Welcome to the official Charismatic Episcopal Church website for the Diocese of the West. Visit often for the latest news from our diocesan churches and messages from Saint Michael’s Cathedral Church in San Clemente, California, as Bishop Kessler and his pulpit guests bring you life changing messages from God’s Word.
Fr. Victor Conkle has announced his book, The Revelation of Jesus Christ: An Introduction, is finished, published and released. It is available now on Amazon. Here is a direct link https://amzn.com/0997667400.
“I am honored to have both our Patriarch Craig Bates and Bishop Doug Kessler write forwards for this book” said Fr. Victor. “It is at their encouragement I undertook this project. I trust you will find this biblical and historical perspective a refreshing change from all the fantasy novels being written.” The following is an excerpt from the book:
THE REVELATION CAN SEEM complex and difficult to read, much less to understand. Seven of this, three of that, and 200 million of them, all mixed in with bowls, woes, and scrolls--it can be daunting. It makes a person wonder why this strange, mysterious book was ever added to the biblical canon. Was the Revelation ultimately slapped onto the end of the Bible with a groan and the utterance, "Let someone down the road figure it out?" In fact, Revelation is pretty much the opposite of "hidden" or "mystery," as indicated by the very title, "Apocalypse," "Revelation," or "revealed." The title of the book itself means "to reveal, or to make known." In Matthew 24, Jesus said, "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only" (verse 36). Father God will reveal it; and He did. He revealed it to His Son, who then revealed it to John. The only difference between the Olivet Discourse in the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke and the words in Revelation is that in the Gospel passages Jesus talks about what will happen within that generation, whereas in Revelation, He tells John that it has now been revealed and is about to happen: "Very soon." "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw." Revelation 1:1-2
Father Conkle first entered the ministry in 1968 with the Assemblies of God. His study of The Revelation of Jesus Christ created in him a desire for a liturgical and sacramental form of worship. In 1997 this led him to the Charismatic Episcopal Church and in 2001 he was ordained as a priest. His academic credentials include a Master of Ministry and an earned Doctor of Sacred Letters degree. Dr. Conkle ministers at Saint Michael’s Cathedral in San Clemente, California and is an adjunct professor at St. Michael’s Seminary.
I just wanted to update you about some happenings here at St. Paul's. We have been in our new church for a little over a year. Our eyes have been opened to see what God had in store for us with this move. That is to raise up His children. As you know we are next to a very poor section 8 apartment community. We have been ministering to the children next door from day 1. Before our move we didn't have a youth group. Well, I am happy to report that we now have a youth group. We meet every Wednesday night and average 50 children a night. We feed their hungry bodies and souls. We give them peace and safety outside of the walls they live in full of violence and drugs.
We have recently partnered with the Henderson Police Department to help show the kids their is a world outside of the little community they live in. We also want them to trust and respect the police. Almost every Wednesday you will see officers at youth group just hanging out and visiting with the kids. The overnight squad has practically adopted all of the children. The first night officers stopped by, one of our children looked at one of them and said, "you kicked down my door and took my dad to away". I don't think myself or that officer will ever forget that. But that is what it is all about. Restoring that trust, being a friend a mentor.
On April 27th, we are having "Prayers, Police and Pizza". The department is sponsoring youth group and bringing pizza and desserts. They are going to teach the kids and play games. The SWAT team and K-9 officers are coming. Most important, they are coming just to get to know the children. Know them by name.
I have attached a couple of pictures from this past Wednesday. Some officers stopped by and were racing the children. You can see the smiles on everybody's face.
Fr. Chris Moran