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Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Hear

Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,

“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … We are scheduled to close the transaction on June 12th, so, supposedly, this will happen the week following. I want to assure you that this is indeed a baseless rumor. There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”

I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false.

Another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading...]

The Ultimate Issue

The 105th podcast episode just released. It contains a conference message I delivered entitled “The Ultimate Issue.”

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If you don’t use a smart phone, then click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast using your smart phone or tablet, how to rate the podcast in iTunes, and how to find time to listen to podcasts.[Continue Reading...]

Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?

“Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living.”

~ Thomas à Kempis

In some recent progressive Christian blogs, the authors often argue that the Bible contradicts itself a great deal.

Some of these authors even go as far as to say that the Bible isn’t terribly reliable, and that certain things that God told Israel, for example, were . . . well . . . little fibs. “God really didn’t tell those people that. They had their fingers crossed behind their backs as they penned those claims.” Or so the thinking goes.

I find these sorts of explanations to be unconvincing at best. And they reflect modernistic Enlightenment rationalism (which governs the frontal lobes of those who flat-footedly reject Scripture) at worst.

While I don’t believe the Bible has a journalistic type of accuracy that most fundamentalists ascribe to it, nor do I believe that the Bible is some sort of magic book that will yield an answer to every conceivable question posed to it, I am convinced of the following:[Continue Reading...]

The Song “Bethany” is Now Part of an Album

For those of you who are new to the blog, my most popular book is God’s Favorite Place on Earth. That book is based on a series of messages I delivered in Kentucky in 2012.

Those 3 messages are on my podcast, so you can still listen to them freely. The messages are called “God’s Favorite Place: Part I, II, and III.”

One of the young men who attended the conference — Mikey Sweet — wrote a song based on the messages I delivered that weekend.

You can hear the raw recording of it at the end of the third message, where he performed it live in front of all of us for the very first time.

You’ll want to listen to all the messages to understand the lyrics.

Mikey had written the song in his motel bathroom between conference sessions.

Well, Mikey recently recorded the song professionally and it’s now part of his new album entitled “The North King.”

Go here to get the album and listen to the professional version of “Bethany”

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Origin of “Personal Savior” & The Idea of Having a “Personal Relationship” with Christ

What’s to Come:

On Monday, I plan to publish a controversial post called “Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?”

On Thursday, we plan to publish on the podcast a conference message I delivered called “The Ultimate Issue.”

You don’t want to miss those.

Today, I want to talk about this business of having a “personal Savior” and a “personal relationship” with the Lord. Actually, I’ve already spoken on this subject. Here it is.[Continue Reading...]

I’m Building a Team – A Personal Invitation

I talk about this on my latest podcast.

Stream it directly here

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Subscribe on Beyond Pod and listen to it on your Android phone (the podcast is called “Christ is All – Frank Viola”)

Oh, and if you have friends who are in ministry or if they are artists (writers, speakers, musicians, bloggers, etc.), send them the link. They’ll want to know about this opportunity.[Continue Reading...]

What’s Wrong With LEFT BEHIND?

So what’s wrong with Left Behind, the movie?

For starters, it’s based on a doctrine that was invented in the mid-1800s and which is built on an incredibly brittle interpretation of Scripture.

We can trace the doctrine back to John Nelson Darby, D.L. Moody, and C.I. Scofield. I told the story elsewhere:

For D.L. Moody, “the church was a voluntary association of the saved.” So staggering was his influence that by 1874 the church was not seen as a grand corporate body but as a gathering of individuals. This emphasis was picked up by every revivalist who followed him. And it eventually entered into the marrow and bones of evangelical Christianity. It is also worth noting that Moody was heavily influenced by the Plymouth Brethren teaching on the end times. This was the teaching that Christ may return at any second before the great Tribulation. (This teaching is also called “pretribulational dispensationalism.”)[Continue Reading...]

Shattered Magazine: A Review

Earlier this year Shattered Magazine came to my attention. It’s a high quality Christian periodical that features real-life stories that inspire, encourage, and instruct.

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From the layout to the design to the stories, the magazine is “top shelf.”

And subscription is inexpensive.

Rachael Jackson, the creator and editor, is a West Point graduate. Through experiencing and overcoming the challenges in her life and witnessing hardships in the lives of people she loves, a strong desire grew in her heart to reach out to those who struggle in life and connect them with an all-powerful and loving God who cares enough to walk us through our valleys and rejoice with us on our mountaintops.

She created the publication to cut through the noise of the rest of the world and help point people towards a truly satisfying and rewarding life (now and in eternity) – regardless of temporary afflictions or momentary struggles.

Most of the readers of the magazine are Christian women ages 25 – 60. However, men and children benefit from the magazine as well.[Continue Reading...]

A Word to the Hardcore & An Invitation to Two Special Events

The 104th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast is live.

It’s a word to the “hardcore” – those dead serious about The Deeper Journey – plus a personal invitation to two events we plan to hold in 2015.

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PODCAST ARCHIVES – click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.[Continue Reading...]

The Letters in RED

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Today I interview Lee Wilkerson on his new book The Letters in RED: A Study in the Words of Jesus.

Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “What is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “How are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Lee Wilkerson: Thank you Frank. I’m hoping that anyone who reads my book will understand that all truth is first spiritual. It is a living power in the heart of regenerate man. Its purpose is to bear witness to what the Spirit of God is doing deep within each believer. People see the Sermon on the Mount and they either take it as a new set of obligations, or they take it as something that Jesus did away with, at least for now, or they take it as an ideal- a religious dream.  However, truth is not there so we can have ideals. It is not there so we can formulate doctrines, it’s primary purpose in not even to keep us out of error, though that is part of what it does- but it’s primary purpose is to join with God’s Spirit in the transformation of the heart and the life of the believer. Truth is to be in the inward parts; it is to bear witness to the work of the Spirit of God in the heart of the believer and in the Church.  Without this, all scripture becomes dead letter.[Continue Reading...]