February 2008

25 Feb Move Jesus from the Past to the Present

Here's a powerful verse from a book of the Bible that is rarely preached from. Grab your highlighters and mark this verse. "I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes." (Job 42:5, New Living Translation). Let's face the facts. Many of our children are experts on Biblical knowledge. They could possibly outdo us in Bible trivia games. After all, they have been a part of our Sunday schools, children's churches, and mid-week Bible clubs for years. Yet sadly, many of these children are like the first portion of Job's statement. They have only heard about Him, they have never seen Him. To most of our children, Jesus is a great historical figure that they hear about week after week. So, how do we transform Jesus from a character that our children hear about week after week into Someone who walks off the pages of the Bible or Sunday school quarterly? How does Jesus differentiate Himself from other historical religious leaders? Here's the answer. As children's ministry leaders and workers, the answer is already an obvious answer. We all know that value of seeing and hearing, right? Each week, you don't just tell a lesson. You and I are always looking for some visual to reinforce what we are teaching. In Acts 1:3 we see that Jesus knew the value of seeing and hearing. "He appeared to the apostles from time to time and proved to them in many ways that He was actually alive." (New Living Translation). He showed Himself and demonstrated His power. Through DEMONSTRATION, Jesus walked from the past tense (Someone who is heard or read about) to the present tense (Someone who is seen). Here is where you and I come into this equation. Jesus continues to show Himself and demonstrate His power today by the working of the Holy Spirit through YOU! As we allow the Holy Spirit to demonstrate through us, you and I turn what would possibly have been just a historical figure or religious myth into an "I have seen and now believe" (John 6:30). Many years ago, I heard the great T.L. Osborn state, "If you can't demonstrate the Gospel, you aren't fit to preach it." I double dawg dare you to show and demonstrate the Gospel. Demonstrate that Jesus is alive and well and still full of power. Make room for the Holy Spirit to manifest His presence and touch lives. Lay hands upon the sick and know that they will be healed. Preach with the anointing and expect yokes to be broken. The Holy Spirit is waiting on you. Now go and do it!...

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19 Feb A Confession from a Holy Ghost Arsonist

It is unbelievable how this blog is spreading around the globe. Since its inception, this blog has been read in 23 states in the United States and in 16 nations with many of the readers reading the blog every week. I am literally touching lives around the world while sitting in my office in Lake Worth, Florida. That's the upside of the blog. There is a downside to writing this blog, two areas that I struggle with each week. The first is that I would love to literally be with you and share this passion face-to-face. What I write each week isn't an afterthought. I am consumed with the desire to help ignite a fire of the Holy Spirit in children's ministries, to fan the flames of revival, to enable you to fulfill your God-given passions, and finally see children fulfill Joel's prophesy and become a Holy Spirit-empowered mighty army. Looking into a computer screen is a far cry from being able to look into your eyes and see the flames of the fire rise higher and higher in you. The second struggle is that there is so much to share. Trying to keep the blog to 350 words is so difficult. I constantly wrestle with not turning a powerful point into a full-length article. I battle with wanting to write three and four blogs at one time. In writing this blog, I wrestled with the thoughts of whether to share a strong verse from Job or a reminder from Zechariah or God’s prompting for 2008 being the "year of the radical." At times, containing this overflow is almost more than I can handle! I know that this week's blog isn't typical. I haven't shared a teaching thought. Today I've shared my innermost passion, what makes me tick. I am consumed with seeing this fire burn within you and your children because TODAY is the day of the Holy Spirit! I’ve failed again. The count is way above the desired 350 words. I need a support group. I am consumed with this assignment. There might be someone reading this blog that can help with this “problem.” Allow me to come to your church and area, pour out my heart, look fellow igniters in the eyes and fan their flames. Allow me to help ignite this fire with your team and other churches in your area. Contact me for more information. Do me two favors. First, connect me with others who are consumed with seeing a Holy Ghost revival in children’s ministry. Help me spread this fire as you tell others about the blog. Secondly, connect with me by sending a note telling me that you are with me and what this blog is doing for you. I want to help you. I’m only an email away - billy@billyburns.com....

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11 Feb Preparing for the “Suddenlies” of the Holy Spirit

We all want the "suddenlies" mentioned in the Book of Acts to happen in our children's ministry, don't we? We desire for the Holy Spirit to come and demonstrate His presence and power just as He did in Acts 2, 10, and 16 causing children to be empowered to fulfill their God-given assignments (Acts 2), bringing Holy Ghost interruptions to our ministries (Acts 10), and setting children free from chains and shackles (Acts 16). Have you ever stopped to consider that the "suddenlies" were only a time issue and not an if issue? Take a few minutes and reread these accounts. It wasn't a question of if the Holy Spirit would show up. In each of these stories, those involved had opened the door for His manifestation. In Acts 1:14, the disciples in the upper room "all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication ...

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05 Feb How to Initiate a Revival

The great revivalist Gypsy Smith was once asked about how to see moves of God or how to have a Spirit-filled ministry. He answered, “Go home, lock yourself in your room, and kneel down in the middle of the floor. Draw a circle all around yourself and ask God to start the revival inside that chalk mark. When He has answered your prayer, the revival will be on.”...

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