A Faceful of Splinters: Sound Bytes from Kristen Williams @ Transformation Network Conference

Written by on November 13, 2014

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Last weekend, at the Transformation Network Conference in downtown Portland, Tim and I were inspired by and prayed for by one of the most enthusiastic Christ-followers we’ve ever met.

Kristen Williamsfrom Tauranga, New Zealand, for years has been raising up and equipping young leaders to pursue Jesus, engage in local evangelism and missions, and to bring understanding of the times that we live in. He engages us with the reality that God is for us, has called us, and has plans for us beyond all we can ask or imagine.

Here are some of Kristen Williams’ notable quotables from the conference:

  • Anyone who puts God in a box had better prepare for a face full of splinters.
  • Jesus says, “I love how you welcome Me. But don’t forget to welcome My friends—My angels.”
  • Imagine if every move of God were ongoing.
  • Jesus, do it in us so You can do it through us.
  • Nothing that God does in you is meant to be contained in you.
  • These who have turned the world upside down have come here, too. (Acts 17:6)
    Turn the world upside down!
  • My closest friends are absolute crazy nutters—revivalists.
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego following their fiery trial: “So, King, you’re telling us to behave ourselves, or else. Or else what? Put us back in the furnace with that guy who burnt the ropes off our arms?”
  • God creates diversity. Requires unity. Honors humility.
  • Hunger will produce humility.
  • God keeps asking, “What do you want?” until we relent and say, “You.”
  • A religious spirit is a proud unbendedness of heart.
  • Acts 3:19 says, “Repent and be converted, that your sins will be blotted out, that times of refreshing will come from the Lord.” Literal translation:  “Recovery of breath” will come from the Lord.
  • “Haere mai te wairua tapu,” declared in Maori, means, “Come, Holy Spirit. Welcome!”
  • Here’s a beautiful alternative: to prophesy.
  • We cannot measure a move of God with numbers.
  • Before the Holy Spirit breaks out in our cities, He must break out in us.
  • Some people ask, “You want me to reread a Scripture verse 150 times?” Yes! There’s a Man alive in there!

Friend, which quote resonates most with you?  Why?

Reach Kristen Williams Church @ Hope Centre Tauranga New Zealand
Reach  Kristen Williams on Facebook
Reach   Transformation Network Contact Steve Trujillo or Renee Boucher, directors


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  1. kathryneann   On   November 14, 2014 at 5:41 am

    All of the quotes are good, but the one highlighted to me this morning is “A religious spirit is a proud unbendedness of heart.” I was around many Catholic family recently and this articulates what can be the case in some. Not saying all … but some. Good post, Lynn.

    • Lynn Hare   On   November 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Kathryne, yes, I grew up in the Catholic church, and learned about the liturgy of worshiping with structure, with much unbendedness going on there! But I was so grateful to learn that God’s not into a religious spirit. He wants us. All of us. He’s more about relationship in the end.

  2. Jane West   On   November 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Wow! Lynn, he sounds like a great speaker, with a lot of good ideas and encouragement. What a good meeting. I’m so glad you got to go. Several of the things he said resonated with me, some made me smile, and others just warmed my heart. Let’s see . . . I liked what the three young men said to the king after they got out of the furnace. Ha! And how He keeps asking what we want, until we say ‘You.”
    Thanks again for an inspiring, interesting message. Keep it up!

    • Lynn Hare   On   November 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Jane, thanks for your comment. Yes, Kristen was so inspiring. I laughed at his story about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, too! I hope you can come for Transformation Network conference next year. Good to hear from you!

  3. Victoria   On   November 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Favourite one: “Haere mai te wairua tapu”.
    Amen! I love the beautiful language and expression of our indigenous people here in NZ. I love hearing that these words have been declared in another nation, and that others have witnessed to them and agreed for it to be so also. Bless you Lynn. 🙂

    • Lynn Hare   On   November 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Victoria, thank you for dropping by. I’m excited to pray “Haere mai te wairua tapu”. I’m going to declare this as I do prayer walks and invite Holy Spirit signs, miracles, and wonders. Bring it on!

  4. Susan   On   November 18, 2014 at 7:12 am

    •God keeps asking, “What do you want?” until we relent and say, “You.” This resonates sweetly. And He asks this question daily, some days hourly.

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