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

I Believe It’s God’s Will to Heal

A declaration of faith, by Pastor Jack Hayford

One Step Away From a Changed Life

A good friend of mine, Pastor Jerry Dirmann, recently said, "If you change your prayer life, you'll change your life." Prayer is a fundamental, but often under-utilized, difference maker in a believer's life. Not only is Prayer a privilege, it is our responsibility. Prayer invites and permits God's will to be done here "on earth as it is in heaven." Peter admonished believers with these words: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Here are some… Read More

How Prayer is Like a Key

Our church is beginning 2017 with 21 days of prayer and fasting. It’s something that was actually initiated by our denomination, The Foursquare Church, which has provided an app to help guide us through the 21 days. (Search “Foursquare prayer” in the App Store.) In my devotion times I have been especially sensitive to passages of Scripture that mention prayer or fasting. Today, when I read Luke’s account of Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan River, I noticed this phrase: “…when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens… Read More

Songs from the Prison Cell

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Many believers have wrong assumptions of what it means to praise and worship God. They assume: Praise and worship is something you do only at church.  Praise and worship is something you do only when things are going well in life.  Praise and worship is something for people who are musically inclined.  Paul and Silas understood that worship and praise, combined with prayer, are powerful forces that pierce spiritual darkness,… Read More