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September 15, 2014

Last month, I wrote about the issue of suicide from a Christian perspective and made some comments about Robin Williams’ death. The article is called A Jesus Response to Suicide.


You can read it here


Also, I re-recorded the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The original recording was poor and the update at the beginning was far too long.


The new recording is far superior and there’s no lengthy update at the beginning.


I regard this episode to be immensely important. If you feel it’s valuable, please share it.


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Published on September 15, 2014 04:58

September 12, 2014

Stephen Kuhn has just released a new book called 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn. The book is designed to help those who struggle with an addiction to pornography.


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I caught up with Stephen to interview him about this subject and his new book.


If you find the interview helpful, share the interview with your friends using the share buttons below.


Enjoy!


Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”


Stephen: Men who struggle with porn (or any habitual sin) frequently have thoughts such as I’m the only one struggling like this, God must be so ashamed of me, or I’ve got to get stronger to overcome this. These thoughts are common, but they are also lies that contribute to their bondage.


10 Lies Men Believe About Porn holds these lies up against the truth of Scripture. Readers will learn how lies such as these can deceive them into missing out on the freedom Christ offers. Ultimately, readers will discover that the message of the Gospel isn’t about learning to fight better—it’s about being brought to a point where they no longer need to fight at all.


Tell us a bit about the experiences that shaped the insights in the book.


Stephen: I grew up in the church, taught youth ministry, and even went to seminary. Yet the entire time I was struggling with a hidden addiction to porn. I thought I was doing all the right things to get free—pray more, read the Bible more, pretend like I’ve got it together even though I know deep down I don’t. None of it worked though. My addiction continued to spiral out of control. Eventually it cost me my marriage.


As hard as it was to reach such a low point, God used it to prove to me just how much He loved me. I had always believed God turned His back on me when I sinned. I thought I had to clean myself up before He would accept me. Yet here I was, covered in the filth of a life I’d destroyed, and He remained with me through it all. Clearly what I had believed about Him was a lie.


This realization caused me to wonder if there were other lies I’d bought into and came to understand how my entire approach to overcoming my addiction was flawed. The more God showed me the truth, the more I began to experience the freedom He promises us in Scripture.


I’ve since come to realize that these same lies are nearly universal when it comes to addiction. I tested this idea by shifting the focus of my counseling away from behavior modification on to helping men recognize the beliefs they hold that contradict the truth of Scripture. Sure enough, this continually leads toward freedom while the previous approach to recovery mainly led to discouragement.


How is your book different from the many other books on the same subject?


Stephen: The majority of books dealing with pornography addiction share the same message: “Try harder, fight better, resist temptation until it goes away.” In other words, they’re telling men to overcome their sin using their own power, and clearly it’s not working.


I wrote 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn for the men who have become tired of that message. For the men who have fought hard, yet continue to fail. I wrote it to help men discover that freedom comes when they trust Jesus to set them free, not from trying to overcome porn on their own. Instead of telling readers what they need to do, I share with them the truth about what Christ has already done.


To put it theologically, most books on this topic are written from the perspective that we achieve sanctification by following the rules. 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn is written from the understanding that we are sanctified by Grace alone.


Give us two or three insights that you and others have found to be the most helpful in defeating porn addiction?


Stephen: How about I give you two of the lies from the book, as well as the truth that overcomes them:


LIE: My pornography addiction is about fulfilling my sexual desires.


TRUTH: Pornography addiction results from the attempt to receive intimacy without risking rejection.


Many men fear they will be rejected if people discover the truth about them, so they hide their flaws and pretend to be who they think others want them to be. Deep down though, they know they’re bluffing. This is where pornography becomes so tempting. It offers men a way to satisfy their desire for intimacy without the risk of being exposed as the fraud they fear themselves to be. In reality though, the shame that comes from using porn fuels their isolation and drives them further away from the true intimacy they are searching for.


LIE: I’m strong enough to control my pornography addiction on my own.


TRUTH: In order to find true freedom, you must give up on your own ability to control your sin.


