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 […]

God is Looking for His Watchmen

Isaiah 62:6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. God wants all of His children to partner with Him […]

Why Do Christians Pray?

As a Pastor and leader in the Church for more than 40 years I have seen many things that pass publicly as prayer.  However, I seldom see prayer that is healthy and well-focused.  Let’s examine several key biblical motivations for cultivating a life in prayer.  Consider your motivations to pray.  For example, the motivations for […]

The Power of Testimony – Look to the Lord.

Psalm 105:4-6 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. 5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, 6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. One of the most important and common exhortations of the Bible is to […]

An Invitation has Arrived!

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. “Our God is a God who created us in His image.  He is a God of body, soul and spirit.  All through the history of humanity, […]

Fix Your Eyes on Him…

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus – The enemy is Scared! Dear Friends we see a graphic array of turmoil, tragedy and violence every day in our media.  It can be truly frightening!  I believe that this will be the norm for some time to come.  We are in the end times, whether Jesus will return […]

Stop Trying to Worry!

Have you ever realized that being worried, or anxious, is a choice that we make?  Whenever we are confronted by the situations of life that trouble us – we make a decision.  We can enter into the thought processes that make us anxious and frightened. Or, we can enter into the process of the God […]

Unity in Prayer, a Harmony of Power

John 17:22-23  Father …I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. I […]

Are You Desperate for More of God?

I have had the privilege of being a part of the Vineyard movement of churches since it began in the early 80s.  I was recently reading a small volume that chronicled those early days of humble beginnings as a home bible study.  The single characteristic that stands out to me, that has been a part […]

The Secret of Boundless Power – Intimate Prayer

It seems almost impossible to believe but it is true!  Jesus longs to release the full power of His life and ministry through us! John 15:7-8 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, […]

Pray in the Spirit

Pray in the Spirit – on all occasion – with all kinds of prayers –for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18   And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. This climactic prayer […]

Prayer Changes Things – God is the Author of Change

This is a small excerpt from many such reports during the revival in Wales in the mid-19th century: “The churches of four counties held a day of prayer, and from then on the prayer meetings experienced new life as members prayed for the outpouring of God’s Spirit… Churches were overcrowded, and there were new converts […]

We Should Always Pray and Not Give Up!

These words of Jesus are very powerful in their meaning and weight in our lives.  Jesus speaks them to His disciples in Luke chapter 18.  Take a moment to read them again, and say them out loud and consider them, let them sink in for a moment.  “We should always pray and not give up!”  […]

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 […]