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AC Talk June 2018
Acceleration From a Place of Rest
As I write this AC Talk, Edna and I are celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary on a beautiful Baltic Sea Cruise. Looking out over the ocean, I realize again how little control I have over our journey. I can’t control how fast or how slow this ship is moving, or even where we go. All I can do is choose to be here and choose to trust the captain.
So, that is what I want to talk to you about today … how can you rest on your journey? How can you trust the Captain of your life?
When God first spoke to us about Acceleration for 2018, our first response was, “We don’t want to run faster or do more in this busy life,” especially as changes were happening so quickly, both on a personal and global level.
Thank God this is not what He meant when He spoke of acceleration. That is why Zechariah said, “It is not by power, not by might but by My Spirit says the Lord, with shouts of grace, grace! We will see the mountains flatten” (Zechariah 4:6-8 paraphrased).
When Elijah outran the horses, it was not because he put in some extra effort, but because the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. It was not Samson’s muscle power that defeated the enemy; it was the Spirit of God upon him. It was not Joseph or Daniel’s
intelligence that brought deliverance to them and through them; it was the Spirit of God who came upon them.
So how can we position ourselves for acceleration? Well, in Hebrews 4:1-16, the author shows us how to prevent the enemy (or ourselves) from robbing us during this season of acceleration.
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COTN Global Event 2019
Dear COTN Leaders,
Attached to this letter is a very exciting announcement evolving from our recent Apostolic Council meeting in Durban.
As we discussed, reflected and contemplated we came to realize that we are truly in a season of transition as a family in COTN. As such it was decided to call the younger generation from around the world to an international event which will be prophetic in nature, in that it will take place in the form of an equipping - celebratory event over three days culminating on the Sunday where the new generation will be part of a prophetic act of commissioning by the fathers over them.
We are calling everyone in the COTN family between the ages of 18-40 where at all possible, to be there. The event will not be strictly limited to this age group but all plenary sessions, workshops, music, breakouts will be focused towards them.
As you are aware the instances where the Apostolic Council initiate international events are very few and far between. So this promises to be a significant landmark event in the history of COTN as a family, as such we ask you to place this information in the hands of everyone between ages 18-40 and encourage them to be there.
On behalf of the COTN Apostolic Council
COTN Leadershift 2018 Cruise
Leadershift takes to the seas in 2018!
We still have conference space; however, the cruise is filling up fast!
Join us for a 4 night (3 days) Western Caribbean Cruise sailing with Royal Caribbean.
The cruise travels from Tampa Florida to Mexico and return. There will be two full days at sea and one day in the port of Cozumel Mexico.
Cruise boarding Sep 27th from 12pm -2:30pm and disembarkation Oct 1st at 8:00am.
- - 2 person occupancy (single rates available)
- - All meals (included beverages, Coffee, Tea, Water and Lemonade)
- - All Taxes
Gratuity will be $13.50 per person per day and can be paid at time of cruise or before.
Prices based on type of stateroom. Contact the travel agent for current pricing.
Conference seating available for the first 90 people only!!
Please use travel agent for cruise booking!
Only a $200 deposit per room. Remainder must be paid by July 13th 2018.
Register for conference at: www.cotn.org/LS2018 $20.00 per person
437 S Withchduck Rd Virginia Beach VA 23462
AC Talk April 2018
Stir Up the Gifts
Wherever I go, both within and outside of Church of the Nations, the word of “acceleration” seems to be on everyone’s lips expressed in one way or another.
We have embraced this concept in COTN with open arms and great expectation as we look to see what God is doing.
Is He revealing the sons of the Kingdom at this time?
The Kingdom comes as His sons and daughters go forth and we’re all looking for the increase, the acceleration of the wave of new believers being swept into our churches.
Are we ready for them? Have we prepared in faith,the vessels to receive them?
Are our hearts open to this and are we, like Elijah looking for that rain?
Then he said to his young servant,“On your feet now! Look toward the sea.”He went, looked, and reported back,“I don’t see a thing.”“Keep looking,” said Elijah, “seven times if necessary.”1 Kings 18:43 (The Message)
Things happened fast. The sky grew black with wind-driven clouds, and then a huge cloudburst of rain, with Ahab hightailing it in his chariot for Jezreel.1 Kings 18:45 (The Message)
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Stepping Stones to Glory by Sheila Jones
This self-published book from Sheila Jones, part of The Church at Nantucket in Milford Haven, Wales is an inspiring story of obedience to God and His faithfulness. The foreword, written by Tony Fitzgerald is below. Ordering information follows the foreword. We trust this will be a blessing and inspiration to you.
