It Lived Up To Its Name

Gregg and Heidi

A few weeks ago, our church held its annual Glory To Glory revival conference. Wonderful testimonies of God’s goodness are continuing to come in.

Jumping Out Of Bed

There’s the story of the young mother who’d been diagnosed with A.S. – a severe arthritic condition of the spine. The fatigue and pain were so debilitating that she needed help just getting out of bed in the morning.

On the second day of the conference, the speaker asked those who had any discomfort or pain in their bodies to stand and raise their hand. The pain in her shoulder made it too difficult for the woman to do this, so she walked up to the front and stood there.

Another conference participant, following the speaker’s explicit instructions, came up to her and prayed the “shortest prayer in history.” Something like, “Your shoulder pain is completely healed.” That’s it. Nothing else. In an instant, all her pain disappeared. Not just the shoulder pain, but every bit of pain in her body. The next morning, this young mother jumped out of bed completely healed.

It’s Finally Here!

Version 2

I’m happy to announce that my book has just been published in Chinese! The reason I’m so excited is because God originally called me to write From Groaning To Owning for the precious church here in Taiwan. And it’s finally arrived!

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support during this whole endeavor. Please join with me in praying that every believer in every church would get their hands on a copy of this book, and that, as a result, they would experience even greater revival breakthrough in their own lives, churches, and communities. More, more, more!

If you’re interested in getting hold of a copy, please feel free to message me. (It’s expected to hit Christian bookstores in Taipei – and also be available online – sometime this next week.)

 

Are You A Flute In The Wrong Orchestra?

I’ve finally decided to weigh in. Not an easy decision, since the weigh-in is usually followed by a fight. And there’s so much to fight about these days, isn’t there? Racial injustice, gun control, police killing, Supreme Court decisions, illegal immigration, Donald versus Hillary. Keyboards across the country are burning up in response to these contentious issues.

What troubles me the most (by far) are all the believers who are climbing onto bandwagons that are driven by the winds of fear, hopelessness, anger, fatalism, and frustration. And responding in kind. It really shouldn’t be this way. (And most of us know it.)

So I’m finally weighing in. Kind of. I ran across a sermon this past week that expresses my heart better than I ever could, so I’m simply going to point you to it. I warn you ahead of time, this teaching is not for everyone. First of all, it’s about fifty minutes long. (A huge no-no in blogland.) But believe me, it’s worth it for those of you who are struggling to figure out how we, as Christians, should respond to these troubling times and issues. It’s filled with hope, love, peace, faith, and honor. And sounds an awful lot like Jesus.

The name of the teaching is “The Gift Of Discernment” (by Danny Silk), but I’d rather call it, “Don’t Be A Flute In The Orchestra Of The Enemy.” (Taken from one of Danny’s lines in the teaching.)

Click HERE to be whisked away to the teaching. 

(Note: If you’re not already a member of Bethel TV, you might be asked to sign up – for free – in order to see this teaching. I encourage you to go for it. Such a great revival resource.)

I pray that the kingdom truths in Danny’s teaching will fill you with God’s heart, and release you into the precious assignment He’s given you as His beloved child.

 

 

Our Very First Marathon

Our church did something this past week that we’ve never done before. We held a Bible Marathon. With our children leading the way, 117 people joined forces at our Ministry Center to read the Bible (non-stop and out loud) from the appropriate “In the beginning” of Genesis 1:1 to the very last “Amen” of Revelation 22:21. (FYI – it took us 89 hours to finish the task.)

What surprised me (and really shouldn’t have) are the testimonies that are continuing to trickle in from this simple time of reading the Word of God.

  • Several people reported that the more they read, the more joy that filled the room … and them.
  • A few seekers (not yet believers) somewhat reluctantly participated in the Marathon, only joining because their cell group had signed up for several slots. But as they read the Bible out loud, a sense of hunger, excitement, and expectation began to fill their hearts. And they ended up falling in love with God’s Word.
  • As one woman read her assigned portion, she began to weep and weep. It was something that just came over her … she has no idea why.

3 Keys To Happy, Healthy Bones

I’m into bones. So here are a few fun facts to get this blog post off and running:

  • When you were born, you had 300 bones in your body. As an adult, you now only have 206. Go figure.
  • As an adult, your bones account for 14% of your body weight. (What a great excuse. “I’m not fat, I just have heavy bones.”)
  • Bones are about 75% water. Mostly on the inside.
  • There are more bones in your hands and feet (106) than in the rest of your body combined (100).
  • Over a period of about seven years, all the bones in your body slowly regenerate until they become brand new bones.
  • You have the same number of bones in your neck as a giraffe does.

I do love bones. Especially healthy bones. You can have the most amazing heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, brain, and muscles, but without healthy bones you’d just be a useless lump lying on the ground. That’s because your bones are the structure (the scaffolding) that forms the foundation for all the other good stuff in your body.

