A University to Check Out

For those of you who are interested in taking classes from a Christian university, you’ll want to read today’s post.

I caught up with the folks at Spring Arbor University in Michigan.

Here’s what they had to say about their school.

Enjoy!

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Tell us a bit about Spring Arbor University (include where it’s located, courses it offers, popular faculty members, etc.)

Spring Arbor University is Christian private university located in south-central Michigan.  It was established in 1873 and has more than 4000 enrolled students offering 70 undergraduate majors and programs, 9 degree completion programs, and 12 graduate programs.[Continue Reading…]

Bad Christian: On Being Challenged

Franz Kafka once said the following:

I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn’t shake us awake like a blow on the skull, why bother reading it in the first place? . . . A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.

Kafka is right.

I’d add that if you aren’t being challenged, then you aren’t growing.

This is one of the reasons why I write, speak, and have a podcast.

I seek to challenge others with those things which have challenged me in my own walk.

That’s the subject of today’s podcast episode.[Continue Reading…]

The Last Enemy

On the cross, Jesus of Nazareth faced what the Bible calls “the last enemy”–God’s greatest foe–death, the child of sin (Rom. 5:12; 2 Tim. 1:10; 1 Cor. 15:26).

And here was the battle of the ages.

Death, the antithesis of God. Death, the archenemy of God, darkened the wood of that cross, ready to take the Son of God into his hopeless domain.

And death won for a time. Behold the body of God’s Son lying in a tomb. Death was victorious.

But the fight wasn’t over. Three days later God the Father stepped in. He got involved.

And the greatest two powers of the universe squared off:

Death vs. Divine Life.[Continue Reading…]

Jesus Culture

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Today, I interview Banning Liebscher on his new book Jesus Culture: Calling a Generation to Revival.

Here’s a description from the publisher:

A new breed of revivalist is arising to answer the cry of God’s heart. These burning ones are calling cities and nations back to the Lord, and challenging societies to be transformed by the power and love of God. This is your call and mandate!

It’s one thing to be counter-cultural and go against the flow of culture. But God calls us to an even greater way of living by making Jesus the model for everything we do. Join this movement and . . .

* Unlock the blessing of honoring those who have gone before you

* Experience a powerful prayer-life marked by boldness, confidence and expectancy

* Activate the supernatural power of God through healing, signs, wonders, and the prophetic

Enjoy the interview![Continue Reading…]

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.

Each answer points to an aspect of God’s Ultimate Purpose, but none of them constitutes His Ultimate Purpose.[Continue Reading…]

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

Listen to the episode in the following venues:

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If you don’t use a smart phone, then click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page, including this episode

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How to Overcome Bitterness

“You must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. You didn’t come to learn Christ that way. You were taught to put away your old self, to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor. In your anger do not sin. He who has been stealing must steal no longer but must work. Do not let any unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for the building up of others according to their needs. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ has forgiven you.”

~ Ephesians 4:17, 20–32, Paraphrased

Last week I wrote about what to do when other Christians hurt you.

One of the worst ways to react to hurt is to become bitter, for there are few things that are as toxic to the human spirit as bitterness.

Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to get sick.

It hurts you, not them.

In addition, bitterness not only consumes your mind and spirit, but it always ends up unwittingly destroying other people.

Because of bitterness, many Christians have shipwrecked their faith, deceiving themselves as well as others.

“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

~ Hebrews 12:15, NIV

Bitterness will throttle your spiritual progress and open the door for God’s enemy to both use and abuse you.[Continue Reading…]

Sigh. I Feel Stupid . . .

Like most of you, I own a smart phone. But I don’t use it to read blogs.

So it didn’t dawn on me that many of you would be reading yesterday’s blog post about my current dilemma on a smart phone.

Consequently, if you tried going to the Podbean site with your smart phone, the button I mentioned didn’t appear!

(I felt my IQ drop several points when I discovered this. Sigh.)

So . . . we just added both a link and a button directly to yesterday’s “dilemma” post.

Therefore, if you’ve not yet read the post — or you read it, but couldn’t find the button on the Podbean site — the button now appears directly on the blog post.

Some people asked that I wait to make my decision since some people take awhile to getting around to reading the posts. So I’m submitting to that suggestion. 😉

Go here to read it

Yesterday, I promised I’d publish a content-rich post. I did, and it follows this one. 

If you’re reading this in your email inbox, just scroll down.