The Song “Bethany” is Now Part of an Album

For those of you who are new to the blog, my most popular book is God’s Favorite Place on Earth. That book is based on a series of messages I delivered in Kentucky in 2012.

Those 3 messages are on my podcast, so you can still listen to them freely. The messages are called “God’s Favorite Place: Part I, II, and III.”

One of the young men who attended the conference — Mikey Sweet — wrote a song based on the messages I delivered that weekend.

You can hear the raw recording of it at the end of the third message, where he performed it live in front of all of us for the very first time.

You’ll want to listen to all the messages to understand the lyrics.

Mikey had written the song in his motel bathroom between conference sessions.

Well, Mikey recently recorded the song professionally and it’s now part of his new album entitled “The North King.”

Go here to get the album and listen to the professional version of “Bethany”

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Pressing Into the Kingdom

The 103rd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just released.

It’s a message I delivered in October 2010 called Pressing Into the Kingdom. It can also be entitled Holy Violence.

The talk is a practical unfolding and application of these two texts:

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.”

~ Luke 16:16

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

~ Matthew 11:12

I believe it will stir your heart to pursue the Lord and press into all that He’s made available to you.

Listen to the episode in the following ways:

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My Unforgettable Meeting with A.W. Tozer

In the 102nd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast, I talk about my unforgettable meeting with A.W. Tozer.

Here’s the book I mentioned on the show.

The Life of A.W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God

Other books by Tozer can be found in my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written list.

You can listen to the episode in the following ways:

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To All My Readers: An Important Change

I’m announcing a change that will effect all of you who subscribe to this blog.

Jesus gave us a particular model for ministry.

One tier of His ministry was to the masses wherein He gave specific ministry to the multitudes.

Another tier of His ministry was to 70 people whom He sent out on a special mission.

A third tier of His ministry was to the Twelve. Jesus shared the mysteries of the Kingdom with the Twelve and some women who Luke refers to as “The Women.”

Beyond that, there was the smallest tier of all. Peter, James, and John, 3 of the Twelve whom Jesus included in special cases.

Note that the 70, the Twelve, and the 3 (Peter, James, and John) were all present when Jesus ministered to the multitudes, but they received special ministry beyond what He gave to the masses.

I’ve reflected on this pattern for many years, and beginning in September, I’m making some changes inspired by the Lord’s four-tiered ministry model.[Continue Reading...]

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

My close friend and co-worker Jon Zens just released the 40th anniversary edition of his amazing little periodical, Searching Together.

The new issue is tremendous. Here’s a vintage photo.

Jon Zens

Listen, if you subscribe to this blog, you’d be wise to subscribe to this magazine. It’s only $10 a year for a subscription, and it will be mailed to your house whenever a new edition is released.

This is by far the best Christian magazine/periodical available today. Hands down, walking out. (I say that based on the fact that I’ve subscribed to virtually every major Christian publication at one time or another.)

Click here to subscribe to Jon Zens’ Searching Together. You won’t regret it.

That said, we’ve just released a new episode on the “Christ is All” podcast.

It’s a conference message I delivered in 2005 in Ohio called “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.”

Remember, if you’ve benefited from the podcast, share the love so your friends can benefit.

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Where Will Power Fails

Will power . . . the power of your own human energy to carry out decisions, even when rightly motivated, is like a rubber band.

A rubber band has strength, but it’s limited. Once stretched to its capacity, it bounces back.

Will power is the same way. It will carry you through initially, but then it bounces back to where it started.

Will power cannot take you through the long haul to sustain your decisions.

But there’s good news. There’s another life-source that we Christians are called to live by.

It’s the very Life of God . . . the Life of Jesus Christ.

While many Christians are aware that they’ve been given this Life (just read Romans 8), very few of them have been taught how to live by that Life.

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Romans 8 Remixed

And you know that I cause everything to work together for your good because you love me and are called according to my purpose.

I knew you in advance, and I chose you to become like my Son, so that my Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen you, I called you to come to my Son.

And having called you, I gave you right standing with me. And having given you right standing with me, I glorified you (even though you haven’t experienced it yet).

What shall you say about such wonderful things? If I am for you, who can ever be against you? Since I did not spare even my own Son but gave him up for you, won’t I also give you everything else?[Continue Reading...]

7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship

For those of you who are reading Jesus Now and want to let your friends know about it, there is now a list of quotes from the book that you can publish on Twitter and Facebook.

Just go to the book landing page – JesusNow.tv – and scroll to the bottom.

Also, we redid the 7 Aspects of Christ’s Present-Day Ministry episode since the original recording was poor. Now the podcast includes a short excerpt from an interview I did for Jesus Now that’s much clearer. The phone call from the distraught man who was kicked out of a lunch buffet still appears at the end.

That said, we’ve just released the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The topic — 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship.

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A Tale of Two Missiles

Ballistic missiles know their target and they never change course. Once a ballistic missile leaves the ground, it’s going to hit the spot in which it is aimed, no matter what.

The problem, however, is that the targets got smart.

The targets learned to move while the missile didn’t.

For this reason, cybernetic missiles were invented. A cybernetic missile, once programmed, changes course with the target.

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7 Reasons Why Christians Abandon the Faith

Before we launch into today’s post, I want to thank all of you for buying my new book, Jesus Now. On Friday, the book hit the CBA Best-Seller list. (That’s the Christian equivalent to the NY Times Best-Seller list.)

I’m hugely honored and I want to thank all of you who got a copy for putting the book on the list.

This means more people will notice it.

That said, would you kindly share the Taste Test for the book with all your friends. The Taste Test includes a nice chunk of the book in a free PDF.

This would be deeply appreciated.

Now on to the subject at hand.

Since I’ve been following the Lord over the last three decades, I’ve watched Christians — some of them being the most faithful and the most zealous of my friends — leave the Lord and veer off into atheism or some other world religion.

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