May-June 2022 Articles

God Wants You to Multiply

My wife and I have four grown daughters. The youngest of them is 29. At our age, we aren't planning to have any more babies. But even though we're finished with the task of bringing Grady children into the world, I'm not finished reproducing. I believe every Christian...
Did Jesus Feel Shame, Too?

Did Jesus Feel Shame, Too?

Jesus was tempted and tested in all points, just as we are. Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV) tells us "we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." Jesus suffered what we suffer and showed us how...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prophetic Ministry

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prophetic Ministry

If you have a prophetic gift, or any gift for that matter, it's important to understand that you don't have to force, manipulate or be opportunistic in any way. When you do, the results can be disastrous. People can receive a prophetic word that gets them off track...

The Obedience, Miracles and Legacy of Elisha

The Obedience, Miracles and Legacy of Elisha

Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, "Tie up your garments, and take this flask of oil and go to Ramoth-gilead. And when you arrive, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi. And go in and have him rise from...

There Will be No Birth Without Travail

There Will be No Birth Without Travail

I was young, intellectual, self-assured, secretly prideful but broken. In the midst of my pain, I encountered God in a life-changing experience. That encounter created not just hunger but desperation for more of God. That desperation led me to an amazing church in...

Turning Your Inner Extrovert Inside Out for the Gospel

Turning Your Inner Extrovert Inside Out for the Gospel

Driven by my love for God and for the lost, I have led over 55,000 people to give their lives to Jesus Christ—as an introvert.From trial and error as well as study, I have learned several keys that have helped me reach people for Christ and assist hundreds of...

How to Pray for America in this Time of Crisis

How to Pray for America in this Time of Crisis

The time for action is now! Whether we like it or not and whether we believe it or not, America is at war. Our nation is in a battle for her soul, and we the church must defend her, love her and fight for her.We the church must clean up the mess we have made. The...

Putin’s War Against Pentecostals

Putin’s War Against Pentecostals

For two years the world was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. The advocates for one-world government used it as an opportunity to call for a "great reset." Then on Feb. 24, Vladimir Putin invaded the neighboring country of Ukraine, and suddenly war was all the media...

God Still Speaks

God Still Speaks

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus spoke of various grounds into which the seed of the gospel fell. In one the plant came up luxuriantly, but was choked out by weeds and died. Jesus was warning us about being encumbered with the cares of this life, the deceitfulness...

Strength for Your Race, One Day at a Time

Strength for Your Race, One Day at a Time

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) "Therefore ... let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

In Painful Season of Delay, Hold On!

In Painful Season of Delay, Hold On!

I've tried my best to keep a good attitude during this pandemic season, but God knows I've complained too much—about masks, vaccine mandates, changing health policies, closed schools, online church services and travel restrictions. But what I've hated most are...

Hard-won Lessons From the Lockdown Season

Hard-won Lessons From the Lockdown Season

Since the launch of Freedom City Church six years ago, we have fasted the last 21 days of January each year. This January, as I was seeking God for a fresh word for our work in our urban church planning model, I felt two words strongly—"recalibrate" and...

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