Insights from Pastor Tom

The Powerful Prayers of John Knox

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” —James 5:16 One of the most striking examples of powerful prayer comes from the nation of Scotland and the man John Knox. Many church historians believed Knox prayed with…

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Prayer Walking: Praying On Site with Insight

“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” —Jeremiah. 29:7 Prayer is essential to seeking the welfare of our city. Prayer walking is one particular form of prayer that can lead to Kingdom impact,…

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The Heights and Depths of AGAPE

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled  to the measure of all the fullness of God.” —Ephesians…

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Light Overcomes Darkness

“In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 5:16 We are in San Pedro, Belize. On Tuesday night, our team of missionary ladies was having a SHINE program for young women on the island. They were doing an art…

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God Restores

“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.” —Deuteronomy 30:3 On Sunday night, June 26th, a devastating fire here in San Pedro left businesses gutted and 88 people homeless. Fortunately, no one was hurt or killed…

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Dads Matter

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” —Psalm 103:13 In 1962, Rick Hoyt was born to his parents, Dick and Judy. Due to oxygen deprivation at birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. It was evident to his parents that despite…

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Seeking the Peace of Asheville

  “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”   Jeremiah 29:7 – Asheville is a great city. Nestled against the gorgeous backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this city has so many…

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Dynamic Holy Spirit Guidance

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and…

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The Spirit Like a Dove

“After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17  I love this story of Jesus’ baptism…

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God’s Power in Community

“All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.” Acts 4:32-33 Paul wrote in Romans 8 that the whole…

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Power Encounters

“Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand…

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He is Risen Indeed!

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. . . The…

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