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This week I got to talk to a long time friend I've kept in touch with over the years since we both attended Bible School, albeit having both gone on way different albeit similar journeys. Kris Bennett was the one who answered the phone when I called FIRE School of Ministry in the summer of 2001 regarding the status of my application to the school.  After all these years we're finally having a recorded conversation and discussing things he doesn't talk much about on his own podcast, The Storage Investor Show. In this episode we discuss: Imposter Syndrome and the various ways we've both faced it in our lives, education and businesses. What barrier to entry one might have in fulfilling their call; for one person that might be higher education, for another specific vocational skills The challenges of fund raising vs tentmaking and freelancing Wealth and a good reputation as outlined in the book of Proverbs The rewards of diligence in both ministry and in businesss. If you can solve someone's "bleeding neck problem", you can get paid well and never need to worry ever gain about providing for your family if you possess such skills. ...among quite a few other things. You can subscribe to Kris's podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts, as well as check out our discussion on the same app. Follow Kris on LinkedIn. Reach out to me at https://www.stevebremner.com/write-your-book/ if you're ready to start your self-publishing journey.
This week I got to sit down over Zoom and talk to my first French Canadian guest, Sebastien Richard.  He's the author of several books, including I Did It All For You: An Intimate Letter from Jesus and the founder of The Thriving on Purpose Academy, which includes discipleship courses but also Kingdom Writing courses.  We talked about our similar experiences growing up in Canada before the turn of the Millennium, as well as The influence teachers had on us in our writing and public speaking gifts at a young age and the power of words and encouragement in our kids' lives What is the Scribe anointing? And other tweetable quotes that Sebastien is loaded with. Listeners of the podcast can get a 10% discount specifically on the course How to Write a Nonfiction Christian Book. Just use the coupon code STEVESAVE10 at check out.  Find Sebastien's books on Amazon. Reach out to me if you want to discuss one-on-one coaching or other DFY help launching your book. 
We finally have a new interview on the podcast, and it's with someone I would have had on the show earlier had I actually been podcasting in the last three years.  Welcome J.D. King.  This show is still called 'fire on your head', and we're all about spreading the fire of the Gospel to as many as we can with our sphere of influence and with our resources and to teach and train disciples to do the same. So how come so many Christians who would claim to have the same type of goal, trip up on the idea of doing anything to make sure people even know about the message God has birthed in them? Links or Books mentioned: J.D.'s site: https://theresurgencestore.com/  The Power of His Reign: An Easy Introduction to Amillennialism by Jonathan Ammon Reach out to me at https://www.stevebremner.com/write-your-book/ if you're ready to start your self-publishing journey.
The first full episode of the podcast in the 2020s. Not much of a description for this one, you'll have to listen to hear what I update about. Links I mentioned: World Outreach Center - The Bremners Our family/ministry newsletter sign up.
This week I was a guest on a podcast geared toward pastors and the tech people who work with churches and ministries. Talk about a niche audience.  Again, KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE ;)  I was invited to talk about book writing and whether it would behoove pastors to create a book since most of them are already crafting weekly messages for a local audience, so why not a broader one through their writing? We also discussed, Who should write a book (and why)? What about audio books, should they be included? What are the benefits of having your own book? Can you actually make a living from your book? You can check out my episode of The Church Solutions Podcast with Phil Thompson and Steve Lacy wherever you get your podcasts. The books I mentioned and said I'd link to in the show notes: Restoring You: Becoming The Masterpiece God Created You To Be by Kathryn Hughey Weight... That's Not All!: Give Up Dieting & Food Behavior Gimmicks and Buy Into Your Healing & Freedom in Christ Instead by Lesli Bryan And of course, reach out to me if you've got a message burning inside you to release to the world but need my help putting it into a book. Write Your Book!
Recently I was interviewed by Eric Nevins on his show Halfway There, thanks to another mutual friend connecting us. Here's the description from Eric's show: Today, Steve shares his journey from a conservative denomination to a charismatic one. You’ll hear his heart to see God and be inspired by his following the next right step even as it led him around the world. Steve currently has an online business while he serves in Peru – that’s modern tentmaking! Listen to Steve’s story now! Stories Steve shared: Working as a tentmaker in Peru helping authors publish their books Growing up in Ontario, Canada Giving his life to Christ around age 15 Devouring tapes of teaching Connecting to the Brownsville revival Speaking in tongues for the first time Praying for people in the line Going to Holland as a missionary and feeling frustrated Realizing that Peru was the next place he would live Writing a blog and his books Resources we mentioned: Playing With Holy Fire: A Wake-Up Call to the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church by Michael L. Brown From Holy Laughter to Holy Fire: America on the Edge of Revival by Michael L. Brown Jonathan Edwards: On Revival by Jonathan Edwards Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith by Richard Foster Thanks to Eric Nevins for having me on his show!
