April 2019

22 Apr The Supernatural Power of Communion – Part 1

It would be interesting to take a poll and ask fellow believers to give a list of the ways that God's supernatural, miracle-working power can be released into a believer's life. I know that they would come up with one or more of the following answers: *Prayer (1 John 5:14-15)  *Prayer of Agreement (Matthew 18:19)  *Prayer of Binding and Loosing (Matthew 18:18) *The Name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9-11) *Anointing with Oil (James 5:14-15)  *Laying on of Hands (Mark 16:18) *Reading God's Word (Hebrews 4:12)   *Hearing God's Word (Romans 10:17)  *Speaking God's Word (Mark 11:24) *Anointed Prayer Cloths (Acts 19:11-12)  *Praying Divine Mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2) *The Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) Would you believe me if I told you that, in all probability, at least once a month, you have been missing out on a God-given provision that will open the door to the supernatural power of God? And, this provision has been resting on your fingertips? I am talking about a personal miracle taking place as you join others in celebrating Communion or, as much of the church world refers to this celebration, the Lord's Supper. Supernatural? A Texas-size yes. Why haven't you heard about this before? The answer is quite simple. Oft times, we have reduced Communion into being just a religious tradition or ritual that once a month is squeezed into the overfull church service schedule. Am I right? In our services, here is what happens. We distribute the elements (wafer and juice), quickly read a passage of scripture from 1 Corinthians 11, pray, consume the elements and then move on to the next thing on the service schedule. All the while, God has been waiting to release supernatural miracles including divine healings and deliverances through Communion. You could literally come into the service in one condition and leave totally changed! This subject is far too important to try to squeeze into just one 400 to 500 words blog post. So, for the next few posts, I want to break down the significance of the "this do in remembrance of me" into simple, short posts and open the door for God's miracle-working power to show up in your life. One more note. Right now, some of you are reading my blog for the very first time. You may have "stumbled" onto it by "accident" from catching a promotion on Facebook or Instagram. Others have discovered this blog because you were searching for a particular topic on Google and found a link to my ministry website. With this being Part 1, I don't want you to miss the ensuing posts. Avoid missing a single post by subscribing to this blog and have it sent early each Monday morning to your email address. Subscribing is simple, free, and absolutely painless. Just click on the following link. SUBSCRIBE...

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15 Apr Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 15

Over my almost 40 years of ministry, many Pastors, youth/children ministry leaders, and parents have told me that teaching on the subject of praying in the Spirit is such a challenge. To help ease their (and perhaps your) frustration, I am sporadically posting blog posts to share solid, biblically sound, simple-to-teach, simple-to-do illustrations to use while teaching on this all so important subject.Let’s look at the next illustration to teach about these benefits. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview of the illustration. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can personalize and modify the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool. The Importance of Praying in Other TonguesPart 15 – Remind Ourselves that God is a Promise Keeper “Even though you are bad, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”Luke 11:13 (New Century Version)"This promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away ...

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01 Apr Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 14

Aren't you thankful that God is still in the "I will pour out of my Spirit" business? (Joel 2:28-29) Today, all around the globe, children, youth, and adults are receiving the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4) and enjoying the enormous benefits that come from this baptism.Let's look at the next illustration to teach about these benefits. Once again, I will give a brief, skeletal overview of the illustration. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can personalize and modify the illustration to become a powerful teaching tool. The Importance of Praying in Other TonguesPart 14 – Advance Your Spiritual Progress "The one who speaks in tongues advances his own spiritual progress ...

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