Resurrection Life

Easter. Resurrection. Jesus is alive! Yesterday, all over the world, Christians joyously celebrated Christ’s powerful, glorious resurrection from the dead. My heart was stirred deeply once again as I focused on the Cross and empty tomb. What a Savior! What is incredible to me, as a follower of Christ, is that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the …

A Little Bit of HOPE

A dear lady, who was experiencing a significant life trauma, came to me for counseling. Personally disappointed and discouraged, visibly depressed, tottering on the edge of despair, through tears, she opened up to me, revealing the deep, emotional wounds that were tearing her heart apart. I listened. Empathized. Encouraged her, that with God’s help, she would get better. I shared …

Withstanding Life’s Storms

Springtime in Oklahoma means severe storm season is upon us. By severe, I mean potential tornadoes that suddenly sweep across the Great Plains, bringing with them swift, unfathomable destruction, devastation and disruption of “normal” living. Bless their hearts, meteorologists do their educated best to inform unsuspecting folks of impending danger.  With the aid of computer models, they diligently issue severe …

Welcome Home!

There are times in life when your spirit is touched in the very core of your being.  Billy Graham’s funeral was one of those heart moving moments. If you are a Christian and witnessed the service, you know what I mean. If you didn’t view it, go find it. Watch how Dr. Graham’s life was honored and, most importantly, his …

Finishing Well

I was driving down the road when the news broke that “America’s pastor has died”. Please don’t think I am a mystic, a guru, or smoking dope or something, but I felt a thud in my heart. Not one of shock, dismay, unbelief or pain. But a spiritual sense that our dark, sin-sick, wayward, searching world had just lost a …

Miracles

Have you ever said “I (we) really need a miracle?” You probably have, like me, and so many precious people who come to me for restoration counseling who are facing serious life challenges that have left them reeling, feeling desperate for God’s intervention. A miracle is the supernatural intervention of God. In essence a miracle happens when Almighty God does …

Bold Belief

Imagine with me for a moment. You are near the end of your earthly life and have been taken to stand before the President of the United States. Your lifelong enemies have ridiculed your faith in Jesus Christ, slandered your good name, and labored relentlessly and ruthlessly to ruin your reputation. You have been brought before the most powerful person …

THE Name

Names. What’s in a name? A lot. Names are important. The first thing parents do when a new baby pops out is to name them. The newborn’s name is uniquely special, significant and will identify the precious little boy or girl all the days of their life. My parents named me Steven. Steven means “crowned one.” When I found that …

Praising God

Growing up I was not taught how to praise God. I had no idea how heartfelt praise to the Lord Jesus Christ could restore, revive, renew and re-energize me. It has taken me years, as a committed Christian, to understand and practice the renewing power of praise in my daily life. Why is praising God important? First and foremost, it …

Clouds of Doubt

Early this morning I retreated to a isolated, countryside lake where I regularly go to worship and wait on the Lord. Bright white, puffy, cotton-ball shaped clouds dotted the sunny sky when I arrived.  A cold, west wind was gusting at forty miles per hour. Before long, dark, sinister looking clouds rolled in, pushing out the cotton-ball clouds, blocking the …