What is the greatest enemy facing the Church in America today?
“The treacherous enemy facing the church of Jesus Christ today is the dictatorship of the routine, when the routine becomes ‘lord’ in the life of the church. Programs are organized and the prevailing conditions are accepted as normal. Anyone can predict next Sunday’s service and what will happen… When we come to the place where everything can be predicted and nobody expects anything unusual from God, we are in a rut.” — A.W. Tozer
Reading for today:
Psalm 56, 57, 58, 64, 65
1 Cor. 4:8-21
Change in this world is possible because his kingdom has come. That kingdom flows through us. We are the change. Continue reading “The change is in us”
My Advent reading got me stalled… again. That is the beauty of Scripture for me. I can be humming along in my reading plan and then come to a screeching halt because of a passage where the Holy Spirit will say, “Stop here.” Continue reading “Discipline is necessary”
There is a book title that needs to be used to flesh out in an actual book. It would be this: Resurgence: The American Church Renewal in the Post-Christian Era.
There is a new awakening the American Church can undergo IF they will learn the lessons of the current time period. It’s a BIG if!
There is a new awakening for the American Church where we become truly prophetic. We won’t be a “voting block” for Republicans… or Democrats. We will be people who bless communities and speak life-giving words to all around us. We will understand truth, but not insist it takes the “right” president or Supreme Court justice to live out that truth. We will see people radically changed from darkness to light. Small churches will be salt and light in their neighborhoods. A deep commitment to following Christ will be the most important thing in the life of the believer.
There is a resurgence that is possible. It won’t be the biggest thing on YouTube or Facebook. But it will be lifechanging for the culture. A new generation of Josephs, Daniels, and Esthers will demonstrate a deep commitment to Christ while still being vital to their culture.
The Spirit is giving us opportunities for faith, not fear.
Maybe that book can be written. And maybe it would be true.
an increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence.
“a resurgence of interest in religion”
Jeremiah 8:20 — “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”
I can decry the spiritual stagnation of our country, the American Church, etc., with the best of them. At least I feel that way lately. As I was in my latest state of mourning over the spiritual slumber of American Christians, the Spirit brought this thought to me… which I did not really appreciate…
“Maybe it is YOU in need of awakening.”
Now, that’s just RUDE.
Lord, stir MY heart. Stir MY life.
Revive us… Revive ME… again.
This morning I woke up far too early. When that happens, I know my challenge is to prayer. It’s more of an invitation, really. It’s a challenge to meet the invitation!
I have taken up the invitation and think of part of this time as my 6 minute prayer challenge. On some mornings where I don’t have time to drink a big amount of brewed coffee, I will use my stove top espresso maker to make a couple of couples of espresso or an Americano. It takes about 6 minutes.
In that 6 minutes I will take up a bold prayer, or my whole bold prayer list, and concentrate on the audacious requests.
This morning it was revival for North Central University, where I teach part time. It has been a challenge from the Lord for several months and he woke me up early this morning to remind me of that challenge.
In the short bursts of opportunity, I can’t look at them as inconvenient times any more. I need to see them as invitations in the Spirit to rise to a challenge.
What can we do with 6 minutes of concentrated prayer?
From Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah