We are living in times when many of the “norms” or “accepted ways of conduct” we have known in the past have changed, some radically so. “Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural main stage, leaving a vacuum in its place – and the broader culture is attempting to fill the void. Barna reveals growing concern about the moral condition of the nation, even as many American adults admit they are uncertain about how to determine right from wrong. Do Christians see truth and morality in radically different ways from the broader public, or are they equally influenced by the growing tide of secularism and religious skepticism?” (Research Releases in Culture & Media – May 25, 2016)Continue reading
Walk Toward the Light
Ideas and Inspiration from Jane Hansen Hoyt
From time to time, Aglow has received powerfully anointed words related to this ministry’s call, destiny, and future.
Catherine Brown, a well-known prophetic voice from Scotland, is one such voice:
“I saw the Lord holding the word ‘Aglow’ in His hands. He lifted it to His lips and kissed it and the Breath of God moved on the word ‘Aglow’ causing it to grow wings, eyes, hands, and feet. Symbolically, this means having the ability to perceive spiritual prophetic wisdom and understanding (eyes), to move in faith in witness and works (hands and feet), and to soar in the purposes and plans of God in worship and testimony (wings). I heard the Spirit of the Lord say that He is causing Aglow to reach out, to speak out, and to spread out in a measure that the women (and men) of Aglow have not yet experienced. I saw the word ‘Destiny’ come alongside ‘Aglow,’ and in the hands of Christ, there was a divine fusion between the two and the Lord said, ‘Acceleration and multiplication for the witness, the worship, and the work of Aglow.’ When destiny and ministry are fused in the timing of Christ, abundant fruit is produced to the glory of God.“
What a powerful word, particularly in this Jubilee year.Continue reading
You may think it is a bit early for me to be thinking about Aglow’s 50 Year Anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2017 at our Global Conference. However, with that awesome occasion only months away, those of us at the Aglow Headquarters have been thinking and planning for some time already!
The number 50 is the number connected with the Holy Spirit and His work. When I think of the incredible work of the Holy Spirit, that began in 1967 in the lives of women and continues today with men now walking alongside us, I am brought to tears. Only God could have wrought such a work, such a ministry, such a movement in the earth that has stood the test of time.
It has been said of Aglow that, “It is the greatest Apostolic gig in the earth.” It has also been said that, “Aglow has been brought forth out of nothing!” Aglow has not copied other ministries, organizations, or trends.
Truly, we have simply endeavored to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit at every turn. We have continued through cultural changes, the feminist movement, economic downturns, world crisis, crisis in the church, shifting times; and ever changing mindsets and agendas that have challenged God’s people the world over. Only God and the powerful work of His Holy Spirit, could cause a movement initiated by Him, to not only continue, but to grow and to become more fervent and alive with each passing decade. Holy Spirit we honor You!Continue reading
Christmas.” Their selected music reflects sounds from around the world, as well as the familiar hymns that stir our hearts. I find this to be a wonderful opportunity to begin the Christmas season with a focus on the anticipation, realization, and celebration of the birth of our Savior who came to set us free. I love having family traditions, particularly at this time of year. One such tradition is to begin the Advent season by attending Seattle Pacific University’s concert, “The Sacred Sounds of
Advent is a season observed in many western, Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus.
The word Advent means “coming or arrival” in Latin. The first Advent happened some 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us.
His incarnation took all that belongs to our humanity and delivered it back to us, redeemed. All of our inclinations and appetites, our capacities and our yearnings, are purified and gathered up and glorified by Christ. He did not come to thin out human life; He came to set it free. (Thomas Howard, from Evangelical Is Not Enough.) We have been given the ultimate gift, redemption.Continue reading
There is so much taking place in the world. The atmosphere is filled with hostility, hatred, murder, and terrorism.
The world looks to governmental leaders for a plan to counter the rising tide of evil.
Mankind wants to be comforted by the false sense that the “enemy has been contained.”
We need a counter attack that turns the enemy’s strategies into confusion.
