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Steve Bremner clean Steve Bremner steve.bremner@gmail.com steve.bremner@gmail.com (Steve Bremner) Fire Press Productions Kicking Christians out of the upper room to spread the fire Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/black-1024-x-1024.png http://stevebremner.com TV-G Chorrillos, Peru Pretty often Do New Testament prophets need to be 100% correct? http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/does-a-new-testament-prophet-need-to-be-100-correct/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/does-a-new-testament-prophet-need-to-be-100-correct/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:17:00 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15233 This week we have a cross-generational chat with our friend who goes by the name Nor'west or Northwest Prophetic on social media. On this week's show you’ll enjoy learning about a man who’s pastored several times in the past and has an interesting calling and perspective on the Northwest region of the United States. Topics we started off with today today: The ‘dones’, are many of them gravitating towards house churches because they’re rebelling against institution or unable [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/does-a-new-testament-prophet-need-to-be-100-correct/feed/ 0 And other questions we ask Northwest Prophetic (http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/wave.jpg) This week we have a cross-generational chat with our friend who goes by the name Nor'west or Northwest Prophetic (https://www.facebook.com/northwestprophetic) on social media. On this week's show you’ll enjoy learning about a man who’s pastored several times in the past and has an interesting calling and perspective on the Northwest region of the United States. Topics we started off with today today: * The ‘dones’, are many of them gravitating towards house churches because they’re rebelling against institution or unable to submit to authority? Or is it something else completely? * Can we see similarities between the “Jesus people movement” during the 70s and the modern day millennials who are disinterested in “institutional” church? * I shared my observation that many of my more recent podcast fans are decades older than I am. Where is the younger generation? * Also, the “done with church" crowd doesn’t fit one specific demographic, but are a wide variety of different ages and classes in Western society. Regarding the prophetic, we pick NWP's brain about: * Do prophecies have multiple fulfillments, like “repeats”? * Do some people confuse what God is speaking to them personally with prophetic words they think are for the Body of Christ at large? * Is it possible to prophesy our own frustration or opinions in God’s name concerning a region or a culture? * The Apostle Paul’s source of revelation and “locating the ear to our spirit” -- if we all have the same access to hearing the voice of God, then how come the Lord seems to say a variety of different things to people? * We discuss how do we process it when credible well-known prophetic leaders have conflicting prophetic words? Is one person right and the other wrong? Or are both hearing pieces of a puzzle that compliment the other’s? * Does the Bible truly say anywhere that a real prophet must have a 100% track record? Other Tweetable Nuggets from NWP: [Tweet "Prophetic ministry is not primarily about prophecy but relationship with God @NWProphetic"] [Tweet "Find out where the current is flowing, and get in it! @NWProphetic"] If you have the Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head) app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. Related reading material: Was Jonah a False Prophet? (http://stevebremner.com/2012/07/was-jonah-a-false-prophet/) Was Isaiah a False Prophet? (http://stevebremner.com/2006/12/was-isaiah-a-false-prophet/) by Steve Bremner NorthWest's recommended reading: Understanding the Whole Bible (http://amzn.to/1DOnegK), by Dr. Jonathan Welton Also don't forget to check out the site NorthWestProphetic.com (http://www.northwestprophetic.com/) and Pilgrimgram.com (http://www.pilgrimgram.com/). Download our new Fire On Your Head app (http://www.fireonyourhead.org/2015/02/24/does-a-new-testament-prophet-need-to-be-100-correct/fireonyourhead.mobapp.at) and receive notifications of contests and how to be one 10 people who can receive a FREE digital copy of 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues (http://amzn.to/1kjyRS8) when we send an exclusive notification with a download link before Feb 28th. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lili and I have a campaign on GoFundMe.com to help raise money for our travel expenses later this year. Please visit this link (http://www.gofundme.com/bremnertrip2015) if you’d like to partner with us to help us visit our family and be a blessing to other ministries and churches in North America later this year. (https://funds.gofundme.com/css/3.0_donate/navy/widget.png) Like The Fire On Your Head Podcast on Facebook Northwest Prophetic & Steve Bremner clean 1:19:45 Let Your Disciples Outpace You http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/let-your-disciples-outpace-you/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/let-your-disciples-outpace-you/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:39:32 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15245 This past weekend my disciple Raul came over to our apartment, urgently wanting to talk to Lili and me after having just got back within the last hour from a 10 day trip into the jungles of Pucallpa. When I got the call I leaned over to my wife and said "please God don't let something bad have happened in the jungle..." due to the last time someone urgently wanted to talk to me after going on a trip and it was extremely bad news. We sat down at our dining room table, put some Baby Einstein [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/let-your-disciples-outpace-you/feed/ 0 Fifty Shades of Grey Matter | Podcast http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/fifty-shades-of-grey-matter-podcast/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/fifty-shades-of-grey-matter-podcast/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:29:40 