A Most Pernicious Temptation by T.E. Hanna

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The following is a guest post by T.E. Hanna. I felt it was so good, I wanted to publish it for my readers.

It is a rampant problem in many Christian circles that believers learn to use the right words rather than embody the right life. Specifically, they are enticed to communicate about people rather than talk to those people.

Perhaps the most pernicious of these temptations comes to us in the form of gossip and slander. If we can simply pinpoint the sins of others — real or imagined — we can elevate ourselves to the righteous role of sage and judge in one fell swoop.

If challenged on it, we can simply default to claims of “accountability” or hide behind the “need to pray” for that individual’s struggles. In the process, we retain the mask but ultimately usurp the very meaning of righteousness, accountability, love, and prayer. More so, we violate love and we thus sin.

Ironically, we do it all in the name of Jesus. 

Left unchallenged, the plagues of gossip and slander will take root within the individual and then quickly spread to those around them, poisoning the minds of others.[Continue Reading...]

What Doesn’t Impress Me – A Message to 20s and 30s

I’m writing this post for the benefit of my fellow brethren and sistren in their 20s and 30s who have a call of God on their lives for the Lord’s work.

Last week, I was walking around my house waiting for my Internet service to kick back on and a thought struck me.

In my mind’s eye, I saw a very popular Christian leader. This is someone who several years ago the Lord laid on my heart to pray for.

In fact, I wrote down my prayer in a black Moleskin notebook.

The date was October 7, 2010.[Continue Reading...]

DISCIPLESHIP IN CRISIS

“Discipleship” is getting a second round of buzz today. I say second round because the first “buzz” occurred in the West in the early 1970s.

Dozens of books are now promoting the idea of “discipleship. ” They assert that God’s highest purpose is “to make disciples.”

But is this what the New Testament really teaches? And if it does, what is “discipleship” in the New Testament?

In my new eBook, Discipleship in Crisis, I sketch out 9 reasons why “discipleship” isn’t working today and why.

It includes a historical look at discipleship, from the discipleship movement in the 1970s, and today.

If you’re interested in the subject at all and you’re not afraid to be challenged with Scripture and sober experience, you’ll be interested in this book.

What is more, it’s free.

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Discipleship

What Pleases God?

If you are in Christ, God accepts and loves you unconditionally. However, pleasing Him is conditional. Here’s what the New Testament teaches on the subject.

The Example

John 8:29

And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.

John 5:44

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

John 12:43

For they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Matthew 3:17 

And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”[Continue Reading...]

Answers to Questions About My New Discipleship Course

Since I officially released my new online discipleship course on September 1st, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ, it has exploded.

Over 800 people have registered and many are commenting on its profound impact.

What follows are the questions I’ve received about the discipleship course and my answers.

workbook

Q. If I get the course, do I have to complete it within a certain time frame?

A. No, you can work through it at your own pace at any time and from any place.

Q. If I get the course today, how long will I have access to it?

A. You will always have access to it. There is no expiration date. So you can start it today and finish it 5 years from now, if you want. :-)[Continue Reading...]

5 Marks That God is Using You in Tremendous Ways

. . . But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

~ 1 Samuel 30:6

1. Many different people tell you that the Lord changed their life through something you’ve written, said, or done.

2. A few falsely attack you out of jealousy, most of whom don’t know you personally. (This is a key evidence that God’s hand is on your life.)

3. You clearly see the evidence of your influence on specific people’s lives, even though they may never mention it to you.

4. The enemy tries to trip you up and cause you to stumble with unusual temptations.

5. God puts you in situations that severely test your faith and reveal (to you) what’s in your heart.

Remember, we are in a spiritual battle . . . a cosmic warfare. So when God is using you powerfully, the enemy will do all he can to throttle it.

This is a back-handed compliment from heavenly realms.

Also, the beginning of the Christian life is easy; the end is joyous. The middle is where the fiercest battles take place and many fall away.

Be encouraged. And keep your eye on the prize.

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