Page 19 of 21

The Overlooked Commandment

Imagine this not too far-fetched scenario: Mom and Dad are going out together for a few hours, and before they leave they make a simple request of their young son: "Johnny, we will be back in a few hours. Before we get back, could you please straighten up your bedroom?"

Mom and Dad enjoy their evening out together, but they're shocked by what they see when they return home.

The lawn is freshly mowed. The living room has been vacuumed. All the dinner dishes have been washed.

Get Ready to Serve

Something powerful is on the horizon. The Lord is equipping His church for the greatest outpouring the world has ever seen. We must do everything possible to prepare our hearts and to train others for this soul-saving revival. We also must be willing to be used by the Lord in new, unfamiliar ways.

A fresh evangelistic anointing is about to rest upon true believers. Fear will give way to Holy Ghost-boldness as the Spirit of God directs His people into uncharted spiritual territory. The thirsty masses are about to be handed an unsolicited cup of cool water that will change them for eternity.

In an interview with a major news organization I was asked if the evangelical church should be responsible for solving the world's starvation and disease epidemic. Though I don't believe the answer lies solely with the church (it's a little more complex than that), I do believe that we are mandated to feed, clothe and help the poor. If we don't, then according to the Word of God, our religion is lifeless.

joel-osteen-media-ministry

Why We Need the Media

When I'm speaking at conferences and events across the country, I'm often asked why so many ministries use the media. After all, it's a very expensive business. Couldn't we use that money for feeding the hungry or helping the homeless? Wouldn't Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, James Dobson (and even your local pastor) be better stewards if they spent God's money on more traditional evangelism?

All good questions. No one wants to waste financial resources or damage opportunities for reaching the lost. So, my first response to such queries is to study the life of Jesus.

How did He reach people? Where did He reach people? How did He make an impact on them? What can I learn from His life and ministry?

David Wilkerson’s Amazing Challenge

It has been 50 years since Pentecostal preacher David Wilkerson moved to New York City to reach violent gangs. His message has restored hundreds of thousands of lives.

Fifty years ago, David Wilkerson seemed an unlikely candidate to attack the Goliath-like monster of drug addiction. He was an obscure 26-year-old Assemblies of God preacher from rural Pennsylvania when he traveled to New York City in 1958 to share Christ with seven teens accused of murder.

At the time, he knew little about drugs, addiction or New York’s gang-infested inner city. What he did know was that the Holy Spirit could destroy any stronghold, even one as insidious as drug addiction.

Christianity-Islam

Radically Changed

One of the highlights of my life is the time I put flowers on the grave of a man I had never met. I first heard this man's name—Samuel Zwemer—in the 1980s during a class at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the oldest and most prestigious Muslim university in the world, sometimes called the "brain of Islam."

My professor taught us that throughout history Christians had attempted to destroy Islam. He reminded us of the bloody battles Christians had waged against the Islamic world during the 200 years of the Crusades. He pointed out the Western colonialism that had been practiced from the late 1700s to the mid-1900s.

"Now Christians have a new strategy to defeat Islam," he added. This strategy was embodied in the name and picture I saw in my textbook: that of Samuel Zwemer.

The Power of One

Individual Christians have played extraordinary roles in the spread of the gospel.

Early in my Christian walk (which began more than three decades ago), I recall hearing the phrase, "One plus God is a majority." The idea behind this was that Christians should never be discouraged by numerical or other odds ranged against them because, with God, not only are all things possible, but also ordinary worldly reckonings of who will or won't succeed are often overturned.

Later, as some prominent figures in the charismatic movement began behaving in odd ways, Christian teaching began to focus once more—correctly—on the need for both general laity and leaders to be accountable to oversight through a pastor or some sort of board of elders.

Taking Risks for The Word

Quietly and without fanfare, Bible translators risk their lives to provide unreached tribes and subcultures with God's Word. This is their amazing story.

The Jungle Is Still His Home

Missionary Bruce Olson, known as BRUCHKO to those who read about his adventures, has given most of his life to Colombia's Motilone Indians.

The Harvest is Ready

In past seasons, Christians understood GOD'S VISION for SPIRITUAL HARVEST. We could lose A GENERATION if we don't reclaim this forgotten promise.

Can I Get A Witness?

Just outside your door are countless unbelievers who need to hear the gospel. What's preventing you from reaching them?

Where Hustlers Find Hope

MALE PROSTITUTES in inner-city Chicago are finding a new kind of love from a radical ministry that offers compassion instead of judgment.

A Different Kind of Revolution

In Nicaragua-a nation once ravaged by Marxism-Christians are celebrating and churches are growing at an unprecedented rate.

God is in the Small Print

Even in this high-tech age, the lowly gospel tract still delivers a powerful message.

Gospel MAGIC

Christian ILLUSIONISTS use sleight of hand to share their faith, but the results are genuine.

Miracle in the Marketplace

Christian businesspeople are winning their co-workers to the Lord at a record rate. God wants to work in your workplace!

My Big Fat Greek Outreach

American missionary Jerry Winter has returned to his forefathers' homeland to spearhead a massive evangelistic effort at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Reaching the Rastafarians

Why is the Rastafari religion attracting youth today? Charisma talked to insiders to understand the trend.

Subcategories

Charisma — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit