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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]