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Sowing Spiritual Seeds - Mark 4:1-20
September 21st, 2021
(J.Vernon McGee) “the Bible: Know it in your head. Stow it in your heart. Show it in your life. Sow it in the world.”The Psalmist by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit begins the very first Psalm with the contrast of foolishly getting counsel from the men of the world when you can sit at the feet of the Creator of the world & receive counsel directly from Him.In Psalm 119 the Psalmist speaks of al...
LESSONS FROM A DISOBEDIENT LIFE (JONAH 1:1-17)
July 1st, 2021
Jonah ministered to the Lord during the reign of Jeroboam II (2Kgs.14:24-25).Jonah was a prophet from the Northern Galilee region, something the religious leaders in Jesus’ day failed to notice when they accused those who followed Jesus saying, ‘No prophet has ever risen from the Galilee.’The context of Jonah’s calling to go to Nineveh & preach to the Assyrians surrounds the fact that they were a ...
Finish Well (1 Chronicles 10:13)
July 1st, 2021
One of the themes that God has placed on my heart over the past few years as I look back at God’s faithfulness & look ahead to new the approaching finish line & the age of my past mentors is the constant reminder by the Holy Spirit through His Word to ‘Finish Well.’ I had the privilege of teaching upon this theme at Beit Shean in Israel this past March, where the bodies of King Saul & his sons wer...
John 6:37b "He who comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out."
June 1st, 2021
The heart of Christ is to save sinners. Paul the Apostle in Romans 5:10 expounds on the extent of God’s love toward us even when we were sinners and the extent of Christ’s power to save us through His resurrection. Paul put it this way: “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” God’s grace...
2019 Israel Missions Trip Thoughts
November 20th, 2019
Monday (Nov.4th) Flight from Denver to London We were able to take a bus tour through the city of London and eat together at a restaurant as well as pick up some souvenirs. It was a jolly old time!Tuesday (Nov.5th) Arrive in London at 9:30am & 9pm flight to Tel AvivWednesday (Nov.6th) We arrived early in Tel Aviv around 5am rented a car and headed to our home for the week in the beautiful hills of...
What I've learned from a Week of Prayer & Fasting!
June 11th, 2016
Truly Our Lord's forty day fast without a meal was a divinely empowered event! I can't even imagine going without a meal for that long. In fact, it's a very dangerous venture, healthwise.But we recently finished a week long gathering of prayer & fasting and that too, needs to be a time that is divinely inspired, empowered & sustained. Here's a few things that the Lord was showing me during this ti...
Falsely Accused
March 3rd, 2016
The blood stained stones of the judgment hall in Jerusalem are a solemn reminder of the price Christ paid for our sins. The innocent Lamb of God was slain for the sins of the world and we have received the blessing of forgiveness, adoption, sonship & eternal salvation.I'm specifically reminded of what Christ had to endure before He was fastened to the cross. I'm reminded of the trials before Herod...
One on One with Jesus
January 22nd, 2016
In Acts 8:26-32 we have the wonderful account of Philip being led by the Spirit of God to leave the revival God had used him to spark in Samaria and now head down a road to the desert.'Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is desert. So he arose and went.' Acts 8:26-27aIf you know the rest of the...
The Gift of Tongues
April 14th, 2015
Caesarea, Israel is one of the first places where the gift of tongues was given to believers after the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. The Apostle Peter was fetched by three men in Acts 10 to come & preach Jesus to a devout Roman soldier named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea. And while Peter preached the word, the Spirit fell, the Gentiles spoke with tongues and encountered the Lord in a beautiful way...
Jeroboam's Compromise
April 10th, 2015
'So he made offerings on the altar which he had made at Bethel...which he had devised in his own heart.' 1 Kings 12:25-33After the days of David & Solomon. Rehoboam Solomon's son laid a heavy burden on God's people that divided the kingdom into the North & South. Rehoboam ruled in the South and Jeroboam ruled in the North. The prescribed place of worship by God remained in the Southern kingdom of ...
Not A Hoof Left Behind
February 27th, 2015
'Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take some of them to serve the LORD our God, and even we do not know with what we must serve the LORD until we arrive there." Exodus 10:26God commanded Moses to represent Him before Pharaoh with a distinct message, "Let my people go, so they can worship Me." Pharaoh through God's powerful display of many mighty mira...
Seeking God In Caesarea
February 16th, 2015
Outside of the Holy Spirit's descending upon the church on the Day of Pentecost & the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, one of the most important events in all of Christendom took place right here in Caesarea, the inclusion of the Gentiles into the Christian Church. Remember that Peter was in Joppa at the home of Simon the Tanner (Acts 10:9-16) when three times God spoke to him in a vision. He saw unc...
Haughty Herod Is Humbled
February 16th, 2015
In Acts 12:18-24 the folks of Tyre & Sidon had a problem with Herod Agrippa and got into a scuffle with his assistant, a man named Blastus. They had come to a peace agreement and the process had turned into quite a procession. Herod arrayed in his royal apparel began to speak and the Bible tells us what the people thought of him, they began to say 'the voice of a god and not a man.' That's what th...
God Answers Prayer
January 22nd, 2015
1 Kings 18:21, 'And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him."Mount Carmel overlooks the Jezreel valley which also connects to a better known valley known as Armageddon. The name 'Jezreel' means 'God sows.' In the language of planting seeds the word 'sow' can also mean to scatter seed, to implan...
Prayerful Preparation
January 17th, 2015
Luke 6:12-13, 'Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called his disciples to Himself...'One of the most memorable sites in Israel for me, was sitting on top of Mount Arbel. This is traditionally the site where Jesus would often go to pray by Himself and is believed to be the backdrop to Luke 6. ...