It Takes Time to Realize Your God-Given Destiny

It Takes Time to Realize Your God-Given Destiny

When Jesus rose from the dead, he spent a few more weeks with his disciples. After convincing all of them he was actually alive again, he gave them some final inspiration, and they were ready to GO! I would imagine they resembled a team about to take the field at the...
When God Comes to Shake Things Up

When God Comes to Shake Things Up

We so badly want God to show up and do great and mighty things. But we also want him to do those things in ways that don’t scare us. That don’t push us out of the comfort zone or cause us to question our assumptions about him. And God simply will not be...
Praise and the Presence of God in the Valley

Praise and the Presence of God in the Valley

Have you ever heard the expression, when praises go up, heaven comes down? When we hear phrases like that, we typically picture a big crowd in a big church with many hands raised by people singing worship music. And it’s true – when God’s people get...
Experiencing the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

Experiencing the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

In the world of sales, there is often the product, and then there is the enhanced edition of the product. Is the upsell worth it? Depends on if you want the basic version or the full-featured version with all the bells and whistles. In my Christian walk, I want all...
The Good News of the Kingdom of God

The Good News of the Kingdom of God

When you’re thirsty, the arrival of water is good news. When you’re hungry, food is good news. When you’re hurting, healing is good news. And when you live in a world where everything is flipped, the innocent are oppressed, unrighteous people rule,...
If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are called, commissioned, and equipped to share your faith. It’s not a matter of having a special calling to full-time pastoral ministry or moving overseas as a missionary. You’re already a missionary to your...
The Good News of the Gospel is TOO Good to Keep Hidden

The Good News of the Gospel is TOO Good to Keep Hidden

One of my favorite subtle movie lines is found in The Grinch (the Jim Carrey edition). In a scene where he’s busy “hating the Who’s,” the Grinch runs through is to do list and one of the items is, “Solve world hunger… Tell no...
Welcome to the ‘Last Days’ the Bible Talks About!

Welcome to the ‘Last Days’ the Bible Talks About!

When you hear the phrase “last days,” do you think of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie or a series of novels about the Antichrist and Armageddon? Maybe you picture a dude in a suit behind a big pulpit on television using scare tactics about “how bad...
Spiritual Warfare and the Lives of Pastors and Church Leaders

Spiritual Warfare and the Lives of Pastors and Church Leaders

The struggle is real. When you drop the phrase spiritual warfare into a casual conversations, you often get mixed reactions. On the one hand, a lot of people are skeptics when it comes to anything invisible or supernatural. In fact, many people will believe in heaven...
The After Effects of a Spirit-filled Prayer

The After Effects of a Spirit-filled Prayer

Does prayer make any difference? Absolutely! And prayer makes a difference because the living God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside the one praying. Further, when God’s people get together and pray as a community, amazing things happen! I’m sure you’ve...

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