Prayer: What Intercessory Prayer Really Is


  I remember when it first hit me that the Lord said I was an intercessor.   And I thought, “Really?”  In my mind, intercessors were those women who were on the prayer team.  They were these little old ladies that would get up at 5 in the morning with Jesus, and from their mouth to God’s ear made stuff happen in the world.  They were the intercessors – earth-shattering prayer warriors.   I didn’t see myself as that.  I saw myself as maybe a teacher or something else, but I didn’t see myself as an intercessor until the Word of the [...]

Prayer: What Intercessory Prayer Really Is2019-07-02T18:06:53+00:00

The Plan of God Revealed: Encounter with God – True Intimacy (Part 2)


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 [...]

The Plan of God Revealed: Encounter with God – True Intimacy (Part 2)2019-03-05T16:14:13+00:00

The Plan of God Revealed: Encounter with God – True Intimacy (Part 1)


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) [...]

The Plan of God Revealed: Encounter with God – True Intimacy (Part 1)2019-03-05T16:16:54+00:00

Our Sonship: The Six Kinds of Earthly Fathers


Do you sometimes feel that God is unapproachable or unavailable?  Do feelings of guilt or shame make you feel fearful or unworthy of God?  Where do these thoughts and feelings come from? […]

Our Sonship: The Six Kinds of Earthly Fathers2019-03-14T16:57:55+00:00

Our Sonship: The Four Basic Needs God Put into Our Hearts


Many people struggle to have true intimacy with God or with their family.  Today we’re going to look the root cause of our trouble with connecting with God, with our spouse, with our children, or with others. […]

Our Sonship: The Four Basic Needs God Put into Our Hearts2019-03-14T16:54:15+00:00

My Sonship: The Heart of the Father


Who are we in Christ?  In Romans 8:16-17 we read, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now, if we are God’s children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” What are the implications of being God’s sons and daughters and co-heirs with Christ?  How does the character of our Father God relate to our relationship with Him and with our ministry to others? […]

My Sonship: The Heart of the Father2019-03-14T16:53:30+00:00

Creating Healthy Relationships (Part 2)


There are so many things to discuss when it comes to relationships, so I’ve extended our Creating Healthy Relationships blog to include a Part 2! In this article, we will discuss community and confrontation. […]

Creating Healthy Relationships (Part 2)2019-03-14T16:55:32+00:00

Creating Healthy Relationships (Part 1)


Relationships are our greatest treasures in life. When we get to the end of our lives, we won’t be thinking about how much we have in the bank; we’ll be thinking about the people in our lives. Whether we realize it or not, there’s a real desire for community and real authentic relationships. But at the same time, often our wounds come from people. This makes navigating relationships tricky sometimes. […]

Creating Healthy Relationships (Part 1)2019-03-10T17:44:29+00:00

Kingdom Character: Growing in Joy


Joy is something that everyone wants, but most never find true, deep joy. Joy is not only a fruit of the Spirit; it’s also a spiritual power with a force behind it. It’s more than “happiness” (which is fleeting). The true joy of the Lord is sustaining; we find this to be true especially when our circumstances are not ideal, and we can still have joy. Joy in the Kingdom of God Romans 14:17 tells us, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Let’s break [...]

Kingdom Character: Growing in Joy2019-03-10T17:38:33+00:00

Kingdom Character: Growing in Self-Control


God wants us to mature in our character to become more like Christ, and self-control is an area that people can get the wrong idea about. When you hear the words, “self-control,” don’t hear, “You have to do it all on your own.” That’s not true. We can’t do everything by our own self-will. The key to self-control is having the will to submit and be surrendered to the Spirit of God. Self-Control in the Bible The Bible mentions self-control often and even shares stories of people who either had or lacked the characteristic. In Titus 1:6-9, being self-controlled and temperate [...]

Kingdom Character: Growing in Self-Control2019-03-10T17:36:44+00:00
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