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Monday
May302016

So Simple That Even a Child…

If someone asked you to draw your spirit, what would you draw? It’s hard to draw something you’ve never seen. However, understanding the relationship between your spirit, soul, and body is foundational to walking with God. Andrew has dedicated a whole book to explaining this, entitled Spirit, Soul & Body. Recently this same teaching was updated with the help of Martin Berg, the administrator of the Andrew Wommack Ministries office in Birkenfeld, Germany. Spirit, Soul & Body Illustrated takes Andrew’s message and allows viewers to see what happens when they are born again. As Andrew speaks, a hand draws on a whiteboard, animating through pictures how we are all three-part beings. “My hope is that some people who were far from Andrew’s teaching will be drawn in and know the Father and the truth of the Gospel,” says Martin. “I made it so simple that even a child can understand it.”

Martin began watching Andrew in 2012, years after his first wife died of cancer. Even before his wife’s death, Martin had wanted to quit his engineering job and change professions. He felt that he wasn’t in the right place to receive the call of God. “I had no vision or dream. I was dominated by frustration and disappointment. I had no idea where to go or how to go,” he recalls. And he began asking himself, “What can I believe God for now?”

Through some amazing circumstances, Martin married again. His second wife, Yvette, eighteen years his junior, wanted a child of her own. As Martin prayed, God enlarged his heart, and he agreed to have another child, having had three with his first wife. With a new understanding of God’s purpose, the couple went on to have four more children. As they got to know Andrew’s message, God opened doors for Martin to work for AWM Germany. However, with a large family now, Germany’s illegalization of homeschooling motivated him and his wife to move over the border into France. The couple want to homeschool their remaining six children, ages ten to one.

As Martin’s desire to support Andrew was growing, he got a picture in his mind. He began to imagine how he could animate the truth that believers are made up of three parts. As an engineer, he had seen animated illustrations effectively explain difficult secular topics. Then the idea came to him: Show his hand drawing on a white canvas and have a camera film it, and then speed up the film to match Andrew’s voice describing how God made us spirit, soul, and body.

Martin’s first attempts failed. He didn’t get the effect he was looking for. Then he discovered software that could do it. Martin bought the software, but it was still a slow process of trial and error. His first demo was ready when he went to the AWM conference held in Wiesbaden in June 2014. It was there that he met Stephen Bransford, director of media productions for AWM. Martin gave him the demo.

For a long time, Martin heard nothing back from AWM about this. Then Klaus Gruber, current director of AWM Europe, told him that Andrew’s grandchild liked it. Martin was asked for a better version in September 2015. By February 2016, he had gifted Spirit, Soul & Body Illustrated to AWM. “I was not trying to be important,” says Martin. “I gave it just to be a blessing.” Now Martin’s blessing to the ministry is touching lives all over the world.

Andrew’s original Spirit, Soul & Body teaching is available as a CD or DVD series as well as a book and study guide. To order Spirit, Soul & Body Illustrated, click here.

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Monday
May232016

Groovy Blessed!

Who wants the Charis experience to affect future generations? Ben and Joy Johnson do. 

Right after Ben and Joy got married, Joy developed multiple sclerosis and, soon, was in a wheelchair. Although Ben had been a pastor and Joy had been a missionary to Hong Kong before their marriage, the couple stopped going to church after Joy’s health continued to decline.

One Saturday night, Ben went into his office to have it out with God. “I know You can heal. Why are You holding back Your hand?” After the struggle, he searched online for local churches, and Charis Christian Center came up. The next morning, they went back to church, and Pastor Lawson preached on spirit, soul, and body. By that fall, Ben and Joy were enrolled at Charis
Bible College.

Ben said that they were living from miracle to miracle when they went to Charis. The school was small then, and they sat in the front row. Ben would ask Andrew how he was, and he’d always respond, “I’m blessed!” Andrew would ask Ben how he was, and he’d say, “Groovy blessed!”

