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, […]

God’s Arm Is Not Shortened

Act 26:8 “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?” Catskill, NY, c.1990. Dr. James Finn was presiding over the Sunday morning service. His secretary was in the balcony videotaping the proceedings. As the song service drew to a close, there was a powerful anointing in the […]

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 […]

Nehushtan

In John chapter 3, Jesus had reminded the folks that the brazen serpent had been a powerful type of the Messiah. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:” (John 3:14) He referred to the twenty-first chapter of Numbers, where the people of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]