The Agony Over God’s Will

Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.

~ 1 Corinthians 14:20

The following is the Introduction to my eBook Rethinking God’s Will (Revised). I’m giving this book away as a FREE gift to all who subscribe to this blog by Email. You will receive the book beginning on May 8th and following.

Click here to subscribe by Email. It’s free.

If you are a Christian in your late teens, 20s, or 30s, this book will be of particular help to you. It could very well spare you and your friends years of agony over searching for God’s will and making needless mistakes. So I encourage you to ask your friends to sign up to the blog so they can get their free copy. The blog is very popular among 20s and 30s who are serious about following Jesus. 

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Brennan Manning Passes – What He Said to Me That I’ll Never Forget

I just heard the sad news that Brennan Manning transitioned from this earth yesterday. You’ll find two of his books on my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written List. If you don’t have them, you should.

I had the privilege of spending time with Manning in 2007. We both spoke at a conference along with N.T. Wright.

In one of the sessions, we all spent time in a living room together. I had time to talk with Manning one-on-one and I asked him a few questions about writing . . . seeing that he’s a remarkable author whom I wanted to glean from.[Continue Reading…]

Who Else Wants a Shot of Spiritual Adrenaline For Their Soul?

The 72nd episode of my podcast has just been published.

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Episode Overview

  • My work station and plans for videotaping it in the future (at the request of some of you) and showing you the tools I use for writing, blogging, and podcasting.
  • Unveiling my new book Rethinking the Will of God (Revised) which I’m giving away for FREE to all Email subscribers of this blog beginning on May 8th. Click here to subscribe and claim your free copy.[Continue Reading…]

Unique

Today I interview my friend Phil Cooke once again. This time, we talk about his new book, Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media. If you’re an author, speaker, musician, blogger, or artist of any kind, you should have this book on your bookshelf. Here’s the interview.

Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media  -              By: Phil Cooke

As you know, I loved your book, One Big Thing. How does Unique differ from that book?

Phil Cooke: Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media is really my life message.  I believe the greatest challenge facing leaders and creative artists today is getting their message heard through the clutter of competing voices.  We live in the most disrupted and distracted culture in the history of the world, and it’s more difficult than ever to break through and get noticed. [Continue Reading…]

3 Christian Responses to Mental Illness & Which One Comports Best with the Bible

This post is a P.S. to my article on Monday entitled Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians” which has become my most viewed blog post since I started the blog in 2008.

Throughout my years of being involved in various and sundry Christian movements and denominations, it seems that Christians understand mental disorders in one of three chief ways:

  1. Mental illness is demonic in origin. So the antidote is to cast out the demons that are causing it.
  2. Mental illness is psychobabble. There’s no such thing as a “mental disorder.” All so-called mental illnesses are just sinful behaviors. So the antidote is for the person to repent and get right with God.
  3. Mental illness is a physiological disorder. The brain is a physical organ just like the heart, the thyroid, the joints, etc. Thus if someone has panic attacks or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia or chronic depression or ADHD, they have a chemical imbalance in the brain, not dissimilar to a hyperthyroidism or high blood pressure or arthritis.

I cut my teeth on a movement that promoted #1. I’ve met many people who believed #2. But I believe #3 is often the case.

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Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians”

Now is a good time to go back and re-read Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another.

Why do so many people not want to have anything to do with Jesus? It’s because of the cruel, harsh, self-righteous, and judgmental attitude that some professing “Christians” level against their fellow believers.

“Why would I want to be part of that bunch!?” . . . is the common response by so many non-Christians today.

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The Bible Miniseries: 4 Disks on Blu-ray or Standard DVD at the Best Price

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting YEARS for a first-rate, high quality, non-laughable, riveting and engaging depiction of the biblical story made into film.

Well, we may have been born for such a time as this. I’m told that The Bible: The Epic Miniseries fits the bill.

Some are raving about it. Others said they didn’t like it. So the verdict is out for me.

Hence, I just bought my DVD set (Blu-ray) and look forward to watching the series.

From the Producer: Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have given us The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event will entertain and inspire.

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Behold His Mighty Hand!

I wanted to play this short video for Resurrection Weekend.

It not only reminds us about the mighty act of God to deliver His people during the first Passover — a shadow of what the death and resurrection of Jesus portrays — but it’s a great encouragement to all of you who are going through a tough time right now and are seeking God’s deliverance and salvation.

Remember, we walk by faith not by sight.

It is faith in God’s promises that moves the Lord to act on our behalf.

Fear is the opposite of faith.

To the child of God who is walking in love, God’s word is always “Fear not.”

He is Risen!

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