The King is Here! By Kathleen Liska, State Coordinator B.G.A. Meditation: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 Reflection: As we are into this forty day fast I am reminded of my first fast I did in 2005.  It was not a fast of food but of time.  I dedicated myself to giving 10+% of each day to the Lord by spending three hours every morning pursuing Him for 50 days.  Rising at 4:00am I drug myself out of bed to learn how to ‘be still and know’ till 7:00am.  I wanted more of Him, to know Him, His ways, His love, His purpose for my life. It was brutal at first trying to stay awake while learning to quiet my inner thoughts and self dialogue and stay focused.  The question for me was, ‘How do you connect with a living God who is Spirit and Truth?’ During this time a friend taught me how to enter His Presence by using the models of Moses Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple, i.e., the outer and inner courts, the Holy place and the Holy of Holies.  We no longer have the physical temple to go to so the parallel today of …

by Dean Briggs, National Mobilization Director, TheCall Meditation: “They overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11) Reflection: How is Satan (literally, “Accuser/accusation”) conquered? We expect the Lion of Judah to be the roaring power who conquers evil, right? But here, in the climactic battle of Revelation 12, we are given a puzzling, counter-intuitive answer: “They overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11). As a theological concept, this is not so hard, being beautifully expressed in the hymn, “Before the Throne of God Above”: When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within, Upward I look and see him there, who made an end of all my sin. Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free For God the Just is satisfied, to look on Him and pardon me.” The blood of the lamb is how we overcome the accusations of “guilt within.” Christ on the Cross is the only power we have against the curse of sin. So in one verse, John captures the atonement and redemption uniquely and totally accomplished by the crucified Messiah. Oh, we …

Strength In Obedience By Evelyn Donelson Meditation Song of Songs 4:4 (Passion Translation) “When I look at you I see your inner strength, so stately and strong.  You are as secure as David’s fortress.  Your virtues and grace cause a thousand famous soldiers to surrender to your beauty.” Reflection You may be asking, “What in the world does this have to do with prayer, fasting and the harvest?” Well let’s look at this a little closer to see what is really being spoken of here. In the scriptures, the neck is often spoken of as the will.  To be stiff-necked meant that you were stubborn and disobedient to God, but the neck turning the head to God shows submission to Him.  Your neck controls which way your head is turned and where your eyes are looking.  Here, the King is saying that the Bride’s neck is strong and submissive to Him.  Our resolute will to obey God is like a storehouse of weapons against the enemy.  Jesus was a clear example for us as to what it looks like to have a will submitted to the Father when He said in the garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but Yours …

Our Greatest Treasure By Evelyn Donelson Devotional Colossians 2:2-3 (NIV) “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Reflection Alaska is known for its abundance of natural resources and treasure.  Some of the first treasure hunters gave everything to come to Alaska with the hope of striking it rich in gold.  In 1968 black gold, or oil, was discovered on Alaska’s North Slope. Oil and gas have been a huge part of our economy ever since.  Alaska is also known for its abundance of wild fish, a treasure relished worldwide.  The list continues with the treasures of our forests, record size wild game, copper, silver, coal, cinnabar…… Yet with all these treasures they are not the true treasure or hope for the people of Alaska.  Paul stated that he had a goal: that the people he came in contact with would be encouraged in heart, united in love, and most of all KNOW CHRIST, the greatest treasure of all.  It …

BY Dean Briggs, CSO, TheCall Meditation: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133) Reflection: Unity is a rare form of kingdom power because it runs contrary to one of the principle strategies of Satan, which is to divide people, especially within the broad community of Jesus-faith. Thus, unity is both redemptive and restorative. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9). Jesus, the only begotten Son, did just this: he turned enemies into friends. He reconciled to God those who were in debt—you and me. He made peace, and continues to make peace, so that in His own person He has eternally joined all people, all colors, all human tribes. In His person, this was the work of the Cross. In His body, this work is ours. We must continue to creatively and prayerfully take separate, possibly …

