George O. Wood Articles

When Coping With a Crisis, Follow This Example

I was halfway into my five-year service as assistant district superintendent for our denomination when I began to sink...
Why You Need a Fresh Touch of the Holy Spirit Daily

Why You Need a Fresh Touch of the Holy Spirit Daily

Pentecostals are very good about asking, "Are you filled with the Spirit?" However, that immediately makes some people defensive."Of course, I am filled with the Spirit. I spoke in tongues 30 years ago! Why would you ask me that question?" There are others who will...

When Your Heart Is Heavy, This Scripture Is Ideal

When Your Heart Is Heavy, This Scripture Is Ideal

Tears well up in the eyes of my friend Everett Stenhouse when he talks about his daughter Judy, whose life was taken instantly in an automobile crash several years ago. He tells about the time when Judy was a 3-year-old.Everett, then pastoring a church, was working in...

3 Ways You Can Model God’s Merciful Love

3 Ways You Can Model God’s Merciful Love

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Matt. 5:7).An old man was walking the beach early one morning, bending down to pick up starfish and throwing them out into the ocean. A teenager came by and asked, "Old man, what are you doing?""These...

7 Key Moments When Jesus Prayed

7 Key Moments When Jesus Prayed

"They came to a place which was named Gethsemane. And He said to His disciples, 'Sit here while I pray'" (Mark 14:32).If your life is marked by prayer, then prayer will be your constant companion in crucial moments. If you're grateful in ordinary times, you'll be...

Why You Should Invite Sinners Into Your Inner Circle

Why You Should Invite Sinners Into Your Inner Circle

"As Jesus was at supper in his house, many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples. For there were many, and they followed Him. When the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with tax collectors and sinners, they said to His...

The Believer’s Choice: Peter or Judas

The Believer’s Choice: Peter or Judas

Judas is always named last in the listings of the Twelve (Mark 3; Matthew 10; Luke 6). He is variously identified as the one "who betrayed him" (Mark, Matthew, John), or "became a traitor" (Luke). John tells us the name of his father, Simon Iscariot (John 6:71;...

How to Deal With Nasty Religious People

How to Deal With Nasty Religious People

I will never forget an incident that happened in a small church my dad pastored when I was 10 years old.Two deacons accosted my father one evening during the prayer time at the altar. One of them was big and the other was fat. The big deacon put his fist on...

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