Weekly CoFI Group Video–Four Fires Part 1

Discover how to burn hot every day and then watch it impact your city!

In this introduction to this series, John emphasizes how critical it is that we take responsibility to grow fast and deep in God and to burn hot every day. We don’t want to rely on others to lead us into the deep as they may not. Instead, we mature in the prayer room and in the Word which enables us to serve them instead.

Discover four specific keys to experiencing revival on a regional level. The call is to burn hot and to see that fire ignite in our churches and in our cities. This is a powerful teaching that will leave you more passionate for Jesus and for an outpouring then ever before!

WATCH THIS WEEK’S VIDEO AND DOWNLOAD THE TEACHING NOTES HERE.

 

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CoFI Media ministry update

I’m working hard at building a smooth running media ministry machine!

I wanted to give all of you an update on the plans for our growing and developing media ministry. So many of you have written me expressing your appreciation for the message and the opportunity to connect with us. The feeling is mutual!

imageWe are currently getting settled in our Branson, Missouri home, and some of the necessary projects have been more time and energy consuming than we had anticipated—so, the daily CoFI Break videos have not been, well, daily!

The contractors are here as I speak putting the finishing touches on a fairly big job in the basement which includes rebuilding a wall in my studio. In addition to that some additional construction is ahead of us in the studio as we continue to make it ready. We’ll also be setting up the stage, adding new cameras, lighting, and other equipment soon (hopefully VERY soon!) so the broadcasts will continue to be more sporadic than I’d like.

I know it’s important to stay consistent and it wont be long before almost daily videos will be arriving in your inbox.

MEDIA PARTNERS

Another project that I’m working on that is taking longer than I would have hoped is our media archive.

The goal is to have all of our past audio and video teachings available for our Media Partners to access.

The most recent 30 days of audio and video teachings are available to anybody at no cost. For those who want to go back further they will have the option to subscribe at $10 per month.

We will also be adding several new downloadable audio teachings that you can buy and keep on any of your devices.

SATURDAY COFI GROUP

Tomorrow you will have access to the first teaching of a brand new series titled Four Fires. You DON’T want to miss this series.

You will discover how to burn hot for Jesus every and and how to grow deep in preparation of revival!

You can access it (tomorrow) and other teachings here: www.thefurnace.tv/media.

ILLINOIS

Parker and I are about to head out to Collinsville, Illinois for a weekend of meetings. Pray that the fire falls as I communicate the life altering message of Jesus!

If you’d like to host me at an event in your region, it’s EASY to do so! Go to www.johnburton.net/booking and fill out the form. I’ll be in touch right away!

Stop the Madness! A Prophetic Reformation is Needed.

Stop the madness! It’s time for a reformation in the prophetic culture of the church.

I have a high view of true, biblical prophetic ministry. We will see legitimate prophetic ministries, messages and people increase in the end-times and we have to be careful not to quench the Spirit nor despise prophecies.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. 1 Thes 5:20-21 

That’s our instruction, and it’s clear—prophecy must continue, but it must be tested. We hold to what is good and dismiss and expose what is not.

With that in mind, I’ll state the point of this article plainly—we must stop the prophetic madness!

Church, we are embarrassing ourselves and putting God in an awkward if not very bad light.

They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. 2 Peter 2:14-16

If you want to pack out a conference, develop a reputation of a Jeremiah 23 prophet. Refuse to mention anything challenging. Don’t rebuke. Don’t call to repentance. Don’t highlight the negative. Have a plastic smile on your face and cause everybody to feel great about their condition. Tell them God is thrilled with them and they are primed for massive reward, even if they are walking in compromise and darkness. Embrace the greed of Balaam and form your prophetic words just right so people will give extravagantly to your ministry.

If you want to be accused and despised by most, weep and cry at the state of the church and the world. Develop a backbone of steel and let the fire of God rage in your gut. Let the fire burst out of your mouth as it shocks the sleepers out of their coma!

16 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you;
they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds,
not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 They keep saying to those who despise me,
‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’
And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts
they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’
18 But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord
to see or to hear his word?
Who has listened and heard his word? Jeremiah 23:16-18

Here are some of today’s prophetic trends that simply must be addressed:

General words that seem to be for everybody

Of course, there are often general words that are sounded by prophetic people both throughout history and today that are meant for everybody in the church. A word of warning, for example, of impending national calamity would be meant for the general population of that nation. Additionally, God will do something in particular seasons that impact the entire church. It’s true that some time frames have a greater grace for healing or promotion, or for judgment or correction, than others. God in his wisdom is the ruler of the seasons and it’s important for the entire population to understand what that season holds for us.

