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A New Season and A New Day!

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

My prayer for this New Season and this new day for our Branches Family: I pray that our of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Branches, “do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Branches, do not look back but wake up to a new day and expect the Lord to come into our world this year in a fresh and power way. Don’t approach the future with a downcast gaze and a discouraged demeanor. But fix your eyes on Jesus! Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will also be given you.

It’s time for us to take our place in the Kingdom, to rise up and stand confidently in who we are in Christ Jesus. Do not shrink back nor waver but let us align our hearts with the Lord and let us run the race that has been marked out before us. Rejoice and be glad for the Lord is with us!

The Gathering in Jerusalem

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 in Ministry Highlights, Pastor's Page  |  Print

The Gathering in Jerusalem, Israel, was one of the most powerful times in all history in bringing together the Family of God, the Body of Christ, from across the nations to gather to worship our Lord and King Jesus, in the city of our great King, Jerusalem. Words are insufficient to describe the 3500 worshippers and the spirit of the heart of love and unity experienced by all especially between the Messianic Jews and the Arab Christian brothers and sisters. I invite all to visit the website www.822call.org to view each of the sessions recorded. God is moving in the nations, the kingdoms are clashing but the Lord is raising a remnant to fulfill His plans and purposes for the nations at this hour.

A Renewed Call to Intercession

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

This letter from Pastor Jack Hayford of Church on the Way resonates on my heart in what the Spirit of God is communicating with us at this hour. Please read carefully and let us heed together the call to intercession.

Dear Friend,

Although I am not, by nature, an alarmist, I am writing you today to sound an alarm. To alert you to a danger that has arisen in America in this hour, and to encourage you to respond to it with faith-filled action.

What I am about to say, I believe comes not just from me but from the heart of the Holy Spirit. I am convinced He is speaking to us these days with great urgency and intensity. As we move through this 4th of July season, and are mindful of the blessings God has poured out upon America, the Lord Himself is sounding the alarm

He is re-awakening us, as Christians in America, to a call that is fundamental to the ministry of every believer. He is alerting us to the danger we face and, for the sake of our country’s future, He is calling us to do the only thing that can avert it.

He is calling us back to the ministry of intercession.

For the past 20 years or so, the church in America has drifted away from this ministry. You may not be aware of it if you’re younger than I am (and, given my current age, most likely you are). But from my vantage point the change is unmistakable.

In my early years when I began pastoring, intercessory prayer was woven into the very fabric of the church. Our congregation at Church on the Way, like many others, was very much “into it,” (as we might have said back then) not because intercession was hip or popular, but because in those days it was considered foundational to the Christian life.

Sadly, however, this is no longer the case. Interceding congregations are scarce these days.

The praying church in our nation has declined. We are considerably distanced from the intercessory pattern that characterized the lives of believers 30 or 40 years ago. Although there are believers here and there who still know a good deal about it, multitudes of Christians don’t. Even some of those who have been faithful intercessors in the past have let it slip. Rather than continuing to watch and pray, some have drifted off to sleep.

I don’t mean to be melodramatic, loved one, but this is the unvarnished truth: Neglecting the ministry of intercession has cost us dearly. It has taken a great toll, not just on the church, but on our entire nation.

We see the evidence of it all around us: Economic and governmental problems too numerous to mention, a disregard for Biblical values in our culture, an absence of the fear of the Lord. As believers, we are all disappointed and frustrated by such conditions and are quick to voice our dismay. We call for political action. We talk about getting out the vote and booting out of office the politicians and government officials who got us into this mess.

But the scriptural reality is politicians and government officials are not the cause of our problems.

America is in the condition it’s in today because of the prayerlessness of the church! Our nation is spiritually and morally sick because so many Christians are either unaware of God’s call to intercede, or unaware of how to go about it.

I’m not suggesting that as Christians we shouldn’t vote and be active in government. But our votes alone will not make enough difference. Political activism will not meet the need. No amount of human energy or enterprise can save this country.

The only thing that will save America now is prayer.

Some might consider this bad news, but it’s actually not. The future of America, though seriously imperiled, is salvageable. If the living Church will rise to be the Church God intends, this nation can be turned around. If believers will once again become responsible and sensitive to the call to intercede, we will find God’s Word is still good. His power is still sufficient. In our day, as in the days of Solomon, He will fulfill His promise:

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chron. 7:14-15)

“But Pastor Jack,” you might say, “the problems we face are so massive, I don’t know what to pray. I’m so disgusted and distressed by them I don’t know where to start.”

Then start with forgiveness. Forgiveness opens the door to effective intercession.

Why? Because to intercede is to step in on behalf of someone else. It is to do for another, through prayer, what Jesus did for us. As the ultimate Intercessor, He stood before God on our behalf when we were too unworthy, rebellious, or ignorant to stand before Him on our own. “He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for them all” (Is. 53:12).

