PRAYING FOR THE ELECTION

The last time I smelled frankincense and myrrh was when Jesus showed up. This happened in a church in Texas 16 years ago. We met there with a hundred intercessors. We had been worshipping God and praying for God’s will to be done in the upcoming election in America. A mysterious scene is depicted in… Read More »

GODS AT WAR

The Book of Daniel in the Bible is filled with dates and details. Daniel wasn’t a myth but a historical figure. He was a prisoner in Iraq all of his adult life. He was taken from Jerusalem when Nebuchadnezzar invaded Israel in 605 BC. Daniel was still alive in Babylon when King Cyrus conquered it.… Read More »

DALLAS SHOOTINGS

Our divided nation has now bled more blood, this time from blue lives, as white officers were killed in Dallas. Is there is a way to stop the violence? Yes, but it isn’t easy. “In a divided society, only the church can model reconciliation.” I first heard those words from Bishop Joseph Garlington, a distinguished black… Read More »

APPEAL TO HEAVEN in John Adams HBO Film

July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. The three flags, “Join or Die,” “Don’t Tread on Me,” and “Appeal to Heaven” were banners that appeared often as the colonists began their struggle for freedom. But the “Appeal to Heaven” banner best expressed what our forefathers, the Sons of Liberty, we’re feeling as they… Read More »

THE MEDAL OF HONOR

Every soldier understands the Medal of Honor is for heroes. It’s an award of merit from Congress to US soldiers “for bravery above and beyond the call of duty.” This week I borrowed from the library, Sargent York, an old movie that’s an authentic part of America’s history. If you’ve never seen this movie, starring… Read More »

THE CHURCH ON MENOPAUSE

Three decades ago I began to write about fatherless families. Seeing all the AWOL men caused me to ask, “Where have all the fathers gone?” A decade or so ago, we studied and taught about women in the ministry. We saw prejudice in churches, so we researched biblical roles. Women on the Team was the result (now being… Read More »

TELL ME WHY, ORLANDO?

Shock. Anger. Sadness. Outrage. All of these emotions rolled through me. A talented young Christian singer shot down in cold blood. A massacre by a Muslim killer who knew what he was doing. An alligator dragged a child away at Disneyworld. All within four days in Orlando. What is going on there? I’m praying for… Read More »

PEOPLE ARE FUNNY

When it comes to outrageous sayings, little kids can trump us all. (No, I’m not going there.) Remember Art Linkletter? He interviewed children on his TV show, Kids Say the Darndest Things. It was huuuge! Art was a radio personality who switched to TV. Born in Canada, he immigrated, and became a U.S. citizen in 1942. I… Read More »

ANGEL HELPERS ARRIVE

Do you believe in angels? The brilliant scholar, C.S. Lewis, began to turn toward Christianity because the Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien, asked him if he believed in ancient mythical beings, angels or demons. When my wife and I began serving as pastors of a small Baptist church in Florida, we had hopes… Read More »

WAR WORDS

This word about war came to me last December, at Mountain Home, AR. I was scheduled to preach at First Assembly on Dec. 13th. I drove into that city from Memphis, where I’d just been in a powerful prayer gathering with some apostles and prophets. As I drove, I realized the Lord was riding in my… Read More »