Angels on Assignment – It must be Christmas

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Luke 1:26-38 

Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”[a]

29 But when she saw him,[b] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Advent is preparation time. 

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Zechariah just prior is encountered by an angel 1:18 Luke and he asked how can I be sure of this ?  Angels are real and they still today bring messages and ministry for God and to God.  In Genesis and Numbers there are references 32 times regarding angels. All angels were created holy, Matthew 8:38.

 

Angels have names, ranks, positions and jobs to do for God.  In Isaiah 14 we see where Satan was thrown out of heaven and down to the earth. So one third of angels are evil and are very organized and less powerful than Gods elect angels.   Enjoy this 15 minute broadcast to bring truth and curiosity to your heart and mind this Christmas.  Angels are on assignment.  O come let us adore Him.  Christ the Lord.  Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing over the plains and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains. Angels we have heard on high sweetly sweetly through the night and the mountains in reply echoing their brief delight. Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.  Broadcast times are posted in main menu of this website.  We pray for you to receive a gentle breath of God on your heart from these weekly inspirational talks.   Pastor Barbara Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is the difference between a prophet of God and a psychic?

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Eagerly desire the gift of prophesy…. 1 Corinthians 14:1 

Dr. Becky Slabaugh of Inner Treasures Ministries and Pastor Barbara Moore provide a two week discussion on biblical principles about prophecy and psychic powers.  Gifts are to build up the church.  We provide some dialogue to perhaps draw you to decide to study the Word of God on a gift that is for the building up and edification of Gods Church. The spiritual gift of prophecy is an extraordinary and unique gift.

Dr. Becky holds a B.A. in Practical Ministry, a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Pastoral Counselinghttp://www.innertreasuresministries.com.  

 Dr. Becky’s journey has led her to publish two Number One Best Selling Books on Amazon, “When Dreams and Destiny Collide – God Is Messaging You!” Her most recent Amazon #1 Best Seller book, “The Ultimate Treasure Hunt – 7 Keys To Unlocking Your Destiny” is Volume 2 of the series “When Dreams and Destiny Collide – God Is Messaging You!” 

Biblical background in Scriptures:

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:1 to “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”  This gift is a blessing to the church and should not be quenched or despised (1 Thessalonians 5:20).  Those who have the gift of prophecy differ from the Old Testament Prophets who spoke the authoritative Word of God directly.  Their words were recorded as Scripture as they proclaimed, “Thus says The Lord,” whereas the messages from those with the spiritual gift of prophecy must be tested (1 Corinthians 14:29-33; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; 1 John 4:1-3).  In the New Testament the Apostles, not the prophets, took over the role of Scriptural proclamation from the Old Testament Prophets.

The Greek word for the gift of prophecy is propheteia which is the ability to receive a divinely inspired message and deliver it to others in the church.  These messages can take the form of exhortation, correction, disclosure of secret sins, prediction of future events, comfort, inspiration, or other revelations given to equip and edify the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:3-4, 24-25).  Again, they do not constitute the authoritative Word of God, but are the human interpretation of the revelation that was received.  They are spoken in human words through a human mind which is why they must be tested against the Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).

The Holy Spirit gives the gift of prophecy to some believers to make God’s heart known and to edify the church.  This gift is for the benefit of both believers and unbelievers and is a sign that God is truly among His church (1 Corinthians 14:22-25).  Those with this gift are sensitive to both the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the needs of the church body.  They should be humble and continually study the Scriptures in order to test these revelations before speaking them.  When they do speak, they should allow and even expect others to weigh what is said against the Scriptures and interpret the message accordingly.  In this way the church may be continually built up together in unity (1 Corinthians 14:4, 26).  See also Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-5, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11

PROPHETS AND PSYCHICS 

Notes by Dr. Becky from John Paul Jackson Ministry teaching The Art of Hearing God. https://www.streamsministries.com/

God gives all of mankind spiritual gifts. It is up to mankind to distinguish and discern from where we are receiving revelation.

Psychics listen from the soul realm (mind, will and emotions).

