CERTAIN OF THINGS NOT SEEN
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.
Our Lord himself pioneered the way of faith for us. Son of God though he was, he divested himself of ... read more
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Truly, truly, I say to you, you wi ... read more
Today, on this Thanksgiving Sunday,
we’ve come together with people across our country to give thanks.
- Thanks for the abundance that surrounds our lives.
- Thanks for the peace that covers this land
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ENTHUSIASM + DISCIPLINE = ZEAL
When Jesus ordered the people he healed not to tell
anyone, it wasn't exactly that they were disobedient,
they just couldn't keep it to themselves. They had to tell
someone. If that kind of enthusiasm doesn't spill out
of your life after you've met ... read more
Have you ever been mad at God? I know I have.
Perhaps there is someone reading these words who, beneath their prayers and praises, is nevertheless somewhat "ticked" at God for the crummy hand you've been dealt….the stuff you've had to live through ... read more
The Fire Within
Pentecost is one of the festivals that has been observed in the Body of Christ
since its beginning and has been recently rediscovered in large areas of the Church.
We often think of the of the Holy Spirit
as th ... read more
THE FINGER OF GOD
“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, house falls upon houseand if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your ... read more
THE FORM OF THIS WORLD IS PASSING AWAY
"Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not s ... read more
"....AND SINNERS SHALL BE CONVERTED UNTO THEE"
Create in me a clean heart, 0 God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not the holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors ... read more
A BURNING HEART, A BURNING TONGUE
Surely we're all agreed that second to the absolute need
for each of us to have a burning relationship with God,
is the need to be in touch with the anguish of the world.
Christians become stale, fellowships sterile, if they
aren't constantly pres ... read more
A CLOSER WALK
Every once-in-a-while you meet someone who seems to have figured it out. They don't make a production out of it. They're not in your face with it. But by the way they live, and the way they manage their mouth, they really do seem to be walking close to ... read more
A CORPORATE FAITH
Each of us is called as an individual to follow Jesus.
Each of us, if the Lord doesn't return in the meantime, will die as an individual.
Each of us will stand alone before the judgment seat of Christ.
And yet, our individual faith in Jesus w ... read more
A GOOD WORD
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
him that is weary.
The Christmas season is the time when in many ways people are more openhearted, more generous, easier to g ... read more
A HEART OF FLESH FOR A HEART OF STONE
Therefore say to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, 0 house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holi ... read more
A HOLY NATION
“…as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all of your conduct; since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.' And if you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fea ... read more
ABIDE IN ME
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. ... read more
ACTION OF THE HEART
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I than ... read more
AFTER THE NOISE
The embarrassing question is sometimes asked, "If it's really the Holy Spirit who inspires all these groups around the city, why is there so little unity? So little concern for each other? So few kind words? "If it is the one Holy Spirit of Go ... read more
AGGRESSIVE TOWARD GOD
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the work that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son;.....” John ... read more
AHEAD OF YOUR TIME
There was once a time when everyone knew that the earth
was the center of the universe.
“Of course, the earth stands still and the
sun keeps flying around it every day.”
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ALIENS IN BABYLON
Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul.
Read: 1 Peter 2:11
The instant a person is truly born again this world ceases to be their home. Now they have within them a vision of ... read more
ALIVE, FREE, AND USEFUL
"Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, ... read more
ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD FIND THEIR YES IN HIM
Itâs surprising how many people who say they believe
in Jesus believe in a Jesus who always seems to
have them hanging on a cliff. They never know whether
heâs going to come through or not. Theyâre never sure
whether heâs going to say âyesâ ... read more
AN OFFERED LIFE
The reason we never appeal for funds in this flock is not that we consider giving a minor thing. Our Lord made clear that what we do with the unrighteous mammon is proof to the Father of whether or not we're ready to handle the true riches of his kingdom ... read more
AN OPEN CHURCH
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ... read more
AN OPEN EAR
If we pay attention to what the prophets are telling us, if we open our minds to the living words of Jesus, we have to conclude that God, creator of our universe, continues to speak to our world. He speaks to every individual, group and community ... and ... read more
ARE YOU SANCTIFIED?
