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Jessie

Lover of God. Husband. Dad. Director of the Furnace at Michigan State University.
Jessie has written 165 posts for A Life of Prayer

Facing Darkness: Winning in the Battlefield of Your Mind

So, I’m mindlessly scrolling through Facebook (perhaps this was my first mistake). I notice that a friend of mine posted a profound story of God radically changing someone’s life, which was turned into a movie. I’m very intrigued and follow the link, which takes me to YouTube. I watch the trailer for this high-profile Hollywood movie, detailing the life of this man completely transformed by faith in … Continue reading

See Victory

They say that “seeing is believing”. What if it’s by believing (first) that we actually begin to see?? Or, put another way, what if we can see it (in our minds eye) before we see it with our physical eyes?  That’s called faith, right? Or, as some have said, having eyes of faith. I was struck recently … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

Acts 19:13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day … Continue reading

Who Do You See?

Have you ever had someone draw a caricature picture of you? Usually at tourist traps or carnivals, you can pay an artist to do this. Generally, what happens is: they take your most prominent features and exaggerate them out of proportion, into something that is usually comical. I was pondering  the all-to-common vitriol these days … Continue reading

Your Ripple Effect

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus  I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake … Continue reading

The King’s Family

Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. I Timothy 3:14-15 I once had a daydream/vision where … Continue reading

You’re In. But, How Far Will You Go?

“..we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…… For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:10, 13-14 My daughter loves gymnastics. She has class twice a week for an hour and a half. And, anytime she doesn’t … Continue reading

What You Say REALLY Matters!

“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sinʼs deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we … Continue reading

What Are They Saying About You?

I like people, and I get to meet and interact with lots and lots of people, in many different spheres. Often, I’ll meet someone and they’ll be like “oh yeah, I’ve heard about you!” And, my next question is always, “Really? What did you hear??” Because I really want to know!!  It’s so interesting to … Continue reading

We Expected to Die

I led a short term youth missions team on a trip to China a few years back. While in-country, we took a short flight on one of the national airlines. This flight was like being on a roller coaster, except no one was having fun! Either the turbulence was out of control or the piloting was poor… but … Continue reading