Upon meeting Steven Furtick a few years ago at Newspring's Unleash Conference, I was immediately impressed with his passion for life, God and ministry. This remarkable young man was consumed by a holy vision that was both extraordinary and inspiring.
I walked away saying, "I need some of that!"
Well, Furtick has written a challenging book, Sun Stand Still, to help people (like you and me) discover and demonstrate audacious faith. It's not a comfortable read.
In his own words, Furtick says, "This book is not a snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I'm not writing to calm or coddle you. With God's help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind."
The book challenges people to move beyond the mundane, and to be bold in praying, believing, living, and obeying God.
I finished the book under the unsettling conviction that I have settled for less than I should in dreaming God's dreams for my congregation and our northwoods community. What would GREAT FAITH have us do?
Furtick points to a phrase that capture him from page 23 of Jim Cymbala's Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire:
"I despaired at the thought that my life might slip by without seeing God show himself mightily on our behalf."
Everyone deals with financial setbacks from time to time. Money doesn't buy happiness - -but the lack of it can sure bring a lot of stress. My father, talking about the lean years of the Great Depression, said they pinched pennies so tight, Abe Lincon hollered! George Washington has hollered in my hands a few times!
When facing hard times financially, it pays to remember these are the only times we have. We need to keep a proper perspective. Here are some important reminders as we face adversity:
1. God is far bigger than the problem. If a financial crisis looms like a mountain, remember -- God is the mountain mover! There's no challenge too great for the Almighty. There is not one situation beyond His ability. Instead of telling God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big God is!
2. Hard times teach us wisdom. Difficult days force us to stop and evaluate where we are, what we're doing, and why we're doing it. Nobody becomes wise with ease. It takes trouble t…
I was ordained July 10, 1987, when General Superintendent, Dr. Earle Wilson, laid hands on me, shook my hand, and thundered, "Take thou authority to preach the Word!"
I was thinking about this a while back, and wondered how far back I could go with the succession of my ordination. So, I did a little research.
* I was ordained by Earle Wilson
* Earle Wilson was ordained by Pilgrim Holiness General Superintendent, William Neff.
* William Neff was ordained by the Pilgrim founder, Seth Rees * Seth Rees was ordained by Nazarene founder, Phineas Bresee (Note -- Rees was initally "recorded" as a Quaker, because they did not ordain their ministers. Later, he moved over to the newly formed Church of the Nazarene, and I am taking a leap by assuming that when he became a Nazarene, they ordained him. Rees was certainly worked beside Bresee as his contemporary.)
* Phineas Bresee was ordained by Methodist Bishop, Levi Scott
* Levi Scott was ordained by Elijah Hedding. …