Terry Wardle


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Outpouring...Give us more!
The days at The Outpouring were amazing. After a year of prayer, meetings, and a great deal of preparation the days finally came. The Lord did in fact pour out His Spirit upon us. And we soaked. And sang. And praised. And danced. And soaked some more. Many emails have come to me since we ended our time together. The testimonies are thrilling.
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Grandfathers get to do such wonderful things
This past Saturday I observed something that spoke deeply to my heart about love and affirmation. This bunch of seven and eight year old girls are coached by wonderful ...
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Faith
I felt lead to read Hebrews chapter 11. Again. The Great Faith Hall of Fame. What Christian has not turned there for some inspiration and a faith boost? I know I have.
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Snacks
My New Year's resolution. Snack more. Not a little more. A lot more. I intend to snack every single time it comes to mind. Oh, I still intend to eat regular meals.
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The Fullness of Time
My daughter Cara is soon to give birth. A Christmas baby! Our second Christmas baby. Our youngest daughter Emily was born on Christmas day 23 years ago.
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Christ Possessed
I must admit that I love hanging out with people who are possessed. I try to spend as much time with them as possible. There's an un-definable quality about ...
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The Outpouring... A Note From Terry
My heart and mind have been upon The Outpouring of late. Plans and prayers are underway for the November event, and few moments pass by without my thinking ...
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Consider Us Blessed
Okay, James has done it again. A simple phrase that shouts out the word I need. A challenge. A reminder...
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Prison Break
Okay, so there I was, early in the morning, spending time with the Lord. Truth be told, I was not in a happy place. I had been struggling with some familiar, ...
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Jesus People
I was contemplating joy recently and came to a realization. I am most joyful when I am aware of Christ present in me and through me. The most wonderful moments in my life...
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Dear Lord Jesus
Dear Lord Jesus, there are times when the struggles seem great. At the very least, tough. Too many, coming too often, bringing too much hassle and grief.
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Papa, you promised.
New video from Terry: Papa, you promised.
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Perspective
Perspective. One call immediately changed my perspective on some of the problems I have been moaning about recently.
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Sacrament of the Present Moment
Sacrament of the present moment. I doubt there is a more important concept for our spiritual and emotional lives. It is in some ways a grounding principle of personal ...
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The Very Heart of the Season
Cheryl and I meet every Wednesday evening with about fifteen seminary students. We eat, talk, look at scripture and pray. We have been doing this since May of last year and their presence in our lives has been nothing short of a blessing.
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Earth's Crammed with Heaven
Snow. Every year I seem to have this moment when an ordinary winter day turns into something special. Something magical. Something unexpected. That's what happened to me today.
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Tracks in the Snow
So my recent prayer has been that I would be more attentive to the evidence that the Lord is active around my life. You know, "tracks in the snow" kind of stuff.
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Amazing
Amazing. That is the word that comes to my mind as I consider the Formational Prayer seminar we recently completed. I have done this particular seminar at least forty times. Easily. And every time I leave thinking, “this has been the best ever.”
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Praying the Promises
Years back I heard Armin Gesswein say that prayer is most powerful when you pray the promises. That is a life changing principle.
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A Prayer for the Anxious
Okay. Everyone who knows me can testify that I am a restless guy. Anxiety and anxious care have been constants with me for years, and even now, after much healing, I can fall in that ditch if I am not careful.
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When the wounded wounds back ...
I love reading Miroslov Volf. He is a theologian who teaches at Harvard and has written some wonderful books on theology. His writing hits deep and is rooted in real life experiences.
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The Father's Love for Us
Imagine something with me for a moment. You are looking in on the interaction between a father and his two sons. They are both the same age, one a son by birth, the other a son by adoption.
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Disciplining a Child
I was asked an important question yesterday. How do you discipline a child, guiding them toward right behavior and attitude, without wounding them? Great question.
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For you ...
Little child, for you Jesus Christ has come, he has fought, he has suffered. For you he entered the shadow of Gethsemane and the horror of Calvary.
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The Father Wound
I spoke recently at a men’s event in Columbus. It was amazing. The theme was “The father blessing”, but in fact it was more about the father wound that most all the men carry in their hearts.
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In Our Name
Most Christians have at least some understanding of the notion that we are, upon receiving Christ, to live our lives in his name. We are to let his life move through us in our daily lives, being his hands and feet on earth.
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Outpouring 2011
Next week we gather again in Macedonia, Ohio for the Outpouring. I am psyched! Joining with other believers to worship, listen to the word, and lift the name of Christ is always exciting.
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Never give up!
Never give up! How many times I have heard those words over the years, as a call to persevere during life's difficult moments. It is a good word. Churchill once said only those words when invited to stand and speak at a graduation service.
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The Holy Spirit in our Lives
What can we do to manifest the wonderful, amazing, and often untamed reality of the Holy Spirit in our lives? While the fulfillment of such a desire rests ultimately with the Lord, here are some ways in which we can position ourselves for such an outpouring of His presence.
