Have you noticed a growing interest in the supernatural in our pop culture? Is this something Christians should be addressing? In this introductory video, Bob explains our culture’s fascination with the supernatural and the opportunity it presents to the Church. God has placed eternity in people's hearts. Presently this longing particularly amongst our youth is … Continue reading Christian response to our culture’s fascination with the supernatural
What would your life be like if you regularly experienced the supernatural power of God flowing to you and through you to others? Have you been reluctant to explore the supernatural dimension of your faith? If so, this podcast is for you. In this short video, introducing you to the podcast, Mark explains the reasons … Continue reading Why a podcast about reluctance to the supernatural dimension of the Christian faith?
The Reluctantly Supernatural Podcast was created because many Christians in the Western Church are uncomfortable with the supernatural dimension of our Christian faith. We pay lip service to believing in a supernatural God, but we have an aversion to supernatural experiences. Part of our aversion is cultural - we live in an age of reason. If we can't measure … Continue reading New Video Podcast Coming Soon
A podcast that brings solid biblical answers to people’s hunger for the supernatural Today, in this postmodern world that is entering the 3rd decade of the new millennium, there is not only a fascination with the supernatural, but an obsession with it. In this podcast, we hope to address the whole realm of the supernatural … Continue reading Bob and Mark are recording episodes for something new!
Hello again, the last time I spoke with you we talked about trust, particularly in the time of the Corona virus (see video) We are in a position where peace is very difficult to find, and I mentioned that peace and trust are related. The more we trust God the more peace we have, and … Continue reading How can I get some peace?
Psalm. 133:1-3 “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of … Continue reading Attracting God’s Glory Part 2
When we speak of Gods’ glory we are usually talking about a display of His power. This comes through a demonstration of the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. It can be a supernatural experience of the peace of God or it can be through a supernatural healing or an accurate prophetic word. Whatever the … Continue reading Attracting God’s Glory
Here are a few assumptions: 1. You want to see more of “Your Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven” through your life and your church. After all, this is how Jesus taught us to pray. 2. You believe in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. That is to say, you believe … Continue reading Risk Taking Part 2
Through the voice of the Holy Spirit “speaking” directly to your mind. [Again, we call this revelation] Again, this is a little different. In this type of speaking the Holy Spirit does not use scripture, He speaks His thoughts directly from His mind to ours. He causes a thought from Him to appear in your mind. What makes this kind of communication so helpful is that it can happen anywhere at any time. For me it usually happens during my daily quiet time with God, but it does not come through the Bible. But what He says is always consistent with what He says in His word. This is the test to apply to determine whether or not to believe what you are hearing.
When He speaks this way, it has the same power to create faith as when He speaks through scripture. For me it is more effective than going through the bible hunting for a scripture to claim. I am ashamed to say I am quite the cynic. Often when I try to claim a promise from the Old Testament for myself, I end up thinking, “That promise was made more than 3000 years ago to King David. He was a very important guy, I am not. What gives me the right to take his promise and call it my own?” This is my struggle to believe, so it is really wonderful when God speaks to me directly with a promise – mind to mind so to speak. No pun intended!
For the last 6 months I have been going through a very hard time, lots of fear and uncertainty about the future. About a month ago God told me during my daily quiet time to go back over my prayer journal from the last 18 months and write down everything He said to me. I thought I would end up with 10-12 things. I ended up with 58 and as of today there are many more. I have discovered that I am having an ongoing conversation with God! My faith for what He has promised for me is huge now! It is big enough to drive the fear and worry away [as long as I read His promises regularly]. For me this is a huge breakthrough! I have been a very fear based Christian. This is changing fast!
Here are a few of the things He has said to me that created faith in me:
“You are only looking at the negative. Look at the future possibilities with the eyes of faith. Trust me with your future, I’ve got it in my hands. You are not going to make a mistake! I am guiding you, you just haven’t seen it yet”.
“You have been using your imagination to analyze all the things that could go wrong in your future. Stop doing that. Use your imagination to see all the things that I have promised you”.
“Persevere in faith! Not just in obedience, but in continuing to choose to believe my promises to you. Don’t lose your eternal perspective. This time of uncertainty will end soon. You are entering a new season of fruitfulness – just trust me!”
“I am teaching you Trust, Patience, Faithfulness, and Perseverance. Make these your goals and continue to listen for my voice. I don’t intend for you to ever live without hearing my voice. I will continue to speak.”
“Turn your fear into praise. Use your praise as a weapon!” And on and on…
Sounds like the Bible doesn’t it? That’s why I believe it is coming from Him. Because I believe it is coming from Him, my faith is growing. Because my faith is growing my trust is growing and because my trust is growing, my experience of His peace is growing… and that’s all I need!
Here is my point. To grow in faith, we need to be hearing Him. To hear Him we need to be listening. We need to make listening to Him a habit. To do this we need to create a protected time of stillness and listening. The more we practice listening for His voice the better we get at it.
Too many people start trying to hear His voice when they are in trouble. It is hard to do when you are up to your waste in alligators. If we learn to hear his voice habitually, when the alligators come, we will be ready. So, start now with a quiet place, your bible, a pen and journal. Pour out your heart to Him and then ask Him what He wants to say to you. Wait and write down whatever comes to your mind. Don’t worry about whether its Him or not. Wait a few weeks and go back and read what you think He might have said. You will be surprised!
“I was an evangelical intellectual. My Christian formation after making Jesus my Lord at the age of 28 was through the influence of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, an intellectual lot in the best sense of the word. I had no interest in, or understanding of, the Holy Spirit, beyond that He was the spooky part of … Continue reading Mark’s shares his experience