In a few days I will have the privilege of leading a Bible prophecy conference in Poland.  Two years ago, I was invited to Poland to help lead a conference on revival and to preach in revival meetings in two different  churches.  It was a wonderful experience.  The pastors and church leaders we met were hungry for God and they were seeking the Lord for revival.

On that trip, I met pastor Kamil Halambiec.  Although he is a young man, God has raised up Pastor Kamil as a leader among evangelicals in Poland.  God has gifted Kamil with a brilliant mind and also a heart that is on fire for God.  A few months ago, Kamil, his wife Anna, and their son Nehemiah were guests in our church.  Kamil preached one Sunday morning and our church fell in love with this godly family.

Kamil invited me to lead a Bible prophecy conference in his city.  It is a city of seventy thousand people.  His church is the only evangelical church in the entire city.  For those of us who live in America, can you even imagine that?  The main purpose of the conference, however, is not to share information about prophecy.  The main desire of our hearts is that the Lord will use the conference to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ.  Revelation 19:10 states that the purpose of prophecy, the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.

For several years Pastor Kamil’s church has met every morning at 5:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in order to pray for revival and spiritual awakening in their church, city, and nation.  While I was with them two years ago, the Lord gave me specific verses to pray for them.  The passage is in Isaiah 26:12-15.  The passage speaks of a people that had other masters over them in the past, but they are asking the Lord to establish peace for them.  Poland has had many “masters” who have had dominion over them.  Most notably in the twentieth century, the Nazis and the Communists.  Verse fifteen reads, “You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation: You are glorified: You have expanded the borders of the land.” (NKJV)

God has blessed Poland in recent years, but now they feel they are facing new threats.  Will you join with me in praying these verses for this nation?  Please pray for me as I go to teach and preach God’s Word.  Pastor Kamil’s church has handed out 5,000 invitations for the conference.  Pray that with all that is happening in and around Poland, God will stir up interest and hearts.  Pray that God’s people will be revived and that the lost will hear the Gospel and God’s plan for the ages and be saved.  Thank you for your love, prayers, encouragement, and support.

In Christ’s service,






The Right Foundation

My friend who was doing the foundation work for a new church building was concerned.  He took me aside and said, “The dimensions they have given me for the foundation don’t match the dimensions for the building.”  The church had ordered a prefabricated metal building for the exterior walls.  My friend went on to explain, “If I build the foundation according to these measurements, the walls will not match correctly with the foundation and the roof is not going to match with the walls and foundation.  If they don’t make the right corrections, the church is going to have problems.”  I asked him if he had told the contractor.  He said, “Yes, and he doesn’t believe me.  He is adamant that he is right and I am wrong.”  He said that he now had no choice but to continue with the dimensions given to him by the contractor.

The foundation was poured.  The building was delivered.  The walls were installed and the roof was set in place.  When the first rains came after the completion of the building, water ran down one of the interior walls.  It leaked that way for several years until the church had to spend a lot of extra money to correct the mistake.  All of it could have been avoided if the foundation had been done right.

This same principle is true in life:  “If the foundation isn’t right; nothing else will be right.”  Over and over Scripture reminds us to build on the right foundation.  The wise person will build his or her house on the Rock.  That Rock is the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:11, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)  This is true of your individual life, a marriage, a business, a church and a nation.  The Psalmist wrote in Psalms 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”

Make sure that Jesus Christ is the Foundation, the Builder, and the Architect of your life, home, marriage, your all.  Make sure that you follow His blueprint–the Word of God.  When the foundation is right and you follow God’s blueprint, everything else will be right.


Fire and Rain

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the account of the showdown on Mount Carmel between Elijah and the false prophets of Baal.  The God who answered by fire showed Himself to be the One True Living God.  Many times in Scripture fire symbolizes the power, person, and presence of God.  As the Bible says, “Our God is a consuming fire.”      When the fire of God fell that day, it not only consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the altar, and the water in the trenches; it did much more.  The fire of God also turned the hearts of the people back to the Lord and it condemned the false prophets of the day.  I love to read the declaration the people made, “The Lord, He is God!  The Lord, He is God!”

Yes, the fire of God fell on Mount Carmel that day, but the nation had been in a severe drought and famine for three and a half years.  Do you think the people were wanting fire?  These people were looking for rain.  But God had to send the fire before He sent the rain.  Fire purifies, melts, melds, warms, illuminates, spreads and attracts.  We want the showers of blessing.  We continue to ask God to bless us, but oh how we need the fire of God to fall again today!  In His holiness and glory, God sent the fire.  In His grace and mercy, God sent the rain.

It had not rained in three and a half years, but listen to the faith of Elijah when he tells Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the abundance of rain.” (1 Kings 18:41)  By faith, Elijah not only saw what others could not yet see, he also heard what others were yet to hear.  He believed, persevered in prayer, and God sent a “heavy rain.” (vs.45)

As we ask God for revival, let us realize that we need the fire and the rain.  We need God to do whatever He needs to do in order for our nation to turn back to Him.  Like Elijah, we must not quit praying and believing even after we have looked for the third, fourth, fifth, or even sixth time.

