Even in the midst of the persecution that attended their testimonies, the church in Acts could not keep silent. Joy Strang asks, "Why don’t we experience the realm of power that is recorded in the book of Acts?" read more
Not only does the Lord bring comfort when we are in despair, but He values each of us as if we are a treasure. Find out how this story of a lost ring and a friendly roadside worker demonstrates God's promises to us. read more
Ron Phillips says the church in North America for the most part has quenched the Holy Spirit with some notable exceptions. Find out what they are, and how Phillips says we can obey the Holy Spirit and bring revival to our nation. read more
If we are not careful, it is all too easy to end up drained from the demands and cares of daily life. Thankfully, the Lord sees the loads we carry, and He has made provisions for us to receive His miraculous R&R provisions. read more
Becoming like Jesus requires a lot of change—and often involves difficult periods of transition. Find out why Charisma Media CFO Joy Strang says change can be a good thing, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. read more
The Lord is the one who searches and tries our hearts. He will either speak to our hearts during intimate moments with Him, or He will test us by allowing circumstances that expose what lies within. read more
Though simple, the Golden Rule isn't always easy. Stubborn to the core, our old nature often gets in the way. We may treat our current offenders as they are treating—or mistreating—us, or perhaps we treat people as we have heard they have treated others. read more
This week in your life’s journey, you may still feel like yard sale junk.Life may have covered you with dirt, rust and mold. Remember, to Him you are a pearl, a hidden treasure worth the purchase price—His life. read more
Where is your heart today? Where is your mindset? There is so much going on in the world today, it is easy to lose your focus and determination for the things of God. Have you lost your place in the rat race of life? read more
Faith can sometimes be that indescribable understanding that whatever happens, whatever takes place, God is in control and we just have to get out of the way and let Him do what only He can do. read more
Have you ever been treated unethically in a business
transaction? Have you ever been grieved by the lack of integrity in a pastor,
evangelist or other minister? Sadly, we live in an age in which leaders in both
the secular and the spiritual arenas seem to be making up their own sets of
rules about how to conduct their businesses, their ministries and their lives.
We may not be able to do much about the current leadership
in these arenas other than pray. But if you’re a parent, you can have a
positive impact on the next generation. How? By instituting ethics training in
your home. This is where it begins. Parents have the God-given responsibility
to guide and instruct their children – the future business and spiritual
leaders of our nation.
Where do we go to find appropriate foundational truths that
lay the groundwork for ethics and morals? How can we purposefully and
systematically train our children and ourselves to do the right thing, even
when it hurts? Joyce Meyer, Christian speaker and author, states in one of her
teachings on integrity, “True integrity is doing the right thing even when no
one else is looking.” Isn’t that what we want in our children and ourselves? read more
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due
season we will reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).
This is not about tired; it is about weary. Weary is spiritual.
Although tired and weary may at times feel
closely related, they are worlds apart. Tired is physical; weary is spiritual.
When you are tired you are dealing with the physical realm. Being tired means you need physical rest or a
break, some sleep and quite possibly a vacation. Weary does not respond to the
same treatment as tired. You can go away for a month to rest and relax but you
may still be weary.
If you are tired you may need to change some life habits.
You may need to begin to exercise or exercise differently. Perhaps you have a
physical problem that needs medical attention. The point is, tired is physical.
You cannot pray tired away. You do not rebuke tired. You cannot lay hands on
someone and cast out tired. read more
One of the greatest sins in the church is not necessarily
gossip, strife, addictions, adultery or fornication—even though all these
things are sin. What I believe is the greatest sin today, especially in
America, is the sin of prayerlessness or leaving God alone.
We can easily become caught in the trap where our only
consistent time of prayer is offered before each meal and that’s about it. You
know what I mean by the meal prayers,
don’t you? “God is good; God is great. I’m so hungry I could eat this plate.”
I’ve been so hungry before that sometimes I have felt like eating the plate.
One time when I prayed a quick prayer over my meal, I felt
the Lord say, “Now, Hank, did you mean that from your heart?” Like most of us,
I didn’t mean or even hear what I had prayed. Since then, I always feel
convicted when I pray insincere prayers, even if the food is making my mouth
water. read more
Once as I sat on a 737 getting ready to leave the gate at
the airport, my window seat looked directly down at the luggage loading area. A
large tractor had pulled the string of carts up to a long conveyor belt that
ran into the belly of the plane. A worker (I will call him “Larry the luggage
guy”) stood with a scanner in his hand. As his “helper luggage guy” placed each
piece of luggage on the belt that was slowly moving into the plane, “Larry”
electronically scanned the tag that had been placed on the suitcase at
Wow, I thought. What
a great way to keep track of our bags. A
bag is placed on the belt, scanned and moves up the conveyor. Next bag …
scanned … up the conveyor. Bag after bag. Someone had actually created a
marvelous system to prevent “lost” luggage (the airlines will always tell you
it is not
lost; they just do not know exactly where it is).
Suddenly, someone else standing at another vehicle hollered
for “Larry.” He was laughing about something. Larry laid his scanner down and walked over to Mr. Comedian. “Helper” guy seemed
to not even notice. He just continued to dutifully place the bags on the belt
that was still moving into the
plane. Bag after bag was moving up the conveyer belt, but NOT being scanned. read more