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...
I'm Called and I Know My Purpose… Now What?

I'm Called and I Know My Purpose… Now What?

I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m saved and secure. I’m on my way to heaven someday. But I still live here and I know that my purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ in all of the life that I have left. But how? A common plight Christians suffer is...
When God Awakens a City to Himself

When God Awakens a City to Himself

When I say “city,” you can think community, or neighborhood, or metropolitan area, or whatever your context is. The point is the same… I love the picture of Philippi coming to know Jesus through Paul and his friends in Acts, chapter 16. On Saturday,...
How to Overcome Temptation in God's Power

How to Overcome Temptation in God's Power

Temptation. This one word encompasses all of the greatest threats to a consistent and successful Christian walk. Let it be known that you cannot resist temptation. That is, temptation will always be a part of your life. But you can refuse to give into it in the power...

The Power of Flexibility in Ministry Leadership

Last year we bought a Nintento Wii and then later, a Wii Fit thingie designed to utterly humiliate me! It sighs when I step on the scale, mocks me for not showing up in xx# of days, and loves to point out how many Yoga moves I can’t do because… I’m...

Real Change: When God Has You In Checkmate

Message Based on The Life of Paul, Acts 9 Change is a tough word. It’s all around us in technology, nature, and culture. Yet I think we fail to understand the most powerful change of all which happens in a human soul that meets and trusts Jesus. Paul had things...
Five Great Books About the Apostle Paul

Five Great Books About the Apostle Paul

Last week I began a new post series that will feature “five great books” every week on a variety of subjects. I said I’d talk about five great books for women, but I spoke rashly. I’m going to postpone that until a bit later. Instead, today,...

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