September 7, 2009 Volume 2, Number 36
Rainbow – Vancouver
How does one put into words the sweet presence of the Lord, the
fellowship of the Royal Priesthood and the building up of the Saints
over a three day period? This weekend was the 2nd Annual,
International Church Growth Conference at Rainbow and no earthly
In This Issue words are sufficient to describe heavenly things. I would have to type
Page 1 in tongues and I haven't picked up that skill yet.
Rainbow – Vancouver
Friday night really set the tone for the weekend in a powerful way with
Pages 2 the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit. Our friend, Kelly McFarland,
24 Hour Prayer Clock came to the conference from Portland, Oregon and was our Worship
Leader. Kelly has a terrific repertoire of songs and we always learn
Page 4, 11 some beautiful new pieces from him.
Immanuel Weir presented the Lord's message on Friday night on the
Page 4 call to 'Love and Humility'. We, as God's people, are called to be full of
Inspired Message, both love and humility. Jesus was the ultimate example of love and
Rainbow School of the humility as He demonstrated His oneness with the Father all the way
Bible, Vancouver to the cross.
Saturday Brother Kelly led us in Worship again and, after that, we
broke out into seminars taught by a variety of our Rainbow members.
Listen to Rainbow’s The topics included: Interpretive movement, Creative Prayer,
Live Sunday Broadcasts Evangelism, the New Testament Church, the Gifts of the Spirit, Mantles
and the contribution of Audio-Visual to an effective worship service.
Page 9 What amazes me is the consistency of the Holy Spirit carrying through
different messages, taught by different people, with their own unique
Update from Believer’s
take on things. Yet, all teachers had clearly dedicated a lot of prayer
and study time to their respective workshops.
God is truly moving in our church. His sweet presence is tangible
Today’s Verse from
week after week. We eagerly seek Him and long with every part of our
being to serve Him. No longer are we content to have church as
Page 13 usual. No longer can we be “pew warmers”.
The Lord’s Message by
God is stirring up His people with passion and commitment. God is
Apostle Naomi Harvey
stirring up the gifts He has placed in each of His people and is training
Page 19 the Saints to develop and enjoy those gifts to spread the Gospel and
give Him glory. God is unleashing His everything in the end
times so the richest harvest of people ever can be brought Home.
On Saturday afternoon, Tim delivered an amazing message on the job
Rainbow Photo Gallery
of a Worship Leader. He gave us tremendous insight into all the
preparation that goes into planning the music for a service. Setting
the tone; having a consistent message; building the Spirit through a
variety of Hymns and modern worship. Fast paced
songs that invite everyone into rejoicing and slower songs that draw us
Thanks to to a place of reverence while trying to incorporate everyone present
and not leave anyone feeling like they are on the outside looking in
All our and not being a part of the worship.
On Saturday night we had our Fall Gospel Concert to raise money for
this week’s our Thanksgiving Dinner. Our goal was met to raise $1,000.00.
Thank you to St. Michael's for their fantastic partnership in service to
issue: our One Lord and Saviour. We look forward to making the dinner a
• Jeff Kirkey reality with you.
• Aneta Rondon
On Sunday we had our first Rainbow morning service. Tim led us in
• Immanuel Weir worship and Brother Kelly shared a very powerful and timely message
on stepping out in faith and confronting our fears head on. What
• Apostle Dale Jarrett
Brother Kelly did not know is Apostle Dylan has recently had an
• Pastor JuaNita Gates amazing sermon series from the Lord dealing with "Stepping Out of the
Boat” and facing our fears head on.
• Apostle Naomi
God has often gone before us preparing the way and is waiting for us
• Apostle Dylan Crozier to step out and meet Him where He desires us to truly be so His will
can be fulfilled. As long as we follow our plans, give into our fears and
Elaine Phillips, Editor
refuse to step out of our comfort zone, we will struggle with whether
to fully trust and to let Him take us where He desires. It is scary to
step out in faith but it is also a big opportunity.
On Sunday afternoon we had a time of candlelight prayer as we
worshipped and soaked in the Lord's presence. Our Sunday evening
service was rocking with amazing music and Apostle Naomi's amazing
message on "Love as a most vehement flame that can never be put
Thank you to all the people who worked hard to organize and run this
great Conference. The messages will stay with us for some time and
challenge us to seek what the Lord has next for each of us in our
May God Bless You until we meet again,
Pastor In Training
24 Hour Prayer Clock Update
Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus!
My Grace is all you need.