Foreword by Tony Fitzgerald
The mid-Seventies were years of great change for me, my wife Marilyn and our daughters. We had arrived in England from Australia after a very difficult season of ministry and through a series of miracles, found ourselves living and serving on the Youth with a Mission base in Crawley, Sussex. We are forever thankful for the love, grace and acceptance shown to us during that time.
It was here that I first met Sheila Jones. She had travelled down from Milford Haven, in Wales, to request that a team would come to the town and help with young people. We, with others, were asked by YWAM to go and spy out the land. This trip led to our family spending the best part of the next two years in this wonderful area of the world. It was there that much of what we live in today was freshly birthed. That was 40 years ago and we still have the joy of regularly visiting and encouraging the believers there.
Leadershift South Africa 2018
Dear COTN Family,
You are invited to attend our COTN Leadershift Conference at The Harvest Church, Durban from the 19 – 22 April 2018. What a blessing and privilege it will be to have you all with us again!
During a time of seeking God’s face for the way ahead in 2018, we’ve come to the realization that God is speaking a clear word to us.
We recently celebrated our Church of the Nations’ (COTN) 40th Birthday during our Leadershift time in London. As we look back on that time we marvel at what a faith journey it’s been! Thank you Tony and Marilyn for your obedience and the journey.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
Thank God that He enabled us to enjoy the journey with friends and family in order to encourage one another in our faith walk and in the process be transformed to look a little more like Him!
Apart from having a clear vision and mandate as a Kingdom Apostolic Family, God has given us very specific words of inspiration or ‘themes’ that have helped us on our journey. These words have inspired, encouraged, pulled and propelled us ever closer to Father’s call and purpose for us.
Time of Acceleration
Dear COTN family,
This is a wonderful moment in time as we stand on the threshold of 2018.
As you will all be aware, in September last year we celebrated Church of the Nations 40th anniversary. It was wonderful to reflect where we had come from and how we have journeyed over the past biblical generation.
Today I’m announcing an exciting new development which we as a COTN family are about to embark on for the first time in our history. As such, we as the COTN family will be embracing a common theme for the year. The theme is entitled “ACCELERATION”. The word acceleration is defined as an act of progress of ‘speeding up increase’.
We are trusting that the Lord will ACCELERATE us as a kingdom expression in all its facets in a supernatural way beyond all that we have encountered, even beyond what has transpired over the past 40 years.
We believe that this is a fresh revelationary word, which the Lord laid on Louis’ heart and has given us as an Apostolic Council to lead the entire ministry in over
this coming season.
With much expectation for the King and His Kingdom.
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AC Talk December 2017
REFORMATION TO RESTORATION
As we approach the end of 2017 not many would disagree that this has been a year like few others as continual global political upheaval, natural disasters as the earth groans, and increased terrorism have dominated headlines.
In our COTN family we end the year with mixed emotions - as with sadness we remember those who have gone to be with the Lord, but celebrate their lives well lived.
The good news is that in the midst of all that is happening, there has been great Kingdom increase and victories won. We are winning! More on this later.
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AC Talk October 2017
Where are the Blacksmiths?
In 1 Samuel 13:19, a seemingly insignificant observation is made about the state of the nation of Israel under king Saul’s leadership - “Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel….” This was no coincidence, but a deliberate ploy on the part of their enemy the Philistines, to ensure the Israelites were not equipped to become a fighting force against them.
By removing the blacksmiths from the nation, there was no one skilled either to sharpen any existing tool they might have into a weapon of attack, nor to forge any metal into swords or spears. In this way, Israel was reduced to a community of harmless farmers and vulnerable neighbors. To add insult to injury, the Philistines made sure that the Israelites had to come to them in order to have even their tools to survive as farmers sharpened by foreign blacksmiths and, in so doing, regulated the pace and price for existence within the neighborhood. Although the parallels to our day may need no explanation, let me share just a few thoughts on how I understand this passage relating to us.
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Leadershift South Africa 2017 Videos Now Available!
The videos from the April 2017 Leadershift Conference in Jeffreys Bay are now available.