Thread with Dr. Chuck Quinley

Thread is a Bible podcast for Christians in Leadership, in the family, education, ministry or the marketplace. It’s a solid Bible study from a seasoned husband, father of six, church-planter and media producer who has spent his life in Asia seeking to be part of bringing God’s light there. Thread moves steadily through entire books, going verse-by-verse seeking wisdom and encouragement to guide us as agents of change in our generation.

Thread, Season Two, walks through the early days of the Christian movement as recorded in the Book of Acts in the New Testament. Watch the conflicts, setback and breakthroughs experienced by the earliest followers of Jesus and gain amazing insights for your life as a disciple and a leader.

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Thread Season 2 : The Book of Acts : Lessons on leading a spiritual movement that transforms a generation

  • In this episode we put the finishing touches on our extensive study of the early Christian movement. Dr. Chuck Quinley also talks about the future direction of the Thread podcast and gives a peek into the next book we will study line by line.

  • There were just too many takeaways to squeeze into the last episode. Get another 12 powerful lessons from the book of Acts for Christian leaders today. Check out this episode of Thread, the Leader's Bible Study.

  • Today we visit 12 top takeaways from our study of the book of Acts. Hear all 12 in this episode of Thread. Play Episode ...

  • The impact of Paul’s life is something of a marvel. He was just a man, one man without much money or a big operation, yet his daily actions caused his life to have tremendous impact on other people, on whole families, on organizations and institutions and even on whole cities.

  • Remember Maslow's "Five Levels" theory? In the West, we pretty much live at the most difficult level of all, self actualization, "being all that I can be in life". This, of course, is impossible because there's always a little bit more that we could be or some way we could improve, so most of us rem...

  • Can you imagine what you would do if you found yourself in a social situation where a senior government official was present and they turned to you and began a conversation that you realized was God’s open door for you to witness to them? In this episode of Thread we look at how the Apostle Paul han...

  • Have you ever been stuck in a place and you wanted to move on but had no options available? Today’s Thread is about the special trial of being blocked. You know where you want to be but circumstances have hemmed you in. Sometimes we agonize over making the perfect choice that we allow our life’s pr...

  • Christianity is an inherently evangelizing faith. Jesus said that if we are going to follow him we must be proud, not ashamed, of him and openly share with others what he has done in our lives. We do this in a sincere desire that those we meet will find forgiveness, cleansing, liberty, community--to...

  • Children and pre-teens all over the world are engaged in undertakings generally reserved for adults. Some of these roles happen out of family necessity. Big sisters care for babies. Others put in a full days work on farms at harvest. Millions of kids work jobs after school each day, gaining valuable...

  • In ministry, and especially in missions work, we might not always have legal rights. Some nations and societies restrict the spread of the Gospel either by law or by physical intimidation. In those cases, we'll be as careful as possible and just take any punishment that comes as an honor as represen...

  • There are a few times in every life when you find yourself misunderstood by a group of people close to you. It may be at work, in church, in your circle of friends or even in your home or extended family circle. In these moments you'll need to take charge of the stage and tell your story so you ca...

  • Have you ever felt pressured by someone else to do something that wasn't exactly wrong, just not natural to you? This is even worse when you are on their turf and have to be especially courteous and so it’s difficult to extricate yourself from the situation or even to figure out your response should...

  • "I have a word for you from God..."  Are these the words of a crazy person, a busybody, or a true messenger of God sent to bring comfort, guidance and encouragement to you?  How can you know? What is the proper response if someone approaches you with such a word?  This episode of Thread takes us int...

  • Jesus told us that one of the chief signs of the last days was to be the multiplication of corrupt, false spiritual leaders. In this episode of Thread, the Apostle Paul outlines four “birthmarks” of a false leader, someone you should run away from as one of God’s sheep. In his day, the Apostle Pau...

  • I love technology and I get really excited about the advances that are being made in driverless car technology. Google already has cars driving hundreds of thousands of miles in the United States with no driver. Maybe this didn't mattered before but with the invasion of cell phone and social media u...

