IN HIS STEPS
God alone knows the kind of shape we are in as we read these words.
- The pressures on our minds.
- The resentments that have been eating at us.
- The guilt.
- The vanity that clings to us all.
Yet as followers of Jesus we draw near to him to;
- wor ... read more
INDIFFERENCE, URGENCY, INSURGENCY
Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?" Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief ... read more
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel."
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INSIDE THE COVENANT
And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook ... read more
When Abram lived in Ur of the Chaldes with his father, Terah, and his nephew Lot, he would get up in the morning have his breakfast, read the newspaper, go to work, come home, have dinner, watch the TV news, read a book, go to bed, get up in the morning a ... read more
Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of ... read more
INTERPRETING THE PRESENT TIME
He also said to the multitudes, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, 'A shower is coming'; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing you say, 'There will be scorching heat'; and it happens. You hypocrites! You kno ... read more
Why is it that so often when we try to pray, we can't seem to get through to God? We feel like we're talking to the walls. There's an invisible barrier.
Why it is when we gather with other believers to worship God, we often feel like we're standing ... read more
IS THAT WORD DEAD OR ALIVE?
A man came home from work one day. His wife gave him a kiss and started telling him how her day went. When it came time for him to respond, he opened his mouth, and nothing came out. He could not speak. Something inside him was paralyzed.
They to ... read more
IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD?
My grief is beyond healing, my heart is sick within me. Hark, the cry of the daughter of my people from the length and breadth of the land: "Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and ... read more
IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU KNOW HIM
Mary Magdalene was a changed woman after Jesus delivered her from those seven devils. So changed, that she began to follow him. She couldn’t thank him enough for her healing.
But the change that made the eternal difference in Mary’s life was not ... read more
IT IS GOD WHO JUSTIFIES
There was once a man who considered it his vocation in life to stand up on top of a hill, dressed in a clean white suit, with a shiny stainless steel shovel tossing muddy slime on the people who walked down below. One day an old lady cried out, "Why are y ... read more
IT'S HIS BANQUET
A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, "Come, for all is now ready."
T ... read more
I had a phone call the other day from a woman who expressed very clearly what many of us can relate to.
"You keep talking about shaking the city. But I'm spending most of my time caring for my children. Two days a week I clean people's houses and sc ... read more
JERUSALEM AND BABYLON
READ: Jeremiah 50:1-5
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JESUS, REMEMBER ME!
When Helen Morrow was a little girl, she would crouch in a corner and shake with fear as her drunken stepfather would beat her mother and cover her mother with curses. There would be months of peace in the house, and then it would start again. This we ... read more
JUDGMENT AND GRACE
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
What beautiful words! What a wonderful invitation!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the prophets and ... read more
KEEPING IT FRESH
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks o ... read more
Keeping the Vision
Wherefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared 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 deed ... read more
Why do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the world set themselves, and the rulers of the earth take council together, against the Lord and against his anointed saying, "Let us break their bands asunder and cast away thei ... read more
Turn on your TV, pick up your newspaper, open any magazine, and you can see at a glance what drives the economy and makes the world go round: money and sex.
You see it all the time out there in the real world---money and sex. But in our churches the ... read more
Our gatherings each week in Jesus' name are truly a Kingdom homecoming. We were out in the world all week, living our lives, exercising our ministries, and now we gather in the assembly to be refreshed for the battles that lie ahead.
The power of thi ... read more
I’d like to begin by reading Isaiah 1 verses 2 through 3 and Isaiah 2 verse 5. And what we’re talking about is making decisions that bring us from the old nature to the new nature. And for most of us, if not all of us, at some point in our life when w ... read more
Knowing The Time
For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to break down and a time to build up… ... read more
There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table.
If we seek power for the ... read more
LEARNING TO ASK
Jesus says that the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light. This is certainly true when it comes to knowing how to ask for help from God.
Again and again we see the children of this world lifting up their voic ... read more
LED TO LEAD
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 on earth has been given to me. Go therefo ... read more
Lest the Cross of Christ be Emptied of Its Power
The events of recent days have focused our attention on the fact that the nations of this
world deal with each other in terms of power.
When the power is in balance, we have peace.
And when the balance is disturbed, we have war.
