Christian Inspiration: Work Together

I went to seminary at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California where Pastor Bill Johnson serves at Bethel Church. I would not trade one day there for another. It was an absolutely glorious experience. I went there for three years and attended the church for about four. I had such amazing experiences with…

27 Birthday Scriptures

Here are 27 Bible scriptures that I love, not in any particular order. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. John 14:26-But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. Philippians 4:13–  I am able…

In Defense of Christian Music

This article is to confront the notion that Christian music is suffering and no longer relevant. I say it is relevant. I will agree, Christian music had a lot of growing to do, but that does not excuse Christians using that as an excuse to dishonor them and, even worse, use it as an excuse…

Merry Christmas 2014

Luke Chapter 2:1-20 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. 2 This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to…

Religion is NOT a dirty word

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” I am sorry to say, that’s just not true.  I know I am going to take a lot of heat for this, but I have got to get this out there. I am saying this of my own free will. The…

Sing Oceans

The other day, I read an interesting blog post that commented on the popular Hillsong worship song: Oceans. The blogger said that while the song is good, Christians should not worship to it because of these lines: Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would…

Jesus Still Does Miracles- A Devotional

Earlier this month, some dear friends of mine brought their baby to church on a Wednesday night. They asked for prayer for him because the doctors had examined him and found a tumor on his hip. They made an appointment to bring the baby back because the doctor told my friends that the tumor might…

Classic Book Review- Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love is a classic of Christian fiction from bestselling author Francine Rivers. It will go to the library of famous works by authors of the faith. I was hesitant to read it because I tried to get into her bestselling Mark of the Lion trilogy and I did not care much for the writing style…

Old Man & Misses Winter: A Devotional

There was this couple who I want to call Old Man Winter and Old Lady Winter for the sake of protecting the innocent.  While my family was pastoring in Arlington, Texas, there was this couple Mr. and Mrs. Winter. They were an older couple, but had only been married about a month when we met…

Resurrection Sunday! Jesus is Alive!

John Chapter 20 (HCSB) 20 On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we…

Good Friday Story

Matthew 27:35-56 (HCSB) 35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there.37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 Those…

The Real Meaning of WWJD

Remember the old 90s cliche, “What Would Jesus Do?” It was stylized on hundreds of products from bumper stickers to bracelets as WWJD.  It is sad that it became a cliche because I really believe the heart behind it was in the right place. It was asking Christians everywhere to look at different situations and ask…

Book Review- What Do You Carry?

New author Elisabeth Andreassanen is an author I know well. I lived up the street from her in Redding, California. I had no idea that God had placed a book inside her heart, but I am not surprised. She is as creative as creative can be. What Do You Carry: A True Story tells Elisabeth’s…

Book Review- Born to Create

Theresa Dedmon is a person I know very well. I interned for her for a year and it was truly one of the best years of my life. Her title at Bethel Church in Redding, California is “Creative Arts Pastor.” She mentors artists, both young and old in how to use their creativity for Jesus.…

Book Review- Spirit Wars

Kris Vallotton wowed us with The Supernatural Ways of Royalty. He gave us hope in Heavy Rain. He taught us about purity in Moral Revolution. Now he gives us a whole new dimension of spiritual warfare in his newest book: Spirit Wars: Winning the Invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy. The book was study…