GF India Meeting

I was working on the agenda for the Annual general Body meeting of GCI till now. I have to sleep for two and a half hours before I get up to start for the meeting. For the travel convenience of PPT, we have arranged the meeting at Tiruvalla.

Also we have a half day seminar with Dr. Alex Mathew giving a talk on “Therapeutic Alliance in Christian Counseling.”  25 friends are planning to attend the seminar including one or two persons encouraged by our Indian friends in USA to whom I had sent the brochure. That is great. Pray for the blessings in both the meetings. We plan to give lunch to all. No fees is charged. If the participants are guided by the Lord, let them contribute.

God bless you all.

“…..Become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”                1 Cor.9:22

“How hard are we prepared to work without counting the cost for the sake of the gospel? How generous are we in givng to those who give their lives to form Chrsit’s life in us?” Quotes from EWG

Prof. John Zachariah <jzacvakke@yahoo.co.in>

[designated support to GFI India can be sent via GFI Tennessee]

Endorsement from South Africa

 

… I want to write and tell you that GFI and in particular yourself, have always had and will always continue to have, my total and unconditional love, support and blessing in every way possible.

In all my seventy-one years of life, I have never come across a more truthfully accurate, more powerful, more Holy-Spirit-filled, more Christ-centred, more blessed, more liberating, more victorious and more anointed message than the message promoted by yourself and by GFI through you, that “I have been crucified with Christ, that I no longer live, but that Christ lives in me and that the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in, and of, the Son of God Who loved me and Who gave Himself for me.”

I have also in over ten years of involvement in Christian Counselling, not come across a more dynamically liberating, more anointed of God, and more successful method of counselling than the precept taught by GFI and by yourself, that the Holy Spirit is “The Counsellor” and not I.

I have had the privilege, the blessing, and the satisfaction of seeing the Holy Spirit, the “Wonderful Counsellor,” set many, many people free and have experienced the great joy of watching many people’s lives being radically and totally changed from the moment that they let go of the “self-life” (that is, letting it go to the cross of Jesus where it belongs) and allowing the indwelling Christ and the blessed Holy Spirit to set them free and usher them into the eternal life of their true identity “in Christ Jesus.”

I have also come to understand that the major problem in strained relationships. and particularly in marriages. is that invariably one of the parties (and sometimes even both) has a desire to change the other party in some or other way (to make them conform to their own expectations), not realising that it is IMPOSSIBLE, TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE for any one person ever, to change any other person. It just simply will not happen because it cannot happen. It is truly impossible. I do not believe that one is even capable of changing one’s own self, even if one had the good sense to try to do so. This is clearly the work of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit alone.

I have seen demonstrated over and over again, that it is ONLY the Holy Spirit Who can effectively change any living person. It is clearly the work of the Holy Spirit, and I have had the privilege and great blessing of seeing a number of people during counselling change almost visibly right in front of my eyes, as and when they suddenly “hear” and give heed to the Holy Spirit within. I have observed facial expressions, people’s entire countenances, change visibly before my eyes as they suddenly “let go” and allow the self-life to take up its rightful place in being baptised (immersed) into Christ’s crucifixion on the cross of Calvary, and thereby (Romans 6:3-8) also being baptised into His resurrection.

Chuck [Solomon], this “exchanged life” message is without any shadow of doubt, the most anointed, most successful, most liberating and most life-changing message that I have ever had the privilege and great blessing of coming across and I honour you and support wholeheartedly your decision to keep this precious God-given and God-anointed message pure and unsullied in GFI…

As for me and my household, we will follow faithfully and steadfastly in the anointed, God-given pattern which you have shown us and we will support you unfailingly and joyfully and gratefully in ever decision you make.

May God continue to bless you, provide for you and care for you, your entire family, GFI, all staff members, every single person involved in any part of your or the GFI ministry and you will always be in our prayers and we, with thankful hearts, praise our wonderful Father God and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for setting us free by and through what we have learned and received from your hand over the years.

With all our love and blessings,
Gordon and Marcy A.

channel at Sermon.net/gfiworld

New Audio Message: The Nature of the Exchange

What do we mean by the term “Exchanged Life”? Although this is considered core knowledge in the GFI conference, the concept of exchange sometimes refers to what happens at the new birth, at other times, the breakthrough of appropriating our identification with Christ by faith.

