The Gratitude Protocol

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving.”  Psalm 100:4 Psalm 100 contains three protocols for prayer. The first is the gratitude protocol. Our initial approach toward heaven must always be with thankfulness: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving” (Ps. 100:4). The “gates” represent the doorway into God’s presence—the threshold to the throne of God. Man’s initial...

How to Resurrect the Prayer Meeting

Musical artists, celebrities, and football games attract exuberant crowds. Even a popular preacher or a well-known worship leader can draw thousands of enthusiastic people. But when a prayer meeting is announced, few show up. Leonard Ravenhill spoke poignantly to this matter: “Sunday morning shows how popular the church is; Sunday night shows how popular...

Recovering from Loss

“The king was grieved for his son” (2 Sam. 19:2). There are seasons of loss that come to every life. Nobody lives on planet earth without losing some-thing, or some-one at some point. Adam and Eve recovered from the loss of Able. God gave them Seth. Job and his wife recovered from the loss...

Counseling Yourself

The Bible is a book of wise counsel. It speaks about the benefit of obtaining counsel from others. But it also instructs us to counsel ourselves. David had his advisors, but He chose to counsel himself. First, he asked himself diagnostic questions, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou...

Overcoming Stigma

From a human perspective, even Jesus had a questionable past. His mother, Mary, was pregnant though unmarried. Only Mary and God knew the truth about His conception. Jesus grew up with this. The opinions of others did not matter to Him. Throughout His life He overcame a cesspool of human scorn and slanderous remarks...

Problems Are Wonderful?

Problems are opportunities. Problems are the key to your future. Your success depends upon your willingness to help other people solve their problems. Your happiness in life is proportionate to your effectiveness in assisting others. Your financial well-being is the result of problem-solving. Contractors solve building problems. Cooks solve hunger problems. Teachers solve knowledge...

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