CWG Ministries Newsletter - January 2007

  January 2007 – God’s Voice Worldwide – From Dr. Mark Virkler
Author of How to Hear God’s Voice and President of Christian Leadership University

Mission: To equip you to do everything as an outcome of your daily conversations with God, and to train others to do the same.

This newsletter contains:

Attend an Upcoming Seminar Free
Be Discipled in 2007 Through CLU!
Course of the Month
2006 Ministry Report – Another Year of Solid Growth!
Healing in the Philippines
CLU Students Journal
Tent-Making Activity
Laughter Is Healing to the Bones
Lutheran Church Seeking a Pastor
New Translation Posted
Start a Lamad Encounter Group

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Date Seminar Location
Jan. 19,20   How to Hear God’s Voice   Toronto, ON
Jan. 21   Sunday Evening Service   Orchard Park, NY   
Jan. 26-27   How to Hear God’s Voice   Owego, NY
Feb. 9,10   Sense Your Spirit   Manassas, VA  
Mar. 11-14   How to Hear God’s Voice   Orchard Park, NY   
Mar. 30,31   Christian Dream Interpretation   Trafford, PA
Apr. 27-28   How to Hear God’s Voice   Las Vegas, NV  


Be Discipled in 2007 Through CLU!
“Throughout my courses at CLU, I gained a deeper understanding of spiritual truths. Every course presented theology from a balanced biblical perspective. I am eternally grateful to CLU for the dedication and commitment in their unending search for theologically sound and well-rounded materials. The courses, instructors and administration have worked diligently to encourage, inspire and help me every step of the way.” Gayle Smith  


Course of the Month: Through the Bible Series
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read through the entire Bible this year? Has it been a resolution in years past that fell by the wayside sometime around April? Perhaps it is time to try a different approach. Rather than simply reading through the Bible, wouldn’t it be great to slow down a little and finally get a handle on all those kings and judges and prophets, and how the history of Israel all fits together, and why we should even care about it? The Through the Bible series of eight courses with CLU can help you do just that.

Reading an average of two chapters each day, it will take you longer than a year to complete the series, but once you do, you will know the Bible better than you ever dreamed possible. The collateral text gives you the basic information about each book, such as author, when it was written, brief historical context, etc. It also presents an outline graph of each individual book on a single page, helping you recognize major characters and events and how they fit into the larger context. Then, you make that outline your own by meditating on each chapter and creating your own title for it that summarizes the content of the chapter for you.

You will also write down anything the Lord specifically speaks to you through the chapter, as well as questions and insights you have. Finally, there are open-ended questions that encourage you to explore specific themes throughout the book and on throughout the entire Bible. You will be guided in building your own personal theology on a variety of subjects directly through your meditation on the Scriptures.

It is a tragic fact that many Christians do not know their Bible as well as they would like. It is even more of a tragedy that most Bible school “Bible” courses do not even require that you read the entire Bible. It is our passion to see this trend change, at least at CLU. This is not a “light” series, and we recommend that you take other “topic-oriented” courses along with it. But we truly believe your life will be changed if you commit yourself to meditating on every word of the Scriptures, from beginning to end.

Why not make these courses the foundation of your daily devotions for the next two years? You can start with any of the eight courses. Enroll during the month of January 2007 and you can request a 25% discount off the cost of books and tuition for as many Through the Bible classes that you order. (Students already receiving a financial aid discount can request a 10% discount.) There is no better investment of your time or money that you could ever make than investing in greater knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!


2006 Ministry Report – Another Year of Solid Growth!
Though much of our efforts this year were focused on acquiring and settling into our new facilities, the Lord continued to bless and increase our ministry.

Forty-five Certified Communion With God Facilitators have teamed up with Mark Virkler to teach people how to hear God’s voice! These individuals have a passion to share this life-changing message and they have received specialized training from Mark Virkler. They are posted with their picture, bio and contact information at www.cwgministries.org/certified/facilitators.htm. Please contact them directly and book them to do a CWG seminar for your group!

In addition to these 45 certified CWG facilitators, hundreds of you are teaching the CWG message in your churches and home groups using the DVDs on How to Hear God’s Voice. In the first year of their release, 775 sets have been sold, along with 500 sets of the CDs. Thank you all for sharing this message with your friends. Together we can change the face of Christianity.

Christian Leadership University enrolled 675 new students in 2006, bringing the total number of students who have ever registered to 3594. Currently 2463 students are enrolled in courses, with 202 mission students and 108 prisoners. We had 51 graduates this year, and a wonderful graduation ceremony at Abundant Life International Baptist Cathedral.

Our students may be found in 84 different countries around the world! Click here for the full list.

Our Internet Presence Remained Strong in 2006. In 2005 we more than doubled the traffic to our websites, averaging 67,000 visitors per month. Though we didn’t put much effort into web marketing this year, the numbers were almost unchanged for 2006, totaling about 800,000 visitors for the year.

Our free downloadable books were twice as popular this year! 22,000 English books were downloaded in 2006, as were almost 45,000 non-English books and articles. Specifically, here is how our messages are penetrating various ethnic groups through these free downloads:

 

Arabic
1,543
Chichewa    
631
Chinese
952
Dutch
663
French
749
German
1,510
Hausa
482
Hindi
668
Italian
413
Korean
410
Polish
115
Russian
395
Spanish
31,599
Tagalog
503
Telugu
3,103
Urdu
112
Yoruba
558
Zou
213
Others
256
Total
44,873

One reason for the exceptionally high number of Spanish downloads is our strong presence in the search engines. For example, you will see us listed at the top of the page when doing a Google search for the popular phrase “Libros Cristianos Gratis,” which is Spanish for “Free Christian Books.”

