George O. Wood’s Remarks Upon Being Re-elected General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God


Here’s the video of Dad’s remarks upon being re-elected general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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‘Vision’ Video from General Council


My son Reese appears at the start of this video, which unveils new digital resources for children from My Healthy Church.

‘Cultivating Faithfulness’ by George O. Wood (My Dad)


201302_042_Culti_art The spring 2013 issue of the journal I edit, Enrichment, includes an article by my dad, George O. Wood, about the important thing in small-church ministry, namely, faithfulness. Here’s an excerpt:

When I was a boy, Mom would often say two things to me, and she said them often. The first thing she said was, “It won’t matter 100 years from now.” Indeed that is true. One hundred years from now it won’t matter if we led a small ministry or a large one, whether we lived in a nice house or a rented one-room apartment, whether we drove a new car or an old jalopy, whether we got our clothes from Macy’s or Goodwill (where Mom got hers). What matters 100 years from now is whether we loved Jesus and loved the people Jesus called us to.

The second thing she said was, “Georgie (my family name), when we stand before Jesus He will not ask us if we have been successful, but if we have been faithful.” Of course, in retrospect, I realize the Lord wants us also to be fruitful as well as faithful; but it is my parents’ focus on faithfulness that informs my life to this day. I have been more successful than they if you examine success by metrics, but they were exceedingly faithful in spite of what seemingly was a lack of success.

‘Praying in the Spirit’ by Dr. George O. Wood


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In this video, Dr. George O. Wood speaks on the topic, “Praying in the Spirit.” His sermon was part of the Assemblies of God’s annual Prayer & Bible Conference, held this year at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas.

Five Smooth Stones of Faith (1 Samuel 17:1-58)


This morning, I preached in the chapel service of the Assemblies of God national office. My text was 1 Samuel 17:1-58. I made the following five points:

  1. Faith is the settled conviction that God is always there. Whereas the army interpreted Goliath’s mocking as defiance of them (v. 25), David saw that it was really defiance of God  (v. 26). Indeed, he is the first person to mention God in this passage. David’s faith is the opposite of the army’s practical atheism, which believed that God is apparently not there (G.I.A.N.T.) during difficult times.
  2. Faith is the antidote to fear. Compare the army’s fear (v. 24) with David’s faith-filled defiance of Goliath (v. 26).
  3. Faith is the antidote to criticism. David’s faith provoked anger from his Eliab, who questioned his motives (v. 28). Eliab represents the Stupid Older Brother, who critique of David was likely rooted in jealousy. Eliab was afraid that David’s faith would demonstrate his own and the army’s own lack of faith. Rather than nurturing and releasing that faith, Eliab and Stupid Older Brothers the world over attempt to squelch it. (And yes, the abbreviation of Stupid Older Brothers is intentional.)
  4. Faith is built through experience. David’s faith in God’s ability to protect Israel from Goliath is rooted in his experience of God protecting him from predators in the wild (v. 37). And God’s strategy for delivering Israel from Goliath built on those unique experiences, which is why David refused to wear Saul’s armor (vv. 39, 40).
  5. Faith doesn’t play by the rules; it changes the game. Goliath wanted to fight a champion battle, which favored his size and strength. David knew that was a losing game, so instead of playing by those rules, he changed the game to a kind of fighting that favored him (v. 40).

Anyway, here’s the video:

 

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