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Are you living up to the purpose God chose you to fulfill? Are you living up to His calling on your life? The Gospel is communicated in words—but it is so much more than just words. The Good News of Jesus Christ is power. It is dynamite. And I don’t mean that in the flippant way. In Romans 1:16, Paul says that the Gospel is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” That word “power” is dynamis in the original Greek—the word from which we get our English word dynamite. So it is not stretching the meaning of God’s Word to say that the Gospel is the “dynamite” of God. It blasts through our sin and rebellion, our brokenness and fallenness, our objections and rejection, and it powerfully draws us to Him.

Why does God need to dynamite people with the Gospel? Because blind eyes will not be opened by mere words. Hard hearts will not be softened by mere words. Stubborn wills will not be broken by mere words. That is why the Holy Spirit must dynamite our souls and spirits and consciences with the dynamic power of the Gospel.

I could speak the most eloquent words. I could offer the most compelling arguments. I could communicate with unparalleled passion and intensity. But until the Holy Spirit of God takes those words and infuses them with power, they will never open deaf ears or blind eyes. That is why our witnessing and our ministry to the world must be bathed in prayer. We dare not do or say anything without calling upon God’s dynamite power.

Prayer: I praise You, God, for Your dynamite power to save the lost—to save me! Help me to remember Your tremendous power to open the eyes of the spiritually blind when I intercede for others so that I do not give up praying for them. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19:26).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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