New Articles by Frank

Getting Clear on Your Purpose in Life

A great definition of being “lost” is to be alienated from your creative purpose. If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are no longer lost with respect to salvation. But you can be lost with respect to your specific purpose in life. Recent research shows that people who have a concrete purpose live 7.5 years longer than those who do not. After speaking to countless Christians in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and up, an overwhelming number of believers still aren’t clear on their purpose …

How to Outsource Your Worry

Most of the teachings I’ve heard about overcoming worry were the equivalent of handing out umbrellas during a hurricane. The New Testament encourages us to outsource our worry. (The word “outsource” means to delegate a task to someone else.) Consider this text …

What to Do When You’re Stuck in a Holding Pattern

When a plane is in mid air and cannot descend, it circles itself repeatedly until it’s given permission to land. We call this a “holding pattern.” Many of you are in a holding pattern right now with respect to one or more areas of your life: be it your spiritual life, your ministry, your business, your health, your career, and/or your relationships. You’re in constant motion, circling ground you’ve seen before, but you’re making no progress …

Two kinds of leaders

In our leadership-frenzied Christian culture, I’ve opted for a different label for leadership. That label is influence. Despite the unhealthy love-affair that countless Christians have with “leadership” and being “a leader,” the truth is, if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, you’re an influencer. Your influence may be large or small, it may be good or bad, but it exists …

8 signs of a modern-day Pharisee

So I’ve been watching the Star Wars saga, from the 1977 debut to the upcoming release just around the corner. This tidbit accounts for the opening paragraph below. Even though it’s been “a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” since Pharisees were running around in Century One causing trouble for God’s messengers, Pharisees and Pharisaism are still here. They’re like the poor. They’ll always be with you …

5 things I wish older Christians told me

I could write a book on the topic because there are far more than 5. But this is an email update, not a book. I wish an older Christian told me the following when I was in my 20s. It would have saved me a lot of aggravation, frustration, discouragement, [fill in the blank]. Hold on to your chair. These are blunt, even unsettling, observations …

Why “pray and read your Bible” is inadequate

Before you have an apoplectic fit, let me clear the table by saying emphatically: I consider the Bible to be God’s revelation, fully authoritative, fully inspired, and fully reliable. For that reason, I read the Scriptures regularly. I mediate on them, seek the Lord through them, and study them. And to the both of you who have read my newer books [cough], I expound the Bible, quote it, cite it, teach it, and seek to unveil it …

Judge vs. Judge Not — Which Is It?

Here in the USA we are in the midst of another run for the presidency where a small number of people have lost their minds. Scratch that. I mean, where a small number of people have decided to run for the highest office in the land. Not a few of us are experiencing regular bouts of deja moo whenever we turn on the news and hear the politicians pontificate. (Deja moo = the acute feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.) …

What 3.42 Billion Women Are Missing Out On (spoof, kinda)

Dear Women and Men of Planet Earth, It’s March 2016 and Mary DeMuth’s book – The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels – has been out for a year. According to my painstaking research (okay, I asked Siri on my iPhone), approximately 3.42 billion women still haven’t gotten a copy of Mary’s book. This is most perplexing to me. More so than trying to understand Stephen Hawking’s take on quantum mechanics …

A Gift for You (conference messages)

In 2012, I had the privilege of speaking in an unforgettable conference in Kentucky. The title of the conference was “God’s Favorite Place on Earth.” This was a year before the book by the same name was released. What follows are the messages from that conference …

Christians are behind the ball again, but you don’t have to be

Sadly, the world often blazes past the Christian community, leaving it to cough up dust. Eventually, the Christian community plays catch up. It’s been this way with creativity. With music. With movies. And with other forms of art. But the big dinosaur in the room right now is the economy. “Well Frank, it’s about time you told us your opinion about Clinton, Cruz, Trump, Sanders and their plans for the economy.” Hold your fire: I don’t mean the financial economy. I mean the connection economy …

3 Killer Lessons from THE WALKING DEAD

AMC’s TV drama The Walking Dead is the highest rated series in cable television history. I’m not a zombie guy (though some mornings, I might resemble one). Unlike many of my peers who possess a Y chromosome, slashy-burny-butcher-gore films don’t appeal to me. It’s for this reason that I’ve stayed clear of watching The Walking Dead. That is, until a friend told me that the show is largely about surviving in community over against blowing zombie carcasses to the moon …

4 Sobering (and Uncommon) Observations about ISIS

The recent spate of terrorism employed by ISIS has scared the liver out of people around the world, it’s barbarism even chilling the blood. Numerous Christians have weighed-in on the problem. And emotions run hot on all sides, sometimes to over-boiling. Social media sites are ablaze with opinions, laments, and outrage. Some are clamoring, “Off with their heads! Spare none of them!” …

 

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