Scriptural mindsets fade with time and meaning is lost. For example, believers no longer recognize the magnitude of a “doorway.” For the ancients, the entryway of a home had great importance. It was more than a gateway; it was an altar and the centerpiece of family worship.
Hints of its original meaning remain in our custom of carrying a bride over a threshold. Grooms in past generations did this because they thought it was the proper way to bring someone into a family. It was believ...Read More
Lots of individuals are being healed and experiencing the wonder of the Kingdom. Yet, in the midst of this, people are distracted by what they imagine God isn’t doing.
I knew a man who encountered pain reduction after receiving prayer. He got help but was fixated on the remaining burden. Although 80% of his affliction was gone, he zeroed in on the soreness. He was more swayed by what didn’t happen than by what did.
If what took place at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15) transpi...Read More
What does it mean to operate in faith? How do believers function in the economy of the Kingdom? This is a question that I’ve been grappling with for several years.
I used to think if I read enough theology, I’d get immense faith. But that's not how this works. Biblical knowledge is beneficial, but abiding-trust is about more than the acquisition of information. Knowledge doesn’t automatically put you on the pathway of power.
In other instances, I imagined that if I interceded lo...Read More
Looking back on my late childhood and early adolescence, I grappled with the legitimacy of spiritual realities. I presume I watched too many episodes of “Scooby Doo.” Every time they witnessed an extraordinary phenomenon, it turned out to be “Old man Robinson” or another shyster in a costume. Spiritual existences were always a hoax.
Throughout my childhood, people assured me that monsters weren’t real. Although witnessing shadowy forms moving through my bedroom, my family insisted tha...Read More
While ministering in Southeast Missouri, I spotted a man grappling with a cane. I felt an immediate leading from the Lord to minister to him.
After worship ended, I got up and introduced myself. I told the audience what I hoped the Lord would accomplish in the service. I called out the man and inquired about his legs.
He wasn’t particularly cooperative, but I got him to share about his accident. I asked if he would let me pray for him. He hesitantly complied, but declared, “I...Read More
There’s a criticism heard in Christian circles. Some optimists are scorned—derided as “preterists.” This seemingly dismissive label is derived from the word "praeter," a Latin term meaning “past.”
Those who believe in the fulfillment of biblical prophecies are called preterists. This interpretive lens tends to clash with the futuristic orientation of many churchgoers.
Let’s face it, Evangelical identity is entangled in futurism. Multitudes believe that the Book of Rev...Read More