Name changed to protect the family of a dear friend. My heart is so heavy right now. Ashamed. Disappointed. Reflective. Did I mention ashamed? Jane Doe came into my life nearly 13 years ago. My younger brother brought her to a church revival service, and the youth group I pastored took her in with warm… Continue reading Who Killed Jane Doe?
By Johnathan Pagan God wants to bless us. Better job. Better cars. Higher salaries. Make us happy. Give us comforts in life we never had before. He is such a wonderful God. Right? Have you ever stopped to think that maybe God’s definition of blessed and ours is not congruent? Have you ever thought about… Continue reading Are You Too Comfortable For God?
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (Solomon writes, ) I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes… Continue reading There Comes a Time
Saul had a problem. In 1 Samuel 15, he bypasses the guidelines of God for sacrifice, and because Samuel had not yet arrived in his distress, he offered the sacrifice himself. When Samuel arrives, Saul receives correction and warning from the prophet. Because Saul bypassed the statutes and guidelines of God in disobedience and took… Continue reading A Lifestyle of Obedience
Now, I don’t want to brag, but there is very little I’m afraid of. Seriously. In fact, I would more accurately describe myself as “nearly fearless with a healthy tint of caution”. From bungee jumping to rock-climbing, anything that speeds and anything tall (the taller the better), I seek the thrill of flirting with danger.… Continue reading The Thrill Of The Climb
When will we, as churches, get fed up with continually chasing after the latest societal fads, trends and fashions. There is merit in a good presentation and reputation, but it ought to stir us to action when the church… the earthly vehicle Christ instituted to reach a lost humanity… is in a popularity contest with… Continue reading Late To The Party
Is there disregard within ministry for the high calling of holiness, purity, righteousness and blamelessness that is demanded of God in scripture? Something is wrong when a leader brings a reproach on the Church with immoral, deviant behavior, and these men slip into obscurity only long enough for publicity of their moral failure to die… Continue reading Restoration After Moral Failure?
Two young men were fishing one day near their hometown. Being so focused on their goal of catching fish, they didn’t realize their boat had drifted so close to the dam’s rushing water until they were too close to turn back. Caught by the current, their boat was swept over the dam into the crashing… Continue reading Are You Drifting?
I was conversing with a friend recently, discussing the issue of preachers among us walking away from holiness and Apostolic doctrine. He made the statement, “Their ‘revelation’ today is building a prison that their children will inhabit tomorrow.” This statement brought to mind a sobering story heard recently. Pastor Doug White, from Silsbee, Texas was… Continue reading A Brickhouse Incinerator
Recently Rodney Shaw, who is an accomplished author, editor and leader within the Apostolic Pentecostal movement, made the following statement regarding “change”… I wanted to challenge both the establishment and the up-and-comers in a responsible, respectful way. Change is here, and if we don’t realize it, we will shrivel into nothing. On the other hand,… Continue reading Navigating Change