By Evelyn Donelson evelyn@northwind.org Meditation Isaiah 52:7 (NIV) “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation….” Reflection Isaiah was writing this prophetically in reference to the Jewish nation, when the 70 years of Babylonian captivity were complete.  It was referring to the time of Cyrus, the instrument of God, who would put into motion the return of the captivity to the Holy Land.  He was speaking of those who would travel with the good news of the release of the captives as they came over the mountains, into Jerusalem.  Bringing the good news of their freedom to the few that had remained in Jerusalem had to be proof to them that “Our God reigns.” Yet, as prophecy goes, that was only the partial fulfillment God was speaking of through the prophet Isaiah. The ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy of old is in the preaching of the gospel, which is the proclamation of peace and salvation; it is such good news, glad tidings, the message of victory over our spiritual enemies, and liberty from our spiritual bondage.  It is the good news that the Lord …

BY Dean Briggs, CSO, TheCall Meditation: “He trains my hands for war…I pursued my enemies and overtook them” (Psa. 18:34, 37) Reflection: Sir Winston Churchill was a formidable leader given a daunting task. By October 1941, London had become a bombed wasteland and nerves were frayed. Paris had fallen and Hitler seemed unstoppable, yet Churchill remained unbowed. Overwhelmed by the German war machine, the Prime Minister nevertheless turned his attention to attack. Churchill understood that a primarily defensive posture will always lose ground over time. If new territory is not taken, old territory will be lost. If you do not rule with a rod of iron, the enemy will place a yoke of iron on your neck. In his memoirs, the “Lion of Britain” explains the strategic urgency of taking the battle to the enemy, and scaling for a full offensive. It was not enough for London to weather the bombs, they had to attack. “(When) Admiral Keyes was succeeded by Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, we were still hard-pressed, and our only ally, Russia, seemed near to defeat. Nevertheless, I had resolved to prepare for an invasion of the Continent when the tide should turn. To mount a successful invasion …

By Amanda Pagaran Prayer Point #2: Together we are asking the Lord to fill every believer with Holy Spirit boldness to share the gospel. (Acts 4:31) Scripture Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind upthe brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeanceof our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crownof beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Reflection: The Word of God does not return void, so as we proclaim the Good News we can do more than hope for salvations.  We can be confident that many will be led to Christ, and that those whom we have led to Christ will become free, will be filled with joy, …

by Evelyn Donelson Wasilla, AK Meditation: “Draw me into Your heart and lead me out.” Song of Songs 1:4 Passion Translation, by Brian Simmons “Draw me away!  We will run after you.” NKJV Reflection: The picture here is of the Shulamite-Bride, representing the Church (Bride of Christ).  She is requesting to be drawn into intimacy with the Bridegroom, and then out into ministry.  We cannot draw in close to the heart of God and not be impacted by His passion—that none should perish.  This request is two-fold: to have passion for Jesus and compassion for people.  There is a tension in this; if you just have the running in ministry without the drawing near in intimacy, you will eventually have burn-out.  The temptation is to overreact and only draw near in intimacy, without any reaching out. The general order in the kingdom is to first be drawn in intimacy and then to run in ministry with the overflow of a close relationship with Jesus.  The first commandment focus to love God with all our heart empowers us to more effectively walk out the second commandment focus to serve others.  We see this drawing in and leading out in both the …

by Cheryl Licht www.rufflesandrifles.com Meditation: “I am sending the promise of My Father upon you.  But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 Reflection: The clothing that we wear greatly affects what we are able to participate in and accomplish.  We wear uniforms to work, school or sporting events, suits and professional attire for speaking and roles in leadership, warm winter gear for subzero Alaskan winters, athletic clothing for the gym and comfy loungewear around the house.  In many cases, if any of these scenarios were mismatched, we’d be laughed at, at best, or even disqualified in some instances.  The Scriptures tap in to this key many times over, encouraging us to put on righteousness, humility, patience, and the armor of God, just to name a few.  But as Jesus was about to ascend from earth, he gave his followers a set of instructions.  “I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49). The word clothed in the Greek is endyo (pronounced en-doo’-o) and is defined as “in the sense of sinking into a garment; …

by Evelyn Donelson Wasilla, AK Meditation: The Breath of Heaven John 20:22 (NIV) “Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” Reflection: We are asking the Lord to send forth, or ekballo (cast out, drive out, send out, with a notion of violence) laborers into the harvest field.  But we don’t just want people going out to spread the gospel, or good news of salvation, without the power to go with it.  The second of our prayer points is asking the Lord to fill every believer with Holy Spirit boldness to share the gospel, as we see in Acts 4:31.  Jesus never asked us to do something He didn’t give us the power to do. As we see in John 20:22, Jesus said that He was sending us the same way the Father sent Him; in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14).  It was His very breath upon them that released the Holy Spirit, although we do not read of their actual infilling until Acts 2.  Before His ascension, Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem …

By JoAnne Meckstroth Meditation: Good News Paul writes; “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 Reflection: Alaska longs for the breakthrough.  She has been waiting for a different kind of Christian to emerge from the cozy confines of the Church.  She has cried out for a tribe, with the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling their lives, to rise up and bring good news to this Great Land.  The people are standing tip-toe watching and waiting. Will you fast, pray and take action today? In every city and village in Alaska, God has prepared a mighty army to bring “Good News” to a battered and exhausted land.  An army of nameless, faceless and unknown people, who will emerge with a calm, reassuring and exciting word from God.  Jesus prayed in John 17:15-16 “I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one.” In short Jesus was saying, we need to be IN the world but no OF the world. Did you know you are “Good News?” Your testimony of Christ will invade the state of …

BY Dean Briggs, CSO, TheCall Meditation: “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise” (Psa. 40:3) Reflection: Sometimes when you are weak, the only remedy is worship. You press into voluntary emptiness for a reason, precisely because you want to be filled with something else. John the Beloved tells us that we have been appointed to bear “fruit (that) would remain” (Jn 15:16). Eternal, enduring God-life within. Not the puff and pablum and cereal fillers of our modern diet, whether at the buffet line, the movie theater or in vain religious activities. The answer is not to counteract self and flesh with duty and obligation. We want a lifestyle of passion, joyful obedience and a true knowledge of God. It takes a cutting away, an act of circumcision. We choose not to be full, that we might know our need. This is foolishness to the world, a divine paradox which only expands when we turn our lack into praise. In the grace of God, when we feel ourselves weakening, we boast in that weakness. We respond not with complaint or self-focus, but melodies of thanksgiving. There is a new song the Lord wants to give you—something …

Meditation: “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing, every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’” Matthew 9:35-38 Reflection: There is so much written about prayer in the Bible.  Narrow it down to the Gospels and you will find many references to prayer, how to pray, prayers that Jesus prayed etc… In Matthew 9:38, the word, “pray” used here is translated from the Greek word, “deomai”.  It’s meaning is to ask, but it is not a casual asking.  It is to beg.  If you were in any of the Alaska tour meetings December 1-4, you would have heard Lou Engle talk about this very thing.  With wild eyes, booming voice and hands in the air he shouted, “it means, ‘I command you to beg me!’”.  Looking at other passages in the Bible …

At the outset of this 40 day fast we are setting our hearts and thoughts on things above and training our natural appetites to feast in the discovery of fasting and find our place at the table of wholeheartedness (The Jesus Fast).  One of the primary ways we begin to posture our hearts and bodies is through consecration; a setting ourselves apart for a time through prayer and fasting and shedding things in the natural that dull our sensitivity to the inner working of the Holy Spirit within us.  Naturally speaking, fullness is dullness.  We are emptying ourselves in order to be filled completely with Him and purify ourselves before Him.  Consecration is a call to purity.  In the Old Testament there were those who modeled this.  Not just for a season but as a consecrated lifestyle.  They were the Nazirites.  There were vows that they took according to Numbers 6 but if you read the accounts of Gideon, Deborah, Sampson, Samuel and John the Baptist we see that they were set apart and cut above the norm and in some cases raised up to lead the nation into war in order to bring freedom and deliverance to the nation.  …

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