The First Relationship

Today’s podcast episode is a spoken message I delivered at a conference in Toronto, Canada in 2009. It’s the first part of a series of talks on “the first relationship” which will be part of an upcoming course, “A Deeper Journey into God’s Eternal Purpose.”

A women who heard this message live was in tears when I finished. She kept repeating, “It’s so simple. It’s so simple. It’s so simple.”

I’d be interested to hear what effect it has on you as well.

In short, it takes some complex theological ideas (what the ancient Christians called the perichoresis, the Divine and eternal dance between the Father, Son, and Spirit) and turns it into a simple narrative.

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You Can’t Join Jesus in His Present Work If You Don’t Know What He’s Up To (Time-Sensitive Podcast)

The 96th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast released this morning.

In this episode, you will hear 3 recent interview clips where I talk about what Jesus is doing right now . . . since His ascension . . . and how what He’s doing now benefits you and me.

The podcast is 45 minutes long and opens and closes with a music trailer (as most of my podcast episodes do).

The podcast is time-sensitive, so give it a listen before Friday of this week and share the link with your friends.

If you’re pressed for time, listen while you drive, walk, exercise, do household chores, or relax. I believe the 45-minute listen will be well worth your time.

Remember, this Thursday is the last day to get my new book, JESUS NOW: UNVEILING THE PRESENT-DAY MINISTRY OF CHRIST at a 50% discount with the free Study Guide from Parable.com.

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The ePub (digital) version is also available now. The discount and free Study Guide apply for this version also from Parable.com. (Parable says they will email you the Study Guide on May 12th.)

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He is the Head of the Body . . . Really?

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases Monday, May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Jesus Now . . . come back here this coming Monday, May 5th and get the book at at 50% discount plus the Study Guide FREE. This offer is only be available from a certain online bookstore (announced here on Monday; it’s not Amazon) from May 5 to May 8. Save the date.

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As the Head, Jesus Continues His Earthly Ministry

Luke began the book of Acts with this remark:

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven. (1:1–2)

Notice the word began. The “first account” Luke was referring to is the gospel of Luke. The implication of this sentence is that Luke’s new volume, Acts, is a record of what Jesus continued to do and teach from His ascension onward. [Continue Reading...]

Reimagining God’s Eternal Purpose

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

We’ve just released the 95th episode of the podcast. It’s on the subject of God’s Eternal Purpose from a 2007 Conference in Southern California.

If you like the podcast as a whole, please rate it in iTunes. This helps others find it.

Also, while these podcasts are without charge, they aren’t free.

So if you like this episode . . . or any other episodes . . . please share the link with 3 friends.

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What’s Your Mission Statement?

“Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”

~ Frederick Buechner

Recently, someone asked me to explain my mission. They weren’t asking for a general answer, which would be “I am a follower of Jesus” or “My mission is to fulfill God’s Eternal Purpose.”

They wanted to know how my ministry and work is different from that of other Christian thought-leaders, writers, and speakers.

If you are in ministry and/or you have a blog and/or you’re an author of books and/or you travel and speak, people will want to know what your mission is and how it’s different from the millions of other Christians who blog, speak and/or write books.

So here’s the answer I gave.

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7 Aspects of Christ’s Present-Day Ministry

3 quick reminders:

1. If you’re new to the blog, you don’t want to buy new book, Jesus Now, yet. Leonard Sweet wrote the Foreword and I dedicated the book to Len. I explain why you want to wait until May 5th here.

2. Only 1 more day to get the entire box set of my 9 books for only $69. That price expires after April 10th. Click here to get the set.

3. My books Revise Us Again, From Eternity to Here, and Reimagining Church or between $2 and $3 (in the USA at least) on Amazon Kindle right now.Click here to get your copies.

We just published the 94th episode of the podcast.

In it, I outline the 7 distinct features of the present-day ministry of Jesus Christ.

At the end of the episode, I climb on a limb and start sawing hard . . . I took a phone call from someone who was very distraught.

They solicited my advice on their situations and I gave it.

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Concerning Unsaved Loved Ones – An Encouragement

But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

~ John 7:3-5

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

~ Acts 1:14

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

~ Matthew 24:14

“He [Paul] proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ–with all boldness and without hindrance!”

~ Acts 28:31

The 88th podcast episode of the “Christ is All” podcast just launched this morning.

Warning: This message is among the most weighty I’ve ever delivered. For that reason, the Holy Spirit has used it as heart-sifting tool.

So listen with an open and prepared heart.

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Please Send Me the Clearest Gospel Message You’ve Ever Heard – Video or Audio Link

I don’t care who preaches it . . . or what their theological bent is (Reformed, Fundamentalist, Evangelical, Anglican, etc.).

I’m looking for the clearest, most powerful presentation of the gospel to a non-Christian who is open to hear the message of Christ.

A message (or sermon) that presents the gospel in crystal clear terms, but one that also touches the heart and brings the conviction of the Spirit.

Again, I’m looking for a message designed to present the clear gospel to NON-CHRISTIANS in a powerful way.

I’m not interested in the print version.

Send your audio or video link that best fits what I’m looking for.

Thanks!

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On Orphans & Widows

“The spiritual service which is pure and stainless in the sight of our God and Father is to visit fatherless children and widowed women in their time of trouble, and to keep one’s own self unspotted from the world.”

~ James 1:27

In line with my previous posts on helping the poor and oppressed, I want to introduce you to Mike Krick of World Orphans. Here’s my interview with Mike.

What is a unique aspect of World Orphans that sets you apart from other worthy orphan care organizations?

Mike Krick: When a typical American hears the word “orphan,” most automatically assume we run “orphanages.” I personally used to combine the two words.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  We don’t run orphanages, and quite frankly we don’t think that an “orphanage” is what God intended for His children.  The biblical model of orphan care, we believe, is family.  God designed children to thrive in families, which we believe is the best way to holistically care for them.

World Orphans cares primarily for orphans by partnering with international churches around the globe.  These churches vary in size, have national pastors and leaders who have great knowledge of their culture, know the language, and have healthy relationships established in their communities.

Everything we do is through the church. By partnering with these international churches, children are cared for, communities are positively impacted, and the church grows in making disciples of Jesus.[Continue Reading...]