The Life-Changing Power of Courses

Ever since I was in my 20s, I’ve invested in courses. Spiritual-content courses, ministry-content courses, and blogging/writing courses.

Some of them are on cassette tape. Others are on video or audio.

To this day, I still invest in premium courses because of their transforming power.

A course gives you a “deep dive” into a particular subject. One that you can’t get from a book.

It’s the next best thing to being at a live event where intense training happens in person.

Because I’ve experienced the life-transforming power of courses in my own life, I decided to begin creating my own courses.

You see, I have a ton of valuable material in the form of spoken messages, training sessions, conference talks, etc. on audio tape and CD that are simply dying in my archives.

They haven’t been edited nor enhanced, and no one has heard them since they were first delivered years ago.

I’ve facilitated unique “immersion” sessions on Ephesians, Romans, and Colossians along with extended series on different topics related to the deeper journey.

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How to End Spiritual Stagnation

The 107th podcast episode just released. It’s called “How to End Spiritual Stagnation.”

I’m being interviewed on my new best-selling book, Jesus Now, and during the course of the conversation, I address several hindrances to spiritual progress and how to end them.

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This Could Spare You From Life-Long Regret

Regret . . . it’s a horrible thing.

In a moment of stupidity or practical insanity, you do something for which you want to kick yourself, slap yourself, or give yourself an atomic knee drop.

You wish it were a bad dream, a nightmare, but it really happened . . . and you can’t do anything about it.

When I was in my 20s, the Lord would often speak to me through dreams.

Today, only on rare occasion will I receive a dream that I believe is from the Lord.

This morning, I received such a dream. In it, I was supposed to write a blog post on a topic that I’ve never written on or  given much thought to.

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The Ultimate Issue

The 105th podcast episode just released. It contains a conference message I delivered entitled “The Ultimate Issue.”

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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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Mentoring

From time to time, people ask me to mentor them. In this post, I want to address that topic and answer these questions.

Jesus gave us a particular model for ministry.

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

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

3. 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.”

4. 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 the Lord’s four-tiered ministry model for many years.

Taking that as my model of ministry, here are four ways that I mentor people.

If you’re one of the people who has requested mentoring, you’ll want to avail yourself of all four ways:

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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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