Michelle and I are off to Thailand to meet up with our MOVE workers who are serving in India, Thailand, the South Pacific, Australia and Britain. Then I get to visit the Land Downunder and meet my grandson Jackson for the first time, see our four children and watch Collingwood play Melbourne at the MCG. The plan was simple, meet people in the community on the streets or in homes and offer to pray for them. After five days in Moss Side, Manchester we know on any day there are people waiting to learn more and waiting to turn and believe. Michelle and I will in London for the next Following and Fishing Training, June 17-18, 2016.
The training gets you started connecting with people, sharing the gospel and making disciples. For Aussie readers, What Jesus Started and Pioneering Movements are on sale at Koorong Books—20% off. We crowded into the hotel conference room for our final session at the end of a long week searching for people and houses of peace. All of this happened in Moss Side, notorious for its high rate of drug and gang related murders. Thanks to our hosts, Anthony Delaney and Ivy Church, and to Don Waybright and the team from Sugar Creek which included their lead pastor Mark Hartman. The notorious Moss Side neighborhood of Manchester UK is recognized as the most diverse neighborhood in the world.
Day One: 56 people received prayer, 48 people heard the gospel (3Circles), 11 yellow lights (I want to learn more), 4 green lights (turned and believed). Steve Wright talks about how a multi-site mega church can reach it’s community through multiplying disciples and churches. Each touch of training has two components: one is the event and the second is the weekly rollout. We went in to Tulsa in September-October, and it was just a soft touch of training with the pastors and elders and a few key people in the church.
They started going through the Commands of Christ on Wednesday nights, they started taking a training team out in the harvest on Thursday nights, and next thing you know you’re seeing out of this church led by pastors and elders, people come to Christ and stories start bubbling out within the community.
So we show up in January and I meet with their fruitful trainers on the ground the night before, and we run through the training and practice and we get up there and their people did 80% of the training.
So second touch of training, we did the event and then they did the 4-6 week rollout of the Commands of Christ afterwards.
At this training one of the trainer’s second-generation disciple was there and that person baptized a third-generation disciple at the training.
Our whole goal is to come in to help get it started, then we remove ourselves and just continue on in a coaching and mentoring relationship, so that it’s the local leaders and teams that are the ones rolling this out.
The 3Touches are three training events on sharing the gospel and making disciples, two-three months apart.
At the last event (2-3 months later) the swarm team watch while the local practitioners do all the training. Adopt a NoPlaceLeft radius around church to share gospel with every household within a time-frame. Recently I spoke to Troy Cooper about how he finds churches that are ready to become mobilisation centres for multiplying disciples and churches. One is disciple-making—they’re usually exploring different evangelism and discipleship tools that are totally unrelated to one another. The second is church planting—hey we’re interested in planting churches—and they’ll typically outsource this to somebody. The third one is missions mobilization; they’ve got a heart to mobilize people to the nations and they’re usually looking to outsource that too. When I look at the Bible and see what happened in the book of Acts, if you start with disciple-making, it leads to church planting, which leads to missions mobilisation. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. In New Zealand, as in Australia, Britain and Europe, we’re still a long way from multiplying movements of disciples and churches. The biggest barrier to the spread of the gospel, resulting in new disciples and multiplying streams of churches, is our unwillingness to share the gospel up front and early and teach new disciples how to obey Christ. Theirs is the story of gospel advance as Phil is facing a life and death struggle with cancer.
Phil and Monika Clark talk with Steve Addison about their story of pioneering movements in New Zealand.
Last time we checked in Russell Godward was out searching for houses of peace in Gisambi, Kenya. If you want your Mondays to be different maybe we could come and train with you, your church or a group of churches in your town?
I got comfortable and settled in to switch off and watch a movie before the busy two weeks ahead and noticed an older Asian man sitting next to me.
Part way though the flight (at and my movie!) the gentleman next to me tapped me on the shoulder. I talked about how in the Koran it says Jesus was sinless, born of a virgin and did miracles.
So, there, at 30,000 feet we prayed and Salim from Sri Lanka asked Jesus to forgive his sins and said he wanted to follow Him. Please pray that the seed that has been planted in Salim’s heart will grow and that he will become a strong follower of Christ. David Broodryk talks to Steve Addison about the place of groups, gatherings and teams in pioneering movements in urban environments. God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. But if influence reduces merely to terms of human flourishing and the Common Good, we are not preaching the gospel. According to Pew Research, among Christians women are more religious than men, but among Muslims women are rarely more religious than men.
