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Final Session

October 4th, 2010 7 comments

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
– John Mark Mcmillan (from the song How He Loves)

The sound of His extravagant love has echoed through the halls of the McEnery Convention Center throughout this conference. And today, as we gathered for our final session, the sound grew to a crescendo and we were all swept away by His radiance and glory. God is doing a new thing in Aglow. The old was great, but the new season into which we are stepping will eclipse all that has happened before. At the core of this new thing is an increased awareness of God’s unconditional, uncompromising, unstoppable love for his children. We are resting in that love and move into the future with confidence.

A Shift Took Place
Without a doubt, the apex of this conference was Saturday morning when Ray Hughes brought a stirring message about sound and light, followed by a time of worship and prayer that left us all breathless in the power of His presence. A shift happened during that session that is difficult to articulate, but very real nonetheless. The sound from that morning session was sustained throughout the afternoon and evening meetings. By Sunday morning we were all feeling like the Lord had accomplished His purpose for this conference, and so Jane decided it would be good to spend the time reflecting on what had happened the previous two days. She asked the regional directors to each share a “takeaway” — something that was significant to them about this conference.

But first, we have to tell you about a report from Sandy Wezowicz and Arlene Samuels.

Aglow and AIPAC
One of the many facets of Aglow is our growing relationship with AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The New York Timescalls AIPAC “the most important organization affecting America’s relationship with Israel.” Sandy Wezowicz, Aglow’s Watchmen on the Wall Director, says “God is developing a strategic partnership between AIPAC and Aglow.” In their report at the beginning of this session, Sandy and Arlene shared the following amazing facts:

  • The U.S. Congress consistently stands with Israel on the world stage — the only elected officials from any country who do so.
  • This past June, congress passed the strongest sanctions ever against Iran and their efforts to develop nuclear capability. Congress showed unusual solidarity with 99 senators and 400 house members voting yes to pass this legislation.
  • Jewish members of AIPAC are deeply touched by the support they have received from Aglow and other Christians.

Please pray for wisdom as we continue to develop our relationship with AIPAC and support the nation and people of Israel.

DDPJ
Following the report, Sandy led us in a prayer for the peace of Jerusalem as we joined countless others around the world on this day to pray for Israel.

Takeaways
Here are just a few of the takeaways shared by the regional directors:

Nancy McGuirk – The assignment on Aglow can seem overwhelming. As we go where He tells us to go and do what He tells us to do we will be like the sheep my kids have raised over the years and have often entered in competitions. The sheep are trained using a halter. They learn to follow and obey their master’s voice. But several weeks before the competition, the halter is removed and sheep are led only by the voice and a gentle hand under the chin. This means the sheep could easily bolt during the competition, but that never happened. I feel that the Lord is removing the halter from Aglow because we have reached a point where we consistently hear His voice and obey.

Karen Reed – We need to sing a new song to get the old song out.

Sandy Wezowicz- The door is closed from being present-to-past. We’re dancing on the graves of the old sounds. The new sound has come because we are worshipers and praisers.

Glenda Flemming – I believe Psalm 89:15-18 is for us:

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.
In Your name they rejoice all day long,
And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
For You are the glory of their strength,
And in Your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield belongs to the LORD,
And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Jane concluded the session by sharing: “I’ve been receiving a deeper deposit of the understanding that God is good. In the past year and a half I’m finding that I’m starting with heaven instead of earth. It’s blowing me away. What if you made the decision that nothing could challenge you but heaven? As we change our perspective, we will be carriers of His goodness.”

It’s been an amazing conference. God has moved us another step forward to our destiny, to the new sound He has for Aglow. What will we look like a year from now as we gather in Houston? Only God knows!

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Saturday PM Session

October 3rd, 2010 3 comments

On Saturday evening we had the privilege of once again hearing from Ray Hughes. And of course, Klaus and his team led worship — which has been fantastic. Klaus has a sensitivity to the spirit and a dynamic worship style that fits in so well with Aglow. It feels like he’s been doing Aglow conferences for years.

No Two Raindrops
Ray’s message once again centered on the them of sound. He shared with us that no two raindrops sound alike. And that rain in one part of the country sounds differently than rain in another. This is because of many factors, such as the salt content in the water. A very special moment during the evening was when Ray asked us all to start snapping our fingers — not in unison, but randomly. The effect was very similar to the sound of rain. He had us close our eyes and imagine that all the “stuff” from our past was being washed away and that we were being made new. As my eyes were closed it seemed to me that the sound was growing — like the rain was pouring harder. It was a powerful time.

Anointed Cherib
Ray shared that Satan was called the “anointed cherib that covers the throne of God.” When he was kicked out of Heaven, the throne of God was no longer covered. God then created a people that would worship Him and provide that covering once again. That’s why the Word says that God is enthroned on the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). It’s also why the enemy has always directed his attacks to music in the church.

Another point that Ray made: “To whatever degree we worship God, so shall He give us His heart.”

End of the Famine
Ray’s final point: The sound God is creating will break a blight of the hearing of the Word of the Lord in the land.

