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GO: Tell

Maybe you have heard it.  The quote is almost everywhere, all the time.

“Preach the Gospel.  If necessary, use words.”

Unfortunately, the famous guy to whom this quote is linked, apparently never said it.  Most likely because it doesn’t truly capture the Biblical perspective of evangelism.

Preach, proclaim, tell, herald, teach and a host of other communication mechanisms are mostly verbal by definition.

“Faith comes by hearing,”  The Bible doesn’t say, “Faith comes by seeing, touching, smelling or tasting.”  Faith is communicated, primarily, by speakers to a hearers.

There are many ways to ‘speak’ the Gospel.  Writing, for example, is a form of speech.  Often I hear a word of faith while reading or listening to a faith filled song.

Maybe the smart guy of long ago actually said, “Preach the Gospel.  It is necessary to use words.”

Use your words today and tell someone of God’s glorious, mysterious and gracious salvation.

Posted on 20th October 2019 in Glocal, Missions, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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GO QUICKLY

MCA Church is investigating 40 days of Bible commands to “go.”  We like to think of ourselves as global Christian and very much enjoy the opportunity to learn more about being effective in our Lord’s world.

Our 40 day devotion guide features seven days of reflecting upon God’s command to the first followers to “go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead.”  Matthew 28:7

Maintaining urgency, although absolutely essential to our faith, receives surprisingly little attention.  Truthfully, eternity is in the balance for billions of people.

Lost.  Without salvation.  Forever.

Nothing is as important.  Nothing as urgent.

Lives are in the balance.  We MUST go quickly.

 

Posted on 16th October 2019 in Glocal, Missions  •  Comments are off for this post
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Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples

Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples

What is Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples?

Yeshiva is a Hebrew word that means “sitting” and is the name of residential Torah schools where the Bible is studied, in Judaism, in the Hebraic model of master and apprentice.

Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples is a master-apprentice-based internship program that encourages, empowers, and equips disciples for global engagement.

Through the Northwest Partnership Program (NPP), Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples partners with Northwest University to offer Associate and Bachelor’s degrees with the highest level of accreditation as an integrated part the internship program.

What are the available degrees through the Northwest Partnership Program?

Associate of Arts Degrees

  • Leadership
  • Ministry

Bachelors Degrees

  • BA in Ministry Leadership
  • BA in Business Management
  • BA in Organizational Management
  • BA in Organizational Leadership
  • BA in Psychology

What are the dates for 2019-2020?

Fall Semester (15 weeks)                                      Spring Semester (15 weeks)

Session A – Sept 2 – Oct 21                                   Session A – Jan 13 – March 2

Session B – Oct 28 – Dec 16                                  Session B – March 9 – April 27

What does the internship/practicum look like per Semester?

The internship course will operate during the dates listed above and will include a weekly meeting (2 hours per week), serving once a week in a ministry (2 hours per week), attending master-teacher class (2-4 hours), missions trip participation (1 trip per semester; 5-7 days), required reading (1-2 books), required writing assignment (5 pages double-spaced).


What is the cost?

For fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters combined

Full-time Tuition ($310 per credit hour)    $  7,440

Registration Fee ($0/semester)                        free

Internship Fee ($1,300/semester)                    2,600

Ministry Practicum Tuition (6 credits)            Fulltime = free

Two Missions Trips (1 per semester)                4,000*

*The cost for the missions trip is to be paid directly to MCA church at the beginning of each semester and is not eligible for financial aid or scholarships. First year missions trips will be to Judea (Alaska) and Samaria (U.S. or close to the States); second year missions trips will be to Jerusalem (Anchorage) and the uttermost parts of the earth (TBD); third year missions trip will be to Israel, Lord willing.

How Can I Finance My Education?

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to determine your financial aid eligibility. Financial Aid may include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Parent Plus Loans, or Non-Northwest University Scholarships

Please complete the FAFSA as early as possible to allow time for processing. Financial Aid questions can be answered by the University at nppfinancialservices@northwestu. edu.

How do I get Ministry Practicum credit for free?

Full-time students enrolled for at least 24 credits for the academic year may receive 6 additional credits per year by participating in the NPP Partner’s internship program when approved by NU and overseen by NPP Coordinator.

