Getting tired of.. by Steve Hill

Friends, the recent earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding in the US have become fodder for another round of "God is judging" announcements from various religious leaders and self proclaimed prophets. This piece has been sitting ever since the quake/tsunami in Japan. How we think about natural disaster and the resulting suffering is a perennial problem. Some might find this helpful.Yes, getting tired of those trying to make judgment, prophetic hay out of natural disasters and people's … [Read more...]

Joel Osteen Compares His Success Gospel to Jesus Teachings

(Joel Osteen Ministries)Joel Osteen, the popular televangelist and pastor of Lakewood Church in Texas, is taking heat for preaching prosperity.Critics are hounding Osteen for limiting his teaching on sin and for preaching a success gospel. Osteen's newest book Every Day a Friday: How to be Happier 7 Days a Week is just one item critics are using to establish that the Lakewood pastor focuses too strongly on personal fulfillment.But Osteen is responding, saying he is teaching in the same w … [Read more...]

“Hey, Just Exactly Who’s in Charge Here?” by James Ryle

“God prodded Cyrus” (Ezra 1:1, The Message).Obviously, God is in charge; always has been, always will be. It is He who prods the kings of this world to do His will. It was the Lord who stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, inspiring him with faith and prompting him to action on behalf of God’s people.The question arises, How did God “prod” Cyrus?Consider this as a most likely probability. Daniel the prophet served faithfully in the courts of Babylon and would have credible access to the Thr … [Read more...]

Vision Can Only Succeed by Alignment by Graham Cooke

We do not get a vision by ourselves and ask God to breathe on it. We worship, pray, meditate and listen to His heart. A vision that is rational, logical and based on what we can reasonably accomplish given our numbers and resources… will ultimately not upgrade anyone involved in the enterprise.The Father has a vision for us personally and corporately. What does He see? Dreams, visions, scripture and prophecy are the seedbed for a vision that comes from another dimension. We cannot open o … [Read more...]

“Just Do It” by Alan Smith

Nike thought they originated the phrase “Do It”; but the Bible beat them to it.1 Chron. 28:20: "And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD."King David knew what it meant to “do it” when he was “strong” and had “good courage” that came from heaven. David was adv … [Read more...]

Father’s Words by Dudley Hall

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Proverbs 3:1-2 (ESV)The nature of ultimate reality is a sovereign Father who created the universe to exalt his Son. In doing so, he created mankind to be sons who enjoy the Father just like the eternal Son of the Trinity does. As we look at the life of Jesus, the Son incarnate, we see that he lived life at its very best on earth by submitting … [Read more...]

Fear Grips the World by Gerald Chester

The events of this past month revealed that sin has consequences—bad consequences. Imprudent debt at every level—personal, business, and sovereign governments—is proving to be disastrous. The genesis of this seemingly unrestrained use of debt is Keynesian economics, which has been embraced by most of the world over the past century.Though Scripture does not forbid debt, it warns against debt. Debt is bondage because the borrower becomes the servant of the lender (Proverbs 22:7). Debt is also … [Read more...]

Worth Keeping by Dudley Hall

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 (ESV)As we continue living under the guidance of a Father, we see that it is worth any cost to keep the treasure he defines as valuable close to us. This is illustrated in Proverbs as wearing it around the neck as an identifying pendant and having it imprinted in the tablet of the heart. This two-fold treasure is to be displayed and internalized if we are … [Read more...]

Striving Versus Rest by John Meyer

Sitting on the side of my bed trying to remember where I left my flip flops so I could travel down the stairs to find the bathroom in the dark, was such a difficult moment for me one early summer morning. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, except for the fact my season of transition weighed heavily on what I’ve been letting go of. For too long I have lived a life where I had no problem trying to make something happen. Whenever a need or a want would arise, there I was putting the cart before the ho … [Read more...]

Have Faith in God by James Ryle

And Jesus answering saith unto them, “Have faith in God.” (Mar 11:22)I thank God for the days of my childhood. Yes, I was placed in an orphanage by my mother when I was six years old, and yes the place was cold and ominous. And, yes, there were many shameful experiences at the hands of cruel and unqualified adults.On the other hand, however, I was afforded a very unique and individual upbringing, which has shaped much of my life to this very day. Anytime an ordinary person is placed in ex … [Read more...]