Angels are God's messengers, created to minister to us and help fulfill His purposes, but most of the time we forget they are only a prayer away.
Hanging in my grandmother's house was a picture that has left a lasting impact on me. It was titled "The Guardian," and it featured a very large angel with a comforting expression and outreached hands hovering near a small boy and girl as they walked over a precariously dangerous bridge.
The simple framed print brought great comfort and security to my heart when I was a little girl and propelled my imaginative mind into the awesome arena of angels. In recent years the study of angels has continued to bring me much comfort and encouragement. read more
Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth and bear witness of the truth. But we can't change the world if we are of it. Watch as Christine Caine shares the freedom and passion that comes from a genuine relationship with God.
Beth Moore and Betty Robison discuss how important communication is in a marriage. Watch as they take a page from the book Living in Love, and explain how stopping, repeating and clarifying can help you and your husband communicate well.
I knew my mother was in heaven. Although I missed her terribly, what I missed most were her prayers.
For several weeks I'd felt mounting tension and nervousness in my stomach as Mother's Day, the day I dreaded, approached. Most Sundays, I travel to churches to sing and minister, but I had asked my husband to try and avoid booking this day because I didn't want to be in front of a congregation on the first Mother's Day without Mom.
Of the 12 children my mother had, I was the baby. She was 45 years old when I was born, and we were close up until the time she died. read more
Don't lose hope if your son or daughter has special needs. God has a great plan for both of you.
When a child is diagnosed with special needs, it can be an overwhelming, even devastating event in a parent's life. My husband, Jack, and I know because our son Nicholas was diagnosed with autism in January 2001.
If you are the parent of a special-needs child, you've experienced the agonizing pain, shock and even hopelessness that can grip your soul with such a diagnosis. In the midst of what seems to be a "dark night," one question may be burning in your spirit: Where is God? read more
The time you spend in interaction with others can dramatically affect your physical health.
One evening I was called to an old, ramshackle home out in the country to examine a home death. When I arrived at the house, a deputy met me at the door. "Doc, sure looks natural. The old lady's been up here, all alone, for years. Never left the house. Never had any visitors. Never went to the doctor—not that I can blame her."
He looked rather suspiciously toward me as I ducked to enter the undersized door, ignoring his slight to the medical profession. He continued his soliloquy: "She had a friend who brought her food and supplies. Her friend found her here this evening and called us." read more
Many people admit that it is a sacred duty and a blessed
privilege to abide in Christ but shrink back continually before the
question: Is a life of unbroken fellowship with the Savior truly
Eminent Christians, to whom special opportunities of
cultivating this grace have been granted, may attain to it; but for the
large majority of disciples, whose lives, by divine appointment, are so
fully occupied with the affairs of this life, it can scarce be expected. read more
After Mother went home to be with the Lord, the family held an
estate sale of her possessions that had been sitting in boxes for
As I rummaged through the boxes of elegant china, laces and
linens, one box in particular caught my eye. This one smelled musty,
and a piece of straw was poking through the top. I pried it open with
scissors and began to sneeze.
Think serving God is complicated? Here’s how easy it really is—and why that simplicity matters.
Someone I know who’s gone to church for many years asked me, “Don’t you think being a Christian is really hard?” Years ago, I would have said yes. But that was before I learned that serving God is not complicated at all.
We can be complicated and we can complicate serving God. Before I realized this it was easy for me to complicate things, no matter how simple they were. read more
So many Christians today complain about being victims. Wouldn't you rather be a victor?
you hurting? If you are, you know that physical, emotional or mental
pain can make life very unpleasant. I learned this fact firsthand: I was
sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused from the time I
can remember until I left home at the age of 18. Shortly after, I was
married—and during the next five years I experienced further rejection,
abandonment, betrayal, and finally, divorce.
I know what it is to be a
victim. But I have learned from experience and the Word of God that we
can have victory over pain instead of being the victims of it. I also
know that we can increase or decrease the intensity of our pain by the
way we handle it. read more
women would be happy to have a praying husband. But what if the sounds
of intense intercession keep you awake night after night?
"Could you come down out of the heavenlies long enough to give me a hand with this dirty laundry?"
you ever uttered those words in your home? Some wives have trouble
pulling their husbands away from the TV set. Others struggle to keep
them from bringing work home from the office. But a growing number of
women these days are asking: "How do I deal with my husband, the
intercessor?" read more
prayer loses its effectiveness when intercessors get off track. Here's
how you can stay in the flow of the Holy Spirit.
As I walked down the corridor toward the large prayer
room, several women rushed past me in a panic. They had been praying
with more than 50 intercessors from various denominations for pastors
in the United States. Eager to find out what was happening, I hurried
into the room.
An unbelievable sight met my eyes. Lying on the floor in
the middle of the room was a woman intercessor, curled up in a fetal
position and groaning as though she were being tortured. Crouched over
her was a male intercessor, who was stroking her hair and speaking
words of encouragement. read more
In the power of the living Christ upon the throne we can
stand as victors in the face of all the hosts of darkness. But you must
never allow yourself to look at the enemy so as to blot out your clear
consciousness of the person of the victorious Christ (see Eph. 1:17-23).
God raised Jesus from the dead and lifted Him right
through the plane of the power of the air to the place above
“principality and power” (Eph. 1:21). He made Him to sit at His
right hand, and “He put all things under His feet” (v. 22).
Furthermore, “[God] gave Him to be head over all things to
the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in
all” (v. 23). Therefore, Christ is above all rule and authority and
dominion and power. He is absolute and complete Conqueror. read more
First Corinthians 4:3-4 says: "I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me."
This message is a word that is relevant for anybody who has difficulty in handling criticism. Maybe you know what it is to be criticized. Maybe you have had enough. Maybe it was by parents, and others are still doing it even though you have grown up. Maybe you know what it is to live with a nagging sibling or parent who is always putting you down. Maybe it is your husband criticizing you. Maybe somebody at the office. Perhaps somebody at university, in college, maybe a friend. Maybe a Christian with some stature criticized you, and because of who it is, you take it seriously. Whatever the situation, Paul shows us how to handle it.
Many of us just fall apart when somebody criticizes us or sits in judgment on anything we have done. We just cannot handle it. But Paul was not afraid; he was unintimidated. read more
Many Christians lack the
courage—or the conviction—to testify to their faith. But the power of
the Holy Spirit helps us to speak up.
As I go out into the world, presenting the gospel on
television and radio talk shows or exalting Jesus from secular and
religious platforms, I am treated with respect—most of the time. But
reviews of my engagements are not always as gracious as my live hosts
They sometimes describe me as a middle-aged woman parading a
worn-out, old-time message that has no relevance in our century—simply
because I lift up the cross. read more
You probably know what it's like to have to constantly change your agenda and devote your attention to something other than what you planned—especially if you're a mother. Watch as Priscilla Shirer talks about the valuable lessons God has taught her through motherhood.
Out of the riches of his love flows every spiritual blessing and reward. How do we obtain what he's promised us?
Years ago I gave my young daughter, Amanda, a little
jewelry box with a tiny ballerina that danced when the lid was open. I
put a small piece of jewelry that she had been requesting for a long
time inside the box.
When she opened the gift and saw the jewelry box, she
squealed and remarked on every detail. “Oh, Mommy, this is so
beautiful! This is the prettiest box I’ve ever seen.” read more
What will your response be when the Lord calls you? We can learn a lesson from the story of Vashti and Esther.
What will you do when Jesus,
your King, calls? As believers, each of us has a call on our lives.
Each of us can expect to hear the voice of our Lord inviting us not only
to enter His inner court but also to go and bless others in Jesus'
What will you do?
The lives of Vashti and Esther—two women in Old Testament times who were
a lot like us—illustrate the two choices we can make: We can refuse to
respond when He invites us to come to Him, or we can answer, "I will."
As we look at their stories, let's ask ourselves: When the King calls,
will we choose not to respond and justify our decision with excuses, or
will we rise to the occasion, obey His command and be the catalyst for
great blessing toward others? read more
Heretofore, I have writtenextensively on the extraordinary
depth and breadth of the atonement. What Christ accomplished for us on
the cross opened the door for God’s grace to become operative in our
At Calvary, Christ paid the penalty for our past sin and
terminated the law as a means of achieving righteousness. He settled
Satan’s claims against us, thus delivering us from Satan’s dominion.
Christ also put away sin, and in Him our carnal nature was executed.
To understand how this grace operates in our lives, we
must examine the difference between law and grace. The apostle Paul gave
us a key in 2 Corinthians 3 when he wrote: “Clearly you are an epistle
of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of
the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that
is, of the heart. And we have such trust through Christ toward God. read more