Let Us Pray for Everyone Suffering in Sutherland Springs Texas

I am overseas right now so it was early Monday morning when I opened my phone and saw that 26 were feared dead in a shooting in a small Texas country church. It is such devastating news. It shocked me to no end—the killing of so many precious people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I just went numb. All I could do was kneel down and pray for the victims and their families. Let us all keep praying for these precious… Read...

Pray For Those Facing Great Danger for Sharing God’s Love

Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). It’s an opportunity for us as believers to remember the millions of Christians around the world who are persecuted for Christ. This January, Jeremy Weber of Christianity Today wrote, “For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high.” Based on what God’s Word says regarding the times leading up to Christ’s return, we know persecution will only increase. When… Read...

Around IDOP Set Aside Time to Pray, Find God’s Heart

I have a list of people that I pray for daily, weekly and monthly. Recently, I was going through this list, and quite a bit of time went by before I realized my heart was not awakened. My mind was engaged but my heart was dead. I had all these names to pray through, but I was just fulfilling a duty. Prayer, unless we are diligent and thoughtful, can become horizontal. It can be only a list,… Read...

God’s Looking for People Whose Eyes Are Fixed on Him

I remember the winter of 1980. I was ready to start my first major tour to share about the ministry of Gospel for Asia. I had bought a cheap air ticket that gave me unlimited travel for 21 days. I had meetings lined up across the country. However, on the day of my departure, a terrible winter storm hit the region. All the buses—including the one I planned to take from Oklahoma to Dallas—were cancelled. My old… Read...

Did Good Come Out of Martin Luther’s Reformation?

I enjoy reading about church history, although I wouldn’t call myself a historian. Other pressing responsibilities keep me from investing the time it would take to do the careful research necessary to write authoritatively about a topic as expansive as the Protestant Reformation or an individual like Martin Luther. You are probably aware that this October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Luther’s 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. At that time, church front-doors served… Read...