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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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Knowledge, Seminary Professors and Scrambled Eggs

[fa icon="calendar'] January 23, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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The word of knowledge is not a physical, intellectual capacity. It is not an ability to memorize scripture. That’s not the gift - or manifestation - of knowledge. God certainly uses knowledgeable people and God uses knowledge.

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Thus Saith the Lord?

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

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As we continue to look at the spiritual gift or manifestation of prophecy, we see that there are basically two applications. The first is reiteration (preaching) of the word of God and the second is revelation. Hopefully, as we hear the word of God preached, taught, and applied, we are also hearing the voice of God through that word. The people of God need to hear His voice, and one way is through reiteration. But I also believe revelation is at work today.

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I'll Be Home For Christmas: Paradise Alliance Services

[fa icon="calendar'] December 28, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights, News

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Christmas Eve was a historic day in Paradise, CA as they had the first large-scale public gathering since the Camp Fire with the theme, "I'll be Home for Christmas." Paradise Alliance Church received special permission to open up the church for the three services which ended up totaling about 4,000 people in attendance, with pastors from numerous churches in the community, all representing the whole "church" of Paradise. The water is still not potable, and PG&E brought in special gas tanks to heat the building, but the services went on as a tribute to the HOPE God is inspiring in Pastor Josh Gallagher and our church family there. 

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Heroes Among Us

[fa icon="calendar'] December 21, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Better Together, News

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A.B. Simpson, the founder of this movement we call "The Alliance," said "God is preparing heroes, and when the opportunity comes, He can fit them into their places in a moment. And the world will wonder where they came from."

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Would the Real Prophet Please Stand Up?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 12, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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Occasionally, when I was pastoring, I would hear something like this: “Ray, I really believe that in our church God is saying to us that we need to move more and more toward prayer (or whatever). We’re beginning to move away from it and we need to move back towards it. 

Do you believe that God speaks through His church directly concerning needs like that? I believe he does. I also believe if a message like that is from God, it will be felt throughout the body. It’s something specific. God will speak to his church, and he will communicate that message through his people – that’s prophecy. That’s all it is – it’s not as spooky as we think.

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The Value of Partnership is Clear [Camp Fire Update]

[fa icon="calendar'] December 10, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights, News

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While the news coming out of Paradise and Chico has slowed down, efforts to help our CPD churches here have only ramped up. Our C&MA family across the nation has mobilized prayer and resources on an unprecedented level. We're also seeing support from non-Alliance churches as God prompts them with this great need.  

While Neighborhood Church in Chico is no longer being used as an evacuation center, NC Chico is still housing our Paradise Alliance Church. Now that we're past some of the initial chaos, I thought it would be good for you to hear directly from Josh Gallagher, the new pastor at Paradise Alliance Church.   

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To Prophesy or Not to Prophesy?

[fa icon="calendar'] November 30, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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Let’s take a look at serving gifts that speak. The serving gifts themselves break down into two categories:

  1. Serving gifts that speak – prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom
  2. Serving gifts that act, or do something – the gifts of mercy, faith, help, leadership, and giving.

At this point we’re talking about the spiritual gift or spiritual manifestation of prophecy.

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Member Highlight: Pastor Josh Gallagher, Paradise Alliance Church

[fa icon="calendar'] November 21, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights

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On a regular basis we have been introducing you to our CPD workers and their families. When we went to send our next one out, we realized it was Josh and Erin Gallagher of Paradise. We were speechless at the timing. But even with everything that has taken place [as a result of the Camp Fire], we wanted to follow through and introduce you to a family that while suffering great loss in their first 3 months in the CPD, are nevertheless leading this church with compassion and excellence even while scattered. 

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