James’ Recent Articles2021-07-27T11:53:27-05:00

Can a Nation Be Born in a Day? (Hint: Yes!)

Can a nation be born in a day? When God asks an outrageous question, He already knows the answer. And usually, it is to make a strong point. In this case, certainly one point is—"Is anything impossible for God?” And the obvious answer to any student of God’s Word is an obvious, “No!” But perhaps another more important point in the case of this question posed by God is—"Do I keep My promises?” “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be given birth all at once? As [...]

By |September 14th, 2021|

Does Scripture Command Me to Pray for Israel and the Middle East?

Does God's Word give any clear directives specifically to pray for Israel and the Middle East? We are not to be blown around by every whimsical wind of doctrine or the latest fad that hits the charismatic shores. We must be grounded in the Word of God. We must be knowledgeable of what the Scriptures have to say on a given matter. God is not impressed with our opinions or our preconceived prejudicial thinking. God’s Word has the authority and the final say! To know God’s heart, we must diligently study God’s Word as a prerequisite to being approved as a workman [...]

By |September 2nd, 2021|

Why It is Imperative to Pray and Take a Stand for Israel

Nations are being weighed in the balance. These are tumultuous times. Much is at stake right now, and society is rapidly changing right before our eyes.  It is extremely important to have God’s perspective and to land on God’s side in these critical times. I believe it is imperative that once again we take a good hard look at what God’s Word says about the Land of Israel and His covenant promises. So let’s set our gaze clearly and surely concerning the Apple of God’s Eye. Let’s be grounded in the foundational understandings of “Why I Pray and Take a Stand for [...]

By |August 26th, 2021|

Can You Accelerate the Return of Jesus?

The Day of His Appearing In the midst of all that is happening around the world today, are you and I able to accelerate the return of Jesus? Some would say we absolutely cannot hasten the return of the Lord, because in their theological take on the providence of God, everything is preordained. I believe very much in the sovereignty of God. I also believe that He gave us free will, and that He invites us into the mystery and destiny of being a co-laborer with Christ. As we consider whether we can hasten His appearing, let’s ask another question: Is it possible that [...]

By |August 20th, 2021|

5 Keys to a Life of God Encounters

By the grace of God, my life has been filled with “God encounters”—God taking me to mountain tops, leading me through the valleys, and walking with me in the small moments, every step of every day. Really? Yes, and you can live a life filled with God encounters too. Guiding people into encounters with God has been my passionate pursuit for many decades. During all this time I have seen proof repeatedly: “God Encounters Are for Everyone!” 5 Keys to a Life of God Encounters Initially, I thought I would simply highlight some of the things I am known for which all [...]

By |August 5th, 2021|

Identifying and Praying into Our Core Values

The Lord spoke to me about my core values more than forty years ago when I was a young pastor, and what I learned then has stuck with me. At the time, I was not thinking forty or fifty or even a hundred years into the future; I was just thinking about the week ahead and my next Sunday sermon. Yet out of the blue, this sentence occurred to me, and I knew it was from God: “Your end-time worldview will determine your lifestyle.” The Lord wasn’t delineating to me what my end-time worldview should be. He was simply pointing out that [...]

By |July 22nd, 2021|

Revelation’s Ultimate Purpose: Presenting Jesus to the World

The ultimate purpose of discerning revelation is actually presenting Jesus to the world. In other words, we let God’s word become flesh in us so that others can experience Him. One of joys in my life is the people I have the honor of working with. One of them is Jeffrey Thompson, the project manager for my ministry, God Encounters Ministries. Here, he tells about a revelatory experience he had with the Lord that expresses revelation’s ultimate purpose: One day not long ago, I was given the opportunity to preach at the church where I serve part-time on the pastoral staff. After [...]

By |July 15th, 2021|

Learning to Listen with Discernment

Learning to listen with discernment means that you begin to recognize the voice of God so well that other voices sound unfamiliar. In John 10:5, Jesus told his followers, “And a stranger they simply will not follow.” This statement needs to become a reality in your life. It takes practice and requires that you learn well the listening with discernment lessons freely offered to all of us by Holy Spirit. Don't be so overly zealous, that instead of making the time to take driver’s training classes, you quickly get into the fastest car you can find and go off to the races. Some, sad to say, end [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|
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