Identity Archives - Kris Vallotton
  • In this podcast from the School of the Prophets, I share my personal story of being called to be a prophet and waiting years to walk in what God spoke over me. Between the call and the dream is always a process. When you learn to value the journey you’ll find the joy and preparation …

  • Do you know there’s a big calling on your life but feel like you’re the only one who sees it? One of the most painful things that can happen when you know you’re made for something great is for your leaders not to see or recognize what you know in the depths of your heart …

  • The last week has been scary for most and devastating for some in Redding and its surrounding areas. The historic Carr Fire broke out west of Redding and by Thursday night it was out of control. That evening, many in our Redding community were evacuated from their homes, often with very few personal items and …

  • Marriage is a death march to a life camp. In this podcast, I explain the secrets to a great marriage from decades of experience. I break down God’s original blueprint for marriage in Genesis 1-2 and share stories from my own life and others to set a bar for marriages.

  • How many times have you seen a child move in the supernatural in church? I’m shocked to see that in most modern churches children are relegated to a lower seat in church. We’re missing it because Jesus himself said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of …

  • I was in Australia one warm afternoon preaching at a gathering of about two hundred leaders. The subject? How we, as humans, can be great. Have you ever thought about your own greatness? Maybe you have a picture in your head of the impact you hope you’ll have on the world, but something holds you …

  • I love what I see happening in the world right now with people knowing their need to be in connection and relationship with other people. This not only empowers us into a more fulfilling and healthy life, but it’s also very necessary for living out our destinies. One thing I hope you’ll think through when …

  • Have you ever been in a place in life where you have no idea what’s next? Maybe God even brought you to that place, but you have no idea why. It’s so easy in those seasons to get anxious about what’s coming, or maybe even hung up on trying to figure out what you’re “supposed …

  • Sometimes it takes a long time for God to act suddenly. We hear testimonies of God healing people in an instant, but often forget the months or years that they had been praying for that breakthrough. Today’s culture has embraced the instant, and sometimes we forget the importance of persistence and our Biblical mandate to …

  • It’s weird how we have no trouble calling every leader on a church staff “pastor.” In most cultures that would be true whether the person has a pastoral gift or not. But many churches are afraid to call anyone “prophet.” That seems grossly unbiblical and disproportionate to me since the word “prophet” is mentioned in …

  • We all have different ways of viewing the world, like looking through colored glasses. These lenses are our core values, and they affect the way we see things—even if we don’t realize it! So how do you know what your core values are, and if you’re operating out of core values of the world or …

  • Every so often in the course of history, there are individuals born who defy common reason and statistical explanation. These are the great ones who break the tether of their generation’s expectations and rise to the high call that seems to echo from somewhere beyond the grave. There’s a distinct and inspiring lesson we can …

  • Did you know that there is no day or night in the spirit world? If you have ever awakened from a full night’s sleep feeling tired and like you were in a war all night, you probably were! It may be surprising, but our spirit is always awake, even when our body is asleep. I …

  • Do you know you’re made for greatness, but struggle to see that playing out right now in your life? Maybe you have big dreams or just a voice inside of you that says you’re made to change the world. It can be so frustrating to know you have a big destiny when your life looks …

  • Anxiety is a dream killer and a thief. I know this firsthand because I’ve dealt with anxiety in my life and even went through what I call my seven months of hell. I know that anxiety is something that so many people deal with, so this week I want to talk to you about some …

  • Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Matthew 19:19) It’s surprising how much of an impact two little letters, AS, can have on a person’s life. Your neighbors, coworkers, family members, and friends are all being dramatically affected by this two-letter word! In fact, I propose that this tiny word is in charge …

  • In the last four or five months, I’ve heard more and more stories of people going through intense battles. Maybe you’re one of them, or perhaps you know someone who is in the thick of warfare right now. I know that these people are close to a great victory and I want to encourage you …

  • Do you consider yourself as someone God could use to release miracles, signs and wonders? Or do you think those aspects of the kingdom are reserved for church leaders (or maybe even those in the charismatic movement?) Stop and think about it. If you face a challenge, do you ever think to immediately pray for …

  • How do we comprehend the height, the width, the length and depth of God’s love? In this podcast, I share stories from my childhood and the unconditional love of my grandfather to invite us all into a deeper encounter with God’s love. This message will provoke you to press in for the fullness of God …

  • Is it possible to walk through pain and come out the other side really okay? Yes. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Most definitely. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4). In other words, mourning is necessary; it’s the process that leads to wholeness. Yet many …

  • Probably the most frequently asked questions about Kingdom finance are focused on the subject of the tithe. Questions like these come up all the time: “Is the tithe a New Testament principle, or is it relegated to the Old Covenant?” “What, exactly, is the tithe?” “Whom should I give my tithe to, and what’s in …

  • I lost my father at 3 years old and a day never goes by that I don’t miss him. When I am in trouble I often think, “If my dad was alive he would know what to do.” And when something great happens in my life, I long to be able to call him and …

  • This is a guest post from my friend, Cole Zick, from an organization I founded—Moral Revolution. I wanted you to hear it today as you continue conversations with your children about sex. Remember, if you don’t talk to them about it, somebody else will! As a parent, the thought of talking about sex with our …

  • The Great Commission gives us the charge to disciple nations, but what does that practically look like? What does it look like to actually be the light of the world? In this podcast, I unpack some key truths as we learn how to make an impact in our cities and nations.

  • Do you currently feel stressed out at your job? Are you facing problems that you have no idea how to fix? Every job has its challenges, but it can be easy to get overwhelmed when you don’t have solutions to the obstacles you’re facing, yet you’re still responsible for the outcome. The pressure can feel …

  • In the midst of the darkest time of my life, I went to see a professional counselor who is a friend of mine. Of course, the first question he asked was, “Why have you come to see me?” I told him the story of my son Jason’s divorce, how his wife had run off with …

  • Contrary to popular opinion, God cares what you do with your money. We see this when Jesus went to church (the Temple) and He sat next to the offering box so He could watch what people put in the offering. When a widow put all she had into the offering (although it was just two …

  • Do you hide away when people praise you? Some of us have an inner critic that says “I’m not nearly as good as people think I am.” It can even go so far as to make us feel shame when we get a compliment or cause us to over-explain ourselves out of being as amazing …

  • How do we live free from fear where nothing is impossible for God? In this podcast, I teach that the greatest deterrent to faith is fear. Listen to hear key points to overcome fear, and how to live a life where nothing is impossible with God!

  • When was the last time you faced a problem that you had no idea how to solve? Do you remember what that felt like? Maybe I’m speaking to you as you’re facing a giant problem today…you could be facing a challenge in your job and can’t see a clear way to work through it? Or, …

  • The fact that people don’t know how to do family well is one of the biggest causes of dysfunction in society today. I believe that the restoration of family and marriages could truly change the world. The foundation of a healthy family is built on the culture and connection of the mother and father; the …

  • Have you ever been in a season where it feels like things are being taken away from you? Maybe you didn’t get the promotion you were going after, or perhaps everything just got quiet, and you’re feeling lost and unsure of where to spend your time. If this sounds familiar then you might just be …

  • Do you see yourself as someone who is made for influence? Maybe you feel the deep calling on your life to have an impact on many people, but don’t know how to get there. Or perhaps you’re the one reading this thinking, “No way is that me!” The truth is that if you’re a Christian …

  • Have you ever gone through a hard time that lasted more than just a day or a week? Maybe you’ve been in the middle of a battle for a whole season, or perhaps even years. I know that these times can suck the life out of you, and leave you feeling dry, discouraged and alone. …

  • Is there any part of your past that gets in the way of you living life to the fullest? Maybe there’s a nagging lie that tells you that you’re not good enough. Or perhaps it’s something you’re not even fully aware of, but it sneaks in and holds you back from being fully you. I’m …

  • When Jesus rose from the dead, He disarmed rulers and authorities and triumphed over them. In today’s podcast, I go through scripture showing what Jesus did on the cross, the power of His resurrection, and what that means for us. My prayer is that you would experience Jesus’ resurrection power bringing back to life the things …

  • Have you ever been burned by prophetic ministry? Maybe it was by a specific word that just felt “off” that you didn’t know how to let go of, or perhaps it was from a word you’ve been holding onto for so long that’s past its expiration date. You see the prophetic is powerful, and like …

  • I hear so many people talking about their longing for community and, all too often, lamenting their inability to find it. Maybe that’s you? Perhaps you’re reading this because you’re longing to find a place of belonging and just never seem to connect. I hear this particularly from people who live outside of the Bethel …

  • I know so many Christians spend their lives working on “not living by the flesh.” We take care of our spirits, and some may even take good care of their bodies, but our souls are often the most neglected parts of our beings. Our souls are where our metaphorical hearts live. I am fully convinced …

  • Have you ever made a mistake so bad that it felt like the end of the world? When I was a young teenager I made a mistake. This wasn’t your average stupid teenage mistake, rather it was colossal in my mind. I braced myself for the repercussions and onslaught of punishment that I believed would …

  • Do you struggle with fear and anxiety? Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. However, anxiety and fear are not new bullies on the block. They’ve been around since the fall of humanity and I bet that even if …

  • Fairytales and movies are teaching people that once they find their Prince (or Princess) Charming, all will be right in the world. They tell tales of finding “the one” who will make you the happiest person on earth. The resolution of all of life’s challenges, the deep need to be known and seen, and all …

  • Here’s the deal: jealousy is something that every human being has to work through in life. You may not consider yourself the “jealous type” but let me ask you this: have you ever seen someone else get promoted and immediately thought “well why should they be?”… perhaps you’ve even begun to list off all the …

  • Waiting on God—this can be one of the most challenging aspects of a Christian walk. Perhaps you know that there’s a destiny on your life and want it to go ahead and start already, or maybe you’re hungry to be influential and are seeking out opportunities to lead. The waiting season is important but it’s …

  • This is a guest post by my great friend, Havilah Cunnington. DEFINING YOUR ENVIRONMENT: WHAT’S THE CURRENT CULTURE IN YOUR HOME? You probably remember the first time you learned about sex. Maybe it was a series of strange metaphors meddled with a list of scientific facts from your parents. Maybe an older sibling or kid …

  • You know the voice in your heart, whether it be loud or a faint whisper, that tells you that you are made to change the world? You may have thoughts that come against that deep conviction…they say, “what if I’m too old?” or, “what if I’m too young?” and often magnify the insecurity you deal …

  • A couple of weeks ago I shared a message on Sunday night and made some comments about the #MeToo Movement. I was trying to point out that everyone has responsibility to build a healthy culture, but my points were off-base and misplaced. They also didn’t represent my real opinion that I have shared many times …

  • Jesus came to set the oppressed free, and there was no people group more oppressed than women in his day. In fact, Jesus began the women’s liberation movement!

  • Do you consider yourself a courageous person? Are you a dream-chaser, risk-taker and fear-silencer? Maybe you read those words and think those qualities are not for you, or that it’s not your personality type to be brave. I used to think that courage looks like soldiers, public servants and superheroes. Although those people walk in …

  • What does it practically look like to be a friend of God? What role does being a slave play in our relationship with God? In today’s podcast, I walk through scripture to show you how to practically grow in your relationship with God and the key to stepping into friendship with Him. God has extended …

  • This twenty-first-century generation is the most creative, innovative and inventive generation ever to have graced this planet. They will cure cancer, eradicate poverty and create a global community that embraces and perpetuates peace . . . or they will utterly fail. I have a sense that if this generation (and if you’re reading this that …

  • One of the schemes evil spirits employ is to deceive people into believing that mistreating themselves is somehow spiritual. Have you ever encountered this in others? Or maybe you see this behavior in yourself? Many of these baffled believers are convinced that they please God when they think of themselves as losers, lowlifes or sinners. …

  • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked the question, “Why don’t I hear from God?” If you’re reading this it’s likely that you love God, and want to know Him. You’ve probably tried everything you can to try and hear His voice, and still doubt the way He speaks. Maybe you even …

  • Church hopping, church skipping and church judging is all too common these days. It seems that many people are struggling to find the “right” church with the “right” pastor who has the “right preaching style.” Maybe you struggle with this in a less overt way. Perhaps you go to church and feel bored or disillusioned. …

  • We live in an instant-gratification culture. If we want something, we just hop on our phones and order it, and it’s at our door in as soon as a day! This has taught us that we should get what we want when we want it, regardless of our circumstances. This mentality is not Biblical, it …

  • Do you remember the feeling of being young in God, freshly saved, and in awe of every miracle you see happening around you? I love that wide-eyed wonder so much! But where does the wonder go as we grow in God? What if it could get brighter instead of duller? And if you’re a new …

  • Sometimes we face trials for extended periods of time. It’s not a fun fact of life to come to terms with, especially when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope. Maybe you’ve tried everything you know to try; held onto your prophetic words and testimonies of what God has already done in …

  • Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you try to find purpose in your career or work, that you’re still left feeling empty? I’ve noticed that our whole society is struggling with a major identity crisis. Most people don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing with their lives, and run on a …

  • Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information and opinions that come your way everyday? In a world where content creation is king, and everyone has a “platform” via social media, it seems the information available every day is more than any normal person can process fully. I’m not saying this is a bad …

  • Are you constantly afraid of losing what you have? Think about it: do you feel secure in the things God has given you, or are you nervous that you could lose it all at any moment? I know that this kind of foreboding reaps havoc in many people’s lives. Often times I’ll see people hoard …

  • What do you think of when you hear the words “be humble”? I’ve noticed that humility has gotten twisted in most of today’s Christian circles into an excuse to be religious and self-deprecating. I’m sure you’ve seen this happen in church: someone speaks on stage and you tell them they did an amazing job. They …

  • In 2008 my family and I went through one of the hardest, darkest seasons of our lives. After ten years of marriage, my son Jason found himself in a divorce. The pain seemed to swallow him up as every beautiful memory of his wife crumbled into disappointment. He was living in a nightmare, and as …

  • These days it feels like the only socially acceptable things to say are those that don’t offend anyone. If you know me, you know that I’m not afraid of offending people, although that’s not my goal… It’s just something that tends to happen when you take a stand for something. And being politically correct never …

  • What does it mean to be baptized in water and the Holy Spirit? In this podcast, I continue the series and break down the story of Pentecost to parallel our journey of walking in the fullness of God’s power and authority. As I recount personal stories from the early days of this present revival, we …

  • Confrontation. That word instills fear and anxiety in most people. It’s highly likely that if you’re reading this you’ve either been subject to bad confrontation, or been the one to hurt others through confrontation. It’s one of the hardest things to do well, and over the years I have made so many mistakes in conflict …

