March 2018

Homesick For A Place We’ve Never Been

When we remove the myths of harps, halos and floating on clouds, the message of Heaven is that we have a place to look forward to which will be best described as God’s presence, a place of beauty, holiness, security, and renewal. Heaven is described in Revelation 21 and 22 with three metaphors: a city, […]



Wedding & War: Salvation Song In Two Stanzas

In the only chapter in the entire New Testament that contains the word “Hallelujah” we are called to worship. That worship is the response to two saving actions takes on the part of the church. A wedding and a war.



Toppling Whores and Attaining Holiness

Babylon is a looker, a luxurious harlot, a materialistic magnet. While the Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18 is Rome, she still walks the streets today, offering the gratification of all that she can supply from her promise of wealth and prosperity.    Yet, believers are called out of the materialistic pursuits of Babylon. We […]



February 2018

(In A World Gone Crazy) Know How You Can Stand

As Christians, we can stand the storms of chaos and of God’s judgment of an evil and corrupt world. But what does standing look like? It looks a lot like living in holiness.   As we witness the judgment of God poured out on the earth in the bowls of God’s wrath. One verse, a […]



(In A World Gone Crazy) Know With Whom You Stand

Revelation 12, 13, and 14 introduce us to an “unholy trinity” along with their advocate Babylon. Each represents a way that Satan attempts to either seduce or oppress God’s people. In contrast, the Lamb stands with his people. Both groups sport figurative markings which define which team with which they associate.   We waste our time when […]



(In A World Gone Crazy) We Stand As Witness

God is in the process of bringing incremental judgment on the unbelieving. This judgment is designed to bring them to a place of repentance. Yet, what is the church to do in a crazy world? We are called to serve as a witness to the sovereignty of God, and share the life-saving message of Jesus.



January 2018

What Kind Of Book Is This

The book of Revelation can be seen as scary and confusing, and so is often ignored. It can be abused by those who interpret everything through there Revelation lens. But what does the book of Revelation tell us about itself? What kind of book does it tell that it is, and thus how we may […]



December 2017

Practicing The Presence

God’s presence within us, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, makes a real difference in how one is to live.



The Gift of Presence

Christmas is about God granting the gift of His presence through his Son. However, God has repeatedly been making His presence felt in closer and closer ways since His presence was lost in the garden.   Each manifestation of His presence brings a different manifestation of His glorious presence to mankind.



Experiences

We each have a collection of experiences that have helped to shape who we are. These same experiences can be plugged into discovering our place for ministry. Our assortment of experiences can be spiritual, education, ministerial, or painful.   Of particular ministry effectiveness may be our painful experiences. God never wastes a hurt, failure or disappointment, […]



Personality

When the Bible talks about our soul, it is pointing to that unique part of us that makes us our personality. Our personality is an important contributor to who we are, and how we best function in ministry.   As we come to understand the natural bent of our personality it will help us to […]



November 2017

Abilities

When it comes to ministry God has wired all of us independently. Knowing our place in ministry means understanding how God wires or shapes us.   Part of our shape for ministry includes our abilities. The average person has 400-500 abilities, which may be inherent or learned. The key is to finding how those abilities […]