Passion for God’s House

John 2:17 NLT, “Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

In our society today we have a passion for a lot of different things. Sports, education, media and movies, food, and many other things that bring us pleasure. Jesus was known, from the beginning of His ministry, for His passion for God’s House.

Here is a fulfillment of a prophecy,” Passion for God’s House will consume me.” This begs the question, “Does a passion for Gods House consume us?”. If we are passionate about things of this world, how much more should we be passionate about the things of God.

We should be passionate for God’s house in the following areas:

1. Passionate to GO to God’s House.

Are we faithful to His House or do we let other things keep us away? We must be careful that we don’t let things keep us from corporate worship.

2. Passionate to PRAY for God’s House.

How often do you pray for your church?  If we belong to a church then we should pray for the church, its pastors and leaders. There is no greater way to impact the church than to pray for it. Prayer equals power.

3. Passionate to GROW in God’s House.

There is an old saying that says we should bloom where we are planted.  Are you planted and blooming in church? It is difficult to mature spiritually apart from the church. Now, this doesn’t mean that it is the church’s job to make you grow. You have to feed yourself. But growth happens at a greater pace when you are linked with other believers. Being taught and ministered to. You grow when you are feeding yourself at home and then blooming in a Bible teaching congregation.

4. Passionate to SERVE in God’s House.

If you belong to a church, are you serving in that church? Everyone is called to ministry. We must use our giftings to serve others. People who are passionate for Gods house serve in God’s House.

5. Passionate to BUILD God’s House.

When is the last time you invited someone to church? It is not solely the pastor’s responsibility to build God’s House, it is everyone’s. The pastor equips the saints for the work of the ministry and the saints minister. It means that every church member is a builder. Building by inviting and building by serving.

We all need to grow in these areas. Find where you are lacking and work diligently to grow in passion for God’s House. In a couple of weeks this will be a part of our Commit to Jesus. Series. “I am Committed to God’s House.”


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The Spirit-Filled Life from my Grandma’s Bible

I found these notes in my Grandma’s old bible:

Joel said, “I will pour our my Spirit on all flesh.”

Sinner’s verse – John 3:16  – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Christian’s verse – Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

The believer who is baptized in the Spirit will have or be:

1.  Fruit of the Spirit

2. Sensitive to the Spirit of God

3. A desire for perfection (maturity)

4. Easy to get along with

5. Humble man or woman of God

6. Soul-winner

7. Praising Jesus under every circumstance

8. Walk in humble obedience to the will of God

9. Jesus will be real to you, nearer than any other person

These are the results of a Spirit-filled life.  How do we line up?

Here are another couple of quotes from her Bible:

“People say God stopped His supernatural works in the first century. I’ve never heard anyone say the devil stopped his.”

“Would God expect us to go up against a supernatural enemy (devil) without supernatural weapons to fight him?”


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Revive Us O God

Revive Us GrandpasThe next few blog posts will be based off of some old sermons from my Grandpa’s Bible.  It amazes me  that the cry of the pastor’s heart was the same in the 1950’s as it is today. Or at least it should be.  Revive Us O God!

The sermon reads, “Our Lord has been glorified and the great gift to the church is the Holy Ghost and the one answer to your problems and needs and my needs  and that of the whole family of God throughout the whole world is the Holy Ghost.
Oh Breath of Life come sweeping through us,
Revive thy church with life and power.
O Breath of life, come, cleanse and renew us,
Equip Thy Church to meet this hour.”

Shouldn’t this be our prayer today?  The remedy for the world is still the same.  It hasn’t changed in these last fifty years, nor has it changed since the time of the Early Christians.  What this world needs is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  What the church needs is a revival that will change us and empower us to impact the world around us.

Our prayer should be, “O Breath of Life, move on us and revive us. Make us alive once again!”  Let us call on God and give Him no rest until a mighty revival sweeps through our communities and our nation.

100 Year Anniversary of the AG

I am grateful to be a part of this great fellowship. For 19 years I have been licensed to preach with the Assemblies of God and I am proud to be an AG minister.

I am a part of this denomination because I believe in it. I believe in what it stands for and what it holds as meaningful to the heart of God. It is evident that God has blessed the Assemblies of God these 100 years. The power of the Holy Spirit is evident in the churches of this great church. 100 years ago, men and women of God decided to start a movement that would be passionate about the Word of God, preaching, missions and the moving of the Spirit.

I, for one, am thankful for their obedience. It was in an Assembly of God church that I surrendered my life to Christ and found His delivering power. It was in this church that I discovered my calling to preach. It was in this movement that I have pastored for 18 years.

The Assemblies of God has been good to me.