Leadership Blog

25 Sep The Discipline of Revival

In teaching about moves of God, I often state that moves of God are nothing more than passion and discipline connecting. People rarely fail in the area of passion. They truly want God to show up. Their roadblock often lies in the area of discipline. Life is just too busy to begin and maintain the disciplines that move us from an occasional visit from God into a lifestyle that has the habitation of God (revival). Sadly, people are dissatisfied where things are but not desperate enough to do what it takes to bring about a change. I love what Martin Luther wrote in his journal, “I have a very busy day today; must spend not two, but three hours in prayer.” The movement of the minute/hour hands of the clock wasn’t the issue. It’s the discipline of pushing things aside connecting with the longing to be in God’s presence that brought the revelations that made Luther a threat to Satan’s kingdom. A great move of God in children’s ministry awaits us … for those connecting their passion with discipline. Selah.

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18 Sep The "Secret" of Revival

In reading E.G. Carre’s Praying Hyde, Apostle of Prayer, I came across a quote from Charles G. Finney that is so simple and yet so profound. “A revival is no more a miracle than a crop of wheat.” Think about it … I can’t add to Finney’s observation.

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11 Sep The Importance of Coming Apart

What a day. After too many full weeks and weekends, a day off was a much needed change. Here lately, due to being out of town for conferences and then, when I am home, trying to catch up for being gone and also getting ready for the next trip out of town, days off just haven’t happened. Today, I determined that I HAD to have a “me” day, a day to come apart so I won’t fall apart.

It was a fun day, a day of decluttering … if that’s really a word. I decluttered my body by doing a whole lot of nothing (at least for the morning) and enjoying a whole lot of sleep, decluttered my mind in the afternoon by pushing work aside and going to a shoot ‘em up western movie with Vickie (the movie was better than the popcorn!), and then I decluttered my life this evening by throwing away things that I haven’t touched in years. Again, what a day!!!

There were a lot of things calling for my attention, things that attempted to derail the coming apart from the normal routine. Thank God for the Holy Spirit and my wife (I get the two confused from time-to-time) who reminded me that all of the to-do’s will still be there tomorrow and I’ll be fresh enough (for a change) to tackle them and knock them off of my to-do list.

Who knows … this could get to be habit forming!

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04 Sep Seeing the Whole Picture

Don’t you love Saturdays? It is a day off, isn’t it? Not for those involved in children’s ministry. Give me a break. There’s usually too much to do and not enough time to do it in, especially for those who also have a Saturday night service.

Something happened this past Saturday that set it apart from any other Saturday. At the end of our service, I received a call from a parent who hasn’t had a child in the Children’s Ministry age bracket for some time. They called to tell me that their youngest child, a 15-year-old, had told them of a report that they had written as a school assignment to tell of people that had greatly influenced their lives. You guessed it. Vickie and I were among the three people listed in the report. The parents were so grateful for our investment in their child’s life.

On this particular Saturday, I needed the call. The crowd wasn’t one that I’d use as a promo picture for a church growth conference. In fact, there were only a handful of kids that night. I don’t remember a single parent offering accolades for ministering to their child. It would have been an opportune time to have a pity party and concede that perhaps I had wasted my time. And yet, God took time out His hectic agenda that night to send me a much needed reminder. He used this call to remind me that I don’t see the total picture. A minute looking a child in the eyes and telling them that I love them, offering a message that challenges the child to go after God, and finally providing a rub on the head or a Texas-size hug as they leave … I was reminded that night that with His help, each week I’m helping the heart of a child know the heart of the Father. I’m making an eternal difference.

Thanks God for the reminder.

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29 Aug Your Seed’s Seed

If you’ve ever been in one of my conferences or workshops, you know that I’m into circling important dates on calendars. I often show the page of a wall calendar from May, 1975 where I’ve circled and made annotations on the following days:
2nd – I ‘ve written the one word “bowling” as a reminder that I went on my first date with Vickie, bowling after the church high school graduation dinner (I slipped my arm around her … she never knew it happened!)
3rd – a great big “HH” is written on this date signifying that I held hands with Vickie
4th – an even bigger “FK” is written on this Sunday night reminding me that I got my first kiss!

While wall calendars have been replaced with PDAs and MS Outlook, I still make special entries and annotations in Outlook. I’m circling dates in a whole new way. The latest imporant day happened at 5:35 PM on Saturday, August 25. That’s when William Joseph (Joey) Burns entered the world. In my totally unbiased opinion, he’s the world’s most beautiful baby boy in diapers today … and I double dawg dare you to argue with me about it!

While Vickie and I are ministering to our second generation of children at Trinity, on Saturday, August 25, at 5:35 PM “seed’s seed” ministry became a whole lot more personal. All of a sudden, a whole new bunch of God’s promises became even more important to me. While I’m still walking in covenant about my three sons, God and I are now talking about His covenant concerning my seed’s seed. (Isaiah 59:21).

It’s great to be a part of the Grandparents Club. It’s even more exciting knowing that God has made special promises form-fitted, specially-crafted just for my grandson. Joey, watch out! You’re in for one exciting, miracle-filled life!!!

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