We praise God for His hand of blessing upon us!


Journaling and Healing in the Philippines – Emmanuel Abrea shares his story
“Ejoy (our youngest daughter; 5 years old) got vomited for 3 days and 3 nights and with some LBM. We rushed her to the Doctor on her first day of vomiting, but it was not stopped. On the second night, she vomited continually and cried because of her stomach was aching. We don’t know what to do; we agreed to rush her to the hospital but the Holy Spirit reminded us to listen to the voice of the Great Shepherd Jesus. So we prayed so hard and while praying, I received the following messages from the Lord:
 
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Peace I give unto you...
Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD...
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”
 
“After hearing these words, we asked God’s forgiveness, we submitted our lives to Him; we stand on in His promises and then started rebuking the devil. Then, we felt the presence of the Lord in the midst of our room and Ejoy calm down! Praise the Lord for His miracle!
 
“We thought that this sickness was over. But it wasn’t! Ejoy vomited again for the third night. She is crying so loud and saying to God: ‘Lord Jesus, why don’t you heal me completely? I’m tired of vomiting and can’t able to bear this pain!’ After hearing this, I put her into my arms to comfort her and start praying: ‘Lord Jesus, what is your message to us? Please talk and I’m listening.’

“While saying this prayer and closing my eyes, I saw the Lord Jesus appearing in a vision, He went inside the stomach (looks like a roaring waves and strong wind) of Ejoy and then He said: ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then I saw Ejoy’s stomach died down and it was completely calm. After seeing this vision, she was completely healed! Her vomiting was stopped and her stomach aching was gone! Glory to the Lord Jesus!”
 
You or your group can support this missionary to the Philippines:
Emmanuel Abrea desperately needs $488 per month to meet his family’s needs. Contact him at
[email protected].


Journaling from a CLU Student
“Father, You know that I have started (again) doing the Communion of God course. While exercising and listening to one of the tapes, I felt to journal – to come to You and to open my heart and ask You what You wanted to speak to me.”

“Son, I am proud of you. You are making good progress. Do not be afraid of missing out. I won’t allow it. I am too committed to you. I am forever loyal to you and will never turn My back on you.

“Choose to take to heart My words because they really are life to you. Choose to turn your ears and your eyes away from all the negative, all the games and all the other voices that are around you. There is only one voice that matters. There is only one ‘opinion’ that matters. What I say is true. What I say is eternal. What I say is fact - period. It’s final. What others say and act is so temporal and foolish.

“Choose the wise and reject the foolish. Choose to believe Me, My words above all else. You cannot go wrong.

“I am taking you a way that feels so lonely and unfair. Did you hear Me? I said I am taking you. Trust Me. I have also placed a few strategic people in your life to help you along the way. You don’t have many. But you have enough. It is better to have a few that you can trust, than to have many that you are never really sure of.

“I am answering your heart’s cry. I am bringing you to a place where you and I can have such deep, intimate and wonderful times together - where you can feel, and hear and receive such great things from Me and where you can experience daily and continuously all the treasures that I have laid up for you.

“Do you realize that there are treasures just for you? Your name is on them. No one else can have them but you. They are yours to enjoy. I have specifically wrapped them and chosen them for you. I know what you like and I know what will bring you joy and happiness.

“Come, learn of Me. Come, receive of Me and all that I have for you. I so enjoy and love to lavish you and My children with good things. I love to see the joy of when My children receive and enjoy My bountiful blessings.

“Turn away from it all and look at Me. You can see Me with open arms, welcoming you tenderly, calling you intensely, and inviting you openly to come and have fellowship and to sit with Me. Trust Me, Mike. Trust Me, son. I am forever yours.”


Tent-making Activity (Acts 18:1-4)
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Laughter Is Healing to the Bones – “The Computer is Down”
Two priests died at the same time and met Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter said, “I'd like to get you guys in now, but our computer is down. You’ll have to go back to Earth for about a week, but you can’t go back as priests. So what else would you like to be?”

The first priest says, “I’ve always wanted to be an eagle, soaring above the Rocky Mountains.”

“So be it,” says St. Peter, and off flies the first priest.

The second priest mulls this over for a moment and asks, “Will any of this week ‘count’, St. Peter?”

“No, I told you the computer’s down. There’s no way we can keep track of what you’re doing.”

“In that case,” says the second priest, “I’ve always wanted to be a stud.”

“So be it,” says St. Peter, and the second priest disappears.

A week goes by, the computer is fixed, and the Lord tells St. Peter to recall the two priests. “Will you have any trouble locating them?” He asks.

“The first one should be easy,” says St. Peter. “He’s somewhere over the Rockies, flying with the eagles. But the second one could prove to be more difficult.”

“Why?” asketh the Lord.

“He’s on a snow tire, somewhere in North Dakota.”


Grace Chinese Lutheran Church seeking an assistant pastor in the New York City area. Contact Annie Young at 718-760-4132. [email protected]


New translation posted – Spread the word to those who could benefit!
Special thanks to Jocelyn Agpalo for
translating the Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice into Ilocano.

We have received offers from individuals around the world to translate our books into various languages, and we now have free material available on our website in 24 different languages (plus English!). We appreciate each and every person who has given of their time and talent for this work. If you would like to volunteer to translate any of our materials, please contact Mark Virkler.


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Websites: cluonline.com and cwgministries.org
Enroll in Christian Leadership University: cluonline.com/apply
Mark’s speaking itinerary: cwgministries.org/itinerary
Online shopping for books by Mark and Patti Virkler: cwgministries.org/catalog
Ordination opportunity: cluonline.com/network
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