My strength works best in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Dear friends in the Lord,
I’m sure, with each one of us, there are times when we run into
impossible situations we don’t have the strength or ability to handle.
We are often tempted to give up and accept defeat, right?
Don’t give up because in His Word He says
My strength works best in weakness.
The translated word for strength in the above scripture is dunamis,
which means our Papa’s miracle-working Power. When our human
strength ends, Papa has promised us His miraculous Power will
ALWAYS bring us through and we will be an “over comer” in spite of
Dear friends, if you are:
facing sickness and medicine has failed you,
your finances are out of control,
your family is falling apart, or
bad habits have you hopelessly bound
then rejoice! For when human strength ends, our Papa’s Power excels!
Just believe His Grace is sufficient for us all.
May you all have a blessed week believing “His strength works best in
Blessings and love,
Your sister in the Lord,
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative
on the same night.
2. Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.
3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than
standing in a garage makes you a car.
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never
6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
8. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice
person. (This is very important. Pay attention! It never fails.)
9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government
10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.
12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so
13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the
waist change places.
18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three
weeks before you need it.
Continued on page 11
Inspired Message, Rainbow School of the
Bible and Metro Vancouver Dream Centre
Immanuel Weir gave the opening address to the Church Growth
Conference held September 4 through 6 at Rainbow Community
Church. As it is longer than his usual weekly message, I will put it into
a Special Edition of the Newsletter which will go out later this week.
In the Special Edition, I will also include the speaking notes of the
other speakers from the Conference so those who were not able to
attend will be able to read the messages we received.
Elaine Phillips, Editor
Rainbow School of the Bible
Want to enrich your understanding of the Bible?
Take advantage of the FREE Bible-based courses offered
through Rainbow Community Church of Vancouver.
Whether the bible is new to you or you have studied it for years, there
is something for everyone. Come join us and study at your own pace.
Courses are offered in six week instalments.
Purpose, Mission and Goals
Establish a school for Biblical studies at Rainbow Community Church
for the purpose of:
• equipping believers for Christian living
• teaching the fundamentals of the Christian Faith
• training future leaders for the Rainbow Community
Church of Canada
Rainbow School of the Bible exists "to present every one mature in
Christ" through systematic Biblical teaching.
Everything we do is based on our compelling desire to further the
Kingdom of God in a challenging and changing world.
Update and Upcoming Classes:
Please note all classes start at 6:30 pm in the Worship Centre located
at 530 Kingsway (near Fraser Street) in Vancouver.
These weekly one-hour classes are comprehensive, in-depth Biblical
studies. You are invited to attend any or all of the courses. Your mind
will be stimulated, your heart will be encouraged and your spirit will be
filled with good things from the Lord and His Word.
NOTE: We are taking a short break from classes except for the
Wednesday night classes. Tuesday and Thursday classes will resume
in early September.
TUESDAY: The Prophets
With Immanuel Weir. Next class September 8, 2009
Last Week’s Attendance: No Class
WEDNESDAY: September 2 – Tour of the Bible – Genesis
With Immanuel Weir. Next class September 9, 2009
Last Week’s Attendance: 16
THURSDAY: Bible Prophecy – The End Times
With Vinnie Crozier. *** No Classes until September 17 ***
Last Week’s Attendance: No Class
Total Attendance for the Week: 16
RSOB Prepares the Spiritual Leaders of Tomorrow
We have been so encouraged at RCCV (Rainbow Community Church of
Vancouver) with the wonderful spiritual growth we have experienced,
especially this past year. We praise the Lord for His kindness and
Matthew 9:36-38 (New International Version) says: “36 When he
[Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they
were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he
said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his
The Rainbow School of The Bible (RSOB) offers opportunities for future
leaders of tomorrow to work in the field for God’s Kingdom. They are
equipped through training in God’s word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Bible-
based education and edification helps prepare future evangelists,
teachers and pastors. While a believer can contribute to various
aspects of the Body of Christ, Pastors are especially needed to tenderly
shepherd God’s flock.
RCC Guideline for Pastor-in-Training
The Rainbow School of the Bible has prepared the Pastor-In-Training
guidelines to provide future leaders with Bible based foundational
ground work. Perhaps you are simply curious, or wish to increase your
service to the Lord, or maybe you want to allow God to stretch your
potential for servanthood. We encourage those who are interested to
examine these guidelines and prayerfully meditate on where God is
The Guideline is NOT a course, though it easily can be. Courses on
leadership skills will be offered through the RSOB later in the year.
