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Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Romans 16:19-20)
I hate losing.
Growing up my brother and I had a board game called Crossfire. There were two plastic guns on either end attached to the board game that shot small marbles onto the board. The object of the game was to shoot the pieces on the board game into the opponent’s goal. Once all the pieces were shot into the other person’s goal, you won.
I was really bad at it. And my brother beat me at Crossfire… a lot.
I hate to lose.
The apostle Paul in Romans warns the people of Rome against being divided, listening to false teachers, and worshipping false idols. At the end of his letter to the Romans, he throws in this last bit of encouragement for the people.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Romans 16:20)
Paul shares that through their obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ and through their discernment of what was good and what was evil, they would be able to crush Satan underneath their feet.
Yeah. You read that correctly.
By the power of Jesus Christ, through their obedience and understanding of good and evil, they would be able to defeat Satan underneath their feet.
And here’s the good news, this isn’t only true for the Romans, but it’s true for us as Christ followers today!
For those that are in Jesus, Satan doesn’t get the final word. By the power of Jesus Christ, Satan will be defeated underneath our feet.
Defeat is not an option.
If you are in Christ, victory is the banner that we raise because of what Jesus did on the cross. Through that power, Satan is now crushed underneath your feet. Defeat isn’t even an option for us. Christ is victorious.
And by His grace, we are victorious also.
So stop letting the evil one steal your joy. Stop living in defeat in your sin. Stop thinking that evil will get the final say-so in your life. Stop fearing what death brings. And live in the victory that has been won over you through Christ Jesus.
He is victorious. We can have joy in this life knowing that, by the power of Jesus Christ, defeat is not an option.
Victory is available right now, in Jesus Christ.
Mondays and me. We are not friends. Here’s why.
This is the first book that I’ve read by Pastor Stovall and I was immediately sucked in by his passion. This book will practically look at how to apply Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” and place God at the center of all that you do. Stovall walks you through the ability to seeking the Kingdom of Jesus first and experiencing the blessing in Christ that comes as a result. I recommend this book to anyone who’s become complacent or stagnant in their walk with Jesus. Stovall will challenge you to actually pursue Christ for His glory and His Kingdom. The book is set to release March 25, 2014.
4 out of 5.
Pastor John Piper’s latest work A Godward Heart is 50 meditations for any Christian on their walk with Christ. John takes us through several devotions, blog posts, and thoughts that he’s written through the years and compiled them into this devotion. Focused and centered on Scripture, these meditations will challenges you to fully embrace and treasure God and His Word. The meditations are short but rich in content. This book won’t dominate a lot of your time, but will leave you thirsty for God’s Word. I highly recommend it as a devotional resource.
4 out of 5.
Darrin Patrick’s recent book The Dude’s Guide to Manhood is a call to abandon the cultural definition of manhood and rightfully pursue the Biblical call to be a man. Through humor, Scripture, and a lot of wisdom from his years of experience, Pastor Darrin will challenge any man to a higher calling and purpose that leads them into a responsibility for who they are as men. Whether you’ve had a father or not, if you follow Jesus or not, this book is any man. We need more men challenging other men to true manliness rather than a cultural counterfeit of manliness. I highly recommend this book for any man.
4 out of 5.
I received all of these books for free. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Mondays are no fun. But here’s a way to flip your Monday upside-down…
Man. Mondays are evil. I really don’t like them. But there is hope…
Many leaders today in our churches have become stagnant in their leadership, apathetic to the mission of the Church and their responsibilities, and, as a result, refuse to learn or change. This is a sad realization for many leaders across the leader.
I’m accountable to God for the stewardship of my leadership. I want to stay far away from apathy and stagnation. One way I prevent myself from growing stagnant as a pastor and a leader is pumping myself with teaching from other pastors and leaders.
Not only does this challenge me, but my ministry and leadership potential have grown as a result.
Here are my top 5 podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis (in no particular order):
Andy Stanley’s monthly podcast gives you insight into some of the leadership decisions and exercises they have done at North Point Community Church. He often challenges me to take my ministry to the next level by seeking accountability, setting my priorities straight, embracing constructive criticism, and to make my leadership go further, faster.
This podcast has been beneficial for me lately. Ravi is, arguably, the forefront teacher in Christian apologetics today. This weekly podcast challenges modern intellectual movements, equips you to defend the faith of Jesus, takes you deeper into God’s Word, and handles many cultural issues. It’s a great podcast that I still can’t believe they offer for free.
I listen to a lot of preachers via podcast, but Pastor Steven challenges my thinking consistently and inspires me to proclaim Jesus to those around me. His creative thinking with the ability to practically present God’s Word in an engaging fashion has allowed me to learn so much about the way I present God’s Word. Steven is definitely one of the top communicators of our time.
This monthly podcast is short, concise, and to the point. It’ll refresh the modern pastor on major theological issues as homosexuality, preaching, Islam, regeneration, and a number of other issues. This is an easy podcast to make time for with big implications as a result.
The Catalyst podcast features interviews with authors, pastors, and leaders and discusses leadership trends, new books, and issues facing the Church today. It’s a great podcast because it gives each listener the opportunity to learn from a great leader that maybe they would have never had the ability to talk with them over coffee. Highly recommend.
So there you have it! My top podcasts that I’m currently listening to. These tend to change every other month or so. But I’d love to hear what you’re listening to and being challenged by.
QUESTION // What are your favorite podcasts right now?
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Billy Graham’s last work is a declaration, sermon, story, and work of what he has devoted his life to: the Gospel. In this book, probably his last work, he shares stories, anecdotes, and the beauty of salvation that’s found in Jesus Christ. Whatever stage of life your at, whether you love Jesus or not, this book is for you. It was a fun read with such solid truth found within. Highly recommend.
5 out of 5.
This work from the Marvel universe lays out the first 11 copies of the Daredevil series that were created in the ’60s. While the story is definitely cheesy (not to be mistaken with the Ben Affleck flick), and the villains are nothing like the great Venom or Magneto, it’s definitely a fun read for any comic book fans and anyone who has an appreciation for Stan Lee’s work and what he’s done for the comic book world. Fun read.
3 out of 5.
This book is written based on the author’s own, true, experiences from when her dad was pastoring in a small community in North Carolina. What they encountered at this country church was a man with an insatiable thirst for control in the community and church. When the church begins to take off and he doesn’t like it, he starts an all-out assault on her family. From dynamite explosions, sniper shots through bedroom windows, and break-ins, this book will have you infuriated with the attacker and flying through the pages. But it will also leave you with an understanding of forgiveness that you didn’t see coming. Definitely an engaging read and incredible story.
4 out of 5.
I received the book The Reason for My Hope: Salvation for free. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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