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March 19, 2015 

 

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Empowering for Transformation

Conference Highlights 

 

 

Hosted by Intercessors For America

Held at Evergreen United Methodist Church

 Leesburg, Virginia 

 March 6-7, 2015 

  

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Snow-covered roads throughout the northeast the night before didn't stop participants from five different states from attending IFA's two-day conference with featured speakers, Alistair Petrie and Doug Abner.

 

Alistair Petrie of Partnership Ministries shared principles of revival, transformation, and spiritual awakening. His insightful teaching from Scripture illuminated truth in a new way as he shared out of biblical scholarship coupled with prophetic insight into the work and move of the Holy Spirit in our time. He spoke with conviction and clarity about the signs of the times and our need to rightly interpret the headlines from a spiritual perspective. The depth of scriptural teaching and personal application impacted and challenged many, reminding us of the "householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old," referenced in Matthew 13:52. He said his passion is revival. And as he has visited and researched many historical revival sites, he shared significant insights. 

 

Doug Abner of the Appalachian Center for Transformation partnered with Alistair throughout the weekend, sharing the practical application of these truths and principles. His community experienced a supernatural move of God starting in 2004 in Manchester, Kentucky. His down-to-earth experiences, powerful testimonies, and humorous perspective on these processes were refreshing and applicable. Together, he and Alistair inspired and challenged the leaders to look deeper into the workings of the Holy Spirit in our communities and nation and to consider the long-term goals and implications of spiritual awakening and revival.

 

Several comments were shared by conference participants:

 

I thought the conference was great! The balance between building the spiritual framework and presenting the practical outworking was amazing. This was a great encouragement to continue pressing into the heart of God for visitation. (Lyman Eddy)

 

I think the most significant concept I heard about was not going into an area, praying, and leaving. You need to stay and follow through. (Tracey de Blank)

 

Personally I was enriched by the teachings that Alistair Petrie shared; he's a remarkable teacher. Through it, the Lord challenged me, confirmed things, and inspired me. What a treat Mr. Doug Abner was to the overall experience. The contrast between the two speakers was captivating, yet the joint labor was indeed a powerful demonstration of the Kingdom. His personal stories of his experience of transforming revival were deeply stirring and inspiring. Thank you for hosting them and making this possible in our region. I hope there will be future events hosted by IFA. (Brian F. Hume)

 

The primary voice I heard from this weekend was it's time to reengage. From both of our speakers this weekend, I felt called to engage with the Lord for personal and city transformation. (Bobby Alger)

 

I was impacted by the hope that God CAN and WANTS to transform our communities.  Doug's time speaking was inspirational. Knowing that my community's transformation story will not look like someone else's brings freedom to pursue what we see God unfolding for us without having to fit into a prescribed set of actions. It is not a formula. We just need to seek God's presence and repent and seek to right the wrongs we have made against God in our lives and community. (Kris Kubal)

 

We really enjoyed the conference and I have had a great time going over my notes to pull out the "must do" first items...I feel there was ministry going on at many levels simultaneously. (Joan Randell)

 

 

 

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Hear a sample 5-minute audio clip of Alistair teaching at the conference:

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(His subject is city intercession.)

 

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NOW AVAILABLE!

All the sessions recorded at the Empowering for Transformation conference...

 

 

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With Alistair Petrie and Doug Abner

 

This CD set includes all 7 sessions taught at the Empowering for Transformation conference in March 2015. Stories of transformation, biblical foundations, practical tips, and much more.
 
 
 IFA Bookstore: $29.99
 

By Alistair Petrie


This 80 minute DVD teaching challenges, informs, and equips the Body of Christ for coming revival and lasting transformation. This resource comes highly recommended by many on the field.

  
IFA Bookstore: $20.00

 

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Insights and Truths in Pursuing Revival and Transformation

(Alistair Petrie conference notes)

 

Non-negotiables in pursuing Transformation:

 

- An undergirding fear of the Lord

- A biblical worldview

- The ability to properly know and interpret the signs of the times

- A lifestyle of repentance

- A value and priority of healing the land

- The ability to guard, keep, and occupy the land

- The ability to persevere 

 

What attracts God's heart:

(In order of progression, starting personally, then overflowing to the corporate)

1. Humility

2. Holiness

3. Relational unity

4. Integrity

5. Transparency

6. Vertically informed; horizontally accountable

7. Prayer (leading to power encounters)

 

Quotable Quotes:

"If you can't guard, keep and occupy the land, don't ask for it." 

   "You can't declare until you prepare."

 

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http://files.ctctcdn.com/7f8599f5001/2b077750-38e0-4600-b29d-7f273837425b.jpgWhat have intercessors been learning?

