FREEDOM FROM VANITY
For you have died, and your life
is hid with Christ in God. When
Christ who is our life appears,
then you also will appear with
him in glory.
When Christ appears then you will appear with him in
glory. Until then, your life is hid with Christ in ... read more
Who ever heard of a stale revival? One of the primary marks of a revival is its life, its immediacy. Suddenly everybody is conscious that God is among us. Jesus, the Crucified, is risen and alive in our midst! His word is convicting our hearts, bringing u ... read more
“This is my commandment, that you love one
another as I have loved you. Greater love
has no man than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friends. You are my friends
if you do what I comm ... read more
FRIENDS OF THE KING
The longer we live…
…and the more we find ourselves having to be in touch with the world as it is,
the more we begin to appreciate the words of the hymn,
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus."
As so many whom we regarded as our f ... read more
FROM DEAD WORKS TO LIVING SERVICE
……how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
When Jesus came on the scene the people noticed a tremendous ... read more
FROM FEAR OF DEATH
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to ... read more
FROM THE SPIRIT WITHIN
"....but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:14
Revival has often been described as a ... read more
Read: Isaiah 8:11-15
We notice that scripture says almost nothing about our Lord's childhood. We are told of His birth, His bar mitzvah, then nothing more until He is thirty years of age. Those first thirty years of His life are hidden in the hand of ... read more
GET THEE UP INTO THE HIGH MOUNTAIN
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"
Behold ... read more
GETTING BACK OUR ZEAL
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you
weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing
him to be the gardener, she said to him,
“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell
me where you have l ... read more
Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish God would show me what he wants me to do!"? "I wish he'd make it clear!"
If you're young, it's, "I wish God would show me what I'm supposed to do with my life."
If you're an adult, out there in the thick ... read more
Glorious Liberty of the Children of God
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage ... read more
GOD GAVE ME A TONGUE
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.
Morning by morning he wakens,
he wakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
Surely if we are following Jes ... read more
God Of The Living
If the Lord delays his coming a bit longer there will come a moment in each of our lives when the fragile cord which holds us to this world of flesh and blood will snap ... and we will say to ourselves with complete certainty,
"Now I'm going to die. ... read more
GOING TO WAR
Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
I Corinthians 15:2 ... read more
Read: Matthew 7:15-23
In this passage the Lord not only shows us how we can tell the difference between false prophets and true ones, but how He tells the difference between true disciples and phonies. He doesn't need a computer. And when the time com ... read more
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
The man who wrote those words had blood on his hands, as the captain of a slave ship---until he had an encounter with Grace ... read more
Read: I Corinthians 1:4-9
Scripture says that Abraham, all his life, lived in tents, kept moving, never settled down, because he looked forward to a city which has foundatio ... read more
HAVE NO ANXIETY ABOUT ANYTHING
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all people know your forbearance. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the ... read more
HE COMES TO LIFT US UP
- We thank God and praise God for an event which brought hope back to this world.
- We even now hold fellowship with the One whose birth we celebrate.
Reading Christmas scriptures and singing Christmas songs would mean very little if Jesus himself co ... read more
HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you.
Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.
Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to ... read more
HE SHALL STAND AND FEED HIS FLOCK
You pick up the newspaper and they tell you that there are only a few more shopping days left. So get crackin! You check over the headlines and are reminded that, Christmas or no Christmas, things are looking pretty shaking out there. Bombs going off i ... read more
HE WILL GUIDE YOU
Read: John 15:1-15
There are many different brands of Christianity and forms of worship and “doctrinal positions.” To find the real thing in the midst of all the confusion and falsehood-
- don't ask what church they belong to,
- or whether ... read more
HE WILL LEAD
''But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said...... He will guide you into all truth.''
The promise to the apostles was very simple. While their ... read more
HE'S ABLE - - - IF YOU'RE WILLING
Now when Eli'sha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, Jo'ash king of Israel went down to him, and wept before him, crying, "My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!"
