Should Women Be Silent In Church?

In recent months I’ve seen teaching online telling the people of God that Paul wanted women silent in church, and were not permitted to teach. Today, I want to reexamine scripture, dig a little deeper, and together discern what it really means in relation to this controversial subject. In truth, some versions of the Bible … More Should Women Be Silent In Church?

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The Importance of Fasting – A Comparison of Mark 9:29 in English Bible Translations

MAR 9.17-18 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought to You my son, who has a dumb spirit; And wherever it overtakes him, it tears at him: and he foams, and gnashes with his teeth, and pines away: and I spoke to Your disciples that they should cast it out; … More The Importance of Fasting – A Comparison of Mark 9:29 in English Bible Translations

The Power of Praise

People of God, do you need a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit to blow through your soul? Awake, and soak in the incomparable presence of our Bridegroom. You will find refreshment and joy! Praise is a mighty victory, a place of pure love and power. Arm yourself against complacency, against Hell’s attacks, by having … More The Power of Praise

Does God Really Pour His Spirit upon All Flesh? A Review of Joel 2 and Acts 2

For years now, we’ve been hearing teachers from various halls of Christian faith quoting Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17, declaring that God is pouring out His Spirit upon “all flesh”, meaning all of humanity. They cite examples of cases where non-believers had dreams of Jesus and then came to faith. While these cases are wonderful … More Does God Really Pour His Spirit upon All Flesh? A Review of Joel 2 and Acts 2

The Solution

Often, I catch myself fretting over the continual cultural slide and division in the United States. The fabric of our American soul is being pulled so hard at both ends, it is thin and close to being torn to shreds in the middle. At least, it seems that way sometimes. One sleepless night recently, I … More The Solution

We Need a Movement to Fast and Pray for American Colleges and Universities

An inspiration today in the middle of fasting for America: We’ve got to take back our public college campuses for Christ. For truth! If America is to remain strong going forward, her people must raise and nurture youth to carry on who understand Whose nation we are, and the Biblical principles that made her strong. … More We Need a Movement to Fast and Pray for American Colleges and Universities

Trusting in Troubled Times

8 Don’t get angry [literally, Hold back from anger; Abandon wrath].     Don’t be ·upset [worried; angry]; it only leads to ·trouble [or evil]. 9 Evil people will be ·sent away [literally, cut off],     but those who ·trust [wait/pin their hope on] the Lord will inherit the land. 10 In a little while the wicked will be no more.     You may … More Trusting in Troubled Times

Nothing to Hide

What must it be like to be accused of something you did not do? To be accused of doing evil when you’ve done nothing wrong? To have powerful leaders plotting to take you down, when you are an innocent force for good? There are some today in America, and perhaps where you live, who no … More Nothing to Hide

Time to Fast and Pray

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. … More Time to Fast and Pray

Restoration of God’s People and Their Land – A Pattern in Judges

I’ve never given much thought to the book of Judges in the Bible before. It is not a book often referenced from American pulpits, at least not in my Protestant experience. What inspired me to even read Judges recently was a dream. It was very short but went like this: I was in a public … More Restoration of God’s People and Their Land – A Pattern in Judges

O’Lord – Lyrics

[At the end of a day fasting for our nation, the Lord reminded me of the lyrics of this beautiful song. The assurance that He will make all things right is so precious, such a comfort. We will stand our ground. He will make it right.] O’Lord Tho times it seems like I’m comin’ undone, this … More O’Lord – Lyrics

Fasting and Praying for America – Nat’l Day of Prayer 2018

Every moment a follower of Christ spends praying and fasting is a mighty day in Heaven and on earth. Maximum spiritual power is turned on through fasting, Jesus revealed this secret in Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29 (“this kind only goes out by prayer and fasting“). Today I will simply share how we prayed this … More Fasting and Praying for America – Nat’l Day of Prayer 2018

How to Fast

[If you have a serious medical condition, you should consult a doctor before fasting.] For those new to fasting, please read through these few ideas I’ve learned over the years to make it an easier and better experience. Make Your Peace With Hunger First things first, prepare yourself mentally and make your peace with the … More How to Fast

The Bridegroom

Before the time of Christ, the leaders of Jerusalem and Israel were expecting a conquering King to rise up for the nation, to make it great again. They did not get what they expected. Those who know Old Testament prophecy may remember the prophet, Isaiah, had centuries before the time of Christ proclaimed that the … More The Bridegroom

George Washington’s Faith – Preview

In recent years, I’ve heard a teacher I admire suggest several times in interviews that George Washington may have been a “deist” and not necessarily a Christian. This, he claims, is based on the opinion of Washington’s Pastor, who made the original suggestion. Loving the knowledge that our colonies and country, America, were founded by … More George Washington’s Faith – Preview

Day of the Cross

Good Friday. It is the day of the cross. Those who celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ remember this day as the day He hung on the cross for our sins nearly 2000 years ago. For Jesus, it was the worst day of His human life. A day of torment, utter agony and humiliation. … More Day of the Cross

