Everything in the kingdom is relational. If the kingdom is anything, and it is everything, it is relational. God is a relational God. He was a relational God all through the old Covenant. “I am your God and you are my people”. God enhances the relationship by providing the blood of the new covenant through His son.
Everything God has done, is doing, and will do, He will do though covenant. We must recognize that our relating to God has to be on a relational level and not on a religious level. We do not serve God out of precepts and conditions. We serve God out of a heart that is wanting and willing to live and love. God is the God of love. He is forgiving, compassionate, long-suffering and He is not a God of requirement, rules and regulations.
We have been conditioned by religion to see a God of regulation and requirements. This is trying to please God out of works of self-righteousness. However we have been made right with God through Christ Jesus. He made a way to have a loving, caring, relationship with him through Christ. We often fail at keeping covenant and keeping right relationships. God in his mercy, grace and compassion gave us Holy Spirit to dwell within us to empower us and to equip us for righteousness.
God’s government is also relational. And God is able to love every creation that He has made and He loves them fully. We have the blessed opportunity to respond to the love of God. Coming to salvation was both a personal and corporate response to the love of God through Christ. This love has already been released and expended toward all mankind. It is man’s decision to accept it or reject it. When we accept the love of God, the blood of Christ is applied to our lives. A new creation is then born. Now when God wants to work with us he does it in a relational way. He doesn’t tell us what to do, he guides us instead. When we are told what to do only one area of relationship is exercised. He wants to involve more of the relationship.
(For the complete message log onto awcinternational.org live streaming archives May28, 2013)
On May 9th, eight of us left for the Netherlands to reconnect with ministry friends and also strengthen ministry ties to the area. It was our privilege to visit the country of Holland where we stayed in Utrecht and also visited Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Thank you to those who opened their homes to us.
WE also traveled to Kenya where the bus we traveled in became a type of traveling fish bowl for many of the local people. It was funny, I’m sure to see the funny white people waving so happily from the windows to greet them along the way.
In both the Netherlands and Kenya we found many of the songs sung in worship somewhat unfamiliar but the Spirit present was not. It gave confirmation to the picture of all God’s people gathering to worship Him across the globe. The Gospel of the Kingdom was shared faithfully and people were ministered to individually and as a house.
Some personal insights we came away with were the reaffirmation of the knowledge that: #1 we are not alone in our commitment to make a difference in the communities in which we reside. #2 when we gather on Sunday mornings for worship we join a host of other people all over the world doing the same thing with sincere hearts. #3 the message and the Spirit of Christ does not differ from culture to culture but rather transcends cultural differences bringing freedom from the things that bind. And #4, everyone should experience a travel abroad at some point in their lives. You will never again be the same.
Jim and I (Anne) had the privilege of ministering with a nearby church with Pastor George on Sunday while in Nairobi. It was a wonderful time to introduce a bit of the kingdom message to a people who had not heard it before. Afterward we visited over lunch and more was shared with the leaders. We pray for blessings and a continuing relationship to grow with Pastor George and Bishop John Munkinyo.
Corinthians 14:1-4 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.
AWC hosted a fire conference on May 31st through June 2nd. It included The Kingdom Prophet Seminar Saturday June 1st where we learned valuable lessons and received empowerment regarding the prophetic gifting. We learned all about the difference between a prophet, the gift of prophecy, prophetic anointing and the gifts of knowledge, wisdom and the discerning of Spirits. Not all who prophesy are prophets. Scripture says all who are believers may prophesy. Prophetic words are given so we may be prepared; it is “spiritual intelligence” to be used to the glory of God in our lives. It is consistent and often exposes the pitfalls that may occur or the problems that are presently occurring. It is a declaration of God’s purpose and intent. We are to respond with obedience when the word is judged to be accurate and true. The next Fire Conference will be June 28-30th. Make plans to join us!
If you would like to know more about this seminar, contact J.J Viljoen for more information.
Palm Coast Classes are held Monday Nights@ 7PM
Currently in progress: “Godly Government” Instructor: Apostle Dave Viljoen
Contact J.J. Viljoen to Register
Seminars are available: (cost involved): $50/ person and $75 for couple (or $150 for school credit)
Seminars available include: Kingdom Finances, Covenant Relationships, Praise and Worship and Leadership, Prophetic Seminar
If you are interested in beginning school in your area or hosting a seminar contact J.J. Viljoen
Several months ago an idea was dropped into my spirit while we were
talking and well frankly, being somewhat admonished regarding the
lack of evangelism within our company to the community. That’s when
I heard, “They just need to practice.” It was a small seed that would
germinate and grow. Afterward on different occasions when I
attempted to speak or do something that did not turn out well I would
hear the phrase again, “…you just need to practice...” And so E.P.I.C
This is an excellent time for those who are uncomfortable speaking to an audience of any size to practice in a fun and safe environment. It is equipping for the "in season and out of season" moments that occur when we are called on to share who we are and Who's we are with those we encounter. Working together we will work to break through the barriers that keep us silent when we should speak up.
~Anne Bradshaw, Palm Coast
Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Often when we have goals in life, we look ahead at those mile markers as if they are everything. In other words, until we reach those points, we strive hard to reach them often to the point that we don’t enjoy the moment. This at times leads us to “worry” about tomorrow… making things happen within our time schedule. Such thinking sucks the joy right out of life in the moment.
I like the “Easy-Breezey” song that JJ has brought to the house… as it reminds me to live one day at a time. Instead of trying to get everything checked off my list to reach my goals, I will instead enjoy the process of working and living and loving. The moment, the present, is what we have… one day at a time. If we try to take on more than that, it invites evil to influence our thinking and behavior. If you have ever gotten impatient or irritable in the course of a day because things are not going according to your schedule, then you know what I am talking about.
So, whether we are on a ministry trip, or we are working the everyday routine of home, let’s rejoice in the Lord our God. It’s the only way to live!
“Living for this moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
No more strife
Peace in my heart
Joy in my soul
Righteousness in my mind
Serving my Lord”
Monday nights: School of Ministry (Classes will resume in February.)
Tuesday nights: Apostolic Impartation (online and in person)
2nd and 4th Thursday nights: Opportunity to join together informally for prayer and worship
Sunday mornings @ AWC Palm Coast, FL 9:30 AM
Child care available for ages 3 and younger if needed
@ Princess Park, 2500 Princess Place Rd. Palm Coast, FL
AWC picnic by Daniel Sword Main course will be provided (shrimp and hopefully crawfish) Please bring a side dish or dessert and drinks for questions or comments contact Daniel (850)258-7941
Friday and Saturday night 7PM June 28th-29th
Saturday morning, 9AM-12PM Prophetic Ministry 101
Cost: $20.00 preregistration/ $25.00 at the door
Sunday morning 9:30AM with Apostle Dave Viljoen
Every Tuesday evening after Apostolic Impartation @ Palm Coast
Conference with Apostle Banks in West Palm Beach, FL
(More information will be available in upcoming newsletters.
@ Palm Coast
Cost: $50/ person and $75 for couple (or $150 for school credit)
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