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Partner Letter November 2016

Dear Partner

Jesus was talking with His disciples in John 15:12-14 and told them,

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

When Jesus called them friends, He was not talking about them being His “pal” or “buddy”. Notice, He said that there is no greater love than to lay done one’s life for one’s friend. This is Covenant talk!

James said about Abraham in James 2:23,

…the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

When the covenant was made before Abraham, and God included him in it, he chose to believe God in every aspect of his life. He lived for the covenant of God and lived as he believed the covenant. God considered him a covenant partner…friend of God!

We see the same with Moses in Exodus 33:11a,

So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.

When Jesus said that if we do what He commands, He calls us friends, He was calling us partners in the Great Covenant of Love, His blood Covenant.

And He was not referring to the ten commandments. He had just given them the great commandment, the royal law (James 2:8), the law through which all the law is fulfilled (Galatians 5:14)… Love each other the same way He loves us.

Jesus has laid down His life for us…on the cross! He shed His blood and died for us so that we may have life eternal. And He said in John 17:3,

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

The foundation of our eternal life is knowing God. Not just knowing about Him, but becoming intimate with Him, talking with Him face to face as Moses did. Let’s spend quality time where we draw aside from the mad rush of things around us and draw into His presence. As we wait on the Lord we draw on His strength (Psalm 59:9, Isaiah 40:31).

Then in that strength, as friends of God, we want to lead others to Him that they may know Him as well. True love is manifested in leading others to Life…His Life!

We do not have to die as Jesus did. His sacrifice sealed the Covenant. We lay down our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). Let’s die to our own agendas and live for Him by doing and giving our all to reach out to others with the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This is why Janine and I appreciate our partners so much! We are so much more than partners; we are friends with our Lord Jesus Christ going about His work. Your prayers and financial seeds that you sow every month empower us to reach this world with this awesome Covenant of Love bringing multitudes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

And we continue to lay down our lives for His glory. As your friends in Christ Jesus, Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

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Partner Letter September 2016

Dear Partner

WHAT GREAT LOVE!

John writes in his letter in 1 John 3:1-4 (NIV),

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

Lavished means poured out generously. Paul also writes in Romans 5:5,

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Poured out here literally talks about the Love of God “flooding” our hearts.

It is one of the most amazing revelations to come to…just how much God loves us. The enemy wants to put all kinds of pressure on us to make us doubt that God would do anything for us, never mind give us any attention because of how we must have disappointed God.

Jesus prayed in John 17:20,

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…

That’s you and me! He goes on in verse 23-24,

I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

God, our Father, loves you as He loves Jesus! That is huge!! And He loved Jesus before He ever said, “Let there be light”. In other words, Father loved you before you were born!!

That means He loved you before you gave your life to Jesus, before you ever started going to church. In fact, He loved you knowing that you and I would sin. That’s why He sent Jesus for us…John 3:16-17,

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

We could not do it without Jesus. Now that you have given your life to the Lord…don’t allow the enemy to steal the truth that God still loves you. Believe His Love! John continues in his letter…1 John 4:16,

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

God IS love…water IS wet. Water comes with wet…no wet = no water.

God does not just show love, or just have an emotion called love…HE IS LOVE!

If you have water on you, you are wet. If you are born again, you have God in you…you have Love Himself in you. And in His love for you He has saved you…even when you sin!

That’s why John wrote in 1 John 1:9,

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

What is left after unrighteousness is cleansed away? Righteousness! Knowing we would still fail at times, He has given us a free gift of access right back to Him. He never leaves us nor forsakes us and we have every right to receive our forgiveness. Not based on how we act or feel, but based on His love for us.

Receive and BELIEVE His love today…say this out loud, “Father I know you love me. I love you because you love me. I receive your love and I believe your love. Thank you for loving me!”

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed…and loved!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter May 2016

Dear Partner

If all we had for our information was the media and what people are saying, one could be very worried. It seems that there are so many serious problems in the world today…wars, political turmoil, financial stresses, serious diseases, lawlessness, corruption running rampant…the list seems to go on and on. I heard someone ask the other day, “What next…I feel so helpless?”

The good news is that the media and the fears of people are not our only source of information. We have a much higher report. Jesus said in John 16:33,

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Yes, we may see these things happening around us, but we do not allow them to affect us. If you are born again you are in Jesus and in Him you have peace.

Not only that, Jesus has given us authority over circumstances. He told us in Matthew 16:19,

And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven [authority], and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

We have been given the responsibility for ensuring that the will of God be done on this earth...and Jesus said that we do that through prayer (Matthew 6:10). Now, more than ever before, I hear the Holy Spirit calling us to take up our places and to bring our part in praying.

Someone may say, “But I don’t know what to pray for”.

Paul told us in Romans 8:26,

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Notice that he said we do not know what we should pray for as we supposed to. That is because very often we allow our worries and concerns to influence what we say and ask for. We think we know what the solution should be and can very likely pray incorrectly contrary to God’s will.

However, when I allow the Holy Spirit to guide my prayer, I pray His perfect will. He knows exactly what needs to be said and will prompt us with these prayers in our hearts. Paul teaches us that these intercessions are with groanings which cannot be uttered. In other words, they are not an intelligible human language. This talks about praying in your heavenly prayer language, or praying in tongues. He wrote in his letter 1 Corinthians 14:14-15,

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit [tongues], and I will also pray with the understanding [my earthly language]. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

If you are not yet praying in your heavenly prayer language, find a spirit-filled believer who is and ask them to pray for and with you to step into this wonderful way of praying. The Holy Spirit already lives in your heart…all that needs to happen now is to receive by faith.

As we pray under His guidance, we are praying God’s perfect will and He is able to answer His own prayer that He has given us to pray on the earth.

I believe that as Christians around the world unite this way, we will see the forces of darkness pushed back and a great outpouring of God’s Spirit fall on multitudes as revival sweeps this land.

You and I together are in partnership to see multitudes hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to come to Him as their Saviour.

And remember, we pray for you this way every day!

You are blessed!

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Partner Letter March 2016

Dear Partner

This is the season that we remember THE GREATEST gift EVER given to mankind. When our loving heavenly Father, in His great mercy, reached out to us and gave His only Son to be propitiation for our sins. We read in John 3:16 that this was an outpouring of His love,

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There is no greater demonstration of love. Jesus said in John 15:13,

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

Not only did He lay down His life for us, He paid the supreme sacrifice for our sins. So much so that, because of His awesome love, we were raised to life and seated with Him in heavenly places. Ephesians 2:4-6,

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

This is the Gospel message. We are now a blessed family of God called to be a blessing to the nations of this world. Galatians 3:8-9,

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

Paul told us in Galatians 3:13-14 that this was what we received when Jesus went to the cross for you and me,

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Our greatest calling is to be able to take this great Gospel message to the world. Paul encouraged Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:8-9,

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

Together we are able to do this. We may not suffer the same way that Paul did through beatings and imprisonment, but sometimes people may try to make us seem foolish for having chosen to walk with Jesus. WE WILL NEVER BE ASHAMED!

Know this…you chose to follow Jesus…He called you with a holy calling. Not only that; He gives you the grace to walk in His purpose.

That’s why we are called together in partnership…to walk together as one. To uphold each other in prayer. To support the work of God where someone else might not be able to. Through your seeds of love we are able to continue more powerfully than ever before.

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day. I know that you are strong in the Lord and power of His grace manifests in your life in greater and greater measures.

Let’s always remember…no matter what we are going through… He endured more than we could ever imagine because of His great love for us. There is no greater love!

You are blessed!

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Partner Letter February 2016

Dear Partner

What a privilege it is to be alive today. The psalmist writes in Psalms 118:24 (ESV),

            “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

No matter what the enemy has tried to do to bring you down. No matter what went wrong yesterday, it is a new day. We read in Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV),

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

If we would learn to trust the Lord and to receive His abounding grace, we have a new opportunity every day to walk in the bounty of His goodness. The devil would love to remind you of your past. Yet God has a greater instruction in Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV),

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

That speaks of Great Provision in the middle of lack. In praying for this new year I heard the word of the Lord for our partners;

GREAT PROVISION – GREAT ACCELERATION – GREAT GROWTH

I believe the Lord is wanting to do a quick work. What would have taken ten years can happen in one. What would have taken a year will be just a few months. I see months becoming two weeks! We read in Amos 9:13,

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.”     

Look at the same verse in the New Living Translation,

“The time will come,” says the Lord, “when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine!"

I really like the way it is written in the Message Translation,

"Yes indeed, it won't be long now." God's Decree. "Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won't be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills."

We have all faced some really serious challenges. But like Paul wrote in Philippians 3:12-15,

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Let's keep moving forward with great faith. In expectation make room for great growth! Remember the words of Isaiah 54:2-3,

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left.”

My mandate from our Lord is to teach you the Word of God for you to prepare your gear for great accelerated growth and provision. I am excited to see what is about to take place in your life.

As you sow your seed this month, declare, "This is my year of GREAT PROVISION – GREAT ACCELERATION - GREAT GROWTH."

Janine and I come into agreement with your confession. We still pray for you every day and are expectant to hear your awesome testimony.

Remember, Life is a choice - choose Life.

You are blessed!

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Partner Letter December 2015

Dear Partner

SUPERNATURAL MANIFESTATIONS – SUPERNATURAL VICTORIES

What an awesome year this has been! We have heard testimony after wonderful testimony of how our awesome God has delivered so many people. I remember at the beginning of this year when I announced by the Spirit of the Lord that this would be a year of great victories; I realised that victories come with a battle. And the Lord prepared us. Remember Jesus told us in John 16:33,

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

He warned us that we were going to experience challenges, but to not allow that to steal our joy. We were to remember that He has already overcome the world. I believe John recalled these words when he wrote in 1 John 5:4-5

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

If you are born again, John included you as an overcomer! Maybe someone said, “I don’t feel like an overcomer”. That’s the awesome thing. It does not depend on our feelings or even our ability. John went on to say in verse 5,

Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? That qualifies you! Now all we need to do is step into that victory. How? By faith (1 John 5:4).

I don’t have to feel it or even see it. Remember Hebrews 11:1,

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

All we need to know is that God has said it. Again, Romans 10:17,

 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Jesus said it. His witnesses confirmed it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God has declared you an overcomer. Your and my responsibility is simply to believe it and to say it with our mouths. Paul taught us in 2 Corinthians 4:13,

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.