The Guideline is designed to enable persons to set their minds toward
a dedicated future in complete servitude to God and His people. A
servant’s heart, filled with sincere humility, a love for the Lord and His
people are key ingredients for the leaders of tomorrow. According to
scripture, a Pastor is an anointed gift from the Lord to the church for
its edification. (Ephesians 4:11-13). A true Pastor (shepherd) must be
called by God.
"Study to show yourself approved unto God,
rightly dividing the WORD OF TRUTH!"
Vinnie Chiodo: email@example.com
Immanuel Weir: firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro Vancouver Dream Center
Offer hospitality to one Next Meal Service
grumbling. Each one Please note change: Because of the Church Growth conference we
should use whatever gift have switched the dates for the buffet the MVDC will be hosting.
he has received to serve September 11 and 18 will be hosted by MVDC and St. Michael’s will do
others, faithfully our September 4th meal.
grace in its various Date: Friday September 11 (see full schedule below)
forms. Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 409 East Broadway, St. Michael’s Anglican Church. Just a few
1 Peter 4:9-10 blocks east of Main St. Please enter from the side doors on the west
(NIV) side of the building off Prince Edward St.
Please come join us and lend a hand in ministering to others the love
of Jesus Christ. We need help on all the dinners.
See below for dates: purple indicate meals hosted by St. Michael’s
Church and black indicate meals hosted by the MVDC.
SEP: 11, 18 OCT: 02, 09, 16
NOV: 06, 13, 20 DEC: 04, 11, 18
If you have any questions or you would like to help please speak with
Bruce Antecol, Brandon or Mani.
Mani: email@example.com Vinnie: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. We continue to supply seniors with groceries (fresh produce) at
the Lions Den Adult Day centre. The Lions Den provide the
seniors who live there with a food bank, food service program
and activities that improve their quality of life.
2. We also provide fresh produce to the Kettle Friendship
Society (a centre that helps the homeless and people with
mental health challenges). The Kettle provides a hot meal lunch
and dinner every day. They also have a free health clinic,
counselors, advocacy department to help people find
shelter/homes and many other services that enable those in
need to attain a better quality of life.
3. The MVDC has partnered up with St. Michael’s Anglican
Church. They serve their community at large with hot meal
services one Friday a month. Partnering with them will increase
this service to 3 times a month (with MVDC doing two). Also,
they provide a food bank service (one must register with the
Vancouver food bank and be a resident of the local area to
receive this service). The MVDC will be augmenting this food
bank and work towards building a larger resource of food for
Pray with us, dear friends, that the Lord’s Grace be upon each one we
reach. May His love flow in and through all of us and shine for the
sake of Jesus Christ.
Interested in helping? Please join us, we appreciate and encourage
Ways you can help:
• Monetary donation. (Please indicate on offering envelope at church
and place in offering basket. Make offering to: “The Metro
Vancouver Dream Centre”
• Volunteer your time and energy (please see Immanuel Weir, Bruce
Antecol or Vinnie Chiodo)
If you prefer to donate by purchasing items rather than monetary
support please contact me at: email@example.com
Thank you and God bless.
RCC Sunday Service Acknowledgments
Hospitality team: Thank you for your continued support and love
(coordinators Bert Clever and Gerald Kok) and making us all feel
welcome and the wonderful snacks after church.
RCC worship leaders: Tim Weger, Chris Jennings, Jeff Dyck, and
Praise band: Jeff Dyck, Chris Jennings, John Jawrowski, Harshini
Yuvati, Peter Weir, Phil Boyd, and Paul Donovan
Audio visual crew: Mike Perry, Phil Boyd, Paul Donovan and assisting
are: Laura Pope, Tony Carney and Jeff Kirkey.
Choir: Thank you so much for leading us into praise and worship with
your beautiful voices.
NOTE OF THANKS:
Rainbow Community Church of Vancouver would like to extend its
most sincere appreciation to the Vancouver Pride Society’s Legacy
fund. We received a contribution of $1,000 to our Helping Hands
Ministry. This outreach ministry of RCC is dedicated to make a
difference in the community by providing assistance to people living
with HIV/AIDS, the homeless, seniors, people with disabilities and
others in need. Thank you.
We thank and bless the many ‘parts’ to the body of Christ. We praise
the Lord for sending us so many workers, faithful servants and
stewards of His word. We thank the Lord for His Grace and Mercy on
us that He has entrusted us with so many people. May the Holy Spirit
guide us and enrich us now and forever more. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Rainbow Services in Real Time on Sundays
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6:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Savings Time). Just go to:
and click on the “Watch us Live” button on the toolbar. Previous
sermons can also be viewed on the website.
Update from Believer’s Covenant Fellowship
"Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness..."
Greetings BCF Family & Friends!
We've had a spectacular Labour Day weekend with superb weather and
refreshing rest! I have also enjoyed and benefited greatly from having
some sabbatical time off, which ended this weekend. Thank you for
praying for me and for BCF. Please continue to pray because things
are starting to gear up and happen in preparation for all the Lord is
doing in this hour.
Worship and time together was sweet as always at BCF on Sunday.
Although attendance was rather low, those there had a great time in
the presence of the Lord. The Lord has been speaking to my heart
about a couple of specific things which I will be preaching on in the
next couple of weeks.
But yesterday, the Lord said to us, "It's time to REFOCUS on Me!
Sabbaticals are over, summer breaks are over, time off is over. It's
time to stir up our inner spirit man and refocus our eyes/vision on the
Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom priorities." In Matthew 6:22 and
23, Jesus speaks about our eyes. "The eye is the lamp of the
body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of
light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of
darkness...." I have a footnote the word "good" used there means
FOCUSED! With that in mind, the text can read: "If your eyes are
FOCUSED on GOOD (Jesus), then your body will be full of Light!
Jesus IS the Light, God IS Light, His Word is a Lamp unto our
feet and a Light unto our path!”
So the question posed was, "What are you focusing on in your life
RIGHT NOW!" I know many of you will say you've always tried to stay
focused on the Lord Jesus, but the Spirit is saying, "Yes, but what are
you focusing on RIGHT NOW?"
The Holy Spirit doesn't speak a word to us to bring condemnation, but
rather, IF WE ARE MATURE enough to hear it. He is giving us
instructions on how to turn our crisis or circumstances/situations
around for the good.
I believe the Spirit is telling us to REFOCUS, and do it RIGHT NOW!
Let go of the cares of the world, let go of the pursuit of riches and
worldly lusts, and set your eyes/focus in a brand new and determined
way upon Christ the Lord! I encourage you all to pray and ask the
Holy Spirit to help you to refocus your life and purpose upon Jesus.
And let's keep our hand to the plough of serving and living for the
Lord! As the old song says, "It WILL BE worth it all when we see
Great things are happening, signs, wonders, miracles, breakthroughs,
a new UNITY and a coming together is happening across the Body of
Christ. Don't miss out on what God has for you because you got side-
tracked with the cares of the world and the love of other things!
Matthew 6:19-33 is a good read for you today. My sermon should be
posted on iTunes/podcast very soon, so please go listen when you can.
Please remember Garrey and myself, along with Ferris, Ryan, Brenda
and Jim, as we head to Charlotte, NC, next Friday for the Healing Rain
gathering at Abundant Grace Church. Pastor David Thomas and
Pastor Jack McConnell and their congregation have been praying and
preparing for a power weekend down there and we're going! I will be
leading worship and ministering on Saturday evening.
Lastly, please continue to pray for our November Fall Renewal
weekend. I will be sending out e-announcements starting this week.
Have a most blessed week in the Holy Spirit and remember you are a
Child of the Most High God. And that God has given you and me all
things pertaining to life and Godliness through our knowledge of Him!
Much love and Shalom, with nothing missing and nothing broken in
In Christ's love and faithful friendship,
Apostle Dale Jarrett
Believers Covenant Fellowship
Metro Washington, DC
Joke Corner ( … Continued from page 4)
20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a
mistake when you make it again.
22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real
25. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.
26. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race
has not achieved, and & never will achieve, its full potential, that
word would be "meetings."
27. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
28. People who want to share their religious views with you almost
never want you to share yours with them.
29. You should not confuse your career with your life.
30. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
31. Never lick a steak knife.
32. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
33. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and
compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
34. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely
suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an
actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
35. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people
to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
36. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age,
gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that,
deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average
37. Your friends love you anyway.
38. Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of
professionals built the Titanic.
Update from Pastor JuaNita
Editor’s Note: Pastor JuaNita recently had surgery to both of her knees. She is
recovering well but is not entirely healed just yet.
Here we are at a Monday morning again. I can’t believe how time
flies. In one way that is good, as each day my knees get better but,
on the other hand, each day I grow older. There is so much I want to
accomplish and I know, as time flies, I run out of time. Hmmm. Sure
tells me I must be about the Father’s business while I do have time.
There are folks out there who need to know the God who wrote these
scriptures and how much He loves each and every one!
