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For the first time in my life

I am now in a new demographic.

As my 32 birthday quickly approaches, I have been reminiscing on the goodness of God and how different my life is now than I could have ever imagined.

This nostalgia is not because I feel as though I am getting old, but it is because when I was 15 something happened to me. Twenty two days before my Sweet Sixteen, I was radically transformed by the power of God in the fires of revival.

Each year that passes, I can’t help but reflect on how my life has been more than I could ever have imagined.

This year is special.

Just yesterday, I had the honor of meeting for the first time the man that was preaching the night I was saved. His name is Steve Hill, and one thing I have desired for some time is to simply shake his hand and say, “Thank you… thank for you for being obedient and preaching the Gospel.”

Me with Steve Hill

[I always try to be careful when I talk about this, because there are other people that played a HUGE role in my life as a young believer. For example, there is Mike Montag. Mike was the Youth Pastor at South Attleboro Assembly of God, is truly a humble and faithful man of God, and was my first mentor. He discipled me in many areas of life, and was crucial in forming my life as a teenager.]

This opportunity to sit and talk to Steve Hill landed right between my spiritual birthday and my biological birthday; which this year is significant. (Have I mentioned that yet?)

So, why is this significant? What new demographic do I now fit into?

I was born March 13, 1981.
I was born-again February 19, 1997.
I am turning 32 on March 13, 2013.
This means I have now, officially, been a born-again Christian for more than half of my life.

For many people this may seem insignificant; but to know how screwed up my life was, how bent I was for hell, and how my life was on a serious downward spiral, this is a testament to how amazing God is!

His grace continues to blow me away!

I spent a half hour this morning just crying as I thanked God for His faithfulness.

I really feel as though I have entered a new season of my life. There are things I feel as though God has been speaking to me and showing me… I have been having dreams, and am experiencing many “divine connections” with individuals in the city and in ministry.

I don’t know all that God has in store, but I am excited!

I have been given a birthday gift that I feel perfectly commemorates this unique time in my life—The Revival Study Bible.

The Revival Study Bible

With my rebirth having been forged in the flames of revival, and Steve Hill being the general editor, to me this is a special sword that will be used to fight many spiritual battles in the years to come.

Thanks to everyone that have been a part of my life, and I pray that we see greater things to come!

ONWARD!!!

Steve

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Book Review: Viral

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Ah. Finally finished this amazing book!

Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival was my first introduction to Dr. Leonard Sweet, and man was a I blown away!

In this book, Sweet works on breaking down two main topics and explains their impact on culture, relationships and communication; and then relates that information to how it has affected the spread of the Gospel. The first topic is that of the two generations we see in USAmerica—”Gutenberger” and “Googler”— and weaves the comparison of these generations through each main category of the second topic—the “TGIF culture.”

Sweet goes through a great effort early in the book to help the reader understand the difference between the “Gutenbergers” and “Googlers.” This greatly solidifies the significance of the message, as it enables you to put his argument into proper context, how social networking is poised to ignite revival. If you don’t grasp the generational differences from the beginning, then it would be difficult to follow the rest of the book, as it leans heavily on understanding the differences. He then builds on this foundation with a great teaching on the significance of the “TGIF culture”—Twitter, Google, iPhone, Facebook.

I have the privilege of approaching this book from a unique position—I have my degree in Youth Ministry and have been a Youth Pastor at 2 churches, am currently starting a new church, and also work full time as the Social Media Manager for an international non-profit organization. So to see the significance and importance of Sweets proposal is an understatement. I live what he is teaching here on a daily basis beyond being an early adopter of Facebook, Twitter, and the iPhone.

This book is highly recommended!

Since I began reading this book, every person I have come in contact with that works with youth in any fashion, as well as anyone involved in church ministry, has heard me rant about how important it is for them to read this book. To date, I believe it is one of the most well-written books on the subject of the cultural significance of social networking and it’s affect on the Gospel.

So, are you a Gutenburger or a Googler? Are you a catalyst for sparking revival, or have you become irrelevant to this evolving culture? Get your copy today and find out!

Our notebooks are full

A reporter, after interviewing Annie Mainwaring, who was one of the lady singers that traveled with Evan Roberts, looked down at his notebook only to realize that it was still blank. He was so captivated by the words she spoke regarding the revival and of Roberts, that he failed to write anything down. He then stated, “Well, my notebook is empty, but my heart is full.

Today, we find the opposite to be true of most Christians—our notebooks are full, but our hearts are empty.

Peter Yeoman
(Retelling the story passed on to him by the man that was in the room when this happened.)

Nothing more

Lately, there’s has been this longing in my heart…
… this desire…
… to have nothing else but God.

I wish I could just sell everything.
Or give it all away, for that matter.
To have no other responsibilities but to trust in God for everything.

I just want Him.

It’s almost as if everything else is just a distraction.

My wife is not too keen on just bing a tent and living in a field.
I tell her, “God will provide everything!”
But, she just gives me that look…
Yeah, you know the look.

The more my life remains entangled with all this stuff, the more I wonder if it’s really all detrimental.

I’m all into social media.
Is it all necessary?
No.
I use it a lot personally, I do it for work, and I think there is value when using it well…
… but is there a cost?

Are we becoming more dependent on methods of proclaiming the gospel, and less on the One whom the gospel proclaims?

On a personal note, this has in no way diminished my use of the various platforms.
But I wonder if it should.
Does this make me a hypocrite?
I’m not preaching against it, but simply asking questions regarding value.

Ah… I’m rambling now.

Quite simply, my thoughts are this:
There’s a hunger in me that needs to be quenched…
… I know that the One that can quench it is the Lord.
Now, how to do I get to that place—so desperate and set apart, that He comes in such a way that my heart is satisfied by Him and Him alone?

Pressing in…

Steve

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