When we compare the early church with the present-day church, we observe that the early church must have been predominantly made up of spiritual people. The book of Acts shows that this was the reason for their quick and positive development. They had no other aid. But they had the Holy Spirit. We have excellent aids in abundance. But we have a deficiency of…
God asked Noah to build an ark at a time when the earth had never seen rain. Such was definitely a project that he could not do on his own. Imagine when his neighbors and friends came by, only to laugh at and ridicule him, even questioning him about his faith. Noah must have searched himself to examine why he was doing it. But obedience reminds us that our responsibilities are first and foremost to God alone.
I remember dealing with an element of demonic proportions when my very good friend’s son was literally demon-possessed. I had never experienced anything like it. In the midst of my homeschooling routine, she suddenly called one day, and I could hear the demons screeching through her son in the background, as she begged...
I asked God what was on His heart for my first day in our new town. God told me to go to a large church in town, introduce myself as new in the area, and tell them that He had given me urgency to call the people of this church and community to a revival with Him.
A desperate mother asked for prayer regarding the strained relationship in her family. Both parents were at the end of their patience, having exhausted all known wisdom thus far, trying to impact and direct the path of a strong-willed and non-compliant nineteen-year-old daughter. In the same week, I myself struggled with...
Freedom is not the independence to do what we want or the absence of distress. Real freedom is the deep-seated confidence that God does have our best interests at heart and will provide for all our needs, even if the ordeal is very uncomfortable and difficult.
Throughout history God has chosen individuals who lived simple lives, often in poverty, to do great things for Him. These men walked with God, yet the weight of responsibility rested upon them. They felt the greatness of the task before them. There was no self-confidence. Only self-distrust.
There are gangsters in my neighborhood. Before you get concerned for my safety, these are harmless to humans and are rarely covert in their operations. No, these gangsters operate in the open using audible communication. It is unfortunate I don’t speak crow because I think it would be enjoyable to hear them strategize.
The much-needed Laodicean message contained no commendations for faithfulness, only warnings to wake up and repent. Much of the Christian world is in the same lukewarm state as the Laodiceans. Some of us have become self-sufficient instead of looking to Christ to meet our needs. Others are spiritually indifferent, caught up in the mere rounds of tradition.
Dr. Park Tucker, the former Chaplain of the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, told of walking down the street of an unknown city, feeling depressed and worried about life in general. Seeing a sign in a window, he blinked his eyes a couple of times, wondering whether his eyes were deceiving him.
I do not deserve answers to prayer. I do not deserve his incredible mercy. Yet somehow, He continues to shower me with what I like to refer to as a bucket of endless grace and love. As I was growing up and even into my adult life, I think that I had it all wrong, for my prayer life was more of a routine than a relationship.