That being said, all too often I receive a supposed prophetic word that’s sent to everybody who subscribes to that particular email list, and apparently the message is for everybody who reads it.

For example I have seen prophecies that say, “This is your season for promotion! God is opening doors and this is your time to set through them into advancement in your life!”

That prophecy simply cannot be for everybody who receives it. For some it may be a season of chastening, breaking or demotion for the sake of humility. For others God doesn’t want them to advance through a door of promotion, but rather he wants them to retreat through a door they inappropriately entered through in the last season. For some there’s a mountain to go around yet again because they have not learned the lesson that God had prepared for them.

We have to be careful and responsible as we deliver words. The goal isn’t to excite people with false hope for the sake of growing our following.

This year or this month is not the year of transition, promotion, open doors, advance or breakthrough for everybody who might know how to read an email. Not everybody is given the same opportunity, even if they are living rightly and staying aligned with God. Some are called into the secret place, some onto the platform. Some into trial, some into breakthrough. Some into greater challenge, some into a time of refreshing.

Goofy signs

Vaio-000000200Yes, God can manifest pretty much any way he chooses. He will use simple things to confound the wise. Unusual signs will certainly show up and we want to be careful not to dismiss them prematurely. I’ve experienced some dramatic and unusual signs over the years, but I always maintain a responsible level of discernment when analyzing them.

Today’s prophetic movement often lends itself to the Protestant version of seeing the Virgin Mary manifesting on a potato chip.

After a recent tornado I read a headline that read something like, “A sign of God appears in the sky after people escaped harms way in recent tornado.”

What was the sign? It was a telephone pole that was hanging by the wires because the bottom portion of the pole was sheered off by the wind. It looked like a cross. No, friend. That wasn’t a sign from God. It was wood boards attached by human hands in the form of a cross that held up communication wires. That’s it.

Or, have you ever heard someone exclaim that they captured the Holy Spirit or angels on their camera? They see some orbs in the photo and the “obvious” conclusion is that they  must be supernatural in origin. While, as I said previously, it’s possible, it’s highly doubtful. There is almost always a natural explanation of why the orbs are appearing. We already know that the Holy Spirit and very often angels are in our worship meetings. Why would a manifestation in the form of orbs get us excited anyway? Would that make the reality that God is with us any more real? No.

Vaio-000000201Hyper-prophetic people also tend to get excited by clouds and contrails left by airplanes. The proclamation is that God has given us a sign in the heavens when it’s so obviously nothing more than airplanes crossing in the sky or cloud formations looking like snowmen, trees and the occasional angel.

Please understand, I in no way am affirming suspicion or skepticism. We don’t want to have that spirit. We want to have a spirit of expectancy and belief that’s balanced with true discernment. God will do many things that will blow our minds. Unusual signs do happen and more are coming. They will be just a little more convincing than a couple of boards nailed together hanging by wires.

John 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

Only prophesying good, happy things

When I hear nothing but positive, happy prophecies about blessing, affirmation, promotion and other appealing topics coming from today’s prophets, they lose credibility.

Ezekiel 13 Ezekiel, son of man, condemn the prophets of Israel who say they speak in my name, but who preach messages that come from their own imagination. Tell them it’s time to hear my message.

I, the Lord God, say those lying prophets are doomed! They don’t see visions—they make up their own messages! Israel’s prophets are no better than jackals that hunt for food among the ruins of a city. They don’t warn the people about coming trouble or tell them how dangerous it is to sin against me. Those prophets lie by claiming they speak for me, but I have not even chosen them to be my prophets. And they still think their words will come true. They say they’re preaching my messages, but they are full of lies—I did not speak to them!

So I am going to punish those lying prophets for deceiving the people of Israel with false messages. I will turn against them and no longer let them belong to my people. They will not be allowed to call themselves Israelites or even to set foot in Israel. Then they will realize that I am the Lord God.

I do believe that judgment is coming to today’s impure prophetic movement. Where are the warnings about trouble and sin?

True prophets will shock cultures much like Leonard Ravenhill did. They won’t be popular. People won’t flock to their conferences. To get near one is a fearful thing indeed as they radiate with the holiness and fear of the Lord.

It’s time to hear God’s clear and loving warnings about the penalties of sin, of coming wrath and of the necessary shaking that must come to the church. People say they don’t want doom and gloom prophets. I do if the message of the hour that God has is doom and gloom. We can’t pick and choose and filter out messages based on our mood or faulty theologies of a God who knows no emotions but happiness.

