“Prayer meetings are growing in size and number. People have a greater desire to be with the people of God. Bad relationships are being resolved. There is a new desire to witness, and an increase in the participation in meetings. Morale has been lifted greatly, and there is a fresh hunger.” -Terry Virgo
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
- Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)
This movie blew me away! Absolute awesome. As LeeElla and I watched it, there were numerous outbursts of “No freaking way!”
Throughout the viewing, I knew the presence of God was ready for a response and sure enough we ended up laying hands on our sons, praying, prophesying and anointing with oil. We spent time discussing scripture with them individually, addressing matters of their struggling souls and loving on them in the Holy Ghost.
That ministry all started when one of my sons simply said, “I’ve been wanting to ask for prayer because God has seemed distant to me.” That unprovoked request was a beautiful sign and fruit of the work of the Spirit that God was doing in our own home and invited us to join Him in ministering life, call and anointing in our sons lives.
I praise God for answers to prayer, unfolding displays of His saving and welcoming Presence and for the promised harvest being gathered. I am witnessing the tremors of a fresh outpouring of the Father’s Spirit all around us and a restoration of all that we have lost and all that the enemy has stolen in these last few years.
“He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.” -Deuteronomy 8
“But some of you have neglected him. You’ve depersonalized him. You’ve dishonored him by treating him as if he were an “it”. You’ve assumed that you can get along well enough under your own power. Because of your unrepentant sin, you’ve grieved him. Because of your resistance to his gifts, you’ve quenched his fire. What you need is for the Spirit to energize your heart, to awaken your slumbering soul, to empower your weak will, to set on fire yet again your affections, to enlighten your mind so you might again see and savor the beauty of Jesus, to give you boldness and courage so that you might conquer your fears and open your mouth to proclaim the gospel …” -Sam Storms
An excellent exegesis of the issue in my opinion. Read the whole article here:
This Sunday I continue teaching on the Holy Spirit. I will focus on the question: “What does it mean to ‘receive the Holy Spirit’?”
1 Cor 12:13 “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
We will also do a little historical tour of the “Charismatic Skeletons in the Conservative Evangelical Closet”.
If we emphasize the Word without the Spirit…we dry up.
If we emphasize the Spirit without the Word…we blow up.
If we hold the Word & the Spirit together…we grow up!
Micah and I joined Travis and one of his friends at Gamer’s Haven (http://www.thegamershaven.net/gamers_haven.php) out in Spokane Valley for a game of Zombicide. If you like the Zombie genre, you’ll enjoy this board game.
You can see how it’s played here: http://youtu.be/voQC7HVZ5uw
Get a little more info about the game and its expansions: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/zombicide-season-2