Activating the Power of God’s Word – by Kyle Winkler

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In Activating The Power of God’s Word, Kyle Winkler describes how, deep inside in the very heart core of creation is a law stronger than the laws of nature, an unrivaled force, more powerful than gravity, a supernatural power that radically transforms everything it touches. It is the spoken Word of God. In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and empty (Gen. 1:1–2). Then God spoke, in all His majesty- with a resounding declaration “Let there be…” thundering in all its supernatural glory into the dark void from the heavens — to chase away the darkness and light up the cosmos with creative life. This ground-breaking moment defined and established God’s spoken Word as the basis of creation, to hold everything together in time and space. He sustains all things by His powerful Word. — Hebrews 1:3. God’s Word keeps the planets silently spinning in their orbits and the seasons in their respective cycles. We marvel at the unique grandeur of God’s design and the sheer majesty of His awesome power. Most remarkably, God made this power accessible to everyone. The spellbinding reality is that we can activate the power of God’s Word to transform our lives forever.

The purpose of this book is to confidently assert that God’s Word spoken through you can and will accomplish the very same things it accomplished for the Biblical superfaith heroes. Through strategic declarations, you can activate God’s Word to transform every area of your life. The power of God’s spoken Word declares God-inspired destiny and gives perfect identity to what seems hopeless, empty or meaningless. It provides strength to get through insurmountable difficulties in the dark valleys of life. It is the spiritual basis to overcome life’s greatest obstacles and win every single battle of faith and spiritual warfare. The power of God’s spoken Word sustains you as “more than a conqueror” in the life of overwhelming victory that Jesus Christ died to give you (Rom. 8:37). God’s spoken Word is a powerful spiritual weapon to give abundant life in all its fullness. In Activating the Power of God’s Word, Kyle Winkler helps us to discover the supernatural power of declaration. You will receive biblical keys from the Word of God to make strategic declarations that will bring the supernatural breakthrough you are praying for.

Miriam Jacob

Anywhere Faith – by Heather C. King

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In Anywhere Faith, Heather C. King helps us to learn about Abraham and his journey to an unknown destination. God called him out of a place called Ur and told him to go, without knowing where to go or how long it would take to get there. Everyone wants faith like Abraham, without counting the cost. In a moment of soul honesty and penetrating analysis, Heather realizes the worst nightmare scenario of not knowing where the road leads to or how long it will take to get there! We have to trust God wholeheartedly, instead of trusting in our own worthless plans. Abraham deserves superfaith status for his radical obedience and unquestioning faith that does not complain at any cost. Not only was he ready to follow God anywhere, but he also passed a greater faith test. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, waited for almost thirty years, from God’s promise of a baby, to the actual moment when they held their precious child of promise, Isaac, in their arms. When Isaac was finally born, Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety. Isaac was a miracle child — a gift from God and the glorious fulfllment of the divine promise to Abraham that he would become the father of many nations.

God tested Abraham’s faith by asking him to place his son’s life on the line. Years after Isaac’s birth, God asked Abraham to climb the mountain with his young son and build an altar, supposedly to kill Isaac as a sacrifice to God. God asked Abraham to give back the promised child. “How could Isaac possibly be both the promised son and a sacrifice?” Abraham did not question God or try to reason with Him. Instead, with his unquestioning, obedient faith, he did not stall at all. “Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, took his men with him, and his son Isaac. He cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him” (22:3). God called in the night, and early the very next day, Abraham did exactly as God commanded. In Hebrews 11, Abraham was willing to obey God in the most radical of ways because he knew God was able even to raise Isaac from the dead. While we might stall, question, and fight with God, Abraham simply believed in the impossible. God could raise Isaac up from death if He chose.

