Nehemiah’s Concern

  Nehemiah’s story opens with his inquiry into conditions in the distant city of Jerusalem. His brother’s reply elicits a response from him that highlights critical principles of intercession. Before we can comprehend these powerful essentials, we need to come to a New Testament perspective on the process. Most people believe, in sincere ignorance, that they ought […]

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 […]

Tradition on Prophecy

Tradition says a prophetic word should be “put on a shelf” to see if it “comes to pass.” Ridiculous! It will DIE on that shelf if it’s not activated by faith. Christianity isn’t a wait-and-see chair we sit in; it’s a road we walk on. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” (James […]

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 […]

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, […]

Finding the Fire of God

  Exodus chapter 3 relates the story of Moses’ encounter with “the burning bush.” It is the beginning of a tale of hope and deliverance. Young Christian, Jesus promised to baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. If you are on a quest to obtain the fire of God, you have lessons to […]

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 […]