Prophets listen from the realm of the Holy Spirit.

Example:

Paul and Silas encounter a woman with the spirit of divination.

Acts 16:16-18, “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’

And this she did for many days.

But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit,

‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’

And he came out that very hour.”

The demon was claiming fact, but it was not proclaiming Truth.  Paul revealed this was a demon and thus commanded this demon to leave.

What is the difference between Fact and Truth?

Facts can have an ulterior motive or motives to it.

Truth involves motives with fact. Truth cannot be distorted.

Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Many times something can look good for the moment, which is the Knowledge of the Tree of Good and Evil, however, there is a good element that is not of God.

Why did the devil tell her to proclaim: “These men are the servants of the Most High God who proclaim to us the way of salvation?”

The girl was being ‘set-up,’ for dominion (realm of authority) when Paul would leave. She would be considered the leader and to lead people astray.

What is the gift of prophecy?

The ability to RECEIVE the revelation. It’s not the revelation itself, but the GIFT in having the ability to receive the revelation.

With every gift there is a vacuum. Being lead astray or distorted can fill up the place where God’s gift was to be. (The slave girl).

The spirit of divination will speak facts. The Tree of Evil and Knowledge.

The Holy Spirit will speak Truth. God’s Holy Truth. The Tree of Life.

Matthew 12:25-28, “But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out?

Therefore, they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

Are we attributing more power to Satan than to God?

Demons do not know the future, rather only knowledge – not revelation.

Remember: Every gift has a vacuum where Satan can come in and fill up with facts rather than Truth.

Prophets receive spiritual reception from God.

Psychics receive knowledge from demonic intel – observing humans.

Knowledge are things that are disguised as if they were not. When the knowledge comes to pass, they can appear as revelation.

Demons feed the demonic network to give the psychics info. There is a demonic network; demons watch what is going on and tell the information to mediums. For instance, they hear people making future plans and reveal that information to psychics so it appears that psychics can predict the future. If psychics tell you about your future and you agree with it, you just gave the demonic permission to make it happen.

It could be a familiar spirit in operation where knowledge is used as revelation.

Satan is not omnipresent. God is.

If Satan knew the future, He would not have lost the battle.

God won.

God’s prophets display the glory of God.

God is the only Creator; gifts are a creation.

Colossians 1:16, “For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

James 1:17, every good and perfect gift comes from God. Gifts are spiritual – from God who is Spirit. All gifts come from God, although some people do not use their gifts for God’s purposes.

Satan does not give gifts. He is not a creator. Satan is not a giver or creator.

Creator:

Gives; Builds; Adds to; Enhances; Eternal

Counterfeiter:

Steals, Destroys, Deteriorates; Detracts; Temporal

Soul power is energized by Satan.

Psychics have a gift from God, but it is not revelation but information.

Satan’s gift is not a counterfeit gift but a counterfeit usage of the gift. Note the Egyptian magicians: Jannes (rebel and seducer) and Jambres (opponent) and their demonically inspired power.

Satan is not omnipresent. He was kicked out of heaven. Satan will manipulate gifts through the soul realm whereas God release revelation through the realm of Heaven, where His glory resides.

God receives glory by doing what no one else can do: healing, inner healing, and predicting the future, to name a few. To deny prophesy, healing, inner healing/deliverance, and/or dreams is denying God’s glory to Himself.

God’s prophets display the glory of God.

How can we discern the difference between that which is good and that which is of God?

Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Hebrews 5:14, “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

It is easy to tell God from evil. It can be difficult to tell the differences between good and God.

Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

The breath of life refers to life in the physical and spiritual realm. Humanity was intended to live in two different realms, the natural (relating to the Earth) and the spiritual (relating to God).

The dust had no form, so Adam was the form from the dust.

Romans 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

NOTES FROM TEACHING BY John Piper –  preaching link below.  This is a message on truths regarding Prophecy  by a teaching Pastor , John Piper of www.desiringgod.org   The Father Son and Holy Spirit help us to hold to sound teaching and truth.

