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GIANTS OR GRASSHOPPERS?

When Israel sent scouts to explore the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb returned confident—”Let’s go at once to take the land. We can certainly conquer it!” The rest were not so sure, and spread a bad report among the Israelites—”We can’t possibly attack those people, for they are stronger than we are! The land we explored [...]

BATTLE OF THE MIND

Mindsets are so deeply embedded in the landscape of our being that we hardly know they are there. “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”Pr.23:7 Mindsets are entrenched patterns of thinking that set up their own little ecosystem. They are so deeply embedded in the landscape of our being that we don’t [...]

MAKING ROOM FOR HIS WORD

Someone once said, “Each of us is an Innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.” When Mary gave birth to her firstborn son, she wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger because there was no room in the inn. Jesus later challenged the Pharisees, whose rejection of the Word of [...]

A GRATEFUL HEART CHANGES THE ATMOSPHERE!

I stared at that sentence as though it were written in a foreign language. Lord, I don’t get this. I helped write those very words in Prayer Boot Camp, our prayer discipleship workbook. I heard your Spirit impress the importance of this reality upon our hearts. I’ve actually seen it change the atmosphere during Hidden Manna [...]

WANTON OR FIXED?

My computer started having problems—there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying. Then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can’t I shut it off? No amount of technical support or anti-virus intervention seemed to help. [...]

COMFORTED IN HIS PRESENCE. .

It’s been a difficult few months in our household. I am sitting in the waiting room writing this while my son has an MRI. On our way here, we stopped at the veterinary hospital to visit our beloved dog Charlie, who has kidney failure; her recovery is uncertain. My daughter is resting at home with [...]

BRICK OF ADVERSITY?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, our house church in Southern California established a partnership with Pastor Sherman to help rebuild his church in New Orleans. One night I had a dream: I’m telling Pastor Sherman how impressed we are by their progress in the midst of such chaos and destruction. He turns and looks [...]

LIVING FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH

“The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,” Jesus said, “nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21 Ebola. A dreaded word. A couple of months ago, it seemed a distant, non-threatening issue to most Americans. [...]

IN THE KING’S THRONE ROOM

Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers. Song of Songs 1:4 Many of God’s people have recognized a new season upon us. It’s a season of unprecedented intimacy with the Lord. He has issued His personal invitation to each of His people: “Come up here and live from [...]

BECOMING A PRAYER

Pray always. Most of us read this admonition with a sense of bewilderment. How on earth is this possible? How can pray alwaysbecome a practical reality in the believer’s life, let alone in my life? It seems as onerous and unattainable as any two words in the Bible. Until we consider Jesus. Jesus enjoyed unbroken, uninterrupted communion [...]