Our Defeated Foe

WARNING YOUNG CHRISTIAN, THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO READ THIS! 1. Heaven was polluted with sin. Before the resurrection of Jesus, those who died in faith went to a place of comfort known as Abraham’s Bosom (Luke 16:22). This place was adjacent to, but isolated from hell, the place of torment (verse 23). (Hell […]

God of Compassion

Catskill, NY, c.1996.  It was a Sunday night service. My pastor was away on one of his frequent jaunts to minister to churches in far-flung corners of the world.  As usual, he left the oversight of the home church to me. I stood near the front entrance. It was my habit to greet the people […]

God’s Arm Is Not Shortened

Act 26:8 “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?” Catskill, NY, c.1990. Dr. James Finn was presiding over the Sunday morning service. His secretary was in the balcony videotaping the proceedings. As the song service drew to a close, there was a powerful anointing in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Prepare Now For the Next Crisis

Dear young Christian, just one anecdote from forty years of walking with God: One day I went to work when the cupboard was especially bare. At the end of the day we were told that there was no money for payroll that week! The thirty-mile commute from Troy, NY never seemed so long. As I […]

A Miracle Called Lydia!

Arvada, CO, 1982. This will seem a little ethereal for some, but it’s “New Testament Normal” when you dedicate your life to the gospel, and seek God’s face day-by-day. One day, my wife and I came to the joint realization that our “dream” was being delayed. For years, we had been in agreement that we […]