Friday, August 16, 2019

Ministry Update: Summer 2019




We shared a video and blog recently about a young lady named Karina with a powerful testimony that we filmed when we were ministering at a conference. She shares how she was touched and filled with the Holy Spirit when we prayed for her and then how we encouraged her to pray for others. All this happened when she was only nine years old.


For over ten years since that Holy Spirit encounter, she has been continuing to actively minister to other people. This is all due to the empowering of the Holy Spirit, and the encouragement we gave her to step out and utilize the gifts of the Spirit and pray for others.


This is a great example as the Scriptures exhorts us to seek to be filled, and then utilize the gifts the Lord releases. Getting filled with the Holy Spirit is important in activating those in the body of Christ to move into the gifts and fulfill being the Priesthood of all Believers. So, it is a blessing to see how much the Holy Spirit can do with just a little youngster when we invite His presence and power into our midst!



Waves of the Holy Spirit


Here are a few highlights from some recent ministry:


We had an awesome time ministering in the Medford area of Oregon recently. We had a visitation of the Holy Spirit’s power and presence! God poured out His Spirit to the point where most everyone got ministered in a significant way, and then when we thought we were finished…I was making some closing comments when some words just came out that I was surprised to hear myself saying, “actually the Holy Spirit is not done.”


Another wave of the Spirit just came flooding in and the pastor’s son got deeply touched and filled along with some others who also received healing! Mercedes also had a word for a woman that day who got healed of hip pain and I prayed with a few young kids who opened their hearts to receive Christ—which made it four people who received Christ that day—as earlier on in the service two had received the Lord also!


We had a powerful time ministering at Iglesia Bajo Sus Alas in the Southern Border region, many testified to receiving healing in numerous ways, and many shared, including the pastor, that they experienced the power of the Holy Spirit moving and filling them in unusually powerful ways! We had Callum (a friend from France) and Patrick (our son) both come up and share testimonies in the meeting and minister with us as we prayed for people there. They both got a lot of positive response from people about how God was using them after sharing and ministering with us! Praise God!


We also had a powerful move of the Holy Spirit as we ministered at Iglesia Esperanza. We had a powerful service where most everyone there was powerfully touched and received ministry from the Holy Spirit in an awesome way! And then we also had another unexpected wave of the Holy Spirit come through right at the end of that service also! Some of those hanging out in the back got powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit in a really awesome way as they began receiving gifts of the Spirit and speaking in tongues!


That last move of the Spirit was so strong that many, including myself, were overcome by the presence of God and ended up on the ground! There was also a healing of serious stomach pain as we prayed over the pastor, and that service had many young people experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit! It reminded me of some revival outpourings from back in the day!


We also had a powerful time ministering in some different meetings in the San Diego area! We had a meeting that went over six hours with a very powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Chula Vista that included some young people getting filled with the Holy Spirit and some healing taking place. We also had a blessed time sharing in Spring Valley about Lonnie Frisbee and the Jesus People & Vineyard Revivals! I was there and experienced both of those revivals so it’s always fun to share on that and then get to minister on the need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! We do have a few stories in the latest book on Lonnie…


Jesus said we need His power and presence to be effective witnesses, so we are doing our part to impart that truth and tangible reality as we minister!



Divine Appointments


We had a divine appointment with a chef we met while eating. We were talking a bit and ended up sharing the Gospel and prayed for her in an effective way! We also met some young believers while out for a little river adventure with our friends Jeff & Jeanette with whom we got to share about the need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! When some young guys are willing to attentively listen to you share with them for about an hour, especially in this era of distractedness, you know it’s significant!


We were able to make it to a Bon Voyage party for our long-time friends Alan and Marialice Garrett up in the northern part of California that turned into a spontaneous ministry time with them and a few others while seeing them off on their new adventure. My connection to Marialice goes all the way back to a young adult Bible study I used to do in Corona Del Mar that became part of Newport Vineyard.


We also had a very powerful, divinely-orchestrated, prayer and ministry time, for our friend Dave who the Lord touched and ministered to in a very powerful and significant way. While driving back through Northern California we were feeling we should connect with him. After a few confirmations pointing in that direction we decided to make contact. What was wild was that he ended up texting us—sending out a group text as a request for prayer—right at the exact same time we were about to contact him.


We made our way to see him the next day, and it turned into a powerful prayer and ministry time when we got together and prayed for him!


