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.
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
In this special episode, I interview a brother in Christ, Christian Olmstead. Christian is an on fire follower of Jesus who is married with four children. We talk about everything from his testimony to marriage and family to the ministries that he is involved in. You don’t want to miss this episode.
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
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 continue our special series on Christian parenting. We are reading through the book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. This week we are on Chapter 4 and discussing the issue of authority. Please be sure to go back and listen to first three episodes of this series!
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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.
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.