The Fourth Annual:
Strategic Perspectives Conferenceby Tess Rae, TA Coordinator
This year’s KI International Meeting and Strategic Perspectives Conference proved once again that KI is more than just listening to great speakers—it is also about great fellowship. Over 1200 people from around the world gathered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on October 22-24 for pre-conference events, workshops, and speakers, ending with a brunch cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. It was a time of worship, tears, laughter, and serious study of the Word of God.
Friday evening began with Steve Berger and the Grace Chapel Worship Team. The presence of the Holy Spirit could be felt throughout the entire room as Steve presented worship without condemnation—he challenged the audience not to hide from the presence of God but to embrace Him. He then invited everyone to truly experience worshiping God. As the Grace Chapel Worship Team led praise and worship, “He Reigns” and “How Great Thou Art” rang proudly with God’s presence being felt and embraced by all.
On Saturday, author and speaker Matt Mikalatos started the day with his presentation on “Imaginary Jesus.” He explained the importance of becoming like Jesus and that you “cannot become like Jesus and remain who you are.” He shared his testimony of loss and how, in order to become like Christ, we must embrace suffering. “In a world with pain and sorrow, we can come to Jesus and say, ‘Speak to my heart.’”
After the break, the mood shifted toward current events as Chuck Missler presented, “A Call to Action.” In Missler’s much-loved style, he gave a riveting talk on the state of America today and quoted Proverbs 24:21, “My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change.” He explored Revelation—specifically the church of Laodicea—and shared his Kingdom perspective. He also posed two very important and thought-provoking questions. He asked, “How many of you are saved?” With hands raised high, he then asked, “What have you done with it?”
Next, Grant Jeffrey spoke on his book, Shadow Government. He shared his views on how the loss of privacy is profound and how we are moving rapidly toward a world government. He further discussed the implications of “security cameras, surveillance of financial transactions, radio frequency spy chips hidden in consumer products, tracking of Internet searches, and eavesdropping on e-mail and phone calls” and what this might mean for all of us in the future.
Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily spoke on why he believes “the conventional view of end times” is wrong in many respects. Using numerous Scriptures to back his viewpoint, he pointed out that all countries mentioned during the end-times are Middle East Muslim countries and they all will be destroyed by Yeshua. He also shared his view that Magog is Turkey and is preparing to rise.
Frank Peretti gave an entertaining and comical presentation with very serious undertones. “Go Through the Middle” portrayed how many Christians today approach their faith in a “childish” manner, but God is expecting grown-ups. He further explained that “the Christian walk has trials because this life does.” Whether it is work, money, marriage, faith, or combating false prophets, the “walk of faith is a long steady burn” and one has to “go through the middle.”
For those who missed the conference, you may purchase your very own copy of this year’s Strategic Perspective Conference, available this month on DVD and AudioCD.