Speaking with boldness into this culture

“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” (Gen. 40:8) We don’t like dreams very much. We chalk it up to what we ate last night. But this culture is shifting. There is a realizationContinue reading “Speaking with boldness into this culture”

Loving truth AND loving others

1 Cor. 13:6 — Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (NIV) The careful walk we must take in the Spirit is to understand we want to communicate with kindness, but we cannot work so hard on being kind that we neglect truth. Then, there is the other side that gives little regardContinue reading “Loving truth AND loving others”

Walking in the Spirit

Some of the lessons I am learning from 1 Corinthians 12: 1. Spiritual gifts and the moving of the Spirit should be an expectation in the life of the Church.  It doesn’t have to be in some huge scene. It doesn’t need to be “spectacular” or “epic” or distracting or annoying. Life in the SpiritContinue reading “Walking in the Spirit”

Being bold in prophetic words

As I prepare teaching on 1 Cor. 12-14 in our series on the Holy Spirit, there is something that is on my mind and may sound quite rude. I am not trying to disrespect people, and especially the Holy Spirit, but this question just comes to my mind as I think of services where thereContinue reading “Being bold in prophetic words”

Creating a healthy laboratory for the Spirit and spiritual gifts

What is the outcome of this, brothers and sisters? When you meet together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All these things must be done to build up the church. (1 Cor. 14:26, CEB) We all have fears. Even as Pentecostals, we all have fears when itContinue reading “Creating a healthy laboratory for the Spirit and spiritual gifts”

Luke and the Holistic Gospel

One of the strings of conversation I ran into on a Facebook group site that consists of members of my denomination was the thought that Luke’s portrayal of the Spirit was something more than just simply “spiritual.” It was more than signs and wonders. It was also about the whole person. This, of course, raisedContinue reading “Luke and the Holistic Gospel”

Walking in Kingdom Power is About Using What You Have

I am walking my way through the Old Testament narrative right now and currently find myself in the story of David and Goliath. I love these stories! When David volunteered to take on Goliath, Saul tried to lend David his armor. They were not fit for David. They had been fit for Saul. David simplyContinue reading “Walking in Kingdom Power is About Using What You Have”

The Healing Presence of Jesus

The Church should be about the healing presence of Jesus. My wife told me about a dream she had, and then I was reminded of two incredible stories in Acts. In Acts 5 it was Peter walking down a street and people could be healed by Peter’s shadow touching them. In Acts 19 it wasContinue reading “The Healing Presence of Jesus”