Gary Keesee's blog
If you’ve been living in a dark room for days, how anxious would you be for someone to turn on the light? After it’s been gray and rainy for days, how much do you wish for a bright, sunny day? If you turn on a flashlight in a dark room, what happens? I John 1:4 tells us that God was the light of all mankind. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Last week, when I was in Florida, I struck up a conversation with our taxi driver. He had come to the U.S. from Haiti prior to the earthquake. He told me how determined he and his cousin had been to get to the U.S.—they fasted and prayed for weeks. Then, when the opportunity came, they jumped on an overloaded boat, almost capsized multiple times and came to the U.S. Then he worked to be here legally.
A lady emailed me recently with a problem. Someone on Christian TV told her that, if she gave $72, she would receive a breakthrough in 72 hours. When she didn’t have her breakthrough in 72 hours, she wasn’t happy. So she emailed me. See, some Christian TV tells you that you can give and everything will be taken care of. And, yes, giving is vital and sowing and reaping is a key principle in the Kingdom of God, but we have to do a better job of how we explain it. Because ...
You overslept and you’re running behind. You rush around the house yelling at your kids, and snapping at your wife. Then you get into traffic and find yourself slamming your fist on the steering wheel in frustration. It’s been a long day at home with the kids and the laundry is piling up. When they start arguing for what seems like the hundredth time, you scream, “WHY CAN’T I HAVE JUST FIVE MINUTES OF PEACE?”
When was the last time you failed at something? Was it something small, or something big? Was it fun? Of course not! Failure is never fun. And it’s not a cliché to say we can always learn from it. In fact, having a proper understanding of failure is vital to our success. Honda has a proper understanding of failure. Their engineers spend
Ever heard the saying, “Perception is reality?” Some people think it’s not a true statement, but it is when it comes to leadership. And, the enemy sure knows it.
So you want to find your place in this life. You want to find your destiny. But all you see is the Walmart, or the McDonalds, or the call center you work in, and you want to run. But let me tell you something that most people in our instant culture don’t want to accept—you have to be obedient one day at a time.
I was in a church one time when this big bus rolled in with a band’s name on the side. I thought I was going to be witnessing some great concert, but I was wrong. The band was awful. They couldn’t sing. In fact, it was one of the worst noises I have ever heard in my life. This band had spent all of this money on instruments, and on this bus, when they could have better used that money somewhere else. It was like watching American Idol tryouts. Have you ever wondered where ...
This week we celebrated the 4th of July. On July 4, 1776, 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. When they chose to sign that document, they were committing high treason, with a penalty of hanging. Later, five of them were captured, 12 of them had their homes seized by the British, and 17 lost all that they had. Although 120,000 later joined their cause, 26,000 died in the fight to birth this great nation.
The media has portrayed men and fathers as the butts of the jokes and the weak links for years. That’s not by accident. See, Satan always comes from behind. He doesn’t confront authority. He’s always in the shadows. He has a tactic. He wants to devalue every authority set in place by God. Men are the authority of families. If Satan wants to attack families, the best way for him to do that is to devalue the authority God has placed in our homes and in our culture. He goes ...