As believers, we’re called to follow His example, to go to God in prayer for those who cannot and will not go to Him themselves. But we can’t do it with anger and irritation in our hearts. We can’t intercede for people when we’re mad at them. On the contrary, our intercession must begin, as Jesus’s did on the cross, with the cry, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” (Lk. 23:24, KJV).

That cry is not often heard in the church these days. It seems we are better schooled in political judgmentalism, analysis, and criticism than in being the first to forgive. This is one reason the ministry of intercession has been crippled.

But you and I can help turn the tide. We can ask God to forgive, not just the sinful and broken people around us, but everyone in our society, no matter how grotesque, corrupt, or evil they’ve become. Instead of calling for condemnation, we can say, “Lord, what’s happening in our nation is not worthy of You. It merits judgment but I ask You for mercy. Father, forgive us, as a people, and breathe on us Your redemptive grace.”

Can such simple prayers make a difference? Absolutely. You are an anointed child of the Most High God. Even a brief prayer uttered from your lips can change things.

What’s more, you don’t have to stop there.

You can do more. You can pray on-beyond yourself and your own abilities because, as Romans 8:26 says, “The Spirit . . . helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Imagine a child trying to put together a puzzle that’s too complicated for him. Then envision a father taking hold of the child’s hand and helping him put the pieces in the right places. That’s what the Holy Spirit does for us. As we yield to Him in intercession, He helps us. He takes hold together with us and gives us spiritual words and groanings that are beyond our natural comprehension so that we can pray exactly the right thing.

Beloved, America can be saved! You and I, as Abraham’s spiritual seed, can help bring God’s blessing on this nation. So let’s do it. Let’s change history by rising up and being the Church God intends us to be.

Asia Gathering 2013

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 in Ministry Highlights, Pastor's Page  |  Print

The Asian Homecoming Gathering in Hong Kong was amazing as 22,000 worshiped as one.  Thank you all who prayed for this event and for what the Lord is doing in Asia presently.  It was encouraging to see 10,000 from mainland China attend along with representatives of 36 nations.  For pictures of this event: go to www.asiagathering.hk.

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Los Angeles Asian Homecoming

Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

We want to thank all for coming to the Los Angeles Asian Homecoming whether at EFCLA on Friday night and Saturday or at the pastors/leaders meetings on Thursday night and Friday at the Agape Center.  We praise God for the wonderful time we had not only to meet and connect with one another but also to worship our Lord and King, and to enjoy His presence with us.  It was certainly nothing we have experienced before in terms of the diversity of people in attendance and as well for the purposes of our gathering as God’s family. We definitely sense the Lord’s presence with us.

One person described it this way, “the Homecoming was so beautiful, powerful… and inspiring… It was beyond words.” Our time was about vision sharing, unfolding God’s unprecedented activities in China and Asia in recent years and unveiling the Father’s heart for the nations.  The Lord is strategically raising up the Chinese and the Asian nations specifically for His end time purposes.  It was no coincidence that we had strong representation not only from the Chinese but also the Japanese and Korean Christian community.

We thank Pastor David Demian and all the other spiritual fathers who traveled to be with us and to release God’s mandate for the Chinese and Asian churches at this hour.  As we continue on this journey, God has revealed the next step for His people.  This coming summer in July, the Lord is calling forth a gathering of the Asian nations to assembly in Hong Kong.  Expected to attend will be over 15,000 Chinese from Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and overseas as well as Christian leaders from many other nations.  The call is for the Asian nations to fall in line with the Chinese for God’s Kingdom.

We encourage the North American Chinese and Asian Christian family to pray for this gathering and to align our heart and spirit to what the Holy Spirit is speaking and doing.  We encourage each one of us to continue to be alert and awake spiritually to the voice of the Lord and the moves of God.  You and I were born for such a time as this.

For the King and His Kingdom,

Daniel Kwok

LA Core Team Coordinator

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Pray for Asia

Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

God is moving in unprecedented ways amongst the Body of Christ in China and across Asia.  A significant gathering of Chinese Christians from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, North America, and other parts of the world will take place from July 3-6 in Hong Kong.  Please pray and intercede for this significant gathering and the on-going move of God in Asia.  The following website will detail more info on this event.  Please see www.asiagathering.hk.

Word for Branches 2013

Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2013 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

I want to encourage us to be “Living with Vision.”  The idea of vision is not just about a goal, a vision, or a mission statement but is about a clarity of “living” and “being” as God’s people who are “alive” “awake” and “alert” and who have “revelation” “understanding” of God’s heart and word for our lives for today.

God is moving in unprecedented ways in our world today.  It is an exciting time and one that requires spiritual awareness.  He wants to speak and reveal His heart and His will.  He wants us to hear what the Spirit is saying and understand what the Spirit is doing.