What should I do if I want more information?

Call Pastor Fay Niemann at 907 337-9495 or email her at fayniemann (at) mcaonline.org.

You can also go to the Northwest University Partnership Program info site at https://eagle.northwestu.edu/academics/ northwest-partnership/.

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Business as Mission: Gea Gort LIVE at MCA Church

Hear Gea Gort LIVE at MCA Church

Business as Mission

Saturday, October 6, 2018

7041 DeBarr Road, Anchorage, Alaska

9 AM – 1 PM Lunch Included

 

Gea’s presentations are designed to increase awareness of Business as Mission in our world of today.  Her experiences are the inspiration of her books, “God in the City: A missional way of life in an urban context” and “BAM Global Movement: concept and stories.”

“Entrepreneurs see and create opportunities. How can this talent be used to benefit society and build Gods Kingdom in innovative and holistic ways?”

Dr. Gea Gort is passionate about mission, especially in the urban context. She sees a grassroots missionary movement emerging. As author, journalist and missiologist she researches, writes and speaks about international developments regarding this movement.

There is a small, but steadily growing innovative missional movement emerging in urban places.  It is a grassroots movement; people involved are moving to vulnerable neighborhoods and connect with their neighbors. Others start Business as Mission-type initiatives, or lead fellow church members into a change; they are getting involved in a meaningful ways with their neighborhoods.

As missionaries, Gea and Menno (her husband) lived and worked for nine years on board Mercy Ships’ hospital ship, the Anastasis. We moved to Rotterdam to set up Mercy Ships Holland and I became locally involved: led a prayer movement in my city, directed a leadership network and advised the local government on multicultural issues. Meanwhile studying journalism and Urban Mission (Doctor of Ministry) and started writing about what God and Gods people are doing around the world.

Let us know of your interest in attending, 907 337-9495 or kentredfearn@pastorkent.me

Two of Gea’s insightful books call us to engage the Gospel in the urban context.

Posted on 20th September 2018 in Glocal, Missions  •  Comments are off for this post
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New by the Holy Spirit

The Kingdom of heaven is a place of the un-grieved Holy Spirit.

Where the Spirit is present and un-grieved, God brings forth new things.

Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form and void and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Notice the conditions prior to the Spirit of God hovering over the face of the waters.

  1. Without form
  2. Void
  3. Darkness

Notice the Spirit is “hovering.” Where the Spirit is hovering, He will bring forth new creation!

Consider a second “hovering” of the Holy Spirit in Luke 1:35.

And the angel of the Lord answered her. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most High will overshadow you.”

Mary, experienced the hovering of the Spirit as explained by the angel of the Lord.

  • “The Spirit will come upon you.”
  • “And the power of the most High will overshadow you.”

The Spirit “hovers” and the New Creation is Jesus, the Son of God.

A third “hovering” of the Spirit involves you!

In Romans 8:11 we learn the “hovering Spirit” who raised Jesus from the dead gives life to you and me in our mortal bodies!

If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 

  • Are you lost in sin? You need the Spirit
  • Dead in sin? You need the Spirit
  • In bondage to sin? You need the Spirit
  • Backslidden? You need the Spirit
  • Prodigal son? You need the Spirit
  • Halfhearted? You need the Spirit
  • Hopeless? You need the Spirit
  • Diminished vision? You need the Spirit

We cry out to God for a visitation of the “hovering” Spirit.  Where He hovers, new life is created.

Posted on 30th August 2018 in Missions, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Riches of Heaven are for those with Poverty of Spirit

Jumbun Community is a community of approximately 25 homes located about 30 miles north of Cardwell, Queensland.  Each Sunday evening a congregation gathers in worship, Bible study, prayer, and evangelism.

The following notes are from a message I presented there.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3

Think of the riches of heaven.

  • Revelation 4:2-6
  • Revelation 21:3-7

The riches of heaven are for those who are poor in Spirit.

Poverty of Spirit is to be totally dependent upon God.  Psalm 62:1-2, 5

Yet some are dependent upon

  • The arm of flesh
  • Chariots and horses
  • Systems, governments
  • Pensions

But the poor in Spirit are totally dependent upon God.

In this, Jesus is our model.

The beatitudes are the prophetic autobiography of Jesus.

Jesus is poor in Spirit.

  • Omni-present to 2 cells in Mary’s womb.
  • Gethsemane – place of the olive press. Olive destroyed completely.
  • Cross – No form nor comeliness that we should desire him.

Jesus’ poverty of Spirit is the major theme of Paul’s thoughts in Philippians 2:5-8.

In contrast to Jesus, many of us live as if we are rich in spirit.  Consider the Apostle Paul’s ideas in Romans 1, which might be considered “Signs you aren’t poor in spirit.”

You aren’t poor in Spirit if: Romans 1

18 – Suppress the truth

21- Do not honor God or give thanks.

22- Claiming to be wise

23- Exchange the glory of God for images

24- Dishonor body among themselves

25- Worship and serve creature not the creator

28- Do not acknowledge God

31- Do sinful things and approve those who do

The riches of heaven are for those who are poor in spirit, being totally dependent upon God for everything, all the time, everywhere.

May we learn to welcome every opportunity to grow in poverty of spirit.

Posted on 30th August 2018 in Missions, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Is Your All too Small?

Following are my notes for a message presented to the dynamic people of the Cardwell Assemblies of God church in Queensland, Australia.

Our assignment is ALL!

  • Deuteronomy 6:4-6 All heart, soul, and might.
  • Mark 16:15 Go into all the world

When the demands of the Gospel ministry seem to large, demanding more than we can do, God says, “Your all is too small.”

Your all is too small when………

  1. Past or recurring sin stops you. 1 John 1:9, “All unrighteousness.”
  2. Lose trust in all His benefits. Psalm 103:3
    1. Forgives ALL
    2. Heals ALL
  3. Forget God’s ability. Ephesians 3:20…”Exceedingly abundantly ABOVE all……….!!!

God’s all is in the call.

  • “He who called you is faithful.”  1 Thessalonians 5:24
  • “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…go therefore.” Matthew 28:18

God’s all invites us to return with ALL our hearts.

“Yet even now declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart.  With fasting with weeping, and mourning and rend your hearts and not your garments.”  Joel 2:12-13

In other words, by God’s grace we can step into a greater place in God even when we feel limited, weak, and overwhelmed because our small all is met with His immeasurable all.

Posted on 30th August 2018 in Missions, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Paris CDG Airport Hotels: A small time traveler’s experience

Three of my frequent flyer friends are at 7,000,000, 4,500,000, and 4,000,000 miles with their chosen airlines.  When folks ask me, “Are you a frequent flyer?” I don’t know exactly how to answer.  Compared to most, yes to others, not even close.

Our Burkina Faso ministry destination always takes our teams through Paris and good stewardship of missions money is an obvious priority. Having traveled through the Charles de Gaulle airport several times, I have developed a few perspectives.

The CDGVAL is a free train like commuter service between Terminals 1, 2, and 3.  However, the CDGVAL Terminal 3 is the train station near Terminal 3.  For an overnight stay when commuting through CDG, I recommend staying in the hotels within walking distance of Terminal 3.

I am a low demand traveler on many things.  A quiet, clean, functional experience is all I need for an overnight commuter stay.

With that said, I have overnighted at the Paris CDG Hilton, CDG Sheraton, CDG Ibis, and a host of others whose names I don’t recall.  I have also taken the RER and the bus system into Paris for over night lodging.

For an overnight stay, I recommend saving the high costs of the CDG Sheraton and CDG Hilton by selecting the CDG Ibis or CDG Ibis Styles, both located only 100 yards or so outside the CDGVAL Terminal 3 station.

My experience at the CDG Ibis has been very good.  With the RER 100 yards and the bus station 50 yards away, you can get anywhere in Paris and the surrounding area very quickly and easily.

Generally speaking, the rates I have received at the CDG Ibis Terminal 3 have been about one half of the costs of the Sheraton and Hilton.

I don’t know how long they will offer this special, but currently one can get a room at the CDG Ibis at Terminal 3 by the hour, two hour minimum, for 14 Euro an hour.  I have done this type of sleep arrangement in other airports and am amazed at how much difference a three or four hour nap and shower can make while traveling 24 or more hours.