God wants to set you free from your addiction, but He leaves it up to you to decide when you’re ready to release it to Him. Doing so isn’t easy though, as it requires facing the full depths of your sin, including the pain you have caused others. It’s for this reason that many men will only consider asking for His help after they’ve tried every other option to fix things on their own. The longer you wait though, the harder it will become.


When a person is tempted to look at porn, what should they do at that very moment to replace the temptation and “change the channel” in their minds, so to speak?


Stephen: One of the things we talk a lot about in our groups is confessing your sin before you commit it. What that means practically, is when you’re in the moment where you want to click on a link, send a quick text or email to a trusted friend and tell them what you’re thinking. It can be as simple as “I’m thinking about looking at porn. Check in with me in a few to make sure I’m okay.”


When you bring your sin into the light before you act out it loses its power over you, making it much more likely that you will walk away instead of giving in. Plus, if you know your friend is going to check back in with you, it can be the extra motivation you need to make a wise decision.


Once a person has decided to get serious about ending the addiction, what practical precautions can they take to minimize the amount of temptations they will face?


Stephen: The reality of our world today is you no longer need to go looking for porn. Porn will come looking for you. That being said, it is wise to minimize the ways in which porn can find you.


Internet filters are great for this, but they are not infallible. Anybody who wants to get around a filter can. That’s why it’s important to get a filter that comes with built-in accountability. This way, a list of all your activity gets emailed to someone you trust who also has your best interest in mind. If you try to get around the filter, they will be notified so they can talk with you about it.


Ultimately though, recovery isn’t about blocking out temptation. It’s about learning how to respond appropriately when the inevitable temptations arise. So any precaution such as a filter shouldn’t be seen as a solution—they’re merely speed bumps that will slow you down long enough to regain your senses.


Some Christians justify the use of pornography. They argue that as long as it doesn’t include children or young women who have been taken against their will, it’s not hurting anyone. I’ve even heard some married people justify it saying that as long as their spouse is okay with it, what’s the problem? What do you say to these arguments? Specifically, how does it hurt the person viewing it and others?


Stephen: I would encourage anyone making this argument to do some research into the reality of the porn industry. The truth about what goes on behind the screen (sexual abuse, drug addiction, emotional manipulation) is heart breaking. In addition, no matter where you get your porn, even if it’s from a free site, it’s extremely likely that you are helping finance sex-trafficking organizations. So to say that porn isn’t hurting anyone is simply not true.


Either way, the question shouldn’t be whether or not porn is hurting anyone or if your spouse is okay with it. The question should always be “What does God think about it?”


God clearly considers pornography to be something we should avoid at all costs (see Matthew 5:28; 1 Corinthians 6:18). He knows how damaging it is and wants to protect you from the destruction it will bring if you allow it into your life.


If you read my story, you can see many examples of negative consequences directly resulting from my porn use. It distorted my view of healthy sexuality, caused me to objectify women, taught me to become a pathological liar, and caused untold amounts of heartache and suffering for my wife.


And I am not alone in my experience. 68% of all divorces list pornography use as a contributing factor. 41% of surveyed adults admit they feel less attractive due to their partner’s pornography use. 30% said their partner’s use of porn made them feel like a sexual object.


Even if you’re not in a relationship and only use porn in isolation, it can still have a negative effect on you. For instance, there are new insights from the scientific community linking porn use with an increase in instances of erectile dysfunction in young men (the average age is now 25).


Research has also shown the hyper-stimulation of frequent porn use changes your brain to become addicted to such intensity. Normal, everyday activities (and relationships) will become less pleasurable as your brain adapts to desire something much more potent (for more on this, check out the TED talk The Great Porn Experiment).


So, even if you do believe you aren’t hurting anyone by viewing porn, you’re still hurting yourself. You may not see that now, but eventually it will become undeniable. And when that day does come for you, God will still be there waiting for you with open arms.


Like smoking or doing drugs, some people have quit for long periods of time only to return to the addiction. What do you say to these people?


