Category Archives: Gleanings from the Word

Silencing the Roaring Lion

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NIV) The roaring of the lion is being heard loud and clear on our college campuses. The only thing that will silence our enemy is prayer and spiritual warfare, in word […]

A Double Blessing for Spiritual Leaders

After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (NLT) When we get to heaven, there will be a twofold reward: being in the presence […]

A Double Blessing

After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (NLT) When we get to heaven, there will be a twofold reward: being in the presence […]

The Resurrection of the Dead

For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either.  1 Corinthians 15:13 (NLT) Our resurrection is directly related to Christ’s resurrection. For those in Christ, one cannot have one without the other. I recently celebrated my thirty-ninth anniversary of my thirty-ninth birthday–do the math. I grew up in the […]

Stay Calm

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:13-14 NLT) In a life of living by faith, when pressure comes, and it constantly does, it […]

Spiritual Entropy

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18 (NLT) Entropy in the natural world is a move from order to disorder. This is true in the spiritual world as it is in the natural world. It is an observable fact that anything unless acted upon […]

Prayerless Pews and Powerless Pulpits

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1 NLT)   Are we praying for our Pastor as we should be? Prayerless pews will bring to pass powerless pulpits. […]

My Christmas Story

He (Joseph) took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.  She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was […]

Vain Idols

Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. (Jonah 2: 8 ESV)   Vain idols always lie to us. They tell us that we know better than God what is best for us.   Early in my missionary career, I was working in Hawaii. I was doing what I wanted and […]

Waiting for the Return of Christ

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:11 NASB)   In numerous places in the Old and New Testament, it is prophesied that Jesus Christ will […]