Why Mary of Bethany is My Hero

This story of Mary of Bethany’s extravagant act of anointing Jesus for burial holds many profound lessons for every genuine Christian today.

The narrative contains the only sermon that Judas ever preached. Listen to his three-word protest. 

“Why this waste?” 

When Judas saw Mary’s worshipful act, he exploded with criticism, saying, “Why are you being so wasteful? You could have helped the poor with this small fortune!” 

But Mary stepped out in faith. Her act of extravagant love was shameless, selfless, and risked both embarrassment and the sneers and jeers of harsh criticism.[Continue Reading…]

Rejected in All Quarters But One

From the Lips of Lazarus . . .

It’s been more than thirty years since I met Him. The day He first entered our home is etched in my mind forever. I shall never forswear those memories.

My sisters, Mary and Martha, are no longer with us. Neither is my father, Simon, whom Jesus healed of leprosy.

Most of the Teacher’s close disciples, all of whom I had the privilege of knowing, have rendered their lives for His Name’s sake.

A number of them committed to the written page their own encounters with Him. Words that I’ve read and consider to be God-breathed. Since I am not sure how much longer I have left on this earth, I wish to leave behind the story of the times Jesus came to my hometown, Bethany, and of all the people He forever changed while He was here.

The One who lived before the earth existed spent only thirty three years on the planet. And God gave me the unique honor of sharing some of those years with Him.

I did not know it at the time, but the Galilean prophet was rejected everywhere He went. When I discovered this, the irony dawned on me.[Continue Reading…]

Anointed for Burial

From the lips of Lazarus . . .

Living after you have died is strange.

You appreciate life like never before. Martha’s lentil soup never tasted so good. Even the capers, which I had never relished, were suddenly exquisite.

It had been months since Jesus brought me back to the realm of the living. And as was His custom, the Teacher visited us once again on His way to Jerusalem.

We did not know it at the time, but this visit would mark the last week of His earthly life. That entire week, He would visit the holy city in the day and retreat in the evening to our home, where He and His disciples lodged overnight.

When we received word that Jesus was coming, my father decided to host a private dinner party to celebrate my resurrection. Jesus would be the guest of honor.

As usual, Martha served as hostess and Mary assisted. Before the banquet began, Martha insisted that I sit next to Jesus, which I gladly did. My father sat at the head of the table with Jesus at his right hand in the place of honor.

Our house was packed to the brim that evening. Voices rose to the roof. Bright colors of clothing dotted the public room. Some of our closest friends were present, including relatives from Bethany and Jerusalem. It was a reunion of everyone we held dear.

The dinner party was held six days before Passover. And Jesus brought all of His disciples.[Continue Reading…]

4 Ways in Which I Help the Poor

Before I plunge into today’s topic, I want to give a report that’s both sad and encouraging.

I’ve been blogging since 2008 and my recent post, Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & the Sickening Response of Some Christians was the most viewed article that I’ve ever written, by far and away.

At the present time, that post has had over 4k Facebook shares.

The reason why this is sad is because of what I felt forced to write in that post. I was once again addressing the sickening behavior of “Christians” who eat their own. That would include the act of judging, misrepresenting, and even lying about their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

The encouraging part is that more and more evangelical Christians are fed up with the ugly behavior of their “professing” Christian friends who don’t wince at attacking other followers of Jesus. And they are no longer standing for it. See my post Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another, another article on the topic that has had massive views.[Continue Reading…]

New Concept in Christian Music – This is So Awesome

In May of last year, I spoke at a conference in Kentucky. I delivered 3 messages on God’s Favorite Place on Earth. Those messages gave the people who attended the conference an early peek at the book by the same name, which releases on May 1st.

It was the first time I shared the content of the book.

After one of the sessions of the conference, one of the young men in the audience announced that he had just written a song in his motel room during the afternoon break. The song was based on the messages I had delivered.

As we heard the song, we were all blown away. It was powerful and clearly anointed.

The young man’s name is Michael Sweet.

If you wait to order God’s Favorite Place on Earth between May 1st and May 7th, you will receive 25 bonus gifts from 15 different authors. Among them are all the messages I delivered at the “God’s Favorite Place” conference last year. In addition, you will also get to hear Michael’s song live when he first played it for all of us.

Michael has since perfected the song, added a new stanza, and professionally recorded it. You will also get the professionally recorded version as part of the 25 bonus gifts.

I’m confident you will be blessed by it.

Today, I interview Michael Sweet about how he wrote the song as well as his music ministry. The story is fascinating. Enjoy![Continue Reading…]

An Interview with the Man Behind the Curtain

Have you ever seen something amazing and then asked, who created it? I call this “the man behind the curtain.” So today, I want to interview the man behind the curtain. I want you to know who is, what he does, and what he created. And I hope you’ll share this post with your friends, because “the man behind the curtain” deserves to get noticed.

Brian Mead is the man who created the gripping new video trailer for my upcoming book, God’s Favorite Place on Earth. Brian used to work with the uber-talented Christian film creator, Phil Cooke, who I’ve interviewed twice on this blog.

Instead of embedding the video that Brain created to this post, which I’ve done in previous posts, you can click the image below to view the High Def. version which is much clearer.

God's Favorite Place on Earth Video

If you like the video, please spread it![Continue Reading…]

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.

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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?

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