  • Most of us, they say, have 50 ongoing relationships. Most of these are just people with whom we have normal human interactions, but every now and then someone comes along that we admire so much. Not content with our admiration they actively engage us and change our lives forever. Sadly, some people...

  • I think you’re going to find this episode of Thread to be particularly meaningful especially if you are a leader of a family, church or organization. Today’s Thread is about the secret sufferings most leaders endure in the course of their lifetime of ministry. I know what I’m talking about here. ...

  • Ever had to leave a group or ministry with which you had been deeply committed? It can be awkward, right? Today’s Thread is about leaving a relational and work circle you have been closely connected to because the Lord is calling you to do something new.

  • Do you sometimes wonder if anything about our church life and ministry would be any different if God wasn't even connected with it? Have we taken over the ministry and made it a man-thing where we do our sincere best to make ministry happen and to produce the best possible church service experience...

  • Today’s Thread is about making the most out of a season of unusual stability. We talk a lot about disruptive change and the chaos of modern life.

  • Christian rivalry! Nothing turns the world off to the church more than competition, jealousy and rivalry between leading representatives of the faith.

  • Corinth was one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. It was multi-ethnic and was a thriving metropolis, much like London, Los Angeles or Las Vegas is today.

  • Is it dangerous to be open to new truth? There is an old saying: “Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it is open.” There is another saying that states, “If you open up your mind too much, your brains will fall out.” It seems that some Christians mindlessly drink whatever is set before ...

  • How do you build a successful organization in only 3 weeks? The Book of Acts records how the early church in Europe blossomed under the leadership of the Apostle Paul and his companions.

  • Have you ever experienced what ancient Christians called the dark of night of the soul? Have you ever stepped out on faith with success, but it wasn't long before major obstacles got in your way, pushing you down into a pit of despair?

  • Have you ever encountered a demon? I mean a real demon. Have you ever sensed a thick presence of evil or encountered a person who seemed to be under the power of something evil? As Christians, even as we live in the real world we fight a spiritual war and our enemies are Satan, evil spirits and demo...

  • Ever pour your heart into the launch of some exciting new thing and almost nobody "comes to the party"? Too often, we focus on the dream of a huge audience. Most powerful things start with one person.

  • Sometimes God surprises us. Has the Holy Spirit revealed a clear vision about your life or ministry, but it’s not what you thought it would be? Do you think you might be hearing from God about a radical change of direction?

  • Few things can impact our life leaving a legacy more than the Law of the Inner Circle. Are you carefully building your Inner Circle?

  • Leaders can be hard headed. That's what gives them the ability to push through obstacles that cause others to quit. It's not so hard for a leader to lead followers but when two leaders try to work together...well friction causes sparks, even with sincere Christians.

  • Isn't it ironic that the only religion about Grace has always had such a problem excluding people? Even in the first thirty years of Christianity, the biggest argument being waged was over a conservative group wanting to keep "the wrong kind of people" out of the church.

  • Does your church or family need to be freed from legalism? Is there even a part of our salvation that is dependent upon our performance of rules? It's not a new question. Early Christians struggled with this question too.

  • False teachers are meddlers. They invade the lives of believers and destabilize their growth in Christ. Play Episode...

  • Do you have a father figure in your Christian life? A mentor that will strengthen your soul? What kind of mentor would you want? Why do you need one?

  • How many church services have you been to in your lifetime? A few? Hundreds? Thousands? How many of those do you remember? Most are forgettable even a week later, right?

  • What would you do if a group of people wanted you dead because of your evangelistic faith? Would you stand and be bold? Or would you run away? If you did run away, would you ever return?

  • This episode is a break from the ordinary. Thread podcast founder, Chuck Quinley, shares his heart about the reason he established the Thread podcast and his plans for the future.

  • Paul had never met the people in the room, but he was determined to seize the chance before him to share the Gospel with. Would they listen? He couldn't tell. All he could do was to do his part with skill, anointing and confidence. The rest was up to God. This episode of Thread has lots of pointers ...

  • What would happen if, on the same day, all the churches in the world dropped their names  and were content to just be known as one of God's churches without a brand identity of their own? What would happen if all churches held routine days of prayer and fasting, times of waiting on the Lord to hear ...

  • We know that as believers we are supposed to support government and the systems of society in general. But what if those same powers are Anti-Christ and use their full power to abuse and kill innocent people? The early church had to deal with that exact situation. Hear how they handled it and what G...

  • Our media training school MediaLight is able to train students from a dozen nations to become professional media producers. We got here in only five years because another school Media Village

  • Join us at the concluding session of Medialight 5.0 and hear about how an eagle ages, then disappears, then reappears young and fresh for another season. Our prayer for you is that your youth may also be renewed like the eagles. If you need a year end pick-me-up message you'll love this episode of T...

  • Today's Thread Podcast highlights the powerful effect of religious conservatism in killing a genuine move of God. Throughout church history we have seen this played out over and over. Jesus left Peter to shepherd the early Christian movement, but by Acts 11 religious conservatives are taking over an...

  • Today's Thread explores what happened in the first century Christian movement when one man obeyed God and began to mix with people of another race. Let's quiz ourselves on this issue: "How many of your true friends are of other races? How long has it been since you have had someone from another race...

  • Does being born Indian give you a better or worse chance to make it to heaven? Why is Sunday morning at 10AM the most racially segregated time in America each week? What does Jesus want us to do about this? Check out this week's Thread podcast for more.

  • Does God hear the prayers of non-Christians? Is He engaged with them in their daily lives? Does God hear the prayers of prejudiced believers who think that other races are beneath them? They are right in their Bible doctrines but so wrong in the attitude of their hearts toward others. Are they in a ...

  • Living as an agent of change in a society requires more than niceness. The change agent must have a bold purpose and be personally committed to it. In this episode of Thread we see the three actions necessary to bring Kingdom change to a family, business or nation.

  • "Fortune favors the bold," is an old Latin proverb (Audentes fortuna iuvat). It means that most of the time the victory goes to the one who strikes first and goes big, putting everything behind their actions versus those who are timid and calculating, waiting for the situation to become "safe". Ever...

  • Ever moved to a new city and had a hard time finding a church that fits you? Keep searching, but you might need to think smaller. For its first 300 years followers of Jesus seldom met in groups numbering more than a dozen or two. Ancient houses were quite small and most groups were limited in size t...

  • The Paul was the enemy of the Christian faith and its people. In an amazing show of grace, God confronted Paul personally, knocking him off his horse, blinding his eyes, and humbling him forever. Paul languished in a friend's house, realizing now that he had hurt so many innocent people. How could h...

  • The heart of the Gospel is the promise of Change. In this episode of Thread we examine the elements that took place in the heart and mind of the greatest early persecutor of Christians. In one day the man, Saul, was transformed from Saul the Persecutor to the beloved Apostle Paul who spent the rest ...

  • Have you ever been in a public place and felt that God wanted you to speak to a particular stranger?  We often restrain ourselves from following such impulses.  We are afraid of looking stupid or of causing awkward situations through our blundering. This episode of Thread is about a man who followed...

  • There is a lot of glamor in a large public ministry. You get to be in the spotlight and speak with authority. You have thousands on your fanpage. There is money to be made also. Because of this some who are totally unfit spiritually and morally are attracted to it. This is only one side of the coin,...

  • Afraid of persecution?  As a child growing up in church I shuddered to imagine all the things a persecutor could do to me as a believer.  In my adult life in Asia I have met many who have gone through imprisonment and beatings for Christ's sake.  They are strong people.  Their persecution forced the...

  • When God raises up a leader its because the current situation needs to be overcome and change needs to be instituted. Change agents are not always rewarded right away with popularity, applause or material benefits.  Often they pay the price for future blessings on others who will follow the new path...

  • If you are intent upon living your life to influence others then this episode is for you.  Stephen was a man full of faith and power to move others toward God. In this episode we see some of the elements that gave his short life such a power and lasting influence.

  • How are you at handling criticism?  Nobody likes it, of course, but some people seem to turn it to their advantage while others react with an immaturity that creates secondary problems greater than the critique that started it all. In this episode of Thread see how early Christian leaders handled th...

