Everything I am reading about the state of the church in America today, nearly 8 years after this post was written, convinces me that the tidal wave is building. When will the people of God wake from their slumber, renew their vows to Christ and begin to live passionately for and like Christ? See the … More The Tidal Wave Coming to the American Church
It’s a wet Friday in South Carolina today but perhaps that is a good time to ask God to ignite the warming fires of revival. Let’s start with ourselves and move outward to our local church, the churches in our towns, the churches in our regions, the churches in our state, the churches in our … More The Warming Fires of Revival
It happened again. Sometimes you find the strangest things when you are looking for something else. I was cleaning up some computer files today, deleting this, moving that, editing and saving something else and I stumbled across a file that is obsolete, misplaced and hard to let go of. It’s a note I left for … More Back in 1996 She was Just Eleven Years Old
I am currently taking our church leaders (we call them elders) through a study on the biblical concept of an elder’s roles and duties. This morning we met at 6:15 for prayer and study, working through the last pages of lesson 3 in the Biblical Eldership Mentor’s Guide by Alexander Strauch and Richard Swartley. It … More The Spontaneous Prayer: How We Learn to Pray
Wrong Question. Why not both? Why not strive for balance between extremes? I am currently taking our church leaders (we call them elders) through a study on the biblical concept of an elder’s roles and duties. This morning we met at 6:15 for prayer and study, working through the last pages of lesson 3 in … More Planned or Spontaneous Prayer?
Prayer. Praying. I have had a 40 year journey of growing and regressing, and stumbling and growing, and falling again, and wondering if I knew anything about prayer, to thinking I knew all about prayer, to KNOWING that I knew nothing about prayer to longing for a deepening and authentic prayer experience. I know that … More How to Pray for Your Prayers
Tragic truth: 90 percent of this post was written before the shooting in California occured in anticipation that it was only a matter of time before it would be needed. More evidence of a deep sickness at the core of American society in these shootings in California. It is yet another indiscriminate shooting by a … More Before the Shooting in California
Yes. Instead, do what the Bible tells you to do. Meditate on it. Here’s a link to a short article that will tell you why and I couldn’t agree more. (Link) And here is another brief meditation on the how the psalmsist views himself. He doesn’t see himself as someone who studies the word of … More Stop Studying the Bible?
Or, “A Case of Disappering Prayer” “The feature that is supposed to distinguish Christian churches, Christian people, and Christian gatherings is the aroma of prayer. It doesn’t matter what your tradition or my tradition is. The house is not ours anyway; it is the Father’s. Does the Bible ever say anywhere from … More Does Your Church Pray?
I live in a multi-ethnic neighborhood near the hospital. We are new to the community but have been encouraged by the camaraderie and openness of our neighbors since we moved in. In the run up to Hurricane Florence, different communities tried to prepare as best they could. In our community the city stepped in … More Can A Miracle Start Slowly?