That’s the attitude of faith. Regardless of my circumstances or the lies that the enemy is throwing at us…we declare that we have the victory in the Name of Jesus.

Paul also wrote in Romans 10:8,

But what does it (the righteousness of faith-vs 6) say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach)

We boldly declare The Word of Faith. God said it…I believe it…I say it. That’s the process. That is our victory. Then stand firm and not be swayed. We continue doing the work of the Lord according to 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Let your seed this month be a declaration of victory, a celebration of our Lord’s mighty grace, a demonstration that you are standing strong and abounding in the work of our Lord. I am excited to hear your testimony of victory.

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

Jesus is Lord,

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P.S. Our Television HD upgrade is going well. I believe we have the full supply in the Name of Jesus!

Look out for our great “new look” programs coming up later in the New Y

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Partner Letter October

Dear Partner

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,  always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

That is how Paul opened his letter in Philippians 1:3-6. I have a sense of how he felt when he wrote those words, because it expresses how I feel about our partners.

This ministry succeeds to do what it does, firstly because of the call and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. And secondly, because we have faithful partners that earnestly pray for us regularly and give so generously so that we can accomplish what we do.

We have been commissioned by our Lord Jesus to proclaim His good news, the Gospel, as far and as wide as we can using the medium of television. When we launched in 2002 our program was one of the first in South Africa to air. I purposed in my heart that it would be a program of excellence that gave high quality teaching to the glory of our Lord using high quality equipment. Over the years we have grown wonderfully by our Lord’s grace.

Some of our partners, particularly those who have been faithfully walking with us over these many years, have noticed that some of our programs have been repeat broadcasts. This is because we have not been doing any studio recordings for some time. One of the reasons for this is that we are in the process of revamping our studio to give it a fresh and updated look. I think you are really going to like it when you see it.

Another reason is that we have felt that we do not want to continue recording using outdated Standard Definition (SD) equipment. We have used some of our cameras for MANY years now, trying to get the most out of them and they are really tired and worn out!

Much of television today has converted to HD (High Definition). And in keeping with my desire to present a program of quality that represents the excellence of our Lord, we have decided to upgrade our television recording equipment to HD.

This does come at quite a high price. The cost of the total upgrade is R 5 000 000 (Five Million Rand). I have heard someone say, “Television wrote the book on ‘Expensive’”.

However, here is the thing…we serve a BIG God. And He is well able to do exceedingly abundantly above what we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

When I think of all the countless lives that have been reached and saved for eternity from a horrific hell into the glorious Kingdom of our Lord Jesus, the cost of what we have done pales into insignificance. After all it cost the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation. There can be NO cost too great to continue proclaiming this good news to continue reaching the multitudes that still need to hear.

So I bring this to your attention to know where we are as a ministry. And I ask our partners to please come into agreement with Janine and me. We believe that this need has been met according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

I know that the many seeds that have been sown by our partners, and by us, manifests as a great harvest to ensure that we can begin the process of converting our equipment. Your seed has reached so many lives that I think we will only find out on the other side of eternity how much it meant.

Would you please join us in making the bold confession along with us, “We have our HD television equipment paid in full and debt free, in the name of Jesus”.

No matter what you believe God for…keep dreaming BIG.  Janine and I pray over you every day that your needs are met according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

We will keep you posted…we are broadcasting HD, in the Name of Jesus!

You are blessed!

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Partner Letter July

Dear Partner

Supernatural Manifestations - Supernatural Victories

It is our Lord's desire for this world to not only know that He is the Living God, but for all to see that He is. There are so many promises in the Word of God that He sent His Word to heal, that He watches over His Word to perform it, that His Word does not return void but accomplishes what He sent it for,  that His promises are "Yes" and "Amen", that He would send signs and wonders to confirm His Word, etc., etc.

It is also vitally important to know that He has chosen to reach this world through you and me. Paul tells us in Romans 10:13-14,

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

He further teaches us in Ephesians 4:11-12a,

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry.

We all work together in ministering to this world. In Ephesians 4:15-16 He goes on to say,

but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

When we all do our part it causes the growth of the body of Christ. Now I want to draw your attention to how these two verses are sandwiched between "love"..."speak the truth in love" and "edifying of itself in love".

When Jesus was questioned by religious leaders as to what Is the greatest commandment in the law, He answered in Matthew 22:37-38,

Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment."

But then He added in verse 39,

"And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’"

We see this confirmed by Mark 12:30-31,

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

After someone asked Jesus the same question, Jesus asked him to answer what he thought...his answer in Luke 10:27-28 was,

So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

This is our key to life!

Many times I have encountered people who have found it difficult to understand or apply this principle because they have told me that they do not even love themselves, so how are they supposed to love others the way they love themselves? Others love themselves so much that they have become selfish and are not able to love others.

Jesus teaches us in John 13:34,

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Did you pick up the subtle difference? Here Jesus does not say to love others the way we love ourselves...He said to love others the way HE loves us.

How does He love us?                                                                                                            

While we were still sinners (Romans 5:8)! Unconditionally! It is because of His love that we are drawn to Him. He saved us. And even when we make mistakes after coming to the Lord, He still forgives us.

