The Christian Life is a Life Together

[fa icon="calendar'] December 31, 2019 / by Wayne Hoag posted in Guest Post

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Wayne Hoag is associate pastor of Sierra Bible Church in Truckee.  They came into the CPD the exact same day we did back in 1991.  We were coming from a different Alliance district, while he was coming into the Alliance - and we are so glad he did! 

-Ray Van Gilst

For many years, Eugene Peterson has been one of my primary mentors. I never personally met the man, though he and I did exchange some letters in the early 1990’s. The mentoring that I have received from him has come through his writings. First and foremost, Eugene Peterson was a pastor, his books resonated in my heart because he described what I was feeling, what I was experiencing, what I was seeing, he helped me face both the joys and the sorrows of pastoral ministry, he helped me not to quit.

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Open Heaven: Culture of Prayer [Part 7]

[fa icon="calendar'] December 26, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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When a group of God’s people consistently minister to the presence of Christ, we have discovered a remarkable pattern—the heavens thin out, and God begins to change the spiritual atmosphere in the region.

The heavens opened when Jesus was baptized, and when Stephen was martyred.  Similarly, God thins out the atmosphere and simultaneously manifests His presence more conspicuously over the region where God’s people minister the His presence. An open heaven is a spiritual atmosphere over a geographical region that is more conducive to the rapid advancement of Christ’s kingdom and, specifically, to supernatural activity.

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Ministering to God: Culture of Prayer [Part 6]

[fa icon="calendar'] December 18, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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Hang on—I’m about to stretch you.

Most of us are familiar with what it is to minister for God. I want to shift our focus a little bit from ministering for God to ministering to God, and, more specifically, to ministering to the presence of God.

Ministering to God is what one-third of all the angels do all the time. Think of it—hundreds of millions of angels were created for no other purpose than to minister to God. Their entire existence is to do nothing other than look at God’s presence and express admiration for him and His virtue. You may be thinking, Yeah, that’s fine for the angels, but I’m no angel! Fair enough, but you must admit, if God likes it enough to create millions of angels to minister to Him nonstop, He must like it a lot. And if He likes it that much, He might also like it when we do it too.

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When God Visits Us: Culture of Prayer [Part 5]

[fa icon="calendar'] December 6, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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When God visits us, it is often messy, out-of-the-box, and unpredictable. One of the only predictable characteristics of the upper room is that it is unpredictable. We need to understand that our God is creative and unlike coaches in the National Football League who pace up and down the sidelines with their laminated play sheets, our God has an unlimited number of plays He can call. For this reason, we have learned at the beginning of every upper-room prayer gathering to ask God for His leadership and direction. He is much better at play-calling and upper-room leadership than we are, and He always leads us to receive.

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The One Another Project: Reflecting on those who Help us Climb

[fa icon="calendar'] November 18, 2019 / by Wayne Hoag posted in Equipping, Guest Post

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Note from CPD President, Ray Van Gilst:

I recently shared about Wayne Hoag of Truckee, CA and his book - "One Another Project."  I have had a number of people now let us know that they are excited about getting a copy and utilizing it in ministry.  Even better than the book, the man behind the book is an enthusiastic part of the Central Pacific District and is available as needed in our churches and for our pastors.  I, for one, consider him to be a mentor and encouragement in what God has called me to.

But I'll let Wayne share his desire:

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Missions Update: Guarajio Ministry Praises from Mexico

[fa icon="calendar'] November 13, 2019 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions

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WOW, so excited to be giving you this latest update about our Guarajio Initiative in Mexico. As you know, we have been partnering with Alliance Mexico to engage this unreached people group.

Please read the update below from Tomas Bencomo, President of Alliance Mexico, and celebrate the miracles God is performing both physically and spiritually. How wonderful to be ON MISSION with Him as He is touching the hearts of this unreached tribe!

And please keep our Alliance Mexico team in your prayers!!

To the ends of the earth,

Tim Agnello

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Making History with Hispanic Church Planting Graduates

[fa icon="calendar'] November 8, 2019 / by Edgar Castro posted in Church Planting

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Church Planting Graduation Finale-video

On Saturday, November 2, a group of 50 people who are part of the Central Pacific District completed a church planting training in the city of Woodland, CA.

For the first time in The Christian and Missionary Alliance’s history, we witness the largest group of Hispanics completing 42 classes over 100 hours of church planting training.

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Understanding the Distinction in the Presence of God: Culture of Prayer [Part 4]

[fa icon="calendar'] November 1, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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The greatest revolution taking place today in the church around the world is an awakening and rediscovery of the distinction between the omnipresence of God and His manifest presence.

God’s omnipresence, or His everywhere presence, is a wonderful reality taught throughout the Bible. It’s comforting to know that no matter where we are, we cannot escape from God’s everywhere presence. We must understand, however, that God’s omnipresence is not what separates the church from the sports bar or fitness center down the street.

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Success in Prayer: Culture of Prayer [Part 3]

[fa icon="calendar'] October 23, 2019 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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The more perplexing question about the disciples’ prayer life is not why they failed, but how did they succeed? If they could not pray one hour on the final night of Jesus’ life, how did they pray 10 days—or the better part of two hundred-forty hours—only a month later?

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Women in Ministry: The Deborahs of the CPD

[fa icon="calendar'] October 18, 2019 / by Edgar Castro posted in Leadership, CPD Member Highlights

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God has blessed my life with a beautiful family, and of course, my wife is my greatest treasure. After years of studying with Tozer Seminar, my beloved wife and three other Hispanic women from the Central Pacific District have obtained their CPD license. Now Teresa Barrera, Lilia Ramirez, Cathy Sanchez and Nubia Castro are accredited to work in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Women and Children Ministries.

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