The poll, published in the liberal daily L’Unita, challenges long-held perceptions that Italy is a ”Catholic” country, despite the popularity of Pope Francis and the historic role of the Vatican City State in the heart of Rome.
Of the 1,500 respondents, 4 percent said they were Orthodox or Protestant, 2 percent were Buddhist, 1 percent were Jewish and 1 percent were Muslim. A surprising 20 percent said they were atheist, while 8 percent said they were religiously unaffiliated. Italy has witnessed a weakening of religious faith over the past 20 years and a growing trend toward personal spiritual inquiry.
Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, mostly because Muslims are younger and have more children than any other religious group globally. Its ancient cities are cradles of Christian art and learning, and Catholicism is in many ways the country’s raison d’etre. But Belgium’s devout heritage has been traded for secularism and Islam has stepped into the void. Among all respondents, levels of active adherence to Catholicism seemed to diminish dramatically with age, while the practice of Islam increased correspondingly. The percentage of avowedly “practising Catholics” far exceeds the numbers who actually turn up at mass, as any cleric will confirm. Chuck Wood discusses what it takes to move beyond making disciples to multiplying churches. I am just a Mom from the generation before yours, but I have watched what has happened since I was born in 1963, and I am very troubled.


First, you must realize that what was taken was originally given by God and cannot legally be taken by man.
The name Truth Whisperer came from my dear friend who remembered the movie, The Horse Whisperer. On the following pages, I will be sharing art work and calendars that profoundly impacted my life as I was led to create them.
I will be updating this site often and would love to interact with you through the blog and facebook. Peter had been married for a veryA long time when he wrote these famous words about marriage.
So I went to Manchester in faith that God was already at work and I would encounter him in the harvest. We encountered Muslims from around the world, Rastafarians, Gnostics, drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, gang bangers and more.
We really believe it’s the week-to-week rollout of the training that really gets to movement, but the event training becomes an on-ramp for people and an opportunity to help raise up trainers.
So we were scheduled for January, April and July—three touches—but the January training was now a second touch because we’ve already got people on the ground that can train.
We just went back for the third touch and just watched them at two campuses, and now they’ve got a solid training team on several campuses, and now those teams are helping train other churches in the city. After each one 3Thirds discipleship groups are launched to practice the skills, begin sharing the gospel and learn how to disciple others. So we went in to talk about church planting but we immediately went back to let’s talk about how to make disciples.
We pray together as a young 19 year old guy turns his life over to following Jesus, and we make plans to start meeting to disciple him! Broken people are not put back together overnight, but why would you want to do anything else?
The Spirit stirred him, then a slow realisation showed on his face and he acknowledged that Jesus must be greater. Salim’s son-in-law in Sri Lanka is a Christian and when he returns to Sri Lanka he is looking forward to talking with him. A flourishing culture that likes the trappings and benefits of Christianity, but not its kernel, isn’t biblical Christianity. Here’s the inspiring story of how disciple making movements are spreading in the prison system. Of those, some said they believed in destiny, horoscopes, reincarnation, Tarot readings and miracle cures. All other faiths, except Islam, have plateaued or are declining in their percentage share of the world’s growing population. When it was created in 1830, the kingdom offered a political home to Catholic Dutch-speakers who preferred to unite with French-speaking co-religionists than with Protestants with whom they had a common tongue. Among respondents in the city, practising Catholics amounted to 12% and non-practising ones to 28%.
Thus among respondents aged 55 and over, practising Catholics amounted to 30% and practising Muslims to less than 1%; but among those aged between 18 and 34, active adherence to Islam (14%) exceeded the practice of Catholicism (12%).
They will say they see no harm in cavorting about dressed like a devil or a skeleton or Angels and disciples.
The challenge was that because this was coming from pastors and elders in the community, we had seven churches there, with seven lead pastors! They know NoPlaceLeft—that’s the banner they’re flying under—and they know there’s a number of pastors and churches in the area that are doing this. When we find a pastor that’s broken for lostness, hungry to learn, then we can come in as catalysts, serve them like crazy through training and coaching, and praying for them like crazy.
Letting the lead pastor and elders see that we come to serve and that we’re willing to go at the pace of the Holy Spirit through their leadership.