For this very same reason, the Bible talks a lot about having healthy bones. Spiritual bones. Kingdom values, truths, principles, and ways that form the very foundation of our lives. Without which, of course, everything falls apart.

Here are three things the Bible points out that can help us grow and maintain healthy bones:

This Can Keep You Out Of The Promised Land

It’s pretty easy to let Moses off the hook for what happened. It had been a long and trying forty years in the wilderness, leading an ungrateful, stubborn, faithless horde of complainers. They accused. They demanded. They rebelled. (Can you say “Korah?”) And now, just when they were finally preparing to enter the Promised Land, a whole new generation of Israelites were acting out the same way their fathers did.

In a situation very similar to one that happened nearly forty years earlier, the whole camp ran out of water. And following the example left by the previous generation, they stormed up to Moses and Aaron, accusing them of not taking good care of them – of leading them out of Egypt to endure horrible suffering and death in the wilderness. (That’s right. Same old yada, yada, yada.) Truth is, the people were really complaining and rebelling against God, so Moses got more than a bit piffed with them.

In a scene straight from their first days in the wilderness, God instructed Moses to take his rod, assemble all the people at a rock outside the camp, speak to said rock, and bring forth enough water for everyone and their livestock. So Moses obeyed. Kinda.

Eva’s Top Seven Picks

I just posted my 70th blog post a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your tremendous support and encouragement during this last year and a half. You guys are such a blessing!

I also wanted to remind you that you can have these once-a-week blog posts sent straight to your email inbox if you want. (Instead of taking your chances with the Facebook roulette wheel.) Just drop me a comment at the bottom of this post, or go to my website and sign up in the upper right corner, and I’ll make sure you get on the list.

And finally, in case you’ve joined us more recently, and may have missed out on some of the earlier posts, feel free to go to greggdennington.com and browse a bit. In the meantime, I thought you might be interested in seeing a list of Eva’s Favorite Blog Posts. (Just click on the links and you’ll be sent straight to the posts.) Be blessed! 

Six Things You Should Fight For

How To Get A Breakthrough In Healing The Sick

7 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Worship Service

Five Simple Musings About Your Money

When Your Healing Doesn’t Hold

6 Thoughts Seniors Should Never Have

5 Powerful Declarations That Will Transform Your Life

 

 

A Valuable Lesson From John-John

There’s an iconic photo of the thirty-fifth president of the United States that I absolutely love. You’ve probably seen it. John F. Kennedy is sitting at his desk in the Oval Office, holding some important-looking papers, a big grin on his face, posing for the photographer. And down at the bottom of the picture is the President’s two-year-old son, John-John, sticking his head out from underneath the desk.

The photo wasn’t staged; it apparently happened all the time. Seems there was a standing order by the President himself that, during normal workdays, his son was never to be denied access to the Oval Office. In other words, John-John was always welcome.

Could you ever imagine going to the White House, running through the doors of the Oval Office and crawling under the President’s desk while he was sitting there doing his presidential thing? Of course not. We’d never be so audacious. Very few people are invited or even welcome to visit the President. But a beloved son is a different matter. Think about two-year- old John-John. Where other people saw JFK as one of the most powerful men in the world, John-John saw Dad.

How To Overcome The Impossible

Have you ever faced a situation in life that had “impossible” or “hopeless” written all over it? Like a stage-4 cancer diagnosis? Or an irreparably broken marriage? Or an estranged child? Or severe mental illness? Or the Mt. Everest of debt? Or a too-far-from-God-to-ever-get-saved family member?

Mary and Martha faced the impossible. They stared down the barrel of despair. Their beloved brother, Lazarus, was dead. Four-days dead. Hopelessly dead. The huge stone that lay across the mouth of his tomb screamed, “It’s finished! He’s gone! Nothing more than the stench of decay in here! No way in heaven for a miracle to happen now!

But Jesus didn’t listen. First thing He did was remove the stone – an act of faith that paved the way for a resurrection miracle.

If you’re facing an impossible situation in life right now, you need to take the same first step that Jesus did. Remove the stone that keeps your death-to-life miracle entombed in unbelief.

Here are three things that can help you remove these stones of doubt in your life:

Do You Speak To Mountains?

The chop is an important part of Taiwanese society. An engraved name on a small block of wood, dipped in red ink, and used as a legally binding stamp for all important documents or transactions, the chop is our authorized signature.

Imagine that your boss calls you into his office one day, gives you his chop, and tells you to go down to the bank and do business on his behalf. So you drive down to the bank and stand in line waiting to do your duty. When you finally get up to the teller, you pull out your cell phone and call your boss. “Hey boss! I made it to the teller window and we’re ready to do business. Please come on down here and take care of it.What kind of response do you think you’d get if you made a call like that? Let’s just say the next line you’d end up in would be of the unemployment variety. And for good reason.

When your boss sent you to the bank, he gave you everything you needed in order to do business on his behalf. You were given the authority – his chop – to conduct business “in his name.” Why in the world would you call him to come down and do it himself?