Scripture judges prophecies.  Look at teaching of apostles with the gift of prophecy… if anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual he should acknowledge what i am writing is a command of the Lord.  Apostolic word judges prophecy.  The word of God is the platform.  A sure word to test every claim.   Acts 2 is and waiting to receive power. Spirit comes like a wind with flames of fire.  Filled with Holy Spirit.  Verse 11 visitors hear in our own tongue the mighty works of God.  They are saying great things about God and His attributes..Verse 16 is explanation.  Peter says they are not drunk in their estacy…it is epic making prophetic fulfilling. Joel is coming to pass before your very eyes..  this has forward fulfillment… a world wide spiritual experience… your sons and daughters shall widespread prophecy…men and women… young and old..  high and low class….and they shall prophecy..  first mark of Holy Spirit outpouring   huge out pour… last days are now…  this is that which Joel said…  after last days is coming of Jesus…it is a long extended period.  Jesus is the mark of the last days reigning..

some prophet perhaps said the day of the Lord is at hand… verse one says a spirit…now concerning the coming of Christ we beg you to to be shaken in mind, either by spirit or by word or letter purporting…  led no one deceive you..  i don’t care if anyone prophesied the day of the Lord…

Gift of prophecy spirit sustained fallible speak..??

something else…what is it …we must create a category….all mixed up with human error…oh what good is it…its a mess….compare gift of prophecy to gift of teaching… prompted and sustained by HS…spirit is  moving to make it happen and good and healthy..prompted and sustained  rooted in infallible

THIRD CATEGORY….  sifting idea…sift a prophetic 1 thess 5:19-22   do  not quench the spirit do not despise prophecies…. but test everything and hold fast what is good… not a test of prophets but of prophecies…  helpful or unhelpful   …another kind of speak… useful to church when properly weighed … John Piper message:

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-authority-and-nature-of-the-gift-of-prophecy

Teaching on Daystar Christian TV by John Paul Jackson…

I have seen Christians who are not getting prayers answered or hearts healed from loved ones gone or deep tragedy chose to get some answers from the wrong side – powers of Darkness.   Pokemon and Harry Potter are divination light and many people open doors unknowingly when using revelation from those with light masqueraded in darkness.    If you do not have any teaching on contacting the dead as described in Bible:

Leviticus 19:26-31

‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. ‘You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. ‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. read more.

Leviticus 20:6

‘As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.

Numbers 22:7

So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fees for divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam and repeated Balak’s words to him.

Numbers 23:23

“For there is no omen against Jacob, Nor is there any divination against Israel; At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob And to Israel, what God has done!

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Isaiah 47:13

“You are wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, Those who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the new moons, Stand up and save you from what will come upon you.

More Verses on Divination

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. read more.

1 Samuel 28:7

Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”

2 Kings 17:17

Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him.

Isaiah 8:19

When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Isaiah 19:3

“Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them; And I will confound their strategy, So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead And to mediums and spiritists.

Isaiah 19:11-12

The princes of Zoan are mere fools; The advice of Pharaoh’s wisest advisers has become stupid How can you men say to Pharaoh, “I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings”? Well then, where are your wise men? Please let them tell you, And let them understand what the LORD of hosts Has purposed against Egypt.

Jeremiah 10:2

Thus says the LORD, “Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them;

Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.

Jeremiah 27:9

“But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers or your sorcerers who speak to you, saying, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’

Jeremiah 29:8-9

“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream. ‘For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 12:24

“For there will no longer be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 13:6-7

“They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The LORD declares,’ when the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. “Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The LORD declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?”‘”

Ezekiel 21:21-23

“For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows, he consults the household idols, he looks at the liver. “Into his right hand came the divination, ‘Jerusalem,’ to set battering rams, to open the mouth for slaughter, to lift up the voice with a battle cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up ramps, to build a siege wall. “And it will be to them like a false divination in their eyes; they have sworn solemn oaths But he brings iniquity to remembrance, that they may be seized.

Ezekiel 22:28

“Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken.

