Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru http://stevebremner.com Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:31:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru Steve Bremner clean Fire Press Productions Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/podcastlogo.jpg http://stevebremner.com Wrath and Tribulation Are Two Different Things http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/wrath-and-tribulation-are-two-different-things/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/wrath-and-tribulation-are-two-different-things/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:21:47 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14619 Sure, I can see how they can be confused as the same thing, but hear me out. Not that I'm pre-tribulationist, but I want to help my friends out who hold to the pre-trib doctrine by giving many of you a helpful nugget here. This is also for those sending me emails and private Facebook messaged setting up straw man arguments about what you THINK post tribbers or amillenialists (or those of us who are both) believe without having bothered to actually look into it or ask one of them for yourself. Here's [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/wrath-and-tribulation-are-two-different-things/feed/ 0 Stop Giving Junk To Jesus http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/stop-giving-junk-to-jesus/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/stop-giving-junk-to-jesus/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:19:35 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14589 A few months ago we were switching my office in our apartment with the guest bedroom to prepare for our intern named Lauren to arrive and have more space for her bedroom. As we were doing so, I put the books on my small bookshelf into a box to make migrating them to the new office much easier (and to make the bookshelf lighter when we carried it, mostly). That's when I noticed a big honking King James Translation of the Bible I had never noticed before. Since I never bought nor did I recollect [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/stop-giving-junk-to-jesus/feed/ 0 Missionary Tip #5: Don’t Thank Everybody Equally http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/missionary-tip-5-dont-thank-everybody-equally/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/missionary-tip-5-dont-thank-everybody-equally/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:32:43 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14544 The following tip might seem obvious to some, but might cause a light to go off for others. You may have heard or believed that if you have partners who give you five dollars a month, and other partners who support you at $1000/month, to treat them all the same. For as long as I've been a missionary on support, I've also given to missions. The amounts I've been able to give have been pretty small due to the amount of my sustenance, but I've still been in the habit of doing so -- even now as [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/missionary-tip-5-dont-thank-everybody-equally/feed/ 0 Come up out of Babylon And Build God’s Temple http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/come-up-out-of-babylon-and-build-gods-temple/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/come-up-out-of-babylon-and-build-gods-temple/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:04:35 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14563 Today I'm going to do something I've never quite done before. I initially sat down to write this after meditating on and praying into just what building the Lord's church looks like. I had recently talked to a friend and teacher of mine in Bible school named Bob Gladstone that helped stir some things up in my foundational thinking. Simultaneous to that I just finished reading Frank Viola's book From Eternity To Here, and came across something that gave words to what I've been feeling. From [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/come-up-out-of-babylon-and-build-gods-temple/feed/ 0 building the temple of God,come up out of babylon,Ezra,many are called few are chosen,Nehemiah,rebuilding the walls Today I'm going to do something I've never quite done before. - I initially sat down to write this after meditating on and praying into just what building the Lord's church looks like. I had recently talked to a friend and teacher of mine in Bible sch... Today I'm going to do something I've never quite done before. I initially sat down to write this after meditating on and praying into just what building the Lord's church looks like. I had recently talked to a friend and teacher of mine in Bible school named Bob Gladstone that helped stir some things up in my foundational thinking. Simultaneous to that I just finished reading Frank Viola's book From Eternity To Here, and came across something that gave words to what I've been feeling. From there, a spark was ignited and I initially planned on this being a simple blog post, but it kept getting longer so I decided to see where inspiration took me. In the end I wound up using the following to "preach" on the latest episode of the podcast. It's a challenge and hopefully an encouragement. If you'd rather listen as a long blog post is too much for you to make it through without a coffee, make sure to download the podcast (download here). Here we go. You can never satisfy the dream of God while living in Babylon. His house simply cannot be built there. In addition, it will cost you something to leave Babylon. It will come at a price.  