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Love This City

As a Family we recently cancelled Church and went out into our local area to release random acts of kindness! Its something we have been wanting to do for sometime and honestly we set a date, and all of a sudden it was upon us...

Love this City is a movement based in New Zealand - The heart behind it is to impact the world with love, by inspiring a movement of kindness and radical generosity. At the very heart of this movement is ‘love with no agenda’ ­ for people to come together, united from throughout the city to demonstrate love and kindness, requiring nothing in return.

We collected gift cards, flowers, chocolates, cookies and bags. Then we divided everything up into personal "Lovebombs". After splitting into groups of around 5 or 6 (we had around 25-30 people) we took off to shift the atmosphere in Fremont Village, Port Coquitlam. There's really nothing else to it!! If people asked "Why?" our answer was simply "Because we love you, have a nice day!!"

There's nothing better than no strings attached expressions of love...

 

Thanks to Sincerely Cafe for helping spread the love, they donated lots of Gift Cards!! You guys are awesome!!

We had enough goodies to make over 100 bags (#lovebombs) to give away!!

Before we even got back to Sincerely Cafe (our headquarters), people were already posting about their experience on Facebook and Twitter...  #lovebombed

 

The response was awesome! There were people who politely declined (it's Canada after all, everyone is polite!), but for the most part people were happy to know that other people cared. Random acts of kindness are an incredible catalyst to change. We believe that generosity is the pathway for revival, not necessarily in the way you might think. But generosity awakens the hearts of people.

We had a great time, learned a lot about ourselves and other people. We will be doing this again sometime at the end of Summer, with hopes to do it on a much larger scale in the near future... We hope you might join us.... Until then have fun #Lovebombing people.... Well, just because...

Find out more → LOVE THIS CITY

Where is your identity?

Our identity is made up from a string of deep desires that we allow to surface through our actions, which are dependent on our environment and culture in which we live. The way we perceive our identity is shaped by this cultural climate, which also influences the way we make decisions. Whether because of family or other forces like war or the economy, many people make decisions separate from their emotions and their deepest desires.

The way our culture perceives their identity now is quite different from those who came before us. In our current modern way of thinking, our culture tells us to do what makes us happy, to “live life the fullest”, and to pursue all our passions.  It tells us this in order to be our own true selves, we must not be held back by doing things that we do not like to do.  It tells us also, to strive to get our way and achieve our goals regardless of the people or opposition we face. This is a way of living that Timothy Keller wrote as being the, “sovereign self”. The sovereign self’s way of thinking that currently presides over North American culture. This is the elevation of our own individual desires, despite the input from society, yet formed by our culture. Though on the surface level, the sovereign self seems to be progressive and relatively cohesive within the age of technology.

The Christian way of thought gives weight to our emotions, not to be controlled by them but instead allowing our emotions to be directed and not suppressed. We accept that we ourselves are not sovereign. We accept that in order to sort through our conflicting desires, we require a higher standard outside of ourselves. When I refer to conflicting desires this could be simply the conflict between career and relationship (or any other ever-shifting conflicting desire). Having the standard of God’s word to guide these desires allows everyone as a Church family, to have a process that is harmonious and consistent.

All of our lives are filtered through our cultural narrative before coming through. When your identity is found in culture, that filter is the only one you know, and the only thing that affects your processing of your desires. When your identity is found in Christ, there is another filter that is laid upon your life that changes the way some desires are perceived.

What does it look like to change your source for your identity? In the end you cannot design your own identity. Sure, you are your own person, but you cannot be justified within yourself. Just as we did not name ourselves, our self-worth comes from outside input. For example, the volleyball from the movie Cast Away, simply floating in the water being a volleyball, when Tom Hanks character, Chuck Noland, gives that volleyball a name and an image. Suddenly, this volleyball whose name is now Wilson takes on an identity, and almost a personality. Wilson goes on to get lost at sea where Chuck Noland begins to cry uncontrollably for a volleyball, which was Wilson, which was his friend. This outside input becomes more formative depending on the source of the input, like a father, or a teacher.

We are expected to go out into the world and become successful with jobs, money, success, power and families.  Our identities are formed during those pursuits by outside input, based on if our dreams have been fulfilled, or not. With only our cultural filter only, any failures will take a piece of you with it. The cultural gauge that determines your identity will tell you that you are not good enough.

Now that we have a generalization of how our modern minds find identity, lets looks at how Christianity fits into the mix. We find our identity being stamped on us from the beginning when we were made in the imago dei – the image of God. This means that we have inherited our value, but also that our value relies upon God. We are dependent. This identity is not something we have achieved, but something that we can only receive. We have been adopted into God’s family name (Isaiah 43:7; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Ephesians 1:5 ).  This dependence on God translates through the Old Testament into the New Testament. In the Gospel we find our identity in Christ, for it is not our own work, performance, or achieved power or status that proves who we are, but it is the actions of Christ that gives us our identity. When we are baptized into Christ, and repent, we are baptized into the divine family, which is our supplier of our identity.

We are all created for the Kingdom of God for different purposes; there are only some people we can affect, only some tasks we can complete. The reality is that we know there are some deep desires in our hearts that can keep us from being our true selves.  The beauty of it is, is that when we have that filter of Jesus laid over our lives, and ground ourselves within him, the failures that we have do not affect our identity.  For we are centered in what has already been done, which is the life and death of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life so that we may live in freedom and eternal life with him.

Read more from Landon's Personal Blog → The Blazed Trail

Choose Joy

One spectrum of simply walking out the kingdom of God is displaying the character of joy throughout your day and noticing the change around you.

A simple smile draws people in and a question acknowledges their presence.

Example, *smiles* - how is your day?

Prov 15:23: A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!

Surprisingly enough this can be the beginning of your ministry.

We are all in a field of customer service. We are all either working with people or for people. There is no way around conversing with them. Your ministry is not in Africa right now, that’s okay, you have a playing field of customer service every single day.

Take a moment to think about how many interactions with people you have in a day.

What is your normal day-to-day routine? Who do you come across?

Now think about your interactions with these people. How often are you smiling? Then ask yourself, why or why not? How often does that smile take you into a conversation…why or why not?

Replaying back our days is how we can learn to grow from our actions, which we create from our perspective. I encourage you to change your perspective of ministry into an everyday opportunity.

Opportunities are ALL around us. It is our choice to engage or not.

The kingdom doesn’t do mundane… so what makes you think you have to?

Heb 12:2: fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Choose joy.

Romans 15:13: 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

- by Emily Knauff

Keeping it Simple

I was standing in the line at Starbucks the other morning, when I saw a social worker who had been involved with our family and our foster son for a couple of years.  I have not seen her for a quite a while as we had been assigned to other case workers over time.  This social worker was looking very tired and worn out as she was waiting for her morning coffee.  While standing there, I felt this wave of compassion and then felt the Holy Spirit whisper "encourage her today."  After ordering and paying for my coffee, I walked over to her and began to reconnect.  After updating her on our foster son' life, I started to encourage her.  I told her how much I appreciated everything she had done for us, how she had protected and helped our foster son, and because of her, he has this incredible opportunity for an amazing life and destiny.  I told her that she was one of the best social workers we have had and that she is amazing at what she does.  As most of us are aware, social workers have a very difficult job, quite often are seen as "the bad guys," so they don't often get positive feedback. As I talked her, her face began to light up and she began to smile.  By the time she left Starbucks, she looked like she had been to the spa.  

I share this story not to bring attention to myself, but to demonstrate that sometimes releasing the Kingdom of God is simpler than we think.  Quite often God wants to meet people in unexpected ways.   

Don't get me wrong, I love the stories of miracles, healing, and God encounters. I love the testimonies of God doing the impossible, but sometimes the miracle people need in that moment is God's kindness and love. They may need a smile, or a cup of coffee just to know that they are loved and cared for.  Quite often, we are only looking for the huge miracle, like praying for the guy in a wheelchair, that we miss out an opportunity for God to release His love in other ways. 

I think the key to releasing heaven on earth is learning to abide in Him.  When we spend time getting to know Him, know His voice, recognize what He is saying and doing, then we can respond.  Jesus did only what He saw the Father doing.  We have been invited into this same relationship.  Jesus said we will do even greater things than He did.  I think it begins by knowing the Spirit's voice and responding to it.  It is about losing the boxes and paradigms on how we think things should look like.  Instead, it's responding in that moment to the smallest and simplest of things when He reveals it to you.  Maybe it's buying a cup of coffee, calling someone, giving flowers, or maybe it is praying for the sick person for healing, or giving a stranger a prophetic word. Instead of pressuring ourselves, let's keep it simple.  His spirit lives inside of each one of us.  Get to know His voice, know His love and goodness in your own life.

Ask for opportunities every day to release His love and His presence to others.   During your day, be aware of His presence and focus on Him.   Respond when you hear His voice and watch and see what amazing things He does in and through you.  Celebrate that you are in a partnership with Him, and enjoy the journey.

Transformational Thinking ▸

"So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we went, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13

"Your self esteem will determine your World view." - Kris Vallotton

It can be really easy to let whats happening around you, get on you! The way we develop thought patterns often hangs upon the experiences we both see and go through over time. In the case of the 12 Spies sent out into the promised land, 10 came back with a bad report and only 2 came back with a hopeful inventory.

The 10 Spies although negative, still came back with insight "we were like grasshoppers in OUR OWN sight, and SO WE WERE in their Sight". Whatever Kingdom that you choose to agree with will dominate. The Israelites were told to Spy out the land, not to see whether it would be possible to take it. They had already been promised it! They were there to find out where to start the attack.

What promises has God given you that you think are too good to be true!?  We think that Peter Pan had it right (think happy thoughts). Okay that needs to be explained a little... Settle down don't shoot us yet!

We once heard a story that went something like this...

"One day a Man who was wealthy, bought a rusty, old and broken Chevy to a Restoration Garage. He told the Mechanic to spare no expense and restore the car to it's former Glory. Several months went by, and the wealthy Man returned to check up on the Restoration. He was absolutely in love with the job that had already been done, it was looking spectacular. The Mechanic was very happy to hear the delight of the wealthy Man, especially as he was only half way through the restoration. Before leaving, the wealthy Man said 'This is great, I cannot wait to put this in the destruction derby, I'll be the envy of everybody'. The Mechanic paused and in complete amazement began to ask what he meant, and the wealthy Man told him that he was going to place the perfectly restored car into the biggest destruction derby in the Nation."

Do you think it would affect the quality of the work the mechanic did on the second half of the restoration?  

How you choose to think about the end has everything to do with how you behave in the middle. We've been called to disciple Nations. If that idea sounds too good to be true, you've chosen your standard. The very word 'Impossible' will tell you the truth... 'Im Possible'. When you entered the Kingdom you started a Brand New (Never before created) journey. It doesn't stop there, there is an entire playing field of faith for you to go and explore. If you think your job is to just wait for Heaven to come down then, unfortunately, you won't see God invade Earth the way He would like to. The way you choose to think about your new identity, will manifest itself in the way Heaven invades the planet through you. If you don't think God heals, chances are you'll never pray for someone to be healed. There's a reason Jesus ruined every funeral He ever went to; it wasn't time for them to have died. If it was, He never would have raised them from the dead because it would have been His Father's will.

Transformational thinking produces transformational doing.

We are currently in the UK visiting family, enjoying the massive amounts of incredible coffee (not as good as Sincerely, mind you!).  As we were driving to the airport, we were discussing this very topic- wanting to partner with our "happy thoughts" and begin to see transformational thinking produce the doing.  From the very moment we parked our car, to walking through the arrivals area at Heathrow, God has been speaking through divine appoints, to putting us in the paths of people He loves... We will have to write another post to share what's been going on, but we are more and more convinced that Momentum March is in full swing!

Leaving customs, approaching the baggage claims area, the UK informed us that we were on the right track...

Friendship | Part 1

The reality of friendship with God is so grand.  I love that we get to live a life of intimacy with a creator that literally created ME just for Him to direct all of His love and affection towards.  I love that He created me to live a life of purpose and passion, and that before I was even born He purposed His own Son to die for me, so I could live a life of fruitfulness and holiness with Him eternally. 

