The Roots of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers in the Book of Psalms

Pastor Mitchell Bland has invited me to teach the July 21, 2021 Bible study at The Sanctuary UPC in Hazelwood, Missouri. This is our home church, and I look forward to sharing insights on Psalm 68:18 and Paul’s use of this verse in Ephesians 4:7-16.

As a partial resource on this Bible study, I am posting here selected PowerPoint slides drawn from my book The Messiah in the Psalms: Discovering Christ in Unexpected Places (Hazelwood, MO: WAP Academic, A Division of Word Aflame Press, 2007). These slides can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

PowerPoint Presentation for July 21 2021 The Sanctuary UPC


Follow-Up on Massachusetts-Rhode Island Summer Summit

Last week (July 13-16, 2021) Susan and I were privileged to participate in the Summer Summit (i.e., camp meeting) sponsored by the Massachusetts-Rhode Island District of the United Pentecostal Church International.

What a wonderful week it was as we experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! The meetings were well-attended, and those present freely worshipped in Spirit and truth. The district is characterized by a hunger and thirst to draw ever closer to our Lord Jesus and by a spirit of revival.

I would like to express my appreciation for the invitation from the district superintendent, Jay Stirnemann, to teach the daily Bible classes. The content for these classes is posted here on my website under the headings Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3.

We were spiritually enriched by the ministries of Aaron Bounds, pastor of The Anchor Church in Zanesville, Ohio, and Stan Gleason, pastor of The Life Church in Kansas City, Missouri and assistant general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International.

We enjoyed the hospitality and fellowship with everyone we met, including the district officials. We felt at home!


An Invitation to Teach at the Upcoming Massachusetts – Rhode Island District Summer Summit

During the 2019 North American Youth Congress, the superintendent of the Massachusetts – Rhode Island district of the United Pentecostal Church International, Jay Stirnemann, invited me to teach the daily Bible studies for the 2021 Summer Summit.

That day is at hand! Click on the link below for the dates, speakers, and location.


I will teach on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (July 14-16) at 10 a.m. So you can see what I plan to teach each day, I will post the PowerPoint Presentations here, labeled Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3.

Susan and I look forward to being with the wonderful people of the district, to hearing the preaching of the gospel, and to experiencing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We appreciate the invitation!



Daily Wisdom 301: Proverbs 14:1

Proverbs 14:1 (NKJV) — 1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

Women who build and tear down. A woman who is wise will do the things that strengthen her family. A foolish woman does the things that tend to destroy her family and marriage. The final twenty-two verses of the Book of Proverbs describe a virtuous woman and the things she does to contribute to the strength of her marriage and family (Proverbs 31:10-31).


The Day of Pentecost at Life Church

It was our privilege to spend this weekend at LifeChurch in Gilbert, Arizona []. Lead Pastor Terry Baughman and his wife Gayla are long-time friends, and we were so happy to see what God is doing there.

This was the fourth Sunday in their completely new church facility, and I was invited to speak during their open house on Saturday evening and for the Pentecost Sunday service. The Holy Spirit fell as on that first Pentecost some 2000 years ago, the waters of baptism were stirred, and the sweet lingering presence of our Lord refreshed our souls.

I encourage you to visit their social media presence at the link above. If you are thinking of building a new church facility from the ground up, you definitely need to check this out first!


Daily Wisdom 300: Proverbs 13:25

Proverbs 13:25 (NKJV) — 25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

The secret of satisfaction. Satisfaction or dissatisfaction are not matters of quantity, but of righteousness or wickedness. Those who are righteous will be content with what they have. (See Philippians 4:11; I Timothy 6:8.) Wicked persons will never be satisfied. They always crave for more. But God alone can satisfy the inner longings of the soul (Isaiah 55:1-3).


Daily Wisdom 299: Proverbs 13:24

Proverbs 13:24 (NKJV) — 24 He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

Tough love. Some parents deceive themselves into thinking they love their children too much to discipline them. But the father who refuses to discipline his children actually acts as if he hates them. He shows no concern for the development of their character. (See Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15; Hebrews 12:6-11.) Parents who love their children will chasten them early in life. The person who receives no discipline while growing up will have little self-control and will be of shallow character.

Discipline does not mean beating or abuse. We can learn how to discipline our children appropriately by noting the following aspects of God’s chastening of His children. (1) He never leaves a question as to His love for His children. (2) While the discipline may be painful, the pain is never permanent. There is no injury. (3) He does not chasten in an emotional fit of anger, but out of a determination of what is best for the disobedient person. (4) He restores the offender back to fellowship with Him. (5) When the discipline has been rendered and forgiveness sought and granted, He never again brings up the offense. (6) The discipline is designed and intended to produce repentance, not rebellion.