Friday, December 3, 2021

Ministry Update: Fall/Winter 2021

Praise God! Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life and that more abundantly.” John 10:10. We are thankful for the life eternal and abundant Christ has given us and that He gives us opportunity to share it with others.

 

We have been ministering down in the Southern border region recently, where we preached at a meeting at Iglesia Antioquia which is a church where we have old friends and one that we have been connected to for many years. In fact, in the past we spent 7 years there teaching and preaching and helping out on a monthly basis. We preached on how Christ has paid the full price for our sins on the cross, as well as the righteousness that He credits to us by faith along with the grace we are given in Christ. As we prayed over the congregation the power of the Holy Spirit filled and renewed those we prayed for, giving a deeper revelation and understanding of Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is amazing how the Holy Spirit brings a deepening of the revelation of the cross, and it is always refreshing when His presence moves among us.

 

We got to share some Holy Ghost Stories as well as some Revival History and perform some Worship and Revival Songs together on The Art of Worship podcast with Cheryl Deborah Thomas on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network in OC, which appears on numerous platforms, channels, and formats. It was a blessed time of sharing together on a couple of different programs with Mercedes, Cheryl, and myself, as we spoke and sang. 

 

As we approached the 504th anniversary of the Reformation at the end of October, we also shared on a Zoom prayer meeting, telling about Martin Luther and how the grace of Christ touched his life in such a deep way that it eventually reverberated out through Europe and then to other nations. This year is also the 410th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. We share about the connection between the Reformation and the King James publication in our latest video and blog which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/SVny9ov569E

 

We have also shared at Calvary Chapel in San Clemente a couple of times recently on the work and power of the Holy Spirit, in and for evangelism, and the need for the Holy Spirit to empower us to reach people with the Gospel, something the Jesus People Revival was all about. We prayed for the group of people there at the end of one of the meetings. The Lord gave me a word as we were praying for people and the Holy Spirit then fell in power as I shared it! A young woman got touched powerfully and began crying as I shared the word and the Spirit filled her and then others started getting touched and filled with the Holy Spirit, in the end everyone there got touched and ministered to, hallelujah!!

 

Outreaches 

 

We also joined up with that particular young lady who got touched at CCSC and we prayed for, going out on the weekend to do an outreach at the beach in South OC. We shared the Gospel and planted seeds with many others, as well as prayed for different people on the beach. This included a Hispanic woman who we had a divine appointment with who was deeply touched when we prayed for her right there on the beach and who then wrote us a very nice note afterwards sharing how deeply ministered to she was! We also ministered to a young Marine. I was able to share with him and also counsel and pray for him to help him move forward in his walk with God.

 

In fact, we have been participating in some other outreaches along the Coast in different areas recently as well. 

 

One of the other outreaches was down in San Diego, where we had a divine appointment with a woman we met and prayed for who got ministered to powerfully, as well as running into an old friend. We joined together and prayed for these guys and ministered to them, which included our son Patrick who was at the outreach too with a friend. The Holy Spirit swept in and fell in power, knocking a number of those we were praying with to the ground, and deeply and powerfully impacted them with Christ’s love, power, and glory, hallelujah!

 

We shared about Lonnie Frisbee and the Jesus People Revival at an outreach at Pirate’s Cove in Corona Del Mar, telling about the large baptisms that used to take place there. Lonnie was used to lead others not only water baptism, but also the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We also shared and prayed for numerous people there who we met and who were impacted by the Holy Spirit when we ministered to them!

 

More Divine Appointments…

 

We also had a divine appointment with a Hispanic lady at a coffee shop. The Lord gave me a word for her about her needing prayer when I talked with her. 

 

She asked us to wait a few minutes until she was done working to pray for her. In the meantime, a lot of spiritual warfare started happening when the manager, out of the blue, started acting rude and hostile to us. We knew it was spiritual warfare and just ignored it. We waited until she was finished, and then and then began to pray for her with some friends, who we have been ministering together with at their house church,and the Lord touched her very, very powerfully. She was a believer going through many trials and the Lord ministered to her deeply, with many tears coming down as the Holy Spirit filled her up! Glory Hallelujah!!

The Lord has been leading us into many other divine appointments as well. 

