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.
Are you willing to let God use you despite your tainted past or major struggles? Pat Schatzline shows you how God uses the unqualified to do the qualified work for his kingdom. Let go of excuses, confront your past and rise up now.