From Anchorage, Alaska, the travel time to Paris is often between 18 and 24 hours, depending upon how much one wants to spend.  My choice is to travel the least expensive airline with economy comfort or economy premium seats.  This trip, the best fare was Anchorage, Frankfurt, Paris on Condor Air.

I left my house in Anchorage at 8:15 AM on Monday and arrived in the CDG Ibis hotel twenty-two hours later.  I had checked in online and was welcomed in a special concierge line and was in my room within fifteen minutes of arriving.

Helping make missions travel through CDG simple and stress free.

Bon voyage.

 

Posted on 24th January 2018 in Missions, travel  •  Comments are off for this post
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Up and Over (Gray’s Matrix)

“The Y.E.S. Journey” is a process of seizing God’s desired future for my life. Your current position on “The Y.E.S. Journey” can be understood through the four soils (heart) in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower.  Matthew 13

The Path                Unresponsive, Hard packed, walked on- Evil One snatches away

Rocky Places         Superficial – Falls away in tough times

Thorns                   Double minded – Worldly cares and deceitfulness of riches choke

Good Soil              Hears and understands – Yields 100, 60, or 30 times

The condition of your heart (soil) determines the productivity of the seed.

The Y.E.S. Journey is eternally important.  Upon careful examination, personal evaluation of Y.E.S. Journey progress is possible.

  • See to it                                  Colossians 2:8
  • Do not conform                  Romans 12:2
  • Make the most                   Ephesians 5:16

With thoughtful examination and evaluation one is enabled to do as these three verses command.  2 Corinthians 13:5

  • Examine yourselves
  • Are you in the faith?
  • Test
  • Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

The Gray Matrix is helpful in beginning one’s personal Christian examination and evaluation.

YES Journey Graph

The horizontal axis depicts one’s openness to the Gospel and Christian teaching. It may be helpful to identify the openness numbers as follows:

+3             Fully open to the Gospel

+2             Mostly open to the Gospel

+1             Partially open to the Gospel

-1              Partially closed to the Gospel

-2              Mostly Closed to the Gospel

-3              Fully Closed to the Gospel

The vertical scale depicts one’s awareness and knowledge of the Gospel.

It may be helpful to identify one’s awareness and knowledge numbers as follows:

-01       Aware of the costs of commitment to the Gospel

-02       Grasps implications of the Gospel

-03       Aware of personal need of the Gospel

-04       Aware of the basics of the Gospel

-05       Interested in Jesus

-06       Aware of Jesus

-07       Wonders if God can be known

-08       Vague awareness and belief in God

-09       God framework

-10       No God framework

Today, are you willing to examine and evaluate your Y.E.S. Journey progress and pray Acts 16:14?

“The Lord opened her heart…”

By faith I’m moving up and over!

 

Posted on 9th May 2017 in Evangelism, Message Response, Missions, Uncategorized, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Secret to our Multi-ethnic Success

MCA Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-socioeconomic worship community that loves one another deeply. We rarely talk about racism in our gatherings because we simply feel that crying racism actually strengthens and lengthens this terrible sin against the image of God.

A racist is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.

A bigot is a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

A xenophobe is a person who is unduly fearful of what is foreign.

NONE of these three perspectives please God and all three are a great insult to being created in the image of God.

The racist, bigot, and xenophobe often struggle with unhealthy and sinful prejudice.

To be prejudiced is to hold a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

Most forms of prejudice are sin because they can not be true. People can not accurately be assessed by skin color, race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic standing, or height or weight.

Here at MCA Church we hold to a very simple and basic solution.  Our highly effective plan won’t make headlines, may seem unsophisticated and kindergarten-ish.

We don’t mind.  We are a simple folk. Our plan requires only three Jesus’ words to define.

Sorry.  No long books to read.  No degrees to be earned.  No sensitivity training required.

Time for the great unveiling of MCA Church’s secret to our multi-ethnic success.

“Love your neighbor.”

 

 

Posted on 8th December 2016 in Glocal, Health, Holidays, MCA Global Network, Ministry Development, Missions  •  Comments are off for this post