God’s Timing This Year

Today I was reflecting on how I came to meet a man from another part of the world a couple weeks ago (I believe) because I was listening to the Lord. I understand that some may be skeptical, but I believe we get better with practice and I’ve been practicing. During these last 14 months I’ve been practicing quite a lot. And, it’s more than simply belief when you see the results in your life.

Because I met this man I decided to start a project to send 500,000 bibles across the world to a place that doesn’t have easy access to power and therefore, not much internet usage. That means shipping actual bibles instead of virtual ones.

In order for me to meet this man I had to be where he was in San Marcos before he went back home. He was at The Fire & Glory Outpouring on a Thursday night and a man named David asked me at the end of the meeting if I would give the visitor (who I’ll call Peter) a ride back to the Motel 6 in Escondido. I said that I would do that as soon as I said goodbye to someone.

Because saying goodbye took so long, Peter found another ride home. I caught up with him and the man giving him a ride in the parking lot of Summit Church and he asked if I could pick him up where he was staying the next morning. I agreed and that made all the difference in my weekend.

After the morning Fresh Awakening session at The Fire & Glory Outpouring I invited Peter to come to my house for the afternoon before the evening session with Jamie Galloway as guest speaker. I didn’t realize that my wife wouldn’t be able to spend time with us after she got off work that day. Others in the house were busy as well which meant that 95% of the conversation that Friday was just between Peter and me.

We got along quite well and I found myself offering to give him a ride for the entire weekend, which meant at least 10 more rides including to Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (our home church) at 8:30 Sunday morning. During the weekend I found that he hadn’t secured a ride to the airport so I picked him up before 7 on Monday and took him to Lindbergh field.

Wait! There’s more! We didn’t just ride together, but we worshiped together over and over. I highly recommend this strategy for growing closer to someone. By Monday morning we weren’t just friends, but brothers. He even invited me to preach over Skype sometime which is a real growth opportunity.

You may be wondering why I mentioned God’s timing in the title of this post.

Months ago as I was seeking to hear from the Lord I felt that he was telling me that it’s OK to go to Comic-Con in 2017, but not the World Series of Poker. As I mentioned earlier, because I listened to God I was able to meet and get to know Peter BECAUSE I was in San Marcos, California.

This afternoon I decided to take a closer look at the May calendar to see about God’s timing. You may not even know about the World Series of Poker(WSOP), but I have been there before and months ago I had been sincerely thinking about going after missing this “festival of poker tournaments” in recent years.

If I had decided to go to the WSOP I would likely have only given Peter a ride on Friday morning and then driven to Las Vegas, Nevada after dropping him off back at the Motel 6. It’s very possible that I would have never met Peter because I could have gone up even earlier to spend time with a friend who lives there and be plenty rested before I entered one of the poker tournaments.

It should be obvious to everyone that if I was in Las Vegas, Nevada during late May I wouldn’t have been able to get to know Peter who was in San Marcos, California for just over four days.

Great stuff can happen when we worship God “in Spirit and in Truth”. We might just be able to hear stuff from Him that He really, really wants us to know.

David Herzog is coming this week. Will you be there?

You never know who you’re going to meet. Except Jesus.

He’ll meet you there with His perfect timing!

The Canadians Are Coming!

Wednesday night (tomorrow!) is the One-Year Anniversary of The Fire & Glory Outpouring and it kicks off five days of worship and celebration.

Sam Robinson is one of the guest speakers and I’m pretty sure he said that he’s bringing at least 60 Canadians with him to Summit Church in San Marcos, California. Last I heard there were at least 500 people registered, but that was Sunday and most of those were from out of state and outside the U.S.

Miranda Nelson said that most people actually register in the three days just before these special Fresh Awakening-type events. So I don’t know how many people will come for someone like Shawn Bolz. 700? 800? A Thousand? I’m not sure everyone will fit if we get 1000 people.

For this event I say “we” because my wife and I are volunteering as ushers. I don’t know if we are guaranteed seats, but I know I’ll at least have a place to stand!

If you’ve never experienced a revival-type worship event, I urge you to COME ON DOWN. (Because so many people are expected, based on my experience I recommend getting there 90 minutes early. If you want to attend when there are likely to be not quite so many so that you don’t have to come early, then shoot for 2:30 on Friday or Saturday. No guarantee, but based on my experience those times aren’t usually packed to the rafters!)

