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.

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Thread Season 3 : The Book of 2nd Corinthians : Discovering the Power of a Ministering Life

  • It's like we've been on this long hike up a set of hills and have finally come to the peak. Time to sit a while, open the canteen, break out some food and enjoy the view from here. In the past 30 episodes we have walked with the Apostle Paul, a ministry pioneer in evangelism, pastoral care, apologet...

  • Today, the real battle is not church growth, financial growth or personal growth.  It's church health, financial health and personal health. Healthy things grow. That's just what they do....

  • As believers we all know how important it is to claim our spiritual inheritance as God's children.  It's a good practice to train our  minds to believe that, "We are strong in him, because he is our strength."  In this passage the Apostle Paul shares a gem of a thought that motivates the best part o...

  • Parenting is one of the most meaningful undertakings in anyone's life.  It has moments of glory. Days of routine and some of the deepest trials you can ever experience as an adult. In the end it's more than worth it and the journey alone makes life more worthwhile....

  • In this Thread Paul talks about the supernatural gifts of God that come by grace to all of us, gifts of power for ministry to set others free and he links these gifts to a pain we struggle with personally. Our status comes from our success, but our ability to minister to others comes from how dee...

  • In this day of clergy scandals it is appropriate to ask who we should follow as our spiritual leaders. Some say, "No one but Jesus," but that doesn't really solve the problem because parents still need their kids to follow them or they can't parent, and the same throughout all legitimate channels of...

  • Stories of religious abuse fill tabloids regularly. Religious abuse is a fact and rather than denying it, we need to learn to identify characteristics of abusive church leaders and either remove them from leadership or at least remove ourselves from the damage they can cause. ...

  • What's the difference between status and authority and how do you know if you have the true spiritual authority or just status? Tune in to this episode of Thread and find out as we explore 2 Corinthians 10.7-18....

  • The good news is that we have been given a case of spiritual weapons, forged by God himself. These weapons have divine authority to demolish strongholds and take every thought captive until we live with the mind of Christ with our lives fully aligned with God's will for us and for the world....

  • Ever seen one of those TV shows where someone gives a poor waitress a $100 tip and she goes to tears and tells this story about needing this money to keep the electricity on for her children in their tiny apartment?  Do you wish you could be a person who could do things like that for others?  You al...

  • Think about the opportunity, responsibility, and danger associated with handling other people's money in a position of trust. Money is at least Volatile, if not charged with dark spiritual energy. You would expect Jesus to say, “Avoid money,” but he doesn’t. ...

  • Ambassadors live an abundant life. Since we are ambassadors of God, we have an eternal allowance from God, and we can live on it without any doubt. We are covered. Listen to today's Thread as we talk about the 5 secrets of an abundant life....

  • Have you felt that God was calling you to do something for Him but were afraid of where the money would come from? Does your heart tell you to launch out into a radically new life of obedience but your family is holding you back, worrying how it will affect your career? Would you obey your calling i...

  • There is a special gift, perhaps one above all other gifts, that allows you to ride above the worries and cares of this world. While the world frets about money and position and supply, we have been given a gift that we can receive, unwrap, and put to work. This gift from God will liberate your life...

  • How important are your friendships in your spiritual development? Do your friends build you to be a better person, or do they lead you to your downfall? Be careful who you'd be "tied up" with in business, club memberships, hangout friends or the highest relationship of all, our marriage partner. ...

  • Extreme circumstances call for extreme measures, but when you venture into the thought of engaging someone whose life is spiraling out of control, things can come back and hurt you even though you are sincerely trying to help. Have you ever had a friend with a problem so big that some kind of interv...

  • It's impossible to finish the race without knowing and having this one BIG secret. You simply cannot! Today’s Thread covers 2 Corinthians Chapter 6:1-10. It's about this one single character trait you need to possess, as a believer, OR you can't even race at all. A lot of things are important, ...

  • Evangelism, is it a heart or head matter? Is it wrong to use an emotional appeal for a person to make peace with God? Is it our job to try to persuade or should we just deliver a rational version of the message and consider our part of the work done? Christians all over the world have many opinions ...

  • Set spiritual goals! Yes, it's a lot harder than clicking off a bucket list of experiences BUT the effort you pour into completing a spiritual goal will change your life forever. Who I am is more important than what I do, but doing is usually what gets me there. Life responds to action and our actio...

  • If you ask people in church if they believe in heaven and believe that it's the best life possible, they’d all say yes. Now add a second question, “Would you go there right now if you could?” If I promised you that if you stood at the altar in church and prayed real loud, “OH Father, please let me...