Are we ready to be used by God, to do only what He wants us to do, and go anywhere He wants us to go? Will we choose God over everything else? This is the wholehearted, selfless devotion God desires from us. He won’t settle for anything else. Even Abraham made mistakes, when he trusted his own plans and not God’s, when his faith broke down and he tried to take matters into his own hands. Our faith “superheroes” weren’t superhuman at all. When God called them, they responded honestly – sometimes telling God they didn’t know if they could do what He asked. Moses wanted God to send somebody else. Gideon worried about whether he heard God correctly. Elijah felt alone. Isaiah felt unworthy. Esther was terrified. When God calls us, we answer hesitatingly, afraid to get intimate with God, fearing that He might ask us to give what we cannot, terrified to move forward for fear of failure, or that the costly task might hurt too much.

A. W. Tozer said, “We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day —but remember at the time they didn’t know they were heroes.” The faith heroes and heroines were regular people with perfectly ordinary lives, insecure and frightened, but choosing to obey God anyway. They followed Him in spite of fear, insecurity or questions. In Anywhere Faith, Heather C. King writes about dialogue, relationship and friendship with God. She explains how to respond to Him when He asks us to trust and obey. When God called men and women throughout Scripture to follow Him, and their answers in that moment of their calling revealed the honest truth about their heart condition and their faith condition. We love God and want to follow Him. We want to be “anywhere faith” Christians and pray like David Livingstone did: “Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me.” But we have struggles, or even excuses, that hold
us back. We want to be God’s friend like Abraham, but we have hidden away parts of our hearts from God, our Creator.

When we hide our hearts from God, our deep-rooted fears and insecurities weigh us down, chaining us to the darkness, and not allowing God’s light to shine into our hearts, to deliver and to liberate us. Let us give God the freedom to do His work in us. When we bring our needs to Him, He rescues us. When we feel afraid, He gives us peace. When we are unworthy, He clothes us in His righteousness. When we confess the painful truth that we don’t want to go, He reveals His sovereignty and grace to give us the strength and courage to undertake the journey. “The Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.” God knows the truth of our hearts because He made us. He has compassion on us. He wants to rescue us. He beckons us to bring Him our brokenness, to make us whole and holy. God invites us into His presence, promising that it will be worth any sacrifice, effort, or price we pay. Surely we can trust Him. “God is love” (1 John 4:16). He will never leave us: “Be strong and courageous. The Lord goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). With promises as trustworthy as this, can we resist Him any longer? Let us honestly tell Him the truth: “God, in spite of my fears, uncertainties and insecurities, I’m coming with You anyway! I’ll go with You anywhere, to do anything You ask me to do.”

Prayer by David Livingstone, missionary to Africa:

“Lord, send me anywhere,
Only go with me.
Lay any burden on me,
Only sustain me.
Sever any tie but the tie
That binds me to Yourself.”

Miriam Jacob

The Anna Anointing – by Michelle McClain-Walters

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In The Anna Anointing, Michelle McClain-Walters explains how God pursues us, searching for those to answer the call to stand in the gap breaching God and our society. Someone must stand in the gap between God and man to cry for mercy and grace. God seeks people to take up the mantle of prayer to release healing, deliverance, and glory upon the earth.
In one of the darkest times of human history, God raised up Anna the prophetess. God releases the spirit of grace and supplication for seasons of prayer, to proclaim the revelation of Jesus to a lost world. Anointed by the Holy Spirit, we can become people who moves the Hand of God in our generation. There is incredible power in a consecrated life. With spiritual influence, we can become people of persistence, hope, and power, anointed to serve God.

God commissions an army of people to cry out with the knowledge of God’s glory. They will be watchmen on the wall until revival comes, to labor in intercession for the Holy Spirit to save lost souls and revive the church. These people will touch the heart of God as they cry out to be imbued with power to proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ to a lost generation. God awakens a worldwide prayer movement to release the power of His kingdom on earth.

God needs people to contend for the faith, to fight for deliverance while battling difficulties that hinder release. Anointed people of God will have a passion and burden to see generations walk in God’s plans and purposes. They pray for the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth, in a time of transition into the fullness of the glorious new covenant power to be implemented upon earth, in the splendor of God’s glory, manifested through miracles, healing, and prophetic ministry. The glory of the new covenant is the transforming power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. As part of the glorious new covenant, God will write His Word on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33).

