For many years I have prayed that the Lord would send us leaders with Apostolic and Prophetic ministries to help all of us at Living Streams grow and mature in Christ. This Sunday at our services we have the privilege of welcoming Alan Platt from South Africa. Alan is the founder of Doxa Deo, a movement of churches with over 14,000 members. I have recieved the highest recommendations about Alan’s ministry from trusted leaders like Floyd McClung. I’m looking forward to our worship services because I  believe Alan’s ministry to us will be a special blessing and an answer to prayer.

I have been invited to minister in South Africa in 2011. I’m hoping we will have an exchange of ministry that will bring blessings to our churches on both continents in the years to come.

Many of the ladies from Living Streams will be at the women’s retreat this weekend. We are praying that this will be a wonderful weekend for all of you who attend the retreat.

If you were present at our Sunday services last week you may understand why I’m saying “Lord willing, I’ll be preaching this Sunday.” We never know when the Lord will change our plans. My topic this Sunday will be “Signs of God’s Kingdom” from Mark 16:15-20. Using this controversial passage of scripture, I hope to explain why these signs are a wonderful part of God’s plan for all believers for all time.

Last Sunday we announced that Andy Allen is leaving our worship team. We will be praying that this will be a fruitful transition for Andy. David Stockton will coordinate our worship ministry for now. Anyone interested in participating in our worship ministry should contact David at david@livingstreams.org

In the past few months I have been stretched in ways I didn’t know I could endure, yet without harm. I have experienced a deeper sense of God’s grace which has enabled me to trust the Lord more fully than ever. The word of God is coming alive to me in new ways, which really encourages me. I want to thank those of you who have been praying for me and for the Lord’s work at Living Streams. The Holy Spirit has been releasing gifts of grace in our meetings so we can equip a new generation of disciples to serve the Lord.

May God be glorified in His church, now and in the days to come.

The last week has been encouraging and challenging for me. It brings me joy to see the Lord working powerfully in the lives of His people. We had a wonderful Good Friday service, a beautiful wedding, Easter services, a touching memorial service, significant ministry meetings, and many behind-the-scenes sessions with our leaders the last seven days. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who invited friends for Easter, and to our volunteers who served our many visitors so faithfully last weekend.

We have a special privilege at Living Streams this weekend. Lance Wallnau, a very gifted Bible teacher with a nationwide ministry, will be bringing the messages in our services. We have included a short video link below from a teaching Lance will bring to Living Streams called “Seven Mountains of Influence.” I have heard excellent reports about Lance’s ministry. He uses prophetic insights, illustrations and humor to teach the word of God powerfully. Please take a couple of minutes to check out this excerpt from one of his messages. Please pray with me as we ask the Lord to impart grace and bless our congregation this weekend.

Easter Preview ~ 2010

April 1, 2010

I hope you are looking forward to Easter this Sunday. We will have our regular Saturday night service with David Stockton preaching, and 7:30 service Easter morning in the courtyard with Kurt Cotter preaching. My messages at 9:00 and 11:00 on Sunday morning are called “Who Will Move the Stone?” from Mark 16.

The Apostle Paul said, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…” (Phil. 3:10). This has been my heart cry over the years as well. One of the great privileges for me during Easter week is the opportunity to meditate on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus had a dramatic effect that transformed the first century disciples. Those who were once fearful and confused became believers who were bold in the face of persecution and tribulation. Since then the church has grown dramatically as more people in every generation get the revelation that Jesus has risen from the dead. I want the resurrection of Jesus Christ to have its full effect in my life. I hope you do as well.

Let’s pray together for the many people who will join us at Living Streams this weekend. May the Lord who died for our sins and rose again reveal his love and power to all who gather to worship with us.