Monday, October 30, 2017

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

We are in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500 Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We’ve just come from ministering in other parts of Europe: England, France, Spain, and lastly in Scandinavia, where we experienced some powerful visitations of the Holy Spirit in Sweden and Norway!

We’ll have a full update on all that a bit later on, but this being a unique occasion, and feeling a bit surreal that we are here in Wittenberg at the moment, I’ve been reflecting on the first time we came here and how the Lord intervened to make it happen. It speaks to me of how the Lord brought us here then and now, and of the importance of the message that is at the center the Reformation.

So here is how the Lord worked to bring us here to Wittenberg the very first time:

We were in Germany years back, staying at a friend of Mercedes in a little German town with a German family.

The family we were staying with asked one day if there was any thing or any place in particular we would like to see in the area.

Without knowing where it was in relation to where we were staying, I just blurted out that we would like to go and visit Wittenberg since it was the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation.

Their faces dropped and they said very strongly, “Well, that is very far from here, and we are really busy so that would just not be possible.” They went on: “You must understand that that is in the former GDR (Communist East Germany), which is a very long way from here.”

Previous to this, I had been personally studying about Martin Luther and the Reformation and was really touched by Martin Luther’s story and powerful conversion to forgiveness and freedom in Jesus Christ.

Earlier in the trip I had sensed that the Lord might be saying that we would visit Wittenberg. However, when they said it was impossible I was a bit perplexed but thought there still could be a way.

Meanwhile, the Lord had opened a door in a local Lutheran Church for me to speak to the youth group. I shared about Martin Luther’s conversion, which come to find out most Lutherans usually know very little about:

I shared how Luther as a Catholic monk had struggled with religious rituals and dead works like penance—which is actually an attempt to pay for one’s own sin prescribed by the Catholic Church (which of course goes against what the New Testament teaches). Luther became frustrated because he knew inside himself that his human efforts always fell short. He would also fast long hours on end, ruining his health. He would also constantly go to confession; but no matter how many long, long, hours he spent confessing every last sin he could remember that he had ever done, he would always think of more later and have to confess those now too—Luther was merely following the prescribed teaching of the Catholic Church then and now—in Catholicism every last sin must be remembered and confessed in order to be forgiven. In Catholicism if you died with unconfessed sin, even those you can’t remember, you would be eternally condemned.

The chief priest in his monastery was getting exhausted from the extremely long hours Luther was spending confessing his sins. In fact, he got so upset that he burst out at him on one occasion: “Why don’t you go out and commit some real sins and come back when you actually have something to confess.”

Luther, however, was merely being sincere and following the prescribed way of Catholicism. Most other priests usually would just get disillusioned and end up just going through the motions in a cavalier way, as Luther saw in many places, especially in Rome when he travelled there on one occasion.

The chief priest of Luther’s monastery named Staupitz had grown so tired of him he finally thought of a way to get him out of his hair, and sent him away from the monastery to study the Scriptures. This was not then nor now the practice of the Catholic priests, however Staupitz just wanted to occupy him with something else.

Luther was thrown into the Bible, basically against his own will, which of course was God working to have him find the truth.

Luther began to wrestle with the New Testament teaching in Paul’s epistles of justification and grace until he saw the connection: Jesus took on our sin at the cross and justifies us by grace when we look to Him as our savior by faith—not looking to ourselves or our own works—and through faith in Christ, God credits Christ’s very own righteousness to us. Luther had been trying to pay for sin himself but now saw that Jesus had paid the price for our sins on the cross at Calvary!

As he finally understood this, the Holy Spirit came upon him and illuminated this revelation. In his own words Luther says he was born again in that moment. He now understood that God loved him and sent His Son to die for him that he might freely have eternal life.

After this conversion to Christ and His amazing grace, Luther would take his stand on the Word of God in opposition to manmade teachings in Catholicism.

He couldn’t just look the other way as his church laid heavy unbiblical burdens on mens backs just like the Pharisees did in Jesus time.

On October 31st, 1517, he posted the Ninety-five Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. Luther simply wished to debate other Catholic leaders regarding errant unbiblical practices. Some students, however, grabbed the Theses and reprinted them over and over and began to distribute them in many places. A concerted Ja wohl! of agreement with Luther rang throughout the land, and before he knew it, Luther was at the center of a conflagration and the Protestant Reformation had began its birth.

