“Is she an A-type”, they asked. “You should change the way you dress, so that you appear less intimidating to the opposite sex”, they said. Words to hold me prisoner, shackled by shame. The message was clear, You are too much!” The lie that screams, “No one will want you if you are that strong!”Read More
2016 has been a big year for me. I experienced some “I’m proud of myself” moments, some moments when sheer terror was trying to cripple my steps, and other moments with emotions in-between. As I reflect back, I realize that it has been an alignment year, the final touches on the “Now” season that is upon so many of us (see August’s article, The Timing of the Lord).Read More
We all know that our most basic and profound need is love and to be loved right?! “Yep, that is right,” you say. Yet, if I asked you these basic questions what would your response to be?:
- How do you receive love best from the Lord?
- What does the Lord love and like about you?
I have a testimony and I can hardly wait to share it with you! In April or May of 2010 I had one of those God dreams that you can’t escape. It went like this: I am riding in the backseat of either Bill (my boss) or Brad’s (co-worker) black Volvo. We are riding across the top of a grassy hill when the car stops and they get out. As they do the car starts to head down a grassy hill, out of control.Read More
Several years back, scientists told us that there is only a 1.23% difference between the DNA of a man and a chimpanzee. More recently, National Geographic reports that humans may be closer linked to orangutans than chimps. Let’s say for a moment that this is true. The only thing separating you and King Louie from the Jungle Book is around a 1% difference in DNA.Read More
The writer of Ecclesiastes lays out for us a crucial topic to take note of: from birth to death and every season in between – season’s change! While most of us are probably able to recognize the shift from the dying of fall, to the harsh cold winter, into flourishing spring, and through the summer heat, most of us (myself included) have the hardest time allowing things to end, or die, if you will, so that God can establish a new pattern for our lives.Read More
Generous leadership is the liberal and open-handed use of personal influence to enhance the capacity and purpose of others. A generous leader makes room for the development and advancement of other people. Generous leaders recognize the glimmer of greatness in someone else and respond to the capacity they possess.Read More
A couple of years ago I felt the Lord drawing me away from my normal environment for a short period of separation from the routine of life. This wasn’t surprising to me, as this has become a custom in my life through the years. For me, that typically looks like going out of town for a few days.Read More
Abraham was 75 when he first received this promise from the Lord. After ten years, there is no sign of fulfillment in sight. At this point, Abraham takes matters into his own hands and sleeps with his wife’s maidservant, Hagar. This creates a whole mess of problems.Read More
I am a fourth-generation Pentecostal, and I have served my entire adult life as a shepherd who believes and practices what that implies. I believe in dreams, visions, prophetic words, and the various manifestations of Spiritual Gifts. So, you can understand how puzzled I was when I first began to deal with these two scripture passages...Read More