We're joining with Psalm 84 and The East Bay Prayer Furnace to celebrate the birth of our King Jesus!
6:00-7:30 pm Note the short length of the service. Arrive on time or you may miss much of it!!
Children or all ages are welcomed and encouraged to stay with us during the entire service. There will be lots of singing of Chirstmas Carols as well as the Candle Lighting near the end of the service. Even the few messages by each of the lead pastor couples will be powerful but brief.
Year after year, this special Christmas service has been a rich family time together, so please come if you can and be part of theBF Family Christmas!
We love you all so much!
Brent & Suzanne
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Early one evening on my way to a meeting, I was driving in San Pablo on I-80. I hit unexpected traffic, so I began to pray. I asked the Lord to release His angels to clear up any wreck, to bring healing to any people who needed healing, and to clear up cars that needed to get off the road. When I was done praying the Lord asked me “How fast would you like to go?” So I said, “I’d like to go 70 mph within two minutes.” To my amazement, it was as if the Lord had placed a flashing emergency light on the roof of my car. The sea of cars in front of me began to split to my left and to my right. As I was in one of the middle lanes, I was able to drive past everyone and I made it to my meeting on time!
We find in Acts 12:7-10 that an angel showed up while Peter was in jail. The angel kind of bumps him and tells him to get up and put on his clothes. Keep in mind Peter was sleeping right in the middle of two guards. Nevertheless, the angel walks him right out of the prison. Peter even thinks it was a dream until he comes out of it and realizes he’s outside the prison.
In Matthew 2:13 an angel came to Joseph in a dream. The angel warned Joseph that he and Mary should leave Bethlehem and go to Egypt to keep Jesus safe from Herod. I believe in this hour and in this Christmas season the Lord wants to show Himself in unusual ways. This is not only to bring breakthrough in our lives, but to show us Himself in a different way, so that we would grow in intimacy and grow in knowing Him in a fresh way.
As we keep our eyes fixed on Him, let us remember that God is a lot bigger than we think. Let us ask the Lord, as I did that evening on the road, to move on our behalf in ways in which we are not accustomed. This is so we can fulfill what God has called us to fulfill and to walk with Him.
Shandy Pekkonen Shandy Pekkonen Ministries
If you'd like to hear about the reality of God's supernatural Kingdom with several other stories of angelic stories from Shandy's life, along with prayers to receive more spiritual vision in order to bring transformation wherever God has you, listen to Shandy's message from this past Saturday at Blazing Fire:
As the new year is approaching, I have been feeling Papa tugging on my heart so strongly to remind His bride that they are suffienct, as well as significant! That’s right He wants to remind us that we are not only enough, but more than enough! Feelings of inadequacy is the same trap the enemy has used since the beginning. The enemy's goal is to cause God’s children to partner with unbelief. In Genesis 3:1-3, we read with sadden hearts the day Eve doubted the goodness of her Creator. It was the day her doubt caused her to turn from God to something else to feel complete. She looked outside of what she knew to be true and bit into the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now that which was confined to a tree would become a seed inside of her womb, giving birth to something she never had to contend with before because she had no knowledge of it – evil. This was the beginning of mankind’s identity crisis.
Eve no longer saw herself through the father eyes, but through the lenses of deception. She would live out a life that was birthed from a lie. How tragic is that! Yet, the enemy is still cunning, and we might not realize that if too can fall into the same trap.
When we believe that we lack something it causes us to look away from God and look to something or someone else to feel complete. It causes us to chase after in order to obtain that which we feel we lack. Feelings of inadequacy causes us to distrust what God said about us in His word or believe the lie that it only applies to the more worthy men and women of God. We can fall into the trap of not feeling anointed enough, powerful enough, gifted enough, prophetic enough, and the list can go on. When this happens, we can start to chase after the anointing or people we feel are more anointed than us forgetting that the Anointed One lives within each of us. If we are not mindful, we can find ourselves chasing after miracles, signs, and wonders to prove that we are significant in the Kingdom of God. If we are not careful, we find ourselves constantly trying to silence the lie or fill the void. This is exhausting because nothing will ever satisfy you but God, Himself.
I hear God saying,“Take your running shoes off and put your dancing shoes on.” Remember, His word states thatmiracles, signs, and wonders will follow you if you believe.All these supernatural promises are a part of our everyday life because the great I AM lives inside of each of us. It is our norm but that does not take away from how Extraordinary our life in Him is. Things are always happening as we learn to move as one with Papa in the rhythm of His grace. Whether you are prophesying from the pulpit or healing depression with your smile, you are dancing with God! Keep your eyes fixed on the Lover of your soul. Don’t fall in the trap of wanting the power of God instead of a relationship with God! He chose you to represent Him in the earth realm and the moment you shrink back a part of Him is not being revealed. You lack nothing because the God who is the creator of everything lives in you! You have full access to Him and everything you need to fulfill your purpose through His Holy Spirit.
