Surviving the Wilderness

WOW Club WellMichele, Judah and I have just returned from one of the best weeks of ministry we have participated in over the past couple of years.  We spoke at the Pulaski Church of God near Roanoke, VA and then traveled with Austen Owens (our summer intern from Regent University) to the Prepare 2016 Conference in Washington, NC.  This was a great conference where the Lord poured out a fresh anointing on me as the band and I led the Morning Glory worship session.  Words cannot express how joyous and refreshing this session was for me as a fresh anointing fell upon us, launching us into this NEW season that God is opening to us.  We then traveled to Virginia Beach to meet with many of our monthly partners and ministry leaders.  We had around 50 leaders that joined us as the Founders Inn where we shared how God has helped us to survive this wilderness season, but also to share what we believe God is saying as we look ahead to 2017. And finally, we wrapped the week at Kingdom Life Ministries in Chesapeake, VA leading worship for their revival.  What a blessing to lead worship with Jason & Kelli Bare, and Jason & Shelly Ratliff, and especially our son Judah, who joined us on the frontline vocals.  Michele and I are so proud of our son and our spiritual sons and daughters.  We are truly blessed!

As I have shared with you in previous letters, we encountered a wilderness experience that began in June of 2014.  It has been a road that I wish we all could avoid, yet one I believe we all will face at some point in our walk with Christ.  Therefore, I believe that the Lord has called me to be as transparent as possible to share this experience with as many as He leads me to, and to impart seven (7) major keys that helped us to survive this dreaded season.  I believe that our sharing this will be one of the keys for our entering into this NEW season of ministry.

II Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  -KJV

As I read this, I feel as though Paul is speaking directly to the worshiper…the one who stands in worship looking into the glory of the Lord.  As we continue our gaze, God transforms us from Glory TO Glory.  From the Best He has created us to be, TO the Best He is calling us to be.  It is this “TO” that I believe marks a wilderness encounter.  It is the place found between two seasons, and because it exists we must recognize what it is and how to survive it to get to our NEW season.

This month, I would like to give you seven (7) themes that may help you define or recognize the wilderness.  These will be markers or indicators for you as to where you may be as you read this, or they may help you recognize they “WHY” for where you are right now.  Over the next couple of months, I will unpack these 7 keys that helped me survive, and I believe will help you during this season.

I’M LOST!
The first theme often portrays the wilderness as a place of threat, chaos and alienation.   It is barren, and nothing is familiar.  There are no markers or indicators or road map to help you know where you are.  All you know is that you have no idea how you got to this place, but even worse….you do not know where to go from here or how to get out!

I FEEL WITHDRAWN FROM EVERYONE
In the developing Christian tradition, the Wilderness is a place or state of withdrawal from the world to face the reality of God, oneself and one’s neighbor, and to overcome the power of evil.  We recognize this as the place where Jesus withdrew to and was tempted of the devil.  We must be careful with this one though to ensure that God has led us to this place of confrontation with God, and not us simply withdrawing as a result of depression or anxiety.

TRANSITION & CHANGE
The wilderness is a place of Transition and Change.  The children of Israel experienced this during their time in the wilderness.  They were being transformed from slaves to a free people in the Promised Land.  Of course, Jesus began his ministry after his time in the wilderness overcoming Satan, the evil one.  It is the place where one season ends and the next begins.

REVELATION
The wilderness is a place of Revelation.  This is perhaps the most prominent theme.  This is the place where God reveals himself in the burning bush, and through a pillar of fire and a cloud.  Of course Mt. Sinai is the central place in the wilderness revelation.  This is the place where EVERYONE saw, felt and heard the power of God on the mountain.

TESTING & JUDGEMENT
Israel faced judgment after pivotal revelation and rebellion at Mt. Sinai.  The church has always known that the desert is a place of temptation.  We must remember that the enemy will try to isolate you and I to get us to fall prey to temptations.  This can be a very dangerous place as you believe that you have lost everything, so you have nothing else to lose and therefore surrender to the lies and temptations that the enemy places before you.  God’s desire is that we overcome the temptation and walk in the power of HIS might, even when we feel we have no more fight within us at that moment in time.

VICTORIES ARE WON
In the wilderness, we will face conflicts, but great victories are gained.  Just as the Children of Israel encountered hostile enemies in the wilderness, these battles were only successful when they were obedient to the instruction of the Lord’s command.  And that is how you and I will win our great victories….when we are obedient to the instruction of the Lord.

A PLACE CREATED BY GOD
Perhaps the hardest lesson is to realize that the wilderness was created by God, not by Satan.  All things that were created were created by HIM.  Therefore, since it was created by God for a purpose, it is important for us to know how to survive our time in the wilderness.

In the next few months, I will unpack seven keys that God revealed to me during my wilderness encounter.  It is my prayer that God will use what He has shown me to help you where you are in your journey.

I have discovered in my sharing that numerous ministry leaders hit a wall similar to mine in 2014 and encountered this wilderness experience.  Oftentimes, simply knowing that others are going through what you are can provide a healing realizing that you are not alone.

