Shaking the Tree of Leadership!

Many years ago the Lord told me that, for me, self-promotion was illegal. I’ve wrestled with the implications of that word from Him ever since. For the sake of profitability for the publishers who produce my books, I’m required to do some promotion of my own, but there are limits. I’ve pondered what the apostle Paul had to say in Philippians 3:8 when he spoke of all that he had given up. He wrote: “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…” “Rubbish” in the original Greek is actually a rather strong profanity that illustrates the depth of what the apostle wanted to communicate about the wonder of really knowing and experiencing Jesus. For this, he would pay any price.

In light of this, and after suffering some very painful losses of my own, I’ve come to the following conclusion in the form of a question: How many of us in Christian leadership are focused on building our careers at the expense of a focus on intimacy with our Lord? How many of us raise and spend large sums of money to promote and build large ministry organizations with all the glitz and glamour, but fail to promote a very simple focus on Jesus? How accessible to the average believer have we actually made intimacy with Jesus? How many barriers have we unwittingly erected by serving the star system based on the image of the spiritual hero on the platform or the television show? read more

A DESPERATE and URGENT Summons!

The prophets of the Old Testament were desperate to awaken Israel from spiritual slumber in order to prepare for or avoid the troubled days about to come upon them. Their desperation flowed from a depth of love for God and for His people. If you read the prophets as they’re meant to be read, you can feel their grief coming through in their words.

Today I understand their desperation and grief more deeply than I ever have, but I have hope. When I travel I see a remnant – a growing remnant – longing for God. They don’t want hype. They’re tired of the show. They won’t respond to manipulation or deceit. They just want Jesus. There’s a purified hunger growing in them. They love worship and will linger in it for extended periods of time. They love the Word, they love to pray, and they love one another. Their passion is growing. read more

2019 Annual Prophetic Word

This issue of Prophetic Moments comes in 2 part video form. There is simply too much to put in print. It would make two long chapters of a book that I will, in fact, be writing this year.

This is a crucial hour. We have a limited time of favor in which to prepare for what is to come – a time of both deep darkness and the brightness of our rising. It is an hour of trouble coming to the world, but also an approaching season of glory for us as believers. read more

Renounce the Religious GRINCH!

The holiday season! And the Grinch inevitably shows his face. There are the PC police on the liberal side and the religious police on the religious side. Each one wants to tell us that we shouldn’t celebrate these holidays lest we either offend someone or engage in unholy activity.

So, according to the PC police, we can’t celebrate Thanksgiving because it harkens to the European invasion of the American continent and the genocide of Native Americans (and I am both of European ancestry and am a member of the Osage Nation). According to the religious police, we can’t celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus because before we coopted it, the Roman pagans celebrated that day as dedicated to the worship of a false god. Easter is gone, too, as a time to remember the resurrection of Jesus because both the word “Easter” and the date are drawn from the worship of Ishtar, goddess of light and truth. According to some, we’re all sinners if we worship on Sunday instead of Saturday and because we Gentile Christians don’t keep the feasts of Israel. On and on it goes. Someone needs to read Romans 14:5-6, “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes for the Lord…”
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Post Election… Christians change your tone?

“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head”

When I saw the headline on the evening of November 6, “Fox News projects Democrats capture House of Representatives,” a great heaviness settled over me. First, there were all those prophecies of a red wave that I knew would never come to pass, although I believe that in the end the behavior of the left will come home to roost for them. I hope that those who prophesied wrongly of a “red tsunami” will now have the grace and humility to publicly admit error and apologize.

With the loss of the House of Representatives, there will now be trouble, turmoil and paralysis in Washington and for the nation. For two years I have been calling for prayer for President Trump, saying that if he would not learn that you cannot win by insulting enemies and calling them names there would be losses. I have lamented the fact that for two years many fellow Christians have argued with me to justify his tone, as if denigrating and dishonoring others were a good and needed thing. Why didn’t we understand the Scriptures and the heart of our Lord? Proverbs 12:18 “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.” OR, 16:7, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” I lay the responsibility for Republican losses in the House of Representatives squarely on the shoulders of both President Donald Trump and many of us who identify as evangelical Christians. You cannot win friends and influence enemies or win them to your point of view by insulting people and calling them names. read more