Articles and Weekly Thoughts

Money wisdom, Part 1

Second verse, same as the first How many times have you tuned out when offering time comes in a traditional church, and the leader says 'Turn to Malachi 3'? Me too. The company line is that if you tithe to the storehouse (traditional church) God will pour blessing out on you that you cannot contain - right? They promise your bank account will overflow, your kids will get saved, you will be healed, promoted, your business read more...

Confusion about Grace, Part 4

More to grace than meets the eye Last week we saw how grace and purpose cannot be separated, from II Timothy 1:9 - 'His...grace and purpose which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal'. With grace and purpose comes provision. We are told in Genesis 6:8 that Noah 'received grace in the eyes of the Lord' But then Noah was commanded to build a boat, and given the plans on how to do it - read more...

Confusion about Grace, Part 3

(The subject being the Father) "...who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal." II Timothy 1:9 There are several things that can be seen in this verse, so lets spend some time taking it apart, then we'll look at some scriptural examples, then some examples in our read more...

Healing, Prayer and Fasting

Thanks for asking about healing and the prayer and fasting Jesus mentioned. The passage you refer to is in Mark 9:14-29 where the disciples couldn't cast the spirit out of a young man. Jesus said '...this kind doesn't come out but by prayer and fasting'. read More...

Confusion about Grace, Part 2

Tug of war anyone? Last week I listed some sins recently made public of various pastors and ministers mentioned in a Charisma magazine email, and said they fit the explanation offered by Jude 4, which says "men...changed the grace of God into a license for immorality (sin)." There is an undercurrent of tension going on in the body of Christ about 'the grace teaching'. I've been asked many times recently "What do you think about the grace teaching?" read more...

Confusion about Grace, Part 1

Misunderstanding grace There is much confusion and wrong teaching out there about grace, which in part has led to the behavior mentioned in this week's Charisma magazine email (link to full article at the end of this email):

  • A group of traveling ministers routinely met for weekend getaways that included wife-swapping
  • The male leader of a "prophetic" church on the West Coast seduced several men in his core leadership team. (The church shut down after the sin was exposed.) read more...

Honoring Saturday as the Sabbath?

I received the following email about honoring the Sabbath, and my response follows: Dear Bro. John, I am writing to you concerning your comments on keeping the Sabbath day holy.  You said: "It isn't merely keeping Saturday holy as the Sabbath written in stone, but as Jesus said, the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, and He is Lord of the Sabbath, therefore the living law is to set aside a day to honor read more...

Living from the inside out, Part 3

Etched in stone or living stones? The temple mentality, like the temple itself, is etched in stones and just as unmovable. Therefore it likes external rules and regulations as sure and fixed as the building itself. But the writers of the New Testament shared how the etched-in-stone Old Testament Law became a living breathing thing when it moved into the hearts of born-again disciples of Jesus. read More...

Giving and priorities in the New Testament

John Fenn here - I apologize for the delay from the time you wrote on the 14th to today, the 20th. Our oldest son has had some health issues and we took some time to deal with that. But I'm catching up on emails and wanted to get back with you.

Your heart comes through loud and clear - and I've taken the liberty of adding your screen name to my Weekly Thoughts email - it read more...

The Proper Understanding of Prophecy and Prophets

In recent years there has been a huge increase in the numbers of people who claim to be prophets and therefore, a huge increase in the number of prophecies put forth. Accordingly, there is much confusion in the body of Christ about prophecy, prophets, and understanding the ways of God in these areas. The trouble is, many people do not realize they are confused on the subject. With alarming regularity I hear of people receiving read more...