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 […]

How to Become a Good Man!?

Or “If you want to be a good man you have to hang-out with good men.” Most of us have had the privilege of knowing and relating to someone we would call a really good man.  Not just a gifted man but a good man.  I have known of many highly gifted men, athletes or […]

Sitting on the Electric Chair?

Did I ever tell you about the time in my life when my deeds had caught up with me?  Suddenly there they were at my door.  I was arrested, put into jail and before you know it the trial had begun.  It did not take very long because the evidence was so convincing.  The prosecutor […]

A Time to Pray

Good day to you all.  As I read the Old Testament stories about the children of Israel I see a repeated theme.  The people of God fall into apathy, pride and sin and a foreign army comes to attack them.  If God’s people repent and trust the Lord then this attack simply becomes a chance […]

Responding Well in Times of Crisis

2 Chronicles 7:14  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Focus – Pray – Act! As the world goes ever deeper […]

Abundant Life In Christ

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Coming into salvation is well described as entering a doorway into a whole new way of living. You change what you are doing, what you are seeking, how you are living, where you get your joy, where you get you resources and […]

Suppose you have a friend!?

In the gospel of Luke chapter 11 Jesus responds to His disciples request to teach them to pray by telling a short parable about a man who goes to his friend to ask for food for a visitor who has just come into town. This all takes place in the middle of night to illustrate […]

Mercy and Grace to You!

Mercy = loving kindness, forgiveness and good will towards us. Grace = joy, liberality, kindness, favor, blessings, gifts and rewards to us. God longs to exchange our brokenness and pain for His grace and mercy.  In Hebrews 4:16 we are exhorted “to come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.”  That is a call […]

Trying to Raise the Dead and True Love

I recently had a first in my life.  I felt called and led by God to pray that a dead woman would come back to life.  A dear family friend Patty had an older sister Margie, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer.  I was asked to come to the hospital and pray healing for […]

Prayer Is The Need of Our Day!

In 1790 our nation was on the verge of social and moral collapse.  The church was in rapid decline.  One pastor called his church an old folk’s home of dying people. In a nation of 5 million people, 300,000 were confirmed alcoholics and 15,000 people were dying of alcohol related disease each year.  Women were […]

Praying is Really, Really Smart!

One of the most wonderful things about God is that He is highly compassionate and relational.  He longs to have a deep, personal and loving relationship with each person on earth. But, if God were to reveal Himself to us as He is, we would have no choice but to fall down and adore Him.  […]