• Timing, common ground, and fruitfulness in witness

    After more than a decade of cultivating a relationship with one of our neighbors, I finally got around to having a conversation with him about spiritual matters.  I’ve been thinking, “why didn’t I do this sooner?” It’s so easy to get into a perpetual cultivation strategy and procrastinate about addressing spiritual issues.  Sometimes the timing […]

  • A Walk of Faith Begins with a Step of Faith

    It’s a vivid memory for me the first time, that I know of, that I was responsible for someone else coming to faith in Christ. During my freshman year in college, I made friends with a Japanese foreign exchange student, named Asada.  He was a Judo Black Belt who wanted to learn Karate.  He learned […]

  • The hidden benefits that come from character-building dilemmas

    Most everyone experiences them, but almost no one plans for them or enjoys them.  Dilemmas are situations that require a choice between options that are often equally undesirable or unfavorable.  It could be a problem that seems to defy a good solution.  However, dilemmas can be used by God to grow us in the grace […]

  • It’s Never Too Late to Share your Faith

    An 84-year-old man attended a Bible Storying // Orality Training Workshop as he was interested in becoming more effective at sharing his faith.  This man had been a believer since his teenage years, and a Sunday School teacher for more than 60 years.  After the training he said, “I wish somebody would have taught me […]

  • How a truck driver, homeless man, and Iranian cab driver came to Christ one night

    One night my friend Charles said to me over dinner, “I’m tired of plain vanilla Christianity.” We were both in Washington, D.C., on business and had a good dinner together sharing about our jobs, our ministries, and our walks with the Lord. I prayed with Charles about his desire to see the power of God […]

  • The simplicity of life in union with Christ

    Dr. Richard Halverson, U.S. Senate Chaplain once said, “Christianity started out in the region of Palestine (also known as the Land of Israel) with a relationship with a person, the Lord Jesus.  Then it went to Greece and became a philosophy, went to Rome and became an institution, then on to Europe and became a […]

  • The Tablet of Your Heart

    A new study reveals how Bible reading has declined greatly in North America over recent years. “Spending time in the Word of God” is a phrase that has been around for some time.  In most cases, when people refer to “time in the Word” they are talking about Bible reading.  However, there are many ways […]

  • The Spark That Ignites – The Coming World Revival

    During the early 1970s there was a ripple of revival that swept across the USA and other parts of the world.  Many did not recognize it as a revival or spiritual awakening at the time.  However, in subsequent years several books were written about that era.  Some talked about the Asbury Revival, the Jesus Revolution […]

  • Renewed, Revived and Transformed: Is it time for the Great Awakening?

    In 1974, in San Antonio, TX. I was introduced to Major W. Ian Thomas, founder of Torchbearers International.  This was during a season of renewal, revival, and transformation for many of us.  The Asbury revival and Jesus Movement were having a ripple effect around the United States and beyond.  In the Spring of ’74 my […]

  • Connecting with God’s Redemptive Purposes

    While on a road trip a few years ago, I encountered a road construction worker.  Being stopped for a short traffic delay, I asked one of the road workers the following question: “Have you noticed any signs of spiritual awakening in this part of the country?” He responded by saying, “What do you mean?” I […]