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Spirit of Sonship

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

A very powerful message shared by Pastor Jonathan Chow about the Spirit of Sonship on January 21, Morning session 5 part 4. The message is a half hour long and starts at the 31:00 minute mark of the video.

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Korea Gathering Busan 2016

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 in Ministry Highlights, Pastor's Page  |  Print

I was privileged to represent our Branches family to join the Korea Gathering in Busan, South Korea as the global family from 25 nations gathered for a time of being in the Father’s presence, seeking His heart, and prophetically travailing and birthing a new heart for the family of God in Korea – one heart, one man, one woman, one new Korea.

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Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year 5776

Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah 5776, begins sundown of Sunday, September 13 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, September 15. 5776 is very significant because it is a jubilee year and the 70th Jubilee year since Joshua and Caleb crossed the Jordan River.

According to Hebrew numerology, 7 signifies perfection or completion in both the spiritual and natural realms. God created all things in 7 days. There are 7 days each week and the Sabbath is on the 7th day. Likewise, the number 6 is associated with mankind and human weakness. It is “the number of man” as man was created on the 6th day. 5776 will be a year for our weaknesses to be exposed, but also for God’s perfection to shine brightly through.

Why is this year so special and yet so foreboding? Look at the signs and the numbers through the filter of the Holy Spirit: The four Blood Moons coincide with the Shmita year 5775, and our Jubilee year 5776. A Jubilee year comes after 7 sabbatical cycles of 7 years… that is 7 sets of 6 years, plus a Shmita year… 49 years, and then a Jubilee release.

This year, the last blood moon is coinciding with the end of the Shmita year and the beginning of the Jubilee year. The Hebrew word yovel (Jubilee) means trumpet or a ram’s horn. Ram’s horns (shofars) are blown to announce the beginning of Sabbaths and holidays, and in Biblica times they were used at the coronation of a king, or to rally the people to battle. Also, at this special time of Jubilee, every 50 years, ram’s horns are blown on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) to announce the beginning of Jubilee. This is important because during the days of Joshua, the land of Canaan was dispersed among the families and tribes, and the land permanently belonged to that tribe or family. When the ram’s horn was blown on the Day of Atonement, debts were released, land was returned, and men and women were freed from slavery. The slate was wiped clean. The Jubilee year insured Joshua and his people of two things: Freedom and Inheritance.

In His Presence

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

The Gathering in Edmonton was a powerful time of worship and being together in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Many came together representing the nations to express gratitude and love to our Canadian family who have sown the seeds of God’s heart and purposes in the nations for this hour. The Lord is uniting our hearts as one family in Christ. Not only are the hearts of the fathers turned to their children but also the hearts of the children to their fathers. The generations are walking together and aligning our hearts with God. All for One and one for all! Those who came from the U.S. humbled ourselves to acknowledge the protection and blessing that has sheltered our nation in recent times. We expressed our gratitude to Canada, and we commitment to each other to walk together for His Kingdom purposes. We made a salt covenant with each other and pledge our hearts for our nation.

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Prayer, the Key to This Hour

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 in Pastor's Page, Prayer Gathering  |  Print

Prayer has been a theme that has been preached within our church over the past few weeks. This follows what I had been sharing about regarding Joshua, entering a new season, stepping into His promises from beginning of the year. Joshua knew how to walk step-by-step and possess God’s promised land by hearing and obeying the voice of the Lord. Needless to say, prayer and our relationship with God is also key to our walking in this new season and possessing God’s promises and purposes in our lives. I’m not going to go over everything that has been shared but prayer is a basic foundation of our life and relationship with the Father. Nothing new necessarily but critical to our living as followers of Christ especially at this hour.

Yes and as I shared even about my own personal correction and awareness yesterday that I’ve begun to learn to address God as our Father more in my prayer life. Matthew 6:9; 1 John 3:1; 2 Corinthians 6:18. Not that you may not already be doing so, but I believe that as you do like I have, that you will discover a difference in your relationship with God. Addressing God as our Father will help us to be more conscious of the special relationship we have with God (no longer just a servant/ master relationship), a different level of intimacy with Him, and an awareness of my/our identity as His sons and daughters.