Even more, God is glorified that whether Phil lives or dies, Phil and Monika live in Christ. He needs to leave, but before he does Dapo asks him if we can meet again to share some more? We begin to share more with him; we ask if he feels near or far from God and he talks a little about this. I love that the explosion of Christianity led to a revolution in human dignity; in hospitals and university. A true gospel will be met with resistance because it overturns the accepted patterns of the world. Some 19% were active Muslims and another 4% were of Muslim identity without practising the faith. If anything holds Belgium together through its third century of existence, Catholicism will not be the glue. The word hupo means under,A and the wordA tasso means to arrange or to put something in order. We pray for a need and then ask, “Right now, do you feel near or far from God?” Then we listen.
More aware of the enormity of the task as Britain fragments into a range of different faiths or no faiths. It was actually just supposed to be a vision meeting; it wasn’t supposed to be a training, but they took what I gave them and they began to roll it out. We had over 250 people at this massive training, getting trained, going out in the harvest…this is awesome, but the challenge is, if this thing continues to blow up, how many people are comfortable training in front of 250 people?
I want a renaissance of high culture that produces aesthetic wonders emanating from Christianity.
New Testament Christianity assumes that a follower of Christ is well acquainted with scorn (2 Tim. But if this trend continues, practitioners of Islam may soon comfortably exceed devout Catholics not just in cosmopolitan Brussels, as is the case already, but across the whole of Belgium’s southern half. Adults say they have gravitated to the festivities of the holiday because they can enjoy themselves completely, without feeling 'burdened' by the expectations and responsibilities of other holidays (e.g.
Convinced that when Jesus said, “Follow me and I’ll teach you how to fish for people” he really meant it. It can seem like it’s just one church that’s doing this, so that’s why I just dropped the idea hey what if we rolled this out at multiple campuses next time? So these newer believers are training other believers how to make disciples, and what gave them such credibility to do it is, for the last 4-6 months they’ve been out in the harvest every week, engaging lostness, sharing the gospel, discipling the fruit and starting groups in homes, and they’re already seeing third generation disciples. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. ForA instance, Paul uses this word in First Timothy 3:4, where he gives the instruction that children areA to be a€?in subjectiona€? to their parents.
At that moment the guy changes, the bravado falls away and he visibly warms to the idea of prayer. It’s getting dark and cold, so we head around the area to prayer walk before heading home. Now they’ve got a full-time staff guy and a missions team and they’re pursuing unreached, unengaged people groups in Central and South America.
Their faithfulness has prepared the way for movements of disciples and churches across New Zealand.
He looks me in the eye and says “Yes, 2 years ago this week my older brother at age 21 committed suicide in prison. God reminds us, through the Apostle John, not to gravitate toward such worldly holidays.A 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world.


So there on the High Street, as the cold and dark press in on us, we pray for him and his family in Jesus’ name.
This tells us that just as the army has a specific order of authority, so hasA God designed a certain order for the home that He expects to be followed. No true believer in God should be involved in the holiday, with its celebration of pain, suffering, evil, and death - not to mention its worship (at times cleverly disguised) of God's adversary. This is Goda€™s order for your home, so do all you can to become supportive of your husband.a€¦a€?A Peter knew that one of the greatest needs of a husband is to have a wife with a supportive attitude.
You see, a man fights at his job all day long, struggling to pay the bills and trying to overcome his own insecurities and self-image problems. If he then comes home to a wife who nags, complains, and gripes about everything he doesna€™t do right, her behavior has a very negative effect on him. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine.
Hea€™s already fought the devil all day long; he certainly doesna€™t need to come home to a wife who is ready to fight with him!A As a result, the husband often responds to a nagging and critical wife by hardening and insulating his heart against her.
Instead of the farmer just losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous.
Instead of drawing closer to his wife, he withdraws from her emotionally.A Now, ita€™s important to understand that when Peter commands a woman to be in subjection to her own husband, he is not recommending that she become a a€?doormata€? whom the husband takes advantage of.
Spiritually some things we do or allow, that we might think is little or insignificant, can also be disastrous for us.Some may consider celebrating Halloween as only a little compromise. Rather, Peter is urging each wife to take her place as her husbanda€™s chief supporter and helper.A When a husband comes home from a hard day at work, he needs to be greeted by a loving, caring, kind, understanding, and supportive wife. However, it is the a€?little foxesa€? that spoil the vines and this little compromise can open the door to other evils.
