Good News!

The Greek word euaggelistēs is translated “evangelist”.  An “evangelist” is a preacher of good news or a bringer of glad tidings, and has its roots in two words meaning “good” and “angel” which also gives us a deeper understanding of the purpose of an evangelist, which is, to be like a messenger sent from Heaven,  i.e. “I bring you good news of great joy…” announced by the angel of the Lord in Luke 2:10.  It is interesting to note that Holy Scripture tells us that we will be like angels in Heaven.

For those of us called to be evangelists on earth now, we are to still reflect and fulfill that Heavenly created purpose when we “do the work of an evangelist”.  Too many “evangelists” are not glad but mad, and are bearers of bad news vs. good.

The first one to preach the good news in the New Testament was Jesus himself, although he wasn’t called an evangelist.  But, when Jesus first announced why he had come to his first group of hearers in Nazareth, when he began his public ministry, the first role listed on the job description that the Father had anointed him for, was “to preach good news to the poor” in Luke 4:18.  Let this always be the heart of anyone supposedly called to be an evangelist, since the poor do not need to hear any more bad news.  They already have enough of that.

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A Flying Firepot

So as I was worshiping on the Lord’s Day, last Sunday in the back of the church, a vision came to me….

I saw a black firepot with flames burning out the top, flying in all directions across the face of the earth, wherever the Spirit of the Lord took it, and then it came towards me, and there was in the pot were burning coals, and I asked the Lord what this meant…

And He said, “Wherever you step and wherever you stand I will place burning coals before you under your feet so that wherever you step and wherever you stand will be holy ground, when you go where my Spirit leads.”

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Prophetic Prayer

The Church needs to reject a spirit of timidity when it comes to prayer and mission, which are intrinsically connected.  Like the prophet Jeremiah, the Church has a prophetic role, starting via prayer, to “uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow, to plant and to build”. Even the prayers of one “righteous man” avails much, and the prophet Elijah held back the rain for 3 years.

So, why isn’t the Church more bold and believing when it comes to changing the environment through prayer?  I believe because of a passive and timid spirit contributing to a lack of faith!

The Church needs to stop making childish excuses and mature in its prophetic call over the nations!

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Becoming Peter

In Luke 5, Peter is referred to by Luke as “Simon” but uses “Simon-Peter” to mark the beginning of the change, the extraordinary moment when Simon is overwhelmed by Jesus’ “catch of fish” miracle and Simon becomes open to the call upon to become the man Jesus said He would make him to be in John 1:42, that is Peter.  This happens when Simon is struck with the reality that Jesus is more than he thought He was, and he moves from respectfully calling Jesus, “Master-Teacher” to “Lord”, which is a prerequisite to follow Him.

When were you first struck with who Jesus really was and  how did it open you to His call to you?

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