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Gratitude
Gratitude. That is a word the Lord spoke into my heart this past summer. It seems obvious that a follower of Christ should live a life of gratitude. After all, Jesus has given us such wonderful gifts.
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Life of Prayer
I teach a course at Alliance Theological Seminary called, Person in Prayer. It is designed for men and women going into pastoral ministry, focused upon the need for them to develop a meaningful and vibrant prayer life.
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Be Full of Grace
Paul told us to "Make the most of every opportunity...let your conversation be full of grace." (Colossians 3:5 and 6). The Holy Spirit can stir us and open the door to discovering a deep need in the life of a stranger. With faith and courage we can obey the Spirit's leading to plant a seed of the gospel.
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Kingdom Opportunities
If we have been born again, we certainly have been given the capacity to see with kingdom eyes. The mundane always holds the potential to become the miraculous whenever we step into a kingdom moment.
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Say Yes!
Every day we need to say yes to the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in our lives and step forward whenever the opportunity arises to tell people about Jesus, pray for the sick, and stand against evil. We might just find that what happened to the disciples may in fact happen to us: people where healed everywhere.
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Rejoice!
It is important to note that when Paul called believers to rejoice in the Lord, he was not in this case calling people to rejoice in what Jesus did, which is certainly reason for deep gratitude, heartfelt thanks, and endless praise.
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Redeeming the Broken Places of Our Past
Jesus wants to do something quite different. Something only he can do. He wants to walk back into that memory, not forget it. And he wants you to join him in gathering up all the pieces, both of the memory and the broken vase. And then, he wants to make all things new. He has no intention of erasing, or wasting. He is into redeeming.
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Dealing With Unfinished Business
It is not unusual for folks like us to struggle with feeling: Unsafe, Unlovable, Anxious, Handicapped, Scattered, Shameful. Can you relate? Most of us do, especially as the unfinished business of the past fights to keep our attention on wounds that have at some level turned toxic. And, no matter how hard we try, it is difficult to change these very powerful feelings about ourselves.
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Taste and see that the Lord is good.
“Go outside. God wants to speak to you today and he will do so as you observe nature through your magnifying glass” After the initial groans and moans, the students go off to fulfill the desire of their crazy professor. But they inevitably return with wonder and excitement, amazed at the voice of God spoken through the micro world of his creation.
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From Surviving to Thriving
I have learned that the Lord neither shares my feelings nor strategy about the past I want to leave behind. Instead of forgetting, or erasing the past, the Lord wants to redeem it. To go back into these painful memories and bring our “riches, hidden in secret places” (Isaiah 45:3). He has been patient with me as I kick, scream, ignore, and avoid, being persistent that there are gems in these places of the past that will actually enrich my life in very important and specific ways.
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Teach Me Your Way O Lord
Lord, your ways are certainly not our ways. In many cases, we can simply take what we believe to be the way, and turn it upside down in order to discover the kingdom way.
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Fullness in Christ
if you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. He is God incarnate, who came in flesh and blood to reveal the expanse of his power, love and grace. Meditating on this would certainly help us experience a reshaping of our God image, which in many cases is dominated by harshness, withholding, and judgment.
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Great Pressure Means Great Power
“ . . . In the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.” (Isaiah 35:6)
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The Suffering of Christ
Simon of Cyrene is an important part of the passion story of our Lord. Origen, one of the church fathers, commented that on the day Simon carried the cross of Christ, he was carrying it for us all.
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A God Encounter
Jesus cared enough to meet him in a kingdom moment that bordered on the miraculous, all because of the Lord’s deep and everlasting love for him.
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“Beautiful gifts are often wrapped in very unappealing packages.”
Sometimes, life’s greatest gifts are wrapped in the most unappealing packages.
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Forgotten But Not Abandoned
The Lord seems to have an especially tender heart toward the forgotten and left behind.
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Healed and Being Healed
Truthfully, I know that I am one of the broken. And yes, most of the people I hang with choose to be vulnerable about their own struggles, frailties and flaws. They are men and women who are on a journey of transformation, healed, being healed, and yet to be healed. I love this band of misfit and am deeply grateful that they allow me to be numbered with them.
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Unleash the Potential
Jesus said that whoever welcomes a child in his name welcomes him. And, that whoever welcomes him welcomes the one who sent him. What an amazing statement about the value and potential of a child.
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He Calls to the Child Within Us
It is crystal clear that Jesus held little children in high esteem and insisted that adults treat them with honor, respect and great care. His model of acceptance must be taken seriously and we would all do well to remember that Jesus said that the Kingdom of God belonged to them. Any investment we make in children, be it time, words, money, or prayer is kingdom ministry at its highest level.
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Judge Not
I was captured afresh by the Lord's teaching in Matthew 7 about judgment. Jesus first lays out a rather shocking principle of kingdom economics: the measure of judgment you use with others will be the measure used with you. He then talks about the whole speck in someone's eye and log in your own eye matter. Both statements are there to get us to take seriously how mistaken it is to be quick to judge others.
