When Jesus Got Mad

Passover 28 A.D. This time of year, all Jewish men crowded Jerusalem, even those living outside the country. Often, whole families joined the pilgrimage, causing the city’s population of 25,000 to swell four-fold. Every room in every inn and hostel was filled to capacity. The walled capital teemed with citizens and pilgrims flooding in to commemorate a miraculous escape from slavery 1500 …

The Realm of the Possible

There’s a dimension where all things are possible. A realm where the tangled becomes loose, and the unfeasible becomes achievable. Images of the place appear in our dreams, but we seldom access the sphere during daylight hours. We’re vaguely aware of its presence, yet we rarely enter. This place is very close, yet not in our immediate element. Whether located …

Words of Influence

by Joyce Herron Founder of Trinity Christian School, Lubbock, Texas Recently, I spent four days at a ranch for a short vacation. Fourteen others were there, too, but I only knew three of them. Among the group were business owners, doctors, nurses, teachers, and parents whose ages ranged from 50-something to 90-something.   We met each morning for breakfast around a …

Precious Memories

The music was different here. Unlike the staticky radio in Daddy’s Ford, this music was living and active, piercing my nine-year-old heart and energizing my soul. We didn’t just listen to the music; we sang along, from the youngest Sunbeam to the oldest member of the Brotherhood. This was the wooden church of my childhood. I knew this place well …

Why We Hope

I’m concerned for our world. The weight of evil continues to rear its ugly head with deceit, fraud, and arrogance. Wickedness pops up daily like an earth-wide “whack a mole” game. God’s saints feel overwhelmed as we strike these powers of darkness through our intercession. Since the beginning of time, the plot of the evil one has been to “wear …

Audacious Asking

The friend at midnight. A simple parable where Jesus teaches us to pray. We’ve skimmed this story dozens of times and could recount it freely. The characters are few: a weary traveler, a needy host, and a sleepy friend. Likewise, the themes are straightforward: hunger, lack, and abundance.  But let’s dig deeper. “Then He said to them, “Suppose one of …

The Mothering Seed

As I think about my own mother this weekend, I continue to find evidence of her quiet, steady influence. She touched many lives in a patient and thoughtful way with tireless acts of service.  When I discovered her poem, “The Seed,” I thought, “That’s me…I was the heart into which she planted.” While this is true, I also continue to hear stories …

Investigative Prayer

When we arrived home from Asia, I was surprised to find how many media hours devoted themselves to “groundbreaking storytelling.” What began with only “60 Minutes” exploded into crime shows and fraud exposure on every channel. What the news media caught onto is something that God Spirit has been involved in for centuries. I first stumbled across spiritual sleuth reporting …

Slick Prayer

Julia sent a quick text message to indicate that she would be arriving shortly. A busy woman with lots of plates spinning, Julia is a master at multitasking. Such a skill, however, has its drawbacks. Instead of texting to say she would “pick me up,” her phone autocorrected before she caught it. When she hit send, the text arrived stating …