"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty."

2 Corinthians 3:17

Living in Esther Times: “Haman has been hanged”

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Latest News, Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation | 0 comments

Living in Esther Times: “Haman has been hanged”

The Holy Spirit highlighted Esther Chapter 8 to me in a significant way during my devotions in mid-November 2016, following the election. I sensed Him saying that there are parallel spiritual realities between what was happening then and what is happening now. Esther 8 follows the hanging of Haman on gallows he’d built for Mordecai (Es. 7:10). Haman was the prideful official whose anger toward God’s people, particularly Mordecai, grew murderous when Mordecai refused to bow to him. The chapter begins: On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen...

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Do You Need to Remind God?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Latest News, prayer, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation | 2 comments

Do You Need to Remind God?

Do you need to remind God of something? The Hebrew word Zakar means “to call to mind, bring to mind, to record, to mark, to mention, to take note of, to make a memorial.” There is a pattern in scripture of God’s people actively bringing things to His attention, or reminding Him, particularly in times of avid distress. Things God remembers/remembered: His covenant His word Individuals (Abraham, Rachel, Hannah, et al) His lovingkindness His people’s enemies the foolish man’s reproach the afflicted Our sacrifices (Ps. 20:3) Our tears His congregation Human...

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Flash Fiction – “The Price of Liberty”

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Friday Feature, Latest News, State of the nation | 0 comments

Flash Fiction – “The Price of Liberty”

My first attempt at Flash Fiction. Enjoy! An hour. Then her kids will be off the bus. One hour, uninterrupted, to do with what she wishes. Upper fifties and the sky clear and azure. She should do laundry. Her phone rings. It’s her sister. “What’s up?” “Ah, this election.” “Don’t get me started.” “I’ve never seen such a frenzy.” “I know it.” She grimaces. Sweet-smelling autumn day with warmish breezes and sunshine glinting off windows. Why spoil it with politics? “What are you up to?” “Was just about to go for a bike ride.” She knows now it’s true. “Call...

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“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Latest News, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, State of the nation | 2 comments

“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

“Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33). Four summers ago, the summer of 2012, I read the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who was killed after opposing Adolf Hitler. I majored in German in college and even spent a year abroad living in and traveling all over Germany, but I’d never heard of Bonhoeffer. It wasn’t until I read Bonhoeffer’s bio that I saw, for the first time ever, Germany’s history from a spiritual perspective; and the Holy Spirit was bearing witness as I read, that what happened there...

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Prayer for America

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Latest News, prayer, State of the nation, The Holy Spirit | 1 comment

Prayer for America

“The scepter of wickedness shall not remain over the land of the righteous, so that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong” (Ps. 125:3). Lord, You promised that tyranny shall not reign over the territory of the righteous, lest Your people be incited to take up the weapons of the flesh rather than those of the Spirit. We are weary of watching liberty erode, and our country crumble before our very eyes. Let the very foundation stones of this nation testify against its current corruption. Let those who plot evil fall into the nets they themselves have made (Ps 35:8). We...

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Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Latest News, prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

God’s supreme objective is the establishment of His kingdom on earth. Jesus told His disciples to pray this way: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10, KJV). This is God’s will: that earth should look like Heaven. The church exists to bring heaven to earth. And since we know that this is the Father’s will, we have confidence that when we pray this way, we will receive it (1 John 5:14-15). Demonic opposition, the world system, and sin in our own lives may delay God’s objective, but it will not ultimately stop it. As...

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Christ’s Government on Earth: Physical or Spiritual War?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government on Earth: Physical or Spiritual War?

Gay author and activist Bruce Bawer left the US to escape what he described as the influence of conservatism and Christianity. Moving to Europe to live with his lover, he was hit with a disturbing reality check: the secularization of Europe left a vacuum for an ideology far worse than that which encumbered Bawer in the States. In his book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, Bawer describes his experiences in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm, where he encountered large, rapidly expanding Muslim enclaves in which women were...

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Christ’s Government: Mount Sinai contrasted with Mount Zion

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in prayer, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government: Mount Sinai contrasted with Mount Zion

I remember the expression on my 99 year-old grandfather’s face the first time he watched me pull a compass, a video, and then a photo album up on my iphone. It is really incredible to think that a camera, telephone, a GPS navigation system,  and a host of other tools, along with infinite access to the world’s public information and entertainment is available as a download that fits in the palm of your hand. But it’s even more incredible to think that the God of the universe can be “downloaded” into us individually! Think of the intimacy level involved with...

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“It is to your advantage that I go away”

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Latest News, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 3 comments

“It is to your advantage that I go away”

You stood within arms’ length of Jesus when he stopped the pallbearers in a funeral procession and spoke to a corpse. “Young man, get up!” To everyone’s astonishment and even terror, the dead man sat up on his bier and began to talk. Later, you watched a deadly storm instantly calm when Jesus told it to, and you saw Jesus deliver a raging lunatic from a host of demons. You heard amazing sermons and discussed with Him concepts that were thrilling and new and fathomless. You saw food multiply and you saw people bent over with arthritis immediately straighten. You saw...

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Christ’s Government on Earth – Reigning As Kings and Priests

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 2 comments

Christ’s Government on Earth – Reigning As Kings and Priests

In C.S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the Narnian mouse Reepicheep says of Lucy, “She’s not a little girl! She is a queen!” The statement serves as a reminder that those of us who are in Christ, while we might look and feel quite ordinary, are kings and queens according to scripture. In the previous two posts, we took a look at what the Bible says about about the role and functions of both kings and of priests, and how Jesus restored these two offices, that were previously separate. The ministry and person of Melchizedek were also examined. The bread and the...

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