Discerning the Subtle

Discerning the Subtle In understanding the times, the bar has been raised in discerning the subtle means the enemy has been employing to undermine and derail spiritual leaders and agendas. In October of 1996, following the funeral of our 30 year daughter, who had been murdered, I asked the Lord to help me understand. I […]

Greater Authority

GREATER AUTHORITY During challenging times, one would think it enough to wield the authority to walk out an individual, overcoming believer’s life. Yet, it is not enough. Nor, in such times, are the safe places of congregations operating in their appointed authority, generally quite enough. Recent escalations of tragic events and dire threats in the […]

A Safe Place

A SAFE PLACE Since God has had a people, His design for community has had at its core being a safe place. This design serves as a trust society to nurture the gifts and the maturity of its members to the benefit of all. This blueprint for community began through the instructions God gave Moses, […]

The Counterfeit Spirit

THE COUNTERFEIT SPIRIT The religious spirit has plagued the thrust of God’s people from the beginning. Since the first century church, its counterfeit antics have perverted the household of faith’s quest for more of God. Its modus operandi is subtle, seductive and entangling. At its root is the perversion, the misapplication of the glory and […]

Turning the World

TURNING THE WORLD In times of accelerated change, anticipating the turns is prudent. Yet, for those living in the shadow of His wings, the mandate calls for something more. The call is to navigate the change. At the heart of all our efforts is what we refer to as the Issachar context: to understand the […]

Shroud of Clutter

THE SHROUD OF CLUTTER A firestorm, with its roots in the spiritual realm, is raging. No longer at the subtle stage, it is reaching a climax. The clamor impacts our thinking The claims of the world challenge the ways of God, distorting reality. Sensory bombardments and clutter add fuel to the confusion, overload, deception and […]

Enduring Economics: Vietnam

ENDURING ECONOMICS: VIETNAM The practical keys to build economies, long-term, can be a mystery. The advice of experts holds diversities of approaches with too often, only short-term fixes. What works for some, may not be the answer for others. There is a need to close the gap on what endures. As Vietnam continues to evolve […]

The Blessing Undefiled

THE BLESSING UNDEFILED “Till the Spirit is poured out from on high and the desert becomes a fertile field and the fertile field seems like a forest, justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and […]

Misguided Tongues

MISGUIDED TONGUES Dedicated to the Memory of Trisha Ruddick Stemple (June 14, 1966-Oct 24, 1996) Memorial Day is a time of reflection. October 24, 1996 is a date our family will never forget. It is the day our 30 year old daughter Trisha Stemple was brutally murdered. Trish, a beautiful young mother of two, was […]

Perspectives and Opportunity

PERSPECTIVES AND OPPORTUNITY Back in the early eighties, I served on the Political and Public Affairs Committee of one the most powerful trade associations in the energy business. In addressing one of our agendas, the Chairman of the committee and CEO of the Rowan Companies, posed an illustration. He suggested that had the rogue, totalitarian […]