  • Have you ever wondered why some people are given differing amounts of something, whether that be money, influence or talents, and others are given less? Maybe you don’t think of it in such an overt way, but if you’ve ever compared yourself to someone, and wondered why they have something you don’t, then I want …

  • If you follow me on Facebook you know that a few nights ago I wrote a post about struggling with insecurities. I was stuck in my head and telling myself stories about how people felt about me (and they weren’t good stories, to be honest.) But here’s the deal: after processing through this with Kathy, I realized …

  • Let me ask you this question: when was the last time you felt fully rested and fully alive? If you can’t pinpoint it then maybe it’s a sign that you could benefit from more soul-care in your life. But what holds you back from really focussing on yourself? I think many people struggle with the …

  • What is our nature in Christ? What does true justice look like? In this podcast, I continue to unpack key theological questions by laying a firm foundation in scripture. As I walk through Romans, I help us understand how Christ died not only for us, but He also died as us. This teaching will help …

  • In an interview in recent years with America Magazine, the Pope spoke of his concern for women to find their proper role in the Church. He said, “Women are asking deep questions that must be addressed. The Church cannot be herself without the woman and her role.” I agree with the Pope. I have an …

  • Money is one of the most confusing and polarizing subjects in the church today. Some people bang the drum and shout the tune of prosperity as a promise of God making you as rich as can be, while others embrace a life of poverty as a sign of Christ-likeness and humility. These two views are …

  • This is a guest post by son, Jason Vallotton. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to emotional health so I love his perspective on dating! I hope this blesses you this Valentines Day! Dating: it’s one of the most confusing subjects in the world today. Why should you date? When should you …

  • Have you ever had a friend love you so well that it made you grow into a better version of yourself? I’m honored to have had several friends like this; you know the ones who pour water on the fires of your fears, and throw gasoline on the passions of your dreams? I’ve been loved …

  • Have you ever been in a situation and had no idea why God placed you there? Maybe you’ve been moved to a new town, or put in situation that you don’t understand? I know it can feel like, “What the heck are you up to, God?” and yet the reason never comes. Sometimes we have …

  • Why did God put two trees in the Garden of Eden? Why is there sin in the world? In this podcast, I unpack key theological questions by laying a firm foundation in scripture. As I walk through the opening chapters of Genesis, I help us to understand the beauty of having a free will and …

  • What gets in the way of you being generous? Is it fear of not having enough to cover your own expenses? Is it that you don’t ever think to give? I believe that if you really understood the power of generosity, then giving would be a no-brainer, and maybe even a non-negotiable! If you’re reading …

  • The dogs of doom stand at the doors of our destiny and they bark loud, my friends. We have to take up supernatural faith if we’re going to be able to drown out their yelps and step through the door into the callings God has on our lives. The truth is, although pursuing your destiny …

  • Have you noticed that these days it’s become easier for a thought to go viral, especially with access to everyone else’s digital lives at our fingertips? I’m not opposed to new technology but I do believe that it has revealed, and maybe even magnified, “groupthink” in society. It’s become popular to fit in by showing …

  • What’s the thing in your life that you desperately want God to change? Is it a cycle of insecurity, your personal health and fitness, the courage to get over your fear of speaking in front of people? Perhaps it’s that you’re longing for reconciliation in a particular relationship? I know that when you’re in a …

  • How do our households fill with miracles? Kris continues last week’s message by sharing attributes of “Houses of Acts.” He exhorts us to own our call to courage, persistence, and faith through the stories of Joshua and David. It’s time to rise up – as we experience personal victories, we lend strength and momentum to …

  • I’m sure you’ve heard that you’re a child of God, but do you truly believe that in your very core? Most of the obstacles that Christians face can be traced to forgetting their identity in God. For example, a poverty mindset is rooted in a lack of belief in the resources we have access to …

  • Nobody wants to admit they’re a self-sabotager. I think many people fall victim to the self-sabotage mindset and may not even know it. Maybe you’re one of them? Think about it: has someone ever loved you “too much”? Do you find yourself thinking, “if they only knew the truth, then they wouldn’t love me…” Or …

  • Have you ever been in a church service and just not felt the music when the worship band gets up and plays? Maybe it’s because you’re distracted by the list of burdens you brought in with you, or maybe you’re not emotionally connecting. Perhaps you’re in the thick of a wilderness season and simply can’t …

  • It has become all too common in the church for many to defer to “God’s plan” for our lives. On its surface, it sounds like a “good, Christian” approach to life, but what if I told you it’s not true? That God does not have a plan for your life? Allow me to explain. I …

  • House of Acts

    - January 16, 2018

    What does it look like to have a “House of Acts”, where we see church alive in our homes? What would happen if our homes were full of miracles, where we interacted with God not only through prayer and teaching, but also in meeting and ministering together? Kris sets a New Year’s resolution for 2018 …

  • So, you may know you’re called to greatness, or at least that God has a unique purpose for your life. Are you walking in that purpose today? Let’s take a look at it a different way: what’s one of the biggest dreams of your heart? Are you currently on the path towards that? Life is …

  • It’s insane to me the stupid things Christians say in an effort to get people saved! Some of them make my skin crawl so badly that I almost want to dissociate from being called a Christian. In a world where believers spew judgement on entire cities, like “Hurricane Katrina is God’s punishment on Louisiana for …

  • Do you feel like you just stepped into the wilderness? It can be a scary place to be if you’re not aware of what’s actually happening in the spirit realm. The wilderness can feel lonely, cloudy, confusing and just plain stretching (read: exhausting). With it comes a battle, whether you recognize it as that or …

  • Do you shelter your kids from real-life challenges you may be facing? I think this is a natural instinct, since one of our calls as parents is to protect our children. However, when we shelter our kids too much, we’re not really setting them up for success in the world. When we hide the realities …

  • A large portion of the church believes that even when you’re saved, you’re still a sinner who needs to constantly repent. I find that so many people can get caught up in a cycle of shame, guilt and self-punishment if they’re of the mindset that they’re constantly sinning. The truth is that Jesus came to …

  • As everyone looked back on 2017, I noticed most people put their highlights on display for the world to see. I love the celebration but couldn’t help but think of those watching on who couldn’t say the same for themselves. I myself had some big wins in 2017 but also walked through some pretty rough …

  • So the new year is approaching and I’m sure you’re seeing a ton of advertising about “new year, new you!” It may be overwhelming to think about all of the options you have for self development this year as you’re quite frankly bombarded with all the things you “should” be doing come January. So, if …

  • Christmas has always been a special time for me, and some of my fondest memories from my childhood are from Christmas. As I grew up it remained special. In fact, one Christmas I proposed to Kathy! I wrapped her engagement ring in a million boxes, and after the final box there was a can of …

  • We’ve all heard the commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 19:19). This is easier said than done if we have no love in our hearts for ourselves. But do you realize that Jesus took it even further when He said that we’re to love our enemies the way that Christ does? …

  • 1969 marked the height of the Sexual Revolution, and at the time I was a freshman in high school in the Bay Area of San Francisco. I thankfully escaped the trap of promiscuity, however I am all too aware that the Sexual Revolution shifted the sexual morals of our culture. Most everyone today is presented …

  • How do we live out sustainable transformation? If we want to see change in our lives, we first have to look at the world within us. Kris unpacks how we change the ecosystem of our beliefs through the lens of God’s testimonies and promises. You will discover the practical application of being transformed through the …

  • Are you stuck in a cycle you can’t get out of? Maybe it’s a cycle of insecurity, lack, or perhaps unhealthy relationships? Last week we talked about 5 ways to break negative cycles, and today I want to give you some more tools for taking ownership of life and moving into the abundance of joy, …

  • A reality of life is that sometimes we encounter storms and troubled waters. Whether it’s financial stress, relational turmoil, sickness, or loss and grief, the storms come and we weather them. So how did Jesus sleep through the storm? He held keys to peace that we all have access to, if we will take hold …

  • Have you ever noticed a pattern in your life that you can’t break out of? Maybe you deal with insecurities and over the years you’ve just learned to carry them with you. We all have things we need to grow into (or out of) but it’s not always as simple as one might think. Maybe …

  • I’ve heard so many stories of people labeling cities as “dark” or focusing on the “bigger demons” they discern in those places. Of course there is darkness in the world, and thankfully God gave us this gift of discernment to know what’s happening in the spiritual realm around us. However, I also know that many …

  • Have you ever seen someone get ahead of you when it makes no sense? Maybe they’re put into a leadership position quickly, while you’ve been serving and patiently waiting for your turn? It can be easy to compare yourself in these situations, maybe even thinking it’s unjust. At first it starts out as pain but …

  • Chaplain Ronnie Melancon said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” As a Believer, I think everyone deserves to be loved and cared for. In fact, Jesus said that loving the unlovely is required of anyone who follows Him (Matthew 5:45-48). Yet, who we let influence us determines much of our life’s …

  • (15 minute read) Is it your job to make sure you grow spiritually? Absolutely. Is it your pastors job to pour into you? Yes. Do some leaders get this wrong? Unfortunately, yes. But does that mean you get to close yourself off to the church? Definitely not. A couple of weeks ago we talked about …

  • I absolutely love the holiday season and getting to spend so much quality time with my family, not to mention the amazing food that Kathy cooks up for us! Thanksgiving is such a full time—full of joy, full of people, and full of perspective of what’s really important in life. With this comes the temptation …

  • Have you ever been confused about life and unable to get clarity? Maybe you’ve forgotten your purpose, and need a reminder? Perhaps you don’t know what your next steps are, and you feel restless in the waiting? I find that the busier we get, the easier it is to fall out of alignment… and therefore …

  • This podcast is from Kris’ session at Leaders Advance in Fall 2017. It’s so important that we help people move from brokenness to wholeness! This message talks about our responsibility to help people become free.

  • Do you have people in your life that you trust more than yourself? I have a group of people (Danny Silk, Bill Johnson and Dann Farrelly to name a few) who have given me feedback over the years and proactively pointed out things to me; things about myself that I couldn’t see clearly. Without this …

  • “The church I go to just isn’t feeding me!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that statement. People go to church, but they aren’t growing. They stay in the same place every week, never developing the thing they learned the week before. Why? The sad truth is that many people have handed …

  • There are a lot of people who don’t know God and are rich. However, there are also people who are specifically blessed by God with wealth, and their blessing is in direct relationship with their relationship with God. Could it be true that wealth can be a sign of your relationship with God? Today I …

  • Here at Bethel we have a core value that God is good. What helps us actually grasp this is the saying that “God is in a good mood.” I know that many people say God is good but they see His goodness as His unyielding moral standing, rather than a part of His personality or …

  • Do you feel like you can fully grasp the idea, and importance, of eternity? It’s not something we think about every day. Honestly most people may only think about it when they mull over the idea of death and where their soul will wander thereafter. The truth is that eternity has much more to do …

  • Have you ever been a part of a church split? I know it can be one of the most painful things a family can go through. When your church is supposed to be your family, a church split can feel like a divorce! What I’ve learned is that so many church splits happen because of …

  • Did you know that nobody else is going to guard, savor and protect your prophetic words for you? That’s right, folks—what you receive from a word is very much up to you. Imagine how many words never come to fruition because we simply never take part in them, step into them or at the very …

  • Is it hard for you to believe God in an area that you’ve never personally seen Him come through in? I know some people who can’t wrap their minds around the fact that God is Healer because they’ve never seen Him heal before. I’m not saying this is intentional, and in fact many times our …

  • How do we steward our gifts well and be accountable to what we have been given? The Bible exhorts us that to whom much is given, much is required! Kris challenges us to really look at the graces we have been endowed with and use them to the fullest. This message will encourage you to …

  • Have you ever questioned whether you should clap when the worship team is done with their set? I know that in most western churches this is unheard of. But would you clap if you went to a concert and saw musicians play their hearts out with the same level of excellence and passion? Why do …

  • Have you noticed your newsfeed fill with #fitfam, essential oil tutorials, paleo recipes and plugs for taking supplements? I believe in eating healthy, exercise, and all the natural and organic medicine that is emerging in this 21st-century. I think it’s healthy, progressive and right. BUT I’ve also noticed that as natural medicine grows in popularity, …

  • Have you noticed the funk of despair that’s hanging over the earth right now? I have the honor of getting to travel all over the world and it’s crazy to see that many countries are under a spirit of despair. This spirit looks at situations and imagines the worst case scenario. It sucks all hope …

  • I think a lot of people don’t realize that pain from physical illness often carries emotional or spiritual baggage too. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate and perhaps experience shame, fear of death, anxiety or feelings of rejection that accompany your physical sickness (often times this happens with chronic illness). Very rarely …

  • Where Was God In The Las Vegas Shooting? I was so horrified by the recent Las Vegas shootings. In the face of tragedies, the questions crash in like waves. What would possess a man to kill people he doesn’t even know? Why did he pick Las Vegas? How did he get to this point in …

  • Have you ever been to a Christian conference and experienced the high of swimming in God’s presence, then gone back home and not been able to replicate that in your own life? I see people come into our culture here at Bethel and when they get here they’re very successful. However, sometimes when they leave …

  • Jesus asked the man by the pool of Bethesda, “Do you want to get well?” There are things of what happens in our lives that are so painful so when the Healer is right in front of us asking us, “Do you want to get healed?” Jesus wants to take our pallet of pain into …

  • I recently wrote about what to do when spiritual warfare gets real. Today I want to specifically talk to you about the war against troubling thoughts of suicide or self destruction. Many years ago I was under a suicidal spirit for about 5 months, and every time the spirit talked to me it injected a …

  • I have counseled a lot people over the years and have observed a common pattern among many of them: People typically become like the person they most despise. Alcoholics for instance, are commonly raised by alcoholic parents. At some point in the counseling session, there’s nearly always a statement like, “I swore I would never …

  • Do you ever worry about what people think of you? I’ve become aware that I unconsciously make up stories in my mind about what other people think of me. Do you ever do that? Then, I argue my case against their accusations (that they didn’t make but I’m convinced that they thought). Where did these …

  • Do you remember being disciplined by your parents? I bet that makes some people cringe to even think about. Some of our parents may not have gotten discipline right, even though I’m sure their heart was to do it well. Whether or not our experience with being corrected is good or bad, we have to …

  • Do you feel like you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death? It can feel like the loneliest and scariest place. I know that valley well. I’ve walked through it in different seasons of life, and I’ve learned that it’s something we’re supposed to do just that in—walk. We’re supposed to walk until …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Abi Stumvoll. It has been said that Emotions are like kids; you cannot throw them in the trunk of your car. But you cannot let them drive it. But how do we manage our emotions in an authentic but balanced way? Abi gives shares ten practical …

  • When was the last time you experienced true affection at church? For many Christians a handshake as you’re leaving Sunday service has become the norm. We don’t expect anything more from each other because we’ve been taught that we shouldn’t express too much affection at church. All of this is an effort to remain virtuous. …

