What To Do When Other Christians Hurt You – 8 Responses

When Martha complained to Jesus about Mary on His first visit to Bethany, Mary could have chosen to be offended by her sister. But there is no indication that she felt that way. She also could have taken offense when Judas and the disciples protested against her act of extravagant worship. But again, there is no indication that she did.

Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the pain that was inflicted upon Mary in both situations. Here was a woman who loved her Lord with all her heart, and she was unfairly criticized for it. Not by her enemies, but once by her sister and another time by some of the Lord’s own disciples.

It reminds me of the old adage, “No good deed shall go unpunished.”

The words of Elbert Hubbard come to mind: “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”[Continue Reading…]

Select 3 People to Be on My Ministry Team

Most of you know that I’m built for collaboration.

Team work and co-laboring are part of my DNA.

Speaking historically, it’s obvious to me that the Lord has done far more when His servants worked in teams than He has with individuals flying solo, no matter how gifted those individuals happened to be.

Moving the discussion over to the secular realm, both The Beatles and Led Zeppelin were super groups. What they accomplished together trumped (by far) what each artist accomplished on their own after the bands dissolved and each member went solo.

For these reasons, a ministry coalition is something that deeply appeals to me.

Because I believe so much in the team-concept, I’ve done writing collaborations with Leonard Sweet, Mary DeMuth, Greg Boyd, Derwin Gray, and George Barna.

That said, some of you have expressed your desire to see me involved in a Christ-centered ministry coalition.

I fully resonate with that desire, for it’s been in my own heart for many years.[Continue Reading…]

Big Thank You & Mother’s Day . . .

I’m working on my next post which I believe you will find valuable.

But it’s not ready yet. So look for it on Monday.

I didn’t want to leave you with nothing to read today, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to let you know two things that I’m excited about.

First, I want thank all of you for getting a copy of my new book with Mary DeMuth – The Day I Met Jesus.

On Monday, we learned that the book hit the CBA Bestseller list at #2.

What a surprise and what an honor!

(For those of you who don’t know, the CBA is the “Christian” analog to the New York Times Bestseller list.)

CBA

This means that all Christian bookstores should now carry the book – Family Christian, LifeWay, Parable, etc.

Consequently, if you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift for your mother (or wife), check out the Sample Chapter, description, and endorsements here, and head over to your local Christian bookstore and grab a copy.[Continue Reading…]

Should Christians Be Wealthy?

Last November, I featured Shane Claiborne’s article which asked if it’s okay for Christians to be rich.

In that post, I promised I would offer my own thoughts on the subject.

And I have.

In today’s podcast.

Listen to the entire show and make a comment or ask a question below.

I’d be particularly interested to know if the Lord revealed something to you afresh in this area after hearing the episode.

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The #1 Reason Why Authors & Bloggers Fail

Disclaimer: If you aren’t a writer, a blogger, an author, someone who has a business or ministry, just skip today’s post and check out my FAQ page which has been updated recently.

Aside from spiritual and theological questions, which I’m often asked, the most frequent questions I receive are from bloggers and authors who ask me all sorts of questions about the craft of writing.

In this post, I’m going to candidly address what I believe to be the chief problem that bloggers and authors face today. It’s the main reason why so many of them fail at making an impact with their written work.

Let me preface the problem with this remark. There’s not a week that goes by where I don’t see the following:[Continue Reading…]

Humanity’s Greatest Disappointment

“God remains humanity’s greatest disappointment.”

~ Dallas Willard

If you have your ear to the ground or your eyes on the screen, you will see a daily avalanche of mere mortals cursing, damning, and blaming the eternal God for everything that’s wrong in the world.

If people treat Him this way, while He is invisible, what would happen if He made Himself visible, like so many say they want?

They’d no doubt kill Him!

Wait . . .

He did.

And they did.

Then Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

~ John 20:29[Continue Reading…]

5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Mentor

The 117th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called “5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Mentor.”

In it, I talk about why having a mentor is beneficial to your spiritual, mental, and emotional development.

I also answer a common question: Am I (Frank Viola) mentoring people?

Here are the links mentioned in the show:

A Word to Mentors and Mentees

A Tale of Two Mentors

MinistryMind 2015

Prolific

Share the Love

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A 21st Century Solution to a 1st Century Challenge

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Today, I interview the founder of 1MillionStories.org – a new evangelistic website.

Check out the video below and enjoy the interview!

(If you are getting this post by email, you may not be able to see the video. So just click on the heading of the post, and you’ll be taken to the blog so you can watch the video.)

What is 1MillionStories.org?

Steve Barnes: 1MillionStories.org is an online evangelism tool that allows you to share your personal testimony in seconds. It’s FREE, works on your phone or computer, and even the newest believer can use it to share their faith in Jesus Christ.  Pastors can mobilize their entire church body to actively share their faith immediately.[Continue Reading…]

3 Reasons Why You Need to Make That Apology

My new book The Day I Met Jesus: The Reavling Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels is now in Audiobook as well as a Large Print edition. There’s also The Day I Met Jesus Master Course with 20 audio messages by Mary DeMuth and me, eight bonus eBooks, and a printed workbook.

Recently, I was reading a book that contained a story about those who have been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The story demonstrated that when such people get past the denial phase, they shift their priorities and focus on what really matters most in life.

One of them is relationships.

In 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship, I talked about the main factors which hinder friendship.

One of the things things which repairs broken relationships is apologies.

I’ve been a Christian for many years, and I can count on one hand the times when a fellow believer made an apology to me.[Continue Reading…]

Abandon

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Tim Timberlake has just released an interesting new book called Abandon: Laying Aside Your Plan for God’s Purpose.

I caught up with Tim to talk about his book. Enjoy!

Abandon: Laying Aside Your Plan for God's Purpose

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?”

Tim Timberlake: It is my prayer that the reader embraces this message to abandon oneself to God’s plan, and experience a life that is “far more than we could ever imagine or guess or request in our wildest dreams!” If we were to be brutally honest, we all have something or some area in our life we would be better off leaving behind us. So I hope this book highlights and uplifts those areas for the reader.[Continue Reading…]