Sometimes, discussing the topic of persecution is like feeding spinach to a baby. The baby is happy to get banana, but with spinach, you just have to keep putting it back in! As Christians, we love hearing about the good stuff, but we have to realize that there’s going to be hard times as well. Are we prepared to go through the suffering of persecution? And are we ready to persevere? The more we grow in God, the more our light will shine in dark places, and the more noticeable we will be. It’s like Isaiah 60:1-2 says, “Arise, shine, for [...]
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We all love an underdog story – a Cinderella story – where someone climbs to the top, overcoming all kinds of circumstances. We love that! And, when we’re watching a sports event – we secretly do not cheer for the team or person who is the ten-time champion – the ones that have been on a roll for ten years or whatever. We’re saying, “Where’s the underdog that’s going to topple these people?” And when that underdog shows up, we’re all rooting for him or her! Why? Because we all identify with the suffering. We identify with the struggle. Everybody [...]
On Sunday morning, November 5, 2017, worshippers at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church heard shots ring out in the parking lot, and looked up in horror to see a man in the doorway, wearing black tactical gear and wielding a semi-automatic rifle. He began systematically shooting virtually everyone in the pews. When the massacre was over, 26 men, women, children and babies lay dead or dying, with another 20 injured. The killer was from our nearby community of New Braunfels, Texas. As I was praying over my brothers and sisters, God reminded me of the thrill of victory and the [...]
Do you know when to be silent and when to shout from the rooftops? There are times to keep your mouth shut, and then there are those times to just let it rip! “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…a time to be silent and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 NIV) A time to be silent…and a time to shout – those were God’s instructions for Joshua and the people of Israel as they faced the great stronghold of Jericho. We read in Joshua 6 that God had given them three [...]
Do you have a stronghold in your life? Perhaps you need a physical or an emotional healing? Perhaps there’s some problem that blocking the fullness of life in your marriage, your family, your career or ministry. Or perhaps the stronghold is in your mind – negative thinking that is preventing you from moving forward – that needs to be taken captive. Joshua had a literal stronghold – the great fortress city of Jericho. And God had given him three keywords on how to take the city: See! Advance! Shout! What did God mean by “see?” “See! I have delivered Jericho into [...]
Something’s been stirring in my spirit about those times when we’re sort of hovering in the same place. Do you ever feel like you’re sort of circling around the mountain – going through the same thing over and over, and not seeming to get results? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I think the Lord wants to highlight times and seasons of transition for us – to help us to see that He’s doing a new thing – not an old thing. Sometimes, as we walk with the Lord, we may feel like we’re going backward, but we’re actually moving forward. He heals [...]
Caleb has been on my heart, lately. Remember Caleb? God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt, opened the Red Sea, and provided manna from Heaven. Now Israel was camped at the border of the Promised Land, and Moses sent out twelve spies to explore the land of Canaan. Joshua and Caleb were the two spies -- of all the spies – who came back with faith and said, “We can take them! Let’s take the land!” The other ten spies were saying, “We’re grasshoppers next to them! We’ll be eaten alive!” Caleb and Joshua pleaded, “The Lord is with us! Don’t [...]
If a great apostle prayed for you, what would you want to be prayed for? Today, we explore Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3 – another piece of the plan of God revealed. What did Paul pray? “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be [...]
Experiencing Encounters with God When we were on a trip to Thailand, a missionary told me about a place in the Omkoi district, in the far north, near the border, out in the bush, where there’s hardly anything. The Holy Spirit has been moving tremendously through these tribal people. They’re getting up at 4:00 every morning to pray and to worship. Who’s leading the way? It’s the children – they have a mission school there. And so the kids, before school, get up at 4:00 in the morning to pray, as young as five years old, and they’re having encounters with [...]
Do you ever feel that God is distant and not especially concerned with your life? Do you faithfully go through the motions of attending church, reading your Bible, and doing good works, and yet…feel a lack of connection with God? Do you wonder if there’s more to be had? The good news is that there is more – so very much more! God’s plan for us is to encounter Him – to have true intimacy with Him! What Does God’s Word Say About Encounter? In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) [...]