May 2016

30 May Slime & Shaving Cream – Keys to the Supernatural?

If you've followed this blog post for any length of time, you know that I'm one million percent dedicated to raising up and equipping children's/student ministry leaders to usher in a last day outpouring of God's Spirit. With that in mind, after reading the blog title you might be thinking that I've strayed from my assignment. I guarantee that this blog post is right on target. Whether you want to own up to it or not, summer is almost here. Kids are out of school. To them, the days are already becoming long and boring. No friends and nothing much to do. This combination is the perfect equation ...

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23 May Jesus Removed the Wiggle Room!

One of the best parenting tips that I heard my pastor B.B. Hankins share years ago was to never prove to your child your ability to count. By that, he meant, never say to your child, "I'm going to count to three and if you don't do what I've told you to do, you'll be sorry. You'll get a spanking." He then asked, "Why would you need to count? In acquiescing and adding a two and then a three, you've shown that your initial directive didn't matter. Make your first word your final word." In other words, don't allow wiggle room in what you are saying. In Acts 1, Jesus didn't mince words or allow wiggle room for excuses when He spoke to those that loved and followed Him about the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. Luke records that just before Jesus' ascension back to heaven ...

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16 May The Picture of Pentecost

One of the joys that Vickie and I now have with us living close to my parents is that we occasionally get to spend an afternoon with them putting together a 300 piece jigsaw puzzle. The time races by. It's one of the highlights of our week as we catch up on family news and dish out a lot of silliness (mostly from Vickie because you all know that I'm the serious one in the family!). If you have ever put together a jigsaw puzzle, you know the importance of having the puzzle box close by so that the picture found on the puzzle box cover can serve as a guide. Without the picture, the fun factor would be gone and it would be a struggle to know what goes where. I know that this blog is being read literally around the world by individuals ministering in children and youth ministries, people that desire to have a supernatural ministry. And, for the most part, many of the readers are puzzled on how to see the picture of the supernatural power of God manifest in their services. These readers desperately want to see a picture of Pentecost. Thankfully, God has provided the "picture on the box" to clearly show "what goes where" and how the pieces fit together as we stand up to minister. This is discovered as we look at the defining picture found in the original New Testament Church. I love what one of the prominent founders of the Assemblies of God, J. Roswell Flower, stated ...

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09 May Your New Official Title … PASTOR

I will never forget the Thursday morning, when after a staff meeting, I asked my pastor and one of the elders to walk over with me to the building where much of our children's ministry was conducted. I wanted them to see first hand some building issues that needed to be addressed. While we were standing in one of the hallways, one class from our academy walked by us on the way to their next class period. Child after child greeted me with a shrill in their voice as they said, "Pastor Billllyyyyyy". (The keyboard keys aren't stuck. It was just their joy and love bleeding into the voice.) Many of the boys and girls hugged me as they walked by. You could easily see that to them, getting to spend a few brief seconds with me was something special. After the children walked by us, my pastor turned to me and asked, "What am I? Chopped liver?" He was jokingly referring to the fact that not one child greeted or hugged him. In my mind, I answered this question with, "No, they didn't purposefully ignore you. In all fairness to you, because they never see you, they don't know you. In fact, I could almost guarantee that most of the children don't have a clue as to who you are. To them, I'm their pastor. Some of them are in my children's church each week on Sundays and/or in our mid-week Bible clubs on Wednesdays. At the school, they see me walk through their class to be with them and they also enjoy the chapels that I conduct. Because I see them and spend time with them, I'm their pastor." I'm not sharing this experience for ego purposes. Many reading this post can relate to my story and perhaps have personally experienced the same situation. I am sharing this post to let you know that, though your official title might be Sunday school teacher, children's church volunteer/leader, or Bible club teacher/leader, to many of the children in your church, you are their pastor. You are the one that they see week after week. Your arms are the arms that wrap around them to share God's love. Your voice is carrying perhaps the only gospel that they will hear all week. Your prayers are the ones that they hear. Again, you are their pastor. Pastor (AKA Sunday school teacher, children's church volunteer/leader, or Bible club teacher/leader), be a pastor. Make each and every minute of your ministry time count. Destinies hang in the balance. I trust that as you and I stand before Jesus one day, there will be many who will greet us with a "Pastor Billllyyyyyy" (or whatever your name might be) and run to thank us because we were their pastor. P.S. Do yourself and your church a favor. Please pass this blog posts on to all the fellow pastors who are ministering alongside of you....

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07 May Revival in YOUR Children & Children’s Ministry

God promised that He would pour out His Spirit upon our children. Vickie and I are declaring that His promise is true for YOUR children and it will happen in 2016!  How can this happen? Through our 3-hour, Saturday morning Ignite & Unite Conferences, we want to train and equip those ministering in your Nursery, Sunday School, Children's Church, Mid-Week Bible Clubs, and Student Ministries to work together with the Holy Spirit. Why is this important? We are convinced that those working in your ministries want a move of God but just don't know how to flow with the Holy Spirit. Through the conference, we can place them on the launching pad for a move of God's Spirit. Here is what is covered in the conference: * The Danger of the Status Quo * The Holy Spirit on Assignment * The 10 Commandments of the Supernatural * Flowing with the Anointing And, this is what I love the most about the conference ...

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