Gossip in Church Hurts

A pastor’s wife told me that she overheard an elder’s wife and a newcomer to the church gossiping about her. The elder’s wife said smugly, “We love our pastor, but his wife controls him. She told him to replace our women’s luncheons with Bible studies.” Gossip in church hurts. This was a knife that cut…

Holy! Hole-y! Whole-y!

I love to meditate on the Trinity! What sweet prayers come from contemplating the Godhead! Holy! Holy! Holy! Father, Son, and Spirit. God is so powerful, so beautiful, so good. He is God! And yet he is humble. To see God’s humility and sacrificial love changes everything about how we see ourselves and how we…

Scripture Memory

We are transformed to be more like Christ through the renewing of our minds in God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2). Scripture memory is an indispensable aid for the the Christian. Consider the example of Jesus and how he interacted with Scripture: “As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer” (Luke 5:16, MSG).  And…

Praying For Physical or Emotional Healing

With Insights From Pastor Joe Johnson with Heart of the Father Ministries* Kristi and I were fortunate to receive instruction in healing and deliverance ministry in college. Many Christian pastors, counselors, and lay ministers today have not received this training and so they don’t know how to use the authority that Jesus gave them to pray…

A Love Letter to Jesus

Just before Valentine’s Day my heart was wonderfully warmed and filled with love for Jesus as I was reading one of my favorite Classics of Christian Devotion, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. I was inspired to compose a Love Letter to Jesus by paraphrasing some of his words on “Familiar Converse with Jesus.” I share…