 

We went up the Northern Coast of the Pacific for a family wedding where Mercedes’ nephew was getting married. On the way up, we stopped to camp along the coast, where we encountered some hippie guys who lived there at the camp, and we ended up spending some time sharing the Gospel with them and planting the seeds of the Kingdom of God in their hearts. 

 

It is important to note that a significant part of the evangelistic process is planting seeds. A person who we led to the Lord recently had someone else sowing the seeds of the Kingdom in their life, which we got to harvest in leading them to Christ. As Jesus said‘One sows the seed, and another reaps the harvest…’ John 4:37.

 

We also had some divine appointments at the wedding. I met a well-known Christian author who I connected with and prayed for, and he began sharing some of his own private Holy Spirit encounter stories with me when he found out I was Spirt-filled, which led him to open up to me (he is not publicly known as Charismatic but has been having some Charismatic experiences). We also prayed for one of the cooks there at the wedding as well as witnessing to some other people we met while having a few adventures along the way!

 

We also had a Holy Ghost rendezvous on the way home with our old friend Dave from up north. We met together up north while we were traveling and experienced some refreshing waves of living water as we shared and prayed together. 

We have also been ministering in some small group settings where we have experienced the Lord ministering powerfully in healing and mercy by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

 

We thank you so much for your prayers and support which helps keep us out there ministering the Kingdom of God and the love of Christ to others. 



Blessings to you!

Bryan and Mercedes Marleaux

Sunday, October 31, 2021

King James and the Authorized Version of the Bible and Its Ties to the Reformation



This year is the 504th Anniversary of The Reformation and the 410th Anniversary of the King James Bible. Along with the Reformation igniting a widespread return to biblical faith throughout Europe, with the realization that it is Jesus Christ who saves and not the religious institution, there were also a number of Bible translations that came forth. This would result eventually in the publication of the King James Bible later in England. 


The following is a brief overview of how that came about. 

King James and the Bible 


King James had been taught from his earliest days by a Protestant tutor. Thus raised as a Protestant, the new King in England, who for the first time ruled both England and Scotland, was approached by a group of Puritans who brought forth a number of requests known as the Millenary Petition, a document signed by one thousand Puritans. 

The Puritans originally were a revival movement in England that came out of the Reformation, whose name indicated a desire to purify the Church and return completely to the New Testament. 

Though raised as a Protestant, King James still had a lot of his own ideas, and he viewed the Puritans as quite extreme. 

He would, however, grant one of the Puritans’ requests and publish an authorized official version of the Holy Bible. 

This one request King James granted became his most enduring legacy. The King James Bible, known in England as the Authorized Version and in America as the King James Version, became renowned throughout the English-speaking world for centuries, and from its publication to our present day it has been widely used. 

Martin Luther’s Influence on the English Reformation 


Martin Luther was reading the book of Romans when he experienced the grace of God that is given through faith in Christ. Luther had suffered under the burden of performing the ongoing rituals prescribed by the Catholic Church to merit salvation. However, he came into a place of liberty and freedom in Christ having the heavy burden lifted off when he read about the forgiveness and grace given to us when we just put our faith in Christ and receive the grace and forgiveness He gives through His work on the cross. 

Luther began teaching on this amazing grace after his born-again experience and also drew up a list of things he wanted to challenge and debate with other theologians regarding the errors the Catholic Church was teaching. He tacked this list, called the Ninety-Five Theses, to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg on October 31st in 1517. 

Luther’s Theses sparked The Protestant Reformation, igniting a widespread return to faith in Christ in Europe, with the realization that it is Jesus Christ who is the one who saves, not the religious institution. The New Testament teaching that salvation is a gift given through faith in Christ by grace, not by religious performance of rituals, spread far and wide in Europe. 

Repercussions Across the Channel 


The Reformation’s impact eventually began to come across the English Channel into Great Britain and it was regularly discussed at Cambridge University. 

One of the places in Cambridge that held lively discussions on the topic was a pub known as the White Horse Inn, where long discussions would take place late into the evenings. Cambridge became known as a Little Germany and Little Wittenberg due to the adoption of Reformation truths. 

Those that were able to read the New Testament, saw that Luther was just drawing from its central teaching and merely saying that Christ has paid for our sin on the cross already, which is to be received by faith and is not something that we can earn or work for by performing religious rituals, nor can this forgiveness and salvation be merited by any other religious performance nor work. 

