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Kingdom Life

Free e-book on hearing God

A year or so ago I wrote an e-book entitled A Simple Guide to Hearing God. It’s designed to be a very practical look at how to hear God’s voice. However, I decided to take a different approach. I have many friends who know how to hear God clearly–some of the stories they tell are remarkable.… Read More

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Church planting

God’s view of time

The church has become accustomed to measuring success by the world’s standards–not just in terms of numbers but in terms of speed. In our Western world we expect fast and instant. Think microwave dinners, air travel, Internet. I think God views time differently. A story comes to mind; the story of James O. Fraser, chronicled… Read More

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Kingdom Life

Do you remember the extraordinary story of Jose?

Many people prayed for Jose when I blogged about his extraordinary  story here and here. I’d like to give you an update. It’s now 8 months since those events took place. Rosaura, Jose’s mom, is still completely free from her 30 year crack and drug addiction problems. God is doing some beautiful things in her life.… Read More

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Kingdom of God Non-religious Christianity

A dream; a story; a challenge

A dream Two nights ago I dreamed there was a movement of Christians all over the country who had decided to pray in public.  They asked to pray in a secular context before business meetings. They prayed openly before meals asking the non-believers with them how they could pray for them. They refused to be… Read More

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Church planting Kingdom skills

Multiplication tools; KISS

Simple things multiply; complex things are much harder to reproduce. Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks (Creative Commons) One of my favorite quotes from a Filipino church planter is this: Never do anything in church that a one week old Christian would be unable to duplicate. Only model what you want to see reproduced and what will lead… Read More

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Church planting

Ten positive signs of God at work in the church

God is at work across the nations, and I see many positive signs that he is at work here in the West too. Here’s a little of what I see going on currently (in no particular order of priority): People understand the importance of listening to God and doing what he says.  The prayer movement… Read More

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Church planting House church Luke 10 Organic church Simple Church

AHCHOO!! I hope you caught the virus

Photo credit: Christophe Pasqual (Creative Commons) There's a dangerous virus going around the world. Like other viruses, it's identified with letters and numbers. Unlike other viruses, I hope you catch it.  The 10:2b virus started when a couple of friends of ours, John White and Kenny Moore, were discussing one morning over breakfast how to… Read More

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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church Social impact Spiritual warfare

What is prayer walking?

Photo credit: Stef Lewandowski (Creative Commons) When we started a church in the low income housing projects, the first thing we did was to prepare the ground in prayer. In Matthew 12, Jesus gives an illustration in his defense against an attack by the Pharisees. They accused him of casting out demons by the power… Read More

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Does prayer make a difference?

There was an experiment conducted several years ago by a church in Phoenix, AZ. Intercessors randomly selected 160 names from a local phone book. They divided the names into two groups–and prayed regularly for one of the groups, ie for 80 homes. The other 80 homes were not prayed for. After 90 days they called… Read More

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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church

Even talking with God needs to be reproducible

The fourth reproducible element from Acts 2:42 in our times together is prayer.  Prayer is foundational.  It takes many forms.  It includes praise, supplication, intercession for unbelievers, prayer for each other, warfare and so on. Again, the Holy Spirit is very creative and as we listen to him and follow his leading, we will find… Read More