February 2014

24 Feb The Tale of Grandma Klepto

Many years ago, our girl's ministry took on a project of cleaning the home of an elderly lady in our church. Upon arriving at her home, our suspicions were confirmed. The lady was a kleptomaniac and a horrific hoarder. Not only did Vickie and the girls find piles of things from the church including church hymnals (you do remember what hymnals are, don't you?) they discovered mounds of garbage. The sad thing was that Grandma Klepto (that was my affectionate name for the lady) was comfortable in her lifestyle and pigsty. Like Grandma Klepto, it is easy for those of us in ministry to become so, so comfortable in our own little world.  Many times, we don't accurately see our situation. Our perception of our world is far different than reality. Too often, the Holy Spirit sees a little bit (or a lot) of Grandma Klepto in us and our ministry. He sees that we have attached ourselves to the (dis)comforts of our environment and traditions and are beset with so many unnecessary things that weigh us down. Our hoarding keeps us from soaring into His realm. I want to remind you that: There are places in the Spirit where no child has ever gone. There are sites in the heavenlies that have yet to be seen by boys and girls. There are realms of worship that few children have experienced. There are depths of intercession that few have explored. There are arenas of faith that few have fought and conquered. Stay where you are in your walk in the Spirit? Be content with the way that the children are in your ministry? Are you kidding? It's time to the leave behind the mediocrity and clutter of this world and dare to soar into the heavenlies. Help me spread the word to other Grandma Kleptos. Today is the day to lay aside the comfort of tradition and those seven entrapping words (We've never done it this way before) and begin to experience the freedom of the Holy Spirit. It's time to fly!...

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17 Feb Change Your Church!

I know that this isn't a characteristic of your church, but I will share it anyways. I've found that when a family becomes dissatisfied with a church, they quietly just disappear. Maybe in their estimation, the church wasn't demonstrative enough in worship or perhaps too emotional and demonstrative. Some leave because ...

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10 Feb He Promised, We Act, He Does!

Many years ago, I heard Charles Capps say, "The Gospel is so simple that we need a lot of help to misunderstand it." He went on to say, "And believe me, we've had all of the help that we need." Ain't that the truth! I'm constantly amazed at how preachers and teachers complicate ministering about the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus made this ministry so simple when He said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Luke 11:13 This one verse shares so much about the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is a gift. This is a good gift. This is a good gift from heaven. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians that the Father is anxious to give. This is a good gift from heaven for Christians that the Father is anxious to give to all that ask. Can it get any simpler? Jesus has promised each and every Christian that if they will just ask, the Father will pour out His Spirit upon them. It's a case of He said, we act in faith, and then He will!...

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03 Feb It’s Non-Negotiable

A major milestone in any child's life is when they learn to distinguish between a parent's suggestion and a parent's command. For some reason, most children take their parent's statement, "Sweetheart, go clean up that messy bedroom" as a suggestion, one that can be done at any time if and when the mood hits them. I can guarantee  that there will come a day when there will a startling realization that what was taken as a suggestion or option was actually a non-equivocal, non-negotiable command. While church leaders are rock-solid on many foundational truths and recognize that there is no wiggle-room in the doctrine, they have yet to come to terms with Jesus' command concerning the infilling of the Holy Spirit. What was given as a command is oft times taken as a suggestion or option. Jesus said ...

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