Jerusalem is NOT God’s Favorite Place on Earth

Bethany

In every generation, Christians face the same challenges—namely doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, division, rejection, and the struggle against consumerism and complacency.

The Gospels narrate the incredible story of Jesus’ earthly life. Yet there is a story within this narrative that’s often missed. And to my mind, it’s the greatest story never told—a narrative within the narrative.

That narrative is the story of Jesus’ repeated visits to the little village of Bethany.[Continue Reading...]

How to Waste a Good Crisis

We all face crises in our lives. They seem to come in seasons.

For the Christian, a crisis is a divine opportunity to discover something fresh about our Lord.

Unfortunately, many people waste the crises that come into their lives.

If you want to waste a good crisis, then do the following (not recommended):

1. When you are in crisis, don’t make any adjustments to your life.

2. When you are in crisis, forget that God is on the throne and that He is for you.

3. When you are in crisis, give power to the enemy by doubting your Lord.

4. When you are in crisis, forget that “this too shall pass,” live in the moment, and walk by sight rather than by faith.

5. When you are in crisis, do not fast, and neglect frequent prayer.

Again: every crisis is an undesired opportunity for you to discover something new about Jesus Christ.

Looking for More? I talk about how to face a crisis a great deal in Revise Us Again.

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No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper

“In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. ‘See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.”

~ Isaiah 54:14-17

Every genuine servant of God knows from experience that the presence and favor of God in their lives is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.

This is the heritage of all the servants of the Lord.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper!

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Promote Your Book, Blog, Music, Podcast or Other Resource

If you’re an artist of any kind — be it an author, blogger, musician, podcaster, etc. — the uphill battle you face is getting the word out to others about your art.

In a day where the Internet is saturated with information, some of it being serious misinformation, you’re competing with a million other voices.

Getting people’s attention isn’t easy.

So how do you get your voice heard in the midst of countless other voices?[Continue Reading...]

When Grown Men Cry

A free audio of Chapter 4 of God’s Favorite Place on Earth is now available.

Click here to listen to the chapter for free – along with the Introduction.

I’ve never written a book that provoked so many emails from grown men, saying that the book made them weep.

Chapter 4 – “Anointed in Bethany” – has brought many men to tears.

Interesting.

I’m curious to know if any of my sisters in Christ cried from reading the book. So far, it’s only been men who have told me it made them cry.

You can read Chapter 4 here if you don’t wish to listen to it.

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The Gospel Project

The following is a recent interview I did with my friend Ed Stetzer. Ed talks about a new project called “The Gospel Project” which is very much in line with what Leonard Sweet and I did in our book Jesus: A Theography, showing Christ through all the Scriptures. Enjoy the interview.

Among the many other things you do, you also serve as the general editor of The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources. What is The Gospel Project and how did it come about?

Ed Stetzer: A few years ago, several of us at LifeWay began dreaming of developing a theologically robust curriculum line. We wanted a resource intended to help believers encounter the truth of Scripture through a theological lens, while providing a mission-driven theme to nudge believers to action. With those goals in mind, we developed The Gospel Project.

The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum looking at the grand narrative of Scripture and how the Gospel transforms lives. This was the first new curriculum line that LifeWay released in many years. It has been exciting to hear how God is using it.[Continue Reading...]

The Race Card of the Early Christians – What They Can Teach Us Today

The following article was co-written with my friend and brother in Christ Derwin Gray

The Race Card of the Early Christians – What They Can Teach Us Today 

by Derwin Gray and Frank Viola

The Zimmerman trial and the tragedy that surrounds it has captured the world’s attention. Including that of the body of Christ.

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. There is only one race, the human race, which is comprised of different ethnic groups (Acts 17:26).

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...]

Advice to New Christians

I wish someone told me the following things when I was walking on the clouds of the newfound joy of my salvation at age 16.

This list goes beyond the typical recommendations given to young believers (read the Bible, pray regularly, get involved in a fellowship, etc.). I’m not mentioning those as they are “givens.”

If you click on each point, it will take you to a resource or a Scripture that expands the subject.

There are many other points I could have added, but I wanted to keep this post to 12 statements. The list doesn’t represent any kind of order or priority.[Continue Reading...]

A Tale of Two Mentors – Which Will You Become?

Early on in my Christian walk, I sought out those who were ahead of me in the Lord and made myself an apprentice, learning all I could from them.

In total, I’ve had about five spiritual mentors in my life.

In this post, I want to talk about two of them.

To keep their identities anonymous, we’ll call the first one David and the second one John.[Continue Reading...]