About Stephen Collins
I'm an artist, art gallery owner, custom framer, printer, writer, husband, father, grandfather, curmudgeon cook, and Spirit-filled, born again, prophetically gifted, Bible believing Christian who loves Jesus and wants to make his life count for Him. I'm too charismatic for evangelicals and too rational for pentecostals. I seek a sane balance that draws what's true from wherever it can be found. I do speak in tongues (early cave man) but don't think it's important. Jesus matters more than His gifts. Despite how it might sound, I'm not too obnoxious.
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Word received during prayer at church Sunday, May 12, 2016, for upcoming mission trip to Botswana. On Sunday, May 12, 2016, as part of the service, we prayed for our brother and sister in Christ who were preparing for a mission trip to Botswana. As we prayed, the Lord gave me a dramatic vision of what He … Continue reading Revival in Africa →
Word received while waking Wednesday, May 25, 2016 My first thoughts this morning when I awoke had to do with the silence of the Lord and the overall challenge of hearing Him clearly. Sometimes He speaks. Sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes I hear Him. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes when I do hear Him, I hear only … Continue reading Calm Before the Storm →
Word received during worship Sunday, May 1, 2016; thoughts on the meaning of Communion During worship today, I thought of the story of Jacob’s Ladder, how Jacob in a dream saw a ladder to heaven and heard the Lord call down His promise of blessing. Jacob responded with worship, rejoicing at the profound miracle he had … Continue reading Jacob’s Ladder →
Word received Sunday, July 19, 2015 about the Shepherd gathering the sheep. Recorded here January 8, 2016. During worship this morning, the Lord showed me a great landscape of rolling hills. The sky was sunny but in the distance I could see encroaching darkness, the first hint of the coming of a great storm. The hills … Continue reading Gathering the Sheep →
Word received during worship November 29, 2015 During worship this morning, I was thinking about what it meant that the risen, glorified Christ intercedes for me when I pray (see the word I received last week, Putting on Christ). I thought of all the times I had prayed before, when I knew I was praying according to … Continue reading Every Word a Seed →
Sunday, November 22, 2015, vision received during worship while praying for my wife During worship, I was praying for my wife, Sherry, responding to the tenderness of God’s love for her as I held her hand and listened. After a few minutes, I saw myself walking toward a building that grew larger and larger as … Continue reading Putting on Christ →
I am the man born blind and healed by Jesus; I am the prostitute forgiven and saved from stoning; I am the cripple who was made to walk; I was Lazarus raised from the dead. Every healing, every deliverance, all of God’s forgiveness belongs to every believer. All of these things were done to all of us by the Lord.
Weeks leading up to and including Sunday morning worship, March 1, 2015: For some months now, worship for me has meant sitting in the Lord’s presence, not singing, not praying, just resting, the eyes of my heart lifted up to Him, waiting for whatever He chooses to give, whether something small, something large, or nothing … Continue reading Revelation of His Love →
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness … Continue reading Count It All Joy →
It struck me that each type of creature represents a type of believer. Each of us who belong to the Lord are called to serve Him in different ways. We have different callings and different gifts.