Dream

25 Nov The Power of a Nobody!

I absolutely love reading the history of great moves of God. Right now, I'm enjoying reading Tommy Welchel's newest book True Stories of the Miracles of Azusa Street and Beyond. There are so many stories that I could share from this book that have encouraged and challenged me but space and time won't allow me to do so. But there is one thought from this book that has to be shared. Have you ever studied the life of the Azusa Street Revival's founder, William Seymour? After reading the first few chapters, my initial thought was that Seymour definitely wouldn't have been the man that I would have chosen to birth a mighty revival. Consider these facts: Seymour wasn't a person of means or notoriety. He was the child of two former slaves. Seymour was a no-name nobody going nowhere. His race wasn't the "right" race for this time period to become a respected leader of spiritual movement. Being an African American in 1906 was a major liability. Racial hatred and bigotry abounded. His first attempt at pastoring in Los Angeles would be considered a failure. After preaching the first  Sunday morning upon arriving in Los Angeles in the church that had invited Seymour to come to the city, Seymour returned to preach that night only to discover that the door was locked and a note was placed on the door telling him to not come back. Seymour wasn't a slick-looking, glamorous preacher. After a bout with smallpox, he was left with a blind eye and a scarred face. Seymour wasn't in touch with the latest preaching fads of his day. His unconventional preaching was done with Seymour wearing a box over his head. From what little that I've shared, I'm sure that you will agree that there were probably hundreds of people in Los Angeles that would have been a more likely candidate to usher in God's presence. Seymour was a nobody going nowhere. But God chose to use a person that would have been passed over by the multitudes to usher in one of greatest moves of God to sweep across our nation. History is ready to record the feats of another person who will dare to go beyond the limitations placed by man. To many, you might be just an unpolished worker stuck in a room with a bunch of youth or children. In man's eyes you might not have the ingredients found on many people's peck-list of "must-have" essentials to be some great, renowned mover and shaker in the church-world. But, those are man's limitations. Obey God. Know that you have been set apart for His glory. Dare to believe the impossible. Defy the odds. Another great move of God is waiting on a person like you!...

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07 Oct Keepin’ On Keepin’ On

For those keeping count, this is blog post #332. That means for the last 332 weeks, I have posted a new thought/observation/teaching/reflection. And, in those 332 weeks, there hasn't been an exception to my posting schedule. Too busy? Too tired? Not inspired? I'll have to admit, those thoughts have crossed my mind many a time. More than once, I've been tempted to skip a week or two. But, a long time ago, I learned the importance of being consistent. Over the years, I've watched a lot of my peers start a blog. They started off with great hopes and lofty ideas. Their postings were going to change the world. But when that fervency met the real world with busy schedules and too many things pulling for their attention, it became all too easy to put off spending time looking at the computer screen. The want-to became a do-I-have-to. Soon, the daily blog became a weekly (weakly) blog that became a sporadic monthly blog that soon became a distant memory. With God as my witness, I'm not posting this blog to speak highly of myself. I just want to place a special emphasis on the importance of being consistent. There are rewards for those who keep on keeping on. In the case of my blog, people know that they can take it to the bank that I'll have something new to share each and every Monday morning. The end result is that people from some 60+ nations are faithful readers  because they know that for the last 6+ years I've proven myself to be a faithful, consistent blogger. Children's Pastor, Sunday school teacher, youth ministry director, what vision or dream has God entrusted to you? I know that I am writing to people who have had a clear dream. And you know that the dream came from God. I know that once you received that dream, you started out blazing the path towards fulfilling the dream. But, life happens doesn't it. It was all too easy to allow schedules and circumstances to create excuses for becoming sporadic in taking steps toward fulfilling your dream. Soon, those excuses brought your dream to a grinding halt. Let me close by paraphrasing a statement from the Apostle Paul. "When you have done all that you can, keep on keeping on." (Ephesians 6). You may have paused on your dream. The pause may have even become a complete stop. But, it is time to pick up your dream again. Though the excuses will continue to come, you have to recognize that someone  is counting on you to step into the place that God has prepared for you. Come on. Now is the time. Begin again and this time keep on keepin' on!...

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11 Mar The Danger of "JUST"

Whether we like to admit it or not, each of us to some degree or another are very label conscious. For many of us, we walk into a department store and go straight to the clothing section that is made by our favorite designer. Come on. You know that it's the truth. Young, old, rich, not so rich, we all have "our" label. We generally don't even consider looking at clothes made another company. Why? Because that one designer or label describes who we are and what we like. I might even go so far as to say that the label "defines" us. One more time ...

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20 Aug Dare to Dream

They say that confession is good for the soul. So, here goes. In my childhood, I had a major drug problem. It’s true! I was drug from one church service to the next church service. (Sorry for disappointing you with my sordid past!) Summer vacations consisted of being drug from one vacation bible school to the next. It didn’t matter the religious flavor. I was a Baskin-Robbins kid. I enjoyed all 31 flavors of Christianity.Because of my drug problem, I never saw the end of The Wizard of Oz until after I was married. After all, it was televised on Sunday nights beginning at 6 PM and every good Pentecostal child went to EVERY Sunday night service. With our service beginning at 7 PM I never knew if Dorothy and Toto ever made it back to Kansas.I’ll never forget the night that Vickie and I watched the ENTIRE program and for the first time, I discovered that Dorothy and Toto made it back home. It was a genuine tear-jerking moment. I instantly fell in love with the Over the Rainbow song, especially the line where “And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”I’m living out a dream. Last Sunday, Vickie and I celebrated our 18th anniversary as being the Children’s Pastors at Trinity Church International, Lake Worth. Not many Children’s Pastors can say that. In just a few days, Vickie and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. In just a very few days, our first grandchild, William Joseph (Joey) Burns, is going to be born to our oldest son, Jason, and his wife, Elisabeth. They are pastoring Access, a church community, in Lakeland, FL. (Check out http://www.accesslakeland.com/) Our second son, Michael, is starting his final year of Bible college as he prepares for the ministry. Our youngest son, Aaron, is 15 and loves God and the church … there’s not many PK (Preacher’s kids) that can say that. Vickie and I are also hosting regional, national, and international Ignite the Supernatural Conferences (check out http://www.ignite-conference.com/) and also speaking at other one and two day conferences around the country. Starting today, I’m beginning the blog which will be added to each Monday and in a few days posting our first e-newsletter. Dream after dream is coming to pass.Dare to dream. Dorothy had it right. Dream … with God’s help, they really do come true!...

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