In this episode, we study the gift of mercy, which I believe is one of the church’s most important spiritual gifts. Our Good News is about a teen who was healed through prayer. Our Unreached People Group is the Nai of India. And Today’s Word comes from John 8, where Jesus is talking to the religious leaders about who is their true father. Continue reading
In this episode, we continue our study on the spiritual gifts by looking at the gift of discernment. Our Good News is about a group of preschoolers surviving a tornado. This week’s Unreached People Group is the Mahratta of India and Today’s Word comes from John 8. Continue reading
In this special episode, I continue the series on my personal walk with Christ. This time I’m looking at what it’s like to be called by God and the profound impact it’s had on my life. I believe we are all called by God for a specific purpose and that calling can get us through some of the toughest times in our lives.
The gift of serving was the focus of this week’s Everyday Jesus podcast. If you missed that episode, you can catch up by clicking on the player below:
When discussing this subject, I was reminded that for some people, it’s very difficult to serve. Even though Jesus encourages us that true leadership is having a servant’s heart, many of us struggle with this. So what do you do if you don’t have the gift of serving? Continue reading
In this episode, we look at the spiritual gift of serving. I give you three characteristics of a serving heart. In our Good News, we talk about a wave of salvations that happened at a maximum-security prison. Our Unreached People Group is the Kapu of India. Today’s Word is a continuation of our study in John 6, where Jesus declares himself to be the Continue reading
In this episode, we discuss the spiritual gift – word of wisdom. Is this a supernatural gift? Do you need to be super smart to have this gift? We will discuss all of that and more. This week’s good news comes from the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine. Our Unreached People Group is the Gond of India and Today’s Word is about Jesus feeding Continue reading
This week we are studying the gift of prophecy and what it means to be prophetic. We started this conversation on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up by clicking the play button on the player below:
Consolation: This is the last purpose we are going to look at in regards to the gift of prophecy. Earlier this week we looked at edification and exhortation. Consolation is quite different from those two. Prophetic consolation can be a form of healing to those whom the Lord is ministering.
Consolation is defined as the comfort a person receives after a loss or disappointment. Prophetic consolation is the act of sharing a word with someone that comforts them after a loss or a disappointment during one of those times.
As Christians, we are not promised a life filled with sunshine and roses. You will go Continue reading
This week we are studying the gift of prophecy and what it means to be prophetic. We started this conversation in on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up by clicking the play button on the player below:
Today I want to look at the second purpose of prophecy as stated by Paul in 1st Corinthians – exhortation. What is exhortation? Exhortation is defined as emphatically urging someone to do something. Another word for exhorting may be encouraging.
I’ve found in my life that sometimes I need some encouragement to go out and do things for God. I can easily get stagnant or self-consumed. When I’m focusing too much on myself and my agenda, God will sometimes send encouragement to me through prophetic giftings and people.
So what should prophetic words exhort people to do? Obey the word of God for one. James says to be doers of the word and not just hearers of the word (1:22). Being a doer of the word means following the commands of Christ. A good prophetic word will encourage others to follow Christ’s commands.
Jesus, throughout the gospels, uses prophetic exhortation on multiple occasions. When he encounters the rich, young ruler, he encourages the young man to sell all of his possession and come and follow him. That was an exhortation.
Jesus also said to those whom he encountered, “Go and sin no more”. This is an example of a prophetic exhortation. Jesus was encouraging people to break free from the bonds of sin. And while these people would not be able to fulfill this encouragement, it’s useful none-the-less because God sees the heart.
Over the years, I’ve had many people encourage me to write. So part of my journey has been to listen to the prophetic encouragement I’ve received and to write. And this encouragement has came over and over again and I’ve needed it over and over again. I’m personally thankful for those who continue to encourage me. I hope to be as encouraging as you are.
In this episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we look at the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is scary for a lot of people and this week I look to calm your fears on this important gift. Our Good News is about a survey that says regularly attending church makes people happier. Our Unreached People Group is the Dhobi of India. And in Today’s Word, we look at the testimony of Jesus Christ.
“20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.” 1st Thess. 5:20-22 Continue reading
This week we are focusing on the subject of speaking in tongues. We’ve talked about praying in tongues and we’ve touched on Paul’s discussion of wordless groans from Romans. We spent a great deal of time on this week’s episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast discussing this issue. If you haven’t listened to it, you can catch up now by clicking the play button below:
One of the more encouraging aspects of speaking in tongues is the fact that Paul says that tongues can be just as valuable as prophecy if the tongue is interpreted. So while tongues as a prayer language only edifies the speaker, when tongues are spoken in the church Continue reading