Here lay an important problem though, as the religious institution of the day, the Catholic Church, saw to it that the Bible was not available. 

They had made it illegal for common people to own or possess the Scriptures in any way. In fact, at the Synod of Toulouse in 1229, the Catholic Church officially forbade the laity to possess the Bible, and from that time onward people were burned at the stake—including women and children—for possession of illegal Bibles or sometimes merely having just some pages of the Bible. 

They also opposed translations into the common vernacular languages. The Catholic Church wanted the Bible kept only in Latin so as to limit who could read it or have access to it. Latin was a long dead language at this point and the vast majority of people, including most of the clergy in the Catholic Church, could neither read it nor understand it. Scholar David Daniell says: “The Bible might as well have been in Chinese for all the good it did forcing it to be kept in Latin.” Because Luther had been studying to be a lawyer before he entered the monastery, he was able to read Latin. 

Luther had made a translation of the New Testament into German while hiding in the Warburg Castle escaping those who wanted his death. His translation further fueled the Reformation. Now people could read for themselves that the New Testament taught that salvation is a gift from God given through faith in Christ. He later finished translating the rest of the Bible into the German language once he was able to return home to Wittenberg. 

William Tyndale 


William Tyndale had been a Catholic priest in England, and like Luther, had also experienced a conversion to Christ and was touched by the grace of God. 

He had spent time studying in Cambridge and having discussions at the White Horse Inn, and being influenced by the Reformation and Martin Luther, wanted to make a Bible translation available in the English language. 

Tyndale had transferred from Oxford to Cambridge because Oxford towed the Catholic line and held in its Constitutions prohibition against the Bible being in the common English language. 

Influenced by the impact Martin Luther had in translating the New Testament into the German vernacular, Tyndale sought to do the same for the English-speaking world. 

He set out to create a translation of the New Testament first, and then the rest of the Bible. In an effort to begin his quest, Tyndale left Cambridge and found favor with a couple who provided him a place to stay and work out in Little Sodbury where he began his work of translation. 

Tyndale eventually came over to Germany to meet with Martin Luther in Wittenberg, after leaving England due to persecution. 

It was shortly after this time with Luther that Tyndale began to have his translation of the New Testament printed first in Worms, Germany, then smuggled into England. 

Tyndale’s pocket-sized New Testaments, which could be easily hidden, became a huge hit in the United Kingdom and caused quite a stir, to the consternation of Woolsey, the Catholic Bishop in London who sought to buy them up so he could burn them. 

This plan of Woolsey backfired in numerous ways. The larger population was outraged that a clergyman would have the outrageous audacity to burn the Holy Scriptures. Furthermore, the seller of the New Testaments had the money secretly sent to Tyndale who printed three times as many of his translation of the New Testaments which further flooded into England. 

Woolsley was shocked when he was told he had actually been unwittingly funding Tyndale through his fanatical efforts to liquidate the Word of God. 

One of the great blessings that Tyndale and Luther both had was the work of Didier Erasmus, a Cambridge professor from The Netherlands who assembled and published a Greek text of the New Testament which gave them accessibility to the original text. 

Thus, Luther and Tyndale made their translations of the New Testament from the original Greek. John Wycliffe, a little more than a century earlier, had made an English translation but only had the Latin version to work from. Wycliffe Bibles also had to be copied by hand, as the printing press had not yet been invented, and most copies were rounded up and burned along with many believers. The invention of the printing press greatly accelerated the Reformation and the distribution of the Scriptures. 

Tyndale and His Dying Words 


Tyndale was persecuted, and was eventually betrayed, arrested, and put to death. His dying words, as he was about to be burned at the stake, were a prayer: “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.” 

A year after the death of Tyndale, King Henry VIII had Bibles placed in churches to be available to be read by the people. The dying prayer of Tyndale went even further though, when King James later granted the Puritans one request, which was the publication of an authorized version of the Bible, which became known in America later as the King James Bible. 

Scholar David Daniell says the sages and scholars King James assembled to do the work used Tyndale’s translation as their framework, and actually 90% of the King James New Testament is Tyndale’s work. The Lord carried forth this reformer’s effort and prayer into an amazing legacy 

We have numerous videos for more on these subjects: 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Ministry Update - Summer 2021



Praise the Lord! Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He went to the cross and paid the price to give us eternal life. The Holy Spirit, whom He has sent, continues to pour out His power to heal and to save, and to minister the grace and love of the living Savior. Hallelujah! 

