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The Common Kingdom Story Unbelievers Share with Believers

Often, when we are sharing the gospel with an unbeliever we think that we must begin with a blank slate in regards to their understanding of and adherence to God and salvation. We try our best to understand their perspective and their personal narrative and see how we can fit in the gospel message. What…

10 SIGNS OF PROPHETIC ABUSE AND OR MANIPULATION

I have been in the body of Christ now since the late 1970’s. I came into the prophetic movement in the early eighties and started moving out prophetically, even participating in prophetic presbytery while doing itinerant prophetic ministry. Furthermore, our local church has nurtured many outstanding prophetic leaders and voices as well as hosting numerous…

How Christian Parents Produce Backslidden Children

As a pastor for over thirty years, I am amazed that such a small percentage of the children of Christian parents actually serve the Lord when they reach their teenage years and beyond, including the children of Christian leaders. Since nurturing covenantal children is the primary method God uses to establish His dominion on the…

Seven Warning Signs Before Leadership Failure

Unfortunately, in every level and realm of life we have all witnessed serious leadership failure! It is no longer a surprise when we read about a high-level pastor, celebrity, sports figure or politician who is disgraced because of ethical or moral failure. As one who has worked with many struggling church and marketplace leaders on…

Avoiding 12 Hazards of Senior Level Leadership

As somebody who has served in executive leadership and with many senior level leaders for many decades, I have observed the following twelve hazards. By hazard I am speaking about a common proclivity all executive level leaders need to monitor, lest they stumble. 1- Constant stress Stress in and of itself is unavoidable. Every time…

12 Stumbling Blocks to the Gospel for this Generation

I preach in a lot of different places and have been involved in evangelism and overseeing a local church for more than three decades. I have often found that it is not the Gospel that turns people off but the people carrying the Gospel that turns them off! It is my opinion that church leadership…

Five Stages Of Your Spiritual Development

As I reflect on my own journey as well as observing the lives of many other believers, I have come to the conclusion that there are at least five major stages of spiritual development. I base this on more than three decades of church and marketplace ministry, which includes serving as a lead pastor since…

Would the Apostle Paul be Considered a Success Today?

Many if not most scholars consider the Apostle Paul the most important leader in the history of the church with the exception of the Lord Jesus Christ! Paul’s influence cannot be overstated in spite of him never having oversight of a megachurch (he started small house churches in about 30 cities); he wasn’t always very…

15 Contrasts Between Common and Special Grace

To read the first part of this teaching “Understanding Common and Special Grace” please click this link. PART II 1-Common grace blesses all men/Special grace saves only some men As we have seen in part I of this article, in the created order, God bestows His love, mercy, grace and goodness to every creature through…

Contrasts between the Apostolic Church and the Contemporary Church

There has been a movement the past four decades amongst various segments of the body of Christ towards embracing the way of Jesus and the apostles as found in the first century church. Extensive writing has been done in this regard by Jeff Reed, the founder of BILD International (www.bild.org) who has given his life…