This is how we are to love. In fact, Jesus goes on to say in John 13:35,

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

This is how we are going to reach this world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People are fed up with dry hypocritical judgemental religion. We are all thirsty for the truth. Jesus is that truth. And when we demonstrate the love of Jesus, multitudes will running to Him.

As a renewed commitment to Jesus and His work...let's all commit to trusting Him to fill us with His love and to unconditionally show that love to all around us.

Say this out loud, "I have received the love of God in my heart. He loves me unconditionally. He has placed that same love in me. I love others the way He loved and loves me."

We love you! And are dedicated to praying for you every day.

You are blessed!

Jesus is Lord!

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Partner Letter June

Dear Partner

“Business is bad”

“I have such a bad migraine”

“This country is going to the dogs”

I do not like to start off a letter with bad confessions! However, I have been amazed at how many Christians have been saying things similar to the statements above. Particularly if we believe what Jesus said in Mark 11:23,

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Our words are significant in our lives. Jesus said that we have what we say! Of course we do not want to just reverse what we have been saying…”I am not sick”…because we may well be experiencing symptoms. However, the way we exterminate darkness is by turning on the light.

Jesus said that His words are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). And the Word of God tells us in Psalm 107:20 that,

He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The purpose of the Word of God is not only to reveal to us who He is, but it also carries the power to accomplish what He sent it for (Isaiah 55:11).

So, how does the Word accomplish what it was sent for? When it is received by a believer, believed in the heart and then spoken out loud out of the heart of faith.

Once again, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

Instead of releasing words of destruction that reaffirm the situation I may well be going through, we determine to set time aside to meditate in the Word of God with scriptures that speak about our deliverance from the circumstance that we are facing.

For example:

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19),

By Jesus stripes you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24) and

When we humble ourselves and pray, He will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

As I read and speak these words faith rises in my heart. I believe that God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). When I am in this place and attitude of faith…the spirit of faith, if someone asks how it is going I will answer,

“Praise God, I believe my business is doing well”

“By His stripes I am healed, and walk in the divine life of God”

“I have great hope for our country. I see it blessed and prosperous where multitudes are coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour!”

By the Spirit of God, I want to encourage you…I know that sometimes we face horrible and difficult situations. However, the Word of God is still true. Let’s stay focussed on His Word and declare it with boldness. This gives our Lord opportunity to move on our behalf.

You will see the supernatural manifestations of our God and experience supernatural victory!

We love you dearly and pray for you every day.

Remember…you are blessed!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter February 2015

Dear Partner

Supernatural Manifestations - Supernatural Victories

Look what Jesus said in John 16:33,

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Remember that Jesus is Jewish so he would have used the Hebrew word for peace which is "Shalom". Shalom is a blessing word meaning wholeness, completeness, preservation, protection, full supply. Quite literally, nothing missing, nothing broken.

I used to think of peace as the absence of war. Yet, the way Jesus describes it, in Him we can experience peace in the midst of war. Protection in the middle of destruction. Water in a desert. Provision during a time of lack. What an awesome promise!

Now it is important to notice that Jesus did warn us there would be some trouble. We get excited that we are going to experience supernatural victories...which is good! However, a victory implies a battle. But remember what David said to Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:47,

Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands.

I like to say, "The battle is the Lord's, the victory is ours!"

So even though Jesus said that we would have tribulation, he went on to say to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world. That sounds a little old English...using more modern English we could say Jesus said, "Troubles coming-get excited!"

How can we be excited when trouble shows up? We remember that Jesus has already overcome it! That's right...past tense. He knew your problem was coming long before you experienced it. And He has already defeated it.

Now look at 1 John 5:4-5,

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?                                      

It was awesome to hear that Jesus has overcome the world.  Here John tells us that, as sons and daughters of God, we overcome the world. How is that possible? By faith!

We believe and confess that Jesus is the Son of God. We receive the knowledge that Jesus has already defeated the enemy. He has already fought the battle. And out of His great love for us has handed us the victory! Hallelujah!

So, no matter what you are experiencing, or are going to experience, remember that even though it feels uncomfortable at the time...keep your faith strong in the promises of God.

When King Jehosophat was being threatened by three massive armies, he received a word from God that our Lord would deliver them. His response in 2 Chronicles 20:21 was,

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.

By the time they arrived at the battlefield, all of the armies had defeated each other. The entire multitude were all lying dead and it took Judah three days to gather the spoil (treasures).

When the enemy is trying to fill your head with fear and doubt, just lift your voice and begin to praise God. Then, even though the storm is blowing all around you, it will not touch you. Just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, you will go through the fiery furnace and come out the other side without even the smell of smoke on your clothes.

You are an overcomer - you have overcoming faith!

As you sow your seeds of faith say, "I am an overcomer. My Jesus said so! He has overcome the world. He has already fought the battle and has given me the victory. The battle is the Lord's, the victory is mine! By faith, I have overcome every problem, in the Name of Jesus."

Please remember that we still pray for you every day. We are in agreement...you have the victory! Supernatural Victories!

You are blessed.

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Partner Letter December 2014

Dear Partner

As we draw towards the end of the year, I am always reminded by God; that which He has promised shall surely come to pass. Remember that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and that our God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).