  • When I was at the Heaven Come Conference in LA this past weekend I felt like God spoke to me about some very specific things, including the subject of pain. There’s something profoundly available in this season for people to walk out of pain and I believe there’s an anointing available to change your season. …

  • Did you know that I haven’t always worked for a Church? About 40 years ago I was a car mechanic and Kathy and I owned several car repair shops in Northern California. I didn’t “grow up in the church,” so when I was saved I had a lot to learn. Back in those early days …

  • Do you have a hard time feeling connected in the church? Perhaps you go to Sunday services but don’t really consider it your home or family. Maybe you even get frustrated with how things are run, but never really dive in to be a part of the solution? If we’re being real, there’s a very …

  • I’m Tired of Small-Minded Christianity It troubles me that many people who claim to be Christians live with limited, powerless, finite thinking. How is this even possible? I mean, how do people who claim to have the Creator of the Universe living inside of them, the mind of Christ thinking through them, and the Spirit …

  • How do you do everything to stand, and then stand firm? Kris shares a powerful foundational message of overcoming spiritual warfare. Weaving scripture with keys from his testimony, this teaching will equip you to overcome. You were born to win, and no matter what season you are going through, this lesson will teach you how …

  • Serious Joy Christians should be the happiest people on the planet! Think about it—Jesus prayed, “I come to You [Father]; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves” (John 17:13). Jesus wants us to be full of His joy! Hebrews 1:9 says that Jesus was anointed …

  • Do you know why you’re alive in this very moment in history? Think about it: of all the times, in all the cities in the world, you are in this very specific moment, in your very specific place. Let me tell you that is not a mistake! You have an incredible destiny on your life …

  • The first God-ordained nation was founded on a blended family. Jacob had two wives and two mistresses, to which were born 13 children. What can we learn from this? God knows how to do something great with brokenness! Jacob’s wives, mistresses and children became a blessed nation! You should check out Genesis 29 and 30 …

  • The Gospel Is Always Redemptive Jesus died to redeem mankind. Therefore, whenever we apply the scriptures in a way that is unredemptive, creates hopelessness, or reduces a person’s destiny to their history, we have missed the point of the Gospel. This can pose a few challenges when the Church has the responsibility to love people …

  • Have you ever wondered why revivals burn out? I have so much respect for God’s generals who have gone before us in healing ministries and miraculous movements, but sadly many of the people who lead them didn’t know how to sustain a healthy, well-rounded life. My son, Jason, has some incredible insights on the importance …

  • My son Jason says, “I have often had problems bigger than me, but I have never had a problem bigger than my family.” As his father that’s one of the most powerful and encouraging things to hear, and if you don’t know Jason’s story I can promise you he’s not saying that lightly. Strong families …

  • What does the Bible teach us concerning life after divorce, blended families, and the Church’s attitude towards divorce? Kris continues his teaching in a series on marriage by exploring scriptures and stories from his own life about marriage. This teaching will encourage you that nothing is beyond the redemptive nature of God, and God can …

  • One of our deepest desires, and valid needs, as human beings is to be known and seen. We long to have someone look at us, know every nook and cranny of our hearts, and at the end of the day still love every part of us. This is the way we were designed by God; …

  • What The Valley of Dry Bones Can Teach Us Today When Ezekiel entered the valley of dry bones, the outlook was bleak; death hung over the battlefield like a thick dark cloud of gloom. Then suddenly, God rocked Ezekiel’s world when He asked the prophet a ridiculous question: “Can these bones live?” The great prophet …

  • Have you ever heard people say, “God’s ways are higher than our ways,” as a way of comforting us when we don’t understand something? I see the heart behind this statement but I have to tell you that in the new covenant this is far from the truth! Yes, there will always be a part …

  • There is a lie so demonically destructive that it has literally rewritten the history of the world, and yet this lie is so entrenched in Christian thinking that it’s rarely questioned. In fact, most believers have heard the lie so many times that they actually assume it’s a verse in the Bible. It kind of …

  • The college debt crisis in America is shocking to me. We live in such a performance-based culture that we think if we send our kids to college (and spend thousands of dollars to do so), they’ll figure out what they want to do. I talk to so many people going to college who have no …

  • We’ve all been there, looking at someone behaving in a way we never would, and sneakily the voice of judgement comes in: “What are they even thinking? How could they do such a thing?” And before we know it, we’ve given that voice a place in our hearts—opened a door for it to breed hate …

  • Do you feel stretched beyond measure and constantly tired? Do you feel like no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to measure up? I believe that performance is a struggle that every generation has had to work through. Why? Because performance is the opposite of a solid identity. It’s built on a religious …

  • What’s your biggest fear in life? Have you ever thought that the thing that scares you the most is maybe one of the things you (deep down in your heart) want to do the most? The dogs of doom stand at the doors of our destiny and they bark loud, my friends. The enemy wants …

  • Self-talk is one of the highest impacting forces on your life. The kingdom you believe you have within you will be the kingdom you reproduce around you. Therefore, what you believe about yourself will determine how you behave. I believe that our inner thoughts, the things we’re silently speaking over ourselves day in and day …

  • This message is from Bethel’s Kingdom Culture conference in June 2017. We are passionate about encountering God and seeing people equipped and transformed to carry the mandate of the Kingdom of Heaven on the earth. For Kingdom Culture, we purposefully keep it focused on our Bethel teams to show how we create culture, see the …

  • I know so many people who read self-help books or meet with life coaches but don’t see real breakthrough. So what’s the problem? Trust me when I say those things are all good (I’m an author of a few books that I hope really help people), however they often just fall short of making a …

  • In order to be a world-class leader, you have to be okay with taking risks, and taking them often. Not only that, but you have to be humble enough to fail without letting your worst days define you. If you’re okay with being just an average leader, then no need to keep reading. If you …

  • So, you have a destiny. You’re made to change the world! But what do you do in the waiting? Have you ever wondered when your time will come? When you’ll finally be promoted into a place of leadership or influence? I think it can be challenging to know you’re made for more than where you …

  • I feel like the church has lost a sense of beauty as a way of worshipping God. Some people think that beauty and art are not spiritual. But the truth is that art, creativity, and expressions of beauty are spiritual and purposed for worship! To all of you creatives out there, I want to encourage …

  • Many people think their circumstances are the reason behind why they aren’t prospering in life. They think, “When I get a new job…” or “Whenever I can pay off my loans…” or maybe even “When I get married…” that life will begin to change. Some of us are always waiting for life to happen. We’re …

  • How’s your prayer life? Is it a lively discussion or more of a stale habit? I think as Christians we often get caught up in checklist prayers. How boring is that? Not only is checklist praying an often empty habit, it’s also leading us to miss out on real connection with a Living God. I …

  • Are you the emotional type? Or are you more of a thinker? Whether you process life through your emotions or your thoughts, it’s important that you not only understand, but also learn how to manage the way you feel. We are not to be governed by our feelings or make decisions solely based upon them, …

  • Are you a peace keeper? Do you run around trying to make sure everyone is happy? I bet that is a pretty exhausting way to go through life. The truth is that even though Jesus is the Prince of Peace, He wasn’t a peace keeper. Rather, He was a peacemaker. Peacekeepers are governed by wanting …

  • Are you working in a job that isn’t in the church, just waiting for your moment of breakthrough to build a personal ministry? I’m often asked how to get started in ministry, and I love that so many people burn with a passion to see God’s Kingdom come on earth! However, I think we get …

  • In 1955 a forty-two year old black woman, exhausted from a hard day at work, refused to sit in the back of the transit bus. The southern bus driver warned her that her defiance would be cause for him to call the police and have her arrested. But she had had enough of white bigotry. …

  • Has God ever spoken to you in a moment you weren’t even in prayer? This happened to me earlier this year. I was just getting ready for work and the Lord spoke, from what seemed to be out of nowhere. He said: “Before you think you can, you have to think you should. In other …

  • How do we transform our world? Kris defines and details four attributes of apostolic people to empower us to transform our cities, nations and world. This message calls us to change your world by being an apostolic people who bring the goodness of God into every situation.

  • I passionately disagree that homosexuality is normal sexual behavior, but I honor everyone’s right to have a different opinion. I don’t hate anyone and I have spent my life loving people I completely disagree with. To me, agreement isn’t necessary for relationship. I’m not the kind of guy who beats people with the Bible and …

  • We Need Crazy Christians A friend recently shared this quote with me and I can’t get it out of my head. It’s from Apple Computer’s “Think Different” marketing campaign: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not …

  • If you listen to my podcast or follow Bethel Church you probably know that lately God has been speaking to me about Redding, the city I call home. I have a fire burning in my heart to see my city become a noble city, and I believe that this is something God wants to do …

  • In It to Win It The world is filled with amazing people who are walking in their divine callings, changing history, and seeing their dreams come true. They have discovered their true identities, harnessed their strengths, focused their energies, and maximized their opportunities. Successful people know how to love well; they lead passionate, productive lives. …

  • Have you ever been faced with an impossible problem and had no idea what the solution is? It’s a scary and vulnerable place to be, and I have been there plenty of times. For those of you who don’t know, I have the honor of traveling around the world to give counsel and prophetic insight …

  • Let’s be real; we’ve all gossiped at some point in our lives. Maybe we caught ourselves right away and shut it down, or maybe we let it go on in the name of “externally processing.” It’s totally okay to talk through conflict with safe people who can help us get to a solution. However, it’s …

  • When was the last time you felt truly rested? I’ve noticed that most people these days have no idea how to rest, and I’ve heard of so many people being diagnosed with fatigue related health issues. It’s becoming more and more common to hear about burn out and I honestly don’t know many people who …

  • I understand that this may not be the most fun topic to talk about, but I’ve never been one to shy away from hard conversations. Today I want to talk to you about the reality that sometimes our experiences in life don’t match up with the things we know to be true about God. How …

  • How do we practically create wealth in our lives? Kris shares practical lifestyle keys like tithing, investments, the power to make wealth, and biblical stewardship to equip you for a life of abundance. The Lord will help you break the power of poverty and step into biblical prosperity.

  • Did you know that most of the time your opinions of others are more of a commentary on who you are than on who others are? For example, if you don’t feel good about your performance at work, you may begin to build a case against your co-workers who are high performers. Your opinion of …

  • Children do not receive a junior Holy Spirit. The full arsenal of the weapons of our warfare are available to kids of all ages. King Solomon wrote, “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children …

  • Have you ever needed to make a decision and felt the weight of the world sitting on your shoulders? In these times it’s so easy to feel like we can mess it all up. It’s a really challenging thing to come to a crossroad in life and not feel like the stakes are high. I …

  • In the last few years I’ve had the great honor of meeting with kings and world leaders, having opportunities to give them prophetic words, and seeing them touched by the love of God. I know that God has called me into this realm and therefore He’s equipped me with a special grace for it. I …

  • Have you ever sat on a Sunday at church and thought, “If only I could be like that worship leader, with the passion they carry and their beautiful voice…. If only…” It can be easy to think that they have it all put together. I know we’ve all been there—getting caught up in the comparison …

  • Kris defines what it means to be an apostle, and shares foundational truths on what it looks like to move from denominationalism to apostleships.

  • There is so much shame surrounding the subject of sex in the culture we live in today. The media paints a perverted picture about what sex is supposed to be like, while the church rarely says a word. That is until we have a quiet, one-time, whisper of a “talk” with our kids that is filled …

  • Rarely does anybody ever do anything truly great by himself or herself. In fact, if you can do it alone you probably aren’t doing much. One of the main qualities that distinguishes a great leader from a poor leader is their ability to choose the right teammates, and then develop a structure that empowers their …

  • Do you feel like you fit in? Like you have a group of people you can fully be yourself with? We all have a deep need to feel like we belong to a place or group. This need is healthy because we’re made to live in connection with others. I’ve seen lonely people struggle with …

  • My mother lost her husband, the man of her dreams, when she was twenty years young. Alone with two small children and a broken heart, she forged her way through life with amazing kindness and intense perseverance. In the years that followed, tragedy and hardship would continue to hang over our family like a thick …

  • Stop and ask yourself this: the last time someone told you a story, what’s the first thing you did with that? Did you take it for face value, or did you ask the person some questions? However you responded, that is probably your natural go-to way of receiving information. How often do we actually stop …

  • My father drowned when I was 3 years old, leaving my mother penniless and with two small children to feed. It was the late 50s and the social welfare programs in America were bare sustenance. We moved into the projects surrounded by other people stuck in the same system of poverty for various reasons. I …

  • Love has won! Jesus has risen from the grave, and we have risen with Him. Kris masterfully weaves multiple resurrection accounts from different gospels and the story of Lazarus to narrate a beautiful overview of the Easter story. How does God does germinate promises which might even feel like they are dead? This encouraging message …

  • How many Christian conferences have you been to? I see so many people these days jumping from one conference to another, collecting revival hotspot badges along the way, as if being in a place where God is moving is a trophy for our Facebook or Instagram page. But after the conference, do you see the …

  • Do you know that God wants you to be wealthy? It may be contrary to what we’re usually taught in the church, but I believe that wealth is a sign of God’s blessing in your life, and it’s how we are made to live as children of the living King! Think about it, if your …

  • Have you ever received a prophetic word that changes your life? Maybe it’s been directly from God as you’ve learned how He speaks to you, or maybe it came from a friend or pastor. If you’re reading this and you know the kind of word I’m talking about, did you know that you have the …

  • What language does God speak? Is it English, French, Spanish? Maybe He speaks Hebrew or Greek? The truth is, God doesn’t always speak in the language we do. Wouldn’t it be nice if He always spoke to us in an audible voice? Life would be so much easier that way. But then we would miss …

  • Kris shares about walking in the authority that God has given us on earth, and how to empower others to do the same.

  • Are you living in a Christian bubble? Do all of your friends think the same, look the same and act the same? It’s so easy to find ourselves only surrounded by people like us. Its human nature, really, to cling to the people who are like you. But the truth is that this is not …

  • Let’s be honest: how often have you fallen asleep, or found your mind wandering while praying? If we’re constantly just listing off things that we need to God, prayer can become mundane or even ineffective. What if prayer was more than just petitioning Heaven with a list of requests, but rather communicating with our Father …

  • On the first day of each year at the Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry, I tell our students that if they don’t fail at least three times during the school year they can’t graduate. (Of course I am not talking about moral failure and I make that very clear.) You may be asking yourself why …

  • Kathy and I have raised four children in our 40 years of marriage. We have had our share of tough seasons. We know what it’s like to pace the floor at night in dread, crying out to God for a fever to break in our tiny baby. We understand the grief of disappointment, and the …

  • Kris shares more on the Power of Belonging. This message was shared at Tribe, Bethel’s Young Adult Group.

  • We live in an immediate culture. If you’re hungry, you can go through a drive-through and have a hot meal in under five minutes, or simply heat something up in your microwave for thirty seconds and you’re good to go. If you want to buy something online, you can have it shipped to you overnight. …

  • It is so funny to me how believers pick and choose what things they think are “New Age” and what things are “Christian.” For example, are trances “New Age” or Christian? Well, the Apostle Peter fell into a trance. Here is the reference: “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance …

  • Fear is not your friend Fear probably steals more people’s destinies than anything else. Ask yourself what you would do if you were ten times bolder. If you answered anything other than what you are doing, then fear is already reducing your destiny! Courageous people are not fearless, they are people who refuse to let …

  • Our government isn’t perfect. When I look at the system we’re working with, I can tell you that I see holes and gaps, inefficiencies and sometimes stupidity in the structure we’ve created. But one thing I’ve learned in the recent years that I’ve gotten to know politicians, is that our government leaders deserve our respect. …

  • Have you ever looked at a couple that’s about to get engaged or married and thought, “Oh please, no! Don’t do that!” as the glaring red flags of their unhealthiness slap you in the face every time you look at them? How is it that it’s so clear for an outsider to see the warning …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Tom Crandall. Tom shares about sonship and the power of identity. We are no longer sinners, but saints! Tom Crandall is the Youth Pastor of Young Saints, Bethel Church, Redding CA. He and his wife Leslie have served together in full-time youth ministry for over fourteen years. …

  • How do you define success? How do you measure it? By how much money you’re making? By how much influence you have? I’ve been leading people for as long as I can remember, and through the years I’ve learned so much about what success is, in my personal life and in the businesses I’ve gotten …

  • For Such a Time I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been noticing that in the last year or so some very unusual things have happened in the world. Many of these occurrences are unexpected and have got me thinking and praying about the time that we are living in. In the Bible we …

  • Have you ever been in a new relationship and found yourself making choices that you wouldn’t normally make? Maybe you’re staying out at night way past what’s healthy, or maybe you’re finding yourself completely lost in the emotions of the newness and forgetting to follow through on everyday responsibilities? I’m sure we’ve all been there. …

  • How do we lay cities at the feet of Jesus and truly see heaven come to earth? Kris narrates the prophetic history of city transformation in Redding to give practical keys of how to steward a city well. This teaching encourages us how to create a prosperous city and serve our city well – without …

  • Have you ever considered moving in with your boyfriend or girlfriend before getting married? Or maybe you have a friend or loved one who has done this? These days I think that living with someone before marriage has become more and more attractive to people. The reasoning I’ve heard behind this practice is that it’s …

  • When I Fell in Love with Kathy Have you ever been in love? You know, the can’t sleep, can’t think, not hungry kind of love? I’ll never forget the day I met Kathy lying on a raft in the middle of a lake in Nice, California. That girl took my breath away! I was in …

  • When I first came to Bethel Church, one of my primary roles was counseling. I counseled about six people a day, four days a week, for about three years. Most of the people I worked with would identify themselves as Christians. Nearly all of them could quote (and often would quote) John 3:16, which reads, …

  • What’s going on with the world? I hear so much concern about the economy, about what our President is doing, and various other stories that are shaded with fear and hopelessness. The problem isn’t so much that these stories are being spun (even being spun out of control at times), but rather the way that …

  • A few weeks ago I shared 4 Tips for Being the Man Women Want. Some of you asked for tips from the other side of the coin – what do men look for in a woman? You asked, and I listened. I surveyed some men and asked what stands out to them in the woman …

  • Have you ever received a prophetic word and felt like it was just so right? And then other times not so much? I’ve even received words that felt like some of it made sense to me, but other parts of it didn’t. It’s so important that we know what to do when we receive a …

  • When the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River, God crossed them over into a new season where He began doing things through them instead of just to them. In the same way, as we walk forward in faith into our new seasons, God brings us into divine moments and opportunities. Let’s be attentive to the …

  • A Prophetic Miracle There was a young man once, sitting in the back of the sanctuary in a Sunday night meeting. I called him out and began to prophesy over him, “I see you as a holy man. You’re like the holy men of old.” I said this young man would be used as an …

  • I’ve heard a lot of people talking about core values lately and I think it’s so cool to see people intentionally trying to live out what they believe! But did you know there’s a difference between a core value and a high value? How do you tell the difference? And how do you take an …

  • My Crash of Confusion When I crashed a few years back, I could not figure out what was wrong with me. My soul was in deep grief, my body was exhausted and my spirit was under constant assault. The turmoil over where my problem originated was so confusing that it literally accounted for half my …

  • Resolve in Resolutions As we’ve just entered the New Year I’ve heard a lot of talk about resolutions. We’re over a month into the new year! January has come and gone, but have you kept your resolution so far? Why is it that most of us hold onto a resolution for a month or so …

  • Many people have studied the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln and I totally see why. He was one of the greatest leaders in history and he brought the United States together in a time of horrible division and turmoil. I love Lincoln and I love to see what we can learn from his life …

  • How we see life alters our expectations and dictates what we anticipate and hope for. Are we living in anticipation of the kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness? Many of us long for our lives to look one way, but become discouraged when we aren’t seeing transformation. Kris reminds us in this teaching …

  • Training for the World God never intended the gifts of the Spirit to be confined to the four walls of the Church. But how easy is it for us to take the miraculous out of the confines of our christian communities? Most of the miracles in the Bible took place off the holy highway in …

  • When Fear Lies

    - January 30, 2017

    Do You Live in Fear or Peace? Most of us would probably argue that we would never trust the devil. But it might not occur to us that putting our faith in anyone or anything besides God creates only symptomatic cures and is actually idolatry. An idol is anything you trust more than you trust …

  • Planned Parenthood is to America what the Nazi gas chambers were to Hitler’s Germany. (It’s not women being forced into the death chambers, it’s babies). Hitler dehumanized the Jews and convinced the Germans to exterminate them like rats. We Americans should have realized our propensity to do the same thing, but sadly history is repeating …

  • When was the last time you felt fully believed in by someone? Do you find that the people you’re in community with really see you and believe in you, sometimes even more than you believe in yourself? These kinds of people can be hard to find but I encourage you to be one yourself, and …

  • With Valentine’s day quickly approaching, I’ve had love and relationships on my mind. This has got me thinking about how to build successful relationships. Let’s take a look at this from the beginning; finding a partner. 4 Things Women Look for in a Man A true princess is not going to be attracted to a …

  • What is Beauty? How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? For both women and men, we shower, fix our hair, brush our teeth, and do the best we can to look beautiful on the outside, yet we rarely give any thought to enhancing the souls within us. The fixation we …

  • Every one of us was wired for connection–without it, we cannot live as our truest selves. What would happen if we truly knew we belonged and that we were loved in spite of everything we’ve ever done? In this sermon, Kris shares the story of the woman at the well to illustrate the power of …

  • Didn’t we all think we were cool in high school? I sure did. Many of us are probably still trying to fit in in some way or another. Check out this video as I share a story about what I was like in high school. One thing that hasn’t changed since then is my love …

  • Living from Your Virtues Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life that you shut down and have a hard time making decisions? Or maybe you find yourself in circumstances that drain your energy and put you in a prolonged poor mood? The truth is, life isn’t always perfect and sometimes we aren’t the best …

  • Truth and Order Have you ever heard a biblical concept and thought, “Well that doesn’t make sense when I put it next to this other piece of biblical truth I already know…”? For example, we are saved by grace, not as a result of works (Ephesians 2:8), BUT If we have no works our faith …

  • All of us long for a life filled with depth and meaning, and it starts with belonging–when we find our people, we have also found our purpose. In this continuation of last weeks teaching, Kris teaches on the 6 key aspects of belonging in community and encourages us in how to live our lives deeply …

  • Who are you called to lead? And who are you leading in this season? The answers to those questions might be pretty different, but the important thing is to make sure you know the makeup of the group that’s been entrusted to you in the season you’re currently in. Often times when I counsel people …

  • Not My Tribe I was saved in the Jesus Movement. The Jesus People were a countercultural group who lived communally, grew gardens, and ate off the land. Their motto was, “Come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you.” (2 Corinthians …

  • The Living Truth I had a dream a few years ago that I’ve shared about before on the blog, but wanted to touch on it again today. That dream changed a lot for me. For those of you who haven’t heard it before, in this dream I saw written words flow on something like a …

  • One of the most pivotal moments in my life was when I realized that I would be connected to Bill Johnson for the rest of my days. Before I met Bill I was a successful businessman, but I found much more fulfillment, destiny and purpose for my life when I partnered with the people I …

  • When We Met Bill and Beni My father passed away when I was three years old, so when I met Bill Derryberry and Bill Johnson they filled a huge void in my life. When Kathy and I met Bill and Beni Johnson, we found that we clicked really well with them. Some people don’t know …

  • Thankfulness and Humility Thankfulness is the door to happiness, the gate of heaven, the cure of arrogance, and a force against the spirit of entitlement. Wow! What a powerful force that is! Thankfulness is a field that must be cultivated, weeded and seeded. But humility is the soil that makes up a field of a …

  • God has more than just a plan for your life–He has a divine purpose. In His grace, He can rewrite our history and use the mistakes of our past to accelerate us into a prosperous future. Though our culture often focuses on sin, God values the condition of our hearts, and He longs for us …

  • I find that many people who are in search of their destiny are missing one key factor. Check out this video to hear more. You may be surprised that your destiny is easier to find than you think!

  • No PhD for Me A few years ago a friend of mine, the chancellor of a Christian university in the United States, called and offered me an earned doctorate from his university. I have no formal education beyond high school, so I was very interested. I think he offered me the degree mainly because his …

  • My Wife, Our Lighthouse In the early ’80s Kathy and I owned an auto parts store, and we (let’s be real, mostly I) decided to expand our business. My decision had a negative effect on our cash flow to the point that we barely had money to feed our family. Our three children were young …

  • Think back to the last time someone gave you a compliment. What was your response? Was it easy for you to say “thank you,” or did you try and deflect the praise that was coming your way? Take a look at this video as I share about the importance being able to accept compliments, and …

  • I don’t know about you guys, but I am a major night dreamer. I also often wake up in the early hours of the morning and God speaks to me. One of these times as I was making my way through our dark bedroom so as to not wake up Kathy, God spoke to me. …

  • Kris teaches at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry on having a multi-generational vision.

  • My Spiritual Father Kathy and I were saved when I was 18 and she was 15 years old. A few years later we moved up to the Trinity Alps in northern California. We lived there a year without the benefit of having a spiritual father and mother living alongside us. I was starving to be …

  • Have you ever forgiven someone and then felt pain when you were around them? I used to get so confused by this and even questioned if I had really forgiven them in the first place. I’m sure that some of you have been in that same position before. In my new book Destined to Win, I …

  • Batman and the Pope In July of 2016 I was invited to meet Pope Francis with a small group of pastors at the Vatican in Rome. I was rocked by the invitation; come on…how many people in the world get to have a sit down meeting with the Pope of the Catholic Church? I was …

  • What We Can Learn from Our Forefathers When America’s forefathers drafted our Constitution, they were interested in creating a very different governmental structure than the British monarchy that once ruled them. In response, they created a constitutional republic to limit our president’s authority and balance the decision-making power among three branches of government and the …

  • Do you feel like you have a grasp on what your destiny is? Or are you still working to figure this out? Maybe you have a cloudy picture of what your destiny might entail, but you’re having a hard time seeing the clear steps ahead of you? One thing to consider as you process through …

  • Have you ever been confused by the book of Revelation? Beasts. Scorpions. Dragons. Angels with swords. What the heck?! It sounds like a crazy horror movie. One of the most mysterious subjects in the Bible is eschatology—the study of the end times. The book of Revelation is filled with mystical prophetic language of apocalyptic predictions. …

  • What would happen if our children were raised in a house of dreamers who anticipate the voice of God in every facet of life? In this sermon, Kris shares five practical ways to inspire children in the prophetic and create a strong spiritual atmosphere in your home. There is no such thing as a junior …

  • I recently preached at the School of Worship at Bethel, and as I was getting my things together to walk up to the podium God stopped me and began to speak. He told me to prophesy over the students before preaching. When I asked Him what the word was, He responded, The epoch season has …

  • This was the most intense election and consequently charged spiritual environment that I’ve experienced in my life. I’ve observed some behavior in society as we exit this election year. Not good behavior, might I add. I want to speak into the kinds of attitudes and spirits that are trying to affect us so that you …

  • “What are some of your strengths?” — the classic interview question that you know will be followed up with, “And what are some of your weaknesses?” We’ve probably all thought through this at some point or another, but how often do we take our actions beyond simply thinking and intentionally build on our strengths? I …

  •   I don’t know about you, but I am coming out of a season of intense challenge and transition. I have been buffeted from all sides in my life. Getting up from bed and remaining hopeful has been a purposeful choice, and not an automatic feeling. And, I have a sense that I am not …

  • I went through a really hard season a few years ago after having an emotional breakdown. In that time, I had to break my negative thinking so that I could move forward. As you can imagine, that can be easier said than done, but I found one practical tool really got me through that season. …

  • How could we raise our children in a spiritual vortex? Kris shares how to cultivate prophetic families. Weaving the life of Joseph with Peter in prison and the story of Hannah and Samuel, Kris teaches how to cultivate families who make the supernatural natural and create a prophetic culture. Kris gives five very practical tips …

  • I recently preached a message called The Responsibility of Royalty. In case you missed the podcast, I wanted to share some of my thoughts here on the blog. To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required Have you ever wondered why Moses had to be raised in the palace? Why could he not be raised …

  • Today is such a happy day for me! I’ve been dreaming of the release of my new book, Destined to Win, for over a year now and I can’t wait to share it with you. This book is special to me because I long to see people fully actualized in a way that causes them …

  • Do you feel like you belong to a community? We all have a common desire to belong, and fulfill that need in various ways. It’s important that we get connected to other people because we are designed for relationship. Check out this video clip from a message I preached about the importance of finding your …

  • I recently shared why I’m voting this election and my thoughts about the current political climate in our nation. I’d like to continue sharing my thoughts and draw some wisdom from the book of Nehemiah. In chapter 2:17-18 it says says: “Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in …

  • As sons and daughters of the King, we have inherited a royal identity. Part of our new identity means living as imitators of God, especially when it comes to the injustice around us. In this timely teaching, Kris shares the believers immense responsibility in protecting and fighting for the unborn. We have been given abundant …

  • Silencing The Political Spirit Have the options set before you this election made you feel stuck as you attempt to figure out who the “least unrighteous” candidate is? I’ve heard many people say that they so badly wanted to believe in a candidate this year, but they feel unsure of who to get behind. They …

  • Friend of God

    - October 26, 2016

    I have never been able to read these verses without tears: “The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart..But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” Gen. 6:6,8 Favor with God saved the world, and it can save a city near you. I …

  • Chapter 8 “Secret Agent Man” from Heavy Rain. Be You – Kris Vallotton, Bethel Church Individually, we are members of one another. You get to be you. Come and be you. You don’t need to be like someone else. Be “you”. Bring “you”. You belong. For more on this subject, check out the Revised and Updated …

  • Before we can effectively lead our families and others, we need to know how to lead ourselves in emotional health so that the life we are leading is sustainable. Being individually well is key to thriving inside of community! In this teaching, Jason Vallotton shares how we can get our needs met in body, soul, …

  • As human beings, we reach our highest potential when we harness the power of our imagination to birth the realities and purposes of God for us and for the world. When we dream with God, as Mary did, we co-create masterpieces of His imagination. Check out my friend Banning Liebscher’s blog on Chapter 14, Casting …

  • If you don’t manage your life, others will. If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. If you don’t set boundaries for yourself, the crowd will get what they think they need from you, but soon there will be nothing left to get. Then they will discard you like an old pair …

  • Chapter 6 “Ecosystems” from Heavy Rain. Sustainability – Kris Vallotton, Bethel Church God is a god of sustainability. If you don’t understand the ecosystem, then you might kill something necessary for entire ecosystem. It can be like that in our lives: You might think it’s no big deal to take out a small piece in your life, …

  • God created sex, and He intends for us to enjoy it. So why is there so much shame attached to it our culture, and how can we approach it with His perspective? How can we raise up powerful children who fight for purity? In this teaching, Kris offers steps to developing a healthy sexual culture …

  • There is a threat in the world today that demands our attention. I do mean demands our attention! I don’t think you can talk about cultural transformation without addressing the huge elephant in the room, called ISIS or ISIL. And then there is also al-Qaeda. These Muslim radicals are raping our women, beheading our children, …

  • Isaiah said that there were people who were “captives.” Captives are people who have been captured in battle and held as prisoners of war. These people do not have unforgiveness in their hearts, but instead are bound by the lies they have believed. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make …

  • Chapter 6 “Ecosystems” from Heavy Rain. Kingdom Wealth – Kris Vallotton, Bethel Church The Parable of the Minas vs The Parable of the Talents. One said “I have made you…” and worked for money. The other said “Your mina has made…”, and had money work for them. God rewarded with more authority for the latter. …

  • Kris spoke to students of Bethel School of Supernatural Discipleship about knowing who you belong to. You can learn more about BSSD at: http://www.bssdhumboldt.com/

  • Many people believe the world is getting worse over time, but I believe it is actually improving! Sure, we definitely have incredible challenges and difficult issues to overcome, but there are so many aspects of life that have improved. My friend Havilah Cunnington wrote a blog on Chapter 16 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain …

  • God’s Still Small Voice At times, the Lord speaks to us in a still small voice from within our spirit. This is not a booming, audible voice. This can be heard as a passing thought, sudden impression, or internal “sense” of something that God is saying. This still small voice is illustrated in the Book …

  • Chapter 5 “The Emerging Apostolic Age” from Heavy Rain. Apostolic Transformation You are Seated in Heavenly places. The word Apostle means: To be sent to a place to reproduce what we you were sent from in the new place, a Cultural Transformer.  The goal is To make Earth like Heaven. For more on this subject, check out the …

  • What would happen if we honestly just loved people without an agenda? What would life be like if we had an authentic interest in someone else as a person? This is my new strategy: Love people from the heart and do everything I can to bring out the best in them. It is a pretty …

  • Guest Post by Danny Silk. YOUR LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD TO YOU. IT HAS INFINITE VALUE TO HIM, WHICH HE COMMUNICATES TO YOU IN ALL THE MANY WAYS HE LOVES YOU. Powerlessness, irresponsibility, and lack of boundaries in relationships are all rooted in failing to value your life as He does. Conversely, honoring …

  • Chapter 4 “Apostle Covering and Angel Help” from Heavy Rain. Trusting Others More Than Yourself – Kris Vallotton, Bethel Church We need good friends we can trust for faithful counsel in tough times. If you don’t trust someone else more than you trust yourself, then you can’t get out of deception. Because the nature of deception is …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Lauren Vallotton. Lauren Vallotton shares the wisdom of knowing our  “Why.” May you feel purpose, vision and direction today!

  • My friend Darren Wilson wrote an amazing blog on chapter 2 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain book. Darren is the Founder of Wanderlust Productions and producer of five films: Finger of God, Furious Love, Father of Lights, Holy Ghost, and Holy Ghost Reborn. While reading Kris Vallotton’s take on the kingdom of God being …

  • Here are 5 tests of a true prophet: 1. Does the prophet believe in the redemptive work of the Son of God? One thing to note is that false prophets are antichrist in nature. They are not anti-Jesus. The word Christ is the Greek word Christos and it means “the anointed one.” The anointing is …

  • Chapter 3 “From Hierarchy to Heir-Archy” from Heavy Rain. Born to Win – Kris Vallotton, Bethel Church Born to win. Did you know you’re created for greatness? Chosen. It’s one thing to be asked, it’s another to be chosen. God wants us to be comissioned: a co-mission, a mission with God, commissioned and empowered by …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Abi Stumvoll. When Abi was 12 years old she prayed, If you can teach me how to love myself, I will change the world.” This simple prayer ignited an incredible adventure of uncovering the power of love. Throughout her journey she has seen love conquer the …

  • I believe that courage is one of the most needed virtues in this day and age. Courage to stand for what’s right in the face of persecution is vital to overcoming evil. There’s a chapter in my book, Heavy Rain, called “Unreasonable Courage,” and Carrie Lloyd wrote this guest blog about it. ‘God does not …

  • Many years ago, I had a powerful and vivid dream that will help clarify how to correctly apply core values to Biblical truth. In this dream I saw written words begin to flow in front of my eyes on something like a ticker tape running across a television screen. Words like holy, true, powerful, peaceful, …

  • When Moses raised his arms on the top of the mountain, Joshua routed the enemy army. But what actually made Joshua successful that day? What really happen to the enemy’s army that caused them suddenly to go from victory to defeat? That is the multimillion-dollar question, because if we could bottle success, we could change …

  • Isaiah prophesied that there would be no end to the increase of Christ’s government or of peace. But what does it look like for His government of peace to increase, and how can we use our Kingdom influence to make it happen? In this teaching, Kris addresses ten things we need to remember about God’s …

  • In this video, I talk about how covenant relationships should create an unbreakable bond between two people that can endure the hardest of times and any kind of stress. True covenant is not rooted in a common struggle, but in mutual love. Covenant needs no enemy, for it lays down its life for its friend. …

  • There is a difference between covering and accountability. Real accountability is only present in our lives when we have a personal relationship with people who can and do speak into our hearts, our circumstances, and our relationships. Everyone needs these deep covenant connections—not primarily because they keep us from failing, but because they inspire us …

  • Homelessness

    - September 5, 2016

    Homelessness is one of the most challenging issues we face in society, but ignoring it is not an option. Here are some thoughts to consider when grappling with this concern. Homelessness is the symptom of a greater reality. Although these people may be homeless, they are not lesser citizens of our city. In the broadest …

  • All authority on heaven and earth has been given to Jesus. He took the keys of dominion on earth from the devil so we could partner with him to rule the world, discipling cities and nations. In this timely message, Kris shares the nature of God’s government and Kingdom and how we as sons and …

  • Have you ever wondered why God put us on the same planet as the devil himself, when there are billion other planets He could have placed us on? There are a couple of dimensions to our coexistence on this earth. First of all, we’re here to do damage to the devil by worshiping God while …

  • For a long time, I have watched organizations build around their leaders governmental structures that hamstring their God-given abilities. Then later, the leaders are blamed for not performing well. It is crucial that we understand the three main factors great governments must consider if they are going to be successful. First, who is leading? Second, …

  • Guest Post by Danny Silk. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT TALKING IS COMMUNICATING. BUT TALKING IS NOT COMMUNICATING UNLESS IT HAS A GOAL, A PURPOSE. Most often in communication, the goal is agreement. But if our goal is agreement, then what happens when we disagree? I must persuade you to agree with me, or vice versa. …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Joaquin Evans. In this message, Joaquin talks about the joy and the breakthrough that comes in partnering with God’s goodness. You’ll hear great testimonies and learn about what brings pleasure to our Father. Living a life of faith is easier than we think. For more information …

  • It’s impossible to separate generosity from revival. When we believe God is our provider, we will simply act like it. Look at the early church’s approach to giving. Luke records in the book of Acts that “There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold …

  • According to Matthew, false prophets have certain characteristics. (Matthew 7:15-27) “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but …

  • Jealousy and Suspicion The Apostle James wrote; “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” I have struggled with jealousy most of my life. Jealousy wears many masks. Sometimes it calls itself discernment as it searches the heart of its victim looking for reasons to discredit them. But the …

  • At times we may feel that the Lord has spoken to us about our lives. In other words, we have prophesied over ourselves. As with any other prophetic word, this word should be judged. It is vitally important that we submit this word to those who have authority over us; just as we would if …

  • The “unity of the Spirit” is a great example of a powerful truth that has been reduced to mean “we should all agree on everything so the world will believe there really is a God.” Viewing the Bible through the lens of denominationalism redefines the unity of the Spirit to mean “the unity of understanding …

  • Leading people can be challenging at times, but if you do it well it will help you fulfill your destiny. Here are 9 keys to successful leading to help you on your way: 1. The depth of your success is determined by the quality of the people with you. Success is a team sport; no …

  • Kris shares more about a wealth mindset, and how to have an identity-based perspective on money.

  • When God commissions leaders, as He did with Joshua, He releases mantles over them. These mantles give them the supernatural ability to complete their mission. Unlike the gifts and calls of God that remain on a person for life, a mantle stays with the mission, not with the man or woman. For example, anyone who …

  • Belief systems are like accents. All of us speak with an accent, though we often don’t realize it until we are in the presence of someone who speaks with an accent different from ours (and of course, we all tend to think it is the other person who has the accent). What most of us …

  • Dream Again

    - August 5, 2016

    Heavy Rain Blog Series: Casting Vision and Capturing Hearts. Check out my friend Banning Liebscher’s blog on Chapter 14 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain book. Years ago I had a dream in the night that would be a defining moment of my life. In the dream I was preaching. As I spoke, I …

  • ISIS

    - August 3, 2016

    Heavy Rain Blog Series: ISIS. Check out my friend Stacey Campbell’s blog on Chapter 9 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain book. I wish we didn’t need this book but, sadly, we do.  There is much confusion these days about how a Christian should engage in warfare. Should all Christians be pacifists? Are our …

  • Heavy Rain Blog Series: It’s a Wonderful Life. This is Havilah Cunnington’s blog on Chapter 16 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain book. I found myself uttering under my breath “Hallelujah” when I read Kris’s words: “The world has satisfied its appetite for bad news by developing tracking systems that report what is wrong …

  • Heavy Rain Blog Series: Mr.Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall. Check out Johnny Enlow’s blog on chapter 7 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain book. In Kris Vallotton’s book, Heavy Rain, I was drawn to his as-usual unique and astute observations in Chapter 7, “Mr.Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall.” While covering several related topics the over-riding observation …

  • Heavy Rain Blog Series: The Kingdom is a Family Affair. Check out Darren Wilson’s blog on chapter 2 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain book. Darren is the Founder of Wanderlust Productions and producer of five films: Finger of God, Furious Love, Father of Lights, Holy Ghost, and Holy Ghost Reborn. While reading Kris Vallotton’s …

  • Heavy Rain Blog Series: Re-Forming the Church, chapter 1 of the revised and expanded Heavy Rain book, written by Marajean Edquist. I first encountered the book Heavy Rain on the desk of a close friend. I’d picked it up out of a stack of other books and was absentmindedly fanning through the pages when my friend …

  • We are doing a special promotion where we have asked people from different walks of life to write their views on several of the chapters of Heavy Rain. I will be releasing them on my blog throughout the next week leading up to the launch on August 2nd. Next week, watch for more guest blogs on …

  • Kris talks to 2nd year students in Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry about deployment and being “sent.” He also answers questions from students around this topic.

  • Has God ever told you to do something? In this video, I address a common issue that happens among believers when they feel that God has given them direction. For more on this subject, check out my book Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry. What do you think? Tell me about it in the comments below.  

  • The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:16, “I urge you, then, be imitators of me.” Bill Johnson has been my leader for almost 40 years. It’s sort of the pauper meets the prince story. Bill, a 5th generation pastor from a healthy home meets Kris, a broken young man who recently met Christ. Here …

  • My grandfather loved me in spite of my continual stupid mistakes. He always called me “Knucklehead.” I think it was his way of showing me affection, and also a way to remind himself not to go ballistic on me. In 8 years, I managed to tear the door completely off of his flatbed truck, bend …

  • When Jesus left the earth, He gave us His authority. We have been called to rule over darkness as powerful children of God, and all creation groans for to live boldly in this Gospel victory. Kris summons us to walk fully in the dominion Jesus died to give us so we can activate our identity …

  • Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between a false prophet and a bad prophet? Check out this video where I talk about what a false prophet really is. This year the School of the Prophets will be meeting August 15-19 at Bethel Church in Redding, California. If you are called as a …

  • I have been training people in prophetic ministry for 25 years. I love teaching everyday Believers how to hear God and walk in power. Kingdom Values for Prophetic Communities But about 12 years ago, I began to be stirred in my spirit to see prophets and prophetesses discovered, developed, and deployed into every realm of …

  • Rioting in the Streets As I write this blog, many of our cities are in chaos and turmoil. Rioting is filling our streets as people protest injustice and the prejudice of our society. Several police officers have been shot this week, along with many young black men. Hundreds have been arrested as riot police try …

  • So many of us want our lives to change, but working from the outside in will never catalyze the changes we are searching for. In Romans 12:2, God tells us our lives are transformed when we change from the inside out, starting with our minds. Kris provides practical ways to gain control over our minds …

  • Dark Night of the Soul Some call it “The Dark Night of the Soul,” while others refer to it as “The Valley of the Shadow of Death,” but whatever it’s called, I found myself there seven years ago. It was the worst experience I have ever been through – hell on earth! I had 20-30 …

  • Have you ever asked yourself, If we really are new creations and no longer battle with the flesh, then how is it that Believers still sin? Doesn’t this mean we still have a sin nature? Let me ask you this: Did Adam and Eve have a sin nature when they fell? The answer is no. …

  • Guest Post by Havilah Cunnington. Originally posted on Moral Revolution.com. I have four boys, and they love physical contact. My days are full of wrestling matches, sword fights, and lego man battles. In the midst of all the playing and running and jumping on each other, sometimes one gets hurt. Oftentimes they’ll brush it off and keep …

  • Kris shares at the Kingdom Culture conference the importance of managing your thoughts, which create mindsets. What you don’t manage will manage you, so it’s important to watch over your mind.

  • What’s the difference between jealousy and discernment? Jealousy says at its core, ‘You’re getting favor, and you got it from me! You stole it from me!” It says there is not enough to go around. Check out my video for more. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter, sign up here: https://krisvallotton.com/  

  • Here are twenty things husbands wish their wives understood about them: We don’t know how we “feel” about things, we only know what we “think” about things. When you ask us how we “feel,” our processor gets stuck and we have to shut down the system and reboot so we can speak again. That’s what …

  • This week’s podcast is from our friends at Uncommon Legacy. They interviewed Kris’ son, Jason, and talked about how he processed pain through divorce & heartbreak. Jason’s personal journey is a powerful illustration of God’s grace, healing and redemption. In this podcast, you will hear about the true power of forgiveness, and how to use your …

  • In this video, I share some common misconceptions about prophecy and prophetic ministry. Not everything that edifies, exhorts and comforts is a prophecy. We can’t bend the truth to mean that every time we say an encouraging word, that’s a prophecy. For more on this subject, check out my book Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry. …

  • Everyone is talking about smart phone addiction, how it’s ruining people’s ability to truly connect and have real relationships…yada, yada, yada. I agree with this on some level, but is it possible that our lives have also been enriched by this technology in some way? I personally love social networking, smart phones, and most of …

  • 1. Winning covers a multitude of sins, but losing tests the souls of men. The way you behave when you lose determines whether you just got outscored or you are truly a loser. Winning covers up weaknesses, flaws, and frailties. But broken organizations, relationships, and even poor attitudes won’t ever be fixed by the scoreboard. …

  • When Kris first started at Bethel nearly 20 years ago, God gave Him a word that as a generation, we were moving away from denominationalism and into apostleship. In this teaching, he shares about his visit with the Pope and encourages believers to celebrate diversity in the Church while remaining steadfast in following Jesus. It …

  • In this video, Kris exhorts us to steward things that God has taught us or given us. He talks about how we must be faithful in the small things to produce fruitful lives. For more on this subject, check out my book Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter, sign …

  • The Older Brother Unfortunately, most of us in the church are still thinking like the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son. We have lost sight of the fact that we don’t just work on the farm. We are sons and daughters of the Owner, and our Dad has plenty! I believe this …

  • This week I had the privilege of meeting with Pope Francis. It was probably one of the highlights of my life. He was funny, warm and very spiritual. I was invited, along with several other pastors, to a small connect forum with Pope Francis because he has a deep passion for unity among Believers – …

  • Who Can Live a Supernatural Lifestyle? There seems to be a lot of confusion over who should or can live a supernatural lifestyle. Here are a few things Jesus said about living supernaturally, which would include the gifts of the Spirit like prophesy. Mark 16:16-18 says, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall …

  • The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:3, “The one who prophesies speaks to men for edification, and exhortation, and consolation.” We understand from this passage that the main purpose of the gift of prophecy is for edification, exhortation, and consolation. Edification means “to build up,” exhortation means “to call near,” and consolation means “to …

  • As I have gotten older,  I have a growing revelation of an overall lack of value for the elderly in our culture, which has resulted in an obsession with everyone trying to look young. There is a secret yet deep-seated fear among the aged of being terminated from the life-blood of our communities by being …

  • Wealth doesn’t always reflect our relationship with God, but sometimes, it’s a fruit of how we view Him and ourselves. When we live from our identity as sons and daughters of the king, postured in hope and faith for what God can do, our lives attract God’s Kingdom. Kris speaks on the correlation between wealth …

  • You are no longer a sinner! Your triune being (spirit, soul and body) is now inherently good. Your old nature is dead! Check out this video for more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUTkNTZRh1s If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter, sign up here: https://krisvallotton.com/ Do you know your old nature is dead? Tell me about it in the comments …

  • If you recognize any of these 7 signs in your life, you may have a poverty mentality: 1. You require your close friends to have an exclusive relationship with you. You get jealous when they have a relationship with anyone else. Why? Because you fear that they will like them instead of you. 2. You …

  • Writing to Leave a Legacy Writing leaves a legacy for the generations that will follow you. If you have ever wanted to write, here are five points to inspire you to go for it! 1. Inform, encourage, equip and train people. Teach people what you have learned so they can stand on your shoulders and …

  • Most believers have no idea who they are called to be. We are called to be sons of God and we ought to behave as such! Check out this video on your identity as sons and daughters of God. For more on this subject, check out my book Supernatural Ways of Royalty. If you would …

  • Are you searching for your calling in life? If so, check your heart for the prisons of unforgiveness, jealousy, envy, and fear, which can lead us out of our destiny and into the dungeon. The story of Saul and David returning home from their great victory over Goliath and his army is a perfect example …

  •  The Worth of Work I was never a very good student in school. In fact, I wasn’t great at anything my peers valued. I was strong and fast, but I couldn’t see well enough (and I refused to wear glasses) to become a standout athlete. I didn’t learn to read until I was 19 so …

  • So many of us want our lives to change, but working from the outside in will never catalyze the changes we are searching for. In Romans 12:2, God tells us our lives are transformed when we change from the inside out, starting with our minds. Kris provides practical ways to gain control over our minds …

  • We have a new nature in Christ. It is no longer our nature to sin, nor are we prone to sin. Our old man is dead, but a large part of the church is necromancing and raising the wrong dead people! Check out my video for more. If you would like to subscribe to my …

  • Nestled in the tall pine trees on a narrow road that winds its way through the mountains is an aged log cabin. A steep cliff overshadows this old miner’s bungalow, causing it rarely to see the light of day. An eerie sensation comes over you as you approach the well-worn front porch, straddle the rotten …

  • The recent President’s administration’s directive that every public school provide transgender restroom access – or face the loss of federal funds – drew swift and strong condemnation from conservatives. But before we talk about the transgender restroom issue, let’s review the situation that we have already. We already have men that are sexually attracted to …

  • In this light-hearted but insightful conversation, Kris and Kathy encourage moms on Mother’s Day, sharing wisdom they’ve gleaned together in their parenting journey. God has entrusted us with children to raise up into Him, and it’s our privilege to partner with Him to bring Heaven to Earth through our parenting!

  • We need to develop a culture where it is okay to judge someone’s prophetic word without it reflecting on that person’s integrity or their relationship with God. Check out my video on Judging Prophetic Words for more on this topic. For more on this subject, check out my book Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry. …

  • Guest post by Bill Johnson, Senior Leader of Bethel Church. Divine Assignment The reason God didn’t take you to be with Him when you were born again is because you have the divine assignment to invade the impossible. The reality of the Christian life is measured by the impact on the impossible. God or the …

  • Unfortunately, there are many believers who are prophesying as if they are still under the Old Testament system. (Matthew 5:43-45) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you …

  • God is merciful–but He’s also righteous. Before He can extend mercy, He must release justice. Jesus carried the weight of our guilt and led us into a restored relationship with the Father. Now, we have authority and a mandate to offer the same forgiveness to the world around us. Kris teaches on the importance of …

  • What do you do when you pray, and nothing seems to happen? I feel strongly that this is a season to persevere for your breakthrough!  Many of us believe that if we don’t get our answer instantly, that it can’t be God. Luke 11:9 says to KEEP asking, KEEP seeking, KEEP knocking, and the door …

  • Your destiny lies on the other side of your fear. I’m convinced that the devil knows your destiny better than you do! I believe that God is calling us to courage, but we can’t conquer what we refuse to confront. Christopher Columbus said, “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose …

  • I’ve been writing a series on some of the controversial subjects that come up over and over with people who are opposed to Bethel or that misunderstand our position on certain issues. Check out my previous articles Here, Here and Here. Today we will talk about how Bethel deals with fallen leadership. We have had …

  • Kris talks about perseverance. Our forefathers understood that perseverance is the way of Kingdom. Keep knocking, keep asking, and don’t give up!

  • Do you struggle to hear God speak? Have you ever wondered why Jesus often spoke in hard-to-understand parables? Check out my video to find out! Let me know what you think in the comments below. For more on this subject, check out my book Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry. If you would like to …

  • I’ve been writing a series on some of the controversial subjects that come up over and over with people who are opposed to Bethel or that misunderstand our position on certain issues. Check out my previous articles Here, Here and Here. This blog will discuss doctors, medicine and restoring broken people. Doctors and Medicine There …

  • I’ve been writing a series on some of the controversial subjects that come up over and over with people who are opposed to Bethel or that misunderstand our position on certain issues. Check out my previous articles Here, Here and Here. Today we will talk about falling down and holy laughter. Slain in the Spirit …

  • I had the opportunity to interview Brian Johnson on the topic of anxiety. Brian shares how he overcame anxiety and fear. To see the extended version of this video, subscribe to our mailing list here:  https://krisvallotton.com/subscribe/ We will include the extended video in our weekly newsletter that will be sent on Saturday, April 23. Did …

  • On Monday’s blog we talked about signs, wonders and miracles. Today we will discuss raising the dead, gold dust and feathers.  I am not writing an exhaustive theological dissertation on each point to try and convince our detractors that we are right. I am simply trying to make it clear, in simple terms, what we …

  • There are a few subjects that come up over and over with people who are opposed to Bethel or that misunderstand our position on certain issues. I thought I would try to clarify some of these issues for the people who truly care about our perspectives. I am not writing an exhaustive theological dissertation on …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Bob Hazlett. Personal and cultural transformation comes from a change in thinking. As a man thinks in his heart, so he will be. Transformation does not come from changing behavior or laws; it comes from changing hearts and minds. The ancient prophet Isaiah revealed that God’s …

  • There have been many things written about Bethel Church and the movement that we have had the privilege of being a part of for more than three decades. Most of what has been said about us is positive. But a small, yet influential coalition of people has shared negative reports about us. These reports often …

  • Proverbs and Ecclesiastes Have you ever said “I believe every word of the Bible?” Okay, you better buckle your seatbelt for this! Did you know that the book of Ecclesiastes was never written to be true, but to demonstrate what happens when Solomon, the wisest man on earth lost relationship with his God? That’s right! …

  • I am learning a lot about leadership in this season. I understand more clearly now that with authority comes much responsibility. The more influence I have in the world, the more wisdom I need to navigate life redemptively so that the purposes of God are fulfilled in my time. Favor amplifies the influence of my …

  • Jesus said, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, …

  • Do you suffer from depression? Check out my video blog for some tips and advice for those dealing with depression and anxiety. To see the extended version of this video, subscribe to our mailing list below. We will include the extended video in our weekly newsletter. Want to receive updates from Kris Vallotton? Join our …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Bob Hazlett. Personal and cultural transformation comes from a change in thinking. As a man thinks in his heart, so he will be. Transformation does not come from changing behavior or laws; it comes from changing hearts and minds. The ancient prophet Isaiah revealed that God’s …

  • If you missed part 1 of this series, check it out here: https://krisvallotton.com/jesus-did-not-come-to-judge-the-world-part-1/ Now let me recap what we have learned so far about the New versus the Old Covenant and begin to apply it to the ministry of the prophet and prophetess. Jesus died to free us from sin, fulfill the Old Covenant (agreement), and …

  • It probably sounds bold to say to prophetic people that we get to live in a realm of life in which we don’t experience judgment, especially since that is a subject that looms large throughout both the Old and New Testaments. I want to clarify what I mean. You may have looked at judgment through …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Candace Johnson. Candace Johnson talks about Jesus as the Prince of Peace. Fear comes, but it’s what we do with it that matters. Being in His presence allows us to stay in peace. For more information about Candace, go to: http://www.ibethel.org/leadership/eric-candace-johnson-2/

  • All of us love the rags to riches stories; the poor gal who made it big, or the underdog who defeated the great champion. We admire people like young David, who killed the huge giant, or Esther, who became a beautiful princess and altered the course of history in a foreign land. These folks shook …

  • Guest Post by Lisa Bevere. Who You Are in the Fire is Who You Are I don’t really like this truth, but here it is: Who you are in the fire is who you are. I want to imagine that who I am on television is the true representation of who I am. I like …

  • If you missed Part 1 of this series, you can find it here: Do You Have the Guts to Be a Great Leader? Part 1. Building Teams If you have a vision you can fulfill by yourself, you don’t have God’s vision! The Lord’s vision will require God’s help and a team of talented people …

  • There are many people who call themselves “leaders,” but who are no more than puppets of the people! They are so concerned about being liked that they relinquish their authority to the crowd and spend their days worrying about their approval rating. If you fear the people you are not leading them, they are leading …

  • Kris speaks to 2nd Year BSSM students about God’s purposes and plans. He shares stories about his ideas that he had for his life, and how God used them to route him to his destiny.

  • I love to post statements on Facebook and see how people respond. There are always those that feel like it’s their job to police the cloud. They scour the Internet, diligently searching for those they deem as violators of Truth whom they view as false teachers or false prophets. Like secret agents, they hide their …

  • Just Do It

    - March 14, 2016

    Guest Post by Kevin Dedmon. In two recent blogs, I discussed the benefits of dreaming, and dreaming big. In this blog, I want to discuss the journey from a dream to a destiny. Most of us are familiar with the infamous 1988 Nike ad campaign encouraging people to “JUST DO IT.” Research of buyer demographics …

  • Kris continues his series on wealth and developing a wealth mentality. It’s time to honor the people around us and move out of the land of just enough into the land of more than enough!

  • I grew up American poor (not African poor), so I understand how poor people think. Our people despised wealthy folks; we voted democrat, railed against big business, and blamed Uncle Sam for our condition. We were little, powerless people, lost in the sea of humanity; paddling hard, but getting nowhere. The winds of financial adversity …

  • Documentary or Commentary For many people, it’s hard to understand that not only are there hundreds of contrasting scriptures in the Bible, but also much of the Bible is God’s documentary on man and not God’s commentary on how to live life. Therefore when people say, “I live by every word in the Bible,” it’s …

  • Kris & Kathy speak to 2nd Year BSSM students about dating, love, sex, relationships & marriage.

  • Praying for our leaders leads to a quiet life, which creates an atmosphere for people to come to know God. 1 Peter 2:17 says, “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, and honor the king.” The Heart of Nations I believe that Nations have a heart. Social justice happens when the heart of the people of …

  • It’s a presidential election year in the United States, and the honor, privilege, and responsibility of a free people is to vote. Women couldn’t vote in our country until 1920. They struggled in an intense battle for equal rights for 78 years before they could even go to the polls. Under the threat of death, …

  • Kris speaks to 2nd Year Students at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry about kingdom wealth, finances, and prosperity.

