How to Get From There to Here

The boys and I were actually up before sunrise several months ago- we were going hunting. It has been years since Alex and I have been able to go dove hunting and this would actually be Allister's first hunt. I think I was more excited than they were as we began to prepare several weeks out- Alex would come home on Sunday afternoon and we would all be prepped and ready for an early morning hunt on Labor Day.

Alex actually won a Men's Skeet Tournament when only 10, so I knew he could shoot, but Allister has been more of a city slicker. I didn't know whether he was ready or not to use my Dad's 20 Gauge, but he was excited as we got shells, cloths and guns ready for the "big hunt." We cleaned guns, bought licenses and new gear, and began to count down to opening day of Dove Season.

A good friend in our area offered a great 40 acre spot not too far to drive and all was set.
I even set the coordinates in my GPS the night before because we were getting up so early to be there by sun-up. It was still dark when we piled in the truck, stopped and grabbed coffee and biscuits and headed out. But there was a problem- we had never been to where we were going!

We had an exact address and thought all was well until we pulled up to an old deserted house blocked by a gate that had a "Posted-No Hunting" sign in bright yellow. I called my friend and said we are here, but evidently "here" is not "there." We had been led to a place, but not the place we had been promised. The GPS had actually taken us on the wrong side of the Interstate, we were on the same road but on the opposite side from our destination. We were at the right address but not the correct destination.

To make matters worse, I had been in such a hurry to beat sunrise that I hadn't noticed how low the gas gauge was until the warning light came on. Now we're lost, the sun is coming up and we're almost out of gas!

Now, what do you do when the  map in your hand doesn't match the road signs of your life? When your all out out of gas- e.g.; hope,faith,energy, etc? As believers, we hold promises and directions in our hands every day! We are led by Gods Word and His Holy Spirit. We are encouraged by sermons, songs and prophetic Words in our own spirits and many that have been confirmed by others we trust. But what do you do when you have faithfully followed the directions you were given and find yourself on the side of the road of life almost empty,confused and lost? When do you admit you feel like you misunderstood or misinterpreted what God was telling you?

The first thing I had to do was to realize that where I had arrived, was not where I wanted to go. I had to desire my destination more than proving the point that the GPS had directed me wrong. It seems that many feel they have no reverse and are destined to stay where life has taken them. No! As long as there is breath, there is choice. We must choose to leave where we are, so we can go to where we really wanted to go in the first place. 

The second thing I had to do was find a place to refuel before I could go on the rest of the journey. In our case the closest gas station was a 7 mile detour from the direction we were wanting to go. But if we hadn't taken the time for the detour we would have been stuck in the middle of nowhere. Is it possible we may have to seemingly go off our path in order to refuel? Sometimes rest and regrouping doesn't come so easily on the busy paths of life, but may require stopping for a while and refueling and resting. We even got some honey buns and snacks that we previously hadn't packed. 

Lastly, I had to connect with someone who was actually at the destination where I wanted to go. Our friend just laughed and admitted that others had made the same mistake. The only way he had found it was that someone had actually taken him there the first time. I totally believe that as many as are led by the Spirit are the Sons of God, but I also firmly believe God uses people. The Apostle Paul admonished to follow him as he followed Christ. Has God allowed someone to go before you? Is it time to find a mentor? 

This is an area where Steph and I are growing this year. There are places we feel called to that we may need someone who's already there to help us find the way. I also had to be willing to reverse and backtrack some of the journey until I was repositioned at a recognizable point of origin so that my friend could redirect me from there.

In the past few years I have met hundreds that are frustrated and even at the point of bitterness and despair because they are not where the thought were headed. So here's what I'm learning- stop, regroup, reverse, refuel, redirect and reconnect. 

