Holy Ghost vs. Tradition

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30) In the mid-1980’s, we attended a particularly anointed worship service. Perceiving the drawing of God’s Spirit, Dr. Finn interrupted the music to give an altar call. Several people came forward to receive salvation. (This was clearly a […]

Tradition of Communion

Tradition says don’t take communion if there’s sin in your life. But that’s not what the passage is about. Obviously, we all have sin in our lives! But it’s not about sin; it’s about faith. Paul reminds us to consider what we’re doing, and “discern” the Lord’s body. (1Cor.11:26-29) Jesus said, “Take, eat: this is my body, […]

Faith Works By Love

Catskill, NY, c. September, 1987. Our baby was only three months old. All skin and bones, Baby Alice was so weak that she could no longer lift her little head. The doctors were helpless as the life continued to slip away from her tiny, limp body. Our little girl was dying before our eyes, and no one knew […]

Pressing-In to the Anointing

From his days as an itinerant evangelist, Dr. James Finn relates what I have dubbed “The Banana Story.” It happened in the early 1970’s, when he was ministering in Clayton, Georgia. Just before the evening meeting, while he was driving to the church, he felt impressed by the Holy Ghost to stop and purchase a […]

Victorious Together

We need to adopt an attitude in the Church of One for All, and All for One. Men and women of faith and vision (e.g., Martin Luther) have been (and continue to be) plagued by bouts of depression that are NOT rooted in sin or unbelief. Living a life of thankfulness (Php.4:6), and setting our […]

Orchestrating a Miracle

  Tyler State Park, TX, c.1981. One fine, sunny day we were off to the park with a group of friends. We carried our coolers through the woods to one of the picnic sites on the edge of the lake. That was our headquarters for an afternoon of fun. Food and frolic, fun and friends, […]

What If God…?

Wales, c.1904.  Being specially burdened for the youth of his congregation, the pastor called together his young people. He asked if they could tell him what the significance was of their relationship with Jesus. When he called individually on a couple of the boys, they mumbled evasively, fading into the crowd. The conversation seemed to […]

Launch Out Into the Deep

“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” (Luke 5:4) Jesus has always instructed his followers to “Launch out into the deep.” Like Simon Peter, men and women of faith continue to respond with obedience to the Lord’s Word.  “And […]

Powerless Faith is False Religion

The angel told Gideon, “Go in this thy might…” Judges 6:14. The thing that made Gideon a mighty man before God was the courage to DEFY powerless religion! Gideon was right, and Yahweh approved.  God has no use for a dead religious system either. The Lord stood by Gideon with manifestations of power.  MIRACLES. If idolatry […]