Tradition of Modesty

Tradition pressures women into bondage over their physical appearance. Godly women are shamed into conformity with some nebulous, subjective standard of “modesty.” Christian men are depicted as hapless victims of their own lusts, powerless to resist shiny objects before their eyes. Women are viewed as guilty, like Salem witches, by virtue of their feminine physique. But the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Miracles Part 5-Peter’s Adventures in Faith

Our study of Miracles continues from Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4… 1. We know that Paul “preached Christ.” His preaching was attended with MIRACLES and healings. (Acts 14:3-10) He also confronted demonic powers. (Acts 16:16-18) Paul himself testified of his methods: “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in […]

Miracles Part 4-Living in Power & Adventure

We continue our study of Miracles from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3… The prophet Daniel spoke the Word of the Lord specifically for these last days: “…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan.11:32) According to the scripture, God is searching out a people that he will prepare for a […]

Miracles Part 3–Miracles in the Infant Church

We continue our study of MIRACLES from Part 1 and Part 2. Churches today are much about comfort, and little about power. They are user-friendly places, where spectators come to hear and see, but not to do. It was not so from the beginning. Originally, Jesus commissioned his church to, “Go ye into all the world, […]

Miracles Part 2–Miracles in the Life of Christ

Let’s continue our study on MIRACLES that we started in Part 1. John the Baptist testified boldly of Jesus, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:15-36) But later on, John found himself languishing in Herod’s prison. (Luke 3:20) As human frailty crept into his soul, perhaps he saw […]

Miracles Part 1–Miracles in the Old Testament

Judges 6. The Midianites were ISIS terrorists of their day. “They came as grasshoppers for multitude…and they entered into the land to destroy it.” (verse 5)  “The Midianites were so cruel that many Israelites ran to the mountains and hid in caves.” (verse 2, CEV) When Israel cried out for relief, Yahweh responded by calling […]