Our Blessing God

The Scripture speaks of our blessing God, “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons” (Psa. 16:7). When we say that we ‘bless the Lord,’ what is meant by that? In truth, we can add nothing to God. Only God can bestow a blessing.…

Kneeling in Prayer

The etymological root of the word bless in the Old Testament is, to kneel! The implications of the idea are explosive. In northern Europe, inside one of the great cathedrals, there is a triptych of paintings depicting prayer. The first portrays a marketplace scene full of hurried activity, merchants selling and shoppers bartering. The second…

The Definition of a Christian

Here is an interesting fact. Christian is the idiom we use most frequently for Christ-followers, but that term ‘Christian’ occurs in Scripture only three times! (Acts 11:26; 26:28; I Peter 4:16) Only three times – and it is not a term of endearment, but of derision, the name no one wanted to be identified by,…

The Pursuing Jesus

On the day of the resurrection, two unnamed disciples were on the road to Emmaus, walking away from Jerusalem. Some suggest that this was the brother of Joseph, Clopas, the uncle of Jesus, and his wife. What a poignant idea! They had been in the city during the ghastly hours of the crucifixion. They had…

Needed – Another Great Awakening

In the last hundred years, we have had significant national spiritual moments, short of a Great Awakening. In the 1940’s and ‘50’s we experienced the signs and wonders revival. In that same era, Billy Graham became a national phenomenon. After two years of traveling as a speaker for the Youth for Christ organization, Billy Graham…

Fall in Love with God

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Do you have a valentine? How about asking God to be your valentine? Francis of Assisi prayed, “O, God, help me to want to love you.”[1] For one pastor, that desire began to have a profound effect upon him. I began to feel something while praying that I didn’t have language…

Exercise for the New Year

We grow strong in the areas in which we exercise! If we exercise thanksgiving, we grow in gratitude. When we embrace the discipline of prayer, we grow in prayer, and intensify our sensitivity to God’s presence. When we give, a heart of generosity grows within us. When we love, we become more loving. When we…