Daniel 2:2

Then the king gave orders to call in the magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.

Daniel 2:10

The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter for the king, inasmuch as no great king or ruler has ever asked anything like this of any magician, conjurer or Chaldean.

Micah 3:6-7

Therefore it will be night for you–without vision, And darkness for you–without divination The sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them. The seers will be ashamed And the diviners will be embarrassed Indeed, they will all cover their mouths Because there is no answer from God.

Zechariah 10:2

For the teraphim speak iniquity, And the diviners see lying visions And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain Therefore the people wander like sheep, They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.

Malachi 3:5

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.

Acts 16:16

It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

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Is it all relative ?

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Image result for social justiceSome say well it is all relative. Is it ?  If our philosophy of life is relativism then the possibility on the surface to love your neighbor as yourself should manifest. Image result for love your neighbor as yourself

 

Passions bring us places and so do strong beliefs.  A middle east leader one day asked

“What is truth ?”   I go extreme vertical in a horizontal world when I sense much unrest in many souls.  For truth is that love covers unrest but does it dissolve unrest ? Who can judge the motivations of a human heart ?  I know one thing, that to actually love my neighbor as myself is a huge challenge. To just love a neighbor is one thing. To love my neighbor as myself takes for me extreme vertical. All verticals are not created equal.

 

 

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Harvest Mountain Mission for December and January – volunteers needed

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December Mission is to Christmas Carol at Denver downtown Auraria Campus for college students on December 7 at 6 pm to 8.  Meet in Tivoli Center at Starbucks inside.  We will supply song sheets and you can bring candy canes if you want to.  RSVP – harvestmountainministries@gmail.com or message me on our facebook page.

January mission will be on January 2 at King Soopers in Lakewood from 11-2.  We will be collecting money and paper supplies needed for Title One very low income students at Eiber Elementary School Lakewood CO.hmmv03

 RSVP – harvestmountainministries@gmail.com or message us on our facebook page.

 

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Heirloom Honey – Great Christmas present

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307 HoneyNature’s Sweetener

$10 JAR in our store plus shipping 

 

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Sweet Spicy Salmon with Honeyed Mango Salsa

Sweet Spicy Salmon with Honeyed Mango Salsa

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To prepare the salsa, combine the mango, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey and jalapeno in a medium bowl. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to use. Whisk together the honey, hot sauce and remaining lime juice in a small bowl. Rinse salmon and pat dry; brush liberally with honey mixture. Place skin side up on a well oiled grill over medium coals; cook for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly charred. Turn and cook for 8 to 10 minutes more, basting…

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an event person thing or idea that causes us to Pause

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Every family has changes in their regular routines in the four seasons of life. A boat may come out of storage for summer or skis unpacked for winter. A summer vacation can include a trip to Europe where 1000’s of churches hold history in stained glass and wonderful sacred art work.

We actually do have to PA– USE for a minute or two to reflect on the changing seasons.  Well some church traditions have very carefully provided seasons to help us reflect or pause on the vast beauty of God in weeks before the time we celebrate Christs Resurrection .  We call that Lent.  The other very important item of year to celebrate and devotionally meditate on the birth of Christ is called Advent.

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Many children grew up waiting each November to get an advent calendar that included stories about the celebration of the Baby in the Manger coming. The tradition can include giving presents or candy to children during the four or six weeks prior to Christmas.  Dr Jean McLachlan Hess provides a great family devotional book to start a new tradition in your family.  Stories and prayers to follow to be sure we get some new glimpses of the Journey to the Manger.  

Dr. Jean and Dr Rick Hess Pastor a local church is Denver. www.316denver.com

Dr. Jean McLachlan Hess

Jean is a native of Glasgow, Scotland. Her first career was in Business Management, followed by a fulfilling career as a stay at home mom. Jean was ordained by the Church of Scotland, and she has ministered nationally and internationally as a pastor and a speaker. Jean has spoken at general retreats, Spiritual Leadership retreats, workshops on Prayer and Spiritual Direction, and at many churches. She is a graduate of International Christian College and of Trinity College, Glasgow University. In 2007 she gained a Doctor of Ministry from Denver Seminary. Her project thesis was on Prayer, with an emphasis on physical and inner healing prayer. Jean has just completed a manuscript for a Devotional book that will be published in 2013. She will begin work on a second book early in the New Year.

