Full Court Press

The coach called a timeout, like many have done before. It’s purpose was to regroup and give the whole team strong encouragement to get on the same page strategically. The coach called for the strategy of a full court press. Here at POGH, I was that coach calling a timeout this past Sunday. Unintentionally, but consistent with the sports analogy I directed our team to a PED. We invite the entire Body of Christ to join us in this PRESS!

As we enter 2018, it is time for the church to go on a full court press. Six months ago I shared two key words I felt from the Lord for His Body; they are “Teamwork” and “Urgency.” Now, specific instructions are added to those words.

This hour demands that the Church dramatically increase our urgency!

Specifically, in three areas:

PRAYER – It’s time for the travail of intercessors to be heard throughout the land! God’s people, called by His Name must pray the effectual fervent prayers that avail much. Daily we must break through in prayer! Intercede for your children. Intercede for our country. We must have a great outpouring! It will not come through programs, marketing, or intellect – the sovereign move of God will be birthed in prayer as it always has been. Would you PRESS in prayer like you never have before in your life!

EVANGELISM – Why should the Kingdom of God be the best kept secret in our city? I am calling every believer to personally invite 5 people to church every week. Tell them why they should come. The story of what Jesus has done in your life has great power! Would you join in this PRESS and reach out to your world? 100 Believers who will do this can reach 26,000 people in one year. 26,000 mothers and fathers, sons and daughter, grandparents and grandchildren.

DISCIPLESHIP – It is certain that the outcome of the first two aspects of this PRESS will result in the demands of discipleship. The Church is compelled to come alongside our newest brothers and sisters and mentor them in the faith. This will require what we often call sacrifice. However, like all sacrifices in the Kingdom of God, the blessing you will receive will exceed the one you give. The relationship and revelations you will receive as you guide a new believer through a study from Genesis to Revelation will exceed everything you give.

The timeout has ended. The time to execute the strategy the Spirit is declaring to the Church is beginning. It will be most effective if the whole TEAM engages in the URGENCY of this PRESS! We can. We shall. We must. FULL COURT PRESS in Prayer, Evangelism, and Discipleship.


King Me, Part II

Drafted two months ago – but not posted! Sorry for delay!!

Philippians 2:5-9 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Mark 10:42-45 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

John 12:31-32 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

John 13:3-4 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

I Kings 8:41-43 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake; 42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house; 43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

King Me is not about us, it really is all about Him! “King Me” has nothing to do with you getting stuff. It has everything to do with being empowered by God to lay your life down and serve others, even strangers. Living out the concept, “King Me” will mean that He increases while you decrease. When He is lifted up from the earth He will draw all men to Him! It is still the means of incredible moves of God. On the foundation of crucified lives God is building His church today. A church without a cross is a church without power! Where there’s a Cross, Resurrection power can operate!