Effective Church Growth

This scene is from El Orno, Nicaragua, last year.

We had been on a ministry trip and were visiting the home of a local pastor.

His daughters were sick.

As the power of God stirred, folks from an adjacent church saw it and rushed to us.

It reminded me of the Book of Acts.

Those who suppress the power of God commit spiritual suicide for the growth of the global church occurs mostly by the power gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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The Reality of Abundance

Lu 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

The “pressed down, and shaken together and running over,” is an anointing accessible to all who adopt a lifestyle of giving by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Give and it shall be given unto you; is in the present tense. Our giving must be continual and in the present.

This is not only money. It’s a lifestyle which regularly gives out by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Pressed down and shaken together, are in the perfect, passive participle structure.

This syntax is the most powerful description of existence, state, or reality.

If you are an active giver the “pressed down, and shaken together and running over” becomes your reality and mode of existence.

God will bring you into it.

How would you like to perpetually receive from the Lord, and I am not just talking of money?

This is God’s natural way of being. God is a God of infinite abundance.

Finally, wealth management in God’s economy begins with faithful tithing on the gross.

I’ve been a Christian for thirty six years. Those who did not regularly tithe on the gross were always in financial problems.

Those who faithfully did, God got them out of them all.


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Let’s Take A Shower!

Eph 5:26 So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word,

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but in the measure of his mercy, he gave us salvation, through the washing of the new birth and the giving of new life in the Holy Spirit,

1Pe 1:23 Because you have had a new birth, not from the seed of man, but from eternal seed, through the word of a living and unchanging God.

What occurs if you go more than two days without bath or shower?

What about a week?

The study of the Bible, God’s Word, is the only way which a person can take a  spiritual bath or shower which will renovate them into the new creation which is free, whole, and full of power.

Mind you, I said, the study of the Word.

The social revolution has betrayed us into studying God’s Word through status updates.

How motivated we are to take a physical bath, but how uninterested to take a spiritual.

We are fanatical about removing physical crud.

But don’t mind carrying spiritual crap.

I can go on with my tirade.

Nuf said, you get my gist.


Why Should You Lose Weight?

These photos were taken in 2004 in Kitengela, Kenya.

This was our first venture into our calling in Africa which spanned from 2004-2010.

This is my wife Mary with  Maasai friends.

A revival with the Maasais commenced twenty five years ago.

Previous to that the Name of Jesus had not been heard.

Now, these remarkable people are added daily to God’s kingdom.

Many Maasai live in manyatas, or cow dung huts, built by women.

This particular manyata is tiny.

The door was four feet high and the entrance into the manyata wound through a narrow hallway.

In 2004 I was thirty five pounds heavier today.

When I attempted to get into the manyata, I could not!

Halfway in I got stuck!

Terrified, I pulled out while others laughed.

I wonder if I could do it today.

I think I could.

This is one advantage of losing weight!


Mary with friends in 2004 and the tiny manyata.


Mary with friends in 2004 and the tiny manyata.


Mary with friends in 2004 and the tiny manyata.


A manyata that we slept in 2006


Inside a manyata


Inside a manyata


A fatter me in 2004. Teaching for the first time in Africa!

Help Me With My Survey!

If any of you guys are on Facebook, would you take out a few minutes to fill out my survey.

Thank you,


This is my survey title and link on Facebook.

“Christians, I’d like your feedback on products, services and training you’d like!”



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Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are Really Leaving You!

Following is my response to an article I read on Facebook.

Here is the article link.


Here is my response!

“This man makes some good points, though I caution against lumping everybody into the same box. Every church is different and many do not fit what he describes.
Some do.

For me, this is the bottom line. I have been a Christian for 36 years. I have been in church all of these years. I have never stopped going to church.

I have been in a number of churches which had more serious problems than the ones he described. I did not leave simply because they had problems. When I left it was because God told me to.

For me, church is more than a Sunday service. The Bible tells me that with those who consider themselves Christians, I am part with them, of body of Christ.

My reason for attending church is not for the nuances of the Sunday service. It is my desire to connect with the rest of Christ’s body. The hand cannot be isolated from the eye or the leg. Can you imagine that? Church is a vital avenue for allowing this connection to occur.

Secondly, I go to church not to be catered to by the flashy lights, bagels or coffee or the pastor’s sermon. Years ago God told me, to go to church to cater to others and not to be catered to. This changed my life. Church will be boring if one goes expecting to get the ideal sermon or great worship or the perfect lingo. But if you go there with the attitude of how can God use me to bless or pray for someone who is hurting, God will use you.

Many hurting people go to Sunday church. This is a known fact. For many years God has used me to bless someone in need. I have never failed to have a wonderful experience of being able to assist someone who has come hurting, week after week, and year after year.
I mean, one does not leave a job because things are not right? If this was the case we would not last in any job more than a few months.
So why should I walk out of church because things are not right?

The danger with our society is that if things are not going the way I want them to I’ll walk, instead of saying, God use me to bless someone today.

Or what about God use me to make a change in this church?

I never got to church to get the Word of God. If the emphasis is that my Christian experience hinges on what the pastor says, my relationship with God is shallow. My relationship with God is from day to day, not just on Sundays.

People who summarily leave churches because things are not right need to examine if their relationship with God should go deeper.
We should have an ongoing relationship with God every day.
Church is the outflow of this relationship.
It should be a time to connect with the rest of the body of Christ, and a time to give out what God has put in during the week.

I agree with every one of his reasons. Things do need to change, but let it begin with you and me. Let us be ones who say to God, use me to affect the change, and not just be another one who sees the church as a glass half empty and leaves.

I want to be a catalyst for change in church. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty in people’s lives.

Those who isolate themselves from the activity of church will grow lopsided as a hand or an eye which dwells alone.

Yes, many things in the church need to change, but we must remember that church is not a service, or a sermon, or the flashy lights. It’s a sea of people, many of them hurting. Many come to church as a last resort.

If we want to see church become better it will have to be about making people’s lives better, not the service.

God’s call is always the same. Will you be the person who will affect change and make someone one’s life better, or will it all be about you and what you can get out of church?

Leaders affect change. Followers let change affect them.”

Leader’s influence people. Followers allow people’s sins to influence and mess up their lives.

If one’s life consists in being catered to, he will never be catered to. If someone’s life consists in how I can cater to another, he will always be catered to.

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Church in Kampala Uganda


Church in Kibera, Kenya, the second largest slum in Africa

Maasia Land Kanisa

Church in Maashuru, Kenya


The former church of my good friend, Edward Nyakundi Simon

Aram Kanisa

The potato bag roof church in Aram Kenya