 Recent Ministry 


Here are some highlights from the ministry the Lord has been doing amongst us: 

We have been ministering down in the Southern Border region recently and experiencing the presence of the Lord moving amongst us. 

In fact, we just experienced a blessed time ministering at a meeting that Hermana Concepcion set up, whom we have known for years. She set up a special meeting for us to do in her backyard right down by the border. 

The Lord poured out His refreshing living water of the Holy Spirit as we shared, led worship, and then ministered and prayed for many there! 

One of the highlights for us was praying for her two grandchildren—who are in their late 20’s—both of them got powerfully ministered to with tears flowing. Concepcion said she has never seen them experience the touch of God’s presence and receive from the Lord like this ever before! Glory to God! There were many other people who also received a powerful touch from the Lord as well as His healing presence. 

We also ministered with a Calvary Chapel in South OC recently and they had us share about my early days and how, after getting saved, I ended up at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa through an unusual divine appointment back in the Jesus People days, as well as the empowering of the Holy Spirit I experienced at what was then called Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda—later to be named the Anaheim Vineyard—through Lonnie Frisbee’s ministry there back in the day. They actually filmed all this for their online streaming TV program. 

You can view the Interview which shares a lot of history of the era here: https://youtu.be/lMg28wO2Awg

We also prayed for the people who were there at the meeting and God touched a number of them quite powerfully! So it was quite a blessed situation! The pastor said at the end: “We just experienced a real afterglow like the old days back in the Jesus’ People times.” Hallelujah! 

We also had some other small group meetings where we had a blessed time of the Holy Spirit ministering powerfully and deeply, bringing lots of renewal and healing. 

Divine Appointments 


We recently had a divine appointment while hiking where we led someone to the Lord. Mercedes and I were on the way to the mountains to have a little time together and we stopped to take a hike. 

We kept running into a couple on the hike and we started talking with them out by a turnaround point. The Lord opened a door to share the Gospel with them and it turned out the lady was a believer but the guy wasn’t, although he told us how people had been sharing the Gospel with him recently. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, we explained that Christ was knocking on the door of his heart. Praise God, he opened his heart to pray with us and receive Christ as his Savior and Lord!! Hallelujah!! 

Sometimes we get to plant seeds, sometimes we water the seeds that have been planted by others, and at other times we get to experience the harvest when the Lord opens the door. There are other times when we get to encourage fellow believers, as we share here next. It’s all equally important in the Kingdom of God.  

We had a divine appointment with some people up in the mountains, while on a rafting trip with some friends including Jeff and Jeanette who invited us to go rafting with them. We also had some powerful spontaneous evening Holy Ghost prayer times with them and other friends who were there, praise God! The divine appointment took place while out hiking: We met a couple—while getting a bit lost—and asking directions. After talking a bit, it turned out that this couple were believers and actually ministered with a friend we know, so we immediately connected with them. Their own ministry has suffered a lot during COVID as did so many—which we were not immune to ourselves, however the Lord is faithful and helped us through—so we prayed for them and they were greatly encouraged and buoyed by the touch of God. Hallelujah! 

We always appreciate your prayers and support for us, and even more so in trying times! 
Thanks for your faithfulness in Christ! 
Blessings to you! 

Bryan and Mercedes Marleaux 

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Email: gracewm@flash.net 
Blog Reflections from the Road: reflectionsftroad.blogspot.com 
Podcast: Grace Alone on Apple Podcasts 
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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Happy Easter! Ministry Update: Spring 2021



Praise God that Jesus went to the cross to pay for our sin! Death however could not hold Him and He rose from the grave victorious. The Bible says that the same power that raised Christ up from the grave is at work in us (Ephesians 1:19-20). We have been blessed with the Holy Spirit through Christ’s work on the cross! 

Recent Ministry Highlights 


Here are a few highlights of ministry that we have been doing both in-person and online and we have also been blessed to experience divine appointments along the way. 

