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All things are possible with God. I will pray for you! In the Bible there is a story about 2 women. The two women approached Solomon, I believe, and fought over the baby. And you say moms know best???? They are all sinners, just like you and me. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. Do correct, rebuke and encourage false teachers like Joel and Joyce in the presence of God to help those who do not put up with sound doctrine but gather teachers who preach to suit their itching ears.

Well I did not get to collect my rent , becuase the prosperity preachers wanted to give them a blessing. This eventualy got them evicted. As i did not want to lose the property. Justice and honesty in buisness dealings is more important to god than gifts. So the grocier and the landlord are supposed to be paid before the preachers blessings or new cloths are purchased.

There is somthing true about the prosperity preaching. As people draw closer to God and the 10 commandments they automaticially become better renters , more trustworthy workers , more honest buisness partners , and just generally easier and therefore cheaper and more profitable to deal with. This makes a christian society much more prosperious over long run. Just look at Russia they gaveup on communism and Aleksander Solhenitsyen said he wanted Russia to return to her Judo christian roots. Corruption was so bad that democracy could not work. So Russia built a lot more christian Churches.

Over the last 20yr Russia has comeup from almost total bankrupcy to now Moscow has more billioneers than any city in the world. I wonder if a people or a country turns away from God and the ten commandments if maybe they might lose their prosperity. I understand the United States is no longer a Christian country maybe that is why we are 17 trillion dollars in debt. I wonder how much the Soviet Union was in debt before they turned in the towel and decided it would be better to just disband and cancel the debts.

Luke 12, 16; Matthew I was shown through her words how selfish, mean and shallow I was. She became my salt and light and made me hunger to change, become more like Christ. No preacher is perfect. All I know is Joyce preaches the Bible, makes others identify with her shortcomings and gives us hope that we can become more like Christ. I would hate for someone to rip apart every preacher in the world and expose their flaws. If I focused in on every famous evangelist we could be here a long time and we would run out of preachers because they all are flawed…they are human. I do know that Joyce is AG and they have a set of beliefs like Jesus went to hell for 3 days, but working with the AG movement for 2 years I realized I had to look at the good they were doing and not throw out the baby with the bath water.

Evil is evil, period. Good reply, Barb. But Joyce has been a helpful and very encouraging teacher to me, prodding me to not give up but to trust in the Lord. Well said, Barb! RE: Knitted in the Womb — pray for those you are concerned about. Mighty strong accusation, there… For your hardened heart, I will pray. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Since the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, perfect will of God, any apparent contradiction in two such passages as these must be due to human error in interpretation.

And you know what the Bible says about adding to, or taking away from it…. Use that good mind God gave you and sort through these things. We are commanded to. Get out your checkbooks. Open your Bible and read it and trust Christ, not the words of men or women. The Bible says that the power of life and death is in the tongue! You CAN speak positive and healing things into your life. I have done it myself! Also, we are to test the spirits AND judge our own Christians. Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. He says to get rid of them. That is why we must judge our own and make sure that everyone among us truly belongs to God.

We do this by watching what they say and do. It is quite evident by watching and listening to Joel and Joyce that they are teaching a false gospel and other false teachings. These people take a verse and make a thought terminating cliche out of it. It is really sad how these people are controlled by such thought terminating devices.

Yes it is Damon, thank you. We must pray for Christians to open their eyes to the false teachers, especially in these last days. It took me seeking to know more about God and His word. And part of His word will teach you about false teachers and prophets. Why paraphrase everything? You can argue til the cows come home, you get a bible and check for your self. The gospel is the gospel, you can not add, change or make it something else otherwise it is NOT the gospel of Jesus…Period! There is no need to be offended, no need to defend..

I am thankful for this article, because whether you agree or not hopefully you are getting into the word yourself and finding the truth. Either way in the end, it will be terrible sad to see so many that were deceived and fooled, those are who we need to reach and pray for.

The Devil can preach straight out of the bible. And he misused it, and Jesus corrected him with other scripture rightly dividing it judging in once sense of the word. So get yourself right, so you can help correct others that may not see it is really the meaning. Judge righteous judgement. And yes its very impressive. Jesus die for the world not just for a few. May God always Bless you. Praise the Lord and totally agree with you Barb!!! He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

I promise you this. Can you, or anyone, tell me where in the Bible it says this? Unless you still practice that, in which I will have to wait for you to reply after you sacrifice your daily boar or goat offering. It is so funny that you used John Piper to discredit Joyce Meyer. His heresy is well-known. You might want to check out your sources.

When we begin judging other preachers we need to look in the book of James about being held to a greater accountability. When we who have a platform judge others with a telescope, people will use a microscope on us!! Apparently you have never listened to JM. I have listened to her for over 10 years. She does not promote prosperity gospel. She preaches hard work and not depending on others for your needs. Repeat… she does not promote prosperity…. Anyone who says the Bible does not say what she preaches is not just a false profit but incredibly dangerous.

They are about themselves not God. If a message is truly from God the Bible will back it up. Meyer does that all the time. In fact, most WOF preachers love taking scripture out of context, to support their warped doctrine. Think about it: what better way for Satan to mislead millions than to use a little bit of scripture, a flashy presentation, and a whole lot of falsehood.

Anyway, food for thought. The bible is the reason joyce meyers says what she says, shes just another so called preacher with a different interpretation like the rest of the thousand churches. The spirit never spoke to her she never walked with Jesus she just reads a book bible and finds a meaning to suit her best and people who dont have the spirit follow her and other pastors.

Streets of gold. Everlasting life. If they listen to you, you have won them over. Have you done any research on Joyce Meyer Ministries? They are certainly making a positive difference all around the world. Not only are they responsible for bringing thousands of people to Christ, but they support numerous programs that bring hope to those in need. To love thy neighbor includes helping them when they are need, be it physical, emotional or financial. One post I read mentioned the fact that it was obvious that Joyce had gotten a face lift!

Really, so what!! Amazingly, Joyce is 70 years old and I think she looks fabulous. She is constantly on the road doing one seminar after another, and between those grueling hours she can be found in places like the Philippines, preaching the Gospel AND providing aid.

