The shopping mall is a dangerous place. You know that, right? And I'm not just talking about the potential thief in the parking lot or the danger of having someone steal your credit card information. I'm talking about something much worse. I'm talking about danger for our souls.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a word in the English language that is more overused and a concept that is more underused than "love."
Jesus said, "I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Go from here to there,' and it will go. There will be nothing that you can't do."
When Pat Cavanaugh asked me to write a column about Salem Camp Meeting, I should have said that it would be easier to write a book than a column about this place which means so much to me.
Has God given you his best and you missed it? Well, if you have not acknowledged what and who God has given you in the Holy Spirit, this may be true. This is what Jesus was telling the disciples when he said: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the helper will not come to you; but if I depart, ...
I will lift you up high, my God, the true king. I will bless your name forever and always. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and always.
Why would anyone want to be a Christian? There are so many rules, right? From the Ten Commandments to the tithing, from the Sunday morning sacrifice (and by that I mean not sleeping in and actually getting to church) to the lifestyle restrictions - there are so many commands. It can really crimp a person's style. So why do it? Why commit to keeping all those rules? The answer: You're asking the wrong question. But ...
I am the LORD your God. I am holding your hand, so don't be afraid. I am here to help you.
You may think you have nothing to offer. You may buy into the lie that says, "Leave it alone, it's none of your business!" Now, I'm not talking about your opinion or traditions; I'm saying sometimes you need to step up and speak up into someone's life. Proverbs tells us we have something to offer if we offer it from the heart and in accordance with God's word: Words of help and relief (12:18,25), words ...
God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That's why we won't be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.
This Sunday was Pentecost in the Church year - the day we mark what happened in Acts 2. If you aren't familiar - open up your Bible and read the story. Pentecost was really the kick-start to the New Testament Church - with miracles all over the place - the sound that filled the city, the flames of fire, the speaking in all those languages! Can you imagine being there? And it wasn't just the ...
Now faith, hope and love remain - these three things - and the greatest of these is love.
Have you ever heard someone pray for you? There's something special about that, isn't there? Just the thought of being part of that person's conversation with God, getting that glimpse into their heart and soul; it's a powerful thing. It draws people together. And I talk about this because our text is Jesus doing just that - He's praying for us. He's praying that we may be drawn together, may be united, so that others ...
When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Do you know your work matters to God? Yes, and it matters to your employer and your co-workers.
Do you show evidence of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your daily life? A look back at the disciples before and after photos gives us some things to look for in our own personal lives.
How can I describe the emotions of parents who love their children? We stamp a remarkable similarity in heart and in appearance on the character of small children. This is especially true of mothers, who have even more sympathy than fathers toward the feelings of their children because they gave birth to them in great pain.