Two of My Best Books $1.99 on Kindle For a Limited Time

I don’t usually post on Sundays, but I thought today’s news warranted it. Someone on Twitter drew my attention to the fact that Amazon is offering two of my best books (on Kindle) for only $1.99. I’m not sure how long this insane sale will last, but I suspect it won’t be long.

Here are the Amazon links with book descriptions (to see how these books specifically benefit readers). Tomorrow’s post will begin a response to a question I’ve been asked countless times. It’s called Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit. Stay tuned![Continue Reading...]

For God So Loved the World vs. Love Not the World

In this conference message (uploaded to the podcast), I address the paradox in the New Testament concerning the world. On the one hand, Christians are to love the world because God loves it. But on the other hand, we are exhorted to love not the world. The message resolves the paradox and explores our relationship to the world. You can listen to it on iTunes, RSS, or stream it on your computer.

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Logos 5 – The Best Bible Software Available on Discount!

Today, I’d like to let you all know about what many Christians consider to be the best Bible software available today. It’s Logos Bible Software, version 5.

You can get a 15% discount if you are a new Logos user. Just click the link and ensure that VIOLA5 is listed as a coupon when you check out. Note that the discounted price will only appear later in the checkout process.

If you’re an existing Logos user, you can still follow the link. But sign in with your Logos user account at the top right of the screen, then click products-upgrade to get the same discounted price which is currently available for all upgrades.

My friend Adrian Warnock wrote such a great review on Logos 5 that I decided to repost it here (with his permission, of course) rather than re-invent the wheel. I cannot improve upon what Adrian wrote. Here it is:[Continue Reading...]

Milt Rodriguez

Milt Rodriguez is a close and long-time friend of mine. He’s also one of my co-workers. Milt and I have spent much time together over the years . . . in prayer, in spiritual labor, in navigating others through problems, in struggling to find God’s mind, in mutual help and encouragement, and in fellowship.

In addition, Milt and I have made numerous trips together over the years, including going overseas. In short, Milt is a beloved friend and a trusted co-laborer in God’s work. It’s been a personal joy to work side-by-side with him over the years. With the Lord’s enabling, we’ve been privileged to serve in helping to plant and encourage numerous organic missional churches over the last seven years.

While I’m presently not focused on organic church in this season of my ministry, I recently received a wonderful report from Milt on the status of the churches we relate to and it was super encouraging. The Lord is doing some wonderful things in and among His people.

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Who Are You? Accepting Your True Identity

In Revise Us Again, I argued at length that the Christian life is becoming who you already are.

In Ephesians, Paul says two times to “speak the truth in love” to one another. In context, Paul is exhorting God’s people to remind one another of who they are in Christ . . . to remind one another about the new self into which they have been made . . . to remind one another of their true identity. Something that’s all too easy to forget.

If you have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, here’s a list of who you really are.  Marvel at the epic greatness of your Lord and what He has done for you.

Receive it, remember it, and walk in it . . .[Continue Reading...]

DeVern Fromke: The Box Set

DeVern Fromke is one of the Christians who has had a profound influence on my life. I met Fromke in 1993 and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Devern Fromke worked with T. Austin-Sparks, the man who has had the greatest influence on my life and ministry. He also spoke in conferences with Stephen Kaung, a dear friend of mine and a co-worker with Watchman Nee.

DeVern Fromke, T. Austin-Sparks, Stephen Kaung in 1966

DeVern Fromke, T. Austin-Sparks, Stephen Kaung in 1966

Because so many of you who read this blog are in your 20s and 30s, not many of you have heard of Fromke or know his work.

Hence this post.

It concerns me greatly that I see so little emphasis or understanding today on the deeper things of God. While a number of popular speakers with rock-star followings are fronting three new movements aimed at 20s and 30s, there’s very little that’s new in those movements.

It’s not that these movements are bad or wrong. Nor is it that God isn’t using them. I believe He is. It’s just that they are missing something essential. Critically essential.

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An Interview with Dr. Michael Brown: The Real Kosher Jesus

Before I get to today’s interview, I want to let you know that we just uploaded to the podcast the message I delivered at the NCY Ministers Conference. It’s entitled “For God So Loved the World vs. Love Not the World.” Other speakers were Scot McKnight, Jon Acuff, Larry Osborne, et al. You can listen to the message freely via iTunes, RSS feed, or direct streaming. Just click here.

Now on to the topic at hand.

Dr. Michael Brown is one of my favorite people. He’s not only a superb Hebrew scholar, but he’s a friend and a respected brother in Christ. I interviewed Michael recently on his new book, The Real Kosher Jesus. Enjoy!

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The Absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ

“And He is before ALL THINGS, and by Him ALL THINGS consist. And he is the Head of the Body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in ALL THINGS He might have the pre­eminence.”

~ Colossians 1:17-18

“. . . According to His good pleasure which He has PURPOSED in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one ALL THINGS in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him.”

~ Ephesaians 1:9-10

“And [God] has put ALL THINGS under His [Christ’s] feet, and gave Him to be the Head over ALL THINGS to the church.”