The hour in which we live is strategic and we understand that we have been called for such a time as this! We will not miss God’s direction or His guidance in our prayers. We will not miss His heartbeat in this moment.
On a personal level, many are facing trying times of various natures, as well.
I am aware of several International Leaders who are experiencing significant health issues.
Miracles are needed and expected!Continue reading
THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS CELEBRATED JERUSALEM’S ANNUAL FEAST OF TABERNACLES!
Black lights and sensational music, dancing, prayer, charity, a march of thousands of colors from more than 80 nations – a march in solidarity with Israel; such was the scene of the 36th annual Feast of Tabernacles conference and celebration, hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) from Sept 27-Oct.1. The event brought more than 5,000 people to the Israeli capital, including more than 50 pro Israel Christian parliamentarians and government officials from more than two dozen countries. Several African nations sent a large delegation of cabinet ministers and members of parliament to officially represent their countries. (JNS.org and Charisma News)
AGLOW INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATES
Aglow International was among those present for the festivities, and was represented by over 100 men and women. Some were first timers to Israel, while others had traveled to Israel with Aglow on many of our annual spring trips. All came to celebrate and to continue to forge strong links with the Jewish people and to pray for Israel. We love Israel, we love the Jewish people, and our desire is to be a blessing to them in every way possible.
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a video greeting Sept. 29, “Israel has no better friends around the world.” He praised the attendees for their “unfaltering, enthusiastic support of Israel over the years.”
Aglow has provided unfaltering, enthusiastic support of Israel for over 15 years.
It was an honor to be invited to participate in ICEJ’s celebration by being a plenary speaker and the Women’s Track speaker and moderator for the three track sessions that were held. We saw attendance each day grow in number, even having to have more chairs brought in. I spoke the first morning, Christine Darg was the second speaker, and Nonnie McVeigh of Great Britain, completed the threesome with a powerful message on Deborah. The women and men who attended were greatly blessed.
“I believe the global Church is once again at a turning point where we can expect a great move of God to touch the whole earth. This time the reformation concerns the attitude of the global Church towards Israel and the Jews. It is about aligning with what God is doing in the Church around the world with what He does in Israel.” Jurgen Buhler, Executive Director of ICEJ.
For the plenary message I was invited to bring, I endeavored to parallel the hatred of anti-Semitism with the hatred against women. Satan’s hatred against women comes out of the significant word God gave the woman when she was told there was a seed coming from her that would be to Satan’s utter destruction. (Gen 3:13-15)
Then, a few chapters over in Genesis the seed of Abraham is mentioned and a corresponding hatred; a hatred which has followed the Jews down through the centuries.
The enemy was fearful of these mentions because he knew that Messiah was in the seed. His desire was to destroy the seed before the seed could destroy him. It is a very powerful message to consider. I hope to expand on this for our Global Conference in Indianapolis.Continue reading
If you had to explain the Gospel in just one word, it could be the word “relationship.”
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, His response spoke about relationship, with God, with self, and with others.
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all of Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
Not only did Jesus say these were the first and foremost commandments, but they are the foundation of everything: all the law and the prophets are based on this concept. Relationship is at the core of everything we are and everything we do!Continue reading
This past July 31, 2015, we had a wedding in our family. You know, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of a wedding. A certain sense of expectation and excitement fills the air from the moment the couple becomes engaged right up to the event itself. For some reason, that awareness and the accompanying excitement are never far from your thinking.
It begins with the big items like selecting the venue. Will it be large enough to hold all the family and friends who will be on the invitation list? Once that decision is made there is the important question of who will officiate, will he be willing and available? What will he require in terms of pre-marital counseling of the bride and groom? This is a time to consider strongly the requirements of marriage and the things God has to say about marriage.
Of course there are thoughts about the brides chosen colors, picking the flowers that will be carried and will adorn the venue, filling it with the color, fragrance and beauty of the day.
But I'm sure that everyone would agree that the ultimate focus is on The Bride, and how she is adorned and how she has prepared herself for this most special day of her life.
