For the sake of your own Souls, Please DO NOT ‘Obey your Pastors’

In one of our previous Discipleship Group settings, we had what I would consider a MAJOR breakthrough, a liberation of sorts.  Here’s what happened.  We were going through the Ephesians 4 giftings, and collectively considering what might be the predominant characteristics of an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, and Pastor-Teacher.  The evening unfolded many “eye-opening” concepts for the group, but […]

All Things Are Not Possible With God

It is impossible that with God all things are not possible. Therefore, not all things are possible with God. huh? “And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26 I’ve been hearing a lot of folks quote this verse lately in some […]

Freedom in Christ is not a Free-for-All

Much is being said lately of “Freedom in Christ.”  It is by God’s grace that we have this freedom.  Only, is your liberty causing others to stumble?  I’m not only speaking of our freedom to do things, but how we communicate our freedom in such a way that doesn’t that doesn’t make other’s liberty lumpy. […]

The Day After the Vote

Voters in North Carolina have approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions, according to the Associated Press.  There was a virtual fervor yesterday on the social networks and news sites regarding this.  Both sides of the argument expressed their opinions on the ethics and morality of the vote itself. My question is a simple one: […]

Galilee Again?

“Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee.”  John 4:1-3 We are all familiar with the woman at the well and the wealth of personal ministry applications contained […]

Where was Jesus?

A very interesting question came out of Discipleship Group last night.  A bunch of us were looking at Revelation chapter 5 and looking in particular at the following: “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to […]

WWJD, WDJD, or "What Jesus Said We Would Do?"

The phrase “What would Jesus do?” (often abbreviated to WWJD) became popular in the United States in the 1990s and as a personal motto for adherents of Evangelical Christianity who used the phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through the actions of the adherents. After that motto […]

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastor-Teachers – Characteristics not Gifts?

I have always heard the Ephesians 4:11 Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and pastor-Teachers, referred to “gifts.”  Leadership gifts, Spiritual gifts, Ministry gifts, and even “gifts of office.”  But, I fail to see where and how these can be referred to as gifts. In the New American Standard Bible, Ephesians 4:11 reads, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, […]