Because of that obedience, God exalted him and multiplied his greatness! He has now been given the greatest of all names! The authority of the name of Jesus causes every knee to bow in reverence! Everything and everyone will one day submit to this name—in the heavenly realm, in the earthly realm, and in the demonic realm. And every tongue will proclaim in every language: “Jesus Christ is Lord Yahweh,” bringing glory and honor to God, his Father! Philippians 2:9
Awhile back, we were given some explanation for challenges my son had faced for years. It was heartbreaking and we began the hard work of formal and home therapy programs.
After we had understanding of what we were working with, I began to fight for breakthrough in a way that I never had previously: joyfully and passionately reveling in the fact that this diagnosis, and the reality we experienced daily, did not rival Jesus.
One of my favorite verses is John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” This verse speaks to the deepest part of my heart because I long to experience all that Jesus has for me and is to me, not only after I go to heaven, but also here and now on earth. This is the heart of the gospel: to know God and his Son Jesus Christ in an intimate way that transforms us from the inside out, conforming us to the image of Christ for the benefit of others.
In order for this transformation to happen, I believe we need to recognize that God wants to be an intimate part of every aspect of our lives—in every relationship, at work, when we play sports, and in all we say and do.
Word, Deed, Power: The 3 Dimensions of the Gospel
What are the ways the gospel of Jesus is expressed?
I believe there are three critical dimensions of the gospel, clearly seen in the totality of scripture, which are essential if the message we speak and the lives we live are to faithfully reflect our allegiance to Jesus. These three dimensions are like the legs of a three–legged stool; if one leg is missing, the integrity of the stool is inevitably compromised.
When our central African leaders arrived at the location where they had been asked to take seven evangelists through a Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training, they were in for a surprise. The house they had been directed to was filled with men and women on pallets on the floor who were sick and dying—38 of them.
I was recently in a Bible Study where we were looking at Paul’s letters. One of the themes we looked at was “proclamation with power.” When Paul talked about proclaiming the gospel, he referred to the element of power in the process:
Supernatural Knowing: How Listening to Jesus Equips Us For Ministry
I often set aside time to spend in nature in order to listen to what the Spirit would like to say. As a mother of two young children, it requires advance planning and some amount of sacrifice for our family, but my husband and I both know this is a life-giving and restorative time for me to have on a regular basis so it remains a priority for our family.
Although I don’t tend to engage in conversation with others during these times of listening and being receptive to the Spirit, sometimes people will cross my path and they often seem to have been appointed to talk with me in that moment.
Holy Pursuit: Finding God’s Treasured Ones
Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? The thrill of the hunt is in the anticipation of finding the treasure! What joy and excitement we have once the pursuit is finished and the prize is in our hands!
If you knew there was a treasure that was greatly valued, longed for, and desired what lengths would you go to find it? Would you study the map of clues, or take time to get to know the surroundings where you thought the treasure was?
Freedom Immersion: How Jesus Brings Healing to Our History
Several months ago, I began a journey toward freedom from fears that have plagued me my whole life. Two other missionary moms have walked beside me on this “adventure.” Among the three of us, we have served in Asia as missionaries for almost 40 years. So, we should be perfect, right? Can I let you in on a secret? All three of us have been tolerating the bullying lies of the enemy—we have been ministering to others under the heavy weight of fears and doubts that we thought we were just going to have to live with for the rest of our lives.
Be Like Jesus: Why Supernatural Ministry Matters
Why this emphasis on supernatural ministry—what we call “normalizing the supernatural”—in CRM? Why are we so interested in it becoming normal, instinctive? Here are five core reasons why we are committed to ministering to others in supernatural ways, and why we believe it is so crucial for believers to embrace the supernatural dimensions of the Christian faith.