I am working my way through Exodus currently and in Chapter 5 there is this thought that comes to me: We hear a word of “DELIVERANCE” or “FREEDOM” and think, “It must be NOW!”Continue reading “We want the JOY of deliverance, but not the PRICE”
The rebukes of Jesus to his disciples constantly challenge me. I am especially challenged when he points out their “little faith” or “no faith.”
In Matthew 17, after Jesus has come down from the transfiguration event, the disciples have been confronted with a situation they can’t handle. The trouble they have is they experienced the spiritual battle with demons before and had cast out demons, but now this particular situation wasn’t working out the same.Continue reading “Regaining the power of the Church”
Working my way through Matthew, I found this note in Matthew 4, when Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness: Continue reading “Are we stopping short of the full work of God in us?”
My daily reading takes me through four major portions of Scripture each day. One of my Old Testament readings this month has been a journey through Jeremiah. This has ignited my thinking once again into a long process the Lord has taken me through over the past 3 or so years I’ve called “Living in Babylon.” This is something that was a bit dormant in my spirit last year, but it is flaming into fire again this year.Continue reading “Echo Chambers and the American Church”
Over the past week I have been trying to slow down my thoughts and put into motion what I needed to have written 3-4 years ago. It’s been a vision and word that has been urgent, but I’ve been timid. I preached on it and was ignored. That happens all the time anyway, so I went on. Yet, my own spirit knew this was not something to just set aside. It was something that needed prayer and writing and warning.Continue reading “Re-evaluating “Living in Babylon””
Psalm 5:3 (NIV): In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
The Lord waits for us in anticipation. Life is built on relationships, and the Lord is anticipating our waking up so he can communicate with us.
Build a life of intercession. Build a life of communication with God. He can’t wait!
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.