  • Conflict. Most of us hate it, but it's an unavoidable part of being in authority, even moreso when you are determined to bring change to a decaying situation. The early church avoided needless controversies among themselves, but could not avoid spiritual conflict with the dark forces behind the murd...

  • At the same time controversial, comforting and coveted, the traveling healing ministry has always drawn attention. In this Thread we explore the use of public healing and miracles in the expansion of the early Christian movement.

  • "The demon behind money is Fear."  So writes Richard Foster in his book, Money, Sex and Power. This fear produces worry and insecurity that can corrupt the thinking of even sincere followers of Jesus as in the infamous case found in Acts 5.  Money is a huge part of all our lives and we need to be re...

  • Some say that the demon behind money is greed, but I think its more likely to be fear.  Fear of not having enough. Fear of being unprotected. Fear of poverty.  In this episode of Thread we look at the first group of Christians and witness the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that allowed them t...

  • Are you ready to deal with it when the global persecution comes against Christians?  Believers in many nations have been dealing with deadly persecution for decades.  They have seen their freedom of speech outlawed, their children taken from them due to being 'religious fanatics' and have been cast ...

  • As believers who have had our lives transformed by Jesus Christ we all want to share the gospel, but are not all comfortable or effective in doing so. In this week's Thread we observe Simon Peter, a master evangelist, as he uses his gift to share Christ with a single man and with a crowd of thousand...

  • What does it matter if we can heal cancer through prayer only to have the person ultimately die of heart disease or accident?  If the whole world is terminal, what is the purpose of healing?  In this episode of Thread discover the answer to those questions and receive instruction on how to effective...

  • "The love of money is the root of all evil." That's what the Bible says. Its just that powerful and even churches and those engaged in ministry fall under its power. Check out this week's Thread and see just how free the early believers were from the love of money and gain a vision for the spirit of...

  • The greatest gift you can give to your community is to be part of strengthening or planting a life-giving church.  There is no social unit with any more capacity to be a source of positive change in the lives of hundreds. In this Thread we look at how the very first Christians "did church."  You may...

  • You want to make a difference in the lives of others. So you pray for them and love them and hope that one day the door will open for you to share your faith with them. You know that you aren't perfect and maybe have never received any training in how to do all of this, yet somehow God has chosen to...

  • Is it possible that Jesus may be one of the ways to reach God but that if people are sincere enough God will recognize their efforts and that way will lead to Him also?  The early church was crystal clear on the doctrine of Christ.  They knew who Jesus was and did not waver in their presentation of ...

  • It seems like the church in many places today has gone off message.  Or maybe it is better to say that we have lost our core message from God and are scrambling around to find something that will appeal to the world and make them like us.  Personal happiness, healthy marriages, success in life--all ...

  • In this Thread we devote an entire episode to the topic of speaking in other tongues as an aspect of Christian spirituality. If you are interested in learning more or hearing another perspective on this sometimes controversial topic just tune in to this week's Thread podcast.

  • Tired of a man-centered approach to spirituality? Even wonder if church is just something we invented? When was the last time God showed up in power and glory during congregational worship or you own time alone with God? The "real thing" has a human part and a God Part. We can't do the God part and ...

  • It's natural for anyone to recoil at being the one in charge. The Bible is filled with stories of leaders who started off hesitantly, knowing the cost associated with being the point person. If you are called though, there is an unavoidable day when you need to stand up and willingly accept the ro...

  • Need to receive a fresh empowering for your mission, need clarity about what you are supposed to be doing in 2012? This episode of Thread will show you the pattern of the early church as they aligned themselves to be in a position to receive from God. Nobody can make God speak or act, but He has pro...

  • Acts is the second half in a two-part history written by Luke on Jesus and his followers as they spread across the ancient world.  Some call Luke's the “Charismatic gospel” because Luke is keen to show the work of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of Jesus: born by a miracle of the Holy Spirit, called...

  • Our new study , the book of Acts is important because it gives us a journal of the earliest attempt to live out the teachings of Jesus--the prototype. This group understood Christ's teachings the best because they actually knew him and had heard him teach in person.   I am certain this has happened ...