Dear ones, today’s episode features a very special guest, our dear sister-in-Christ, and author, Brooke Bartz. Mrs. Bartz, author of Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering With a Chronic Illness, has been struggling with Rheumatoid Arthritis for several years now. This led her to write the book we’ll be discussing today, after she looked around and noticed that most of the “Christian” books on the subject were not actually helpful for those in daily pain. We talked about the background of her book, her testimony, how she met and married her husband, her chronic illness, and God’s sovereignty over everything she has been through.
If you know someone that has chronic pain, or is a care taker of someone with a chronic illness, this book will be helpful. It also contains a beautifully descriptive, and Scripturally rich, Gospel presentation, as well as an apologetic against those who would ask “How can a loving God allow pain?” We hope that this particular episode will be comforting to those who are suffering, or caring for a loved one. We’re all going to struggle at one point or another in our life, is God sovereign over that pain, sorrow, struggle? And what do we do with that Biblical truth? I’ve included the outline Becca created, with timestamps so that you can easily access any portion of this episode you might like. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form (eventually) on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Hello, dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Yesterday over on The Aquila and Priscilla Hour an episode dropped with me on it. I had the privilege of joining Emily Eavey to discuss the Word of Faith movement and share my testimony. We talked a little bit about the history of the movement, what it is and what it isn’t, but as Emily rightly says, we barely scratched the surface. In her show notes she offers some wonderful links to further educate anyone who is interested. Those included Justin Peters “Exposing the Word of Faith Prosperity Gospel” and Costi Hinn’s book “God, Greed, and the Prosperity Gospel”. I hope it will be an edifying discussion, helpful to those who are reaching out to loved ones stuck in deception.
I want to thank the Aquila and Priscilla Hour for having me on their program and allowing me to share my testimony! It was such a blessing to talk with Emily, she’s a very dear sister-in-Christ, who also has a blog I hope you’ll check out and follow over at HeMadeUsAlive. You can listen to this episode on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, Google Play,Spotify, and iHeart Radio. If you have a podcast and you’d like to invite Becca and I on to talk about, well pretty much anything, you can reach out to us on our Contact Us page. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Not long ago, dear ones, I created a new social media page on Facebook. I had one from years ago, but was locked out, so ended up started over. I immediately connected with family and friends, and found my feed a little concerning. I wanted to see believers in my feed praising God, teaching and edifying one another, so I went to some Biblically solid groups and began ‘friending’ people. One of those was Emily Massey, a dear sister-in-Christ who I ended up talking with via private message. After learning that she and her husband had worked for Joyce Meyer’s I invited them onto our program to discuss why they left and their current outreach to those deceived by her and others teaching like her. She, and her husband Paul, were gracious enough to give us their time and the fruit of that conversation can be heard or seen by today’s episode.
I was encouraged by their heart for those who are being deceived by Meyers and other false teachers. They once worked for her, and enjoyed her teaching, and they have no personal vendetta against her. Their hearts desire is to see the truth proclaimed, the lost saved, and the deceived rescued. We hope that this episode will be helpful for anyone who is unsure about Meyer’s teaching. Please join us in praying for the Massey’s as they continue their ministry. All the information you may need to connect with the Massey’s can be found below where you can also see a time stamped outline, that we hope will be helpful for anyone who wants to skip through the episode to certain points. Don’t miss the blooper reel, waiting as ever, at the end like a cherry on top! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form (eventually) on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
a. Emily TS 00:01:55
b. Paul TS 00:06:05
How can pastors/elders/congregations feed a starving believer who has been without discipleship? TS 00:09:05
What should the sheep do once they realize they are not being fed Biblical doctrine?
How did y’all meet and get married, and did that change how you thought about theology? TS 00:13:40
When and how did you both end up working for Joyce Meyers? TS 00:17:35
How many volunteers worked there? TS 00:21:20
How many employees?
Are you seeing any red flags while you’re working there? TS 00:22:00
Did the recent Benny Hinn apology shake anyone up? TS 00:27:35
Jesus Culture teamed up with Joyce Meyer? TS 00:28:15
Any other colleges like CFNI?
What would you say to a believer who finds themselves in a church that is compromising, and locking arms with false teachers? TS 00:34:00
10.Becca went to a Joyce Meyer conference in Phoenix TS 00:36:00
Someone punched one of the ushers and had to make announcement.
Does that happen often?
Most people coming to these events are the unsaved or deceived…
She’s being ministry for over 33+ years…I’m about to turn 33 and this is heartbreaking.
She is unrepentant
11.What was the theological issues that caused you to leave? TS 00:41:00
Sermon, scripture, book?
12. What would you say to Joyce Meyer’s if you were able to sit down with her? TS 00:45:45
13. How did your families respond? TS 01:01:00
14. What is the Gospel? TS 01:05:25
15. Joyce Meyer last year stated she “out of balance.” In regard to prosperity gospel? TS 01:07:40
Hello dear ones, and happy Friday! I hope this post finds you all doing well. We were able to go live this morning with our MEGA list, I hope the video will be fun and helpful. We love getting to go live and talk about the things we would ordinarily just write a sentence or two about. Usually I like to still blog in the same pattern as I would for the old MEGA lists, unfortunately today I’ve got a lot of things going on. I hope you don’t mind me leaving the outline below instead. If you’d like to watch the live feed, you can check it out below. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Mega List Outline 1. From Shawn: New Merch for “Guys With Bibles” podcast
Last month we played a game on social media called Name That Heresy, where we posted a quote expressing a heretical teacher and asked our followers to name what the heresy was. They were give extra entries into a giveaway if they could list Scriptures that refuted it, or name other preachers/teachers that believed the same. We all were able to learn a lot from one another, as well as open discussions up between those who were unaware certain heretical movements existed. There was so much information that one follower recommended an entire episode on it all, so that is what today’s episode is about!
We went through all 7 of the heresies which were listed, discussing the false teacher and what they were teaching. In this episode we also gave some shout outs, including one of our favorite podcasters, Women of the Table. They’re doing a series on Hell right now that has been really helpful! I also linked to Michelle Lesley, article is in the outline below, who has been plugging away at these heresies for the benefit of us all. Below is a time stamped outline, that we hope will be helpful for anyone who wants to skip through the episode to certain points. Don’t miss the blooper reel, waiting as ever, at the end like a cherry on top! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form (eventually) on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
Name That Heresy Episode Outline
Definition of Heresy: Timestamp – 00:06:19
Little God’s Doctrine – Kenneth Copeland: Timestamp 00:08:03
“Every Christian is a god. You don’t have a God living in you, you are one!”
Quote from Fort Worth, Texas, K. Copeland Ministries, n.d. audiotape BCC-56.
Kenotic Christ – Bill Johnson: Timestamp – 00:15:40
“If He performed miracles because He was God, then they would be unattainable for us. But if He did them as a man, I am responsible to pursue His lifestyle. Recapturing this simple truth changes everything…and makes possible a full restoration of the ministry of Jesus in His Church.”
7 Mountain Mandate/Dominionism/Dominion Doctrine – Dr. James Kennedy:
“Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors – in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.”
Said At a “Reclaiming America for Christ” conference in February, 2005, Kennedy
Selfism/Narcigesis – Steven Furtick: Timestamp – 00:47:35
“Come on, I need you to receive this, because you have some stuff flying at you. You have some doubts in your soul, but stay behind your shield. Come on. Duck, David. Get behind your shield. Paul said it’s the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall quench the fiery darts of the wicked. I have a shield. Is anybody shielded by the power of God? If I stay behind my shield, Saul cannot kill what God has crowned. I got the winning hand. I might not look like much. I might just be a shepherd boy, but I have a winning hand, and God is my shield.”
Marcionism – Andy Stanley Quote: Timestamp – 01:12:45
“Jesus’ new covenant, His covenant with the nations, His covenant with you, His covenant with us, can stand on its own two nail-scarred resurrection feet. It does not need propping up by the Jewish Scriptures.”
Pastor Andy Stanley preaches at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., March 11, 2012.
Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! In continuing with highlighting the work Heartcry is doing, today I’ve pulled from a recent article about Alexander from Russia. Below is a portion of his testimony, you can read the full article here. I want to quickly remind y’all that you can support HeartCry every time you make a purchase from Amazon or EBay by selecting them as the charity of your choice. I hope this is encouraging to you, my friends, especially if you have loved ones that are hardened to the Gospel. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.
I grew up in a home where my mother and grandmother on the mother’s side had genuine faith in God. Unfortunately, all of my father’s family were convinced atheists. As a child, I would go with my mom to Central Baptist Church (the only Baptist church in Minsk). But back then my “spiritual eyes” were closed and all I did was study the appearance of the preachers and see if the color of their tie matched the color of their suit.
I remember that when someone in the church gave my grandmother one of the very first copies of the New Testament which came into our country after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the USSR, she asked me to read it because she was illiterate. Sadly, I did not understand much, for instance, odd abbreviations like Mt, Mk, Lk, Jn, etc.
But the Lord was doing His work in my heart through the prayers of believers. I was into music for a while and even got to play at people’s weddings, but then all of a sudden I fell out of love with the type of music and songs I heard and played. I also got interested in strength sports, the Lord brought me to a point where my own strength failed me when one day I had to face a gang of tough guys one of whom had a knife in his hand.
It was precisely at that time that a handful of youth from that church I went to as a kid, invited me to a farewell party for a Christian young man who had to go to the army. I remember how much I was very impressed with the purity of relationships between guys and girls and the absence of alcohol on the table but, despite this, genuine and sincere joy, these guys had something that I did not know and did not have.
A brother from that group of believers gave me my first Bible. I started reading it avidly, alongside a novel by Main Read (I read a lot back in those days). I began to come to church, but this time it was my decision. The Word of God through the choir, sermons and, of course, through reading the Bible, touched my heart.
I prayed a sinner’s prayer to God in March 1990. I came into my room, closed the door behind me, got on my knees and began to pray: Jesus Christ came into my life and since then it has changed dramatically! I remember that when, back in 1991, “strict” brothers from the church elders’ board cleared me for baptism, I treaded air when I went back home! The Lord in His mercy allowed me to join the ministry of the church right away. I received a blessing from the brothers for a preaching ministry. I was also able to use my music skills in the church choir and string orchestra led by Pavel Obrovets. I even served as a youth leader in our church for a while and organized a number of evangelistic trips for youth all over Belarus. It was a blessed and fruitful time when I was able to spend all Sundays and weeknights (except one) in my favorite church (which was later renamed to Golgotha, or Calvary) where the Lord nurtured me and, looking back, as I understand it now, He prepared me for future ministry to Him in new places and in a new capacity.
Below is an article written by Gina Cook, Gina and Tami write Through the Narrow here at Tulips & Honey Hub. They’ll be posting articles every other Tuesday. Both are published authors, and you can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here. We’re blessing to have them apart of our team, and pray their writing will be as edifying to you as it is to us.
My husband and I vividly remember the day our Bible study leader’s wife, whom we had grown close to over several years of fellowship, sat in front of our group one Sunday evening and shared her passionate opinion on the subject of accountability. She boldly put it like this: “There are only two people who can hold me accountable, who I’ll listen to- they are my husband and my best friend. No one else gets to hold me accountable for my sin.” I sat in shock as my husband soon replied with, “well anyone here can hold me accountable, any brother or sister in Christ who sees I’m in sin; anyone God wants to use to hold me accountable can hold me accountable.” It wouldn’t be until years later that I’d become aware of how destructive and widespread this mindset was becoming within Christian circles, or with those that claim Christianity. More on that in a bit.
To not be misunderstood, I want to clarify right away that I believe we should have a few trusted people in our lives that are faithful Christians whom we can confide in with our struggles and personal trials -knowing they will be faithful to pray for us and direct us biblically as best they can. These people are what many call an accountability partner-ones who know us on a deeper level and not afraid to tell us the truth in love. This is biblically sound (Proverbs 18:24, Proverbs 27:6, Ecclesiastes 4:11-12) and should be sought out for every believer. Yet spiritual accountability is not something we can or should get from just one or two close self-appointed people; in fact, God is clear that the assembly of believers and true pastoral leadership, with the Word at the helm, are to also hold us spiritually accountable.
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17.
“Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.” 1 Timothy 4:13
“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25.
Sadly we found out this woman’s statement and conviction on accountability was not really about having a biblical concept of accountability partners. For her and others it seems it’s about controlling what actual bit of truth will hold them accountable. It elevates and protects self and diminishes any unwanted wisdom or rebuke. This indirectly polices God’s truth, acting as if we can put them in categories of “Very important to me”, “Somewhat important to me” and “Not at all important to me”. It comes down to the authority of God’s Word being contingent on who is saying it to us and whether or not we see it as valuable at the time.I remember reading a statement from a charismatic teacher, who was reacting to criticism of their unbiblical beliefs by a trusted Christian preacher, explain why people who are not charismatic can’t judge anything a charismatic believes or does. They claimed that no one can judge them rightly if they haven’t themselves experienced or believed the same things. We would simply be outsiders who can’t rightly discern. How absurd. To them it’s not about what Scripture says, it’s not about what’s true. Instead, it’s about what they and their like-minded buddies agree is right and have experienced.
Recently others and I voiced our concerns about certain things going on with certain public figures in a certain denomination and being told, rather bluntly, that it’s none of our concern because it isn’t concerning our own denomination; we were to let those who are a part of that same denomination address it and take care of it. That may be ok to mind our own business if we weren’t commanded by God to help others know what sin is, to warn and rebuke, to love others by sharing the truth of God with them so they may repent and so they may not stumble others in their denomination and others. God doesn’t say to be concerned with only our denomination. There’s one Church and sin matters- it permeates.
Again, this is not to say we don’t go to a chosen few that we see as trusted Christian sources for advice and accountability. They, however, are not trusted because you feel comfortable around them or because you are of the same social group or denomination. They are trusted only because they honor and know the authoritative Word of God and put that first, before anyone’s feelings, before their own feelings. The Scripture is the actual authority in the situation. No one holds anyone else spiritually accountable if the Word is not the foundation; not the voice.
I realize this is a temptation for us all-to listen to only those we personally like or tell us what we want to hear.
We should not want to have our ears tickled.
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,” 2 Timothy 4:2-3.
Don’t think for a second God can’t or shouldn’t bring along someone to hold you accountable to His truth who is 30 years younger than you, or a person you never clicked with from Church, a person who doesn’t fit your personal tastes or is not part of your own denomination. Do they say you are in sin? Then humbly go to the Bible to see if it’s true. Go to your trusted accountability partners who uphold the Word of God to see if they also find it true. Listen to faithful church leadership. Pray for God to open your eyes. Truth is, we don’t get to prescribe the whole process of molding and pruning God does in our lives.
Sadly but not too surprisingly, the Bible study teacher’s wife had eventually accepted her Catholic and Mormon friends as Christians, not desiring to hold them accountable to the truth of the Gospel. She refused to listen to anyone, even her accountability partners, who said otherwise. She chose “friendship and peace” instead of God and His Word.
May we desire the Lord and His Word over anything and everything else and be open to hear it, in and out of season.