Category Archives: burning heart

21st Century — Get Ready For God’s Fire-Fall & Spirit-Flow!

It’s coming!  Get ready for God’s fire-fall & Spirit-flow! On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate God’s fire-fall and Spirit-flow releasing the current of His supernatural power in and through ordinary Christ-followers and transforming them into spiritual powerhouses setting the captives of … Continue reading

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“The Christmas Candle” Confirms The Concept Of Sermon-Free Church

The new movie The Christmas Candle is an amazing confirmation of The Salvation Army Berry Street’s participatory worship where everyday people show and tell what God has done.  I’ve been writing and posting, on my blog and on Facebook, for … Continue reading

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Let God’s Fire Be 0% Contained (Not 100% Contained)

0% contained? *The goal for a wildfire is that it be 100% contained — full containment.   *God’s goal for His fire is that it be 0% contained — complete uncontainment. (To quote Paul of Tarsus, “Quench not the Spirit.”) … Continue reading

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The Wilberforce Force — Undying Passion To Make A Difference For Righetousness

Yesterday I watched a movie about William Wilberforce, the man who in the early 1800 spent many years trying to get a bill to end the slave trade through the British Parliament.  The force of Wilberforce’s example and lifestyle moved … Continue reading

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The Worst Religious Advice I Was Ever Given

The worst religious advice I was ever given came when I was a student at Memphis Theological Seminary.  A professor in a preaching class said:  “You need to spend one hour of study for every minute you preach.” Since then … Continue reading

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Rocket science can’t reinvent the thrill in your life — but Christ can!

Rocket science can’t reinvent the thrill (or the wheel) in your life — but Christ can! All you need is Christimacy — living in continual intimacy with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Why not become a Christimate — an obedient … Continue reading

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The Cat In The Hat Shares The Rap On His Cap

Yo! Let’s go, We gotta show A better way to pray Than sittin’ in pews Hearin’ preacha views. We got da great news! Let everybody share A prayer or a care. Take da flag Out of da bag; Blood & … Continue reading

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Imitator or Radiator? (Awash In The World or Aflame For God?)

Are you a radiator spreading the presence and power of Christ to the people around you or an imitator following the influence of popular culture? Are you transforming your friends, neighbors, coworkers and community by godly influence or are you … Continue reading

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“I’ll Fight” — How To Be A Spiritual Soldier

A famous quotation by William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, boldly repeats the words “I’ll fight!”  His wife, Catherine Booth, preached Aggressive Christianity. They challenged their followers to be spiritual soldiers, not passive spectators.  But how do you fight … Continue reading

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My 21st Century Psalm (King David Style)

I recently attended a prayer and fasting retreat sponsored by the Kentucky and Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army and was challenged to write a psalm.  So I did.  Here it is: Psalm of Steve #1 Nothing comes from nothing, … Continue reading

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