The day I met the Jesus of power

The day I met the Jesus of power

Throughout my four years at Dallas Theological Seminary–four years of intense biblical study and spiritual growth–I learned that I was to follow Jesus in his teaching and discipleship methods, but not in his supernatural ministry. His miracles, I was taught, were for the purpose of validating his person and message. I learned such miracles are […]

The Power of Spiritual Expectation

The Power of Spiritual Expectation

What you expect from Jesus will determine what you receive. When Jesus visited Nazareth, his hometown, his childhood friends and neighbors were initially impressed by his words (Mark 6:2). But then they recognized him. “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here […]

Are you successful in God’s eyes?

Are you successful in God’s eyes?

A paradigm defines the way we view something. For instance, if a man walks around looking at life through binoculars, he’ll view everything as big and close. A paradigm shift occurs when he puts down the binoculars–suddenly the world looks different. In the spiritual realm, God offers a paradigm shift that changes our view of […]

How to smile back at 2018

How to smile back at 2018

Don’t be deceived into thinking it’s meaningless to number your days.  It isn’t.  And don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s easy.  It’s not.  Indeed, the psalmist pleaded with God to help him do just that.  In Psalm 39:4 he cried out, “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let […]