Explosion by God’s Spirit!
Explosion? I asked twice if that was the word I heard used. Have you ever longed to see God work in such a powerful way that you could only describe it as an explosion? And here was a description of an explosion of God’s work among a people we had labored long and hard with. […]Read more
Living Out of Our Identity
What does it mean to Live Out Our Identity? We function in a culture that is so performance-based that often we determine who we are by what we do. This can be quite significant in our lives when we recognize that the need to be accepted is one of our most fundamental innate needs in […]Read more
Where’s the Fire?
Where’s the Fire? A number of year’s ago a fast food restaurant caught everyone’s attention with the feisty little lady opening hamburger buns and asking the server behind the counter, “Where’s the Beef?” We need some feisty folks in church today asking, “Where’s the Fire?” Emil Bruner once said, “The Church exists by mission, just […]Read more
We Scatter the Seed.
I scattered the seed. I didn’t get as much harvest as I had hoped. Truthfully, as I sit this morning on my back porch I can see the final green in my tomato plants fading into the dried out brown from the heat. The rest of the garden is overgrown now with weeds. It was […]Read more
Logs, Crocodiles, Proverbs, and Born Again!
Working among the Bambara people of Mali I discovered a new appreciation for proverbs. They have one for so many dimensions of life. One of my favorite is, ‘No matter how long a log floats on the river, it can never become a crocodile.” When I asked what does that mean, I was told, it […]Read more
Trust and Obey. There is no other way.
Trust God. Rarely do I quote Proverbs 3:5-6 in a group of Christians that they do not join in affirmation reciting it with me. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” But quoting and […]Read more
Pray, Give, Go! Wait and then . . .
In Revelation 7:9 we discover that a day is coming when there will be representatives of every single people group standing before the throne of God giving to Him the glory that He deserves. It will consummate the story of reconciliation that returns all to God’s original intention. Day by day I pray, based on […]Read more
The Intercession of Waiting.
Interecession is a critical part of the “Wait.” Contrary to what some may suggest, I do not believe that Jesus’ command to “Wait” given in Acts 1:4 is instruction or even permission to do nothing. It is a command to prepare for the fulfillment of the Promise of the Holy Spirit. Already, I have suggested […]Read more
Working Like Jesus!
Waiting before God for when He fulfills His promise also includes working the works of Christ. I am convinced that we too often attempt the work of God in our own strength and without His power. We are action oriented, and we have contingency plans in place just in case God doesn’t act. We seek […]Read more
The “Wrestling” of our Wait!
At times there is a “Wrestling” with God, perhaps more specifically God’s will in our prayer. Jesus told us to “wait” before God for the “When” of His promise. (Acts 1:4-8). Yesterday I mentioned that Jesus invited James, John, and Peter to “Watch and Pray” with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. We said that […]Read more