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Monday
Feb172014

Jesus Reigns In Jacob Bain

Jacob Bain and his wife Bianca. (Click to enlarge)Jacob Bain was a born again believer long before his friend introduced him to Andrew’s ministry, but it was through Andrew’s teaching that Jacob found the true freedom and fullness of his salvation. No longer preoccupied with every little mistake he made, Jacob was free to receive all that Jesus had accomplished on his behalf.

It was in 2011 that Jacob’s friend, Mark Hicks, shared Andrew’s ministry with him. The first teaching Jacob listened to was Killing Sacred Cows, and boy, did it mess with Jacob’s heart. He said, “I immediately felt challenged. Almost everything I had been taught was being attacked—but in a good way. I needed to hear some strong truth to bring me out of my religious thinking.”

Early on, Jacob’s religious mindset hindered him from openly embracing portions of Andrew’s revelation, but he continued to listen simply because Andrew backed up his religion-crushing statements with scripture. The way Andrew puts the Word in its context allowed Jacob to truly understand the Bible, and after listening to the teaching several times, Jacob was able to see past his religious veil.

Jacob with his good friend, Mark Hicks, at the 2014 Men's Advance at CBC-Colorado's new campus in Woodland Park. (Click to enlarge)Free from his old mindset, Jacob began to mine through the free resources on the ministry’s website, devouring archived audio teachings on his MP3 player and reading many articles. Jacob even wore his headphones while at work, so he could continue listening and receiving more revelation of God’s amazing goodness. There is no doubt in Jacob’s mind that Andrew’s teachings changed his entire view ofthe Father. “I love Him more and more each day, and I don’t know if I would have, if it wasn’t for those teachings,” he said.

After Jacob got a hold of Andrew’s message,You’ve Already Got It, he realized he possessed the authority to receive his own physical healing. This was great news for Jacob because he had been struggling with migraine headaches for some time. Jacob said, “I understood that everything was provided for me on the cross, and all I had to do was receive it. For the first time in my life I knew that God wanted me well.”

Jacob’s battle with migraines had become such a regular occurence that he often lost his motivation for the day as soon as he woke up in the morning with headache pain. Looking for a way to dull the pain, he had turned to self medicating. When over-the-counter meds didn’t help, he sought the assistance of a sinus specialist and a Bianca and Jacob both serve in the Army National Guard. The two were married in August of 2013.
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neurologist, but he was discouraged by their treatment options—more pills and injections. Before listening to Andrew, Jacob had submitted to the thinking that suffering with headache pain was just his lot in life. After listening to You’ve Already Got It, Jacob knew better.

Sometimes there is a difference between knowing better and seeing results. Jacob’s healing did not manifest instantaneously, but came progressively. His feelings of uncertainty with regard to his choice of words, and his self-consciousness when it came to speaking out loud to his symptoms were hurdles that Jacob had to clear in his mind.

“I finally said, ‘Headache leave in Jesus’ name. This is my body, and I command you to leave!’ I said those things over and over,” Jacob shared. Even though the pain was still there, and he was becoming desperate, he kept speaking healing over his body. Every time his head would begin to hurt, he would utter the same words. He said, “It was a little frustrating in the beginning because the pain did not want to leave right away.”

Jacob’s friend Mark agreed with him in prayer and told Jacob that he felt, in his heart, that Jacob was healed. Over time, the pain levels began to subside and eventually Jacob would go a day or two without any pain. Today, Jacob is completely healed and he is pain free.Jacob and Mark drilled together in the same National Guard unit. Mark introduced Jacob to Andrew's teaching. (Click to enlarge)

Aside from enjoying a general sense of relief from the pain that had plagued him, Jacob enjoyed the realization that it is God’s will for people to be healed. “The manifestation of my healing affected my beliefs. Before, I was not sure if it was God’s will for all people to be well, but I now know personally, that it is God’s will for all to be healthy. It’s an amazing thing to witness God’s power working through you. I just want to tell other people about the goodness of God now.”