 

Here are some key insights gained by those who have been actively praying for their cities in recent months:

 

1. Focus our prayers on declaring God's ultimate purposes rather than focusing on all the problems.

2. Address the underlying roots before addressing the outer symptoms.

3. Pray from a "Presence" reality instead of a warfare mentality (when God's Presence shows up, everything changes).

4. Our spiritual authority in prayer comes more from who we are than the words we say.

5. Our unity is determined by our oneness in pursuit more than our agreement on all the issues.

6. Transformation depends more on the positioning of our hearts than in understanding the principles.

 

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Preparing the way for our communities

 

In a community's pursuit of God's Presence, personal preparation must be the starting point. Before considering any corporate invitation for transforming revival, each community member must consider several key factors in adequately preparing the way of the Lord:

 

 Determine the cost of the call

To pursue God's Presence on a daily basis will require a change of routine and priorities. This is not a short-term plan, but a lifestyle of seeking God's face on a consistent basis. A pruning of what seems good may be needed in order to pursue what is best. Read more ...

Establish a prayer altar

A prayer altar is a sacred time and sacred place where one meets with God.  These should be established as individuals as well as families, congregations, and communities. Unfortunately, there are always distractions. Read more ...

Learn to hear and discern God's voice

A growing relationship with the Holy Spirit is vital in keeping our pursuit fresh and current.  Developing a sensitive spirit to the heart and activities of God will position us to quickly respond and become partners in transforming revival.  Read more ...

Pursue freedom from spiritual roadblocks

In order for the fullness of God's presence to fill us, ungodly beliefs and mindsets, wounds and hurts and strongholds of the past must be removed. As we humble ourselves before the Lord, we give Him permission to search our hearts for anything that would hinder His coming. Read more ...

 

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This 5-minute word was given just 2 weeks prior to our conference:

 

Audio Clip of Bob Hazlett's prophetic word for intercessors:    

  

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Recorded at Firestorm Conference, February 18-21, LIFE Center, Harrisburg, PA

Firestorm Conference Media

 

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Intercessors for America is here to help you...

 

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Are you seeing the fruit of effective intercession in your community? 

Do you or others you pray with need some tools, encouragement, or resources to keep the fire burning on the altar of intercession? 

 

We want to help equip leaders and intercessors in strategic and effective prayer through books, DVDs, instructional materials, and on-site training. We would love to hear from you about your congregational or community prayer ministries. Are you seeing answers? Sometimes our answers lie not in praying more, but in praying right.

 

What's happening in your community and how we can serve you?

What are the pressing issues you are facing in prayer? 

Send us an email so we can connect...

 

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Wanda Alger

IFA Regional Director of Mobilization

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and Mobilization

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Empowering for Transformation Conference Highlights
Snow-covered roads throughout the northeast the night before didn't stop participants from five different states from attending IFA's two-day conference with featured speakers, Alistair Petrie and Doug Abner.
  
Hosted by Intercessors for America and held at Evergreen United Methodist Church in Leesburg, Virginia on March 6 and 7, 2015, Alistair Petrie of Partnership Ministries shared principles of revival, transformation, and spiritual awakening. His insightful teaching from Scripture illuminated truth in a new way as he shared out of biblical scholarship coupled with prophetic insight into the work and move of the Holy Spirit in our time. He spoke with conviction and clarity about the signs of the times and our need to rightly interpret the headlines from a spiritual perspective. The depth of scriptural teaching and personal application impacted and challenged many, reminding us of the "householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old," referenced in Matthew 13:52. He said his passion is revival. And as he has visited and researched many historical revival sites, he shared significant insights. 
 
Doug Abner of the Appalachian Center for Transformation partnered with Alistair throughout the weekend, sharing the practical application of these truths and principles. His community experienced a supernatural move of God starting in 2004 in Manchester, Kentucky. His down-to-earth experiences, powerful testimonies, and humorous perspective on these processes were refreshing and applicable. Together, he and Alistair inspired and challenged the leaders to look deeper into the workings of the Holy Spirit in our communities and nation and to consider the long-term goals and implications of spiritual awakening and revival.
 
Several comments were shared by conference participants:
 

I thought the conference was great! The balance between building the spiritual framework and presenting the practical outworking was amazing. This was a great encouragement to continue pressing into the heart of God for visitation. (Lyman Eddy)

 

I think the most significant concept I heard about was not going into an area, praying, and leaving. You need to stay and follow through. (Tracey de Blank)

 

Personally I was enriched by the teachings that Alistair Petrie shared; he's a remarkable teacher. Through it, the Lord challenged me, confirmed things, and inspired me. What a treat Mr. Doug Abner was to the overall experience. The contrast between the two speakers was captivating, yet the joint labor was indeed a powerful demonstration of the Kingdom. His personal stories of his experience of transforming revival were deeply stirring and inspiring. Thank you for hosting them and making this possible in our region. I hope there will be future events hosted by IFA. (Brian F. Hume)

 

The primary voice I heard from this weekend was it's time to reengage. From both of our speakers this weekend, I felt called to engage with the Lord for personal and city transformation. (Bobby Alger)

 

I was impacted by the hope that God CAN and WANTS to transform our communities.  Doug's time speaking was inspirational. Knowing that my community's transformation story will not look like someone else's brings freedom to pursue what we see God unfolding for us without having to fit into a prescribed set of actions. It is not a formula. We just need to seek God's presence and repent and seek to right the wrongs we have made against God in our lives and community. (Kris Kubal)

 

We really enjoyed the conference and I have had a great time going over my notes to pull out the "must do" first items...I feel there was ministry going on at many levels simultaneously. (Joan Randell)

  

 

Want to hear these messages? You can!