Ministry in the Mountains 


We had an awesome time ministering up in the Eastern Sierra Mountains recently at Mammoth Mountain. We experienced some divine intervention and the Lord opened a door to minister at Lighthouse Church there in Mammoth at their main service. I shared about coming to Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit and we prayed for many people there who were touched by God’s power. 

We also shared at some home meetings there in Mammoth as well as in Crowley Lake during the week. Mercedes shared some of her testimony of being saved and filled with the Holy Spirit and I led some worship along with some divine appointment stories. We were blessed to minister there and enjoy some of the snow and God’s creation as well.  



Online Meetings 


While doing some online ministry Mercedes shared about some of the healing she has experienced recently in regard to her relationship with her dad with those who were participating on a Zoom meeting. There were those who responded about how they were touched and ministered to by her testimony.

Divine Appointments 


I recently had a divine appointment at a Sports and Hiking Store while talking about hiking and traveling with an employee there. I had the opportunity to share some Holy Ghost stories with one of the people who worked there and plant some seeds of the Gospel. 

Planting seeds is an important part of evangelism and there are different situations God will lead us into; it’s important to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is leading us to do in each one. Sometimes it is to plant seeds, other times to water seeds, other times to harvest. It is important to “stay in step with the Holy Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) 

We always appreciate your prayers and support. 
May the risen Christ surround you with His presence this Easter! 

God bless! 
Bryan and Mercedes Marleaux

Jesus’s atonement on the cross has made the way for the Divine Holy Spirit to live inside of those who receive and believe upon Christ, we have a song celebrating this truth that you can listen to on the following platforms:

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A Visit to Patrick of Ireland’s Ancient Little Church




We were traveling around Ireland, as well as doing a bit of ministry there, when we came upon an opportunity to visit an interesting sight. 

It was actually out in County Sligo by a beach in the village of Strandhill, a place we had decided to visit for a few days. 
 
We were using public transportation at this point and getting around on the local bus, which became a bit of an endeavor because the thing drove right by the little hostel we booked in Strandhill. The driver momentarily stopped but then quickly sped away, slamming the door when we got up to get off after realizing it was our hostel. He ignored us and kept driving all the way back to the main depot several miles out of our way! 

We then had to hoof it back along the side of the highway, schlepping along with our luggage for several miles to return back to where we had been. Here we were rambling down a long lonely Irish highway, with all our luggage, out in the middle of nowhere. Well, at least the Irish scenery is always nice. This particular endeavor, however, was a little preview of the chore we’d take on in order to find an ancient site in the area. 

Another bus driver a couple of days later actually did let us get off there in Strandhill when we asked, and when I mentioned to him how the other driver didn’t, he responded: “Oh, that guy. Well, you know some people got their issues…You’re not the only lad to complain about that guy’s antics.” 

The formerly diffident driver who wouldn’t let us off at Strandhill at least reinforced what a gigantic miracle it had been when we experienced a bus driver going hugely out of his way for us, like one did on a different trip when we were in Germany on a particular occasion.

The Lord saw our struggle and brought some refreshing by providing some fun surf that evening at Strandhill beach. In fact, the strong howling Irish wind all a sudden calmed down before the sun went down and the chop of the rough seas laid down as the waves smoothed out. What had looked earlier like a blown-out mess, turned into a pretty fun evening of surf. It was a blessing to get out into the ocean for a few waves after a long day on that bus and that long luggage-carrying hoof we’d done. 

There were some Irish blokes out learning to surf at that sand-bottom beach break in Strandhill—lots of surf spots in Ireland break over reefs—so this sand beach created a good learning situation. I was surprised when I ended up talking to a few people there and experienced how they were stoked to meet a surfer from California. 

You don’t always get a welcome reception when surfing in other locales: in some areas the locals can sometimes go out of their way to let you know how unwelcome you are. So it is nice to get a welcome reception while surfing once in a while, especially since it isn’t the norm. 

Finding Patty’s Ole Wee Little Kirk 

 
Through some questioning and investigating, while talking to some people in the area, I found out that there was an ancient little church that the evangelist, popularly known as St. Patrick, had built with his own hands in that region. 

This was not the usual touristy type of sight one might visit while taking one of those typical tours that run regularly throughout Ireland. In fact, it was by long and unusual stretches way off the beaten path and far out of the way. It actually took a fair bit of investigation, as some people knew that it was in the area, but nobody really seemed to know how to get there exactly.  

