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Resolving Conflict in an Explosive Culture

Conflict is unavoidable. Conflict happens between husbands and wives, parents and kids, brothers and sisters, Democrats and Republicans, employees and supervisors, CEOs and boards, pastors and leaders in the church, people on social media, and a myriad of other ways. Sadly, conflict is just one click or thoughtless response away. In this explosive culture in America, motives are challenged endlessly. Trust in relationships is not earned easily. Criticism of others is ruthless. Cynicism is applauded loudly. Leaders are under detailed scrutiny. With as many conflicts as we endure, one might think people really are not that concerned with it, content... Read more >>

Pastors and Churches: Surrender

I feel that most pastors and churches would agree that there continues to be a deep need for a spiritual revival in our churches today. We need to decide, as pastors and churches, to deal honestly with God’s desires for us to give our full allegiance to Him. Until we surrender to Him fully, we will have little to no prospect of a revival in our hearts, limited to no stirring of the Spirit in our churches, and little to no spiritual awakening in our land. True revival is nothing less and nothing more than the manifest presence of God in our lives. It... Read more >>

5 Important Things Right Now with the National Day of Prayer

Today, I want to make you aware of some things that are currently happening with the National Day of Prayer. I know many people only think of the National Day of Prayer on the day of observance, annual on the first day of May. However, much prayer, strategy, enlistment, mobilization, equipping, and work takes place daily prior to that day. 1. The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer will be determined soon. Our National Day of Prayer Task Force team is praying through, listening, discerning, and will soon determine the theme for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday,... Read more >>

Developing Your Staff Team

There are many ways a leader can develop their staff team, but I have never found a better way than allocating time away from the office together. In fact, whether it be days or hours, the end will result in a much stronger team. Jeana and I Just Led Our 31st Consecutive Staff Advance Last Thursday, Jeana and I closed out our 31st consecutive Staff Advance for our Ministry Staff and their spouses here at Cross Church. This three and one-half-day investment into our team was tremendous. We are grateful for this opportunity. Why do we do it? We do... Read more >>

The Security and Protection of the United States of America on September 11, 2018

On Tuesday, September 11, join me in mobilizing prayer for the SECURITY and PROTECTION of the United States of America. Wherever you are on September 11, use this day to pray specifically for the SECURITY and PROTECTION of our nation. Why is this important? The Day That Changed America America has not been the same since September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked our nation, resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths, 400 of which were first responders. A generation has been born since this horrible day in our history and we must never forget how that day changed America in our generation.... Read more >>

3 Prayer Priorities for America for August 2018


3 Prayer Priorities for America, August 2018

Our Dear Fellow Americans Who Pray For America, Please join us in praying for America continually. The need has never been greater in our lifetime. All Christ-followers need to be crying out to God for America continually. While I have never seen more prayer for America taking place in my lifetime, I have never seen greater spiritual warfare taking place throughout America. May I remind you that battles are won in prayer! Therefore, pray! Call upon thousands of churches, pastors, and Christians to join us in praying in agreement for these three priorities for America. We place these topics before... Read more >>

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America Needs a Spiritual Breakthrough

America is broken and in deep need of a spiritual breakthrough. Division and hatefulness are abounding as none of us would ever imagine. Our greatest hope is a spiritual breakthrough in America. While America Divides Further, Billions Across the World Need Jesus Billions of people are in need of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As more than one-half of the global population is now living in the cities of the world, missional strategies that address reaching the cities must emerge. We are seeing the persecution of Christians across the globe escalate, and it feels close to home with American pastor... Read more >>

Praying for the Needs of Others

Last Saturday evening, Jeana and I returned from Israel, the Holy Land. When we take groups to Israel, we always offer to pray for others in the Garden of Gethsemane. So, on Tuesday morning, July 10, in rapid fire before the Lord, we called out the personal needs of a few hundred people who sent requests. When we finished this hour in the Garden of Gethsemane, I told Jeana I was absolutely exhausted. Even though it was not even mid-morning, the process of prayer exhausted me. Why? Prayer is hard work, especially when you carry the burdens of so many.... Read more >>