Going back in our discipleship, we know that there are several kinds of prayer, one of which is intercession. I also shared our call to intercede for others, for our nation, etc. not only just the needs of our own lives. I don’t have to remind us of what we see happening in our world today and the hour that is upon us to recognize our need to intercede.

The following article is from James W. Goll title: “History-Making Intercessors: “Attention! Be On Alert!” I believe it is an important teaching for us to not only learn but to apply within our lives for God’s Kingdom purposes. Personally I have heard James Goll speak in person at conferences before, and he has been in ministry for many years now. His teaching is sound and insightful. Please read and be blessed and encouraged. Within the article are the (4) four definitions of an intercessor:

History-Making Intercessors: “Attention! Be On Alert!”

James W. Goll, Franklin, TN

“Attention! Be On Alert!”

One of my primary tasks for years has been to be a “watchman on the walls”. I, like many others, have prayed on sight with insight at many historic locations around the globe. But my primary two assignments have always been the United States of America and the nation of Israel. Every year I set special time aside to intercede on days such as the National Day of Prayer, Day of Atonement, Global Day of Prayer, Passover, Pentecost and many other special days.

But some of my most strategic times of prayer are when I am alone in the middle of the night, being awakened by the Holy Spirit calling me to be on the walls, waiting and watching and responding to the burden of the Lord. This often looks like prayers of authority for crisis and prophetic intercession.

Recently an angel of the Lord came and stood at the end of my bed in my home and awakened me by its presence. I sat up in bed startled all over again. This warrior angel exuded a presence of authority, strength and might, and the manifested presence in my bedroom was one of the “fear of the Lord”.

The angel simply stared at me for a while, and then announced, “Attention! Be on the alert!” It was impossible for me not to be attentive at that moment. Having had various encounters previously, I knew not to take this lightly. I knew this was a call not just to me but to the intercessors in the United States and around the world. It was a Call to Arms! It was a call to not give up. I was charged with a power of the Holy Spirit to, “Never, Never, Never Give Up!”

One of the first great intercessors in the Bible was Abraham, and his most famous intercessory prayer was for one of the most sinful places in the ancient world! Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with sin, sexual debauchery, and sodomy, yet the great Patriarch of Israel, the “father of faith,” interceded passionately that those twin cities of sin be spared! I believe it was this kind of compassion that led God to say, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” (Genesis 18:17 NASB)

Following in the Footsteps of Abraham

When God told Abraham that He planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, the patriarch asked God if He planned to destroy the righteous people along with the wicked. Abraham then made the counterproposal, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?” (Genesis 18:23b-24 NASB).

When God agrees to relent if 50 righteous people were found, Abraham persisted to drive the numbers lower, knowing only Lot and his family could possibly qualify. The patriarch whittled the number down to 20, and in verse 32 he reached a pivotal place that is important for us to see. Abraham said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?” (Genesis 18:32 NASB)

God agrees to Abraham’s request, but this passage causes us to wonder, What if Abraham hadn’t stopped at ten? God definitely showed no signs of being angry with Abraham over his persistent intercession and pleading on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah. In fact, I believe God liked it. I have a hunch that Abraham could have gone even lower. (But, then again, I wasn’t there and I certainly don’t have all the facts at hand.) However, this incident illustrates one of the fundamental laws governing the relationship between God and man: God quits when man quits.

What did you say, James? Yes, God quits when man quits! Sounds like a bunch of works with no grace involved – some people might think. No, God loves a good fight and He calls us to be enforcers of Christ’s triumph on the Cross. We are Kingdom Enforcers! We are called to be His tenacious bulldogs in the Holy Spirit and we are invited as co-laborers to lay hold of the promises of God for our generation and not let go until. Until What? Until the fullness of His Kingdom comes on earth as it is in Heaven!

History-making intercessors just flat out never give up. They continue until! I love it…so will you. I am known for the prophetic, as a historian and teacher, but my highest place in God is as a Holy Ghost Barterer. Yours can be also!

Four Clear Biblical Definitions of an Intercessor

I have taught the following four clear points for years around the globe. But you must bring all of these Scriptural examples together to see our full role as History Makers. These four Biblical definitions of an intercessor paint a succinct picture of our amazing calling as effective prayer warriors. So hold on – you’ve gotta get the whole picture – not just a one-frame shot. So let’s gain some greater insight by clearer definition.

An effective intercessor is one who:

1. Reminds the Lord of promises and appointments not yet met and fulfilled.

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isaiah 62:6-7 NASB

2. Takes up the case of justice before God on behalf of another.

Yes, truth is lacking; and he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the Lord saw, and it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice. And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no one to intercede… Isaiah 59:15-16a NASB

3. Builds up the wall of protection against the demonic forces in critical times of battle.

O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord. Ezekiel 13:4-5 NASB

4. Stands in the gap between God’s righteous judgment, which is due, and the need for mercy on the people’s behalf.

“And I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord God. Ezekiel 22:30-31 NASB (Photo via James Goll)

Bringing all four of these definitions together we see the following: An intercessor is one who relentlessly reminds the Lord of His prophetic promises while identifying the needs for justice in our generation. We do spiritual warfare against the powers of darkness in the mighty name of Jesus while lifting a cry for mercy upon our spheres of delegated rule for Christ’s name sake!

Whew! That is history-making intercession for sure. Makes me want to sign up all over again. How about you?!

How Do We Respond to His Promises?

History-making intercessors deal with two kinds of promises: 1. the promises recorded in the Word of God which are yet to be fulfilled or are ongoing promises available to every Believer by faith; and 2. the prophetic, revelatory promises given to us in our day through the voice of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are true, but also are yet to be fulfilled (see 1 Timothy 1:18-19). We must contend for the promises!

God tells us in the Book of Jeremiah that He is watching over His Word to perform it (see Jeremiah 1:12). That means the most valid and effective way to present our case before God is to rehearse and respectfully remind Him of His unchanging Word. When we rehearse a promise from our faithful God, He requires Himself to watch over that Word to perform it. But this entreaty only can be done with the purest of motives from hearts that are clean before God.

Even then, we are only authorized to “argue” or present our case for those things and petitions which: 1. Are in accordance with God’s will; 2. Extend His Kingdom; and 3. Glorify His name.

Christians who believe in the current-day operation of the gifts of the Spirit need to make sure their arsenal includes the foundational evangelical truths: the integrity of the Scriptures as the inspired, infallible Word of God and the final authority in salvation, doctrine, conduct, reproof, and correction. Many evangelicals, on the other hand, need to add the fervor, faith, and power of the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit and His gifts.

We need an Acts 13 wedding between the School of the Word and the School of the Spirit. Then and only then can we proceed with assurance into the fullness of what God has in mind for this generation. Years ago, I once publicly heard the revivalist and statesman Leonard Ravenhill declare, “If you have the Word without the Spirit, you will dry up. If you have the Spirit without the Word, you will blow up. But if you have the Spirit with the Word, you will grow up.” I say amen to this simple declaration.

So let’s kneel on the promises both written and revelatory and birth them from the revelatory, spiritual realm into the natural, earthly realm. “Your Kingdom come! Your Will be done! On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Impose the heavenly rule of Christ Jesus in a time and space world. Stretch forth your rod of authority and reign on… be on the ATTENTION! It is time to call forth a Holy Spirit Border Patrol Guard around the gates of this nation.

Are you attentive? Are you on the Alert? Are you watching with Him? Are you waiting on Him or is He waiting on Us? “Attention! Be on the Alert!”

A watchman on the walls!

Dr. James W. Goll

Founder of Encounters Network • Prayer Storm • God Encounters Training e-School

Switzerland Pre-Gathering 2015 Summary

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

Called upon the Lord to gather in the beautiful town of Emmetten, Switzerland, over 120 from among the nations came together for four days to enjoy the privilege of being in the presence of the Lord and in the fellowship with one another. Quite significant was the large number that made the sacrifice to attend this pre-gathering who had also attended the Kobe Gathering in Japan just a week earlier. This was a wonderful sign of the commitment to walk together for the purposes of our Lord for this hour.

