The Intercept Ignores Pro-BDS Congresswoman’s Checkered History on Israel

Betty McCollum is not the most high-profile of politicians. Serving as the representative for Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District since 2001, her political endeavors are arguably overshadowed by fellow Twin Cities Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.  On Israel, McCollum and Omar have much in common: For example, both have falsely accused the Jewish state of maintaining a system […]

WHEN FAILURE LEADS TO GREATER FAITH

WHY IT’S A MYTH YOU CAN’T HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD

By Kris Vallotton

07 Dec, 2021

Every fiber of our being was made to resonate with the voice of God. Yet, so often Believers are confused and confined by the idea that hearing the voice of God is for the exclusive elite or for a private group of privileged people. But, I’d propose it is our divine design not to just hear the voice of God for our life, but to be sanctified solutionaries that carry revolutionary reformation and influential innovations that will impact the generations. You were created to bring transformation in the world through your relationship with God. As my good friend Dano McCollam says, “This is what was accomplished on the cross of Jesus; He forgave you of sin so that He could free you of sin so that He could fill you with the fullness of God so that every son and daughter could know His heart, His thoughts, and His voice.” Maybe you know this to be true in your heart, but don’t know how to actualize this in your life? Have you questioned if there is a secret “Hearing God’s Voice Club” that you weren’t invited to, or maybe you question if you weren’t given the gift of knowing his voice? In this week’s episode of Cultural Catalysts I sat down for a conversation with my good friend, prophet, and founder of Prophetic Company, Dano McCollam . We discussed how not being able to hear God’s voice is a myth and Dano shared practical steps to take to begin recognizing and resonating with the voice of God in your life. I want to encourage you as you watch this episode that God is unique in His relationship with each one of His children; we cannot compare and contrast the ways in which He speaks. How I hear the voice of God versus how you hear the voice of God may be as different as the night is from the day. But, both are just as powerful and profound and have the ability to reform and resolve the problems of our day and age; leaving a legacy that lives on beyond our time.

SERMON – THE POWER OF CHRISTMAS

In reading the Christmas story, this stands out to me, “And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn,” (Luke 2:7)Jesus’ birth was foretold so long in advance, but yet no one made a reservation. Jesus was born in a barn! It wasn’t that it was prophesied for Him to be, it’s simply because there was no room in the inn.Have you ever stepped out in faith to follow what you thought God called you to do and it ended up not going as well as you thought it would? So often when we step out and things are hard, we begin to think that it must not be God’s will. But remember, Jesus was born in a barn specifically because there wasn’t room in the hotels! Some of you need to hear this, God has called you to do something, and you’ve been caught off guard because things are hard. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean God hasn’t called you to it.This is such an incredible story of shepherds who weren’t even looking for Jesus having an angelic encounter: “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:8-14)Have you ever been in a season in your life when all your friends have amazing God stories from conferences and church? But you’re in a season of raising four kids, working two jobs to support your family? You may feel turmoil because you want to be at the revival meeting and it seems like others are getting breakthrough while you stand beside and watch.I want to encourage you today: the Lord knows how to find you wherever you are. You aren’t going to miss Jesus. Wherever you are, the angels will come when you’re doing what you’re called to do! God is not going to let you miss your moment.Scripture: Luke 1:26-35, Hebrews 2:14-18, Galatians 4:1-5, Luke 2:41-51, Luke 2:4-20, Matthew 2:1-6, Daniel 4:9, Genesis 1:14-15, Matthew 2:7-12, Romans 1:20, Psalm 19:1, Matthew 2:13-15, Matthew 2:19-23, Matthew 4:12-17, Luke 3:23, Romans 8:14.