Since Spirituotherapy focuses on the sanctification aspect, it may be useful to consider our understanding in the context of other viewpoints. John Woodward has presented a lesson titled “The Nature of the Exchange.” This is now available as a free audio message online with PDF notes: http://sermon.net/gfiworld/sermonid/1199786031 . The notes can be opened by clicking on the PDF button there.

channel at Sermon.net/gfiworld

The Key to the Christian Life

We appreciate opportunities GFI has had to minister at First Baptist Atlanta since 1980. Dr. Charles Stanley has a sermon online that gives a good summary of the essential counseling message: “The Key to the Christian Life.” It begins, “No one can live the Christian life in his own strength. Yet so many people try to do just that. They know God has saved them, but in practice, they believe a life that pleases Him is possible only through their efforts. This is how I felt for many years. Finally, God used They Found the Secret—a little book consisting of 20 spiritual biographies—to reveal something I had never realized: The key to the Christian life is to allow Christ to live His life through you. This truth revolutionized my walk with the Lord.” You can access his sermon outline and watch the video also: http://www.intouch.org/you/sermon-outlines/content?topic=the_key_to_the_christian_life_sermon_outline

Tribute to Bob Tobey

Last Sunday, July 29, Bob Tobey went to be with the Lord. Bob was a friend of Chuck Solomon and a Biblical Counselor at the GFI office in Indiana for many years.  One of the men who entered into victory through Bob’s ministry is Don Higgins. Don had traveled to seek help in Indiana during a personal crisis in mid 80’s.  After his breakthrough, Don  began Crossways to Life in Kitchener, Ontario; many people in Canada can trace their discovery of  identification with Christ through Don and ultimately Bob. (Their site is www.Crosswaystolife.org) That’s how God can multiply fruit through people who trust Jesus as Savior, Lord and Life!

Counseling Theory and the Scriptures

A new book has been published that critiques major secular counseling models from a biblical perspective.

“Counseling Theory and the Scriptures compares major counseling theories with the principles in the Scriptures on the belief that a biblical perspective of worth and value is essential for those searching for meaning and purpose. Clearly a chasm exists between psychology and the Scriptures relating to the primary “cause and effect” of the human condition. This book is a tool for individual counselors, students in counseling programs, faculty in Christian education, pastors, church staff and interested laypersons.”

Authors: Rick Surley, M.A. is a Board Certified Clinical Psychotherapist and owner of New Beginnings Christian Counseling Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.  Roger Alliman, M.A. was a founding officer for Rapha and has taught at Colorado Christian University.

This volume also recognizes man as spirit, soul, and body. The text is available at
www.counselingtheoryandthescriptures.com

Workshop endorsements

We have added some comments about the Workshop at the GFI web site / Training page. Remember, the next one is scheduled for August 15-17, 2012 in Pigeon Forge, TN.!

Comments from participants:

[I benefitted most from:]

  • “Videos of examples and reinforcement of basic information and how to present it. Excellent.”
  • “The in-depth discussion of specific topics”
  • “Clarification of the diagrams as well as the practice sessions”
  • “Repetition and practice led to learning quickly and gaining ability to be used”

“The Cross is the Answer to people’s emotional problems.”

“Personal application was helpful and facilitated working with and meeting other participants.”

“Words cannot express that I have learned and experienced.”

“This workshop has been very educational and inspiring. We have been truly blessed by it. It not only demonstrated but also illustrated the total life of Christ. This has been a spiritual adventure and our lives have been changed through this workshop. The Instructors were very knowledgeable and wise in teaching. Thank you very much.”

“I was able to deepen and broaden my understanding of the exchanged life; I learned an effective counseling model that can be used to help others. Outstanding and comprehensive as presented – well organized, interesting, excellent presentations.”

“All the concepts were helpful. Nothing was missing. It could not have been presented any better than it was. Thank you so much for helping me to understand the Exchanged Life and my new identity! I now have the tools to study and practice to be able to tell others how to experience Christ’s life of victory, peace and freedom. I will continue to pray for you your team, and Grace Fellowship International in the ministry God has placed you in.”