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Monday, February 4, 2013
The Real Church Crisis
Do you sense a depression in the body of Christ in America, as if something is badly wrong? We’re losing influence within our culture as the anti-Christian sentiment grows, yet you’d never know it in most churches—the smoke, lights, loud music and preaching rolls on as if all is well.

The situation is exacerbated by this simple fact: We don’t have our act together in the body of Christ. Too often people come to the church, are deeply disappointed and as a result are turned off from the gospel. The church promises solutions but only offers lip service. We’ve become excellent at giving people a show on Sunday but lousy at showing them how to actually live. In fact, most church members are as bound up as those in the world—they’re in financial bondage, struggling with addictions and their families are in disarray.

This includes leaders in the church. I believe, as John Maxwell says, that everything rises and falls based on leadership. So allow me to address the leadership situation within the charismatic community.

Charismatic churches and ministries typically grow when leaders are passionate and have a vision. It doesn’t matter if they have seminary degrees; if they can preach the gospel and if people gravitate to them, they suddenly have a growing church! Anointing is more important than academics. That’s partly why our churches are growing while other areas of the body aren’t.

But there’s a dark underbelly to charismatic leadership too. read more
Prophetic Insight
13 Prophecies for 2013
As I waited upon God going into 2013, I received these words from the Lord. Some  came in the form of impressions, others came as visions and some came as scriptures 
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Fire in My Bones
What Africans Prayed Last Week for America
This photo of Nigerian Christians on their faces in prayer should stir us to repent. I love so many things about Nigeria.
Music
Chris Tomlin's Newest Release 'Burning Lights'
Few things are likely to garner more attention in Christian music circles today than a new release from Chris Tomlin.
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Standing With Israel
10 ‘Jewish Facts’ About the New Testament
As a new believer in Yeshua (Jesus), I assumed I was no longer Jewish—that believing in this Jewish man had nothing in common with Jewishness.
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WORLD
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POLITICS
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