First, a quick update on Joy, the lady in India who was facing prison two weeks ago because of her activities for the Gospel and for whom many were praying. YM writes:
got bail yesterday by God's grace.
A couple of posts ago we looked at
six encouraging spiritual trends that a group of us from around the country are
noticing. Here is a continuation of that discussion. Again, these
are not in any particular order of importance.
7. There are more answers to prayer and they seem
to be coming more quickly. Many are
experiencing a greater sense of God’s presence.
8. Interdenominational co-operation: There seems to be an increasing amount of
collaboration between different denominations on ideas, conferences and
meetings. This is typified by come of
the co-operation on the Facebook website.
are some great movies out there that raise the right questions and give us more
tools to look at spirituality and a focus for discussion. Movies like Why Did I Get Married and Juno
would fit in that category. Even
Oprah’s “church” reveals the amount of spiritual hunger out there. (In our conversation, there was a caution
raised here. Windows of spiritual awareness
may close so we need to take advantage of them while they are open.)
10. The emphasis
on waiting in God’s presence which some may call “soaking” will cause the move
of the Holy Spirit to accelerate.
businesses: There are more people
interested in Kingdom-minded businesses. We are hearing increasing stories of people starting businesses that God
is blessing so much that their time is being freed for the Kingdom.
from mega-churches: There have been
several instances of mega-churches being in contact with the simple church
movement with an amazing openness to what we are doing. One is asking how they can bless us, another
how they can get involved in starting organic churches and others wanting to
learn more. What would happen if the
mega and micro learned to co-operate?