The official website for Time Magazine. I often find articles in Time I can use for illustrations, especially in the area of culture wars, ethics issues, etc. www.time.com 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an online magazine/website, started by Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt, to build up the church, seek revival, and encourage pastors. […]

The Four A’s in Joshua

by Vance Havner There’s Ai. I ask you, do you have an Ai in your life, a place of defeat where the Canaanites have gotten the better of you? The there’s an alas, the alas of desperation. Have you come to that point? Because if you have, there’s some hope for you. Then there’s an […]

“With us, there’s a saying: La esperanza muere ultima. Hope dies last. You can’t lose hope. If you lose hope, you lose everything.”
--Jessie de la Cruz

“A true Christian should have but one fear—lest he should not hope enough.”
--Walter Elliot

“There are none in the humanly “down” position so low that they cannot be lifted up by entering God’s order, and none in the humanly “up” position so high that they can disregard God’s point of view on their lives. The barren, the widow, the orphan, the eunuch, the alien, all models of human hopelessness, are fruitful and secure in God’s care.”
--Dallas Willard

“Hope without patience results in the illusion of optimism or, more terrifying, the desperation of fanaticism. The hope necessary to initiate us into the adventure must be schooled by patience if the adventure is to be sustained. Through patience, we learn to continue to hope, even though our hope seems to offer little chance of fulfillment. . . . Yet patience equally requires hope, for without hope, patience to easily accepts the world and the self for what it is, rather than what it can or should be.”
--Stanley Hauerwas

“The differences between black folk and white folk are not blood or color, and the ties that bind us are deeper than those that separate us. The common road of hope, which we all traveled, has brought us into a stronger kinship than any words, laws, or legal claims.”
--Richard Wright



Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited – until you try to sit in their pews. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live […]

Classic Writers On Faith and Prayer (Part 2)

by Paul L. King www.praymag.com, January/February 2005 Andrew Murray (Dutch Reformed) With Christ in the School of Prayer. Whitaker House, 1982. Andrew and Emma Murray: An Intimate Portrait of Their Marriage and Ministry. Leona Choy. Golden Morning Publishing, 2000. A. B. Simpson (Christian and Missionary Alliance) The Highest Christian Life. Christian Publications, 1966. Seeing the […]

Winning the War (Part 1)

Twelve years ago, while searching through a bookstore in Albany, Georgia, I discovered Turnaround Churches by George Barna. Today I am still challenged by his statement, “ Until the church owns prayers as a world-class weapon in the battle against evil and cherishes prayer as a means of intimate and constant communication with God, the […]

Around the Bend

Lying before me in a hazy mist, Is a bended road I dimly see. It stretches out to who knows where, Or what it holds for me. My steps are not as certain, And my stride has slowed its pace. I do not strive to finish first, But to merely stay within the race. Other […]

Five Great Waves – Movements Among Evangelicals

I’ve lived through five great waves of movements among evangelicals and they are generally divided into decades. By movement I mean a fresh emphasis or direction taken by a significant number of evangelicals. I don’t think of them as “fads” though each one has had a faddish side to it. I have a hunch that […]

Ministry Outside the Box

One of the joys of pastoring at Sherwood is that God is allowing us to minister outside a normal church paradigm. We’re way outside of the box and we enjoy asking God to show us how we can “boldly go where no man has gone before.” Sherwood Sports Park In recent years, we’ve purchased nearly […]

Elijah: The Glory of Separation (Part 1)

In an earlier chapter we noted that from the Greek word for “transfigure” comes our English word “metamorphosis.” It means “a change on the outside that comes from the inside.” When that little larva forms its cocoon and waits, nature performs a marvelous miracle. God made it that way. The creature that emerges is a […]