Religious Jealousy: The Unspoken Root Behind Hatred, Slander & Murder

The religious elite ignored Him as long as they could. Since Jesus sported no theological degrees and wasn’t part of the pastors guild, they didn’t take Him seriously. He was not credible in their eyes. But they could only follow this course for so long. His influence grew so large that they couldn’t ignore Him any longer. So they must extend to Him the credibility of engagement.

They came out with all guns blazing, seeking to refute Him. First, their pushback was targeted at the content of His teaching. But after realizing that they couldn’t successfully discount what He said, they downshifted to an ad hominem assault. Personal attacks became their new weapon for dismissal: “He has no authority to say what He’s saying.” “He’s not seminary trained.” “He has no ordination papers.” “He’s not a scholar.”

Then it escalated: “He was born as the result of fornication.” “He’s a blasphemer.” “He’s deceptive.” “He’s a glutton and a drunkard.” “He’s a false prophet.” And the ultimate attack: “Satan is working through Him!”[Continue Reading…]

Introducing Two Amazing Graphic Designers

Today, I want to introduce you to two incredible graphic designers.

One is Ralph Polendo. I recently found out about Ralph’s work. Ralph created the cover for my eBook Rethinking the Will of God (Revised).

(This is a free eBook to everyone who subscribes to the blog via Email. New subscribers will receive it at the beginning of each new month.)

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Ralph has created other book covers as well, such as To Preach or Not to Preach.[Continue Reading…]

God’s Favorite Place – 2012 Conference Message Part I

The 75th episode of my podcast has just been published.

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Episode Overview

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

Listen to the Episode

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

 

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…]

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…]

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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…]

Fighting Against God

Paul of Tarsus was a disciple of Gamiliel, the famed Jewish rabbi.

This story in Acts 5, following the divine judgment enacted upon Ananias and Sapphira, has always been both chilling and instructive to me.  It says,

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.

But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.[Continue Reading…]