God’s Grace: Shipping Not Included

At a prayer meeting a few years back, the church leader in charge of the event stood and encouraged everyone to gather in groups and begin praying together for various needs. He also encouraged those present to “make declarations” over any situation being prayed for. And then he made a rather provocative statement: “Nothing in the Kingdom of God happens without a declaration.”

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A God Too Good for Our Own Good

Long ago, at a time before recorded history, a man was arrested by the emperor of the land in which he lived and thrown into to a dungeon to live out the rest of his days. During that time, the man was regularly beaten and tortured, and was often on the brink of starvation. He had little shelter from the cold around him, and regularly suffered illness and disease.

Then one day, the man, finding the door to his cell unlocked, managed to escape. Seeking to discover why he had been condemned to such a life, he disguised himself as a palace guard, infiltrated the palace grounds, and confronted the emperor in his private chambers. But upon seeing the man and hearing his complaint, the emperor said, “Condemn you? I have nothing but good intentions for you. On the contrary, I allowed you to be sent to prison because it was always in my heart that you find the means to escape it.” Continue reading “A God Too Good for Our Own Good”

The Child Who Refused to Be Comforted

Pastor Bill Johnson tells of a life-changing event in his own life when, after months of prayer to see miraculous healing in his church, he had an encounter with God. During this encounter, the power of the Holy Spirit came upon him. He felt God speak to him and ask, “Did you mean it when you said to me, ‘Lord, whatever it takes’?” Continue reading “The Child Who Refused to Be Comforted”

God’s Sovereign Will: What Was God Thinking?

This is post 5 in our ongoing series reviewing pastor Bill Johnson’s book God Is Good: He is Better than You Think.

Pastor Bill Johnson tells a story about a woman he asked to pray for during a church service. She was suffering from cancer. Her reply was, “God has given me cancer to teach me patience.” To which Johnson replied, “If I treated my children that way, I would be arrested for child abuse.” The woman reconsidered, agreed to be prayed for and was healed. Continue reading “God’s Sovereign Will: What Was God Thinking?”

Judgment or Abundant Life?

In our last post in the series reviewing Bill Johnson’s new book God is Good: He is Better than You Think, I turned to the question whether God’s judgment of mankind at the Fall makes God a child abuser, and concluded from Scripture that the answer is no. Rather I argued that, far from being evil, God’s judgment of the world displays His perfect justice, and to think otherwise is to potentially suggest Jesus’ death on the Cross was unnecessary. Continue reading “Judgment or Abundant Life?”