Today, I encourage you keep your eyes continually fixed upon God.  Take one day at a time, and do not allow this wilderness to overcome you and fall by the wayside.  You are on your way From Glory “TO” Glory.  God’s best season for you is waiting on you, just ahead.  Keep pressing on and answer HIS Call upon your life.

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The Journey

Keith Duncan-8

I believe that we flew past Spring and jumped straight into summer. May was a blur, with a massive flurry activity within the Duncan household and His Call Ministries. I was blessed to celebrate my 48th birthday in May, and Judah completed his sophomore year with straight A’s; allowing him to exempt all of his exams, for which he is extremely thankful for. Additionally, he was able to get his driver’s license, and now is skirting about town on his own. (Pray saints pray!)

May was also filled with ministry opportunity every weekend during the month. We kicked the Mother’s Day weekend off by ministering at Campmeeting Ministries in Critz, VA, and then were blessed to speak at Pastor David & Cindy Bryant’s church in Danville as the keynote speaker for Mother’s Day. We then traveled to Maryland to minister and celebrate with Dr. Caretha Crawford at her 5th Year Gala Celebration for In Pursuit of His Presence Ministries. It was a rather spectacular evening giving the Lord praise for all He has accomplished through their ministry efforts. What a wonderful blessing to sow back into the lives and ministries of these our cherished Kingdom Covenant Partners.

We rounded out the last of the month by pulling together another great team of worship leaders, which I have worked with throughout the years, for a special Pentecost Celebration with Cornerstone Television Network in Pittsburgh, PA. God has given us great favor with the President of that great network, and we have several more weeks worth of ministry coming up throughout the rest of this year, as well as several weeks of taping for INSP with David & Barbara Cerullo. This seems to be a great year for television ministry opportunities.

I continue to be amazed at how God opens doors for me to minister to individuals through the Real Estate opportunity. Michele and I have prayed with many of our clients, and God has often given a word for their lives…and they have received it. God has used this season to help us better articulate God’s plan for people’s lives who are not churched and are not familiar with the Church lingo that we often surround ourselves with.

As I reflect not only over the past year of our life and ministry, I can look over the past 23 years or ministry with Michele and realize that with each step of our journey (regardless of whether it made sense at the time or not), God was teaching us a nugget that would add to the sum total of who we are.

Oftentimes, if we are not careful, we will overanalyze every opportunity set before us and can talk ourselves out of an opportunity that God has placed before us; especially if it is one that does not make sense. Unfortunately, when in pursuit of God’s plan and purpose for our lives, we are not allowed the opportunity and luxury of knowing the

“Why” to each door. It merely requires us to listen to the voice of the Lord at each cross road and move according to His direction.

  • What is God Speaking to you today?
  • Is it hard to hear what He is saying?
  • Does it make sense to you, or are you wrestling with it making sense?
  • What is holding you back from moving forward?

Each of these are key questions for you to ponder and consider as you are earnestly seeking for clear direction from the Lord. So, let me give you four things that may assist your journey.

ASK

First, with each opportunity it is important to ask God if this is an opportunity from Him, or a distraction.

Often, the enemy will use something as a mere distraction to prevent you from walking out what He is calling you to. But when you pray and earnestly seek His will, He will give you a green light to keep moving forward.

TRUST

As you move forward, you need to trust that He will direct and guide you. You need to continue walking forward until He illuminates a Red light, and if He does not, keep moving forward. This is part of the Faith walk required by each of us .

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. –Proverbs 3:5

OBEY

Obedience is a tricky one. This is the place where our thoughts and reasoning often interfere with what God has told us to do. This is what happened when King Saul made a sacrifice before going to war because Samuel was delayed in his journey. Saul thought the sacrifice was the ultimate requirement to victory, yet it violated God’s protocol with Samuel the priest making the sacrifice.

Often, we get in a hurry and try to figure things out and “Make It Happen” with our resources, giftings, and skill sets. Yet God still requires us to obey His plans that He has prescribed for our journey.

ENJOY

When you follow each of these steps on your journey, the Lord promises His provision for you. When you ask for His direction, when you step out in faith and Trust Him to guide you, and then when you choose to obey His voice and direction, then He plans for you to enjoy the fullness of that which He has purposed and destined for you.

Sometimes, especially in the Charismatic circles, we feel it is not OK to enjoy a season. We feel guilty, or we feel that we should not feel happiness. If we are not careful, we will waltz right past the blessing and not enjoy the season of rest that He has provided for us.

This state of enjoyment is not our final destination. Rather, it is the place that He provides to us beside the still waters. A season of rest, refreshing and ultimately re- enlistment for the next leg of our journey.

I have learned that life is not about a final destination, but rather of sequence of life events filled with moment along the journey that make us who we are called and purposed to be. The key is sharing those moments with others along our journey to assist with where they may be on their journey.

Michele and I are enjoying a season of rest from the stress and strain of executing our Throne Zone conferences. For 12 years, we have subjected ourselves to the pressure of raising the budget and executing an event with a great level of excellence. It has been very rewarding, yet very draining mentally, emotionally, and so God has allowed us this year a Sabbath rest for which we are very grateful.

In this season we are learning how to better and more effectively reach people with the message of the good news that Jesus brings to us; how He provides hope for individuals, and how He has a plan for their life.

He is exposing us to new technology to better enable us to reach people, better understanding the times and how to effectively reach and impact lives of individuals in this season on planet earth.

Today, I encourage you on your journey. Ask God what He has for you. Ask Him to begin to open and close doors for your life. As He begins to open doors (and close them), Trust that He is in control and take the first step toward that open door. Listen to His voice with every step, and continue moving forward until you get a “Red Light” or a “NO” from God. When He speaks a word to you, be quick to respond with a “YES LORD” and walk with relentless obedience to the voice of God. And finally, ENJOY the seasons of rest. Don’t push past that season, but abide by the still waters as long as He allows you to, knowing that He will soon be opening other doors to you leading you to the next leg of your journey.

Michele, Judah and I love you greatly and thank God that He has brought you into our lives to journey with you during this season of your life and ours. We believe He has great plans and purposes for you, but we also know that it may be a bumpy ride. Let us therefore covenant to encourage each other along the way. Speaking to one another in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs keeping our eyes focused upon the prize of the High Calling in Christ Jesus.

The Language of Love

Open Book On TableThis is the month when our hearts begin to turn toward the ones we love, or are very fond of. It is a time when we do special things; a time when we give chocolates and wonderful inspiring cards that convey a great message of love to one that we have great feelings for. It is the one time of year when we stop to convey our love and appreciation for that special someone in our lives. Sometimes we get so busy with work and our daily routines that we either forget to share what is in our heart for that person, or we take them for granted and convince ourselves that they know how we feel and therefore do not need to express it. But love needs to be communicated; it doesn’t need to be assumed.

Words make a great impact on our lives. With special thanks to the book “The 5 Love Languages” written by Gary Chapman, we have become aware of the 5 most common Love Languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch. There are different languages simply because people respond differently. What is so beautiful is that God knows what language you speak, and He is able to show His love for you and me in a language that we understand.

With this understanding, doesn’t it stand to reason that the enemy of your soul would desire you to no longer feel that love from the father expressed upon you? Wouldn’t it be an accurate assumption that he would love for you to feel isolated, despondent, hopeless and alone; feeling as if no-one loves you much less even knows you exist?

I believe this is one of the greatest attacks that Satan has launched!

I have attempted to be very transparent with you over the past several months sharing some of the things I am learning. As I have shared with you, I have been in one of the toughest battles I have ever been in since June of last year. And as I have began speaking of the lessons I have learned while going through this deep valley, I have connected with countless ministry leaders going through the identical scenario which ironically began in June of last year. Coincidence? I think not!

You see, when you go through things
there are two choices that you can make.

For some, they choose to increase their activity and leave no room for quiet time. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they leave the television going, they surround themselves with people and activity. Their thought process is that if they keep themselves busy, they will not think about their situation.

For others, they choose to withdraw from the social spheres. The pull back, get quiet and fade into the shadows. Their thoughts then become overwhelmed with questions, anxiety and worry, so much so they often feel as though they are suffocating.

Both of these responses are equally bad simply because we do not understand what the root cause of the problem, and therefore we are never able to deal with the real underlying cause.

Much like many of you, my dilemma came when things that I had been holding on to and praying for over the past 20 years seemed so close then right before my eyes, suddenly disappeared. Prophetic words that had confirmed some of my vision could have been easily thrown to the side when certain hopeful things left the realm of reality. I wish that I could say that I simply prayed in the Spirit for 3 days and then picked myself up and went on to conquer the next and greatest battle. Instead I find myself holding on to the promises I cannot see, because I know they are still on God’s timeline!

I truly believe that some of you have been holding on to specific promises from God; prophetic words that have been spoken over you, and dreams that God has placed in your spirit, yet you have not seen that dream manifest or that word come to pass.

DON’T GIVE UP!!! HOLD ON JUST A LITTLE LONGER!!

1 Kings 17 tells us the story of Elijah and how he had been used to give the word of the Lord to King Ahab. After giving the word that there will not be rain nor dew for 3 years, God told him to go to the brook Cherith. That seemed like an interesting place to be didn’t it? Why would he send him to a brook…a place of water….when there was to be no water for the next three years?

God never called us to understand.
He called us to trust Him and obey His voice.

As Elijah followed the instruction of the Lord, he went to the brook for this season of depending upon God’s provision. The word of God says that God provided the water from the brook and the ravens to bring him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening. It was in this season seemingly in a desert place where God showed himself as Jehovah Jireh.

Laura Story has written a wonderful song called, “Blessings”. The verse

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
we pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.

CHORUS:
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise.

The song continues with another verse and two choruses pursuing this same thought. Such a poignant song to challenge our paradigm isn’t it?

  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as healer if we never got sick?
  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as provider if we never had lack?
  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as Prince of Peace if we were never afraid?Today, I want to remind and encourage you that God Loves YOU! God has a plan for your life. God has a unique destiny upon your life and mine; one that no one can accomplish upon planet earth unless we choose to lay it down and walk away.

