We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Moment of Decision

Do you believe in coincidence? I heard the story of one man who will never forget the unique set of circumstances God ordained for his life. It was late one evening when Thom chose a new route home – and almost immediately regretted his decision. He was startled by muffled screams – and the unmistakable sounds of a struggle coming from behind a clump of bushes. Yards away from where he stood, a young woman was being attacked. Thom knew his limitations – he wasn’t brave or athletic. He felt frightened for his own safety. Should he get involved? Or run to the nearest phone to call the police? But as the girl’s cries grew weaker, Thom resolved to help her – even at the risk of his own life. He felt strangely transformed as he ran around the bushes to grab the assailant, wrestling him to the ground. Moments later the would-be rapist jumped up and fled. The victim was crouched behind a tree, sobbing. Thom approached carefully in the darkness, not wanting to scare her any further. He spoke reassuringly, “It’s okay; He’s gone. You’re safe now.” And after a long pause, the woman responded with disbelief and wonder. “Dad, is that you?” And from behind the tree stepped Thom’s youngest daughter, Katherine. Sometimes God will arrange to put us in the right place at the right time. Perhaps that’s how we should understand Romans 8:28 – “All things work together for good, to them who love God, to them who are called.” When we follow God’s call, good is sure to follow!

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ask for Rain in the Spring

A friend sent me this….good stuff. I have been reading through the Minor Prophets a lot lately, and just yesterday I was reading through Zechariah and in 10:1 it says, “Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain – the LORD who makes the storm clouds; and He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.” It just kind of hit me… why would someone ask God for something so obvious? Ask for rain in the rainy season? Why? Because God is the provider of all our needs! He gives us all sufficiency! I was challenged to ask God even for the most obvious of things, that I so often even fail to give Him credit for providing!

Manhattan Declaration

If you haven’t heard of Chuck Colson’s Manhattan Declaration please go to http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/ and sign up as soon as possible. As soon as Chuck has a million signatures he will be taking this document with your signature to the front door of the White House and like Wilberforce did before Parliament, Chuck will do likewise!

Published in: on March 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Be on Guard

A pastor sent me this warning earlier today. I think it would be good to share; you may want to pass it on. As I was praying for you and your ministry I was prompted to pray for three specific things 1. “Lust of the eyes” I was to pray that you would not allow any form of greed to cause you to want a bigger piece of the pie. No doubt God desires to expand the ministry and impact a larger number of people, but on His schedule. Patience and perseverance are to reign over expansion and growth at the expense of God’s timetable. 2. “Lust of the flesh” The more upfront and important someone becomes (at least in the eyes of the world) the more appealing that person becomes to needy women. Their desire to rub shoulders with leaders and to gain their attention is a dangerous attraction. Their real but often selfish need has caused many men to fall. I’m sure you are aware of plenty and my time in Life Action saw way too many. My prayer is that your spirit will be sensitive and quick to recognize this possible entanglement. 3.”Pride of life” God has given you a tremendous platform to reach many. If you ever lose the heart it is all about Him and none about you; you will be in trouble. I pray that you remain near to the heart of God and that all praise is deflected back to Him and that daily you humbly give it all to Him and accept only the words that He offers you as commendation for your obedience. I believe that you daily submit yourself to the protection of God’s Word in these areas. But it never hurts to be reminded and challenged to take inventory.

Published in: on March 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wow! Theatre Blog

Wow! I just found out that we have a Lamplighter Theatre blog that is filled with some very interesting information. I knew that they were writing something behind the scenes but I had no idea it was this in depth. I think you will enjoy rummaging through some of the unique material (audio, video, and text) Jared has put together.

Published in: on March 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Grace Abounding

A few days ago I heard a staff member from John Piper’s ministry quote 2nd Corinthians 9:8 at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. I don’t know how to explain it, but for all of those who were with me experienced the same phenomenon. It was as if the Words leaped from the page and overcame us. I really can’t explain in words what the experience was like, but everyone who was there is still talking about it. Simply, the speaker, Matt, was talking about giving away what God has given us. For me as the president of Lamplighter, that would mean giving away all of our drama productions and books. According to the verse that you are about to read, God would then in turn continue to provide for us, so that we could continue to with our work. There is much more that needs to be discussed but in essence, God loves a cheerful giver and those who give it all away will be blessed in ways they cannot imagine. This line of thinking is highly controversial and is in no way clear cut. But the thought is worthy of discussion. What is interesting is that two weeks before I heard his message, I ha decided that we would give away our most expensive audio drama because of the powerful evangelistic message that it contains -http://www.lamplighterpublishing.com/pastors.asp enough blah blah blah…here’s the verse: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency, in all things, at all times, you may abound in every good work. If you read it over and over again you will begin to see the significance. God is able first of all! Next, he is able to make all grace abound toward us. Not just some grace, but all of it! Next, the purpose for this grace is to help us be completely sufficient in the work he has called us to. Whether as a mom, a pastor, or a president, God is able to give us the enabling grace for every imaginable need, at any time, regardless of the “times”, IN ORDER THAT, WE MAY ABOUND IN EVERY GOOD WORK! That’s a pretty amazing promise.

Published in: on March 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment