Wow! Our conference was great this year. We expect our Strategic Perspective Conference to continue to grow in magnitude and in quality. This is due in a very large part to our hard working staff, our exceptional audio/visual team, our great speakers, and, of course, the greatest attendees in the world. This year’s conference attendees grew by over twenty percent. The number of days our attendees stayed doubled. People want to know what is going to happen in the future, and more and more of them are turning to the Bible for answers. Our annual conference provides many answers and a great fellowship with serious Christians. KI will continue to search for the Biblical answers and a strategic perspective to their application.
God promises that the calling He has placed on our lives will be accomplished. We are seeing this accomplishment happen through KI’s call to expand globally. KI is no longer a small group of people. Thousands of people have joined KI in their search for serious Bible studies. Hopefully we help them grow and understand the seriousness of being a fruitful Christian. We all have our responsibilities to the Christian body.
It is God Who prepares us for the calling He places on our lives. We see this throughout the Bible. Joseph was sold by his brothers and entered Egypt as a slave, but later he was elevated to Prime Minister of Egypt while serving a prison sentence. The children of Israel became a nation while in Egypt for 430 years. Moses was in the wilderness for 40 years before God sent him back to Egypt, after which he led the nation Israel in the wilderness for another 40 years. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness for His personal preparation to start His ministry. He then spent 3 1/2 years with the apostles training them for His ministry. Paul spent time in Arabia with our Lord before he started teaching the gospel.
God waits to fulfill the calling He will accomplish in our lives. And we must wait, too.
What Love is this? Is it a sincere desire motivated by a strong attraction? It is a serious devotion evidenced by undying attention? Or is it a deep emotion fueled by an enduring affection?
Every major theistic religion in the world encourages its followers to “love God”. Loving God is usually expressed through the keeping of religious rituals. Religion is where the faithful focus on loving their God. This love is an action from man to God. Therefore, it makes sense for the created to worship (love) the Creator. In fact, for many this is the highest sign of being a true believer.
In John’s first epistle he writes, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”
In this passage, we are confronted with a classic question of cause and effect. If this “love” that John is writing about is a love FOR God from man, then we bring ourselves into being “perfected in Him” by keeping His commandments. But if this “love” is a love FROM God to man, then God alone brings us into being “perfected in Him” which encourages us to subsequently keep His commandments.
Something new has been birthing over the past few months at KI. We have always believed in the power and effectiveness of Small Groups but the question was always how could we develop our groups globally. We did not just want to add another 60-minutes-plus presentation because we know that people grow better when they can interact. The big question was how could we create the type of Community that would span borders and create an environment that would foster growth as disciples, as well as growing more koinonia throughout our Institute.
What has been birthed is a combination of both a weekly PDF PowerPoint as well as a 30-minute weekly YouTube. The PDF is intended to go along with the YouTube and includes the following:
A Bible reading schedule. We tackle three chapters a day from three different books. (Example – Monday: John 1; Proverbs 1 and Job 1.)
Discussion Questions from each of the books we are reading from.
Weekly Prayer List – we encourage our members to pray daily and to share their requests.
The ninth annual Strategic Perspectives conference was an exhilarating experience for the more than 700 who attended this year. The event was held again in North Idaho at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, October 23–26, 2014.
In addition to those actually at the event, there were another 600+ watching the streamed conference online in Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, The Virgin Islands and in the United States. Another 500 DVDs of the event have been pre-ordered, so even more will be able to view the program.
Our exciting lineup of speakers provided a mosaic of topics that included comments about significant world events that occurred before the first century and how they connect to those things that are happening right now in the twenty-first. And, although the schedule of events and speakers this year was extended by one day and was somewhat more demanding than in years past, the vast majority of those who attended gave the program exceptionally high marks.
Recently I took on the role as Director of Translations, which, as I’ve come to find out, is an endless but exciting job. If you’ve ever been interested in seeing our materials translated into other languages, then you’ll want to keep reading.
Our initial target languages are Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Russian; and we already have several translated products ready to launch. This is nothing I’m tackling alone, and it’s exciting to see how God is building a team to make translation into each of these languages possible.
While our intent in translating and distributing materials is based on a financially sustainable model, our focus is very missional. Anyone who follows Biblical prophecy knows what we know–time is running out before Christ comes for His Church. This initiative is our continued response to the Great Commission (Matt 28:19).
In September, we began a new series of articles on the precious subject of “hope”—what it is, why it’s so important and how, even as believers, we can lose hope. Hebrews 6:18–19 validates the importance of hope by saying that it is the “anchor” of our soul when everything else around us is crashing and burning. Hebrews encourages us to “lay hold of the hope that is set before us,” as it is the only way we might have strong consolation and refuge in our difficult times.
The question in all of our minds, however, is: How do we do that? When our lives are falling apart, how do we lay hold of the hope that is set before us? When we pray but don’t seem to get any answers, how do we have the kind of hope that Hebrews is talking about?
This is the challenge that God has allowed me to face over the last year and a half as I battle mucosal melanoma cancer. When the doctors tell you there is nothing more they can do to help you, how do you have “hope against hope”? That’s what this series of articles on “hope” will try to answer.
The melanoma is back, not only on her nose, but also in her lungs. She has begun treatment using a brand new drug specifically designed for melanoma cancer. She is also using several natural therapies. She continues to rely on the Lord for healing, just as she has been all along.
Dr. Chuck Missler and Dr. William Welty bring Jesus of Nazareth to you in the most unconventional way possible… by bringing Jesus of Nazareth to talk in His very own words about Himself, His purpose, His nature, and His mission.