God’s Favorite Place – 2012 Conference Message Part I

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  • The first talk from the 2012 God’s Favorite Place Conference.

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An Important & Surprising Note from the Publisher of “God’s Favorite Place on Earth”

Dear Friends,

Stay tuned for Monday’s post. I will be releasing a special conference message from 2012 on the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m confident it will bless you.

In the meantime, check out my recent discussion with Dr. Michael Brown. It was a rare and touching moment in talk radio.

Here is a special note from my publisher.

A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER OF GOD’S FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH

Good morning, my name is Alex Field, and I am deputy publisher at David C Cook, the publisher of Frank Viola’s bold and powerful new book, God’s Favorite Place On Earth.

And I just wanted to say “Thank You.”

Thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of God’s Favorite Place On Earth in the past two weeks, a book that we are immeasurably proud of here at DCC. It is a fantastic book and we continue to pray that this message and Frank’s vision for this project will transform lives as the book gets into people’s hands.

Here’s the crazy news: We literally sold out of God’s Favorite Place On Earth at multiple outlets all over the country! The demand is high for this book, but despite difficulty in finding copies, we know that Frank’s message about how to make your heart a Bethany for Jesus today will continue to go far and wide.

I have a couple quick updates for you:

First, here’s my reality. Today we are scrambling to get more copies of the book to all retail outlets, including Amazon. We’re printing more fast! I want you to know that if you ordered the book from Amazon and got a message from them asking you about canceling your order, please rest assured, you will get the book from Amazon in the coming days and weeks. The book is on its way! It may take a little longer due to the increased demand, but again, thank you again for your loyalty to Frank and to the message of this book. It is deeply appreciated.”

Second, If you have not yet ordered the book and want it quickly, you can still get the book today at BarnesandNoble.com, at FamilyChristian.com, and at other independent bookstores.

Finally, if you have not yet ordered the book, I encourage to go out and get a copy of this book, sit down with a cup of coffee, and soak in the message of God’s Favorite Place On Earth. This is a book that will live with you long after you’ve read it the first time.

Thank you again!

Warmest Regards,

Alex Field
Deputy Publisher, David C Cook

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A Woman’s Heart for God

Sheila Cragg’s new book, A Woman’s Heart for God, explores how women can draw closer to the Lover of their souls. I caught up with Sheila recently to interview her about her new book. Enjoy!

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Tell us a bit about the experiences that shaped the insights in the book.

Sheila Cragg: For thirteen years now the Lord has been teaching me about His sovereignty and His plans for my life that I would never have chosen. Between serious illnesses, my husband becoming suddenly blind, and other family struggles, nothing has seemed to go right. I have begged God to answer prayers and deliver us from our difficulties. Yet God hasn’t answered my way or in my timing. Instead, He has been teaching me to watch for Him working in our trials, in the unchanging circumstances. He has revealed His Sovereign plans and called me to serve Him in ways that I had never imagined doing.[Continue Reading…]

Confessions of a Frustrated Author

Many of you who read this blog are published authors. And many of you are aspiring authors.

So I’m writing this candid post for two reasons:

1) to give you a back-stage peek into the life of an author.

2) to give you an update on what’s happening with God’s Favorite Place on Earth.

Seeing that you all helped the book hit the Amazon bestseller list, I thought you’d be interested.

(If you’re new to the blog, God’s Favorite Place on Earth hit #13 on Amazon and stayed below #50 for 8 days straight. The chances of a book hitting the top 15 on Amazon are slim to none. And slim left town. The thanks and credit goes to all of you who bought a copy.)

However, there is something that has hurt the book big time. And it continues to hurt it. For an author who regards this little volume to be his “life’s work,” the problem is beyond frustrating. Let me ‘splain.[Continue Reading…]

Everything: An Interview with One of the Most Gifted Writers of Our Time

One of the most gifted writers of our generation is Mary DeMuth. Mary has the unique talent of switch-hitting in literature. That is, she has the exotically rare ability to write both fiction and nonfiction. And she excels at both.

But more than her flare for the writing craft, Mary’s insight into Jesus Christ is beyond that of most contemporary writers. She’s also accessible (something I highly value in authors), friendly, discerning and generous.

In other words, she exhibits the Lord Jesus.

I caught up with Mary recently to talk with her about her recent book, Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus.

Enjoy the interview and pass it on.

Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus

Mary, instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”[Continue Reading…]

Dallas Willard & Brennan Manning

Dallas Willard and Brennan Manning were luminous souls who transitioned to heavenly places recently. Both men made remarkable contributions to the body of Christ.

One of the outstanding marks demonstrating that all of these men were making a profound impact on the Kingdom of God is the fact that all of them were slandered, misrepresented, lied about, and attacked by fellow “Christians.”

I talked about this problem recently in my defense of Rick Warren. But it bears repeating.

If you are doing something significant for the Lord, expect the worst kinds of sordid attacks to come your way. Not just from the world, but from so called “brethren.”