I tackle a couple of world events. I say a “couple”, though it’s true, but I spend more time disproportionately focused on the situation of John Allen Chau, the missionary who was killed by The Sentinelese tribe on the North Sentinel Island off the coast of India.    I felt like I needed to say something and offer my perspective, hoping that my slant is unique not just because I’m also a missionary — plenty of missionaries are chiming in on social media. Not just because I have a platform to do so, and not just because I have any opinions.    But I feel like this is one of those gray areas and the rightness or foolishness of his actions which led to him being killed are not as black and white as people taking sides about this would insist it is.   I respect and agree with my brothers and sisters in Christ who feel Chau counted the cost and will receive a martyr’s reward, while I ALSO have reservations and feelings that the perspective he went about this the way he did was also a bit misguided.   But after that I have difficult with the oversimplifying of this that people on both sides are doing.    Since the topic is multi-faceted, I decided to turn on the mic and share my thoughts verbally, for those of you who would want them, so there’s less confusion about what I’m saying if you can hear me out instead of just reading me out. And hopefully not adding to the noise.    I’ve also thought of many other things I could have said and thoughts I could have included in this recording that I didn’t, but there are a lot of misconceptions about what a missionary is as it is that perhaps I’ll explore in another episode or find a suitable guest to have a discussion with about these things. But suffice it to say, I hope you get some value out of these thoughts today.    Blessings to you! My Relevant Blog Links:  Missionary or Glorified Tourist? When Mission Isn't Sexy Do You Know What Your Missionaries Are Actually Doing? Things Your Missionary Will Never Tell You External Links: John Chau, Missions, and Fools - Ed Stetzer, Christianity Today John Allen Chau: Do missionaries help or harm? - By Toby Luckhurst BBC News  
I got to be interviewed by Ryan J. Rhoades, founder of Reformation Designs this past weekend. He does a weekly FB live interview series on the subject of branding. We talked about writing and publishing books, of course. This is the raw file, unedited, so there were a few glitches, and you hear me say um and uh a lot more than normal as a result.  We covered a lot, but if you’re ready to soak in some information like a sponge or writing a book is something you’ve been wanting to do then this video should help get you off to a good start. Ryan and I have been in conversation for some time now and we’ve finally joined forces and are providing a comprehensive package for authors and writers wanting to create an excellent, professional and high quality book. Ryan will be doing all the visual branding (covers, social media images, website artwork if needed, etc…) for our authors, while I’ll continue coaching writers and helping craft their content. If you’re not an author yourself but know someone who could use our help, we offer a 5% referral fee. If you refer someone to us and they become a paying client of ours, we’ll award you 5% of what we earn on that project.  Creating a book is a huge endevor, and since we value and appreciate that someone is coming to us and trusting us with bringing their “baby” into the world,  we want to thank you for recommending us to them with a paid referral.  If you would like to work with us on your book, or need help creating it, get in touch and book a call with me below and we’ll see if we’d make a good team together. After booking you will be re-directed to an application form which will help us know more about your project before the call. My booking calendar: http://meetme.so/SteveBremner   Also check out Ryan's new podcast, The Creative Revolution Podcast 
Derek Snook, self-described son of a Baptist minister and entrepeneur joins me to discuss his recent book, The Definition of Success: What Living Homeless Can Teach You. He tells me what was intended as a one-night experiment lasted a year, and years later he has decided to publish a book about how this experience had an impact on him and what he learned from it, including a well-paying temp agency he started and recently sold. Definitely a different take on "loving your neighbor as yourself" if I ever heard one! A few interesting points that came up in our discussion:  While Derek could have quit this experiment at any given momenty and gone back home, most homeless and less fortunate don't have that option  How living in bubbles in our culture is destructive to indviduals and groups, including the toll isolation is taking on mental health in general The intriguing way a city's layout is actually important to society What can we do to erase the barrier between wealthy and poor churches, as well as the racial divide, even in the church, between black and white congregations Relevant Links: Derek's website at dereksnook.net Follow Derek on Instagram.  Get a copy of his book from Amazon.  Check out Derek's 2015 TedX talk at this link: https://youtu.be/haoTlVcg0PE 
Dr. Brian Simmons, lead translator for The Passion Translation of the Bible joins me this week for an insightful interview and discussion.  In this episode we cover: How he handles peoples' criticism that he's a "lone ranger" translating the Bible; and how he learns to listen to critics in case God is speaking to him through them Epiphanies he had while discovering the appropriate words in the text while translating the Bible into a tribal dialect as a missionary How his translation work has helped him see a few popular Bible passages we've been misunderstanding in English We also discuss our mutual favorite book of the book, Song of Songs I also ask Brian if Jesus spoke in tongues (a question I've been asked since releasing my book on Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues. The importance of translating meanings not just words And much more... Relevant Links and Books Mentioned in Today's Show: What's God Really Like? by SJ Hill, audiobook narrated by yours truly. The Passion Translation dot com - The TPT's official website Passion Movement dot com. - Support the Work of this Translation Stairway Ministries - Ministry website of Brian and Candice Simmons Brian Simmons on Audible.   
