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“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 (Jesus)
“He [Paul] proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ–with all boldness and without hindrance!”
~ Acts 28:31 (Paul)
The 88th podcast episode of the “Christ is All” podcast is now available.
The gospel of the kingdom isn’t what most Christians think. Both Jesus and Paul preached it. That gospel is both for the Jew and the Gentile. It’s also called the gospel of grace, the gospel of salvation, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Listen to the entire talk below – it’s an introduction to that gospel.
Warning: This message is among the most weighty I’ve ever delivered. For that reason, the Holy Spirit has used it as a heart-sifting tool. So listen with an open and prepared heart.
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Recently, I watched the new film Fast & Furious 6 with my friend Jose Bosque.
I stunt-doubled in it (for Vin Diesel, of course), but that’s not the reason why I’m writing this post. 🙂
The movie was superb. Beyond great acting, great action, and great cinematography (the scenery was stunning), the film depicts two kinds of kingdoms . . . or churches.
One is the kingdom (or church) ruled by “precision” . . . where people are treated as cogs in the system.
If they make a mistake, they are disposed of.
The other is the kingdom — or church — ruled by family and the undying loyalty that goes with it. As well as sacrifice for the higher purpose.
Watch the movie with this lens and it will speak powerfully.[Continue Reading…]
The following article was co-written with my friend and brother in Christ Derwin Gray.
What The First Christians Can Teach Us Today
Over the last five years, there have been numerous high-profile trials involving police brutality with members of the African American community. Hate groups abound, and so does the violence associated with them.
Media coverage has heightened passions on both ends. Conversations about race, law, injustice, prejudice, guns, etc. are all being argued and inflamed.
In this article, we don’t want to weigh in on the public debate. Instead, our passion is to encourage God’s people everywhere to transcend the debate that the world is holding on its own terms by seeing ethnicity through the eyes of our Lord.
In the physical realm, there is only one race, the human race, which is comprised of different ethnic groups (Acts 17:26). But that’s not the whole story.
We want you, dear Christian, to take your cue from the New Testament believers, for they can teach us a great deal about this subject.
A Walk Into the First-Century Church
The world of the first-century was littered with racism and oppression. In the mind of a first-century Jew, Gentiles (Africans, Romans, Greeks, Syrians, Asians, etc.) were created to fuel the fires of hell.[Continue Reading…]
“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
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…]
Before I plunge into today’s topic, I want to give a report that’s both sad and encouraging.
I’ve been blogging since 2008 and my recent post, Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & the Sickening Response of Some Christians was the most viewed article that I’ve ever written, by far and away.
The reason why this is sad is because of what I felt forced to write in that post. I was once again addressing the sickening behavior of “Christians” who eat their own. That would include the act of judging, misrepresenting, and even lying about their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
The encouraging part is that more and more evangelical Christians are fed up with the ugly behavior of their “professing” Christian friends who don’t wince at attacking other followers of Jesus. And they are no longer standing for it. See my post Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another, another article on the topic that has had massive views.[Continue Reading…]