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15202 This week I Skyped it up with Dave Edwards for the latest episode of Fire On Your Head. We began our conversation with absolutely nothing planned, and it turned out to be a longer discussion than normal. Whether that's a good thing or not, we'll let you be the judge. We begin with asking Dave about what’s new with him, and prophetic expectation for 2015. He tells us the key to revival is not “waiting for a surprise”, but positioning ourselves to be ready and “going for it”. I gave [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/fifty-shades-of-grey-matter-podcast/feed/ 0 This week I Skyped it up with Dave Edwards for the latest episode of Fire On Your Head. - We began our conversation with absolutely nothing planned, and it turned out to be a longer discussion than normal. Whether that's a good thing or not, (http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/50-Shades-783x522.jpg) This week I Skyped it up with Dave Edwards for the latest episode of Fire On Your Head. We began our conversation with absolutely nothing planned, and it turned out to be a longer discussion than normal. Whether that's a good thing or not, we'll let you be the judge. We begin with asking Dave about what’s new with him, and prophetic expectation for 2015. He tells us the key to revival is not “waiting for a surprise”, but positioning ourselves to be ready and “going for it”. I gave Dave four different topics to discuss, and the first one he picked was the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. We camped here for the next 30 minutes, using it as a spring board to discuss personal holiness and whether Christians need to be careful of what we watch. Notes from the segment where we discussed guarding our purity: * Preachers and bloggers for the most part are going after low hanging fruit by fixating so much on 50 Shades of Grey. So of course we have to as well. * Impurity creates an “impure triune connection”. Sex is meant to be an experience between a man and wife that is body, soul and spirit. Other deviations are cheap substitutes. * “Submission to one another” in the Scriptures is NOT what some people think it means! * We are temples of the Holy Spirit. He is there with us with whatever we do and whatever we watch. Can we then do some things if we realize this? * For our Christian friends who have read these books or watched this movie we have a question: why? * How does "all things are permissible but not all things are beneficial (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2010:23&version=AMP)" to me apply to a sexually graphic book/movie? Is this really just a matter of “personal convictions” or is there a universal standard all Christians can and should adhere to with movies and books? (I know, like duh). * When the adulterous woman was thrown at Jesus feet by her accusers, expecting Him to stone her, He told her He doesn’t condemn her and to go and sin no more. * As a people who are mandated to protect our purity, it becomes clear we need to guard ourselves from the things that would influence us towards spiritual contamination (See my post Discipline is Not Legalistic) When we eat certain junk foods, our bodies become accustomed to them, and when the healthy food is introduced into our system, our body can have an uncomfortable and unwelcome initial response, even though this is healthier food — the reverse is also true; if we eat healthy then junk is repulsive to us. * Is the well you’re drinking from giving you pure water? * If you knew the food you ate was 99% pure but had 1% fecal matter in it, would you still eat it? Why do many Christians care more for their physical diets and the food they eat than they do their spiritual diets? Then we transitioned into discussing the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live for a little bit and the pattern/template this entertainment institution has given us for multiple generations, and then discussed the Middle East conflict surrounding ISIS with relation to what role is the Church meant to play, and are doing doing it? Notes from our segment discussing #SNL40: * What can the Church learn about different generations working together from looking at an entertainment institution like Saturday Night Live? * We can see heaven’s creativity in unlikely sources, and we get a glimpse of this culture through a TV show. * SNL has been a type of mission sending agency, raising entertainers up, and then sending them out into TV and movies and impacting the culture -- in a way this is apostolic, as Jesus sent his disicple-apostles out to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth and change culture * This is a show that has impacted culture, and left a legacy, and whether it was the original intention or not, has wound up looking ahead David W Edwards & Steve Bremner clean 1:39:00 Do You “Misremember” Stories You Share? http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/do-you-misremember-stories-you-share/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/do-you-misremember-stories-you-share/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:39:13 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15170 I posted a blog a few weeks ago called "Do you know what your missionaries are actually doing?", and though it didn't exactly go viral or anything, I can't help but think this whole situation with NBC news anchorman Brian Williams is like icing on the cake for some of the points I brought up in that article. For those who don't use social media and haven't seen any news or memes about it, he "misremembered" not actually having been on a helicopter in Iraq that was shot at (or as we call this [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/do-you-misremember-stories-you-share/feed/ 0 Being Disciplined Does Not = Being Legalistic http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/discipline-is-not-legalism/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/discipline-is-not-legalism/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:35:00 +0000 http://fierycanadian.wordpress.com/2006/12/06/discipline-is-not-legalism/ Or “Teams that practice at 6am win games at 7pm.” "Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial for me.” The Apostle Paul Now when Paul said that, I'm sure he wasn't referring to what TV shows or movies were accepted to watch. Probably not, since they didn't have TV and internet in those days.  