Before some of us head to church this morning to worship Jesus, before any of my friends have preached, taught, or shared from a traditional pulpit to a contemporary table (so that you know this is not specific in nature and more for the flock) I loftily wish apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers were immune from blind spots and Achilles heals. We all have them, but somehow we expect leadership to be more than human. When we do, our unrealistic expectations are a recipe
All leaders have feet of clay but even this does not justify our refusal to submit to authority, be teachable, receive, and ASSEMBLE together because God may just speak to you through the person sitting next to you or the one directing you to a parking space. Without LOVE you will forsake the assembling together of yourselves. So love well, forgive leadership, and look to the one whose heel has crushed the serpent’s head, Jesus Christ the righteous. Follow Him and love like Him because not only does love look like something, love has a name!
This is the hour Papa wants you to arise with the authority you’ve always had that He gave Jesus and … EXERCISE IT! Then your light will shine, darkness will flee, and you will experience His kingdom manifest.
(Now that is a word, but what good is it if you are left with that alone. It’s like telling someone to be good without telling them about how by the power of the Spirit and modeling it for them).
Here’s how: get plugged into a community where you can learn how tofulfill Jesus command, “Preach, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons” (Mk. 10:7-8). These are the works of the ministry your church should be equipping you to operate in. If you are questioning whether these things are possible today, then ask God to help your unbelief and renounce the doctrinal lies you’ve believed. If you can’t find a community like that, message me. Your authority is REAL – walk this way!
We attended the premier of the epic film “Heaven is for Real” last night and it is a movie you can enjoy with the entire family. Based on the true story of four year old Colton Burpo who visits heaven during a near death operation and begins to share the experience with his dad. This revelational bomb impacts relationships within the home, church, and community which set Todd Burpo, Colton’s daddy, on a spiritual voyage of faith that may result in shipwreck.
The family dynamics are a healthy model depicting conflict resolution, parenting and marital affection that is positively refreshing. We took our 12 year old daughter with her friend and the film sparked a multi-level conversation on a plethora of real life topics between all of us during the entire ride home. When a film bridges a generational gap like that you have a winner. Read on…
Dreams… we all have them and some are so vivid we can remember the details well into the future. Ever remember telling a friend you had the most bizarre dream last night? It’s as though we know there is something behind our dream and perhaps that friend will provide insight, but with a laugh we eventually dismiss it as ‘weird’ and the meaning eludes us. Intrinsically, we believe our dreams have meaning and purpose. Rightfully so, as dreaming is one of the ways God has chosen to communicate with us, but who’s listening today… are you? Read on…