Jacob has not had so much as a cold in over a year, and he attributes his health to using his authority and to speaking good things over himself. “This whole experience of God’s goodness has changed my life forever. I now know that sickness can’t reign in my body because Jesus reigns in me. Everything is paid for, one hundred percent!” Jacob said enthusiastically.

Mark and his wife Jannette and Bianca and Jacob stand with Andrew at last year's Phoenix GTS.
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Monday
Feb102014

Andrew Shares His Living Commentary

In this episode of The Inside Story Andrew sits down with Stan Priest, AWM's IT Manager, and the two review one of the most powerful study tools Andrew has created to date, his Living Commentary. The Living Commentary is a computer Bible program that contains Andrew’s personal study notes on more than 18,000 verses. And, as the name suggests, the Living Commentary is an open-ended resource. Andrew continues to update and write new notes all the time. In recent years, he has added an average of 125 new notes to the commentary each month. Be sure to watch the video below to learn more about this amazing resource.

Monday
Feb032014

For the Leupens, Age Is Not An Issue

CBC-Colorado graduates and founders of TG Leupen Ministries, Tom and Gladys Leupen. (Click to enlarge)Many times the posts to this blog, particularly the Charis Bible College graduate testimonies, will compel readers to post comments relaying their appreciation for an individual’s faith-filled story. Occasionally those comments will include an element of desire to attend CBC, coupled with a degree of self-doubt stemming from the reader’s perception of their own advanced age. The following story should be an encouragement to those who doubt God can use them because they may have a little more salt than pepper left in their hair.

After nearly 50 faithful years of marriage and three decades following the Lord, Texas residents, Tom and Gladys Leupen, were comfortable and steady in their Christian walk. According to Gladys, Tom spent time nearly every morning, for as long as could remember, studying the Scriptures. She too had made reading the Word a daily practice, but not to the extent that Tom had; there were certain things she could not seem to comprehend. In 2010, a well-known minister visited the Leupen’s church and made a significant impact on Gladys, inspiring her to try to memorize more Scripture.

Tom & Gladys with their CBC second-year mission team in the Dominican Republic. (Click to enlarge)Gladys’ favorite chapter in the Bible is John 14, so in her new pursuit, she set out to memorize each verse. While her quest was time consuming, she did manage to memorize the entire chapter. As she progressed however, Gladys found that she had serious questions about what she had committed to memory. John 14:12 in particular, provided her with quite a challenge, and she began to ask God some weighty questions.

One morning in 2011, as Gladys was preparing breakfast, she tuned in to Andrew’s television program, The Gospel Truth. She had come across the program once before and had liked what she heard, but this time she was caught off guard by the things Andrew was teaching; he was systematically answering the questions she had put before the Lord regarding John 14. She was amazed by God’s faithfulness to answer her questions and intrigued by Andrew’s teaching.

Tom & Gladys praying for a pastor in the Dominican. (Click to enlarge)As the days passed, Gladys continued to tune in to The Gospel Truth, and Tom joined her. During one episode, Andrew shared the miraculous Healing Journey of Alan and Debbie Moore. Alan had suffered a massive stroke, and his wife Debbie came to his rescue, armed only with the Word. Today Alan is healed and has since graduated from Charis Bible College in Colorado. Gladys recalls being stunned by Debbie’s response to Alan’s stroke. “When I heard the Moore’s testimony, I thought, I would never have responded like that.” In those moments after watching the testimony, Gladys purposed in her heart to know more of God’s word, and she and Tom began to make arrangements to relocate to Colorado to attend CBC.

