What Coca-Cola’s New Bottle Teaches Us About Partaking of Jesus Christ

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus Christ presents Himself to us as food and drink.

And so do so many of the shadows of Christ contained in the Old Testament.

Coca-Cola’s new “friendly twist” bottle cannot be opened by one person. It requires another who also has the bottle.

In the same way, we can never partake of the fullness of the riches of Jesus Christ by ourselves, as a solo Christian.

We need the other members of the body.

For the riches of Christ . . . His fullness . . . is never given to one believer, no matter how gifted or spiritually mature they may be.

His fullness resides in His body.

Take a look at Coca-Cola’s promo video with this imagery in mind.

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12 Forgotten Things Every Christian Should Know

The 97th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has released.

In this episode, I discuss 12 forgotten things that I believe every Christian — new and seasoned — should know. If you find this message valuable, please share the link to this post with all your friends.

Let me tell you. I wish I had this  knowledge in my 20s! It would have spared me a lot of frustration and heart-ache.

The podcast is short and opens and closes with a music trailer (as most of my episodes do).

If you’re pressed for time, listen while you drive, walk, exercise, do household chores, or relax. I believe the listen will be well worth your time.

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Haters Gonna Hate

If you are making an impact on people’s lives, you will . . . (not might) . . . attract haters.

So if you don’t want any haters in your life, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t blog, don’t podcast . . . oh, and don’t breathe.

Haters are either fueled by jealousy, low self-esteem (which is trying to assert itself), or an inflated-ego (which has been bruised somehow and elicits bluster).

Every once in a while I’ll get a flaming email from a hater.

A few weeks ago, a man wrote me an email which included baseless accusations against a co-author of one of my books.

Of course, the man making the accusations doesn’t know the person they were accusing. They just read some slanderous smackdown on the Web which painted my co-author to be a combination of Freddie Krueger, David Koresh, and a certified warlock. And to this benighted soul’s shame, he naively swallowed it hook, link, and sinker. (Or hook, line, and sinker, if you prefer.)

Click here to read the rest of this post on my Patheos blog.

Attend 5 Conferences in the Comfort of Your Own Home

As I’ve shared recently, I’m only accepting 6 speaking engagements a year. So I’m very selective on which invitations I accept.

This year, I’ll be speaking at a number of conferences. All of them are sold out, except for the Buzz Seminar (a premium training for bloggers & authors), which has some space left still.

If you’re interested in attending the Buzz Seminar in Orlando, Florida July 4-5, email PTMIN@aol.com and put in the subject line – The Buzz. Information will be sent to you.

The Buzz Seminar is NOT a Christian event. It’s a premium training for bloggers and authors of any kind. Registration ends June 1.

That said, here are 5 conferences wherein I gave keynote talks.

While these recordings come at no charge to you, they are not free.

I simply ask that you email the link to this post to 3 of your friends who are serious about following Jesus.

If you are new to my blog and only know me from my earlier books on ecclesiology (“church”), I haven’t written on “church” issues since 2009. And none of these talks discuss the subject.

These talks are all part of my larger ministry of the deeper Christian life — the subject of my last 10 books. Consequently, they are suited for all serious Christians in all movements, church forms, and denominations.

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A Better Covenant & LAST DAY for “Jesus Now” Special

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A Better Covenant

It is my observation that many Christians today live like old covenant people rather than new-covenant people. According to Hebrews, the new covenant is far superior to the old (8:6). This is because Jesus is greater than any other priest. Thus He is called our “great high priest” (4:14).

Consider the tight relationship that Abraham, Moses, and David had with God. The author of Hebrews made a pretty remarkable statement in this regard. He said that those who are under the new covenant have a closer relationship with God than our spiritual forefathers:[Continue Reading...]

Fresh Light on Hebrews 4:12: The Word of God is Sharper . . .

The following is an excerpt from the Study Guide to my upcoming book, Jesus Now.

It’s an excerpt from the Bonus Chapter that only appears in the Study Guide.

You can get the book at a 50% discount and the companion Study Guide FREE if you order the book on May 5 to May 8th from a certain Christian online bookstore (NOT Amazon) that I’ll make known on May 5th, right here. So be sure you subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss the opportunity.

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Bonus Chapter: What You Didn’t Know About Hebrews 4:12

When I was a young believer, I committed to memory Hebrews 4:12:

“For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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The Forgotten Conscience

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Jesus Now.

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I want to explore the human conscience and its role in our walk with God in a bit more depth here than I did in chapter 1.

Think of the conscience as a window by which the light of heaven shines through to our spirits. Through the conscience, the Holy Spirit corrects, reprimands, and makes us feel uneasy when we take a step that contradicts our new nature in Christ.

A believer’s conscience reproves sin and approves righteousness. In order to walk in the Spirit, we must learn how to be sensitive to the voice of our consciences. For the Christian, the conscience is an inward monitor that alerts us to our spiritual condition.

The conscience bears witness to God’s will (Rom. 2:15; 2 Cor. 4:2), and it testifies to the truth (Rom. 9:1; 2 Cor. 1:12; 5:11). Paul and Peter exhorted believers to follow their consciences (Rom. 13:5; 1 Cor. 10:25–29; 1 Pet. 2:19). The New Testament describes five different states of the human conscience:[Continue Reading...]

Resurrection Sunday

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

Here is a Resurrection song I sang and recorded many years ago: Broken Body, Precious Blood

Here is my favorite Resurrection song of all time, hands down, walkin’ out: My Favorite Resurrection Song

Here is a more recent one that I like a lot.

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Whatever you’re going through right now, He’s conquered the grave, He’s alive, and He’s on the throne . . . and ever lives to make intercession for you as your Great High Priest!

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Exposing a Misguided Teaching

The following are excerpts from my upcoming book, Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ. They come from the chapter on the High Priestly ministry of Christ.

Don’t buy the book until May 5th. You’ll get the book at a 50% discount and you’ll receive the Study Guide free if you order the book from a certain online bookstore (not Amazon). Check back on the blog May 5th. Save the date.

Most errors circulating in the Christian world today can be found in the New Testament era. In particular, the two main enemies of the gospel—legalism and libertinism (license to sin)—were both present in the early church.

Galatians was written to legalists—hence the strong emphasis on liberty, freedom, and grace. James was written to libertines, those who presumed on the grace of God and turned it into a license to sin. Thus the book of James is strong on obedience, faith that expresses itself in works, repentance (for the believer), and false faith (or presumption).[Continue Reading...]