Taking Hold of God Because He Has Taken Hold of You

From a recent chapel message at Heritage Christian School in Findlay, Ohio Taking Hold of God Because He Has Taken Hold of You “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12) […]

The Tears of a Tender Heart

“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.” – George Müeller   Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the […]

The Greatest Escape

Do you ever wish that you could escape from all your troubles? In Psalm 55, David expressed his wish for the wings of a dove so that he could fly away (v.6-7). On that occasion, the terrors of death possessed David’s fearful, trembling heart (vs. 4-5). In anguish of soul, he wrestled with betrayal by […]

When Your Spirit Is Deeply Troubled

Taking Hold of God When Your Spirit is Deeply Troubled 1 Samuel 1:1-2:2 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. (1 Samuel 1:10) Listen to the audio message here. How will you confront those bitter feelings that arise from personal attacks? You may try to ignore them, […]

How To Face Fears and Frustrations

How do you face fears and frustrations? FEAR an unpleasant, negative emotion brought about by the belief that someone or something is threatening, dangerous, likely to cause pain. FRUSTRATION the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially when one feels unable to change or achieve something. Fear can destroy you and lead others to destruction. […]

What Is Our Mission?

In separate conversations recently, two people from our congregation have said the same thing to me. They were describing conversations that they were having with people who did not know the Lord. They both made the same comment: “I was sharing the Gospel with them, before I even realized it!” They were both stunned at […]

The Lord of the “Letdowns”

Did Jesus ever experience “letdowns?” Since He was tested the same way that we are (Hebrews 4:15), we know that Jesus had to deal with disappointments, frustrations, and “letdowns.” As we learned in a recent message, one of the biggest “letdowns” had to be the Triumphal Entry. Prophecies from Daniel 9 and Zechariah 9 were […]

A Delight to God

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. (Proverbs 15:8) Have you ever made someone else supremely happy? Wasn’t that a fun experience? Didn’t it fill your heart with joy when you saw how delighted they were? Perhaps it was at Christmas, or […]

I Will Pray with the Spirit

John Bunyan’s excellent little book on prayer is still helpful and relevant to us today. Forged in the fires of persecution for his faith, Bunyan’s work clears away the clutter and helps the reader understand the practice of prevailing prayer. Most well known for his book, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” Bunyan was a prolific writer and preacher. […]

To The Parent of a Dying Child

When the anxious man saw Jesus, he rushed to Him and fell at His feet. Desperate, the grieving father could only choke out the words: “Come. . .and. . . because. . .” Sometimes your heart is so full of grief, so frightened by your fears, that words begin to fail you. In the agony […]