Saying all of that is exactly what I believe, exactly what I do my very best to live out day to day; but over the past eight weeks, I have really been asking myself, what does Friendship with God really look like?  What does it mean to know that you are living a life of friendship?  How do you know if you moved from being a slave of righteousness to being a friend of God... Maybe I have been asking a lot of questions.. but I once heard that if you're not asking questions, then really, what's the point?  God desires a two way communication- He's excited by the fact we have the questions... OK, OK, that's another post for another day. 

We were once slaves to sin.  I think we can all agree on that.  Before the Lord sent His son for us, we lived in this cyclical life where we were in obedience to another principality, to ourselves, and not living a life that produced fruit.  Romans 6:28 says that when we were slaves to sin, we were free from the control of righteousness, and what benefit did we reap then?  BUT, God is so good... He purposed His Son to come for us, from the beginning of time, He designed an outcome that would produce such incredible fruit, and lead us back into partnership with him!  Because of His great sacrifice, we moved from being enslaved by sin, to being dead to sin! 

Romans 6:1-4:  "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."

Have you ever felt like there are seasons of your life where you feel like you are stuck in sin?  Where you can't propel forward, you can't get past it?!  Well, Good news:  YOU'RE NOT.  You may feel like you are, but that's the thing about feelings; they come and go, but truth always win.  When Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the light"; that word truth means reality.  The reality of who Jesus is to you is more concrete than your feelings.  Jesus shines light in the dark places, He speaks words of truth and reality about who you are, and because He abides in you, He brings you out all through the lens of love.  A little side note:  Something I have learned over the past two years is that the enemy loves to use your feelings against you, and propel you towards insanity (doing the same broken thing over and over again).  I have really learned to question my feelings, and make sure that they are focused on what God is doing, and not what isn't happening. Feelings can be a tool used to lie to us... because the Reality (Truth) of who Jesus is to us and for us is so much bigger than we can even comprehend!

Now that we have become Slaves to Righteousness, what happens?  Romans 6: 23 says that when we used to be slaves to sin, we learned obedience without fruit; but when now that we have become slaves to righteousness, we are now walking in obedience that bears much fruit:  holiness and ever-lasting life!  I believe that being a slave to righteousness its your starting line when you enter the Kingdom.  In this stage, we learn WHAT God is doing.  We are continually obedient, continually seeking the Spirit for every decision.  Now, I am not saying that friendship with God looks like not walking in obedience.. I'll get to that a bit later.  What I am saying is that God loves to see our obedience transition from sin to Him, and He loves to see us discover the "What's" of who He is! 

Andy is my biggest hero when it comes to walking out obedience.  The guy is SO obedient when the Lord speaks.  Being married to him has really challenged me to say Yes, to jump before I understand, before fear can get in the way! 

About two years ago, Andy was in a local Starbucks, and he was reading a book before work began.  This one day, a guy sat on the comfy chairs right next to him.  Of course, before you go to work, you want down time- you don't want to chat, you want to get yourself into the right head space before you have to give away a portion of who you are- especially if you are in Customer Service, like Andy is.  So the guy next to Andy started engaging with him... and because not everyone is open to talking with strangers, Andy reciprocated. As the conversation continued, Andy found out that he was a Pastor among other topics of conversation. One thing lead to another and by the end of the conversation Andy shared some things he felt were prophetically relevant that God may be wanting to encourage him with about his new ventures.  Andy modeled the "What" God was doing.  Two years later, this past Wednesday, we were invited to a Pastors gathering (the exact same venture that Andy had prophesied over two years prior), by the exact same man.  Not only that, but Andy's obedience paved a way for Andy to discover God's heart for the what.  When we walk in obedience, and do WHAT the Lord asks of us, we begin to learn His heart, which is the WHY.  

David is the perfect example of this.  God and Moses designed the temple together, they designed what worship life looked like... and David looked at it, and said, "Nope- it's not good enough for the Lord!"  Moses and the Lord had made it so that ONCE a year, ONE Priest would go into the Holy of Hollies, and worship, sacrifice, and do this whole shebang.  It was so pure that they would have to tie a rope around the priests waist and put bells on them, because there was a history of priests being instantly killed when they walked into the Lord's presence (the Ark of the Covenant).  Now David, a man beyond his time, a real friend of the Lord's, looked at this and decided that this wasn't good enough.  See, he understood the Lord's heart, he understood the WHY of the Lord.  Instead of just obeying, he instead turned the one day, into a 24/7 worship center for the Lord- sending in ALL of the priests to minister to the Lord.  Now, fast forward to the New Testament (Acts 2:25-28), it's David's worship plan, not Moses and God's that is apart of the new covenant.  Being a friend of God allows you to alter history, culture, and change the plans of God!  

