Author: Billy Burns

22 Oct Here’s What God Said …

I know that the following statement will challenge some people's theology but I'll share it anyways. While Vickie and I lived in South Florida, I remember a time when God clearly spoke to me while we were sitting in a movie theater (some people will stop reading after that statement) watching the seemingly endless coming attraction previews. I will never forget Him telling me that I was to start announcing at the opening of our services the coming attractions for that service. When I heard this directive, I had been in the ministry at least 25 years and had never, ever heard anything like this before. In my early days of ministry preparation, there was no class at my Bible college called Ideas Gleaned from a Movie Theater nor was it taught at any children's ministry conference. Heaven was directing me to walk into the service with a confidence that I had heard from heaven and, at the beginning of the service, boldly announce what was going to happen during the service. Here is what you can expect to happen when you make coming attraction preview announcements. First, this will build faith in your spirit as you confidently proclaim what God has shown you in your quiet time with Him throughout the week. Your spirit will feel like a Texas cowboy sitting in a rodeo chute on top of a bucking bronco waiting for the chute's gate to open. You can be confident that something memorable is about to happen! Second, it will build anticipation in those in your service because Jesus is both the author and finisher of our faith. God always delivers what He promises! So, if you are preaching about healing, confidently announce at the beginning of the service that the Healer is in the room and will heal all the sick and infirmed. Then, preach/teach and flow in the anointing. The results will be Jesus being what you have previewed and then preached Him to be. One more note ...

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15 Oct Thank God for the Holy Ghost!

I have often thought about posting a blog that would start off with the words, "Thank God for the Holy Ghost" and then repeat that sentence over and over again two or three dozen times. Nothing more would need to be added to these powerful, powerful words. In our Holy Spirit Rallies, I have repeatedly seen their power when I have said them over and over and over again and then witnessed the people respond to the Holy Spirit's tangible presence. Why do I say these words? (NOTE: stop reading right now if you are in a place that won't allow you to show emotion!) It is because the Holy Spirit is ...

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11 Oct Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues – Part 4

As a young teenager, I heard Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart declare on his ministry television broadcast, "Salvation is God's greatest gift to the world while the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is His greatest gift to the Church." While every believer glady accepts the first part of Brother Swaggart's statement, many struggle with the subject of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit especially in the area of praying or speaking in other tongues. With that in mind, I want to use this fourth blog post to answer one final question often posed by many Jesus-loving believers about this subject. Hopefully, the information in this blog post plus the answers shared in the previous three blog posts will clear any and all confusion. Here is the fourth question. Question #4 – Doesn’t the Bible Minimize the Importance of Speaking in Other Tongues? Those posing this question are often referring to 1 Corinthians 14:19 "Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue."  I can easily see why people would misunderstand this verse and  believe that Paul was saying that this gift from God wasn't important. Allow me to bring clarity to Paul's statement. by sharing these two thoughts. 1. In reading 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, we see that there are two types of tongues mentioned. Both are from God and yet they serve two different purposes. One is God-ward, a language enabled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) for every Spirit-filled believer to supernaturally communicate (pray, worship, intercede) to God (1 Corinthians 14:2,14). This is a language that accompanies the infilling of the Holy Spirit and is promised to every believer (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:4,5; Acts 2:4,16-18,33,39). The second type of tongues mentioned is the Gift of Tongues which is man-ward, a language enabled by the Holy Spirit for the Father to supernaturally communicate (encourage, edify, and exhort) to man (1 Corinthians 14:5). You find this Gift listed with the other Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Unlike the God-ward language, this man-word Gift and each of the Gifts of the Spirit are divided by God and distributed to whom He selects as He directs. 2. Paul, the apostle who wrote that he was thankful that he spoke in tongues more than any of the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 14:18) and desired that all would speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5), was addressing his "Yet in the church ...

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