Frank Viola, From Eternity to Here I've been thinking about and meditating on the concept of “many are called but few are chosen”. Jesus said this in the Gospel of Matthew in the parable of The Marriage Feast: And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,  “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.  Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’  But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.  The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.  Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.  Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’  And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:1-14, ESV) It’s interesting to me to note that many were invited to the marriage feast. In this writing we won’t cover the church of God as a Bride, or as a building, because those concepts are beyond the scope of today’s article. But I want to draw attention to the fact that many were invited to the wedding, rejected the invitation, and the king invited others. Then, amongst those who were present at the wedding, he kicked out some who were not dressed right. There is a lot to meditate on here and ponder. Many are called to build God’s temple, His Bride. In fact, if you’re a Christian, and call Jesus Christ your Lord, you’ve been tasked with the responsibility to invite others to the Marriage Feast of The Lamb. You don't have a say in this. You have been tasked with whatever means necessary at your disposal to build God’s temple, a habitation with which He wants to dwell. Some are called to stay and partner with those who are called to go, whether that be across town or across the globe. We all have a role to play, even if that’s providing resources to those doing a different particular building task than we are. Are You Ignoring The Call To Go? Steve Bremner clean 41:26 The Disciples Were Losers Like Us http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/the-disciples-were-losers-like-us/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/the-disciples-were-losers-like-us/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:55:03 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14549 "Note that in making his selection, Jesus bypassed the religious institutions and took it to the streets. He snubbed the head of the class, the cream of the crop. He ignored credentials, achievements, and the “who’s who” of religious piety. He jettisoned every qualification we deem important in leadership and chose instead to call ordinary people—mostly manual laborers with little or no education, ministry experience, or leadership skills. They didn’t bring much to the table. They [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/the-disciples-were-losers-like-us/feed/ 0 Missionary Tip #4: Slow IS Faster Than You Think http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/missionary-tip-4-slow-is-faster-than-you-think/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/missionary-tip-4-slow-is-faster-than-you-think/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:59:02 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13671 That's to say that real solid long-term fruit takes time. My tip today, though succinct, might not be as specific and practical, but give it some thought: If you rush things, you may accomplish something fast, but it might not be fruitful in the long-term. Take gardening for example. Some plants take time before you even see evidence that they're growing. Once you plant a seed in the ground, you don't keep digging it up to see if it's producing anything, do you? Of course not, you leave [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/missionary-tip-4-slow-is-faster-than-you-think/feed/ 0 Understanding: The Key To Success | Interview with Dr Shane Wall http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/understanding-the-key-to-success-interview-with-dr-shane-wall/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/understanding-the-key-to-success-interview-with-dr-shane-wall/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:25:45 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14521   Greetings friends. I've got quite a different episode of the show for you today -- unlike any I've recorded before. No, not because every episode is unique and so of course it stands to reason that this one is too. A number of months ago a listener of the show named David sent me an email through our Fire Press email account, telling me he was a long-time fan and wanted to know if I would be interested in previewing a copy of a book by his pastor, who also is a long-time fan of [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/understanding-the-key-to-success-interview-with-dr-shane-wall/feed/ 0 dr shane wall,pastor shane wall,shane wall,understanding book,understanding: all success is attained by it,understanding: the key to success   - Greetings friends. I've got quite a different episode of the show for you today -- unlike any I've recorded before. - No, not because every episode is unique and so of course it stands to reason that this one is too. -   Greetings friends. I've got quite a different episode of the show for you today -- unlike any I've recorded before. No, not because every episode is unique and so of course it stands to reason that this one is too. A number of months ago a listener of the show named David sent me an email through our Fire Press email account, telling me