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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

I See the Brother

  Catskill, NY, c.1987. It was Easter Sunday. It was a day for family. We probably had the only evening service in town that day. People stayed away in crowds! Besides, Sister Snotty didn’t come very often on a regular day. But she had company at her house that day, and her mother-in-law wanted to …

Kidneys

Catskill, NY, c. 1988.  She wasn’t yet 20 years old, but Anita has been “partying” quite a bit. Now her doctor had told her that she was showing symptoms of kidney damage. Suddenly, Anita got religion! She hadn’t been to church for a long time, but she came that Sunday night to ask for prayer. …

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, …

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 …