Today is Father’s Day. A day that we celebrate Father’s, the men who shaped our lives and loved us with unconditional love. Well, that’s what we’d like to celebrate, but reality is, most of us did not have a dad like that.
Perhaps you grew up in a home where your father was absent. He just wasn’t around. Or, perhaps your father was violent or abused you. Perhaps you grew up in a fairly normal household and your father was a mixture of good and bad. Or maybe your father drank too much. Or simply didn’t care.
No matter how you may characterize your father, it doesn’t mean your heavenly father is at all similar to your earthly father. If you are a Christian, you are told that you have been adopted into the family of God. Notice the word adopted. You are legally joined to God via adoption. This isn’t just a good idea or a nice thought, this is a legally binding transaction. You are now apart of God’s family.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1st John 3:1
We are God’s children. And what an amazing thing that is to think about! God himself is our father. And unlike our earthly fathers, He is perfect. He truly is a good father who cares for his children.
Too many times we relate to God the way we relate to our earthly fathers. We think that just because our earthly father didn’t want to spend time with us, that means our Continue reading “How Great the Father’s Love For Us!”
In this episode, I interview Craig Stover. Craig has an amazing testimony of how God saved him from not only his sins, but from himself. Craig and I also spend some time discussing marriage and how asking deep questions can bring you closer together as a couple. Be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. Prepare to be encouraged!
In this episode, we look the question: Did God turn his back on Jesus? Many preachers believe that God is so holy that he can’t look on sin. Is that the case? Is it true that while Jesus was on the cross, God had to turn his back on him? Tune in to find out!
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 “Five Characteristics of Godly Leadership: The Gift of Leadership”
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 below:
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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 “What Does It Mean to Have a “Servant’s Heart”?”
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.
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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.
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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!
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 “The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy”