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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.

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Honoring Those With Whom You Disagree

Next Tuesday – March 3rd – is the big day. Be sure to read my blog post on that day. I’ll be announcing a time-sensitive opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

On the heels of my recent post, Shocking Beliefs of John Wesley, I came across an interesting remark from George Whitefield regarding John Wesley.

Whitefield and Wesley were contemporaries who both had massive followings during their time. But they disagreed on a number of key theological points.

Whitefield was much more a Calvinist while Wesley was much more an Arminian.

In light of their doctrinal disagreements, someone once asked Whitefield if he thought he’d see Wesley in heaven. Here is Whitefield’s reply:[Continue Reading…]

Your Time Has Not Yet Come

Jesus made the statement “my time is not yet come” several times in the Gospels.

The point of this statement is that there is a certain time for significant events and seasons which occur in a servant of God’s life.

This is especially true for ministry.

If God has called you to a specific work, there is a time in which that work will find its greatest fulfillment and its widest impact.

If you launch out and try to make things happen before your time has come, you will see little fruit and a lot of frustration.

If you are passive and miss your time, you will see little fruit.

The good news is that God will let you know when your time has come. If you’re in tune with the Spirit, it will become obvious.

Note that you can be in ministry now, and yet “your time” still hasn’t yet come.

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The Crisis of Faith

As I explained in Jesus Now, the beginning of the Christian faith is fairly easy. And so is the last part of the journey.

It’s the middle that’s incredibly difficult.

There are usually two points in a believer’s life where they encounter a crisis of faith. This is especially true if God is using the person in powerful ways.

One is when they are around 30 years old. The other is when they are in their 40s.

I’ve watched many people fall away from the Lord during those two periods, some even becoming atheists.

It’s no accident that the writer of Hebrews says,

“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.” Hebrews 10:32.[Continue Reading…]

Get a Free Copy of THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins

My friend Jeff Goins’ new book, The Art of Work, is filled with inspirational stories of people who have found their calling. Stories of people who are living beyond the status quo and doing the very thing they were meant to do.

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Like the story of Ginny Phang. Ginny was a young single mother in a country where single mothers are shunned. Ginny was faced with the pressure to have an abortion. She faced hardship and endured much loneliness.[Continue Reading…]

This Will Prevent Bodily Injury, Mental Anguish & Criminal Activity!

It has been reported to me from Chloe’s household that millions of people from all over the world have been arrested for looting, breaking & entering as well as experiencing panic attacks, physical injury, and lengthy hospital stays trying to get their hands on my upcoming book The Day I Met Jesus before it releases on March 3rd, and I partly believe it. (Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 1:11; 11:18. Thanks Paul.)

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To prevent permanent bodily harm, mental anguish, and further criminal activity, my publisher has released A Taste Test of the book.

The Taste Test should hold everyone over until the release date in 15 days . . . March 3rd . . . where you can order the book and hold the baby in your hands direct from Parable.com.

If you missed my big announcement about this recently, Parable will beat every other bookstore’s price — including Amazon’s — and you’ll get 7 exclusive bonuses from Mary and me if you purchase the book from Parable during release week.[Continue Reading…]

Read This Before You Drop the H-Bomb (“Heretic”) on a Fellow Christian  

I wrote the following article about how Christians misuse the word “heretic” and “heresy” with my friend, Greg Boyd.

“Heretic.” It’s a favorite word that many Christians have no problem dropping on the heads of their fellow sisters and brothers.

In common parlance, the term is used to describe any person who disagrees with “orthodox Christian teaching.” The problem, of course, is that there are different perspectives on what exactly constitutes “orthodox Christian teaching.”

Some claim this for Calvinism, while others claim this for Arminianism, or for Roman Catholicism, or for Eastern Orthodoxy.

And we must not forget the many Fundamentalist groups who reserve the term “orthodox” only for people who agree with every one of their distinctive beliefs and/or practices.

2,000 years down the church history pike and the body of Christ is sliced and diced into over 33,000 fragments, some of which pull the heresy lever at everyone else without blinking.[Continue Reading…]

23 Hours Left & a Preview of This Week’s Blog Posts

I rarely post on a Saturday, but I wanted to write today because some of you missed out on my recent free book offer.

As you know, I gave away my best book to date, God’s Favorite Place on Earth, for 2 weeks.

Unfortunately, some of you don’t read my blog posts on the day when they are published, so we had people miss the deadline. (Note that I only post twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays.)

That said, we’ve opened up my premium discipleship course, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ, last Sunday. And we emailed those of you who signed up to be on the waiting list. (If that’s you, check your spam/junk folder and “Promotions” tab if you use gmail.)[Continue Reading…]

Two Kinds of Leaders

The 112th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called “Two Kinds of Leaders.”

Be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

Listen to the episode in the following venues:

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