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…

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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,…

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The Quest for God

The gospel of John essentially begins and ends with the same question. It is the premier question, and it is at the heart of prayer, “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38; 20:15) Early in the gospel narrative, this is the question posed by Jesus to two of John the Baptist’s disciples. Then, after His…

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Faith in Times of Affliction – Part 2

After the refusal of the three Hebrew boys to bow and their subsequent miraculous deliverance from the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar, the King, the pagan tyrant is himself converted (Daniel 4). The king gets saved. Wow! All is well. Ah, but then his son or grandson does not follow in his footsteps. The train is off…

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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…

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Call to Solemn Assembly

Twenty years ago in a number of movements – the Church of God, the Southern Baptists, the United Methodists, the Assembly of God and others, there was a call to Solemn Assembly. Manuals were produced. Solemn Assemblies were conducted in congregations and by denominational leaders. Some of these events involved thousands – 39,000 clergy in…

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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…

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