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

2 Corinthians 3:17

Contending for Climate Change: “Let justice roll down like waters”

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Latest News, prayer, Prophecy, The Holy Spirit | 2 comments

Contending for Climate Change: “Let justice roll down like waters”

I live in a region nicknamed the Garden Spot, and while one sees plenty of corn, wheat, and other crops flourishing in abundance, one rarely sees orange trees. Why? To grow oranges in this area would be a real challenge. Orange trees need warmer temperatures, a specific amount of rainfall, and sandy soil that drains away water in order to thrive. While tending my garden one day, the Lord spoke to me of this difficulty in getting certain things to grow because of an environment that is conducive to certain plants but hostile to others. “In the same way, I want the fruit of the kingdom of...

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“Lift up your heads, O gates, that the King of glory may come in!”

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Latest News, prayer, Prophecy, State of the nation | 2 comments

“Lift up your heads, O gates, that the King of glory may come in!”

For the last twelve months the Lord has highlighted, impressed upon me, and essentially flooded my consciousness with the word “gates.” Everywhere in scripture I keep seeing it pop up. My prayer journal is peppered with the word. Fellow believers with whom I share this each have a different interpretation of the significance of the word “gates;” I’ve written each one down and pondered them because I believe all are potentially valid. One passage in particular God seemed to highlight is regarding Samson. “Now Samson [was with a prostitute] until midnight, and at midnight he arose...

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Don’t Block Your Blessings: honoring authority in a rebellious generation

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Latest News, Spiritual Growth, State of the nation | 0 comments

Don’t Block Your Blessings:  honoring authority in a rebellious generation

Obeying authority is not something Americans generally do well. Our nation was birthed in revolution, and some time after the Second World War rebellion became fashionable. James Dean personified the troubled youth at odds with his parents in the 1955 cult classic “Rebel Without a Cause.” The 1960s and 1970s are remembered as an era of a new strain of music defined by its insubordination and nonconformity. Cynicism and skepticism of socio norms was the Zeitgeist. College campuses became protest grounds, and government and “the system” became the objects of their rejection. It is...

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What does the Bible say about pollution and the earth?

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Latest News, Prophecy, State of the nation | 0 comments

What does the Bible say about pollution and the earth?

A scientist once said that, after years of study in his field, when he came to know Christ he felt as though he’d reached the summit of a great mountain and all the Christians were already there waiting, secure in a knowledge he’d been seeking all his life. The Bible has the answers not only to the condition of the human heart, but it contains revelation that modern science is only just now discovering – or, for which it has only speculation. Previously, I researched and wrote on the harmony of science and scripture and the Bible’s prolific mention of climate change; a friend and...

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Three Things You Hear When You’re Burdened to Pray for the Nation

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Latest News, prayer, Spiritual Growth, State of the nation | 0 comments

Three Things You Hear When You’re Burdened to Pray for the Nation

If you’re passionate about the direction of the nation, and if you hunger and thirst for righteousness in your land, perhaps at some point you’ve been chided for your zeal. In my last post, I shared my own testimony of not knowing what to do with the burden I carried for my country, but how the Lord kept showing me He would not have given me such a heart to care if He did not intend to answer the desires of my heart, specifically as they pertained to the nation. Here are three things I’ve heard Christians say to fellow believers or even to themselves over the years, usually as a...

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Called to Intercede for Your Nation

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in prayer, Prophecy, State of the nation, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Called to Intercede for Your Nation

Some things require care when mixing, such as ministry and money, pastoring and politics. As such, there’s a tendency simply to play it safe and keep them separate. John Newton, ex-slave captain and writer of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” said of his friend William Wilberforce, the British Member of Parliament, “I hope the Lord will make him a blessing both as a Christian and a statesman. How seldom do these two characters coincide! But they are not incompatible.” Wilberforce devoted his entire life to ending the African Slave Trade in the West Indies, and saw his goal realized just...

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William Wilberforce: Slavery and Its Startling Parallels to Abortion

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation | 0 comments

William Wilberforce: Slavery and Its Startling Parallels to Abortion

“Things have come to a pretty pass when one should permit one’s religion to enter public life” said Lord Melbourne. The Duke of Clarence ridiculed those who supported Abolition as “either fanatical or hypocritical.” A judge acquitted perpetrators responsible for countless deaths because he ruled that the victims “weren’t really human beings.” The more I read Eric Metaxas’ Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, the more the African Slave Trade of the 1700s  sounded like America’s Abortion Industry. This must-read biography...

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‘Escaping Religion’: missionary foresees shake-up of church denominations

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Spiritual Growth | 0 comments

“Which is worse, to worship Baal under a tree on the mountainside, or to bring the idol of Baal inside the temple of God to worship him there? It is a terrible thing when men perform evil deeds in secret. It is much worse when men bring their deeds inside the temple of God and claim that their evil is sanctioned by God…If you place God’s name upon your sin, you are adding the sin of blasphemy to your original sin.” In his book Escaping Religion, Pastor Vaughn Martin points out the deadliness of the Western church blessing and honoring sin within it,...

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Why modern feminism rings hollow with this independent woman

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in State of the nation, Youth/Young Adult | 0 comments

Why modern feminism rings hollow with this independent woman

As a teenager I had a magazine tear-out hanging in my room of a woman in military attire with a smoldering look, the caption reading “What if history had been herstory?” I declared that one day I’d walk down the aisle to the song “You don’t own me” – I was more serious than kidding. In our house, both my parents encouraged us to explore literature and films outside of pop fads and boy-craziness, and my attorney father challenged me to think analytically and stare down to the depths of any argument to see the root of what was being brought to the...

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Is There Not Enough Hate in the Church?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Prophecy, Spiritual Growth | 0 comments

Is There Not Enough Hate in the Church?

A young man stood up in our church to share a word he’d heard from the Lord during the time of prayer before the service. “There are many people in this nation who will tell you that they are Christians,” he said quietly, evenly. “They say they love God. The problem, where they get off track, is they don’t hate the things God hates.” “Hate evil, you who love the Lord,” says Psalm 97:10. Paul tells the church, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). So is the church too cozy with what is evil? Is our love insincere?...

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