June 2007: The Gift Goes On

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Hot Spot - Kona, Hawaii in February 2008! See bottom of page.

1. Matters that Matter - The Gift Goes On

2. Profound & Pithy - Out of the Mouths . . .

3. Feedback - Opening the Mailbag

4. Donna's Corner - Family

5. Rhyme Time Contest

6. Renewal Gatherings - Back to Hawaii!


1. Matters that Matter - The Gift Goes On

We tend to practice the 'a little dab'll do ya' method of anointing these days - a drop of oil dabbed delicately on someone's forehead along with a prayer for healing. Nothing wrong with that.

A few years ago I was at a large Gathering and after the meeting ended one night, a Canadian First Nations lady named Freda was asked to anoint and pray for several of the leaders. The prayers were not so much for healing as for an anointing to minister amongst her people. To my utter amazement she took a one-liter bottle of cooking oil, half-filled a few plastic cups and proceeded to dump their entire contents over the heads of all of those she prayed for. It was a mess - oil running down all over their hair and faces and clothes. Reminded me of Aaron's oil in Psalm 133.

A side effect from this came as the host of a national Christian TV interview show was mopping up the oil from his head and neck and jacket. Suddenly he remembered that a very famous First Nations Member of Parliament lay gravely ill 3000 miles away in the capital city of Ottawa. He gave his oil-soaked handkerchief to Lynda Prince, a First Nations Grand Chief (YWAM Associate, L.A. DTS, early 80s), and asked her to take it and anoint the politician. She did and God healed him.

Oil was the physical symbol of God's anointing. Moses anointed Aaron and his sons with oil for service; Samuel anointed young David with a horn of oil - he was called to be king. In the New Testament, the disciples (Mk 6:13) and we today (James 5:14), use oil to anoint for healing. With or without oil, each of us should be anointed by the Holy Spirit - called for service as we abide in Him (1 John 2:18-29). But there's a problem. We can still operate with the gifting and anointing of God - even when we've ceased to abide in Him. The gift goes on. It's a gift that keeps on giving.

Someone confessed to me once, many years ago, that as the pastor of a church, he could preach passionately anointed messages - often accompanied by salvations and healings - on Sunday mornings and evenings; and then, late at night he would sneak out and go to an adult movie theater. How could this be?

We've all seen Christian icons - who truly carried great anointing – topple and be exposed in their hidden sin. There's always an immediate and enormous fallout that hurts and affects all believers (imagine how it hurts Jesus).

We sink a little lower in shame and perhaps think, there but for the grace of God, go I. Maybe we ponder what it would be like to be a celebrity, gifted and anointed to preach or teach or lead worship and be able to sway people; and to enjoy all the perks of fame and adulation. How is it that some are able to maintain the anointing (from God), while secretly practicing things not of God?

The gifts and callings of God, like some airline tickets, are non-refundable and non-cancellable. They're gifts that keep on giving. The gift goes on.

"For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call." (Romans 11:29 Amplified Bible)

That's scary. Ponder this. You or I could continue indefinitely and outwardly as seemingly pure vessels of God yet be inwardly messed up. Makes you think. The gift goes on but the price is steep. It's true that those who are in authority, those who preach and teach should receive double honor. (1 Tim 5:17) But teachers especially, incur a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

True anointing comes out of intimacy with Jesus. "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord,' did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' (Matt 7:22-23) There was no intimacy.

The anointing is really the manifest presence of God; He should be present at all times. But He doesn't care much to visit adult theaters and the like.

The gift goes on.

Peter


2. Profound & Pithy - Out of the Mouths . . .

Great truths that children have learned

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
8) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
9) The best place to be when you're sad is on Grandma or Grandpa's lap.


3. Feedback - It's Your Turn: from May eTouch

Alison Dyck, from Canada wrote: "I work in abstinence education for a crisis pregnancy centre . . . I wonder how many others have felt led into this awesome ministry." To which Christa Jones, also from Canada (DTS Perth 2004), replies: I volunteer for a crisis pregnancy organization, counselling young girls and helping to educate them about the dangers and negative results of abortion, and I was blessed to read her note. I just wanted to let her know the Lord has led me there too! Thank you 'eTouch' for your love, commitment and blessings! You are so valuable to me!
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Cannot agree with you more regarding (not) relying on prophets and apostles instead of seeking God for ourselves. Seems to be the trend these days . . .
This was a timely word, warning and encouragement for me.

Nina Hickman,
Germany
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I loved the May eTouch and I wanted to tell you that it reached me at the Higher Grounds cafe in Kansas City IHOP! Vicky Gero, CA
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Thanks, once again, for the May eTouch.  I have gotten so much from your writings and am always encouraged and challenged to look at life from another's perspective when I read your articles.

