Joseph had been victimized, sold into slavery...and God did phenomenal things in and with his life. He learned that it’s wasn't about him, that God wasn’t surprised by what happened and that He had a plan. Part 1 will get you started on understanding the message of Joseph's life, but there is more that rarely gets preached about. Be sure to come back for Part 2.
A few days ago I read a newspaper article that claimed ISIS – the terrorist group that has been murdering people in the Middle East – has a full complement of terrorists in place in the United States, all ready to kill, murder and destroy in the name of Islam. That certainly is an alarming statement! It is also an easy one to believe when you consider how our government has failed to protect our borders from these monstrous people.
I've been reading all the headlines about the terrorism in France and the protests and funerals and massive reactions to these hateful events. It is easy to hate the people who did these things. It is easy to thirst for revenge on them and all others like them. Yet, if we hate, if we seek revenge, we are turning away from our Lord Jesus. "Vengence is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord (Romans 12:19)." We cannot let ourselves hate these men. Instead we should show Christ's heart by making Micah 6:8 real in our lives:
A Prophet Prepared -- Young Joseph had prophetic dreams. He was a prophet in preparation. Find out more.
Their homes were burned to the ground, their belongings stolen and their families kidnapped. His men were ready to mutiny. What was David to do???
Rodney Lensch was a significant leader during the Charismatic Renewal. Personally, I have been significantly influenced over the years by his clear and theologically accurate teachings. His ministry is called Rod & Staff Ministies and he continues to speak prophetically to the church via a quarterly newsletter called Rod & Staff. I just read this fall's issue and would like to share a PDF copy of it with you.
Our pastor was traveling so I got to preach! You can download it here: Living Water
I wrote this post last winter on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday (February 2, 2014) but have been somewhat tardy about getting it published. Late or not, I believe it is still relevant – especially with fall football season getting started.
At first glance Understanding the Prophetic Nature appears to be a book targeted at Pentecostal/Charismatic pastors and prophets. If that were truly the case it would be accurate to call it a "niche book." I don’t consider it to be that limited in its scope, but it was recently pointed out to me that even the book's title forces it into a niche market. There is some truth to that assertion.
On a Saturday morning, last spring…
This morning I woke up way too early. It was my regular time when I get up, have my quiet time, do a short work out and get ready for work, but it was still way too early. It's Saturday, for heaven’s sake! This is a sleep in day! But, there I was, wide-eyed awake, my wife snuggled under my arm sleeping and still, a breeze stirring the curtain – all at 5:00 AM!