Ray Van Gilst


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Can You Really Have the Gift of Leadership?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 9, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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Think of someone who you would describe as a leader. Right away, you’re going to think of all the people you know who are “leadership types.” You know, the corporate heads and movers and shakers. The fact is, just because you’re a mover and a shaker, and you have all sorts of abilities to really get direction and go with it, doesn’t mean that you’re someone through whom the spirit of God can give direction to the church.

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Pastor Roy Price Answers Questions About Heaven in His New Book

[fa icon="calendar'] August 2, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights

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Dr. Roy Price has many years of experience pastoring in the C&MA. Many of us have known him for years, and have benefited from his knowledge and wisdom. A favorite preaching topic of his over the years has been the book of Romans. Now he has written a compilation of those messages in a format that can be well-used as a study guide for small groups, or even an up-to-date practical commentary for today's preachers. If you're going to be studying the book of Romans, Roy's book is a must-have. Thank you Roy for being a great example of how God continues to use us over the long haul! 

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Helping Others Race Up the Hills

[fa icon="calendar'] July 3, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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As we’ve been talking about the gifts of the spirit, it reminds me of the man who bought an old VW camper. It was supposed to be blue and white, but the paint was oxidized and there were several gray primer blemishes. The engine wasn’t much good either, so he replaced it with a Corvair engine.

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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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