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

Know What You Believe

Entering into this year I sensed God calling me (and our church) to “dig deep and lay strong foundations of faith.” In response to that prompting we have committed ourselves to a diligent study of God’s word, to know what we believe and why we believe it. When Paul came to Berea he found a group of people who not only received the word he brought, but also examined the Scriptures for themselves. As a result, many people placed their faith in Jesus Christ. …for they received the word with great eagerness,… Read More

Building Endurance for the Race of Life

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬ ESV) This morning I was talking with a friend who said he was “just getting back into running.” When asked how far he ran last night he replied: “Six miles.” Clearly his version of “getting back into running” is different than mine. Training for a marathon is entirely different than training for… Read More

How to Be and Stay Filled with the Holy Spirit

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31 ESV) Prayer is the catalyst for being and remaining filled with the Holy Spirit. After declaring healing to a lame man, Peter and John were threatened by the High Priest not to invoke the name of Jesus ever again. They responded by gathering with other believers and calling on Jesus through prayer. They did not pray… Read More

How to Defeat the Fiery Red Dragon (satan)

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:11 NKJV) The Apostle John, once one of the youngest of Jesus’ disciples, now having outlived them all, had been banished to the Isle of Patmos for his ongoing proclamation that Jesus was the Messiah. While on that island, which on clear days would allow him to see his homeland of Ephesus in the distance, Jesus revealed Himself to John in unique and powerful… Read More