Spiritual Warfare – Offense or Defense?

Spiritual warfare is a reality of life, not a myth or a theoretical concept. In the words of Dr. Ed Murphy, “everything from Genesis 3 to Revelation 20 that has occurred, is occurring, and will yet occur, occurs in the context of warfare between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of evil supernaturalism.” Much of what we see in the area of spiritual warfare consists of asking God to protect us, which I call defensive warfare. Most of us are pretty good at playing defense. But I have not … [Read more...]

Asking for the Nations

Workers who want to reach the nations can spend lots of time learning strategies, methodologies, and other tools of the trade. These can be very helpful, but let us not overlook one of the most powerful tools available to us. Long ago, the Lord said, "Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession." (Psalm 2:8) Many workers have spent years praying this verse, asking for the nations, and claiming the promise that the Lord makes to His own, who … [Read more...]

Levels of Maturity

There are three levels of leader development: children, youth and fathers. Children are born from above and possess spiritual gifts. Immature children may manifest an aptitude for apostleship, prophesy, evangelism, shepherding or teaching. Let these serve in minor roles for a time, under supervision. Youth are eager to do battle, to go to work, even to reproduce. Let them do so, not as ordained leaders, but in starting and leading new gatherings of new believers, as apprentices to a … [Read more...]

Church Planting Movements in North America

Yes, there are highly-reproductive church-planting efforts under way in North America. One such effort is trying to track its progress at http://www.cmaresources.org/networks/churches  … [Read more...]