Feb 2 2018

Outcasts are Coming!

I was watching a movie last week, and right in the middle of the film, Holy Spirit began to speak to me about what he is doing this year with a particular group of people. It’s kind of funny, but Holy Spirit talks to me a lot when I am in a movie theater. I’m not entirely sure why he choses that particular time, but it happens often enough that I have come to expect divine encounters while munching on popcorn in front of a large screen. Anyways, this move was filled with prophetic messages, even though I doubt the actors or directors were aware of it.

Holy Spirit began to show me that this is the year when outcasts will be brought to the forefront and recognized for their value to society. There are different groups of people of have been rejected and outcast from society simply because they are different, and they have been deeply wounded as a result. This is the year that God will begin to restore them to their proper place, and in the process, bring an abundance of healing to their lives. It won’t look like what we expect, and some of it will even seem counter to Biblical values on the surface. But people must be brought into the light before the healing can begin. I expect that we will see this play out in a variety of ways. We see, and minister to, so many broken people every week who fall into this category, so I am excited to see how God orchestrates these changes.

The movie, if you are wondering, and I know you are, is The Greatest Showman. Go see it for yourself; maybe you will pick up on the same message.

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Jan 12 2018

Full Spectrum Dominance

There is a term we used in the military to describe a major goal in any wartime offensive, we called it full spectrum dominance. The idea is that, in order to be completely effective when waging a war, we need to dominate every portion of the battle. Our Army troops need to acquire and maintain control of all portions of the battlefield. Our Navy needs to dominate any unfriendly ships at sea, establish control of all shipping lanes, and ensure no other warships can shoot missiles at our ground troops. The Air Force needs to establish complete dominance in the air, so no other aircraft is able to cause any problems. This full spectrum dominance allows us to operate as needed within the battle space without anyone hindering our operations. It’s a term I haven’t thought of since I retired from the military, but it recently popped into my head, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I feel like God wants to remind us about the importance of seeing the fullness of his kingdom established on the earth. It’s great to see people physically healed, but that’s just one piece. We also need to see their minds set free from any lies they have believed, and their souls set free from demonic attack. We need to see kingdom influence in people’s finances. We need to see cities and nations transformed. We need full spectrum dominance of God’s kingdom on earth in every aspect of life. This is what it looks like for the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our Lord (Rev. 11:15). This is why we can’t become complacent. We have to continuously go before the Lord and ask him for more. I can’t stop after a back is healed, I have to press in for more, so I can see devastating diseases eliminated. I can’t stop when one person gets a job, I have to press in for more until unemployment no longer exists. This is the reality we need to grab hold of. We haven’t seen the fullness of his kingdom yet, but I believe it is available to every one of us, if we are willing to sacrifice anything and everything to see it happen. I have made it my life’s goal to see his kingdom firmly established on the earth because I don’t think there is anything more important. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you consider making this a goal of your life as well.

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Jan 5 2018

Revolutionaries

Revolutions are not born from comfortable situations. They are born from people realizing that a major change is needed. The funny thing is that the needed change is typically only recognized by a relatively small group of people, and everyone else tends to think they are crazy. When Martin Luther nailed his thesis to the church door, so many years ago, he was pretty much alone, but he recognized a needed shift in theological thinking and practice. Most people thought he was crazy, or worse, a heretic, but he didn’t let this phase him from pushing what he believed to be the needed course correction for the church. We see some similarities in other major revolutionary moments of history, as the most unlikely of victories have been won by underdogs fighting for what the believed to be right. I tend to think that Jesus has called us to be revolutionary thinkers. I don’t think he wants us to get stuck in routine models of ministry. I think he wants us to continually break the mold, and do something so outside of the box that it destroys the thoughts of anything not built on the foundation of his kingdom. His kingdom has to be bigger than the four walls of a church, it has to encompass every part of society, and to do that, we need to be revolutionary thinkers. But being a revolutionary thinker comes with a cost. People don’t always understand you, or what you are doing. But that’s OK, you’ll be in good company. Jesus was a revolutionary. His disciples were revolutionaries. If you want to change the world, you need to be willing to look a little foolish. The question is, are we willing to put everything on the line to serve the one who gave up everything for us? Are we willing to take the simplicity of his gospel into every area of life, and bring about revolutionary changes? The answer may sound like a difficult one to make, but it is actually quite easy, just say yes!

