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WE HAVE LAWS FOR THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR

The following is an excerpt from my newest book, Illegal Prayers. Look closely at verse 5 of Luke 11. Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves.” Our parable is in black and white until you see two words that turn it into technicolor. The first kaleidoscopic word is midnight. To grasp the story, you’ve got to see the entire proceedings shaking down at midnight. Everything in the vignette is unplanned, inconvenient, and ill-timed for everybody. When Jim first shows up at Dave’s door, knocks, and asks for bread, he’s not … READ MORE...

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JESUS’ MOST COMMON TEACHING

Recently, while doing a simple Bible search, I discovered something in the life of Jesus that brought me to a full stop. It stunned me, and I’m still trying to process it. Here’s the background to … READ MORE...

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EXPLOITS EVEN IN THE WILDERNESS

When God brought the nation of Israel from Egypt to the border of Canaan, they didn’t believe that they could overcome the giants in the land. Because of their unbelief, God sent them into the … READ MORE...

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NEW FILM – I AM WITH YOU

Two years after my debilitating vocal injury, I found myself in the darkest place of my life, groping for answers and reaching desperately to touch the hem of Jesus' garment. It was there, in my darkest hour, that the Lord gave me a sign of His nearness and … READ MORE...

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LESSONS FROM JACOB – COMPLETE SERIES

Waiting on God Jacob was the only person in Genesis to talk about waiting on God. While prophesying over his sons, he stopped to exclaim, “I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!” (Gen. 49:18). The statement appears out of place in its context, but when … READ MORE...

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LESSONS FROM JACOB – INTIMACY MAKES IT PERSONAL

At the end of his life, Jacob made a statement that is easy to gloss over and not fully absorb. Jacob uttered these words in the context of his blessing over his son, Joseph. But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by … READ MORE...

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LESSONS FROM JACOB – A GRANDFATHER ANOINTING

When Joseph brought his two sons to Jacob for a blessing, Jacob crossed his arms, placing his right hand on the younger grandson. Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his … READ MORE...