The location of our gathering was divinely appointed, near the site of the birthplace of Switzerland. We were all greeted and warmly welcomed by Geri Keller, a spiritual father in the land and the German-speaking family. Rich in spiritual heritage, David Demian added that Reinhard Bonnke stated that Switzerland is known as “the Upper Room of Europe.” Of course, the Upper Room was the place where Jesus met his disciples. Significantly, Switzerland has been called to intercede for the nations. Our gathering was a time of worship and prophetic intercession for God’s heart for the nations, the German-speaking world and all of Europe.

Of the times and season we are in, no one clearly knows how we are to navigate through it but as David Demian has come to realize, we are in a totally different season, not just a notch up from the same. We have entered into a time where we move beyond words and comprehension. God is doing a “new thing.” David expounded how Isaiah 48:6-8,11 says that God will do a new thing that has not been known before that reflect the times we are living. What we encounter and experience will not be understood by what we have known or experienced before. “They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, ‘Yes, I knew of them.’ You have neither heard nor understood.” It may sound unsettling, but as we walk with the Lord in faith and obedience, the Father Himself will bring revelation and understanding of what He is doing in and through the Body of Christ.

It is not difficult to see that we are witnessing the clash of the kingdoms at this hour in many parts of the World especially in the Middle East. As we worshipped together in one voice, we declared, “Arise O God, may your enemies be scattered.” We believe that as darkness increases in this hour, the light of the Kingdom of God will become even more increasingly great, for we will see a harvest like never before. It will not be like anything we have experienced or seen before, for God is doing a new thing. The end time harvest will result as the confrontation between the kingdoms clashing. In the harvest, God will release the fullness of the Gentiles. It will be more like catching the fish as they come rather than going out to attempt to fish.

Alignment with God and one another is critical. Relationship with the Father and with one another is and will always be key. Hearing and discerning the voice of the Lord will be a huge factor. The corporate unity of the Body of Christ will be critical in order to align with the heart of God. If the Body is divided or broken, it cannot function to fulfill God’s heart and purposes.

It is all about the Father’s heart. The gatherings are about the passion for Jesus and for one another. The gatherings are a tool or a channel of what God said in the first church, to come together with one heart, one spirit, and to love one another as a family. The fruit of this movement is evident in Japan and in China. Unity and love are vital. Unity is necessary so that the Holy Spirit can move. Hospitality and honor are key components of love.

The “family” is a key principle in what the Father is establishing. The old paradigm is the picture of passing the baton in which once the hand off occurs, the runner falls out of the race, and this is especially often applied from one generation to the next. However, the correct picture is not a passing of the baton, but rather like the formation of the Canadian geese, we take turns to lead but we all go together. No one drops out or is left out or left behind. We all continue to move together in the same direction. The geese that drop to the rear continue to quack to let the front geese know that they are still following.

No clearer picture of this heart for unity among the generations to run together than the travailing for the youth. The Holy Spirit was on Anna Demian to travail and to cry out for the younger generation to come, to come out, to call them home to the family, to come home. The call was for the broken youth back into the family. It was also a cry for the fathers and mothers to be there for them, to welcome them, and to embrace them. The heart cry was for a safe place to be established, to have a voice, and to be able to grow and to step into their fullness.

Moreover, the men repented to the Father and to the women for not willing to take the place of a true father to the women and the children. For being caught up in the self and doing just what is the minimum. Together, we repented on behalf of the men for being the reluctant father. We vowed to be present, to be vulnerable, to be all that God has called us to be. The men repented also to the women for not releasing the women to be the mothers in all that they have been called to be. These moves reflected what the Spirit is doing to deepen the heart of the family, the family of God.

We need to realize and affirm that this journey is about the family of God being together in the love and unity of Christ. This is not a vision with a family but a family with a vision. We come together not to accomplish a cause but we come together as a family first and foremost. It is only through relationships will we fulfill the heart of the Father.

