“Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
Our visit to Sychar was as amazing us as it was to the Samaritans. We had always been taught that they were unclean. And at least James and I had reason to fear them. I won't go into that now. But Jesus marched us… Continue
Added by David Young on September 25, 2020 at 12:06pm —
People of THE CHURCH are attentive to God’s Direction, His Will and His Word, many, many times falling short in their efforts. Organized religion is often about looking for stuff from God, asking Him to Change His Will and adjusting His Word to fit its needs. The sad Truth is organized religion is the image of THE CHURCH in America.
Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 22, 2020 at 2:17pm —
“Prayer begins where human capacity ends.”— Marian Anderson
Oh Lord! If only the American people would realize they have reached their end.
Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 14, 2020 at 9:40pm —
Received this emessage from an international prayer champion:
"Thanking God for you and your leadership in prayer. I think it was at a prayer conference when you were leading a time of prayer and offhandedly mentioned how you prefer praying with others rather than alone. (I don't remember the exact wording!) God used that comment to expand my understanding of what it means to grow in… Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on September 14, 2020 at 1:00pm —
Lord God, please forgive us...
- You said:
I AM GOD, no one else is God.
We turned away from You, our God.
Please forgive us.
- You said:
Don't make idols.
We create our own gods - as many as we want.
Please forgive us.
- You said:
Honor My Holy Name.
We say God and Jesus, but it is not You we are talking to. We even use Your… Continue
Added by Malva Birch on September 9, 2020 at 12:04pm —
I am an unpaid, non-pastoral layperson… and a sinner. So why do I post on Phil’s blogs?
While I make no claim to prophecy, one of my life Bible verses is Ezekiel 2:1-3:11. But having been an accountant for my entire career, I have a difficult time proceeding until I’ve been held Accountable.
This may be best… Continue
Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 6, 2020 at 8:06pm —
Have you discovered the truth of this statement by Jesus in the Bible?
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again.”
Whatever you are living for will not satisfy or fulfill. You may think, if you just had a faster car, a nicer house and… Continue
Added by David Young on September 6, 2020 at 4:34pm —
I am an unpaid, non-pastoral layperson… and a sinner. While I make no claim to prophecy, one of my life Bible verses is Ezekiel 2:1-3:11
I recently heard a sermon on waking up ourselves and the church (Rev. 3:1-6). Coupling that with a sermon I heard the week before regarding tolerating Jezebel’s/Judas’ (a male version of the name) practices as acceptable within the Faith (Rev. 2:18-29), a prayer of… Continue
Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on September 4, 2020 at 10:26pm —
I (Eddie) don’t like failure. Who does? Perhaps like me, you have had your share of failed attempts. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if God would give us a task, clearly laying out the steps to accomplish it, provide everything we need to complete it, and guarantee our success, where we…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on September 1, 2020 at 5:00pm —
I want to address a subject that is in some ways difficult for all of us. I want to speak first to you who are not religious. There are many reasons for not being religious. And I cannot address all of them. Some of you may say that what I am about to deal with is not one of your reasons for not believing in God or for avoiding spirituality. Interestingly enough, the fact that this is not an issue for you may help you…
Added by David Young on August 31, 2020 at 5:48pm —
I went to an estate sale last week. I seldom attend one of these, except this one happened to be in the home of a long-time friend and colleague. I made it OK through the living room, even though I had to see the couch and chairs where my wife and I last visited with this couple, prior to his death. Then I safely navigated the den, kitchen, patio, dining room, bedrooms, even closets, until I found his office. That is where I lost it. There was so much in that room that reminded me of him,… Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on August 28, 2020 at 9:11am —
In John chapter 11, we read about Lazarus's death, where Mary and Martha sent word to their dear beloved friend Jesus to let him know their brother to Lazarus had become very ill. They expected Jesus to come immediately to heal their brother, but he did not come. Disappointed, they wondered why Jesus didn’t come right away.
Jesus had a different plan; he told the disciples, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through… Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on August 27, 2020 at 3:11pm —
#ItSeensToMe...if we evangelicals were pro-life-for-life, we would look for ways to empower/equip those who choose abortion for primarily economic reasons.
What could happen to the abortion stats if the Church became an advocate rather that an adversary to those trapped in systemic poverty?
#ProLife has to be more than a preaching point or a taking a political stand.
Consider the commentary of friend/colleague John H. Armstrong:
Abortion rates in America continue to… Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 27, 2020 at 11:04am —
thru your next sermon: •Teach~Preach~Reach
• Teach the Word of God (“what” does the text say?).
• Preach the will if God (“so what” does this mean to me?).
• Reach the world for God (“now what” is the Spirit leading us to do; individually &… Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 26, 2020 at 2:00pm —
WANTED: leaders with courage to #ReimagineCHURCH... because the world we share good news with is rethinking basic systems. Agree or disagree, the call to defund police is a sign we need systemic change. Church, hold truth but review/revise models/methods.… Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 25, 2020 at 5:04pm —
Added by Liliana Ester Long on August 25, 2020 at 12:18am —
BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE
Most of us have been troubled at one time or another by these words of Jesus.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your… Continue
Added by David Young on August 21, 2020 at 11:46am —
#ItSeemsToMe…We May Talk Too Much When We Pray. Or Not Enough.
As I was preparing for a week-long trip out of town, I peeked ahead on the daily cartoon calendar we have in our kitchen. On the back of each day’s cartoon is a riddle or a trivia item, and this is what grabbed my…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 12:39pm —
It Seems to Me …
|. . . Highway 501 is my unappreciated friend.
Our youngest daughter and her husband moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina a bunch of years ago and settled in the Carolina Forest area–a huge section of dozens of new developments and golf courses. City fathers…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 12:36pm —
It Seems to Me …
|. . . we should be grateful for professors who practice what they teach.
The evening session of the conference had just ended and I stopped to say hello to a colleague and friend, a pastor who is on an exciting prayer journey.…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 12:31pm —