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A Journey to Intimacy with God
God did not intend for His children to have a passionless relationship with Him. Respect, honor, loyalty, and obedience are important. But God is a loving Father who desires to lavish love upon His own.
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What is Your Focus?
Could it be that we need to be spend at least a little more time appreciating what unites us as brothers and sisters, and a little less time focusing on where we still fall short?
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What Brings Us Together
It might serve us well, the next time we start down the road of doing judging one another because of some differences, to remember this list, to focus instead on all the wonderful ways in which we are united … and that it took the cross of Christ to make us that way. No small price for unity I’d say.
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Christian Life
Eugene Peterson wrote a book entitled The Jesus Way. It is a good book, and the central theme, simply spoken is that the Christian life is about following Christ, (t
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Using Our Wounds
For the wounded healer, the very wound touched by Christ becomes the channel of healing he uses to touch another person. Wounds become the source of healing. What can be more like the ministry of Jesus than this?
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Come Away With Me
Most all of us spend time most days devotionally before the Lord. That’s good. But there are times when the longing within is for something more. A time with the Lord that is more focused, longer, allowing deeper fellowship and prayer. I believe that longing is actually the whisper of Christ inviting us, like his disciples long ago, to come apart.
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Coming Together
Every Wednesday evening, about 7pm, a gathering begins at our farm. Seminary students, university students, and a few people from the community draw together for fellowship, food, and time discussing the Kingdom of God. And of course, there is prayer.
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"Waters of Silence and Solitude
Quiet. I wonder sometimes if many of us even know what the experience of quiet is like. Especially today. We have so many ways in which technology has made our world even noisier.
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Journey to the Lord's Embrace
I am convinced that every Christian has a longing to have a regular experience in the Lord's presence. That ache is evidence that people were made to commune with the Lord
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Sailing with Intimacy
You must seek the Holy Spirit's help on this journey to intimacy, surrendering to His presence and power. You need to tell the Spirit about your heart's desire and submit to His leading.
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Your Hope in Him
It is essential to recognise that life and wholeness come exclusively from the Person and work of Jesus Christ. There are many instruments of healing available to believe
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Grow to Know
Few men and women press in to know the Lord genuinely until they are faced with suffering and trial. While the language of relationship and friendship with Christ graces
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Cry Out to Him
There is a truth that may not seem profound, but it is what been one of the most blessed discoveries of my life and has affected my entire understanding and experience of
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Like Him
God's people must become increasingly consumed with Jesus Christ. Through Him we have every spiritual blessing necessary for life and godliness. This includes not only su
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We Hide...We Lose
The principle that "the truth will set you free" (John 8:32) has the potential to transform a person's life.
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Searching for Freedom
In our search for freedom we must consider several different aspects of truth. It is important that we realize some things about facing truth.
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Unpopular but Essential
Although talking about sin is unpopular in some churches today, it must be addressed head on.
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Courage
Many of our thoughts, feelings and misbeliefs are the product of deep wounds caused by significant people in our lives at times of vulnerability.
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Serving together for the same cause
The distinction between lay and professional ministry has hurt the church.
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We all are a part
In I Corinthians, chapter twelve, Paul used the human body as a metaphor for the church. He emphasized that there is only one body of Christ, which is the church.
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Purpose
I constantly meet people who struggle with their self-image and sense of purpose.
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Get in the Game
It has often been said that the church is like a football game. There are hundreds of people in the stands desperately needing exercise watching twenty-two people on the
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Presence
Preaching a series of sermons on the Holy Spirit at Five Stones Community Church in Ashland, Ohio, I asked what it would take for the un-taming of the church.
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What have we become?
Gorden Fee describes in one of his books Israel as the People of the Presence. The phrase itself says it all. People of the Presence. Its worth writing again.
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My deepest longing
Presence of the Spirit among the People of the Presence. That’s certainly the core of the concern is it not? That sentence represents the deepest longing of my heart.
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Let\'s Experience Him
Countless well-meaning people seem to be trying to earn right standing with God by working tirelessly for Him.
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A Love Like No Other
That is the incredible reality of the life of faith. Being a Christian is immeasurably more than right belief, acceptable behavior, and effective service.
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He Has Overcome the World
This Christmas season let's remember the baby that changed the world.
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A Clean Slate Before Us
There is always a sense of clarity that comes with a new year.
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Growing Along the Path
We were made for such intimacy and are never satisfied with substitutes, regardless of how important they seem to be. We want Christ!!
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A Celebration of Community
Believers must find a place to commit to growing with other members of God’s family. A healthy Christian community is one that will be full of grace and patience.
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He Reigns
Where is Jesus right now? He is seated at the right hand of the Father.
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Terry's Videos

The Outpouring - November 15-18, 2010

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Papa, you promised.
The Holy Spirit is the gift the Father has promised.
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Christ Crazy

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