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.
Amos 8:11

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Saturday AM Session

October 3rd, 2010 Comments off

This session had to be one of the most impactful, significant times of the conference — maybe of any conference. It’s hard to put it into words. The move of the Holy Spirit was so powerful and the sense of God’s presence so heavy, that no one wanted to leave. The conference staff had to almost force us off the platform!

Ray Hughes was the speaker for this session. He was in rapid-fire mode for sure and threw more information at us than any of us could process, let alone write down. Here are a few nuggets:

  • We’re created to resonate with the glory of God
  • Sound changes the atmosphere
  • What we’ve believed and spoken is what we are
  • When you shout, God shouts
  • New songs break old cycles

About Aglow
This is what Ray said about Aglow: “There’s something huge happening in our generation. If a new sound is coming, it’s going to be connected to a resonant anointing; connected to this organization (Aglow) that I don’t even know much about.”

Ray then gave us a music history lesson all the way through the Beatles and shared how music has impacted culture. He talked about the pivotal decade of the 60′s and most importantly 1967 when so much upheaval was happening in society. He said that the time in which we are now living is even more critical than then. The church is 20 years behind. It’s time to shift. We’ve been loosing the battle, but not any more. The tide is turning, and women will play a key role.

This followed an amazing time of worship and waiting on the Lord. Several people I talked with afterward said that there was a shift of some kind that happened in the spirit during those 30 minutes or so that followed the message. It’s very difficult to describe, but something happened. Something powerful.

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Friday Evening

October 3rd, 2010 2 comments

Mary Forsythe shared with us for the Friday evening session. Here are some of the thoughts I captured from her message…

God won’t touch your “who” but he will point out issues He has with your “do.”

You can be pitiful or powerful, it’s your choice.

God’s purpose for Esther was not just to be a queen, but to rescue her people. He awakened Esther to the influence she had and to the plans of the enemy.

You can’t resist what you don’t recognize.

He’s awakening you to the priorities of the Kingdom and to the plans of the enemy.

Wrap-Up of the Day
It was an awesome first day of conference. Jane, Graham and Mary delivered powerful messages; Klaus and Ruth led us in anointed and powerful worship. Ashley put together a video of the first day to give you an idea of what it was like.

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Friday Afternoon

October 3rd, 2010 Comments off

Our afternoon session speaker was Graham Cooke. We always get a lot from Graham and this session was no exception.

Close Encounters
Remember the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind? Graham must be digging into his old movie archives, because he used the film as a metaphor for our experience with the Holy Spirit and prophecy, and our journey from average to spectacular.

Graham went on to share about how we have all the qualities of Christ living within us:

  • We’re a new creation, a new species
  • It should be normal for you to hear God, know God, walk with Him and do great exploits!

God doesn’t put walls up around us — He takes them down. Go until you hear “no.” You are unbounded.

Walking in the Extraordinary
There’s a lot we need to unlearn. A lot of what we’ve learned through our religious training isn’t real. We’ve grown up in a religious culture that won’t allow us to be obedient to the Word of the Lord. We need to give up the familiar in order to walk in the extraordinary.

God looks at you and sees what’s missing from your current experience of Him. God is not dealing with your sin — he already dealt with it on the cross. He’s dealing with your righteousness.

We want new, but insist on thinking in old ways. We want the new to fit in with the old. How does that fit in with what we’re doing? It doesn’t! God isn’t fitting in with us — he’s enlarging our vision so we can fit in with Him.

A New Sound
Aglow is finding a new sound, a new note, a new call. Cities are not going to fall to the sound of business as usual. You don’t want to settle for less anymore. He’s doing a new thing and that new thing is YOU!

Abraham went out not knowing where he was going. He walked off his map. The map isn’t the territory. We don’t need our map anymore. The territory just got bigger.

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Opening Session – Friday AM

October 1st, 2010 1 comment

Nothing is better for starting off a conference than great worship, and Klaus and his team did not disappoint. The two central themes of the worship this morning (it seemed to me) were peace and love. Klaus has a wonderful sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and the glory of God’s presence was powerful as we worshipped together.

The World is Changing
Jane reminded us in her message this morning that the world is changing rapidly. There are now 500 million users on Facebook; economies are no longer national, but global; new world powers are emerging who refuse to play by the rules, and there is an increase in Islam, terrorism, and infectious diseases. Much of what we t00k for granted in the past will soon be unavailable.

But God is on the throne!

He’s not running to catch up, He’s moving ahead of us and preparing the way. There is always a parallel move of God with what is happening in the world. Embrace the process, walk the journey.

The glory of what God is forming in us (Aglow) now will be greater than the former. He will bring you to your destiny. Lift up your eyes, He’s wanting to change your address.