Ultimately, this journey we are on is not just about Germany but the global move of God. It is releasing in the spirit God’s divine order for the end-times. It is the establishment of the “one new man” Paul talks about in Ephesians 2:15. It is the reconciliation between Jew and Gentile. It is more than just about Germany and the Jews, the Holocaust, the 70 years of bondage. It is more than just Jews and Arabs. Through the Reformation, the church was established. However, through the Reformation, there came a disconnection between our Jewish older brother and the Gentile brothers. In the heart of God, this relationship needs to be brought back into unity to become the one new man Christ had come to establish. We are preparing the Church to be fully that one new man.

In worship, we cried out, “Your bride is here waiting for your coming!” We long for the return of the Lord. We long for the readiness and completeness of the Body of Christ to be the Bride of Christ to welcome His return. “Come! Every tribe, every tongue, every nation!” We prophetically marched around the place. We travailed in prayer for the nations, and in unified declaration, lifted our voices with the cry of our hearts. We believe that even the small prophetic acts committed in the natural have ramifications in the spirit and fruit for generations to come. It only takes just enough to fulfill reconciliation. Remnant theology is reflected throughout Scriptures. Don’t question your place! You are needed!

Throughout our time together, we were free to sing, to dance, and to enjoy being with the Lord and being with one another. We experienced the presence of the Lord dwelling with us. As we continue on this journey, we are longing for the lingering presence of the Lord to go with us. Papa Geri exhorted us to “go and tend my sheep, the sheep of my nations.” 2015 will mark a transition, a bringing together the “one new man.” The invitation is for the nations to come together in Germany later this year and to help to strike the land. The Asian Gathering is to prepare the way by aligning the Asian nations to be ready for his purposes in Germany. Events will take place between now and then. This will be a foretaste of what is to come.

Branches Covenants With Zion

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 in Ministry Highlights, Pastor's Page  |  Print

Our Branches family covenant with Church of Zion to walk together in a significant moment this past Sunday, 3/15/15. Our Heavenly Father had brought our two ministries together some 30 years ago before we were even a church and through the years He has knitted our hearts together first in the natural and now in the spiritual. This is a significant time for Branches to rise up and to take her place in the Kingdom.

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North American Gathering in Toronto

Posted on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 in Pastor's Page  |  Print
    A Reflection of the North American Gathering Feb 16-18 2015

As I reflect upon our gathering in Toronto, I am overwhelmed with joy and in praise of our Lord for all that we experienced and shared together. I thank the Lord for the richness of His presence with us, for without Him, none of what we experienced would have happened. No one could have planned or imagined such a powerful and spirit-filled gathering. It was beyond our imagination and expectations. It was truly an honor and a privilege for all of us to come together. We recognized also that not everyone could come, so we honor and remember those relationships as well.

Yes, the Father was drawing us to Himself as well as to one another. All 70 of us came together despite the record breaking freezing temperatures. It was great to see the family of God come from all over North America: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Maryland, D.C., Texas, British Columbia, and Ontario. For some of us it was a warm reunion and for others it was meeting the family for the very first time. It was a blessing to have spiritual fathers and mothers to be with us: Gideon Chiu, Lucy Cheung, Lydia Wong, and Fred and Molica Hsu. This gathering was not just for the Asian family, but we openly welcomed our Caucasian brothers and sisters from Canada as well as our brother and sister, Walter and Myra Rayo, originally from Nicaragua whom we believe to be a prophetic seed of what is to come. We were so blessed to have this diversity in our midst, and we pray that this would continue to grow to include other ethnic groups. We truly felt that Walter and Myra are seeds of what is to come. Papa Fred prayed that you can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you cannot count the number of apples that comes from a single seed when it fully matures. We look forward to what is to come.

A heartfelt word of appreciation and gratitude to Steve and Esther Chua and their All Nations House of Prayer family as well as Jason and Emily Liu and their Fountain of Life family and Samuel and Helen Cheng of the Full Gospel Businessmen for hosting, serving, housing, translating, leading in worship, and providing delicious meals for all of us. They were an amazing blessing to us. In the end, we recognized that the foundation of what we experienced in those three days had been sown in the spirit through the many years of prayer and intercession of these ministries. It was no coincidence that we met in Toronto.