Prophetic Words for Branches

Posted on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 in Pastor's Page, Sunday's Message  |  Print

The Lord is saying to Branches that this is a NEW DAY:

“I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.  See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”  Isaiah 42:8,9

“Tell him (Branches) this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord.”  Zechariah 6:12

Whose Responsibility Is It?

Posted on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

This is a story about four people:  Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody

“There was an important job to be done and everybody was asked to do it.  Everybody was sure somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was everybody’s job.  Everybody thought anybody could do it, but nobody realized that everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that everybody blamed somebody when actually nobody asked anybody.” – Michael Mata, Jr.

I believe the Body of Christ needs to work together.

Summer of Increase

Posted on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 in Pastor's Page  |  Print

This summer, God has been working to increase the level of growth, maturity, and size of our ministry.  We have been fortunately to participate in a number of opportunities for God to minister and to work in and through our lives.  It has been an amazing and full summer filled with NOT just activities but life changing moments.

Our summer began with TWYG week.  The weeklong activities that combined ice-breakers, outdoor activities, sports, and community service.  The youth met new friends.  At the end of TWYG week and culminating the end of the school year, we honored the graduates with a special dinner. 

During the summer the TWYGS increased their understand of God’s word in the study of the Book of Daniel in their weekly Bible Study that was also combined with our Prayer Meeting.  The TWYGS experienced a new level of hearing God and interceding what was on His heart.  Throughout the summer, the TWYGS also took part in stepping out of their comfort zones while going Treasure Hunting.  There was an increase level of boldness and faith to share and minister the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

By faith, in June, we sent Gabe, Jenny, and Isaac Leong to Australia to receive worship leading training at Hillsong School of Worship.  God is stretching their faith and their abilities.

By faith this summer, Jennifer Kwan went with her CSBS team to Dalian, China.  Imagine, the same location from where international students were ministered by our church a few years ago.

By faith, Chan and Jenny Chao went to Mexico as part of a medical missions team to serve.  By faith, Ellerie has gone back to Kona Hawaii to staff a Compassion DTS.

We had a wonderful time of fellowship throughout the summer whether it was Sunday lunches, BBQ’s or gatherings at Tokeshi-Torres’, Chao’s, Wu’s, Eng’s, Jetton’s or the Kwok’s.   The Men’s basketball on Thursday night grew in which we saw regularly 18-21 guys come out to play.  Through this, we have come to meet new friends as well as connect with old ones too. 

We received great news of Nelson’s cancer recovery and his inspiring testimony of God’s grace in his life.  Leading to his baptism as part of Vinepower weekend.  We also received the answered prayer over Grace’s thyroid problem.

We were thoroughly challenged by Firestorm with not only inspiring teaching but the activation to step out boldly, to minister healing and seize our inheritance as God’s children, and to release the joy of the Lord in our spirit. We were encouraged by God’s answered prayers.  Lily’s leg miraculously grew and others also received a touch from the Lord.

Following the Firestorm we had the Relationship Seminar.  God opened our eyes to the realities of premarital sex and God’s desire for healthy and restored relationships.  It was a time of healing, breaking of bondages, and restoring his plan for our lives.

Firestorm was also a preparation for the Cambodia Outreach Team (Team Brambo) that made such an impact upon the people of Battambang.  We were able to send a team of 8 to Cambodia for two weeks.  During those two weeks while working with children, the hearts of the team members’ deepened and the vision broadened for what God is doing in the nations.  Words cannot describe the impact the experience has made upon the 8 that went.  Their lives will never be the same.

We witnessed the baptism and testimonies of George Yu, Nelson Yip, and Dillon Eng.  The baptisms were a defining moment for each of their spiritual journey with Christ… a place of expressing of commitment to Jesus not only as our Savior but Lord.

We had the completion of the Life in Christ discipleship by Alex Ye and several others who have completed the book but only to take the final.  Jonathan Zapata gave his life to the Lord when he received Jesus Christ.

We welcomed new friend Chris Lee, welcomed back Frank Ng from Afghanistan.

We were encouraged by everyone who was attempting to read through the entire Bible prior to Vinepower.  Lily, May and Tony all read through the Bible in the 40 days prior to Vinepower. In the end, whether you read one book of the Bible or completely, you are taking steps to build your relationship with God.

Micah, Grace, David, Helen, Jamie, Jen, Stacy, May, Christina, Michael all grew in participating to help lead worship on Sunday morning and at Vinepower.

We concluded the summer with Vinepower, the ministry of Ron Williams with another group of 64 attendees.  It was a valuable time to connect with God through his word and what he wants to do in our lives concerning our relationship with Him.

All these things over these past 3 months, no matter how great or small they appear to be, have had an effect in increasing our faith and deepening our relationship with God and one another.

May God be praised!

Pastor Daniel