Friendship with God begins with abiding in Him, and letting His words Abide in you.

To be continued...

Partnership

God is constantly orchestrating His goodness behind the scenes of my life, and especially at work. My job is with Missions Fest Vancouver and part of it is to sell Booths in the exhibition hall for the annual Christian missional conference. Anytime there is a booth cancellation, I pray for a fill–in; Within the hour I get a call from a new organization looking to purchase a booth – they take that recently opened booth. This has happened already a few times in the time leading up to the big event. It happens exactly like that. God is the Grand Orchestrator and a master of His own work, so he can teach me how to be the master of mine – by partnering with Him in faith.

I believe God shows us His power in the things that stress us out the most because He wants to let us experience true peace – despite circumstances. It's Him revealing His nature. Andy preached on “the discerning of spirits" last Sunday. One way I've learned to discern quicker, is by asking myself “does this feeling line up with the who God says He is?" For example, “I feel anxiety”. The immediate response, is to ask myself - what does God say about anxiety?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Phil 4:6-8)”.

Thank-you God that you go ahead of me and turn my worries into victories. Thank-you that I get the privilege of leaning onto your strength while I am weak. You are full of grace, mercy and love. I want to be more in friendship with you in EVERY aspect of my life, so that your ways become a tangible atmosphere around me everywhere I go.

- by Emily Knauff

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Salt & Light | Part 2

It was August of 2009, and my Summer break from Ministry School was drawing to a close. I had spent the Holidays speaking and doing a little bit of ministry at my Church back in England.

After that time had come to an end, one of the leaders invited me to the front, and asked the congregation to pray blessings over me as a thank you. He invited anyone who had been personally impacted by what I had released during that time, to come forward and pray. When he began to speak, the involuntary shaking began... If you've not seen that before it really is quite amusing! But it was what happened next I will never forget..

As people began to come forwards (mostly my friends and family), my natural eyes started to do something really weird: The closer people got me, the more I was unable to physically keep them open. The people started changing into intense streaks of light, then from streaks to nothing but light. It was like staring into the sun, only the sun was right in front of me. Then I seemed to disappear for a second. Apparently not physically, I am fairly sure someone would have noticed. But most definitely my spirit was up to something... different!

When I came around, I was hunched over, ears ringing, surrounded by people, and it felt like my heart was trying to escape out of my chest. I think the last thing I remember was my mother laughing behind me, it was more laughing at me than with me (thanks mum! real funny.. ha) It's hard to describe something that you've only experienced once, and honestly doesn't really make much sense. As far as I am aware, I was the only one who saw what I saw. And it opened my eyes (no pun intended), to what we as the church look like in the realm of the spirit.

Jesus said YOU are the light of the World!

There's no way you could hide the light that I saw that day, it was too bright and too blinding. Like a City set on a hill, you couldn't hide even if you tried. As I wrote in Part 1, You are the salt and light of the world. Salt for preservation and light for revelation. What do you need to do to bring preservation (salt)?..... Just show up! God is faithful and He wants you to be too. There's power in loving your City, and we often don't see the effect we are having in the world of the spirit. The story of Lot's wife seems to allude to this, she just couldn't give up what she lived to preserve (Genesis 19:26).

But how do you bring light (revelation)?

Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, He revealed to this kingdom, what it looked like to live in His Kingdom. Jesus is the perfect reflection of the Father. He modeled the value system of His very own Kingdom. He only did what He saw the Father doing!

One of the ways that Jesus modeled for us, was outlined in Acts 10:38.

"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him."

Before you get upset, I want to add that this was just an example. There are many dimensions to the Kingdom. Performing signs and wonders (such as healing) is not the final word on revealing it, but in order to reveal the Kingdom we have to show it to people in all of its dimensions. Also, I am not reproducing the same fruit that Jesus modeled (not even close); but that doesn't mean that I am not meant to. Greater works was His declaration (the context being miracles).

