Posted by: dwell247 | October 26, 2009

The Church of Tomorrow

No this is not about some new fangled way to do church. It is an email I received from Andrew Strom’s website. I have shared many things from his site in the past. I shared this at our all night prayer Saturday at my church. We prayed that this would be realized in our time.

THE CHURCH of TOMORROW
-by Andrew Strom.

A lot of people probably read some of our writings and wonder,
“Where is all this headed? What is the goal?” A glib answer might
be- “We want to get back to real ‘New Testament’ Christianity.”
But what exactly does that look like?

This is an important topic – and something I have pondered a great
deal over the years. What exactly would the ‘New Testament Church
look like if it was translated into a modern western city?

To get started, I want you to forget about today’s church just for a
moment – with all her obvious problems and contradictions, and
picture something quite different. I want you to imagine that you
are still living in the same city, in the same year, but you are right
in the middle of a ‘Book of Acts’-type scenario. Somehow everything
has changed.

For some reason, all of the Spirit-filled Christians in your city have
left their Denominations and divisions behind. They have truly begun
to fulfill the prayer of Jesus – “That they all may be ONE”. They now
hold huge gatherings all over the city – right out in the open. And as
well as these united gatherings, on most streets there is now a
house-meeting, where all the Spirit-filled believers from that street
gather together, eating and sharing and having communion, etc.
(ie. A “NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH”). The power of God flowing in
these house-meetings is amazing. Many healings and miracles
are occurring. The ‘gifts’ flow freely every day.

It seems also that many of the church buildings and cathedrals have
simply been abandoned. No longer do Christians want to hide them-
selves away behind “four walls”. They want to gather out where the
people are – presenting Jesus to the whole world. They want to be
truly “one body”. There is no way that any of their old buildings
could contain the crowds, anyhow.

And the men whom God has raised up to lead this vast movement
do not seem much like the ‘Reverends’ or even the ‘televangelists’
of old. In fact, quite a few of them have never even been to Bible
College, and they seem to be very plain, ordinary people from
humble backgrounds. But what an anointing! It is very clear to
everyone that these ‘apostles and prophets’ (as they are known)
have spent many years in prayer and brokenness before God –
drawing closer and closer to Him. When they speak, the very fear
of the Lord
seems to come down, and many people repent deeply
of their sins. Demons are cast out and the blind and crippled are
made whole. -These kinds of things are happening all the time.
The whole city is just in awe of what is going on, and thousands
upon thousands are being saved. Even the newspapers and
television are full of it.

As soon as someone repents they are immediately baptized in
water and hands are laid on them for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
-This is expected from day one! And it is also expected that every
Christian has a gift and calling from God – and that they should be
encouraged to move forward and fulfill their calling. No longer is
there a distinction made between those who are “ministers” and
those who are merely ‘laity’. Now it is expected that EVERYONE
is a minister of the Lord! (However, there are ‘elders’ – ie. older
Christians to guide things).

Some of the bishops and pastors from several denominations have
actually denounced this great move of God very strongly. They say
it is “deception” and warn their people to stay away. (-Every Revival
in history has been accused of this – usually by religious leaders).
But to be honest, it is so obvious to most people that God is the
one behind it all, that very few take these men seriously. The Spirit
of God is sweeping all before Him. The glory of the Lord has come.

One of the reasons that these leaders are so upset is that a lot of
the Christians’ GIVING now does not go to church buildings, but
rather to the POOR. In fact, God has spoken to many people to
start supporting widows and orphans overseas, etc. They also give
generously to anyone in their midst who is in need. Many even sell
their own possessions in order to do this.

The huge over-riding theme of this great movement is LOVE.
“Behold how they love one another” is the catch-cry of many who
watch this ‘new church’ in action. And everyone is given to MUCH PRAYER.

And so, gathering “as one” in the outdoors and breaking bread from
house to house, they eat together with glad and sincere hearts,
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord
adds to their number daily those who are being saved.

CAN This REALLY HAPPEN?

The above description is taken straight out of the Book of Acts – as
applied to today. Everything in the above paragraphs is put there to
give you an idea of what it would be like to live in the Jerusalem
church at the start of Acts. -And it was like that for YEARS. Imagine
the impact of such a church on the world around it! God is wanting
to do this again. And He wants to use ordinary people like you and
me to help bring it to pass.

