019

 "Hope is Rising"

As Encounter 2019 approaches, we are praying this prayer for our time together- Join us!
Join us in praying and join us in person on February 25-27 in Chico for our Central Pacific District Conference. 


Father, there is no one like you. And we ask that as we gather together for Encounter 2019, we would dream the dreams that are on your heart. That as a family, we would ask what would it look like to represent our Father to a world in the midst of tragedy. That we would see that we are not alone but that there are brothers and sisters around us who also long to see you known in this world. And that we would be able to declare together that hope is rising.

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We are Excited for Encounter 2019! [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] January 24, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Leadership, Video Blogs

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Here's our DexCom leaders answering the question, "Why are you excited about Encounter?"

 

Sandy Kang:

Encounter is one of my favorite times of the year, as I get to step out of church and ministry context to connect with friends over times of worship, hearing from amazing speakers, but most importantly, having meaningful conversations that feed my heart and my soul.

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