What is the Condition of Your Heart?

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. How are you doing in managing, protecting and strengthening the content and quality of your heart? As the proverb quoted above speaks to us, caring for, guarding the condition and content of your heart is the highest priority of healthy, […]

“Without Him we can’t; without us He won’t!”

The anonymous quote that I have written above is a clear statement of the truth of prayer.  I want you to read this famous scripture again, 2 Chronicles 7:14, with eyes opened to the importance of your call to partner with the Lord of the universe in prayer: If my people who are called by my […]

Happy Independence Day!

Have you ever considered what makes our nation, or a person truly independent?  Simply stated, it is choosing to be “dependent” on the right things.  The only reason the United States has ever been a successful nation of freedom is because we were a nation founded and formed on dependence on God. No human being is truly […]

A Day to Pray for America!

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a celebration of one of the official endings of slavery in the U.S.  The state of Texas was, in that day, the most remote of slave holding states and the emancipation became official there on this day in 1865.   In light of all that is occurring in our country […]

Eyes on God!

Matthew 6:25-26: Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap […]

Give Thanks!

1 Thess. 5:18 “ give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” These days of isolation can be difficult to endure.  The loss of familiar comforts and the absence of the presence of friends and co-workers can push us toward depression.  One of the most essential and life supporting practices […]

An Encounter with Jesus – for You!

In Mark 10:17-30 is the story of what is commonly called the Rich Young Ruler.  In this story Jesus is confronted by a young, wealthy Jewish man and asked the question, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus responds with a culturally familiar call to obey the commands of the Jewish faith.  The young man responds, […]

Repentance – Humility – Prayer – His Face

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselvesand prayand seek my faceand turn from their wicked ways,then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their […]

A Symphony of Prayer

Matthew 18:19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” I love the hidden meanings of Jesus’ exhortation here.  We often refer […]

Lord, Teach Us to Pray!

Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in certain place.  When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” “‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ Yes, to pray. This is what we need to be taught. Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that […]

Cultivating Intimacy and Power in Prayer.

Cultivating intimacy and power in prayer starts with the understanding and awareness that prayer is a relationship with God and people. Here are four practical ways to grow your prayer life. 1. Listen to the Lord and to your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer.  Our goal in prayer is to pray the will of God; […]

Ask God to Fill You with His Love!

Philippians 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus […]

Listening Prayer, the Gateway to Intimacy with God

I want to take a moment to share a simple principle that is key to a living and active relationship with God; the power of listening. Before I share the basics of my encouragement, let me just strengthen your faith that it is absolutely God’s will to reveal Himself, speak with and instruct you in […]

The Great Treasure of Christmas, True Love

Ephesians 3:17-19  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all […]

The Great Freedom of Contentment, a Holiday Miracle

Philippians 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well […]

Let the Chains Fall Off

Acts 16:23-26 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the […]

The Presence of God in our Pain

Psalm 51:17 My sacrifice, Oh God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. When your heart is broken it is hard to see good out of what you are suffering.  Yet the love of God has such a way of becoming so much more real when we are in […]

The Reward of True Worship

One evening last week as I was enjoying a relaxing evening with my wife, we decided to spend some time listening to a recent sermon by a well-known pastor.  I found his remarks on worship to be very interesting and informative.  Then, he made a simple statement that cut me to heart as I saw […]

Humility – A Friend Worth Having…

I have recently had a very difficult season in my life.  From the death of a close friend, to a set of very hard personal and family issues.  One of the most common prayers that we ask of God in such a season is, why?  What are you doing in all this “hard knock stuff”?  In this particular season […]

Love Your Enemies – How?

I had a very difficult childhood; from a broken family to difficult school years.  Because my family was not stable, I moved something like 13 times before I entered High School.  This made me the constant new kid, and because I had a quiet, introverted character this made me bully bait.  I could tell many a story about […]