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A Most Magnificent Mission - Luke 4:18-19

If you’ve been reading leadership or management journals, you know that a real trend in the past several years has been for every organization — whether business or ministry — to issue a Mission Statement, a succinct description of its vision or mission. We find Jesus’ Mission Statement in the first... Read More

Christians and Demons

From time to time teachings circulate through the body of Christ that are neither Scripturally nor historically held. The Apostle Paul calls such unsound teaching "wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14)." Tragically, as these winds blow through the church some people find themselves caught up and blown o... Read More

Effective Prayer - James 5:16

All of us know there is power in prayer. And most us understand that our priority is to be prayer. After all, we know that although the disciples observed Jesus raising the dead, healing the sick, feeding the multitudes, preaching the Word, walking on water, and casting out demons, they asked Him to... Read More

Facing Frustration - John 6:5-11

Because there’s a good chance you’re feeling frustrated about something even now, I want us to look at a man who faced frustration in his own life to see how the Lord dealt with him. The situation is this: The disciples had just returned from a mission during which they had seen blind eyes opened, t... Read More

Finding Fulfillment in the Father - John 20:17

No doubt her eyes would often flame like fire — not unlike the look in the eyes of Charles Manson when he was apprehended. Other times, her eyes must have been dark, and dull, and dead. You see, according to Dr. Luke, Mary Magdalene had previously been possessed by seven devils (8:2). But when she e... Read More

Jumbo Sized Faith - Romans 4:19-24

We seem to have a terrible tendency to over complicate spirituality. Knowing this, Jesus shared with us that we must become as little children if we want to enter into the Kingdom (Matthew 18:3). This doesn’t mean we’re to be childish in immaturity, but child like in simplicity. In the Book of Roman... Read More

Just Jesus - Matthew 16:13-19

As we do every year for his birthday, Peter John and I traveled to the Bay Area last August to see the Oakland A’s battle the Cleveland Indians. Quite honestly, however, although taking in a ballgame has become a tradition for Peter and me, I’m not sure I’m ever going again. You see, I have some big... Read More

Let Down? Look Up! - Acts 9:25-31

A book appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list which deals with statistics and probabilities. It’s an intriguing volume, wherein the author, a statistician, presents nuggets of information like these: One in 1,000 Americans will have murdered someone in his lifetime. (Next time you’re at a ba... Read More

Moving Out the Mockers - Matthew 9:18-26

Funerals are normally very serious and very sobering. But I want us to look at a funeral where there were no quiet organ chords, no hushed whispers, no silent tears. This funeral is unique because it was filled with laughter. 'And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the... Read More

Nothing But Faith - Habakkuk 2:4

In the year 1483 in Eisleben, Saxony, a baby boy was born to a poor coal miner. As he grew up and observed the poverty of his father, this boy named Martin chose to pursue a different vocation. He decided to become a lawyer and, in 1501, entered the University of Erfurt, where he excelled in his stu... Read More

Rahab: Holy or Hypocrite - Hebrews 11:31

One of the most well-known chapters in the entire Bible, Hebrews 11 is known as God’s Hall of Faith. I find this Hall of Faith amazing — as much for who’s not in it as who is. I mean, think who’s missing: Elijah and Elisha, Jehoshaphat and Jeremiah. I would have thought they would have been shoo-ins... Read More

Seeing Our City - Acts 18:10

It has rightly been said that Europe is looked over by millions of travelers and overlooked by millions of believers. Such was not the case with Paul, who, on his third missionary journey, went to Europe not as a sight-seer, but as a soul-winner. Here in Chapter 18, however, after meeting opposition... Read More

Solitude and Silence - Luke 4:42

"If a man wants to be used by God, he cannot spend all of his time with people." -A. W. Tozer Jesus was One Who, better than any other, knew the importance of solitude. That is why we see Him repeatedly, going off into a desert place, alone. Following, are four results of time spend in such solitude... Read More

The Key to Being Carefree - Philippians 4:4-7

A godly man and a good king, Hezekiah loved the Lord and had a deep walk with Him. Nevertheless, he found himself in real difficulty when he heard that Sennacherib and his million-man Assyrian army were marching towards Jerusalem. The inventors of the siege strategy and the battering ram, the Assyri... Read More

The Key to Keeping Focused - Mark 1:32-38

They accused Him of being a glutton and a winebibber, of being born illegitimately and casting out demons by the power of Satan. But no one ever accused Jesus of being busy or unapproachable, uptight of upset. Our culture values busyness. In our society, the busier one is, the more important he is. ... Read More

The Sweetness of Sweat - Acts 19:10-12

Did you hear the news? A cosmetic company has collected the sweat of various movie stars, analyzed it, and reproduced the contents so it can be marketed throughout the country as ‘Scent From The Stars’. Personally, I think the idea ‘stinks’ — yet in our text, we see the people of Ephesus seemingly l... Read More

The Wagons are Coming - Genesis 45:27

‘Smile first thing in the morning,’ joked W.C. Fields, ‘and get it over with.’ ‘If you find anything to laugh about,’ echoed Groucho Marx, ‘it’s only because you’re not paying attention.’ People often have reasons why they’re so cynical . . . In the midst of their phone conversation, a lady said to ... Read More

The Withered Hand - Mark 3:5

Focus with me on four elements of this timeless account . . . The Withered Hand The historian Jerome tells us there is strong traditional evidence that the man with the paralyzed hand was a stone mason. If so, his paralysis would have very definitely affected his income, and, consequently, the well-... Read More

Unbelief: Its Cause and Cure - Matthew 13:53-58

After presenting a powerful teaching to His disciples concerning the Kingdom, Jesus left Galilee and traveled 20 miles west — home to Nazareth. In Nazareth, unbelief filled the hearts of His countrymen. Matthew ends this chapter saying of Jesus, ‘He did not many mighty works there because of their u... Read More

Vision - Acts 10:9-20

Whenever God wants to do something new, something special, something wonderful, He will usually motivate a man or a woman through a vision. When God wanted to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt, He called Moses by causing a bush to burn in the desert which caught Moses’ attention. Wondering w... Read More

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