Welcome to the July August edition of the The Visionary 2010. May God continue to bless you in all you say and do, and open new opportunities of fruitfulness in your life.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ; according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, (Eph 1:3-4 MKJV)
What a statement! We are blessed with spiritual blessings, secured in heaven itself, that were organised and determined even before the world began! And they are blessings that secured our holiness, righteousness and relationship in Him before we even knew it. And those blessings are not only experienced in the “spirit”, they are birthed, secured, and dispensed from a spiritual realm that can effect and empower everything you do for Him.
This is an “abundance of supply of ALL things pertaining to life and Godliness” for you and me, as Peter said. So what does this mean? It means that hooked into Jesus I cannot help but succeed!
In this edition we have “A Word from Ken” and “A Moment with Alison”, our Missions update, a report from our Joondalup graduation, our Honour Roll, and College news
Welcome to the February 2009 Edition of The Visionary. This is our first edition for the New Year and the first thing I want to do is thank the team that work with me. Steve, Trish who work in the office and Rosalind my wife.
Steve is the wonderfully patient and wise friend who is always there when I need him. He produces the books and has an increasing role in the development of materials and largely looks after the place.
Trish his wife who is the Registrar of the Colleges and looks after the accounts for us, she is the friendly voice of Vision to students, encouraging all and helping to make the Colleges successful.
Then Rosalind my wife, ever patient and encouraging she is the silent partner that every organisation needs to stay afloat, she is rather like the glue that holds us together.
To all of you I can only say thank you for all you did and continue to do.
2008, What a Year That Was!
Our Combined Graduation Service
Our first combined graduation service was a wonderful success. We were delighted with the day and it was enjoyed by all who took part. Our special thanks to Stan DeKoven who made a return journey on the day from Wagga Wagga just to take part in it, to Ken and Alison for their part and to Steve and Trish who worked so well to make it all a success and to our church The Word Christian Fellowship for the help in making the day the success is was.
The ceremony was conducted at the Glenfield Community Hall followed by a dinner at the The Grange Country Club, all in all it was a most wonderful day for all. We are looking to repeat the event next year.
During the year 48 students graduated and we honour them all later in this edition.
Welcome to the September October 2009 Edition of The Visionary our official Newsletter.
This item was sent to me, along with many others and it is worth sharing. There is a current idea that ministers should be put out to pasture because they are 40 or 50 years and getting too old for the young people is just plain wrong. Indeed there may be some men who reach a time to retire but that is an individual matter and should be based on ability and not be a principle that at a certain age we are too old. Paul speaks of the need for spiritual fathers, and never before in the history of the church is this more true than today with the growing globalisation of the church, the influence of media and internet we need men and women to look to in the church more than ever. Please read on.
Our spiritual fathers have much to offer us from their years of walking with God. Here’s what I learned recently from Jack Hayford, John Perkins, Lloyd Ogilvie, Loren Cunningham, Henry Blackaby and Winkie Pratney.
In the days of the early church, the apostle Paul stressed the importance to believers of having a leader, or “father,” they could learn from. He wrote to the Corinthians: “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” (1 Cor. 4:15-16, NKJV).
It is no different today. Those who are young in the faith need leaders to imitate, and those who are more mature must seek to live worthy of imitation, to be leaders who understand the responsibility and foundation of healthy church leadership.
The topic of church leadership emerges often in conversation among my friends—those my age,younger and older. Our conversations are marked by a desire to live biblically and to walk in humility, obedience, dependence on God and the fear of the Lord, as well as to honor those around us.
We also find ourselves greatly concerned about the current shakings among leaders in the church and their ramifications on followers, flocks and future generations. Fortunately, God has provided us with many godly “fathers” whom we can learn from—those who have lived and led the longest among us, who are “preaching what they practice” and whose lives reflect what it looks like to finish well.
Last summer some of my friends and I had the privilege of learning from six of these “fathers”—Jack Hayford, Loren Cunningham, John Perkins, Winkie Pratney, Lloyd Ogilvie and Henry Blackaby—at a historical DVD shoot for Conversations With Fathers of the Faith that took place at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina, and in Atlanta. Various subjects were covered during this “tribal council”—the men’s relationships with Jesus, tending one’s heart and spiritual health, leadership challenges, relationships and forgiveness, the church and the marketplace, the next generation, discipleship, and the church’s mission.
Welcome to the December/January edition of The Visionary. I trust that you are going to have the most wonderful Christmas and New Year, filled with God’s blessing, a little rest and recreation for those on holiday, and a profitable time for those at work. May this season be free of tragedy for you and those close to you.
This has been another exciting year. We have been challenged, pressed, tested, seen blessings beyond our expectation, and filled with all that God has for us! We can only look forward with anticipation of more and better things to come.
In this edition we have “A Word from Ken” and “A Moment with Alison”, our mission’s update, college news, our honour roll for the last two months, and of course the Last Word.
Subject of the month is Discovery - learning the will of God. Discovery
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Headline News Student Graduation Service
Please Keep This Date: On Saturday 16th of January, 2010, we will hold our combined Vision Colleges graduation service.
During 2009, 31 students graduated from one of our colleges. In January we come together for a formal celebration, and students will have an opportunity to meet Drs Stan, Ken and Alison, and the staff of the College, meet fellow students, make lasting friendships, networks and contacts. Plan to be there and be a part of a great event.
Welcome to the February edition of the The Visionary for 2010, may God continue to bless you in ways you have not yet expected, give you new and refreshed visions, new opportunities, new realms of faith and fruitfulness for this new year.
(I pray) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph 1:17-23 NASB)
In this edition we have “A Word from Ken” and “A Moment with Alison”, our Mission’s update, College news, our Honour Roll for January, and of course the Last Word.
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