Jesus was Necessary

I’ve heard some say, keeping the law was not that hard. But I’m reading the book of Kings in the Old Testament. The story is the same over and over again. This person became king and did not keep the law of God, so he led Israel to sin and he was punished. And it begs the question, if keeping the law in the Old Testament was not that hard,...

I Am Melissa…

Do you believe in the accuracy of the Bible but do not believe that God’s same power to heal as revealed in these stories is applicable for you today? When my children were little, I gave my daughter a toy. Her older brother asked, “Why does Lyndsay get a toy?” I jokingly replied, “Because she is Lyndsay.” He looked at me with the indignation of a six year old and...

Crushing

As we celebrate Independence Day, consider the following words penned by TD Jakes: I recalled something Martin Luther King Jr. said, “No one is free until we are all free.” We celebrate our great nation and its many freedoms each Independence Day, but we must not overlook those whose souls scream out in silence, mourning the injustice, apathy, indignity, and indifference they face each day in these same fifty states....

Blinded by the Light

For most of my life, I read the Bible through the lens that God was angry and ready to smite me. But as I now read the Bible through the lens of His grace, I see things totally different. For instance, I have always thought God struck Paul with blindness during his Damascus Road experience. But in rereading that story this morning in the light of Grace, I come to...

What’s In Your Wallet?

What do you have to offer? The widow came to Elisha distressed, discouraged, fearful. Creditors was threatening to imprison her boys and take away the little that she had. She needed a solution. Fast. But I don’t think she was prepared for Elisha’s question: “What do you have in your house?” God had already given her what she needed for a breakthrough. Here is a formula: Your offering + God’s...

Evicting Offense

I have noticed in my life, right before a breakthrough is a temptation to get offended. Elisha was Elijah’s assistant. Elijah was about to be taken by the Lord. Three times Elijah tried to separate from Elisha. But Elisha was steadfast. He refused be offended by his master’s attempts to leave him. Elisha knew if he did not leave his master, a blessing was on the way. Offense is a...

At Odds with God

“Lord, you have to change my situation or change my heart. But please, change my situation,” was my prayer as I struggled with feelings of anger and abandonment. I want growth without growing pains. I want fruit without the darkness of being planted. I want revelation without intimacy. I want wine without crushing. I want my situation to change. God wants my heart to change. I want a quick fix....

When You Want To Give Up

Elijah prayed to die. Can you imagine being so frustrated with life, that you welcome death? But reading Elijah’s story may bring some insight. He was a prophet under a corrupt king. He stood alone in opposing this king. He called for a drought and the land was without rain for three years. The king put a bounty on his head. Elijah stood for what was right. Alone. Isolated. Finally,...

Follow the Peace

”How do I know if it is God’s will?” I’m often asked. My formula: 1. Does it fit the criteria of Philippians 4:8? Is it good, excellent, praiseworthy, honorable, admirable? 2. Does it agree with the call on your Life in this season? 3. Do you have peace? If the answer is yes. Then go for it. This morning I read Acts 16. Paul and his team were going to...

Full Access

Yesterday we visited St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. The church is stunning. The statutes, the architectural structure, the stained glass windows all are breathtaking. It is believed Brother Bessette had healing power through his dedication to St. Joseph and many people were healed. There is a display of abandoned crutches as people left healed. B But as I walked through the halls of this beautiful church with...