Pressing Into the Kingdom

The 103rd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just released.

It’s a message I delivered in October 2010 called Pressing Into the Kingdom. It can also be entitled Holy Violence.

The talk is a practical unfolding and application of these two texts:

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.”

~ Luke 16:16

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

~ Matthew 11:2

I believe it will stir your heart to pursue the Lord and press into all that He’s made available to you.

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A Jesus Response to Suicide

Last month, I wrote about the issue of suicide from a Christian perspective and made some comments about Robin Williams’ death. The article is called A Jesus Response to Suicide.

You can read it here

Also, I re-recorded the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The original recording was poor and the update at the beginning was far too long.

The new recording is far superior and there’s no lengthy update at the beginning.

I regard this episode to be immensely important. If you feel it’s valuable, please share it.

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10 Lies Men Believe About Pornography

Stephen Kuhn has just released a new book called 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn. The book is designed to help those who struggle with an addiction to pornography.

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I caught up with Stephen to interview him about this subject and his new book.

If you find the interview helpful, share the interview with your friends using the share buttons below.

Enjoy!

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?”

Stephen: Men who struggle with porn (or any habitual sin) frequently have thoughts such as I’m the only one struggling like this, God must be so ashamed of me, or I’ve got to get stronger to overcome this. These thoughts are common, but they are also lies that contribute to their bondage.

10 Lies Men Believe About Porn holds these lies up against the truth of Scripture. Readers will learn how lies such as these can deceive them into missing out on the freedom Christ offers. Ultimately, readers will discover that the message of the Gospel isn’t about learning to fight better—it’s about being brought to a point where they no longer need to fight at all.[Continue Reading...]

Why I Gave Up Being a Talk Radio Show Host

Originally Posted June 17, 2009

Recently, a friend of mine encouraged me to get into talk radio. So I tried.

Once and only once. Never before, never again.

It was a first-class disaster.

This isn’t the whole show, but it’s the first phone call I got that night. . . and the last.

Click the link below and listen to the hot-boiling phone call from a disgruntled caller. It’s less than 4 minutes long. That was the call that shattered my dream of becoming a talk radio show host!

Sigh.

Click to listen to “The Disgruntled Caller” episode

The podcast — and this episode — is also on iTunes

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Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

The following is a guest post by my friend Jeff Goins. In it, he shreds a profound misunderstanding that some Christians have about money, selling, and marketing.

I’ve addressed these questions myself in years past. See the links at the bottom of the post. But Jeff’s article does a terrific job of excoriating some of the ludicrous ideas about money, promotion, and selling that some Christians have in their heads.

Thankfully, the viewpoint that Jeff obliterates is fast becoming a “dinosaur view” among believers today because it’s both unscriptural and illogical, not to mention that it’s extremely selfish as well.

Be that as it may, the warped view that Jeff addresses still exists. So our hope is that this article will put such notions to rest once and for all.

Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

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What You Need to Know About Gmail & How It’s Preventing You From Seeing Valuable Emails

One of the most frustrating things to encounter is to send a highly valuable email to someone, only to discover that they never saw it.

Equally frustrating is to sign up for a blog or email list, and then never see the emails you signed up to receive.

If you use Gmail, you’re never seeing some of your most important emails.

Most Gmail users aren’t aware that Gmail has created something called  a PROMOTIONS tab.

And genuine emails that you signed up for often go into that tab. So unless you check it regularly, you’ll never see those emails.

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My Unforgettable Meeting with A.W. Tozer

In the 102nd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast, I talk about my unforgettable meeting with A.W. Tozer.

Here’s the book I mentioned on the show.

The Life of A.W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God

Other books by Tozer can be found in my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written list.

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To All My Readers: An Important Change

I’m announcing a change that will effect all of you who subscribe to this blog.

Jesus gave us a particular model for ministry.

One tier of His ministry was to the masses wherein He gave specific ministry to the multitudes.

Another tier of His ministry was to 70 people whom He sent out on a special mission.

A third tier of His ministry was to the Twelve. Jesus shared the mysteries of the Kingdom with the Twelve and some women who Luke refers to as “The Women.”

Beyond that, there was the smallest tier of all. Peter, James, and John, 3 of the Twelve whom Jesus included in special cases.

Note that the 70, the Twelve, and the 3 (Peter, James, and John) were all present when Jesus ministered to the multitudes, but they received special ministry beyond what He gave to the masses.

I’ve reflected on this pattern for many years, and beginning in September, I’m making some changes inspired by the Lord’s four-tiered ministry model.[Continue Reading...]

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

My close friend and co-worker Jon Zens just released the 40th anniversary edition of his amazing little periodical, Searching Together.

The new issue is tremendous. Here’s a vintage photo.

Jon Zens

Listen, if you subscribe to this blog, you’d be wise to subscribe to this magazine. It’s only $10 a year for a subscription, and it will be mailed to your house whenever a new edition is released.

This is by far the best Christian magazine/periodical available today. Hands down, walking out. (I say that based on the fact that I’ve subscribed to virtually every major Christian publication at one time or another.)

Click here to subscribe to Jon Zens’ Searching Together. You won’t regret it.

That said, we’ve just released a new episode on the “Christ is All” podcast.

It’s a conference message I delivered in 2005 in Ohio called “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.”

Remember, if you’ve benefited from the podcast, share the love so your friends can benefit.

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