he was a long-time fan and wanted to know if I would be interested in previewing a copy of a book by his pastor, who also is a long-time fan of the show. Since I get a decent amount of emails from people wanting to know if I will write sponsored posts on my blog, or review their book or someone else's, and 97% of the time my answer is no (for obvious reasons, like say, um, the content or subject matter has NOTHING to do with my blog or what my podcast listeners have come to expect). But since David's email was not only different -- like it wasn't a copy and paste job that clearly had been emailed to 50 other people as well as me -- I thought I'd at least give it a shot. Carefully choosing my words to not promise anything I might not fulfill, I had a polite interaction with David and then when I finished reading what turned out to be an excellent book, he got me in touch with Pastor Shane. Which leads to today: we chatted, and the pastor of Feast of the Lord Church and author Dr. Shane Wall shared lots of great insights. We started off sharing a bit about how today's discussion came to be and the interesting details that led to us being introduced to one another. Dr. Wall shared his heart for discipleship and seeing believers empowered to do the work of the Gospel themselves and not just follow a man on Sunday mornings. Then we segue into discussing is newly-released book, Understanding: All Success Is Attained By It. If you'd like to get a copy of the audio version, head over to audibletrial.com/fireonyourhead and get a copy free with your *30 day free trial, or click on the photo below.   If you enjoyed Pastor Shane's voice, you'll be pleased to know he narrate his book himself! Subscribe to Fire On Your Head If you’d like to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, visit our directory in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or visit FireOnYourHead.com for more subscription options. Steve Bremner clean 1:01:33 My Favorite Bad Reviews of The New Left Behind Movie http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/my-favorite-bad-reviews-of-the-new-left-behind-movie/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/my-favorite-bad-reviews-of-the-new-left-behind-movie/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:12:06 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14503 So the New Left Behind Movie premieres in most cities today, and already last night critics who've seen it were posting their reviews online. For the most part they're giving it an absolute trouncing. So far at the time of writing this, it has a 6% rating 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That means 97 percent of the people who've seen it and reviewed have not given it a very favorable review! That's not just bad. That's Superman 4 bad! Yesterday I got the brilliant idea to write some kind [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/my-favorite-bad-reviews-of-the-new-left-behind-movie/feed/ 0 I’m Still Glad I Never Switched To Amazon Canada http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/im-still-glad-i-never-switched-to-amazon-canada/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/im-still-glad-i-never-switched-to-amazon-canada/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:10:28 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14458 I have a very unique problem I'm wondering if any other expats or international travellers out there reading this have had to deal with this sort of thing, and if there's actually a solution. So apparently if you're a Canadian citizen, and your credit card is from Canada when you sign up to join Amazon.com, they basically force you to join or switch to Amazon.ca. Fortunately for me I've been a member of Amazon since long before they came up with a Canadian store, and apparently I was blessed [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/im-still-glad-i-never-switched-to-amazon-canada/feed/ 0 Fathering & Parenting a Holy Generation | Interview with Bert Farias http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/fathering-parenting-a-holy-generation-interview-with-bert-farias/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/fathering-parenting-a-holy-generation-interview-with-bert-farias/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:04:26 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14471   This week on the podcast I am privileged to have an interview with a friend and former teacher of mine in my days at FIRE School of Ministry named Bert Farias. He and his son Daniel recently co-wrote a book called My Son, My Son: Fathering and Training a Holy Generation. It was an honor to be able to talk to Brother Bert Farias in this capacity. I remember being a little intimidated by him in my days in Bible college (which in all honesty, I was intimidated by all of my teachers [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/fathering-parenting-a-holy-generation-interview-with-bert-farias/feed/ 0 fathering,fatherless generation,parenting,podcast,spiritual fathering,turning hearts of the fathers to the hearts of the sons,turning the hearts of sons to the fathers   - This week on the podcast I am privileged to have an interview with a friend and former teacher of mine in my days at FIRE School of Ministry named Bert Farias. He and his son Daniel recently co-wrote a book called My Son,   This week on the podcast I am privileged to have an interview with a friend and former teacher of mine in my days at FIRE School of Ministry named Bert Farias. He