Audio: The Priority and Power of the Gospel

I enjoyed teaching last sunday at Grace Brethren Church of Chico, California, on the topic of "The Priority and Power of the Gospel." In Acts 25 we find the apostle Paul in Caesarea, called from prison, where he had been held for over two years, to appear before Festus, the new Roman governor of Judea; King Herod Agrippa; and an …

Capitol Bible Study: “Shake the Dust Off Your Feet” (Mark 6:10-11)

Mark 6:10-11 “And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.” In first-century Jewish culture, shaking the …

California Capitol Bible Study: How Is Your Training Going? (Mark 6:6-13)

Mark 6:6b-13 And He was going around the villages teaching. 7 And He *summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8 and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt— …

California Capitol Bible Study: The Tragedy of Unbelief (Mark 6:1-6)

Mark 6:1-6a Jesus went out from there and *came into His hometown; and His disciples *followed Him. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these …

Speech at the California Rep Party Convention Prayer Breakfast

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I was honored to speak at the California Republican Party Convention’s Prayer Breakfast in San Francisco on Sunday, March 16.  You can listen to the audio here. My ministry in the Capitol is non-partisan, so I will gladly speak at the Democratic Convention also if invited! After all, as I explain here, our nation’s greatest problem is not political … it is spiritual!  (P.S. The introduction  is difficult to hear, but once I begin to speak at about the 4 minute mark the volume greatly increases thanks to my lapel mic.)

Lessons from Lance Armstrong’s Lies

Part-1 of Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah that aired yesterday provides rare and valuable insight into the way many highly accomplished but self-centered leaders think and operate. Full-length videos of the interview aren't officially released and aren't staying online long, but if the one here still works or you are able to locate it you …

Remember the miller’s donkey

Few things are as confusing and painful as trying to glorify God and help people, but then finding that someone is displeased with your actions. But some people aren't going to be pleased no matter what we do. As Jesus once observed, "John [the Baptist] came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ The …

On-Fire

It’s amazing what one person inflamed by the Spirit of God can accomplish. My wife and I lead a weekly youth outreach in our home. This week we had a guest speaker – a young man named Drew who just returned from six-months of missionary training. Drew is now as on-fire for Jesus as just …

Process

Too often, we focus on achieving, when we should be paying attention to process. The question is not, “When will things be different?” It is, “What is one thing I can do today to get a bit closer to the difference that God desires for me?” This approach takes the pressure off me (enabling me …

Lonely? Good.

Ever feel lonely? A.W. Tozer said (The Saint Must Walk Alone) that we who follow the Lord should feel alone ... displaced in this world ... increasingly isolated from others as we press closer to Him. In fact, if we don't sometimes feel lonely, maybe we are too in love with this world. I love it when …

Oh Fudge

It's Christmas and I have done many things fitting for the day that we honor Christ's human birth - I read a few more pages in a classic biography about an incredibly devout pastor (Robert Murray M'Cheyne, by Andrew Bonar), I spent time in the Bible with my wife and kids, and now we're getting ready to watch a biblical movie (The Nativity Story). All …

Theology – or Knowing God?

I am troubled by my observation that many people (dare I say most people?) I have known who developed a strong interest in theology (literally meaning "the knowledge of God")  also seemed to become disgustingly arrogant, judgmental, and unloving at the same time. Furthermore, their degree of offense in this regard seemed to grow in …