Category Archives: Sermon Series

Free Seminar on Learning “God Speech”…Christian Prayer

Did you know that at its root, “theology” means “God speech”? I always thought theology meant “the study of God,” and that’s the common modern idea, but in the original Greek, “ology” is derived from “logos,”  meaning “word.”  Biology is the study of life, but it’s also “life words”…learning how to speak the language of life. Similarly, “theology” means learning to speak the language of God.

Do you know how to speak God words? To talk to God? To let him speak to you and respond back to him, the way I toddling child learns to speak to his father?

Starting today, Wednesday, February 27, 2017, my son Jonathan (who is now a professor at Moody Bible Institute) is beginning a series on prayer, and I wanted to let you know, just in case it might be interesting to you. For those of you who may not know, Jonathan’s great passion is to make Christian education available to anyone who wants it, regardless of where they live or whether they can afford to attend a traditional university for training. Moody has been wonderfully supportive in working on this vision with him. Here is the specific information:




Dear Friends of Aqueduct Project,

We are incredibly excited to invite you to a live lecture series on prayer that will take place on Wednesdays beginning this week, February 22, 2017! You can join in on this live event from anywhere in the world with a single click. Full details are available at the course landing page:

We have assembled a teaching team of seven gifted and passionate students from Moody Bible Institute who will be delivering these lessons alongside me. Whether you are able to join us for only one lesson or whether you will be able to participate in the entire series, we hope that we will see you soon for this transformative experience!

No registration is required, and all lectures are free! If you have questions, please email Jack DePuy at

“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17–18, ESV)

Jonathan J. Armstrong, Ph.D.
President of Aqueduct Project

Origins: Springs of Faith in Engedi

Brad PowellUsually on Wednesdays I like to share reflections on current events or review uplifting movies or good books, but I want to start including especially good sermon series sometimes too. For instance, my daughter’s husband, Carl, is a videographer for Northridge, a mega church near Detroit. Their pastor, Brad Powell, is such a thoughtful teacher that they just opened their fourth campus (in Grosse Ile) this fall, and on the first day the new building opened, twice as many people showed up as could fit in the auditorium! So, on the second Sunday, they already had to go to 2 services to accommodate all the people who are coming.Brad Powell teaching Brad just started a new series in September called “Origins: Old Testament Edition.” My son-in-law traveled with a group from Northridge last spring to learn about Israel and get footage and inspiration for this series, and so—of course—I was very eager to check out Carl’s video handiwork as well as hear the messages. I’ve been so inspired by Brad’s teaching that I want to recommend this series. If you can’t take the time to just sit quietly and listen, you can always double task like I do, listening while you work out, do calisthenics, drive to work, fold laundry, wash dishes, or whatever!

I can’t really condense the messages, but let me give you just one insight from Brad’s message on En Gedi. This was especially meaningful to me, because Alan and I have taken a trip to Israel, so  I could picture everything in my mind:

Sunset in Israeli Wilderness David and his men were wandering in the desert trying to avoid King Saul, who was jealous of David’s popularity. Springs of Engedi They finally managed to reach the life-giving springs of En Gedi, which bubble up out of the rocks in the middle of the barren wilderness. Deer in woodsBrad mentioned that when they visited early in the morning, they didn’t find anything but animals.The Dead SeaAll the tourists had gone to the Dead Sea instead, which is very close by and much more impressive. Swimming in the Dead SeaThis is absolutely true! Our tour bus didn’t stop at the Springs of En Gedi at all. The resort where we stoppedInstead, our destination was a glamorous resort along the banks of the Dead Sea. Dead SeaThe only trouble is, the Dead Sea is dead. Nothing ever grows in it!Swimming in Dead Sea  It’s fun to float in it, but although it will sustain a person’s weight, it can’t sustain the life of any living thing! Wilderness of IsraelBrad pointed out that spiritually—like David—we live in an arid world, Oasis in Israel's Wildernessbut instead of seeking refuge in the life-giving waters at the Springs of En Gedi, Beautiful Dead Seawe are drawn to look for pleasure in places that are beautiful but have no life. Springs of Engedi NRCWhen we feel that deep, restless longing in our souls, drinking in the world’s glamorous “Dead Sea” won’t quench our thirst. We need to come to God. He is the true spiritual En Gedi: The spring of living water:
“O Lord, the hope of Israel,
all that forsake thee shall be ashamed,
and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth,
because they have forsaken the Lord,
the fountain of living waters.”
(Jeremiah 17:13, emphasis mine)The Road to EngediHow about you and me? Where do we go to find spiritual life and peace?Swimming at resort on Dead Sea God truly is my En Gedi, my fountain of living waters, and I pray He’s yours too!Barefoot Creek

 (I took the photos of Brad Powell and the Spring of En Gedi while listening to the message on their website. All the rest were from my trip to Israel with Alan, except the picture of the deer and the last picture, which were taken at our previous home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.)