Here's an 18-minute clip from the audiobook version of What's God Really Like? Unique Insights into His Fascinating Personality.  Get the full audiobook at https://www.stevebremner.com/sjbook or on Amazon at this link.  Enjoy!
Florida State Representative Kimberly Daniels and pastor of Spoken Word Ministries church in North and South Florida joins us this week to discuss her brand new book Breaking the Power of Familiar Spirits: How to Deal with Demonic Conspiracies from Charisma House. We discuss: Her background including before she came to Christ and was bound by drugs How she got into politics, first as a council member in Jacksonville, FL and then as a member of the Florida House of Representatives How one can have soul ties not just to other people, but also to ministries and places Strategies of the enemy to attempt to cause you to not fulfill your calling  The balance in her life as a pastor and a public servant Witchcraft, fetishism, and cursed objects that can bring trouble into our homes. This was a very fascinating conversation, and I hope you enjoy it (which I believe you will).  Get Kim's book on Amazon.  Check out her Facebook page at State Representative Kimberly Daniels.  Check out her ministry website at KimberlyDaniels.net.
I recorded an impromptu episode a couple of nights ago, rather spontaneously and share some of my thoughts and things I've recently learned about the Day of Pentecost. If you're a Bible detail geek like me, you'll be just as fascinated to reflect on the times and seasons of the Lord and patterns in Scripture. Such as the things we glean about Pentecost by looking at just what the people of God were celebrating in the first place on that day when Jews from all around the world had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks.  This week's episode is a shorty but goodie. Hope you are uplifted and edified by it. 
Dr. Michael L. Brown joins me again, this time to talk about his newest book, Playing With Holy Fire. It was a privilege and an honor to have him back on the show again.  We discuss some of the excesses and abuses that plague the charismatic movement and Pentecostal church, as well as other aspects of the abuse of funds and "fame" of some preachers, all in a gracious tone, without calling anybody out by name.  For those of you listening and you have no idea who he is, he’s got a lot of other books and sermons he’s given about various topics, like revival in America, personal holiness, Jewish apologetics, the culture wars, to name a few. He’s also a national radio show host his show is called The Line of Fire.    He was one of the leaders of The Brownsville Revival, which birthed the FIRE School of Ministry that I went to in my early twenties.    Books Mentioned Today: Playing With Holy Fire: A Wake-Up Call to the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire Whatever Happened to the Power of God? & It's Time to Rock the Boat   Relevant Links: Ask Dr. Brown The Line of Fire Radio Charisma Town Hall Ask Dr. Brown YouTube Channel
We talk about seeing in the spiritual realm in this episode of the podcast with Blake Healy, author of The Veil.  Ministry has been a foundational part of Blake’s life from the very beginning. He grew up as a missionary kid, living throughout different parts of Western Europe. He got involved in the prophetic ministry at the age of twelve and started serving on prophetic teams when he was thirteen. He began teaching about the prophetic at fifteen. He now travels around the world teaching about the prophetic and seeing in the spirit. Since moving to Atlanta with his wife April, Blake has been serving in the Bethel Atlanta School of Supernatural Ministry and is now the Director of Bethel Atlanta’s School of Supernatural Ministry and oversees the Prophetic Ministry at the church.  Links: Check out Blake's book, The Veil on Amazon, and his website BlakeHealy.com
We misunderstand the difference between the God who is presented in the Old Testament and the seemingly contradictory one we see in the New Testament.  