Category: Ministry

Joy In Forgiveness

Suppose you were authorized to travel through the nation forgiving debts. Jubilee style. Imagine if the American federal government had given indebted people the trillion dollars a few years ago, empowering them to pay off their debts,  instead of to the corporations who were being rewarded for poor business decisions. When someone sins against you, […]

Other Languages

If you haven’t read any of Dr. Gary Chapman’s material on what he calls the “Five Love Languages,” I think you should. His premise includes the idea that we think and feel in different languages, and therefore interpret others’ words and actions through the filters of our language. If they speak in a different language […]

The Experts’ Opinions

There are many experts who agree heartily with each other that some things are true that aren’t. There are many theologians who prefer listening to themselves and to each other than to the Spirit of Jesus. Some of the theological experts in the first century thought the Holy Spirit was a demon. Learning to discern […]

Comforted, But Not Comfortable

2 Corinthians 1:3-8 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For […]

Not Many Fathers

In John 15:16, Jesus informed His listeners that He had appointed them, ordained them, set them in place, to bear much fruit, and that their fruit should remain. They should have their thumbprints on lives that cause their own character, their giftings, their work, to continue after they were gone by residing in the followers’ […]

Be Encouraged

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord had done great things for us; we were joyful. Restore our […]

Mining in the Kingdom

After the Holiness Movements (Salvation Army, Nazarenes, Pentecostal Holiness, etc) had their effects on what they could impact, many believers thought their highest call was the work of exposure of sin. One famous TV preacher gets great cheers from his audience when he informs “Washington” of their evil habits from his pulpit. No one in […]

Inner And Outer Resistance

We have enemies who are devoted to robbing us of courage, truth and success. Identifying them and their habits and learning to discern their deception will greatly improve our likelihood of being effective in our attempts to hear and then obey our King. The resistance that is at work in us may be more powerful […]

Ready for Goliath

Every day I deal with someone and/or something that’s difficult. From small things like annoying drivers and stepping in puddles I didn’t know were that deep, to personal attacks, flat tires, or trees through the roof. My response to an event can empower it to bless me or curse me. Today’s problem may be what […]

We’re Depending on You

We are depending on you. But that means something different for each one of us. I’m depending on you to help me with my work. He’s depending on you to make him feel better about himself. She needs you to pay her on time so she can pay them on time. He needs $5 to […]

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