Are the stirrings of revival beginning to be felt in your community yet? Something is definitely happening in many cities across our nation today.
Take New York City, for example. In 1984, former missionaries to India Dr. Mac Pier and his wife felt the leading of God to move to New York and call churches there to pray together for their city. New York was in great need at the time, with the churches fragmented and the murder rate on the rise, reaching a high point in 1994 with 2,400 homicides.
“Concerts of Prayer Greater New York” began when ...
Recent news reports suggest some law enforcement officials are acting with racial prejudice. Here’s my take.
To begin with, there is this notion afoot that people in government are inherently worthy of wielding the sword of the state because somehow they are immune from the sin nature the rest of us possess. But the reality is that people in government are sinners like the rest of us. Are ordinary people subject to greed, deceptiveness, lust, and prejudice? Well, surprise: so are people in government!
That’s why our framers established a system of checks and balances and separation of ...
How much do you really want the presence of God? There is a simple way to measure your true desire.
There is a difference between God’s omnipresence (everywhere all the time, Psalm 139:7-12), His cultivated presence (“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” James 4:8), and His manifest presence (the undeniable, visible, clearly seen presence of God).
The great works of revival and spiritual awakening that history records are the latter. “Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,” Isaiah said as he proclaimed what all of us desire (Isaiah 64 ...
What an incredible season to be a part of the OneCry movement! God is at work in ways we never could have imagined.
He is working powerfully through the many OneCry initiatives, but also in a growing number of other movements dedicated to revival and spiritual awakening. This is a new and exciting day ... a season birthed out of healthy desperation to counter the spiritual drought and darkness increasingly enveloping our nation.
Momentum for revival and spiritual awakening is growing. More and more pastors and cultural leaders—plus thousands of common-sense laypeople—are waking up to the reality that our ...
Last week, I had the privilege, with Gary Frost, of leading a day of prayer in Ferguson, Missouri, with over 100 pastors, sponsored by the Missouri Baptist Convention. It was an unusual day of intense intercession in this troubled city.
Ferguson is a microcosmic picture of our nation and a sister city that is in need of our deliberate, intense concern and prayers. What is happening there could happen in your city or mine in a heartbeat. Ferguson is not creating something—it’s revealing something.
One of the most encouraging things to see in Ferguson is the uniting of ...
How many Thanksgiving Days do you have each year?
Okay, I know that in the U.S. we have only one official day we call Thanksgiving. But, based on my reading of Scripture, I’m quite sure God has a few more in mind for us. Like at least 365 per year!
It’s difficult for me to ponder the subject of giving thanks, without thinking about the apostle Paul. Because if anyone had the right—humanly speaking—to be a bit glum and pouty, it would be Paul.
Think of all the pain he went through as a follower ...
It is likely that all of us pray for God’s blessing. It’s an oft-used phrase that expresses our desire for God to take things to a dimension we cannot realize on our own.
What is the blessing of God? It can be described as God descending on something normal and making it above normal; making the natural supernatural, or the human divine. For instance, when a boy gave five loaves and two fish, God blessed it, and suddenly it fed well over 5,000 people.
Think of the areas we pray for this blessing: “Lord, bless our work ...
How are we followers of Christ really going to change the world around us?
The answer to this question is simple, yet to implement it will cost us everything. In short, we will need to die to self and let Christ truly live His resurrected life through us.
The early church paid a high price for trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. Becoming a Christian typically meant ridicule, and often resulted in the loss of property, physical torture, and even death itself. But those brave souls chose to take up their cross and follow Him because He offered abundant and ...
When Byron Paulus was given the vision for OneCry, he sensed we need 50,000 intercessors, 5,000 communicators of the message, and 500 leaders to promote revival and spiritual awakening in their respective spheres of influence. Let’s consider that last goal: 500 leaders.
We are not talking exclusively of the need for pastors. We need leadership from ALL the cultural “mountains,” including church, but also government, business, education, media, entertainment, and family.
Because of my personal background in government prior to coming to OneCry (Naval officer, prosecuting attorney, trial court judge, advocate with state legislature on family issues ...
Jesus spoke harsh condemnations on the Pharisees of His day. In fact, He called them serpents and a brood of vipers that would not escape the sentence of hell (Matthew 23:33).
Obviously these men were not believers. In that regard, thank God I will never be a true Pharisee, because God’s grace has saved me.
But I am easily capable of being like a Pharisee in my actions. I can pick up pharisaical ways in a heartbeat.
To study Jesus’ indictment of these men is helpful so that we can face and put to death any part of ...