Aside from preaching at her seminars, it must take her hours to prepare each time. Note the number of Scriptures she incorporates into each seminar. Yet someone feels the need to condemn her for having some work done to her face! Like anyone else, Joyce works and thus should be paid. The Lord expects us to take care of our teachers. What one does with their own personal income should not concern anyone else. I indeed see some pretty shady characters out there.

As children of poor, uneducated or especially demented parents, it is OUR responsibility to ensure these loved ones are not being taken in by some of these so-called Preachers. Furthermore, when it comes to giving, one only needs to refer back to the Scriptures and the expectations of our Lord and Savior. However if you think a family member is being financially abused, then get involved to help remedy the situation. Joyce also does a quick blurb at the end of her show re: the benefits of becoming a Partner. No monetary pressure at all. Lastly to refer to her as a Prosperity Preacher is false.

Joyce is a Blessing. God has done incredibly wonderful things through her and her Ministry. Joyce did not bring her Ministry to this level herself, nor with the help of their family. Therefore we must steer away from judgements and criticisms,. Here is a well researched video by Tim Martin of Watchman Fellowship that shows although she might obfuscate the issue Meyers definitely teaches a prosperity gospel.

You are so wrong about Pastor Joel and Pastor Joyce. It is so wrong of you to judge others. I bet you have a pocketful of money also. They work hard for what they have, and you have no business of judging them. You are just jealous. The both believe in born again.

Their sermons have helped me more that the church I have attended for 33 years. You should take the log out of your own eye before you judge others. I totally agree with you Brenda. From the Words of Jesus: By their Fruit you will know them. A good Tree can not bear bad Fruit and a bad Tree can not bring forth good fruit.

People are being helped all over the World are Praising God and are being saved. You know I disagree with you, Jesus when healing people always referred back to their faith. So, what is wrong with Joel if he emphasises the importance of speaking to the situation and unwavering faith? If Joel and others are deceiving us, then I would rather be deceived, declare and believe God for those things.

If they do not come to pass, I know all things work out for my good…. He reminded me that God loves me and that I need to take a look around me and see all the awesome things the Lord has done. Wow, You may want up James , then 1 Chronicles Strife and discord are straight from the devil, and I would guess that GOD is less than pleased with the amount of time His children spend Fighting with and accusing each other. We will all give an account to God for the way we walked our christian walk, we will be held accountable for every gift God has given us, both natural and spiritual.

Hold fast to that which is good. There is a certain truth. We all need the Word of God, we all need inspiration and motivation to keep pressing on to Him. We all need to love and forgive. We all need Money to survive,live or prosper. We all need Salvation. We all one day will stand up in front of God and give account of our earthy life.

So all the Glory must be for Him and we mature Christian know whom to trust or follow to. We are not stupid people or illiterate Christians not to know in whom we believe. I am grateful for your article, that you stand up to these wolves in sheep clothing. If you learn how to listen to the Holy Spirit, he directs our path. He has given me the ability to Discern right from wrong, truth and lie, good and bad, and how to make better sound biblical decisions, etc.

Price, Creflo, Parsley, Duplatis, P. Swaggart, J. Baker, M. Hickey, P. Robertson, and others. Some of these, I watched for months, some for weeks, others for days, and some it took only 10 minutes! To recognize A False Prophet when I see one! What can you do greater than GOD?

Move Mt. Heal a man was decapitated in a car wreck? Part the Pacific Ocean? He got into drugs, and after several years, she let him live with her and her husband. With No remorse! Like others bloggers said, Jesus, Paul, John and many others did not have riches, homes, etc. Another comment on Godly judging, if you go to a church and find it not teaching from the Bible, do you judge and leave, or not judge and continue going?

I find it interesting how many people condemn Joyce Meyers as a false teacher. I was raised a Baptist, and was a Baptist minister for many years. I worked hard to please God, and memorized huge portions of the Bible, hundreds of chapters in all, and gave everything I had to serve God. But all these things did not help me to find peace or victory or to overcome temptations or bitterness or anger.

How beautiful He is, and how delightful is His love! Those who are condemning her betray with every word a legalism and lack of the true love of God that I lived in for so many years. We are now seeing a departing from the faith by former believers embracing doctrines of demons and deceiving spirits!

I luckily have been studying the Bible for years and like you find these two and others offensive. I hope to be by the Lords side when these Nd others arrive. I can almost picture The Lord shaking His head S he motions them over. It is better for them not to be born the. To cause a child of God to fall. If you are a reformed theology guy, then I could call you on the carpet for many twisted teachings as well! Does it not say that we are Saints?

So what do you teach on this? Did He not die for ALL your sins, past, present and future? So that being said, is there not a difference between when we were dead in sin and now that we are dead TO sin and alive in Christ; now that Jesus is standing up for us as our advocate?

So calling them out is good and admirable. However, saying that Jesus did not die for ALL sin, that He picks those who go to heaven and allows the rest to go to hell; that He calls and we cannot reject such a calling; and saying that accepting the call is the same as work is all heretical just as much as the prosperity gospel. All do respect the Bible says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The key word is ALL. Brad that is in Romans 3, as Paul is explaining that all man are in need of an Savior and that non of our works are able to save us. And yes all man have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and therefore are in need of a saviour, but as we come to our Savior and put our faith in Him, we become new creations 2Cor.

As Paul continues in Romans he explains the implication of this faith on the believer. So through the work of the cross God can bring many sons to glory, and that Him who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all one. People set up camps around one verse or another and then argue with people who have set up camp around a separate verse.

We are both sinners AND saints. We are convicted and pardoned at the same time. Is it hard to understand? Until we go to heaven or Jesus returns, we are both alive and dead. I felt it was time to address this topic. Many topics elicit an emotional response when you disagree with someone that has been indoctrinated into a certain belief regardless of whether their belief is actually truth supported by scripture or not. Are these terms actually scripturally supported terms to refer to a believer in Jesus Christ?

Obviously God has a huge interest in the terms His children refer to themselves as. Just as you would care about what your kids call themselves, God cares deeply about what His children call themselves. That is the catalyst for me writing this, to help believers change their perspective of themselves from a negative to a positive. I did. So, I researched it and I will list them all below. I will use the King James Version. This will include the usage before and after Jesus went to the cross for all of us. Luke KJV Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying , This man, if he were a prophet , would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

Luke KJV I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth , more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke KJV Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke KJV And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying , God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke KJV And when they saw it, they all murmured , saying , That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

Others said , How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. John KJV Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. Romans KJV For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? James KJV Let him know , that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Matthew KJV And it came to pass , as Jesus sat at meat in the house , behold , many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. Matthew KJV But go ye and learn what that meaneth , I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew KJV The Son of man came eating and drinking , and they say , Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. Matthew KJV Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest : behold , the hour is at hand , and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Mark KJV And it came to pass , that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. Mark KJV And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? Mark KJV When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark KJV And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest : it is enough , the hour is come ; behold , the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Luke KJV But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying , Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

Luke KJV For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? Luke KJV And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? Luke KJV And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive , what thank have ye? Luke KJV The Son of man is come eating and drinking ; and ye say , Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

Luke KJV And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? Luke KJV Or those eighteen , upon whom the tower in Siloam fell , and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? John KJV Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Galatians KJV But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin?

God forbid. Hebrews KJV For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;. Hebrews KJV For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Jude KJV To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed , and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

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Bible scholars have made this same truthful conclusion for centuries. Now I am not saying that you will never commit a sin. You must allow Christ in you and the Holy Spirit to work and one day you will reach a place of no wrong doing in any way in the natural realm as well as supernatural, but it most likely will be when Jesus calls you home. You must always remember however your position and place of favor as a member of His Body. As a believer doing sin and being sin are two different things. So who do you think is actually right about who you are?

God or your favorite teacher or pastor? Which leads us to now to a wonderful revelation into what God actually chooses to call His children in scripture. Believer, body, brethren, bride, brother, called, children of God, chosen, chosen generation, church, disciple, faithful, heir of righteousness, holy nation, justified, light, peculiar people, righteous, royal priesthood, saints, salt, did I just go ahead and list them all?

Can you find any more? If you do leave them in a comment below. The brethren which are with me to greet you. Amazing the dance that is taking place around the word sinner.. But I still sin.. So I am now a sinning saint? We are a new creations yes, we are now saints, we are His children, His inheritance, His….

But to split theological hairs and say we are no longer sinners, but saints who still sin? To the attack on reformed theology… John Calvin was no heretic, and though I disagree with 2 of the main points in TULIP, which were pulled together by his followers after his death by the way, I would be wrong to call Him a heretic as is anyone else.. He believed in Christ and Christ alone.. His explanation of the gospel is indeed a biblical stance.

Anyone who refutes election, refutes Paul, refutes God. They need to read their bibles.. Humility would serve us well in this argument. We Sin, we are thus sinners, still. There is no doubt that Paul is stating as a fact that he is, at the time of writing Timothy, a sinner. You are claiming that we sin but are not sinners. What you are doing is making a moral judgment that is found nowhere in the Bible that it is wrong to refer to ourselves as sinners after conversion.

Proponents of the prosperity gospel should be called out as false teachers, because they are preaching a different gospel. By the way, there are many non-Reformed Christians who refer to themselves as sinners also. It is indeed amazing the number of believers who still think they had a choice in their salvation.

If we choose to believe…. Yes I chose to be saved. You will focus on the Father who draws him. I will focus on the word COME. No one comes….. Unless the Father draws him…. Who is drawn by God to become saved? Is everyone saved? Yes, I chose the One who chose me first. Hi guys. I think the big thing is whether we are defined by what we do, or who we are. Paul in most of his epistles, first want to settle the truth of who we are.

A large part of the christian walk start with a knowing of who we are in Christ Rom. Positional in Christ, we are complete col. We also need to distinguish between sins as wrong actions, and SIN as a power that operates in all unsaved men. Paul teaches us that that power has been dealt with, Rom. In Romans 7, Paul talks about his struggle with his flesh. So, if you no longer sin as a follower of Jesus, you are greater than the apostle Paul who wrote a lot of the New Testament.

Sounds more like spiritual pride, pharisaical…. Hi Greg, I am not saying that I or any believer is not sinning, I am saying that sinning or my actions is not firstly defining who I am, but rather my position in Christ. Our encouragement is to know one another according to the Spirit and not the flesh. In 2Corinthains 12, I agree fully that Paul came to understand the grace of Christ is sufficient and that is my point that we have to consider the sufficiency that is provided for us in Christ.

In Christ we are new creations! Yes, we still sin because we have unredeemed flesh, but we are new creatures with new identities. Once you are in Christ, you are a new creation. To say otherwise is to undermine the regenerative role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the elect.

It is unfortunate that false teachers get this doctrine right because it casts doubt on it. Our sins are atoned for and covered, but we do not lose our sinful nature. If you have never sinned after being saved then congratulations, you are the first. Sure we are a new creation, because our spirit has been renewed. But our flesh has not. It is still a constant battle we fight.

Our sins have not been atoned for and covered. That was what happened with the Old Testament sacrifices. Our sins have been removed completely! This is what the word of God says. Let everyone draw their comments from the bible, not from their understanding of it, or even from their opinions. Note: Righteousness is a gift. We are now called righteous, not because we no longer sin, or because we now do righteous deeds this bares repeating. Semantics… we sin therefore we are sinners. To say someone sins but is not a sinner is ludicrous. The only difference between a saved person sinning and an unsaved person sinning is that the Holy Spirit dwells inside the saved person.

To a non-believer it makes God look bad and their chances of being saved are diminished. Thank you your common sense comment! But being born again does not make one sinless. That is an asinine statement. Some of these comments are ridiculous. And what about scripture that tells you how to rebuke a brother who is caught in sin? Thank you or your comment Marixi! Robin sinfull nature is not a term that is in the bible The NIV wrongly translate flesh as sinfull nature. Paul use the word sin, in Romans 6, as a power and he is very clear that it is dealt with and died on the cross.

And once we are saved…. The beauty of it, we can repent, and if we are Godly sorry,it will be wiped away…. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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Written to brothers and believers. These verses are not for the unsaved. John had it right. We are both sinners and saints. Present tense. Romans 7 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. Amen, I agree. Thank you for the so much needed reminder. Although I read this article with an open mind as I do like both of these preachers, but not really a follower of either. I was was willing to hear the article, cannot comment on either preacher as like I said not a follower of them, but certainly a lover of Jesus. I always take the word, scripture over any other personal comment said, so as long as others do the same, they can never stray.

Stay in the Word. Yeah, well, get in line, people are doing that all the time anyway. Scripture talks about sinners in two different ways. Those who are known by society as blatant sinners, so, the societal or civil description of lawbreakers, and the theological way, as in, everyone who commits sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. All mankind is a sinner, yes we are saints, but we still are not perfect, nor will we be till we are in our heavenly forms. The absolute preaching keeps people from God, and blames those in trouble or need for their lot in life. What about Paul denying Christ three times, was that not sin?

We are still sinners alright, but because of the blood we recognize that and are forgiven. I believe once saved always saved but to say to true believers sin. I am not a theologian but apostle Paul talked about running the good race and to run as to win the prize. That implies to me that we are not yet perfect and still sin. But we can have daily victory over sin and even go from victory to victory. We need to work out our salvation every day because becoming a Christian just put us on the race track, not at the end destination.

How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Hebrews Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. John b …Go and sin no more. John b …sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. John Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…if the son shall make you free you shall be free indeed. Free from serving sin Although written in the present tense Romans 7 gives Pauls experience under the law but his experience under grace is in his own testimony 1 Thes Acts Acts He was chief sinner because he persecuted Christs church.

But then he was saved from sin. If he were still the chief sinner after that, what was his sin? Yes all have sinned, but when you give yourself to God, every day you have a choice to sin or not to sin and you can always choose to not sin.


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I pray for a radical transformation. His power and influence over people is devastating and a miracle through God the Father is needed for Joel. And what of the warning in the Bible, not to add anything or take anything away from the scriptures. Read the Bible for yourself and re-read this excellent article. People posing as his mouth piece are being questioned. Jeff, you most definitely can know if it is of God if it contradicts scripture!

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This line of thinking from people that we can never question what one says is from God is really annoying. Do you think this should be refuted? Do you think this needs to be refuted? We simply cannot accept everything that we hear nor can we apologize for speaking against false doctrine. I know it can be hard to see those we have looked up to in the past come falling down from the pedestals that we place them on, but the only one who needs to have that pedestal in our lives is God.

Did you know one of those books has the audacity to say it complements the Bible? Can you imagine one of those books actually teaching what the Bible teaches? Then act as a second witness to the bible, teaching Jesus Christ? This is not accurate. We are to test all teaching against the Bible. Joseph Smith ran around saying that God had revealed things only to him.

Now we have Mormonism. Bless others without expecting to get something in return. Ever read that lil story in the gospels about Jesus and the rich young man? Jesus also said that to follow him would be hard and cause pain and persecution. Take a look at the life of Rich Mullins. One of the greatest Christian singer songwriters of all time. His CDs made a lot of money. Do you know how much of it he kept? Very little. The rest of it went to charities. THAT is a follower of God. He is the greatest of all riches. We give of ourselves because we love Christ and want more of Him! Jeff, I agree with you in that God can still talk to us.

Would prophecy not be revelation from the Lord? Unfortunately, the gifts have been abused, which Paul addresses when he states that there should be an interpreter for the gift of tongues later in the chapter. Joel tells us that the Lord will pour out His Spirit in the latter days, old men will dream dreams, young men will dream dreams. Does God not speak in dreams? What do the latter days mean?

Later than the 1st century A. The Second Coming will not happen until the priesthood of God had gone. I read this article objectively and sensed no jealousy whatsoever. Is John Piper also jealous? I am uncomfortable with the fact that you are putting as much emphasis on Joel and Joyce as you are on God. Calling out false teaching is all over the New Testament. When we see something wrong with a teaching, we need to step back and line up Scripture. Would you allow your friend to take part in a money scam after you have discovered the truth, or would you go and warn them so that they may discern for themselves?

How much more should we take care with our spiritual well being! Lord, may we not be offended by Your Truth! Allow us the humility that is required for being molded as clay. It attacked their false teachings. Fantastic article, and I have read about the heresies of these people on other Christian websites and blogs. You would think that after Jim and Tammy Baker, and many others who, like Simon the Sorcerer, who wanted the Holy Spirit to help him make a profit , that our generation would have learned how to spot a false teacher by now.

Knowing what the Gospel is about, and studying the words of the New Testament writers, will help us spot a fraud as soon as we encounter one….. Dear Rick, I can only imagine that like many of us who make a stand for faith, that it is done with the intent to at least make people think, for souls are at stake.

In my personal attempt at exegetical interpretation, I find that we have taken the inspired word of God and have put such a western spin on it that we have created a theological grid of western proof-texting that only partial truth is derived. We have allowed personal biases in selfish Western culture to infiltrate Biblical illumination. As I have learned that many sources cloud our thinking I must remember that the Bible is Eastern Literature and most of the NT is written in street Greek. So my point is that many in these last days who teach a half truth is to be loving confronted and corrected.

As these to who profess to be teachers have been, they deny correction. James must not be taken lightly! Rick, check out Dr. Shared on facebook and will share on Twitter as well. Thank you for this post! God bless you and your family Rick! Did you even read the article? They should trouble you deeply and that they do not is cause for concern. Your personal take on this issue clearly tells me you cast judgment which is not Christian like at all.

I can take a few lines of what you said and turn it into something totally different also to make the eye twist a little. Be blissed with happiness. Be blessed with faith. Beware of the stone. I dont think that this is about getting attention of anybody or having a strong word, but preaching the Truth, Joel and Joyce are confused biblically, just open your eyes, i hope that i would open. John has always confused me,it says for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Do a word study on the original Greek. Things get lost in translation. Number two, satan will burn because though he knows God exists, he has rejected God. That is the fundamental difference. TRUE, Bob! We are TOLD to judge believers! And to gently rebuke those who are in sin. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. I thank the Lord for true proclaimers of biblical truth who are bold enough to expose the peddlers of false doctrine. The fruit of a false teacher is false teaching. Wake up Christians! If you want a minister to follow look at Rick Warren who, instead of taking a larger salary from his church after his books success, instead gave back his salary.

We need to stand up as a church and stop feeding milk and start trusting our members with meat. Tragically Gandhi, Muhammad, and Buddha, are all suffering in Hades today because they denied the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus 1 Cor. Rick Warren is on video, on YouTube, meeting with Assad, denying terrorism exists there.

That no extremism exists there. After Warren was challenged on his recorded statements, he had the video scrubbed from YouTube. He denied it existed, then when caught, quickly scrubbed it. Bortmann… Buddha lived about years before Jesus was born… Not sure how he denied Jesus? Why are you judging? This is something spoken of often in the bible. The bible is so complex and the problem is that there are so many people out there like yourself who stand in judgement and just bring division and confusion.

What a bad witness for people from other religiions. I went down the road of listening to someone like yourself and there was no life in it. When Joel and Joyce speak you can feel life. Correctly understanding Gods word is very simple. And yet, we will never be finished learning from it. Gods Word is about the heart and the head, John Piper is a much much better man for theology, and so should get the support these two steal. We must be aware of how bad this type of teaching is.

And many more will perish because of false teachings, at what cost do we owe prosperity? Actually, the nation of Islam is benefiting greatly from the ministries of prosperity preachers in Africa and other impoverished nations. People flock to their gatherings, soak up their teaching and then recognize later that it comes to nothing.

They then look elsewhere and end up being assimilated into Islam which offers them education, community and support. It is also important to remember that, although we are told to compare what we hear with the Word of God, it is the western Christians who hold the storehouse of bibles and biblical helps. We who have the Truth are responsible to see to it that it is shared accurately and that it gets into the hands of those who are hungry and seeking.

The true Gospel is not a warm fuzzy. Open the Bible and read for yourself. I am sorry you are being misled. God will even help you find them. But, you have to ASK His help in doing so. If not, you just appear to be a popcorn chomping, cackling hyena. In a much darker sense, I have found that pride develops a fibrous root that reaches far and deep and produces a harvest of other sins. Beneath a surface of piety, hidden pride proves the most malignant means to my selfish ends.

I want to acquit myself, when falsely accused. When I speak before praying or even thinking, I want to distract people from my stupidity with a joke. When I give in to temptation—no matter what kind—I run to cover it up. In the Garden of Eden, the first couple sewed fig leaves.

Pride is my fig leaf, and it fails just the same. The deeper I dug, the more I learned of the cancerous reality of pride. It had not just impacted my actions, but it had affected, and continues to influence, my motives. And by the time I got to my junior year of college, pride had already skewed my ambition and tainted my motives. It was destroying me from within. I continued in an ungodly relationship founded on my desire, lust, and selfishness—a relationship attached to my pride.

At the time, I dreamt of attending dental school and joining the US Navy. I wanted and craved the title of the first medical doctor in my family that includes a long line of teachers, businesspeople, and journalists. My desire to help people in need and work in pop-up clinics in third-world nations around the globe only made me look better in the eyes of other people. Although not all my dreams seemed sinful, my motives proved otherwise. Over the next three years, instead of achieving my aspirations, I watched them crumble. In that season, I lost two close friends to tragic accidents—a car wreck and a drowning.

My relationship with my girlfriend ended, and both of my grandmothers went to be with the Lord following painful, debilitating diseases. I never did make it to dental school despite applying to about fifteen universities in three years. God had another purpose, other plans for me. By His grace, He broke my heart, allowing my dreams to shatter before my eyes, and called me to communicate the message that changed my life, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Once in seminary, I can recall the turbulence of my first week of classes. His response fell heavy, like the door of a concrete vault on the tomb of my pride.

Although I sat near the front in Bible Exposition , I felt as if I were watching the whole scenario from across the room. I felt a strange sensation swirling inside me that seemed to indicate something between melting and burning. My face reddened as reality sunk deep. And look! I have come to realize that even something as innocent as holding the door for an elderly couple will cause my head to swell with egotistical thoughts. My eyes remain open to the depths of my depravity, and I pray every day that God will continue to deal with me.

He cuts open hearts and pours the contents out before the eyes of those He loves. Because His children need to see it the way that He does. I need Someone able, qualified, and strong to meet me in my unable, unfit, weakness. My pride requires a broken heart, and even then I am incapable of breaking it myself. If any thought, word, or action offers me a platform to elevate myself to the point that I do not consider the loveliness of Christ, the outcome is always pride. That may seem extreme or abstract, but it is true. In His kindness, He will not allow me, His beloved child, to continue in sin—a habit, an addiction—that leads to a life of separation from Him and the purpose He has for me—to look like Jesus Rom — His heart toward me exudes a gracious blessing, which means that sometimes my wayward, pride-filled heart will need to die to look like His.

I remember the sorrow of my sins. Recalling past mistakes is healthy if we do not fall back into them.

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When I remember how pride has ruined many good gifts in my life, it causes me to repent and reorient my gaze. Even now, I still wrestle with these questions: What do I do with my pride? How do I deal with it? As the root of all my other sins, how do I heave it from the soil of my soul and kill it? After all, what has pride accomplished in me? In almost every other sin, we gather up the ashes when the fire is gone; but here, what is left?

The covetous man hath his shining gold, but what hath the proud man? He has less than he would have had without his pride, and is no gainer whatever. Pride is the maddest thing that can exist. Pride wins no crown. Indeed, pride has left me broke, broken, and breaking. It has robbed my heart of joy. It has emptied my soul of assurance. It has eroded my character. Pride has taken all and left nothing but decay in its wake.

