May 2014

26 May A Cry of Desperation

In a day where it is common to have dry-cleaner churches where you are in by 9 out by 10 and the people in the churches are time-conscious, self-conscious, or possibly unconscious, there is a cry across the land for one last move of God's Spirit. Dissatisfaction with the status quo is rising, sweeping across denominational and undenominational boundaries. Age boundaries are shattering as children, youth, and adults are longing for more of God's Spirit. There is a sound penetrating into the heavenlies for one more rain to flood our churches and people. Like blind Bartimaeus of days of old, there is a cry of desperation that won't be denied. The sound of "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me" is growing louder and louder and louder.   I'm writing this post to let you know that you are not alone. The birthing pains of a powerful move of God's Spirit is causing people just like you to get up, leave comfort behind, and make desperate moves to facilitate the birth of this last day outpouring. You are joining with the multitudes that will see this latter rain.   I know that you've read this numerous times in this blog and heard it in our Ignite the Supernatural Conferences. But, it bears repeating. This is the day of the Holy Ghost. This is His day to do what has never been done before, launch what has never been imagined possible, and shake the very core of the Church. This is His day.   In the next few weeks, I will announce the great change in our personal lives and ministry to be a part of this outpouring. Major results come from major steps of obedience and faith. Now that I have your minds working overtime...

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19 May What Translation of the Bible Are They Reading?

Many years ago, I heard the story of a group of pastors that were debating the merits of different Bible translations. One pastor told his peers that he always used the King James Version in his preaching because of its richness in conveying God's Word. Another pastor told the Amplified Translation was his favorite because it greatly enlarged the shades and meanings of various words in each verse. Another pastor stated that he loved to preach from the Living Translation because of its fluidity and ease. The discussion continued for some time until there came a voice from a young lady that was sitting in the back of the auditorium announcing that she loved her dad's translation. The pastors stopped their discussion and asked the young lady to come to the front of the room and join them. Upon recognizing the young lady, one minister said, "I've known your dad for some time. I didn't know that he was a Greek and Hebrew scholar and penned his own translation of the Bible." The lady responded that her father had never penned a translation on paper but had translated the Bible through his daily walk with Christ. That was the end of the discussion.   Nursery teacher, Sunday school teacher, Children's/Youth Pastor, mid-week Bible club leader, each and every time that you walk into your ministry assignment, you become a living, flesh-and-blood translation of God's Word.  (2 Corinthians 3:2-3) Those in your ministry are defining what a God-loving, devil-hating, Word-believing, Spirit-filled, faith-demonstrating, impossibility-crushing, passionately-worshipping, prayer-loving child of God is like as they watch you minister. They are reading your living epistle line by line.   Take a  moment and review your last time with the children/youth. Did it reflect a Book of Acts service? If not, it might be time to pull out the correction fluid and pen to modify the contents of what is being read. Remember that the church of tomorrow is being formed by the classroom of today. Let's be a flesh-and-blood New Testament leader. Write through your actions and teachings an accurate, powerful account of a life in the Spirit. Lives are counting on it!...

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12 May Why Children’s Ministry?

Vickie and I are days away from celebrating our 35th anniversary of being in children's ministry. I'll be the first to admit that's a long time. In fact, I don't know of too many people being in this ministry for that length of time. This isn't a ministry known for longevity. I know of many that started when we began and within a few short years drifted on to other things.   Why do I continue? Quite simply, my answer is found in the words of David.  "So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering his glorious miracles and obeying his commands." Psalms 78:7 (New Living Translation)   In looking back at my childhood, I'm thankful for the nursery teachers, Sunday school teachers, children church workers, Royal Ranger commanders, and Vacation Bible School workers who came alongside my parents and gave me the opportunity to fall in love with Jesus. They instilled the powerful Word of God. They were Jesus in the flesh to me. Their labors and love so impacted my life. In fact, they are still impacting my life. I'm now taking the deposit given by these faithful children's ministry leaders and volunteers and passing it on to the next generation.   Am I going to continue? You betcha! There's another generation that must connect with our God. There's another generation that must discover the wonders of God's love and power.   Are you with me? Will you keep on keeping on so that one more generation will set its hope anew on God? This generation is counting on you....

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05 May Prepare for What God has Already Prepared for You!

It's time for me to stand, place my right hand upon the Bible, raise my left hand into the air, and tell the honest to goodness truth. Ready? Here goes. By and large, Christians are one weird group of people. I feel better now that I've made that confession. At times, I just don't understand their logic (if they have any). It causes me to wonder if at their birth, their mother hit them with the stupid stick.   I'll speak about children's ministry leaders to provide an example. They know that their children need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the Book of Acts and yet they teach on any and every subject except the infilling of the Holy Spirit. These leaders see the need for the Holy Spirit to demonstrate His presence and yet they never yield and make room for Him. They have a prepared lesson and come hell or high water, their agenda is going to happen. They know that they need to gain intimacy with the Holy Spirit and yet they never spend time with Him. They know that they could gain insight by studying the ministry of those who are or were mightily used of God and yet they read anything and everything except the books by and about these great heroes of the faith. Again, Christians (and children's ministry leaders in particular) are weird, weird, weird!   Let me get you going on the right direction when it comes to reading about people who work together with the Holy Spirit. I know the importance of reading the works of and about people who have been where I want to go and have seen what I want to see. Here's an example from one of my heroes, Smith Wigglesworth...

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