Church Shifts

Neil Cole wrote in Church 3.0 that traditional Bible colleges and seminaries give a list of ingredients from the New Testament that define a church. Some lists have 5 ingredients, others go as high as “9 marks,” but they are all very similar. Here is a typical list:

1.     A group of believers who gather together regularly to worship.
2.     …that hear the biblical preaching of God’s word.
3.     …that consider themselves a church.
4.     …that have qualified elders.
5.     …that practice baptism, communion and church discipline.
6.     …that have an agreed upon doctrinal foundation.
7.     …and have an evangelistic purpose

Is it possible that we have church and focus on building ministries and buildings, instead of being the Church and building His Kingdom? The awakening missional understanding that is being developed asks the question “What has God called us to be and do in our current cultural context?” We are in a Christian Culture War- Cultural Christianity vsThe Revelation, Restoration and Activation of the Church of Jesus Christ! It seems as if we have come to a culturalcrossroads where we must rediscover, redefine and re-present the authentic Church of Jesus Christ

In a blog by Brady Boyd he lists 4 shifts for the future Church

"In the past ten years, There have been remarkable changes in the local church, and the coming decade will usher in even more transformations. While the ancient Truths will remain, everything else is up for debate.
 How we worship, when we gather, what is said, who is leading, and where the gatherings happen will all undergo scrutiny and debate.
I have four predictions for the next decade of local church.

1. The places where we gather will become smaller.
Every social and cultural trend is leaning toward the smaller, more intimate gatherings and away from the stadium worship experience. Mega churches that purposely create numerous worship settings that promote intimacy and community will see the most significant growth. There will always be a group of church people who will come to the big building, but if we want to see significant growth among skeptics and seekers, we must create less threatening venues for them to explore the issues of faith.

2. The church will be launched into real mission.
The local church is hungry to embrace the mission of the New Testament, and this will only increase in the next decade. This next generation is tired of the hype of events and is eager to give their lives to something that requires sacrifice and results in biblical justice. They want to get their hands in the dirt of humanity and see real change in the communities where they live. They will come to the church building for some of the attractional events but will get disillusioned quickly if these events do not result in real opportunities to serve their world.

3. The church will return to its ancient roots.
If it’s new, it’s probably not truth. If its truth, it’s probably not new. I believe the ancient yet simple recipe of local church will return. We will gather often, read the Scriptures, worship intently, pray fervently, be led by servants, live authentically, and honor the Sacraments. For sure, we will continue to be creative and inventive but not at the expense of the ancient structure which has transcended all generations for over 2000 years.

4. The church will return to wonder and awe.
The churches that embrace the miraculous nature of God will see the most growth and have the most influence in the coming decade. Good preaching, trendy stage sets, and clever videos will not be enough in the next ten years because people want to see God intervene more and more in the affairs of the Earth with miracles and healings. Sound theology must prevail, and we must not return to our sloppy Charismatic tendencies, but we must also embrace the mysterious and risky nature of God and not be afraid of wonder and awe. While the Holy Spirit may be unpredictable, the results are always predictable – people will find God, people will be healed, and people will discover real freedom. "

 I sincerely believe that on a global scale, God is speaking simultaneously to His people and calling them to a new and fresh expression of His kingdom here on earth. It is a wonderful time to be alive. One of my favorite readsof the past 2  years has been Re -Jesus by Alan Hirsch. I believe he is asking the vital questions that we must all answer going forward and visioneering the future of the true New Testament Ecclesia. 

What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self-understanding of the movement that originated in him?

How is the Christian religion, if we could legitimately call it that, informed and shaped by the Jesus that we meet in the Gospels?

How do we assess the continuity required between the life and example of Jesus and the subsequent religion called Christianity?

In how many ways do we domesticate the radical Revolutionary in “order to sustain our religion and religiosity?

And perhaps most important of all, how can a rediscovery of Jesus renew our discipleship, the Christian community, and the ongoing mission of the church?

      N.T. Wright in The Challenge of Jesus urges us to be at the leading edge of our Culture
He writes "The Gospel of Jesus points us and indeed urges us to be rapt the leading edge of the whole culture, articulating in story and music and art and philosophy and education and petty and politics and theology... a worldview that will mount the historically Christian challenge to both modernity and post-modernity, leading the way into the post modern world and humor and gentleness and good judgement and true wisdom. I believe we face the question: if not now, then when? And if we are grasped by this vision, we may also hear the question: if not us,then who? And if the Gospel of Jesus is not he key to this task,then what is?"
     

I love what Erwin McManus wrote, "Two thousand years ago God started a revolt against the religion He started, so don't ever put it past God to cause a groundswell movement against churches and Christian institutions that bear His name. If He was willing to turn Judaism upside down, don't think for a moment our institutions are safe from a divine revolt. I am convinced that even now now there are multitask of followers of Jesus Christ who aresick are sick and tired of the church playing games and playing down the call of God. My travels only confirm that the murmurings of revolution are everywhere. I am convinced that is an uprising in the works and thatno one less than God is behind it"

I say, YES! I sincerely believe the Ecklessia of Jesus Christ is the greatest manifestation of the Kingdom of Heaven in the Earth- ever! Jesus told Peter "Upon this rock I will build my Ekklesia and the Gates of Hell will not prevail against it " The Church is the occupational force of Heaven!

Judeo-Christianity 101

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The last few years, it seems I have been on an subconscious quest to rediscover true Christianity. That may seem strange coming from one who was raised in a Christian ministers home, yet I'm beginning to think it's more common than we realize. 

Many of us seem to be on this journey together and we are beginning to recognize and appreciate our fellow pilgrims who dare to challenge cultural Christianity. There seems to have been a clarion call by the Holy Spirit to a return or revival of the true New Testament Church.This is more than a rebellion against religion and traditions of men, but a true passion to rediscover the Kingdom and embrace the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

I have been astonished at how illiterate our churched culture has become on the basics of Biblical literacy and the teachings of Jesus. I'm not pointing fingers or preaching to the choir. I am just as guilty, if not more so, of practicing and preaching an emotion driven pento-centric form of the Christian church culture that excites more than it informs. That being said, I'm sure because of my gifting and personality I will always be passionate about the demonstration of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. I was called as a boy to yield to a miracle ministry, and have seen signs following Christ's believers all over the world, but we must not confuse the sensational with the supernatural nor emotionalism with the anointing! 

Is it possible that while we have been trying to be relevant, emergent, missional, prophetic, apostolic, or whatever your favorite buzzword of the week is, that we have raised up a generation of church goers that have no idea that they are in a war? That Jesus was a revolutionary! That kingdoms are in conflict and that there is a hell to lose and an eternity to gain! That our churches should be the boot camps of the kingdom revolution! If so, we need to re-dig some old wells, restore some old foundations and shore up some old fences. 

With this thought in mind I began to pray and think about what I need to ensure what my own children know and believe. We can no longer assume that they will catch it by osmosis because if we would take our head out of the sand we would realize we are living in a non Christian culture. In our beautiful city of Austin it is reposted that only 9% attend any type of church assembly in any given weekend. We also can't rely on youth ministries or Sunday school, because if we are honest those have become even more "dumbed down" than our Pulpits. Dawson McAlister wrote that “90% of kids active in youth groups don't go by the time they are a sophomore in college.” Also he states that one third will never return to a church of any kind. I certainly don't have all the answers and am actually just coming up with some of the questions, but feel a tremendous responsibility as a husband, father and minister to guide this generation back to the simple truths of Judeo-Christianty.

It's amazing how many "spirit filled" believers don't even know, much less practice the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes or even the Lords Prayer. 

We'll start with the Ten Commandments and how they are not suggestions but still relevant for every age and culture. 

1        “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

2        “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

3        “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. 

4        “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

5        “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

6        “You shall not murder."

7        “You shall not commit adultery.

8        “You shall not steal.

9        “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."    

10    “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Then we'll look at this amazing Jesus who actually acknowledged he was a king of entirely different kind of Kingdom. Why the writers of the Gospels used the Greek word skandalon when describing him. A stumbling block, an offense, a scandal! He was the leader of rebellion against the cultural religion of his day and was executed for it! 