From sitting under God’s Word for hours a day, the “Charis experience,” Joy’s health stabilized and has continued to improve. Ben said that they can never thank Andrew and the other instructors enough for everything they’ve learned. While finances were tight for them during school, they still experienced the love of Christ flowing toward them. One time, a student showed up at their door and gave them a check that was nearly the exact amount of their electric bill—the very day that their electricity was going to be cut off. Another time, an instructor paid the last part of their first year’s tuition and the first part of their second year’s. The Gospel and the love of like-minded believers was transformational for them.

“Charis changed our lives,” Ben said. “Joy is getting better and better. When she’s out of the wheelchair, we plan to go back and do our Third Year.”

As the couple learned how to live out of blessing, they became financially stable and then began to prosper. So, they decided to invest in future Charis students. They actually called Gary Luecke (Vice President Charis Bible Colleges and International Operations of Andrew Wommack Ministries) to find out how they could include Charis in their wills. That’s when they heard about the Charis Endowment Fund. “The seed that was sown in us, we want to give back to the ministry,” Ben said.

Now Joy and Ben are not only monthly partners with Andrew, but they also give to the Charis Endowment Fund. As Ben put it, “We do it so that we can leave a legacy and help pay the tuition of students for years to come.”

For Ben and Joy Johnson, sowing into the Charis Endowment Fund is their way of giving back to a ministry that changed their lives. You, too, can help the next generation of believers succeed. Invest in the Charis Endowment
Fund
today.

Monday
May162016

Dreaming Big with God

In high school, I wanted to be a sports broadcast journalist. I saw myself reporting live from Turner Field or Sanford Stadium. I had it all planned out: I would attend the University of Georgia, major in sports broadcasting, land an internship at ESPN, and reach all of my career goals by the time I was thirty. There was just one problem with my otherwise flawless plan—God told me to go to Bible college. What was He thinking, right?

Maybe other Christians who don’t know what they want to do with their lives need something like Bible college, but I had a plan. Thankfully, my relationship with God was at a point where I knew that no matter what I thought I wanted, the happiest and most fulfilling place for me was in doing what He wanted—even if it looked less appealing at the time.

In Andrew’s latest teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace, he explains it this way:

“Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ saith the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.’ God’s plans for you are better than your plans for yourself. And I know many of you think, Oh, no, God wants me to turn and go this direction, and I believe that this is what’s best for me. But God is the one who created you. He knows what will satisfy you. God will take care of you better than you would take care of yourself.”

It’s been almost six years since I moved out to Colorado for Bible college. Looking back on my life, I can clearly see how much better God’s plan was than mine. The biggest dream I could come up with in my own strength sounds extremely boring and mundane now.

God has not only changed my heart, but He’s also expanded my mind and vision for my life. The world will try to tell you that you have to have a plan and that you’re already behind with it. It teaches that maturity is planning for every possible failure, but the Bible teaches faith and dependency on God. Now, I’m not against having a plan. In fact, I feel like I’ve been doing more planning lately than any other time in my life! But I had to reach a place where I depended solely on Him for guidance, rather than a list.

Andrew continues in his teaching:

“If you feel like you can do what you believe God has called you to do in your own strength and power, then you haven’t humbled yourself yet and you haven’t found God’s will for your life. God is going to call you to do something that is beyond yourself for the very specific reason of bringing you to the end of yourself. That’s what humility is. It’s just humbling yourself and saying, ‘God, I need You. I can’t do this without You.’”

It’s one thing to say that dreaming big makes you uncomfortable, but it’s another thing to say that it takes true humility to do so. When you have the courage to step out in faith into the mystery of God’s will for your life, the real adventure will begin. You were never meant to have it all figured out on your own. You have a Father, and if you’ll humble yourself and trust Him, you’ll be fulfilling dreams you didn’t even know you had.

Learn how to live a life of true humility with Andrew’s new teaching, Humility: God’s Path to More Grace. It’s also available to watch on the Gospel Truth broadcast. Start dreaming big with God today!

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