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Monday
Feb042013

Andrew's 2013 Phoenix GTS

Andrew sharing at Thursday night's opening meeting in Phoenix. (Click to enlarge)Andrew spent the first weekend of the new year in Phoenix, Arizona, where he held the first of only four Gospel Truth Seminars scheduled for 2013. While his three-day, single location conference schedule has significantly decreased for the coming year, Andrew's on-the-road-ministry has not. Instead of spending three days in one place for a seminar, Andrew has opted to visit multiple locations using his single-day, Gospel Truth Rallies as the model for future conferences. Be sure to take a look at Andrew's upcoming meeting schedule to find out when he'll be in your area.

Andrew opened Thursday evening's meeting with a series of questions—trick questions. "How many of you are hungry for more of God? How many of you want to see God move and do something new?" he baited the large crowd. With attendees excited, anticipating what Andrew may say next, he said plainly, "Well, I'm going to pop your bubble..." and he introduced his series for the weekend, You've Already Got It.Andrew at Friday night's meeting.
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After spending the opening minutes of Thursday's meeting bluntly exposing the Church's mishandling of the Word, Andrew made the point that most Christians don't understand what God has already done on their behalf. Then, using Scripture, he began to systematically reshape the crowd's understanding of God's goodness, closeness and the fullness of his atonement.

At the end of each session, Andrew gave an invitation to come forward for prayer. With their faith stirred to receive, many people responded. A Prayer Ministry Team made up of GTS staff, students from CBC-Colorado and CBC-Phoenix, and several AWM Partners were on hand to meet the individual ministry needs of those responding.

Andrew sharing from the Scriptures on Saturday night. (Click to enlarge)The ministry team was blessed to be a part of harvesting the fruit of many miracles. One man, who had sustained a ruptured disc in his back, came forward with numbness in his side. The same man also had a painful gastric condition that restricted his diet and caused him pain. After prayer, he was completely healed. He returned to the GTS the following day, excited to share the report that he was eating normally again, and all pain and numbness had left his body.

A young lady with a broken leg came forward after one meeting. As the minister prayed, the young lady's leg pain left. She immediately removed her cast and found that her leg was healed and strong. She, and the prayer minister who had prayed for her, then ran around the auditorium together in celebration.

Another man, born with a crippling condition called, Spina Bifida, came forward with pain and immobility in his back. After prayer, the pain was gone and he was able to move freely. A life-long condition crushed in the name of Jesus—the man's life was transformed!

Understanding the simple Gospel truth of what you already have, in Christ, will transform your life.

Be sure to watch the video below as Andrew opens Thursday night's meeting and introduces the weekend's series, You've Already Got It.

Monday
Feb272012

Andrew's Recent Visit to Phoenix, Arizona

Andrew indroducing the topic for the first Gospel Truth Seminar of 2012 held in Phoenix, AZ. (Click to enlarge)Andrew kicked off the 2012 Gospel Truth Seminar schedule in Phoenix, Arizona. The three-day event was well attended with more than one thousand people at each of the five sessions. Andrew taught a series called Taking the Limits Off God x 10. As he introduced the topic for the weekend, he made reference to the fact that it has been 10 years since the Lord told him he was limiting what the Lord could do in his life by thinking too small. Up until that point, Andrew's own thinking and expectation had limited what God could accomplish through him and through AWM. Andrew went on to say that the same issue, small thinking, hinders many believers today. He made the point that for most people, their problems begin right between their ears with limits they've imagined. Andrew Andrew stands before Friday night's crowd. (Click to enlarge)said that life goes the way of a person's dominant thoughts. "The answer is to take the limits off...because as you think in your heart, that's the way that your life is (Proverbs 23:7). That's tight, but it's right. That's what the Bible says," said Andrew.

As Andrew taught through the weekend, many in attendance, suffering from physical and emotional problems, were touched by the Word and responded by coming forward for prayer. As the Word produced faith in their heart, they were ready to be free from their hindrances.

Prayer ministers were in high demand as the people came forth expecting to receive, and thankfully the GTS Andrew praying during the altar call Friday night. (Click to enlarge)team was prepared for the large response. 13 Charis Bible College students, who had been trained at CBC's School of Healing in Colorado, traveled to serve on the prayer ministry team. In addition to these, eight CBC-Phoenix students and a handful of AWM partners also ministered to the crowds.

Praise reports through Saturday's meeting included numerous healings from a wide range of physical and emotional oppression. Notable among these was one woman's release from a two-decade struggle with her eyesight. After receiving prayer for freedom from glaucoma, her vision cleared. Because she could now see and read, even very small print, she insisted on writing down her own praise report for the ministers.Andrew during a session on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

One young man, also attending the GTS, shared his story of overcoming a neurological condition and depression. Six months prior to the GTS in Phoenix, he had travelled to Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs to attend the School of Healing. He had been struggling with his neurological issues for some time, and they were preventing him from earning a living as a race car driver. After attending the School of Healing he was able to receive his healing and return to work. Praise God!

Be sure to watch the clip below to see Andrew introduce the series for the Gospel Truth Seminar held in Phoenix earlier this year.

