The Eternal Purpose

Ask the average Christian today, “What is God’s Ultimate Purpose?”

Most will give one of four answers:

1. To save the lost.

2. To make disciples.

3. To make the world a better place.

4. To glorify God.

According to the whole sweep of Scripture, each of these answers is incorrect.

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Introducing the Mystery of God

The 119th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s a message from Ephesians 3 called “Introduction to the Mystery of God.”

In it, I cover a wide variety of topics and themes, many of which are rarely addressed today.

As always, if you enjoy it, pass this post on (using the share buttons below) and be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

The email address I mentioned in the episode is spelled like this: FrankViolaCourses@hotmail.com

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Select 3 People to Be on My Ministry Team

Most of you know that I’m built for collaboration.

Team work and co-laboring are part of my DNA.

Speaking historically, it’s obvious to me that the Lord has done far more when His servants worked in teams than He has with individuals flying solo, no matter how gifted those individuals happened to be.

Moving the discussion over to the secular realm, both The Beatles and Led Zeppelin were super groups. What they accomplished together trumped (by far) what each artist accomplished on their own after the bands dissolved and each member went solo.

For these reasons, a ministry coalition is something that deeply appeals to me.

Because I believe so much in the team-concept, I’ve done writing collaborations with Leonard Sweet, Mary DeMuth, Greg Boyd, Derwin Gray, and George Barna.

That said, some of you have expressed your desire to see me involved in a Christ-centered ministry coalition.

I fully resonate with that desire, for it’s been in my own heart for many years.[Continue Reading…]

New Music Video That Will Inspire You

My new book THE DAY I MET JESUS: THE REVEALING DIARIES OF FIVE WOMEN FROM THE GOSPELS is at a 50% discount this week from Parable.com along with a bunch of exclusive bonuses. Get your copy now before this offer expires.

Back story to the song and video.

In 2012, I delivered a message to a Christian community entitled Living in the Divine Parenthesis.

The night before I brought the message, I wrote a song as a companion to the talk which I entitled, “He Has Anointed Us.”

The lyrics are based on Luke 4:16-20 and Ephesians 1:18 through 2:18.

I wrote the song to the tune of Wavin’ Flag by K’naan — a song that Leonard Sweet turned me onto when I visited him in his home one Thanskgiving weekend.

As soon as I heard the song, I told Len that one day I’d write new lyrics for it which glorified the Lord.

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What You Miss When You Read the Gospels

“If you don’t want to buy my new book, we can still be friends and stuff. It’ll be awkward, sure, but still friends.”

~ Brant Hansen #tishumor

We’ve just released the 113th episode of the Christ is All podcast, and I think it’s among the best.

One of my missions, goals, and purposes is to transform the well-worn, familiar stories of the Bible from one dimensional, black & white, mono audio into 3D, High Definition, Technicolor with surround sound!

That’s precisely what I’ve sought to do again in my newest offering, The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels, with Mary DeMuth.

Dr. Michael Brown recently interviewed Mary and me on his show. In it, we give examples of what we so often miss when we read the Gospels, and how to bring them to life again. But more important, how we can encounter the Jesus of the Gospels anew and afresh when reading our Bibles.

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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 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.”

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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 . . .

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

It’s called “You Can’t Join Jesus in His Present Work if You Don’t Know What He’s Up To.”

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

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.

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

My new book JESUS NOW is now available.

The following is an excerpt from my book, Jesus Now.

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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

My new book, JESUS NOW has just released.

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.

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