The Vision

Raising up a prophetic generation to speak to the cultures of the world with the empowered Voice of Heaven.

Author

Aligning people with their God-defined destiny.

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Mentor

Equipping those who will speak to the cultures of our world.

Teacher

Uncovering the unique sound of  Spirit-empowered voices.

About Garris and Jan

Garris and Jan Elkins serve the global Church through writing, speaking, and mentoring. They live in southern Oregon, tucked away in the foothills of the Rogue Valley. Their shared desire is to have each person learn how to hear the heart of God and become a transforming voice in their culture.

Recent Blog Articles

Garris writes on many topics across a wide spectrum of subjects. Many times he uses his own life experiences to highlight a truth or principle.

The Challenge of Unrestrained Passions

For the last week, I have seen several trophy-size blacktail bucks in our neighborhood. Their antlers are immense. They are the stuff of a hunter’s dream. Rarely are these deer seen except when they enter the rut and let their guard down in pursuit of a doe. They...

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Preparing to Relaunch

It was an unusual image that came to me while taking communion. I saw a large bird perched on a limb within a tree. The bird compressed its legs in preparation to launch at the same time unfurling its wings to catch the first lift of air. At the moment when it...

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Spiritual Ghost Towns

Spiritual Ghost Towns

When I was a young boy, my father took our family to visit the ghost town of Bodie, California. Bodie, like many towns in the Old West of America, sprung up quickly and thrived until the ore vein that justified their existence played out. When that depletion took...

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When It’s Time to Say “No”

I transitioned from police work and became a pastor many years ago. Occasionally, I am asked a question. “Was it a hard transition to make?” I typically reply, “No. There are more similarities than differences.” Today, I might add a point of clarification to my answer...

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The Sandwich

I love Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. I also love what happens the day after Thanksgiving. The day after is when "The Sandwich" makes its yearly appearance. It has become a ritual for me. Slices of turkey breast, crisp bacon and Havarti cheese are placed...

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Stepping Out of the Rut

There are times when we are asked by the Lord to move beyond what we are known for to engage a completely new life-assignment. It is easy to settle into a known reputation or long-held position thinking it is a forever assignment and fail to miss an opportunity for...

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Books by Garris

Books by Jan

Latest Release

As people of faith—from the very beginning of our recorded history—we have loved to gather and stay gathered. Community is healthy and necessary. But it is unhealthy if it stalls the assignment given to us by Jesus—the assignment known as the Great Commission. We have been given a mandate to tell the nations of the wonderful things God has done for humanity. We have also been called to leave our personal Jerusalem to venture outward with the Good News.

Our calling is one of expansion and exploration. This can be a physical or mental migration. Geographical expansion can come about through persecution like the Early Church experienced or like the pilgrims who fled religious persecution in Europe to start a new life in America.

We can also expand by a change in thinking—in how we see our role in God’s Kingdom. This often begins with feeling frustrated about the static status quo. We may glimpse a new and unrealized aspect of God and His Kingdom, and that insight will begin to stir the beginnings of a personal transition. Expansion has been part of the spiritual DNA of the Church since Pentecost.