    With the challenges you and I face today, let us learn Him by His name. Is He Jireh, Shalom, Rapha? What are you going through today?

    Let me remind you that He speaks your love language. He knows how to communicate that He is for you and not against you. He knows how to speak his words of love and encouragement to you in such a way that you understand. Perhaps it is simply a matter of stopping long enough to listen to His voice, and not your own thoughts.

    Today, do not allow Satan to silence your voice. Do not allow what you are walking through today prevent you from sharing what He has placed in your heart. Do not allow today’s challenge prevent you from sharing hope and encouragement to someone else- regardless of whether you feel that you have something to give or not. Perhaps it is only one word that you can share. Proverbs 25:11 says that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Jesus used only one word, “Peace”. The winds and waves obeyed His voice. One word!

    If it is only one word than you can get out, release that one word. Do not allow Satan the joy of silencing your voice. You are a gentle lamb, a lamb who knows the voice of their shepherd. A lamb doesn’t always know which direction to go; but this is the beauty of a shepherd. The lamb doesn’t have to know where to go; it simply has to follow the leading of the shepherd. Today, follow His leading. Speak what He says to speak…even if it is only one word, and watch what He will do for you.

    God knows your love language. Watch today for Him to speak to you and receive His love, His peace, His encouragement and expect the great joy that comes as a result of your obedience today.

2015: Transformation & HOPE!

2015

January 1st marks the beginning of a new year of life. Businesses will close out the books from the previous year. Regardless of their profits or losses, January 1 signals both a fresh start to their business and a new season filled with new discoveries.

As humans, we realize the significance of a fresh new start in our personal lives. We craft our resolutions for the coming year as we hope to make this New Year different than the last.

We resolve to spend more time with our family, to de-clutter our lives and garages, to make healthy changes and choices to assist in the reduction of stress, and of course one of the top resolutions is to lose weight and get in shape. The new gym memberships roll in during that first week of January, only to slowly watch those new members fall victim to the same bad habits and routines that they maintained during the previous year.

As one who has struggled with weight most of my life, I was one of those who began every year with the theme of losing the weight.

In February of 2014, I found myself being rushed to the hospital with chest pains and a possible heart attack. I found myself at the start of a new year lying in a hospital bed in the Chest Pain wing of the WakeMed Heart Center strapped to all sorts of cables and sensors being monitored for 24 hours. I am happy to report that after a stress test and Nuclear Imaging were performed, I had no heart issues, it was all stress.

In June of 2014, I realized that I needed answers from the Lord and so I decided I would go on a fast to seek direction from God. In prayerful contemplation of how to proceed with this fast, I began to follow the Lords direction. As I turned my face toward heaven asking God for answers and direction, I noticed something different not only from a spiritual perspective but also a weight perspective. I began to lose weight.

As of the time of this letter, I have lost 30 pounds. I have dropped 6 jacket sizes and 8 inches in my waist. I feel good and I feel healthy. What began as a fast actually turned into a change in my lifestyle. I began to see that not only was I hearing the word for 2015, but He was allowing me to live it out to understand it more clearly.

I am a visual learner. God uses pictures or images to speak to me so that I can understand more clearly. After several months with these changes to my eating habits and exercise, I see a different me. I am not the same as I was in July of this past year. I have been in a process of TRANSFORMATION.

As I come in contact with many of my friends, they are amazed at the change that has taken place in my weight and body. They know the struggles that I have experienced over my life. I am not that same person who would eat 1⁄2 of a birthday cake in one day.

I am changed. I am transformed. And because people know my past eating habits, and known my struggle with weight, it now gives them HOPE. HOPE that if I can do it, so can they.

While laying in bed one unable to sleep, I felt as if the Lord said that I am now a visual example of what He wants to occur in the body of Christ during 2015. I believe this is the year that: TRANSFORMATION PRODUCES HOPE

THE TRANSFORMED LIFE MUST HAVE EXPERIENCED A TRANSFORMATION

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.”

When something is transformed, it no longer looks like its original state. It is different; it has been transformed into something different. Yet we hear so much teaching on grace that if we are not careful, our culture will think that when we come into personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it is OK for us to continue living the same life and making the same lifestyle choices. Friend, if we ever truly encounter the presence of God in the way He desires to reveal Himself to us, we cannot help but experience transformation. This verse in Corinthians (the New Testament) clearly states that some things that we did before Christ, we no longer do simply because we have truly encountered Christ the King.

For me, if I go back to doing the same thing that I did in years past, it would not take very long for me to gain back those 30 pounds…..and then some. And to be honest, I do not desire that. I still have another 15-20 pounds that I would like to lose before I hit my goal. Therefore, I must press and pursue and continue making new lifestyle choices if I will truly walk out my transformation. If not, I have merely gone on another diet and never made any changes to my life.

THE TRANSFORMED LIFE WILL CULTIVATE HOPE

If ever our world needed Hope, today is that day. Countless Christians and non- believers fall prey to burnout and hopelessness because we no longer see change as a realistic possibility. When problems or challenges face us, we look for inspiration from somewhere; some small nugget of hope that we can hold on to. It doesn’t have to be monumental; it simply needs to be real, tangible and accessible.