Our Lord said that we would experience His manifested Love and manifested Life this year. We have already had so many testimonies pouring in confirming this. Maybe you have some things that you would still like to see God move on in your life.

Remember this, He told us in Isaiah 48:3,

I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

I am sure you could do with some “Suddenlies”.

We also read in Job 5:8-9,

But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause— 9 Who does great things, and unsearchable, marvellous things without number.

Read the same passage in the Message translation,

If I were in your shoes, I'd go straight to God, I'd throw myself on the mercy of God. 9 After all, he's famous for great and unexpected acts; there's no end to his surprises.

I like that…He is famous for great and unexpected acts!

I believe that we can look out for some Suddenly Unexpected Surprises!

The key is to remain consistent in our faith.  God has given us awesome promises in His Word. We read in Numbers 23:19,

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do?

We are reminded in Hebrews 10:23,

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Even when it looks like there is absolutely no way for this to happen, we continue to declare His promises with a boldness that comes from believing His Word. All through the Word of God we see God doing the seemingly impossible; stopping the rotation of the earth (Joshua 10:12-13), opening a sea (Exodus 14:21-22), etc. Many of these things happened and caught people by surprise.

That’s why I say…get ready for Suddenly Unexpected Surprises.

I believe, and therefore declare it by faith, that you are going to see Suddenly Unexpected Surprises before the end of the year, in the Name of Jesus!

Believe it! Receive it! Say, “Thank you, Father. I am ready for Suddenly Unexpected Surprises. In fact when they happen, I will not even be surprised. Praise you, Lord.”

We are so excited for this next year coming up. There are some wonderful things and developments in the pipe line. God is propelling us to be even more effective than we have been before to reach this world with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please remember that Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter August 2014

Dear Partner

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that every time you prayed, you knew that your prayer was heard by God and that it was answered.

Jesus told us in Mark 11:24,

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Did you see that? When you pray…you will have them! That sounds like a guarantee of answered prayer.

Now I know there have been times when I prayed and it looked like it was not answered. So, we have two opinions here… Allan: “I prayed and it was not answered” and Jesus: “When you pray it is answered”. One of us is wrong. I have learned that when it comes to opinions…the opinion of Jesus is ALWAYS right. After all He is the way, THE TRUTH and the life (John 14:6).

In other words; if it looks like my prayers were not answered, and Jesus said they would be, then I have missed something somewhere. There is a protocol and a process to prayer. It is important that we understand this if we want to see our prayers answered.

The first thing to recognise is that before Jesus got to verse 24, He began by saying, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). And we know from Romans 10:17,

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The Word of God is the will of God. I discovered that most of the times when it looked like my prayers were not being answered, it was because I was either guessing what I thought I needed or I was calling out in ignorant desperation.

One of the keys to successful praying is knowing the will of God. Before going to God in prayer, first take time to seek out His will in the Word of God. If you need healing, spend some time looking up promises of His healing and renew your mind to where you know it is His desire for you to be healed.

If it is provision that you desire, meditate on scriptures that speak to His pleasure for you to prosper and supply all your need.

After you are convinced in your heart that it is His will for you to receive what He has promised, ask Him to reveal what it is that you should specifically pray for.

I remember there was a time that I thought if God could just give me a really big lump sum of money all my problems would be solved (I even figured out what the exact amount should be). It took months and months of praying and there seemed to be no breakthrough.

Then I did what I have just shared with you. I fed on His Word and allowed it to show me His will for me to be delivered. Then, as I drew close to Him with a hearing ear, I sensed Him showing me how there were areas in my life that were causing the lack that I was seeing. I realised that I had been praying amiss.

I changed my prayer for Him to show me wisdom for how to solve the problems and for solutions on how to manage my affairs in line with His Kingdom.

It was like night became day. My inaccurate stewardship was draining, and therefore hiding me from seeing God’s provision. I watched daily as my prayers were being answered and found out that His supply was there all the time.

Look what John wrote in 1 John 5:14 ,

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Begin today by determining God’s will for your answer. And then pray confidently knowing that He hears you and that He has answered your prayer.

Have faith in God!

We love you and continue to pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter July 2014

 

Dear Partner
 
Look at this wonderful scripture in 1 John 4:9,

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

The manifested love of God has manifested life for us. Life does not just mean that we get to go to heaven, although that is the most wonderful manifestation of life. No, life is for here and now. Remember Jesus said in John 10:10,

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Now the enemy wants to try and steal, kill and destroy what Jesus has already done for you. And sometimes it looks as though he may even be succeeding. But I want to encourage you that it is in the midst of the most difficult times that we see the grace of God manifesting with greater power. God shows up when you are in the middle of the fire!

Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed- Nego refused to bow down to a gold idol and were thrown into a fiery furnace heated seven times more than usual. To all intents and purposes they should have died instantly, and yet King Nebuchadnezzar says in Daniel 3:25,

"Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."

Even though you may be going through a tough time, Jesus will walk with you in the midst of it! Not only that, He will determine a way out and send a Word to you to deliver you.

The widow that lived in Zarephath had reached the end of the line. Because of the drought that had been declared over Israel she had run out of food. When the Prophet Elijah met her she was gathering some sticks to cook their last meal and was getting ready to die.