There was a surf school there that was housed and connected to an “ole public house” which served as a local connection point where you could get a good meal for a relatively inexpensive price, and where many people, including kids and families hung out. 

After some sleuthing around, I found an older person there who knew how to get to the “Ole Kirk O’ Patrick.” 

He explained we would have to do a fair bit of hiking, as well as cross an active airport runway, and then climb up some hills, and rifle through overgrown bushes, to get to it. I expressed to him my surprise that there weren’t more people going out to visit an authentic site like that. 

“Tourists don’t come out to this area much, most are happy to see the Cathedral that is named after St. Patrick in Dublin, even though he had no real association or connection with that touristy place at all,” he explained. 

I was stoked that we were hunting down something that was actually associated with St Patrick’s life. 

Getting To The Little Church 


After making our way out to the local airport, we waited next to the runway until there was a break from airplanes landing and taking off. We then dashed across the airport runway and ran towards the grassy hills on the other side. 

After crossing the runway, I thought about what an unusual thing we had just done, “Don’t think they would let you run across an airport runway back home!” I said. 

We looked around after that mad dash, thankful we hadn’t been chopped up by a plane propeller, and started hiking uphill, paying close attention as we walked along a trail that was not very clearly marked and slightly overgrown due to lack of use. After hiking for a while and going up and down hills, losing the trail a few times and backtracking, and then wading through head-high bushes, we finally came upon the ancient ruins of the little church. 

It fit well with the real St Patrick: rough around the edges, organic, with much of the structure having eroded due to time and weather. Similarly, much of St Patrick’s real story has been eroded by fanciful legends promoted by a religious system he had nothing to do with. 

The Real St. Patrick 


The real St. Patrick is actually someone who experienced a genuine conversion and was very aware that he was saved only by the grace of Christ. 

Patrick was not Irish himself but rather came over to Ireland after being kidnapped and taken there previously as a slave, at which time he cried out to God and experienced a conversion. 

After some time, he was able to escape his slavery and return to Roman Britain. Sometime later, after having a dream where he received a Macedonian call to come back and preach the Gospel to the Irish, he was willing to once again cross the rough sea from his home in Roman Britain, and even suffer at the hands of the pagans who he reached out to, all because of the call he received from God that led him to come and reach the Irish. 

He preached the Gospel with signs and wonders following, and the early Celtic church he is associated with believed in salvation by faith through grace. Patrick was an evangelist to Ireland who preached the Gospel to the Irish and established many small churches throughout the land. 

The Gospel 


The Gospel is alive and it brings salvation to those who receive and believe upon Jesus Christ. Through the grace given by faith in Jesus Christ, mankind is reconciled to God the Father. Patrick became an ambassador of that work of reconciling the Irish people to God. 

The New Testament teaches that it is Jesus Christ who took on the whole burden of sin for us at the cross. He paid the full price for us who believe upon Him, and His grace gives us the free gift of salvation. 

Christ Is The Redeemer 


Christ did the work of salvation for us when He went to the cross. Man-made rituals, traditions, and religiosity, regardless of what institution promotes them, can never be substitutes for the work done by Jesus at Calvary. 

Jesus answered very clearly when asked what are the works that God requires of us: 

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29) 

For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life. And I will raise him up on the Last Day. (John 5:40) 

Paul echoes the same thing: 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

God saved us and chose us to be His…people, but not because of anything we ourselves have done. God saved us and made us His people because that was what He wanted and because of His grace. That grace was given to us through Christ Jesus... (2 Timothy 1:9) 

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior…appeared, He saved us—not by righteous works that we did ourselves, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and the renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs…of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7) 

(Note: We have a small booklet of Scriptures that focus on the grace of God. If you would like a free copy email us and we will send it to you.)

The Celtic Church 


Thus, the early Celtic Church Patrick was associated with, according to historian Ruth Tucker, sought to be centered on the New Testament, just like the disciples in the Early Church, as well as those who were part of the Reformation later. This is in stark contrast to later Catholicism, which admits to basing itself on traditions. 

The real Saint Patrick has much more to do with the Gospel and evangelism, than with the religious legends that obscure his real story. 

