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Thursday
Feb042016

Experience God with Us

God with UsA good story is timeless, no matter how many times it’s told. This couldn’t be truer than when referring to the Bible, the greatest story ever told, full of stories that are rich with twists and turns. This is the concept behind God with Us, the musical production that will be held at Charis Bible College in March 2016. It is written and directed by Robert and Elizabeth Muren, of Norway, Managing Directors of the AWM Theatre Company.

Robert and Elizabeth came to Charis Bible College having performed over 100 shows in seven countries. They toured Israel with a musical that they wrote called The Covenant. It has since been shown on Daystar Television, as well as performed in over fifteen countries around the world. They are currently in the beginning stages of a motion picture produced by Hollywood.

Reenacting Jesus' crucifixionOne of the things they have found is that there is a hunger among believers and non-believers alike to travel back in time and experience uplifting and powerful events up close. The lives of those highlighted in the Scriptures are still relevant today, and when brought to life through heartwarming songs, dazzling sets, and lively actors, audiences are in for an experience with the Bible that they’ll never forget.

Talented actors and singers will guide you on a unique journey through the events in history that have shaped lives for over 2,000 years. Laced throughout is evidence of a God who is relentless in rescuing His people.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience a Christian, Broadway-style musical, you don’t need to travel to the bright lights and big city to enjoy a spectacular production. Right here, in the mountains of Colorado, a sixty-member cast will take to the stage this March, bringing to life a series of powerful stories from the Bible, centered on God’s quest to deliver His people. You’ll be led on a powerful journey as you experience the slavery of Jochebed, follow Joshua as he leads the Israelites into the Promised Land, and witness as Esther risks her life to Robert and Elizabeth Murensave her people. This original musical drama then brings to a finale the Word becoming flesh in the person of Jesus. You’ll witness His miracles and the sacred moment when He becomes the ultimate sacrifice. It’s a beautiful theatrical experience sure to inspire and delight audiences of all ages.

Join us for God with Us, coming Easter 2016 to The Sanctuary in Woodland Park, Colorado. Mark your calendars for March 17-20, 2016, and don’t miss next month’s life-changing event! God with Us is a story so inspirational, it will make you laugh, smile, and cry, and it will put into perspective the reason we are saved. Go to www.awmi.net/events to find out more!

Monday
Feb012016

Keep Running—Don’t Quit!

I was running as fast as I could, holding a lei of white flowers in my hand. My destination was clear. Out of nowhere, someone crossed my path, blocking my way. What I saw terrified me. First, I thought it was a person, but as I got closer, I realized it was a demon. The darkness in his eyes was trying to pierce me with fear. In a supernatural way, I was suddenly able to pass him and keep running. When I arrived, my middle son was there, and I placed the lei around his neck.

When I woke up from that dream, the Holy Spirit said to me, “Going to Charis Bible College will lead you into the plan I have for you. Your obedience will result in a spiritual legacy for your children.” Years later, I understood that the dream had been a picture of the spiritual battles I was about to face.

In our journey to find, follow, and fulfill God’s will, we will encounter the Enemy. He will attack our faith and our commitment. Our spiritual maturity will be put to the test. Andrew says, “In order to see God’s will fulfilled in your life, you need a goal, and you need to move in that direction. But I can guarantee you that all hell is going to come against you, trying to stop you from obtaining God’s best. And you will need to stand and fight.” When Andrew was preparing to go to Vietnam, the chaplain gave a word to him and the other young men he was with. He told them, “Going to Vietnam is a fire, and it will melt you. But you get to pick what mold you fit into.” The same is true for all of us.

If you find yourself in the midst of your spiritual Vietnam, Andrew’s How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will teaching will empower you to win the battle.

Andrew says that the first step in this journey is to become a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2). It’s a total commitment—spirit, soul, and body. When you surrender your will to God, you connect with His saving power just like you did when you were born again. This commitment is an ongoing process. If you haven’t dedicated all of yourself to the Lord, it needs to be a priority. It’s the first step. You won’t get to the greater things that God has for you without it.

Maybe you have made this commitment, but the Enemy is wearing you down. Renew your commitment in your heart. God is faithful, and He will encourage you and give you strength (Ps. 138:3). Don’t give up just because you are facing difficulties.

The second step is the renewing of your mind. In the heat of the battle, you have the power to choose the outcome. The attacks will try to melt your vision and hope. But you can overcome by meditating on the Word until you manifest in your physical senses what is the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).

In following God’s will for my life, I have faced huge obstacles. For the first time in my life, I was experiencing financial difficulties. During my second year at Charis, I had terrible insomnia. At times, I felt like a zombie while listening to Andrew in class. But God protected me, and I’m seeing more and more victory. These principles have helped me overcome discouragement and hopelessness. God has put a new song of deliverance in my heart, and He will do the same for you.

A resource that would help you on your race is Andrew’s How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will book. There are precious people waiting for you to step into God’s will for your life. I want to encourage you: Keep running—don’t quit, because God is with you!

Share a comment below if this has encouraged you.

Monday
Jan252016

Grace-Filled Relationships

I opened the lid of the bread machine and was shocked to find cooked bread dough filling the entire cavity! Every inch of space was covered; it was in the bucket, along the lid, and all down the sides, nearly to the heating coils beneath. It was a mess.

It was one of those days when the pantry had yet to be restocked. When I finally got home and started making plans for dinner, I realized we had no bread. Bread machine to the rescue!

Flour…sugar…yeast…milk…oil…salt. Oops, out of salt. Oh, well, I thought as I finished prepping the dough, it shouldn’t make too big of a difference. Much to my surprise, it did. Not only was my salt-less bread deformed on the outside, but also most of the middle was missing. At the table, my children couldn’t understand why someone would eat all our bread, and they spent most of the meal trying to figure out how the culprit could get the bread out of the crust without breaking it.

It took me almost the entire dinner to explain to my kids how yeast makes things rise by creating air pockets and how the yeast in our bread had basically turned it into one giant pillow of air because there was no salt to temper its reaction. If you’ve ever made homemade bread, you may have realized (like I did) that there are a few key ingredients you just can’t dismiss—like salt. Salt is one of the most important ingredients in bread. Not only is it a flavor enhancer, but it also regulates the yeast’s reaction to sugar. Without salt, yeast can quickly get out of control—as I discovered.

Later, I got to thinking of that bread and remembered this passage of Scripture:

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. [6] Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Colossians 4:5-6, New American Standard Bible

I also remembered Andrew saying once, “I think people struggle with grace because there’s just no role model for it outside of God. Our entire world system is based on performance…. But our relationship with God is based on grace—it’s based on what Jesus did, not what we do.”

And I got to thinking, Am I being a role model for grace? Am I allowing the grace of God to season and temper my own thoughts, my own actions, and my own relationships? Just like salt cannot be overlooked in making bread, so also grace cannot be relegated to a “little” piece of the Christian walk—it is one of the most necessary and powerful ingredients of all.

To learn more about the power of grace and its importance in your Christian walk, check out Andrew’s Paul’s Letter to the Galatians teaching.

If this has inspired you, please post a comment below.