Audio CDs of the entire conference are now available from the IFA Bookstore.

 

 

Hear a sample 5-minute audio clip of Alistair teaching at the conference:
 
(His subject is city intercession.)
 

 

Insights and Truths in Pursuing Revival and Transformation

(Alistair Petrie conference notes)
 
Non-negotiables in pursuing Transformation:

- An undergirding fear of the Lord

- A biblical worldview

- The ability to properly know and interpret the signs of the times

- A lifestyle of repentance

- A value and priority of healing the land

- The ability to guard, keep, and occupy the land

- The ability to persevere 

 

What attracts God's heart:

(In order of progression, starting personally, then overflowing to the corporate)

1. Humility

2. Holiness

3. Relational unity

4. Integrity

5. Transparency

6. Vertically informed; horizontally accountable

7. Prayer (leading to power encounters)

 

Quotable Quotes:

"If you can't guard, keep and occupy the land, don't ask for it." 

   "You can't declare until you prepare."

 

 

What have intercessors been learning?

 

Here are some key insights gained by those who have been actively praying for their cities in recent months:

 
1. Focus our prayers on declaring God's ultimate purposes rather than focusing on all the problems.
2. Address the underlying roots before addressing the outer symptoms.
3. Pray from a "Presence" reality instead of a warfare mentality (when God's Presence shows up, everything changes).
4. Our spiritual authority in prayer comes more from who we are than the words we say.
5. Our unity is determined by our oneness in pursuit more than our agreement on all the issues.
6. Transformation depends more on the positioning of our hearts than in understanding the principles.

 

 

Intercessors for America is here to help you

 

Are you seeing the fruit of effective intercession in your community? 

Do you or others you pray with need some tools, encouragement, or resources to keep the fire burning on the altar of intercession? 

 

We want to help equip leaders and intercessors in strategic and effective prayer through books, DVDs, instructional materials, and on-site training. We would love to hear from you about your congregational or community prayer ministries. Are you seeing answers? Sometimes our answers lie not in praying more, but in praying right.

 

What's happening in your community and how we can serve you?

What are the pressing issues you are facing in prayer? 

Send us an email so we can connect...

 

 


 
 

Wanda Alger

IFA Regional Director of Mobilization

wandaalger@ifapray.org  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth LaRock

 IFA National Coordinator of Communications 

and Mobilization

bethlarock@ifapray.org 

 

 

*These articles are taken from the monthly Mobilizer which includes additional articles, links, video clips and other resources on transforming revival.

 

To receive the full version of the monthly Mobilizer automatically to your email, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

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Russia was pointedly disinvited from a gathering ... of the exclusive Group of Seven nations, but it was clear that the international big chill imposed on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine is starting to thaw President Obama and other leaders meeting here offered an olive branch to Russian President Vladimir Putin, inviting him to begin to resolve the seven-month Ukrainian crisis and rebuild trust with the West after an
estrangement that invited comparisons to the Cold War.

... A joint statement from the G-7 condemned what it called Russia’s illegal annexation and “unacceptable interference” in other areas of Ukraine and said the body will refuse to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia.

“We stand ready to intensify targeted sanctions and to implement significant additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia should events so require,” the statement said. U.S. officials later said certain provocative actions such as Russian troops crossing the border into Ukraine would trigger more punitive measures. But they would not define exactly what Putin would have to do, nor would they set an exact deadline.

“Clearly sectoral sanctions are on the table,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. “If we see the status quo continuing, we are going to move.”

Obama and Cameron acknowledged that there are differences of opinion among the 28 European Union nations and that rallying them all to favor stricter sanctions would be difficult.
 
(Excerpted from the WASHINGTON POST)

We encourage intercessors to meditate on the Isaiah passage below. While it reads like poetry, the words are prophetic, inspired by God’s Spirit and given by revelation. As we pray into world affairs, let us remember that there is only one nation on earth that is bound to the Lord God by His specific covenant, and that is Israel (not the G7, including our own U.S.). The people of all nations, however, are precious to God, who loves them in Christ, and — through Christ — is not willing that any should perish.

“Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.” (Isaiah 40:13 -15)

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