Paul, in talking to a group of his Colossian disciples, refers to a hidden truth that was to be revealed in us: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1: 27, NIV).

 

When Christ came into the earth, the fullness of God dwelt in Him in bodily form. The presence, power,...

 

Everything you see comes from what can’t be seen. A tree begins as a seed hidden in the ground. Fruit appears on a vine that looks bare when dormant. A child exists in an unseen form in a mother’s womb before being born. Even everyday objects like computers and cars c...

 

Paul ends his discourse about prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14 with these words: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy” (1 Cor. 14: 39, NIV). The word eager can be translated as envy. Wow! God is telling us to be envious to prophesy. I am not allowed t...

 

Paul’s instructions about spiritual gifts are a key to operating in the prophetic: “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy” (1 Cor. 14: 1, NIV). I don’t know where I heard the following phrase first, but I know I hea...

 

 

 

I used to run home from school to watch re-runs of old cartoons. One of the cartoons I loved to watch was Popeye. Popeye was a skinny sailor man who always stood up for his girl, Olive Oyl. To be honest, I am not sure what he saw in her; she was not that attractive....

 

I have a confession. I talk to myself— a lot. I wasn’t aware I did that until recently when my daughter was driving with me in the car. She stopped me and asked, “Dad who are you talking to?”

 

Her words brought me back to the present. I told her I was talking to someon...

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The earth is still filled with chaos, lack, and darkness. But we also have raging areas of disorder in our own lives as well. We remain in a tension of being saved but also needing to be saved. When we hear God’s voice, it releases His creative power to move...

Not only does God transform the formless into order, He fills emptiness with resources. At creation, God transformed an empty earth into one filled with God’s desires: “Let there be light!” Then there was light. Soon after, God’s words further filled the earth with lan...

When I was younger, I didn’t always have an appreciation for a tidy bedroom. I often cleaned by hiding everything in the closet. When my room was particularly bad, Dad used the word squalor. I’m not sure exactly what it meant, but I’m pretty sure it resembles “now I mu...

I learned early in my childhood that God speaks to people. I grew up in church and had an amazing pastor who seemed to talk with God all the time. Sometimes, right in the middle of a really great point in his sermon, he would stop. He would look up to the left and say,...

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