  • Fitting in. Being accepted by others. These are key social drives that can hinder us in our efforts to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. He was notoriously out of sync with culture, family, and friends in His day. Truth sets you free but it also calls you to live out of response to what you now know is...

  • Here's the truth: If God is going to use you as a faithful servant He WILL trust with any mission, but, He’s going to have to work on you. We can’t serve God on our own terms. There is so much contrary stuff inside us that has to be worked out. We need to go through "deep processing" with God so tha...

  • How to be strong is a common question among men. Sometimes in life you are in survival mode where your success relies on keeping your focus trained on the present moment and just getting through that tough time. Most of the battle is mental. We are under spiritual attack from the outside and then th...

  • This episode is about the two totally opposite ways the Bible gets used in ministry. It's the result of two opposing goals set by people who minister God’s word to others. One of these paths unlocks people as God's truth pierces the darkness in their mind. Truth sets them free and they begin to exp...

  • Have you ever known of a person whose presence so changed the room that if they entered it you would turn off the television and stop talking to your friends because you would want to be completely engaged with them? In this episode of Thread the apostle Paul talks about the way that our very presen...

  • Today’s lesson covers 1:23-2:11 where we return to the sacred nature of all relationships and even more so in the body of Christ. Let me ask you right now to pull up in your memory, your best relational moment, a time in your life when you had a relationship that was life-giving and sacred. Doing l...

  • In Season 3 we are moving through 2 Corinthians. Today’s lesson covers chapter 1.12-14 and answers the question of what you should count in the ministry to know whether you are succeeding or not. ...

  • In Season 3 we are moving through 2 Corinthians. Today’s lesson covers chapter 1. 2-11. Some people have amazing effect on the lives of others. They bring change to anyone who is around them for very long. Today’s lesson is about where they get the power to change the lives of others....

  • Today’s lesson covers (2 Corinthians Chapter 1:1-2) and our topic today is Finding our Identity as a person in ministry. I love this book! It has ministered to me throughout my 30+ years of full-time service to the Lord and the body of Christ. In this book Paul is a middle-aged man looking back on ...

  • Welcome to THREAD SEASON 3! The wait is over. Season 3 of the Thread podcast is about to be released. This first episode is a 7 minute prequel where Chuck Quinley talks about the direction we’ll be taking for the next 40 episodes of Thread, the Leader’s Bible Study....

 

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 ...

 

Thread Season 1 : The Gospel of Mark : The training and testing of the messenger of God

  • This episode is the completion of our verse by verse study of Mark's gospel, a little book with lots of message. In this podcast we will recap the high points in the message of the gospel of Mark and nail down four take-away's for our lives. If you are interested in understanding the overall message...

  • You will never have a Hindu visit your home to ask you to consider Hinduism. True Asian Buddhists, likewise, won't ask you to commit your life to becoming a disciple of Buddha. Why do Christians feel the need to evangelize? Tune in to this episode of Thread for the answers.

  • We've all been burned. Authority figures have failed morally. Things we bought rarely lived up to the sales pitch. It's easy to become jaded or even to keep our trust guarded. Jesus won't allow that. He challenges his followers to choose to believe and trust God and man. Listen to this episode recor...

  • Have you ever thought about the women who have poured benefit into your life? Many of the new freedoms enjoyed by women around the world today find their beginning in the liberation Christ established for women. In this Thread we witness how Jesus honored the traditional role of women with the quali...

  • I'm not sure it has ever really sunk in.  I have heard what Jesus has done for me on the cross all my life but I don't think I have ever really grasped how approved, forgiven, included and adopted I became on the cross as Jesus and I changed places that day.  It happened for you too.  Has it really ...

  • How would people who know you best summarize your life's general pattern?  "Nice guy?"  "She mainly kept to herself?" "He was very friendly?" "He seemed a bit uptight most of the time?"  As they mocked Jesus on the cross, even his enemies jeered, "He saved others; himself he could not save."  Though...

  • The self sacrifice of God for mankind is the central event in human history. In the passion and on the cross, Jesus was broken and crushed by his relationship to his friends, family, religious leaders, national government, religious community and even in his relationship with God. He did all this to...

  • Life is too short and our mission too important for short term relationships. We need friends. Real friends.  Life is meant to be lived in the community of trusted others, but what happens when those friends break your trust and let you down? Tune in to this episode of Thread and see how Jesus handl...

  • Ever wish you could do something for God to show your love and gratefulness but feel unqualified to find a place of service? In this Thread we get Christ's take on official religion versus just doing whatever you can with what you've got. We met a man on our last trip to Burma who is poor by anyone'...

  • One day we will see the dramatic events of Mark 13 coming to pass. Preparing our mind beforehand will be essential if we are going to pass the test successfully. In this Thread Jesus prepares us for what we will experience and show us the essential mental focus we need in order to make it. Materiali...

  • Jesus foretold the dramatic events that will lead to the conclusion of this world order and the birth of a perfect one. He anchors his prophecy to the ancient book of Daniel and it's mysterious phrase, "The abomination of desolation." In this week's Thread we unpack this phrase, the history behind i...

  • In this episode of Thread Jesus gives an overview of five characteristics of the generation that will live at the end of the world as we know it. If we can let go of needing the perks and approval of this passing world we can live life more effectively. A better world is coming as the Kingdom of God...

  • The end of the world as we know it has always been a fascinating subject. Many different theories have been proposed. In today's Thread Jesus explains the events leading up to the great apocalypse. See how his teaching differs from others you might have heardThe end of the world as we know it has al...

  • Some people calculate their giving, keeping plenty of spare time, money and personal space for themselves. They want to insure that others do their fair share too. Others give up to a set percentage, say two hours a week to volunteer at a non-profit, but not a minute more. Then there are those amazi...

  • Every met a Bible-thumper, someone who seemed to feel that they had an infallible power for the interpretation of the Scriptures? Christ's hardest critics were the professionally religious, the priests, Bible teachers and "spiritual" politicians who made their living from the system of religion. He ...

  • Jesus ministered each day with the confidence that whatever he said from his mouth would come to pass.  He consciously spoke words with intent.  To some he spoke healing words. Others received a challenge or a diagnosis of what their core issue was. Some received a calling and clear direction. Still...

  • Family trips can be a wonderful time for conversations in the car. You never know when someone will open up a topic that leads to a really important discussion. In this episode of Thread we catch up with Jesus and his team as they journey by foot from the provincial north to the capital city of Jeru...

  • "Money is morally neutral. It's just what you do with it that makes it have power."  Jesus will not allow us to entertain such a naive view of money.  He even gave it a name as though it is a rival spiritual power at war with God and His work in our hearts. We need money and what it can buy for us, ...

  • Do you have a nagging sense of guilt? Is your relationship with God a quest for His approval with you always seeming in your own mind to have come up short. Listen in to the conversation as Jesus answers the most important question he was ever asked.

  • Three of the most emotionally impactful topics in one podcast! Yep, listen to Jesus Christ as he takes on the divorce industry of his day.

  • How far would you go to avoid sin?  Break off a relationship? Quit your well-paying job? Change your daily habits? Cut off internet at your house?  Jesus says that sometimes extreme measures are needed in the battle for our souls.

  • Tired of division among Christians? No one hated it more than Jesus. Hear his instruction to the disciples in this week's Thread podcast.

  • Being the boss is something most of us aspire to.  It sure beats being told what to do by someone who doesn't seem to understand your needs. Being the boss, however, carries its own set of spiritual pitfalls and natural temptations. Even in the church we see failures in using power in a positive way...

  • "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."  Is your mind full of confidence or muddled by doubt and double-mindedness?  In this episode of Thread we observe the tremendous power of positivity, unwavering childlike faith in God's benevolent sovereignty toward us.  That faith releases the flow of God's...

  • One day the Kingdom of God will come in power in a visible, tangible way. Right now, though, we can already experience some of its power--healings, dreams, miracles, and divine direction.  One day the darkness will be totally vanquished and the King will bring perfection to our world and bring God's...

  • In this episode of Thread we track with Jesus as he takes his mission to a higher plane. Only those willing to pay the price to go with him could continue with him. It reminds me of the experience of our friend, Diane, while climbing Kilamanjaro.. listen to the podcast for more...

  • Sometimes God shows you what He wants you to do but it requires the sacrifice of your marriage plans, job or a material possession. Sometimes it places you in perceived danger because you have to insert yourself in a place of serious need. In these times you turn to your friends and family for encou...

  • Mark 8 is the hinge of the entire gospel and the point where Christ's public and private ministry made a dramatic turn. Tune in to this week's Thread to know more.

  • Ever had a day when you start on an amazing high only to have it crash and burn by late afternoon when something else invades your wonderful day and turns it upside down? Jesus had days like that too. Sometimes you just have to soldier on. Listen to today's podcast for more.

  • Ever go to God and not receive what you expected from Him? Maybe it seems like the answer to your prayers is "Take a number..." In today's Thread we learn lessons from two people who were being tormented by the "dark side." Both came to Jesus, but neither received the treatment they might have thoug...

  • Legalists mean well. They hope to find a way to minimize the defilement of sin and its power to destroy the beauty in life. It all starts out with naming external things that seem to have a connection to sin, then forbidding them. Over time there have been many forbidden things: pork, sex even in ma...