As historian Ruth Tucker points out, who has a PhD in history and would visit and lecture on these subjects when I was studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, Patrick of Ireland stands as one of the most misrepresented figures in Christian History. The real story has been replaced by legends, which unfortunately have been furthered by a religious system he was not actually associated with. 

Ireland itself in fact didn’t become Catholic until several centuries after Patrick’s era, when in a bid for dominance the Pope conspired to hold sway over Ireland and impose Catholicism on it. As history is often being written by the victors, both Patrick and Ireland became known as Catholic, when in fact Patrick was not, and Ireland originally wasn’t either. 

Seeking to win over the Irish people, the Pope had Patrick named a Catholic saint. Thus began a long history of Patrick being misrepresented as Catholic, and the Irish people themselves misunderstanding their own Christian roots, which are not originally Catholic, but tied back to early Celtic Christianity, which was the original Christian faith of the island. 

The early Celtic church was actually often at odds with Catholicism and clashed with it. Celtic monks sought to be free and Spirit-led and go where they felt led to go, which regularly stirred the ire of the Catholic bishops and priests, especially on the Continent, as Catholics used a religious system of parishes. They resented the free-wheeling attitude of the Celtic Ministers and Monks who were free to marry if they pleased as well, which clashed with the celibacy imposed on all Catholic priests and hierarchy. 

One of the people-groups the Celtic Christians helped reach were the Scandinavians. When Vikings raided the British Isles’ shores, many Celtic monks were taken as captives; however, in the end these captives ended up evangelizing their captors (Celtic Christian Legacy and Treasures video.) 

Having a look back at this history gives us a view of what Paul was dealing with in the Letter to the Galatians. The early Galatians had received the Gospel, but then others came along called Judaizers, and swayed them away from their foundations and influenced them towards rituals and religiosity, thus obscuring the truth. Paul had to preach and write to reestablish the Gospel with the Galatians, thus making clear: 

You who are trying to be justified by works of the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. (Galatians 5:4, NIV) 

Which is explained well in another contemporary version: 

When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. (Galatians 5:4, The Message) 

The Need For The Gospel To Be Preached 


The Gospel is alive and life-giving and brings salvation; religiosity and rituals are man’s attempt to save himself through his own works. 

Ireland, as well as so many places throughout Europe, need the Gospel to be preached once again and evangelism must be carried out with the signs and wonders of old following, to break through the walls that have grown, including dead religion. 

The truth needs to be brought once again to their shores. John Wesley rightly stated that we are always only one generation away from people slipping backwards into the world. 

Irish Inspiration 


Having been inspired by these adventures of traveling in Ireland and the adventures of Patrick the Evangelist, as well as the early Celtic Christians, we have produced a number of videos on these subjects, as well as written a song and music video, along with numerous other related videos. The links are below: 

The Real St Patrick: Get the real story versus the fables that have only obscured his legacy. 

Celtic Cry: A video we made with an original song and music I wrote. The video includes scenes and surf through Ireland. 

Columcille - Missionary to Iona: Story of the Irish missionary who was inspired by Patrick and went to reach the Picts in Scotland. 

Celtic Christian Legacy and Treasures: Some valuable history of early Celtic Christians as well as important Christian artifacts from that era in Ireland. 

The Conversion of the Vikings: The story of how these once-feared Norsemen came to belief and faith in Christ. 
 
A Visit to Lindisfarne: Also known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne is associated with early Celtic Christianity. It is considered one of the first places the Vikings raided and from which they took captives. These kidnapped Celtic Christians ended up helping reach the Vikings with the Gospel. 

Driving Through The Irish Countryside: From being followed by a cloud to finding surf in Ireland’s most remote stretch of coast.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Ministry Update: Winter 2021


We recently ministered with Centro Cristiano Esperanza in Orange County sharing a message of hope on the grace given to us through faith in Christ and His power that is available for our lives today. It was a blessed time and the presence of the Holy Spirit was very refreshing. 

We also just had a divine appointment recently when we were driving home and it was getting late, so we stopped at a motel for the night. When leaving the next morning, I forgot something in the room and had to go back. A male service worker had already begun taking care of the room. I started talking for a few minutes and as we spoke I felt led to ask if he needed prayer for anything. It turned out his good friend had just died and had the funeral coming up the next day and so he would actually really appreciate some prayer! He went on to say that he had been a believer for some years but had some ups and downs and his friend passing away had really shook him up. I spoke to him about God’s mercy and love and then prayed for him and he was clearly ministered to in a significant way. He shared afterwards that he was greatly encouraged by this divine appointment and thanked me for stepping out in faith to ask if he needed prayer! Hallelujah! 

