Christians emphasize Jesus’ "coming," but I'm not sure they always understand what that word means. Not every biblical reference to "coming" is actually about the end of days.
Our English Bible translations typically utilize “coming” for the Greek word “parousia.” However, the term actually means presence, arrival, or a ceremonial visit from an official.
N. T. Wright, a prominent New Testament theologian, affirms that parousia
"is usually transl...Read More
Missionary evangelist Randy Clark (1952– ), launching out of the Toronto Blessing in the mid-1990s, did more than write books and speak in conferences. He conducted “healing schools” and organized short-term missionary teams to minister around the world.
A number of remarkable breakthroughs have been recorded through the efforts of Clark and his associates. Randy declared,
"We’ve seen the blind see, we’ve seen the deaf hear, and we’ve seen people walk who were paralyzed, i...Read More
After losing His beloved earthly family in the Garden of Eden, God would not rest. From that day forward He's been on a mission to get His estranged children back. His greatest desire that is that all of creation would be restored to Him and clothed with His glory.
Interestingly, the Lord inaugurated this restoration process by establishing a new family - Israel.
The sons and daughters of Jacob were to be unique among the nations - reflecting God's wisdom and purposes. Through...Read More
If a man owns a house and rents it to another, an agreement typically defines what takes place on that property. Although the owner continues to hold a rightful claim, he cannot rightfully do anything he wants with the house. His emerging relationship with the renter now shapes what can be expected and done.
Even if there is a legitimate need — like fixing a hot-water heater or making repairs to the air conditioner — the owner is still obligated to make arrangements with the renter. He...Read More
In the summer of 2013, I traveled to South America and had the privilege of ministering in several churches. One of the congregations that I ministered in had been in the midst of an explosive revival over previous years. In fact, you could sense the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit as soon as you entered the building.
However, as the service concluded that evening, I noticed that they didn't pray for the sick.
I asked the pastor about it.
He said, “Oh, we have had...Read More
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, a Christian can obtain strategic knowledge previously unknown. These insights may be a catalyst for prayer or increase the receptivity of the one being prayed for.
The Bible briefly references revelatory activity in 1 Corinthians 12:8. Here, Paul declares, "The Spirit gives the gift of the word of revelation knowledge."
Scripture doesn’t provide details about operating in spiritual gifts. Nevertheless, there are hints--if you look c...Read More