News from Home

Whenever I travel overseas it is always important for me to be able to stay in touch with home.  I am very thankful for the technology that allows me to call my family from practically anywhere in the world.  Sometimes I text or email, but, of course, it is always better to hear the voices of my loved ones.

I also like to be able to keep up with what is happening in my home state and in America while I am away.  Everyday, if possible, I will check the internet for news stories from home.  Recently, on my way home from Poland, I was thankful to find a current copy of an American newspaper at the Amsterdam airport.  I probably read every article in that paper, drinking in the news from home.

As believers, we need to constantly remind ourselves that we are first and foremost citizens of another land.  Whatever our nationality, the primary citizenship of a Christian is in Heaven. (Phil. 3:20)  While we are in this world we are to live life to the fullest.  We are ambassadors of Christ.  Jesus has commanded us to be salt and light and to be His witnesses.  We are a chosen generation that God has saved and set apart to make a difference in this world.  However, every day of our lives we need to stay in touch with Home.  We stay in touch, primarily, through prayer, reading God’s Word, and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He bears witness with our spirit.

How great is your desire to read the news from Home?  With all that is happening in this world, isn’t it good to know that God has given us His Word from Home that is filled with promises, instructions, warnings, exhortations, and the greatest news of all…the Gospel?  How wonderful it is, to be able to spend time in communion with our God; anytime, anywhere, and every day!

Years ago, I was taking the discipleship course, MasterLife, in order to graduate from seminary.  There were about eighty people in the main class and that was divided into groups of ten or so for the discussion sessions.  One morning our small group leader asked us the question, “Why do you think prayer was so important to Jesus?”  There were several pastors in our group, and as we went around the circle, the pastors, including myself, gave typical preacher-sounding answers to the question.  However, there was another individual in our group.  He was a young man, a new believer who had only been a Christian for a few months.  He was a minor league baseball player who was attending the class at the invitation of his pastor.  After all of the preachers had given their answers, this young man gave his response.  With a thoughtful look in his eye, this young man said, “I think prayer was so important to Jesus because every time He prayed it was a chance for Him to go Home again.”

Friends, that is one of the most profound things I have ever heard in my life!  How simple, yet how profound.   Jesus Himself longed for the news from Home.  Everyday and all throughout the day, Jesus stayed in touch with His Heavenly Father.  If this was so vital for Jesus Himself, who do we think we are if we go for any length of time at all without checking in with Home?

Let us ask the Lord to give us a fresh and deep desire to live in constant communion with Him. Everyday, let us desperately long for the Lord Himself and for the news from Home.

In Christ’s service,


First of all, Lisa and I want to thank all of you for your prayers.  The Lord truly answered every prayer.  God watched over our family and our church family while I was in Poland.  He blessed with good health, smooth flights and beautiful weather.  Several times the people in Poland made statements like, “We cannot believe this great weather for this time of year.”  My response was, “I can.  People are praying!”  Also, the Lord answered our prayers concerning the conference.

In order to help you with some perspective, Poland has around forty million people, but there are only thirty to forty thousand evangelical believers in the entire country.  This would be the same as if there were only three to four thousand believers in the entire state of Alabama.  Think about it!  The average evangelical church in Poland will have between 25-30 people in attendance on a Sunday morning.

Pastor Kamil had asked me to teach the Bible prophecy conference in two parts.  First, he wanted to host a one-day conference that would be held from eleven in the morning until five in the evening.  This was held on a Saturday.  A little over 100 people attended the Saturday conference.  Some drove as much as 3 1/2 hours to be there.  There was a great response throughout the day.  The people asked many good questions and Kamil told me he received many positive comments.  Kamil said that everyone was encouraged by the teaching and that they were challenged to live a more holy life as we wait for the return of Christ.

During our Sunday morning sessions, a church in another city in Poland watched via live stream on the internet.  Kamil told me there were 100 people at that location.  In addition, he said there were believers in four other nations who were watching the services.  These believers were in Germany, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The attendance for the remainder of the conference was very encouraging.  On Tuesday evening, Pastor Kamil told me there were more lost people in attendance than they had ever had before in a single service.  There were people in attendance that Kamil had been witnessing to and inviting for several years.  Some of these visitors told Kamil that they would continue to attend his church.  The best news is, there were at least five people who indicated that they had prayed to receive Christ.  Pastor Kamil and his church are going to follow up with these individuals.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Kamil, his family, and God’s work in Poland.  They are wonderful people, but as is true everywhere, more need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your continued love, encouragement, financial support and prayers.  We thank God for you!

In Christ’s service,

Allen & Lisa

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,



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