Two weeks ago, someone I knew back in the late 90s came to my mind. We’ll just call him “Scott.” I started searching for Scott on Facebook. He was an ex-pastor who turned Christian counselor. He lived in Largo, Florida. I had him in my home, and I visited him in his. We weren’t terribly close, but we were more than acquaintances. [Continue Reading…]
A critical aspect of seeing the kingdom of God advance in our day is the ability of God’s people to recognize and respond to the Lord’s voice.
Here’s an excerpt from JESUS SPEAKS: Learning to Recognize and Respond to the Lord’s Voice about misunderstanding the Lord’s voice.
Let me be clear at the outset. I’m not making a prediction. Nor am I prophesying. (That being interpreted means, stoning is off the table.)
What I’m about to share are simply deep impressions I have of what I envision happening in the body of Christ over the next five years. I’m by no means claiming immaculate perception. But right or wrong, I do expect these things to take place.
* There will be a restoration of the full message of the kingdom of God. Over the last 50 years until the present day, when the kingdom of God has been presented, it’s usually piecemeal (only one or two aspects of it are emphasized), it’s couched in legalism and guilt, or it’s presented in highly academic manner void of any practical application.[Continue Reading…]
Here it is.
“We have a high casualty rate. We’re the ones who get slandered and ridiculed and fired from our jobs and in every other way made as uncomfortable as possible. A certain percentage of us get killed or imprisoned. We live in virtual poverty. We turn back to our community every penny we make above what is absolutely necessary to keep us alive. We don’t have time or the money for many movies or concerts or T-bone steaks or decent homes and new cars.
We’ve been described as fanatics. We are fanatics! Our lives are dominated by one great overshadowing factor, the struggle for our cause for the whole world. We have a philosophy of life which no amount of money could buy. We have a cause to fight for, a definite purpose in life. We subordinate our petty, personal selves into a great movement of humanity. And if our personal lives seem hard or our egos appear to suffer through subordination to our community then we are adequately compensated by the fact that each of us in his small way is contributing to something new and true and better for mankind.[Continue Reading…]
There’s an investigation happening in the USA that involves its government. One man described the investigation thusly: “We are investigating whether or not there was collusion with foreign hostile powers.”
My immediate response was, “Every human government on the planet, since the beginning of Babel, has been in collusion with foreign hostile powers.” (Babel is the first “kingdom” recorded in Scripture.)
As a follower of Jesus, you should be aware of this. Right now, I’m finishing up my book on the kingdom of God. In it, I have a section on what the New Testament calls the “principalities and powers.”[Continue Reading…]
If you breathe oxygen, you have a pre-existing condition. We all have a sin nature that we inherited from the first humans. And the spectrum of sinful tendencies that arise from that nature is endless. Yet no temptation that you have hasn’t been experienced by others, so you’re not alone. And there is always “the way of escape” (as Paul put it). Just look for it, then take it.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
Jesus was the only human being who did not have the pre-existing condition of sin. He was tempted in every way that we are, yet He never succumbed. And He has given us His Spirit. The same Spirit He lived by when He was on earth.[Continue Reading…]
Quick update first: I’m thrilled to announce that my 800-page Titan is now with the typesetter. This hardcover monstrosity (over 8.5 x 11 inches in size) is over 385,000 words. All of you (my email subscribers) will get a discount when we take pre-orders in July. So stay on the list so you don’t miss out. There will only be a limited number of copies made, and I expect them to go fast.
Now for today’s subject.
After I sent last week’s email update about the 100 best books ever written, and five reasons why reading is necessary for effective ministry, someone wrote and asked which biographies have shaped my life and ministry the most.
I told him I’d answer in a new article. So here they are in order of priority:[Continue Reading…]