This kind of wife makes a husband feel as if hea€™s found a place where he can find rest and solace for his soul. Many Christians do not realize that certain traditions that are celebrated in the world have evil origins. Just because our society partakes in certain activities does not make them acceptable for Christians. It is when a wife gets out of that supportive role and attempts to become the husbanda€™s authority and head, constantly rebuking and correcting him for what he isna€™t doing right, that her actions cause him to emotionally push away from her.A Wife, God never designed you to assume authority over your husband. No Christian should partake in the activities of this holiday, nor should they allow their children to do so. It will therefore bring disruption to your marital relationship whenever you attempt to do so. We can discern the evil of this day by taking a look at the festivities that are associated with its celebration. So if you want your husband to know how much you love him, look for ways to show him your support. In this case, your attitude and actions really do speak louder than words.A Writing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and from many years of personal experience, Peter urges wives to be submissive to their husbands and thus demonstrate their love and respect tothem. Now, it is important to understand that submission is not just an outward action; it is a condition of the heart. Games played at carnivals promote fear in children as they are ushered through spook houses and horror rooms. She can follow his leadership angrily and resentfully, kicking and screaming all the way.A 2. She can submit voluntarily with a joyful and supportive attitude.A If a wife follows her husband with resentment in her heart, he will feel this resentment. Satan has gained mana€™s approval to celebrate his day by simply making it a tradition that seems like a fun day. A man can sense whether his wife is complying because she must or submitting with a joyful and supportive heart.A When the wife takes the second approach and follows him with a thankful and happy heart a€” even if she has to deny her own desires or pleasures to do so a€” she sends a loud signal to the husband that causes him to want to love her. The opposite is true, however, as more damage and harm are done on this day each year than any other holiday. This is an important result of willing submission, for being loved is the primary thing every wife needs to receive from her husband.
Children are taught to go door to door chanting a€?trick or treat.a€? It is unchristian to demand a gift under threat of playing some trick.
This is also the reason God commands men to love their wives (Ephesians 5:25).A Wife, have you been assuming a corrective role toward your husband? If so, I urge you to take a new approach in your relationshipA with your husband on the basis of Petera€™s instruction in First Peter 3:1. Until recently, most Christians have not questioned this traditional celebration, but rather have gone along with it by even bringing Halloween parties into the church. Rather than constantlyA correcting him and pointing out all his flaws, go to God with the things that disturb youA about him. The earliest Halloween celebrations were not held by the early church, but the Druids in honor of Samhain, the a€?lord of the deada€?, and his demons, whose festival fell on November 1. Meanwhile, work on becoming the most significant supporter and friend your husbandA has ever known.A If you respond correctly to your husbanda€™s God-given authority in the home, God will work on his heart. All Hallows Eve, because it is the day before All Hallowsa€™ or All Saintsa€™ day, was a holy day in the Roman Catholic Church, Episcopal Church, the Church of England and the Greek Orthodox Church.
He needs me to be his friend and supporter, and I now realize how oftenA he must perceive me as another enemy he has to fight. During the time of Constantine, these two holidays were merged in an attempt to Christianize the heathen. Teach me how to respond in every situation with a respectful andA supportive attitude toward my husband. The church could not prevent these heathen practices, so they thought a€?taming'a€? them would be the answer. What might seem to some as innocent childrena€™s games is a a€?little foxa€? that can open the door to satanic influence and even demon possession in some cases. Children can be tormented with a spirit offear that can come through this involvement that stays with them throughout their lives. Are you a support to your husband, or does he feel like you are attacking himA most of the time? It also introduces children toA witchcraft, making it easier for them to become involved in cults and occultic activities. Does he draw near to you, or does he shut up and emotionallyA protect himself when the two of you are together?A 2. When children are taught it is alright to play with the things of darkness, it does not give them the repulsion and resistance that they need to stand against greater Satanic involvement.
Judging from your husbanda€™s response to you, what do you need to change inA the way you are approaching him?A 3. When the things of Satan are taken lightly, as games and fun, it sets our children up to accept evil rather than to resist it. This a€?little foxa€? is not only spreading evil to children but has been a curse for the church and our nation as well. No true believer in God should be involved in the holiday, with its celebration of pain, suffering, evil, and death - not to mention its worship (at times cleverly disguised) of God's adversary.
The church could not prevent these heathen practices, so they thought a€?taming'a€? them would be the answer.



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