When God did send the rain, notice that the heavy, abundant rain came initially from a cloud that was very small.  When the Lord does bless us with revival, it most likely will come from a small, out of the way church or town.  It may begin in the heart of someone that the world would deem unimportant.  God loves to take the things and the people that the world considers to be small, weak, or unimportant and use them for His glory.  May He send His fire and His rain on our hearts.

In Christ’s service,


More Tolerable

“Then He (Jesus) began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done because they did not repent.” (Matthew 11:20 NKJV)

No other nation on earth has been more blessed of God than the United States of America.  Our nation was founded upon Scriptural principles, literally birthed in prayer, and led in the beginning by men who desired that this new land truly would be one nation under God.  Not only has America been blessed by God, but America has been a blessing to the nations throughout her history.  No other nation has done more to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or provided more financial and humanitarian aid to others in need than America.

So much has changed in such a brief period of time.  The head is becoming the tail.  I write this article with a broken heart, for I love my country, but my country is turning away from the God by whom she has been so greatly blessed.  Romans 1 is being fulfilled before our very eyes.  The majority is apparently convinced that God has changed His mind and His Word.  Many say they know God, but they are not glorifying Him as God.  Professing themselves to be wise, they have become fools.  They have changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man.  They have exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and they are worshiping the creature rather than the Creator.  And they justify it and believe that God is okay with all of it.

Though this has happened quickly, it has not happened overnight.  We have a generation that has been slowly but surely conditioned through film, sitcoms, books, and liberal teachers and professors that morality is relative, the Bible is an outdated history book, and that Christians who believe we should live our lives according to the Word of God are hateful bigots.

God has done mighty works in, through, and for America and how are we repaying Him?  By taking prayer and His Word out of the public arena, by murdering tens of millions of babies in the womb, and by declaring, condoning, and  even celebrating the things that God clearly calls sin.

Based on the words of Jesus in the tenth and eleventh chapters of Matthew, I have to wonder, “Will it be more tolerable for Tyre, Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah than for America on the day of judgment?”  That is a sobering thought.  Jesus gives us the key to avoiding this judgment and that key is repentance.  Will we repent, or will it take another catastrophic event that makes 9/11 pale in comparison to bring us in humility back to God?

Is there hope?  There is always hope.  There was another turbulent time in our nation that was followed by a Jesus Revolution.  Are we on the brink of a long-awaited, long prayed for revival and spiritual awakening?  I see among this current generation of young people many of the characteristics of that generation from the early seventies.  Like the Jacob Generation mentioned in Psalm 24, there are many today who are seeking God’s face more than God’s hand.  The good news is, anyone can be part of this Jacob Generation, regardless of age.  Will you?  Will you seek God and cry out to Him more than ever before?  Will you, with a humble and repentant heart, be desperate for Him?  In many ways, the future of our nation depends on the response now of God’s people.

While we take our stand, remember that we are to do all things in a Christ-like way with the love of Christ.  Speak the truth in love, but speak the truth!

In Christ’s service,



***For a great reminder of how God worked in mighty ways during the Jesus Movement and a wonderful encouragement and challenge for today, be sure to see the Woodlawn Movie that comes out in just a few weeks.  May the Lord use this film to spark a nationwide revival!




     Many of us are blessed to have a heritage of faith that goes back for generations.  We have parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who knew the Lord and served Him.  For some, their heritage of faith may even go back for centuries.  This is something for which many can be thankful.  This is something for which I can even be thankful.

     Recently, I returned from a mission trip to a very unique country.  In this nation, every single believer with whom I had the privilege of meeting is a first generation Christian.  Regardless of age, the furthest back any believer could trace their faith was to 1993.  Think about that.  For those of us who live in a nation with a long history of religious freedom, that is difficult to fully fathom.  

     Yet, in this particular nation, God is doing a great work.  In this country of three million people, Southern Baptists have only one full-time missionary.  Thanks to his faithful service and the establishment of a Bible institute, many of the pastors and lay leaders are receiving much needed training.  Still, there is a tremendous need for more to be trained in the basics of ministry.

     The believers and pastors in the churches of this country had become discouraged and realized they were in desperate need of revival.  Our missionary friend and the leaders of the churches did a wonderful job of preparing the people for our meetings.  They spent weeks fasting, praying, reading about revival, and asking God to prepare their hearts.  God answered their prayers.  Four preachers from America were invited to lead these meetings.  I am so thankful that I was privileged to be one of the four.

     God met with us.  During the meetings believers began to confess and repent of sin in their lives and in the churches.  After the forgiveness and cleansing of sin, there was a tangible joy and freedom in worship that was powerful.  Also, even though these meetings were intended for the believers, there was a renewed burden for the lost.  In two of the churches where I taught, believers were encouraged to invite the lost for the final meeting.  In both churches, there were several who indicated they had prayed to receive Christ.  One was a Hindu and at least one was from a Muslim family.  On the flight home, I also had the opportunity to be a witness unto Jesus to an elderly Jewish lady.  After a few minutes of conversation I told her that all true Christians love Israel and the Jewish people.  We talked about how Christians believe that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament.   I then encouraged her to go back and read Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 again in light of our conversation.  I pray that she did and that God removed the veil and showed her Jesus.

     The missionary told us that to his knowledge these were the first meetings of this kind in the churches.  First generation, yet already in need of revival.  It has been a long time since we have had true revival sweep our nation.  How desperate will we get for God to do a deep work of brokenness, repentance and cleansing in our own churches, families, and individual lives?  

     It is past time for us to get serious and desperate and begin to cry out to God on behalf of our families, churches and nation.  Let us pray that God will bless us and visit us in His reviving power.  By the grace of God, may we be a chosen generation for revival in our land.

In Christ’s service,



     “Life is the sum total of all bodily processes and their relationships/interaction with their environment.”  This was the definition of life taught by my high school biology teacher to generations of students.  Many of us still remember this definition years after graduation.  This may be a good scientific definition of life, but is that all there is to this human existence?  Are we really just a sum total of bodily processes?  And, while I’m asking questions, “Does ontogeny truly recapitulate phylogeny?”  (This was another favorite saying of our teacher and personally, I don’t think it does.  Confused?  Look it up!)

     Those of us who know God know that in the beginning He created all things.  We also know that all things were made through Jesus and without Him nothing was made that was made.  John goes on to write in the first chapter of his gospel that in Jesus Himself there is life. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.(John 14:6)  Jesus is Life.  There is no life apart from Him.  Oh, there may be existence; there may be a sum total of bodily processes and relationships, but there is no real life without Jesus Christ.  You see, Jesus not only gives physical life, He alone can give spiritual life, eternal life, and abundant life.  Knowing God through Jesus Christ is not only about eternal life in Heaven one day, knowing Him means that we have His abundant life even while we are in this world. (John 10:10)

     Do you have His life?  If you do know Christ as your Savior and Lord, are you telling others about the One who alone is the Resurrection and the Life?  A pastor friend of mine will often ask others, “Don’t you want your life to be more than a dash between two dates on a tombstone?”

     Jesus came not only to give you life, but to be your life.  One of my favorite phrases in Scripture is when Paul wrote in Colossians 3, “When Christ who is our life…”  I pray that He is your life and, if He is, I pray that you will share His life with someone else today.

In Christ’s service,



For most of us, the older we get, the less we tend to like change.  We get used to things the way they are, we get comfortable, and then–“Boom!”–change.  Change can come in all shapes and in all sizes.  Sometimes we see it coming on the horizon and sometimes it sneaks up from behind.  Change can happen in every area of our lives.  There can be changes in our health, our financial status, our job, and in our relationships.  Sometimes there are changes in the way that God calls us to serve Him.  Sometimes these changes in life even involve moving to a different house, or town, or state, or even a different country.

One reason why the subject of change is on my mind is because I am writing this post in a house that is filling up with boxes, ready to be moved to another town in just a few more days.  Also, there have been several people who have recently talked with me about changes in life they are now facing.  Change can be intimidating.  Change can be overwhelming.  Change can be awesome and exciting!

When we know the Lord, we do not have to face the changes of life alone.  In thinking about change, I cannot help but remember the conversation Jesus had with His disciples in John 14-16.  For three years, Jesus had been the very center of the disciples’ lives.  He had become their everything.  Now, He tells them that He is about to leave them. Hearing about this change shakes them to the core.

I want to encourage you to read John 14-16 again, this time, in the context of change.  Look at all that Jesus promised His disciples and remember that He makes these same precious and powerful promises to you.  He promised that even in the midst of change we can know His peace, His comfort, His presence now within us (the Holy Spirit), His purpose for us (to bear much fruit), His love, His joy, His truth, His power, His victory, and so much more!

God loves us too much to leave us in a comfort zone for too long.  That comfort zone can become a rut and as Vance Havner use to say, “A rut is a grave with the ends kicked out.”  That’s no place for a child of God to remain.

There are three more truths I want us to remember before I wrap this up and get back to packing.  The first truth is this, whenever we face change or we are trying to discern God’s leading in our lives, remember, we are not following a plan, we are following a Person, the Lord Jesus.  Don’t be so caught up in trying to figure out the plan or sticking to your plan that you take your eyes off the Person we are supposed to be following.  Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, The Author and Finisher of our faith.  If you stay more focused on the plan instead of the Person, you may miss where Jesus is wanting to lead you.  Secondly, even when the changes of life first appear in a negative way, the Jesus of John 16:33 is also the Jesus of Romans 8:28.  God can take every situation of life and when we are fully surrendered to Him and His purposes; He can use it for our good and for His glory.

Finally, the Bible tells us that, “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.”(1 Cor. 15:51-52)  I don’t know about you, but that is one change that I am definitely looking forward to!  Maranatha!

In Christ’s service




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