I am convinced that we are NOT supposed to treat the early church
as a “special case”. It was given to us as an ‘example’. It is what
the “normal” church should be like all the time! And yet we have
fallen so far below this standard. Only in times of Revival do we
approach it again for a time. But I believe it is supposed to be
“normal” for the church to be like this – day in and day out. This
is the way that Jesus always wanted us to be.

However, one thing is clear. It will take a great “SHAKING” for us
to get anywhere close to the above description today. You have to
be aware that in order to get there from here, a whole lot of
‘hierarchies’ and church boards and careers and titles and positions
would be on the line. And a lot of men simply don’t want to lose
those things. It doesn’t matter to them whether it is Truth or not. If
it affects their reputation, their position or their organization, they
will oppose it with everything they have.

Sadly it is very difficult to see a “smooth” transition to this kind of
Christianity. I believe we are in for a shaky ride. But I certainly
believe that it is on God’s agenda. And like the Great Reformation
before it, I believe He will do WHATEVER IT TAKES in order to
get us there.

Here’s to true ‘NEW TESTAMENT’ Christianity, my friends – the
kind that Jesus and the apostles actually invented in the beginning.

Let us settle for nothing less – WHATEVER IT TAKES.

Please send feedback to-  prophetic@revivalschool.com

God bless you all.

Andrew Strom


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Posted by: dwell247 | October 21, 2009

Been a long time . . .

. . . since I have posted on here. I have been so busy with my teaching job and with grad school. I have so many things that I want to post but I cannot seem to find the time. I have been on a roller coaster of emotions lately. I go from happy to depressed, from worried to confident and from listening to being deaf. I have found myself listening and singing some old Vineyard Music songs from like 10 years ago. Man some are so cheesy and others are so, just what I need.

Well basically I wanted to say that I am going to try to do better about being on here but I am not making any promises. I do have some  things to share but actually forcing myself to sit down and type may not happen. But please keep checking in and maybe I will surprise you.

God Bless!

Posted by: dwell247 | July 4, 2009

Prayer for Griffin

Here is an email I sent out to my church and I wanted to let those of you who are following my blog the chance to pray with us. Griffin’s story can be found on my prayer request page. Here is the email:

Hey church family. I want to share something with you. I have really
been interceding for Griffin the past couple of days. I was praying
just a few moments ago and I want to share what I feel God is doing:

Before we knew if was cancer God spoke to me and said that Griffin had
cancer but he would be okay. After the update this weekend I have been
questioning what I heard. I still believe that it was God and my
prayers have turned that way. I do not care if I get marked a “false
prophet
” after all of this but I believe what God said and I have been
reminding Him what He spoke to me those weeks ago.

As I have been praying I have also been convicted that I have not been
praying enough and I feel like the Lord was saying that many of us,
while we have been praying, have not really grabbed a hold of Him in
praying for Griffin. So as I was asking God what to do I got this
idea:

We need to be praying 24/7 for Griffin as a church family (whether you
go to Vineyard still or not you are still part of the Body). So I am
going to ask you all to sign up for 15 minute intervals where you will
pray for Griffin everyday. You can choose more than one slot but many
of us, including myself, have trouble praying longer than 15 minutes
for one thing. Please do not sign up for back to back slots but you
can sign up for as many as you think you can handle. There are a
couple of things I ask and I think God’s heart is in them:

1) Set an alarm reminder (cellphone, blackberry, watch, etc) for your
slot
2) No soft prayers. For example do not pray “if it is Your will please
heal Griffin” I believe it is God’s will and we need to grab a hold of
His Garment, the horns of His alter, His Throne and not let go until
He has healed Griffin.
3) Do not sign up if you are not really going to pray

Our prayers are vital to God moving and that is biblical. We will
start this Sunday (7/5) at 1pm and go for 21 days (7/26). Those who
can will meet on the 26th at 1pm to touch base and debrief. We may
feel the need to go longer or as I hope God will intervene before the
21 days is up.

So I will have a time sheet at church Sunday but you can go ahead and
email me the slot(s) you want. I will add them and if there are
doubles I will contact you to move you slightly up or down. On Sunday
we can finish filling the remaining slots out.

Thanks for taking time to read this and please join me as we grab a
hold of God for Griffin.

PS – Please continue to fast for Griffin too.

God bless!

Randy

Posted by: dwell247 | June 23, 2009

Why do you go to church?