Debbie Adams, CA
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Inheritances . . .
It's easy to say, "I'll give everything away," if you really have little to give. I own close to a million dollars in real estate, and I am not sure what to do. I need some practical advice, not abstract parables designed to give us a glimpse of God's kingdom, with no instruction in giving or inheritances . . . I don't trust ministries.

Name withheld
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. . . a perfect passing is almost exactly how my Mother went last summer. We had such an amazing time of celebrating her life together as siblings. It was a truly joyful time for all of us without stress. She left with all her affairs in order and almost all business taken care of and without conflict over a lot of material belongings. I have heard of so many that go the other way!

Libby Goehner, WA


4. Donna's Corner - Family

The FAMILY must walk together or we will never survive. Family is bigger than a system. Family is mothers and brothers and sisters who have hearts to do the Father
s will. (Mark 3:35) It takes the family to restore what the enemy has stolen. It takes love, forgiveness and listening to our Father; the whole family listening to each other with their hearts. If we don t know how to live as a family we’ll get shattered and scattered, because of lack of trust, integrity, accountability and 'heart-to-heart.'

The family is being restored! There is something about to change in the nations. Changing a nation comes from people walking with God and 'living His Kingdom.' We have been walking with our friend David Demian in much of our journey, and he has been saying that this restoration of family will happen.

We are seeing it! These past two weeks we have met with 'sons' who have been in the deepest pits yet are being completely restored. They have had Revelation of God
s Redemption, and the shame has been removed. The hearts of the fathers are being turned to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. (Malachi 4:6) Their hearts have first returned to their heavenly Father and now to the family. There is such Rejoicing, because now they can take their proper place.

During our inTouch Renewal Gatherings - safe places in His presence – people are being restored and given hope. They are receiving revelation from the Father. 'Family-ness' is being rediscovered.

I was just with Dean Sherman last week, and as you may know he fractured his leg badly a couple of months ago. His 'family' has responded with such love, it has been overwhelming for him. Cards, gifts and words of encouragement have poured in. He asked me, "Why is this?" I responded, because you are a father in the mission and we honor, respect and love you. Affirmation is spiritual warfare.

Let's walk and live as a functional family, listening to our heavenly Father. Even though we may not understand everything with our minds, He is changing hearts and renewing our minds. And He's bringing back true FAMILY.

Love & Blessings,

Donna

5. Rhyme Time Gyme (as the Aussies sygh)

America had a unique form of advertising back in the mid-20th century - catchy and funny. They were sequenced Burma Shave roadside cards that rhymed. Not only promoting shaving cream, they also took on road safety.
Here's a few of them:

Within this vale
Of toil
And sin
Your head grows bald
But not your chin
Burma-Shave

Dinah doesn't
Treat him right
But if
He'd shave
Dinah-mite!
Burma-Shave

Altho insured
Remember, kiddo
They don't pay you
They pay
Your widow
Burma-Shave

Violets are blue
Roses are pink
On graves
Of those
Who drive and drink
Burma-Shave

Her chariot
Raced at 80 per
They hauled away
What had
Ben Her
Burma-Shave

Now here's the deal . . . study those five-line rhymes and compose one (or more) of your own, taken from your experience in or out of YWAM with the last line being 'YWAM-Touched.' You wouldn't believe the prizes that we are offering, so we won't list them. Here's a sample to get you going:

To DTS
I said I'd go
For five short
Months... boy
Did I grow!
YWAM-Touched

That half a year
Went far
Too quick
And now I'm home
But still homesick
YWAM-Touched

6. Renewal Gatherings for 2007 & Kona 2008

July 8-14, Restenäs, Sweden - Speakers, Andreas & Angela Frész.
Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones

July 15-21, Grimerud, Norway - Speaker, Alejandro Rodriguez, Director, YWAM
Argentina. With Lidvard & Ingalill Andreassen and Peter & Donna Jordan.

July 28-Aug 4, Jura Mountains, Switzerland - Speakers Andreas & Angela
Frész.
Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones

Aug 11-18, Near Paris, France - Speaker, Donna Jordan - "Listening to God"
Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones

For the above four European Camps contact Roy Jones, European Coordinator at
info@intouchcamps.com or go to www.intouchcamps.com for more details.

Sept 6-8, Singapore - Speaker David Demian. With Peter & Donna Jordan
Contact: Lin at
singaporeintouch@yahoo.com.sg

. . . looking way ahead, we're going back to Hawaii in 2008! Book your flight early!

Feb 24 - Mar 1, Kona - Speakers Dan Sneed & David Demian
If you register early, you'll be able to stay in the Go Center - first come first served.
Contact: Laurie Jordan-Worrall:
laurie@ywamassociates.com

Till next time, be blessed (don't forget to send us email addresses of your friends - do it now!). Here's a final word . . . He who angers you, controls you.

Peter