Dave wrote out this testimony afterwards:

Hi everyone, I just have to give God glory and share with you this amazing testimony of what God did/is doing for me. When I texted…for prayer, Bryan and Mercedes just happened to be texting me right at the same time, that they were passing through Salinas the next day and wanted to see if I wanted to get together. We met and God did this crazy deep inner healing that I was completely not expecting. He was setting me free from performance, doubt and fear and who knows what else! He took me back to my childhood and gave me the biggest hug ever in a place of woundedness that I didn't know was there. From there the Holy Spirit continued to move and we all had a glorious Holy Ghost party with very powerful and encouraging words being spoken. Then tonight God met [my wife] in a special way too…now we both feel like were walking on sunshine. Thank you Jesus!!! All glory to YOU!!!!

We praise God for Jesus paying the price on the cross and giving us His Spirit, and meeting and moving in so many situations. It’s a blessing to experience people receiving the grace of Christ and love of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit! Thank you for helping us be out there to share it with others!


Love and blessings!

Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Power of the Holy Spirit Touching Lives: Karina's Testimony


It’s amazing how much fruit can come out of just a little seed when it’s planted in good soil: While we were ministering, we filmed a testimony of a young lady who got impacted by the Holy Spirit some years back when we prayed for her.


This young lady Karina shares how she was empowered by the Holy Spirit when we prayed for her and then how we helped her step out to pray for others. Since that time, she has been actively ministering to other people on a regular basis!


All this started by praying for her when she was only nine years old. The awesome thing is that for over ten years she has continued to actively minister to other people, all due to the empowering of the Holy Spirit and the encouragement we gave her to step out and utilize the gifts of the Spirit and pray for others.



An Example Also Seen in The Bible


This is a good example of what the New Testament encourages for us as believers, regardless of age: that Christ’s followers should seek to be filled, and then utilize the gifts the Lord releases to us.


It is an example we see in Scripture when Paul encourages Timothy, who was a shy young fellow, to step out and utilize the gifts:


“I remind you to stir up the gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. Now let it grow, as a small flame grows into a fire.” 2 Timothy 1:6


Paul also told Timothy in the next verse:

“For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind...” 2 Tim 1:7 (TLB)

Paul wanted Timothy to draw upon the Holy Spirit and then utilize the gifts God bestowed upon him and to step out in faith and employ them.


As we each step out, we will eventually become more comfortable in operating in the gifts and being used by God, and the gifts can thus grow, whether it is to testify, pray, or minister to someone else in various ways.


Moreover, age—whether someone is young, old, or in between—should not inhibit one from seeking to be filled with God’s power and be used to minister in it:


“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below…”Acts 2:17-19

In this passage we see that young, old, male, female, are all included and encouraged to receive and minister in God’s power.


Furthermore, Peter also said, “[turn to] Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” Acts 2:38-39


These Scriptures show that everyone can receive, be filled, and be used by the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit activates what Martin Luther calls “The Priesthood of all Believers.” Luther pointed out that the New Testament encourages us that each believer is a priest and thus able to minister to one another in the Body of Christ as well as to others. Thus, it is important to realize that God desires to work in and through each one of us.


Jesus said: “How much more will the father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.” Luke 11:13 As His children, we see in the Word that it is by asking that we can receive and be blessed, and thus be a blessing to others! Simply by asking the Holy Spirit to fill us, empower us, and work through us this can begin!


Here are a few key points and guidelines:


If you have not received Christ, first open your heart and invite him into your life. The Bible says: " Very truly I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again." (John 3:3)  “For as many who received Him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) We must understand that above all, we must be part of God's family and have relationship with Christ! This means asking Christ into your heart, receiving Him, and believing upon Him and His work on the cross on your behalf, and by grace through faith receiving salvation (if you have not already done so.)


[I recently heard the testimony of a youth pastor at a church who preached and led worship but had never even received Christ until an evangelist came to his church and shared the gospel! It is important to have a priority and see that people have received Jesus in their heart! Assuming can have us missing opportunities to help people connect with the Savior. Billy Graham used to say: “When I preach the Gospel I speak to the choir, church people, and everyone else, I never assume someone is saved just because they attend a church.”]


As a child of God, it is your born-again birthright to ask the Holy Spirit to fill and empower you. When we receive Christ into our hearts the Holy Spirit takes up residence within and dwells within us. However, after Jesus released the Holy Spirit to dwell in His followers, He still told His own disciples after His crucifixion and resurrection and after they were now indwelt by the Holy Spirit (John 20:22), that they still needed to be empowered through the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5-8). The cross has made it possible for God’s children to have God’s Spirit live within us. However, the Word says we need to Ask Him to empower and equip us, to baptize us, with His love, grace, mercy, and gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor: 14:1 & 12:31). We should also ask Him for courage to step out and utilize the gifts. Jesus said: “How much more will the father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.” Luke 11:13


After I personally got filled with the Holy Spirit I found myself witnessing to a friend who eventually received the Lord. We subsequently started a Bible study that I taught at his home. When we would step out to pray for others who came to the Bible study in these times, the Holy Spirit began to work through us with the gifts much more than we expected.


Like our old friend Harald Bredesen used to say: if we take one step in the direction of serving Christ via the Holy Spirit, instead of our own power, whether we have been a Christian for quite a while or for just a short time, the Holy Spirit will come and will work through us, oftentimes more than we even expect or imagine.


Be willing to take a step of faith, and like Paul told Timothy, “do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord!”


God Bless!


Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter and resurrection blessings to you!


Jesus went to the cross to pay for our sin and died that we might have life everlasting! He rose having conquered sin and death and His salvation is given freely to us who believe on Him, the one who is the Resurrection and the Life! (John 11:25) If you want to hear our Easter message you can go to our page at www.soundcloud.com/graceworldmission.


Recent Ministry


We just returned from ministering in Colorado. We had a blessed time ministering in Boulder, Colorado, as well as in Colorado Springs. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully in both places, touching, filling, and empowering those in the meetings! We also had a few people who surrendered their lives to Christ as we ministered. 


While up in the mountains in Colorado, we had a divine appointment with a couple of women who gave us a ride. We had gotten a bit disoriented and lost, and ran into these ladies who ended up giving us a ride back to our car. We got to share the Gospel with them as well as pray for them! Hallelujah!


We had a bit of spiritual warfare as well, which sometimes hits in unexpected ways. First, we got quite sick after ministering—which was unusual for us—and got a cough that made it difficult to speak and preach in the next meeting. There was a lot of New Age and witchcraft- type stuff right around where we were ministering in Boulder. There are times when you get sick and it may be just a result of being run down, but other times it seems like something more is happening—something more was confirmed when we were leaving the area by airplane: while going through security, I was pulled aside for some time and thoroughly delayed and my backpack was pulled apart and searched—I was then told by the TSA officer, of all things, that the Bible in my backpack had set off their machines and caused red flags. In all our years of traveling, we have never heard that before, but it is exactly what he said! He even brought me over to the screen and showed me how the Bible was brightly lit up and had set off alarms.


It was a confirmation that we are not wrestling with flesh and blood but spiritual forces of darkness in the spiritual realms. It continued as our shuttle driver just up and disappeared leaving us stranded, and then after all that our car wouldn’t start when we finally arrived where we had left it at the parking garage. The Lord had the victory though, as many were ministered to on the trip, even though we took a few blows! Praise God He uses everything for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose: it is sometimes necessary to be reminded that this is a spiritual battle we are in and we must remember to rely on spiritual weapons which include His Word and His Holy Spirit!


Before this, we were ministering in Santa Barbara where we preached the Gospel to many university students at UCSB and had some make decisions for Christ, as well as others get filled with the Holy Spirit as we ministered at IV Church, which ministers to the students and others connected with the local university. We’ve also been ministering down in the Southern border region regularly, seeing many getting saved and filled, praise God!



New Book We’re Included In


We are blessed to have a few stories along with a couple pictures included in a new book by Roger Sachs on Lonnie Frisbee called Not By Might Nor By Power: Set Free (Book Three). For those not familiar with Lonnie Frisbee, he was the catalytic figure in seminal moments in both The Vineyard and Calvary Chapel movements. A man not without personal struggles, but used by the Lord powerfully nonetheless. (You can read further on this subject on our web page at www.graceworldmission.org/Jesus_ppl_revival.html). This is the second book on Lonnie we are included in, and the sixth book in which we’ve had some Holy Ghost stories published.



Books We’ve Been Published In Through The Years


Here is a list of the books we’ve had Holy Ghost Stories published in. If you’re interested in one (or more) let us know and we’ll get you a copy for a donation of whatever you can afford (typical suggested donation is $15 per book). These are also all available at Amazon.com.



  • Stories From the Front Lines: Power Evangelism In Today’s World by Jane Rumph. Tells about some Holy Ghost healing stories and wild divine appointments in Mexico.
  • Signs and Wonders in America Today by Jane Rumph. Miracles taking place while we are ministering in the Bay Area.
  • Divine Intervention: True Stories of Heaven Invading Earth by Julia Loren. A radical Holy Ghost surfing miracle and divine appointment on the coast of Israel.
  • Kernels of Hope: Real People, Real Stories by Bob and Gail Kaku. The divine appointment unexpected sequel to the Israel story but this Holy Ghost surfing miracle is on the Coast of Spain where a divine appointment took place with some guys who just turned out to be friends of the surfer in Israel!
  • Not By Might Nor By Power: The Great Commission (Book Two) by Lonnie Frisbee with Roger Sachs. Includes a blurb about Lonnie’s influence on us as well as a story of Bryan getting filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Not By Might Nor By Power: Set Free (Book Three) by Lonnie Frisbee with Roger Sachs. Shares stories from a mission trip to Colorado with Lonnie (interestingly enough, much spiritual warfare is experienced in the Colorado trips mentioned) and a wild encounter while hiking in Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs, amongst some other things.


Happy Easter


We pray you are blessed this Easter while celebrating the resurrection and glorious eternal life Christ gives us. 


Thanks for your prayers and support. They aid and help us in the midst of the battle, as we do the work of the Kingdom in Jesus’ name and through His resurrection power.


Resurrection blessings to you and yours!

Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Blessings 2018




And so it was that while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 
Luke 2:6-7 

Reflecting on the Incarnation and the birth of Christ, the Reformer Martin Luther says in awe of it all: “What man, left to his natural promptings, if he were God, would humble himself to lie in the feed box of a donkey or hang upon a cross. Yet God laid upon Christ the iniquities of us all. This is that ineffable and infinite mercy of God that man’s heart cannot fully comprehend—that unfathomable depth of God’s burning zeal and love for us.” 

So deep and profound is God’s love for us that He sent his only begotten Son. Jesus entered the world in the most humble of fashions, a very astonishing way for a king indeed. It is in such a tangible way that He demonstrates his love for us, coming to meet us no matter how low or broken one’s life may be, He is there to meet us right where we are. 

We were touched by some of Luther’s reflections when we attended the celebration of the Reformation last year and were reminded of some of those things this year when we attended “A Colonial Christmas” with some good friends, a dinner portraying Christmas in the early American Colonies. It was reformed believers who made their way to these shores early on to be able to worship freely. 

Christ was born in a manger, demonstrated the Love of the father in acts of healing, mercy and compassion, and then took on all our iniquities at the cross that we might have eternal life. He freely bestows life eternal to those that simply just believe upon Him, it is a free gift. 

We are ever thankful for that free gift and the mercy and compassion He has shown us as well as for the privilege of being used by Him to see others touched by His grace, love, and power! 

We pray that His mercy, love, and compassion, may fill you afresh this Christmas. May the true Spirit of Christmas, the Holy Spirit, renew us all in the joy given us through Jesus! 

God Bless and Merry CHRISTmas! 
Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux 

Monday, October 29, 2018

William Tyndale and the English Bible


William Tyndale, Persecuted Bible Translator

"The most important printed book in the English language" is what the British Library called one of the last remaining original William Tyndale New Testaments when they bought it!


They purchased it for a little over a million British Pounds a couple decades ago, and thus Tyndale’s New Testament was added to the British Library's already illustrious collection, which included such notable works like the Gutenberg Bible.

William Tyndale made the first translation of the New Testament into the English language from the original Greek in the early 1500’s. He also translated major parts of the Old Testament.

However, as the saying goes, “No good deed goes unpunished,” and Tyndale paid dearly, giving his own life for his effort to bring English speakers access to the Word of God in their own language.

The Reformation


This week on October 31st will be the 501st anniversary of the Reformation.

At this time last year, we had the blessing of not only being in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, but also preached on the Reformation two days before in a church in Mandal, Norway.

We flew out a day later to Germany, where a quarter million people descended on the small town of Wittenberg, a little German town whose normal population in the city center—which everyone descended on—is only 2,100 people. We had a unique moment when we saw the country’s political leader coming in with a motorcade of cars, helicopters, and flashing lights, as we rode bicycles into the small downtown, one that boasts four Unesco World Heritage Sights on a single street, the only town in the world to have that. We figured the parking situation would be just impossible—it was—and we thanked the Lord for giving us a bit of insight and wisdom to rig up some rental bikes beforehand. Even though we had to ride twenty miles each way, it was well worth it!

501-Year Anniversary


This is a good time to reflect on the far-reaching impact of that Reformation that spread out from Wittenberg after the shaking that followed Luther’s posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church door on October 31st.


The Reformation Spreads


For years, Germany was the engine fueling the Reformation, as Scholar David Daniell describes about the early period of the Reformation: “Germany was the powerhouse while England had nothing going.”

