The Empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit 

One of Christianity’s fundamental beliefs is that there is one God, who is triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity has unique functions, and interacts with us in particular ways.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit is one that cannot be overstated. It is the Holy Spirit who draws us to Jesus by convicting us of sin and convincing us that we need a Savior. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us when we put our faith in Jesus Christ. And it is the Holy Spirit… Read More

Friends Carry One Another

Four unidentified men, guilty of breaking and entering and destruction of private property, are some of my heroes.  Their story is found in Mark 2 – a story of friendship, faith, and freedom.  “And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son,… Read More

Daybreak Awaits

Perhaps this has been a year of struggle. If so, daybreak awaits. The biblical account of Jacob wrestling with the Angel of God is intriguing. Jacob’s father (Isaac) and grandfather (Abraham) had both encountered God on an epic, yet very personal level. Jacob, on the other hand, knew about God, but had not yet encountered Him. (Many people today find themselves in a similar place.) Being a “take-matters-into-your-own-hands” kind of person, Jacob had learned and mastered the art of manipulation. He knew what he wanted and did whatever it took to get… Read More

The Pathway to Your Destiny

Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him. (Psalms 105:19 NKJV) Like a painter choosing to use a broad brush with wide, sweeping motions to cover his canvas, the writer of Psalm 105 tells Israel’s history in just a few verses, recapping what took Moses several entire books to tell in detail. Still, he includes a statement about a particular man named Joseph. Joseph was a young dreamer, the favorite son of his father, Jacob (whose name God changed to Israel). Joseph had received… Read More

What Are the Things Money Can’t Buy?

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1 NLT) Character and integrity are rare commodities, the value of which cannot be expressed monetarily. Money can buy a house, but character builds a home. Money can make you popular, but character provides true friendship. Money can buy position, but character earns respect. Wealth of resources and depth of character are not mutually exclusive. I know poor people with and without great character. I know integrous people with and without resources. The… Read More