They were hungry and thirsty, and they were discouraged. In
their misery they cried out to the Lord, and He saved them from
their troubles. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His love
and for the miracles He does for people. (Psalm 107: 5, 8, 9)
The Bible cries out with one recurring truth: God quenches the thirst
and satisfies the hunger of those who seek Him. So often we try to
soothe the ache in our soul and fill the emptiness in our hearts with
what is only a temporary satisfaction only God’s presence can fill.
Let’s refuse every false satisfaction and seek the LORD!
Forgive me, dear Father, for trying to find the satisfaction for my soul’s
hunger in what is not truly sustaining. (Confess the area of temptation
that most often causes you to stumble.) As I seek you, dear Lord,
please make your presence known as you satisfy my spiritual thirst
and satiate my soul’s hunger. In the name of Jesus, my Lord. Amen
The Lord’s Message:
“A Contagious Vehement Flame” by Apostle Naomi
We had the great honour of having Apostle Naomi deliver the Lord’s
Message at Rainbow Church on Sunday, August 6, 2009. To hear
Apostle Naomi deliver this message, check out the Sermon Archive on
the Rainbow website.
In the meantime, here are her speaking notes:
A CONTAGIOUS VEHEMENT FLAME
“Becoming a Contagious Church”
CONTAGIOUS is defined as something passed by contact while
VEHEMENT is defined as being a great force, emphatic, absolute,
extreme in degree, intense; A great depth of feelings [fervent,
blazing, burning, charged with an unquenchable passionate flame].
And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your
whole heart and out of and with your whole heart and out of
and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your
mind (your faculty of thought and your moral understanding)
and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and
The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as
yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
(Mark 12:30-31, Amplified Bible)
Set me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm: for
love is as strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave the
coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement
flame. 7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods
drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for
love, it would utterly be condemned. (Song of Solomon 8:6-7,
King James Version)
The question is asked, “Who is this coming from the wilderness,
leaning upon her beloved?” Let me speak. It is the body of believers
rising up from out of the wilderness.
Life in the womb does not know about the arms that are growing for
they cannot even begin to stretch. It has legs bent up into the chest
and eyes that cannot see light. If the embryo could reflect, then it
would know there is life outside of that womb.
The first sound the baby hears is the heart beat of the mother. The
first time it opens its mouth, the cry is from the heart. For ‘a
contagious vehement flame’ they need ‘a great depth of feeling,
charged with an unquenchable passionate flame of love.”
The heart and blood, with the breath of God, is where life is begun.
John the Baptist came with the spirit of Elijah and recorded for us the
story of Nicodemus. When he asked, “How can a man be born again?”
Jesus began to talk about being ‘born from above’ (John chapter 3)
God’s heart is love. Jesus’ heart is love. The Holy Spirit came to
impart that hear of love to each person. You have received that
assignment of His love!
When we were young in the Lord, we were full of vigor, but had no
wisdom to use it properly. With time, we grew in experience,
knowledge and wisdom as we were prepared to serve on a much
A. THE HEART IS THE SEAT OF MORAL EVIL
Have you ever asked the question, “Where is the foundation for love?”
English has only one word, while the Greek language makes four
Phileo: Friendship love - dogs, cats, and ice cream.
Storge love: A parental love
Eros: romantic love
Agape: that boundless love, unconditional love which is what God has
for His people.
God moves in us for all four of these loves. He has placed within each
person, a desire to experience what we call ‘true love.’
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked
and who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
Jeremiah was speaking of the morality of that people! The Message
Bible puts it this way: “The heart is hopelessly dark & deceitful,
a puzzle that no one can figure out, But I God, search the heart
and examine the mind, I get to the heart of the human. I get to
the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they
pretend to be.”
The minute you are of age, you seek for a lover. Now your arms can
reach. Adults try to tell you watch out for your heart, make sure it’s
love and not lust.
Let me share a bit of my story. I wanted to find someone who would
love me, not for my ministry or what I did but just for who I was. So,
of course, I give God my qualifications for this person. They had to be
nice looking, (beauty always impresses me), good personality. My list
went on and on.
The first person I found met all the qualifications. Then I found out
she was selling drugs. The next one looked good on the outside, and
the pastor said she was God’s handmaiden. What he didn’t know was
she always had two mates.
Then I found a smart, dignified lady who claimed to love the Lord and
said she was dedicated to me. I found out she fed me so many lies
and, when I needed her to care for me, she revealed herself as a thief
and stole me blind.
I was finding out my heart was deceived and these women were not
what they pretended to be. I was like Israel seeking for what I
How did I adjust to correct a deceitful heart that belonged to me? I
allowed God to examine my heart, it was by my choice. I could not be
mad at the whole world or even at the offender. I could not live in a
spirit of defeat although I found it difficult to trust or love again.