Over time, Martin Luther went from being labeled the “scourge of Christendom” to later having something akin to celebrity-like status. As time rolled forward, other scholars and leaders joined arms in returning to, and promoting more of a New Testament-based Christianity.

Although England lagged far behind, undercurrents of reform began to make their way across the channel and into the country.

Erasmus of Rotterdam had been promoting New Testament-based ideas at Cambridge University. Meanwhile, Luther’s influence began to make its way across the channel and sparked interest there as well. In time, Cambridge became known as a “little Wittenberg” and “little Germany” because of the growing influence of reform, and Lutheran, and New Testament, based ideas and influences being discussed and promoted there.


William Tyndale and The English Bible


As a Catholic priest, William Tyndale, like Luther, had experienced a conversion to Christ, which caused him to truly understand Christ’s grace and turn from just practicing religion to a true relationship with Christ. His thought and preaching subsequently moved into a reformed and evangelical direction.

He also was very influenced by Martin Luther, eventually leaving Oxford where he had been studying, as he found it was by and large resistant to the reformed waves moving through the land. As it happened, the Constitutions of Oxford held a decree—enforced throughout the land of England—that the Bible must only be in Latin, and forbade the Bible from being translated into the common, vernacular, English language of the people, on pain of being punished as a heretic: death by being burned at the stake!

As was the case in those days, few knew Latin, it was already a long dead language and the clergy were as ignorant of it and the New Testaments contents as was any commoner: William Warham, who was Archbishop of Canterbury in that day, complained that the monks were wholly ignorant of what the Bible, and especially of what the New Testament, contained. Most did not even know how many commandments Moses came down the mountain with—10 in case you are wondering, nor who was the author of the Lord’s Prayer—Jesus, of course—or where it might be found in the Bible, or if it was even in the Bible. A noted case had a monk ignorantly defending his dalliances, saying he thought that the Word commanded adultery when he was caught doing just so. Scholar David Daniell points out that the Bible might as well have been in Chinese for all the sense it made keeping it in Latin.

This position at Oxford University was one that would not be appreciated by a future Bible translator like Tyndale. Oxford’s unbending hold on this position, influenced by medieval Catholicism, would put Oxford on the wrong side of history, leaving it in the very lame historical position of having been a firm resistor of one of Britain’s greatest contributions in history to the English-speaking world.

Tyndale moved on from Oxford to Cambridge which, as stated earlier, was becoming known as a “Little Wittenberg” for its embrace and discussion of Martin Luther's reformed New Testament-based ideas. The White Horse Inn at Cambridge was a hotbed of Reformation discussions. Reform was in the air and spreading throughout parts of Europe, and even though England was a bit late to the game, many were beginning to embrace it.

Tyndale saw the need for a Bible in English, especially the New Testament, as translated from the original Greek. It should be noted that, roughly a century prior, John Wycliffe had made a valiant attempt to translate the Bible into English, but had only the use of the Latin Vulgate as his basis, as he had no access in those days to the fully assembled Greek manuscripts. Besides being inaccessible due to being in Latin, another problem, according to Erasmus, was that the Vulgate was full of errors.

Moreover, another huge technological advance had come forth in the interim: Gutenberg invented the printing press around the mid 1400’s. Wycliffe’s Bibles, in contrast, had to be copied individually by hand, a very slow and painstakingly long process.

Much of Wycliffe’s translated Bibles, and followers too, who were known as the Lollards, were rounded up and burned. Bibles, as well as men and women and children, were burned at the stake for desiring to know God’s Word. In fact, there is a noted case of a woman and her children all being burned at the stake for just having a copy of The Lord’s Prayer in her home, not really what you would call a concern to promote the Kingdom of God. This was an activity that was all too common for the Catholic institution!

Erasmus of Rotterdam, Dutch scholar, pre-Reformer, and Christian humanist, had been disgusted by the errors of the Catholic Latin Vulgate. In his own opinion, the Catholic Latin Vulgate was so riddled with errors and mistranslations that it was laughable. Furthermore, few knew or could read Latin, as it had been a dead language for a long time and only the highly educated learned how to read it. All of this, along with Catholic prohibitions against common people reading or possessing the Scriptures, kept the truth of God’s Word in the dark.

Erasmus set out to correct this and make a new Latin translation. But in order to be able to do this, he had to also assemble a complete Greek text, publishing this groundbreaking work in 1516. It was his Greek text, however, that much like Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, that turned out to be an accidental revolution. Erasmus’ assembly of the Greek New Testament into a comprehensive, accessible whole, gave reformers like Martin Luther and William Tyndale the ability to make a fresh translation of the New Testament into their respective native, vernacular tongues.

