Fire in My Bones, by J. Lee Grady

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Jesus Looks Beyond Politics

In today’s hot-headed presidential debate, former Charisma editor J. Lee Grady says it might be better for some of us to keep our mouths shut. He explains why. read more


Why I Don’t Bash the Younger Generation

There is much negative talk among Christians today about the habits and values of the emerging generation, but J. Lee Grady is encouraged about the future of the church after meeting these upcoming leaders. read more

K.A. Paul

Warning! Beware of ‘Christian’ Con-Artists

A big percentage of ministry funds from the U.S. go down the drain because of corruption. Former Charisma Editor J. Lee Grady offers simple guidelines to help Christians make wise giving decisions. Don't miss this.    read more

lepers in India

The Day I Touched a Leper

J. Lee Grady explains how a visit to a leper colony in India brought him face-to-face with his unwillingness to love. read more


God, the Devil and the ‘Dark Knight’ Tragedy

Former editor J. Lee Grady says last week’s shooting in Colorado should remind us that Satan is not a fictional character. Though some Christians still doubt the devil's existence, Grady explains why we can't overlook the most sinister villain. read more
mentor and youth

Why We Must Invest in the Timothy Generation

Please don’t ignore the mandate to disciple young people, J. Lee Grady pleads. He says our lack of discipleship of youth  has created a generational breakdown. Find out what he thinks the solution is. read more


Don’t Let Delays Defeat You

A breakthrough is waiting for those who persevere. If you've stopped praying, J. Lee Grady encourages you to receive fresh grace to pray again. read more

The #1 Reason Why Christian Marriages Fail

The Bible tells men to treat their wives as equals. But in a machismo culture, this is easier said than done.

Whenever I travel to Latin America I usually carry a pair of handcuffs in my suitcase. I use them as a visual aid when I’m preaching about the machismo attitude that is so prevalent in that region. I remind everyone in the audience that esposa, the word for wife in Spanish, is the same word used for handcuffs.

Esposas. Why would the word for wife be the same word for a form of bondage? Because women in many Latin countries suffer unthinkable abuse in the home. Puerto Rico, where I spoke last week, has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Latin America, and many women die there every year at the hands of their partners. read more

Why Relational Discipleship Has Become My Priority

I’d rather invest in a few emerging leaders than preach to crowds of thousands. Here’s why.

Once when I was traveling in India a pastor made a tempting proposal. “If you come to our city, we will stage a big evangelistic campaign and invite thousands,” he said. “You can preach to all of them.” This man assumed I would be intrigued. After all, I could take photos of the big crowds and use them to brag later about how many people made decisions for Christ.

I didn’t accept the offer. Instead I gave the man a second option. “Let me spend three days with a small group of pastors,” I said. “Let me encourage them, and then they can go out and preach at the big meetings. They will do a much better job than I could.” read more

Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Fruit and the Evidence of True Pentecost

Pentecost’s power is more than wind, fire and supernatural hoopla. Without love it is just noise.

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Pentecostal”?

A. · · A woman with a beehive hairdo, support hose, Granny shoes and no makeup?
B. · · Someone rolling on the floor while speaking in tongues uncontrollably?
C. · · A slick-haired televangelist in a white suit who begs for donations?
D. · · A sour-faced Christian who looks like he just sucked all the juice out of a lemon?
E.···· A sincere Christian who passionately loves God and people and believes in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit?

I wish we all could answer E., but we Pentecostals have an image problem. I’m not ashamed of the word itself, but I don’t use it as a label because the bad stereotypes (A., B., C. and D.) have just about ruined it for the rest of us. Many people associate Pentecostals with dry legalism, fanaticism, charlatanism and downright hatefulness. read more

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