I never fail to marvel at technology even moreso when I manage to achieve something new! I remember when I first set up this blog and was quite excited about "owning" a piece of the internet and then when I posted my first photo (Terry Virgo I think?). I've just achieved another first on our Rob Rufus blog - Grace and Glory!! I have managed to "bluetooth" (whatever that means) a video clip of Rob ministering at Brighton this year to my new phone and then transfer it to my laptop - and then manage to put it on the blog!
The video clip is this one:
It won't appeal to some people I am sure. Some years ago it wouldn't have appealed to me. I would have judged the way that Rob ministered as "surely" being in the flesh and would have walked away proud of my "religious orthodoxy". But now I have heard enough of Rob Rufus to know that he meets all the criteria that heroes such as Ern Baxter have faithfully taught - that he is a passionate lover of the Lord Jesus Christ. He believes the Bible more than many evangelical leaders I know of. But mostly he is prepared to step out and make himself look foolish in the faith that God will vindicate his ministry with signs and wonders.
Every time that Scott and Pete and I listen to this video clip that I took (it's only about 30 seconds and you can't even really see Rob himself) we get goosebumps!! It's because the Presence of God was so so heavy in that meeting and truly the fire of Pentecost was coming down on the gathered thousands there. I post this - not to show off as if I could ever do that! - but in the hope that someone may watch it with the faith and open heart to believe that God can meet them in power just as He did us at Brighton. And the fire of the Holy Spirit may come down again wherever this clip is watched!!
That's the desperate need of the hour today. Not for more theologians (although they're a great asset) but more fire. More Presence of God!! More Spirit-anointed meetings. More gatherings where unbelievers come in and say "God is TRULY among you!!". This clip shows - I hope - that God was truly among us!!