This post has been expanded and turned into a chapter in my book Jesus Now.
Today, I interview Matthew Mitchell on his new book, Resisting Gossip. Matthew’s book contains a much needed message for the Body of Christ today.
What follows is our interview.
Matthew, 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?”
Great question! We all encounter gossip of some kind on a daily basis, yet most followers of Christ have received very little training on how to deal with it. So, I wrote this book to fill that gap. Resisting Gossip helps Christians to recognize sinful gossip for what it is, to resist gossip when tempted to speak it or receive it, and to respond in both faith and love when targeted by a sneak attack.[Continue Reading…]
Well, Derwin has just come out with a new book called Limitless Life. I caught up with him recently to talk about his new book.
Derwin, why did you write Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future?
Derwin Gray: Frank, I wrote Limitless Life because I’m like most people; I’ve had negative labels that limited me from laying hold of my destiny. For years I thought I was dumb. One of my mom’s boyfriends called me dumb when I was 8, so I carried that label for years. Because my father was not involved in my life, I felt like an orphan. I lived with fear. All these labels limited me. BUT when I met Jesus, He lovingly, and with violent, terrific grace, ripped those labels off my heart and stitched His life-giving labels that have transformed how I see myself. I want to join Jesus in setting others free.[Continue Reading…]
“Hush, Dorothy,” whispered the Tiger, “you’ll ruin my reputation if you are not more discreet. It isn’t what we are, but what folks think we are, that counts in this world.”
~ Frank Baum in The Road to Oz
Early in my Christian life, I sometimes thought about how many of us Christians would follow Jesus if we lived during His time?
I was mainly thinking about the possibility of being killed for our faith, just like most of the apostles were.
However, after I began reading church history and got to know some people whom God was using mightily in my own lifetime, my question shifted from the threat of death to something else.
Imagine . . . a man who claims to be the Messiah, living during your time. This man is impressive, but He’s been accused of the following:
*He’s an illegitimate child (John 8:41).
*He’s a deceiver (John 7:12).
*He’s mentally ill (John 10:20).
*He’s demon possessed (Matt. 9:34; John 7:20).
*He’s Beelzebub [Satan] enfleshed (Matt. 10:25).
*He’s a blasphemer (Matt. 9:3; 26:65; Mark 2:7)
*He’s an open enemy to the Law of Moses. (To put this in modern terms, His teachings and practices went against the Bible).
In addition, His words are regularly misunderstood by His followers (John 21:22-23) and deliberately twisted by His detractors (Matthew 26:60-61).
I’m of course talking about Jesus of Nazareth. He was accused of all of the above.
Because these rumors were so widespread during His day, Scripture says that Jesus was a man of “no reputation” (Philippians 2:7).[Continue Reading…]
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The word today is guns . . . that’s right, guns.
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