What can I do? In and of myself, I can do nothing. I cannot solve the issue of my pride. In the same way, a patient cannot perform delicate surgery on themselves. Pride will continue as a deeply rooted issue for me. It distracts my thoughts and derails my worship. Although it often rears its head in the quiet of my heart where no one around me can see, I have learned how to identify pride in its early stages. I remember the sweetness of community. Through prayer and Scripture reading, in the context of the believing community, I find help to kill my pride. I cannot always see the effects that it has in my life.

Being alone with God, however, seeking Him in prayer and His Word, and staying committed to an authentic Christian community will reveal the blind spots in my life, and it will provide space for confession. I remember the splendor of my Savior. Although pride has plagued me throughout my life, from a position of brokenness I have discovered the wholeness of God to be utterly satisfying.

For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. And so, like David, I continue to pray for a breakable heart—a heart that sees the world and people and circumstances the way that God does. The Lord will continue to break my prideful heart, and in the breaking I have hope in knowing that I will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him Jas He is passionate about learning effective communication and loves a good pun over a cup of coffee.

You can read more about him at mylifeinthefunnypapers. It is easy to rationalize, when everyone around us approaches life in a self-interested way. Scholars in Christian traditions have agreed that pride as selfcenteredness is the human condition. No one on earth likes to be humiliated or denigrated.

I can now list four ways that the study [of pride and humility] has changed or refined my thinking. First, I no longer perceive humility as a single virtue that can be analyzed and quantified in isolation from other traits. In fact, humility has developed throughout history as two incompatible concepts. One is the classical and modern notion of human character traits; a person is characteristically virtuous or vicious in a variety of social behaviors.

The Creator is central to understanding pride and humility in the Bible. How should we define the concepts and their contrast? Interestingly, we search in vain for a thorough biblical. At the most basic level, the Bible defines humility as Godcenteredness and pride as self-centeredness. The latter trait is not selfishness per se, but rather an orientation away from God toward willful rebellion and disobedience. We were made creatures to be nurtured by our Maker. The concepts are usually used in clusters of similar characteristics and effects. Humility as lowliness under God occurs in connection with concepts like obedience, dedication, service, or love for God and others.

This is a turning from pride and idols toward a renewed dedication to the true worship of God cf. Deut —3. Pride as presumptuous boasting occurs in conjunction with oppression, rebellion, idolatry, and factiousness. These clusters of sin should not obscure that pride and humility have been viewed as antithetical foundations of religious ethics. All of this means that the virtue and the vice describe the character of the whole person in a social context. We cannot say that a person is humble or proud without including the effects of their character on social circumstances and relationships.

Second, the concepts may be personal traits, but they are strongly social and communal. I was surprised to discover that humility of mind, a Christ-centered attitude, is biblically imperative for unity in the church. Having been frequently involved in conflict resolution, I can testify that this is true in a practical sense. It is literally true! Comparisons and competitions in the church create conflicts and are manifestations of pride that generate quarrels and godless detours.

Third, I uncovered the valuable insight that pride at its core is competitive. A proud person gets no pleasure from personal position or possessions unless they make that person feel superior to others by comparison. Human nature naturally gravitates toward comparatives and superlatives in thinking about who is truly good or unspeakably evil. The prime possession is an illusion of self-sufficient power from status and wealth. Since the Fall, human pride has been the impossible and illicit desire to be as powerful and great as God—people blindly pursue it anyway. Pride provokes some people to oppress and enslave others on an international scale.

For personal advantage, pride is willing to betray or plunder friends and associates. In spite of the danger of broken relationships, it condones infidelity simply because some people feel entitled to have what they want without consequences. But apart from God, standards disappear. God responds with.

Fourth, in contrast, I have learned that we cannot categorize humility and pride as virtue and vice, respectively. This adjustment is similar to the first change in my thinking. It refers to a human quality without theological implications. Nothing from achievement—to wealth, to rank, or to prestige—can stand before the perfections of God.

In fact, achievements usually promote our pride or blind us to our need for the Lord. Rom Besides, the great reversals in history and the Gospels mean that pride and humility are valued differently by Christ and secular cultures. Biblical humility or loving submission to God focuses our lives on him and draws us away from the lesser things— temporal and transitory—that haunt our days on earth.

It cannot be quantified and probably cannot be proven in this world. Various Christian thinkers have pondered about how we can recognize humble people. But he alludes that a truly humble person is not self-obsessed. This means that humble believers judge only in the Lord according to His Word. It also means that humble people are too busy serving God to be introspectively concerned about their status. In other words, Paul knew of nothing in his ministry that required an apology. Biblical humility is inseparable from accountability before God. Paul would eventually list his credentials that made him the greatest missionary and minister who ever lived.

Therefore, I would conclude that the Bible teaches that true humility is real in the Holy Spirit. Humanity in general, on the other hand, pursues an elusive and transitory ideal, prioritizing its power, wealth, and strength. One should not equate meekness with God as a human virtue—it is a divinely enabled character trait.

Human virtue is servile, while the latter is worthy of exaltation and greatness. Paul exhorted the Corinthians to boast only in the Lord. But humanity in general has concluded that it is elusive in the real pressures of our prideful world. Most people seek the approval and applause of the world rather than the glory of God. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. Fifth, related to the above, I have learned that the social image of humility is weakness and passivity. For this reason, it has not been respected or desired in ancient and modern societies that favor heroic significance and security.

Regrettably, some Christians, like the Corinthians, have followed suit. In conclusion, why should we seek this humility in the Spirit for which saints have suffered so greatly through the ages? The simple answer is that this is the way of wise living, godly significance, and eternal meaning in a dying world. Hannah was reviled for her barrenness. In spite of her circumstances, she kept on praying to the Lord.

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The list goes on from Genesis to Revelation! We should seek humility because it is the heart of our selfgiving God, the character of Christ, and the promise of exaltation now and in the future. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, , Lewis, Mere Christianity ; repr. Some of his research interests include anthropology, eschatology, neuroscience, and the relationship of science and religion. He enjoys sports and spending time with Kathy and their four children and 11 grandchildren.

