Poem of Fire!

I WANT TO FAST AND PRAY!! [robb gorringe]

When I think about the inward condition of my heart….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the condition of the American Church today…
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the plastic TMZ society that glorifies fame and sin….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the Youth who are going thru so many problems….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the strategic efforts of Gangs to recruit….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about bubble-gum chewing, yawning “Christians”….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the Power that’s available to bring Salvation and do miracles….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the lost who are still waiting to hear the Gospel….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think about the Judgment Seat of Christ….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

When I think of the torment of souls crying in Hell….
…I want to Fast and Pray!!

I WANT TO FAST AND PRAY!!

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Join us on a 21-Day “Daniel Fast”!

Starting Friday October 3 UNITED YOUTH is going on a 21-Day Fast. It’s based upon the Word of God [found in the Book of Daniel chapter 10:2-21]. The “Daniel Fast” consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and avoids “pleasant food” such as: meats, junk-food [or sweets of any kind], leavened bread, carbonated drinks, etc.

If you have MySpace you can join our group here: http://groups.myspace.com/unitedyouthfast

WHY ARE WE FASTING?

1. BECAUSE IT’S BIBLICAL. [Everone mightily used of God in the Bible Fasted, including Jesus.]

2. BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE DIFFERENT. [Moses was transformed during a 40-Day Fast, Daniel saw his prayers answered & demonic forces thwarted thru a 21-Day Fast, When Jesus got done Fasting He was tremendously empowered by the Holy Spirit.]

3. BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE A GENERATION SAVED. [Just prior to any mighty move of God in History you always see 2 things: Prayer & Fasting. We’re hungry to see a move of God in Chicago amongst the Youth.]

4. BECAUSE UNITED YOUTH MINISTY MUST GO FORWARD! [Our Youth Ministry must continue to be build by the Spirit of God, and not man’s method’s or ideas. We believe this Ministry is God’s Work and must be conducted God’s way, and therefore we yield & humble ourselves just like the great men & women did back in the Bible.]

5. BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE EVANGEL BLESSED! [As we Fast & pray we’re believing that God is going to rain-down His power & glory upon our Chuch, our Pastors, Rev. Ray & Adrienne Berryhill, and every single Leader & Member of Evangel World Outreach Center!

If you belong to another Church – it’s OK. Just keep your Youth, Pastor, and Church in prayer during the next 21 days.

::JOIN US, IF GOD IS LEADING YOU::

N.I.N.O.

Last nite I shared a message with my young people about N.I.N.O. Now, for those of you who aren’t up on the latest “Techy” terms it means, “No Input, No Output.” Basically it means that if the right data input isn’t typed-in, then you’re not going to get the right result. It’s like when you want to change your profile on MySpace… if you type in the wrong HTML what’s gonna happen? Exactly! A messed-up profile! Many of us get messed up results in life, not just because “the devil is after me!”, but because we haven’t taken the time to put the proper spiritual nutrients into our spirit-man. In fact Mr. Job knew all about this when he said,

“I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12 [NKJV]

In other words, God’s Word is what sustains us and gives us supernatural strength.

Now there’s another acronym that is along these same lines, and it goes like this… G.I.G.O. Heard of this one? “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” Just try eating a solid diet of Hershy’s candy bars for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… just for a week! [I know, I know… that’s gross.] But so many of us are pumping garbage into our mind and hearts non-stop 24/7, and we wonder why we get so irritable and feel like “Devil’s food” everyday?

Here’s a couple quick tips to get the right “stuff” into your system:

1. Go Get You a Strong Devotional-Life!
Living from crisis-to-crisis has to stop. Get back to spending quality time with the Lord each and everyday. There’s no short-cut to spiritual growth.

2. Invest in Some Good Q.T.A.’s!
Q.T.A.’s are, “Quiet-Time Accessories”. Get yourself a good Bible, maybe even buy a new Bible, start fresh! Buy some fluorescent pens and begin a new journey with God! Next, get yourself a Daily Bible Reading Plan. This will give your Quiet-Time some focus. You’ll know where you’re going to read each day and won’t be intimidated by the thickness of God’s Word. Then I would say, invest in a Spiritual Journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy, a spiral notebook works fine. This where you write down what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. It’s also a great outlet for frustration. “Are you serious?” Just read the Psalms! That was King David’s Spiritual Journal! And then lastly make sure you invest some quality, un-hurried time in prayer to God. This is going to energize you more than a double-shot at Starbucks!

Just remember those acronyms: N.I.N.O., G.I.G.O., and Q.T.A.’s, and develop your spiritual-life!

Becoming a Leader of A.C.T.I.O.N.

This is what I call a “Mini-Teaching”. I use these types of 10 minute teachings to challenge and encourage my Youth Leaders.