Prior to attending CBC, the Leupens had not fully grasped the authority that God has given believers. After sitting Over the course of 50 years the Leupens have seen some ups and downs. While they were students in Colorado, the Waldo Canyon Fire of 2012, wiped out their home. They lost 48 years worth of belongings and tangible memories. Gladys said they never shed a tear, and looked forward to what the Lord had in store for their future. Above, the place their house once stood. (Click to enlarge)under the Word for four hours a day, listening to the in-depth teaching of the Scriptures, their spirits soared with the truth and new understanding. “For me, CBC helped me truly understand the Old Testament and the New Testament and the heart of God. The Bible just came together for me,” said Gladys.

During their second-year at CBC, Gladys received a word of prophesy from one of her instructors, CBC’s Dean of Education, Greg Mohr. In the middle of one of his classes, Greg asked Gladys to stand, and he told her she would be teaching and preaching in the future, and he also said she would be a sign and a wonder, and signs and wonders would follow her. Gladys treasured the words, and was excited to see how the Lord was going to bring those things to pass. “In the natural, I disliked getting up in front of a group. My knees would shake, my voice would quiver, my mouth would get dry, and so many times I would not say what I wanted because I knew I would cry,” Gladys said.

Gladys and Tom stand with their son, Derek, and their grandson, Charles Andrew, after the 2013 CBC commencement ceremony.
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During their second-year mission trip, the Leupens went to the Dominican Republic. While Tom had become comfortable with teaching and preaching over the years, Gladys still had not. No matter the effort she put into creating a message or speaking points, Gladys wasn’t able to put anything together to share. In light of this, Gladys did not sign up for a teaching role on the trip. One night however, the Lord gave her something to share, and the message burned in her bones. Although she was not scheduled to speak on the trip, the opportunity arose for her to give her testimony. As she spoke, Gladys wove her message into her story. She was so excited that the Lord spoke to her that she delivered the message fear and quiver free. Gladys realized, in that moment, that the ministry prophesied over her in class, had begun to manifest. The joyful experiences in the Dominican set the course for the Leupen’s future ministry.

The Leupens speaking at a meeting at Family Worship Tabernacle in Polokwane, South Africa.
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The Leupen’s trip to the Dominican stirred a desire in their hearts to travel the world sharing God’s love, grace and mercy. Their newfound desire led them to discuss, with classmates, the possibility of traveling overseas to minister. One day, fellow CBC students and friends, Craig and Odette Bredenkamp, asked if the Leupens would like them to make some connections for them in their homeland of South Africa. Remembering the words spoken over her, excitement began to build in Gladys’ heart.

After graduation from CBC, Tom and Gladys packed up and headed to South Africa for six weeks. When they arrived, they hit the ground running; their schedule was packed with 22 amazing nights of speaking and ministry while crisscrossing the countryside. They had the opportunity to minister in small venues as well as churches with up to 600 people, always teaching with signs and wonders following.

Gladys praying for people in the crowd in Polokwane, South Africa.
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The funny thing was, just as Gladys struggled to prepare teachings for the CBC mission trip, she encountered the same issue on the road in South Africa. Just as had happened in the Dominican, the Lord would give her a message the night before. Gladys would have a dream, and see herself preaching, and then she would know what to teach on the following night.

Gladys said that one of the pastors made the remark that what the Leupens had shared was the most relevant message he had ever heard in church. His comments made Gladys laugh. “To myself, I was chuckling at what the Lord had done, and I thought, They don’t know this is only my second week of doing this,” she said.

With all the teaching and preaching in those 6 weeks, Tom and Gladys never tired. The couple heard testimonies of the many healings and salvations people received. She said, “There was Gladys and Tom on the platform at Praise Mountain Churchin in Tembisa, just north of Johannesburg.
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one little boy, about 8 years-old, that responded to the invitation with tears streaming down his face the whole time.”

Though they have their eye on visiting their missionary friends, the Bredenkamps, now in Albania, the Leupens do not know where they will go next, but they are looking forward to their assignment. “Our age has been an encouragement for others. So many think their life is going downhill at the age of 65. We believe our life is just beginning, and we have many good years left for the Lord to use us. We are excited about the future.