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The Many Benefits of Union

January 4, 2018 // 39 Comments

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. (Eph 1:3, GNB) You may know that you are blessed in your new life, but you may not know that 100 percent of your blessings come as the [...]

What are the Shortened Days? (Matthew 24:22)

December 22, 2017 // 5 Comments

If they made an historically-accurate movie about the fall of Jerusalem in AD70, two things would stand out. First, the magnitude of the city’s destruction would break your heart. (In a city home to 200,000, as many as a million people died. It was a unique and unprecedented genocide.) Second, if you were [...]

Happy Christmas and a Free Book for You!

December 13, 2017 // 76 Comments

For the next 24 hours, my book Stuff Jesus Never Said is available free on Kindle. Grab your copy before they run out of 1’s and 0’s. Stuff Jesus Never Said is my most awarded-book. It’s full of good news that’ll put a smile on your dial and make you thankful for Jesus. Got friends who don’t read? Send [...]

The Old is Good Enough (Luke 5:39)

December 7, 2017 // 16 Comments

Here’s a verse that perplexes some folk: No one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, “The old is good enough.” (Luke 5:39) If the new wine is the new covenant, why would anyone prefer the old? People go with the law only because they haven’t tried grace right? The new covenant is better [...]

4 Myths about the Antichrist

November 30, 2017 // 57 Comments

No end times’ sermon is complete without a reference to that eschatological bogeyman, the antichrist. For those who came in late, the antichrist is evil incarnate. He’s in league with the devil, and he is your worst nightmare. According to some, he will be responsible for the deaths of two out of every three [...]

The Endurance of the Saints

November 23, 2017 // 16 Comments

Image source There are nearly two dozen New Testament scriptures that speak of enduring or holding fast to the end. The wrong way to read these scriptures is to think, “I must sweat and strive and endure or be disqualified from the kingdom.” If the Christian race is a marathon, it begins at the finish line. [...]

How to Get Your Book Published

November 8, 2017 // 2 Comments

“Paul, can you tell me how to get my book published?” I sure can. I have been in the publishing game for 20+ years. I have published more than a dozen titles including a few award-winners. I’ve worked with traditional publishers and gone the independent route. And I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons, [...]

Are Women Permitted to Teach? (1 Timothy 2:12)

October 26, 2017 // 57 Comments

I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. (1 Tim 2:12) Oh dear. Don’t tell Joyce Meyer that women aren’t allowed to teach. Or my mum, my wife, or a gazillion other ladies who teach in church. They’re all sinning. They should stop teaching and be quiet. Paul said [...]

Should Women be Silent in Church? (1 Corinthians 14:34-35)

October 18, 2017 // 55 Comments

My three daughters are growing up in a country where women often reach the highest levels of leadership. In New Zealand we’ve had female heads of state and government and everything else besides. As a father, I am thrilled that my daughters will be able to do just about anything they put their mind to. As long [...]

Women Preachers? Where’s that in the Bible?!

October 10, 2017 // 97 Comments

I have three daughters. When they get a little older and start drawing the attention of young men, I will give them this piece of timeless advice: Don’t just listen to what he says; watch what he does. A man may say anything, but his actions will always reveal his heart. This is good to remember when we come to [...]

A Future Tribulation?

October 5, 2017 // 66 Comments

When I was a boy in Sunday School, I came across an end-times comic that featured believers being executed in something called a great tribulation. It was like a holocaust for Christians and it was coming soon! Probably in 1984. Or maybe 1988. But definitely by 1999. It was years before I realized that cartoon [...]

When is the Great Tribulation?

September 28, 2017 // 36 Comments

In his time on earth only two things made the Son of God cry: the death of his friend Lazarus and the imminent destruction of Jerusalem. For Lazarus he shed tears, but for Jerusalem he wailed and sobbed (Luke 19:41-44). Here’s why: For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the [...]