October 2007

29 Oct The Ignite the Supernatural Conference

Why is the national Ignite the Supernatural Conference so important? Why have a conference that focuses totally upon ushering in a Holy Spirit revival for children and children's ministry? One picture will tell the whole story. I want the Person of the Holy Spirit who is so important to my Dad and Mom, to Vickie and myself, to my son Jason and his wife Elisabeth, to become so real and imporant in my grandson Joey's life. Through this conference, we can ignite the fire of a Holy Spirit revival to another generation of children. I want my grandson to be able to say like the late Kathryn Kuhlman, "The Holy Spirit is more real to me than you are." The 2008 Ignite the Supernatural Conference is January 31 - February 2 in Orlando, Florida. Information for speakers, workshops, schedules, hotels, registration rates, and downloadable promo and registration forms are available at http://www.ignite-conference.com/. Hurry, our first pre-registration deadline for the very best registration rate is Thursday, November 1st. ...

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09 Oct The Fruit of Our Labor

By no means do I consider myself to be a cityslicker. The city that I grew up wasn't much of a city. With a whopping 6 traffic lights, "fine" eateries consisting of the likes of Dairy Queen and a greasy spoon called Grothe's Restaurant, and 3 grocery stores, West Columbia, Texas wasn't much to brag about. Still, it was home. Neither do I consider myself a country bumpkin. We did have a few chickens in a fenced-in area for a while when I was young. We did raise tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, and squash each summer in our little garden in our back yard. I guess that I'm a fine mixture of both ...

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01 Oct Children’s Ministry 101 as Taught by Gideon

I love the biblical account of Gideon's victory over the Midianites. From my early days in Sunday School, this story has ranked up there right alongside David's battle with Goliath and Joshua and the battle of Jericho.This story found Judges 6 and 7 provides three great leadership principles for Children's Ministry leaders. The number of your army (staff) may not be what you want. Gideon didn't appreciate God whittling down his numbers. Through Gideon's example, God proved that being understaffed wasn't a deterent to Gideon's victory. The members of your army (staff) may not be the ones that you'd pick. The ones that Gideon wanted left to return home for various reasons. It's amazing that the "left-overs" under God's anointing saw a mighty victory. Believe it or not, God has commissioned your "left-overs" to join arm-in-arm with you to fulfill your God-given assignment. The weapons of your battle (teaching tools) may not be what you want. The weapons that you use each week aren't the latest, greatest on (or off) the market. For now, they are all that God has provided for your ministry. So, grab your trumpet and an empty jar with a burning torch inside (teaching tools that others would laugh at) and get ready to do God's business. What an encouragement. God knows my battles (weekly ministry assignments) and has provided both the staff and tools to see the victory that He has prepared for me. The key is to see things as God sees them and start moving towards the course for my victory!...

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