*This is the precious moment when Olivia and Dustin took communion and prayed together as they began their life as Mr. and Mrs.
O Love that will not let me go.
I rest my weary soul in Thee,
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.Continue reading
AGLOW HAS A HUGE STAKE IN THE WORLD
That was a statement Graham Cooke made this past week as several of us sat around the conference table with him. I asked him to enlarge on that thought. This is what he said.
“Aglow has a history with God that is unusual. Aglow is in 170 nations and has earned a level of trust with God. You have earned the right to be here. You have planted things out of nothing. Aglow is a stand-alone group and you have done it the hard way. You have pioneered things. You know how to pray. You know how to battle. You have been around 48 years and you are still here. You have evolved over 48 years and you have prevailed. You have a BIG stake in the Kingdom and are massively trusted. God knows what He has and what He can trust.”Continue reading
I never cease to be amazed at what God has wrought in the earth through a work He initiated back in 1967. Aglow International celebrates 48 years of ministry this year and continues to reach into the nations of the world to Testify of Him!
The level of commitment, by both women and men, to the ministry of Aglow around the world is unprecedented.Continue reading
I feel there are those who are struggling or even disheartened regarding what appears to be the slowness of the fulfillment of a word or a promise that you know God has spoken to you. The time has come and gone, days, weeks, months and yes, even years without this promise coming to fulfillment.
Something rose up in me last evening. It was a huge sense of hope and joy for what is about to break forth in your life. You didn't hear incorrectly. But The promise has been delayed for a great purpose.
Write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Hab. 2:2-3)Continue reading
This past week Aglow issued another global call to prayer. There were over 820 phone lines connected and there were many others participating in this significant time of prayer, as we lifted our voices on behalf of the Jewish people, the nation of Israel and other current day issues.
Let me share some of the comments made following that call.
“Such strength and power could be felt over the phone lines from the amazing prayers being led by the Holy Spirit. It was a night we were all privileged to be a part of. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a warrior-intercessor. “
“What a powerful and God-ordained time of prayer. How wonderful it was to hear the familiar, anointed voices of the Aglow leaders from around the world.”
“Multi-cultural and multi-generational! It was a beautiful call with power, authority and anointing from the One true God!”
“The prayers of the saints were likened unto peals of thunder and flashes of lightning moving the unseen into manifestation. “Continue reading
It is hard to believe that the first month of 2015 has already passed, but, what a wonderful beginning to the new calendar year. I already sense the anticipation and the abundance of all that will unfold for us. So much is suspended over Aglow right now! It is time! Time for the fulfillment of those things He has spoken to us. It is time to talk about what we expect God to do, not about what He has done! It is time to fully believe and step into what God believes about us. It is time! It is time to take more territory than ever before. It is time to let our intercession over the nations become even bolder in our proclamations. It is time to rise up and walk as the apostolic dynamic we have become in the earth. It is time!Continue reading
stepped into another year.Once again, we have turned the page of the calendar and entered another year. It is hard to believe that 2014 has become something of the past and we have
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2015, WE WELCOME YOU!
As is my custom, I listen to hear if the Holy Spirit has something to say to me about the New Year. This is what I’ve heard for 2015.
NUMBER 15 STANDS FOR REST
The number 15 stands for rest….a rest which is the result of His deliverance and salvation. It is a rest resulting in the complete work of Jesus done on our behalf.Continue reading
There is much significance in a name. It is a point of identification and is a distinctive designation. The ability to refer to and identity a subject is integral to our way of communicating with one another. You greet people, by giving your name. Names also have power. Your signature on any legal document carries an authority and, in essence, states that you are knowledgeable of, and responsible for that which you are signing your name to.
A NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES
There is a name that is far greater than any name in history. It is the name that is above all names. There are not enough nouns and adjectives in any language of the world to describe the majestic, all powerful name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name; That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongues should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:9
It is the name that rules all heaven, earth and under the earth. His name rules in this world and in the world to come. His name identifies Him. His name has power and there is authority in His name.Continue reading
Just think about this incredibly powerful and all inclusive statement. GOD HAS A WAY THROUGH EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING!
There is nothing that is outside of His reach. There is nothing His eye does not behold or His ear not able to hear. God’s mighty arm is stretched out over the nations of the world.
With the rise of demonically driven terrorist groups who threaten anyone outside the sphere of their beliefs…from Syria and Iraq, to Europe and the United States, GOD HAS A WAY THROUGH IT ALL.
From the most personal concerns that touch our lives, to the compelling world concerns that alarm and chill our hearts, GOD HAS A WAY THROUGH IT ALL.Continue reading
Who of us can even fathom the brutality of all that is taking place in Iraq?
Our hearts and minds are continually assaulted with the images and realities of what Christians are experiencing in this hour; crucifixions, children being cut in half, women and children being buried alive, men being hanged, multitudes being left on a mountain top to die. It could not be more heartbreaking, terrifying, or urgent. It is as though the vileness of hell has been released. Everything in us cries out for these dear people who are victims of ISIS’ hatred and violence. On one hand you feel utterly helpless, yet on another, we as Christians are anything but helpless.
THE PRAYERS OF THE RIGHTEOUS AVAILETH MUCH
An urgent call to fasting and prayer was issued for Sunday, August 10th. Ministries around the world were being asked to mobilize their networks so that millions of people across the earth were standing in one accord against the darkness.
Within a 24 hour period the Aglow network was alerted to this crucial time of prayer and a prayer conference call was set. Close to 700 women and men within Aglow rallied to the sound of the alarm. We heard from others who were unable to join the call that they also prayed with us at the appointed time. It was a night of power as prayers and decrees were spoken into the atmosphere around the globe.Continue reading
ave you ever had the experience of someone’s words continuing to, “ring in your ears” long after they were spoken? That was certainly my experience following the day our Aglow group spent with Asher Intrater and his Revive Israel team on the final day of our trip to Israel this past April.H
I would say the understanding of our commitment to Israel continues to unfold and become more focused as we unite with Messianic Jews in the land. They are the tender shoot of believers in Yeshua that is growing in accord with scripture related to the return of Jesus in Matthew 23:39.
This year, the reality of Romans 11:17 was expanded as we realized that as Christians, we aren’t only there in a supportive way “for” the Jewish people. As grafted-in-ones, we are there “as” them. We are not replacing them as a nation, but are certainly coming alongside them in a way that is deeper than just being there “for” them.
I think of it like a couple giving birth to new life. The husband doesn’t call from across the room saying, “I’m here for you.” No, he is by her side, identifying with her in her pain. He is engaged in the process as their future unfolds at this time of birth.Continue reading
This seems to be a summer of unrest where hatred, turmoil, killings, violence, and destruction are evident in so many places on earth.
Currently, the Mid East is foremost in our minds as the ongoing unrest and cycle of violence threatens to become all-out war. The tension is being inflamed by anguish over the kidnapping and deaths of the Israeli teenagers and death of a Palestinian teenager in a suspected act of revenge. We are looking at a very difficult game of nerves. Our Christian brothers and sisters living in Israel are calling for prayer, prayer, and more prayer.
The Syrian conflict has continued growing in intensity and scope for over two years, with the United Nations estimating more than 100,000 dead and millions displaced. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees stated that, This is biggest humanitarian tragedy since the Rwandan genocide. Of the 2.5 million Syrian refugees, half are children.
The 200 school girls are still missing in northern Nigeria. It has been reported that entire villages in northern Nigeria have been devastated with Christian churches and Bibles being destroyed as Boko Haram continues on its radical, terroristic, destructive path.
As you continue to look around the world you realize that, in addition to wars and tumult there are many natural disasters taking place; earthquakes, typhoons, tornados, drought, wildfires, floods and other high impact weather and climate disasters.Continue reading