This also came from my old blog on 1/6/09:

I was thinking about something today: why do I go to church?h?

Do I go because I think I am supposed to go? I quickly ruled that one out because anyone who knows me knows that for a while I could not stand going to church. I was burned out and spent.

Do I go because it makes me feel good? That one did not work either because many times I do not feel good when I leave church. Not that anything bad happened but sometimes what God calls me on makes me mad.

I finally concluded that I go, at least at this point in my life, because I want to see God move and I believe that He has me at my church because He wants me to be a part of what He is doing. He is God. He can do it without me. But He loves me enough to want to include me in His plans.

Does that mean I just go in Sundays and sing some songs, listen to the teaching, go forward for prayer every now and then, and then go out to lunch? I do not think that is what it means. I believe He wants me to be an active part of the body and His will.

So what does that look like? I do not have it all figured out yet but I do know that it means I need to be totally, recklessly, and “can’t live without Him” in love with Him. I have to be in relationship with Him and His kids (you know other people in the church). I have to be an active contributor in the church through prayer and service.

So I guess I was wondering where do you fit in all of this? Why do you go to church? Do you go just to go or do you go because God loves you and has called you to be a part of His move at your church.

I have found out the hard way that you cannot go to church and pretty much do nothing to be a part and really expect God to move around you. He is always moving but you have to join in.

So why do you go to churc

Posted by: dwell247 | June 23, 2009

In the Bathroom

This came from an old blog of mine on January 14th, 2009. I thought it was worth sharing again:

I hope this is not too much information but this is how it happened:

I was in the bathroom and I hear a knock at the door. It was my oldest son Elijah. I said “yes.” He said “There you are I was looking for you everywhere and could not find you.” I laughed and then it hit me: We do that with God!

We look for Him in all the places that we think we should find Him. And all along He was right there, behind the door, in the most common and many times, in our opinion, the most mundane of places.

It made me wonder how many times have I missed God by not seeing the obvious. My kids know if they cannot find me I am probably in the bathroom (sorry if TMI). Have we looked right at God and not seen Him because it was too obvious.

Lord give us eyes to see you everywhere that you are.

Posted by: dwell247 | June 19, 2009

More Quotes

I just got these in my email today:

“I doubt that more than two percent of professing Christians in
the United States are truly born again.”
-Leonard Ravenhill

“Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, “Shake well before
using.” That is what God has to do with some of His people. He
has to shake them well before they are ever usable.”
-Vance Havner

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a
crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread,
broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box
that gives forth perfume . . . it is Peter, weeping bitterly, who
returns to greater power than ever.”
-Vance Havner

“Craving clarity, we attempt to eliminate the risk of trusting God.”
-Brennan Manning

Posted by: dwell247 | June 18, 2009

Great Quotes

Quotes provided by revivalschool.com. Again check the site out and subscribe to the emails.

“Lastly–are not the Church in their present state, a standing,
public, perpetual denial of the gospel? Do they not stand out before
the world, as a living, unanswerable contradiction of the gospel;
and do more to harden sinners and lead them into a spirit of caviling
and infidelity, than all the efforts of professed infidels from the
beginning of the world to the present day?” – Charles Finney

“The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to
make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the
cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are
simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.”
C.S. Lewis

“God uses people. God uses people to perform His work. He does
not send angels. Angels weep over it, but God does not use angels
to accomplish His purposes. He uses burdened broken-hearted
weeping men and women.”
David Wilkerson

“An unholy church! it is useless to the world, and of no esteem
among men. It is an abomination, hell’s laughter, heaven’s
abhorrence. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world
have been brought upon her by an unholy church.”
-C.H. Spurgeon

“Isn’t it staggering when you think that one sermon on the day
of Pentecost
produced 3000 people? And we had some cities
yesterday where 3000 sermons were preached and nobody was
saved. And it doesn’t even faze us.”
Leonard Ravenhill

“We need a Heaven-sent revival, a burning fire from on high,
A purifying passion and a forsaking of our stubborn pride.
We need a vision of eternity, of Hell and the Judgement Day,
A fervent love for our Savior, that will gladly serve and obey.
We need a Pentecostal purging and a breaking deep within,
A vision of God Almighty and a river of tears for our nations sin.
We need a Heaven-sent revival, a burning fire set ablaze.
Yet, we’ll never see such glory, until the Church begins to pray.” –
David Smithers

Posted by: dwell247 | June 18, 2009

Interesting post from another blog

I got this in my email from revivalschool.com. If you have not checked that website out yet, then you should. You can subscribe to their email list and they will send you good articles, quotes and audios. So check it out in my great sites to the right of here.

