“Hold Fast”, or Let Go?

What are the things in your life that you Hold On to? The things that are priorities–such that, whenever other things are going crazy, you prioritize ‘this’? Is it a Relationship? Your Money? Your Health? Your Faith? Many times, the things we ‘hold fast’ to are good–the foundational things in our lives (our relationship withContinue reading ““Hold Fast”, or Let Go?”

Prayer and Fasting #6–He Restores!

I believe there is a progression of actions God takes when His people turn their backs on Him: 1) He calls them back–through Prophets, the Word, Preachers, the Holy Spirit, etc. 2) If they refuse to listen, He removes His hand of blessing (which they may have previously enjoyed, but have not given Him creditContinue reading “Prayer and Fasting #6–He Restores!”

Prayer and Fasting #5–Open the Door!

What is the point of times of Prayer and Fasting? Why do we do it? Is it because somebody tells us we should? Is it because we feel guilty and want our guilt removed? Is it because we realize we’ve gotten off track from God and want to get right again? Yes–all of the above…andContinue reading “Prayer and Fasting #5–Open the Door!”

Prayer and Fasting #4–Friends with this World

What is your attitude toward our world, and specifically our culture? Do you go along and let it influence and define you? Most of us probably do–at least, to a large extent. That’s a problem, though–because this world is not our home! “Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep awayContinue reading “Prayer and Fasting #4–Friends with this World”

Prayer and Fasting #3–Are You Thirsty?

Have you ever been really thirsty? Maybe after a round of Basketball in the driveway, or after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day? What do you do? When I was a kid I’d play basketball almost all summer long at my friend Rob’s house. Afterward, we’d go in and have an ice-cold MountainContinue reading “Prayer and Fasting #3–Are You Thirsty?”

Prayer and Fasting #2–If His People…

Whenever God called for a time of Prayer and Fasting, it was often because His people had gotten ‘off track’. They had taken Him for granted, and had done the very things He’d told them not to do. Sometimes this involved intermarriage with people of different religious and cultural backgrounds (thereby weakening the family’s SpiritualContinue reading “Prayer and Fasting #2–If His People…”

Prayer and Fasting #1–Key Questions

Many of you have heard of “Prayer and Fasting”; some of you have done it. Others wonder what it’s all about. Let me answer a few questions about it:   1) WHAT is ‘prayer and fasting’? To Pray is to communicate with God about something specific. To Fast is to limit yourself voluntarily so thatContinue reading “Prayer and Fasting #1–Key Questions”

IF God Loves Us, THEN… (Lessons Grammar and Baseball)

“If/Then”. It’s called a “Conditional Clause”, and we use it a lot in life. Sometimes we don’t even think if it, but we live this way: IF I do (this thing) THEN I will get (this result).   You see it in Major League Baseball all the time. Batters have a specific routine they getContinue reading “IF God Loves Us, THEN… (Lessons Grammar and Baseball)”