Reflections 

 
As we have entered fully into the new decade, it causes us to reflect on the grace that the Lord has blessed us with to be able to minister in different places around the world over the last few decades, including: Latvia, Romania, Kosovo, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Ghana, West Africa, and in the US: all over California, as well as in Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Colorado and Hawaii.

We are thankful for God’s grace to minister through us and have been blessed to experience many receive Christ, get filled with the Holy Spirit, and receive healing and deliverance. It is a blessing to see lives impacted by the Kingdom of God in these different places as we have ministered over the years. We are thankful for the different divine appointments we have experienced along the way as well. 
 

Books We’ve Been Published In 

 
We have also been blessed to have some Holy Ghost Stories published in some different books over the years, including: 

  • Kernels of Hope: Real People, Real Stories by Bob and Gail Kaku. The divine appointment 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 from Israel! 
  • 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 was experienced in the Colorado trips mentioned) and a wild encounter while hiking in Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs, amongst some other things. 
If you’re interested in one of the books 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

Audio and Video Programs 


We have also been able to create a host of different audio and video programs that are available on different formats and platforms. They have covered lots of different topics, including those from Christian History such as the Reformation to Revivals to Biographies on Revivalists and Reformers as well as Divine Appointment Stories and Mission Adventures and many other topics. 

The programs on historical Christian figures are amongst our more popular topics on different sites. I see now more than ever the dire need for programs like ours that tell the history that has largely been ignored by secular institutions. Moreover, our programs do it from a uniquely Spirit-filled perspective which is something that is greatly lacking in this arena. For example, our recent program we put out on Charles Finney talked about his powerful Baptism in the Holy Spirit, others who’ve done programs on Finney have omitted this important aspect of his life and ministry, not even mentioning it at all. 

Here is an endorsement of our ministry (link: https://youtu.be/TYtTLR5K_pY) from a historical figure himself, Harald Bredesen, one of the fathers of the Charismatic Renewal, and some of what he had to say in his endorsement of our ministry: 

Of all the ministries I’ve worked with, there is none that I have the greatest confidence in the purity of the motivation and the fact that it was the Holy Spirit who gave birth to it than Grace World Mission, led by its founders, Bryan and Mercedes Marleaux...I’ve seen the sacrifice; I’ve seen the zeal; I’ve seen the Spirit-ledness…and I am so happy to be a part of it—I hope you will be and will support it as well... I’m sure He’ll bless you for it.  

We greatly appreciate your prayers and support! 
God bless! 
Bryan and Mercedes Marleaux

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Christmas Blessings


The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” 

Luke 1:35


When you take a good look at the Christmas narrative it is amazing how much the Holy Spirit is mentioned again and again. Luke’s account stresses the role of the Holy Spirit in a major way and this continues on through his other book called Acts.


Even more amazing is that the same Holy Spirit is given to us freely as believers. Sometimes we don’t know how much we need something until a unique situation displays our need. 


We were hiking through a desert area up to a mountain on one occasion when we ran out of water in the hot desert section of the hike. How quickly the body feels its lack! Our mouths quickly became parched and the heat amplified our need, as our bodies ached and weakness continued to grow. We finally dragged ourselves up into the cooler mountain area where there was a campground and a water spigot, hallelujah! Water never tasted so good!!


Jesus explained that the Holy Spirit is like the water we need to live. In fact, He referred to the Holy Spirit as living water. Billy Graham says in his book Peace with God that we should recognize our need for the Holy Spirit and pray that God not only fill us and help us but that we ask the Holy Spirit to take over in our lives so that we will find joy and peace, the fruits of the Spirit, as we yield completely to Him.


Praise God! Jesus came born in a manger and died on the cross to pay for our sins and freely give us favor with God the Father, that we might justified by grace and have peace with God. He gives us the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us as we walk with God. 


May the Lord renew and refresh you in the power of the Holy Spirit this Christmas and into the New Year in the name of Jesus Christ who came to give us life!


Bryan, Mercedes 

and Patrick Marleaux