Movement News & Conversation

  • Does God Hear Our Cry?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Feb. 24, 2015

    It came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them (Exodus 2:23-25 NASB).

    There are moments in life where all we have is a cry.

    The Israelites were there. They had suffered under Egyptian bondage for 400 years. The ...

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  • Retreating and Fasting for Revival

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Feb. 10, 2015

    The nationwide revival we long for is a sovereign work of God. We cannot manipulate Him.

    But on the human side, we are called to pursue Him and His manifest presence all the time. We should be taking every deliberate step to invite and experience Him in our daily lives.

    Extended Time

    It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12 NASB).

    I have often wondered at our arrogance about taking extended time to meet with God. If the Son of God ...

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  • Are You Hungry?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Jan. 20, 2015

    We get what we want. If our deceived minds vainly believe the world’s food will satisfy us, we will stand in line at its cafeteria. But when the meal is done and we find ourselves still empty, we must remember that there is another table.

    The psalmist knew this. Psalm 119:145-152 is a record of his passion, his hunger for God’s reviving—his desire for God to bring him life in its fullness.

    And his hunger led to a deep cry for revival.

    A Passionate Cry

    “I cried with all my heart; answer me, O Lord! I ...

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  • The Efficacy of Prayer

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Dec. 30, 2014

    Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them (Psalm 106:23 NKJV).

    There are many who choose the “light” path in prayer. It’s understandable, but tragic, because they don’t understand what they are missing!

    Our Great Privilege

    Non-praying believers fail to realize the incredible opportunity we have been granted. Like Moses, we can stand in the breach before God! Like no others, we can approach God’s throne of grace to find mercy and grace to help ...

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  • Are Police Officers Inherently Racist?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Randy Hekman.
    Dec. 9, 2014

    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 ...

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  • Developing an Environment Where God Is Pleased to Dwell

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Dec. 9, 2014

    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 ...

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  • Why Should We Pray for God’s Blessing?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, Revival Praying, by Bill Elliff.
    Nov. 18, 2014

    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 ...

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  • The Hypocrisy That Hinders Revival

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Nov. 4, 2014

    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 ...

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  • What Kind of Church Are You Building?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    July 23, 2013

    Every good pastor wants to see the church he has been entrusted with grow with a “growth that is from God” (Colossians 2:19). We study the Scriptures, talk to friends, read books, go to seminars to find help.

    We’ve become big on names that help us understand, in a few words, what a church is about. Good men have coined these ideas in key phrases such as “purpose-driven church,” “simple church,” “disciple-making church,” “exponential church,” etc. We learn from all of these models.

    I wonder how Moses would have described the church he was shepherding as they headed ...

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