July 2013

29 Jul A Holy Ghost Demonstrator!

Let it noised throughout the land that we are a ministry that allows for the demonstration of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because it is New Testament! We expect that the Holy Spirit can and will show up in each and every service and we choose to work together with Him. How do you work together with the Holy Spirit? First, preach the Word. In a children's/youth service? Yes. PREACH THE WORD! Second, step out in faith and expect the Holy Spirit to back up or authenticate the Word. I guarantee that He will demonstrate His presence each and every time. Throughout the Book of Acts we find a bold Church that preached the Word and then made room for the Holy Spirit to validate the Word. The apostles would preach the Word, lay hands upon people, and see supernatural manifestations of His presence. Consider this. “Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:17 (New Living Translation) I challenge you to preach the Word and then expect the Holy Spirit to demonstrate His presence and power. Dare to lay hands upon the children and youth in your ministry and expect a supernatural demonstration. Remember that it was through witnessing the laying on of hands that Simon was persuaded that the gospel preached by Peter and John in Acts 8 was desirable. Preach about healing and then lay hands upon the sick and expect results. (Know that Jesus is the healer. This takes all of the pressure off of us. All that we have to do is pray and believe.) Boldly preach that God has a gift for every believer and then lay hands upon children to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. (Jesus is the baptizer. All that we have to do is lay the foundation by preaching the Word, provide the invitation, and expect a demonstration.) Come on, join me. May your ministry be known as a Word-loving, Holy Ghost-demonstrating ministry. Your kids will never be the same!...

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22 Jul Do You REALLY Want a Move of God?

I want to deviate from the weekly blog teaching and ask a simple question, "How serious are you about seeing a move of God among your children and youth?" You read about it. You talk about it. You want it. But, the truth is that none of these things have produced what you desire. I want to be bold and perhaps, in some people's estimation, quite forward. Would you be willing to take a bold step to see this happen by having me come to your church to ignite the passion of your children/youth staff? It could be for a Friday night or a Friday night and all day Saturday. I will be so bold as to say that the information coupled with the motivation will produce an impartation that will cause your ministry to be forever changed. It will be teaching/preaching/laying on of hands. Then, often I will preach in the Sunday morning service to the adults and see many, many baptized in the Holy Spirit. I am convinced that this time together can make your dreams come alive. Are you serious about wanting a move of God? Is it just talk or are you willing to take a bold step? If you're serious, contact me at billy@billyburns.com and I will get back to you ASAP....

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15 Jul Call 911!

While in Bible College, I was introduced to the writings of Samuel Chadwick. Chadwick (1860-1932) was one of the greatest preachers of English Methodism. Warning: He is one of those writers whose works will cause the reader to use highlighter pen after highlighter pen to capture heaven's revelations.   Rather than provide some quotes and commentary, this week I will just share a couple of Chadwick quotes taken from his sermon The Way to Pentecost and ask you to meditate and ask the Holy Spirit to add His commentary. Then, do your ministry team a favor. Pass along the quotes to all those working alongside of you.   "There is a superabundance of machinery; what is wanting is power. To run an organization needs no God. Man can supply the energy, enterprise, and enthusiasm for things human. The real work of a Church depends upon the power of the Spirit. The presence of the Spirit is vital and central to the work of the Church. Nothing else avails. Apart from Him, wisdom becomes folly, and strength weakness."   "Destitute of the fire of God, nothing else counts; possessing fire, nothing else matters."   Come on. Let this resonate within you. Allow the Holy Spirit to shine His light on you and your ministry. You might discover that you need to send a 911 call up to heaven to breath life again into a well polished ministry that is destitute of the life and power of the Holy Spirit. To use a Texas term, I double-dog dare you....

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01 Jul Praying Mysteries

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know the name of every child in our ministry. I'm not a bad children's pastor. I'm really not. And it's not that I'm battling some debilitating memory disease. You'll have to agree that it would impossible to know every name of the 1,000+ children who attend our children's ministry. Add to that staggering number, I'm not with every child every week. We do have those who are with us almost every week. Then, we have children who are with us every other week so that they can rotate weekends between divorced parents. Finally, we have the CEO's (Christmas and Easter Only) children. This causes me to walk through the mall or Walmart and smile at every child ...

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