To A Young Intellectual, Part 2

To A Young Intellectual, Part 2

 

When I first began my search for truth, God began to speak to me in unusual ways. (At least they were unusual for me at the time).

In January, 1981, American hostages were being held in Iran. The Embassy had been overthrown and all the government workers had been held captive for more than a year…a tense situation indeed.

One night, just as my head hit the pillow, a voice said, “What if you could send a coded message to the hostages with a perfect plan of escape?” Of course, I said, “That would be great!” But I have to admit, I was confused by the thought. (more…)

Between the Crowd and the Disciples, Guest Post by John Estes

Do you want more of God? Do you feel convicted to serve him? You may be at a critical juncture in your life. John Estes explores this “middle ground” after the jump.

In looking at the ministry of Jesus, he seemed to have supporters of varying degrees. It’s not hard to see the difference between the masses and his closer, more devoted disciples. For one, the crowds were large masses of people; think upwards of 5000 people. These people wanted to hear the latest sensation and wanted to see Jesus work miracles. When I picture the crowds that came to hear Jesus speak I envision people saying things ranging from “I think I’ve heard of this guy” to “I’m his biggest fan!” I think of these people being like the crowd at a concert. They’ve come when the artist visits their town.

These people knew who Jesus was from afar, but there was no personal connection. They were his supporters, but not his friends. Their commitment was there as long as it was comfortable, but not much more than that.

On the other hand, there were the disciples. These guys had given up their careers (Matthew 4:18-20). They had left family behind (Matthew 4:21-22). They had the desire to do what it took to be close to Jesus. Their relationship with the Christ was so impactful that they knew they would never be able to turn back to the way things were before knowing Him. (more…)

To A Young Intellectual, Part 2

Into The Future

Day 28    28 Days To Confidence In Prayer

Well today is the last day of our 28 day Prayer Journey. I have really enjoyed it and hope you have also. Thanks for all the comments and emails. I am always happy to hear your ideas. As we share with each other, all of us benefit.

I would like to recap some of the highlights of the trip. At the very beginning, we compared our journey with the Ezekiel 47 vision of water flowing from the temple. As the Holy Spirit flowed from God’s altar, the water became deeper and deeper until it was a river where you had to swim. (Your feet couldn’t touch bottom). In the same way, as we are willing to step out into deeper knowledge and commitment, we see ourselves growing in the power of our prayers. (more…)

God Created You To Be A Giver

Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
 
Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

One of the most fundamental rules of the universe is wrapped up in these scriptures: What you sow is what you reap. If you sow finances, you reap money. If you sow love, you reap love. If you sow forgiveness, you reap forgiveness. If you sow hate,….oh, let’s don’t go there!

My husband has often taught on this principle. He calls it the “Law of Measure.” It’s as if all of creation holds this balancing scale, and we get to decide how much of God’s grace comes our way by what we do. (more…)