WHEN PROPHETIC MINISTRY IMPACTS EVERY SPHERE OF SOCIETY

PROPHECY AND SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

By Kris Vallotton

30 Nov, 2021

Have you ever come up against a problem that leaves you racking your brain for a solution? Maybe you’ve even found yourself lying awake at night counting all the possible ways to come to a resolution. In a world where we face problems on a regular basis, whether simple and subtle or loud and large, we are all familiar with the sense of dread when they come our way. However, what if instead of dread being the first emotion that we face, we were met with excitement as we anticipated the solution from Heaven that we would receive? I’d propose that when the challenges of life come your way, you have a divine advantage! Through the redemptive power of the cross, you have not only the strength of a redeemed mind, but, you also have access to the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2). When we simply live with a redeemed mind, we disregard and disempower the ability we have to grasp solutions from Heaven and bring them to earth. What I am getting at is for a long time the Church has been really good at teaching and training Believers to think like God (Romans 12). But, we have lacked in teaching and training Believers to think God’s thoughts, also known as spiritual intelligence. What does this look like? Imagine you are walking past your grumpy neighbor that is always rude to you. With a transformed mind, you feel compassion and love for this person as the Bible is clear, “Above all, love each other deeply.” (1 Peter 4:8). However, when you move beyond thinking how God thinks, you can begin to access what He is thinking . In this example, you can ask the Holy Spirit to show you why your neighbor is always rude. You may begin to understand and sympathize with his disposition as the Lord shares with you: “His father was a pastor that preached one thing and lived a completely different way at home. He was abused by his father, and when he sees you, he’s reminded of his father.” Now, you can ask the Lord for a strategy for how you can not just help your relationship with your neighbor, but also help your neighbor heal from his past hurts. There are unique and powerful ways that the Lord speaks to each one of us, giving us access to His thoughts. In this week’s episode of Cultural Catalysts, I have a conversation with Ben Armstrong. Ben is the Director of Prophetic Ministry at Bethel Church who is powerfully transforming culture as he equips and trains Believers to understand the prophetic and the ways God uniquely communicates with us. Ben shares how our dreams are an incredible avenue in which the Lord can speak, share solutions, and strategies with us. This is also a way that we can experience and develop our spiritual intelligence.

WHY IT'S A MYTH YOU CAN”T HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD

PROPHECY AND SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

By Kris Vallotton

30 Nov, 2021

Have you ever come up against a problem that leaves you racking your brain for a solution? Maybe you’ve even found yourself lying awake at night counting all the possible ways to come to a resolution. In a world where we face problems on a regular basis, whether simple and subtle or loud and large, we are all familiar with the sense of dread when they come our way. However, what if instead of dread being the first emotion that we face, we were met with excitement as we anticipated the solution from Heaven that we would receive? I’d propose that when the challenges of life come your way, you have a divine advantage! Through the redemptive power of the cross, you have not only the strength of a redeemed mind, but, you also have access to the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2). When we simply live with a redeemed mind, we disregard and disempower the ability we have to grasp solutions from Heaven and bring them to earth. What I am getting at is for a long time the Church has been really good at teaching and training Believers to think like God (Romans 12). But, we have lacked in teaching and training Believers to think God’s thoughts, also known as spiritual intelligence. What does this look like? Imagine you are walking past your grumpy neighbor that is always rude to you. With a transformed mind, you feel compassion and love for this person as the Bible is clear, “Above all, love each other deeply.” (1 Peter 4:8). However, when you move beyond thinking how God thinks, you can begin to access what He is thinking . In this example, you can ask the Holy Spirit to show you why your neighbor is always rude. You may begin to understand and sympathize with his disposition as the Lord shares with you: “His father was a pastor that preached one thing and lived a completely different way at home. He was abused by his father, and when he sees you, he’s reminded of his father.” Now, you can ask the Lord for a strategy for how you can not just help your relationship with your neighbor, but also help your neighbor heal from his past hurts. There are unique and powerful ways that the Lord speaks to each one of us, giving us access to His thoughts. In this week’s episode of Cultural Catalysts, I have a conversation with Ben Armstrong. Ben is the Director of Prophetic Ministry at Bethel Church who is powerfully transforming culture as he equips and trains Believers to understand the prophetic and the ways God uniquely communicates with us. Ben shares how our dreams are an incredible avenue in which the Lord can speak, share solutions, and strategies with us. This is also a way that we can experience and develop our spiritual intelligence.

