Author: Billy Burns

10 Jul F.Y.I. – The Holy Spirit Is Known To Cause …

WARNING: For those of you that love quiet, predictable, mausoleum-type Christianity, this blog post is definitely not for you. Do yourself a favor and bypass this blog. Come back next week for something that might be a little more palatable. For the rest of you, read on and get ready to shout. Did you know that the Holy Spirit is an extrovert? Yep! There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. He is a 100% bonified extrovert who absolutely loves to make His presence known. The book of Acts gives example after example of what can happen when He is unconstrained and allowed to show up and be Himself. I wish that I had the space to recount story after story found in Acts of His extrovertedness. (I know that extrovertedness isn't a real word. But, I just love the way that it sounds.) Here's a heads-up on what to expect when the Holy Spirit makes His entrance. He is known to cause ...

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09 Jun Quotable Nuggets – Part 4

Last week, I shared eight powerful quotations from several of my spiritual heroes. I trust that these quotations were a blessing to you. Here are a few more of these quotations that I use in my teaching, preaching, and writings. "Today some churches get by without too much Holy Spirit but replace Him with general attractions." Reinhard Bonnke - Godly Gems to Impact Your Life "God's way is for the whole Church to be filled and kept filled with the same Holy Spirit which saved and healed those multitudes in New Testament times." F.F. Bosworth - Christ the Healer "The greatest proof of man's neglect of the Holy Spirit in this hour is the lack of power in so many churches." Williard Cantelon - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Speaking with God in the Unknown Tongue "If these rivers aren't flowing, then we who have been laid hold upon by God to bring these waters to the world, are damming up the rivers instead of being the channels God has chosen us to be." William Evans - The River Must Flow "The ministry of Jesus during His earth life was localized by His humanity. Localized again in that His message was only given to Israel. But the descent of the Holy Ghost brought to the souls of men a UNIVERSAL ministry of Jesus to every man, right from the heart of God." John G. Lake - John G. Lake: His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith "Without His presence, the believer is as devoid of power as is a dead locomotive with neither fuel, water nor steam." P.C. Nelson - The Baptism in the Holy Spirit "The Holy Spirit's driving purpose is to bring Jesus Christ down from heaven to us!" Oral Roberts - Unleashing the Power of Praying in the Spirit "The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is God's 'I WILL' to every seeker for full salvation for soul and body." Dr. Lilian B. Yeomans - Healing from Heaven...

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01 Jun The AMAZING Holy Spirit

I know that you know this already, but I'll go ahead and say it anyway. The Holy Spirit is AMAZING. Let me share a quick story that showcases and honors the AMAZING Holy Spirit. Several years ago when Vickie and I were children's pastors, I had a mother come to me after one of the weekend services. After waiting for a while to get to speak to me, she pulled me to the side and told me that she just wanted to take a minute of my time to thank me. When I heard those words, time wasn't important. Suddenly, I had all of the time in the world to hear some kind words. Here is the story that I heard that Sunday. According to this mother, our service last weekend had literally changed her daughter's life. Immediately, my mind began to race. What was so spectacular about that particular service? (After all, aren't they all amazing? Oops ...

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22 May Praying in the Spirit Illustrations – Part 19

Ready for another tool to use for sharing life-changing, spirit-equipping truths about the numerous benefits that come from praying in the Spirit? 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 19 – Praying in the Spirit is a No-Brainer! "For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody]."1 Corinthians 14:14 (Amplified Bible) For this illustration, you will need a Bible, a poster board, marker, baseball, cupcake, and three helpers.Preparation: Have the poster board mounted so that the audience will be able to see the artwork being created. Have the baseball resting on a table. Lastly, place the cupcake on a plate and sitting off to the side. Note: Be creative with your comments about each of the volunteers after they have displayed their talent. There is so much humor that can be interjected into this illustration. Today, I want to showcase the brilliance found in this room by highlighting some amazing, incredible talent. To do this, I need to use three helpers. (Select three people to join you.) For our first helper, I want to challenge you to reveal your artistic abilities. It's quite simple. (Move the helper close to the mounted poster board.) Using this marker, I want to give you a whopping sixty seconds to draw a picture of my beautiful face. Remember to be kind! (Allow the picture to be drawn and then position the artist to the side of the poster board so that the picture can be "appreciated".) Next, I want to use our second volunteer to show off their incredible athletic abilities. Please go over and pick up that baseball and toss it to me. Notice that I said the word "toss". I really don't want to have to make a trip to the emergency room. (Allow the baseball to be tossed to you.) And last, I have saved my favorite display of talent for our third and final helper. Your talent will be showcased as you go over and pick up that cupcake and enjoy eating it. (Allow the helper to pick up and eat the cupcake.)   I will admit that there really wasn't much talent to be seen in the performed tasks. But, pay close attention because we are now going to get to the reason for these three actions. (Turn to the artist.) When you picked up the marker to draw the "beautiful" picture of my face, which hand did you use to draw the picture? (Allow for the answer.) Is this because you are ______-handed? (Turn to the baseball thrower.) When you picked up the baseball, which hand did you use to toss the baseball? (Allow for an answer.) Is this because you are ______-handed? (Turn to the cupcake devourer.) When you picked up the cupcake, which hand did you use to bring the cupcake up to your mouth? (Allow for an answer.) Is this because you are ______-handed? (Ask your helpers to take a bow and then return back to their seats.) Notice that each task was performed by our helpers using what is called their dominant hand. And, you'll notice in each of the three tasks, in using their dominant hand, their other hand wasn't needed to accomplish the task. They could have used their other hand but they wouldn't have accomplished the same results. This other hand wasn't discarded or removed. It was still there, but not used.  Let's look at our scripture. (Open the Bible to read our verse.) In writing this scripture, the apostle Paul is giving us insight for a way to accomplish one of the most incredible things, the ability to supernaturally, powerfully talk to God. Isn't that your desire? Did you notice that I said that it was supernatural praying? As we pray in other tongues, the Holy Spirit connects with our spirit and gives it a supernatural strength (dominance) that enables much to be accomplished. It would easy to call this power-packed praying. It goes beyond what could be accomplished with just using our mind to pray. Speaking of the mind, what about the mind while we pray in other tongues? Just like the "other hand" seen earlier in the tasks of our three helpers, the mind isn't accomplishing anything. It is still there but yielding no results.  If you want to pray strong prayers, the kind that will cause much to happen, it is a no-brainer (no pun intended). Pray in the Spirit! ...

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