EXHORTATION: THE POWER TO HELP ONE ANOTHER FROM DRIFTING AWAY

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2018

Here in the South (the only culture I have lived in), we have a lot of churches teaching vastly different messages about Jesus. We are, currently, not under any life threatening forms of persecution for believing in Jesus. As a result of this, it seems that following Jesus has been reduced to fairly consistent church attendance and a willingness to say “I believe Jesus Christ died and rose again on the third day.”

The majority of believers have certainly fallen into the trap of worshipping the journey of Jesus without accepting His invitation to follow Him on the journey.

There are, however, a few who have taken seriously the teachings of Jesus and have decided to forsake all (whatever that means to them) and follow Him. I have been fortunate enough to find myself surrounded by a lot of these people. The writer of the book of Hebrews, in constructing an entire exhortation on the need for exhortation, presupposes community in his writing.

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How to Change the Spiritual Climate

How to Change the Spiritual Climate

by Ed Silvoso from Prayer Evangelism

Before we can change the spiritual climate over our cities, we must have a working knowledge of one of our primary tools: prayer evangelism. I introduced the essence of the concept of prayer evangelism in That None Should Perish in 1994, but since then much has been learned from using this potent weapon on the front lines. Several years of working side by side with pastors and leaders in cities all over the world have enriched tremendously our initial understanding of this concept.

Simply put, prayer evangelism is talking to God about our neighbors before we talk to our neighbors about God. This definition, coined by Beverly Jaime,1 has helped us to put at ease thousands of Christians who have a genuine desire to witness to the lost but who feel inadequate or scared to share the gospel with them.

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I know those feelings of inadequacy very well; they used to torment me as a brand-new Christian. Shortly after...

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Beyond Intentionality

There is an exponential amount of movement in the Kingdom of God at this present moment in history. At Word Alive our hot pursuit of FREEDOM has opened doors and led us through unimagined vistas. We have embraced moving beyond challenges and trust me, there have been more than a few, to live in complete, and total, rest on every side. That seems impossible doesn’t it? When put in perspective having rest (peace) on every side seems like an unobtainable dream. The big three of societal norms: politics, religion, and if you are an American, the right to the pursuit of happiness, are all being rocked. Foundational truths that we have clung to have dissipated like a fine mist rising from hot asphalt after a summer shower. Everywhere we look there is turmoil on every side but in the midst of turmoil we really can live in peace. Moving beyond intentionality means that we have to do just that: move. The key to moving is that we have to have a destination. Living an intentional life is...

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A Place Called Rest

rest Feb 22, 2018

Does it seem as if your life has become too busy? Is every moment occupied with details, and, at the end of the day do you still have too many unchecked boxes left on your “to do list”? If so, it is time to slow down and find the place called REST!

More than ever, people are concerned about the growing demands on their time, which is taking an emotional toll on their well being. Statistically, stress is on the rise among children and adolescents. As a nation and as individuals, adults are stressed out about all kinds of things, including relationships, career, finances, family problems, loss of a job, unexpected health problems and a host of other things. Any change only adds to their anxiety.

People of all ages feel pushed to the limit as they try to cope with the pressures of life. They long for a day in the future when they will have the finances for their dream vacation to some exotic destination to enjoy the “trip of a lifetime” — an event they...

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MAKE 2018 COUNT!

Uncategorized Jan 05, 2018

Since the clock struck midnight on January 1 and a new year began, have you taken time to ask yourself, “Am I making life count?” Historically, people make resolutions about changes they want to make in their lives when a new year begins. They evaluate their health, weight, finances, relationships in some cases, and other areas of life that they want to change.

When we talk about making the year count, a quote come to mind that I read recently by Abraham Lincoln. He said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

There’s great wisdom in these words by Mr. Lincoln. As you begin 2018, I encourage you to take time to enjoy life and make the most out of it. And I believe the way we do that is by making life count.

James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work...

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Pay It Forward

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Kent spoke on the Antidote for Anxiety, and ways to bless others. It's so important this holiday season to be willing to serve others. Why do we want to encourage you to pay it forward this holiday season? 

1) It turns our focus away from ourselves.  Instead of the usual thought pattern of “How can I benefit from this?” or “What’s in it for me?”, the question of the day is more like, “How can I create a little happiness for someone?” or “How can something I do let someone know, with no strings attached, that kindness is still present in others?”

2) It’s centered around giving rather than taking. Taking or receiving is what we do when someone gives us a gift.  It’s certainly what drives most dreams — we go out and claim it, make it happen, both are forms of taking.  But giving — the ability to give — is a gift unto itself. 

3) It’s joyful both...

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A Bible Study

Uncategorized Oct 17, 2017

When you're tracking with the hebraic or biblical calendar, you begin to work in the cycles of God's blessings. When you begin to read the Bible with the hebraic mindset, you're essentially getting back to your Hebrew roots. Obviously, the Bible was written by Hebrews... it was divinely Authored by God but written by the Hebrew people. Last year, we started a bible reading plan that examines the Bible from a hebraic perspective. How cool is that?   You can find the link to follow along right here:

 

Bible Reading Plan

This reading plan breaks down the entire bible into easily readable chunks and aligns with the major feasts, or, Moedim (meaning Feast of the Lord). 

The Jewish approach is to read through the Torah (the five books of Moses) in weekly portions, combined with selections from the Haftarah, which are selected readings from the Prophets and other books of the Tanakh (Old Testament).  The Torah cycle begins after the Fall Feasts (Rosh...

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Gather Around a Table

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2017

You often hear us talk about Rosh Chodesh, where once a month you gather around a table and share a meal with friends and family and just talk about the goodness of God. Interestingly enough, the table is a way to connect with those around it. You sit and talk and connect to your family and friends.It’s not even just about inviting your friends to the table, it can be your family. Families that eat dinner together have a stronger bond than those that don’t. Don’t feel pressured to have a huge gathering. Rosh Chodesh can be the people in your home, once you’ve mastered that, you can start inviting others to your table.  When you think about big family gatherings, there is usually food and laughter involved. It’s no surprise then that there is a biblical connection to gathering around a table - in fact, throughout the bible, God has a way of showing up at the table. It’s worth noting that, “When Jesus himself wanted to explain to his...

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The Lord's Prayer

Uncategorized May 23, 2017

In the Old Testament God sent prophets to turn people and nations from destructive behavior. Prophets spoke the word of the Lord to God’s people, not to judge them, but in hopes that they would return to Him. God is faithful to send prophets to warn His people so destruction and consequences can be averted. In my understanding, it was rebellious behavior that caused destruction. God’s heart was not to judge His people but rather instruct them because He did not want them to continue to live in destructive behavioral patterns.

One such prophet is Isaiah. Isaiah was sent to God’s people during a time when God had taken a back seat in the hearts of His people. Isaiah used strong words describing the malady that was affecting the Israelites: your country is desolate, the whole head is sick, sin and rebellion are bringing on disaster, and Jerusalem is filled with filth. He described a society being decimated by moral perversion, relational and religious hypocrisy,...

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The Glory of God is returning in 2017!

As we have been speaking about the Glory of God here at Word Alive I came across this past word from Doug Addison.  Check out this great confirmation!!!

The Glory of God is returning in 2017
It will be the Wind of Change during this season that will set the stage for some very long-awaited changes. It will begin to open the Heavens over us in new ways and awaken people to their need for God’s love and power. It will release a greater measure of God’s Glory and presence.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2 NKJV

The last revival in North America was the Jesus People movement in the early 1970s. During this time there was a strong presence of God’s Glory. It was like a liquid anointing or tangible spiritual atmosphere that could be felt by many people. Without God’s greater Glory and power, we will not be able to be part of a revival and...

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