You understand consumerism. America is made up of consumers. Companies make stuff and we consume it. That’s the cycle of economics which is based upon the law of supply and demand. Demand drives the process. And who does the demanding? Consumers…also us…people. Consumerism is predicated upon our choice to purchase things based on our preferences and needs. If we have a family of six and we need a vehicle which can carry all of us together – Mini van here we come. Healthy consumerism drives a healthy economy and the freedom to choose is at the core of this. That’s why capitalism thrives in countries where the people are free to make their own choices. Consumerism, however, does not make for a healthy church.
As early as I can remember in my Christian walk I was fascinated by the subject of revival. My fascination compelled me into avid study and ultimately birthed a hunger in my soul to see a true, God-birthed revival in our day and time. I love the stories of the old revivals – Cane Ridge, Wales, the Scottish Hebrides, Azusa Street, and so many other places. Each story is a a precious pearl in the history of God’s movement in the earth – a continuing testimony of the wave of kingdom power that continues its course throughout the ages ultimately pointing us to the final outpouring of the Spirit that will precede the Lord’s return (Acts 2:17-21). Read More
In the last two weeks there have been two heroes whom I’ve known who passed from this life into glory – Steve Hill, the evangelist who led the Brownsville Revival and Brady Clark, a trusted friend and comrade. Steve fought a long and courageous fight against cancer and lost. A month ago Brady suffered multiple heart attacks, looked to be on the mend, but his organs simply could not recover from the incredible trauma and he also passed. I knew Brady much better than I knew Steve, but I knew neither of them as well as I would have liked. Each were heroes in their own right…One well known, one not as much. A hero is by definition: ‘One who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.’ Those who live godly in this present wicked age are heroic in their faith and admirable for their courage. Any who finish their course faithfully are heroes in my book. Both of these men exemplify the definition of a hero. And both left a wake of influence that will continue to compel people into the the kingdom for decades. Read More
When Daniel shows up in Babylon he’s sixteen and a stranger in a strange land. During his young life he had seen Judah in its worst of times. As early as he could remember he’d heard stories of God’s impending judgment coming to Judah. The threat of the Babylonians had been very real for the last several years and now they had sieged Jerusalem, fettered the king, and taken many precious articles from the temple of God. Not to mention they had taken he and many of his friends, young people of the aristocracy of Judah, captive to Babylon. The nightmare had become reality. Read More
“I’m marveling this AM over God’s genius in constructing the family. It provides all the foundational ingredients for life & relationships. Father & Mother, together, declare the myriad attributes of God. The two, masculine & feminine, as one, declare the knowledge of God. The foundations of love, care, comfort, instruction, correction, discipline, mercy, camaraderie, conflict & healing all reside in family. No wonder divorce is such a violent rending…it fractures the foundations and distorts the knowledge of God.”
The Lord is stirring so many right now to go to the nations of the earth and preach the gospel. Many, especially young people, are hearing the call to go to those who have never heard. I’m personally touched in this way, believing God’s plan is to mobilize the greatest mission thrust the earth has ever seen in this generation. This is the hour we will see a massive army of missionaries mobilized to the hardest and darkest parts of the earth for the glory of the Name of Jesus.
I was thinking if I were 20-ish and felt compelled to go to the nations I would like to know the most important things to sustain my heart on the field. It’s no secret that a large percentage of missionaries find themselves off the field within a very short period of time. I’d want to know the heart realities that sustain someone while they’re serving the Lord in a culturally unfamiliar and spiritually challenging location. Without getting into necessary natural issues like language training and dealing with culture shock(yes, it’s real), I want to offer you essential components that will sustain your heart in a missions context. Read More
I regularly have the opportunity to interface with different leaders in the body of Christ. I’m always interested to ask them what the Lord has been speaking to them. It’s very encouraging when I hear unrelated leaders from different streams of the Body of Christ doing the same things by the Spirit’s leading. Over the last six months I’ve noticed several movements that are clearly being emphasized by the Lord. Each of these movements seems to have the Holy Spirit’s wind on them. I think it’s important to identify them so we can pay attention and engage with what the Spirit is saying to the church in this hour. Read More
How bout I start with a little cold blooded honesty: Each one of these are mistakes I have made. And in some cases, still make. My goal with this blog is not to be negative or self-deprecating. Rather I just want to be helpful. Over the years, I’ve learned more about leadership from others honesty about their mistakes than just about anything. So here goes, in no particular order, 12 mistake I’ve made in leadership:
First, Biggest, Greatest…whenever a ministry is described by one of these terms I tend to take pause. Not because I don’t want kingdom ministries to be great. I do. Desperately. But what defines greatness in the kingdom is oftentimes far different from what people, even in the church, think of as great. Often people use superlatives because they desire for “their thing” to be great. They want to be distinguished above others. Unfortunately this is not a kingdom value. And the truth is there is not a kingdom ministry in the earth that is owned by it’s human leader. Everything in the kingdom is owned by God and as such it is His thing, not ours. Since He is the owner He gets to decide which ministries He wants to increase and which ones He wants to decrease. It’s His call, not ours. We’ve got to come to grips with the fact that in the kingdom, there are God-designed increases and God-designed decreases. Just consider John the Baptist, “He must increase, I MUST decrease.”
Leadership in ministry can be very taxing. I know firsthand the demands that ministry can put upon a leader. There is a physical, spiritual and emotional load those in leadership bare. As a result of ministry burnout many leaders end up out of ministry prematurely.
Evey leader experiences seasons of tiredness. The apostle Paul described himself as regularly weary and often going without sleep. Tiredness is normal, but ministry fatigue is dangerous. The reason I say fatigue is dangerous is because the step after fatigue is burn out.
Here’s a few identifiers and contributors to ministry fatigue. If these locate you, I encourage you, step back, get some R&R and allow the Lord to refresh your heart and vision.