The New Wineskin: Revival Culture

You and I are privileged to live in the most pivotal time in human history. We are living in a season forecasted by spiritual fathers, predicted by prophets and longed for by angels. We are truly on the cusp of what will certainly be the greatest harvest of souls in all of history. Our challenge is to prepare ourselves for what God is about to do by reviewing our strengths and weaknesses in the past and positioning ourselves for greater fruitfulness in the task before us. The most important step...

20 Questions with Derek Johnson

Full Name: Derek Johnson Age: 28 Years Old Hometown: Roselawn, Indiana If you haven't already, meet Derek. He's been a worship leader in the Jesus Culture movement for the last 6 years. We've been honored to run alongside him as his heart and hunger for Jesus is truly inspiring. You probably first heard of Derek when he was featured on Jesus Culture Music's “Emerging Voices” album released in the summer of 2012. Then in 2013, his worship anthem, “I Belong to You” was includ...

21 Days of Fasting and Praying

Have you ever dreamed about seeing your whole campus or city transformed? For 21 days, we are going to introduce you to 21 revivalists who impacted students, schools, and the world in dramatic ways. God uses ordinary people to bring about incredible encounters and outpourings of His Spirit. For years all over the world, radical believers founded universities in order to raise up Spirit-filled leaders and see the Kingdom of God continue for future generations. At one point in time, Ivy League sch...

25 One Liners From JCLA

I love taking notes at church and conferences, but before I started blogging I really didn't know what to do with them. This morning I wanted to share and inspire you with the top one liners I jotted down during the weekend. Don't forget you can catch the sessions from the stream On-Demand here.  There is a story of God unfolding in America right now! – Banning Liebscher It's impossible to be hopeless when you know the story of God. – Banning Liebscher When God intends to move somewhere He...

40 Days for 40 Years

There are moments in history when a door for massive change opens, and great revolutions for good or evil spring up in the vacuum created by these openings. In these divine moments key men and women and even entire generations risk everything to become the hinge of history, the pivotal point that determines which way the door will swing. The rebellious generation of the 60's seized its moment, and history crashed into the deep abyss of drug addiction, sexual immorality, hatred for authority, and...

5 Practical Ways I Stay Engaged During Worship

Every Sunday, around the world Christian communities gather to worship. The expression of worship varies from city to city and nation to nation, but all are beautiful. I've spent the last 8 years in a community that has a priority of worshipping together. The worship experience every Sunday at Bethel is something I prize deeply. We have passionate leaders and musicians, but despite all of that, I can STILL disengage in worship and never actually tap into the heart of God. Here's 5 really practic...

A Good Day To Die

Scottish Highland warriors throughout history were commonly viewed as being at least a little bit crazy. They would enter battle outnumbered and overpowered and would fight like wildcats for their homeland, their families and their lives. And, knowing how highly every man's life was worth against a larger army, they would throw themselves into battle shouting into the faces of the enemy, “It's a good day to die!” As Christians, we know that Christ came that we may have “life, and life more...

A Higher Standard

Recently I felt like God has been calling me to a higher standard of joy. I'm a happy person and I love my life, but what about those days when things feel overwhelming? I'm a highly motivated person, and I find great joy in accomplishment, which means when I haven't hit a certain level of achievement those feelings of joy are hard to find! Instead, I'll feel inadequate and flooded with reminders of what I haven't completed. Is that the heart of God? NO. Focusing on the joy of things unseen is s...

A Living Shield

In American football, there are five offensive linemen. Like a living shield, they protect their quarterback so he can pass the ball or run down the field for a touchdown. When the quarterback yells, “Hike!” this living shield goes into action. Paul tells us to “hold up the shield of faith to extinguish the fiery arrows of the devil” (Eph. 6:16). Every time we choose to hold up our shield of faith, it is like saying, “Hike!”to God. Our faith releases a storm of powerful linemen that ...

A Quarterback and Your Impact on Campus

It is amazing how Jesus moved among the masses. In one scene we see Jesus teaching hundreds, maybe even thousands by the seaside. Next, He is feeding thousands more from a small lunch box. Many times we long to stand before the masses like Jesus and make a huge splash that will mark the world. On the other hand, we can forget that many times Jesus would encounter one person and from that one encounter, bring incredible transformation. I remember being a young Christian, freshly filled with the H...