~ Ephesians 1:22

Often when Christians come into a deeper understanding and experience of grace, they lose sight of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I’ve addressed this problem on the blog before in detail. However, I want to revisit it in light of God’s eternal purpose.

The eternal purpose of God is centered upon making the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ a visible reality. God’s goal is the establishment of the complete sovereignty and supremacy of His Son. His driving passion is to make His Son preeminent over all things. All of God’s activities are toward this end. Hence, the chief work of the Holy Spirit in this age is to establish the absolute Lordship of Christ in the universe.

Accordingly, the Holy Spirit will break down and devastate everything that opposes, obstructs, and hinders the Lord’s sovereign rule in the hearts of His people. He will stand against all that gets in the way of God’s ultimate intention of establishing the centrality and supremacy of His Son over all things. Strikingly, before Christ can be made preeminent over all things, He must first have the pre­­­eminence among His own people. Colossians 1:18 puts it this way, [Continue Reading...]

How to Start a Blog from Scratch – A Quick & Easy Guide

In 2012, I took some new steps to increase the reach of my blog. I did this for two reasons. 1) I wanted to get the messages that are on my heart out to more readers, and 2) I wanted to increase the income that this blog generates.

While my blog and podcast are completely free, I earn income from advertising and affiliates. I never knew that becoming a professional blogger was possible, but it is.

In a future post, I’ll talk about some steps you can take to becoming a professional blogger (for those of you who are interested). But in this post, I want to sketch out how to start a blog in less than 10 minutes. Just follow each step and you’ll have a brand new blog by which to reach the world.

I suggest you open up this post on your browser in one screen and then open up a new screen to follow each step, point by point. If you have friends who are interested in blogging, please share this post with them.

You can also watch the video of these steps by clicking here.

15 Easy Steps for Creating a Blog from Scratch – Demystifying the Process

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Step 1. Click BlueHost and click the SIGN UP NOW green button. BlueHost is the only web hosting service I recommend. It’s inexpensive and the support is awesome. You can also get domain names from them at great rates.

Step 2. If this is a brand new blog, type in a domain name in the I NEED A DOMAIN NAME box to see if the domain name is available. If you want to transfer your existing blog to BlueHost, click your domain name in the I HAVE A DOMAIN NAME box.

Step 3. Once you’ve settled on a domain name that’s available, fill out the registration form.

Step 4. As you can see, you can set up your blog for 12 months at $7.95 per month or get a lower rate for a longer period of time. I pay $4.95 a month for 3 years. Select Confirm for the Service Agreement and click the blue NEXT button at the bottom.

Step 5. When you are taken to the next page, click the blue CONTROL PANEL button at the top.

Step 6. When you see the welcome message, scroll down to Software / Services (heading) and click the WORDPRESS button.

Step 7. Click the green INSTALL button at the bottom.

Step 8. When you get to the next page, go to Step 2: Advanced Options and give your new site a name in the box.

Step 9. Create your own password in the Password box.

Step 10. Check both boxes under Step 3: Legal Information.

Step 11. BlueHost will now create your new WordPress blog (you’ll see an “In Progress” time stick).

Step 12. Your blog is now ready to go! Open up a new window on your browser and type in the name of your blog. Example: www.mynewblog.com

Step 13. Click the Log In link on the right and enter your username and password. (Admin & Your Password). You can save the password if you want by clicking on the box that prompts you for this.

Step 14. Click on Appearance on the left-hand panel and click Add New Themes to change your blog theme. When you find a theme you like, click on Install and then Activate.

Step 15. Click on Posts on the left-hand panel and click Add New. Type out the title of your new blog post in the top box and begin typing the post in the large middle box. When finished, click the blue PUBLISH button on the right.

You’re done!

Click here to see these steps in a video and see my six reasons why I recommend BlueHost over every other hosting service.

If you want to add a KILLER theme to enhance your WordPress blog, I recommend StudioPress Themes. They are beautiful, inexpensive, and very powerful.

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See also The Buzz Seminar for training on blogging and writing.

Three Kinds of Critics & How to Respond to Them

Not long ago, someone asked me the following question:

“Frank, I’m a new author and I’ve been getting some criticism over my new book. I know you’re not a stranger to criticism because of the controversial things you’ve written in years past. Can you give me some advice on how to handle criticism? I don’t think I’m doing a good job with it. Thanks.”

Anyone who is making an impact is going to draw fire. It’s written in the bloodstream of the universe. An oft-repeated platitude is, “If you’re flying over the target, you’re going to catch flack.”

Or as Elbert Hubbart stated, “To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

If you are someone who is putting (or will one day put) your hand to the plow of God’s work, you will invite criticism. And the more valuable your contribution is to the kingdom of God, the more severe the criticism will be.

Just take a look at the long list of specific (and surprising) criticisms that were leveled at both Jesus and Paul during their lifetime.

In answer to the above question, here’s what I believe the Lord has taught me about handling criticism. In short, there are three kinds of critics and each should be responded to differently.[Continue Reading...]