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.

The cybernetic missile constantly calculates and re-calculates, changing course to stay with the target, no matter what.[Continue Reading...]

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.

Keep in mind that the purpose of this blog isn’t to discuss the once-saved-always-saved doctrine nor to speculate on whether or not these folks truly knew the Lord. That’s an entirely different topic and not the one for today’s post.[Continue Reading...]

Keep the Love On

Following Jesus Christ is counter-intuitive. Always has been.

In His famous “Sermon the Mount,” Jesus teaches that life in the Kingdom of God is antithetical to what most mortals think and feel.

For instance, if someone attacks you, Jesus says don’t defend yourself nor retaliate.

If someone mistreats you, forgive them.

If someone offers sincere correction, receive it in humility without being defensive or taking offense.

If someone compels you to go one mile, go two.

If someone steals your shirt, give them your coat also.

If someone hates you, love them.

If someone trashes you (gossips, slanders, invokes curses on your head), don’t act in kind. Pray for them.

In other words, even when you’re being hated, spoken evil of, lied about, and mistreated, keep the love on.

Never turn it off.[Continue Reading...]

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.

To borrow another Coca-Cola slogan, He’s the “real thing” . . . eternally refreshing![Continue Reading...]

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.

Enjoy![Continue Reading...]

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...]