Archive for June, 2014

Update: Tanzania

Update from our RevivalHut Director in Tanzania: Pastor Bernard Ogallo

Hello Pastor Ron;

Greetings to you in the name of the Living God, our Lord and Savior Jesus! Pass my greetings to all of your family and even our fellow Sisters and Brothers… even our fellow Christians in the United States. So my brother I want to let you know that its God’s plan for you to come in Tanzania to bring good news in Tanzania and even Africa.

So here is a brief report concerning the work of Tanzania, Jesus is becoming well known among us! I want to assure you that I went in the southern parts of our nation, which is about 650 kilometers. When I was there they welcome me in their province and I spent two weeks with them.  There in the southern parts of Tanzania we received some of the members who believed to join our ministry… I give glory to God. Up to this moment we need Training Manuals, I have seen many new converts and found a great opportunity for the message of God’s Glory! Please know that the doors are open to expand our work.

I am now in my province and have come to understand the blessing of the teaching of God’s Word, for many are advancing in our region as well. We are daily using the materials from the web to expand our knowledge. So Brother Ron I want to let you know that everything is right. The Bible training is ongoing, youth department is also going very well. Our 12 churches are experiencing growth and evangelism is also ongoing.

OUR REQUEST is that prayers would be extended, we are praying over your coming soon in Tanzania even if the Lord will allow you to stay with us – even two weeks. I and Pastor Francis from Uganda are in agreement and praying over your coming, May God bless you!

Yours in love; Pastor Bernard Ogallo

Creativity Connects

Creativity connects the spiritual to the natural… like no other expression!

Music doesn’t just touch your senses, stimulate thought and awaken memories. Dance doesn’t just engage your physical body in movement and self-expression. Art doesn’t just bring color and texture and image to canvas. Writing and storytelling are not just literary and verbal communication… mechanisms designed to convey thought and emotions and dispense information.

These are not just forms of creativity and personal expression either… they are gifts! These are gifts that help our ‘human-ness’ and our true ‘heaven-ness’ find one another. They awaken us to life and cause our heart, imagination, wonder, beauty, mystery, sadness, pain and joy to find one another and walk the most elegant steps of life.”

Written by: Ray Hughes

Thanks Ray – I Love It!

Transitional Presence

“See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are ever before Me.” (Isa. 49:16)

Are you in a time of transition right now? Jesus wants to encourage and empower you! Remind yourself of the fact that – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! He has you in the palm of His hand. God is with you and for you. He knows the future and has already mapped out and lined up what needs to take place in order for you to reach your destination.

Transition Means Change!

No way around it… transition means change, and it signifies that there is something to leave behind and something to look forward to. As you journey into the unseen realities of change, the “middle ground” of transition can feel frustrating and be like walking through a wilderness. You may find a period of wrestling, waiting or grieving, for all that is in the “transitional season”… but this too shall change! When we do not see the future clearly, our faith is challenged and our trust in God tested. But, I want to remind you that transition offers some of the most productive time of growth and preparation for the future!

Sharpening the Focus:

Even Jesus seemed to find His way through transitions! “After His suffering, [Jesus] presented Himself to them [His disciples] and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). Jesus used the time between His resurrection and ascension to prepare His followers for what was to come. This period contained a vital lesson for us about the value that God places on transition. Transition is not a place to get stuck… it reveals this powerful fact – the new thing God is doing is on its way! Its a time to get God’s perspective on what you are going through. Jesus wants to prepare you for what He will be doing in you, for you and through you, as the next season approaches. Be assured that God is in authority over all things pertaining to your future… the times and seasons are in His hands if you can see through His eyes.

He is With You!

I cannot stress that enough and you might need to proclaim that to your heart often! The greatest battle is between the ears… because where your mind wonders, your eyes will focus. That is why the author of the book of Hebrews says, “Look at Jesus and keep looking at Him… who for the joy set before Him endured the cross… despising the shame, yet sat down at the right hand of the Father” (Heb. 12:2) – He is the victor and champion over unknown realities. He is the author and finisher of our faith… consider Him (Heb. 12:3), remember His words (Heb. 12:5-7) and rejoice over the fruit that comes when you have been trained in His Presence (Heb. 12:11-12). Be still for a moment… wait patiently in His Promise… and His strength will come.

