The Value of a Hungry Heart

With my E-Sword App open to Acts chapter eight, I come upon the familiar story of the Ethiopian Eunuch. Suddenly, the most obvious part of the passage strikes me as odd. He was reading Isaiah chapter 53. Right now, I’m reading about his reading. But I have a Smartphone; he most certainly did not! He […]

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 […]

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 […]

Faith That Pleases God

Faith! That’s all it takes to please Him, right? (Hebrews 11:6) Let’s examine that thought a minute. First of all, “Text without context is pretext,” so let’s look at the whole chapter. Make it an exercise in English grammar. What an example of “parallel structure!” By faith, so and so did such and such—the same […]

What’s the Trouble With Tongues?

People stumble over the issue of tongues everyplace, and all the time. But the scriptures are so straightforward that it’s hard to see why there’s so much confusion. Before I discuss it, let me start with a Finn-ism: “The senior pastor sets the doctrinal tone for the house.” That’s because, “…God is not the author […]

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, […]