THIS IS HOW GOD DESIRES TO USE THE CHURCH IN 2015

I believe that what the Lord is revealing is that He desires this to be a year where the Body of Christ, the believers, experience such a God-Encounter that is so real and tangible that it will transform their lives. I sense He wants to do that in my life and yours. Things that have become so normal and familiar to us, I believe He wants to

reveal Himself to us in a way that will leave us in total amazement of who He is and what He can do.

I also believe that when the church experiences God in this magnitude, and when we allow God to bring total TRANSFORMATION to our lives, the by-product of what occurs will shine radiantly to unbelievers which will signal the source of all HOPE….Jesus Christ!

The world is actively looking and seeking for the answer. We search for transformation through enlightenment, through education, through wealth, and even through health. However, the only place to find the answer is in a Transformational Encounter with Christ the King.

This will be our Vision and Goal for this ministry in 2015. We will actively look for ways that we can impact individuals and introduce them to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We will continue to create safe places for people to Discover, Explore, Practice and Pursue the Presence of God. We are actively in discussions with IT engineers and attorneys as to how we can utilize technology to help us create these opportunities and remain legally compliant. We are very excited about these opportunities as we know the internet will truly enable us to have a Global Impact when we may not be able to actually take all of our team globally, at least at this moment in history. Yet, we remain focused in our passionate pursuit of His Presence, and we ask that you will continue to stand with us during this year of TRANSFORMATION THAT PRODUCES HOPE!

 

In GOD We Trust!

Compressed In God We Trust CurrencyAs we prepare to celebrate July 4th, I am reminded of the truths this Nation was founded upon and the lack of that truth that is prevalent in today’s society.

As we celebrate the 4th of July, we remember that as a Nation, we declared our independence from England and its King. Of course one of the reasons for this breaking away from England was pure in that we wanted freedom to Worship. However, in doing so, we also unknowingly planted a seed of Independence, not only as a country, but as a disconnect from the King and his control. We declared our independence from the Sovereignty of THE KING. Make no mistakes; this country was founded for the purpose to worship the one true God. Sadly, I believe that seed produced a harvest far greater than ever imagined which has resulted in this great nation once again attempting to declare its Independence from God. This is evidenced with some of the great battles we watch playing out before our eyes and plastered across social media and news networks. Regrettably, we have strayed far from our Judea-Christian roots that grounded us, and we find our values again being challenged

BUT THERE IS HOPE!

Since the inception of our country, and throughout all of history, our currency has always reflected those monumental words, “IN GOD, we trust.” I heard the voice of the Lord simply say to me that America has enjoyed His blessing and favor and with every item purchased, we continued to sow a seed of declaration letting the entire world know that in “God” (Yahweh) we place our trust. Apart from God, we can only expect calamity and chaos.

The key to America once again walking in blessing and favor back at the root of our existence, and that is our dependency upon God and returning to our Christian values as a nation. 2 Chronicles gives us the clear solution to this Mayhem that we are experiencing.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

(13) When I shut up heaven and there is not rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, (14) 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.

I found verse 13 particularly interesting. First, who was it that shut up heaven and there was no rain? Who commanded the locust to devour the land, and who sent pestilence among the people? Look up the scriptures and you will find that this is the Lord speaking to Solomon. But why would a loving God do these things, especially to His people? The answer is simple, to get them back to the state of being where there are abiding under the shadow of the Almighty- dwelling in the secret place- walking in obedience to the word of the Lord. That

is where we find safety and protection—when we listen to and obey the word of the Lord. So how do we find the answer to the situation? Let’s look at verse 14.

TO THE CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS:

The verse begins, “If MY people who are called by My name”. Now, who do you suppose He is speaking to, the Christians or the unbelievers? Without a doubt, God is speaking to those who call Him their God- the Christians. We must first come to grips with the fact that we, as Christians, are the ones who are responsible for change. We hold the key, not Congress, not a political party, and surely not another social/economic program instituted by our government. We as Christians hold the key. Let’s continue on to see exactly what the Lord’s instructions continue to say.

HUMILITY:

I am afraid to say that many Christians today have fallen to the sin of pride and self-sufficiency. We have begun to walk without love and humility and we have figured out the ”business” of the Church. As a result, we have so many ministers and Christians who have lost touch with the good news of Jesus Christ. In many evangelical churches today, we even hear how people are refuting the 10 Commandments as being no longer relevant for today. But always remember that Pride cometh before the fall and a haughty spirit before destruction.

James 4:8-10 gives us another timely word regarding this subject: He states,

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will Lift you up.”

PRAYER:

Society has made every attempt to make sure that we take prayer out of our schools, out of our business and out of society. It is a sad day when Christians who gather to pray are disbanded, yet some Muslims in this country are afforded extra breaks so they can go and pray to their god. Yet again, where are our Godly values and principles that this country was established upon? Now, more than ever, we must be intentional on gathering for prayer and asking God for mercy upon our nation.

