Disciples Create Disciples

Jesus spent three years training his followers to create new disciples because, as the well-known pastor A.W. Tozer put it, “Only a disciple can make a disciple.” It’s Jesus’ game plan that disciples create disciples who, in turn, create more disciples.

So if you find yourself wondering how you’re progressing as a disciple, ask yourself how driven you are to fulfill the Great Commission. Spiritual practices that you often hear about from followers of Jesus, like prayer, Bible reading or fasting, are vital for growing in faith, but you’ll know someone is mature when they recognize their responsibility to walk alongside others as they pursue Jesus.

The Christian life cannot be lived in a vacuum. It’s not just about you and Jesus. It requires investing in the lives of others. You learn to follow Jesus from those who have gone before, and you invest in others who are coming after.

Why We Say Ressurection Day and Not Easter?

How do we commemorate Christ’s resurrection? The day on which He rose is not ‘Easter Sunday’, but more appropriately Resurrection Sunday. The idea of the ‘Easter egg’ and the ‘Easter bunny’ are just two of the myriad pagan concepts that have infiltrated into the church. ‘Easter’ celebrations were to do with the pagan spring festivals, the egg representing life and the bunny representing fertility.

As Christians we are not to intermingle these concepts (no matter how appealingly they are presented or justified) with the Resurrection. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life”. He also said “if you abide in me you will bear much fruit; without me you can do nothing”. We do not need the bunny and the egg. Even as ‘symbols’, they fall terribly short in depicting Christian truth. Our belief is in life in and through the person and the work of Jesus, the Son of God. The truth is that Jesus is the source of our life and our abundance. Nothing can take his place. This is what we believe and this is what we teach.

The gospels tell us that Jesus was crucified, that he died, and that on the third day he rose from the dead “in accordance with the scriptures”. Over a period of some weeks, Jesus appeared to his followers from time to time. He appeared to the disciples (Thomas being absent). Later when the unbelieving Thomas was together with them he showed him the imprint of the nails in his hands and feet. Thomas then believed and bowed down and worshipped him. He appeared to two disciples on their way to Emmaus. He appeared to his brother James. He appeared to over five hundred at another time. The disciples were witnesses of his ascension into heaven. The Christian belief in the truth of the Resurrection has stood the test of the centuries. Every argument against the resurrection of Christ has been refuted by the sheer weight of the evidence in favour of it. Ours is not to doubt but to believe.

The resurrection of Christ is of cardinal importance to the Christian believer. Paul says “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins’ (1 Cor.15: 17). The point is that Christianity is a gospel. It is good news about how God sent his Son to be our Saviour. Christ’s resurrection is the assurance that our salvation has been accomplished. One day all men will rise too – some to everlasting judgment whilst some to eternal life. Thank God for your eternal life!

Content By: Pastor Joseph Rodriguez http://www.kerysso.org/public/page110.htm


by T G Cigolotti

For a while now I have been in sorrow for the church. For years I have
attended church and tried to get in but it all just seemed like a “game”.
So much confusion, competition, envy, strife, bitterness, power struggles,
you name it, it’s there. I was once told by a prophetess that I needed to
get a new car because the 17 year old van I was driving (rust and all) was
not really a good witness to others. I wondered if anyone told Jesus he
needed a new donkey since the one He rode on was borrowed.

I’ve gone back to the time when I realized that I was accepted by God
thru the shed blood of Jesus. Oh, how He wrapped his arms around
me and showered me with His sweet accepting love (van and all) that
day. I was alone in my family room when He came to me and from
that day on my life was never the same. All I wanted was Him.

I sought nothing but Him. Life was all about Him. I wasn’t seeking my
ministry or position or things…..just Him. When I read His Word, I felt
as though I was sitting there with the disciples listening to His every
word. At that time, I could hear from Him so clearly….I doubted nothing.
I would act on what he would say to me and when he would say and I saw Him
move on people to save their souls, heal them, give them joy…it was a
wonderful time in my life.

But then I started going to church. That’s when things became hard,
confusing, fearful. I heard so much that if you don’t do this and do
that, then you better check your salvation. So then began the battle.
I couldn’t do it all, but if I didn’t, then came the judgement from all the
“christians” in the church. I could no longer hear God clearly.
My vision became cloudy. Serving God wasn’t sweet anymore. It
became scary.

Always being afraid that God was displeased with me because I
wasn’t doing everything the way they said, not reading enough, not
praying enough, not praying loud enough, not involved enough, not
giving enough, not going to church enough, not knowing enough,
I never seem to have enough faith… (Some use their “stepping
out on faith” as an excuse to get what THEY want, saying “I’m going
to do this or that and believe God to bless it”, when it isn’t God’s will or
timing for them to do it at all). I became blind and deaf to the truth, only
to be led by the blind and deaf.

