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 […]

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 […]