Perception: Creating Your Reality by Alan Smith

Matt. 12:22-24: Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."Perception: what a “word”! How can this “word” be worthy of writing about, you might ask? Well, I believe this “word” is the most powerf … [Read more...]

God is Not in Control By Robert Ricciardelli

Presuppositions are not absolute truthThe title "God is Not in Control" may at first glance shock you, but let me explain. There are many believers that have fallen into a deterministic world-view. This view presupposes that all things regarding the people of God have already been determined, and that He is in control of all things. This presupposition directly opposes the reality of what the Word of God actually teaches us about the Father and His choosing to give freedom of choice to His … [Read more...]

The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley

Jesus plus nothing is everything!Naked Gospel Part 1Click here for videoNaked Gospel Part 2Click here for video … [Read more...]

Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another by Frank Viola

Recently, someone asked me the following question.“Frank, if I had to summarize your ministry, it would be that Jesus is more than we ever imagined and we can learn to live by His life which is evidenced by treating others the way we want to be treated. Would you say that this is accurate?”My answer: “Yes, that sums it up well.” These two themes are underscored and unpacked in Revise Us Again, Jesus Manifesto, and Beyond Evangelical.Not long ago I wrote a piece for a periodical about … [Read more...]

…ifs, ands, and buts… by David VanCronkhite

Love, the Gospels say, makes all the difference. Supernatural love. Agape love. That kind of love present only when there’s been a supernatural impartation of DNA from the Father to His children.Agape is the DNA that changes the heart and begins the process of making a person human as God intended. That’s because God is Agape, therefore in search of man desiring to begin this eternal relationship in the now. Agape is love, the mystery of what allows us to love, the ability to imitate God and … [Read more...]

Say Goodbye to the ‘Armor Bearer’ Mentality by Lee Grady

 To train a new generation for ministry we must get rid of pride and pretensionMy friend Charles wanted a mentor. He was eager to learn the ropes of ministry, so he asked an older pastor for training. The pastor agreed—but Charles soon realized the man wanted a valet, not an apprentice. Charles became the man’s “armor bearer.”The man never took Charles on hospital visits, involved him in ministry assignments or prayed with him. Instead, Charles was expected to carry the pastor’s brie … [Read more...]

A (Possibly) Significant Development in Muslim-Christian Relations by Aaron Taylor

A (possibly)significant development in Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations is being spear-headed by the Islamic Scholars of North America (ISNA). In July of 2012, ISNA Director of Community Outreach, Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, convened a small multilateral forum of scholars in Mauritania to discuss challenges faced by religious minorities in Muslim-majority communities around the world.Mauritania is an interesting choice, since it has no indigenous Christian population, and the CIA World Fact book … [Read more...]

What Do You Think About Muslims Now? by Andy Braner

"What do you think of Muslims now, Braner?" Several of my friends watch the news and watch me—as if I might recant now and group all Muslims into one large violent jihad against every American.The question isn’t whether violence is wrong.  The tragic death of Ambassador Chris Stevens has no justification, and the death of these four heroic Americans is a disgrace.  But revenge is a seed that grows only more violence.  Remember that World War I started with a single assassination in the cl … [Read more...]

Do not Battle Fear. Embrace Love! by Graham Cooke

an excerpt from Keys to Brilliant Focusby Graham Cooke (to be released Oct 1)When we receive the Lord Jesus at salvation we inherit everything that He is and we learn progressively how to walk in His fullness. The work of the Holy Spirit is to empower us to be firmly rooted and comprehensively built up in Him. All our circumstances are designed to enable us to be established in our faith and to be overflowing with gratitude.As we remain in His fullness we learn how to stay vulnerable … [Read more...]

Jesus Looks Beyond Politics by Lee Grady

 In today’s hot-headed presidential debate, it might be better for some of us to keep our mouths shut.People didn't vote in ancient Israel, nor did they put “KICK THE ROMANS OUT!” bumper stickers on their chariots. But there was plenty of political anger seething in Palestine, even without Fox News, CNN and MSNBC around to stir the pot.Jews especially abhorred tax-collectors, since (1) tax-collectors were usually thieves, and (2) they worked for the hated Roman Empire. Yet when … [Read more...]