His research interests include ecclesiology, theological anthropology, political theology, and Latin American and sub-Saharan African theology. Best thing to eat for breakfast: Bacon and eggs, chicken and waffles, or breakfast tacos. Maybe all three? Current mobile device: iPhone, but hoping to switch. Best studying hack: Use Excel to schedule out your day, week, and semester e.

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Current mobile device: iPhone. Favorite thing to eat on a rainy day: I enjoy bananas with unsalted peanuts. Advice for anyone who is thinking about studying biblical counseling at DTS: Just do it! Meet the New Adjuncts MR. TODD W. He earned his ThM in and has served as a worship leader, artist, songwriter, teacher, and preacher.

He has thirty years of experience traveling and working with a church staff. He has a heart for biblical and practical training for worship leaders and currently lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with his wife and two children. Klassen is the executive director of Rural Home Missionary Association, a church planting and strengthening ministry. Klassen is a frequent seminar leader, conference speaker, and has written articles for Leadership Journal and has coauthored two books. He is married to Roxy and they have three children and a daughter-in-law. VanGoethem is a native of the small town of Norway, Michigan.

Mitchell Award for outstanding scholarship and effectiveness in ministry. He has pastored churches in Michigan, Illinois, and Texas. He and his wife, Karen, have four daughters and three grandchildren. Groff felt the call to counsel families. He is a licensed professional counselor for a practice he owns with his wife, Michelle.

Groff specializes in substance and behavioral addictions, with a subspecialty in sex and porn addiction, and couples counseling. JOEL A. Reemtsma, a lifelong Alaska resident, served as an associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Kenai. He graduated with his BA in Bible from Cedarville University in Ohio, where he played four years of collegiate soccer. His academic areas of interest are wisdom literature, intertextuality, and the book of Job. He and his wife, Karla, recently welcomed their first son, Asher.

James K. During chapel he spoke about his book, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, encouraging believers to attend to their desires honestly and reorder their imaginations to the stories of the kingdom of God found in the worship of the church. To listen to their music go to drakefordmusic. Everyone enjoyed great live music, amazing food, games, and activities for the entire community.

Each person decorated their office after their favorite Christmas movie. Further proof that seminary is FUN! Lightner remembered nothing of the Piper TriPacer plane crash that killed the pilot and grievously injured him after a preaching trip to Borger, Texas.

Another survivor had to tell him later how the trim tab malfunctioned and the student pilot panicked in choppy air. He was brought—choking on his own blood—to a little hospital near Amarillo where surgeons managed to open his airway and wire his jaw shut. Of course, I had just started to teach [at DTS], and it was tough. Many would have understood if it was his last, but not Robert P. Walvoord president of DTS at that time would hear none of it.

Walvoord said. For one thing, his wife, Pearl, was caring for two young daughters and an infant girl, and the Seminary insurance policy went into effect on October 1, just five days before the crash. Just wonderful treatment. From that time until his death nearly fifty years later, Dr. Lightner developed an early love for teaching. The oneroom schoolhouse he attended near Lebanon, Pennsylvania, provided several examples of teachers who loved their students and communicated well.

It was in a tiny storefront church that Lightner first met Jesus. The church itself was semi-charismatic. Charles Ryrie gave my name to Dr. I was doubly flabbergasted at that. After surviving the horrific plane crash, Lightner took nothing for granted. He tried to make the most of every opportunity both inside and outside the classroom. John R.


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Dunkin, what else is there to know about theology? In the end, Lott came to faith in Christ. Lightner also traveled often to speak at conferences, to serve as supply pastor, or to take on interim pastoral roles—thirtythree assignments at twenty-four different churches—where he had to balance teaching hard truth with exercising practical decorum. I helped to avoid splits and other problems. Each of his daughters remembers those times as special occasions with their daddy.

Pearl remembers that the whole family felt it was part of their ministry to support Lightner as he preached. I considered it a privilege to be the wife of a servant of the Lord. Lightner was also a prolific writer. Over the course of fortyseven years he published twenty-five books and numerous articles and studies, with a twenty-sixth book almost ready for publication at the time of his death. Pearl was an integral part of each of those books, painstakingly typing each longhand manuscript. He was also a strong advocate for classical dispensationalism and thoroughly presented and defended that position in several of his books.

Lightner retired from full-time teaching at DTS in , but he remained professor emeritus of systematic theology and an adjunct professor of theological studies until his death in DTS president Dr. He loved the Lord and the hope of His soon return! While the world at large remembers Lightner as a distinguished author, faithful teacher, and diplomatic pastor, his family knows that his most devoted ministry was always to them.

There was never a doubt in my mind that I could trust him completely—to be honest with me, to put his theology into practice no matter what the situation, to act on his principles when faced with challenges, and to follow through in keeping his word in both big and small things. While theology was his area of expertise and passion, servitude was his life. As a grandfather, Lightner doted on all fifteen grandchildren, making them each feel special and loved.

In his retirement he cut lawns and collected cans and sent all the money to his grandchildren. Robert P. Lightner went home to be with the Lord he loved so well on August 3, , at the age of Well done, good and faithful servant. You stayed the course. Because of his own toxic church background, he is passionate about freeing people from spiritually abusive environments through grace and truth libertyforcaptives.

John served as a pastor in Mount Ridge, Kansas, and in many churches of various denominations. He loved poetry and often punctuated his sermons and stories with these passages. John traveled everywhere in search of salmon, trout, and other types of ocean and river fish. He grew food for others to eat, served his church faithfully, and loved his wife and family.

Charles McDowell died on January 30, Edwin Mitchell —59 passed away on September 14, He also served as a minister of Christian education in New York City, and ministered to a retirement community in Florida. Edwin loved the Lord, and it showed in everything he did in his life. At the time of his death, he served as pastor emeritus of Christ Community Church and chancellor of Trinity College. Ed Plowman ThM, passed away on December 19, Ed lovingly and without complaint cared for Rose over the next eleven years until her.

