Psalm 19:1-6 CSB – 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. 3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. 4 Their message has gone out to the whole earth, and their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming from his home; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. 6 It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat.
August, 2017. This passage was everywhere. There is no doubt that a solar eclipse is a dramatic, impressive event, and we are right to praise God for his majesty over creation. But the psalmist is not referring to a dramatic event; he is referencing something as “day to day” as the rising and the setting of the sun, and as constant as seeing the stars in the sky every evening.
Since September my Bible study group has been studying spiritual gifts. It has been an eye-opening experience. I think many of us came away with new insights. In churches today we talked a lot about the Holy Spirit and about the things God provides us, but how many of us actually sit down and read about what God’s word has to say about the issue. I have linked a sermon from John MacArthur on 1st Corinthians 12 which talks about spiritual gifts. It is a sermon series, so every few days or so I will post another sermon series. I hope these bless you as they have me.
At this moment vividly is it upon our recollection, how you brought us up out of the “horrible pit:” we remember now the new song which you put into our mouths, as we found our feet fast on the rock, and our goings established. It is long since then with some of us, but all the way has been strewn with mercies, and we desire this morning to record, “Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
I saw this book promoted on a YouTube video where Costi Hinn was being interviewed. I was intrigued to see what the Prosperity Gospel looks like from behind the scenes from his perspective. You see, I came from a church where I felt uncomfortable much of the time but really couldn’t put my finger on the problem, since they spoke often about being a bible-believing church. Since leaving the church many years ago, I have done a lot of study in the scriptures to learn that I hadn’t been given complete exegesis of the Holy Scriptures in context. Upon reading this book I immediately saw several things.
This is not a book that bashes a particular man or Ministry
This book is very easy to read. It is not a theological book that many would be lost trying to read
It provides a real life examples from the life of a real man who lived behind the scenes of a real life Prosperity Gospel Ministry
If you aren’t sure whether or not the church you are in is a Prosperity Gospel Church, or there have been times where listening to a certain pastor or Ministry just doesn’t sit right with you, this may be the book to help you determine whether or not you are listening to a Prosperity Gospel preacher.
I highly recommend this book. It is a down-to-earth real life book from someone who lived the life and got out of it.
Millions desperate for hope and solutions are enticed by the promise of the prosperity gospel – that God will do whatever they need with just a little faith and a financial gift. All the while, prosperity preachers exploit the poor and the needy to stockpile their riches. What can followers of the true gospel do to combat the deception?
Through a remarkable and fascinating journey, Costi Hinn went from a next-generation prosperity preacher to the first to abandon the family faith and share the true gospel. Nephew of the world-famous televangelist, Benny Hinn, Costi had a front-row seat to the inner workings and theology of the prosperity gospel. But as Costi’s faith deepened, so did his questions about prosperity teaching. As the deceptions in his past were exposed, Costi came face to face with the hypocrisy and devastation caused by his belief system, and the overwhelming truth about the real Jesus Christ.
This captivating look into the daily lives of one of the world’s leading prosperity dynasties offers a thoughtful perspective on the perils of greed, the power of the true gospel, and hope for the future of the global church. Through real-life stories, Costi challenges and equips readers to be living lights pointing the way to the true gospel and the saving grace of Christ. God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel will bolster your faith and encourage your own journey toward the Truth.
Hinn (Defining Deception), the nephew of Israeli Christian televangelist Benny Hinn, rails in this convincing, vociferous work against the ‘health and wealth’ theology of prosperity gospel preachers as anti-Christian, exploitative, and abusive. Part memoir, part critique of prosperity gospel theology, Hinn’s candid work delves into his childhood and young adulthood within the family’s ministry. He then explores his first inklings of doubt at Dallas Baptist University and his subsequent rejection of his role as ‘the next great anointed healer’ when he is forced to choose between his family and his fiancand eacute;e, who feels she must hide her asthma because Hinn’s family made her feel as if ‘sickness is not allowed in [his] home.’ Hinn rebuilds his spiritual life and ministry within a more mainstream, conservative evangelical faith and, in the book’s final chapters, offers a theological critique of prosperity gospel practices, suggestions for a moderated understanding of God’s role in human well-being, and thoughts on how to reach out to family and friends who believe the prosperity gospel message. Hinn’s testimony will be most meaningful to Christians who have grown up in but are skeptical of the prosperity tradition. ( Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
COSTI W. HINN is a pastor and author whose passion is to preach the gospel and serve the church. He provides ministry resources on a variety of topics at http://www.forthegospel.org, and his work has been featured on media outlets like CNN, Christianity Today, and ChurchLeaders.com. Costi and his wife have three young children.
From one of my favorite blogs, comes the context behind what Jesus meant by the “abundant” life. I saw this article while working through the deception during the teaching I received as a new believer years ago and the Christianity of the Bible. I hope this blesses you as it did me.
Context Matters: Jesus Came to Give Abundant Life.
By Ryan Higginbottom
Perhaps you’ve heard that Jesus didn’t just come to give life, he came to give abundant life. You may have seen teachers urge that Christians should not be poor, should not be sad, should not be sick, should not be lacking in any blessings God can give. After all, how does a less than existence match up with an abundant life?
When we learn to read the Bible properly—not as a series of isolated words and phrases—we find that some familiar phrases take on entirely new meanings.
I find myself suddenly felt lead to a Precept Upon Precept Ephesians Study online on Monday night at 7 p.m. Eastern. If you can attend, please register using the link below. The study will begin on March 16th for 11 weeks.
It’s one of those things I hadn’t planned on, but God did. 😃 He is always in control. 🙏🏻❤
My dear husband is doing a half-marathon to give children a clean water source.
Many have to walk a mile or more to a water source that they share with animals. It’s more than just clean water to drink.
Due to the amount of time they have to spend, gathering water every day, clean water means that they can go to school. It means that they are less likely to be human trafficked or raped on their way to their water source.
Would you be willing to help? If so, click on the link below.