Breaking the Silence, was released in March, 2014. It deals mainly with the need for revival in the church. Our programs and our talents will not take us through the battles of this life. We need an outpouring of God's Spirit.
Some of the chapter titles include, "How Did It Happen?," "A Dilemma in the Church," "The Road to Sodom," "Old-Time Preaching," and many others--a total of 34 chapters.
Chapter 1 (which bears the title of the book) is presented as our "Featured Article." See column on right of home page.
Rebuilding from Rubbish...Nehemiah's Cry for Revival is our newest book, published July, 2014. The message centers on the need for revival in the church. It is taken from the book of Nehemiah, which has been called a book of revival. Its message is for the church today.
Jesus told Nicodemus, "You must be born again" (John 3:7). You must be born of the Holy Spirit. We enter into this world through the means of natural birth; we enter into Heaven through means of a spiritual birth.
How can I experience this spiritual birth? It is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died on Calvary's Cross to pay the ransom for our sins. We must have our sins washed away before we can be born again and before we can enter Heaven's Gate.
Romans 3:23 reads, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Revelation 1:5b says that Jesus, "loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." When we repent of our sins, Jesus cleanses us from our sins, and we are born again by the Spirit of God. We become a new creation in Christ. We then receive the gift of eternal life, and we have the blessed assurance of making Heaven our home when we die!
If you have never repented of your sins and put your faith in Jesus, then today can be the day of salvation for you. Do not put it off to another day!
“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).
The Greek word for church, "ekklesia," means "called out." By our very definition as the church, we were not meant to stay around. We have not been assigned to remain here and make this world a haven in which to live. We are pilgrims, passing through; we are called out to be caught up--destined for the rapture of the body of Christ. Destined for an eternal home...more...
On our first trip to Guatemala in 1981, we had driven a van to the field for a missionary but found it necessary to return to the States on our own. Since there was not enough funds for plane tickets, we bought bus tickets from Guatemala City all the way home to our folks' place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our luggage consisted of nine boxes and suitcases, plus carry on things. It was early Friday morning about 6:30 a.m. and we were on our way...more...
Below is a picture of the bus we road from the Guatemalan border to Mexico City. We stopped for a rest at this restaurant.
1. You can't have joy in the church without weeping. You can't be made whole unless you have been broken. A church that has joy, shouting, and victory, will be a church with a lot of weeping and tears and broken spirits before God.
2. A form of Christianity where Christians are ashamed to be different from the world is not Christianity. Christianity without transformation is not Christianity. Christianity that follows the fashion of this world is not Christianity. Christianity where we are transformed into the image of His dear Son is true Christianity.
3. David did not attend any schools on how to kill giants. He just had faith in God.
4. God only gives each of us one life, one short span of time to sing our song, to preach our sermon, to give our offering, to pray our prayer, or do our thing; then we are gone. We all have but a brief vapor of time, and then it vanishes away. Learn to sing well, to preach well, to give well, to pray well or whatever it is that God calls you to do. Make your time count! It only comes once.
5. I have seen enough poverty in third-world countries to know poverty does bring misery. And I have seen enough wealth in America to know that wealth is not the answer. Poverty is not the problem, and wealth is not the answer. Sin is the problem, and Jesus is the Answer. The absence of God is the problem, and His presence is the Answer. His presence will instantly revive us, and His absence produces chaos.
“For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
The fire of God is gone from many a church today, and too many of those who once knew it are sitting in their pews and watching as they gradually lose that fire. They have never said a word about the dwindling flame—perhaps afraid to show a bad spirit. But it is now past time to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. We can no longer just go with the flow when the flow is drifting away from God and from the evident truths of His Word.
We have permitted the youth to imitate the world, its entertainment and values, and we have kept silent. As a result, a distorted form of Christianity has been birthed, and we are suffering from it. God will not inhabit a false worship or a false offering of praise. It doesn’t matter how sincere one may be. God is seeking more than sincerity. The Muslims are sincere, but they deny Christ as God’s Son and as the only sacrifice for sins. Their sincerity will have no merit on the Day of Judgment, and neither will ours, if we have allowed ourselves to stray from the truth.