The people in the youth group in Germany I shared with were stoked to hear the story, and after some prayer for them, we hung out and talked late into the night.

We finally returned from being out with the youth group and entered the darkened house together very late with our friends.

However, I almost jumped out of my shoes when the light was flipped on as we entered. Our friend’s mother was sitting there on a chair waiting for us in the dark. When we flipped the light on, there she was, looking at us anxiously and waiting to talk to us.

After all of us settled down from being startled, she began to speak to us: “I have some news for you. We have decided that tomorrow you go to Wittenberg!” We were shocked! And then she went on, “But you must get up very early tomorrow since it is a long long drive from here, so now you must go to sleep!”

I was blown away…when most Germans make up their mind about something…well, that’s it. We never got an explanation as to the sudden middle-of-the-night change of heart, but I just thanked God for moving on her heart, and left in the morning thinking, “Wow! That was the Lord that intervened here for me!”

We hit the Autobahn—the famed German motorway with no speed limit—in their car early that morning. We made sure our seat belts were fastened as our friend got up to around 160 km p/hour (100 mph) and beyond pretty quickly. It was a fast way to get around.

We got to our destination in good time with the help of the Autobahn.

Wittenberg was still in a state of being repaired after years of neglect under the GDR. I was surprised how it was still all intact after the bombing of WWll and the years of neglect under the Communists.

Fortunately, Luther was a hero to almost all Germans, including those in the GDR, and nothing was really looted or destroyed, unlike other places that had been devastated in the former GDR, especially after the fall of the communist regime. 

The little town just looked like it needed a little sprucing up and some TLC (which it has received since, as we’ve seen on subsequent visits there over the years).

We were experiencing the Holy Spirit visiting us at every turn as we took in firsthand how the Lord had worked through such an unexpected figure like Luther. We were reminded of the fact that it was all about how the Holy Spirit had revealed the grace of Christ to a simple monk, a lowly miners son.

Touched by that grace deep in his heart, Martin Luther took his stand and would not be moved from it, come what may. Once he finally understood God’s love and grace, he would face the onslaught unleashed at him for defying the traditions and dead rituals of Catholicism and undermining the money changing tables of their religious system.

It was all punctuated to us by the fact that it was a miracle to have come there at all that day. I knew the Lord had intervened to bring us there, and it spoke to us of how important this story was.

The Lord was illuminating the importance of His Gospel of grace as something that must again be understood and communicated once more!

The way the Lord brought us here speaks to me, then and now, of the importance of the message that is at the center the Reformation: The grace that is found through faith in Jesus Christ. Christ alone cleanses us from all sin when we put our faith in Him and receive Him as Savior; He did the work on the cross we could never do ourselves to pay for sin. He also credits us with His very own righteousness, giving us a right standing with the Father, justifying us and giving us peace with God, hallelujah!

Useful links for further study of  the Reformation and the revivals it spawned:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Praise Report: Summer 2017

Ministry in Canada

We just returned from ministering in the city of Victoria, Canada as well as surrounding areas on Vancouver Island. We ministered at different church services as well as at some midweek and home meetings. The Lord met us in power and filled many people with the Holy Spirit, and there was healing and deliverance that took place as well.

Divine Intervention on the Way

When we were driving through Canada towards Victoria we received a call from our friend Daniel in Sweden. As we talked and shared about our upcoming ministry in Victoria, Canada, we ended up praying together on the phone. Our friend got a word and a picture of me using the guitar in upcoming meetings. Feeling it was from the Lord, I employed the guitar in some of the smaller meetings for a few worship songs to powerful effect.

Both of us sharing at the Feed the Flame event
at Salvation House in Victoria, Canada.

In fact, we were taking a walk before the meeting one evening when the wind began to blow very hard, which I keenly took notice of. That night, as I began playing the guitar and leading worship in the meeting, the Lord laid an old song on my heart about the wind of the Holy Spirit. This then led me after that to share on the verse in John 3:8: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

We did some worship in some of the midweek meetings 
after getting a word from our friend in Sweden about doing so.

