“We need never to shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul. Closer than our most secret thoughts.”
~ A.W. Tozer
Sneak Preview: I’m researching my next installment of the “Shocking Beliefs” series . . . and it’s going to be on the shocking beliefs of John Calvin. So stay tuned for it.
In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul calls Jesus Christ the Wisdom of God.
Jesus is the incarnation of wisdom.
In Ephesians 3, Paul uses the phrase, the manifold (which can be translated “many colored”) wisdom of God.
Jesus Christ, the embodiment of wisdom, is multi-colored.
That means that Christ reveals Himself in infinite variety, because His riches are “unsearchable” and His fullness cannot be exhausted.[Continue Reading…]
On the heels of my recent post, Shocking Beliefs of John Wesley, I came across a fascinating remark from George Whitefield regarding John Wesley.
Whitefield and Wesley were contemporaries who both had massive followings during their time. But they disagreed on a number of key theological points.
Whitefield was much more a Calvinist while Wesley was much more an Arminian.
In light of their doctrinal disagreements, someone once asked Whitefield if he thought he’d see Wesley in heaven. Here is Whitefield’s reply:[Continue Reading…]
As I explained in Jesus Now, the beginning of the Christian faith is fairly easy. And so is the last part of the journey.
It’s the middle that’s incredibly difficult.
There are usually two points in a believer’s life where they encounter a crisis of faith. This is especially true if God is using the person in powerful ways.
One is when they are around 30 years old. The other is when they are in their 40s.
I’ve watched many people fall away from the Lord during those two periods, some even becoming atheists.
It’s no accident that the writer of Hebrews says,
“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.” Hebrews 10:32.[Continue Reading…]
Here are two new podcast shows we just published.
My Interview with Your Favorite Character Caller (the caller from the 100th episode, that is)
Warning: Do not attempt to listen to the above episode unless you have a tremendously subtle sense of humor!
Here’s the other new show we’ve published recently:
Finally, here are the top 10 episodes (shows) of all time:[Continue Reading…]
BeliefNet recently published an article of mine entitled A Forgotten Christmas Lesson.
WARNING: Just like the 100th episode, dare to listen only if you appreciate a tremendously subtle sense of humor.[Continue Reading…]
The new year is upon is. It’s warming up in the bullpen and it will soon be throwing heat from the mound.
In that regard, here are 3 strategies to employ that will make next year the best it can be.
1. Make a quality decision that you are going to invest in improving your life, business, and/or ministry.
A quality decision is a decision that you will stick to come hell or Hiawatha.
Investing in improving your life, business, and ministry would include attending training events, taking courses, and investing in other educational opportunities.
A life-principle I’ve learned – admittedly later than I wish – is that if you’re unwilling to invest in transformative learning opportunities, everything in your life will remain the same. That goes for your ministry, your financial situation, your business, your relationships, etc.
For years, I embraced the philosophy of “I can’t afford that.” But I discovered, eventually thankfully, that I couldn’t afford NOT to invest in learning how to improve my life, my financial situation, and my ministry.
So today, I regard training, seminars, and courses as necessary investments that I can’t afford to let pass.[Continue Reading…]