Stephen: I would tell them the same thing Paul told the church in Corinth. You didn’t relapse because you’re a bad person or you suddenly became weak. You relapsed because you forgot the truth about who you are now that Christ lives within you. Remember what He has done in your life so far. Don’t give up. This slip-up doesn’t define you, the indwelling Spirit of Christ within you defines you. Dust yourself off, learn from your mistake, and run back to Him.


Is there anything else you would like to say about the book?


Stephen: It’s one thing to read an addiction recovery book on your own, but it’s an entirely different experience when you apply it directly to your own life. That is why I wrote a study guide to accompany 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn. I’d encourage anyone reading the book to work through the guide at the same time. Better yet, find a friend you trust and go through the books together. After all, one of the lies men believe is that they can fight this on their own. The sooner you find someone to walk this path with you, the better.


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Published on September 12, 2014 05:30 • 1 view

September 9, 2014

Originally Posted June 17, 2009


Recently, a friend of mine encouraged me to get into talk radio. So I tried.


Once and only once. Never before, never again.


It was a first-class disaster.


This isn’t the whole show, but it’s the first phone call I got that night. . . and the last.


Click the link below and listen to the hot-boiling phone call from a disgruntled caller. It’s less than 4 minutes long. That was the call that shattered my dream of becoming a talk radio show host!


Sigh.


Click to listen to The Disgruntled Caller episode


The podcast — and this episode — is also on iTunes


September 2014 Update: The “Disgruntled Caller” again made his appearance on the 100th Episode with more ammunition to throw at yours truly.


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September 8, 2014

The following is a guest post by my friend Jeff Goins. In it, he shreds a profound misunderstanding that some Christians have about money, selling, and marketing.


I’ve addressed these questions myself in years past. See the links at the bottom of the post. But Jeff’s article does a terrific job of excoriating some of the ludicrous ideas about money, promotion, and selling that some Christians have in their heads.


Thankfully, the viewpoint that Jeff obliterates is fast becoming a “dinosaur view” among believers today because it’s both unscriptural and illogical, not to mention that it’s extremely selfish as well.


Be that as it may, the warped view that Jeff addresses still exists. So our hope is that this article will put such notions to rest once and for all.



Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

by Jeff Goins


**The Worst Part About Being a Christian Business Owner** 


A few times a month, I get an unpleasant email. It never fails. The message usually goes something like this:


“Wait a sec, I thought you were a Christian?! How can you in good conscience be selling me something?


The Gospel is free, Jeff. Why are you trying to make a buck off me? Jesus gave freely to any in need, and you should do the same. God will provide for you.”


Let me explain.


I am an author who writes books and helps other people get their messages to spread. And one of the ways I do that is by occasionally selling things. Books. Online courses. Events. That sort of thing.


And when people find out that I’m a follower of Christ who is selling his “art,” they sometimes say not-so-nice things. Like I’m not trusting God enough. Or I’m doing the Devil’s work. Or who knows what (I’ve heard it all).


But the truth is this: God’s people have always had to manage this tension between paying the bills and pursuing their calling. And that’s just what it is: a tension to manage, not a question to answer.


What I have discovered, though, is that for the Christian artist, selling their services or products is not wrong, bad, or “unChristian.” In fact, it can be a very noble calling, if you do it right.


**Embracing the Third Way**


There are basically two ways to pursue a creative calling as a Christian.


First, you can go into vocational ministry (as I did for seven years) and ask people to support you. This takes time and it may include some awkward conversations, pledge drives, or capital campaigns.


It’s not for everyone, but it’s not necessarily wrong, either.


When I understood that inviting people into my ministry was actually a way to serve them, it liberated me to let people know what I was doing without feeling like I needed to coerce or manipulate them into giving. And as a result, those who gave were excited to give. My ministry flourished, and I learned a lot about my own misconceptions about money.


Second, you can get a job or go into business for yourself and support yourself that way. In your free time, you can volunteer your time at church, go on mission trips, and give discretionary income to ministries and causes that you believe in.


Those are two main ways, and I would be surprised if you weren’t familiar with both. But there is, in fact, a third way.


