Archive for July, 2013

Good News!

This was written by one of my favorite prophetic voices here in the USA, Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church in Redding Ca. I loved it and wanted to pass it on to my readers. We must preach as Jesus preached! If we believe that God makes people sick to develop their character than Jesus sure messed up God’s plan by healing them all!

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“There is a big difference between preaching the gospel to the poor and preaching a poor gospel! Here are 7 signs of a poor gospel;

1- A poor gospel identifies with people’s pain, but has no power to deliver them from it.

2- A poor gospel loves the sinner, but can’t transform them into a saint.

3- A poor gospel has compassion for the sick, but has no gift to heal them.

4- A poor gospel loves heaven, but can’t bring it to earth.

5- A poor gospel embraces humility, but resists being exalted at the proper time.

6- A poor gospel loves generosity, but doesn’t understand the principle of reciprocity.

7- A poor gospel embraces the cross, but resists the resurrection life it provides to live powerfully.

The poor gospel isn’t the gospel Jesus preached! He preached the GOOD NEWS of the Kingdom… where nothing is impossible with God! Do I believe in a prosperity gospel? You bet… because it is the only gospel that has the power to transform us into the image of Jesus and destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8)(Acts 10:38).”

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To be blessed is to be empowered to prosper and increase in the things of God. We must understand that true prosperity is not about humanity’s trinkets, but about the Kingdom of God having influence in the Earth Realm… on everything that concerns us. If the power of our message is unable to set captives free, then we have an inferior message to the one Jesus preached. It all began when Jesus stepped into a pulpit in Nazareth to declare those wonderful ministry launching words…

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor… to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk. 4:18-19)

Highlight Nairobi Ministry

Pastor Patrick Makokha Bwire (center of picture) is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly, a multifaceted Ministry in Kawangware Slum Nairobi Kenya. He is an ordained pastor, anointed to serve and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His fellowship is filled with people who believe in the love of God and the demonstration of His power.

” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)


Patrick was born in Busia District, Western Kenya as the first child of a poor family. Despite the many challenges of poverty, His hard working father was able to put him through both primary and high school while instilling the discipline necessary to excel in life. He was brought up by a God fearing grandmother after his mother passed away.

His salvation followed many years of involvement in Satanism. He prayed for deliverance, yet walked through many weeks of demonic attacks. In despair he committed himself to prayer and fasting, asking God to help him and deliver him from the oppression. He trusted in Christ and even at a young “spiritual age” the Lord began to speak to him. During a season of fasting he began to feel that he had seen enough and “the devil must go in Jesus name”. It was in this season that the Lord spoke to him directly through Psalms 144:1-2…

“Praise be to the LORD My Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is My Loving God and My Fortress, My Stronghold and My Deliverer, My Shield, in whom I take refuge…”

With this word in his heart, he knew that God would teach him how to overcome all the forces of the devil! As a result of God’s power and faithful training in spiritual warfare, deliverance and healing did come. Today he leads a young and vibrant apostolic ministry with a deep commitment to the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). Thanks to his determination to serve the Lord, God’s power broke through – and He continues to manifest to this day. Truly God has a great destiny in store for this brother and his work in the Nairobi slums.

  • As a Teacher: To teach boldly the truth of God’s Word and preach liberty for the oppressed.
  • As an Evangelist: To bring souls into the Kingdom of God and also revival to the Nations.
  • As an Intercessor: To teach people how to pray for Kingdom Advancement through annual conferences entitled ‘The School of Prayer.’
  • As an Apostolic Leader: He has raised up a congregation and established an Orphan/Vulnerable Children’s Project for infected and affected children with HIV/Aids at the church. This ministry has a feeding program that is catering to children from Kawangware slum and the surrounding regions. Also the church has initiated a widows project for those living with HIV/Aids as Adults.

Recent Affiliation:

We are proud to highlight the work of our brothers and sisters in Nairobi, Kenya. New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly is making a difference and Pastor Patrick is moving forward in the face of all challenges. Through this ministry, God is reaching into the slums and bringing hope and deliverance to many families. They have connected with us here at RevivalHut Ministries to begin laying ground work for an Apostolic Training Program. Pastor Patrick has a passion to pioneer ministries that will disciple and train the next generation of spiritual leaders. Our hearts are blessed by his excitement and we ask for your prayers as we offer ourselves to the open doors we see before us.

God is up to something good!

Update: East Africa

I was recently asked by a close friend to give them an update on our work in East Africa. What I would hope our readers realize is that RevivalHut Ministry is moving in a variety of ways… yet its focus is clearly Kingdom Advancement through the training of leaders. Our highest goal is to equip, encourage and empower Christian leaders in the nations we are invited to enter. Specifically, today we are working in the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The RevivalHut Vision:

The primary vision that God has laid before us is the raising up of Apostolic Training Centers. These 3 year training opportunities carry enormous influence in developing a culture of Kingdom Values and Growth. We have even found governing officials freely encouraging our program, because of the spirit of unity promoted in the communities we have entered. There are now 19 Apostolic Training Centers in East Africa, most of which are doing very well and bringing a depth of character that the Church so badly needs.

Uganda:
Uganda is going though some massive drought right now and many are starving. I asked our director of Ministry (Pastor Francis Wanyama) about the issue and he said it is touching their pastors deeply. No water means high prices on food and many go without. What I hear among pastors is that they often serve others and sacrifice their own children’s needs. This is a tragic thing and we are attempting to keep the classes going even though some are telling me of lower attendance. We at least are getting them meals for the schools. The development of our second year skills training has been slow, but hopefully we can catch up in the fall.