A block away from the church I served in Detroit lived an old lady named Mrs. Sneed. Mrs. Sneed didn't talk much. Mrs. Sneed never smiled. But Mrs. Sneed was active in her church, and she knew the doctrines!
One day I'm walking down 25th Street, a ... read more
Arise from the Dead
"Therefore it is said, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give you light."
Ephesians 5: 14
Whenever we hit a dry season in our life with God we put the burden on H ... read more
ARISE, GO TO NINEVEH
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But w ... read more
AS THEY WENT
One of the big afflictions in the Body of Christ near and far is stagnation. We usually think of stagnation as a state of mind. But when Jesus deals with our stagnation he addresses two things in us beyond the mind;
- our will,
- and our body.
Jesus ... read more
BACK TO OUR FIRST LOVE
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lamp stands.
I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance; and how you cannot bear evil men but hav ... read more
BACK TO ROMANS 14
As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on ... read more
You remember the time Jesus was speaking to a crowd of people in a house when someone squeezed through the crowd and said, "Your mother and your brothers are outside. They want to talk to you." One of those brothers outside was doubtless James.
At ... read more
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Hey! I'm a Christian! I go to church. What's your problem? These people who come along and act like they've got something I don't have, like they know something I don't know. Like they've got God, and I don't. They make me sick!
First of all, rel ... read more
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD
Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the heathen;
I will be exalted in the Earth. Psalm 46:10
any of us are frustrated by a feeling that we just aren't accomplishing anything significant with our lives. We sens ... read more
BE SURE OF HIM
And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon."
But he did not ans ... read more
BE SURE TO TELL PETER
Some time ago, after a meeting, there was a chap sitting at our table who kept talking about his wife's fellowship, his wife's teacher, how active his wife was in this and that. "How come you keep talking about your wife's fellowship? Don't you go too?"
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Let's suppose that everybody reading these words has, at some point, made a commitment of their life to the Lord Jesus.
A commitment, not to a set of Christian beliefs,
not to some church dogma,
but to Jesus, crucified, rise ... read more
BEHOLD WE ARE GOING UP TO JERUSALEM
Read: Luke 18:31-43
There came a point in Jesus' ministry – and each of the four gospels refers to it in some way – when Jesus knew that it was time to go up to Jerusalem. Not as He went up to Jerusalem many times before to participate in some feas ... read more
BETWEEN LEGALISM AND LICENSE
Jesus said to him, "I am the Way and the Truth, and the Life;
no one comes to the Father but by me."
Praise God that we never have to walk the Narrow Road alone. Our Lord goes before us to show us the way,
to encourage us,
... read more
One day before long, unless the Lord comes back in the meantime, each one of us will arrive at the moment of our death.
Perhaps we'll sigh with relief, "At last, this thing that I've been dreading all my life, has finally come. Let's get on with it"
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BEYOND THE SIGNS
Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, that he take aw ... read more
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
"Seeing the crowds, he went up into the mountain and sat down with his disciples and they came to Him. He opened his mouth and taught them saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven;
blessed are those who mourn, for ... read more
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth fourth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Psalm 126:5-6 KJV ... read more
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
So he told them this parable: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if h ... read more
BLOOD WATER AND LIGHT
Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." ... read more
BOUNCING PRAYERS AND THE CRY OF THE SOUL
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others:
"Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I ... read more
BREAK UP YOUR FALLOW GROUND
Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of steadfast love; break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord
that he may come and rain salvation upon you.
"...break up ... read more
BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Psalm 126: 5-6
The scene is Samaria, that half-breed country between G ... read more
BROKEN BREAD AND POURED OUT WINE
The call to the life of faith is a call to something much higher, much more far-reaching and powerful than we have been inclined to think.
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I wi ... read more