So I’ve gone back to the days when it was just me and Him. When I could
bask in His light, the light that the world did not comprehend. My prayer
is Psalm 43:3 “O send out THY light and THY truth: let them lead me; let
them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go
unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I
praise thee, O God my God.”

I am being revived, renewed: my joy has returned. I have since found others
who want nothing but Him and Him alone.

We no long drink the waters of Marah. We feast upon the bread of life, and
drink from the fountain of living water. We strive to be doers of His Word,
not mans. O what joy, O what fellowship as we lean on the everlasting arm
of God. The rest, the peace, the joy is undescribable. No more
foundations built on the sand. We shall not be moved, because on this rock,
the gates of hell shall not prevail. Though He slay us, we will serve Him.

To dwell in the secret place of the Almighty is to have a peace beyond
understanding. It is a place where love exceedingly abounds. It’s a place
where you seek the well being of others more than yourself. A place where
faith is shown by obedience to God’s Word. I love it here. It’s a haven.
My body may live in this world physically, but this spiritual handmaiden is
not of this world. I have found my promised land where there is bread
without lack, a land of fountains and depths and springs of water for the
refreshing of my soul. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!


REVIVAL List is published by-
Andrew Strom,
West Auckland,
New Zealand.

Nobody Like You Lord

Romans 11:33-36 – Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! 34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?” 35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” 36 For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

This text is a “Doxology” (a short hymn of praise to God) that was written by the Apostle Paul.

Indeed there is no one like the Lord our God. We can search the world over and we will never find one like God.

There is a song that is sung by VaShawn Mitchell titled “Nobody Greater.” Let’s listen to what he says about our Infinite God in this song that he wrote. “I climbed up to the highest mountain I looked all around, couldn’t find nobody.

Went down into the deepest valley, looked all around down there, couldn’t find nobody. I went across the deep blue sea, couldn’t find one to compare to Your grace, Your love and Your mercy.

Nobody greater, nobody greater than you. Searched all over. and couldn’t find nobody. Nobody greater, nobody greater, nobody greater than You. Nobody can heal like you can .

I looked high and low and still couldn’t find nobody. No body greater, nobody greater, nobody greater than You Lord.

As I ponder on these words and reflect on the goodness of God in my life, all I could do is bow in humble submission to God the Father who can not be compared to none for He alone is Holy, Mighty and a Great God. There is none like Him!

Man simply does not have the mental capability to fully understand God. God’s ways and thoughts are beyond our comprehension. God Himself declares in Isaiah 55:8-9 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, declares the Lord. 9-As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I love you Lord for there is none like you. No one can touch my heart like you. I can search all eternity Lord and find there is none like you.

VaShawn Mitchell – Nobody Greater (Live)

God Will NEVER Leave You

Maybe you have felt like God has left you. At the very least you know someone else who knows what this feeling is like. The feeling has caused so much pain in the lives of many people.

In fact, some people left their faith in Christ because they felt that He had already left them.

This is one of the most dangerous things I have seen in churches. It is faith placed in emotions rather than the promise of God.

Obviously, no Christian believes they are ruled by emotions. But sadly many of us are. What we feel is what we believe. If we feel distant from God then we believe we are distant. If we feel unforgiven then we believe it.

I want to take this moment to encourage you and ask you to encourage others with what I am about to say. Feelings come and go. Today you may feel blessed by God with everything going great.

His Spirit may be felt in a powerful way today. But tomorrow it may be the opposite. Your feelings do not determine what is true.

Here are some verses that you can hold onto. They will let you know in no uncertain terms that you can ONLY trust the word of God to be true.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Romans 3:4
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

So if you or someone you know is dealing with feelings of rejection by God I encourage you to find the truth, not in your feelings, but in His word.

Because He has said He will never leave us nor forsake us. He has said today is the day of salvation. And He has said that if we confess our sins and turn from them then He would be faithful to forgive us. Trust in Him.

Day of the Lord

The Day of Christ – For the Church (the Body of Christ) A day of blessing and reward – A heavenly hope – Eagerly anticipated – Day of the Lord – For rejectors of Christ – A day of judgment – An earthly despair – Feared and dreaded


In the days that we live in right now, it is essential for Christians
to hone their discernment as much as possible. For the Bible
clearly states that the Last Days are an age of deception. And
the coming Revival can only survive if it is grounded in the
wisdom and discernment of God.

What I am about to share with you is one of the most basic
keys to discernment in existence. But so many Christians
forget about it that we need to remind ourselves that it is there.

Did you know that even an unbeliever can often spot a ‘con-man’
or a snake-oil salesman? They get a kind-of “gut feeling” about
such things. And they are often right! In fact, they are often
less gullible than the Christians! I believe that God has placed
within every human being at least a measure of an inner
“warning system” to protect us from being easily deceived –
just as He has given us all a conscience. It is something that
He has built into every one of us, in His mercy.

