You belong to God

So there was Paul in the midst of a tempest. Yet somehow, he had an amazing calm in the midst of this storm. We too have our storms in life, and we wonder how to get through them. Here are some of Paul’s secrets to surviving life’s challenges. In Acts 27, Paul said, “For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for . . . read more ›

My grace is sufficient for you

You know the drill. Things are going well, no crisis, no conflicts to speak of, pretty much smooth sailing. Then seemingly out of nowhere, a storm hits. Maybe it’s a crisis, or a hardship. Maybe it’s a personal tragedy. So what do you do when a hurricane-force storm hits and water is filling your boat? Answer: You take heart. Because you are not alone. When Paul was at sea on his way to Rome and the mighty tempest hit him and the others . . . read more ›

Get up and keep going

In an earlier entry, I told the story of Jesus and His disciples and the storm they encountered. Listen, storms will come in life. It’s not a matter of if but when. Quite frankly, you are either pulling out of one or eventually headed toward another. Now I hope that does not cause you to be disillusioned, because as I said in my earlier entry, “Better to be in a storm with Jesus then anywhere else without Him.” One of . . . read more ›

Chicago trip

Hey everyone, we just returned from our Lost Boy weekend in Chicago. We had an amazing trip. It all happened at Harvest Bible Chapel, which is pastored by my friend, James MacDonald. The funny thing is that James spoke at our church, while I spoke at his! We showed the Lost Boy film followed by a message. My son Jonathan once again shared his testimony, which moved many, especially the young people. We must have seen some 400 people come forward in all . . . read more ›

Let’s cross over to the other side

One day at the Sea of Galilee, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side” (Mark 4:35 NKJV). As they were making their way across, a huge storm came out of nowhere, which was  a common occurrence on this large freshwater lake. The seasoned sailors were terrified as hurricane force winds hit and the boat filled with water. Despite the bad weather, Jesus managed to sleep through it. But the disciples could no longer contain themselves. Don’t you care? So . . . read more ›