The third way is this: If you have a gift, a talent, or skill that the world needs, you can and should offer it people in exchange for money. If you have value to offer, you should let people pay you for it.


But we don’t always think this way, do we?


We think we’re greedy if we sell our art. Or have too bold of aspirations. We see the world pursuing wealth, using any means necessary to acquire it, and we think, “That’s wrong. So money must be bad, too.”


As a successful businessman once told me when I was seriously considering whether I should continue pursuing business opportunities, “Nobody said you had to keep the money.”


And therein lies the beauty of Christian entrepreneurship.


You can create value, let people compensate you for it, and then use those resources for God’s kingdom.


***How Selling Products or Services Helps People More Than Giving Things Away *** 


I loved my season of vocational ministry. I learned a lot and was part of something bigger than me. But I didn’t get to give much. It was just the nature of that position. I didn’t make much money, so other than tithing to our church and the occasional financial gift here and there, those were the limits of my philanthropy.


But since going into business, I’ve been able to make enough money that we’ve started giving to a ministry in Kenya, helping them build two different buildings just outside a leper camp (one of which is a sewing workshop that allows local woman to come and create products that produce an income for their families).


Do I think every Christian needs to go into business for himself or herself? Of course not.


But I do think those with marketable gifts—those who write songs or books or jokes, those who counsel or coach or lead, those who organize or orchestrate or bring people together to do incredible things—are worth their wages.


Yes, dear Christian, you are worth the work you do and the wage you earn.


Perhaps, though, you are in the other crowd. You are the spectator, the potential customer, maybe even the complainer.


Well, here’s an idea: what if we Christians were the first to patronize each other’s work instead of criticize it? What if we supported one another instead of tearing each other down?


The next time you see another Christian artist or author “selling out,” maybe instead you should thank God for them.


Remember, when you accuse a Christian of “selling out” because they are selling a product or a service, then this means you shouldn’t accept any work from a Christian . . . including paying for a movie made by a Christian, buying a CD made by a Christian, paying for a plumber, a handyman, or any other service that’s owned by a Christian.


And saying “Paul didn’t sell his letters” is really a stupid way of thinking. I don’t sell my letters either, but a book isn’t a letter. A book cost money to produce. And all Bibles are sold. Even those Bibles that people give away for free were paid for by someone to produce.


As for “the gospel is free,” I’m not selling the gospel. A Christian book or course or event isn’t “the gospel.”  So it’s ridiculous to make that charge.


Promotion and marketing aren’t dirty words. Jesus promoted and so did Paul. Promotion simply means making people aware of a message or an event. Marketing carries the same idea. I’m marketing right now with this blog post.


I’m marking an idea that I hope will correct some wrong thinking on the subject of money, marketing, and selling that’s still alive in the minds of some Christian people.


Delving Deeper: 


Clergy Salaries vs. Selling Products and What 1 Corinthians 9 Really Means – when you get to the page, search for the October 6, 2011 question & answer.


Writing, Ministry, and Money – my own practice in this area. (I give most of my resources away for free, but the small percentage that my publishers sell, I use to support the poor and for ministry expenses.)


Frankly Speaking: “I Don’t Like Christians” & Why Christianity is a Joke to Many – addresses those demanding a “hand-out” from hard-working artists.


My Interview with Ray Edwards on the Twisted Way that Many Christians View Money – Ray hits it out of the park on this subject.


Answers to Questions on Pagan Christianity – how clergy salaries are different from supporting missionary and apostolic work.


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September 2, 2014

One of the most frustrating things to encounter is to send a highly valuable email to someone, only to discover that they never saw it.


Equally frustrating is to sign up for a blog or email list, and then never see the emails you signed up to receive.


If you use Gmail, you’re never seeing some of your most important emails.


Most Gmail users aren’t aware that Gmail has created something called  a PROMOTIONS tab.


And genuine emails that you signed up for often go into that tab. So unless you check it regularly, you’ll never see those emails.