Prophecy on demand

I’ll admit that this particular issue is a tough one to navigate. I personally believe that God does in fact have much more to reveal to people on a regular basis than we currently experience in the church. It’s not at all uncommon for me to find myself in a time of ministry and then to start prophesying personally over people. There have been many times that I’ve prophesied over every person in the meeting (which can take hours!).

So, what I feel we must address here is not as much the act of prophesying on demand as it is the immature, casual way so many are handling it. Today people are actually making a business out of prophecy on demand. They receive orders online, usually accompanied by a payment (I mean, donation), and shoot back a personal word to their client.

I believe this is dangerous. There is a Simon the Sorcerer spirit that’s attempting to hijack the true, pure prophetic movement. The desire for personal gain in the highlight and the vehicle is on-the-spot prophetic insight. The result of that is nothing more than fortune telling.

Acts 8 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

Prophecy is not to be used to develop our ministry. It’s not to be sought after as a quick answer to life’s mysteries. It’s to be handled with the fear of the Lord for it is the very word of God that is being sought after.

While I absolutely affirm personal prophecy in the right contexts and in the right spirit, I believe the best response we as ministers can give people who are seeking an instant prophetic word may often be to instruct them to go into their prayer closet and wait until they hear God for themselves.

I remember years ago when I would crave prophetic words in my life. I was hungry, but I was immature. Today I rarely seek after a prophetic word, though I do appreciate them when the come, in God’s perfect timing. Some of the most important times of my life have been when such revelation was temporarily rare. Those seasons forced me to be in the Bible and to walk out my life as the Holy Spirit has clearly called me to based on those timeless, black and white truths. God’s eyes are on me in those seasons. I must diligently respond rightly to the truth of Scripture, truth that is always available, instantly and on demand.

Immature people prophesying

One of my favorite ministry activities is encouraging people to grow in the prophetic. There’s a way to encourage and train people in the prophetic that’s safe. It’s a school environment where young emerging prophetic voices discover how to hear God, how to discern and how to apply what they have received.

However, today we also have environments that encourage anybody at any level of spiritual maturity to put God’s name on the various impressions, insights, desires and ideas that they have.

One reason churches are radically limiting or evening eradicating prophetic activity is because of people who are not truly vested prophesying haphazardly.

We are called to test prophecy, which means we have to be okay with coaching and correcting people as necessary. Just because someone feels a strong emotion or has an impression it doesn’t mean it’s God, or, if it is God, it doesn’t automatically mean it is to be shared. Immature people don’t know how to handle what they are picking up on.

As a young, emerging prophetic man of God I would regularly step up to the mic in our youth group to prophesy. Often I would do this several times each service. I was convinced that God was calling me to share everything I was getting, but, I was wrong. The wonderful leadership of that church pulled me aside and explained to me that prophecy doesn’t quite work that way and that I would need to limit the amount of times I was interrupting the service.

1 Cor 14 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

I’ve met so many people who have been convinced that they have heard God’s voice, but they weren’t rightly submitted to leaders and others who could test the word. So, they run with the revelation and end up causing a distraction or even quite a train wreck.

Signs that the devil actually causes

The enemy is a brilliant communicator. I have watched him mimic prophetic revelation time and time again, and I have watched some of the most amazing people get terribly sidetracked as they fell into the trap.

It’s actually quite shocking how well Satan can lead people astray by revealing to them deceptive new ministry assignments, open doors, promotions and other spiritual promises.

Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

If we simply look at fleeces or confirmations with our natural eyes and analyze it with our natural logic it will be easy to be led astray time and time again.

For example, as a very young, very immature eighteen year old college student I started dating a girl. I was nowhere near ready for a relationship much less a serious one, yet we decided to think about marriage. We prayed about it. We put out several very challenging fleeces and, to our wonderment, every single fleece worked! The chances of that happening were astronomical so it was absolutely evident that it was God who gave us the confirmation. Except, it was not. It was the enemy who was so eager to answer our prayers.

I was so intent on doing what I wanted even though her parents weren’t in agreement with the quick decision. We didn’t seek out godly counsel. We were driven by our own desires and just who do you think is really good at giving us what our flesh wants? Satan. He responded to every fleece and posed as God in the hopes of derailing both of us.

