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What has happened to power? June 29, 2016

I was reading in Luke chapter 24 this morning. Jesus said the following to the disciples just before the Ascension, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). That’s amazing! Jesus says that one of the things we should have as Christians is power, that our lives should reflect the power of God. Continue

Serving June 22, 2016

Last Sunday I was asked to participate in a celebration for one of our Board members, Rich Cundall, who has been in ministry at the same church for thirty years. It was a great celebration and I was honored to bless Rich and to pray for him.

He preached a great sermon on Acts 20:19 which says, “I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.” Continue

Revival June 15, 2016

I have some friends who are really seeking and praying that God would send a revival to our country. I have to admit, it’s not the highest priority of prayer in my life, but I’ve sort of caught their enthusiasm. They’ve told me some things about revival: that it always begins with a season of prayer and that there is an outpouring of God’s Spirit. There are public prayer meetings and private prayer meetings, but the commonality between the revivals that they have studied is that they always began with concerted, focused prayer.Continue

Flora June 8, 2016

I am writing this blog from Wheaton where my only granddaughter, who turns two on Saturday, lives. For the first time in my life, I get a whole day by myself with my granddaughter. We have already played hide-and-go-seek, she has jumped all over me, we’ve thrown the ball, we’ve colored, and this is only in the first hour! I’ve got another seven hours before her parents come home. I am having a wonderful time. Partly because Flora is just simple: she doesn’t expect much. Throwing the ball is great fun for her. Standing on my chest and falling down is great fun for her. She doesn’t understand personal space. She just is. I love that about her.Continue

God’s Provision June 1, 2016

RobAnne and I have been blessed. We have more than enough. Our lives are full and we’re grateful. But even for those who have economic security, we still have this desperate need for God’s provision: when we get sick, we need healing; when we get depressed, we need God’s Spirit to bring us joy and strength. We need God’s provision. We always think about it in terms of material things, but He also provides us with dreams on how to advance His kingdom. He provides us with spiritual gifts that allow us to do effective ministry. God’s provision is key to what he does in our lives. Continue

Breaking Through the Clouds May 25, 2016

This morning I took the 6:15am United flight from Philadelphia to Chicago. It was a spring day in Philadelphia that was overcast and a little gloomy with a light sprinkle. I settled into my window seat and was thinking through things as the plane took off. I was thinking about some of the heavy things that I was hearing from some of our missionaries recently and just praying and asking the Lord to bless them. As we began to climb, we began to go through the clouds and it got even darker. I found myself praying protection over our ministry and our people—that God would protect them from the evil one with the armor of God.Continue