By Stanley D. Gale Children display a wonderful naivety to life – trusting, unassuming, authentic. Jesus held up childlike faith as the posture for entrance into the kingdom of God. Challenging worldly conceptions of greatness, Jesus beckoned a child to Himself and said this: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on No Longer Children
I was only in my early 40’s but the x-ray revealed arthritis developing in both of my shoulders. That explained the pain when I extended my arms above my head. It was disturbing for someone who enjoyed planning tennis. I refused to allow the interloper the upper hand. Rather than allow pain to limit […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Operation Expectant Prayer
James has an interesting take on trials. He tells us that we are to consider it all joy when we face them. Whatever shape or size the trial takes, we are to meet it with joy and expectation. Why? Because we “know” the adversity is a kiln to the strengthening of our faith and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on When Bad Things Happen to God’s People
I received an invitation to speak at a church’s weekend retreat, Friday through Sunday, five sessions. I limit my speaking engagements nowadays, so I had to decline. However, I wanted to encourage the church in its desire to be trained in prayer. I put together a possible outline for a self-led retreat. I post my […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“Prayer doesn’t work.” That’s not what those involved really thought, but that’s pretty much what it amounted to. I have a ministry that trains Christ’s disciples in evangelistic prayer. It’s called Community Houses of Prayer, CHOP for short. I’ve noticed something odd but consistent among those involved in this prayer outreach ministry. The heart […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on “Prayer Doesn’t Work”
What does your church do to mobilize its members for personal evangelism? A pastor friend of mine said the approach of most churches is to have their members memorize the pastor’s phone number. While a case could be made that the pastor of the local church is the chief evangelist, for him to be […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Equipping in Evangelistic Prayer