John the Baptist was a preacher uniquely appointed to break the silence. For four hundred years no Scripture had been written in Israel. There were a few prophets alive, such as Simeon, who were still hearing from God. Anna was a true prophetess who lived close to God and served Him fervently. But there did not appear to have been any prophets of national status such as Isaiah or Jeremiah or even any of the so-called minor prophets. Nevertheless, suddenly the silence came to an end. John came forth preaching with a fire from Heaven. As people wakening from a long sleep, many in Israel began to see their spiritual condition, and repentance was the only message that made sense.
Someone needs to break the silence today and awake us from our lethargic state. John the Baptist was called to be a voice with a keen edge, one that did more than preach a dead sermon to dead people. John brought real life again into living for God. John said things that others were afraid to say. Give us somebody who will speak out!
There was something about John that drew a crowd. He held nothing back. He was fearless. Each of the four Gospels tells us some part of his story. Luke gives the account of his birth, even relating how he leaped in the womb of his mother Elizabeth when Mary the mother of Jesus came for a visit. John was described as being filled with the Spirit from his mother’s womb. One can’t keep still when filled with the Spirit of God. Maybe that is our problem. We say we are filled, but do we really have His presence and power in our lives?
John was not trying to build a big congregation. He was simply preaching the truth and bringing men and women to repentance. When our agenda has purposes other than that of winning lost souls and edifying saints, we find ourselves silent when we really need to speak. May God give us some preachers who are not tailoring their message so that the people will pat them on the back as they leave the sanctuary. These men pleasers cause the people to leave with the same bondage with which they came.
The scribes and Pharisees were known for their hypocrisy. They claimed to be walking the “strait and narrow,” while they lived on the broad way that leads to destruction. Some might say that if John could have brought them into his congregation, they could have helped his group to grow. They had so much influence on the people. With their money he could have built some nice facilities away from the wilderness and the muddy Jordan. He could have put aside his raiment of camel’s hair and bought some respectable clothing. He could have changed his diet from locusts and wild honey to feasting at a banquet table.
But what did John do? He dared to break the silence by declaring what no one else dared to say. He called them snakes: “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance” (Matthew 3:7-8). We are not suggesting that harsh preaching is the answer. But the preacher must preach conviction of sin and cause the listener to make things right with God. This is what John did.
Elijah, in the Old Testament, suddenly burst onto the scene with a strong denunciation of the worship of Baal and of the rampant idolatry of that time (1 Kings 17). King Ahab was enjoying the silence of the so-called prophets of his era. He went to bed at night with ease of mind—nobody said a thing about how he was living. But Elijah came and began to trouble him.
The last days’ church needs to be troubled again. Troubled by our own idolatry in the 21st Century! Troubled by not voicing an objection to the immorality around us—not just in the world but also in the church! Men and women in the church living together without the Biblical requirement of marriage, and we keep silent! The world may have come to a place of accepting these practices, but they will never be accepted by God. We allow false prophets in the church, while we sit back and close our eyes, afraid to speak out.
They said of Paul and his traveling companions that they were turning the world upside down. The truth was that they were turning the little ungodly worlds of sinful men upside down. Those who listened to Paul came through standing right side up and entered into a new life—full of the Spirit of God. Paul did not want people to leave the place of worship without experiencing a transformation first.
In Thessalonica, the people “…turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thessalonians 1:9). Paul preached a message that idolatry was unacceptable when serving Christ. Does the message we are preaching today deal with the sin problem? Do we preach about crucifying the flesh, or do we just center our message on how people can improve themselves with some proper self-help advice? Do we just try to help people to live a better life—without a real life-changing transformation?
This Gospel will bring about a change. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Someone needs to say that things have to change when we give our lives to Christ. We cannot continue in the old ways. The old must pass away. It must give way to being a new creation in Christ.
Sin’s denunciation, after so long a silence, would cause quite a stir in today’s congregations. The wavering and loose-living generation would have to make a choice. But to speak out now will help us to regain the presence and power of God in the sanctuary. It would be far better to give people a clear choice between right and wrong, Heaven and hell, than to go on living without God’s glory. We desperately need to cry aloud and bring His glorious presence back into the church!
God give us people who will preach the Word of God and not be concerned about popularity or acceptance by the crowd. God give us preachers who will dare to break the silence!