May-June 2022

  • God Wants You to Multiply

    God Wants You to Multiply

    My wife and I have four grown daughters. The youngest of them is 29. At our age, we aren’t planning to have any more babies. But even though we’re finished with the task of bringing Grady children into the world, I’m not finished reproducing. I believe every Christian is called to bear spiritual children. Jesus

  • Did Jesus Feel Shame, Too?

    Did Jesus Feel Shame, Too?

    Jesus was tempted and tested in all points, just as we are. Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV) tells us “we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus suffered what we suffer and showed us how to overcome. The enemy

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Prophetic Ministry

    The Do’s and Don’ts of Prophetic Ministry

    If you have a prophetic gift, or any gift for that matter, it’s important to understand that you don’t have to force, manipulate or be opportunistic in any way. When you do, the results can be disastrous. People can receive a prophetic word that gets them off track from God’s path. The Lord is faithful

  • The Obedience, Miracles and Legacy of Elisha

    The Obedience, Miracles and Legacy of Elisha

    Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, “Tie up your garments, and take this flask of oil and go to Ramoth-gilead. And when you arrive, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi. And go in and have him rise from among his

  • There Will be No Birth Without Travail

    There Will be No Birth Without Travail

    I was young, intellectual, self-assured, secretly prideful but broken. In the midst of my pain, I encountered God in a life-changing experience. That encounter created not just hunger but desperation for more of God. That desperation led me to an amazing church in Detroit, Michigan, one filled with God’s manifest presence and power. Myrtle D.

  • Turning Your Inner Extrovert Inside Out for the Gospel

    Turning Your Inner Extrovert Inside Out for the Gospel

    Driven by my love for God and for the lost, I have led over 55,000 people to give their lives to Jesus Christ—as an introvert. From trial and error as well as study, I have learned several keys that have helped me reach people for Christ and assist hundreds of others around the world in

  • How to Pray for America in this Time of Crisis

    How to Pray for America in this Time of Crisis

    The time for action is now! Whether we like it or not and whether we believe it or not, America is at war. Our nation is in a battle for her soul, and we the church must defend her, love her and fight for her. We the church must clean up the mess we have

  • Bringing the Light of Hope Against Spreading Darkness

    Bringing the Light of Hope Against Spreading Darkness

    For nearly 28 years, the Los Angeles Dream Center has helped transform ministry around the world through its example of 24/7 compassion ministry in one of America’s worst areas. Hundreds of thousands—more likely, millions—of people have been profoundly affected by receiving assistance at its iconic hospital-by-the-highway campus or by serving there on a visiting church

  • Putin’s War Against Pentecostals

    Putin’s War Against Pentecostals

    For two years the world was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. The advocates for one-world government used it as an opportunity to call for a “great reset.” Then on Feb. 24, Vladimir Putin invaded the neighboring country of Ukraine, and suddenly war was all the media covered. The situation in Ukraine changes almost daily, but

  • God Still Speaks

    God Still Speaks

    In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus spoke of various grounds into which the seed of the gospel fell. In one the plant came up luxuriantly, but was choked out by weeds and died. Jesus was warning us about being encumbered with the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches and other things entering

  • Strength for Your Race, One Day at a Time

    Strength for Your Race, One Day at a Time

    Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) “Therefore … let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Part of what

  • In Painful Season of Delay, Hold On!

    In Painful Season of Delay, Hold On!

    I’ve tried my best to keep a good attitude during this pandemic season, but God knows I’ve complained too much—about masks, vaccine mandates, changing health policies, closed schools, online church services and travel restrictions. But what I’ve hated most are the delays. Everything is moving slower these days. It’s almost as if God pushed a

  • Hard-won Lessons From the Lockdown Season

    Hard-won Lessons From the Lockdown Season

    Since the launch of Freedom City Church six years ago, we have fasted the last 21 days of January each year. This January, as I was seeking God for a fresh word for our work in our urban church planning model, I felt two words strongly—”recalibrate” and “establish.” “Calibrate” means to measure against the standard.

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