WORSHIP:

Worship is a major key. In worship, we encounter the presence of God. We discover how magnificent and Holy HE is, and how miniscule we are without His presence dwelling within us. When we behold HIS face, we experience the Holy

Spirit at work within our lives to call us to repentance in certain areas that we may have overlooked in our own lives.

Worship is the key to God’s presence, and it is our Worship that will draw Him close to our presence so we can experience a divine exchange from His throne room into our hearts.

We are very mindful of the power of worship, and your prayer and financial support help us to create these moments every month for people to discover the presence of God and allow His Holy Spirit to bring hope to their hopeless situations, and encouragement to those who are worn down from the battle.

REPENTANCE:

“Repentance”, that is what this scripture is alluding to. But why does He say this to the church? Simply, because we have too much sin in the camp. We have forgotten that there is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun. We have been more concerned with the advancement of our own priorities and agendas that we have erred into sin. No, I am not talking about killing people and robbing people, however, we have been guilty of killing people through the slander of the tongue. We have been guilty of covetousness when we see the church growing by leaps and bounds and see how much money is coming in their offerings while we are trying to simply keep the lights on at our churches. How about this one….rebellion! You know, the word says that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. I wonder today when prophets come to our churches if they are identifying witches and covens, or if they are simply picking up on the spirit within the church….by those who are called by His name.

THEN…..

The Bible is full of if-then statements, and this is one of those keys illustrations. When we do our part, we know that God will do His part. So, what does He say that He will do?

GOD RESPONDS:

God promises, that when we meet his qualifications and requirements- when wehave done everything He instructed us to do- then He would hear from Heaven. God is not a God who does not respond. Oftentimes, when we have not heard from God, may we be reminded of this scripture and ask ourselves if there is something He has asked us to do that we have not yet done. When we fail to do what He has already instructed us to do, Heaven is silent.

FORGIVENESS:

Thank God for forgiveness of sin. Thank God that when we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank God that the forgiveness of sin was provided through the shedding of the blood of Jesus on the cross. And remember that what God calls clean, let no man call unclean!

HEALING:

This is what our great nation of America is looking for….a solution to the turmoil that is being recognized. Jesus Christ is the only one who holds the key to healing, and this will be the only way that America will ever be healed and the strong nation it has been over the past 400 years. One Nation Under God… with liberty and justice for all!

I believe that God is asking you and I to make our stand today. In the midst of all the world is saying, He is simply looking for someone who will stand in agreement with Him and connect with His words and apply them. I believe that when we as Christians humbly seek the face of God in Worship, and pray and cry out to God on behalf of our nation, God will hear from Heaven and we will experience a mighty wave of God’s Glory and Awakening upon the earth. Prophetically, I believe this is the season we are entering into.

To that end, we will continue to create safe places for people to discover and practice the presence of God. We will continue to herald the message of Hope found only in HIS presence. We will continue to share hope and encouragement to the lost and unsaved, as well as those who have grown weary in their pursuit of God’s presence, and we will stake our dependence upon God declaring, “IN GOD WE TRUST”.

Michele and I thank God for you, your prayers and your continued financial support. You are the backbone of this ministry! We could not do what we do without your help! Please give your best gift this month to help us share this message of Hope discovered through worship as we encourage others to Declare their Dependence Upon God.

IN GOD WE TRUST! 

 

Walking Through the Open Door

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We were truly blessed and impacted by the ministry of Dr. Chuck Pierce who was one of our keynote speakers this past Throne Zone in Richmond, VA. His prophetic message and declaration for this particular year in which we are occupying, is of great significance for each of our lives. As I am sure you have all heard by now, the declaration and significance for this year in the Jewish calendar is dubbed the “Year of the Open Door”. Doors which have seemingly been shut in the past are going to swing open allowing you the opportunity to walk into your new season of life and ministry. Things that you and I have been praying for over the past several years will begin to open up in this year of the Open Door.

Look for doors that the Lord will
cause to open to you.

Michele and I make a habit of praying not only for the Will of God in our lives and ministry, but we pray what I have dubbed, “Idiot-proof Prayers”. What do I mean by that? I simply mean that we ask God to shut doors that we do not need to walk through and allow only one door to be open. That way, we are confident of the will of God and the direction of God for our lives.

The word of God says that God holds the Key of David: the key that locks and closes doors so that none can open, and opens doors that none can shut. When we pray these “Idiot-proof Prayers”, we are surrendering our plans, thoughts and agendas to God, and giving Him permission to override our thoughts and ideas so that His plans and purposes will be established in our lives. We have witnessed God do that very thing not only in our lives over the past 22 years, but in countless others who have prayed that same prayer.

This is a season that the enemy will fill with distractions to keep our eyes unfocused and therefore hopeful that we will lose our balance and fall. But this is NOT the will of God through Christ Jesus for your life nor ours. God desires that we be steadfast, un-moveable, unshakable, always abounding in the work and plan that He has for our lives. And we can maintain our focus and balance as long as we keep our eyes upon God and not on opportunities, problems or circumstances that are going on in our life.

Matthew 6:33- “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Our main goal is to fix our eyes continually upon the Father, and walk through the doors that He opens in our life.