However, in 1 Kings 17:13-15,

And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.'" 15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.

It is vitally important to not allow fear to take hold. No matter how bad the situation seems, if we allow fear in it will stop our faith from working. You DO have faith! According to Romans 10:17,

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

That faith will work if we do not allow fear to interfere. How do we combat fear?

Two things to remember about faith:

Firstly in 2 Corinthians 4:13,

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak.

And secondly James 2:26,

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Just as the widow gave her last meal in sacrifice, the action of sowing seed demonstrates your faith in the provision of God. As you sow your seed this month, declare loud and confidently, “My God is with me! He never leaves me nor forsakes me. I may have been in the fire, but my Lord has delivered me. He is not mocked! As I have sown my seed, I receive my harvest of deliverance. I am free in the Name of Jesus!”

Now… Do NOT fear…have faith in God!

Janine and I love you and are standing with you in prayer every day.

You are blessed!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter June 2014

Dear Partner

How often have we prayed and wondered why we have not seen an answer to our prayers? I used to wonder if God even listens to me, or if He does, why or how would He even answer me.

One of the greatest revelations that I have received from the Lord is that He wants to answer our prayers more than we even want them answered! Look what Jesus said in John 15:7-8,

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Glorified means that His glory will show up in your life. By His grace and power the fruit He desires in our life will come forth in a way that others will see it. If I may put it this way…God wants to “show off” through you! And He does it through answered prayer!

Jesus said, “Ask…and it SHALL be done for you.” Not “might”…

Now of course, He began by saying if we abide in Him and His words abide in us. This means that He desires for us to fellowship with Him. The reason is that when we spend time with God, talking with Him and reading His Word, the Bible, we develop a sensitive ear to hear His will.

When you know what God says on an issue it is easy to stand in faith for it. Remember Romans 10:17,

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Even if an attack comes from the enemy where he tries to tell you that God will not do something, you are confidentially able to stand up against that and declare, “It is written…” and call out the promise that God has established in His Word.

Jesus told us in Mark 11:22-24,

Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

I have learned not to try and work out what God is going to do or how. Jesus said that we are to have faith in God. That means I am going to rest in the knowledge that He has said that whatever I ask for, I will have it. Now I am going to trust God to answer that prayer the best way He wants to.

Rather than me thinking that He has not answered my prayer, I am going to praise Him in the knowledge that Jesus said that it is answered.

I have seen many, many times how God has answered my prayer…and it has been totally different to what I expected. And, in fact, worked out WAY better than had it gone the way I wanted it to.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD! Jesus said that your prayers are answered.

As you sow your seed this month, lay your hands on it and declare, out loud, “My God answers my prayers…Jesus said so.  I believe it with all my heart.  As I sow this seed I have a promise from God that it will multiply and that my needs are met (Galatians 6:7, Philippians 4:19). By this my Father is glorified. I have faith in God!”

Janine and I love you and pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter April 2014

Dear Partner

In this year of Manifested Love we have a great promise of Manifested Life. John tells us                in 1 John 4:9,

     In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His                       
     only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

Jesus told us in John 10:10,

     The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have           
     come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

I want you to pay particular attention to the wording Jesus used. He said that He wanted us to HAVE life...not to just live a life. That means that this life is more than just mere existence. It is the very force that God is. John told us in John 14:6 that,

     Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes                        
     to the Father except through Me."

Jesus wants us to live life in the same power that He does.  And the proof of our Father's love is that He sent Jesus so that we could receive it.  That was His love manifesting...and in this; Life manifested. Look at 1 John 1:1-2,

     That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with
     our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the
     Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness,
     and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested
     to us.

Not just any life...Eternal Life. Get this, if you are born again, your eternal life does not begin one day when you die and go to heaven. No...your eternal life has already begun. Sure, your physical body will one day stop working, and it will die...but you, the born again spirit being, will simply step out that body and continue living for all eternity in the presence of God. Hallelujah!

You have that eternal life in you now! And it came to you by the Word of Life. The day you heard the Gospel and responded to His call, that Word of Life entered you and you have life.

So, how do I see that life manifest? Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 4:13,

     And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written,
    “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.

Start declaring, "I have received eternal life by hearing the Word of Life. I have the life of God dwelling in me. God manifested His love to me through Jesus...and now that life is manifesting in
my life. Life has victory over death! I live in the divine life of God."

Now when situations arise that try to tempt, challenge or take you out, stand up against the enemy and release the life of God into that situation by faith. If you experience pain or sickness in your body, lay your hands on yourself and declare, "I release the life of God and receive my healing, in the Name of Jesus". Speak life to your marriage, your business, your relationships,  your ministry, your bank accounts...anywhere you want to see Life manifesting. And by faith rejoice and praise God.

When you sow your seed this month...hold it in your hands and say, "I release the life of God in this seed and it goes forth in the Name of Jesus and produces a great  and mighty harvest." And sow it with great expectation...that Life will manifest not many days from now.

We love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed! Choose life...

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Dear Partner

Jesus gave us an amazing promise in John 10:10,

        The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I
        have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
        abundantly.