James 1:25
But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God – the free life! – even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain, but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. MSG

A. A Leader of Action is ACCOUNTABLE and connected.
• Definition: Accountability is a concept in ethics with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as answerability, responsibility, mature, reliable, dependable, and consistent.

C. A Leader of Action is CALLED.
• 2 Tim. 1:9
• Ask yourself this question: “Am I called to work with young people?” It’s so important to sense that divine calling from God.

T. A Leader of Action is TRAINING students to serve God.
• Are you a “1-man-show”, or are you actively finding youth and putting them into your ministry?

I. A Leader of Action is one who INTERCEDES for young people.
• Personally in your own Quiet Times, and also at Pre-Service Prayer at 6:30pm. [This ministry can only be ignited by the passion of prayer].

O. A Leader of Action is one who is OBSERVANT.
• I can’t tell you how my heart leaps for joy when I see Youth Leaders who come early to Wed. or Sun. Discipleship and see what’s around them that needs attention: chairs, garbage, messy Info. Table, microphone wires.

N. A Leader of Action is one who NEVER GIVES UP.
• Do you know what the opposite of Action is? It is: Inaction, inactivity, and stagnation.
• We must be the kind of Leaders to go the extra mile!
• Be a man or woman of Action! Don’t allow the enemy [or your flesh] to dominate you.
• “Serve the Lord with gladness, come before His presence with singing.” Psalm 100:2

Are You Wandering

ARE YOU W. A. N. D. E. R. I. N. G. IN YOUR FAITH? © by Pastor Robb

HERE’S SOME WARNING-SIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT BE IN TROUBLE. IF YOU CATCH THEM NOW, IT MIGHT NOT BE TOO LATE:

W. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU INVITED YOUR FRIEND TO CHURCH?

A. ARE YOU A SELFISH CHRISTIAN, ONLY CONCERNED WITH YOUR OWN SALVATION?

N. NEGLECTING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BECAUSE MYSPACE IS MORE IMPORTANT BEING IN HIS PRESENCE?

D. DO YOU ONLY PRAY WHEN YOU’RE AT CHURCH?

E. “EVERYBODY” IS DOING IT, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

R. READING THE BIBLE IS LIKE GOING TO THE DENTIST.

I. IRRITATED AT LITTLE THINGS – ALL THE TIME.

N. NOCTURNAL INSTEAD OF GETTING-UP EARLY TO SEEK THE FACE OF GOD.

G. GROWING COLD TOWARD GOD, AND GROPING AFTER SIN FOR GRATIFICATION.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms you are WANDERING away from God. It’s time to DRAW NEAR and find rest at the Feet of Jesus.

“Lord, Push the Re-set Button!”

Don’t you just wish that life was as easy as pushing a Re-set button? Well, there is such a thing, and the answer is found in one little verse tucked-away in the New Testament, and Jesus shows us the way!

Daily Bible Reading: Matt. 5-7

SCRIPTURE

“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him.” Matthew 5:1 KJV

OBSERVATION
The phrase that sticks out to me this morning is, “WHEN HE WAS SET…” Of course this just means that Jesus SAT DOWN, but is that all that it means? When runners are running the 100 yard dash, before they take off they hear the proverbial, “On your mark, GET SET……. GO!” Here Jesus was positioned and ready for His disciples to come to Him. I’m not sure if the Father would have let the disciples come to Jesus if He wasn’t ready. Someone might say, “that’s absurd?!” But Jesus was in preparation for the Father’s will for 30 years. So, there was some waiting that Jesus had to endure, but after he had been trained, prepared and SET – then it was time to touch lives and do the will of God.
I also love the fact that it all started with a vision:

“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain.”

Jesus was a person who really SAW people; He wasn’t just concerned with His own life. And secondly that vision took Him up! It took Him up the Mountain of Prayer. How can I be “SET” and ready to minister without seeing the needs of the people, and then sacrificing myself to really pray for them? VISION, PRAYER, POSITIONING, and then FRUIT-BEARING!

APPLICATION
There is something so complete in this one verse. I feel I need to be RE-SET this morning, and to have a fresh vision of Love for people, and that it would propel me to the Mountain of Prayer to intercede. I feel if I can do these two things that the SET POSITION that I need will come, and thus the fruit will come. It’s that position of the heart that endures, loves, overcomes, and conquers that will inevitably bring about incredible fruit for the King of Kings! “Lord, push the Re-Set Button!”

PRAYER
“Lord Jesus, I pray this morning that I might have a fresh vision of Love for people, and for that Love to bring me to the Mountain of Prayer. Establish me in Your Love and Truth. Let me be positioned and set. Help me not run around like a chicken with its head cut off – accomplishing nothing. Let me sit down and listen to Your Words and receive all the strength that I need to accomplish Your holy will, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”