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16 Jan It’s Not Too Late to Register

Are you longing for a children’s service that allows the Holy Spirit to move mightily among your children? Are you ready to see your children fulfill Joel’s prophesy (Joel 2:28) and begin to flow with the Holy Spirit?

Let me encourage you to join people from all over the United States and other countries coming together for the 2008 Ignite the Supernatural Conference on January 31 – February 2, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. While many children’s ministry conferences teach a wide selection of workshops covering puppetry, object lessons, discipline techniques, etc., this conference focuses every workshop and general session on preparing you and your team to lead your children into a relationship with the Holy Spirit that will cause them to turn their worlds upside down. (Acts 17:6).

The Ignite the Supernatural Conference includes 16 workshops, 5 general sessions, a keynote evening with one of America’s most dynamic teachers John Bevere (www.messengerintl.org), 3 meals (dinner Thursday and Friday evening, lunch Friday), and the conference notebook, all of this at a registration price way below most national conferences.

For information, visit www.ignite-conference.com today. Check out the workshops and teachers. I know that you will want to join us. I guarantee that your ministry will never ever be the same again!

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15 Jan Eliminating the Roadblocks of Revival

Let me set the scene of how many children’s workers abandon their pursuit of revival. You’ve heard the word of the Lord and are convinced that God wants to pour out His Spirit upon your children’s ministry. You’ve prayed and even fasted for this move of the Spirit. Time goes by and you are seeing little change. To make matters worse, some of the parents or even your staff are misinterpreting your pursuit. After a while, a new attitude sets in. Why fight the indifference. You begin to take the easy road of just picking a curriculum and providing a spiritual nugget each week and then send the children back home to their parents. Sound familiar?

Let me share a principle from Paul’s life that will help us to get past these roadblocks in our pursuit for an outpouring of God’s Spirit. In Acts 23:11, Paul hears Jesus tell him, “Be brave! You have told people in Jerusalem about me. You must do the same in Rome.” In the next few chapters, roadblock after roadblock presents itself to keep Paul from fulfilling his assignment. First, forty men plot to kill Paul. Next, church leaders bring false accusations against him. Paul endures a long imprisonment in Jerusalem. Upon leaving Jerusalem on his route to Rome, Paul is shipwrecked off the island of Malta. After making it safely to land, Paul is bitten by a poisonous snake. As you can see, Paul experienced setback after setback that could have easily pushed him off his God-assigned mission.

Here’s what enabled Paul to keep on keeping on. It is found in his encounter with the poisonous snake in Acts 28:5. “But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and was not hurt.” Did you see the answer? Paul shook off his adversity. He didn’t allow his adversity (the snake) to cling onto him. He was able to keep on keeping on because he knew what he had heard from God and knew that adversity couldn’t prevent him from fulfilling his assignment unless he allowed it to.

Why do many children’s workers give up on their pursuit of a Holy Ghost revival? They allow the adversity to cling on them. If allowed to stay, adversity will drain any dream that you have. When adversity comes (and it will), we must shake it off. We must follow Paul’s example and continue because we heard the word of the Lord.

What is our word from the Lord? God gave us a promise in Joel 2:28 that our sons and daughters would prophesy. We know that this promise is to us and to our children. We know that TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost.

Shake off the adversity of discouragement, loneliness, and weariness. Stand strong. Guard your heart and your mouth. Continue to use your voice to proclaim that TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost. (See last week’s blog Revival is Waiting for the Sound of Your Voice.) Like Paul, you will fulfill your God-given assignment!

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08 Jan Revival is Waiting for the Sound of Your Voice!

Let me share with you one of the greatest principles for initiating and perpetuating a Holy Ghost revival. The Holy Ghost is waiting for the sound of your voice!

In one of our services, the Spirit of God was really moving during the praise and worship. I looked at my wife and said these words, “Vickie, I see the day where our praise and worship will go on for the entire service. We’ll have trouble stopping the boys and girls.” That sounded good … even spiritual. A few minutes later, I walked out of the service to put away a prop. While doing so, the Spirit of God corrected me. He told me to quit saying that I see the day and instead begin to declare that today is the day of the Holy Ghost. Ever since that day, I’ve changed my words. When I changed, He changed. That tomorrow turned into a today manifestation.

Take a minute and look at Genesis 1:2-3. “The earth was a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors. Then God said, “Let there be light.” And light appeared.” (The Living Bible).

Are you ready for this? These two verses will excite a bullfrog enough to cause it to take on and whip an elephant. Here’s what happened. The Holy Spirit had been hovering over a formless conglomeration of emptiness for eternity. It was a mess. Nothing was happening … until the Holy Spirit heard the Word of God spoken. You see, the Holy Spirit was waiting on a voice. Once the Word was spoken, the Spirit of God moved and things were eternally changed.

Consider this … if nothing is happening in your ministry, I challenge you to look at the words that you are saying. Are you talking about the future or remembering the past? Are you magnifying the emptiness or “chaotic mass” in your ministry? Job 22:28 reminds us that God is waiting on the sound of your voice. Begin to declare the Word of God over your ministry and children. Begin to declare that TODAY (not tomorrow) is the day of the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:28/Acts 2:16-17). Declare that your children have powerful praise and intimate worship in their DNA. (Psalm 8:2). Use your voice to announce that God’s Spirit is raining upon your ministry. (Amos 4:7).

Revival is NOW for He is a TODAY Holy Ghost. He’s just waiting to hear the sound of your voice. Start NOW. Start talking. Start demonstrating. Today’s the day!

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01 Jan Spurgeon’s Prayer for Revival

I recently came across this prayer which concluded the sermon The Pentecostal Wind and Fire preached by the preacher’s preacher, Charles Spurgeon, on September 18, 1881. This prayer summarizes my passion and desire.

“May God send us a season of glorious disorder! Oh for a sweep of wind that will set the seas in motion and make our ironclad brethren now lying so quietly at anchor to roll from stem to stern! As for us, who are as the little ships, we will fly before the gale if it will but speed us to our desired haven! Oh for fire to fall again—fire which shall affect the most stolid! This is a sure remedy for indifference. When a flake of fire falls into a man’s bosom, he knows it. And when the Word of God comes home to a man’s soul, he knows it, too. Oh that such fire might first sit upon the disciples and then fall on all around!

And, to close, there was then a daily increase of the Church — “The Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” Conversion was going on perpetually! Additions to the Church were not events which happened once a year, but they were everyday matters, “so mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed.” O Spirit of God, You are ready to work with us, today, even as You did then! Delay not, we beseech You, but work at once! Break down every barrier that hinders the incomings of Your might! Overturn, overturn, O sacred wind! Consume all obstacles, O heavenly fire, and give us now both hearts of flame and tongues of fire to preach Your reconciling Word for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”

I can’t add to this cry of desperation. Lord, grant our prayer.

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25 Dec Merry Christmas from the Burns Family

Four Generations of Burns at Christmas!
Billy and Vickie
Our oldest son, Jason, and his wife Elisabeth, and our FAVORITE grandson, Joey
My parents, Bill and Elizabeth
Directly behind me is our youngest son Aaron and to his right
is our second son, Michael

Rarely am I a person of few words. Circle this blog. You’ll never read another posting from me that is this short! But, tonight all that I can share in this blog is that Vickie and I wish you and yours a merry, Christ-filled Christmas!

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