The Holy Spirit is leading us out of self-protection mode.
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After news broke yesterday that Chicago-area megachurch pastor James MacDonald was fired for inappropriate comments, where does that leave us?
The Forum is a panel of Ephesians 4:11 ministry gifts that minister the Word and the Spirit in a 1 Corinthians 14:26 format where "each one has a psalm, a teaching, a tongue, a revelation, and an interpretation."
Recent days have brought a fresh spate of charges against Southern Baptist leaders and Catholic leaders.
Hint: It's out in the business world.
Big sins don't develop overnight. They are an accumulation of small sins that can eventually create a tsunami of wickedness. If you don't take time to deal with small sins, when will you have time to tackle a tidal wave?
"As a prophet, he was convinced that God is about to do something unprecedented, that a wonderful and powerful revival is coming that would touch the nations."
"Pastor MacDonald was removed as senior pastor and as an elder of the church for engaging in conduct that the elders believe is contrary and harmful to the best interests of the church."
Pastors and business leaders alike may feel uncomfortable with this message.
Caution: Being spiritually gifted can be hazardous to your spiritual health. Why? Because your success might lead you to conclude you have God's approval.
Brutal honesty has given this unlikely preacher two congregations—one in-person and the other online.
Discipleship comes through relationship, not just listening to sermons.
We charismatics tend to be so power hungry and so enamored with status and position that we don't have a clue what apostolic ministry really is.
"They're watching. But we tell them we're not there to cause trouble. We're there to worship God. We're there to pray. We're there to preach the gospel."
"We've seen 500 salvations since our launch. I hope you'll join me in praying for our newest campus."
I heard a popular television preacher recently say this: "If God judges America He's going to have to apologize to Jesus." Wait, what?
Many congregations are working hard to attract the wrong crowd on Sunday—and the result is an Ichabod church.
We can still make a difference if we pursue this one goal.
"Ossie lived to spread the gospel through multimedia. I was honored to work with him and call him friend during my time at Oral Roberts University."
The witchcraft necessary to coerce people to give financially, to serve the pastor's vision and to build a ministry for impure reasons is extreme. It truly requires quite a few very powerful demons to anoint such a venture.