If there are areas in your life where you're feeling inadequate or you're still questioning His goodness in regards to how He created you, take some time and invite Him into those parched places so that His living waters can help you perceive the truth of how fearfully and wonderfully He made you. He will answer you and show you. If you want more of Him, look to Him and you will find Him!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares theLord, plans for welfareand not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.I will be found by you, declares theLord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares theLord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
This past Saturday at Blazing Fire, I asked my good friend, Dennis, to share stories from his life (and that of his wife) who both walk in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis like we read in the book of Acts. Oh, the stories he told! Deeply inspiring and challenging because each of us has the very same Holy Spirit with us. I asked Dennis to write this week's article, but you can listen to the stories here:
When Kathy and I first got saved we didn’t know anything about the bible or real Christianity for that matter. As we read the Bible we were stunned to come upon the Book of Acts. We had no idea that there was a roadmap included in the word of God. The “this is what it looks like” part amazed and thrilled us as we read the amazing stories. We reasoned that a movement that empowered people with the ability to proclaim the message of the Gospel with signs and wonders could not just vanish from the earth. Surely there must be a remnant, and so our search began.
Within a short couple of years many of the miraculous stories had became part of our lives as well. We soon realized that we were called into this fellowship of His Disciples. Many people went all in at that time as well; this has been referred to as the Jesus Movement. There was no price we wouldn’t pay to live this life. Give all our passions to the poor? A bargain! Answer His call to spread the word? With pleasure! Deny yourself and take up your cross? Where do we sign up?!
The miraculous was a daily occurrence—what a time to be alive! We were all very young and with few fathers to guide us. I was blessed to have some mentors come into my life at various times. I thought I had it all together. Then I met Corrie ten Boom.......she changed me forever. Her sense of God’s presence was unlike anything I’d ever seen. When we would talk, she would talk with me and Jesus in the same conversation. Every conversation—and I meanevery—was the three of us: Me, Corrie and, of course, Jesus Himself in person taking part in our discourse. I had never been around someone like that.
What I learned and willed to practice in my life:
Father God loves me and nothing can change or diminish that, not even my own beliefs, feelings or actions. (Rom 8:38-39)
Holy Spirit is given to help me, instruct me, comfort me, lead me, talk to me and much more. (Jn 16:7 and Heb 13:5)
Our word for believe is a very poor translation of what it means to be a “believer”. We just don’t have a word for the Greek or Hebrew concept. The original thought for believing in Jesus and following Him actually goes something like this:Clinging to our Father, His Son and our Wonderful Holy Spirit like a nursing infant and mom, like two best friends together in warfare and like a Son of Adam with his God.
Faith is like manna, we don’t store it, we must give it away everyday and we don’t get more until we use up what we’ve got today. Pray for everyone and about everything! (1 Thess 5:17-18)
Vain repetitive prayer insults God’s character. He doesn’t need to be convinced to help us. He’s for us! (Matt 6:7 and Rom 8:31)
Ask anything and everything in Jesus Name. (Jn: 14, 15 & 16, Col 3:17 and 1 Jn: 5)
Wearethe next chapter of the Book of Acts if we’re willing to step out of the boat, take some risk and do what Holy Spirit asks us to do!
“There is water in our lives waiting to be walked on”Bill Johnson.
Our times together with the Lord on Saturday nights continue to increase with the sweetness of His presence! As we lingered together this past week, giving Holy Spirit space to interact, these two prophetic words in the form of an invitation from God came forth. You can listen to the entire message from that night (by Brent & Suzanne Lokker) or jump straight to hear these words spoken at the 1:22:20 mark:
The Lord was taking each petal from red roses and he was laying them on the ground in a romantic way. And the fragrance of those roses was rising up and he was saying,
“Come with me my beloved. Come with me and follow me—follow the rose petals and I will take you to places that you couldn’t have ever, ever thought of or dreamed of where the unexpected will become the expected, the impossible will become possible.
Come. Come with me. Enter my heart. Walk with me on this path, my beloved. Smell the incredible fragrance because that’s what you smell like to me. You are beautiful fragrances to me. And no matter what’s in your past. No matter the shame that you carry, the guilt that you carry—that doesn’t matter! I don’t want you to take these disappointments with you! I want you to leave it with me and to come forward with me. Because this is how valuable you are to me! Every single one of you! You are my beloved! I so cherish you. Come. Come into my arms. Come into my heart right now!
And all you will feel is peace and love and security. You don’t have to worry about anything anymore because I have taken care of all of it. It is all taken care of.
We thank you, Jesus! Thank you that your presence is very strong here and it’s going to follow each person as they leave here. I pray a multiplication—even more, Holy Spirit, as they leave here. You’re going to surprise people this week, God. There’s going to be unexpected goodness coming along because of your love!
Bill Hernandez's word:
The Lord wanted me to pray for you about speaking to past time. Time has passed already—the stuff that happened in the past—that’s passed time. The Lord wants you to live today—in the moment—in today’s day. Not tomorrow, but today. In this new day.
So Father, in Your name I break off the power of things that have happened in the past. Past—go to the past. Present—come forward. I bless your present time. I bless your present day. I bless the new day for each of you right now in Jesus’ name, to live in the present and in the Presence.