Today's guest tells us that there are aspects of God's personality we haven't even begun to tap into! How often do you think of God's artistry, creativity and ... humility. Wait, God is humble? Yes, he's the epitome of humility! Join me this week as I finally talk again with S.J. Hill for the first time on the podcast in nearly 5 years and he shares why! Things that came up (sorta in this order): The Jewish approach to Scriptures at the time We're to begin with Jesus as our template, not Moses The significance of it being Moses & Elijah who appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration Authors of the Scriptures and how they were inspired and not dictated to, leading to imagery and wording unique to many of their personalities What is God's wrath? Is he actively attacking and punishing those he's disappointed with, or allowing them to have their own way (ie. sowing and reaping) and experience the consequences? Penal substitutionary atonement -- OK we didn't use that phrase exactly, but we do discuss whether Jesus really saved us FROM the Father's anger How can I open up to God if I think he's always angry with me? And I think one of my favorite parts of today's podcast was the part where we discuss HUMOR in the New Testament, particularly the parables of Jesus.  Books mentioned in today's show: Enjoying God What's God Really Like? Fascinating Insights Into His Unique Personality by SJ Hill Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by James Martin   Relevant Links: SJ Hill Online website SJ's articles on GodTV Audibletrial.com/FireOnYourHead
Mind Over Matter?

Mind Over Matter?

2018-03-0145:05

Ever wonder what causes some people who've lost a limb to feel phantom pains as though they still had that limb? Or what makes some people want to cut off their own leg? Ever wonder how a really handsome guy or a stunningly beautiful woman could have horribly low self-esteem and believe themselves to be ugly? I'll give you a common denominator: it's all in the mind. This week I discuss a few of these things as they relate to our inner man coming through and having more influence over our natural man in this realm. If stress and worrying can have detrimental effects on our physical health, can't positive imaging and faith not in turn have the opposite? Relevant text this week: Luke 16:19-31 Proverbs 4:20-23   Books mentioned in this episode: Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz Mastery by Robert Greene
Lovesick: the latest audiobook I was privileged to narrate for Eric Gilmour. This makes my fourth one, and I’m not saying this just to promote it, but it’s hands down my favorite of his so far — and I’ve read all of them but one. I don’t know whether it’s because of the content, or the fact that every time I record an audiobook for Eric I feel the presence of God strongly in my recording studio, and I just simply get edified a tremendous amount. Or whether it’s the use of a few key verses from the Song of Solomon — my favorite book of the Bible — that he uses to frame his chapters. But it’s a great book, whether you read it or listen to the audiobook, which Eric has made available ahead of the print or digital versions. He’s released it on his YouTube Channel, which you can listen to below or open in a new tab or browser so you can listen and not be stuck on this page. Update: The book is now available in paperback and hardcover format. About Eric: Eric William Gilmour is the founder of Sonship International – a ministry seeking to bring the church into a deeper experience of God’s presence in their daily lives. Eric is a speaker and author who enjoys sharing on the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures and personal experience of God. Get a credit to use towards a free audiobook when you start a 30-day audible trial membership by signing up at this link: audibletrial.com/fireonyourhead.
The Cost & The Reward

The Cost & The Reward

2017-11-1119:00

Just a quick FB Live I did a few weeks ago but hadn't had the time to edit into an audio podcast. I share some quick insights regarding paying the price, whatever that may be for us individually, when we have a vision or an image we can latch on to.  The writer of Hebrews says of Jesus "...for the joy set before him, endured the cross." I contrast this with looking at the behavior and actions of the man who found the treasure in a field and immediately went and sold all he had so he could buy the field he found it in.  In other unrelated news, I've been lacking in the podcast updates lately while I focus on my new business and strategy for staying funded on the mission field. Need help bringing your book into existence & launching it? Let's talk: http://meetme.so/SteveBremner.
Sorry for the poor sound quality for this episode. I tried doing my first Facebook Live podcast the other night, and this is the audio from the video. I cleaned it up as best as I could but it's not as crisp and clean sounding as normal. Anyway, I share a funny or confusing testimony about having had my wallet stolen, and then some thoughts on 2 Samuel 7:3-16 when God spoke to David about why he would not be the one to build Him a temple. Enjoy!
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