Category Archives: Church

1 Corinthians 12

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.

The Gifts of the Body, Part One – John MacArthur

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies

By Costi Hinn

My Observation

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.

Description

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.

Review

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.

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Clean water saves lives

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.

Yes! I want to give clean water to a child!

What the Gospel is and why most of us don’t know it.

I was watching a sermon this morning on Romans chapter 3 – one of my favorite books of the Bible – by a pastor I had never heard of before.

I was impressed by the way he could take concepts that we new Christians in the 21st century have difficulty understanding, and explaining not only what they are but why we have difficulty understanding them. He also without apology explains what the church is doing wrong in it’s explanation of the Gospel.

Paul Washer became a believer while studying at the University of Texas. After graduating, he moved to Peru and served there as a missionary for ten years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society in order to support Peruvian church planters. HeartCry’s work now supports indigenous missionaries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Latin America.

Paul now serves as one of the laborers with the HeartCry Missionary Society. He and his wife Charo have four children: Ian, Evan, Rowan, and Bronwyn

Here is the Roman 3 Video I watched this morning. I pray that it blesses you the way it has me.

Testing the Spirits / Spiritual Warfare

I was watching a sermon from John MacArthur today which I felt I needed to share. Pastor MacArthur does a phenomenal job sticking with Scripture when describing what Spiritual Warfare is, what it isn’t, and how to test the spirits. He speaks of who is responsible for doing it and why we do it.

He explains in great detail who the Holy Spirit is, and how He works in our lives. And he warns of the wolves in sheep’s clothing today, inside our church.

John MacArthur – Testing the Spirits.

Walk The Walk He Tells You

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As I am sitting here in my home, a day that I will most likely remain alone, I must be strive to be like Jesus. It is so easy to just “let your hair down” and let your flesh take over. After all, who is watching? The dog? He doesn’t care.  But no matter where we are or who we are with, we need to be cognizant of the fact that we should be walking in the service He calls us to, in the way He wants us to live. We need to always be spending time with Him, asking Him in what areas of our lives we may need to repent. I have a daily need to embrace what 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

and know that the Word of God is meant, not just for us to feel good about being believers. No, not at all! It is for our training, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.  Let us seek Him and His righteousness and not get so busy with our tasks serving that we forget that although we may be in the world, we are not of the world. We will not look like the world, we are not supposed to. We need to be an example for others  and show ourselves approved to God.