So on to the post:

WHO IS the GREATEST PROPHET?
-by S. Hill.

Would that be Ezekiel due to the intensity of his visions? Would
that be Isaiah due to the accuracy of his revelation of Jesus?
Would that be Daniel due to his wisdom and ability to interpret
dreams that kept him at the power centers of two world empires?
Would that be Enoch who had such a powerful encounter with
God that he literally was not here anymore?

According to Jesus the greatest prophet was John the Baptist who
came preaching “repentance for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”.
So far as we know John never had a vision, dream or angelic
encounter. Yet Jesus called him the greatest prophet!

How many prophets do you know who are preaching repentance?

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from the practice of
casual divorce and remarriage since such would close “ministry
doors” to them and offend folks who pay for their conferences and
buy their books. But Jesus did so in Matthew 19:9!

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from selling the gospel
and making merchandise of the people of God since most have
embraced the same values. But in Matthew 10:8 Jesus
commanded us to freely give as we have freely received. In
II Corinthians 11:5- 21 Paul said that the difference between the
true and the false was not in message, anointing or gifting but in
how they related to the people and money!

It is difficult to for them to preach repentance from self
promotion, the love of position and title since most have
embraced celebrity status but Jesus did so in Matthew 23:1- 12.

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from seeking special
experiences and angelic encounters since those experiences are
their tickets to “prophetic” status in a world that values
experiences above obedience. But Paul did so in Colossians
2:18- 19.

You cannot preach repentance from inside the camp! You support
the camp. You can only preach repentance from outside. The
court prophets support the court. The prophets from the wilderness
are free to preach repentance. That is why Hebrew 13:13 calls us
to follow Jesus outside the camp.

Jesus said that “the pure in heart shall see God”.
The result of true repentance should be a pure heart to see God.

Once you see God the claims for revelation from the prophets will
literally be seen in a different light. Once you see God all dreams,
visions and words will take their proper place. That some talk
about third heaven experiences as casually as a trip to Pizza Hut
and claim to be able to teach others how to have them, shows that
they have never been farther than their own imaginations.

Maybe the fascination of the general church world with the
supernatural experiences, dreams, revelations is simply because
few of them have ever seen God? Maybe we put prophets in a
wrong place because we do not have God in the right place?

Maybe we would be less fascinated with “supernatural experiences”
if we understood the vision of God that Jesus presented to us?
Yes, He came to show us the Father but He also said that if we
served the least, we served Him.

He placed the face of God on every suffering child.

The pure in heart will see God and when they do the whole
religious game of status, money, recognition, book sales and
numbers will fade away. They will see God and they will see
His face as the face of human need and they will serve.

Jesus is the greatest Prophet!
Hear Him!

-SOURCE: www.harvest-now.org

Posted by: dwell247 | June 18, 2009

Sad news

I just found out this morning that two kids that graduated from my school died Tuesday night in a car wreck on I-285. Many of you may have seen it on the news if you are in the Atlanta area. Their names were Brandon Phillips and Jordan Makanani. I had Jordan in class and Brandon’s younger brother Chris in class. Jordan had just graduated this year and she was a sweet heart. Please be praying for their families.

Posted by: dwell247 | June 16, 2009

Email from a friend

I received this email from a friend at church. It really blessed me. They asked to remain anonymous but here is the email:

I feel I need to say something but I just can’t say it in your blog….sorry! blogs kind of get me tongue tied. Anyway I read your blog last night and it really touched me deeply and by the way I prayed for your friend Sam and was so deeply moved that she has something in the blog. To the point as I have prayed and talked with God today, and struggled, this is what he has layed on my heart and reminded me. He never hurts us, he stands with us through the storms and takes the crap with us and sometimes it keeps coming but he is always there. I grew up in a huge storm of abuse for years and he stood over me and covered me always, he never made it go away and I came out very scarred but very whole because I love and trust him even though I have so much trouble trusting people, there I said it, now maybe he will stop bugging me….not likely.

Thanks, my friend, for listening to God.

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