Leadership Blog

24 Apr This Makes Me Wanna’ Shout!

The Word of God constantly amazes me. Like you, I’ve read and reread the Bible and, still to this day through the enablement of the Holy Spirit, I see things that I’ve never noticed before. It almost makes me want to double-check to see if the ink has dried since God slipped the update into His book. Here is an example …

“The former account, indeed, I made concerning all things,
O Theophilus, that Jesus began both to do and to teach,”

Acts 1:1 (New Century Version)

In my devotions, I’ve read this verse so, so many times. And, I’ve even included the verse in many sermons. I have usually read the verse aloud so that I could tell a joke about the old man who, after seeing his new grandson for the first time, told the proud mother that she needed to name the boy a good biblical name like Theophilus. While walking away, the old man muttered to himself that the reason for that name being appropriate was because the newborn was the awfullest (The-ophilus) looking baby he’d ever seen. (Make a rimshot sound effect please.)

supernatural powerHere is what I discovered just a few weeks ago. The author of the Book of Acts wrote that his former letter (the Gospel of Luke) told of what Jesus began to do and teach. The Holy Spirit caused the word “began” to jump off of page 941 of my Bible. I have no idea where this word has been during all of my years of reading the Bible. I became so excited when the Holy Spirit used this verse to let me know that Jesus has never stopped what He began. His doing and teaching is continuing through Spirit-filled believers TODAY! This means that when you stand up to teach or preach, be it in an auditorium filled with adults or in a room of children or youth, through you Jesus is just picking up where He left off some 2000+ years ago and making it possible through you to accomplish TODAY the same supernatural results that we read about in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Isn’t this exciting? Because of the word “began”, our life and ministry should be overflowing with boldness, confidence, and expectation! This is shouting material, or, better yet, a cause for shouting and dancing. Now stop reading and start rejoicing!

Read More

17 Apr The “No Gasp” Policy for Life and Ministry

I have come to this resolve … there is no excuse for me to walk through this life with less than what has been provided for me. I don’t want to arrive in heaven and gasp as I cry out, “Oh no, you mean that I could have had that or done that too?” In heaven, I don’t want to look back at my life and see all that I could have done for the Kingdom and yet failed.

BosworthIn his book Christ the Healer, F.F. Bosworth gives the answer for avoiding this tragedy.

“The failure of the Christians to live and walk in the Spirit,
limits the Holy One of Israel; because our being filled
with the Spirit is the condition for His perfect working.”    
~ F.F. Bosworth

I call Bosworth’s comment the “No Gasp Policy”. I’m convinced that learning this revelation will cause us to live and walk with the Sent One promised in John 14:12, 16 and John 16:7 and this will remove the future “oh no” from our vocabulary . Through the advantage of this continual relationship, the greater works can and will be accomplished, restrictions will fall to the wayside as we receive the ability to push beyond natural limitations, and our “oh no” will be replaced with an “oh yes” as we hear God say, “Well done.”

Can I sign you up for the “No Gasp Policy”? Begin today to live and walk in the Spirit and enjoy all of its benefits. There will be no regrets!

Read More

10 Apr A Total Transformation

This is too good not to share. It’s taken from the April 2016 Reader’s Digest “Laughter, the Best Medicine” …

A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. “Ha! That’s not going to help,” she said.

“Sure, it does,” he said. “It’s the only way that I can see the numbers.”

I want to help you see something that is so, so important. (The good thing is that this will require no sucking in.) Ready? Being baptized in the Holy Spirit isn’t a notch on your spiritual belt that propels you above those who have yet to be Spirit-baptized. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit simply makes you better than you.

I was reminded of this truth this week as I read about Samuel anointing Saul to become Israel’s new king. Samuel prophesied …

“The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you,
and you will prophesy with them; and you will be
changed into a different person.”
1 Samuel 10:6 (NIV)

Transformed1Can you see this? (No sucking in allowed!) This transformation is radical. God’s Spirit coming upon you and filling you to overflowing creates an altogether different person.

Here is what happens when a person is Spirit-filled. This transformed person will see limitations fall to the wayside. The Spirit’s enablement will launch them into their destiny. It is very possible that wearing a name tag for identification purposes might be required.

As a new, different person, deeply drink of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and put on a fresh set of clothes (Luke 24:49) for that day. In doing so, I guarantee that what was impossible before your infilling will now become a way of life!

Read More

03 Apr The Samuels and Samuelettes Need You!

If you have been in the children’s or student ministry for any length of time, you have probably heard comments from well-meaning people that minimize the importance of your ministry. You’ve heard the “it’s just kids” or the “when are you going to get into the real ministry” or, even worse, instead of asking about spiritual results after your service, you hear the dreaded “Did you have fun today?”. If we aren’t careful, we can allow these comments to cause us to adopt what I call a “spiritual babysitter” mentality. Consequently, week after week, you just make it through a service until the parents come to retrieve their angels.

While reading my devotions this morning in 1 Samuel, I was reminded of these important facts …

  • Children/youth are capable of serving the Lord and being involved in His work even at an early age. (1 Samuel 2:11,18; 3:1)
  • Children/youth can be taught by word and deed how to serve the Lord. (1 Samuel 2:11; 3:1)
  • Being in God’s presence should be a part of a child/youth’s lifestyle and not a when-convenient occurrence. (1 Samuel 2:21)
  • TeachingDiscipleship/mentoring provides the opportunity for a child/youth to grow spiritually and be blessed by God and loved by people. (1 Samuel 2:26)
  • God wants to visit and speak to children/youth. (1 Samuel 3:4,6,8,10,11)
  • Children/youth are fully capable of hearing God’s voice. (1 Samuel 3:4,6,8,10,11)
  • Children/youth need to be trained to recognize and distinguish God’s voice. (1 Samuel 3:7,9)
  • Children/youth need to learn to respond to God’s voice with a “yes, I’m listening”. (1 Samuel 3:9)
  • God can give supernatural insight to children/youth not received by adults/leaders. (1 Samuel 3:11-14)
  • Children/youth are capable of communicating the heart of God to others. (1 Samuel 3:15-18)
  • Children/youth can grow in the Lord and be taught by the Lord to accurately flow in His anointing. (1 Samuel 3:19)
  • God’s constant interaction with a child/youth will set the stage for continued revelations that will impact people groups, cities, and nations. (1 Samuel 3:21)

Do your children/youth ministries a huge favor by copying and then sending this reminder to all involved in these important ministries. Believe me when I state that these facts will eliminate any and all ministry minimizing. We all need to be reminded that there are young Samuels and Samuelettes (that’s my name for female Samuels) sitting in our classroom that need someone to pastor them. Through our ministry, they will know God, learn to recognize His voice, and then begin to speak for Him to their generation. They are counting on us!!!

Read More

27 Mar Supernatural Signs Follow Me

For the past few weeks, the Holy Spirit has challenged my heart to make Mark 16:20 my expectation for each and every time that I have the privilege to minister.

“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them,
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

Mark 16:20

As I stand up to proclaim the Good News, I can know that I am working side-by-side with Jesus Christ and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the message will be confirmed by attesting signs and wonders.  The signs that Jesus promised in March 16:17-18 should accompany or follow the preaching of the Word. Consider this thought taken from The Phenomena of Pentecost written back in 1931 by D.W. Kerr (an educator and the primary author of the Assemblies of God’s Statement of Fundamental Truths).

094_dw_kerr“The word “follow” is a peculiar word in Greek and means to follow
so closely as never to be absent. The five signs followed the disciples
in their ministry of the Word so closely that they were never absent.
They were always present when they preached the Gospel with the
power of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.” 
~ D.W. Kerr

That’s my expectation. Make it yours!

 

Read More