Clothe Us with Your Power

Luke 24:49 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Jesus description of the promise of Pentecost is prefigured with His command to wait until they were “clothed with power from on high.”  How I long to see […]

Desperate Times – Reveal His Power

Psalm 60:3-5 You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger. 4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow. 5 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. God has […]

God’s Beautiful Butterflies

I recently had a vision.  I have only had a few of these in my Christian life and this one was both simple and dramatic. It was early in the morning and as I gazed out the window at the grey overcast sky, suddenly my vision was filled with an explosion of butterflies flowing out […]

Do You Know God?

My wife and I have a wonderful relationship.  We know one another’s habits, emotions, desires and character.  Is it possible to know God in that way?  I believe that it is, in fact I believe that marriage is the exact model, or picture of how God wants to know each human being.  The great final […]

Are You Hungry?

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. This passage, at the heart of the Beatitudes, is commonly quoted in Christian circles.  Yet, I believe we understand so little of the power that this principle makes available to us. One of the single greatest obstacles to the […]

Make Your Life a Hotspot for Revival

Creating a Hotspot for Revival What is a Hotspot?  As we study the history of revival we see that God uses the few to influence the many.  When we look at the bible heroes who stood up and prayed and proclaimed God’s will to the people gathered in Jerusalem, we see how God brings revival […]

3 Keys to Revival

Here are three keys to inviting revival in your life, in your church, and in our nation. 1. Humility! In Luke Chapter 18, we have the parable of the Pharisee and the Sinner in prayer. This is Jesus concluding statement in verse 14, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who […]

7 Ways to Grow Your Prayer Life

Keep it Simple and Focused. This may require you to remember that prayer and intimacy with God is essential for life and ministry.  Settle the issue that this is as important as eating and sleeping and set your heart to be a person who is intimate with God in prayer. (Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told […]

Inviting the Presence of God

There are those people whom you really want to be around and there are those people whom it is a burden to share time with.  Jesus Christ is someone I always want to be with.  The great joy and amazing truth is that He actually wants to be with me, with us, more than we […]

What We Need Now

I was just speaking with a young pastor friend whose sister was in the concert at the Las Vegas massacre.  To see his tears as he recounted some of terror and trauma that his sister expressed to him brought this whole tragedy to a new level of reality for me.  I have spent many hours […]

Lord, Teach Us to Pray!

Recently I encountered messages on this topic, Lord, teach us to pray, from two different sources and from two different generations.  First, I was reading a volume by Andrew Murray.  Andrew was a powerful preacher and missions minded pastor of the late nineteenth century.  Then, just this week I read an excellent blog from a […]

Revival Truth – We Need Him!

It is not the size of a crowd that starts revival.  It is the presence of just one person that brings about a revival.  Whatever the size of the gathering it is the presence of God that will ultimately draw the lost to salvation, the prodigals to come home, fill the Church with glory and […]

Will You Join Me!

Dear Praying Friends, I wanted to send you a note and encourage our united response to God in humble repentance and prayer. Many Godly leaders have pointed to the Biblical nature of the eclipse as a sign from God of impending judgement, or renewal. What will it be? Whatever your belief about signs and warnings […]

Oh, The Love of God

One of my favorite prayers in the entire Bible is in the book of Ephesians, chapter 3 verses 14 to 21. Paul prays for the church to be strengthened with power and then begins praying for the Ephesians, and us, to know and grow in the Love of God. It is stunning to me, but […]

Prayer is the First Work of the Church

“Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers, be intercession: In it we secure the presence and power of […]

What a Real Leader Does in Times of Crisis!

One of my favorite narratives in the Old Testament is found in 2 Chronicles chapter 20.  The heart of this great example of Godly leadership occurs when we see King Jehoshaphat leading the gathered nation of Israel in prayer and making this summary statement in verse 12.  I want to encourage you to learn from […]

Don’t Live in Fear! Choose love, joy, peace…

One of the most amazing things about the Scripture is the simple and consistent way it empowers us to live in good stuff.   Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such […]