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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Who Do You Think You Are?

Earlier this year, I spoke at the 220 Conference in Texas. One of the brothers who was in the audience took an excerpt from one of the talks I delivered and created a video with background music.

If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, this is your heritage and your true identity. Each statement comes from the New Testament.

Here are the three messages in their entirety – all free downloads:

The Deeper Journey: Part I

The Deeper Journey: Part II

The Deeper Journey: Part III

You can also access them on iTunes

To read a list of these declarations with Scripture references, click Who Are You? Accepting Your True Identity

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A Friend Who Cares

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

Related:

The Characteristics of a True Friend

What Makes a True Friend?

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