If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ll know that the last blog I wrote was about expectations – how when we expect things, God seems to honor those expectations and work. But sometimes God surprises us. Sometimes the unexpected happens in the way that God moves. That happened to me this week. I was involved in a worship service and God just moved on my life and I experienced His power and His grace and His peace. I was not expecting that to happen. It just happened because God decided that I needed to experience His power and His strength.Continue
Expectations October 6, 2015
This week I went to a conference for four nights in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was a hassle to get there – a two-hour drive after working all day, lots of crowds, and hard to find a parking spot. But when you walked into that church, there was an expectation that God was going to speak to them in powerful and good ways. We expected good solid worship where we would allow God to breathe on us during the time. And because we expected it, it happened.Continue
Reach Local October 2, 2015
When you think about what God wants us to do, you have to look very close to where you live. He wants you to reach into people’s lives through prayer, through helps through mercy, through justice – through things that will make a difference in their lives. He wants you to reach. When I’m in Philadelphia I live in West Chester, Pennsylvania and there is a large Planned Parenthood clinic not too far from my house. Every Saturday there have been huge demonstrations and protests there. During the summer, I walk by the clinic on a regular basis on my way downtown. As I think through why God put me in this neighborhood, I’ve been convicted to pray over that place – to reach by prayer into the behaviors of Planned Parenthood. For me, it’s reaching very locally because it’s where I live.Continue
Donald and Marlis September 29, 2015
I have some really amazing friends whose names are Donald and Marlis Shambling. they are both in their eighties and they are on-fire Christians. What I love about Donald and Marlis is that they are prayer warriors. They believe prayer changes things. When you pray with Donald and Marlis you pray for three or four hours. You plead for God’s mercy on the nation, on our church, and on each other. Marlins and Donald have my schedule and every day they pray through my schedule. When I’m home, they gather around me and lay hands on me and pray. They are believers; they believe that God is going to do big things.Continue
Psalm 139:19-24 September 25, 2015
If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.Continue
Psalm 139:13-18 September 22, 2015
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand –
when I awake, I am still with you.Continue