A New Lighthouse
Jane shared a prophetic word with us from Graham Cooke’s intercession team. Here are a few of the main points:

  • I saw a lighthouse with a sign that it is “under renovation”
  • The new lighthouse will be vastly more powerful than the previous one
  • It will push back the darkness
  • Aglow is being upgraded big time
  • Aglow will be greater than even what the leaders have envisioned

Eighth Month
She also shared a word from a pastor in South Africa:

  • There is something this ministry is carrying that the world has not seen
  • You’re pregnant and in the eighth month – not an easy time – but you’re about to give birth
  • Watch for it and begin to praise him for what you are about to receive and give birth to

Jane then said that none of the words spoken to Aglow will fall as dead to the ground. It’s time to dream. Aglow is coming into new forms of ministry and mission; new authority birthed out of relationship.

Jane then asked several individuals to give reports:

  • Transformation – Janet Mangum reported that due to Aglow Transformation trips going out since 2007, more than 40,000 people have received Christ, and 350 new Bible studies have been started. There also have been a staggering number of miracles.
  • International – Jervae Brooks gave us an overview of how Aglow Transformation Stations are making a difference in people’s lives all over the world. She specifically cited projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, and Indonesia to name a few.
  • Israel/Islam – Sandy Wezowitz shared about an ongoing Monday night prayer teleconference that now has the potential of including up to 1000 participants. These are men and women traveling under the radar and setting off Holy Spirit explosions around the world! She said that the annointing on this telecon has been amazing because they are:
    • Praying with the right heart
    • Providing strategic, timely information
    • Not condeming or tearing down, but speaking life words
    • Exposing the systems and lies of the enemy
    • Calling Muslims and Jews to Christ
  • Washington DC – Four years ago the Lord spoke to Nancy McGuirk about establishing a presence of Aglow in Washington DC. Through the help of some knowledgeable friends, Nancy has been able to form relationships key politicians including congressman Randy Forbes. Nancy said that Washington DC is a place of negativity and strife; we bring life, joy and blessing.

 Jane finished the session by saying that a new level of prayer is opening up, based on permission granted. It’s prayer with a different sound.

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San Francisco Prayer Tour

September 30th, 2010 2 comments

There is something powerful about physically going to a place and praying for it. Being there in person increases our focus and heightens our spiritual sensitivity for an area. Today, Nancy McDaniel and Jessica Wilson led us on a prayer tour of San Francisco. God said to Joshua, ”I will give you everyplace where you set your foot…”  (Joshua 1:3). Today, we set foot on some strategic locations around the City by the Bay, and we trust that God’s purposes were accomplished as we proclaimed His Word.

City of Refuge
After piling onto two large buses, we left San Jose at 9:00 am and made our way North. During the trip we learned some important facts about San Francisco:

  • The city is known as a place of refuge and has a mercy gift. Over the years, outcast and marginalized groups have found San Francisco to be a safe haven.
  • Creativity and self expression are central to the culture.
  • Diversity and tolerance are highly valued.
  • San Francisco is a city of great wealth, arts and entertainment.

We were then given some key points for prayer as we moved into the city. Our first stop was the Prayer Book Cross located in Golden Gate Park.

Prayer Book Cross
The first stop on our tour was Prayer Book Cross. Erected on January 2, 1894, this 57 foot cross memorializes the first English language worship service on the Pacific coast. The verse that was read during this service over a hundred years ago was Isaiah 40:1-5, which we used as part of our proclaimation in this place: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” It was a powerful time.

Palace of the Legion of Honor
We stopped at the Palace of the Legion of Honor to view the Holocaust Memorial, scuplted by George Segal. It was a somber time, and a vivid reminder how we need to continue to pray for Israel and the Jewish people.

The Golden Gate Bridge
Crossing over this major gateway of our land was a great opportunity to pray for not only San Francisco, but our nation as well. We also found out that it is the most commonly used bridge in the world for suicide attempts. We prayed John 10:10 — “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
This court is very influential in setting the political, governmental, economic and moral atmosphere of our nation. We prayed for alignment with the justice of God and with the judicial system of the nation.

Castro
Although known as a family and working class neighborhood in the 1960′s and 70′s, the Castro distric is now the largest and most widely known gay neighborhood in America. We prayed that their eyes would be opened to know the extravagent, unconditional love of the Father and the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Twin Peaks
Our last stop of the Tour was Twin Peaks where we had an incredible view of the city. From this vantage point, we released “arrows” of God’s promises out over San Francisco: arrows of destiny, grace and triumph. We proclaimed that every crooked place is made straight pronounced defeat to everything that opposes the purposes of God.

Amen!

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Welcome to the 2010 National Conference Blog

September 27th, 2010 Comments off

The excitement has been building over the last several weeks as we’ve been preparing for “THE SOUND” in San Jose. Follow along each day, starting Wednesday, Sept. 29th, as we report from the Aglow National Conference in San Jose, California. We’ll be sharing wrap-ups from each general session as well as stories from some of the other events that go on during conference, like the San Francisco Prayer Tour.

Please be in prayer for each of our speakers: Jane Hansen Hoyt, Ray Hughes, Mary Forsythe and Graham Cooke, as well as our worship leaders, Klaus and Ruth Collingridge. We’re expecting great things this weekend as we come into alignment with the sound of Heaven!

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