Do not fret or worry with “How” the Lord
closes doors that need to be closed

But what happens when a door is seemingly shut?

Always remember that when one door closes, God is opening another door. When we remember this, we must not be startled with the door closing (or how it gets closed), but watch for the open door. I have shared with many that sometimes a closed door may come from being terminated at a job, or a particular season ending in your life. However God chooses to close a door, we must not look at the “How” He did it, but begin to focus and search for the door He is now opening for our lives.

Here at His Call Ministries, this is our continual prayer, “God Open Doors that You want open, and Close Doors that You want closed!”

As you know we have been planning the Throne Zone Pennsylvania. There was great momentum, but then there was a bump in the road with scheduling conflicts from our contacts in the PA area. We were uncertain as how to interpret this situation and ask God for clarity. As we began to seek His face, not only was there one door that opened, but there were actually two doors that opened that we believe will yield a GREATER HARVEST than we had initially anticipated. One such door was with regard to Cornerstone Television Network which is located outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Keep your eye focused upon His plans
and purposes for your life

This year, God has opened a door for us to assist with their worship sets during their Telethons. Historically, it is usually me going with tracks and my keyboard; however this time they approved for me to bring a worship team and band…..something that had been a closed door for a number of years.

As a result of this open door, we are providing worship segments for their daily flagship program (which we pre-tape while in PA for the telethon). Additionally, we are there building a heart for worship not only on the program but within their viewing audience. I am late with this letter because I have just returned from Pennsylvania doing their telethon. But this time was different than all others. I had the opportunity each night to share about worship, talk about the Throne Zone dimension of God’s presence, and help give instruction to the viewing audience “HOW” they can create an atmosphere of worship within their homes or work environment. Cornerstone has also just launched a monthly Night of Worship (N.O.W.) with content taken from our tapings. And yes….I had the opportunity to tape the opens and closes for these programs in addition to giving an opportunity for salvation. GLORY TO GOD!

This was a HUGE Open Door. So even though we could not affect a few hundred individuals with a Throne Zone Conference this May, God opened the door to impact lives of THOUSANDS through the medium of television.

EXPONENTIAL SEED YIELDS AN
EXPONENTIAL HARVEST!

When we decided to postpone the date for Throne Zone PA, we connected with Pastor Randy Wooden from Kingdom Life Ministries regarding a Throne Zone Chesapeake/Virginia Beach in October.

As I shared last month, Throne Zone Richmond produced 70% first-time attendees to Throne Zone, most of which came from the Tri-City area. A small percentage of those who attended came from the Tidewater area where we had been for the past 11 years. There was simply no place for them to stay as there were no hotel rooms available.

That being said, we are happy to announce that Throne Zone scheduled for May will be rescheduled to October 16-18, 2014, at Kingdom Life in Chesapeake, VA! We have confirmed Bob Sorge will be with us as our keynote speaker. Be sure to register now as space will be limited.

THRONE ZONE CHESAPEAKE
October 16-18, 2014
Kingdom Life Ministries
Chesapeake, VA

Our work continues in Pennsylvania. Thankfully, it will be through the power of the Television, while we continue to build relationships with other Worship Leaders and Pastors in that region.

It is interesting to note that this region was the birthplace of the Charismatic Renewal back in 1967 at Duquesne (Du-Kane) University located in Pittsburgh. Therefore, this city serves as an ancient well that I believe God wants to Re-Open and Re-Establish!

And so, we continue our efforts to Dig and Re-Open Wells of Worship within the United States and abroad….as HE OPENS THE DOORS!

  1. Look for doors that the Lord will cause to open to you.
  2. Do not fret or worry with “How” the Lord closes doors that need to be closed.
  3. Keep your eye focused upon His plans and purposes for your life.
  4. EXPONENTIAL SEED PRODUCES EXPONENTIAL HARVEST

We Are On the Move!

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Our first regional Throne Zone Worship Conference 2014 is now under our belt!  We are very excited with the success from this new Regional Model that we have adopted. We received 1254 online registrations and averaged between 800-900 people each night. We realized the success from this Regional Model when we saw that 70% of the attendees were not only first time guests, but also were from the Richmond, VA region.

We were very blessed by Victory Tabernacle Church, their Sr. Pastor Sam & Donna Luke, as well as their staff who worked very hard to make sure that all of our needs were taken care of. We say a big, “THANK YOU” to Pastor Sam and his staff!

Of course we had a few challenges, from with this new Regional Model; one of which was with regard to area hotels. We have been spoiled over the past 11 years to have the conference in the ballroom of the hotel. When we scheduled Throne Zone at Victory Tabernacle, we had no way of knowing that a major soccer tournament was being held 1-1/2 miles away from the church and over 900 soccer players were coming from around the nation to that location and therefore took all of the available area hotels for our guests. We know there were some who came from the Tidewater area on Thursday night, but left on Friday because no hotel rooms were available. This was the case for a number of our guests which prevented us from having all 1254 in one service at the same time.

Over the next week or so we will be uploading some pictures from the conference to our website for you to view and see the many lives that were impacted as a result of Throne Zone.

