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A Powerless Church


“What are you arguing with them about?” He asked. A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I […]

Getting Outside Our Comfort Zones

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 E.S. Williams served the Assemblies of God as general superintendent from 1929 to 1949, bringing godly leadership to a church that grew rapidly and […]

The Smallness in Our Hands

I met with a group of our missionaries on their way into a restricted country under a business model through which they were allowed to enter. I reminded them of Jesus feeding the five thousand and pointed out that it would be great to go into a country where thousands of people are awaiting your […]

Have You Been Falsely Accused? (Psalm 7)

A pastor friend in China was falsely accused. In 1956 the government sent him to prison for nine years and then kept in him on probation another sixteen years. Twenty-five years is a long time to remain falsely accused, forbidden to preach the gospel, or conduct services. I have visited with this pastor three times […]

The Church: God’s Masterpiece

How often has the Church broken the heart of God? He wants the archangels to look on His masterpiece; but when He holds up the Church for display, too often it is rent with division, pettiness, unnecessary disputes, selfishness, and a lack of prayer, evangelism, and compassion and care for the concerns that are at […]

Leaders Are Teachable

God uses every circumstance to teach us if we have a heart open to serve. Until I faced some of my hardest circumstances and was placed in a position of servanthood, my growth in ministry plateaued. The church where I served as pastor in Newport-Mesa grew every year for 17 years, but the growth rate […]

Hugging Your Way to Unity

George McCafferty stood out in the crowd. He was a good 6-feet-4 inches tall, a ruddy-faced, smiling Irish Catholic, and a successful contractor. He was so excited about his newfound relationship with the Lord and his baptism in the Spirit that he radiated joy. For the first testimony he gave in our mid-week service, he […]

Love God and Love People

I have told my son, who is a young pastor, “There are just two things you need to do: Love God and love people.” If you do these two things, you will not go too far astray. Many younger pastors immediately try to assert their authority because they feel insecure. They try to change things […]