Encouraging Words

Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween

by Sandeep Poonen One of my children recently came home reciting this rhyme learned while at school: “Witches, ghosts, and goblins, walking down the street Knock on every doorway, ‘Trick or treat!’” I was shocked by how my child, in all innocence, could sing so casually and trivially about such scary things. I also noticed…

God Has Appointed “Helps” In the Church

by Zac Poonen “You are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues” (1 Cor.12:27,28). Every person mentioned in the above verses is one who has been equipped with some supernatural ability…

God Showing Us His Tender Love

by David Wilkerson I believe one of God’s greatest gifts of mercy to His Church is His faithful ministers who lovingly reprove us of our sins. I know that as a loving shepherd, I must be careful of my tone, but I can’t apologize for preaching convicting truth. What happens to the Church when pastors…

Anointed Music Can Bring the Spirit of Prophecy in a Church

by Zac Poonen I want to show you something about prophetic ministry. In 2 Kings 3:15, when Elisha wanted to seek the mind of God so that he could prophesy, he asked for someone to play a harp. As the musician began to play, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he prophesied…

Freedom from the Spirit of the World

by Zac Poonen Separation from the world is a leading theme of the New Testament. Before He went to the cross Jesus told His disciples that they did not belong to the world. Jesus was Himself one apart – “not of this world.” And He affirmed that His disciples were just as truly other-worldly. And…

Learn to Fade Graciously Into the Background

by Zac Poonen No one is indispensable in Christ’s church. God’s work can easily carry on without us. In fact, it can carry on much better without the help of those conceited folk who consider themselves indispensable! We must recognize this fact constantly. I once read of a prescription to humble the soul of anyone…

Pray for Meetings in Romania

The Lord has given Santosh the opportunity to go to Romania fro June 11th through 22nd to share God’s word with churches in that country. Here is his schedule including some times when the services will be live streamed. Please pray that the Lord would minister through Santosh in a way that will change lives…

The Secret of Gaining God’s Approval

by Zac Poonen It is written in Hebrews 2:17 “Therefore He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God”… Jesus has undergone the pressure of every temptation that we can ever face. This is what gives us great…

Value Life and Fellowship More than Anything Else

by Zac Poonen John begins his gospel and his first letter by mentioning the things that were in the beginning. In the beginning when there were no doctrines, church patterns, baptism, etc., over which Christians debate now, there was only God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and they had life and fellowship…

Bless the others and disappear – Seek to be Unknown

by Zac Poonen One characteristic of God’s nature is that He hates all display and advertisement. It is written about God in the book of Isaiah 45:15, “Truly Thou art a God who hides Thyself, O God.” God wants to make us like Himself – partaking of His nature that loves to do things without…