  • What we want and what we will are often completely different things. For example, I want a great body but this “desire” has not activated my will. In order to achieve my desire I need to “will” a diet change, a schedule change, and a workout transition. Our “wants” influence our “will,” but our desires …

  • What If?

    - February 24, 2016

    Guest post by Kevin Dedmon. In my last blog, I discussed the benefits of daydreaming our way into our destiny. The degree to which our destiny is fulfilled, however, will be determined by our willingness to dream beyond what we initially imagine, ask, or think. God has called us to do the impossible, which means …

  • The Process I can’t count the number of times people have talked to me about their leaders not acknowledging their office as a prophet or prophetess. Typically they have some sort of prophetic word or personal experience in which “God” commissions them as a prophet. They take this as a license to operate in the …

  • Kingdom Wealth

    - February 20, 2016

    This is the second part of Kris’ message titled, “Poverty, Riches, And Wealth.” The Lord would love to release an ecosystem on us that wherever we go prospers!

  • Strength in Weakness It is important to point out that the devil left Jesus alone until “an opportune time.” Satan is an opportunist. He often strategically waits to attack until we are hungry, weak or tired. Although the devil is insane, he is not stupid. But the Holy Spirit is the most brilliant strategist. He …

  • Eager Beavers One challenge I see in the church is what I call “Eager Beavers.” It’s the pressure that many leaders feel to be “vogue” with their peers. Let me explain: the awareness that the apostles and prophets are such an important part of the government of the church has caused many spiritual leaders to promote …

  • Today is the day we celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. He is one of my heroes! In spite of the fact that he fought for freedom and equality for African Americans, my soul is vexed over the fact that we are still allowing one person’s freedom to come at the demise of another human being’s life! …

  • Be a Valentine

    - February 13, 2016

    Each year, on February 14th, we celebrate Valentines Day. It is a day that primarily focuses on romantic love — more chocolate, cards, and flowers, especially roses, are sold on Valentines Day than any other day of the year. 110 million roses 1 billion cards 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate 3% of pet owners …

  • Kris talks about the ways that spirituality and wealth are connected. He also teaches the difference between being rich and being wealthy.

  • Temptation and Sin A misunderstanding of the difference between temptation and sin has caused many people to believe they are losing when they are actually winning their wilderness battles. The writer of Hebrews said that Christ was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). It is important for us to understand …

  • Originally posted on Moral Revolution It’s not always easy being single: third wheeling it at the movies, persevering through some awkward dates, and scrambling for a good answer when well-meaning friends and family members ask if you’ve met anyone “special” yet. Although it has its fair share of uncomfortable situations and weekend nights sitting on the …

  • Wealth isn’t a sign of God’s blessing on your life, unless of course, your name is Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Joseph, Esther, David, and Solomon. Oh, maybe wealth isn’t a sign of blessing, unless of course, it is! Wealth vs. Blessing The Bible warns us about seeking wealth, but encourages us to pursue blessing.  Blessings come …

  • Forgiveness Restores the Standard I learned this lesson years ago when my kids were teen­agers. I became angry with Kathy in front of them and treated her disrespectfully. An hour later, I apologized, and she forgave me. But when I went to bed that night, I sud­denly realized that I had disrespected Kathy in front of my teenage kids. So I needed to apologize to them for being a bad example of a husband, or they would grow up believ­ing that …

  • Guest post by Kevin Dedmon. New Years tends to be the one holiday Americans have selected in which we are reminded to dream — to hope outside of the box of our current reality. Studies have shown that approximately 45% of the American adult population makes New Year’s resolutions — dreaming about improving their life …

  • Soul Ties Sex is a tridimensional experience: spirit, soul, and body. Anytime you have sex with a person you bond with them. Dr. Daniel Amen writes in his book, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” “Whenever a person is sexually involved with another person, neurochemical changes occur in both their brains that encourage limbic, emotional …

  • Wells of Compassion I have to admit that before I wrote my book “Fashioned to Reign” I never understood the radical message of gender equality that the Gospel writers were trying to convey through the life of Jesus. Yes, I knew that Jesus hated religion. I was very aware that He was a counterculture radical …

  • If you missed Part 1 of Prophets and the End of the World, find it here: https://krisvallotton.com/prophets-and-the-end-of-the-world-part-1/ From this point the Lord began to open up a world of revelation to me. He told me that many of these intercessors have been neutralized because they have believed the lie that disaster breeds humility and humility gives …

  • Olivia Shupe interviews Kris at the Bethel Women’s Night. They discuss the topic of leadership, and how to lead yourself.

  • Interest over the new millennium during the last several years has brought the “doomsday” prophets out of prophetical hibernation. They seemingly hear God saying, “Let me show you 50 ways that I’m going to kill you”. As a native of California I am somewhat qualified as an expert on the subject of prophetic cataclysmic utterances. …

  • One night, exhausted from a long, hard week of work as an automotive technician managing a repair shop in the Bay Area, I got in the bathtub to relax my tired body while my wife Kathy lay sick in her eighth month of pregnancy on the sofa. An hour or so later, I started to …

  • Paupers have a poverty mentality. They always feel like their resources are limited. They believe that when someone else receives something, it takes away some of the provision that could be theirs. They surmise that someone else’s blessing costs them. The story of the prodigal son from Luke 15 illustrates this point clearly. Having squandered …

  • Yesterday we looked at Steps 1 and 2 to overcoming powerlessness: Do the Work of Repentance and Start the Messy Cleanup.  In case you missed it, read it here: https://krisvallotton.com/4-steps-to-overcoming-powerlessness-part-1/ Today we’ll take a look at Steps 3 and 4. Third Step: Think Differently There are a lot of situations in life that seem hard to …

  • Kris talks about moving into friendship with God. God wants us to move from slavery into friendship with Him. Let’s not only be led by the Spirit, but be friends with the Spirit.

  • Today, we will look at the first two steps to becoming powerful people and putting God back in control. Putting God Back in Control We were never created to be a powerless people, subject to the happiness or depression of the environment around us. Rather, our source of wholeness is derived from the author Himself. God …

  • A Culture Of Reward Worldly societies are based on punishment. For example, the police are not charged with identifying good drivers and rewarding them. On the contrary, they give tickets out to people who speed or break the law. The kingdom of God has a completely different core value system. God rewards people who work …

  • Do you want to know what your purpose is in life? Then tell me who your enemies are. A person with no enemies is a person with no destiny! Your enemies fear you at the place of your destiny.  Do you want to know where your destiny meets your opportunity? Listen to your enemies; they …

  • Part 1 I was a youth pastor for 13 years. Back then I knew a lot about raising kids, especially teenagers. I gave parents a lot of great advice about raising their teens, but that was a long time ago…long before we raised four teenagers…long before we had six teenage grandchildren. Life was simpler then …

  • Anyone who attended Sunday school as a child has most likely heard the story of Solomon and his request for wisdom. The Lord told Solomon he could ask for anything and it would be given to him. Solomon famously asked for wisdom, and the Lord responded that he would—as promised—give him wisdom and, because he …

  • I have often been in the presence of really important and/or influential people whom I’ve longed to meet, only to find myself tongue-tied by the sheer anxiety of my honor for them. I have usually walked away having asked some stupid questions or making some ridiculous comments. Of course, an hour later I regret my …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Shawn Bolz. This message is from the last session at Bethel’s Open Heavens Conference in 2015. For more information about Shawn, go to: translatinggod.com

  • Can you imagine someone 200 years ago telling you that they could write the entire Bible on something the size of your fingernail and anyone could read it?  You would probably think, “No way! No one could write that tiny. That’s impossible.” Of course, your paradigm would not include the microchip because the technology hadn’t …

  • America I saw America’s condition emerge out of the Book of 1 Samuel in that we were like the Israelites of those days. Samuel described their condition and situation like this: “They were in a strait, (for the people were hard-pressed), and the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and …

  • When people don’t trust someone, they make up stories about them in their minds. They judge everything they do through the lens of suspicion, and they even read bad motives into their good actions. Dog Eat Dog World I grew up in the business world. I started my first business at 23 years old, and …

  • Kris answers questions from students in 2nd Year at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.

  • Morality has become relative in our time. It’s not that people were inherently more righteous a century ago, it’s just that people acted immorally against society’s social standards. I mean, if you were having sex with your girlfriend you knew it was wrong, and you certainly didn’t tell your mother. But now days it’s common …

  • I can look back on my crash from many years ago now and understand that although my depression affected me emotionally and spiritually, it actually was rooted in the physical dimension of my mind and body. I ignored several warning signs my mind was sending me months before I completely crashed and burned. I was …

  • I love Christmas and I am so thankful for the birth of Christ. But Christmas is painful for many people for lots of different reasons. Here are 5 of the most common struggles: 1. Christmas is culturally a time when families gather. But it is an in-your-face reminder for people who have no family or …

  • Are you a thermostat or a thermometer? Are you the person that’s affected by the culture, or are you the person helping to create the culture? Many people go through life feeling like powerless victims of their environment. They reflect their culture because the culture happens to them, but they are unaware or unwilling to …

  • Humility is not only compatible with greatness; it is the process of significance. We see this clearly in Jesus’ statement: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). According to Christ, the act of humility is the pathway to promotion. Jesus was not criticizing the desire for greatness; …

  • It takes courage to break ranks with religious clones and think for ourselves. But we must realize that creativity, imagination and real learning are never cultivated in crowds. We also have to recognize that there are no permanent “arrivals” or plateaus in this life. Either we are growing, expanding and developing, or we are declining, …

  • How to Succeed

    - December 18, 2015

    Kris shares with 3rd Year BSSM students several keys to succeeding in life including perseverance, hard work, & humility.  

  • History Makers

    - December 18, 2015

    Every so often in the course of history there are individuals born who defy common reason and statistical explanation. These are the great ones, who break the tether of their generation’s expectations and rise to the high call that seems to echo from somewhere beyond the grave. The prophets of old peered into the future …

  • I’d like to introduce you to the bravest person I know. It all began one summer day nearly thirty years ago, when I heard a motorcycle pull up outside our little country church in Weaverville, California. I bridged the threshold of the church door just in time to see a young, skinny tomboy awkwardly hopping …

  • Below you can download Kris’ notes on “Walking out of Pain.”

  • This is part 2 of a series on The Context for Justice. The rights of the innocent are terminated in the silent screams of children who protest against their own death in horrible pain. For what began as a warm, safe haven suddenly turns into a chamber of death. It is here, in the dark …

  • Dream At 6 o’clock in the morning on December 20th, 2006, I had a shocking dream. In this dream, I was sitting next to God on His throne. From the throne we could hear screaming coming from the Earth. It was the kind of blood curdling screaming I had heard only once in my life …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Banning Liebscher. Taken from our 2010 Encounter conference, this sermon from Banning Liebscher talks about how you need to be aware of what time it is right now – and it is absolutely vital to recognize that it is time for you to seek the Lord. …

  • The three parts of prophecy are Revelation, Interpretation, and Application.  In order to be effective when we have a word for someone else, or we receive a prophetic word, we need to understand these three aspects of prophecy. 1. Revelation What is God saying? The person who delivers the prophetic word is responsible for the …

  • The Demon with Glowing Eyes Many years ago, I learned firsthand how to apply Philippians 1:28 when terrible dreams began to torment me. I would often wake up in a panic at seeing two large, glowing red eyes watching me from the foot of my bed. (I know this sounds like a scene from a horror …

  • When Jesus said we must eat His flesh and drink his blood, he wasn’t talking about cannibalism, but he was referring to ingestion that leads to incarnation. Christ was the Word that became flesh. It is important that we ingest the Word of God in a way that causes us to digest His life until …

  • In the midst of the darkest time of my life, I went to see a professional counselor who is a friend of mine. Of course, the first question he asked was, “Why have you come to see me?” I told him the story of my son Jason’s divorce, how his wife had run off with …

  • Sustainability

    - December 5, 2015

    Kris talks about creating sustainability. God is a God of sustainability, and it’s important that we cultivate a healthy spiritual ecosystem in our lives. Let’s go after sustainability in every area of life!

  • A Violent Act Of Grace It never seems to dawn on some Believers that we didn’t get into the Kingdom through our works but through His (Christ’s). Sinners who discipline themselves into good behavior are still sinners who are in need of a savior. No one can behave their way into Heaven! Trying to get …

  • Devilish Deception It’s been said that God does nothing in the affairs of men except they pray. Prayer is the catalyst for worldwide transformation. Prayer incites the angels, restrains darkness, and releases nations into their destiny. Prayer is the key to revival; building bridges between what should be and what will be. The devil also …

  • Everyone is going to die someday, but not everyone really lives! You can’t add days to your life, but you can add life to your days. Here are the top 5 things that rob us of life: 1. The Fear of Failure. Ask yourself the question: if I was ten times bolder what would I …

  • No Picnic for Daniel It is common in our environment to refer to raising up “Daniels” to go out and influence influencers in the world. Having the ear of the king and a position of authority in his kingdom is a high honor and should not be taken lightly. In modern times, the “king” can …

  • Manipulation is the ability to use unrelated comparisons to motivate people to carry out a predetermined goal. Manipulation works best when you can tie someone’s belief system or behavior to a title that has strong negative connotations. For example, if a person micromanages their environment, you can call them a Nazi. Of course, micromanaging, or …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Danny Silk. The work of the cross of Jesus Christ is either a complete work or a complete fraud. Fortunately, we know it to be the former. Therefore, the punishment of God towards sin must be completely satisfied. That being the case, all of our mistakes …

  • Guest post by Steve Backlund. Recently, I sensed the Lord say to me, “Steve, the two most important words in the world are THANK YOU.” What do you think about that? Did I hear right? Let me try to make my case. The Bible says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving” (Psalm 100:4). A gate …

  • Below you can download Kris’ Leadership Training notes from 2nd Year BSSM.

  • Marriage means to merge – the two become one flesh. It’s a mystery that begins with a blood covenant. It’s the reason why God gave women a hymen, so the covenant could be ratified before the children were conceived. Some people marry, but never merge. Independence, fear, mistrust, selfishness, and unforgiveness become impregnable walls of …

  • I love Paul’s revelation of the love of God in Ephesians. He wrote, “…being rooted and grounded in love, (that you) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge…” (Ephesians 3:17-19). The love of …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Banning Liebscher. As leaders, it’s impossible to follow God unless we know what He is saying. Getting the word of God for your life, your family and your city is an essential part of leadership. In this message, Banning dives into what it looks like spiritually …

  • The Problem Our society seems to dictate that men pursue women and not the other way around. This can create a pretty powerless culture for the girls. Furthermore, if the girl wants to be a virtuous woman, then she must refuse to use sensuality to seduce a man. This theoretically reduces her chances of “catching …

  • Below you can download Kris’ teaching notes on “Prophecy & Prophets.”