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Dec 29 2017

The end and the beginning

As this year draws to an end, I have been reflecting on what God has done these past 12 months, and I’m looking forward to what he has planned for next year. One thing I have discovered in the past few years is that God has a perfect timing for everything. Most of us often arrive at the end of a year wondering why we didn’t accomplish certain things, and resolving to make it happen in the upcoming year. Sometimes it’s a simple case of procrastination, but other times it’s a matter of waiting for the right time. If you are holding onto a stack of prophetic words, like we are, you may even wonder why another year has passed without seeing those words fulfilled. I have thought about that from time to time, but I realized at some point that God’s timing is so incredibly important. I realized that there are people I would have never met if some of the promises materialized earlier. I realized there are lives we were able to impact, that we may have never impacted if prophesies came true in the instant they were given. It doesn’t always make sense in the moment, but when we take a look back, we can often see some of the why behind the waiting. So we continue to wait with expectation and anticipation for what God will do next, and we wait with the realization that his timing is always perfect, even if it makes no sense to us in the moment. Let’s approach this new year with renewed hope for the lives being impacted in greater ways, freedom for those in captivity, and the kingdom of God coming to earth like never before!

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Dec 15 2017

New Awakenings

We have been in some interesting seasons of the church these past few years. It seems a lot has been shaken away, as God postures us for the next season, a season that I think is going to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth in amazing ways. Earlier this week, the Lord began to speak to me about how many people are now being awakened to their destinies. I don’t think this is isolated to those who are already believers, but that non-believers are also going to be caught up in this awakening, and it is going to put them in a position to be used by God just as much as long time believers, if not more. People need to be awakened in the church, and outside of the church, to the reality of their true identity, and we will get to watch that transition unfold. I also sense that we are moving into a time where demonic activity is going to be more overt as a result of believers carrying a greater measure of God’s presence. I think we are going to see more activity like what Paul and Silas encountered in Acts 16, and the authority we have been given is going to cause the enemy to be silenced, and bring freedom to the oppressed. We have seen plenty of crazy demonic manifestations over the past few years, and have witnessed a recent increase when we minister in Southeast D.C. So, let all of this be an encouragement to you this week. God is releasing something new, and it has the enemy so scared that their activity is becoming more overt. This is a good thing, because it makes them an easier target! Pay attention to what God is speaking to you this month. He may be shifting you into something different, or inviting you to go to a higher place in him. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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Dec 8 2017

Promises

How important is a promise? Does it matter who made the promise? What if God made you a promise? How important would that promise be? I suspect that almost anyone would agree that a promise from God carries more weight than a promise from any person. And since God is the only one in the universe able to ensure that 100% of his promises come true, that would make his promises the most important ones that anyone can receive. We all make promises, but we are not always able to keep those promises, and actually make them happen. With God, this is different, if he made a promise, it has to happen. There are no other alternatives. There is nothing that can keep him from bringing it into our reality. If God said it, it has to happen. Any other possibility would challenge his omnipotence and sovereignty. If God has made you a promise, you can be assured that it will become a reality. It may not happen along the timeline you hope for, but it will happen. And it will happen exactly when God intended it to when he spoke the promise. There is nothing you can do to stop it. There is nothing anyone else can do to stop it. Ezekiel 12:25 tells us that everything God speaks will be performed, and Jeremiah 1:12 tells us that God watches over the words that he speaks to make sure they are performed. He doesn’t just make the promise, he keeps track of it, and monitors it, to make sure it is performed in the proper time. If you are holding onto a promise (or promises), keep holding on. We can take comfort in our waiting seasons by knowing that there are many promises in the Bible that still haven’t occurred. One great example from current news is the promise God made to Abraham about the promised land. This still isn’t fully complete. And there are many other prophesies in the Old and New Testaments that have not yet occurred. But they will all happen, just like every promise he made to you, in the proper time. If God said it, it has to happen. There is no other possibility. Rest in the assurance that his promises are guaranteed.

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Dec 1 2017

Count the cost

“I need to count the cost;” That’s a phrase in Christianity that I hear sometimes when someone is trying to decide whether or not they should step into a ministry position or make a change in their lives that requires some form of sacrifice. It’s this idea that we need to know what serving Christ will cost us before we decide to make the choice. I get it. We have a need to know what we are getting ourselves into. But, really, it’s the wrong perspective. The cost is irrelevant. All that is relevant is what God has directed us to do. If God says go, we need to go. There may be a high cost involved, but we need to be willing to give up anything and everything to pursue what he has for us, to go where he sends us, and to do what he has created us to do. Giving up everything to serve him isn’t an easy task, but over time, it should become clear to us that nothing else matters in comparison to what God wants us to accomplish for his purpose during our lives. Jesus gave up everything to come to earth, teach us the principles of his kingdom, show us how to represent him, and most importantly, to die for the sins of the world. He gave up everything for us. So, what cost is there really to count? God has created each one of us with a purpose that can transform a part of the world to look like his kingdom. Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom to come to earth. It is so important to him that his kingdom be established on earth that he made it part of the model prayer. My perspective on this is a little different from most people, and maybe that is because we have already given up everything to see the world around us impacted by his kingdom. The expansion of his kingdom is far too important to be concerned about what it will cost me, and Jesus is far too good to let me fail. He won’t let you fail either. Don’t worry about the cost. Just say yes. He is more than able to take care of everything else.