Sooner or later the ba ... read more
LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST RULE IN YOUR HEARTS
Years ago, there was a man in Philadelphia who called himself Father Divine. (I think he spelled it "Devine" rather than "Divine," but I'm sure he wouldn't mind spelling his name in accordance with his real intentions.)
Father Divine was in touch wi ... read more
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
It's easy enough to say to a person, "Jesus is the light of the world!" But for that person to know what you're talking about, they have to see the evidence. They have to see light.
If you say, "Behold! Jesus is the light!"
"Look unto him and b ... read more
To another he said, "Follow me." But he said,
"Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
But he said to him, "Leave the dead to bury
their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim
the kingdom of God." Luke 9:59-60
What's Jesus s ... read more
LIFE FOR THESE MORTAL BODIES
One thing we know about these bodies of ours: they're mortal. They're going to die. Unless the Lord comes back in the meantime and transfigures them, these bodies of ours are going to die. We know this.
What we may not realize, however, is that it ... read more
LIFT UP YOUR VOICE WITH STRENGTH
Get you up to a high mountain,
0 Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength,
0 Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"
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LIGHT IN THE VALLEY
The oracle of God which Habakkuk the prophet saw.
0 Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and
thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee "Violence!"
and thou wilt not save?
Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look
upon trouble? ... read more
LION OF JUDAH
Read: Revelation 5
"Weep not; lo, the Lion of the Tribe of
Judah, the Root of David has conquered,
so that He can open the scroll and its
Current worldwide upheavals have not hit us very hard
in a material way -- yet.
- W ... read more
NTO THE WATER
There are really two kinds of churches in the world today.
The distinction between these two kinds of churches
has nothing to do with size or denomination.
They can be small or large,
liturgical or non-liturgic ... read more
The Armor of Light
Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the ... read more
It's going to be a strange gathering outside the door of the Kingdom when that door closes. There are going to be people standing there who just can't believe it. "Lord! Open up! Lord! You made a horrible mistake! Lord, don't you remember us? We cast out ... read more
THE BLESSED FORGOTTEN
Read: LUKE 15
When we keep saying that the Spirit of God is doing a new thing in this city these days,
when we talk about our city being visited by God, it's important that we understand what it means for God to visit a city. We're not talking about ... read more
The Bread of The Covenant
The sixth chapter of John opens with thousands and thousands of people coming to Jesus “because of the signs he did on those who were diseased”.
The sixth chapter of John ends with these same people—eve ... read more
THE BRIDE AND THE MONSTER
In a dream anything can happen. Animals turn into people. A familiar door in your childhood house leads to a city you never saw before. A lifelong friend suddenly changes into a frightening stranger. It all seems perfectly natural in a dream. Time ca ... read more
THE CALL OF GOD AND FEAR OF MAN
You are walking down the street one day, when suddenly you hear your name called. You look around---nobody there. So you walk on a little further and you hear your name called again so you look up in the tree where someone seems to be speaking. Nobody th ... read more
THE CHOICE OF FAITH
Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies;
for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see ... read more
THE CLEANSING OF THE BODY
READ Jeremiah 8-9
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the house of the daughter of my people not been restored. Oh, that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears that I might weep day and night for the sla ... read more
THE COMFORT OF BABYLON OR THE COMFORT OF GOD
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore 1 tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what ... read more
THE COMFORT OF THE WORLD OR THE COMFORT OF GOD
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are ... read more
THE COMFORTABLE PULPIT
The pulpit. The platform of prophets, where the eternal Word finds a human voice. Where Ezra explained the Torah to the returned captives by the Watergate. Where Jeremiah, standing before the Temple, warned of its imminent destruction. From earliest ... read more
THE DOOR TO HIS PRESENCE
Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that we might have, burning within us, a flame from heaven so strong that, no matter what storms come sweeping over us, we’re able to rise above them.
He poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we sh ... read more
THE DOORWAY TO FAITH
Lets take a few moments to think about faith.
Faith in God.
Faith that connects you to God in a living way.
Faith that causes your prayers to come alive.
Faith that gives you the power to do God’s w ... read more
THE DWELLING OF GOD
"and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God Himself will be with them'"
On the surface things have never looked more hopeless for really reach ... read more