SERMON – THE UNIQUE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

PROPHECY AND SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

By Kris Vallotton

30 Nov, 2021

Have you ever come up against a problem that leaves you racking your brain for a solution? Maybe you’ve even found yourself lying awake at night counting all the possible ways to come to a resolution. In a world where we face problems on a regular basis, whether simple and subtle or loud and large, we are all familiar with the sense of dread when they come our way. However, what if instead of dread being the first emotion that we face, we were met with excitement as we anticipated the solution from Heaven that we would receive? I’d propose that when the challenges of life come your way, you have a divine advantage! Through the redemptive power of the cross, you have not only the strength of a redeemed mind, but, you also have access to the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2). When we simply live with a redeemed mind, we disregard and disempower the ability we have to grasp solutions from Heaven and bring them to earth. What I am getting at is for a long time the Church has been really good at teaching and training Believers to think like God (Romans 12). But, we have lacked in teaching and training Believers to think God’s thoughts, also known as spiritual intelligence. What does this look like? Imagine you are walking past your grumpy neighbor that is always rude to you. With a transformed mind, you feel compassion and love for this person as the Bible is clear, “Above all, love each other deeply.” (1 Peter 4:8). However, when you move beyond thinking how God thinks, you can begin to access what He is thinking . In this example, you can ask the Holy Spirit to show you why your neighbor is always rude. You may begin to understand and sympathize with his disposition as the Lord shares with you: “His father was a pastor that preached one thing and lived a completely different way at home. He was abused by his father, and when he sees you, he’s reminded of his father.” Now, you can ask the Lord for a strategy for how you can not just help your relationship with your neighbor, but also help your neighbor heal from his past hurts. There are unique and powerful ways that the Lord speaks to each one of us, giving us access to His thoughts. In this week’s episode of Cultural Catalysts, I have a conversation with Ben Armstrong. Ben is the Director of Prophetic Ministry at Bethel Church who is powerfully transforming culture as he equips and trains Believers to understand the prophetic and the ways God uniquely communicates with us. Ben shares how our dreams are an incredible avenue in which the Lord can speak, share solutions, and strategies with us. This is also a way that we can experience and develop our spiritual intelligence.

PROPHECY AND SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Have you ever come up against a problem that leaves you racking your brain for a solution? Maybe you’ve even found yourself lying awake at night counting all the possible ways to come to a resolution. In a world where we face problems on a regular basis, whether simple and subtle or loud and large, we are all familiar with the sense of dread when they come our way. However, what if instead of dread being the first emotion that we face, we were met with excitement as we anticipated the solution from Heaven that we would receive? 

I’d propose that when the challenges of life come your way, you have a divine advantage!
Through the redemptive power of the cross, you have not only the strength of a redeemed mind, but, you also have access to the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2). When we simply live with a redeemed mind, we disregard and disempower the ability we have to grasp solutions from Heaven and bring them to earth. What I am getting at is for a long time the Church has been really good at teaching and training Believers to think like God (Romans 12). But, we have lacked in teaching and training Believers to think God’s thoughts, also known as spiritual intelligence.
What does this look like? 

Imagine you are walking past your grumpy neighbor that is always rude to you. With a transformed mind, you feel compassion and love for this person as the Bible is clear, “Above all, love each other deeply.” (1 Peter 4:8). However, when you move beyond thinking how God thinks, you can begin to access what He is thinking. In this example, you can ask the Holy Spirit to show you why your neighbor is always rude. You may begin to understand and sympathize with his disposition as the Lord shares with you: “His father was a pastor that preached one thing and lived a completely different way at home. He was abused by his father, and when he sees you, he’s reminded of his father.” Now, you can ask the Lord for a strategy for how you can not just help your relationship with your neighbor, but also help your neighbor heal from his past hurts.