I had to repent before God. I refused to live in offense. My heart
must be forgiving to the offender. It is from the heart of God the
Father, where the blood that flowed from Calvary revealed the heart of
Jesus Christ. My Savior’s love is revealed in the pains of love to the
My example was not to be like Israel who wanted a king of their
choosing just to be like the rest of the nations.
B. THE HEART IS THE SEAT OF THE HUMAN WILL
Moses said: “The Lord has sent me to do these works, it was not
in my mind or will.” (Numbers 16:28)
You might not even want to fulfill your assignment. Moses was an
adopted child who lived in the household of Pharaoh and he knew all
the Egyptian ways. Then he killed a man for afflicting an Israelite.
Moses fled to the wilderness, hiding from prosecution.
God’s plan for Moses was to deliver a nation. He did not wait to find
out what God’s will was in the midst of this disaster. His will took over
and he ran.
I believe we have many five-fold ministries in the wilderness of their
calling because of the human will. We are people pleasers and try to
gain favor with man and keep ourselves in a place of comfort.
Moses went on with his life, married and had two sons. Their names
describe the condition of Moses heart: Gershom, which means “a
stranger here” and Eliezer, which means “God, my Father”.
But, on the backside of the desert feeding the flock, Moses saw a
vehement flame of fire when he saw a bush on fire not being
consumed and an angel in the midst of the bush. And when the Lord
saw Moses turned aside to see, God said, “Moses. Moses.”
Moses replied “Here am I.” God said, “Take those shoes off your feet”
which meant “Lay aside your will you’re standing on Holy Ground.”
C. THE HEART IS WHERE GOD PREPARES HIS PLANS
“You’re going to Pharaoh and will tell him to let my people go.” The
instructions began and the will of Moses tried to overrule. “I can’t go
my speech is not clear and smooth. What group or organization is
God said “I AM who I AM and what I AM and I WILL BE; … I AM has
The preparation for the will of God was almost too heavy to bear.
The promise to Abraham was every male who was not circumcised
would be cut off. (Genesis 17:14) Moses had failed to circumcise his
son. He could not perform the will of God until this was done to his
own son, or it could kill the son.
Moses got gravely ill. A big fight with his wife broke out. It will cost
you something to get back into God’s purpose for your life. She took a
stone and cut the foreskin off and threw it at Moses feet. ’A husband of
blood you are.” Now he had lost his family and they separated from
You must stay under the blood of God’s planned purpose in your life.
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of his
tongue, is from the Lord. (Proverbs 16:1) Commit they works
unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs
16:3) The heart has many plans but the Lord will direct their
steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Moses saw 42 miracles after his heart was made right.
D. THE HEART IS THE SEARCHING PLACE OF GOD
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins even to give to every
man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his
doing. (Jeremiah 17:10)
Matthew 12 talks about the fruit of good and bad: For out of the
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. By thy words,
thou shall be justified or condemned.
Who has the reins of your heart? James 1 speaks of “beholding
yourself in a glass”. This was used as women did not have mirrors as
we do; they used glass to make sure every hair on their head was in
place. James also tells us about how a bit in the mouth of a horse
controls the whole horse, a small rudder on a huge ship, in the hand of
a skilled captain, controls the whole ship.
We are encouraged to live well, to live wisely, to live humbly. It is the
way you live, not the way you talk, that reveals your inner heart.
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and added learning
to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to
the soul, and health to the bones. (Proverbs 16: 23-24)
In the Song of Solomon, Chapter 8 verses 6 – 7 we read:
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm
[anchor on God]
1. “For Love is as Strong as Death” – Many are abused by
natural lovers and still remain true. I once preached a funeral
service for a man who had been married 54 years. After the
service, the wife said to me, “I know he had other women but
he knew I loved him so he always came home.”
2. “Jealously is cruel as the grave; the coals thereof are
coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” – God
was jealous of his land. Many people were destroyed. Apostle
Paul was jealous of his people who had been betrayed by
another Apostle. ”For I am jealous with Godly jealously for
I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present
you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2)
3. “Many waters cannot quench love” – There is a picture
painted after the artist watched the ocean destroy thousands of
lives. The people who were left ran and stood in the ocean. On
the bottom of the picture it reads ”The waters never quench
4. “Neither can floods drown it out” – Love has no boundaries.