We are also very pleased to say that the offerings covered the budget for the conference! This was a HUGE step of faith on our part, yet God honored our faith. A special “THANK YOU” to all those who gave in the offerings who helped ensure this event was taken care of.

We truly believe that this is a new season for His Call Ministries, and we believe God continues to call us to Dig the Well of Worship regionally. This is new territory for everyone as we move from the original model of One Conference a Year in the same location that we have all grown accustomed to. It is stretching our faith and our staff to launch out into the deep waters, yet we truly believe there are countless individuals who are crying out for water from these Wells of Worship.

On behalf of this ministry, Michele and I say THANK YOU for helping us to dig these new Wells. Without your continued financial support each month, we could NOT answer HIS call. But together, we are bringing water to those who are dry and thirsty.

Some of these territories will take longer to develop. Some are ancient wells that have been capped by various reasons. Some will take longer to dig because we have to dig

deeper than other areas. But the joy that is witnessed as many of these dry and thirsty souls find the refreshing from the cool waters of HIS presence is PRICELESS!

Please check our website often for new developments and new Throne Zone events to be announced. And of course, go to our website and sign up for our e-mail to receive all the latest news, announcements and updates for Throne Zone. Simply click “Throne Zone” for your preferences.

Throne Zone is not the only thing that we are concentrating on. We are also partnering with The Worship Center here in the Raleigh/Durham area to begin a monthly Night of Worship. The Worship Center is a wonderful facility that will accommodate 2,400 people. We share the same heart to create a SAFE PLACE for people to discover, explore and practice the Presence of God through worship. A JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE! This Friday night (April 4th), will be our first gathering at 7:30pm. It will be just worship—Morning Glory style; raw and organic with a prophetic flow. We would love for you to join us if your schedule allows. The Worship Center has negotiated special discounted room rates at the Springhill Suites in Raleigh for $75/night plus tax. Breakfast is included. So, help us establish this new well in Raleigh.

We are also excited to be announcing that we are taking applications for our Kingdom Worship Institute (KWI) which will begin in September of 2014. The KWI is an 8-month distance program whose curriculum is developed around Praise and Worship, Kingdom Principles and Leadership Training. We have over 30 students who have successfully graduated from this program. They are not necessarily worship leaders. Some are business leaders, afterschool specialty programs, people who desire to use adventure guides as a type of missionary tool, and countless other areas of ministry who had completed this program. For more details, click on www.KingdomWorshipInstitute.com.

It has taken some time, but we are proud to announce that Evangel Christian University of America (located in Monroe, LA) has reviewed our curriculum. Their Board of Regents has awarded us 30-credit hours toward the completion of any of their degree programs via their Online Campus.

Some of our students already have their degrees, but would like ministerial credentials or need help in obtaining their 501c3 non-profit incorporation to begin the ministry God has placed within them. Thanks to the A.E.G.A. (Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies), our students can apply for ministerial credentials with their organization and even incorporate and put into action that which has only been a vision within their heart. This is a true Kingdom Connection, and we are very excited about these new partners in ministry.

I am also very excited to announce that Michele has launched the Women’s Ministry arm of His Call. At the Throne Zone in Richmond, she launched her “Choose2Change” initiative. Michele’s desire is to help ladies make small choices that will produce huge changes. Whether it is in the area of nutrition, or exercise or shopping tips, she desires to see YOU be the best that you can be as you fulfill the destiny God has given exclusively to you. So ladies, please visit our website and add “Choose2Change” to your email preferences to receive her updates and announcements. You all are going to have a fun time on this journey with Michele throughout this year.  Follow her on Facebook or read her blog at http://micheleduncan.wordpress.com.  

And finally, we continue to pour into individuals who feel called into ministry. Michele and I will spend countless hours pouring into the lives of these young people who are so hungry to be poured into. We know that God has called us into this season of Fathering the next generation.

Our ultimate goal is to have a campus where students can participate in a two-year mentorship program while earning college credits toward their area of concentrated studies. Specifically, we desire to begin raising up Worship Leaders, who are passionate for the presence of God, not just musicians looking for jobs. We are imparting that passion into each student that we continue to pour into whether they are students at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, or at Lee University, or those that simply approach us. We know that God will use this next generation of young people to ignite this coming “Third Great Awakening”.

Michele and I want to personally thank you again for making the commitment to stand with us during this 2014-2015 year. There is much to be done in the Kingdom, and we realize that Relationships are the Currency within the Economy of the Kingdom. You are one of our most cherished relationships that we have, and our prayer is that we are one of YOUR most valuable relationships as well. That is what partnership is truly about.

With your help, we will make great advances for the Kingdom this year. It is my prayer that you will be one of those receiving from the waters of refreshing from His presence as we attempt to pour into your life over the next 12 months.

Together, we will make a huge impact for the Kingdom of God and see many souls transformed by His Presence. We are moving ahead with great excitement, and we are glad that you are joining us on this journey.

Christ’s richest and most abundant blessings are our prayers for you and all you do to help us Dig the Wells of Worship!