In the city of Edinburgh, Scotland stands the statue of a John Knox. Knox was the key leader of the Scottish Reformation and the founder of Presbyterianism in Scotland. At his graveside, Regent Morton said, “Here lies one who neither flattered nor feared any flesh.” From everything I can learn about Knox, he makes William Wallace of Braveheart fame look like Chicken Little. Knox was known as the “Thundering Scot.”
During a visit to Edinburgh many years ago, we were taken on a tour of the key religious sites in the city. Again, these sites were mostly ignored by the professional tour guide. Edinburgh has a rich history, and Christianity around the world has been impacted by events through the centuries in this ancient city. Continue reading
Over the last few months, I’ve had the privilege of speaking at three state conventions. Over the course of these weeks, I’ve been to New Mexico, Mississippi, and Oklahoma preaching for either pastors’ conferences or state conventions. The ten messages I’ve been able to bring have been focused on prayer, revival, or the need for the church to engage the culture.
Each state was a blessing to me. I always love speaking to pastors and leaders, and I never take these opportunities for granted. Leadership is the key to life change. As the pastor goes, so goes the church. A church will never rise above her leaders. The only way we are going to impact this lost world is with pastors and leaders on fire for God. If we want to impact the culture, we need leaders who pray, who long for the “much more” of Christ and who are not afraid to engage the culture and go into the community. Continue reading
Over the past year, we’ve been privileged to take our ReFRESH® Conference around the country. In 2017, we’ve been in Nevada, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and at home base in Albany, Georgia. We’ve met hundreds of pastors and church leaders who have engaged in these conferences on a scale we’ve not seen in the past.
The diversity in ages and ethnicity is encouraging. We are seeing more and more church planters and young pastors attending these conferences. God is allowing us to speak into the lives of these men on the front lines of ministry, many of them in difficult situations. We’ve had pastors from over twenty states attend in 2017 alone. Continue reading
We’ve lost our minds. Everything is coming apart at the seams. Hatred. Anger. Insane responses. Terrorism. Sex trafficking. Child abuse. Abortion. Senseless murder. Sexual sin. Perversion. Distortion of marriage. Gender blending. The list seems endless. The answers seem unattainable.
Any situation facing us is not as important as our attitude about it. Throughout the Bible, the children of God faced impossible situations. War. Slavery. The wilderness. Wicked kings. Philistines. Egypt. Babylon. The Red Sea. The Jordan at flood stage. Hopeless and helpless, they had nowhere else to turn. Continue reading
I remember the first time I heard Wayne Watson’s song by that title. I sometimes find myself humming or singing it… “When God’s people pray, there is hope restored, there is sin forgiven…”
It’s not that prayer changes things; it changes me. Prayer is not the method we’ve been given for twisting the arm of God. It is not given to convince God to see things from our viewpoint. Prayer is a privilege given to learn and embrace the mind of God. Continue reading