Archive for May, 2010

May 30 2010

Memory: John Robert Stevens’ Ministry to Ed Van Dyke

Ed Van Dyke—one of the elders at Grace Chapel of Honolulu—just emailed me this memory of John Robert Stevens:

In the late 60’s/early 70’s, John Stevens came up to Seattle from L.A. and ministered to the local church there (Maranatha Chapel) several times and ministered to all of us. Between my 6th and 7th grade, John ministered to me and said that I had a cloud over my perception and that he would remove it for me.

Prior to this ministry, I was the most average kid in all my school classes. Teachers would know when to move the class forward when I finally got the subject!

After the ministry, I got straight “A’s” (maybe 6 “B’s” total) from the 7th grade through the 12th grade. Everyone in the church there (including me) knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Lord had moved through John and changed a little boy’s life forever.

I have always known that what John did for my life was not an end in itself and that I would be able to minister to people and set them free as I had experienced. I am responsible—and privileged—to impart what I have received.

Ed Van Dyke

 

May 28 2010

Thank God for the whole Scripture, our wonderful Holy Bible. But if we have true faith, we may need only one verse of it all. One verse could change the world. It is when we penetrate into the deep meaning of a Scripture that we finally have detonated its divine power. We can look at all the great sources of energy, but it is exploding an atom that releases the greatest sources of energy known. This illustrates exactly what God is doing with us. He is getting us into His Word. The deep Word of God, when it is expounded and opened to us, begins to explode. All my life I have meditated on Scriptures; and the great yearning of my heart is that a handful of them, which have meant so much to me by revelation, be exploded by a supernatural faith that could change the whole world.

  • John Robert Stevens, “Faith is Focused,” 1980
    John Robert Stevens, “Faith is Focused,” 1980
    Excerpt from the This Week "Faith Is Focused" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1980 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.

 

May 25 2010

A Photo From Daniel Oliveira

Dani Oliveira, the pastor of Hale O Kāula, just sent me this photo of John Robert Stevens in Brazil. It was taken in Araxá, while John was visiting churches throughout the country in 1969. John is on the far right, and Dani is the four-year-old in the overalls in the center front.

 

May 23 2010

Email Correction

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Hey everyone. Just letting you know that when this blog went live yesterday, the email address in the header was incorrect. So if you sent me something, try to send it again. Thanks!

 

May 23 2010

John Robert Stevens and Copyright

I was just talking to Rick Holbrook, who oversees publishing at The Living Word, and he felt it would be good for me to be clear about the copyright issues surrounding quoting published material.

Basically, there are two things to think about.

The first is in regards to occasional quotes on a website or a blog, etc., that are given for the purpose of discussion. If you want to quote copyrighted material, first quote it exactly. Then, simply give a citation as to the author, work title, date of publication, and publisher. If you are not sure if you are doing it right, you should totally feel free to call or email the publisher—in this case, The Living Word—and they will help you. This is basically what is taught in high school and college regarding bibliographical information. This is important not just because of copyright law, but also to help people find where the quote was taken from!

More extensive quoting requires the same citations—author, work title, date of publication, and publisher—but it also requires permission from the holder of the copyright. Since this blog is all about John Robert Stevens, and I will be quoting extensively, I have worked closely with Rick Holbrook and The Living Word to make sure that I am representing the copyright correctly. This is why I’m able to say “used by permission” on these quotes.

Rick was telling me that he loves it when people share John Robert Stevens quotes they’ve found, but he just wants to be sure that people know how to do it right. Hopefully this helps.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

 

May 20 2010

John was a prophet. He was an apostle. But most of all to those in the Fellowship, he was a father.

 

May 20 2010

A Father’s Heart

One of the things that I’ve heard from many people who knew John Stevens was how much he wanted everyone to find their own relationship with God. Some would say that was one of his great missions in life. My friend and co-pastor Rob Rich described it as a father’s heart, because a true father always wants to see his children do better in life than himself. I found this quote from Stevens in 1980:

I do not regret the fact that others have taken over where I have served. Actually, I look forward to the time when there will be a thousand prophets who can outminister me; there are already a good number who can outminister me now. I know very well that there are others much more qualified, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, to direct the churches and Kingdom businesses in specific areas. The diversity and the distinctiveness of the ministries is taking form as never before.*

This is something to admire in a man, that even after creating such a dynamic ministry, he is still humble enough to want to see his spiritual children excel beyond his own fulfillments!

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  • *John Robert Stevens, "Things Have Changed..." 1980
    *John Robert Stevens, "Things Have Changed..." 1980
    Excerpt from the This Week "Things Have Changed; How Shall I Think About It?" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1980 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.

 

May 18 2010

I feel it has been a privilege to give my life for this [fellowship]. I would still feel it to be a privilege if out of everything that has ever been done, there would be only one or two who would walk on into the Kingdom. Often, in moments when I did not know whether I would live or die, I have said to the Lord, “Thank You, Lord, for letting me run the race. Thank You that You let me have the privilege of serving You.”

  • John Robert Stevens, “One by the Blood,” 1981
    John Robert Stevens, “One by the Blood,” 1981
    Excerpt from the This Week "One By the Blood" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1981 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.