And Eli'sha said to him, "Take a bow and arro ... read more
HEALED BY HIS STRIPES
Read: 1 John 5:6
In the opening chapters of scripture we are told of a
river that flowed through the garden of Eden to water it
and give it life. At the end of scripture (Revelation 22),
And he showed me a pure river of water of
life, ... read more
HEARING THE WORD
As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, ... read more
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels
of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. As were the days
of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in
those days before the flood they were eating and drinking,
marrying ... read more
His Birth In Us
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, ... read more
If there's only one God and one Jesus, how come they've got all these churches? Why isn't there just one? Some people seem to think that Jesus blew it when it came to keeping his Church together.
So they're going to help him. There are the ecumenical bug ... read more
If we could somehow get back there and actually see that group of believers in Rome to whom Paul wrote his epistle, our first reaction would probably be disappointment. These are the people who changed the world? Why, there's nothing special about them! ... read more
His Life, His Work, His Glory
You will know them by their fruits.... so every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. Matt 7:16-17
Salvation comes to us from God as a sheer gift. All we have to do is ... read more
That I may know him in the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
... read more
Today, The Day of Pentecost, we remember how it all began.
On the day of Pentecost a small group of people was transformed from an assembly of souls who weren’t quite sure why they were together, into an Army of Ligh ... read more
For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits
Eternity, whose name is Holy:
"I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with
him who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
... read more
Read: Romans 15:4-6 & 13
Sometimes we come to a place where our zeal for God is
gone. Our soul is stagnant. We don’t have any more strength
to face things.
When we get like ... read more
HOW DOES JESUS DO IT?
Who of us would deny that our Lord Jesus expects us to do the things he commands in the way he does them—the way we see him do things in the gospels.
Can you picture Jesus saying…..
“We need more money, Peter. Time to send out an appeal fo ... read more
HOW LONG IS THIS VALLEY?
How long wilt thou forget me, 0 Lord forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long sha1l mine enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, 0 Lord my God: lig ... read more
HOW LONG LORD?
"I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you."
When we begin to wake up from our spiritual slumber and open our eyes to the real world, we soon discover that God's ways are a mystery to us. God doesn't mesh his plans with ours. The ... read more
HOW TO BE A WELCOME MAT
Let's say there's this person who walks all over you. Takes advantage of you whenever they need you, and then forgets all about you until the next time they want to use you. This goes on for a long time… but it happens once too often.
One day yo ... read more
I AM WITH YOU….AS YOU GO
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefo ... read more
I CAME TO CAST FIRE ON THE EARTH
When Jesus of Nazareth hung on the cross that dark Friday afternoon, it looked like the end of the road. He’d had a good run while it lasted. He shook things up for a while. Now it’s over. He’s done. Everybody can see that this prophet wasn’ ... read more
I HONOR MY FATHER
Read: John 8:48-49
In Cain and Abel we see two spirits which have been at work in the human race since the beginning.
Cain, is the spirit which dishonors God.
Abel, foreshadowing Calvary through the shed blood of an an ... read more
I MYSELF WILL BE THE SHEPHERD OF MY SHEEP
Judgment Ezekiel 34:7-10
They are fired.
….the sheep are rescued from their greedy mouths.
The Kingdom Ezekiel 35:11-16
The Lord himself becomes the Shepherd.
But how d ... read more
I SEE MEN, BUT THEY LOOK LIKE TREES WALKING
Shortly after the turn of the last century this land was hit with an outbreak of unusual signs following the preaching of the gospel of the Lord Jesus.
Healings and outpourings of the Spirit followed the proclaiming of the word in many places ... read more
I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH
"On this rock I will build my church and the powers of death shall not prevail against it."
If we want evidence that the End is near there are three places we can look:
We can look at the earth itself to see the beginni ... read more
I would like to focus on a passage which is probably the clearest expression in Scripture of how Grace is always clothed in lowliness. We're looking at the words of Mary in what is known as The Magnificat. My soul magnifies the Lord, found in Luke 1, st ... read more
IF YOUR HEART IS RIGHT
Suppose that tonight when you go to bed, you fall into a deep sleep. You begin to dream….You're standing before a magnificent modern building. A woman in uniform comes out and welcomes you by name. You follow her into the building, down a hall wit ... read more
"Wherefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy ... read more
IM NOT SURE I CAN TRUST GOD
If ever there was a man of faith it was Harry. Everybody in church looked up to Harry. He always had a good word to share. Always upbeat. Harry was the perfect example of what it means to live by faith in the real world.
So what went wrong?
A ... read more