Are We Seeking God’s Kingdom?

Graham Cooke speaking to men… about building the church and seeking God’s kingdom …Powerful.

Watch short clip below…

 

If you’d like to watch the full video…

(skip through announcements to about 6:42 or even 9:40…)

Read the book: Permission Granted to Do Church Differently in the 21st Century

Can God trust us to anoint us?

Can God trust us as the church today in order to anoint us?
We have 2 options…

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(A Divine Confrontation by Graham Cooke)

Thoughts to Ponder:

Friendships led by the Holy Spirit lead to God’s power and anointing!

How are you investing in the relationships around you?

What is your motivation in investing in others? For yourself? For their own growth?

How are you allowing the Holy Spirit to lead in your relationships?

Wind of the Spirit

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Your wind is blowing across this lonely land.
We are Your messengers, Your touch is in our hands.
Use us, Lord Jesus, to care for our friends.
Help us to love them, it’s Your great command.

Oh, wind of the Spirit,
fill the sails of my soul –
send us on, Lord, let your wind blow!
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Your Spirit is moving with power and might.
We’ll walk together by faith, not by sight.
You’re calling an army to rise up and fight.
We’ll be Your soldiers, flooding darkness with light!

“25 years ago my first studio album, and it’s title track, Wind of the Spirit was released. That song found its way all over the world and into the hearts of many. Many guitar players first chords were that classic progression up the fret board and countless people identify with the song as a marker on their life and faith journey. Maybe you do too? With that release, we were propelled into the world of music and a fresh vision of following Jesus.” – Russ Rosen (http://russrosenband.com/news)

Russ Rosen Band. Lyrics by Russ Rosen, Sandy Rosen and Mike Oshiro, music by Russ Rosen, lead vocals by Mike Oshiro produced by Roy Salmond.

We All Need Counseling

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We all need a helper, a teacher, a mentor, a counselor. I’m grateful that EVERY ONE of us has been invited to such a person. …My prayer: “Dear Jesus, thank you that because of you, everyone of us can have a right relationship with our Creator. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit who is our constant guide and Counselor. Help me to remember to constantly depend on Him and not solely on myself or solely on others around me who will only let me down time after time. Help my friends and family to continually open their hearts and minds to you, to stop striving on their own, to stop trying to do life on their own. Thank you again for this incredible gift that so many of us take for granted, or so many of us have never experienced. I pray that they can see Him at work in my life in order to be introduced and drawn to fullness in Him. In the name of the Lord Jesus, Amen.”

I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don’t see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you. I won’t leave you like orphans. I will come back to you.” – Jesus (John 14:16-18)

All of Christ’s Time, Wisdom and Care… For You!

“The human spirit, while most truly possessing its own individuality and personal distinctness, is interpenetrated and energized by the Spirit of Christ.

He does not work on us from without, as one separated from us, but from within, as the very heart from which the life-blood of our spirits flows.

Christ’s omnipresence makes it possible for him to be united to, and to be present in, each believer, as perfectly and fully as if that believer were the only one to receive Christ’s fullness.

As Christ’s omnipresence makes the whole Christ present in every place, each believer has the whole Christ with him, as his source of strength, purity, life: so that each may say: ‘Christ gives all his time and wisdom and care to me!’  Such a union as this lacks every element of instability.  Once formed, the union is indissoluble.” – A.H. Strong

How Big Is Your God?

How big is your God? If the Holy Spirit were to withdraw from your life and from the fellowship of your local church, would he be missed? In other words, is there anything supernatural about your life or the local church where you have fellowship with other believers?A skeptic, contrasting the actor and Christian worker, gave this evaluation: The actor presents fiction as though it were true. The Christian worker all too often presents truth as though it were fiction.

Read… Whatsoever You Desire | Christian Daily Devotionals.

A Powerful Move of the Holy Spirit – Britt Merrick

Britt writes… “Hundreds started rushing forward before I even finished the invitation. The front of stage area was packed and people just began to get on their knees in the aisles and at their seats (on the concrete!!)…”

Read the full story: A Powerful Move of the Holy Spirit – Britt Merrick.

Making Waves as a Church

Francis Chan says we should stop trying to make people love Jesus, and learn to rely on prayer, elders, and the Holy Spirit instead.

It’s been a gradual thing over the last five years. For several years in my ministry, I really operated as though the Holy Spirit didn’t exist. The truth is I trusted in the flesh—the natural abilities that God gave me—the same way unbelievers trust their natural gifts. With my natural communication abilities, I could probably gather a crowd even without the Spirit. But I realized that, with the church, there’s got to be something more behind it. There’s got to be something supernatural, something only the Holy Spirit can do.”

Read more…
via ChristianityToday.com.

Have We Forgotten The Holy Spirit?

Someone once said that if you took away the Holy Spirit in churches today, sadly many would still keep on operating because they have been built completely on talent with no request from the supernatural.

“Many churches are empty, dry, and void of spiritual life because they have lost touch with the dynamic presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit played an important role in the life and ministry of the early church. It is impossible to understand the explosive growth of the New Testament church without understanding the important role of the Holy Spirit in the church.” – Winfield Bevins

“Pray daily for a great outpouring of the Spirit on the Church and on the world. This is the grand need of the day—it is the thing that we need far more than money, machinery, and men. The “company of preachers” in Christendom is far greater than it was in the days of Paul; but the actual spiritual work done in the earth, in proportion to the means used, is undoubtedly far less. We need more of the presence of the Holy Spirit— more in the pulpit, and more in the congregation—more in the pastoral visit, and more in the school. Where He is, there will be life, health, growth, and fruitfulness. Where He is not—all will be dead, tame, formal, sleepy, and cold. Then let everyone who desires to see an increase of pure and undefiled religion, pray daily for more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in every branch of the visible Church of Christ.” -J.C. Ryle

“For much of church history the third Person of the Trinity has been virtually overlooked. However, today many people are hungry to experience the Holy Spirit in their life. God has given us the marvelous gift of His Holy Spirit.” – Winfield Bevins

Read the ebook: A primer on the Holy Spirit…