I led out Chapter 2 of Understanding the Prophetic Nature with a short dramatization of the prophet Micaiah speaking to kings Ahab and Jehoshaphat. I used the phrase "the spirit of prophecy kindled in his soul…" to describe his experience of delivering God's word to these two foolish kings.
Fairfield is the only incorporated town in Camas County, Idaho where I grew up. Two miles north of Fairfield is a used-to-be-a-town location called Soldier. When I was still a boy there was an old man living in Soldier who went by the name of Charlie Bailey. At the time of this story Charlie was quite elderly and was reaching the point of not being able to take care of himself.
Yesterday I viewed a NASA-made video about the current drought California is experiencing. As soon as the video started, my mind went to Elijah’s words to King Ahab in 1Kings 17:1, “…there shall be no rain in this land except by my word!” .......
We just added a new page where you can download PDF files of a commentary on the book of Acts that I have been working on for several years. You can access it through the "Writings" link on the main menu above or click here to go there directly.
It is interesting how the Scripture quoted above gives us a step-by-step snapshot of the progression Christian growth follows...
What does it take to impress God? Read on....
Dead, religious activity is repugnant to God and causes Him pain. Instead, our religious works should flow out of our faith in and relationship with God.
Writing Understanding the Prophetic Nature was a big, all-consuming effort and sometimes it was easy to lose sight of the purpose behind that effort. What was my motivation behind this book? Why did I write it? What is its mission? To understand that, you must understand me.
In publication-ese a "galley proof" is the manuscript of a book that has been formatted to look exactly like the final printed form of the book. Two weeks ago I received the galley proof of Understanding the Prophetic Nature from the publisher, reviewed it and sent it back with some suggested changes. The publisher made the changes and sent it to me again for my approval. Since it looked good, I readily approved it and it is now on it's way to the printer. They won't print a lot of copies that have to be kept in inventory, since this will be a "print on demand" sort of thing.
Each of the fivefold gifts carries with it a God-given personality and perspective unique to its nature. Far too often pastors and prophets find themselves conflicting because their God-given constructions contrast and rub each other the wrong way. Chapter 6 addresses this conflict and presents advice to both pastors and prophets on dealing with these issues.