Remember, it’s not about getting you to switch churches. Attend your home church AND come to revival! Revival is EXTRA! Think of it like summer camp for adults (though kids are welcome as well).

The other really important thing to remember is that The Fire & Glory Outpouring is about the love of Jesus. So, don’t expect to switch churches and focus on giving and receiving the love of Jesus. You’ll probably learn a lot AND it’s very likely there will be prayer for healing. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your enemies. They need God, too.

If you really can’t make it, you can watch online. I like numbers so I have kept a pretty accurate count. So far (mostly since July 2016) I’ve watched The Fire & Glory Outpouring on Youtube 24 times and I’ve attended live 68 times. Get more details by visiting the new website, ElishaRevolution.com.

Here’s the schedule and a song to take you out:

Schedule:

Wednesday | 7pm – Miranda Nelson
Thursday | 10am – Samuel Robinson
Thursday | 7pm – Shawn Bolz
Friday | 10am – Shawn Bolz
Friday | 2:30pm – Jerame Nelson
Friday | 7pm – Mahesh Chavda
Saturday | 10am – Mahesh Chavda
Saturday | 2:30pm – Andrew Hopkins
Saturday | 7pm – Jerame Nelson
Sunday | 7pm – Samuel Robinson

God bless you!

We Encourage When We Share

Most mornings I wake up with a song in my head. I truly enjoy music and during the last six months or so I’ve been listening to a lot more worship music. (I think I even mentioned this in an earlier blog post.)

Here’s how I think it works for me and I believe that means it can work for you as well.

Because I’ve been sincerely seeking to know God better through semi-regular worship and creating a study with two like-minded friends from church, I’ve been led/gone down a different (or deeper) path.

When I was 24 and my mom died of lung cancer I didn’t try hard enough to find help through people of faith. I remember reaching a point where people were telling me that maybe I needed to go to a professional (or semi-professional student counselor at SDSU, in my case) counselor to discuss my grief.

It is not my intention to sound harsh, but maybe what I should have done is found other believers who were willing to meet with me and pray with me (and counsel me) AND if I couldn’t find those believers at MY CHURCH, I should have looked at other churches for believers who would help.

That doesn’t necessarily mean leaving that church, but if that’s what I had to do then that’s what I should have done. As believers we have to take responsibility for our faith. (Check out Galatians 6:5-15 at BibleStudyTools.com which covers a great deal in this area.)

Today my wife and I attend Solana Pres in Solana Beach, California. I started attending a little over two decades ago. We also attend The Fire & Glory Outpouring Revival which is currently hosted at Summit Church in San Marcos, California. This doesn’t mean we are switching churches.

Tonight at 7:00 I expect that we will worship revival-style and tomorrow morning at 8:30 we will worship passionate-Presbyterian (or as close as Presbyterians get to passionate worship?) style.

When I started this blog I hoped to share my journey with Jesus honestly and assumed that a good number of readers would support me when I launch my brand.

What I’m finding is that by worshiping more frequently and continuing to meet regularly with good christian friends I can trust I’m more open to what God is calling me to do.

Evangelism is one of those things. I tell strangers that God loves them and I’m more open to conversations with them about what they want to talk about. Surprisingly, lots of people are open to someone who is sharing enthusiastically about their faith and many of those people are open to me praying for them. Sometimes that means right there on the spot.

If people support my brand when I launch, that’s wonderful. But, there is more to this blog than supporting me in what I do. Who’s supporting you?

Here’s Crowder with that song in my head when I woke up this morning.

God bless you!

Are You Leaning On His Glory-Strength?

Earlier today I wasn’t having a great time. For what was the third time in less than a week, one of our vehicles was in the shop. I met a nice man named Napoleon at Summit Church’s worship service on New Year’s Day and decided to try out his place, Bumper 2 Bumper, to fix the bumper on our new (used) vehicle.

In the process I let little things get to me and my wife and I ended up having an small argument. Even though we got to enjoy going out for breakfast while Napoleon’s crew worked on our car, I was bothered by something. I had read Colossians this morning and I thought I was ready for the day. Fortunately my wife is a teacher and has a few more days off. She urged me to cuddle up with her later when we got home and I ended up taking a nap.

Where am I going with this?

In the passage from Colossians below we’re reminded to lean on God’s glory-strength instead of the “grim strength of gritting your teeth”.

How do we do that?

