Don VanHoozier, one of the godliest men I’ve ever known, challenged me as a young pastor to consider the words of this passage from Joel. “Declare a holy fast, call a special meeting, get the leaders together, Round up everyone in the country. Get them into God’s Sanctuary for serious prayer to God.” (Joel 1:14,…Read more Fasting and Disasters
This is one reply from many I received from a question I posed, "What do you wish you knew before you got married?" How much work it would take to grow, change together, and stay in love with life happening everyday and marriages failing around you. That reply reflects the wisdom of experience from a…Read more Things I Wish I had Known Before I Married #1
Today, it is only natural that we fast for the victims, their families, the community of the Parkland School tragedy and the suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz. This is America’s 18th school shooting this year. Every Town Research reports that there have been 290 school shootings in America since 2013. There are no words to express…Read more Fasting in Response to Tragedy
“Dennis, you must learn to fast. Fasting will make you aware of my presence and God will grant you power for ministry.” My trust was exceedingly high in those who taught me that I would become closer to God and be more aware of His presence. I wanted the power of God manifested in my…Read more Fasting vs. My Appetite
I was looking at the cross in the sanctuary this morning with joy and confidence. God’s love demonstrated in Christ’s laying down His life for our sins. He gives us boldness to pray with a Holy Spirit inspired imagination. His resurrection confirms the glorious plan of God that delights angels and Christians alike. When I…Read more A Big and Blessed Imagination
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. ... Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:10; 14, NIV) A wonderful promise is contained in the phrase, "good…Read more CHRISTMAS FAVOR
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! It was a wonderful Advent Season, topped off by Christmas Eve Services last night at Woodland. It is one of my favorite services of the year. Last night was no different! Here at home, Christmas Day has been more like the days of yore. With three little grandsons,…Read more Merry Christmas!