Luther’s translation made the Bible accessible to all Germans, whether educated or uneducated, rich or poor, noble or peasant, as did Tyndale for the English-speaking world.

In fact, Tyndale stated on one occasion to an educated man who held the laws of the pope and the Catholic Church higher than God’s Word: “…I defy the pope and all his laws…If God spare my life many years, I will cause a boy that driveth the plough, shall know more of the Scriptures than thou.”

Both Luther and Tyndale set out to make the Word of God to be available as never before and changing history in its wake. In fact, many of the advancements in the western world can be tied back to these very roots!


Tyndale Rearranges His Life to Fulfill His Purpose


Like Luther, Tyndale had seen the need for the word of God to be put into the common tongue of the people. He set out to do just so, rearranging his life to that effort. He moved out from Cambridge to Little Sodbury, out in the country in Gloucestershire. There, staying with a benefactor, he could have time set aside to work on a translation of the New Testament into English.

He had attempted to get approval from higher-ups in the Church Institution but that turned out to be a fool’s errand and only brought him opposition and persecution. He engaged in many debates with Catholic priests and leaders regarding the Catholic errors, but this led to more persecution and he eventually left the area. Though he had been warned by others, he seemed to be a bit naïve to the serious anger and opposition he was rousing in the Catholic camp. (This naïveté could be seen as a blessing for who knows how strongly one will proceed if all the obstacles are understood from the beginning.)

He had a stint in London where he reached out to Tunstall, the Catholic Bishop of London, but was given the cold shoulder instead. Tunstall’s cold rejection would later turn to white hot anger. There was a serious resistance to the Bible being put into the English language and Catholic leaders like Thomas More and Tunstall strongly opposed it. The Bible in the English language would undercut the man-centered penitential system of Catholicism and it was a threat to the hordes of money made off the relic, indulgence, penitential, and purgatory-based racket of the Catholic Church. As the persecution worsened, Tyndale departed England for the European continent after he connected with a man named Monmouth who helped him to fund some of his efforts.

Tyndale knew that if people could read the New Testament for themselves, they could see that simple faith in Christ alone is what was necessary for salvation. Tyndale writes: “Repent and Believe the gospel...and begin life anew! And his Spirit shall dwell in thee and be strong in thee and his promises shall be given thee at the last…and all things forgiven for Christ’s blood sake…Commit yourself to Him without respect either of thy good deeds or thy bad, repentance and belief is all! Works count for nothing in Christ blood!”

David Daniell points out that the Catholic Church, however, would never permit a New Testament in English from the Greek because neither the seven sacraments, purgatory, relics, indulgences, holy water, nor all their lofty ceremonies, could be found there, which were chief supports of the church’s financial system.


Tyndale Crosses the Channel


Tyndale eventually went to Wittenberg, Germany, and there he spent some time with Martin Luther. After meeting with Luther, whose German translation was a great aid in Tyndale’s efforts, he persevered in completing his New Testament translation while on the European continent, the first copies being printed in Cologne, Germany.

Tyndale had his pocket-sized New Testaments smuggled into his homeland of Great Britain. The small size made them easier to hide, and they became a huge hit and were widely popular.

Tyndale’s Bible was having a huge impact, and as scholar David Daniell points out, there was a new energy hitting Northern Europe:

"This energy which affected every human life in northern Europe…was not the result of political imposition. It came from the discovery of the Word of God as originally written...in the language of the people! Moreover it could be read and understood without censorship by the church, or mediation through the church, as it was written to be read, as a coherent cross-referencing whole. Such reading produced a totally different view of everyday Christianity. The ceremonies... of Catholicism are not there, purgatory is not there, there is no aural confession, no penance. The Catholic church’s support of its wealth and power collapses. Instead there is simply individual faith in Christ as Savior, as found in Scripture, that, and only that, justifies the sinner."


Fury Rises Against God’s Word


Bishop Tunstall, incensed by the New Testaments invading the land, sought to buy up the Bibles to burn them. But the man he had paid secretly gave the money to Tyndale, who ended up printing three times as many with the money. Thus, three times as many came into the land.

When Thomas More, outraged that Bibles were flooding the country, enquired as to how Tyndale was funding his effort to bring in so many, was told that it was by the Bishop because the money he was paying to buy up and burn the Bibles was getting to Tyndale to print more.

Tunstall proceeded with his public burning of the Bibles he had bought, which resulted in much outrage by the public. The thought that a Bishop, an alleged spiritual leader, would burn Bibles, burn God’s very Word, was abhorrent to many.

