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AC Talk Dec 2019
AVOIDING SIDE ROADS
Nothing is clear anymore. There are no boundaries, no rules and for the world in general, no absolutes anymore.
The world has changed.
It’s happened very quickly and we, the Church, have been left scrambling to catch up, trying to avoid being irrelevant in what is
becoming a post Christian world.
But it’s moved on even further from there. We’re living in a Post-Truth world.
At the end of 2016 Oxford Dictionary announced their Word of the Year: this word is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.
The Word for 2016 was POST-TRUTH It means “relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Oxford Dictionary)
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AC Talk Oct 2019
God is calling us to work together with Him and with one another, for the advancing of His Kingdom
Here we find ourselves at the end of 2019 and what a year it has been!
God spoke a clear word to us that it would be a year of continued Acceleration which we can all attest to and that as we align with His Word and move TOGETHER in the same direction, we would BE THE DEMONSTRATION that would cause the harvest to come in.
It has also been prophesied that it would be a time for women to arise and take their rightful place in the Kingdom. Recently at The Rising Ladies Conference, Edna shared a word that gripped our hearts. She called it BETTER TOGETHER.
At the time, this coincided with an uprising against violence and women in South Africa, which resulted in the #EnoughisEnough campaign.
As God’s people we need to rise against the enemy in the power of His Spirit; however, when we succumb to an uprising (the word ‘uprising’ is defined as a revolution, rebellion, rooted in revolt, anger and entitlement, that results in a victim mentality) we play into the enemy's hand and give him room to maneuver but when we rise up in boldness, yet in humility, according to the plans and purposes of God, it looks different.
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COTN Day of Prayer 2019
Dear COTN Elders, Leaders and Churches,
Greetings to you all in Jesus name.
It is once again my joy to introduce and provide you with information with regard to our annual Church of the Nations – Day of Prayer.
I’m sure that most of you will be aware, and have already built it into your calendars.This year it will fall on Sunday 8 September being the second Sunday of September.It is where we ask each church to set aside time during their Sunday meeting/service, to unite with COTN churches around the world in a focused prayer celebration.
This event is the only truly ‘combined international event’ we have each year, where we ask every COTN church to participate.We will be providing you with prayer pointers and reminders over the next few weeks.
So, mark the date. It’s just 3 weeks away!
On behalf of the COTN Apostolic Council
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AC Talk June 2019
Can we handle the change that is before us and be an authentic answer to those around us...
The 2009 June edition of AC talk was the first of the relaunch of this communication tool and I was asked to document the first thirty years of COTN. In October 2009 as the AC met in Plymouth UK the decision was made to fully embrace our progression and our mission statement was changed from “Building a family of Churches Reaching the Nations”, to “A Family of Apostolic Clusters Advancing the Kingdom of God”. Well here we are in 2019 looking forward to a new decade in 2020 and as a COTN family a new biblical generation.
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AC Talk March 2019
Bearers of Hope
Einstein’s contention that “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them” seems to be particularly appropriate to today.
Imagining that we can fix the set of global problems we have created by our own hand, by using the same wisdom or methods that got us into this place initially, is folly of the highest order.
The recently completed World Economic Forum meetings in Switzerland, led with a “World of Worry” Index and the great minds gathered there from the spheres of business, politics, finance, social enterprise and so forth, were all very pessimistic and gloomy about how to avoid a recession and how to turn around economies. In fact, some of the more powerful government leaders were absent from these meetings precisely because their own domestic agendas and problems kept them home, in an attempt to bring order and stability to their nations. Predictably, the smaller pool of the “haves” was challenged by the massive pool of the “have nots” and the gap between the two does not seem to narrow from one year to the next, if this annual event is used as a measure of progress or decline.
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Dear COTN Family,
You are invited to attend THE SENDING - a COTN Global Commissioning Event from the 5th - 7th of July 2019 in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.This will be a time of worship, prayer, prophetic encouragement and a time of sending the next generation of Kingdom sons and daughters to GO!
We are very excited to announce our international guest speakers and worship leaders such as Tony Fitzgerald,Jeremy Riddle, Brenton Brown and Bob Hazlett.
As an Apostolic Council, we have agreed to host an event in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, called “The Sending” to do just that. This will be a time of worship, prayer, prophetic encouragement and a time of sending the next generation of kingdom sons and daughters to GO! God spoke to us clearly that the next generation is any age or generation that will put their hands up to advance the Kingdom from where it is now, to where God wants to take it, from a young Mary that proclaims,“Behold the handmaiden of the Lord” to a Caleb that says “Give me my mountain”.
The Word God gave us was “I have brought you to, and positioned you at this place, for this time.Find your space and your place quickly. For I am going to put together all that I have spoken in the previous years and shall create a momentum that will propel and accelerate the Body of Christ into a position of favour, authority and power, that will give God the glory and produce an amazing harvest”
It is very important that we understand that it is NOT our own power, effort or acceleration that we refer to, but the Divine Enablement, Empowerment, Energizing and Quickening of the Lord. It is His Anointing that enables you. The God of fine design, intelligent progression and process causes an acceleration that supersedes natural laws.
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT’, Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And e shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘GRACE, GRACE to it!” Zechariah 4:6-7 NKJV
We trust that as we ALIGN with God and His Word and send the next generation,we will see ACCELERATION in all the Kingdom Mountains, the Church and also in our personal lives that will give Him Glory and bring forth a bountiful Harvest.May we continue to Advance His Kingdom together!
(On behalf of the COTN Apostolic Council)
AC Talk December 2018
Oh little town of Bethlehem...how still we see the lie
As we were ushered into the heavily paneled office, I thought of what had transpired not long before this moment. We had tripped along and navigated our way down the narrow, winding uneven cobbled streets of this ancient little town. My mind was a kaleidoscope, attempting to grasp where I was and all that had gone on here for centuries before. I was fascinated and in awe as we were led by our astute friend and interpreter, Fadi. He was a resident of this fascinating village and navigated its little back streets with a rhythm and familiarity, as I’m sure many had done for thousands of years before him.
After all, could these not have been the same streets Boaz and Ruth had walked along, or maybe even where Abraham and Isaac had come from Hebron, not too far away to lay in supplies. Yes, we were in Bethlehem of Judea. This amazing little village with such a rich history spanning the ages. Was this too not the place where the angels appeared and declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
Peace and Goodwill toward men.”
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AC Talk September 2018
It is almost a year since the prophetic word of acceleration was given at the London meeting of the AC in September last year.
In this edition of AC Talk I want to share some thoughts that have come out of the experience of the last year of living in the challenge and expectation of the unfolding of the word.
To start, there is the realisation that the word came, not with commands and demands that needed to be blindly obeyed, but rather as an outpouring of “the heart of GOD” for Kingdom advancement. It reveals a wave of His love that is and will continue to be released worldwide. In order to respond to this word, we need to understand that the direction and power for it's outworking will come from the “heart of GOD," and not from smart plans and ideas. So purposefully drawing near to the heart of GOD is our first and ongoing need. Dallas Willard succinctly captures this truth:-"In our Christian walk, our MAIN FOCUS should be building a personal relationship with GOD and a lesser focus on individual actions and decisions.”
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COTN Day of Prayer 2018
Dear Senior Pastors/Lead Elders and Prayer coordinators,
As you know the Day of Prayer is the only event each year where we ask every COTN Church, associated ministries/organisations and individuals to be part of.
It's Tony’s heart and that of the entire Apostolic Council that with one accord in unity that we stand in prayer before the Father, both to hear His voice and implore His favour.
This year as you know our theme is ACCELERATION. We ask that you allow ample time on September 9 to embrace this moment with fellow believers across the world.
You will be receiving slides and notes relating to the Prayer Points within in the next week.
Expectant for the unexpected - ONLY 2 WEEKS AWAY!
On behalf of the COTN Apostolic Council
Community Ministries Now Velocity Community Church
As Community Ministries in Muldersdrift, SA we recently changed our name and vision.
We are now Velocity Community Church.
Our mission is : A movement connecting people and transforming community.
God is accelerating our church in ways we never expected, indeed an exciting and FAITH building season for our community.
We also have a new facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/VelocityMuldersdrift/about/
And a new website: www.velocity.org.za
The contact people at Velocity Community Church are:
Pastors Schaun and Akosia Colin
+27 (71) 419-5916
Pastor Wayne and Dr Fezille Gabellah
+27 (65) 937-4450
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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