How to wait

The call of Jesus to his disciples was to wait until they were clothed with power from on high. In the waiting, we need a sense of anticipation. For the Church, we shouldn’t be waiting alone. We should be waiting together. It’s not about sticking ourselves in a room until something happens… although I’m notContinue reading “How to wait”

Thankful for the promises

The past few weeks have been powerful as I’ve prepared to time away in a prayer retreat, then asked God for messages for our leadership retreat. Now… it’s the work of fulfilling those promises. It’s the work of prayer. As I prayed tonight I once again pulled out Isaiah 61. I was using my Olive Tree Reader,Continue reading “Thankful for the promises”

Why We Don’t Want Another Move of God

Call it revival, call it a “fresh outpouring,” call it a new move of God…  What we generally want these days is the benefits of that move without the costs of that move.  In the stories of Hezekiah and Josiah, the costs of a move of God aren’t just in prayer. If it was time in prayer, we would think aboutContinue reading “Why We Don’t Want Another Move of God”

Fire and the Testing of the Heart

3 A crucible is for silver and a furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. (Prov. 17:3, CEB) 8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turnsContinue reading “Fire and the Testing of the Heart”

When All Seems Well, It May Be a Time to Seek God MORE

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new record high. It finished above it’s previous high in 2007, which was right before the huge slump and we went into an economic tailspin. So… all is well again. Yet, there is a sense that it’s not “all well.” We put our gauges on the wrong metersContinue reading “When All Seems Well, It May Be a Time to Seek God MORE”

A Prayer for Revival and Reform

14 Please come back, God of heavenly forces! Look down from heaven and perceive it! Attend to this vine, 15     this root that you planted with your strong hand, this son whom you secured as your very own. 16 It is burned with fire. It is chopped down. They die at the rebuke coming from you. 17 Let yourContinue reading “A Prayer for Revival and Reform”

Revival or Reform?

Something rattling around in my brain lately has been the question: Do I ask for “revival” or “reformation?” Jeremiah helps me out on this one: 3 This is what the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, says: Improve your conduct and your actions, and I will dwell with you in this place.4 Don’t trust in lies: “ThisContinue reading “Revival or Reform?”

When the Word of God is Offensive… We’re in Trouble

10 To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. (Jer. 5:10, NIV) When we quit listening to the Word of God because we don’t find it “to our taste,” we’re in trouble.Continue reading “When the Word of God is Offensive… We’re in Trouble”