Here’s what the tab looks like:


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Here’s the solution:


Go to your Gmail account and click the PROMOTIONS tab.


Find the emails that you subscribed to, put your cursor on them, and “drag them” into your regular Inbox on the far left.


A yellow notice will appear at the top saying, “Do this with all of [name of the person]‘s emails?”


Click yes.


If you don’t use Gmail, check your Spam Folder and do the same thing. You can retrieve emails that went into spam by click “Not Junk” or “Not Spam.”


Even if you don’t use Gmail, PLEASE share this post with all your friends using the share buttons below.


Another way to avoid important emails going into spam is to put the email address you’ve subscribed to into your Address Book.


For instance, these emails come from BeyondEvangelical@gmail.com and my update newsletter comes from frankaviola@hotmail.com


So add those two emails to your address book/contact list.


Note: Last month I freely gave away several of my books for a limited time, but some of my subscribers never got those email annoucnements because they were using Gmail and the emails wrongly went into the PROMOTIONS tab or their Spam folders (if they were using another email service).


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Published on September 02, 2014 04:24

September 1, 2014

In the 102nd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast, I talk about my unforgettable meeting with A.W. Tozer.


Here’s the book I mentioned on the show.


The Life of A.W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God


Other books by Tozer can be found in my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written list.


You can listen to the episode in the following ways:



iTunes



Podbean (Stream)



RSS Feed


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Player FM


 


PODCAST ARCHIVES – click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.


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Published on September 01, 2014 05:54
Be sure to read the special announcement I posted on Saturday.

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Published on September 01, 2014 03:46 • 1 view

August 30, 2014

I’m announcing a change that will effect all of you who subscribe to this blog.


Jesus gave us a particular model for ministry.


One tier of His ministry was to the masses wherein He gave specific ministry to the multitudes.


Another tier of His ministry was to 70 people whom He sent out on a special mission.


A third tier of His ministry was to the Twelve. Jesus shared the mysteries of the Kingdom with the Twelve and some women who Luke refers to as “The Women.”


Beyond that, there was the smallest tier of all. Peter, James, and John, 3 of the Twelve whom Jesus included in special cases.


Note that the 70, the Twelve, and the 3 (Peter, James, and John) were all present when Jesus ministered to the multitudes, but they received special ministry beyond what He gave to the masses.


I’ve reflected on this pattern for many years, and beginning in September, I’m making some changes inspired by the Lord’s four-tiered ministry model.


1. Ministry to the Masses/MultitudesMy books are for every Christian who wishes to have my best thinking on a topic. In like manner, my blog posts are supplemental to my books, often dealing with current issues. My blogs and books don’t duplicate each other. The content is different but complimentary, except when I will occasionally post an excerpt from a book, which is rare.


However, both my books and my blog posts are ministry for the masses.


2. Ministry to “the 70″ – My podcast is for a smaller tier. It’s much more personal. As Maya Angelou once said, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”


In future podcast episodes, I’ve decided to speak on some very heavy and controversial issues that I will not speak on anywhere else. At the end of this post, I’m going to explain step-by-step how to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes, and I will also explain how to listen to a podcast if you’re a super busy person. But my podcast is for “the 70,” so to speak. Those who are dead serious about the deeper journey.


My online and home edition courses are also for this tier as well as my personal periodic updates. But many of the upcoming podcast monologues will not appear in either the course or the updates.


3. Ministry to “the Twelve” – In 2015, I plan to hold one or two live events for a small number of people who are serious about delving even deeper.


4. Ministry to “the 3.” At some future date, I plan to assemble a small ministry team, though it will probably consist of more than 3 people, yet it will follow the same principle of Peter, James, and John.


For “the 70″ (metaphorically), if you’ve not yet subscribed to the podcast in iTunes, here’s how:


How to Subscribe the “Christ is All” podcast in iTunes


You can try doing it through this link: iTunes Subscribe


That should work on any computer. Try it on your smart phone or tablet also. If nothing comes up, then follow these steps:


1. Open the podcast app (it’s a purple image of a microphone). If you don’t see the app, you need to download it from the App store. It’s free.