My point is merely this.. Whatever God is revealing to you about His Kingdom (which is the expression of His nature), just keep living it out. He wants the way that you live, to reveal His nature to the Kingdoms here on the Earth. Sometimes the process of seeing takes a while, but you cannot show to other people what you cannot see. But be of good cheer, because He hides revelation for you, not from you! Which means His intention is to give it to those who want it.

Salt & Light | Part 1

In Jesus’s day, salt was used to keep food from going bad, it’s purpose was preservation. The test was in the taste, if it tasted like salt, it was still useful. As soon as it began to taste like fish (or whatever it was preserving) it was no longer good for use, and would be be thrown away.
Jesus said we that we are the salt and light of the Earth. Salt for preservation and light for revelation.

Your mission should you choose to accept it, can be found in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

We are to continue the ministry of Jesus, who came to reconcile the world to the Father.

How did He do this?

By judging what He was called to preserve....  No that doesn't sound right?!

There it is... "By not counting their trespasses against them!"

… the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son ...

(John 5:22)

… I did not come to judge the world, but to save it ...

(John 12:47)

Here's how you can can tell if you've lost your flavour...  Check your inventory.

The River that Flows Out

THAT HEAVEN AND EARTH MIGHT MERGE

At The Stirring there are two components that drive the 'what' and the 'why' do we bother.

Our Mission: Love Reformation

What do we mean by reformation?

"To improve (a law or institution) by correcting abuses" Farlex dictionary

Revival always starts with the poor. It starts at the grass roots level, and it burns its way up. However culture is shaped from the top down. So if what starts at the bottom does not impact those at the top, there will never be a reformation.

Keep it simple. We build a friendship with Heaven, take a look around, what we discover we then serve people with on Earth. Heaven is characterized by extravagant love, so our mandate is to make it tangible in our City.

When reformation is actualized, it brings transformation.

Our Vision: We are a family encountering God and empowering people to stir our world through love.

The Culture we are building is characterized by the presence of God, Worship, Love, Family and Honour. We believe these are the incubators to what we will create with God.

Culture is shaped by the way that people think. This is why Kingdom culture is foundational to the way we do life, not just in our church family but also in our everyday 'world'. The way we think about the circumstances that play themselves out in front of us every single day, these must be anchored in Heavens culture. The goal of what we are doing is to bring heaven to people now, and it begins with the renewing of the mind. For everyday kingdom living to be sustainable, it needs a greenhouse to grow. We like to think of The Stirring as a laboratory, not to be confused with lavatory, however similar the outcomes may be. It's a good idea to have both a manufacturing department and a research and development department. We were born to be a people of discovery! We were asked to disciple Nations...  It is transformed people, that transform the world around them.

The structure of our vision is vital to the outcome.  We don't just huddle, we play the game!

Our structure: Train and Equip with Deployment in mind.

Church is supposed to be a safe place, but if you get trained in the Zoo, when you reach the Jungle, all of it will be completely irrelevant. Biblical faith has practical application!

In the Kingdom, you only get keep what you give away. So all the encountering God, must find a practical application in your everyday life. Which is why we believe that every believer is in full time ministry and your world is your pulpit. There is no such thing as 'lay people' in the body of Christ, once you are in you're part of the royal priesthood. It is the Saints who perform the work of service.

Ezekiel 47 illustrates how we function.

The River From the Temple

47 Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.

7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

We believe that God's presence (river) wants to leave the sanctuary in every direction. The further away from the sanctuary, the deeper the river. The most spectacular works of God are going to happen the farther you get from the sanctuary. The greatest miracles are destined to take place in the darkest places. Every living thing that moves wherever the river goes will live! Movement is life.

Everything that the river touches receives supernatural benefit.

Jesus said that belief in Him will cause rivers of living water to flow from the heart (John 7:38). And you have become the temple of God. The fullness of God lives inside you! Wherever you go, the river goes with you. God is going to water the root system of society, and He wants to use you to do it.

When a river has only an inlet and no outlet, it has no movement (swamps and marshes). Sometimes all it needs to start moving again, is a little stir.