and his son Daniel recently co-wrote a book called My Son, My Son: Fathering and Training a Holy Generation. It was an honor to be able to talk to Brother Bert Farias in this capacity. I remember being a little intimidated by him in my days in Bible college (which in all honesty, I was intimidated by all of my teachers because I had such respect for them as men of God). In recent years we have connected more on Facebook and have had a skype call earlier this year before our daughter was born. So this was a thrill to be able to get to do this. Takeaways from the discussion: Did you know over 95% of prison inmates never had any meaningful relationship with their fathers? If you've been in Christian circles for very long, you've probably already heard that this generation is a fatherless generation. Talking to Brother Bert and hearing his insights further underscored the importance of godly parenting, starting at a young age. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and Brother Bert shares a lot of powerful insights, especially geared at new or younger parents. When you listen to today's show, you'll be listening to an older wiser experienced father share personally with a newbie and publicly with today's audience. We also get Bert's thoughts on the controversial and divisive topic of spanking. Is it Biblical or is it abusive? Bert's Book, My Son, My Son: Fathering and Training a Holy Generation Here’s a beautiful story of the miraculous fulfillment of a promised son’s entrance into the world to the season of the son’s departure from home—a joyful journey that takes you into the heart of a loving relationship between a father and a son. This book is one of the most unique books on father-son relationships you will ever find. Co-written by father and son, it has a personal touch and intimate tone that will leave you teary-eyed one moment and then rejoicing the next. Within its pages you will find a spiritual quality of training and a godly example of shepherding children that will both enrich and empower parents. It also offers hope for those parents who have fallen short or started late in their child training. Experience the power and the promise of fathers who fear the Lord. “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth…” (Ps. 112:1-2). Fathers, your son (or daughter) is typically in your home for an average of 18-20 years before he ventures out independently to navigate his own little boat in this world’s turbulent waters. Until then, with God’s help, you, more than anyone else, have the greatest opportunity to shape him and mold him into the man he will eventually become. You’ve got one shot at being a father. Make it count. About the Authors Bert Farias is a former missionary and a disciple of Jesus Christ. He is the husband of a praying woman, and the father of a beloved son. He is a speaker, author, and blogger with a message of revival fire and holiness, with a passion to help restore the real spirit of Christianity in the Church today. One of his life’s greatest joys has been to father his son Daniel and observe the favor and blessing of the Lord on his life. Daniel Farias was privileged to be born into a godly home and an eternal inheritance. As a son of divine promise, Daniel possesses a sense of destiny with a real passion for the Lord and a consuming desire to be used for His purposes. He is presently a college student with a love for the arts.   Check out today's episode, share it and check out Bert's book on Amazon or get a limited-time discounted if you order a copy from his site http://holy-fire.org/ Bert's Blog, The Flaming Herald. Read Bert's column on Charisma Magazine. Steve Bremner clean 57:16 What Should I Write Next? http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/what-should-i-write-next/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/what-should-i-write-next/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:09:33 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14435 I Have a A Sincere Question For You, My Loyal Readers I thought I'd take a moment and ask you what would you like me to write about next? I've got about 8 drafts started or close to finished, two of which I believe need to age like fine wine and not rush to publish. One is on discipleship, which I'd like to do a lot more of before putting out a book on it (and share more stories from experience and not just theory). The other is on the Song of Solomon, my favorite book in the Bible, but [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/what-should-i-write-next/feed/ 0 Another Testimony About Praying For Neighbors http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/another-testimony-about-praying-for-neighbors/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/another-testimony-about-praying-for-neighbors/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:06:34 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14445 I was bursting at the seams to share this testimony. When I first moved to Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru nearly three years ago, I lived with my now-brother-in-law Ronald who did a LOT of ministry with youth and teenagers in our neighborhood called Los Cedros. God provided Ronald and his now-wife Nancy two teenaged girls in the neighborhood who were quite popular amongst their peers and were hungry to know Jesus. It became a domino effect; that was until their families found out we [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/09/another-testimony-about-praying-for-neighbors/feed/ 0