Praise is Not Merely Your Gift to God; Praise is God’s Gift to You

Praise is a choice, not a feeling. It’s easy to associate emotions with praise, because praise ushers into your life the manifest presence of God, which often prompts deep feelings of gratitude and joy.  Praise, however, is not limited by how I feel. In fact, my choice to praise God when I don’t feel like it may be the strongest praise I can offer to God – it says, “Father, You are worthy of praise and I choose to give you praise in spite of my circumstances or feelings.” My worship of… Read More

Extinguishing the Lies of the Enemy

I’m not a smoker, but, based on my observations, I think there must be a training course on the various ways to smoke.  Smoking 101 is all about how to tap on the pack of cigarettes before you open it.  Smoking 102 is all about how to light a cigarette while squinting your eyes, inhaling deeply, and then exhaling slowly.  Smoking 103 is all about how you hold the cigarette – whether between two fingers, or between the thumb and first finger, or by dangling it from your mouth.  And finally, Smoking… Read More

Pentecost Ain’t Just for Pentecostals! 

The outpouring of God’s Spirit on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 is a watershed moment in history.  Just as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought an end to (fulfillment of) the Law, the upper room outpouring of the Holy Spirit marked the beginning of the Church, and a new dispensation in history – the “Last Days.” The gates of hell cannot prevail against the Spirit-filled church! As the Founder and Builder of the Church, Jesus declared: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,… Read More

Life Changes When We Pray

It was a turning point for Peter. It was a turning point for the church. It was a turning point for mankind. In a city called Joppa, God made it very clear that His Son had come not only to save Jews, but to save all people. It was a pivotal point in church history, and it was the direct result of Peter spending time in prayer. On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to… Read More

Two Perspectives of Healing

Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” (Mark 5:30 NLT) She is simply known as “the woman with the issue of blood.” Isn’t it interesting how other people often define us by our issues. She had this issue for twelve years, had consulted many physicians, had invested all her resources, but suffered still. That is, until the day she was healed instantly by the power of Jesus Christ. She had heard of this Man,… Read More