Father, I ask that you would give each one the continued grace to release past time and past issues, to let them go. Give each one the ability, wisdom and discernment more and more in how to live in today’s blessing—in today’s life—as well as to see You where You are today, Jesus, right now, in front of us. Thank you, Jesus!
We’ve been moving slowly and steadily through the book of Acts over the past 9 months because the Lord instructed the Blazing Fire elders to do so as we were seeking Him together last January. We’ve been longing for more of His sweet presence and also longing for more of the powerful encounters many of us have experienced through the years. However, our longing is not just to experience what we did before, but to experience even greater encounters with God!
That longing to know and experience God more is something He has put into the heart, not only of every believer, but of every person who exists in every nation of the world!
From one man, Adam, he made every man and woman and every race of humanity, and he spread us over all the earth. He sets the boundaries of people and nations, determining their appointed times in history. He has done this so that every person would long for God, feel their way to him, and find him—for he is the God who is easy to discover! (Acts 17:26-27)
The supernatural encounters aren’t just for the sake of experiencing the wonder and awe of God, but for the sake of drawing people who are searching and hungering for God to know He is real and that He cares about them as His children.
God will go to any lengths to draw in His children everywhere. Obviously, the greatest length was the sacrificial death of Jesus for the sins of the entire world. But it doesn’t end there. God has also chosen to place His very Spirit—His Holy Spirit—right inside of us so we would join with Him in releasing His supernatural glory and power through miracles, signs and wonders—always with His heart of extravagant love.
Last Saturday, I showed a powerful video of a new friend I made a week ago at a conference, Caleb Byerly. God gave Caleb a dream in the night about a people group in the Philippines that no one knew existed. In that dream, God gave Caleb detailed instructions about a musical instrument that no one outside of this tribe had ever seen or heard. This is a miraculous, supernatural story about how one person said yes to God and went on one of the wildest adventures you could imagine because of God’s desire to answer the heart cries of a tribe of people who were longing for Him. This story made me weep because of the kindness of God to go to any length to reach His children. Without giving away the astounding details, if you have 30 minutes to watch a video, this story will blow your mind!
Tonight at Blazing Fire, we will continue to experience God together (worship starts at 6 pm at 7485 Village Parkway, Dublin) and we are going to lean into our heavenly Father's heart even more in agreement with His supernatural ways for us to partner with Him in reaching out to the ones He loves so much—All of His children that we encounter every day of our lives!
Now, there was a follower of Jesus who lived in Joppa. Her Aramaic name, Tabitha, means “gazelle.” She lived her life doing kind things for others and serving the poor.
But then she became very ill and died. After the disciples prepared her body for burial, they laid her in an upstairs room.
When the believers heard that Peter was nearby in Lydda, they sent two men with an urgent message for him to come without delay.
So Peter went with them back to Joppa, and upon arriving they led him to the upper room. There were many widows standing next to Peter, weeping. One after another showed him the tunics and other garments that Tabitha had made to bless others.
Peter made them all leave the room. Then he knelt down and prayed. Turning to the dead body, he said, “Tabitha, rise up!”
At once she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.
He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers and all the widows to come and see that she was alive!
The news spread all over the city of Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
We've been on a great journey through Acts this year. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey! This last Saturday night we dove into the story of Peter raising up this faithful woman, Tabitha, from the dead. Notice the confidence in which Peter simply tells her body to rise up. Through his relationship with Jesus, Peter confidently tells her to come back to life, as though it was a matter of fact that she would. Is it possible that God is waiting for us, His kids, to have confidence in Him and His word like this? YES! We pray, "Your kingdom come and Your will be done here just like it's done in Heaven.", but it's so often still hard for us to truly believe that we can, "lay hands on the sick and they will recover."
As time ticks on in this planet, there are millions of needs for what we call the miraculous. God is willing. In fact, it's not "the miraculous" in His world at all. It's simply Him breathing, being Who He is and living where He does. We get to have deep relationship with the most powerful entity that exists, because He desires it with us. As His friends, as His kids, we not only have access to His world, but we carry it in us. He even promises us, in Romans 8:11, that the very same power that raised Jesus, Himself, from the dead is inside of us right now. Let's get confident about this! God and His reality has never changed and He still lets us do what we call the miraculous.
This truth is more common knowledge and action in third world countries today. We have a harder time seeing it or believing it largely because we are just so comfortable here in the US. But when there's a constant need to see God break through, the people will just assume He will, and He does! We really need to allow ourselves to be hungry for God and His world more. Try meditating on things like Psalm 84, "How lovely are Your dwelling places. My soul LONGS for Your that world in me!"
Saturday I shared a few personal testimonies about miracles happening in my own family. You can listen to that here:
Peter was a special guy, but so are you! (I mean, unless you're a girl...then you're a special girl) You have God's love, His power, His heart, His kingdom inside of you, right now, just waiting to be released into situations. What a thing to praise God for! Let's go out and bring the miraculous as history is still being written today!