August 8, 2018
The other day I was listening to someone teach about the time Jesus’s disciples almost drowned in the boat as they crossed the sea of Galilee. It’s always intense to imagine 12 guys, many of whom were experienced sailors, panicking because of a storm. It must have been pretty serious!
The teacher went on to make the point that the disciples were in that storm as a direct result of following Jesus. He had ordered them to cross to the other side, so in effect, he was responsible for them being in the storm’s path.
This story shows us that sometimes...
August 1, 2018
Last year I went to a conference in Pennsylvania to be refreshed and encouraged. It was put on by Global Awakening (GlobalAwakening.com) which is Randy Clark’s ministry. While I was there, I had the opportunity to attend a partner’s luncheon where Randy answering questions.
If you don’t know Randy’s story, it’s a powerful one. I can’t tell it all here, but he was part of the Vineyard movement under John Wimber. Wimber heard the audible voice of God tell him that Randy would travel the world and lay hands on people to activate them in the gifts of the Spirit...
July 18, 2018
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” Heb 8:10-11
In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel had the Mosaic Law. The Law wasn’t just a bunch of religious instructions, but...
June 28, 2018
Call me old fashioned, but I still believe in the adage, “dress for success.” I don’t mean that we need to be the fashion police or stress constantly about our clothes. I just mean that there’s a truth that how we present ourselves goes a long way towards how people respond to us.
There have been numerous sociological studies about this, but it really doesn’t take all that much research to figure it out. If you dress nicely and project confidence, people tend to be more respectful toward you. Your appearance says that you respect yourself, and people by and...
June 21, 2018
Let’s be real. Life is hard. We all face problems, and sometimes just getting through the day seems like a major accomplishment. Outside our own problems, we’re deluged daily by news of atrocity and tragedy all over the world. It’s easy to get lost in all of this and to feel powerless. It’s easy to become convinced that the world is spiraling desperately out of control and the best hope we have is to escape to heaven one day.
For much of the church, this has actually become the message: the world is going to hell in a handbasket, therefore...
June 13, 2018
I was praying this morning and God reminded me of this prophetic love letter He gave me years ago for the church. It's still true, and I wanted to share it with you! If you want to hear me speak in a service, you can do so here (it'll start at the end, but the message is really good too): https://youtu.be/coEPjJU-8t4?t=42m40s
My beloved sons and daughters, I’m writing now to connect you with your future. You weren’t created for this moment alone. This moment is important, but you were created for a million moments a million years into a future...
June 6, 2018
God and the Greeks
Remember the story of Hercules? The son of Zeus who did a bunch of heroic stuff like killing a Hydra to earn back his status as a god? Disney made a movie about it when I was a kid. It was a fun show, but not much like the original tale. In the original Greek version, his name is Heracles, and he has to do 12 labors to atone for murdering his family.
He’s considered the greatest Greek hero because he suffered the most. For the Ancient Greek poets and philosophers, this really is what made someone...
May 23, 2018
Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?
This is a loaded question, but where does it come from? In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist announces that Jesus is going to baptize people into the Holy Spirit. He’s saying that Jesus is so powerful, He is actually able to take sinful, broken humans and immerse them into the Godhead. It’s a radical statement. Jesus’ mission is to find a way to forever unify humanity and Divinity.
The trouble is we tend to get lost debating when this occurred, rather than focusing on experiencing the reality that it has occurred.
It’s not that the...