Surrender – Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place Corrie Ten BoomCorrie Ten Boom was an inspiration to many, including many Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff and students to whom she shared her story, including the ones who were reaching out from the castle of YWAM Hurlach at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.

Together with her family she stood up against the Nazi regime in Holland during the Second World War. In their house in Haarlem they hid many different people who were on the run of the Nazi Gestapo. Unfortunately the Ten Boom family was betrayed and they were put into prison, and later sent to concentration camps. There Corrie was able to share the gospel with her fellow prisoners, who lived in horrible conditions together. Through a miracle Corrie got released, but from her family she was the only one who survived.

She shares her story in many books, of which the Hiding Place was made into a movie with the same title. Her story is significant because of what God did in her life and that of others, both during and after the war. (source: YWAM Memorial)

We are very privileged in YWAM to have recordings of some of Corrie’s teachings before she passed away in 1983. The first teaching that we offer to you here on the YWAM Teaching Podcast is about Surrendering our life to Christ.

She speaks on how we must abide and be filled with the Holy Spirit for the Lord to use and work through us. Using John 15, she describes that the only way that we can truly abide is through complete surrender and obedience to the Lord.

John 15

I Am the True Vine

[1] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. [2] Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. [3] Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. [4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. [6] If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. [7] If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. [8] By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. [9] As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. [10] If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. [11] These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

[12] “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. [16] You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. [17] These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

The Hatred of the World

[18] “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. [19] If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. [20] Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. [21] But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. [22] If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. [23] Whoever hates me hates my Father also. [24] If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. [25] But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

[26] “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. [27] And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

(John 15 ESV)

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Let’s Go Barefoot – Loren Cunningham

Loren CunninghamThis episode of the YWAM Teaching Podcast presents us with a classic and timeless teaching from Loren Cunningham. Loren speaks on the importance of submission and relinquishing our “rights”. He calls us to lay down the things we cling to so that we can experience complete freedom in our relationship with God and be fully available to serve Him.

Joshua 1: 3 (NIV)

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.

Exodus 3: 5 (NIV)

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Joshua 14: 9 (NIV)

“So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’”.

Ruth 4: 7 – 8 (NIV)

(Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.) So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal.

Mark 8: 34 – 35 (NIV)

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

Responsibility – Rights = Reward of Relationship with God

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Did You Ever See a Worried Bird – Loren Cunningham

Loren CunninghamIn this episode of the YWAM Teaching Podcast, Loren Cunningham shares a message based around Matthew 6. He describes how we can trust in God in finance, and how this is a very practical way that God can display his faithfulness to us …

Matthew 6: 25 – 34 (NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Loren Cunningham is the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and the co-founder and International Chancellor of the University of the Nations (U of N). He is also the leader of the YWAM UofN Campus in Hawaii and a member of the YWAM International Eldership.  Continue reading

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Planning to Go – Floyd McClung

Floyd McClung 1Floyd McClung is the international director of All Nations, an international leadership training and church-planting network.

Floyd shared with teaching with a Leadership Training School (LTS) that was held in New Zealand in 2000.

All Nations, the organisation that Floyd McClung is the international director of, has partnered with local churches to send short-term and long-term church-planting teams to more than thirty countries and provides specialized leadership and discipleship schools.  Continue reading

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Brief Canadian Introduction to Inductive Bible Study with Pete and Todd

Pete and Todds SBS in CanadaIn this episode of the YWAM Teaching Podcast Pete Sutherland and Todd McCormick introduce us to the inductive bible study method used by the Youth With a Mission School of Biblical Studies.

The goal of inductive Bible study is to be taught by the Word, letting it guide us into truth. In the inductive method, we want to allow the Holy Spirit to be our teacher as we let our conclusions evolve from what we observe. We do not want to approach the Scriptures with a thesis in hand that we attempt to support by searching its pages (which is a deductive approach). Therefore, preconceived ideas (beliefs that we have come to accept from sources outside of the Word) must be laid aside as they may blur our vision from seeing what the Bible may really be saying. In this way, we become listeners of the Scriptures rather than dictators to them.

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Releasing Women – Loren Cunningham

Loren CunninghamIn this episode of the YWAM Teaching Podcast Loren Cunningham shares about Releasing Women into Ministry.

Loren Cunningham is the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and the co-founder and International Chancellor of the University of the Nations (U of N). He is also the leader of the YWAM UofN Campus in Hawaii and a member of the YWAM International Eldership.  Continue reading

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Miracles – Misha Thompson

Misha and Lionel ThompsonIn this episode of the YWAM Teaching Podcast, Misha Thompson tells two stories about miracles:

  • Misha’s miraculous healing from six-years suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
  • How God was involved in finding her wedding ring

Misha Thompson is a “YWAM kid” who was born in Afghanistan and grew up in the Netherlands. She is married to Lionel Thompson and is the daughter of Floyd and Sally McClung, pioneers in Youth With A Mission.

You can read more about Misha’s story in chapter two of the book “Faith is Stranger Than Fiction” by Steve Halliday.

This episode’s teaching is presented in English, with a Korean Japanese translation (thank you to some listeners for the correction).

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The Eldership Model of Leadership in YWAM with Lynn Green

Lynn Green joined us for a Google Hangout in June of 2013 to talk with us about the Eldership Model of Leadership in YWAM.

During the last 10-years Youth With A Mission has been moving away from a business style of leadership structure to an Eldership model of leadership. In this conversation with Lynn Green we get to hear what this change means, and how we can implement it at our own YWAM locations. Continue reading

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Spiritual Eldership – Loren Cunningham 2004 (Updated 2012)


Eldership – Tripod Message for Youth With A Mission

When I was seven years old, my family and I visited Niagara Falls. I have an indelible picture in my mind of what I saw: a barge, wedged against a huge rock right at the edge of the falls, with the water raging around it. I was forever impacted by the story I heard:  Continue reading

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Finding Your Identity in Christ – Joseph Avakian

Joseph AvakianIn this episode of the YWAM Teaching Podcast Joseph Avakian tells us about the journey that God took him on in Discovering and Restoring the Identity that God created him with.

Joseph Avakian has been working with Youth With A Mission since 1984 and has been involved in teaching and projects around the world. He has been responsible for pioneering and launching many of the schools that YWAM is currently running in the area of communication. Joseph was also one of the key developers of the current YWAM logo.

You can find out more about Joseph Avakian on his personal web-site and blog.

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