Where Are The Prophets?

The modern church is in great need of prophets. No, not the self appointed and wild eyed fanatics we see on TBN and other religious broadcasts. You have seen them, they add their delusions to the revelation of Scripture. They equate sweating and laughter with anointing. They lead millions further down a road of deception and delusion. Instead, we need men in leadership who will spend time alone with God in prayer and get a living word to communicate to God’s people. Men of vision who are not selling out the church so they can become a celebrity in the ‘religious conference tour.’

A prophet doesn’t have a burden…the burden has the prophet! New Testament prophets do not go around as a one man show. In fact, the rock star promotion of ministers grates his spirit, because it offends the Holy Spirit. The prophet weeps when alone in prayer Continue reading “Where Are The Prophets?”

Great Words From The Great Commission!

As our Lord was about to ascend into heaven, He offered some of the most famous words used to describe our mission as His bride. These timeless words are the banner for every fellowship which describes itself as evangelical. Most of us have heard hundreds of references to these words in sermons, and have probably used them ourselves from time to time. However, if we look deeper into this famous passage we’ll discover more than just a simple commission!

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18-20, ESV)

We see four important sections in this passage:

Great Authority – Jesus begins the explanation of our commission by establishing the ultimate foundation of His authority. Nothing can happen to us on our journey to Continue reading “Great Words From The Great Commission!”

Mondays Are For Recovery

Pastors will understand how Mondays are a special day for spiritual recovery. Sunday has ended, you’ve poured your heart and soul out to the sheep in prayer and teaching, you’re tired and needing rest. Mondays offer a much needed day of recuperation. Whenever possible, this should be a day to set aside a volume of time to do several things for the spiritual health and vitality of the leader. Here a 4 things I have found to be essential for recovery.

Quiet Time – Nothing recharges me more than quiet time before the Lord in prayer. Learning the discipline of silence in His presence is a great value. No phone calls, no text messages, etc. Just quiet time before the Lord! Give me a couple of hours of quiet time and I’m amazingly refreshed. (Psa. 46:10; Isa. 40:31)

Devotional – Reading materials which encourages my heart. Not study or research Continue reading “Mondays Are For Recovery”

The Church Is Too Important To Die

Numbers do not guarantee life! In our server friendly and consumer oriented society, success is measured by numbers. It is the guiding force behind capitalism. However, in God’s economy the guiding force is LOVE.

As the modern church experiences an explosion of church plants, conferences for youth and leaders, let us not fall into the trap of the deception of natural success. Unless our hearts are aflame by the Holy Spirit and consumed with the Love of Christ we are only making lateral moves of insignificance. To be like Jesus, not in word, but in deed and spirit, is the only goal of Christianity…every thing can be distilled down to this simple truth.

Pastors are burning out, teenagers are abandoning the church, marriages among ‘believers’ are failing at the same rate as the world. Much of the anemic conditions of the Continue reading “The Church Is Too Important To Die”

Fire Shut Up In My Bones!

It was 28 years ago, but I can still remember the text. (Jer. 20:9) I also remember the flame of the Holy Spirit in my inner man. I knew very little. In fact, I was unqualified to even be speaking but circumstances had placed me in the pulpit of a small country church to speak what was on my heart. The Lord had been dealing with me for 3 years concerning the call into ministry and the truths of God’s Word were alive within the core of my being! Thank God, that flame still burns today and is the single impetus to preach God’s eternal Word wherever He sends me.

There are no amount of emotions or human effort which can help a man genuinely survive the burden and calling into ministry. The demands are too great, the stress is too much and the expectations can be overwhelming. In short, it is a labor of love birthed by the call of God within a man’s heart. There will be times when the the fire in our bones will be the only impetus we can fall back on in order to continue in ministry! Continue reading “Fire Shut Up In My Bones!”