Eccentric - First meant "not concentric" as it referred to an orbit in which the earth was not precisely in the center or straying from a circular path; the area where two circles overlap is the eccentric.
It was Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus that demonstrated that the sun, not the earth, is the center of the solar system. That scientific discovery caused what history records as the Copernican Revolution. It shook the foundation of astronomy and science. These two men called for a radical rethinking of the way the cosmos was envisioned. We have come to accept as a fact of every day life that the sun is the center of our solar system. Galileo was condemned as a heretic and excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. My question is was he right or was the misguided theology of his day correct? Astronomy is not my field of expertise, however, I am certain that the many discoveries made since would not have been possible had we kept the earth as center in scientific calculations.
There is a revolution going on in the world now. Strange as it may seem, we are discovering Jesus alone is the center. Those who proclaim this are finding themselves off center with accepted teachings. In fact they are eccentric, which is simply off center with accepted thinking on how to manage, direct, and control life. When we understand we are in Him and He is in us we are centered in Him and it can only be described as freedom. Living from the center frees us from the tyranny of peer pressure. He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
Living from the center frees us in so many ways. We can speak and act from greater strength, and we can extent healing and forgiveness rather than hold grudges. We can be still and know that He is God. Living with Jesus as my center has taught me that even failure has no power to control success. Living with Jesus as the center, we can be gracious and compassionate with others and with ourselves.
I have been admonishing you for an extended period of time that the world will experience the greatest manifestation of Jesus ever known to man. This isn’t something that’s going to happen; it’s in progress as I type these words. Jesus is being revealed.
As we begin a new year everyone seems to look for a new word to set their spiritual compass. This is a good thing, but remember God doesn’t change when we hang the new calendar.
As I asked Jesus in faith to speak to me He said the following.
Your mandate has not changed. Teach my Oneness with the Father as found in John 14:20. At that time, when that day comes, you will know for yourself that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I am in you. No separation between you and the Godhead is a Biblical fact.
John 17:21 “That they all may be one just as You Father are in Me and I in You that they also may be one in us, so that the world may believe, be convinced that you have sent Me.”
The greatest manifestation of Jesus the world has ever known is breaking forth at this moment!
Jesus is the center of the Church; He alone is our message. He saves, He heals, He baptizes with the Holy Ghost, He is the resurrection, He is our life, and He is coming again. We spend eternity with Him. He has conquered Satan absolutely and soon will destroy the last enemy, death itself. 1 Corinthians 15:26
In the NT Jesus upstages everyone else. He is the Good News. Jesus is the Gospel. The four evangelists focus on no other personality but Him. All the people you can find in the NT form the backdrop to Jesus. When the final curtain falls, He alone will be seen. He will upstage all the kings, presidents, popes, and all the famous people who have ever lived. Every person will be appraised, evaluated, and measured solely in terms of their relationship with Him.
Living from the center effects a profound transformation within. Jesus alone is truth. His life is ours and He is manifest through us to this world. The greatest manifestation of Jesus the world has ever seen is and will be Christ in you.
2016 is the year to be, rather than to appear to be. After a long period of accepting appearances for reality, a Christian forgets what truth even looks like.
We are eccentric. Our lives have overlapped with Jesus!
-Pastor Bill Annis, President, FCF Canada
December is well underway and I am writing my last blog for 2015. As I reflect on the year I can only say God has been good to us. What an amazing year it has been!
As I traveled across Canada and around the world, I have truly been convinced that "the greatest revelation of Jesus" the world has ever seen is underway.
Duska and I are thankful for so many things. We are thankful to you, our FCF family, friends and partners.
William Arthur Ward penned the following:
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.”
I believe from experience that true thankfulness unlocks abundance.
Thank you for your financial and prayer support. Thank you for opening your Churches to us. Thank you for making our regional and National conference such a success.
On behalf of our missionaries a big thank you.
I encourage you to get your renewal forms and fees sent in. Please do it now rather than Terry having to remind you several times. If you renew in a timely fashion, then the staff can do other things and not have to repeat what has been done.
Please pray about your financial support. Don’t assume God wants you partnering at the same level as last year. Ask Him what He wants you to do.
I close with the following quote:
“It's not that God has a mission for His Church in the world, but that God has a Church for His mission in the world"- Chris Wright
Acts 4:23 (KJV)
“And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.”
I have read this verse many times and have always been captured by the indirect message contained here.
Great emphasis is placed on being connected to the Body of Christ and recognizing His Church in its totality. I am the first to agree on the necessity of this and rejoice in the progress that has been achieved.
Having said this, however, I believe there is something we tend to miss, namely our uniqueness, and it's not to be taken lightly. Each functioning part of the Body of Christ has a purpose; to forget that is to cease to function by God’s design.
The long list of Christian groups and various denominations aren’t the expression of their founder’s desire to form something of which they could be the head. Sometimes we are made to think in that manner, but it just isn’t so.
I contend it has something to do with company. It’s an expression of a truth or a revelation, or maybe a neglected segment of mankind. It’s something God Himself wants to reveal to the world or do for the people He loves.
It reflects the progression of truth, line upon line, precept upon precept. If you carefully examine the multiplicity of Christian ministries this will become evident. My Pastor taught me if a new revelation destroys a previous truth, it’s a heresy.
We are all in the same body, but we aren’t all in the same company. We are all part of the human race, but not all in the same family. God has placed us in the body as it has pleased Him. This placement includes the Christian group we are a part of, it’s our company. It’s not just a place to get ordination so we can function with proper recognition with our government.
It’s the place where we are connected, the place where what God has called us to do is understood. It’s the place we can go and tell our story and receive strength to continue.
In the verse we are examining, Peter and John had just been seriously threatened for preaching and healing the lame man in the name of Jesus. They had some second thoughts about proceeding so what did they do? They went to their own company and told their story. There among those who understood their mission and message, they were strengthened and received great Grace, wisdom, and continued lacking nothing. Had they sought advise outside their company their mission may have been understood, but the message may still have been questioned.
From its inception, FCF has been a ministry with a mandate. The Harrison’s weren’t looking for something to be the leader of. They were fulfilling a mandate. In obedience they birthed God’s desire, a family Church, a charismatic teaching centre, reaching the world. Many years later our company encompasses fifty two nations, thousands of believers, and a host of Churches who call it family.
Why am I writing this? First, to catch your attention and focus you on the fact you are important to us and loved by us.
Secondly, you have been placed here by God and we recognize that placement as God’s gift to our company. Because of this you will always be treated as family no matter the circumstance you find yourself in. You can always come to your own company and receive love, strength, and empowerment.
This brings me to my final reason for writing this. Family Church Conference will be in Ajax from November 13th-14th. For those who can stay, our guest speaker will be at Faith Family Church Sunday 10:30 am on the 15th. This is the annual gathering of your company.
Under God’s direction we are going to be blessed by the ministry of Jeremy and Sarah Pearsons. They will bring a message that is relevant to what God wants for us now. We will share what God has done nationally and internationally as we have fulfilled His will and walked in our purpose together.
Pastors, this isn’t just another ministers’ conference. It’s a Family Church Conference. I am asking you to promote FCC to your Church and bring as many as can come. They need to see the big picture and enjoy what you are a part of. You may have to put some of your local Church activities on hold that week and free up some time so they can attend. This is what families do when creating family functions.
Put up the posters, promote it in your meetings, and we will all gather at the Ajax Convention Centre.
See you at the family reunion!
Pastor Bill Annis, President, FCF Canada