2. Once you’re in the podcast app, search the Store by typing into the window: “Frank Viola podcast” and tap the search icon.


3. It will display all my podcast episodes.


4. Under “Podcasts” at the bottom, you’ll see the “Christ is All” image for my Podcast. Tap it.


5. You’ll then see a purple “Subscribe” button on the right. Click it and you’re done.


6. To download past episodes, which I recommend, just click the download icon to the right of each episode.


I just posted episode #102 — MY UNFORGETTABLE MEETING WITH A.W. TOZER. More exciting episodes are coming.


How to listen to a podcast episode without adding 1 minute to your schedule . . .


* I listen to podcasts while I’m exercising. For me, that’s 3x a week. So when I’m on the treadmill, the elliptical, or the arc trainer, or even while pumping the iron, I have my iPhone on and my earbuds in, listening to a podcast.


* while I’m driving. If your car is equipped with bluetooth, you can run the podcast from your smart phone through your car speakers. If you don’t have bluetooth, you can listen on your smart phone with the volume turned up or with ear buds on (some drivers don’t like doing that and I’m not sure if there’s a law against it in your state, but if you’re a passenger, you certainly can.)


* When it’s warm outside, I like to walk. Some people like to run. This is the perfect time to listen to an


* I’ve listened to a podcast while I’m washing the dishes or cleaning up part of the house. I have the podcast running on my iPhone and listen with ear buds in.


* When I’m waiting. Waiting for what? Anything. Waiting in a car line to pick someone up. Waiting at the dentist’s office. Waiting at the bus stop.


Since I’m doing all of these activities already, it takes me no additional time to listen to a podcast.


Problem solved.


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Published on August 30, 2014 04:30

I’m announcing a change that will effect all of you who subscribe to this blog.


Jesus gave us a particular model for ministry.


One tier of His ministry was to the masses wherein He gave specific ministry to the multitudes.


Another tier of His ministry was to 70 people whom He sent out on a special mission.


A third tier of His ministry was to the Twelve. Jesus shared the mysteries of the Kingdom with the Twelve and some women who Luke refers to as “The Women.”


Beyond that, there was the smallest tier of all. Peter, James, and John, 3 of the Twelve whom Jesus included in special cases.


Note that the 70, the Twelve, and the 3 (Peter, James, and John) were all present when Jesus ministered to the multitudes, but they received special ministry beyond what He gave to the masses.


I’ve reflected on this pattern for many years, and beginning in September, I’m making some changes inspired by the Lord’s four-tiered ministry model.


1. Ministry to the Masses/MultitudesMy books are for every Christian who wishes to have my best thinking on a topic. In like manner, my blog posts are supplemental to my books, often dealing with current issues. My blogs and books don’t duplicate each other. The content is different but complimentary, except when I will occasionally post an excerpt from a book, which is rare.


However, both my books and my blog posts are ministry for the masses.


2. Ministry to “the 70″ - My podcast is for a smaller tier. It’s much more personal. As Maya Angelou once said, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”


In future podcast episodes, I’ve decided to speak on some very heavy and controversial issues that I will not speak on anywhere else. At the end of this post, I’m going to explain step-by-step how to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes, and I will also explain how to listen to a podcast when you’re a super busy. But my podcast is for “the 70,” so to speak. Those who are dead serious about the deeper journey.


My online and home edition courses are also for this tier as well as my personal periodic updates. But many of the upcoming podcast monologues will not appear in either the course or the updates.


3. Ministry to “the Twelve” – In 2015, I plan to hold one or two live events for a small number of people who are serious about delving even deeper.


4. Ministry to “the 3.” At some future date, I plan to assemble a small ministry team, though it will probably consist of more than 3 people, yet it will follow the same principle of Peter, James, and John.


