A.W. Tozer on The Holy Spirit & Today’s Church

The late Dr. A. W. Tozer, author and pastor, said, “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.” Read more

Same-Sex Marriage: Does Obama’s Decision Alienate Black Pastors/Leaders?

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Bishop Harry Jackson, an African-American pastor and board member of the National Association of Evangelicals, expresses the awkward position he finds himself in following President Obama’s decision to publicly endorse same-sex marriage. Apparently, he is not alone. Will Obama’s decision frustrate some of his key constituents? And, was it really an announcement he wanted to make BEFORE the election? What do you think?   Read more

A LifeWord: Off the Pages & Into Your Heart

“The life is in the speaking words.” A.W. Tozer God wants to breathe a word into your soul and over your life.  Did you know that? It happened to people in the Bible. It has happened to people throughout history. It has even happened to me and it is a moment not to be missed. It can also happen to you. As a matter of fact, God wants it to. Of course, you may already know that God has written… Read more

Chuck Colson on Who Most Needs to Repent in U.S.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ttZ7Wj8UhU&feature=relmfu[/youtube] The late Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, believed that one particular group in America most needed to repent. It may not be who you would think? Watch this short video and plea from a leader in the Church who I believe had a prophetic voice that still speaks today. Read more

How Good is “Good Enough”?

  “I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion…” – Isaiah 1:14 The Message “It will be an ill day for us if what most humans mean by ‘religion’ ever vanishes from the Earth. It can still send us the truly delicious sins. The fine flower of unholiness can grow only in the close neighborhood of the Holy. Nowhere do we tempt so successfully as on the very steps of the altar.” – Senior “devil” Screwtape in a speech at the… Read more

Was Jesus Religious?

“I’m after mercy, not religion.” Hosea 6:6 The Message “Christ came when all things were growing old. He made them new.” Augustine Would Jesus be comfortable attending an average church service today? I’m not so sure. You have to wonder at least, don’t you? First, I’m not so sure he would sit still for that long. Second, in some churches, if Jesus showed up as a visitor, he would be ignored. In others, just plain bored. Even though in our… Read more

The God I DON’T Believe In.

There are many people in the world today who don’t believe in God. Even though I now believe in God, when I talk with some of these people I find I agree with them. The kind of God they don’t believe in, I don’t believe in either. Writer Brian McLaren described the God he doesn’t believe in: An uptight God who is about black-and-white easy answers and brittle, rigid logic and law, rather than about profound and many-faceted truth, self-sacrificing… Read more

Jesus Didn’t Come to Start A New Religion.

How many more minutes before the church service would be over? That’s all I could think about. Every agenda item on the scheduled liturgy was just something else I would have to endure. My mind worked hard to calculate and estimate how much time each of these “perfunctories” would demand: Invocation – two minutes. Reading from Psalms – five minutes. Hymn #124 – three to five minutes. Hymn #291 – another three to five minutes. Sermon – twenty-five minutes, if… Read more

Marriage and Revelation: What John Remembered

Marriage is a revelation; or, better said, a series of revelations. And a Christ-Follower, whether married or single, is greatly helped when they discover how much our spiritual union with Christ is like a good marriage. As a matter of fact, Paul the apostle encouraged his readers to make the connection and to ponder it when he said that the “object lesson” of marriage is “a profound mystery (Eph. 5:32a).” Let’s consider the mystery. When love captures two hearts they… Read more

When Leaders Overestimate Themselves.

After years of serving in various roles as a leader and alongside other leaders, I have come to believe that the two most common mistakes made by leaders are overestimating themselves and underestimating their responsibilities to the people they serve. This dangerous combination all too often fuels the foolish behavior of overstepping or overreaching as a leader. Among the ranks of American presidents, some would say that George H.W. Bush overstepped when he said, “Read my lips…” and then created… Read more

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