  • I have a confession: I like being in charge. Before I started working for Bill Johnson, our senior leader at Bethel, I ran my own businesses for over 20 years and was used to calling all the shots myself. Transitioning from that role to serving Bill was one of the most challenging and painful things …

  • People kill, steal, and destroy, ultimately because they are under the power of the evil one. It’s true that LOVE protects, and that governments have the right and the responsibility to protect their citizens with force if necessary. For example, I don’t know many people who would advocate getting rid of their police department because …

  • Less than 24 hours before the attack on Paris, I posted this on Facebook: “I believe that violence against ISIS should be the last resort. But it’s the last resort man! The only reason some people don’t agree is because ISIS hasn’t been to your children’s bedroom yet! Passive restraint does not work with these …

  • Guest Post by Jason Vallotton Recently, while wandering my way through the day, I caught myself in the middle of a thought, “I wish I had more willpower!” I sat on my couch as the seconds ticked by a bit taken back by my desire. I’ve always seen myself as a champion of willpower, someone …

  • This session is from the Fall 2015 Leaders Advance. Kris talks about keeping your heart pure in the midst of transition and changes.

  • My close friend, Julie Winter, is running for Redding City Council. I have worked with her for more than a decade. Julie is one of the most intelligent and forward thinking leaders I have ever met. This is only the 2nd time I have ever endorsed a candidate for an office in my life, but I …

  • Our view of the end times can be a deciding factor in how we live our lives. Here are my eight eschatological core values. 1. I will not embrace an end-time worldview that re-empowers a disempowered devil. 2. I will not accept an eschatology that takes away my children’s future, and creates mindsets that undermine the …

  • Humility, the Attitude of Nobility Humility is so important in our lives. Even under the New Covenant, God says that He is “opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Greatness is planted in the seedbed of humility, it’s watered by the deeds of servanthood, and then it’s cultivated by the hands of …

  • Living in Peace

    - November 6, 2015

    Kris teaches on living in peace during tough seasons. If we want to live in peace, we have to proactively go after it. It’s the kingdom in you that becomes the kingdom around you!

  • Most people try to avoid making mistakes. We are taught from an early age that mistakes are unacceptable, intolerable, unprofitable, detrimental, and even fatal to our success and wellbeing. We are taught from an early age that only the perfect performances are acceptable. Movie directors spend hours cutting out the bloopers of their shows. Music …

  • Guest Post by Nathan Edwardson, reposted from moralrevolution.com. In the book Song of Songs, the woman says to her lover, “Your name is like purified oil.” In the Hebrew language, the word for name is best translated to be etched. In this day, a name was much more than what people would call you. A name was your character, your virtue; your hidden life …

  • Take the test below to find out if you are perceived as a Pauper or a Prince. Following the test will be a description, and keys to becoming more royal!   [watupro 2]

  • WARNING!  This is a long and highly controversial post! Let me begin this dialog by saying that I hate #violence. I think it is an ineffective way to resolve problems. War is terrible – there’s just no two ways about it. BUT that being said, there seems to be a lot of confusion over whether …

  • The media make their living on “breaking news.” The news is no longer in business to inform the public; it’s in business for the sake of business—to turn a profit. Now, there’s nothing wrong with making a profit and being a successful business, but when it comes to the news we need to keep in …

  • Grace is not the absence of work! In fact, grace gives us the strength, energy, and ability to work at a superior level. The apostle Paul wrote, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) Jesus said work …

  • If you don’t manage your life,  others will. If don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. If you don’t set boundaries for yourself;  the crowd will get what they think they need from you, but soon there will be nothing left to get. Then they will discard you like an old pair of …

  • Here is an entry from my journal dated January 18, 2015. Today was life changing: we went in to the Huntsville prison to minister to 65 believers. A man named Charlie started a Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry a couple of years ago that is rocking this maximum security prison. We arrived at the unwelcome …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Danny Silk. Too often, the practice of honor in our modern culture is a lost art. Restoring a culture of honor to our communities and nation will come as the Church embraces the two pillars of empowering and confronting people. This message is an updated version …

  • I often write short notes in my journal that are thought provoking, but aren’t completely fleshed out. I decided to post a few of them and see if they are helpful. I call them RANDOM THOUGHTS for obvious reason. Let me know what you think. 5 principles to live by: If you want people to …

  • When people counsel women (or men for that matter) to stay in dangerous situations in the name of “submission” they need to have their heads checked. A wife was never called to be a zookeeper, a lion tamer, or a punching bag. She was born to be protected, adored, cherished, and empowered. Submission must be …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Steve & Wendy Backlund. An increased perspective of joy and hope is one strong evidence that the renewing of the mind is working. Our joy-level is a key component of our spiritual load bearing capacity, and our hope-level is the indicator of whether we are believing …

  • Countless people are imprisoned by life-controlling sin and mind-numbing fear. Here are nine strategies on how to escape the grasp of the enemy and win the battle against hopelessness. If you are held hostage by the fear of failure, despair and depression, these steps will help you break free from the chains that hold you …

  • Lazarus emerged from his tomb at the voice of the Master, alive yet bound. Jesus turned to the people near him and said, “Unbind him, and let him go.” Too many of us are spiritual mummies; we’ve had a true conversion experience, but we live a life encumbered by the same things that entombed us …

  • I went to high school in the early ’70s in the midst of the so-called Sexual Revolution. The motto of our times was, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”1 Of course, this song had nothing to do with love. It really meant, “Screw whoever you can; don’t …

  • Kris teaches on developing a healthy sexual culture. We can’t confront the immorality of our age without teaching people the right way. Let’s live in a kingdom culture that embraces sex as a beautiful gift from God in the right context.

  • Here are 10 principles for leadership that I’ve learned from years of owning businesses and serving in leadership at Bethel. 1. Reward what you want and confront what is unhealthy. If you give ice cream to a screaming child to shut them up, you just rewarded the behavior you don’t want. If you extend mercy when …

  • Guest blog by Chris Cruz. On a random and uneventful evening, Heaven was eager. The Holy Spirit rushed into my life and took me straight into His heart. Death and resurrection were my portion that night. I was a new person: the Holy Spirit buried an unsatisfied, hurt life, and raised me into something out …

  • I am saddened by another school shooting. My heart goes out to the families that suffered loss this week. I understand that justice and peace for these terrible losses can only be found in Jesus. We mourn with those mourn and continue to pray for those that are wounded. As our president rightly pointed out, …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Havilah Cunnington. In this session, Havilah Cunnington, the Director of Moral Revolution, teaches on the power of our sexuality and what we can learn from David and Bathsheba’s story. For more information about Havilah & Moral Revolution, go to: moralrevolution.com havilahcunnington.com

  • As discussed in previous blogs (Silencing Shame, Disconnecting Shame, and Subduing the Strongholds of Shame), shame is feeling unworthy. Guilt says, “I did a bad thing,” while shame says, “I am bad.” There is a huge difference between a saint repenting of sin, and always feeling like a sinner. Shame erodes the core of our …

  • We just experienced another event that was precipitated by many prophecies of doom and gloom, much like Y2K.  My concern is that when these prophecies did not come to pass, the Blood Moon prophets didn’t apologize. My guess is that they will either spiritualize their bad predictions, or find some event that justifies it. Some are …

  • Winston Churchill said, “When I look back at all my worries, I remember the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.” Mr. Fear is a fantastic script writer. He can intrigue you with his storytelling ability, and convince you to suffer …

  • Kris talks about global prophetic words. There’s a judgment day coming, but we won’t be the judge, God will be. We should judge prophecy, but not judge people. Prophecies should bring edification, exhortation and comfort.

  • Here are 11 things I have learned about women from  40 years of marriage: (Posted in fun!) 1. When a woman asks how something looks on her, there is only one right answer! There are times to be honest, and there are other times to think prophetically…calling things that are not as though they are.  …

  • The Journey Out of Pauperhood

    - September 21, 2015

    Pauperhood is relegated to the children of a lesser god. It is the condition of slaves who have yet to discover their freedom on the other side of the river of baptism and find themselves still captured by the dark prince of torture and torment. He is the one who assigns them to a life …

  • Kris talks about walking with the wise. When we walk with the wise, we become like them. We must find a counsel of leaders who will lovingly speak into our lives – people who love us too much to leave us the same!

  • Guest post from Carrie Lloyd of www.herglassslipper.co.uk. Whatever you’ve done, whatever interesting decisions you made in the past, you might be like me: so far removed from the old you, so unfamiliar to your ‘old ways’ that when you recite stories of how you used to be, you talk in third person. You’re clean from self-sabotage activities, you …

  • As discussed in previous blogs (Silencing Shame and Disconnecting Shame), shame is feeling unworthy. Guilt says, “I did a bad thing,” while shame says, “I am bad.” Shame has many faces, conveying varying messages of ill being, coaxing its victims into secrecy, silence, and blame – condemning them to eek out a seemingly inescapable existence …

  • A few years ago I had a situation that reminded me so much of the “Scripture Police” mentality when we flew out of a tiny airport in Modesto California. Kathy and I arrived at the airport two hours early, quite relaxed and in a good mood. As we entered the airport, I surveyed the inside …

  • Sadly, divorce is ravaging our families and our society. Among the top reasons for divorce are poor communication, arguing, infidelity, and stagnation: Disconnection – Shame. Divorce is a reality in our culture because shame is a reality of our culture. Shame is at the root of many of the relational issues that prevent us from having …

  • One night, exhausted from a long, hard week of work, I got in the bathtub to relax my tired body while Kathy lay sick on the sofa with morning sickness. An hour or so later, I started to get out of the tub to dry off. But as I stood up, an intense thought hit …

  • How To Mentor

    - September 4, 2015

    Kris teaches us that in order for us to find our destiny, we have to find our people. We’re not supposed to be with everyone, but we’re supposed to be with someone. We aren’t supposed to be everywhere, but we’re supposed to be somewhere. Kris tells us how to discover, develop and deploy others.

  • Silencing Shame

    - September 4, 2015

    Have you ever heard that little voice in your head say…? “You don’t fit in” “Nobody likes you” “You’re stupid” “You’re the only one who has made this mistake” “How could God love you? I mean He really knows everything about you” “You’re not lovable” “You will never fulfill your destiny” Have you ever felt …

  • Lying agendas that keep people in denial and deception have been common throughout the ages. In the early 1600s, a scientist named Galileo, through the invention of the telescope, observed that the earth revolved around the sun and not the sun around the earth. The Church was the political force of that day, and Galileo’s …

  • Kathy and I lived in the Trinity Alps of California for nearly 20 years. One of the things that we observed while living in the forest is that normally passive animals like deer, squirrels, or even birds become vicious when their offspring are in danger. Just put your hand in a squirrel’s hole where her …

  • Hanging Around With Fools God promised the children of Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, but the people refused to believe God. Consequently all, except for two of them, died in the wilderness. What’s the moral of the story? Simple. If you hang around idiots and you let them influence you, your promises …

  • Kris shares how we are moving from “going” to church to “being” the church. One of the first keys to changing the world is teaching people how to think!

  • I’m concerned that many people are living a virtual life. They go to the gym to work out on a treadmill where they run their butts off and go nowhere. The treadmill has a screen where they watch themselves run on a virtual trail. Then they go home and watch virtual Bethel TV and think …

  • In some circles of the Church, divorce is equal to the unpardonable sin. People who’ve been divorced are treated as if they have the plague. They can’t serve in their church and they’re not trusted. Having suffered through a divorce in my own family, I have a very different perspective. Let me begin to process …

  • I am not sure why so many “prophets” want to judge America. I mean, why America? Why not India, a Hindu nation that worships thousands of gods? Or how about China, a nation whose official religion is atheism and whose government FORCE their women to have abortions? And why do the Muslim nations escape these …

  • We’re here at the School of the Prophets this week in Vacaville, California, training and equipping prophets and prophetesses to impact the world with the goodness of God. Are Prophets The Problem? Malachi prophesied about a last day’s move of God when he said, “I will send you Elijah the prophet…he will restore the hearts …

  • Let me introduce myself: my name is Kris Vallotton. I’m a husband, a dad and a follower of Jesus. To the dismay of some, I have a tendency to say what I am actually thinking. I just have this thing about being authentic. In a way, it feels like I am lying when I am …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Dan McCollam. Discover the principles of living powerfully and practically in the present while possessing a prophetic vision of a more desirable future. For more information about Dan, go to: soundsofthenations.com

  • We respond to our environment according to the way we see ourselves. Words spoken to us become names that we carry in our hearts. It is so important that we live by our God-given names and not by names that tie us to bondage. We must break free of all aliases that we have been …

  • We hope that you enjoy this guest podcast from Steve & Wendy Backlund. The renewing of the mind does not necessarily happen through Bible reading or church attendance, but it will occur when we decide to believe specific truths. This message reveals four powerful truths to believe for radical transformation and increased influence. Get ready …

  • We’ve been called to be fathers and mothers of nations! We all carry a supernatural hope, which empowers us to bring Kingdom influence to our cities and nations. (This message is from the Kingdom Culture Conference in June 2015.)

  • Kris sheds light on how believers are to relate to the Word of God. It’s important that we hold each truth in tension, live on the proceeding word of God, and build precept upon precept. The point of reading the Bible is to come into a relationship with the Author and join His ministry of …

  • Kris preaches on the gospel of power. In the book of Acts, we see that the early church needed the baptism of the Holy Spirit in order to be witnesses of Jesus throughout the world. Jesus always intended for us to do greater works than Him! In order to do that, let’s believe and step …

  • Kris had the privilege of being a guest on The Human Podcast. The topic was sex, love, relationships, and everything in between. More info about The Human Podcast is at: http://www.thehumanpodcast.com

  • By Faith

    - April 30, 2015

    When the disciples called on Jesus to calm the storm, He rebuked them for their lack of faith. It wasn’t the size of their faith, but rather the brevity their faith they were rebuked for. By faith we have everything we need to resist temptation, walk in our destinies, and stand in the presence of …

  • Many times in life when storms come, our faith is challenged. Its important in those times to believe in God, and in the work He has done in you. God gives you faith to get through to the other side of the storm, so remember who you are in Him, and who He is in …

  • Below you can download Kris’ teaching notes on “Paupers to Princes.”

  • Esther – Extending The Royal Scepter: Part 2

  • Below you can download Kris’ teaching notes on “Generosity: The Truth About Truth.”