Notice, He did not just say that we would live or exist. He said that we would HAVE
life. This life is not just breathing air and a beating heart. It is the very life that God
has…it is the force of life.

Look at John 14:6,

           Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes
           to the Father except through Me.”

THE Way – Any other way is a distraction!
THE Truth – Anything else is a lie!
THE Life – There is no Life without Him!

 Jesus said in John 6:63,

           It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I
           speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

His very life is contained within His words. His Word does not just tell us about Him.
Words do not just convey information. His Word IS Life! When we hear His Word
we receive that life within our very beings.

Solomon told us about his words in Proverbs 4:22,

            For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.

Not only is His Word Life…that life brings health to our flesh. When you hear
the Word of God, the Word carries the Life of God down into your spirit and then begins
to work outwardly into your flesh bringing healing and health…divine life!

Psalms 107:20 tells us that,

           He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their
           destructions.

John 3:16,

           For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
           whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

That is not just talking about going to heaven one day…it tells us that we have
everlasting LIFE now!

This is God’s love manifested towards us. 1 John 4:9,

           In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent
           His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

That Manifested Love then manifests His life in us. 1 John 1:1-2,

          That which was from the beginning [The Word – John 1:1], which we
          have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked
          upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life; 2 the
          life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare
         to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested
         to us.

Receive it today. Say this out loud, “I have received the Love of God. He saved me.
Jesus is my Life. I receive the Life of God in my spirit. His Word is life to me and
health to my flesh. I receive my complete healing. I live in divine health. I live in
Divine Life, in the Name of Jesus. Manifested Love, Manifested Life.”

 Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

 You are blessed!

 Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter December 2013

Dear Partner

Isaiah 9:6,

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government 
will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

What a joy it is to know that our God loves us so much! Almost two thousand years ago a child was born...but what made this child different was that He was a gift to all of humanity. He was not just a child being born to his earthly parents, He was the Son of our heavenly Father. And our Father gave His only Son for all mankind.

God so desired a family that He chose to sow a seed. Jesus said about Himself in John 12:24,

     Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the
     ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

When Jesus died on the cross He bore and paid for every sin. And whoever would dare to believe this and confess with their mouth that He is Lord, they would be saved! Multitudes have done just that, and so the seed of our Saviour has become a harvest of the Family of God.

Think for a moment of the awesome implication...Jesus was born so that He may die! That is how much He loves us.

So, at the time of Christmas, and as we get ready to head into a New Year,  let's remember to not be distracted by the commercialism and fantasies of the world. We are here to make a difference. And the Lord wants to continue demonstrating His love through you and me.

How does He do this? He shows how much He loves you in your life so that others can see it.

God loves you so much that He saved you. Not only did He save you, He gave you divine life, healing, provision, protection, prosperity. He has blessed you with every spiritual blessing. He has given you everything pertaining to life and godliness. He has indeed supplied your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Receive it today. Remember Romans 5:17,

    For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more
    those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness
    will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

It is yours! Receive it today...and when others comment on how blessed you are, you can tell them that our God loves them too. I believe that we are going to see God's divine love manifesting in greater and greater measures and His divine life flooding through yours.

As you sow your seed this month, make this bold confession, "Father, I receive your abundance of Grace. I receive your divine love. Your divine life is flooding my life. I live in divine life, healing, provision, protection and prosperity. Thank you, Lord."

We are excited about this New Year and we will continue to preach the Gospel of Jesus far and wide, and it is such a joy to know that we are doing it together as the body of Christ.

We love you dearly and continue to pray for you every day.

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Dear Partner

It seems just like the other day that I wrote that the year 2012 is almost over… and here we are at the end of 2013. And what an awesome year it has been! We have seen so many people saved this year, and we have heard countless testimonies celebrating the Great Grace and Abounding Favour of our Lord.

When the Lord gave us the word for this year, we received it with joy. One of the very important things to remember when the Lord gives us a promise for the year is that this does not mean that what we are focused on will come to an end because the year has ended.

What I have learnt is that what we focus on and give attention to will manifest. Remember    Romans 10:17,

          So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

It stands to reason that we will have faith only for that which we have heard. So, I believe that when the Lord gives us a word for the year, it is something that He is asking us to focus on, develop our faith in that area by studying His Word and meditating on His promises concerning these things so that we are ready to use it as a foundation and part of building the next phase of our lives.

We saw in Acts 4:33,

           And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of                                          the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

We also learnt in Romans 5:17,

          For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much                                           more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of                                                 righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

We recognised that grace is available and that it is to be received by faith.

We also see in Psalms 5:12,

          For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favour You will 
          surround him as with a shield.

As born again children of God we have been made the righteousness of God. Favour surrounds us as God pours out His great grace. That grace is available to meet every need in our lives.                    2 Corinthians 9:8,

          And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you,
          always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Now more than ever, do not let go of the promises of God. Hold fast to the confession of your hope (Hebrews 10:23) and remember Hebrews 11:1,

          Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
          not seen.

The grace of our Lord is everlasting. His favour is for a lifetime (Psalm 30:5). Rejoice that as we get ready to enter into a new year that we are going to see Great Grace and Abounding Favour continue to manifest in awesome ways.

Keep your faith alive for this and get ready as our Lord takes into greater dimensions of His Glory.