I originally wrote this post in 2006, but as my blog has grown, and it was buried in the archives, I thought it would be worth re-visiting (and re-editing). This past week after [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/02/discipline-is-not-legalism/feed/ 6 If Any Man Defile The Temple of God http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/if-any-man-defile-the-temple-of-god/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/if-any-man-defile-the-temple-of-god/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:43:36 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15100 "According to the grace of God, given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw — each man’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/if-any-man-defile-the-temple-of-god/feed/ 0 "According to the grace of God, given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, (http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/smshared-funding-paper.jpg) "According to the grace of God, given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw — each man’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”  1 Corinthians 3:10-15 We continue today with some thoughts on building the temple of God and His kingdom in the earth. If you’re new to the podcast, we started talking about this a number of episodes ago in one titled “Come Up Out of Babylon (http://stevebremner.com/2014/10/come-up-out-of-babylon-and-build-gods-temple/)”, where I laid out a challenge and exhortation based on the text in Haggai about how very few people returned from Babylonian captivity to rebuild Jerusalem, specifically the temple. I feel this has a prophetic representation about how so few people want to give up their own lives so as to build what God is building in the earth. But in today's show we talk specifically about the temple, looking at the things Paul says in the New Testament, using a couple of anchor texts. The first one I went through pretty significantly in a chapter of my book The Imperishable Seed of Christ (https://my.bookbaby.com/book/imperishable-seed-of-christ) (which is FREE in all major ebook platforms), in the chapter where we talked about the seed grows to become an imperishable Kingdom due to the materials used to construct it. Are you building use cheap material or costly ones? Are you afraid of man or do you fear the Lord? Are you building something that will survive the "testing with fire"? If not, you won't enjoy today's challenge. If you have the Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head) app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. Click here (http://stevebremner.com/subscribe-to-podcast/) if you'd like to know how to subscribe to our podcast. Recommended Reading:       Steve Bremner clean 25:13 Do You Know What Your Missionaries Are Actually DOING? http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/do-you-know-what-your-missionaries-are-actually-doing/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/do-you-know-what-your-missionaries-are-actually-doing/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:58:34 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15088 I recently read an article about a public works official in India who was fired after not coming into work for twenty-four years, Shri A.K. Verma, an executive engineer with India's Central Public Works Department (CPWD), took an earned leave in December 1990 and never came back to work. Now, after 24 years and one month, he has been fired by the CPWD "for unauthorized absence from duty." Verma sought extensions of his initial leave, but they were not granted; however, he still refused [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/do-you-know-what-your-missionaries-are-actually-doing/feed/ 1 Supernatural Community http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/supernatural-community/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/supernatural-community/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:04:10 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15063 As some of you know, the title for our podcast, “Fire On Your Head” comes from the second chapter of the book of Acts when the Holy Spirit came down on the believers in the upper room and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit for the first time, spoke in new tongues, and Peter got up and preached to those who came out to see what was going on, and the result was that 3000 onlookers got saved and the community of believers [ who were not yet called “Christians”] grew. They multiplied, they [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/supernatural-community/feed/ 0 Where the power of the Holy Spirit collides with extended family on mission I've noticed oftentimes there's two camps of people in the church, at least when it comes to the goal of "getting back to New Testament Christianity". There's the one that focuses on the supernatural aspect of how the early church flowed in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, healed the sick, performed miracles, signs and wonders and like in the book of Acts, thousands of people were added to the Kingdom of God. But often times those who focus on the early part of Acts 2, neglect the end of the chapter, which says, And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47, ESV) Then there's the camp that focuses on having "community", but practically balk at the idea of the supernatural and have little interest in flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit like earlier in that same chapter. Today we're going to start talking about combining the two and how we need a supernatural community amongst believers if we're to see results like the early church did in terms of a disciple-making movement in our day. Enjoy! Steve Bremner clean 30:20 Why You WANT To Be Left Behind | Interview with JM Smith http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/why-you-want-to-be-left-behind-interview-with-jm-smith/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/why-you-want-to-be-left-behind-interview-with-jm-smith/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:06:14 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14988 This week we finally have James-Michael Smith on the podcast. James is the author of the blog Disciple Dojo and the book, You WANT To Be Left Behind: Essays On The Bible and Popular End Times Teachings, which is the specific reason I invited him on the show. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. We had fun, and we covered: Matthew 24 and whether a third temple needs to be built in order to [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/why-you-want-to-be-left-behind-interview-with-jm-smith/feed/ 1 This week we finally have James-Michael Smith on the podcast. James is the author of the blog Disciple Dojo and the book, You WANT To Be Left Behind: Essays On The Bible and Popular End Times Teachings, which is the specific reason I invited him on the... This week we finally have James-Michael Smith on the podcast. James is the author of the blog Disciple Dojo (http://jmsmith.org/) and the book, You WANT To Be Left Behind: Essays On The Bible and Popular End Times Teachings (http://amzn.to/1qGx0Nx), which is the specific reason I invited him on the show. If you have the Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head) app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. We had fun, and we covered: * Matthew 24 and whether a third temple needs to be built in order to fulfill Bible prophecy. * What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different end times views * And most importantly, why you WANT to be left behind and how those "taken" in the Bible were never raptured or spared terror. I thoroughly enjoyed today's discussion and it's my prayer you will too. About Our Guest JM Smith is an Artist / Author / Speaker / Martial Artist / All around Bible Geek Why the name "Disciple Dojo"?? Anyone who knows him knows that one of his lifelong passions has been studying the martial arts. And the place where martial arts are learned is a Dojo. Discipleship is similar to martial arts training (if you don’t believe me, just ask Paul – he says so himself in his letter to Christians in Corinth [1Cor. 9:26-27]!). We have a Sensei (teacher): Jesus. We have a katana (sword): Scripture. (http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/jms.png)Therefore, you can think of Disciple Dojo as a virtual Dojo–where students of the Master can sharpen, challenge and encourage one another as we continue becoming more and more like the One whom we serve…minus the Tiger Balm. James-Michael Smith's ministry, Disciple Dojo is an inter-denominational discipleship ministry whose purpose is to enrich the soul, equip the Body, engage the culture and encourage everyone to go deeper in their relationship with the Lord, particularly in the area of understanding and applying the teachings of Scripture. This is accomplished through free online audio/video resources, DVD/CD curriculum, blogs/articles, live speaking/teaching engagements, and the arts (both visual and martial!). Visit the dojo at http://jmsmith.org (http://jmsmith.org/). 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Like The Fire On Your Head Podcast on Facebook James-Michael Smith clean 1:09:39 My Most Widely-Read Blog Posts In 2014 http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/my-most-widely-read-blog-posts-in-2014/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/my-most-widely-read-blog-posts-in-2014/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:31:32 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14941 We have reached the last days of 2014, and of course, like every other blogger on the internet I'm taking a moment to go over posts that were the most impacting on my blog's followers, or that drove the most amount of traffic to my site. Or got shared the most. One of the things I find myself doing each year when I make a post like this, is that I compare the list to the posts I wrote about in the year before. Last year I started publishing Kindle books, and though I didn't continue to publish [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/my-most-widely-read-blog-posts-in-2014/feed/ 0 Most Important Books I Read in 2014 http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/most-important-books-i-read-in-2014/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/most-important-books-i-read-in-2014/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:20:20 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14951 For those of you who have similar taste in books as I do, here's a short list of the books that stick out in my memory after having read them this year. You may already know I read a lot. My "to read list" has over 600 books on it, and in my Kindle I've got an "anxious to read" list of those whittled down to 60 out of those. I'm always reading 8 or 9 books at a time, and only recently have shed any guilt that just because I start a book doesn't mean I have to read it, especially in lieu of how [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/most-important-books-i-read-in-2014/feed/ 0 How To Get Audible’s Audio Books for less than $5 each http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/how-to-get-audibles-audio-books-for-less-than-5-each/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/how-to-get-audibles-audio-books-for-less-than-5-each/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:19:17 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14912 Want in on a little secret? I don't actually read all the free books I download. The hundreds of them. "Well Steve, neither do I." Right, but I have a point in WHY I download a lot of them anyway even though I know it's highly unlikely I'll ever read them. Because I might LISTEN to some of them on Audible.com. I've been hoarding Kindle books and seldom getting around to them because I've only got the same 24 hours in a day as everybody else does. So, the solution has become [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/how-to-get-audibles-audio-books-for-less-than-5-each/feed/ 1