Posts Tagged ‘revival’

Man, what a book! If you’re looking for a soft, easy, feel-good read, this might not be your book. Ravenhill writes with a power and a passion that is sorely missing and sorely needed in our day. This book holds about a conviction a page, maybe more and will challenge the reader to his or her core. I did not necessarily agree with him on every point, I thought him too harsh on Catholicism for example, but when it comes to the need for prayer, deep passionate prayer, for revival, holiness in the church and especially the clergy, I resonated completely. This is a life changing book, and will no doubt be a book I will return to often. This is a no-nonsense book from a man who desired to see God’s Kingdom come, and His will done. I came away from reading it very convicted and yet extremely inspired. I cannot overstate how important this book is to the church in general. I highly recommend this book.

I had a great night last night. I had a great time of ministry. A few months back, I preached a series of revival meetings. One of the things that I love about using art in ministry is that the art connects with the kids. Well this time, the kids said they should have me back to do something for them. The pastor, liked the idea so they had me back. Last night I did the first of a series of four services based on the animals of the Bible. It was wonderful. Rather than doing the event in the sanctuary, we did it in their fellowship hall. The kids were seated at tables. I started with doing a painting, then told the story, and then we allowed the kids to do their own painting based on the story and the painting I did. Basically they created their own reminder of the teaching that night. I have to say it was so rewarding, just a night of pure joy.

I had a couple of observations from the evening. The first was, at the end of the night, when the kids were busy painting, I went back to the adults in the back of the room and joked that on the last night the kids were going to sit in the back and the adults were going to paint. These are great folks who I have ministered to several times, and we have a really good rapport, but quite a few folks seemed kind of nervous that I might be serious. I wasn’t, but it struck me. Children are quick to create at just about every opportunity, but the older we get, the people willing to create, especially publicly, shrinks. It bears out what Picasso said, “All children are artists, the problem is to remain one as one grows up.” I honestly would love to know why that is. I can’t imagine life without creating. It’s such an outlet. I’m not saying everyone has to be a professional or that everyone should seek to get a gallery show, or whatever, I just wish everyone would allow themselves the opportunity to get what’s going on inside them, out, not to mention the fun of creating.

My big observation though was this. This was a church event that started in the heart and mind of a child, that the church leadership took seriously and ran with it. I think that is huge and important. The church is consistently losing the next generation. Churches like this one, that give their young people a voice, and take them seriously, have a much better chance of keeping that same generation and all the ones to follow. Next time a kid comes to you with an idea for the church, rather than looking for the problems, look to what can be gained and give it a try. You might be surprised.

Had it with the headlines? Here is a video I created as an opener to my message this morning on Revival. Here’s the truth, nothing we face as a nation or as people, is too big for God. What this nation needs is to turn back to God and for the people of God to rise up, love people and point them to the One who can turn this all around.

How would you express the need for God to change our course and restore us?

I just returned from a tour of Western MD and West Virginia. I spoke at Pine Grove Church of the Brethren in Oakland, MD. Then I did a five session revival series at Sunny Side Church of the Brethren (false advertising, it rained every day, but at least the people were warm hearted) and finally I did Pictures of Jesus at Hazelton Church of the Brethren in Bruceton Mills, WV. All of these stops were really pretty wonderful and many people enjoyed the combination of art and ministry. One of the thrilling things for me to hear is people saying they had never seen anything like it before. I love to see God opening new doors and expanding people’s ideas of ways they can use their gifts to spread the Gospel. Ultimately that’s what it’s about. Not so much that we help people to become artists, but rather that they look at what I do, look at what they do and wonder if there was a way to use what they do to serve the Lord. I love to see God planting seeds.

Thanks to all the people involved with getting me out there and to the amazing worship band Grains of Sand from Danville Church of the Brethren for adding their wonderful music to the series. God is good.

Now go out and use your gifts to be a blessing.

Hi everyone, just a few quick prayer requests for some speaking opportunities the Lord has opened for me recently. First my Denomination’s District Conference next Saturday. I will be speaking and painting and this huge display on which I have been working will finally leave my basement and do what it was intended to do. Please pray that I will glorify God with this great opportunity.
Then two weeks after that I will be speaking at Koontz Church of the Brethren doing a series of Revival/Spiritual Renewal services. While I have spoken at quite a few churches this will be my first time preaching in a revival setting and I really look forward to it. Lastly On the last weekend of the month I will be doing my new and improved HistoryMakerz Presentation for my District’s Jr. High Youth. Please pray thhat God prepares hearts and minds, including mine.
Now why did I call this message Lord willing Well there’s a passage in the Bible that says “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (James 4:13-17) In the end thew whole reason I asked for prayer is just that that I would be open to the Lord’s will for all this and then that I would do it. In the end all of our pursuits come down to this very thing. We need to seek the Lord for the opportunities, faithfully do the best we can and trust the rest to the Lord’s will.