We experienced such joy and freedom as we worshipped and danced together. We felt our Heavenly Father was delighting in the joy of His children. As we worshipped, Michael Pierce shared a revelation that we were not worshipping in order to go deeper, but that in our worship, we were already in the deep. We enjoyed fellowship with one another as we ate great food and even had a special hotpot dinner in celebration of Chinese New Years. It was amazing. Papa Gideon and Papa Fred led us to openly share with the group our lives along this Kingdom journey and what an honor it has been to walk together. In addition, we shared how the core values of this Kingdom journey (see last page) have come to impact our lives. Ultimately, we were just enjoying ourselves as human “beings” and not having to be human “doings.” It was great to laugh, to sing, and even to cry with each other as the Lord touched our hearts. We had come to love and to be loved by the Father and through one another.

When we had arrived, we had a limited idea of just enjoying our Heavenly Father and one another, but in the end, the Lord led us into a deeper and rich experience to pray, to intercede, to declare, and to contend for the Kingdom of God over North America and for one another. On one occasion, as we were worshipping the Lord led us to pray and bless the spiritual fathers and mothers of Ontario, Canada. The Lord moved through the Chinese to gather around the group and to pray for a fresh release of His Spirit to bring unity over the Body of Christ in the province.

Moreover, on one of our evenings, the Lord led the spiritual fathers and mothers of Toronto in humility to repent over the human failings of the Toronto blessings. One by one each repented, “how in the end, we sought His hand and not His face and His power and not His presence,” and to ask for the Spirit’s forgiveness for limiting Him. We do not want to put the Holy Spirit in a box. We invited the Holy Spirit to come once again in a fresh and new way. It was no coincidence that Papa Gideon, who was led in the Spirit to roar as the Lion of Judah over the dragon of China during the Toronto meetings, was with us in this significant moment. I believe there was something significantly released in the spirit.

The Lord led us to a number of prophetic acts to express what God had placed within us. It was revealed that Toronto means “gathering place,” but it also means trees standing along waters edge or in water. As a result, we were led by the Spirit as representatives from the east and the west to come like a wave to crash over Toronto and representatives of Ontario with a fresh outpour of His Spirit upon the land. In a prophetic act, we formed two lines, one with those who came from the east and one with those who had come from the west. In the middle were those from Toronto and Ontario. Simultaneously, the two lines of waves came crashing together upon the representatives of the land. Some were filled with the Holy Spirit as a result and could hardly get up.

Following the prophetic acts, the Lord led us to pray for a fresh release and roar from the younger generation, for we know the heart of the Father is to connect the older and the younger generation as stated in Malachi 4:5,6. Our intercession is that the Lord would raise up a generation that would roar against the principalities of darkness. Pastor Steve and Esther stood with their son John and embraced as a reflection of what God is doing to bring the hearts of the Father to their children and the hearts of the children to their Fathers. All were blessed both young and old by their transparency and love for each other.

Many of us had come from different streams within the Body. On another occasion, the Lord led us in a prophetic act to use different colors of long crepe fabric to represent the different streams within the Body. For example, those who were influenced by the Pentecostal movement, Mainline evangelical, Azusa Street revival, the Anabaptist, Latter Day Rain, Vineyard, Charismatic movement, and so on. We stood in lines of our different streams and then we began to move about the room crossing over and under and interweaving. Ultimately we united all the various spiritual streams into one under the crown of our Lord Jesus Christ. We built a tabernacle of David that represents the presence of God and the unity of all the streams that flow together. We were led to bless the heart of the Lord who is bringing the Body together to answer the prayer of the Son in John 17 and to prepare the Bride for His return.

On another occasion while worshipping, we received a text that a key Christian political leader was in the midst of an important interview. Together we contended in one heart and in one spirit and a potential detrimental situation was averted to the glory and praise of our Lord! Moreover, we prayed and blessed political and educational leaders who had come visit us. We had realized that no longer were we standing for our own national allegiances of Canada and America, but rather, we were standing and contending as the Kingdom of God against the kingdom of darkness. The borders between the nations of this continent have been erased and it is now kingdom against kingdom as the issues are the same whether it is Canada or America. This sentiment is reflected in how the First Peoples viewed the land of North America as one and not with political boundaries.

Core Values of the Homecoming Journey shared at our Gathering
1. We will not initiate on our own accord. We seek God’s presence. We learn to corporately wait and listen upon the Lord. It is a posture as sons and daughters that we know our Father. We do not do just because we have a need. Our structure is flexible in order to allow the Holy Spirit to lead.
2. We are here because of relationships. Although our relationships may be at various levels, it’s because of relationships that we stand together in all seasons of life, for better and for worse. This is a family journey, not a movement. Our pursuit is not a movement but our pursuit is His presence. As we establish relationships, blessings flow. In our relationships, we learn to:
a. Never be offended – Do not allow anything to cause offense. If I am wrong, I apologize. If people say I am wrong, I apologize.
b. Always find responsibility over the next person – We care for one another.
c. Never defend for yourself
3. We are not the only ones who are doing good things. There are many excellent ministries all around. However there are times when the Lord calls for a critical mass to gather for His appointment purposes. It’s not about how many but just enough.
4. We learn to trust God and trust one another. Trust is not from analysis or agreement but established through relationships. God will always reward our faith and not necessarily our needs.
5. We are called to be fathers and mothers. We learn to be fathers and mothers by learning to be sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. We rejoice in seeing others rise up and be blessed especially the generations walking hand in hand.
6. We lay down our titles. We are all needed. No matter the size of our congregations, length of service, or our titles, we are all simply needed. Leaders are not there to do but to protect what God wants to do.
7. We come not to get but to bless our Heavenly Father.
8. We function as family.
a. A key has been given to the family of nations not just China and like the Canadian geese aligned in formation along a journey, each nation takes their place to fulfill the Lord’s purposes.
b. The key of reconciliation into unity of the Body will release the greatest move.
c. The key of generational walk releases blessings into the land.

The experiences of the three days were so fulfilling. This report is an attempt to share what we experienced together. There is actually more. Ultimately, we believe that the Lord would call us to be together again soon. Before leaving, the Lord led us to make a covenant with one another. Every individual and family made a public declaration of commitment to walk together and much like a sand covenant, we used salt as a symbol of the blending together our individual lives into a common bowl to represent the whole. None of us could have planned all that we shared together in those three days. We truly felt a shift spiritually in North America because of the unity and oneness of heart that we shared. All praise, honor, and glory be to our Lord Jesus!

Love,
Daniel Kwok
West Coast Representative from Los Angeles
Branches Fellowship

Fourth Wave Conference

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

We were encourage to hear what the Lord was saying through Rabbi Joseph Shulam from Israel. We are in the midst of a fourth wave move of the Holy Spirit to bring the Church into unity. A leader in this move is the church in China. Asia is leading the way in what God is doing in these end times. And discovering its relationship with Israel is what God is also doing in the church in China. The Lord has given the Chinese a heart for Israel. They love the Jews even before meeting a Jew. At this hour, Israel is the catalyst. God has not rejected Israel. This fourth wave ultimately is the restoring of the Jewish people and the OT in relationship with the church in the NT. We must recognize and acknowledge that is no other than the One God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in our obedience and our worship. Not only one God but also one Body in Christ when He returns. The power of the Holy Spirit is being released at this hour for this work. “Then I saw another angel coming from the east, having the seal o the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea” Revelations 7:2

Special Gathering

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 in Pastor's Page, Special Events  |  Print

Pastor Peter Han from Israel shared an important message for the Body of Christ at this hour especially to the Asian churches. It’s time to wake up from complacency in the Church and to align our hearts with what God is doing in the nations notably Asia. As the Asian diaspora, we have an important role to play in supporting and participating with what God is doing in Asia to bring the Gospel back to Jerusalem and to prepare the Bride for the Lord’s imminent return. We are in the last hour, and we can discern it by what we see in the world and according to His Word. God will use the remnant church to fulfill His strategies at this hour. It may not be the mainline churches but those who would be willing to lay down their agendas and be used by the Lord for His purposes.