Prayer is a Light that Pierces the Darkness

Persecution has always been the reality for the people of God. The early church faced intense persecution, including the death of James the brother of John. It was in this context that Peter was also arrested and awaited his own death sentence. But the people of God we’re praying and interceding! “Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. When he saw that it pleased… Read More

Eyes on Eternity

Yesterday I learned that another Christian was recently beheaded for his faith in Jesus Christ, the gruesome details of which were recorded on video and distributed to the world via the Internet.  Christianity is controversial and costly in a world who has rejected God. Since the very genesis of the church in Acts 2, believers have faced and endured persecution. But, no matter how hard he tries, satan cannot conquer the church.  In fact, the church grows in strength and number in the midst of persecution. Jesus said: “I will build my… Read More

The Lure of Leadership

Every leader will have his/her character tested. In fact, being a leader has its own unique challenges, your response to which will determine your success as a leader. Today I read about a flawed leader, King Herod Agrippa, whose decisions and their effects give me pause to consider my own heart. I pulled some excerpts of his story from Acts 12:1-3, 19-23 NLT. There exists a dangerous “Lure of Leadership” that must be exposed and confronted in every leader’s heart. 1. The lure of power. About that time King Herod Agrippa began… Read More