In His sovereign power the Lord stirs nations and people to be His agents on earth. When the Lord wants tasks to be completed and His divine purposes fulfilled, He will awakens people to accomplish His will. The Lord commands an army to cry out in prayer intercession and spiritual warfare against the evil plots and schemes of the enemy of our souls, until revival and glory fill the earth. The Lord opened His armory and brought out the weapons of His indignation — (Jeremiah 50:25).

God calls us to be spiritual history makers, as He turns potential disaster zones into powerful revival centers, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He wants people to be agents of change before the throne of grace. He wants people to be intimate with Him, partnering with Him to be His chosen vehicles of blessing to the world. God awakens in people a deep thirst and desire to know His divine calling and destiny for their lives. All people are called to serve the Lord, for the glory of His Name.

Miriam Jacob

LAURIE BAKER’S FILM – UNCOMMON SENSE – TO BE SCREENED WORLDWIDE

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Upcoming film screenings of Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker.

Below are ticketed international public screenings for the months of April and May for which ticket sales are open now:

Sofia Bulgaria – April 23rd and April 29th 2017 (2 shows) Master of Art Festival
Buy tickets: masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/portfolio/the-gandhi-of-architecture-2/
Note: Film is billed as Gandhi of Architecture. This is an alternate title. It is the same film as Uncommon Sense

Florida, USA – May 3rd Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Buy tickets: saf.wildapricot.org/event-2511229

Winnipeg, Canada – May 5th 2017 Winnipeg Architecture and Design Festival
Buy tickets: adff.ca/films/2017/uncommon-sense-the-life-and-architecture-of-laurie-baker/

Various cities, New Zealand – 13 screenings in 4 cities
May 7,9, 10, 12 – Auckland
May 21, 23, 30 – Wellington
June 10, 14, 18 – Dunedin
Jul 3, 5, 11 – Christchurch
Buy tickets: resene.co.nz/filmfestival.htm

Other Upcoming International Screenings:
1. Helsinki, Finland
2. Colombo, Sri Lanka
3. Jakarta, Indonesia
4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5. Osaka, Japan
6. Sao Paolo, Brazil
7. Dhaka, Bangladesh
8. Brisbane, Australia
9. Munich, Germany
10 New York, USA
11. Milan, Italy

Valerie Elliot Shepard

In a glorious answer to prayer, here are Valerie Elliot Shepard (daughter of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot) and her husband, Walter Shepard.

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VALERIE ELLIOT SHEPARD and her husband WALTER SHEPARD

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VALERIE ELLIOT SHEPARD with her Mom, ELISABETH ELLIOT GREN.

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JIM AND ELISABETH ELLIOT, Valerie’s parents.

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JIM ELLIOT, Valerie’s father.

My Garden of Prayer – by Helen Steiner Rice

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My Garden of Prayer is a collection of inspirational Prayer Poetry by Helen Steiner Rice, the Poet Laureate of Inspirational Verse. She published several books of poetry and inspirational verses. Her first collection, published in 1967, was called “Just for You: A Special Collection of Inspirational Verses.” Helen perceived a need for greeting cards to inspire others. She wrote inspirational verses that reflected her ever-deepening faith in God. Her simple, sincere expressions of profound religious truths touched hearts and lives worldwide.

People wrote to Helen for encouragement and support with their personal problems. She saw her correspondence as a form of service to God. Helen believed her talent for easing human heartache through her verses was a God-given gift, to channel God’s love into the world. Helen Steiner Rice’s books of inspirational poetry have now sold millions of copies. Her strong religious faith and her ability to express deep emotion gave her poems timeless appeal.

Helen’s poem entitled “The Praying Hands,” which praised the holiness of daily selfless acts of service that often go unnoticed, aired on television, catapulted her into the national limelight and onto the world’s stage, giving her worldwide fame. “The Praying Hands” became one of the most popular greeting cards ever produced.
Always an “Ambassador of Sunshine” at heart, the rich and varied legacy of Helen Steiner Rice lives on in the hearts and minds of people worldwide, who are blessed by her prayer poems and inspirational verses.