When you sow your seed this month, remember that you are part of a global calling to preach the Word of God around the earth. Declare boldly, “Great grace abounds in my life and His favour surrounds me. I continue to see all sufficiency in all things and I have abundance for every good work. I am blessed. All glory to you Lord. Thank you, Father.”

Please remember that Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter September 2013

Dear Partner

In our last letter we started having a look at what to do when the pressures that come against us start to weigh really heavy.  We have all been in a place where our faith is strong and fired up because of a great time in the Word of God in a meeting or after listening to a really inspiring message.  And then, I am sure, we have all felt what it feels like when problem after problem has hit us and seems like we have been hanging on by our fingernails.  What happens at that moment… when it seems like the only question is “What now…?”

Last time we looked at 4 of 7 major things that I believe we can do to step into our victory.  When I don’t know what else to do, then I want to,

1) Count it all joy (James 1:2-4, Nehemiah 8:10c),

2) Saturate myself in the Word of God (Romans 10:17),

3) Speak the Word (Romans 10:8) and,

4) Renew my mind to the Word of God (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

The next three things to do are,

5) Act on the Word

Once I have renewed my mind to what God has said on the issue, I want to put it into motion.  If all I have is faith without action, then that very faith is considered “dead faith”.  Look at James 2:17,

 faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

God has promised that He will work in our lives, but He requires of us to be moving when He does. The way I see it is that it is easier to turn a moving ship than one that is standing still.  Even if my life is headed “north” and I need to go “south”, when I start to move “north” I can apply the pressure of the Word of God as a rudder that will turn my life “south”.  I act as though my life is already in line with the promise of the Word of God… and when I do, God is able to bring it to pass.

6) Pray regularly

Firstly, remember that the only way we receive is by asking.  Jesus said in John 16:24,

Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Now of course, we don’t keep asking for the same thing.  Jesus also taught us in Mark 11:24,

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

So, I continue praying in the Holy Spirit and in thanksgiving until I see the manifestation (Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, Romans 8:26).

7) Sow Seed

The only way to produce a harvest is through seed!  And the greatest seed that I can sow is the Word of God into someone else’ life.  Jesus told us in Mark 4:14,

The sower sows the word.

Every time that I give into a ministry that is preaching the Word of God, I am sowing seed (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).  And we have the promise of God in Galatians 6:7,

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

As we faithfully stay consistent with these 7 guidelines, I believe that you will see your harvest manifesting very soon!  You will get through the storm and come out the other side victorious!

When you sow your seed this month, lay your hands on it and declare, out loud, “I am sowing the Word of God.  I believe every promise of God and I declare that my God is faithful to complete what He has promised.”

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

God has blessed you richly!

Jesus is Lord,

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Partner Letter July

Dear Partner

I am sure that all of us have sensed the excitement when we are in a faith-charged atmosphere of a great message. When the room is full of exuberant believers, we can shout loud “Amen”s to the promises of God. But, what happens the next day, or later in the week, when Sunday’s praises have grown quiet and all of a sudden we are faced with the extreme pressure of a problem situation. When everything in us is crying out, “What now…?” What is the next step? I believe there are 7 major things we can do to step into our victory.

We can draw insight from James 1:2-4,

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

When I don’t know what to do, the first thing I want to do is,

1) Count it all joy

This might be the most difficult step to take, but it is so important. Instead of looking at the immediate problem and the threat that it imposes, think about how God is going to deliver you out of this. Imagine the end of this and the awesome solution that God has in store for you. You don’t have to know what the solution is… just imagine the problem solved and, on purpose, experience the joy now that you know you will once God has solved it. According to Nehemiah 8:10c,

…Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

2) Saturate yourself in the Word of God

Remember Romans 10:17,

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The ONLY way that faith enters our hearts is by hearing the Word of God. Now is not the time to sit around and fret. WE NEED FAITH! Take out your Bible and read it out loud… yes, with your voice so that you can hear it. Go to church services every time the doors open to listen to faith building Word of God. Listen to messages on CD or DVD… over and over again.

3) Speak the Word

Romans 10:8,

But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach)

The more you confess the Word of God you will notice your faith growing stronger and stronger. Take scriptures relating to your solution and turn them into first-person confessions… “By Jesus stripes I have been healed. Grace abounds towards me and I have all sufficiency in all things. My needs are met. Etc.”

4) Renew your mind

All of our worrying is happening in our minds… and it most definitely is not solving the problem. Take Paul’s advice in Romans 12:2,

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

He goes on to tell us in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5,

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

The best way to do this is to continue speaking the Word of God out loud. We have been designed so that our minds will be engaged with what we are speaking. If you find your mind drifting into worry, then begin to speak out according to point 3 above. This will keep your mind focussed on the Word of God, keeping you encouraged and joyful as the Word goes to work on your situation.

We will cover the other 3 steps in next month’s letter…

As you sow your seed-faith this month, declare, “I refuse to worry and fret. I choose the Word of God and His promises. I renew my mind to the Word of God and I continue to speak the word of faith. I count it all joy as I am complete, lacking nothing, in the Name of Jesus”

Now shout a shout of praise!

Janine and I continue to pray for you every day.

Jesus is Lord!

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