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During Wednesday Morning Prayer I had a vivid picture of what I knew was two pieces of manna (although I’ve never actually seen any). One piece looked appetizing but the other piece was full of worms
Manna was the bread-like food that God the Father provided for the Israelites as they traveled through the desert (see Exodus 16:14-21). Every morning he provided manna that the people would gather. He instructed his people to gather enough for each day in the morning. Any bread that was kept over night became full of worms and foul by the next morning.
Why did … [Read the rest of this post]
Have you ever been listening to someone preach or teach and something they say, a word or phrase stands out and you start thinking about it? Before you know it you have stopped listening to the speaker and all you’re thinking about are the implications of what grabbed your attention. That happened with me listening to Terry Virgo speak at Celebration Midwest. He made the statement that God has created us to be responders. The idea of being a responder, specifically, a responder to God was something Terry said that grabbed me.
I was reminded of how all that Jesus … [Read the rest of this post]
We’ve just finished our series on Ephesians, and one of the things the author Paul hits on near the end of chapter 6 is the importance or persevering prayer. But he doesn’t give us much practical explanation as to how that works. So I want to offer to practical pointers to growing in persevering prayer. I am by no means adding anything to scripture, these are just things that have helped me grow in my prayer life.
This may seem like it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. If you want to learn how to pray, … [Read the rest of this post]
This Sunday, I will be speaking on Spiritual Warfare. A friend gave me this excerpt from Pilgrims Progress that won’t make my message on Sunday, but was helpful nonetheless…at least nostalgic. Enjoy!
But now, in this valley of Humiliation, poor Christian was hard put to it; for he had gone but a little way before he espied a foul fiend coming over the field to meet him: his name is Apollyon. Then did Christian begin to be afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back, or to stand his ground. But he considered again, that he had … [Read the rest of this post]
Moses and Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Food gives strength to us and keeps us healthy. Abiding in God’s word gives us strength and keeps us healthy spiritually.
The gospel of John records Jesus’ teaching of the importance of the word and the Spirit dwelling within us. Jesus says in John 8:32, if you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. The truth doesn’t bring bondage; it sets us free … [Read the rest of this post]
In his book, The Spirit-filled Church, Terry Virgo makes a good point in chapter one. He says, “Ignoring someone’s final instructions would not be smart, especially if that person holds all authority in heaven and earth. Before ascending into heaven Jesus told his disciples, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest parts of the earth.” On the day of Pentecost after the Holy Spirit had come upon the disciples, Peter declares to those who had gathered … [Read the rest of this post]
In business companies are always looking for more effective ways to accomplish what they do. In our personal lives we live more effectively by purchasing appliances to do menial tasks for us. We want to spend more time on the important, effective work. Similarly in the life of the church we value effectiveness. What could be more valuable than seeing people added into the kingdom? So we focus on more effective outreach, more effective welcoming, more effective small groups, and more effective leadership.
Recently I heard the story of Jesus at the pool of Bethesda. Most people … [Read the rest of this post]
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I want to share with you an excerpt from a message from Joel Virgo, Lead Pastor of CCK in Brighton, UK. It’s great insight and it’s a great message if you want to listen to it in its entirety (watch online).
God’s Training, God’s Timing
I think modern Christians are much more interested in crises, God is very interested in process. If your Christianity is all about crises you will always be frustrated. Every answer has to be a now answer, a pow answer, a zap answer, a sudden answer, and if it isn’t then your not interested,
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Saying thank you is an acknowledgment that life isn’t about me.