Dr. Rick Hess

Rick teaches Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern languages at Denver Seminary. He earned a PhD from Hebrew Union College, an MDiv and a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Wheaton College. He has preached and taught at a variety of churches and universities in America, Great Britain, Korea, China and India, to name a few. Rick has published a dozen books, including commentaries and studies on the biblical books of Genesis, Leviticus, Joshua, and the Song of Solomon. At present, he is an editor for the New International Version Study Bible, and is also working on commentaries on the books of Genesis and Kings, an Introduction to the Old Testament, and the study of ancient Near Eastern texts related to the Old Testament.

Rick and Jean have two sons, two daughters in law, one daughter, one soon to be son in law, and five, almost six, grandchildren all of whom live in the Denver area.

 

You may be saying how would St Patrick have anything to do with the birth of Christ.  Well here is some fresh new ideas about how to live among other people without boundaries established that separate us. Dr. Jean Hess spoke in 2016 on our show Going Deeper With God about Evangelism the Celtic way. The podcast is available on this site in archives.

Please enjoy this fresh inspirational truth about St Patrick and how different cultures relate to one another.  Buy the book on Amazon today and tune in to our show on www.1220kldc.com 9:30 AM MST and midnight to get a real treat for our two shows on November 19 and 26.  Tune in live around the world.

The old saying that, “Christianity is more caught than taught” could very well be the banner statement for Celtic evangelism, as the Celtic model is based on helping people belong so that they can believe. John Finney, writing in his book, Recovering the Past: Celtic and Roman Mission, contrasts the Roman way of doing evangelism and mission and the Celtic way. Finney shows us this simple chart to highlight what he means:

Roman Model Celtic Model
Presentation
Decision
Fellowship
Fellowship
Ministry and Conversations
Belief, Invitation to Commitment

Finney contends that the Celtic way is more effective with postmodern Western populations than the American evangelical Roman way. He states that:

“The Roman Model for reaching people says: 1) Present the Christian message; 2) Invite them to decide to believe in Christ and become Christians; and 3) If they decide positively, welcome them into the Church and its fellowship. The Roman model seems very logical to us because most American evangelicals are scripted by it! Presentation, Decision, Assimilation. Extremely logical.

The Celtic model for reaching people says: 1) you first establish community with people, or bring them into the fellowship, you engage in conversation, ministry, prayer, and worship. 3) In time, as they discover that they now believe, you invite them to baptism and discipleship.”

Finney reports that most people experience faith through relationships; that they encounter the Gospel through a community of faith; and that becoming a Christian involves a process that takes time.

The Celts lived a life of faith that showed those around them that Christ made a difference in their lives. The compassion and love of Christ was evident in their day-to-day living. Life was hard! Pain and suffering were all too often their reality, yet their lives were a witness and testimony to their God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). This ‘living’ testimony caused countless people to befriend them and then, in God’s perfect timing, become a follower of Jesus Christ.

The outreach and evangelism of 316 will have a strong Celtic flavor. We will always be ready to share our faith, but first and foremost we will seek to evangelize through Ceilidhs, Scottish and Irish culture events, and concerts.

> Back to “What is Celtic Christianity?”

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Colorado Will You Take Your Mountain to rebuild our broken walls ?

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There are 7 Mountains of Influence in Culture..

 

 

 

Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other.

During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.

These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. There are many subgroups under these main categories. About a month later the Lord showed Francis Schaeffer the same thing. In essence, God was telling these three change agents where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents to scale the mountains and to help a new generation of change agents understand the larger story.

Every human has a mountain to rebuild, will you citizen of Colorado, children of Colorado, students in Colorado, grab your destiny reason and help us rebuild our state back to a place and life that is very good ? 

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