2 Cor 11:14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Can you imagine how different my life would have been had I actually gone through with that foolish plan? I wouldn’t have my wonderful wife Amy or any of my children. My ministry would be nothing like it is today. I’d be living in a different place and my entire life would be out of sync with God’s plan. Would there have been forgiveness and redemption. Sure. But, much would have been lost and nothing would be as it should have been.

I’ve watched people inappropriately move across country to join a ministry just because they were excited about it. God wasn’t leading them and everything in the natural began to fall apart. Others have surrendered good seasons and roles in ministry as they presumed God to be leading them to greener pastures. They scrambled to get back to where they were.

I’ve received personal prophecy that sounded great but was not from God in the least. We have to discern carefully what God is saying because the enemy is very good at sounding just like him.

Future vs. ancient truths

Lastly, I believe it’s important to deal with the need for true prophets to start focusing more on preaching the truth of Scripture than on impressing people with their ability to predict the future.

Foretelling is absolutely a true, biblical gift and it is important to give an appropriate measure of attention to it. However, it has become quite rare to hear people with the passion of someone like Leonard Ravenhill sounding alarms and calling people back to historic, biblical Christianity.

True prophets will analyze current situations and urgently call for repentance and calibration to the truths found in the ancient texts.

When we do reveal the future it will go hand in hand with an understanding that our response must be soundly biblical. The revelation of the future will result in us diving deep into the Word.

As we seek after a pure, fearsome prophetic message, the goofiness will end and the world will begin to be stunned by the undeniable truth of our very Holy God.

Branson Church | King’s Chapel | Branson, Missouri Church

Branson, Missouri Church: An introduction to King’s Chapel, a Spirit-filled church in Branson, Missouri

Branson Church: As many of you are aware, my family and I recently moved to Branson, Missouri, which meant we would be praying for a new, passionate, Spirit-filled, prayer-driven Branson church to call home.

I found myself craving to dive into a new Branson church experience the moment I arrived on scene. I couldn’t imagine taking any time out, away from the church gathering, even though we’ve been in the crazy world of church leadership for so many years leading up to this! I wasn’t in the mood to church shop (which I really don’t believe in anyway), so I prayed, “God, let’s get this done. At least give us a place where we can visit that’s on fire—a church in Branson that is invested in revival, prayer and what God wants in this region. I don’t want to spend weeks trying to find that place. Amen!”

That was a Sunday afternoon. I searched the web and stumbled upon King’s Chapel Branson. I saw that they had Sunday evening services (which, sadly, are so rare today!). Then I noticed that their public gatherings didn’t begin until the next week. So, I emailed them and introduced myself and then took a nice, long nap on the couch. I woke up a few minutes before 6pm and checked my email. One of the leaders of King’s Chapel responded to my message and invited us to come to their final house meeting before moving to their new location. I shook myself awake and alert, grabbed Jet (my 8 year old) and cruised down to their house. We were about ten minutes late, but it didn’t matter—the moment I walked through the door of their home near downtown Branson I was enveloped by the presence of the Holy Spirit. I instantly knew I had walked into something special.

God answered my prayer, sent up just a few hours prior, and I was visiting a new Branson church plant that was burning for revival.

Pastor Chris Davis | King's Chapel | Branson, Missouri Spirit-Filled ChurchWhile we will certainly be connecting with a variety of Branson churches and ministries as we serve the mission of revival in the Branson, Missouri region, it was important that we would find a primary church home, a church family where we could connect, plant and grow. While we are just a few weeks into the process of prayerfully searching for that church, King’s Chapel in Branson has emerged as a wonderful surprise for us—as a place of refreshing and passion, of wind and fire—and we are excited about getting to know their team, vision and passions in deeper ways.

Just what has been evident thus far? They love Jesus. A lot. They value God’s presence. They are zealous for an outpouring in Branson, Missouri and the nations. They are a church on fire. They are real, raw, hungry and determined to see the people of this new Branson church impacted by the love and power of the Holy Spirit. They are legit.

A NEW BRANSON CHURCH PLANT

King's Chapel Branson Missouri | Spirit-Filled ChurchKing’s Chapel is a new Branson church plant that just recently moved from their home into their first public gathering place, the Branson Community Center, at 201 Compton Dr. Branson, MO 65616. They meet Sunday at 10am and 6pm, and I encourage you to enjoy both services. It’s a powerful way to spend a Sunday!

There are also life groups, youth meetings, prayer meetings and other events throughout the week.