The word of God continued to come in and change lives in spite of many attempts to stop it, to even burn it!


The Word Spreads but Tyndale Pays the Price


God’s Word was spreading as were sentiments towards reform, but the powers that be still railed against it.

Unfortunately, Tyndale himself was betrayed, hunted down and apprehended, and subsequently jailed and later strangled and burned at the stake in Belgium.

He gave his life for his effort to bring the Bible to the English-speaking population. He might be pleased to know that one of his last remaining Bibles has been called "The most important printed book in the English language” by the British Library. That is quite an honor really, and one deserved by having sacrificed so much to give the English-speaking world the Word of God.

David Daniell points out that 90% of the King James Version’s New Testament is Tyndale’s work. It was the basis used by the scholars assembled by King James and what they worked from and then revised in places. The vast majority was left exactly as Tyndale worded it, with phrases we still use today in the English language; to many scholars his huge impact on the English language outweighs that of Shakespeare.

Such a high price was paid by many a reformer for seeking to return the people to the Word of God. Tyndale’s dying words were a prayer: “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” Three years later, the King of England ordered the Bible (with Tyndale’s New Testament and the Old Testament that had been translated by Tyndale and Coverdale) to be placed in all English churches that all people may read it!

It behooves us to notice the price paid by those who went before us to give us the Scriptures in our own language, and take time to read and study its pages, remembering there are still places in the world even today where the Bible is forbidden.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Ministry Update: Fall 2018

We recently returned from Canada where we had a very powerful time as we ministered in the Victoria area on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. We had blessed meetings the whole time and the Holy Spirit was pouring out in a glorious way! We had a couple meetings that just kept going late into the evening.


Sharing the Word at Victoria Miracle Cafe
in British Columbia, Canada.
The Holy Spirit filled and empowered many
during our time in British Columbia, Canada.
We hit the ground running after we got across the border. Just crossing the border was an unusual situation with lots of weird questions they kept hammering at us about guns—you’d suppose they think all Americans are armed to the teeth and toting an arsenal of weapons around. We were a little rattled after that late-night inquisition and ended up getting to bed really late.

The next morning did actually start off with a bang as there was some confusion as to what was the first meeting we would be preaching. Right as we were getting up, the pastor we were staying with got a text from another pastor wondering if we were on our way to his church to preach that morning.

There had been some miscommunication, so we suddenly—after a long night at the border and getting to bed very late—had to throw on our clothes and rush out the door and fly over to that church. Fly we did as our friend drove us very rapidly in his fast car at top speed to the church.

They were all sitting in there and waiting, repeatedly playing worship songs over and over, anticipating our arrival.

Though confusion and stress can sometimes get thrown into the mix through spiritual warfare, God can turn it around for good!

We had to completely rely on the Holy Spirit as we rushed in, with no message prepared, lacking coffee, and sufficient food. Feeling thrown in the deep end with our clothes on, we just pressed into the Holy Spirit and the message the Lord gave us on the spot set the tone for the rest of our time ministering in Victoria: “God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8.

These type of situations that are challenging when you’re lacking sleep, food, and preparation, can force total reliance on the Holy Spirit and are actually used by the Lord at times to teach us dependence on His Spirit rather than on self and our own human faculties, which is exactly what this verse is alluding to.

The message actually flowed really well and we had a powerful ministry time with many getting touched by the Lord in a major way! They were so blessed they had us do extra meetings later on in the week and the pastor and his wife ended up inviting us to their home on the coast where we also got the added blessing of getting a bit of surf. This was quite miraculous, as the reports said it was completely flat, but our son Patrick had been praying for some waves, and so we got to experience a new place to do some surfing in Canada!

We had many blessed meetings on from there, with a meeting we did that went long into the evening as we led worship and shared Holy Ghost Stories from the early days of the Vineyard and the Jesus People Revival late into the evening!

We received some testimonies later of people who were filled with the Spirit and also received healing, including a woman who got healed from a stiffness in her neck. A man also shared how he felt led to pray for someone at work after we laid hands on him, and the person ended up getting healed. Another woman shared how her hips were healed when we prayed for her in one of the meetings. There was also a birthday party where we shared, that turned into an evangelistic outreach, which had four people indicating decisions to surrender to Christ, and which flowed into another all-night ministry meeting, hallelujah!

We were blessed to experience the Lord touch, fill, heal, and save through the power of His Spirit while we ministered up north!

We’ve also been blessed to experience the Lord moving amongst the southern border as we have been ministering there in some different churches. We had a few people make decisions to surrender their lives to Christ in various different meetings as well as a woman who received healing from ringing in her ears, as well as numerous people filled with the Holy Spirit in a powerful way. In one recent service, a brother shared how deeply he was touched and encouraged as he was filled with God’s power, and that the verse we were sharing on was exactly what he felt the Lord was focusing him on at that time.

We had a divine appointment recently as we and some friends shared with a waitress who we ended up praying for after eating dinner. She got powerfully touched by the Lord’s presence! She was a new believer with whom we were all sharing about the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit. We prayed for her in the parking lot as tears streamed down her face while the Lord touched her and spoke into her life! Hallelujah!

The Lord’s Commission is to take the Gospel of the Kingdom to all nations, so we are glad to participate in His work! We thank you for helping us in these efforts through your prayers and support!

Much love and blessings!

Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux

Monday, July 2, 2018

Ministry Update: Summer 2018

We recently returned from a ministry trip out to Colorado Springs, Colorado. We were blessed to visit our friends who are pastoring a couple of congregations out there these days, as well as to preach and minister.

The Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way touching the majority of the people in both congregations in a glorious way.
The Holy Spirit falls on a young man as 
Patrick and our friend Callum pray for him.


Ministering during one of the services 
at Arbol de Vida in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

The pastor told me afterward what a blessing it was to see so many of the people in both congregations get so touched, filled, and empowered, by the Holy Spirit like that.

In fact, one lady was powerfully and dramatically overcome by the presence of the Lord and fell over. She lay there being filled for quite some time soaking up God’s presence and afterwards shared with us how she has not been touched by the Lord like that in over 19 years, glory!

It was a blessing to see the Lord touch many in a deep way with His healing power as well. When He began His ministry, Jesus quoted from the Prophet Isaiah and His words were:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke 4:18, KJV

We can see from this passage that Jesus is concerned with healing the whole of the person, inside and out. There are broken hearts and emotional bruises inside many that the Lord wants to heal when the Holy Spirit is given room to minister. We were blessed to see the Lord minister healing both on the inside and outside while we prayed and ministered to many there. We got many testimonies afterwards of how blessed, and renewed, and restored they were!

The Holy Spirit ministered both inside and outside the church too. We were just hanging out in our friends’ home, in the kitchen talking, when out of nowhere the Holy Spirit descended in power touching all of us powerfully and bringing forth some healing to a few there as well! Hallelujah!

Speaking of outside the church, we also had a divine appointment with a maid at a little motel we stayed at on the way. We ended up praying for her after having shared with her. She said she already believed in Jesus but was very alone here in America. When we prayed for her she said she felt power go down through her and the touch of Christ in her! She was so thankful for a touch from God! Glory!

We were also blessed recently to get together with a friend visiting Los Angeles, California, from Norway. We were blessed to have the Holy Spirit show up and minister to each of us as we just took a little time for some prayer together near the beach. Interestingly enough, the exact same thing happened with a friend from Sweden who was in California recently too. We were just praying before a meal together when the Holy Spirit showed up, took over, and poured His presence out on all of us! Jesus spontaneously ministered wherever the Father led him to, whether it was to one individual, or a group of people. It is all equally important to the Lord.

We had a blessed time ministering as well at Iglesia Antioquia, down in the South San Diego area recently.

There was a powerful move of the Holy Spirit which came right at the very end. We had just preached and also ministered in what had been a blessed service already.

However, right as things were wrapping up, I discerned the Holy Spirit leading me to go back and pray for one more person. The power of God came upon him very strongly and then the person next to him got powerfully filled too. A chain reaction-like move of the Holy Spirit took place which soon engulfed pretty much the whole church. This resulted in extending the service and continued ministry for roughly another hour with most everyone there getting ministered to; it was an awesome time! Hallelujah!

The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5:
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

Paul in fact emphasizes the importance of the Holy Spirit’s role in ministry over against relying on human wisdom as the important factor for buoying faith and encouragement.

We are thankful for all the ways we are, and have been, able to be instruments of extending Christ’s Kingdom and the power of His Holy Spirit to others (we have more ministry we’ve been doing that we’ll share another time).

We so appreciate you partnering with us and helping us in extending the Kingdom of God and ministering to others. We know He’ll bless you for it as His word promises! Many thanks in Jesus’ Name to you!

Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate Independence Day, it's a good time to reflect on America's Christian roots with our video on Plymouth's Pilgrims and their Christian Faith to get some insight on this topic. (Direct link: https://youtu.be/xRM3-jqexe0)

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support, it is such a blessing and keeps us out there doing the stuff!

Much love and blessings!

Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux