Initimacy with the Holy Spirit will ignite your ministry and change your life forever.
At the start of the 20th century, Wales was known for its music and entertainment, its independent spirit and its rich sports heritage, but something was terribly wrong. The bars flourished while the powerless and passionless churches dried up.
Gambling and greed were beginning to dominate virtually every activity and captivate the nation's middle class. Violent crimes increased so quickly that there were not enough police officers in the entire country to restore order.
According to noted revival historians, as the hunger for personal pleasure began to dominate the culture, Evan Roberts, then a coal miner, would carry his beloved Bible into the mines with him. For 13 months Roberts cried out to heaven in intense prayer and intercession as God birthed a desperate need for revival in his heart. read more
Have you settled for only a small part of the Holy Spirit? It's time to acknowledge who He really is and His divine purpose in your life.
Many Christians seem to have the idea that the Holy Spirit is an "it," a manifestation of the power of God or the gift of tongues. But the Holy Spirit is none of these. He is the third Person of the Godhead, a divine Person with a plan for our lives.
And He doesn't come to us haphazardly; He is a Person of purpose. God has an eternal plan and purpose for every individual who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is God bringing that purpose to reality as we learn to yield to His will for our lives. read more
Every believer holds a deposit of heaven inside. But we must discipline our minds daily to reflect on the nature of Christ and what is most essential to faith in Him.
Roughly speaking, the word "faith" seems to be used by Christians in two senses or on two levels. In the first sense, it means simply belief—accepting or regarding as true the doctrines of Christianity. That is fairly simple.
But what does puzzle people—at least it used to puzzle me—is the fact that Christians regard faith in this sense as a virtue. I used to ask how on earth it can be a virtue—what is there moral or immoral about believing or not believing a set of statements? Obviously, I used to say, a sane man or woman accepts or rejects any statement, not because he or she wants to or doesn't want to, but because the evidence seems good or bad. read more
When I first began my ministry, I was scared. In those days, women were not as widely accepted in the pulpit as they are today. Afraid of being rejected, I bent over backward to behave in the way I thought would please people. The only problem was that I was trying to earn approval, and it didn't work.
At the time, I knew nothing about supernatural favor. I didn't realize that favor is a part of grace. In fact, in the New Testament the words grace and favor both are translated from the Greek word charis.
The grace of God is the favor of God. And the grace of God causes good things to happen in our lives through the channel of faith. It is not by human power or might but through God's Spirit of grace that we find favor with God and man. read more
What does it take to love God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength as the Scriptures command?
Among our friends in ministry is one who literally died, appeared before Jesus in heaven and was sent back to Earth to complete his service to our Lord. Now he touches untold thousands for Christ.
In relating his death experience, he says that he found himself in heaven in a line of people who were standing on a moving path. One by one, each person in the line appeared before Jesus. All those on the path were dressed in white and were exceedingly happy. read more
Christine Caine shares the story of Sarah, who gave birth past the age of childbearing because of God's faithfulness. Watch to find out why Caine says God is looking for women to be faithful and trust Him to make impossible situations possible.
Decide today that you're in your marriage for the long haul.
When we see
marriage as a covenant, not a contract, it’s confirmation that we are
meant to stay together until death parts us. In A Model for Marriage, Jack and Judy Balswick point out that “the
core characteristic of a covenant marriage is commitment, a factor that
is profoundly important to marital stability, according to research
The very nature of wedding vows implies a
covenant, but for most brides and grooms, the common attitude is to see
marriage as a contract that can be broken. Typically, a couple—despite
vowing to endure better or worse until death—live by the principle that
they’ll stay together only as long as their spouse fulfills their end of
the bargain. That’s an attitude that feeds into the “short haul”
approach. read more
Recently, a friend’s letter arrived that reminded me of
the importance of resting our hearts on what we know to be true about
God, especially when faced with circumstances that lead us to question
He wrote: “As a family, God has been speaking to us
recently through the death of my youngest sister, Freda, on August 31.
We have no details yet. She sailed on September 18 of last year... after
10 years’ patient waiting for the way to open. read more
Are you a content, satisfied, joyful Christian? If you are, can you say that you are consistently content, satisfied and joyful? I know few Christians who are consistently content. I used to be one of the discontent.
I grew up in an abusive situation and experienced a lot of disappointment, discouragement and discontentment because of it. For many years I believed good things wouldn’t happen to me and that it was better to expect nothing so I wouldn’t be disappointed. Well, it didn’t work, and I was still miserable anyway. See, I was expecting nothing, and nothing is what I got.
