The Miracle of Life

By Francis Frangipane

Without fail, as long as we live in this world, pressures and heartaches will hunt the human soul, often springing upon us when we least expect them. Jesus, too, faced conflicts, but He did so from the perspective of one who lived in the fullness of God's Presence. For all He endured of spiritual warfare or frustration with His disciples or attacks from the Pharisees, His spirit always was full of life in abundance.

How did Jesus obtain such inner strength? We read that He "would often slip away to the wilderness and pray" (Lk 5:16) and, again, that He would climb to a favorite mountain and spend "the whole night in prayer" (Lk 6:12). We know He prayed, but His time alone with God was most often spent in the beauty of God's creation in the wilderness or the mountains. During His nights in prayer, I don't picture Jesus spending the entire time on His knees; rather, I think that, at least for a while, He laid back, put His hands beneath His head and then, while gazing at the stars, talked to His Father.

From Setback to Setup

By Francis Frangipane

There has been a subtle spiritual attack -- a cloud of unbelief -- that has settled on a number of people. Some folks have not even noticed how unbelief has imperceptibly crept into their thought life; others have been in major battles, suffering from relentless questions concerning the validity of God's promises. People are finding themselves in circumstances that are far removed from what they hoped or envisioned.

Even if this spirit is not affecting you personally, it may be working against your loved ones or isolated members in your church community.

If we look at the heros of faith in the Scriptures, we will find people that, without fail, found themselves in circumstances that were unlike anything their faith expected. If we pursue our investigation, we will also see that it was in the "unexpected place" that God established character in His servant, which in turn released power that fulfilled destiny.