The book of Hosea and his unfaithful wife gives us a picture of
God’s love. Israel lost her way with distractions and other loves
but God has never rejected them. “Therefore, behold, I will
allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak
comfortably unto her.” (Hosea 2:14-15) I will allure her.
If you’re thirsty, drink! Come, if you’re hungry eat!
Incline your ear to me! I am an everlasting covenant!
Call me and I will answer you. There is nothing you can
do that I won’t forgive. (Isaiah 55:2-3) “I will bring her
into the wilderness.” He takes us where there is no clutter and
every distraction is removed. In the wilderness I will give
you a whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7) Then God’s passion was
moved and he spoke kindly to her.
And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the valley
of Achor [which means trouble and disturbance] for a
door or hope; and she shall sing there.
5. “Love cannot be bought or sold” – Jacob served seven
years for Rachel and they seemed but a few days. (Genesis
19:20) The chief priests and scribes stood and
vehemently accused Jesus.” (Luke 23:10) Herod was
jealous, he was the King of the Jews. So, in mockery, he had a
gorgeous robe put on Jesus to shame Him.
Jesus had [repeatedly and expressly] charged and
admonished them, saying ‘look out keep on your guard’
and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven
of Herod. (Mark 5:15)
Herod is the strength of a person. Pharisee is the religious
system that embraced God, but not in practice or experience.
It is a form of devotion, but without power.
God’s love is everywhere”, cried David, “wither shall I
go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy
presence? 8 If I ascend up into Heaven, you are there; If
I make my bed in hell behold, thou art there. 9 If I take
the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost
parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me,
and they right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, surely the
darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light
about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hides not from thee; but
the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light
are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my
reins thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
There is a contagious, vehement flame of love that cannot be
quenched. ”Another parable he spoke to them ‘the
kingdom of heaven is live a leaven’ which a woman took
and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.
(Matthew 13:33) To have leaven rise you must put heat on the
In 2 Corinthians chapter 7 we see tension and strife was in the
church; false teachers were challenging Paul’s personal integrity
and authority as an Apostle. They manifested the leaven of
Herod and leaven of the Pharisees. The big fight was over a
person of incest. The fire of circumstances expands whatever
leaven is influencing the mind. Whatever your problem is, give
it to God.
For observe this very thing that you sorrowed in a godly
manner: What diligence it produced in you, what
clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what
vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all
things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
(2 Corinthians 7:11) That fire made them just like God, their
father, loving the unloveable.
The love chapter, 1 Corinthians chapter 13 can no longer be
words on a page. We have a covenant with the Father and “I
am love sick.
The world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away,
No, the word didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away,
This happy face that I’m wearing Jesus put it here to stay.
No, the world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away.
God being who He is must always be sought for Himself, never as a
means toward something else.
They will not find God
God needs to give us a re-adjustment from where our good intention
has pulled us off course. The mighty God, the maker of heaven and
earth will not be one of the many treasures, not even the chief of all
treasures. He will be all in all or nothing. God will not be used.
Who makes His angels wind and his ministering servants
flames of fire. (Hebrews 1:7) Jeremiah said, “It’s just like fire shut
up in my bones.” I can’t keep quiet if I wanted to, His fire consumes
Three Hebrew children were case into the fire in the worst flames that
earth could provide. They were not burned and had not even the smell
of smoke on their clothes. They were consumed with a vehement,
emphatic, intense, blazing, burning romance with the father.
We’re in the fields working before the harvest comes. When the weeds
get so bad on the land, they set the fields on fire to clear it for the
seed to raise up into the plant what it should be. Set me as a seal
upon thine heart, cover all of self so you arms of love will go forth as
contagious tongues passed by the fire of the Holy Spirit from one
person to another.
Share the Father’s Heart.
Apostle Naomi Harvey
Join us in the harvest:
Closing Thoughts from Apostle
Greeting everyone in the precious Name of Jesus!
What a busy few weeks this has been for Vinnie and me! To give a
brief recap, on the 26th of July we moved out of our house on Percival
Avenue in the middle of a heat wave. As we couldn’t move into our
new house until the end of August, we had to put most of our
belongings into storage and rented a furnished condo for two weeks
from a co-worker of Vinnie’s.
I then spent a week in Michigan visiting my daughter and family.
Some of you have seen a picture of my 5 beautiful grandchildren!