3 Kingdom Benefits of Transition:

1. The Revelation of Comfort!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4)

2. The Invitation to Intimacy!

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.” (Rev. 3:20)

3. The Realization of the “One Place”… in the palm of His hands.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1)

In His Eyes

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor 4:6)

At the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, Jesus stood up and cried out with a loud voice, “Is anyone thirsty? Let him come to Me and drink, because believing will release in you rivers of living water!” (Jn 7:37-39) Not reasoning, doctrinal traditions or church programs… believing will do this. Yet its not just any believing, it is believing that is moved by the Holy Spirit as we look into the face of Jesus Christ.

Looking into things:

When we look into things, they reveal their glory. They reveal the nature of their design and their purpose. As a youth I can recall buying Hot Wheel toy cars and spending hours just looking at their unique style, color and cool features. Some were very tough looking and I could imagine driving wilderness roads and crashing through any obstacles in my path. As I played, my mother would often shout from the other room, “It sounds like an amazing adventure in there!” Whereby I would feel embarrassed by my intensity as the discoverer of the “glory” of my new car.

God’s Amazing Adventure:

When God created Adam, He made a powerful decision. He asks Adam to name the animals. In doing this He was teaching Adam a basic principle about glory. He was teaching Adam that when you look into the nature of something it will eventually reveal its character and purpose. When these things are discovered, “naming” it becomes simple. But it also creates a platform for relationship with the animal being named. Adam would need to discover how a porcupine was unique to the elephant, lion or bear.

The Point:

In this process God was making Himself vulnerable to the desire of Adam, because the training would serve to help him value the Glory of God. Adam would sin and fall short of the Glory of God (Rom 3:23) and all would be lost except the memory of God’s heart toward Adam. As God returns to the Garden of Eden to find the man hiding himself, it was not man who could not find God… it was God who could not find man. Oh, God knew where he was, but his sin now created seperation because of the Glory that stood as a barrier between the perfect and the fallen. God calls man to Himself and clothes the man with the garment of a lamb, shedding blood and forever revealing the pattern of recovering a lost Glory.

The Nature of Our Father:

This is what our Father does, He creates avenues back into relational Glory. He restores, redeems and invites the son or daughter back into relationship even when the requirements for reconciliation have changed forever. And change they did! There would never again be access to the Garden on the same level of relationship. Adam and Eve would need to set their eyes upon a new Tree of Life… the Cross!

2000 Years Later:

The Lamb of God would come and take away the sin of the world and the same God who commanded light to shine in the darkness would shine in the hearts of those who believe. The light would reveal a knowledge like no other, it was the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Note: the knowledge of the Glory is not the Glory… but the Glory itself is found in His face, looking into the face of Jesus Christ. Just keep looking into His beautiful eyes and you will find the Glory of God.

In His eyes… is found the Glory of God!

Praise Looks Good!

Praise Looks Good on You… So go put your Praise on!

“Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is beautiful.” (Ps. 33:1)

What a Sight!

This scripture out of the psalms tells us something that we must never forget… praise looks good on you! Its the power of God’s Glory, evident and brilliant… as seen on Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6)(Heb. 1:3)… and reflected on the face of His Bride (Rev. 19:5-10). Some of the most memorable moments I have ever experienced are in seasons of rejoicing! I love seeing praise on the faces of the Saints of God! Its more than just a happy feeling that stirs the heart. In fact, many of the best worshipers are in the midst of terrible storms. Yet in these moments of praise, breakthrough is released! The faces of God’s people, shining with His kindness and goodness, brings encounter that refresh and revive the soul of all who see it. Lives are transformed and purpose is released by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s power touching the most wounded, broken and desperate of heart. No question – Praise Looks Good on the Righteous!

Heaven’s Perspective:

God gets pleasure from the rejoicing of His family! I can imagine my Heavenly Father watching and seeing faces and hearing the voices of those whose hearts are captured by His Promises. I believe that God is a wonderful father and just as I feel proud of my children, so too He smiles and loves the way that praise looks and sounds! All of heaven is filled with rejoicing at the reality of a simple sinner who turns in trusting faith toward God, so also His heart turns toward the sounds of praise. The Bible tells us that when we are overwhelmed, when we are under heavy stress and anxiety, we should put on the garment of praise. As God sees and hears your words of adoration, He will remove the burdens and embrace you with His love.

So let your voices ring out… praise looks good on you!