I believe that frequent worship is an enormous help because if we are truly worshiping we are reminded that we are in the presence of God and that can mean we are impacted by his “tangible” glory.

Our culture doesn’t make it easy to spend lots of time in worship. This is not about making anyone feel guilty. This is about logical consequences.

If you spend more time exercising, you will see the results in your physical health.

If you spend more time worshiping, you will see the results in your spiritual health.

Now is the time to make changes. Even our culture makes it easier at the start of a new year. Regardless of when you’re reading this, I urge you to worship God more frequently in Spirit and in Truth.

Whatever you’re doing currently, why not add The Fire & Glory Outpouring? Attend in person or watch LIVE or recorded on Youtube.

My wife and I and a couple friends are attending at Summit Church tonight in San Marcos across from Cal State and I am really ready! (Boy, am I ready!)

Check out these verses from Colossians 1!

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Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
Colossians 1:9-12 The Message (MSG)
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God bless you!

Try New Things In This New Year!

Happy New Year!

This morning my wife and I tried something new by attending Summit Church in San Marcos together for the first time.

Frequent readers may wonder what I mean because they have heard me refer to Summit at times. Summit Church hosts Jerame & Miranda Nelson who are the lead revivalists of The Fire & Glory Outpouring (revival).

We have been to Summit many times for The Fire & Glory Outpouring and yesterday we saw Charlie Robinson from Canada preach at both 10 am and 7 pm.

We enjoyed Charlie Robinson so much that we went to both worship services this morning and we’ll attend the revival tonight when he “tag teams” with Jerame Nelson.

If you haven’t been to The Fire & Glory Outpouring or you’re in the San Marcos area looking for a church or if you are traveling, check out Summit for the revival or regular worship service.

Tonight will be my 61st(!) time at The Fire & Glory Outpouring and this is a special once a month time called Fresh Awakening. I believe this is my 6th Fresh Awakening and I always find it amazing or wonderful or both when Jerame & Miranda invite speakers like Shawn Bolz, Ivan Roman, Sam Robinson (Charlie’s son), Theresa Dedmon, Mahesh Chavda and others to come.

Near the end of January is the One-Year Anniversary of this revival and anyone who has ever been to one may know that a year is actually a long time for a revival to last. I’ve heard that Jerame & Miranda expected to do three or four nights and Holy Spirit told them to keep going. So they are simply obeying God. Find out who’s coming in January by clicking here.

I encourage you to try lots of new things in 2017 and beyond. You can start with some music from Summit Church which you may not know. I hope to see you at revival soon, but if you really can’t make it, watch on Youtube!

Now What? Worship God!

Today is the day after Christmas, 2016.

Are you ready to move ahead or will you wait until January 2, 2017? (There’s all that football and maybe family and MAYBE recovering from the night before on New Year’s Day.)

Will you move ahead while keeping that Christmas Spirit all year long?

We have access to the TRUE Spirit of Christmas if we want it.

Of course, I’m talking about Holy Spirit.

Do you want more of the Holy Spirit in your life, that is, more INTIMACY with Holy Spirit? You CAN have that greater intimacy.

I have a strong suggestion.

Worship God more. In Spirit and in Truth.

This year has been quite a year with Almighty God for me and my family. Things REALLY picked up in April. After Power & Love in Pasadena I shared songs that encouraged my faith.

What I’ve found throughout the year is that I’m learning to love NEW songs that I hear in worship and on the radio (Thanks, Air1!).

Through worshiping God at the Fire & Glory Outpouring AND my home church (Solana Pres) and even watching worship on Youtube I have been stretched by God in my capacity for worship. I asked God to stretch me when I first entered this revival back when it took place in Rancho Bernardo.

Since I asked God to stretch me in worship what I’m about to say may not come as a big surprise, but maybe you’ve never thought of it before. I know I have.

I have wondered over the years what it would be like to bring in the new year worshiping with other believers. That’s what my wife and I will do this year.

Join us and Jerame & Miranda Nelson and a special guest or two at Fresh Awakening at Summit Church (that’s where Fire & Glory Outpouring moved months ago after Rancho Bernardo).

Of course, if you can’t make it to Summit Church in San Marcos you can watch on Youtube!

Again, I urge you to worship God in Spirit and Truth more often.

One way is through music and singing. (Yes, I do listen to more than just Crowder.)

Here’s a gifted helper, Lauren Daigle, to assist you in worshiping God.