By Amanda Pagaran John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Reflection: If we abide with the Lord, we will bear much fruit. If we abide with Him He will make us bold to invite others into His kingdom, into His salvation, into His purposes for them (which includes becoming true harvesters themselves).  In addition, believers who abide with Him will be unified by Him, and with Him, into an effective body, shining the love of Christ to each other and to the world. What a joyful invitation to others to join us in His kingdom! Prayer: Lord, be glorified through our obedience to seek You, walk with You, and abide with You every moment of our lives.  Cut off what is unnecessary, detrimental and distracting.  Help us to keep our eyes on You, to listen to You and to delight in You, so that others will desire that relationship with you, too. Give us boldness and wisdom about how to share Your Good News with each Alaskan. And with Your love, unite Your children in …

Every Town and Village By Evelyn Donelson Devotion Matthew 9:35 (NIV) “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” Reflection We see all through the life and ministry of Jesus that He had compassion on the masses, teaching and healing all their diseases.  We also saw times when He left a seeming revival to cross the water to go to the one, as in Mark chapter 5.  We see His love and compassion poured out as He delivered the demoniac from his chains of bondage, saving him from his life of slavery to the powers of darkness, and transforming him into a son of the Most High.  He then sent him back to his home as a testimony to the power of God, and an evangelist to his region, proclaiming the saving love of the Messiah. I remember a time when I was flying back to Anchorage from a village in western Alaska.  The commuter twin-engine plane had a scheduled stop in a small village on the Bering Sea.  As we were making our approach in the dark there was just a thin …

BY Dean Briggs, CSO, TheCall Meditation: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133) Reflection: Unity is a rare form of kingdom power because it runs contrary to one of the principle strategies of Satan, which is to divide people, especially within the broad community of Jesus-faith. Thus, unity is both redemptive and restorative. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9). Jesus, the only begotten Son, did just this: he turned enemies into friends. He reconciled to God those who were in debt—you and me. He made peace, and continues to make peace, so that in His own person He has eternally joined all people, all colors, all human tribes. In His person, this was the work of the Cross. In His body, this work is ours. We must continue to creatively and prayerfully take separate, possibly …

by Lanny Simpson Homer, AK Meditation: Reflection: “When I get up in the morning my routine is very normal. I take a shower, get dressed, have breakfast, read some bible, pray, look at the weather report, read my emails, and go to work.  Routine has many important advantages. It allows for stability, discipline, and productivity. But it can also build a mindset that leaves little room for expectation of extraordinary things. So, I would like you to add to your daily routine the implications of this scripture: Romans 8:19 says, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” This means that as a believer in Jesus everything you are planning to do and everyone you are going to meet today is eagerly waiting for you. On some level, everything in your path is in anticipation of your arrival. All creation longs for the freedom you carry. Every person you meet is openly or secretly longing to connect with truth and meaning and God’s love. And you have it. I have a declaration for you: Everywhere I go and everyone I meet is waiting for my arrival because I carry the Kingdom …

by JoAnne Meckstroth Philippians 2: 25-30 People often think, “Oh, I’m just a nobody! I am not famous and haven’t even received an outstanding achievement award for anything. I am just an ordinary person. A nobody.” This person reminds me of the box of paperclips sitting on my office desk. Those hundreds of paperclips all look the same. And yet, when I need to hold papers together, that one paperclip plays a vital role in my day. It has become a ‘somebody’ to me. Epaphroditus was a “nobody who became a somebody.” When Paul was in prison in Rome, he was one of only a few friends who showed up to encourage and feed him. Paul describes Epaphroditus as a people lover, a tireless worker, a risk taker, a fellow soldier and a champion. He was a minister and a messenger. Paul said this one deserves a hero’s welcome when he arrives home. Will you be like Epaphroditus? Will you be a “somebody” in the life of another? I believe your answer is a resounding “YES.” Thank you for being God’s envoy. Thank you for being a minister and a messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people …

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