Holy Ghost vs. Tradition

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30) In the mid-1980’s, we attended a particularly anointed worship service. Perceiving the drawing of God’s Spirit, Dr. Finn interrupted the music to give an altar call. Several people came forward to receive salvation. (This was clearly a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]