Pastors Chris and Melissa Davis are seasoned veterans in ministry, and it shows. They are humble, focused, excellent communicators and they hold nothing back when it comes to expressing their love for Jesus and for people. I am humbled by their gifts and determination to impact lives for Jesus. I believe they will have dramatic impact in Branson and it would do you well to meet them and their amazing team.

Additionally, my kids have thoroughly enjoyed the strong focus they have on youth and children’s ministry. Amy and I are so blessed that they have a place to discover more of Jesus with a band of other young zealots and emerging leaders!

The times of worship have been powerful, deep and radically anointed. Jesus moves powerfully among the people as their team leads us into his presence through abandoned worship. It’s not a show. It’s not about the presentation. It’s all about the church exalting our Majesty, King Jesus as one.

King's Chapel | Branson, Missouri Spirit-Filled ChurchABOUT KING’S CHAPEL BRANSON

King’s Chapel Branson is an extension of King’s Cathedral in Maui, Hawaii, pastored by Dr. James Marocco.  What began in 1980 as a small church on a small island, has now grown to over 100 sites worldwide.  We are one church in many locations from Alaska to Tahiti, Japan to Spain, and Seattle to one of our newest, right here in Branson, Missouri!

Branson Pastors Chris and Melissa Davis have been serving with King’s Cathedral and Chapels for over 25 years, previously in both Maui and Dallas. They have a vision to see the kingdom of God expand in Branson and the surrounding areas, bringing life, healing and a fresh flow of the Spirit of God. They are anointed speakers and worship leaders, traveling extensively, training teams and producing productions. They have produced 13 albums and Chris’ songs have been recorded by Integrity Music, Brentwood Music, and many others. He has also written ten original musicals, which have been performed in churches across the U.S. as well as in other nations. They have three children, Austin and wife Genevieve, Dillon and Madison.

KING’S CHAPEL BRANSON STAFF

King's Chapel | Branson, Missouri Spirit-Filled ChurchKing's Chapel | Branson, Missouri Spirit-Filled ChurchYouth & Children’s Ministry

Minister Pua has grown up in KC since she was twelve years-old and believes in raising up a generation of world-changers.  Her desire is to see the children and youth of this generation know Jesus intimately and be able to release His love to others.

Worship & Media Ministries

Minister Darron has been a worship leader for 15 years and on staff of KC for 7.  He has a deep passion for worship and seeing people released in their God-given talents in worship arts.  He used to play the clarinet and hates celery.

Contact this Spirit-filled Branson Church: King’s Chapel Branson:

Phone: 417-413-1984 
kingschapelbranson@gmail.com
www.kcbranson.com

If you’d like more info about this amazing Spirit-filled, revival-minded Branson church, contact them or get in touch with me.

*An added perk is that the team hails from Hawaii, and I bet a ministry trip to the islands just may be in my future! Well, at least a vacation anyway!

John Burton


King’s Chapel, Branson, Missouri | www.kcbranson.com | A Spirit-Filled Branson Church

Weekly CoFI Group Teaching: Reformation Church Part 2

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Watch the video: Reformation Churches Part 2—it’s time for the prophetic messengers to awaken the remnant!

FIRST: Don’t miss the last two CoFI Break messages, “Advancing in Your Ministry” and “My Three Motivations.” They are both powerful teachings that will help you stay on fire and advance in your calling every day! Use the series browser on the media player HERE.


REFORMATION CHURCHES PART 2

Revival requires a movement of reformers who will pray with passion and advance as forerunners in the cities of the Earth.

God is awakening prophetic voices to sound the alarm and call people into a supernatural life as we contend for reformation in the church.

WATCH THIS WEEK’S COFI GROUP TEACHING AND DOWNLOAD THE NOTES HERE.

COVENS IN THE CHURCH/PHARAOH IN THE CHURCH BUNDLE

Brand new! Order and immediately download this three piece bundle which includes both books AND the full length audio teaching!

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BOOK ONE: Covens in the Churchby John Burton

A nest of demons has gathered to violently assault the church worldwide-all with the church’s agreement.

Join in on a discussion on the issues of unity, authority and mission advance.

As we lock arms in intentional agreement, and refuse to move out of position because of offense or hurt, the church will fulfill its mission of Kingdom advance.

BOOK TWO: Pharaoh in the Church by John Burton

This book is a burning message, an Exodus call that originated in at least a small way like the original Exodus call in a burning bush. Moses experienced the zeal of the deliverer to see His people free to encounter Him. The goal of this book is for you to discover the pounding heart of God in a way that, I believe, will result in a deep and resounding cry of agreement to embrace a radical revolution in the church.