Monday
Sep052011

CBC Settles in Arizona

Andrew standing between CBC-CO graduates, Shelley and Ken Settles, the Directors of CBC-Phoenix.
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Charis Bible College graduates, Ken Settles and his wife, Shelley, have known each other since they were kids. The two can recall riding the same school bus from the time Shelley was in first grade. Much has changed since those childhood days in Washington State; the Settles have been married for thirty-five years and over the course of that time they have raised a family, moved around the country, started a business that ended in bankruptcy, worked hard to get back on their feet, and along the way they each found Jesus. Now, after three years attending CBC-Colorado, they have devoted their time and resources to sharing the Gospel Truth in Arizona, where they launched CBC-Phoenix.

The Settles sit with the first year students at CBC-Phoenix.
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Prior to receiving Jesus as his Savior, Ken lived with a just-get-through-life mentality, hiding from life in books, movies and computer games. Several brushes with death, including driving his wife and six-month-old daughter off a mountain road in Montana, brought him to the feet of the cross. With just a couple of bruises to show for the accident, Ken realized his need for something more—a Savior. Although he gave his life to the Lord, he would continue to lack relationship with Jesus.

Shelley, found the Lord at age sixteen as she was seated on the platform in a Masonic Hall. At the time she held the office of Chaplain in her girls group, the Rainbows, and after reciting the prayer at the opening of the meeting she heard the Lord say, "You pray to me, but you don't even know me." Shelley and Ken at Ken's graduation in 1974.
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Shelley can still recall the chills she felt at that moment. The next day she opened the phone book and with her eyes closed, pointed to a church on the page, and chose to attend the following Sunday. It happened to be a Baptist church, where Shelley was born again a few months later.

Although both were born again, and attended church regularly, the lack of true discipleship left them with less than God's best. Shelley remembers the first time she heard Andrew on the radio over the airwaves near Portland, Oregon. It was in the early nineties, and she was driving in her car during the hardest stretch of the Settles married life; a time when the couple was losing everything due to the failure of their business endeavors. "My first thought was, 'Who is this guy?' Andrew was saying things that the Lord had shown me in the Word decades before, things that I had dismissed thinking surely the pastor must know more than I did. Andrew's teaching was nearly opposite what I had learned in church," Shelley said.The Settles family in 1990, including their son, Joshua and daughter, Marcie.
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During these hard times Shelley began receiving Andrew's audio tapes in the mail. She would receive three free teachings a week, and the Settles would listen to them over and over again. "We ended up losing everything. I played Andrew's tapes almost 24/7 just to try to keep the torment at bay and my mind on the Word. He kept me sane," said Shelley.

The first teaching that made an impact on Shelley was The True Nature of God, and for Ken it was Spirit, Soul and Body. "Spirit, Soul and Body made sense of things that had puzzled me. Also it seemed to empower me, and showed me that things in me could change," said Ken.

In 2003, the Settles were living in Florida. It was there that they became active in a non-denominational church, and Ken began to serve as part of the praise and worship team. Both Ken and Shelley found the best jobs they had ever held. Ken serviced mobile medical units for the United States Air Force. The Settles on their CBC mission trip to St. Petersburg, Russia.
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These units were flown all over the world, especially to the Middle East. At the same time, Shelley managed the Florida division of the Jackson Hewitt Tax Services company, where she hired and supervised tax preparers working in three counties.

Shelley attended her first Summer Family Bible Conference in Colorado Springs in 2004. During the week-long conference she began to feel a pull in her spirit to attend Charis Bible College. The following year, Ken attended the summer conference with Shelley, but it wasn't until the conference in 2006, that Ken yielded to the Lord and agreed with Shelley that it was time to enroll in CBC. Ken came to realize it was God leading the couple to go to school, in part as an answer to his own prayer for a change of heart. "We signed up for CBC, went home, quit the best jobs we'd ever had, found renters and moved to Colorado to begin CBC," said Shelley.

Ken teaching (Click to enlarge)The Settles made a commitment to attend CBC for the full three year program—two years to graduate and a third-year apprenticeship. For Shelley, each year was a blessing, better than the previous. "I loved every minute of it," said Shelley. While the couple attended school they also worked for Andrew in the ministry's Phone Center.

For Shelley the idea of planting a CBC extension school was birthed in her spirit the moment she realized the other extension schools had been planted by previous CBC graduates. Ken agreed he would like to pursue planting a school as well, and the two simply believed that the opportunity would come. Ken kept the Settles' options open by saying, "Wherever you call us—thank You God."

Shelley addressing students and guests at a CBC-Phoenix event.
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During their apprenticeship year, the call to plant a school came; AWM suggested the Settles launch a school in Phoenix. The couple made the decision to spend their third-year preparing for the start up of the school in Arizona. They attended the Phoenix GTS in 2010 and introduced the plan to launch a school in the area. Later in June 2010, AWM granted approval for the school and the Settles were off and running. Doors opened and classes started in late November with seventeen full-time and eleven part-time students. The Settles are looking forward to kicking off their second academic year later this month, and are excited to be sharing the almost-too-good-to-be-true news with the students at CBC-Arizona.