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Nov 17 2017

Non-Traditional

I was thinking today about how our path to ministry is completely non-traditional and different from most people who go into full time ministry. We never went to a bible college, attended a ministry school, or have any formal education in theology. My background is in computer science and Lauren’s is in the social work field. And yet, we each had encounters with God that shifted the trajectory of our lives into a new direction. The fact that it was so non-traditional has actually helped us to develop strategies and visions that are very much outside the box of what is typically seen within the mission of a church. Several years ago, someone prophesied that the new movement in the church was going to trend towards smaller home-based meetings as opposed to, what has become the traditional meetings, in church buildings. And we have seen some major movement in that direction already with Francis Chan walking away from his megachurch to start a house church movement. We have also witnessed a lot of home-based gatherings popping up more dynamically around the nation as people are feeling the need to have more intimate gatherings with believers. Most of these movements are also very non-traditional ways to gather believers, build community, and worship God. Even the idea of ministry schools is non-traditional in comparison to seminary or other bible college programs. Here’s what I love about all of this, Holy Spirit is so creative, and it seems as if he is shifting the paradigm of church, ministry, and ministers to be defined and developed in a whole new way. I feel like we have only just begun to see the non-traditional overtake the traditional, and that we will continue to see even more of this over the next few years. If you feel like God is calling you into something that you have never been trained or qualified to do, be encouraged, he loves to do things in non-traditional ways. Forget about whether or not you are qualified, and follow where Holy Spirit is leading you. Some people will think you’re crazy, lots of people seem to think we are crazy, but we just keep following Holy Spirit and he gives us new adventures every week. New adventures are waiting for you as well; are you willing to look a little foolish to do what God is calling you to?

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Nov 3 2017

Small is the new big

While ministering in California last week, we had a chance to take a night off and attend the revival meetings that have been ongoing in San Diego for almost 500 days straight. As we arrived at the church, I expected to see a large room full of people who were hungry for what God was doing, but instead we found ourselves in a smaller room with just a handful of people. The presence of God was so strong in this place, and even though the room filled up during the time of worship, it was still a relatively small crowd compared to what I was expecting to see. About a week later, we were ministering at a small church in San Antonio where, once again, the presence of God was so thick in the room, even though the attendance wasn’t very large. I have been to plenty of small and large churches throughout my life, and what I am starting to notice is that the hunger for more of God in these smaller groups of people is so high that the presence of God seems to be much stronger in these services, than in many of the larger events or churches. I don’t think it is about the size of the church, or the number of the people, but there is something about the hunger level of people who will gather together to worship God on a night in the middle of the week. There is no doubt in my mind that hunger draws his presence. And I suspect that these smaller groups of people tend to have less skeptics in the room, and people more focused on worshipping their king. I’m reminded of a prophecy given a few years ago where it was declared that the next big church movement was not going to be in large building with large crowds of people, but in smaller gatherings occurring in homes and in small churches. If you are hungry for more of God, or if you feel spiritually dry, go find a meeting where a small group of believers are pursuing his presence with reckless abandon. I think you will find yourself refreshed much quicker in these environments than in larger settings where it can be harder to connect with people or plug into what God is doing.

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Oct 27 2017

Stop It

We have a problem in the church, let’s just be real for a minute, we have a problem of letting culture impact what we believe and how we act. Too many believers are allowing the ideas and systems of the world to become normal in their own lifestyles and, as a result, are compromising their core beliefs. Allow me to be blunt for second; Stop it! Jesus told us in John 15 that we do not belong to the world. We have been set apart. We are supposed to impact culture, not the other way around. Disagreeing with the world’s perspectives doesn’t make us hateful, it’s called standing firm to what we believe. We can love people without compromising the lifestyle Jesus taught us to live. We shouldn’t stand on a street corner with a megaphone telling people they are going to hell, but we also shouldn’t completely change the way we believe because society has decided to normalize something that is opposite to biblical principles. We have to stop compromising our beliefs in the name of political correctness or out of a fear that someone’s feelings might get hurt. Here’s an extreme example, would you compromise on your belief that murder is wrong simply to avoid hurting a murderer’s feelings? Of course not, that would be ridiculous. But we do it in so many other ways. The church has to make a stand. The world needs us to make a stand. We have sat in our comfortable buildings for far too long, judging everyone on the outside, without actually living out the life Jesus died for us to have. 2 Corinthians 4 tells us that Satan is the god of this world and that he has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe in Jesus. Jesus died so that people can be free from Satan’s influence. Compromising our beliefs doesn’t lead them to a place of freedom, it pushes them further into Satan’s grasp. Don’t compromise on the truth for anyone or anything. Live your life in such a way that Jesus gets everything he paid for on the cross. That’s how we change the world. That’s how we change culture.

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