A guy who had come to the meeting that night, whose background was not Spirit-filled, and who normally does not attend that particular meeting, had been studying on this and came to the realization, then and there, that the Lord was preparing him and that he needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We began to pray for him and the Holy Spirit came upon him in great power for the first time in his life and he was powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit and couldn’t continue to stand and had to be held up by others, he was so touched! He also prayed in the Spirit, receiving the gift of tongues for the first time in his life! There was a lady who also got powerfully ministered to and experienced a lot of deep healing in her heart and deliverance. She got touched again at another meeting and said, “I really didn’t think it could get any better or be more powerful after the other night, but it did tonight!”

Praying and ministering as the Holy Spirit filled, 
refreshed, delivered, and healed 
many of those who came.

At a meeting at another church, a guy from England who had experienced many recent struggles in life happened to just wander into the meeting as we ministered. Someone asked me to talk and pray with him during the ministry time. It turned out he’d recently lost his dogs and hurt his back. We talked and shared with him and he ended up praying to receive Christ with us. I had a word for him, that “he didn’t need to maintain a stiff upper lip before the Lord.” And as I spoke it, tears began to flow from his eyes and the Lord brought healing to his heart. He was very thankful that he had received the Lord and that we were willing to take the time to talk and pray with him, hallelujah! We went to lunch one afternoon with our friend Bob Brasset, who was a mutual friend of Harald Bredesen’s. Harald was one of the leaders and fathers of the Charismatic Renewal and a mentor figure to us before he passed away. We ended up sharing some Holy Ghost Surf Stories with Bob and his wife Sue and their friends and then also witnessed to the waitress. The waitress listened intently as we explained the Gospel to her and she then opened her heart to pray with us and receive Christ! Somebody in the restaurant was obviously listening in, and got blessed, for when we asked for the bill we were told someone in the restaurant had already anonymously picked up the tab for us! Wow!

Divine Appointment

I had a divine appointment at the beach shortly after our return to California from Canada. While trying to cool off from the intense So Cal (Southern California) heat and taking a walk on the pier, I noticed a young woman and the Holy Spirit moved on my heart to talk to her. Turned out she was a new believer who was in need of a touch from God at the moment; in fact she thanked me before anything even happened for just talking to her, she was so hungry for God to do something in her life. After sharing a bit about my own experience being filled with the Holy Spirit, I began to pray for her and the tears streamed greatly down her face. She was so touched she gave me a hamburger that she was taking home from a local diner where she worked. Patrick had gotten ahead of me and was waiting in the car; he was excited to hear about the divine appointment and also to be able to share a big juicy double bacon cheeseburger, hallelujah!

25 Years of Marriage!!

We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, wow! Crazy how time goes by! Twenty-five years of marriage is definitely something to celebrate!

Taking a little time to celebrate 25 years of marriage 
up in Banff and Jasper National Parks. 
Since it was Canada's 150-year anniversary itself,
we got to enter the parks for free!

One of the first things God did for man was give him a mate and create marriage. Becoming one flesh in marriage is God’s original plan before the fall. In redemption He puts the plan back into operation, but our fallen natures make it a struggle. We thus must listen to and yield to Jesus’ work and the empowering of the Holy Spirit to walk towards fulfilling that unity and oneness in marriage!

We are thankful for the grace of God sustaining us all these years, especially in these days of massive marriage wreckage everywhere. Traditional Christian marriage is hugely under attack these days and divorce rates also continue to soar. Thus, it is all the more important to take time out to celebrate God’s grace and mercy in our lives. We took a little time and left early on our recent ministry trip into Canada and went out to visit a couple of their National Parks. We were blessed to take in some of the spectacular views and get a few hikes in at Banff and Jasper National Parks, which are right next to each other with the drive between them being especially scenic. Time flies and life goes by fast so it is important to take some time to celebrate those important milestones in life! Furthermore, we see in the Bible that God commanded that His people celebrate and commemorate events that involved His hand of deliverance and blessing. For example, Passover and numerous other events were celebrated to commemorate God’s intervention in their lives.


We will be traveling to Europe again soon. We will be doing an evangelistic outreach in London, England, as well as other ministry in other countries. Europe is in the midst of a spiritual battle for the soul of the continent. What we see happening in the natural reflects the spiritual battle in the heavenly realms for the very heart and soul of the continent. This Gospel of the Kingdom must be preached in all the world! The Lord is highlighting Europe in our day! Please consider praying and giving to help us as we step out on another mission. 

Blessings and grace, 
Bryan, Mercedes, and Patrick Marleaux

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ministry Update: May 2017

We recently returned from Northern California where we ministered with the House of Prayer Salinas.