2 Chronicles 7:14 – How to Change a Country for Good

Hello, friends of Faith and Fasting! Happy New Year! My prayer and encouragement is broadly for the people of God today, not just in America, but around the world. God’s precious people fill the whole earth, just as Isaiah prophesied they would some day, after the Redeemer had, well, redeemed them. The followers of Messiah, … More 2 Chronicles 7:14 – How to Change a Country for Good

Revelation 12 Study

[Readers, this post is very informal, and may not be final. It is my personal notes from studies I did on September 23, October 5, and October 21, on Revelation 12.] 9/23/2017 September 23, 2017, was a day the constellations demonstrated the Revelation 12 passage: REV 12.1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; … More Revelation 12 Study

Heart of God

Yesterday morning brought one of those unusual God-moments, a touch of love in the midst of my human nonsense. Some will think I am a nut. I am a nut. A nut for the Savior Who loves me no matter what mess I make! My dietary health has been a challenge the last couple of … More Heart of God

How Do We Save America?

Long before this blog began over a year ago, and many times since, I have found myself mourning, weeping, crying out to God for America. For some reason, He has pressed into my soul an urgent passion on behalf of what was (and in His eyes, I believe, still is) His country. As a nation, … More How Do We Save America?

You and Me Time

Do you have a relationship that is extra special in your life? A spouse, friend or family member, someone you make time for just because you enjoy the relationship and are blessed by it? How does it feel when you have not seen that person in a while? Something is missing, you feel out of … More You and Me Time

The Burden of Pride

In my youth, I remember hearing often the comforting verse, cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7). The word care was understood to be some type of burden. At the time, in my young mind I thought a burden was only something that caused worry or sorrow. This morning, … More The Burden of Pride

Praying for All the President’s Men and Women

Happy belated Thanksgiving, America! I hope and pray your holiday was blessed. Watching the news this morning, I was inspired to once again make a plea to prayer for the President-elect and the appointment of his cabinet and important positions of power. Trump’s presidency will only be as wise and effective as are the men … More Praying for All the President’s Men and Women

Pray for Peace

Friends of Faith and Fasting, please continue praying for America as we prepare to begin a new chapter. I believe the most important thing we can do today and in coming weeks is to ask the Lord for peace in our land. The election was stunning to all, no matter your choice. Some are celebrating. Some … More Pray for Peace

No Greater Power

In Matthew 17, Jesus scolds the disciples for their lack of faith when they could not cast out a demon. Next, He reveals the biggest secret to maximum spiritual power – the state in which nothing would be beyond His followers’ reach: prayer AND FASTING. mt.17.14-21 And when they came to the multitude, there came to Him a … More No Greater Power

Fasting for America – Day 3 of 3 – Praying for the Election 2016

It has now been 50 hours since I began fasting for America before the elections. I was so encouraged late yesterday upon hearing more people are fasting. The prayer warriors from a local church prayer ministry, and another dear friend will all be fasting Sunday through Tuesday. Isn’t that exciting? It is not too late … More Fasting for America – Day 3 of 3 – Praying for the Election 2016

Fasting for America – Day 2 of 3 – Prayers that Break Curses

Well, I don’t know about you, but Day 1 went well for me overall. I did struggle with a headache in the evening, but went to bed early and woke up refreshed and renewed this morning. In my experience, fasting reveals areas we were out of balance in our diets. If we eat too much … More Fasting for America – Day 2 of 3 – Prayers that Break Curses

Finger of God Documentary

Spoiler alert: this is going to be a strange post about peculiar events in modern day Christian churches. It is just one possible interpretation of those events. No, this really doesn’t have anything to do with fasting. In fact, it is more about eating – at God’s banquet table. Recently, we watched an intriguing and … More Finger of God Documentary

Preparing to Fast

Tomorrow is National Day of Prayer in America. In our home, we have turned it into a day of fasting and prayer, believing we may have passed the point prayer alone is enough. As for me, I will begin fasting at sunset tonight, May 4th, and finish at sunset tomorrow, May 5th.  Today, I am … More Preparing to Fast

How to Fast

[If you have a serious medical condition, you should consult a doctor before fasting.] For those new to fasting, please read through these few ideas I’ve learned over the years to make it an easier and better experience. Make Your Peace With Hunger First things first, prepare yourself mentally and make your peace with the … More How to Fast

A Time to Fast

Joel 2:15-18 Pray to the Lord 15 Blow the trumpet at Zion.     Call for a special meeting.     Call for a special time of fasting. 16 Bring the people together.     Call for a special meeting. Bring together the old men,     the children, and the small babies still at their mothers’ breasts. Let the bride and her new husband … More A Time to Fast

Fasting For America on May 5, 2016 – National Day of Prayer

Please be a part of prayer and fasting for America on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in conjunction with National Day of Prayer. America needs help. Division and violence grow near and far. The people of God know the truth: He is our only hope. This is a grass roots effort, calling the people of God to spiritual … More Fasting For America on May 5, 2016 – National Day of Prayer