In so doing, he became the worldwide moderator for a PSP forum, encouraging and visiting numerous families dealing with the disease. He was a strong advocate for gender equality in leadership roles in churches, culminating in his book, How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership. Alan also wrote a variety of biblical commentaries and remained in Jewish-Christian dialogues throughout retirement. He was an effective classroom teacher who believed that his academic responsibilities did not stop in the classroom, but extended to other institutional services that would build the kingdom of God.

Louis Schneider ThM, died on October 22, While serving in the US Navy, Lou started a church service and his love for ministry began as he saw men come to Christ. Lou developed an equipping ministry to encourage and disciple missionaries and national pastors, traveling all over the world. Donald LeMaster passed away on September 16, Jonathan Ekstrom died on May 13, Waylon founded Dallas Christian Counseling and published The Bible in Counseling, a resource widely recognized as a great tool for pastors and Christian counselors.

He created Mercy Matters, a ministry focused on healing father. Waylon additionally founded the Global Fathering Initiative to address the epidemic of fatherlessness and father deprivation. Tim Headley ThM, died on September 26, He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and entered a career in intellectual property law. Tim also worked as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies and graded Bible correspondence courses for prisoners through the prison ministry Emmaus International.

Tim enjoyed flying, waterskiing, weightlifting, and bike riding. Larry Rosing ThM, passed away on July 12, Throughout his life Larry used his skills as a drywall finisher on many home and church projects. He later worked in the pharmaceutical industry and enjoyed working as a motor coach driver.

Ron served in the Air Force as a Russian linguist where his travels instilled a love of language, culture, and food. He worked at Weyerhaeuser, the Central Intelligence Agency, and Boeing as a computer programmer and engineer. He was a man of wit and jokes, an expert yodeler, a beautiful singer, and a talented storyteller. Ron summited Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Victoria and would often take his family camping and hiking. James D. Roy ThM, passed away on September 28, Jim served in the Air Force for twenty years. His passion was nurturing his children through education and sports.

Jeffrey Dirks — died on September 19, Jeff retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force after twenty years of service. Jeff and his wife, Elizabeth, regularly volunteered at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, teaching toddlers and serving as Sunday school teachers and premarital counselors. He will be remembered as a man of many talents—athlete, marksman, engineer, motorcycle rider, scholar, and musician—but more importantly, for his quiet strength, humility, wit, wisdom, and reliance on God.

He was involved with Wellsprings International and Via de Cristo. Charlie enjoyed spending time in his garden and planning the next DIY project, including renovating the attic and building the deck that housed his prized hot tub. David was a man of integrity and faith, with a witty sense of humor, and a compassionate heart for people. Updates: s Jackie L. Katz, wife of Rev. Katz ThM, , went home to be with the Lord on September 21, Jackie and Larry partnered together for sixty years in marriage and ministry. She was a beloved and gifted woman who ministered to others through singing, writing, counseling, teaching, and leading.

Pastor Lutzer was the main host of the documentary, and served as an executive producer. Dallas to serve the missionaries of Camino Global. Her purpose was to help her students learn to love Jesus, love one another, and love to learn. Alongside his work with Crossworld in Temple, Texas, Charles Stoner ThM, has started a new series of one-page inductive Bible study charts on the book of Romans and emails them monthly to over Portuguese readers.

Pictured above is Michael J. Stephanie and Chris are current DTS students. After finishing thirty-four years planting churches in France with TEAM, Bill Boggess ThM, teaches pastors in French-speaking Africa with Equipping Leaders International, a small mission board that sends men to help equip pastors and church-planters in areas where good theological teaching is not available. Only three out of the fortyfive pastors he taught the first week had computers. Books do not exist in some of these places. Pictured above, on his seventh mission trip to Kiev, Ukraine, Jeff Richards ThM, taught twenty-six students in his Christ and Salvation class and preached three times at Church of the Gospel.

These students are bright and knowledgeable about many Christian subjects and love to debate and clarify fine points in doctrine. Having led several congregations through their church or leadership turnarounds, Paul Utnage ThM, ; DMin, now serves as the executive pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, another church that includes both local church ministry and international media.

Paul also continues to serve as a coach and consultant to pastoral leaders and. Upon retirement from his tenure of twenty-two years as pastor of worship at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee, Ron Man ThM, ; DMin, now serves as missionary in residence, teaching the biblical foundations of worship as director for Worship Resources International. His daughter, Grace, married last year and his son, Christian, recently graduated from Penn State.

Steve ThM, and Laura — 84 Spinella welcomed their first grandchild, Evangeline Joy, into the world this year. On their trip to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, Roman Hostetler —88 and his six-member team had the opportunity to spend three months with the Vasui translation team and other Vasui people. He also celebrated twenty-five years serving as the founder, president, and professor of Bible and theology at the Crossroads Institute of Biblical Studies also located in Macon, Georgia.

These will be held in two to three seminaries or Christian colleges in the years ahead. His paper was well received and will be published in their journal. Jay also visited Odisha and northern Gujarat in India to evaluate church plant spots and encourage newly deployed church planters in the area. They will continue to serve as missionaries with United World Mission in this role.

Ratio Christi is planting student- and faculty-led apologetics clubs at universities around the world. David Hoe ThM, ; PhD, has been granted tenure and a promotion to associate professor in the engineering department at Loyola University Maryland. He regularly leads a Bible study on campus for faculty and students during the school year. Building Relationships Intentionally with the Diaspora for Global Gospel Expansion consultation in Houston, Texas, a two-day intensive learning and networking event designed to encourage collaborative partnerships among the African diaspora. The goal was to further expand gospel movements in Africa and the world.

To listen to the podcast, go to gospelbusinessstrategies. On his most recent trip to Lebanon, Rob Lowe MABS, was one of three facilitators teaching two different courses to a couple of groups that met at the same time. The team only got to meet with their BEE World students for two and a half days before returning home. To make the most of their time, the facilitators rotated between the advanced group and a new group.

They planted a church last year that started with the Gospel of Luke. Pictured above, Brian N. Mitch was commissioned in March. Check out their residency website at saturatemovement.