A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

This coming Sunday we celebrate an important event in redemptive history: The time when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His followers who would live within them and empower them for service. We call it Pentecost. Here is a prayer to prepare your heart for worship: Almighty Father, we praise You for sending Your Holy … Continue reading A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

For Those Who Are Waiting in a Time of Grief and Pain

This week, my daily Bible reading took me through Isaiah 30 which has much to say to those who wait with grieving and pain-filled hearts. You may be waiting for someone to love and cherish you... waiting for the privilege to bear children, waiting for healing for a terminal illness, waiting for a prodigal child … Continue reading For Those Who Are Waiting in a Time of Grief and Pain

What Are Elders/Pastors to Do? – Numbers 27:15-17

Recently, my daily Bible reading led me through Numbers 27. In this chapter, a great leadership transition is taking place for the people of God. Moses prepares to pass the leadership baton to Joshua, but Moses knew how vital it was that his successor be a God-appointed man. Number 27:15-17 sets forth Moses’ prayer: Moses … Continue reading What Are Elders/Pastors to Do? – Numbers 27:15-17

Are you spiritually weak and vulnerable right now?

Here is a lovely thought if you find yourself spiritual weak at the moment:Matthew 12:20 - "He won't break a bruised reed, he won't quench a smoking flax." What are we to understand by the bruised reed and smoking flax? The language of the prophet no doubt is figurative. What is it that these two … Continue reading Are you spiritually weak and vulnerable right now?

God Always Finishes What He Starts

How many projects have I started and not finished! How many books have I started reading and not completed! How challenging it is for frail and fallible human beings to simply finish what they start. This is not so with our God.He always finishes what he starts. His work of salvation and conforming us into … Continue reading God Always Finishes What He Starts

Revival: The Last Hope for the Church in Our Day

What would happen if a true heaven-sent revival came to your church today. Below are a few outcomes that I have adapted and expounded upon from Iain Murray. If revival came to our church, it would... Energize worship - A spontaneous energizing of our body by the Holy Spirit to worship the living God. “In … Continue reading Revival: The Last Hope for the Church in Our Day

Is there any hope for the church?

Our world seems to be descending more and more into moral chaos and confusion as moral relativism and secularism wreck havoc on people's lives. Rather than the church of Jesus stepping up to provide the gospel cure and model a better way forward, the church and many of her leaders seem to have been ensnared … Continue reading Is there any hope for the church?

Praying through Psalm 23 on Good Friday

Today, my devotional readings brought me to Psalm 23, a most beloved portion of God's Word. On Good Friday, we remember that a sword was awakened against the Chief Shepherd when Jesus was crucified on Calvary's cross (Zechariah 13:7) so that we might experience today and for eternity the intimate, shepherding care of our Lord. … Continue reading Praying through Psalm 23 on Good Friday