Jesus promised so much.

Remember the words I spoke to you: “No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” John 15:20

It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub [the head of devils], how much more the members of his household! Matthew 10:25 

Woe to you when all men speak well of you . . . Luke 6:26

Consider what Jesus was referring to here. And Just imagine if the Internet existed during His day:

*He was accused of being an illegitimate child (John 8:41).

*He was accused of being a deceiver(John 7:12).

*He was accused of being mentally ill (John 10:20).

*He was accused of being demon possessed (Matt. 9:34; John 7:20).

*He was accused of being Beelzebub [Satan] (Matt. 10:25).

*He was accused of being a blasphemer (Matt. 9:3; 26:65; Mark 2:7)

*He was accused of being an enemy to the Law of Moses. (To put this in modern terms, His teachings and practices went against the Bible).

*He was accused of saying that he would destroy the Temple in Jerusalem (Mark 14:58).

Jesus’ warning about what would happen to those who followed faithfully in His steps was exhibited in the life of Paul of Tarsus in living color. Here are the accusations leveled against Paul during his lifetime:

*He was accused of being a man pleaser and a coward (Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:4).

*He was accused of being a false apostle (Gal. 1:11-2:10; 2 Cor. 11:16-12:12).

*He was accused of being a flatterer (1 Thess. 2:5).

*He was slandered and his good was evil spoken of (1 Cor. 10:30).

*He was accused of being greedy (1 Thess. 2:5,9).

*He was accused of seeking glory from men (1 Thess. 2:6).

*He was accused of extorting God’s people (2 Cor. 2:17; 11:7-21).

*He was accused of being a deceiver and a crafty manipulator (2 Cor. 6:8; 12:16).

*He was given a bad report (reputation) by some (2 Cor. 6:8).

*He was the subject of insults (2 Cor. 12:10).

*He was accused of being a controller (2 Cor. 10:1-2, 9-11).

*He was accused of blasphemy (Acts 24:6).

*He was accused of being a “cult” leader (Acts 24:5).

*He was accused of being a criminal (Acts 16:20-21; 24:5; 2 Tim. 2:9).

Both Willard and Manning were true servants of the Master. Choice vessels in His hands. And each of them bore the marks of unjust persecution to prove it.

Now . . . they have rested from their labors and from the bitter agony of personal attacks at the hands of professing Christians.

See also Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another.

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Rethinking the Holy Spirit

This is an aggregate post containing all of my blog articles on the Holy Spirit’s ministry.

50 Things the Holy Spirit Does

Rethinking the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Part I

Rethinking the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Part II

Rethinking the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Part III

Rethinking the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Part IV

Rethinking the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Part V

Rethinking the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Part VI

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part I

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part II

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part III

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part IV

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part V

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part VI

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part VII

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part VIII

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part IX

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part X

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part XI

Rethinking the Gifts of the Spirit: Part XII

Rethinking the Five-Fold Ministry

The Finger or the Hand?

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Something That Concerns Me – An Important Message to All My Blog Readers

Tomorrow, I’m going to be putting together a unique post on the Holy Spirit. You don’t want to miss it.

Over the last week, the subscription to this blog has increased by 1,600 people. That’s rather amazing. So I’d like to welcome you all. (Frankie V. tips hat.)

Our book launch for God’s Favorite Place on Earth officially ended on May 7th. I want to personally thank all of you who bought the book. Because of you, the bit hit #13 on Amazon. That means it was the 13th bestselling book out of over 7 million books.

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In addition, it hit #1 in Christian Living and #1 in Religion & Spirituality

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And until late last night, the book stayed below #50 on Amazon. Now it’s starting to go up.

I’m deeply grateful to all of you who bought the book. As I’ve said many times, the ideas in God’s Favorite Place on Earth are my life’s work.

Something That Concerns Me

Before I unveil what’s on my heart right now, let me point out to all my new subscribers that I don’t profit personally from my book sales. Royalties for book sales goes to ministry expenses and my ministry to the poor, which I’m actively engaged in (see my FAQ page for details).[Continue Reading…]

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The Unbroken Christian

Jesus talked a lot about losing, taking up our cross, denying ourselves, and laying down our lives.

These are the fruits of brokenness before God.

It’s not hard to spot a Christian in ministry who isn’t broken. Unbroken people don’t know how to lay their lives down and lose. They only know how to try to win.

If they’re criticized, they retaliate.

If they’re attacked, they return fire. If misunderstood, they defend in anger.

They are capable of doing all sorts of damage to others in order to save their own ministries and keep their reputations.

On the contrary, people who have been broken by the hand of God know how to turn the other cheek. They know how to go the second mile. They know how to give their coats when asked for their shirts. They know how to speak well of those who misrepresent them. They know how to return good for evil.

They know how to lose.

And in so doing, they exhibit the Spirit of the Lamb and allow God to win.[Continue Reading…]