September 2013

30 Sep The Seed

I am a firm believer that you get what you prepare for. If a gardener prepares the soil by tilling the land and then plants watermelon seeds, he can expect to grow watermelons. If you plant watermelon seeds, you don't expect to produce carrots do you? Of course not. For the past few weeks, our children's ministry has been in the preparing-the-soil stage of ministry. We've been preparing for a mighty outpouring of God's Spirit upon our children. How? We've been teaching a series that I wrote many years ago called "The Holy Spirit in You". We've taught each lesson with the knowledge that the seed planted and cultivated is going to produce a big harvest on the final service of the series. We know that if we plant Holy Spirit "seeds" that we can expect MANY boys and girls to be gloriously baptized in God's Spirit. This week, let me share with you the stages of preparation. Hopefully someday, I will have the full curriculum available to share with you. But, until then, take this brief overview and allow the Holy Spirit who gave me the series to do the same for you. Week #1 - The Great Promise - Luke 24:49 Jesus told of a promise made by His Father to all of Jesus' followers. He would not leave them helpless but would send another Helper who would give them power from on high. Week #2 - The Great Command - Acts 1:4 Receiving this Helper wasn't an option. Jesus commanded His follower to stay in Jerusalem to receive the promise of the Father. Week # 3 - The Great Infusion - Acts 2:4 There was no denying when the promise was fulfilled. The Day of Pentecost provided clear, undeniable proof of the infilling of God's Spirit. Week # 4 - The Great Change - Acts 1:8 Chickens? Cowards? Not after the Holy Spirit came. The case of "chickenitis" was removed when a Holy Spirit backbone was placed inside of each and every believer. Week # 5 - The Great Question - Acts 19:2 What happened inside of the upper room wasn't a one-time experience. Believers from that day until today have been asked, "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?" Week # 6 - The Great Expectation - Acts 2:4, Acts 1:8 From that Day of Pentecost forward, believers can expect to receive a language from heaven that will enable them to expect to change the world. Week # 7 - The Great Benefits - Jude 20, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 14:2, Romans 8:26 Praying in the Spirit could be called Praying with Benefits! Why? Because when praying in our heavenly language, we build up our spirit, receive heaven's power, confuse the devil, and pray great prayers that yields great results!...

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23 Sep Want a Supernatural Ministry?

From time to time, I jokingly tell my senior pastor that when I came to join his ministry staff 24 years ago, my hair was red and my eyes were white. Now, my hair is white and my eyes are red and it's all his fault. It is a joke that we both laugh at. It's been a great 24 years. I've learned a lot during my 24 years at Trinity Church International and my 34 years in the ministry. My premature white(ish) hair now qualifies me to give advice to the younger ministers. What's the advice that I constantly give for having a supernatural ministry? Stay in the Word and continually pray in the Spirit. Consume the Word. It is the bread of heaven. Pray in the Spirit. Praying in our prayer language causes the Word to expand within us. It amplifies the Word and enables the Word to grow and grow some more. I speak from experience when I say that praying in other tongues causes me to walk into a ministry opportunity with a spirit that is about to explode with the Word. Here's confirmation to what I'm sharing from one of the greatest ministers that I've ever studied, John G. Lake. Lake was a world shaker. The secret to his deep revelations, extraordinary manifestations, and the success of his ministry can be found in a statement that he made. “I want to talk with the utmost frankness and say to you, that tongues have been the making of my ministry. It is that peculiar communication with God when God reveals to my soul the truth I utter to you day by day in the ministry. Many times, I climb out of bed, take my pencil and pad, and jot down the beautiful things of God, the wonderful things of God that He talks out in my spirit and reveals to my heart.” Notice these words: “Tongues have been the making of my ministry.” Pastor/youth worker/children's minister/Sunday school teacher, let this be the backbone of your ministry. Live in the Word and continually pray in the Spirit....

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16 Sep Show and Tell

One of the highlights of the school day for most children in Kindergarten or 1st grade is the activity called Show and Tell. I'm sure that you can recall your excitement as a child when in Show and Tell you stood in front of the classroom with an item brought from home, showed it to your classmates, and then told about it. While preparing for a sermon this past week, I read a New Testament account of the Holy Spirit participating in a Show and Tell situation. It wasn't for a classroom of kids, but rather, for a city in Samaria. When revival broke out in this area, the Holy Spirit validated the ministry through Show and Tell. Consider this: "And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did." Acts 8:6 That same Holy Spirit still loves to participate in Show and Tell opportunities. In fact, each week, He is quietly sitting in your ministry situation waiting for His turn in class to stand up, show what He brought to the meeting, and begin to speak. With you being the leader of the gathering, you have the total control of if and when He will be able to participate. Teacher, are you ready for some Show and Tell? If so, let's see. Whose turn is it to present? Recognize and acknowledge your next speaker and then allow Him to stand up, be seen and heard. I guarantee that it will be a meeting that you and all of the children in the classroom will never forget!...

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02 Sep Lessons Learned from Eli

Here's an interesting fact about the Old Testament priest, Eli. Most of the sermons that we've heard about Eli generally focus upon his parenting skills or the lack thereof. But have you ever stopped to think that Eli is the only Children’s Pastor mentioned in the Bible? If there is another one, I sure can’t think of it. And, Eli provides a tremendous lesson about what to do and what not to do as a Children’s Pastor. Consider this ...

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