Five Characteristics of Godly Leadership: The Gift of Leadership

Five Characteristics of Godly Leadership_ The Gift of Leadership

In this episode, we discuss the gift of leadership and five characteristics of a godly leader. Our good news is about a man in Durham who is raising awareness for PTSD by doing a good deed. Our unreached people group is the Kunbi of India and Today’s Word comes from John 7:25-52. Continue reading

Exhortation: Let’s Get Encouraged!

Exhortation_ Let's Get Encouraged!

In this episode, we discuss the important spiritual gift of exhortation or otherwise known as the gift of encouragement. Not only do Christians need daily encouragement, they need to encourage others as well. In our Good News segment, we talk about a man whowas wrongly convicted of a crime and spent 30 years on death row, where God used him to minister to inmates. Our Unreached People Group is the Kumhar of India and Today’s Word is from John 7:14-24. Continue reading

Teachers Teach: Making Disciples by Teaching the Word

Teachers Teach_ Making Disciples by Teaching the Word

In this episode, we continue our study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit by looking at the spiritual gift of teaching. Our Good News is about a premature baby who survived at 24 weeks. Our Unreached People Group is the Koli of India and Today’s Word is from John chapter seven.

Good News –

World’s Smallest Baby to Survive is Discharged from Hospital

Unreached People Group –

Koli of India

Today’s Word – John 7:1-13

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.

10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?”

12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”

Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.

What Does It Mean to Have a “Servant’s Heart”?

 

What Does It Mean to Have a _Servant's Heart__

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

The Gift of Serving: Three Characteristics of a Serving Heart

The Gift of Serving_ Three Characteristics of a Serving Heart

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

Spiritual Gifts: Word of Knowledge

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In this episode, we are continuing our study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This week we discuss the gift – words of knowledge. This gift is a spiritually empowered gift where the Holy Spirit reveals knowledge to an individual to edify the person and the church. In our good news segment we discuss an NFL star who is calling people to stand up to abortion. The Jat of India are our Unreached People Group. And Today’s Word is about Jesus being the Bread of Life.
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Spiritual Gifts: Word of Wisdom

Spiritual Gifts_ Word of Wisdom

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

Consolation: Prophetic Healing

Consolation_ Prophetic Healing

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

Exhortation and Prophecy

katherine schmidtThis 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.

Related Links:

True Prophecy Edifies the Body

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The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy

Interview with Nate Mullins

In this special episode, I sit down with Nate Mullins. Nate has an incredible testimony that you don’t want to miss. This is a story of a young man who grew up in church, but as a teenager, he ran away from home. Later, Nate finds himself in jail and searching for answers. Tune in to hear the rest of his amazing journey!