But what I have found again and again with people who give
themselves over to some form of deception is that they almost
always “override” these alarm bells. They go against their
‘better judgement’. They ignore the little voice deep inside them
that is telling them that there is something wrong. Christians
do this all the time. That is how they get themselves involved
in such foolish deceptions.

This may all sound very obvious, but I am telling you, this one
basic area alone could wipe out half the deception in the church
right now. If only people would listen to these internal ‘alarm
bells’ and act with common sense, half of it would be gone overnight.

The Bible is very clear that the Last Days are a time of “seducing
spirits” and great deception that would “deceive if possible the
very elect”. It also shows that much of this deception must
arise from within the church – luring believers with “itching ears”.
Do we see evidence of this kind of thing taking place today?
Certainly! In fact, from what I have seen recently in the Prophetic
movement and sections of the Charismatic movement, the extent
of deception is alarming indeed. Some of it is truly shocking. And
yet it is all accepted as perfectly “normal” by many Christians.

One of the problems, of course, is that those who bring in these
deceptions are ‘trusted’ by the congregation. They have a
reputation and they put across some very convincing-sounding
arguments and surround the whole thing with Biblical terminology.
And thus the deception is harder to spot. (After all, if it were not
“deceptive” then it would not be called ‘deception’!) People see
spiritual power operating and assume that it “must be God”.
But this is a very dangerous assumption to make in these days.

There is also a lot of “peer pressure” involved as well. For if
everyone in the church is getting into something, then shouldn’t
you just ignore those little ‘alarm bells’ and jump right in? This
is what is happening all the time in the church right now. And
some preachers are very good at making people feel that they
are ‘hindering the Spirit’ if they do not get involved.

So how do you avoid being deceived in this way?

Very simply, you do not go along to these meetings in a
“gullible” frame of mind. And you do not allow yourself to be
carried along with the crowd. You listen carefully to the
preaching and make sure that it truly is Biblical. Then you
watch the ministry happening down the front of the meeting
and discern whether it really is of God or not. You do not
“override” any feelings of unease or any ‘alarm bells’ going
off inside you. And you do not allow yourself to be swayed
by ‘peer pressure’. Even if the whole church is getting into
something, it does not mean that you have to. If you do not
feel quite “right” about it then DO NOT GET INVOLVED. If
you need to, make some excuse and get out of there! You
do not have to get involved in things that do not feel spiritually
“right” to you.

A lot of people today will go down the front to get something
“imparted” to them by almost every visiting speaker – almost as
a matter of course. I tell you, in today’s climate this can be a
very dangerous thing to do. In fact, some of this ‘impartation’
business has very flimsy backing in Scripture. Who knows
what on earth these preachers are imparting? And who knows
where they picked it up? I tell you, there are a lot of preachers
out there today whom I would not even allow to impart
something into my pet cat, let alone a human being! Deceiving
spirits are commonplace, and I believe they are being imparted
to Christians on a large scale.

This should not surprise us, for it is exactly what the Scriptures
declare will happen in the Last Days. All the way through the
New Testament we are warned of these times – over and over again.

One of the problems is that God actually does do ‘strange and
unusual’ things Himself. (-Especially in Revivals). So we cannot
simply throw out everything “unusual”. Angelic visitations
DO HAPPEN. Strange prophetic signs DO OCCUR. And being
a strong Pentecostal Christian myself, I expect to see believers
speaking in tongues and moving in the gifts of the Holy Spirit as
well. Now, there is no doubt that many of these things could be
termed ‘unusual’ phenomena. So how do we tell the difference?

Well, God never goes against His own holy character. Or
against Scripture. And as I often say, we may see Him do
‘unusual’ things but I believe we need to draw the line at “weird”
or ugly. Some of the deception that is around right now has a
‘touchy-feely’ New Age sense about it. Remember that the New
Age movement majors on “inner healing” and a lot of dangerous
teaching on inner healing is infiltrating the Christian church
today. I do not believe in ‘guided visualisation’ or anything of
that kind. And neither am I very fond of the writings of Catholic
mystics or the like.

However, I have personally found it very helpful to immerse
myself in the writings of past Revivalists and the accounts of
great moves of God. A lot of the men and women involved in
these Revivals lived very close to God and knew Him intimately.
They knew His holiness, they knew His glory, and they knew
His love. And it is enormously helpful to one’s discernment to
immerse oneself in these writings, I have found. I would
recommend this to all Christians everywhere.

If you have been touched or involved in any way with
manifestations or experiences that you think may not have
been from God, then I urge you to utterly RENOUNCE (with
your mouth, but also from the depths of your heart and soul)
any links or involvement with that experience or ‘anointing’.
Please do not put this off, my friends. Some of this stuff is
extremely dangerous. RENOUNCE IT today.

I hope this article has been of some practical help.

God bless you all!

Andrew Strom.