Let the church rise up. These are our days!


in god fewer trust

In October 2012 there was a report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that reveals people in the United States are losing their religion.

Here is the main graph from the report:

unaffiliated growth

From the poll, 20% of the people in the US say they are unaffiliated with a religion and this includes agnostics and atheists.   That means 1 out of every 5 people in the US has no connection to any religion.

A deeper dive into the poll data shows that this increase in people being unaffiliated with religion can be attributed to younger people.

by generation

The rise in people who characterize themselves as unaffiliated with religion comes almost exclusively from Millennials (people born between 1981 and 1994).

There was one other piece of this report that I feel is noteworthy:

not looking

88% of those who are unaffiliated with a religion ARE NOT LOOKING!  Gone are the days when…

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A 21 Day Spiritual Journey: Day 11

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

This afternoon before I left church I closed myself in my office and prayed through all the items on my thought web. Throughout the last eleven days I have continued to add things to the web. It’s getting quite large. Some of the requests require nothing short of a miracle; Others simply need my time and attention.  As I prayed through my list, though, I realized that the real miracle I need is for God to prioritize and organize my schedule to fit all the dreams He has given me into it in their proper order.

I have been amazed at how quickly God has touched some of the circled requests while it seems HE is waiting on others. As I prayed I felt that God is going to give me action plans for each request in its proper order. My job is to keep praying into them. I also have to be ready to receive vision and then to release that vision into the hands of others whom God will equip for the tasks at hand.

I am at the point of realizing I will need to call forth help and entrust myself to godly men and women to help me accomplish much of my call. I need to pray about what I am to release into the hands of others.

What do you need to ask for help with in order to fulfill your dreams?


Heaven Pt. 89

“Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’

“One suggested this, and another that” I Kings 22:19,20

As the story of Ahab continues to unfold through the Scripture we come to this little gem where it is mentioned that God on the throne of Heaven conspired with all of His holy angels to bring Ahab down to his death.

The frightening thing about all this is it did not lead Ahab to repent in any way shape or form.

I wonder if we could have a glimpse into the throne-room of Heaven today what would God be saying about us behind closed doors? This is not a question of our salvation. If we have trusted Jesus for forgiveness of sins that issue is settled. It is however a question about our blessing. And you know the answer to this question in your heart. Is God speaking about the blessing your life is releasing or the curse your life is releasing?

Maybe a more important question to ask is what are you doing to bring God’s conspired blessing on your life?