The G.I.’s Mite

Biloxi, MS, c.1974. My wife and I were brand new Christians, just beginning to learn of the faithfulness of God. Early in his own ministerial career, Jerry Savelle had come to speak in Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi. At a morning service, he previewed the approaching evening event, announcing that he would be preaching from Matthew 10, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s Always Jesus Who Brings the Dynamite

Mark 5:25-34—She was a desperate woman. She thought no one would know. She had suffered so much for so long. Now she just wanted to touch Jesus’ clothes. Instantly, she had her miracle! She felt the power as it surged from him, and healed her body. But suddenly, he was making a scene! He had […]

Christ’s 5 to 1 Formula

Luke 7:22–“Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.” Christ cited his work as one part preaching, and five parts MIRACLES. So why do we […]