(Editor’s note: A photo of Apostle Dylan and his Michigan family was included in a
Weekly Praise Report of a few editions ago.) It was such a delight to see them
and spend time with them. They are all growing like weeds and doing
I was back for the next Sunday and then Vinnie and I flew to Thunder
Bay, Ontario to visit his family. We went for Vinnie’s Dad’s 65th
birthday (a big party for around 85 people); a wedding of a friend of
his with nearly 400 guests; and a baptism and dedication of Vinnie’s
brother’s baby boy with another celebration with over 40 people. (All
numbers are approximate). All in all it was a busy time.
In the middle of all these events, I flew to London, Ontario to visit my
three cousins, only one I had seen once in nearly 12 years. It was a
joyous reunion with lots of catching up and laughter. We all grew up
together and have a special place in each other’s hearts. I then flew
back to Thunder Bay and Vinnie and I flew back to Vancouver.
On August 29th we were able to get the keys to our new house and the
work began! All the old carpets, doors, woodwork, mouldings etc had
to be ripped out and we had four days to lay new hardwood floors on
two floors before the moving truck arrived on Thursday with a 7 ton
truck full of our furniture. As you can imagine it was many long days
and working late into the night. A big “thank you” to all our Rainbow
angels who pitched in to help.
On Friday, guests began to arrive for our Annual Church Growth
Conference. It was like camping as we had no doors and many had to
sleep on mattresses and blankets on the floor! A big thank you to
everyone who hosted people. The theme of this year’s conference was
“Becoming a Contagious Church.” The conference began with a joyous
celebration on Friday night. Brother Mani spoke on “The Christian’s
Call to Humility and Love.” It was the perfect beginning to our
Tim and Kelly and the praise band blessed us with incredible anointed
music all week-end! Thank you to you all for sharing your gifts and
talents with us. Saturday was a full day of work-shops and seminars
which concluded at St. Michael’s Anglican Church with our Annual Fall
Southern Gospel Concert.
Everyone agreed that it was, by far, the best concert that we have
ever had! Thank you to Paul and the audio visual team for a job well
done! (You will be able to view it on our website soon).
The concert was a fund-raiser for our Thanksgiving Dinner we will be
doing with St. Michael’s for up to 500 people living with Aids/HIV and
the less fortunate. It is a beautiful sit-down Turkey dinner with all the
trimmings. We had a goal of raising $1000.00 and I believe we raised
approximately $1250.00 (Watch the bulletin for the final amount as
money is still coming in.)
Sunday morning we had our first Sunday Morning Service in our
almost 24 year history! PTL!!! God blessed us with a wonderful group
of people and the Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way. Brother Kelly
blessed us with a wonderful message on “The Contagious Power of
Hope” and the altar area was full of people on their faces before the
After lunch the Worship Centre was turned into a place of worship and
prayer (candlelight) with a Terry MacAlmon CD leading us into the
presence of God. It blessed my heart so see so many people come out
for this soaking time in His presence!
Our Worship Celebration in the evening was awesome with a large
crowd and lots of visitors. The music was incredible and Apostle
Naomi blessed us with an anointed message on “The Contagious Power
of Hope.” Believe me no one fell asleep!!!”☺ The prayer ministry
went on late into the night as many of us didn’t want to leave the
Worship Centre due to the sweet presence of the Lord.
The sad part was having to say “good bye” to all our friends from the
United States who came for the conference. We look forward to seeing
them again at our Annual Spring Revival!
We are excited to start our regular Bible Studies this week! God is
good… ALL the time!!!
Have a blessed week everyone.
Hugs and blessings,
Ap. Dylan and Vinnie
(Dear Reader: Please scroll down to see the photos in the
Rainbow Photo Gallery. For some reason, it is impossible to
delete this white space. Editor)
Rainbow Photo Gallery
Above Left: A tanned and handsome Apostle Dylan
Above right: Sara and Bob working at the
Below left: Flowers on the altar table Friday,
September 4, 2009
Below right: Our beloved Apostle Naomi Harvey
Photos from The Church Growth Conference
at Rainbow Community Church
September 4, 5 and 6, 2009
Above: Kelly McFarland, who was a
Four of our American friends: wonderful inspiration to all of us
Left to right: Vicki Girardin from Gresham, with his music and singing.
Ore; Bunnea Sams from Montesano, Wa.,
Norma Manning, Portland, Ore., and Below: Dix Dixon, visiting from
standing at the back, Pastor Moe Mezori, Saskatchewan but soon to be living
Island Empire, S. Calif. Pastor Moe works in BC. We look forward to that, Dix!
in Prison Ministry.
Above left: Lunch of cold cuts and
salad fixings for sandwiches, fruit and
Below left: Sister Aneta getting Vinnie
to taste-test the coleslaw. Yes, it was