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Jesus, The First Champion of Women

January 15, 2020 // 12 Comments

In the church we have a good appreciation of what Jesus did for us, but we don’t really understand all he did for women. If we did, you can be sure we would treat them better than we do. In my last article in this series, I introduced the idea that Jesus empowered women. In this article I want to highlight two [...]

Why did Jesus send letters to angels?

January 8, 2020 // 19 Comments

People sometimes dismiss the letters to the Seven Churches because they were addressed to angels. “To the angel of the church in Ephesus; to the angel of the church in Smyrna,” etc. It sounds weird, a bit mystical. Don’t angels live in heaven? Why would Jesus send mail to angels? He [...]

Merry Christmas from the Shaky Isles

December 19, 2019 // 24 Comments

As you may have heard, one of New Zealand’s many volcanoes erupted last week killing more than a dozen tourists plus a couple of local tour guides. It was a tragedy and a reminder that our time on earth is short. So make the most of it this Christmas. Treasure your families. Make memories. Live fully. Love [...]

How did Jesus empower women?

December 12, 2019 // 12 Comments

When Jesus walked the earth, gender inequality was so entrenched in Jewish society that an adulteress could be stoned without trial and men could divorce their wives for just about any reason at all. In a nation of God-fearing and moral men, women were considered little more than property. They were servants [...]

Let’s get hypergrace into the dictionary

December 5, 2019 // 27 Comments

The English language has about 200,000 words, yet one word is missing from the dictionary. That word is hypergrace. Why don’t we change that? Why don’t we put hypergrace into the dictionary? Hypergrace is an important word. It’s a unique word. It’s a word many of us love and many more of us have used. [...]

The test of a king

November 28, 2019 // 14 Comments

In recent articles I have explained how every believer is called to be a king – to exercise kingly authority and live from the abundant provision of God’s supply. Paul said those who receive grace and righteousness will reign in life (Rom. 5:17). So the test of a king—your sword in the stone, if you [...]

Walk like a king, talk like a king

November 14, 2019 // 22 Comments

True kings rule. They draw lines in the sand and say, “This far and no further.” They protect and bless those around them and take ownership of other people’s problems. Jesus is a prime example. He didn’t have to leave the comforts of heaven and die for us but he did. This was a noble and kingly act. [...]

You are a king (so act like one)

November 7, 2019 // 23 Comments

Did you know that you are called to be a king? It’s true. God told Abraham he would be “the father of many nations and kings will come from you.” Abraham’s offspring—the children of the faith—are meant to be kings (see Gen. 17:6, 16). This means you. Jesus the King has made you both a king and a [...]

Last chance to get The Chocolate Gospel! (For now)

October 30, 2019 // 8 Comments

Hi friends, This is just a gentle reminder that you have 24 hours to grab your copy of The Chocolate Gospel. This book is not available anywhere in the world. You won’t find it on Amazon or Kindle. But limited edition copies will go out in the mail this weekend. Here’s how you can get your copy: Sign up on [...]

The Chocolate Gospel – limited edition available now

October 24, 2019 // 10 Comments

During WWII, Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian, was imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp. After the war, she visited a prison which housed Nazi female guards from Ravensbrück. She went to tell her former captors about the love of God, but these sophisticated ladies refused to listen to an uneducated [...]

The old has gone, gone, gone

October 17, 2019 // 5 Comments

If there’s one thing I have learned from the movies, it’s that there is no problem that can’t be solved by faking your own death and fleeing to South America. Think of a wiseguy who is part of a crime family. He is under pressure from his superiors to risk his life by engaging in criminal activities. At the [...]

Three things people get wrong about the Laodiceans

October 10, 2019 // 11 Comments

The Laodicean church is probably the most infamous church in history. Preachers use it as an example of how Jesus deals with slack Christians. “Jesus is angry with these guys and he’ll be angry with you unless you get on fire for the Lord!” Demonstrating their expertise on the subject, they refer to an [...]