August 2015

31 Aug Together

Vickie and I want to thank you for uniting with us as we fulfill our assignment to raise up children's/student ministry leaders and workers to ignite a fire of God's Spirit in their ministries around the globe. According to a recent article by George Barna, every single day some two million blog posts are placed on the internet. I am humbled to know that many of you week after week log onto our www.billyburns.com website to read the blog posts or have chosen to have the blog post sent directly to your email account (http://billyburns.com/connect/). Thank you. Thank you fore believing in us and supporting us with your prayers. To the best of my knowledge, we are one of just a handful in both the classical Pentecostal denominations (Assemblies of God, Church of God, Pentecostal Holiness, Foursquare, etc.) and Charismatic circles that are traveling as evangelists with the total focus of equipping these leaders and workers to know and flow with the Holy Spirit. I know that I am one of just a very few people who week after week write a blog post that is totally focused on working together with the Holy Spirit. These blogs have been posted 52 weeks a year for over 8 years. It is an awesome privilege to both inform and remind people through these postings that TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost. You are a part of a unique network. Right now, you are connected with people from some 80+ nations who by their reading of this blog posts show that they share your passion for one last great outpouring of God's Spirit in our children and youth. The nations include the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, India, Kenya, Japan, Australia, China, Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Costa Rica, Mexico, Switzerland, Philippines, Russia, Poland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Vietnam, South Africa, Latvia, ...

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24 Aug Dealing with the What Ifs

One question that I often hear as we travel concerns the altar calls and the response from the people in our services. I often hear pastors ask the question, "How did you do what you did today at the altar?" and they usually follow with, "You made it look so easy." I'm finding that many pastors today are reluctant to minister on the subject of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit because they are fearful that people won't respond to the altar call and those that do might not receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Let me briefly share why this type of message is so easy to preach and why the majority of people who respond to the altar call are gloriously baptized. 1. Our heavenly Father anxiously awaits the opportunity to give this gift to all of His children. (Joel 2:28; Luke 11:13) In other words, heaven is revved and ready to go! 2. God made this so simple when He said that He would give this gift to those who ask. (Luke 11:13) Can it get any simpler? 3. As the person giving the altar call, I have the privilege of saying aloud what is in the Father's heart. That's not complicated! 4. Just as I'm not the Savior at the salvation altar call or the Healer at a healing altar call, I am not the Baptizer in this type of altar call. I refuse to take Jesus' place. This takes all of the pressure off of me. 5. I cannot and will not make anything happen. I've prepared the way through the preaching/teaching. I've built people's expectancy (faith) from the Word before we together ask the Father for this gift. I've given a clear example of what the Bible says will happen once they receive this gift. Now, it's time to ask and receive. (Note: I absolutely refuse to force or manipulate by ploys or human techniques, i.e. telling the asker the "words" to say. Foolish actions like these changes a heavenly gift into being a man-made sideshow.) 6. What if someone leaves the altar without a physical evidence? Here is my return question ...

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