Nov-Dec 2022 Articles

Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Surrender

At the time of Jesus’ arrival in the human race, Israel was under the tyranny of Roman rule. Herod the Great, who considered himself the king of the Jews, was threatened to the core by the birth of this illegitimately conceived refugee baby. As a result, history...
It’s Time to Dream Again

It’s Time to Dream Again

So many people today have lost their motivation because of pandemic stress and overwhelming loss. Don’t let go of God’s promises. It’s time to rediscover and reclaim your life purpose. The Bible records the devastating loss that Samuel felt during the demise of King...

Iran’s Spiritual Awakening

Iran’s Spiritual Awakening

The Holy Spirit is active in Iran; there is no doubt about that. The supernatural is commonplace. People are having dreams and visions. Miraculous conversion stories are a daily occurrence. The sick are being healed. And God is speaking directly to His people,...

Exposing the Deeds of Darkness

Exposing the Deeds of Darkness

In the 13 years since she resigned as the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic, Abby Johnson has become the nation’s largest abortion provider’s worst nightmare. Reaching out to women who recoil at the reality of abortion once their eyes are opened, the Austin,...

Why the Black Community Must Fight Abortion

Why the Black Community Must Fight Abortion

In the sanctity of life—from womb to tomb into eternity—camp, we believe that civil rights begin in the womb, and the American dream is a dream for all Americans—including the unborn. Now we must ask ourselves: How can the American dream survive if we murder our...

From the Ashes of War

From the Ashes of War

Early in the morning of Feb. 24, 2022, a phone call abruptly awakened me. I glanced at the blurry screen to see the time: 5:30 a.m. The name on the caller ID was my pastor’s. I fumbled in the dark, trying to answer, brushing away an uneasy feeling that something was...

Seek the Father’s Face, Hear His Voice

Seek the Father’s Face, Hear His Voice

Seek the face of God. There you will discover the voice of His Word, the breath of His Holy Spirit and the smile of His favor. Seek those things—not prestige; not wealth; not the gratification of sensual desires; not friends, food or fun. Second Chronicles 7:14...

When Grief Knocks You Down, Look Up

When Grief Knocks You Down, Look Up

It was a typical hot July day in Houston. Our family, four children and nine of our grandchildren, had just returned from a family vacation at the beach. The news that we were to have another grandbaby made the time even sweeter. “Yippee,” as we Texans say. The Smith...

How to Spark the Holy Spirit’s Fire in Your Church

How to Spark the Holy Spirit’s Fire in Your Church

In the traditional Baptist church I grew up in, we talked a lot about Jesus—but not the Holy Spirit. There was a song in our hymnal called “Pentecostal Power,” but we never sang it. This is today’s sad reality for so many churches. We don’t preach about the Holy...

Why Has America Gone Crazy for Drag Queens?

Why Has America Gone Crazy for Drag Queens?

Just when you thought 2022 couldn’t get weirder, Nancy Pelosi went on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and declared that drag queens are “what America is all about.” Pelosi appeared at the end of the May 30 episode, which features talent competitions between men dressed...

The Danger of Complaining

The Danger of Complaining

Complaining is dangerous business. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people and even your relationship with yourself. Philippians 2:14 (NKJV) says, “Do all things without complaining and disputing.” That’s a clear...

On Thankfulness, and the Joy of Giving Thanks

On Thankfulness, and the Joy of Giving Thanks

One thing a man doesn’t need when he’s down is more condemnation. A former pastor, a good friend of mine, had made some horrible mistakes last year. He got involved with a woman in his congregation. The church officials, without a blink, fired him—even though he had...

Ending the Year Suited Up for Battle

Ending the Year Suited Up for Battle

The earth is being tossed to and fro as our transgressions are heavy upon it just as the prophet Isaiah declared. This year has been infused with moments of uncertainty as economic and political twists and turns continue to force the entire globe to navigate uncharted...

Queen Elizabeth’s Final Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth’s Final Christmas Message

This Christmas will be sad for many who will miss Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas message. She carried on her father’s tradition of a radio speech, adding a television broadcast from 1957 forward. That 1957 message, which I recently watched on YouTube, now sounds...

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