I love how Richard Stearns says that the manifesto of this kingdom revolution can be found in the great messianic passage of Isaiah, read by Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth. We find this event recounted in Luke four, as a declaration of Jesus' identity and mission:

    18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

What was amazing about Jesus is that His actions spoke louder than His words! What were his teachings? What did he really say? I remember how excited I was several years ago just to study the "red letter" parts of the New Testament for a season. Like Paul of old, I just wanted to know him more intimately.  I can still remember how moved and challenged I was by Matthew chapter five. 

I think I agree with an esteemed elderly friend of mine who once told me he felt The Beatitudes were the Ten Commandments of the New Testament.

So that's the next thing I want my children to know, love, live and practice. 

The teachings Jesus gave in Matthew Chapter 5 as part of His sermon on the Mount:

 

    1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, 2 and He began to teach them, saying: 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,or they will be filled.7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil     against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Wow, isn't that incredibly profound teaching? What if every believer was a doer of just these sayings of Jesus. Frank Damazio wrote an incredible book a few years ago, The Power of Spiritual Alignment. In this book he brings out what he calls the "Seven Firsts of Jesus". These are the seven times where Jesus commands us to do something as a "first". It stresses the urgency and importance of what I have discovered to be seven core values  that Jesus left to his followers. This study by Pastor Damazio changed my life. I have used it over and over again and am now teaching it to Allister and Alayna   

Here's the list:

 

1     Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

 

2     Matt 7: 4,5 "Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

 

3     Matt 5:24,25 "Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

 

4     Matt 12:29 "Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

 

5     Matt 22:36-38 " Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.

 

6     Matt 23:26 " Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

 

7     Mathew 28:1 "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.

I hope this isn't boring you as the reader, but what if we started with the Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes and the Firsts Sayings of Jesus as our introduction to the Christian life? What if we detoxed from the dregs of cultural, consumer Christendom and embraced this new Kingdom of which there will be no end?

I'm going to try it. As far me and my house we will serve the Lord! I end with another cultural nugget discarded with the excuse of relevancy. The prayer Jesus used to instruct his followers how to pray. What is commonly called The Lord's Prayer.

 

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come. 

Thy will be done in earth, 

As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that trespass against us. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

But deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

 

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

Welcome to The Revolution

Since the Azusa Street outpouring in Los Angeles, California one hundred years ago, there seems to be a conspicuous hunger for a fresh expression of the Glory of God! Christian denominations, which have historically denied the existence of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, are now praying for an expression of Pentecost.  Those religious bodies that once embraced the doctrine of cessation are now praying and fasting for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit as on the day of Pentecost! 

For the first time since the inception of the Roman Catholic Church, there is a desire in the hearts of passionate people who are pursuing God to cross denominal, racial, and logistical barriers that have hitherto stood in the way of God’s will. The desperate cry heard around the world is a plea for the restoration of the Book of Acts Church in its purity, purpose, power and glory.  A restoration, which includes a five-fold ministry model and a church government, that allows for the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit. It is a restoration of apostolic order and apostolic government. In the context of revolution, it is back to the future.  

Yet, in the history of humanity and its recorded attempts of self-government, time has witnessed that there can be no reformation of external structure without a revolution of internal paradigms. The very word reformation speaks of the re-forming or re-structuring of something that has previously existed. Drastic measures must always be exercised to force a change of paradigms.  These measures often require a literal removal of the old structure or government that has become archaic and ineffective and the construction of that which is effective! This is the very definition of Revolution! A revolt against a failed or oppressive system and the establishing of something new and relevant, this is revolution.

Leaders and laity alike are clamoring to have their voices heard.  Nowhere is this more apparent than among Holy Spirit filled, baptized Jesus believers who are cognizant of God’s plan for this critical hour in church history.  Christian leaders and laity alike fromaround the world are lifting their voices in unison declaring that God has a “new thing” for this 21st century people.  There is a universal awareness that the existing Church systems of the day must be re-examined.  There is an awareness that this examination must be done with the Book of Acts as the blueprint of God for His elect Lady, the Bride of Christ.  The Book of Acts teaches us about God’s perfect will for the life, government and actions of the Church!  Men and women desperate to please God are breaking the cold clammy grip of religious legalism and reaching for the promise of fellowship with brotherly love.  The Church of Jesus Christ was not birthed in the trappings of tradition; nor was it designed to wear the ecclesiastical robes of religiosity.  God’s Church was borne out of broken body of a Nazarene named Jesus and His bloodstained, old-rugged cross!

The movement, which evolved into the French Revolution, was not conceived in the hallowed halls of higher education or in the ecclesiastical chambers of the royal religion where the pious hid behind their prayers and politics; but the French Revolution was birthed in the streets of Paris. The children of France took to the streets with pitchforks, sticks, and stones with the raw passion of the hungry. They accomplished what years of political debate and unrest had not.  This period was marked by desperation. These were desperate times where it became common to see the doors of bakeries guarded by soldiers. Mercenary militias were protecting the kitchens of the aristocracy while the children of the poor weren’t offered as much as  a crumb from the table of the royal and rich.  It wasn’t politics or rhetoric that started this revolt. It was hunger!  Even the smallest loaf of bread was precious and hunger was the driving force behind the mob of youngsters who took to the street shouting “Tremblez O Tyrant, Nous Grandirons” which interpreted is “Tremble O Tyrant, We Shall Grow up”!  Their hunger demanded an immediate response. No longer could these hungry innocents be forced to ignore the wafting aroma of that which their very lives depended on for survival. Therefore, a revolution was birthed. The innocent simply began taking matters into their own hands.  They stood boldly and proclaimed that even though oppression and tyranny seemingly was ignored by the intimidated and the indifferent, there would come a day when their passionate revolution would lead them back to a reformation for a brighter future.

The first reformation of religion was getting the Word of God to the common person. No longer would it take a literary degree to read liturgically in Latin the Scriptures.  Heretofore, the Bible had been reserved for the sight of the sages and scribes. Now the Holy Scriptures were put into the language of the people so their hunger for truth could be fed. Men gave their lives in the revolution that preceded this reformation. Many were excommunicated, imprisoned, and even burned at the stake. It costs all to get the bread of life to those who were dying of spiritual starvation. Hunger demanded a response! Something had to be done to get the revelation of Faith in Jesus to the common person.

Those who opposed this new day were neither atheist nor pagans of some foreign land, but Christian leaders protecting an old structure that had become obsolete and obscene. These men were protectors of a past whose relevance had vanished in a culture of carnality and decadence. This was not the first time the spirit of religion attempted to destroy the purity of true Christianity! Remember, the spirit of religion was the only demonic spirit strong enough to influence men to crucify Jesus Christ on Calvary. Lucifer literally had to commission the Pharisean sect of Judaism to put Jesus the Messiah to the death. What Hell could not accomplish in thirty-three years, religion did in two days! 

We are in the midst of a second reformation! This explains the enormous unrest among spirit-filled believers. An awakening is crossing all denominational barriers. It is a hunger for the Holy.  It is a quickened sense of the aroma of fresh bread from Heaven. There is a stirring in our spirits , more than we have ever dared to believe or imagine! The first reformation was over the Creeds of the Church.  The second reformation will be over the behavior of the church.  The second reformation includes a re-establishing or structuring of apostolic authority and order.  It is a fresh release of the Work of the Holy Spirit. This prophetic awakening goes far beyond the trite, trivial pursuits of politics. It is a “dunamis” explosion of power as on the Day of Pentecost!  This is the season where God is restoring the Church back to its original influence. Those who sense God this second reformation understand that we are no longer afforded the time to simply have church, we must immediately renew our consecration of being the True Ecclesia of Jesus Christ!

Just as the children of France took to the streets of Paris in what became one of the greatest political revolutions in human history, the streets of Jerusalem became the stage from which the world would be changed forever! The faithful remnant from Jesus’ earthly ministry were propelled by their hunger to go to Jerusalem and wait.

 The Glory of the Lord was so strong upon the 120 that it literally filled the house where they were sitting. This was the beginning of the greatest religious revolution known to man. It was not a result of anything other than the opening of the heavens to fill the hearts of men with what they crave ~ the sweet presence of His abiding communion!  As His creation, we hunger for Him! 

 When the aroma of what all humanity hungers for began to fill the streets; the cry heard above the deafening din of men and beasts became, “What meaneth this?” 

Only after such a convincing query from the streets did the upper-room dwellers recognize that what they had experienced in private in the upper chamber of John Mark’s mother’s house was now being noticed, and it caused no small stir! It was only after the supernatural manifestation of God’s Glory that the Apostle Peter prolifically proclaimed the preaching of Jesus Christ.

The pattern Jesus used in His earthly ministry now became the blueprint for world evangelism. The supernatural work of the Holy Spirit is to prepare the human heart for the pricking of conviction. This is a converting conviction that comes with the preaching of the Cross! Only after the convincing manifestation of the presence of a living Savior and the conviction that comes by the preaching of His Cross, can there be the question that will change a life or Nation forever, “What must we do?”  

The message of Acts 2:38 was never preached alone! This was not Peter’s sermon. It was his response to the hunger that his preaching produced. It was the altar call to the message of the good news, the gospel.  It was the answer to an eternal question, “how can we truly fill this void in our soul?”  The answer is still the same, “Repent.” What God is doing in the earth today is re-creating the environment from where we will hear the response from the Nations,” What meaneth this” once again.

Although we have visited the militant terms of revolution, we must remember that the original definition of the term does not include debate or revolt.  It simply means to make a full circle back to an original orbit. To make a full revolution is to rotate back in a complete cycle, to return to back to an origin. This revolution of Apostolic Reformation is simply a return back to the original order of things. We are returning to miracles in the streets, home fellowships, and the operation and administration of the Gifts of the Spirit. Churches are being birthed out of prayer meetings where the Glory of God is manifest. Nations are repenting for the sins of their fathers. The Gospel is being proclaimed around the world.  This gospel of Christ is reaching beyond the political and religious barriers once regarded as impenetrable. China, India and even Russia are now hot beds for revival and harvest.

The book of Acts was never meant to be just another lesson in history or fodder for a rehearsed sermonizer. The book of Acts was meant to continue as our template of the true expression of the Body of Christ in the earth today.

Welcome to the Revolution!!!

In The Middle of a Miracle

 We are in a special Kairos moment of miracles being activated...things that have been delayed are being released in an expedited rate of acceleration. 

I have contended for several years that we have been on the verge of a supernatural release of creative miracles and an activation of the Gift of Faith that we have have only dreamed of and prayed for. An old prophet told me before he died that the signal of the restored New Testament Church at the entrance of the Kingdom era would be undeniable creative miracles. Miracles of Red Sea proportions...ridiculous blessings such as ravens feeding a prophet, water being turned into wine, and Angels releasing people of God from imprisoned situations. 

In this season I highly recommend reading Frank Damazio's book Miracles. It is a very balanced, scriptural analysis of the miracles of scripture and especially the miracle ministry of Jesus. 

The past 2 weeks I have actually seen 100's of people claim and confirm instant physical healing, and others have undeniably experienced instant miracles where legs have straightened and grown. Ears have opened, wheelchairs have emptied, hips have realigned, growths have disappeared, etc...

This is the third time I have felt this in my lifetime! 3 is the number of completion. I truly believe and confess that we have entered into the season of the restoration of The New Testament Church. We have been experiencing a Mark 8 Moment where we have been living in a time of the activation of the miraculous but not the fulfillment of the clarity of the miracle. I have preached since I was 14 that we would see a season in history where desperation would birth the miraculous in our midst. 

Everything has shifted in the last 3 years:international relations, the economy, wars and rumors of wars, the elevation of a secular society against even cultural Christendom. Throughout history, persecution, famine and despair have activated faith in the hearts of true believers that each time captured the heart of God!