In the story of a father’s heart toward his prodigal son, Jesus also tells us how Father God feels about us, even in the face of our failures or the wastefulness of what He’s given to us. Like the father in the story, Father God never loses hope for us, is always looking our way, responds to our repentance, and desires to reinstate us.
Worship is not just something we do together in church; it is a way of life. It makes room for God to do things more powerfully, readily and gloriously than anything man can work up on his own.
How many times have you counted on something that seemed sure to happen, and then it didn't? How about those situations when you prayed, waited on God, gained an inner witness He would be working to bring everything about--and then, everything switched? Pastor Jack lovingly shares how he personally handles disappointments in his life. These practical steps can encourage all believers, as they walk through challenging times.
How do we stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free? Should a fiery dart of hell manage to wound us, we are to deal with it unto healing so that it doesn't become a spiritual "infection."
If you want to talk about having a bad day, Good Friday certainly would qualify. While the “good” in that day is related to God’s love gift of His Son, the Good Shepherd, laying down His life for the sheep, it was, nonetheless, a very bad day.
The unqualified invitation of God's will and way into a crisis guarantees your ability to stand in faith, knowing that the answer you have is His. Such prayer releases God’s maximum redemptive purposes, and such living releases an ever deepening conformity to the Person and power of Jesus in our life.
My release of “speaking in tongues” was far more normal than I ever believed it was. Spiritual language is a Holy Spirit, God-given, potential for every believer. And though I could never imagine it happening to me, it did.
If prayer is so effective, then why don’t more people pray? Pastor Jack addresses incorrect attitudes and beliefs about prayer and how believers should shift their thinking...
When, as a young boy, he was asked a question "in front of Jesus," Pastor Jack writes that he could imagine Jesus seated on a throne immediately to his left as he stood face-to-face with his mother and prepared to respond. This understanding of living life in front of Jesus is integrity's very foundation.
My daddy took 1 Thessalonians 5:8 literally. Every time I ever saw him take a drink of water, he paused to thank the Lord. He taught me to keep the flame of praise burning.