For “the 70″ (metaphorically), if you’ve not yet subscribed to the podcast in iTunes, here’s how:


How to Subscribe the “Christ is All” podcast in iTunes


You can try doing it through this link: iTunes Subscribe


That should work on any computer. Try it on your smart phone or tablet also. If nothing comes up, then follow these steps:


1. Open the podcast app (it’s a purple image of a microphone). If you don’t see the app, you need to download it from the App store. It’s free.


2. Once you’re in the podcast app, search the Store by typing into the window: “Frank Viola podcast” and tap the search icon.


3. It will display all my podcast episodes.


4. Under “Podcasts” at the bottom, you’ll see the “Christ is All” image for my Podcast. Tap it.


5. You’ll then see a purple “Subscribe” button on the right. Click it and you’re done.


6. To download past episodes, which I recommend, just click the download icon to the right of each episode.


I have many more exciting episodes coming.


How to rate my podcast in iTunes


Here are the instructions using a PC or Mac (I assume it works the same for an iPad or iTouch).


First, if you don’t already have iTunes on your computer or smart device, you must download iTunes. It’s free download. Here’s the download link.


Second, click this link and you will be taken to my iTunes podcast page. Once you are on that page, click the blue View iTunes button on the top left and it will take you to “Launch Podcast.”


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Third, once you are looking at my podcast in iTunes, click on the “Rating and Reviews” gray button at the top of the podcast page, to the right of the big “Christ is ALL” image. (You may have to create an iTunes account to do this, but doing so is very fast.)


Finally, click the “Click to Rate” star button you want. 5 stars would be appreciated, of course.


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I suspect iTunes on the iPad or iTouch works the same way, but since I don’t have either, I can’t be positive.


If you are using a smart phone (iPhone, etc.)


* Open the iTunes Store app.


* Put “Christ is All Frank Viola” in the search window.


* Click the “Christ is All” podcast at the bottom . . . click OPEN.


* When the podcast is pulled up, you’ll see the “Reviews” option in the middle. Click on it.


* Click “Write a Review.” Rate it with the stars.


* Use a unique nickname. Name the review. Write a short review  . . . even one word. Click “Send.”


How to listen to a podcast episode without adding 1 minute to your schedule . . .


* I listen to podcasts while I’m exercising. For me, that’s 3x a week. So when I’m on the treadmill, the elliptical, or the arc trainer, or even while pumping the iron, I have my iPhone on and my earbuds in, listening to a podcast.


* while I’m driving. If your car is equipped with bluetooth, you can run the podcast from your smart phone through your car speakers. If you don’t have bluetooth, you can listen on your smart phone with the volume turned up or with ear buds on (some drivers don’t like doing that and I’m not sure if there’s a law against it in your state, but if you’re a passenger, you certainly can.)


* When it’s warm outside, I like to walk. Some people like to run. This is the perfect time to listen to an


* I’ve listened to a podcast while I’m washing the dishes or cleaning up part of the house. I have the podcast running on my iPhone and listen with ear buds in.


* When I’m waiting. Waiting for what? Anything. Waiting in a car line to pick someone up. Waiting at the dentist’s office. Waiting at the bus stop.


Since I’m doing all of these activities already, it takes me no additional time to listen to a podcast.


Problem solved.


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August 28, 2014

My close friend and co-worker Jon Zens just released the 40th anniversary edition of his amazing little periodical, Searching Together.


The new issue is tremendous. Here’s a vintage photo.


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Listen, if you subscribe to this blog, you’d be wise to subscribe to this magazine. It’s only $10 a year for a subscription, and it will be mailed to your house whenever a new edition is released.


This is by far the best Christian magazine/periodical available today. Hands down, walking out. (I say that based on the fact that I’ve subscribed to virtually every major Christian publication at one time or another.)


Click here to subscribe to Jon Zens’ Searching Together. You won’t regret it.


That said, we’ve just released a new episode on the “Christ is All” podcast.


It’s a conference message I delivered in 2005 in Ohio called “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.”


Remember, if you’ve benefited from the podcast, share the love so your friends can benefit.


Listen to the episode in the following ways:




iTunes


 



Podbean (Stream)


 



RSS Feed


 


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PODCAST ARCHIVES – click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.


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