Kenya:
Kenya is going through some transition with our new director of ministry Pastor Michael Semati. He is a good leader, a father if you will. Many of our Centers are connected with my leadership and we are having some difficulty getting them to communicate with him, but I believe this will come around with time. On July 27th there is a huge leadership conference that will hopefully draw from the three prominent nations of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Pastor Michael is doing this to draw the pastors and leadership together, because we must organize a network for the exchange of ideas. I was very thrilled to see this and am praying for great outcomes. Leadership in Kenya is showing me that they are growing in strength.

Tanzania:
Tanzania is moving along rapidly with Pastor Bernard Ogallo leading a regional Apostolic Training Center that continues to grow and plant churches across the southern borders of Lake Victoria. He speaks only Swahili so I have not spoken with him much over the recent few months, but Pastor Francis (our director in Uganda) speaks with him almost weekly. The people of Kenya and Tanzania are anxious to have me visit; because I was to go in June, but had to cancel due to my son going to Virginia. It was just going to put us in a bind financially.

Please pray for wisdom…

We have many nations calling for our program and there are so many limitations. Nations like Pakistan, India, Philippines, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Congo and South Africa. Most of our limitations center around money as you would guess, but I truly believe that as we move forward, we must continue to go at the “pace of God”.

I have never seen the hand of God as I have seen in East Africa!

In these days… we are watching miracles and peoples lives change like never before. There are more churches now being planted than our leaders can count and we are hearing from locations that have started plans without our involvement. I just continue to speak “Grace, Grace, Grace to it in the name of Jesus” (Zac. 4:6-7).

“…for it is not by might, nor human power…. but by the Spirit of the Lord” – that we are seeing any success at all.

Emerging Vision

“Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

Vision is a calling to something greater than yourself. Vision always takes into consideration God’s plan, your gifts, and your unique experiences. It’s something that started forming before you were born as God created you. It has been developing and growing with each experience. It’s something you were called to do and if you don’t seek it out you will rarely be truly happy. Vision is given by God, but emerges from the heart.

Three Keys about Vision:

1st. Vision grows from how God wired you. God never gives us a vision without giving us the personal gifts and spiritual anointing to get the job done. He wants us to be successful. He loves us and sees us as an extension of Himself on the earth. God gives us a vision for what He wants us to do. He knows how He has gifted us and how to best use our gifts.

The God who created the whole universe also made you. He made you for a specific purpose. That purpose is good, and will bring you happiness and satisfaction. God also gave you unique abilities that are perfectly matched to His specific plan for your life.

2nd. Vision bubbles to the surface through prayer. Prayer is not just about asking God for needs, but about listening to what God says in response to our needs. God’s response unlocks clues to the calling God has for you. Vision comes from prayer. As we pray and listen, God has time to speak to our hearts. We get a sense of peace as the Holy Spirit directs our thoughts and guides our actions. God speaks to us through prayer.

Perhaps there has never been a person who had more vision than Jesus and He prayed with such consistency that His disciples ask Him to teach them how to do it. Something significant was bubbling up out of Jesus’ prayer life that they wanted. ”Jesus rose before dawn to pray to His Father” (Mk. 1:35). This was His daily habit and it allowed Him to confidently say to the disciples that He only spoke what He heard from His Father saying (Jn. 5:19).

3rd. Vision begins with obedience. God’s will for your life is to obey Him… and it serves as the testing ground for increased knowledge and spiritual revelation. The closer you get to abiding in Him and discovering His voice the easier it is to watch vision emerge. The closer you get to God’s heart the easier to see how you fit into His plan.

God’s response or answer to our prayers is like an open door into the vision God has for us (Rev. 4:1). We need to pray often asking God for guidance and revelation of the vision for our lives. Be sure to track how God is answering your prayers and look for patterns that reveal His purposes, because vision emerges out of purpose. It’s through prayer that you learn how to stay in sync with the rythem of heaven. And it’s through obedience your vision becomes something written upon your heart.

All that is left is to write it down – read it often & run with it… for it has an appointed time! It has a voice of its own, it will speak and though it tarries, you can count on God to bring it forth.

Being A Disciple

“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Mt. 10:1)

Simply put, a disciple of Jesus is a follower of Jesus. Jesus told his 12 disciples, “if anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Mt. 16:24)

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

1. Live as a Worshiper – (Jn. 4:23-24) We have been created in the Image of God; and as image bearers, we are to be carriers of His Glory. The question is not that we worship, but ”who” will we worship? Our worship is like a fire hose that can’t be turned off, so the question is where will we direct our passion and what will we pursue? A follower of Jesus worships their Creator and repents of any false worship – idolatry, including good things like family, work, or recreation.

2. Seek a Kingdom Identity – (Mt. 6:33) A follower of Jesus recognizes the sinful tendency to find their identity in their money, intelligence, career, education, children, human relationships, or any number of created things. Therefore a disciple turns from empty idols and finds their peace and joy in serving the Living God (1 Thes. 1:9).

3. Become Committed to Spiritual Community – (Acts 2:40-47) A disciple of Jesus has a Spirit inspired desire to live life with other followers, the Church. They recognize their membership in the Body of Christ and understand the weight of that responsibility by giving of their gifts, time, and money to serve others.

4. Embrace the Great Commission – (Mt. 28:18-20) Jesus said He was sending His Church in the same way in which He was sent (Jn. 20:21). A follower of Jesus sees themselves as a missionary sent on purpose, in their everyday lives, to restore a broken world through Kingdom living and proclamation.

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