Although reared within a conservative Pentecostal ethos, Bill Johnson possessed an insatiable hunger for the presence of God. Because of this, he journeyed to the controversial renewal meetings in Toronto in the mid-1990s.
In the midst of raucous displays, Johnson earnestly sought the Lord. He “went up for prayer every time it was offered.” Although he “didn’t have anything dramatic happen,” Johnson understood that he had been impacted.
Arriving back in Northern California...Read More
Multitudes in the North America and Europe reject the existence of angels, demons, and spiritual realities. Sadly this includes scores of people claiming to be “Christian.” Many churchgoers are so immersed in Western materialism that they discard notions of the supernatural. They declare, “Only that which is measurable and observable can be believed. Everything else should be scrutinized and questioned.”
Exposing this outlook, Charles Kraft, a missiologist from Fuller Theological Se...Read More
Although rooted in a conservative, Fundamentalist ethos, Billy Graham (1918–2018), the celebrated American evangelist, came face-to-face with the ministry of healing on a number of occasions.
He once acknowledged that he had “no doubt that God does intervene on occasion to heal people without the aid of medicine.” He declared, “Throughout the history of the Christian church, countless instances of physical healing have been recorded.”
Writing in 1978, Graham noted, “Today...Read More
Sometimes individuals enter difficult seasons and experience inexplicable barrenness. While things should be positioned for success, nothing seems to get off the ground.
What does one do in a challenging time? I don't have all the answers, but a few things have become apparent over the years.
I've discovered that in the wondrous presence of God, impossible things come to life.
I've been struck by what the Lord proclaimed centuries ago:
“Sing, O childless woman, yo...Read More
Christians tend to focus on mystical or ethereal matters. Yet, it cannot be forgotten that—in the beginning—God joyfully and purposefully created physical matter. He looked upon what was made and said, “This is very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
Men and women were uniquely designed to be the imago dei—God’s image-bearers in the dust and dirt.
God declared: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Humanity was formed in His likeness to express the unfathomable r...Read More
As passionate followers of Jesus, we actively pursue love. We're invited to press into the Lord’s heart. However, in the midst of this unrelenting pursuit, believers should also yearn for spiritual gifts.
Paul says, “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts” (1 Corinthians 14:1a).
The word “desire” means: “To covet earnestly. To be zealous in the pursuit of.”
We should long for that which will enable us to walk in power and fulfill our responsibilities. Extraordi...Read More