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Holy Ghost Premiere… You don’t wanna miss it.

Religion sucks, but a living relationship with our Father through the Holy Spirit… is awesome… simply awesome.

If you haven’t seen it yet, the world premiere of Darren Wilson’s newest film Holy Ghost from Wanderlust Productions is streaming free on bethel.tv until September 8, 2014, 5pm PST.  It… rocks.  Watch it… period.

Check it out here before it’s too late.  (Or just go by the DVD when it’s released in a few weeks.)

Oh, man, am I hungry to see the Holy Spirit work through me.  As a missionary in a new culture, barely able to speak the language, this has been one of the most frustrating things here… how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit to people with whom I can’t communicate.

But, church, we just gotta do it, teach it, and lead others into it.  It’s time to be an encounter.  The world doesn’t need more advice; they need an encounter with the Father who’s searching for his sons, the shepherd who’s searching for his sheep.  The world doesn’t need religion… it needs relationship with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Oh, man, this movie has made me hungry for what’s real.

John 14:12 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

The Law, the Conscience, and the Gospel

A few years ago, I was driving to Spring Green from Madison after watching a movie at the theater late one night.  It’s an hour drive from Madison to Spring Green, and most of the ride is through small towns where gas stations aren’t open very late.  Knowing it might be difficult to find a bathroom so late in the night (and believing public urination probably wouldn’t be the best thing to have on my record), I remember thinking maybe I should go to the bathroom in Madison before I left.  But then my Y-chromosome called me a sissy and convinced me I could make it all the way home.

I realized pretty quickly that I had made a wrong decision, and so at every little town I came to, I looked left and right for any sign of some place where I could pull over and use the bathroom.  After passing through a few unpromising towns, I remember finally seeing ahead of me a gas station brightly lit up.  I could even see the attendant inside working at the counter.

I was so happy that, without turning on my signal or looking behind me, I immediately turned left from the right-hand lane and aimed towards the gas station.

Bright blue and red flashing lights behind me quickly revealed I had cut off a police officer in my pursuit of a toilet.

The law had found me.  And there was no escape.  I was caught red-handed, guilty.

When I came to a stop, I rolled down my window, held out my driver’s license, and shouted, “I really have to use the bathroom!  Can I give you my license and go run to the toilet?”

The officer nodded his ascent, so I ran as fast as a guy can run whose bladder is about to explode and took care of business.  When I returned to the car, the officer explained that under the circumstances, he’d let me off with a warning rather than a ticket. Boy, was I relieved! (In more ways than one.)

I share this to illustrate a truth:  To share the gospel effectively, my job is to help a person to see that he has broken God’s eternal law, that there are red and blue flashing lights behind him, and he’s been found guilty. Only then will he find the peace and the relief his soul needs, and only then will he gladly surrender all to Jesus.

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It’s been a while, so… What have we been up to?

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Well, it’s been almost a month since my last update, so I figured It’s about time to let you know how things have been going here in Romania.  Since my last update, we started teaching classes at Scoala Biblica Piatra Vie.  It’s our very first semester teaching these courses in Romania, and many books are not available in Romanian, so it’s been far less organized than I like, but God is working in and through us.

We have a total of 12 students taking 3 different classes.  They represent three different continents (Africa, Europe, and North America) and speak four different mother tongues (English, French, Romanian, and Swahili).  Yes, we’re pretty diverse!  Culturally (Romanians, Africans, and Americans), intellectually (from graduate school students to high school dropouts), and spiritually (a one-month-old believer from a Muslim background, Baptists who were taught to believe the charismatic gifts ended in the first century, Pentecostals who never learned to study the Bible, and even a few who don’t know what to call themselves)–we have a wide variety of students!

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A Couple Tract Testimonies

It’s been a while since I’ve given any updates on the blog. Partly, God has simply been bringing us less exciting ministry lately; things like counseling, encouraging church members, and learning to speak Romanian just don’t make for interesting blog updates. And partly, we’ve been taking less risks in evangelism; we’ve been doing a lot of safe stuff like passing out tracts or talking one-on-one, which is good but tends not to attract those crazy cool testimonies we all like to read and I like to write about.

Anyhow, while I don’t have any wild, supernaturally-awesome testimonies, I do want to share three stories from the last week and a half.

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It was 9:30 pm after the Easter Sunday service, and I was on my way home. It was a beautiful night, and as I passed by the park, I felt a pull to just go sit there for a while. I wouldn’t have called it God’s voice at the time, but I know enough about how He speaks to listen to the feelings in my heart. So I quickly dropped my things off at home and then returned to the park. As I was walking towards a bench, I saw a man walking through the park, and something in my spirit went, “Something’s not right with that guy,” and then something in my flesh went, “Ewww, I really hope he doesn’t come sit by me.”

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Prayer Letter – September 2013

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Righteousness Goes Before Him

I love it when I’m reading the Bible and I “discover” a verse that “wasn’t there before.”  This morning, Psalm 85:13 stood out to me:  “Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.”

On the one side, the coming of Jesus into our lives makes us righteous, purifies us.  His feet are like burning bronze, fire (Revelation 1:15), and when he steps in, he burns up all the garbage.

But on the other side, continuing in holiness prepares the way for him to work in us.  When I live a holy life, a separate life, I become a place welcoming to the Spirit.  Paul wrote, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”  If I can grieve him, then surely I can be welcoming to him, too.

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Ain’t No Party Like A Holy Ghost Party

No, this entry is not about the totally sweet worship song by Cory Asbury and Jaye Thomas. (But, side note, if you’re in the U.S., make sure to visit IHOP:KC for the OneThing conference from December 28-31 for an awesome “Holy Ghost party.”)

Sunday, Jake and I turned 32, and so we decided to invite some friends to come over in the evening. I hate birthday parties and I think they’re stupid in general, but we wanted an excuse to hang out with friends. So there you have it.

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