The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

16 May YOUR City, YOUR Church, THIS Year

If you have ever attended one of our Ignite the Supernatural Conferences or Holy Spirit Rallies or follow my weekly blog, you won't be a stranger to the statement "TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost". I love making this statement because TODAY is truly His day. The Book of Acts Holy Ghost is still alive and active, ready to demonstrate His might and power in TODAY's believers and TODAY's church. Vickie and I love working together with the Holy Spirit. Our passion is to open the door for Him to supernaturally minister all across our land. We want to see believers baptized in the Holy Spirit and go beyond an experience and launch into a relationship with Him. All that we need to see that happen at your church is an invitation. A Holy Spirit Rally could consist of a Sunday morning service or Sunday morning/evening services or Sunday through Wednesday services. YOUR City | YOUR Church | THIS Year! For more information, you can reach me at billy@billyburns.com. Please send me an email and I will call you immediately on the receipt of your email. ...

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14 May Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues – Part 2

As a student of the Word, you know that the apostle Paul wrote letters to a troubled Corinthian church to bring clarity and understanding to areas where certain teachings had brought much confusion and harm to the Body of Christ. One of those areas of confusion concerned speaking/praying in other tongues. In bringing clarity to this issue, it is important to note that Paul wrote "I would that ye all spake with tongues ...

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07 May Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues – Part 1

As Vickie and I conduct our Holy Spirit Rallies in churches, I especially enjoy our Sunday night teaching services. While I love the Sunday morning services where we often have the altars filled from wall to wall with individuals who have come forward to receive the promise of the Father, to me the Sunday night teaching on Three Reasons Why I Pray in Other Tongues is equally if not more important than the Sunday morning service. Why? Because the Sunday morning service opens the door for believers to begin a new-found relationship with the Holy Spirit and the Sunday night service provides the biblical foundation and explanation about what to do once they have walked through that door. This teaching brings clarity to a mystery that has robbed many individuals of the benefits that come along with the greatest gift that the Father has for the believer. One of the things that I teach in the Sunday night meeting addresses questions/objections raised by well-meaning pastors and denominations about the biblical validity of praying in other tongues. Sadly, these objections have misguided believers. Before going any further, let me say that I don't believe that these leaders have purposefully deviated from the Scriptures. I don't know of a single pastor or denomination that would preach an error if they knew the truth. In most cases, these ministers have allowed tradition to cloud their understanding of the Word. In other words, these preachers and teachers have been taught this doctrine this way and this is the way that it has to be. With that in mind, for the next few blog posts, I want to pull from my Sunday night teaching and examine a few of these questions and give a brief biblical answer. Please know my heart. I am not sharing these insights in an "I know more than you" attitude towards these pastors and denominations. I just know that as I've shared these truths, people always come to thank me for the simple biblical truth that erased their confusion. Question #1 - Isn't Speaking in Other Tongues of the Devil? Have you had someone raise this question? I know that you have. I hear it quite often. Here is my brief response. 1. Jesus said that this sign would follow believers. (Mark 16:17). Did you catch that? JESUS said that this is for BELIEVERS. Why would Jesus tell us to do something that was from the Devil? 2. In Acts 10:44-46, the believers spoke with tongues AND magnified God. In Acts 19:6, they spoke with tongues AND prophesied. Here's my question. Why would Satan do ANYTHING that would draw believers closer to Jesus AND equip them to magnify God and speak for Him? 3. If speaking in other tongues was truly from Satan, wouldn't it seem logical to think that every drunk person at every honky-tonk (remember that I live in Texas) would be sitting at the bar speaking in other tongues? But, we know that's not the case. Instead, Satan's kids are speaking THEIR father's language. I told you that this would be brief. The truth doesn't have to be long and drawn out. Next week, we will look at Question #2 - Didn't This End with the Apostles?  ...

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30 Apr How’s This, Mister Spiritual Hottie Tottie?

My greatest challenge each week is to keep this blog post sized down to a post that can be read and digested in a two to three minute reading period. The latest statistics that I've found states that the average reader reads at a rate of around 200 words per minute and, in doing so, comprehends 60% of what they've read. Each week, I struggle trying to place into three or four paragraphs what I could easily share in three or four pages. Enough said about my struggles. (I have already shared 117 words explaining wanting to keep the post short and readable. Go figure!) Here is a truth that is so, so powerful and doesn't need a lot of words of explanation. (Maybe I can average the word count in this blog post against one of the longer ones and help me feel better about my wpb -words per blog.) Here it is ...

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27 Nov Why Pray in the Spirit?

Several years ago, Vickie and I attended a high school class reunion in my hometown of West Columbia, Texas. If you don't know where West Columbia is, it is exactly three miles west of East Columbia, Texas. It was a great time of reconnecting with former classmates, people that I hadn't seen since our high school graduation. The joy of seeing old friends was only surpassed by the incredible Texas barbecue. I have a couple of distinct memories of the reunion. First, my biggest memory of the night was made when I discovered that the invitation's B.Y.O.B. didn't stand for "Bring Your Own Bible". (Just a joke!) The second memory was made when I walked from table to table to talk to my former classmates. I'll never forget spending time at a table with a guy who was known back in our high school days for his enormous love for beer and marijuana. After a few minutes at his table, I could see that things hadn't changed. It was evident that the beer that he was drinking wasn't his first bottle of the night. After a few minutes of conversation, he asked asked about the type of work that I do. Here's the funny part of the memory. When I told him that Vickie and I were ministers, he immediately tried to cover his drunken condition and lifestyle by telling me that the bottle in his hand was the first beer that he had consumed in years. It was easy to see that this was one Texas-size lie. Mind you, I hadn't said a single word about his lifestyle or what he was doing and yet just my presence made him uncomfortable. No sermons were preached or Bible verses quoted. It was my presence that caused him to know that things were wrong in his life. I didn't share this story to place me on a pedestal or berate my friend. The story is just a great illustration that shows the importance of recognizing the abiding presence of the One sent to forever live with and in us. (John 14:16). Brother Kenneth E. Hagin said it best ...

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