This last week I attended a conference of Foursquare ministers from southern california.  We met in Arroyo Grande for 3 days of ministry, encouragement and fellowship.  There were approx 300 people who came for the same purpose - to get refilled for our roles as spiritual leaders.  The main speaker the first night was Rev. Leslie Keegel from Sri Lanka.  We were encouraged by this brother in the Lord do something radical, dump all our programs and man made ministry tools and return to a dependancy on the power and direction of the Holy Spirit.  He told us that we needed to stop our toiling in the flesh and get back to spiritual dynamics like prayer and fasting.  We were chastised for over an hour by this apostolic figure who started a church in his home 30 years ago which turned into 1200 churches today.  The most wonderful part of the whole thing was not that we got a spiritual spanking, but in the way in which it was delivered.  This mighty man of God was anything but imposing, standing maybe 5 foot 5 inches and weighing in at about 125 lbs.  He was a picture of humility, in his manner, his speech, and personality.  But this man really stood 7 feet tall and weighed about 350 lbs in a spiritual sense.  He was a heavyweight!  He came in such a loving and humble spirit, that after having been chastised for the better part of an evening, we all humbled ourselves in prayer afterward and gave him an extended applause.  It never felt so good to get beat up.  It reminds me of how the Holy Spirit works on us.  He is such a gentleman when it comes to conviction, guidance, direction and correction.  God doesn't want to hurt us, He wants to love us, even when correcting us!  Isn't God good?
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Amen! I've been "spanked" a lot recently and it's made me a better person! God has really been teaching me to let go of the flesh and give it up to Him. I've noticed that when I do this, I have so much more joy and peace because I decide to follow his path! Thanks again for sharing your heart!

P.S. I'm going to put the church link on Facebook so hopefully more people will read your blog! I've been blessed reading them and I know others will be too!! =)

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    Kay and I came to the Antelope Valley in 1989 after graduating from LIFE Pacific College to become assistants to Dan and Connie Stewart.  In 1997 we assumed the role of Senior Pastors at the church.  We have 2 boys, Aaron (married to Jennae) and Brandon.  My hobbies are gardening with Kay, bike riding with Kay, crosswords with Kay, and playing with old cars (where's Kay?)


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