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“Not by might. Not by power. But my Spirit, says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6) Careful planning and hard work are vital, but they have limits. Zerubbabel had an impossible assignment: to rebuild Jerusalem with a rag-tag group of ex-slaves. When […]

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20). “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.” […]

“Delight yourselves in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”   (Psalm 37:4) Our assignment is simple: celebrate God! The rest follows. The big objective we seek is deep change “for good” and a paradigm […]

“Ask me and I will give the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) “Nothing will be impossible for you…” (Matthew 17:21). How big is too big? How much is too much? Yesterday […]

In prayer there is always an ask which makes the matter inter-personal. My desire, even if that desire is simply to be heard, or to express my gratitude, must be addressed to a Person, otherwise I’m only ruminating, daydreaming, whining or […]

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8) “For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?’ But we understand these things, […]

“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) Mustard seed faith will do. Just a bit is enough to begin. As a cup of water poured down the old well can prime the pump and set the water flowing, all I […]

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let […]

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with […]

The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for […]