After a heartfelt message on brokenness, people streamed up to the altar for prayer. One young woman came tearfully up to our prayer team. She was in a life-and-death battle with cancer and asked for prayer for healing. Our pastor took a glass bottle of oil, anointed her, and prayed for her as many others gathered around her in support.
While this type of anointing is a physical anointing, it has much in common with spiritual anointing. We can better understand spiritual anointing by using physical anointing as our springboard. (more…)
Every person, every Christ-follower struggles with sin—whether we recognize it or not. While we tend to think of sin as being hideous and repulsive, which it is, it often masquerades as beauty and light and goodness, as shown in 2 Corinthians 11:14:
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” If it feels good, looks good, smells good, it must be good, we reason.
What is clear about sin is that it is instigated by the devil (I John 3:8). God warns us, as he did Cain in Genesis 4:7, “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
That sounds direct enough, so why do so many believers become entangled in sin? (more…)
As our sixth grade teacher explained our social studies project, my best friend, Dawn, and I agreed to be partners. Anticipating some fun time together, we agreed that she would build the physical part of the project, and I would write the report on our chosen state, Hawaii. With those important decisions made, we promptly forgot about it. After all, we had two weeks. (more…)