  • What fills you up after you have become emptied out through serving others? For Jesus, it was time alone with God. He seemed to like mountains and night times for seasons of extended praying. His prayers weren't a good work, or something he had to do to be a good person toward God. He honestly and e...

  • Have you ever pushed yourself beyond your limits of strength and endurance? Every champion knows the necessity of this during times when "pushing through the pain" is the only way to overcome challenges. The problem comes when we try to live at that state always. We trade sleep for work, exercise fo...

  • For the first year Jesus did all the ministry. He preached, healed the sick and cast out the demons. He faced all contrary people and reasoned with them in open debate. Then in the second year he turned to the disciples and said to them, "Now, you do it." I'm sure they were shocked and afraid at the...

  • Bible study for grown ups. Ever been around a person of tenacious faith? They are contagious in their optimism and their confidence that in the end, God will make it all work out well. These people are the life-changers for others fortunate enough to live around them. They are the world-changers. In...

  • Once you move from me-centered to mission-focused living, a whole new exciting world opens up to you. God begins to use you in the lives of others to help them find their place in Christ and in the family of God. In this Thread we see the dynamics of this personal ministry--the spiritual forces at w...

  • Every life knows stress and anxiety. We all encounter setbacks and times when everything seems to be working against us. These events are the defining moments in our lives. Some people allow themselves to habitually slip into powerlessness and self-pity, questioning God and blaming others for their ...

  • Have you ever considered planting a church or starting a new ministry or home/office cell group? This Thread has lots of guidance for you. Mark chapter 4:21-34 also explains how healthy ministries are planted and how they take root and grow. If you want to receive truth from God and want to pass it ...

  • Are you interested in having God talk to you and reveal his will and his ways? He longs to do this, but there are some preconditions for you to follow if you would like to receive from him. In this lesson Jesus explains how two people can hear the same message, yet one takes it to heart and get so m...

  • Someone once wrote "The closer I walk with the Lord, the fewer of my friends want to walk with me." I think this is an issue that has affected everyone who has gotten serious about the path of discipleship with Jesus as Lord. Even in the church we may be judged and our loved ones may become concerne...

  • It seems that in many places Christianity is simply the "talking religion." We go to church and hear an eloquent man talk about God, then maybe to the internet to listen to more talking about God, then read a book of words, then talk to God in prayer.... (you get the point). Jesus' ministry was one ...

  • Do you have a hyperactive conscience? Sometimes in seeking to follow God with all our heart we develop a bondage to legalism regarding the laws of God. On the other hand, some believers live as though there are no laws regarding our conduct. What did Jesus believe and teach about these things? Liste...

  • In even the best of circumstances there is a painful and awkward dance between those pioneers who built an institution or a social fabric and the new wave that has fresh ideas and a drive to lead the group in new directions. Jesus discusses old and new wineskins in our lesson today.

  • If you are going to give pastoral care to others and help them get their lives on track you have to get comfortable talking about sin--theirs this time. We think sin is all exciting but that's just the candy coating. After we swallow it we become a slave to it and it devastates our personal life, re...

  • Whatever happened to good works? This is a basic part of being a disciple of Jesus. But what do you do if you are in a hurry to get someplace when you encounter someone who has a need? This episode has answers from the life of Jesus himself.

  • What is prayer in your life? A daily refreshing? A source of guilt? Prayer can be your internal engine, a time of offloading your cares or of getting that needed infilling. It can be a time of instruction as God gives you guidance in making your decisions or it can be a powerful way for you to provi...

  • Are there demons or is this just a relic of an old superstitious age? This episode from Mark 1:21-34 has answers for you.

  • We all love to have God as a protector and a defender. We get comfort from His presence and guidance as we work hard to build a successful life, but how do we feel when he takes over and begins asking us to sacrifice things concerning our job?

  • There are many versions of "the gospel" depending upon what the speaker intends to accomplish in presenting it. Let's return to the source and listen as Jesus preaches his own message to us.

  • Jesus said that John was the greatest man who ever lived. He was a man of action, bold and fearless even before kings. Let's study his heart and see the characteristics of a powerful person of action and humility. He led a national movement that prepared thousands to receive Jesus. Let's do the same...

  • Hi! Here's the second installment in our weekly Thread podcast.  Check here every Tuesday at 9AM for the latest episode or subscribe through ITunes.  This one shows how Mark's gospel has a hard-core message: true disciples must expect resistance as they live out and declare the teachings of Jesus. ...

  • Hey!  Here's the first episode of our new weekly podcast, Thread.  It will provide resources for your development in spirituality, leadership and communication ability.  Most episodes will be 10 minutes long.