Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Like the Wind

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit moves like the wind, unpredictable, but powerful. I have observed that when you get in a flow of the Spirit, it's like being on a windsurfer, something strong and invisible sweeps you along. If you cooperate, it is a sweet ride. I think a lot of times in the church we try to replicate this event, or pretend we don't need it. Thus, lots of dry,
difficult projects scrape by, joyless and powerless. But, when He moves, get in the flow or get out of the way. In my narrow 30+ year experience of walking with the Lord, I've done both.
In California & ABQ, I found a serious Spirit slipstream and flowed with it nicely. At other times, I have tried to duplicate an environment that the Holy Spirit, should have moved in. That is zero fun.

All that to say, at Fresh Life in Montana, Levi and the Lost Boys are riding the wave. It seems so natural, but it is powerful. Numbers aren't everything, but fruit is, and people are getting saved and baptized. From 5 people to 1500 in 18 months is some pretty fine fruit.

And such a Motley Crew to do it. That's another sign the Lord is in it!
The Crew on Whitefish Mountain. The Lord assembled a tight team at Fresh Life. My favorite comment came from an ABQ teen on a summer outreach to Montana. Walking around the church and observing offices of young pastors he said, 'Where are the adults, and who tells you guys when to go to bed?'
I was in town last week to lock down KFLF, Fresh Life Radio. Think teaching by Greg Laurie followed by Switchfoot & Blindside. Christian radio with an attitude that won't hurt your ears. Just imagine the anti-K-LOVE! Imaging Liner: KFLF, You're welcome to listen, but we don't really care, we like this song.
KFLF radio, 91.3 FM. When this lights up later in the month, it will turbo charge the church.
How to know when you need to expand: When people sit on the street to watch service on TV.
The Strand Theatre, full to the gills on Sundays.
Solution: Buy the Liberty Theatre across the street. Kind of the ultimate video campus.

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