The Bible is a creative and powerful book. Why do people often apply it so wrongly? Here are 10 “commands” for understanding the Bible a little better.
Submission: Three Biblical reasons why husbands should never expect their wives to obey them.
I was taught for years that the Bible teaches wives to obey their husbands because husbands are the “head” of the household. This comes from a verse in Ephesians 5: “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of his wife...” After 16...
Enter Your Harvest
Erik shares at Church of the Harvest. https://vimeo.com/138002822
I’m feeling powerful and weak
I spent yesterday prayer walking through Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles. While outside a new marijuana dispensary, I prayed for a lady in a wheelchair with my friends Jason and Neil. She wasn't totally paralyzed before, but her legs were emaciated and so teeny. She...
Your story matters [Tell it]
It’s the greatest story ever told. Written by a master Story Teller. From the explosive opening chapters of creation, to the rise of an accusing antagonist who tries to seize the story, to resolution in spectacular, jaw-dropping, joyous triumph... The Story Teller...
Fire: The gentle, powerful, and (sometimes) controversial Holy Spirit
I first met him when I was young. I'd heard a bit about him from my parents. They told me I could ask Jesus and he might give me a spiritual gift. I knew Jesus loved me tons, so I knew that anything coming from Jesus would be really good. I was walking outside my...
6 Mistaken Beliefs About the Holy Spirit
John MacArthur sparked some intense dialogue the last few months after his “Strange Fire” conference and the strong and sweeping criticisms he espoused about the Charismatic/Pentecostal movements. Here are six mistaken beliefs about the Holy Spirit.
What An Old Man with a Bag Taught Me about Generosity
I've just arrived in Central America for a four month Sabbatical with my family. I wasn’t expecting to focus on generosity It seems God is teaching me a lot of unexpected things these days. God used two people to steer my thoughts this way. A wealthy man on top...
What experiences in your life have caused you the deepest pain and anguish?
I have good news for you. The place of your wounds are where God can show His greatest power and love through you.
Changing A Baptism Policy That Stinks
When Jesus’ disciples began to try to limit people from following Jesus’ example, He emphatically corrected them. This temptation has hindered the church for 2,000 years whenever it rears it’s ugly head.
If Jesus told his disciples not to stop others outside their group from casting out demons, representing His name, why should we try to hinder people from baptizing others, using His name?
Dreaming With God
You ask God, “What is Your will for my life?” Sometimes God responds, “What is in your heart?” Does the Lord care about your heart? Does He care about the things your heart desires? Yes! As my children grow, I often ask them, “What do you want to do when you’re...
Horses and Riders
This morning in prayer, I saw a vision of a horse and a rider. Then, the vision became multiple horses and riders. I looked, and in one hand they held a sword. I had this sense of royal respect for them, like they were riding in great authority and the terror of the...