Articles and Weekly Thoughts

How Jewish Should a Christian Be? #3

Hi all, We ended last week in the midst of the Acts 15 meeting which would decide the fate of Gentile believers in the Jewish Messiah. Peter had shared that it was God who initiated the work among the Gentiles, and He put no requirements on Cornelius' household for the simple reason God gave them the Holy Spirit as He did the Jews. Who were they to add or subtract from what God Himself initiated? Could read more...

How Jewish Should a Christian Be? #2

Hi all, Last week I mentioned that even 10 years after Pentecost, if you were born a Gentile and wanted to know the God of Israel, you had to become Jewish. They are called proselytes in scripture, including Acts 2: 10, 6:5, & 13:43.   But when Peter was sent by the Lord to the Roman Centurion's household (Cornelius) the Jews with him were 'astonished' that they received the Holy Spirit in the exact same way THEY did* - God included Gentiles in read more...

January 2018 Newsletter

Hi all, If you could keep me in your prayers the 24th as they will be looking at my heart to see if that small blood clot I mentioned last month has dissolved - I appreciate it. Part of the test is to put me to sleep briefly and then slide an ultra sound probe down my throat and look sideways and back at my heart...once we know the results they'll advise if there is a read more...

How Jewish Should a Christian Be? #1

Hi all, One late winter a woman who was active in her charismatic congregation started discovering the Jewish roots of her faith. She was so very excited to learn of the 7 Jewish festivals (6 feasts, 1 fast) that God gave Israel as it was all new to her and she was like a child in a candy store. When Resurrection Day drew near in the spring, she was excited to attend her first Passover Seder read more...

The Truth Behind Standing on the Word #4

Hi all, Back when Barb and I were teenagers eager to be used of the Lord in ministry, but destined for the university where my parents had gone and where her brother and sister had gone. This did not seem to fit the larger picture of the Lord's call on our lives. But, lacking any direct word from the Lord otherwise, I did what was right in the natural and headed for college. Barb was a read more...

The Truth Behind Standing on the Word #3

Hi all, When I was a teenager and was left to babysit my little brothers and sister while our mom went to night school to complete her MBA (after dad walked out of our family), my authority was often questioned when I told them mom said bedtime was 8:30 (20:30).   The Parable of the 'Word of the Mom' When they got angry with me I told them "Mom said it was 8:30", meaning my word read more...

December 2017 Newsletter

Hi all,   World focus on Jerusalem - where the world is headed Zechariah 12: 1-9 contains a prophecy about Jerusalem being the focus of the world's attention that brings about Armageddon and the Lord's return.   "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall lay siege on both Judah and Jerusalem. And in that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people, and all that burden themselves with it will be read more...

The Truth Behind “Standing on the Word” #2

Hi all, Last week I shared the tradition of 'standing on the Word' and the examples in scripture of Peter and Paul who 'stood' based on personal revelation the Lord gave them for their situation and life, rather than thumbing through verses to find one that fit their situation. I ended asking where the Lord got His revelation. That may have caused some head scratching because we all assume the Lord Jesus is the source of read more...

The Truth Behind Standing on the Word #1

Hi all, Home after  church one day a mom found her little boy in his room, standing on top of his Children's Bible, feet together, arms wavily wildly as he tried to maintain balance. When the mom saw him she asked what he was doing, and he replied that he had been praying for a bicycle and his children's church pastor said you had to stand on the Word to get your prayers answered, so that read more...

The Ways of Righteousness #5

Hi all, Before I take Chris back to his group home after his weekly home visit, we always eat at a restaurant. It can be a simple hamburger eaten in the car as we sit by railroad tracks waiting for a train to pass, or going in to a restaurant to have a 'sit down' meal. This particular day he wanted to eat inside at Braum's, a regional chain of hamburger and ice cream stores, as read more...