The Lord met us in power and the Holy Spirit’s presence was poured out as we ministered. We received some encouraging testimonies from our friend Dave Estrella after the meeting:

"I asked people to share about their experiences (from the night you ministered) and there was so much amazing feedback and testimonies. Most everyone said there was just such a tangible presence of the Lord, which was the biggest blessing to them. One lady, Linda, had a cool story of God healing her toe. You guys prayed for her and it was the first time she has ever experienced a physical healing and was greatly encouraged.

Jonathan and Cynthia (the Hispanic couple with the baby on the way) said they were really blessed as well…they were super encouraged. Jonathan said that what Bryan was praying over him was right on and really encouraging.

God definitely deposited something in me…[and has given me an] understanding of walking in the Spirit among other things. Last weekend opened my eyes to the fact that we really do need to be filled with the power of God. Not only that, but He wants us to be filled to overflowing. Not only that but there is no other way to truly live the Christian life than to do it from His power and not our own!!

Thank you guys for coming up. It is always such a huge blessing. Everyone at HOPS is already asking when you will be back next. Just know you have an extended family up here."

There was also a former gang member who was filled, refreshed, and renewed in his walk with the Lord. The Holy Spirit filled him and poured over him and he also began praying for others!

We have been blessed to minister over the years in some different places in that area including a Presbyterian Youth Group, a Calvary Chapel, a Foursquare Church, and various home meetings.

We actually came to minister there in Salinas via Hawaii, through a ministry trip we did some years back at Surfing The Nations (STN) in Oahu. It was while we were teaching at STN and having a ministry time and praying for different people that we ended up praying for Dave. He got filled with the Holy Spirit when we prayed for him and he experienced the love of God in a way he had never known was even possible. This is how he describes it: “Now, it’s hard for me to communicate to you what I was feeling in that moment, but I can tell you that it was the best thing ever. Nothing, absolutely nothing, no love, no feeling, no experience, no nothing ever has or ever will come close to the ecstasy and joy that I felt in that moment. It was the love of God; the love of my heavenly Father revealed through His Spirit. It was so strong that it changed me forever. I am not the same because of that one life-changing experience.”

We connected with Dave during our time ministering at STN and became good friends after that, and we’ve come up to minister in the Salinas area on a number of occasions since then.

Salinas Via Hawaii 

The story of how we ended up at Surfing the Nations (STN) is interesting itself: We were visiting at one point with Mel and Joyce Tari. Mel had been part of the Indonesian Revival and published a book about his experience called Like a Mighty Wind.

While talking on one occasion he got to thinking and said that since I liked to surf I should meet Tom Bauer who ran STN. Mel in fact called him right then on the phone to connect us.

After some introductions and a bit of conversation, Tom invited us to come and minister at STN right there on the phone. I said I liked the idea but would like to pray and get confirmation, everything had happened so fast.

After praying for a few days on the subject, I went out surfing one day. I was coming in from the water when I saw a group of people who looked Hawaiian doing a full luau right there on the beach. They had tiki torches, ukuleles, the whole deal. I’d never seen that in California—my uncle lived in Hawaii so I was familiar with some of the cultural stuff from surf trips over there.

As I stopped for a moment to take it in, the Holy Spirit began to fall on me and speak to me that we were to go to Hawaii and “a lot of your learning will be put to good use.”

After arranging the trip and flying over, we arrived to a much different setting than I expected at STN.

Surfing The Nations was full of people from different countries being trained in missions; I expected that. However, a lot of them attending were from Sweden at that particular time, which I didn't expect to find, especially so far away in Hawaii. We had done a lot of ministry in Sweden ourselves, and spent much time learning and working to introduce the power of God to this unique Scandinavian nation.

Also, Tom shared with us that most of the students at STN were not from Spirit-filled backgrounds, but were open. He added that since they were from low key Scandinavian descent I should “avoid oversell” with a lot Pentecostal language, which they may not be familiar with. Instead, he told me to just “go for it and pray for them and the Lord will minister with His Spirit.”

I responded that “I’ve become somewhat familiar with the lagom culture of Sweden and have had some experience with seeing some over there get powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit, so this could be right up our alley. I have a feeling it is going to be naturally supernatural!”

