By Steve Ott

Rock in the stormTrue intimacy with God is probably the most important thing we can desire in our relationship with Him. It is in this intimacy that He can reveal to us His true character and make real, to each of us, the depths of His Love.

One part of this journey is what we like to call our "Rock". This "Rock" is defined as the part of God's character or nature that He reveals to us, that is special to us. It is the part of Him that fits with the way He has designed us. The way we view and understand Him comes through this revelation.

The part of His nature that God revealed to me was how He is so "Personal". That is, how He knows each human being, from the greatest to the least, in the most intimate way. There is nothing that is hidden from His sight, no thought, no action, not a hair falling from our head. Nothing escapes His attention. He loves and cares for us so deeply that He will not let His attention falter for even a moment.

By Steve Ott

Go deep with Him and start to trust His leading.Over the last number of years, I've heard many good sound teachings on intimacy with God and our identity because of Him. But what I noticed is that it almost seemed like there were two camps set up. One saying that you need to focus on God and who He says He is to you. The other saying you need to know who you are in Him. Both camps would look at each other and say about the other,"Yes, that is true, but this first." So I have been confused, knowing that both were truth, but not knowing how they fit together. 

The other day a friend sent me a prophetic word from Luc Niebergall of Calgary, Alberta called "A Call to Friendship With The Lord and the Stages of Revival". It was very eye-opening for me, in that it explained how these teachings fit together, so I thought I would write a few notes to share what God has revealed to me through it, and hopefully, help others to understand this revelation.

By Karl Berg

BetrayalI don’t think there is anything in the world that cuts, tears, and destroys, quite like betrayal.

Words can't do justice to the pain. When betrayl comes from someone who is close to you, and one you thought you could trust, it does unspeakable damage. I speak from personal experience, and I know that without the help of Jesus, I would still be mired in the pain, and bittterness, that took me years to walk out of.

After wriing this I began to reflect on the fact that Jesus was also betrayed by those who were close to Him. Judas betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver, and Peter denied Him three times the night of His arrest, which to me would be the same as betrayal. I guess there is comfort in knowing that He experienced the same, if not greater pain than I did, and is available for me to go to.   

By Karl Berg

Light in the darknessThough the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.

 (Hab. 3:17-19)

I just finished reading a novel where this particular scripture was mentioned a couple of times. The main character was facing life threatening conditions, was afraid, and leaning to despair.

Since finishing the book that scripture has returned to me a couple of times, and I’ve felt the Lord impressing me to think on it. 

By Karl Berg

The clarion is a medieval horn used to command people's attention“There’s a warning going out in the spirit. Don’t refuse the One who speaks. Whatever can be shaken will be shaken, in orderawakenthose who sleep.”(From the song ‘Obedience’, by Karl Berg. Scripture reference; Hebrews 12:25-27

June 27, 2015, as I was walking beside Head Lake in Haliburton, the Lord said to me “I’m going to talk to you about  A Clarion Call.”

Over the next couple of days He revealed to me what He wanted me to see. 

A Clarion, is a medieval trumpet with no valves, and has a clear shrill sound. It was used to command the people’s attention. 

A Clarion call today is defined as “A strongly expressed demand or request for action.”

An example of this would be "the British are coming, the British are coming" Paul Revere's cry as he rode through the night.

By Karl Berg

"Every song is a new experience"After just finishing recording my 13th CD, I would like to take a moment and reflect on the whole creative process.

Recording a CD is the culmination of many, weeks, months, and even sometimes years of work. I have recorded in 4 different studios over the past 16 years, and I have to say the experience never gets old.

However, as much as I enjoy the time in the studio, it doesn't compare to creating the music itself. 

Everything I have written, I have lived, and is directly related to my relationship with Jesus. The prompting to write comes from Him, and when the prompting comes, it usually comes as a thought, or a picture. As I spend time with the thought, it begins to open up, kind of like unpacking a box.

Each song is journey of discovery, as I venture forth into the unknown. (I allow the song to develop as I feel led) The music itself is created out of what I am feeling or sensing at the time.

By Karl Berg

 Faith chooses to have a relationship with GodDown through the years there has been a lot of teaching and preaching about faith. What is it? Is it real? How do you do it? All good questions. I don’t claim to be an expert on this subject, but I want to add my thoughts on it.

What is it? Simple definition.... Believing what we can’t see.

We use faith all the time. We use faith when we drive a car, for if we didn’t believe that the car was safe, we wouldn’t get in it. We have faith that the brakes are going to stop us or we wouldn’t travel at 100 km per hour... Faith is an action, whether toward something or someone. What we do with it is our choice. Faith is like a muscle...the more it is used, (or exercised) the more it will grow. The more we exercise or faith toward something or someone, the more we learn to ‘trust’, as our faith is proven out. Another way of saying ‘trust’ is that we ‘have faith’ in the brakes to stop us.

By Linda Bell

Transformation is a process.......The butterfly, to me, speaks of freedom and beauty and reminds me of the process of transformation that the caterpillar goes through as it transitions into the beautiful creature God created it to be.

I believe this is a picture of God's heart for each one of us.  He never meant for us to be earth-bound like the caterpillar.  He created us to fly free like the butterfly, to soar on colourful gossamer wings and to dance in the light of His love. Jn. 10:10

This is part of our destiny as children of God.  It is a picture of what God wants to do in our hearts as we learn to trust Him and to surrender our lives to Him.

Transformation is a process.  It doesn't happen overnight.  It involves change and being willing to be changed by God's love.  It involves struggle and surrender as we learn to die to self and to live for God.

By Karl Berg

How do we find peace in the midst of the storm?“Peace does not come in a bottle. Peace cannot be bought or sold. Peace is not found in what this world has to offer, cause peace is found in God alone.” (Freedom, The Awakening)

Definition: Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.

Our world is full of uncertainty. Wars, and rumours of wars, economic hardship, pestilence,  fear, all come together to make us anxious and steal our peace. So what happens when our peace disappears? We turn to our placebo of choice: Drugs, alcohol, sex, food, entertainment etc. Unfortunately, these are only short term fixes, that usually leave us worse off than how we started.

So, how do we find peace in the midst of the storm?  Jesus....Jesus is the Prince of Peace.