There are unique and powerful ways that the Lord speaks to each one of us, giving us access to His thoughts. In this week’s episode of Cultural Catalysts, I have a conversation with Ben Armstrong.
Ben is the Director of Prophetic Ministry at Bethel Church who is powerfully transforming culture as he equips and trains Believers to understand the prophetic and the ways God uniquely communicates with us. Ben shares how our dreams are an incredible avenue in which the Lord can speak, share solutions, and strategies with us. This is also a way that we can experience and develop our spiritual intelligence. 

CULTURAL CATALYSTS – EPISODE 3: WHEN THE SUPERNATURAL BECAME NORMAL

THE FAITH JOURNEY OF STARTING A MINISTRY SCHOOL

By Kris Vallotton

16 Nov, 2021

Sometimes life feels like we are all playing our own instrument in the ensemble of an orchestra; each one of us have our own tune and tone, but somehow we play to a synchronized beat in connection to the grand Conductor of it all… When suddenly the Lord decides He wants to conduct the trumpets to play a little bit louder or the strings to string a little bit slower. Suddenly a sheet of music that we are all using to play gets tossed to the side as we sit on the edge of our seat waiting for the Conductor to give us our next instruction so we stay on beat. The song that we had practiced, we knew well, and had mastered becomes a whole new melody that begins to unfold into a breathtaking symphony. Have you ever had the Lord ask you to do something that felt impossible? The kind of ask that would seemingly change everything? Maybe it was to sell everything and move to a new city, or give up your current career to go into full-time ministry. These moments can feel like the trumpet just blew way too loud or the strings inappropriately slowed down, but in fact the Lord is in the midst of creating a whole new symphony and it is time to pick up and start playing to the melody. For years I held a dream in my heart to be in ministry but was living the life of a small-town businessman with no end in sight. We had four businesses in three locations and 40 employees that depended on us, and a home we had raised our family in for over 20 years; the task to make a change was not small. But, with a word from the Lord and a confirmation given to Kathy, we began our journey to pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, Ca. It was one of those moments where suddenly the Lord was divinely orchestrating our lives even when we couldn’t see how it would become something that would beautifully unfold. The journey into full-time ministry was not easy, but the preparation in previous seasons prepared us for the process to the “promised” land. In this week’s episode of Cultural Catalysts, Kathy and I conclude the series of retelling the story of where it all began by talking about our journey into full-time ministry.

THE FAITH JOURNEY OF STARTING A MINISTRY SCHOOL

WHEN THE SUPERNATURAL BECOMES NORMAL

By Kris Vallotton

09 Nov, 2021

I am often asked: “Has the supernatural always been normal in your life?” It has not always been “normal” — I remember the days that the miraculous was unfamiliar, yet so evident in our lives. We did not fully understand it, but we were experiencing it and we didn’t want it to end. When we moved to the small mountain town of Weaverville, California, I was in desperate need of a miracle. For years I had been in an intense emotional and mental battle; struggling to perform daily tasks without a full-blown nervous breakdown. Then one night in the midst of a panic attack I turned on the radio in hopes to distract my mind and I encountered God through a pastor ministering on the radio. He said, “Not all your thoughts are your own; you think you are crazy, but it’s actually a demonic spirit.” I asked God what to do in this moment and He said, “Tell the spirit of fear and insanity to leave you right now.” Instantly a clear mind returned. This was one of the most powerful and transformative moments of my life. About 5 years after this encounter I began sharing my story — I realized how hungry people were to be free from the torment they were under and we always remained hungry to see more of the glory of God in our lives. In these early days of exploration and experiencing the supernatural in our lives, Bill Johnson was our pastor; he was the first person to teach us about the supernatural. I can still remember the first time I heard him tell us about receiving words of knowledge — a concept that once felt rare and revelatory has become normal and natural in our lives. Let me be clear; though these moments are “normal” they still feel incredibly extraordinary. When Heaven touches earth there is something in us that responds to the glory of God. In this week’s episode of Cultural Catalysts, Kathy and I talk about the days when the supernatural became normal in our lives.

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