The Secret to Spiritual Contentment

The prosperity gospel says you have little and should have plenty. The legalist's gospel says you have plenty but should only have little. The true Gospel says Jesus is the secret to contentment, whether you have little or plenty:"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." (Philippians 4:12) … [Read more...]

5 Easy Steps to Seeing the Sermon on the Mount as a Sweet Passage for Christian Growth

Step 1: Ignore verse 17 which introduces the Law. Step 2: Delete every mention of Hell and fire. Step 3: Water down the verses about cutting off body parts. Step 4: Overlook the mention of animal sacrifices on altars. Step 5: Pretend that "be perfect like God" is attainable.Voila! Now you've got a sweet, inspiring passage to do your best! This is how many interpret Jesus' killer sermon.But allow me to suggest an Option B:What if we simply recognize that the Sermon on the Mount … [Read more...]

The Hurt & The Healer – an interview with radio host Steve Brown

Fun, funny, and helpful all at the same time. Here's a link to my conversation with Bart Millard of MercyMe and Steve Brown on Steve's nationally syndicated radio program: … [Read more...]

Positional forgiveness versus relational forgiveness?

Some popular Bible teachers say that we Christians are indeed completely forgiven "positionally" but not "relationally" until we confess each sin. Here are my thoughts on the so-called difference between "positional forgiveness" and "relational forgiveness":It's all make-believe. It is literally fabricated terminology that turns the work of the Cross into something less powerful than the blood of bulls and goats in the Old Testament.In the Old Testament, Jews felt better (yes, in the … [Read more...]

What I’m Really Saying!

Forgiveness and ConfessionMost who oppose the "once for all" forgiveness message taught in Hebrews 7-10 do not actually take the time to understand the main point. Yes, there are plenty of reasons to admit our wrongdoing and to turn from sin and to act differently, but getting “more forgiveness” from God is not one of those reasons.Clearly, we don’t have to remember and confess every sin we’ve ever committed in order to be forgiven by God. After all, we can't even remember every sin! No, … [Read more...]

Interview with Frank Viola about his new book “God’s Favorite Place on Earth”

What is this book about?I've written 14 books so far and God's Favorite Place on Earth is different than anything I’ve ever penned. It’s a work of biblical narrative that combines story with non-fiction. It’s a quick and easy read.The premise of the book is simple and 100% Biblical: when Jesus was on the earth, He was rejected everywhere He went . . . from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Jerusalem. The only exception was the little village of Bethany.The curtain opens with Lazarus, who is … [Read more...]

Redirecting Pleasantville

In the Hollywood film Pleasantville, all the residents of the town are living life in black and white until one day someone discovers the forbidden idea of free choice. Upon making that choice, the main character turns into a vibrant, colorful person while everyone else remains black and white. From there, other citizens of Pleasantville discover free choice, and they too exchange their black-and-white existence for dynamic color.One message we might take away from this film is that it’s t … [Read more...]