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Breakforth 2010

| February 1, 2010

Breakforth 2010 was AMAZING !

15,000 from over 1,000 churches gathered at the largest equipping and renewal conference in North America – Break Forth Canada 2010 – January 29-31 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada! – For those of you who don’t know…That’s my home town!

This year’s Breakforth featured speakers and artists like Anne Graham Lotz, Michael W Smith, Frank Peretti, Lee Strobel, Robin Mark,  Newsboys, Joel Rosenberg, Brenton Brown, Francis Chan, Lincoln Brewster, Leonard Sweet, Matt Maher, Sean McDowell, Shannon Ethridge, Fred Stoeker, Grant & Kathy Mullen, Greg Paul, David Fitch, Sarah Reeves, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Mary Kassian, Duffy Robbins, Tim Kimmel, Neil Anderson, Brad Jersak and many, many more.

There were 150+ classes and 20+ workshops. Late Night Festival Concerts, Faith Film Festival, Comedy Hour and more!

My intensive learning class on Hands-On Prayer ministry, and workshops: Prayer 101 -Theology of Prayer, Watchman on the Wall Intercessory Prayer, The Hows and Whys of Fasting, Biblical Meditation, and the Radical Pursuit of Holiness were all packed out. Participants were eager and receptive.

I’m overwhelmed to think what God could do if all of us become “doers” of the Word and put into practice what we learned. I’m praying that it may be so, and that Breakforth 2010 will exalt the name of Jesus, and be an instrument of Revival for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and North America.

As promised, I’ve attached a link for my notes on Fasting for those of you who couldn’t write fast enough to get all the information.

What a privilege it was to talk about prayer, and to see God touch so many of you so deeply! If you’ve got a comment or testimony about what you experienced at Breakforth, why don’t you post it below?


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  1. Shannon R says:

    I really enjoyed Lee Strobel, Linda Fode and Shannon Ethridge.

    Shannon E did a talk on Completely His.

    I fell crossing the street heading to the All Saints church saturday afternoon.
    But that did not stop me.
    I still took the stairs in the Shaw.
    A couple of ladies in the Shaw bandaged me up.

  2. David Fisher says:

    Hi Mary –

    I signed up for only one intensive, and that was yours on prayer.

    There are times when it may in fact be o.k. to speak to demons. Jesus did it. (see Mark 5:6-13 and Luke 8:26-31). While the devil is called the “father of lies” (John 8:44) there is not a single reference in the New Testament where a demon actually speaks anything other than the truth. The point being that in order to lie they do have to know the truth. The fact is that the Lord Jesus Christ will not allow a demon to say anything is true in His name if it isn’t true. Testing and discernment are absolutely essential. (1 Thess. 5:21 and 1 John 4:1-4).

    There are strong scriptural warnings against divination (eg. Lev. 19:26), so consulting with demons to gain personal information is forbidden. That was not what Jesus did when he spoke to demons and it is not what I think any believer in Christ should practice. At the same time I believe holding the demonic accountable for what they have done in a person’s life, especially with a confession of truth, can be both useful and freeing for the person who is receiving deliverance.

    Demons must obey commands in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh. Don’t put up with manifestations which reduce a person’s dignity and draw attention to the demonic.

    Blessings to you and your ministry in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

    [edited for length]

  3. Mona says:

    Hi Mary,

    I attended 2 of your sessions…fasting and meditation. I have never fasted but would like to incorporate it into my life – so your session was a wonderful start to my journey in fasting. Thanks!

    After the session on Biblical meditation, I realized that I already do that quite a bit. On Tuesday, after sending my children off to school and my husband off to work, I climbed back into bed and, as I frequently do, meditated on a thought that the Lord has been speaking to me from His Word. As I lay there, I thought of the indulgence of a warm bed and sleeping in, the indulgence of listening to great music that encompasses my emotions, the indulgence of eating (and overeating), the indulgence of shopping (and overspending). God spoke very clearly in that semi-dark, silent room…that I am to indulge in one thing – GOD. I have been running to other things to satisfy my soul and as such have made them gods. I repented.

    God does amazing things when we listen. Taking the time to listen isn’t always easy, but it brings us to a deeper relationship with Him.

    Thanks for the ways that you have encouraged me to pursue these spiritual disciplines. And thanks for the notes…I am a type “A” that could visibly relax when I knew I didn’t have to take notes!!!


  4. Tricia says:

    Hi Mary,

    I was at your Prayer 101 lecture at Breakforth. Thank you for confirming that Dutch Sheets was on the right track. I do not know enough about him or his writing to understand why so many people object to him. At my old church we were forbidden to study his book on Intercessory Prayer! I read it anyway, and thought it made sense, but doubted the theology because of the reaction of our church leadership and didn’t put it into practice all those years ago. Now, at a new church with an active Hands On Prayer ministry (based on your guide) and after hearing your lecture a few weeks ago, I feel God has been really using me to intercede for others.
    Have you written this basic Prayer 101 theology in a book yet? I would love to get a copy.

    It is encouraging for me to see that an ‘Alberta girl’ can be used by God as a powerful, international leader of women! You are a great encouragement to me and other women that we can be God’s instruments to do great things in our families, communities, and beyond.

    Thanks again!

    • Mary Kassian says:

      With Dutch Sheets, as with any author, Christians need to be discerning. As I mentioned in the workshop, I do not agree with all of Dutch Sheets theology, but he does have many good things to say about prayer. Some other authors you may want to read are the prayer classics of Andrew Murray and E.M. Bounds. Also, D. A. Carson has an excellent book on prayer called, Priorities from Paul and his Prayers. Stormie OMartin has written a number of practical books on how to pray for people. The Navigators publish a magazine on prayer, and have a website devoted to teaching people how to pray. All of these resources are helpful. I have not published the Prayer 101 material, and at this point, have no plans to do so. There are many other excellent prayer resources out there that people can utilize.