While it’s been more than a month since our OneCry team was in Reno for a one-day event, we still find ourselves talking often about what an awesome experience that was.
We were privileged to be part of a diverse gathering of hundreds of leaders of various denominations, churches, and organizations from throughout the greater Reno area. Joining together that day were Hispanic, African-American, Anglo, and Asian—encompassing the whole spectrum of Christ-centered churches in the area—seeking true revival of the Church of Reno, and spiritual awakening for those there who don’t yet know Jesus.
The closeness ...
“He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding” (Proverbs 15:32 NASB).
My dear pastor friend Harry Li said something profound to me lately. He was asking for prayer that his life would not slip away from living in the fullness of Christ.
“I have come to understand,” he said, “the discipline needed to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.”
I instantly resonated with that statement, and it has plowed through my mind for days now. It is a vital truth—perhaps the key—for those who would be used to lead others ...
What hope remains for America?
At Life Action and OneCry, we are convinced that a sweeping spiritual awakening is the only force strong enough to turn around broken families, communities, and churches. We need a revival of biblical proportions!
Each year, we join together on the National Day of Prayer; hopefully this one “set-apart” day in the nation is a reminder of where our real hope is found.
This year we’ve been given an amazing opportunity to bring a clear message of revival and repentance to the churches of America. Through an extensive radio partnership, we’ll ...
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of being in several seasons where God has manifested Himself in “mercy drops” of revival over an extended period. As I look back, I see some things I wish I’d done differently as a pastor to help maximize the results of God’s outpouring.
If we’re not careful, times of revival may be followed by seasons of confusion or regression. So, how do we conserve the fruits of revival?
Interpret the Moment Well
The vast majority of American believers have never experienced a shower of God’s manifest presence. They ...
What do Little Rock, Arkansas; Reno, Nevada; Rapid City, South Dakota; and multiple cities in Louisiana all have in common? These are just a few of the places where, in the space of ten days, I heard multiple pastors say exactly the same thing:
The pastors in our city believe that God is bringing revival to our nation, and it’s going to begin in [our city].
What is revival? It has been described as the “extraordinary movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of God’s people that produces extraordinary results.”
God is always working ...
One of the clear actions of God explained to us in Scripture is God’s relentless activity on behalf of those who are His children. In the Old Testament this is seen in the life of His chosen people, the Jews; in the New Testament, the church. But what’s confusing to us is how He deals with His children when we are moving headlong into sin.
God is not like us. We give up on people when they fail. God cannot.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. He never stops working ...
Fellow American Christians,
Ours is an exciting time. Across the world, we hear that the kingdom of God is expanding rapidly—churches being planted, revivals being sparked, gospel movements extending into never-before-reached regions.
But here in the United States, and more broadly in the West, we sense a growing discontent with the state of our spiritual lives and the condition of our churches. We sense that with so much political and cultural change happening around us, our light—which should shine all the brighter in moments of deep darkness—is growing dim.
Our culture has lost moral vision. We’ve ...
George Mueller was a great man of God known for his extraordinary faith. He “prayed in” over 50 million dollars without mentioning a need to anyone as he built massive orphanages, which still stand today in Bristol, England.
His fruitful life has encouraged millions. But the secret of his success, I believe he would say, was his morning practice.
The First Business of the Day
Each morning, Mueller would go out to a place where he walked with his Bible in hand. His goal, he said, was to stay in the Word and prayer until he got his soul “happy ...
Can I read the newspaper for you today, but use a slightly different historical context? The people of the nation had sinned against the Lord.
Everything God told them (the Israelites) not to do, they did. Even when He sent prophets to warn and counsel them, they did not listen (2 Kings 18).
And so, as always, God sent His judgment. Oppression came into the land. Things did not go well in the nation. Sound familiar?
God brought His judgments—in this case through the Assyrians. But there was one man who stood up.
When Hezekiah became king of Judah ...
As you look at human history—God’s history—you see that the Bible is about God’s interaction with people, particularly with leaders. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses—chapter by chapter unfolds, showing us how God encountered leaders, how they responded, and what happened as a result of their leadership.
As you scan human history past the record of the Scripture, you seem the same. We tell the stories of Martin Luther, Adoniram Judson, George Mueller, Charles Spurgeon, Hudson Taylor, William Booth, Jonathan Edwards, Amy Carmichael … and on and on. Many names we know, some we don’t ...