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Maintaining Your Zeal During Covid-19

“Could you bring me some half and half,” read my text to Susan who was in our fourth-floor apartment in the World Impact Centre.  I was quarantined in my office on the third floor and the powdered creamer wasn’t “doing it” anymore for my K-cup coffee.  Our son, Chase, had some mild symptoms of the flu last week, so I picked him up at college to bring him home.  Thus, the quarantine in my office, which also became my bedroom.  Covid-19 and all that comes with it, is now the norm, i.e., quarantines, “shelter-in-place”, etc.  So, in this new “norm”, how does the Church stay clear, focused and zealous for the Kingdom?  Three expressions:  Jesus is Lord.  The Gospel.  Souls.

Souls.  By 2050, the United Nations estimates 2.5 billion more people living in our cities.  Combine this with the already 7+ billion and we are talking some staggering numbers living on this “small blue planet.”  Governments will wrestle through all the social implications as our cities grow in numbers.  We see this ev

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3998680988?profile=RESIZE_710xPlease Don't Adopt the Jehovah Witness Hermeneutic in the Christ-following Church
Don L. Davis

Before we came to Christ and confessed Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, my wife and I studied with a dear couple who were our friends who happened to be Jehovah Witnesses. We studied their various colored books diligently: the "Blue" book and the "Green" books, along with the Awake! and Watchtower magazines, all for the purpose of being grounded in "the truth." After an extended period of "research" and discussion, it became evident to us that the Witnesses were not truly exegeting the Scriptures. They constantly misapplied, misquoted, and falsely contextualized the texts, all informed by a larger hermeneutical principle of common sense-ness. The Witnesses are allergic to biblical mystery; they interpreted away, eclipsed, or misrepresented every classic orthodox doctrine that did not connect with their "common-sense approach to the Scriptures." For instance, they would ask "Does it make s

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1917 - The Message that Saves

By now we have all heard of or seen the trailer for the blockbuster movie, 1917.  The story of two British soldiers in World War I who were selected to deliver an urgent message to a British regiment to stop an attack against the Germans.  If the message is not delivered in time and the British army proceeded with the attack, they would be led into an ambush and 1,600 British soldiers would be massacred.  To make the mission more personal, one of the soldiers to deliver the message, Lance Corporal Blake has a brother in the regiment that is about to be ambushed.  The suspense-filled movie is a race against time through WWI trenches, "no man's land", and enemies, to deliver an important message to save thousands of lives.

To ensure that I don't introduce spoilers for the movie, I won't mention any specifics that would alter the way the story is told.  But it is worth noting that World War I was a devastating war.  Also known as The Great War, because it was so terrible.  It was known at

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The Lord of the Harvest is answering our prayers and calling church planters to enter into communities of poverty to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, make disciples of those who respond to the good news, and gather these believers into new churches.  It’s an encouragement that God is true to Himself desiring that none should be eternally separated from the joy of His Kingdom. 

The harvest field of souls is extremely complex.  The fields that are ripe unto harvest are vast and intermingled with cultures, complex issues that come with poverty, religions antagonistic to Christianity and of course, a Kingdom of Darkness intent of hindering the Gospel and keeping souls shackled in spiritual bondage.  It requires much prayer, creativity, and flexibility from the Evangel Deans who are equipping church plant teams.  Praise God for the Holy Spirit who provides the power, provision and creativity to address these complexities.  Dr. Maurice Mathu Omulubi, is the Apostolic Bishop at City of

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Read Fiction for Christ's Sake

Read Fiction for Christ’s Sake

‘Make the most of the time, because the days are evil’ says Paul to the Ephesian church (5.16). Somehow many of my brothers and sisters have taken this as an injunction against reading fiction. ‘Why would we spend time on something that is essentially a lie?’ says the diligent Christian. Never mind the time that we waste on so many other useless pursuits.

Sadly, this seems to be a case where many Christians use Paul’s words as their excuse for not having read a novel since their senior year of sophomore school. I say ‘No’ to this nonsense. Give me a good novel over a spiritual how-to book every day of the week. The problem with fiction is that it does not tell you what it means. It is dangerously open-ended and vague. It can strike readers in hundreds of different ways.

I am here to say that not only is this a good thing, but it is an essential concept that we need if we are to understand why people interpret the Bible so differently from one another. At

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If God Gave Revival to the City, What Would it Look Like?

If you are a believer, you probably have some idea of what revival looks like, or, at the very least, have longed for an extraordinary move of God to come in your family, church, and city.  Within believing circles, saints and congregations have historically prayed for revival.  Prayer concerts, camp meetings, special services, all night vigils, and seasons of seeking God dot our various church calendars, albeit less than a century ago.  Still, believers long for revival, for a fresh visitation of the Lord, for renewal of faith, for corresponding actions of justice and compassion, and for an abundant harvest of souls.

Often times, though, we associate revival with wild eyed preaching, scary spiritual manifestation, or targeted rants against particular social sins.  Those who do not wish to be associated with fanaticism will steer clear of revival speech, not wanting to be connected to an Elmer Gantry-style outreach of weird peop

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Revival Blog: Steps to Revival

Steps to Revival

I am distressed at the zeal of heretics and at the amnesia of the believers.
— Leonard Ravenhill

Everything in me knows that true spirituality is not the end result of a cook-book process.  You can no more dictate to the Lord what he will do and when he will do it than you can predict next week’s weather conditions.  We use models, science, instruments, and logic, but, all too often, we still get it wrong.

Throughout my Christian life I have come to understand that “God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform.”  He cannot be coaxed or manipulated into doing something that he does not want to do; prayer is not a form of magic or divine mind control.  God desires to move in regard to our prayers, but has made it clear that he seeks those who will worship him in spirit and in truth.  He is not an ephemeral figure in a lamp that is ready and willing to allow us to splurge our wanton pleasures after we have made them known to him.

Revival is that amazing condition

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Set Our Eyes On the Lord

Set Our Eyes on the Lord: Revival under Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20)

See also the following:

Our eyes are upon you, O God. 2 Chron. 20.5-12

Keep your eyes ever toward the Lord. Ps. 25.15, Ps. 121.1-2

Lift up your eyes to the Lord, who alone can show mercy to us. Ps. 123.1-2

Take refuge in God as you look to him for help. Ps. 141.8

Hold in yourselves the sentence of death and rely on God. 2 Cor. 1.8-9

God alone can vindicate his people when they are vulnerable and powerless.Deut. 32.36

The Lord arises to defend the poor and helpless. Ps. 3.7, Ps. 12.5, Ps. 35.1, Ps. 35.23, Ps. 44.26, Ps. 68.1-2

The Lord himself will fight for those who trust in him. Exod. 14.13-14, Exod. 14.25, 2 Chron. 20.22-23

No one can withstand those who fear the Lord and trust in his WordNum. 14.9, Deut. 20.3, 2 Chron. 20.17, Ps. 27:1-2, Ps. 46.1-3

God will keep us in perfect peace because we trust in him. Isa. 26.3, Isa. 30.15, Phil. 4.4-7

Take confidence in the words of Scripture – God will fight our battle

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