Prayers of Restoration

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  John 11:44 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Mark 7:34-35 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to…

The Valley of the Shadow – Part Two

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me Psalm 23:4 Many of us walk through dark valleys in our lives. The dark valley is not some mistake. The presence of a shadow means…

Whiter than Snow

Many year back I heard this ending of a long poem that an evangelist read at the close of his service It has always stayed with me. When I stand in the midst of a farm field filled with snow it feels for the moment like a barren place, forsaken by all life and hope….

Scandal -The Church – and the Restoration of God

This past week another large church has been shocked and saddened by the admitted moral failure of their pastor. Scandal in the church is not at all a new experience. From the days of David with Bathsheba till today, men (and women) in positions of great influence  have failed. Is this a sign that all…