It was a breakthrough for me when I realized that God truly loves me unconditionally and has good plans for my life. He wants to bless me and be good to me. But He also wants me to trust Him and put my expectation in Him so He can do great things in my life. read more
Many women go through life wounded and broken. But no matter the source of the hurt, Christ can repair the damage.
I grew up around a lot of negative lifestyles. For years as a child, I experienced grief, abandonment, abuse and homelessness. Some people think that if you ignore past hurts, they will just go away. But the anger and the core feelings that are born in an abusive environment can strangle an individual's emotional and developmental growth.
Many women have had to deal with the kind of mistreatment that was intended to control and subjugate them. Abuse of any kind breeds fear and damages the soul, made up of the mind, will and emotions. Ill-treatment devalues a woman and wears down her self-respect. read more
You'll need more than
cosmetics for great-looking skin and a lovely appearance. You'll need to
understand the health and beauty connection.
truly does radiate from within. A healthy, vibrant woman defies age. As
a testimony and reflection of our self-esteem, inner beauty and
vibrancy, true beauty is the result of inner vitality, balance, health
and happiness, not vanity.
nutrition, stress-relieving exercise and a positive frame of mind are
requirements you must tote along on your continued journey toward
complete balance. A balanced body and a beautiful spirit are better than
the very best cosmetic application or surgery. read more
Having the shape of your dreams isn't your ticket to happiness. It's learning to love the skin you're in.
a world where everyone looks like Barbie and Ken. Try to imagine
yourself as a Barbie, talking to the other Barbies and Kens.
Would you like yourself? Would you think you were as pretty as the other Barbies? Would you be envious of them?
everyone in the group be happy with how they look? Or would some be
depressed, struggling with a negative body image? Would others feel
better than everyone else based on how they look? read more
Your heavenly Father has a beautiful plan for your
life—one that no one else on Earth can fulfill because you are unique.
You are the only one of you that God has.
However, religious tradition and Jewish custom have been
relentless in their suppression of women. Even those extraordinary
women who have overcome female subjugation and have launched out and
done exploits in Christ’s name have had little recorded about their
triumphs of faith. read more
the Scriptures, Abraham's territory was limited only by what he could
envision. When it comes to your spiritual inheritance, how far can you
new season from God seems to have a theme, catch phrase or byword that
characterizes it. In the most recent season, that catch phrase has
expressed a particular hunger in our hearts and has become the theme of
many of our prayer lives: "Increase our territory."
widespread appeal of that phrase and its message—that God wants to
increase the territory of those who call out to Him—has been apparent in
the almost frenzied popularity of a slim, simple little book by Bruce
Wilkinson called The Prayer of Jabez. The book expounds on Jabez's
prayer, recorded in 1 Chronicles 4:10, which included a cry for an
increase in territory. The Bible says that God granted his request. read more
When we get our sexuality right, we bring God glory and put the gospel on display. When we get it wrong, we dishonor Him and fail to tell the story that the world so desperately needs to hear. Watch Mary Kassian talk about the quiet counterrevolution of women who love Jesus and delight in God's design for gender.
To a woman, whether single or married, what matters most is knowing her worth in the eyes of God.
What do you think of yourself? How would you describe
yourself to someone if you were being objective? Would you want to get
to know you if you met yourself walking down the street? Well, it’s
time to get under the skin you’re in.
I’ve told the story of the time I was deeply hurt in a
relationship—so deeply I had a party with the devil who served me
Unbelief Tea and Resignation Pie topped with “Why Me?” sauce. Well, the
man got married and divorced. He became a Christian. He came back to
me. I was thrilled.
Then we had a major disagreement. He married someone else
without telling me. (Can you believe he got married on me twice? What
was I thinking?) read more
With so many dating options today, waiting on the Lord for a mate has taken on a whole new meaning.
(not her real name) had just broken her engagement to a successful
businessman, who turned out to have serious moral failings. She was 31,
and looking for real solutions to some of the relationship dilemmas many
singles face, so she began regularly visiting a home Bible study I
attended that addressed singles issues.
evening on the drive home, she coyly asked me this question: "What is
the procedure if someone is attracted to another person in the Bible
study?" Gulp. I searched my mind for a file called "procedure," but
found none. "Well," I said, finally, "they could try and mingle over
cookies and juice at the end of the evening." That was the best I could
offer, and I knew it was lame. read more