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Do You Have An Identity Crisis?

Every believer has a unique testimony.  My life pre-conversion was characterized by unbridled arrogance  and self-idolatry.  I am appalled to recall my behavior during that time and the very callous and selfish mentality that drove my choices.  God used a number of gracious, orchestrated events to stop my fast and furious plunge into the depths…

American Gospel

“but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”  Galatians 1:8 The effort by the enemy to distort and twist the truth…

God is at Work

The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to…

God-Centered Worship?

Cold weather  and I do not get along.  Perhaps you can relate. I find that I have a healthy tolerance for many discomforts.  The discomfort of my body feeling cold however is one I’d do everything in my power to avoid.  I avoid exposure to cold temperatures like Jack Bauer avoids accountability (shout out to…

A Most Needed Revelation

“may  [you] have strength to comprehend . . . and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” Ephesians 3:18-19 So, on a good morning, I’d get up at around 4:30 to make my way downstairs for my quiet time with God.  And I am always aware that in about an hour from that…

The Lost Art of Really Listening

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”  James 1:19 I have this very vivid memory of a particular gym class during my elementary school years.  The physical ed. teacher declared that it was “free gym day”, which meant a bunch of…

Faith Expressed through Obedience

“Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” Genesis 22:5 I stepped into chapel feeling spiritually and emotionally sunken.  The student worship band had already began their first set as I shuffled around lethargically for a…

TARRYING IN THE TENT OF DIVINE INTIMACY

“When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent” Exodus 33:11 Crisis can have a very clarifying effect upon the human heart. A Common Concern Many church leaders today share a common concern.  They wonder if the present pandemic will prove…

What Do You Have in Your Hand?

The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” Exodus 4:2 It was a bright and cloudless morning. As Leah and I waited for the doors of the elevator to open and to step into a  new chapter of life, we carried a common anxiety.  This would be our very…