Our learning did end up being put to good use and we were right in the timing of God. There were a couple of Swedes at the school who were in fact Spirit-filled and had been seeing the need for the rest of the group to be filled with the Holy Spirit. As a result, they had been interceding and praying in recent weeks, asking God to send someone to minister in that regard and for the Holy Spirit to be poured out.

We taught the Bible in the morning sessions and then just moved right into a time where we said, “Let's do some of what we are reading,” and began to pray over them. Some were a bit stiff and quite unfamiliar in the beginning, but the Holy Spirit began to fill and empower and break through barriers.

Day after day more got filled and empowered. After a few days, we were having powerful outpourings where the Holy Spirit seemed to be just flooding us all with His presence. One of those students who got filled was Dave, who although had attended a Calvary Chapel his whole life, had never experienced the filling of the Holy Spirit. As we were ministering at one point, the Lord began to fill him.

Dave's Testimony 

Here is Dave's testimony about the Holy Spirit breaking in on his life from during that ministry time at STN. (The following is an edited and more concise version of a post we published in the past.)

I had joined a cool group of young hippie-like surfers (in Hawaii) who really loved Jesus. It was an organization called Surfing the Nations. I traveled the world with them and had many new experiences, but one experience in particular topped them all.

One day at Surfing the Nations, some missionaries named Bryan and Mercedes Marleaux came to speak to us in our daily morning meeting. What seemed to be a normal meeting turned in to something that was everything but normal! After they shared their message they began to pray for us. It was kind of a free-for-all. Everyone stood up and they went around praying for different people. Some people started to cry, some started to laugh, some started just moving around a little, shaking etc.

My eyes were closed and I was focused on God. If I had experienced an environment like that a few years earlier I would have just shut down, or left the room. But God had been slowly moving me out of my comfort zone.

All of a sudden I began to feel something. I knew exactly what it was, but I had never felt it so strong in my life. It was love, the love of God poured out by the Holy Spirit as Bryan and Mercedes ministered amongst us. I felt a warm loving embrace start to fill the air around me, and wrap around me, and fill my whole body. God himself tangibly wrapped His arms around me and spoke deep into my heart...

Now, it’s hard for me to communicate to you what I was feeling in that moment, but I can tell you that it was the best thing ever. Nothing, absolutely nothing, no love, no feeling, no experience, no nothing ever has or ever will come close to the ecstasy and joy that I felt in that moment. It was the love of God; the love of my heavenly Father revealed through His Spirit. It was so strong that it changed me forever. I am not the same because of that one life-changing experience.

Romans 5:5 tells us that God pours His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. That’s what I was experiencing in that moment, and have continued to experience in moments as I just walk with Jesus.

This precious gift of experiencing God’s love is available to all believers. What’s the requirement? Just faith. You don’t have to do anything to earn it because God knows that you could never deserve it. Just stop striving, stop trying to earn God’s love through the righteous things you do and simply believe that He loves you just as you are and go to Him and ask Him to pour out His love upon you. He will not deny you!

Waves That Keep Flowing 

Patrick, our son, was also powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit when we were filming this very testimony of Dave's in Salinas. Patrick was just lying on the couch listening as we filmed this in Dave’s living room, and the power of God just suddenly came upon him and poured over him intensely. Waves of power and glory flowed over him for about an hour! He was filled and empowered with God’s love in a very awesome way! Praise the Lord!

Third Wave Anniversary

This weekend is also the 37th anniversary of the Mothers Day Outpouring when Lonnie Frisbee ministered at the then Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda and the Holy Spirit was poured out, which would later become the Anaheim Vineyard. This began what missiologist Peter Wagner calls the Third Wave Outpouring of the  Holy Spirit in the 20th Century in America (The 1st wave being the Pentecostal Revival and 2nd being the Charismatic Renewal.) We were blessed to be personally connected with two principal leaders of the 2nd and 3rd Wave Revivals, Harald Bredesen with the Charismatic Renewal and Lonnie Frisbee with the Third Wave Revival (also called the Vineyard Revival but the name can be a bit narrow as the Revival touched more than just those in the Vineyard).  The Wall Street Journal also did an article this week on how this summer will mark the 50th year anniversary of the Summer of Love when Hippies descended en masse on Haight Ashbury. Out of that wild cultural milieu was birthed the Jesus People Revival where young people all over the country began to get saved.

