Revising Revival – Part 4 – The Better Covenant A New Covenant Perspective on 2 Chr. 7:14

 

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Revising Revival

2 Chr 7:14 is used by many as the pillar verse for revival. The problem is, our definition and expectations of revival are often strongly influenced by our religious culture and unresolved ego issues. If in an inferior covenant God was willing to forgive Sodom and Gomorrah if 10 righteous people could be found, why do we think we need 10,000 “prophetic intercessors” in a nation’s capital to beg, groan, and wail for revival in an era of a better covenant?

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What Judgment Would You Like on Your Tombstone? Judgment Can Be a Risky Business

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Judgment Tombstone

In our sensationalist, foul, social media-driven culture, you can do 999 out of a 1,000 things well, but you will be judged,  identified, and labelled by the one stupid thing you might say or do! This happens in church-world all the time! Who among us would like our tombstone epitaph to be based on the judgment of the stupidest thing we ever said or did in our lives? Not me. Besides, there would be too much competition for top billing on my tombstone.

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Revising Revival – Part 3 2 Chr. 7:14 - A New Covenant Perspective - Revising Revival

 

 Revising Revival   Part 3  2 Chr 7:14 is used by many as the pillar verse for revivalistic ministries. The problem is, our definition and expectations of revival are often strongly influenced by our religious culture and unresolved ego issues. This third installment in this series examines the question of what will it really take to allegedly satisfy God so He “releases” revival to us based on the alleged promises of 2 Chr. 7:14. When is enough ever enough? Revising revival theology and practices to a new covenant understanding is needed.

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Opinions or Life? What Do We Value?

Would you listen to, or value the opinion, of someone who has memorized a restaurant’s menu, can explain it in flawless detail, can argue why their restaurant preference is better than the restaurant down the street, but who has actually never tasted the food on the menu they are talking about? We do it in Christianity all the time. We think accurate mastery of Bible stuff = life and substance. We think because we can explain the life of Jesus or Paul, that we possess the life of Jesus or Paul. Not necessarily. Just because someone has a strong opinion on a trendy topic based on the latest book they’ve read, or can debate this or that doctrine, or understands the Bible, etc., does not mean he or she is worth listening to . . . even if their stuff is “right.” It is those for whom the word has become flesh, those who are living it, not philosophizing about it, that are worth being listened to. Any fool can have an opinion on the restaurant. Only those who have paid the price to eat a meal there, are worth listening to.

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Revising Revival: Part 2 – 2 Chr 7:14 – There’s No “If-you” in the New Covenant

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 Revising Revival: Part 2   2 Chr 7:14   Theres No If you in the New Covenant2 Chr 7:14 is used by many as the pillar verse for revivalistic ministries. The problem is, our definition and expectations of revival are often strongly influenced by our religious culture and unresolved ego issues. This second installment in this series examines the difference between old and new covenant promises as it relates to our understanding and application of 2 Chr. 7:14.

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Understanding the Prophetic Person Understanding the Prophetic Mind, Temperament, and Calling Seminar

Spokane, WA – October 10 & 11, 2014

The Prophetic . . . For some th Understanding the Prophetic Person e mere mention conjures unpleasant images as in: I never want to hear that word again! For others, there’s general confusion and uncertainty. For others, a measure of benefit, mixed with: “I’m tired of the nonsense.” There is a great need to understand what makes up a prophetic person in mind, temperament, and calling, beyond just a gift and its expression.

Over the years, as I have talked to many people individually, I have been both encouraged and surprised by how helpful and impactful some things I have shared can be. Often things I might consider basic, or commonly understood, are “big news” to others. I have come to realize that in spite of about 100 years of Pentecostalism and 50 years of things Charismatic, this matter is still not well understood, particularly from a new covenant perspective of integrated personality wholeness. There is a lot of “giftedness” and “gift expression” out there. Not a lot of wellness.

I decided to offer a compilation of a lifetime of experiences and private conversations into one intensified seminar on this topic. I am happy to announce with appreciation and anticipation that the family of God at The Bridge in Spokane will be partnering with me in offering this seminar, to which you are invited, October 10 and 11, 2014. Registration deadline is August 31. 2014.

Understanding the Prophetic Mind, Temperament, and Calling Seminar

This will NOT be:

  • another “how to prophesy,” here’s your gift,” here’s your “ministry”, “what is your ministry office,” seminar.
  • a spiritual gift technique, “bless me-give me a word,” let’s indulge ourselves in hours of introspective “propheticness” seminar.
  • based on common Pentecostal and Charismatic stereotypes and expressions of this topic that many might have been exposed to, for better or worse!
  • about gift expression in a meeting
  • only for Ephesians 4 prophets

My burden is for the psychological and relational wellness of prophetic vessels, and those who relate to them in community–for an effective and redemptive kingdom expression of that gift, in a new covenant, grace-based, relational paradigm, integrated into apostolic purpose, mission, evangelism. The emphasis will be on relational health and wellness: within our selves, with God, with one another, and in the world for His kingdom testimony’s sake.

This is for anyone who is, or thinks he/she might be, or has any “prophetic” leanings at all in his or her personality; those who would like to better understand the “prophetic” people in their lives (maybe you are married to one!) and what makes them “tick;” and those called to father/mother/equip/disciple young prophetic vessels.

I am unaware of any opportunity like this “out there.” I encourage you to attend. Please feel free to forward this announcement  to anyone you might know that you think could benefit from this. You can download a .pdf  brochure with all the seminar logistics and details by clicking here.

 

 

Revising Revival – Part 1 – 2 Chr. 7:14 in Context

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 Revising Revival    Part 1   2 Chr. 7:14 in Context“Revival” is a charged term. It can mean different things to different people. When egos, identities, money, and insecurity get into the “revival business,” things go unhealthy quickly. In this series we will look at 2 Chr. 7:14 in CONTEXT and from a NT perspective.

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Healing Hope or Hype? – Part 5 – Scripture, Science, and the “Whole” Person

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Proverbs says a broken spirit dries the bones. For those of us from even a nominally Christian background, this is hardly earth shaking news. However it is more than a quaint archaic metaphor. The implication in this verse, and others like it, is that the inner man affects the outer. Sometimes, even our physical health can be affected by the state of our soul. Those of us who have trusted Christ for our salvation don’t realize how deeply imprinted we’ve been with a scientific materialist worldview regarding everything except our salvation. This unconscious frequency in our thinking affects the issue of faith for healing and our approach to sickness, disease, health, and medicine. It is one reason among many why we do not see legitimate physical healings as we might.

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To Lead or Not to Lead? That is the Question

 To Lead or Not to Lead? That is the Question A leader is not the chief visionary. A leader is not the chief executive. A leader is someone who accepts the stress and strain of the present inconvenience of service in order to bring the ones he/she serves to fullness of destiny.

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Healing Hope or Hype? – Part 4 – The Semitic Worldview

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chaplain Healing Hope or Hype?   Part 4   The Semitic WorldviewOne of the most significant reasons we do not see healings in our midst as we might, is because of the worldview assumptions and the cultural values of western individualism and personal privacy. The scriptures were not written to, or by, people with a western worldview. They understood sickness, disease, and healing differently than we do. We cannot come to the scriptures with our western presuppositions, and expect kingdom results. This profoundly affects our theology and practice of praying for the sick.

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