  • We have a blog we did on the Mothers Day Outpouring.
  • A Web page on Lonnie and the Revivals he was involved in.
  • A video on the Jesus People Revival and Mother's Day Outpouring.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ministry Update: Spring 2017

We recently returned from ministering in the Central Coast area of California:

Unexpected Evangelistic Experience

When we are traveling, we have to stay in the occasional roadside motel. Every now and then divine intervention takes place and it turns into an evangelistic experience:

We happened to come back to an uncleaned room at the ole Motel 6 so Mercedes requested a maid to come and take care of it while we were there in the room. As the maid cleaned things up, I kept having lines from our old friend and mentor Harald Bredesen pop into my head, and sensed it was the Holy Spirit who was stirring me to witness to this woman.

She didn't speak English so I did my best in Spanish for a bit and then Mercedes began to help out. Using Harald’s line, we inquired: “Do you know who said you must be born again?” We were not surprised to find that even though she was Catholic she had never heard Jesus’ central message before.

She was very open and listened with attention to what we said. After taking some more time to explain the Gospel to her she opened her heart and we prayed with her, there in the room, to receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior!! Hallelujah! We also prayed for the Holy Spirit to empower her! We got her info so we could send her stuff on local churches and Scriptures to read.

On the way driving back we passed by another motel where we led a maid to the Lord just about a year ago, and thought of another old friend and mentor of ours, Lonnie Frisbee, who would have surely laughed and said, “I think the Lord is giving you a maid ministry!”

Central Coast Ministry and Beyond

We ministered at both Pearl Chapel in Shell Beach which is right next to Pismo Beach and part of what is called the Five Cities region, famed for clams, sand dunes, and cold weather even in summer. We also ministered at IV Church in Isla Vista which is just north of Santa Barbara.

We were asked to share about our own experiences of being filled with the Holy Spirit which is always a fun story to recount for both of us as both Mercedes and myself both experienced the filling of the Spirit in what would become known as the Vineyard Movement.

We were blessed as we ministered to see many get filled with the Holy Spirit at both places, as well as encouraged, renewed, and empowered, to “do the stuff” as John Wimber used to say.

Ministering at Pearl Chapel in the Central Coast.

As an example of what the Lord did at those churches as we ministered: there was a young man who grew up around Korean churches where he had heard about the Holy Spirit but desired more than just hearing about this, he wanted to be filled and empowered. When we prayed for him, he was immediately filled, overcome and fell down to the ground, and then began to speak in tongues. After some time soaking it all in he came up quite filled with joy; he had finally experienced and received it for himself!

A guy we know named Scott came up at IV (as we began to minister) and spontaneously told how he had been filled with the Spirit of God back in 2010-2011 when we laid hands on him and prayed for him. He shared how when we prayed for him he got filled with God’s power and received tongues and was launched into a six-year journey of encountering God in a new way in his life. He encouraged others who might be a bit timid or who might be unfamiliar with all this to come and receive as well.

It was a blessed time as the Spirit of the Lord filled many and equipped and empowered people at both places!

On our return from the Central Coast we ministered out in the Inland Empire at IEC where the pastor was encouraging the congregation to also be equipped and filled with the Holy Spirit ( an important theme that the Holy Spirit is highlighting lately), and we were again stoked to see so many there being filled and empowered not only during the ministry time but there were also two spontaneous afterglows that took place on the way out, where the Lord brought forth surprising and unexpected moves of power as we ended up praying for more people on the way to the car! Glory!

Appearance in a New Book

Our friend Roger Sachs, one of the founders at Pearl Chapel recently finished the book Not By Might Nor By Power: The Great Commission, the second in a series on one of the main evangelists of the Jesus People Revival, Lonnie Frisbee, for which we were blessed to write an endorsement in the beginning of the book. We are also mentioned later in the book regarding how I (Bryan) got filled with the Holy Spirit in the early days of Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda, which was later to become Anaheim Vineyard.

If you want to relive some of those early days and get the low down on how Lonnie Frisbee was instrumental in the early days of Calvary and Vineyard, as well as how he actually was the one who started Greg Laurie's church Harvest Christian Fellowship out in Riverside, check it out!

Having roots in both Calvary and the Vineyard we see the importance of keeping both the Word and the Holy Spirit at the forefront of things.

Much love and blessings!
Bryan, Mercedes and Patrick Marleaux