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The Power of Focus – Part 2

DG Blog #39 12/4/20 During the time I spent studying, praying, and preparing for the day when I would go out and start my first church, I imagined the town, my congregation, the worship team I would assemble, and my role preaching and teaching—I focused my heart toward everything I would do as a pastor […]

The Power of Focus – Part 1

DG Blog #39 11/27/20   “Jacob … took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs so that they would be directly in front of […]

Focus On The Right Things

DG Blog #38 11/20/20 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by [“seeing”] prayer and [verbalizing them through] petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests [in partnership] to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”−Philippians 4:6-7 Paul’s antidote for anxiety and […]

Where’s Your Focus?

DG Blog #37 11/13/20 Everything God created is made up of atoms. Every solid thing that has mass and takes up space is called “matter.” Whatever you’re touching right now is “matter” composed of atoms. Inside each atom is a subatomic or quantum level of creation. Atoms are mostly made up of empty space but […]

Perspective

DG Blog #36 11/6/20 Perspective can be defined as a point of view or sense of proportion about something. To illustrate, let’s imagine an experienced sailor en route to a destination across a vast ocean body is suddenly hit by a storm, loses his boat, and finds himself afloat in a raft with no land […]

The Kingdom of God – Part 2

DG Blog #35 10/30/20     The kingdom Jesus brought with him is eternal—without fault, without failure, or the capacity to fail. It is a kingdom that rescues broken lives from their broken ways. This kingdom from heaven is “good news!” Jesus demonstrated the “good news” in the power of signs, wonders, and miracles (Hebrews 2:3-4). […]

The Kingdom of God – Part 1

DG Blog #34 10/24/20              The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. ­ –Paul (1 Corinthians 4:18-20) When God created Adam and Eve, their purpose was to represent his kingdom rule on earth. He gave them a “domain” to rule as an outpost of God’s heavenly kingdom. But they […]

Quarreling Over Non-Essentials

DG Blog #33 10/17/20 The early church was rife with controversial teachings and false doctrine. Paul addressed them in matters of divorce, sexual immorality, homosexuality, drinking wine, circumcision, the pattern of church services, whether to eat meat offered to idols, which day was more holy than others, the proper protocol for communion, Jesus’ return, the […]

When You’re Strong You’re Wrong

DG Blog #32 10/9/20 Many who watched the first presidential debate were disheartened by the way the two candidates conducted themselves in the exchange. Some likened the scene to two children quarreling with each other on a playground—talking over each other, waving their arms, calling each other names, etc. The debate was not what most […]

Clay in the Potter’s Hand in 2020 – Part 3

DG Blog #31 10/2/20 There is a message at the potter’s house for us, as well. We don’t want to see ourselves as lumps of clay. Our sin nature makes us loathe seeing ourselves as “creatures.” We think of ourselves, instead, as self-made men and women. But the problem with self-made men and women is […]

Clay in the Potter’s Hand in 2020 – Part 2

DG Blog #30 9/25/20 Jeremiah was at a turning point in his calling as a prophet. He had been preaching repentance, but it became clearer to him that his nation was doomed. Judgment day was upon them because of an invasion from Babylon. He must have wondered if God was done with his people. So […]

Clay in the Potter’s Hand in 2020 – Part 1

DG Blog #29 9/18/20 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was […]

Are Translations and Paraphrases the Same? (Part 2)

DG Blog #28 9/11/20 Last week I advised the need for caution when using any one paraphrase to produce or affirm doctrine. Paraphrase authors are retelling (or “paraphrasing”) standard translations in their own words as a commentary to expand on the meaning of passages and verses of Scripture. They do this to assist the current […]

Are Translations and Paraphrases the Same? (Part 1)

DG Blog #27 9/4/20 When I became born again at the age of 20, I cut my teeth on the King James Version, the translation used most at that time. The challenge of the Elizabethan language drove me to read several paraphrases alongside the KJV. Since then I’ve read the entirety of twelve different translations […]

A Judgment of Reward

DG Blog #26 8/28/20 “The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great.”−Revelation 11:18 “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things […]

The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

DG Blog #25 8/21/20 In the last seven blogs, I addressed the attribute of God’s justice and righteous judgment upon ungodly nations. Some believe this attribute of God is confined to the God of the Old Testament, but not the God of the New and, therefore, no longer applies to this side of the cross. […]

When God Judges Nations – Part 2

DG Blog #24 8/14/20 There are multiple accounts throughout history of nations that rose and fell under God’s blessing and judgment. God cannot and will not turn his back on injustice because he is just and righteous in all his ways. Therefore, he must judge nations for their rebellion and the atrocities they commit against […]

When God Judges Nations – Part 1

DG Blog #23 8/7/20 In my first blog in March, Are We Witnessing the End Times? I wrote this: Are we experiencing this pandemic for the simple reason that we live in a fallen world filled with sickness and disease or is there a spiritual component behind it? Could it be that God is judging […]

A Lesson From History

DG Blog #22 8/1/20 In my 17th Blog, I wrote about the vexation of our sanctified soul and spirit over the flagrant wicked deeds of the ungodly. Our hearts cry out for justice, yet we see nothing happen. We cry out for a righteous leader, though there are few who rise to the occasion. In […]

Jonah’s Bias

DG Blog #21 7/24/20 I want to illustrate a valuable lesson from an Old Testament prophet named Jonah. He was God’s man, God’s voice to a people who had reached their point of divine retribution. God sent Jonah to the city of Nineveh, which was so large it took him three days to walk through. […]

The Perfect Pitch of God’s Justice (Part 3)

DG Blog #20 7/17/20 The Bible clearly states there is only one conductor between God and man. That conductor, or mediator, is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus was God come in the flesh. His life was sinless: never once committing the slightest disobedience, being out of tune with the Father. Christ is […]

The Perfect Pitch of God’s Justice (Part 2)

DG Blog #19 7/10/20 How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore […]

The Perfect Pitch of God’s Justice (Part 1)

DG Blog #18 7/3/20 A moral outrage wells within the human soul over the atrocities of the wicked. The Bible likens humanity in its sinful condition to brute beasts (Psalm 73:22; 2 Peter 2:12). Every day the news displays visual reports of brutish and beastly actions happening in our nation and the world. The civilized […]

Is it Time to Flee to Your Mountain?

DG Blog #17 6/26/20 In one of my devotional times, I read Psalm 11 where David declares, “In the Lord I take refuge.” On that fact, he then says to those in despair over the wickedness around them, “How then can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the […]

Discerning Truth from Error

Discerning Truth from Error — Jay Zinn Over the years, people have asked me to approve or disapprove of the doctrine of another preacher or teacher on television, radio, social media, another church, another ministry, or one who’s an author. Being a theologian, they expected me to know and discern immediately where the issues were […]

Final Thoughts on Deception

Final Thoughts on Deception — Jay Zinn In this week’s blog, I want to offer these final thoughts on deception. In DG Blog-12, I shared that deception is the process of something done to ourselves and others (i.e., the blind leading the blind). This process comes in three forms: Self-deception. This is the most challenging […]

My Way Out of Deception

My Way Out of Deception —Jay Zinn In this week’s blog, I want to show you the eight steps I took to escape my deception. 1.  I admitted my convictions were wrong—that I had been deceived.      After my deceiver moved out of the state, I began to see things differently in scriptures than what […]

The Process of Deception

The Process of Deception — Jay Zinn I move on now from the topic of end-times because no matter your persuasion or convictions on the subject, we can all agree that the devil is a liar and uses deception every day as a preemptive weapon against us. To be ready for the intensified deceit of […]

The Power of Deception – Part 2

The Power of Deception: Part 2 — Jay Zinn In today’s world, deception is not new. People are assaulted daily with scams, shams, and fraud in many areas of their lives. We don’t have to wait for the antichrist to come along and pull off his trickery. There’s enough of it already coming at us […]

The Power of Deception – Part 1

The Power of Deception: Part 1 — Jay Zinn People who think they are standing firmly should be careful that they don’t fall (1 Cor 10:6-12). —GWT I’m as protective of you as God is. After all, you’re a [pure] virgin whom I promised in marriage to one man—Christ. However, I’m afraid that as the […]

Antichrist: The Ultimate Deceiver

Antichrist: The Ultimate Deceiver — Jay Zinn Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Christ [Messiah],” and will deceive many. At that time [of the end] if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” Or, “There he is!” do not believe it. […]

The Spirit of Antichrist

The Spirit of Antichrist — Jay Zinn Every spirit that does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ [has come in the flesh and is from God] is not of God. This is the spirit of the antichrist which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world (1 John 4:3). —NIV To […]

Is the Mark of the Beast a Biochip?

Is the Mark of the Beast a Biochip? — Jay Zinn He [the second beast, the false prophet] forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which […]

The Ministry of the Bride

The Ministry of the Bride — Jay Zinn “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars (Rev 12:1).” —NKJV “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse […]

Bo Quickel’s Testimony

First brother in Christ to complete the Discipleship Course Where do I begin? That’s the question in my mind writing this now; and the very loud question that was in my heart a few years ago. Life was dealing me the usual blows that I am sure everyone faces. I was losing to the ways […]

The Spirit of Power and the Bride

The Spirit and the Power of the Bride — Jay Zinn And this gospel (good news) of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness (marturion) to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). —NKJV Jesus made the bold claim that the gospel of the kingdom would reach […]

The Next Awakening: Is it Around the Corner?

The Next Awakening: Is it Around the Corner? — Jay Zinn “To what can I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “How can I describe them? They are like children playing a game in the public square…” —Luke 7:31-32 Jesus described the quality, condition, class, beliefs, and collective behavior of the “generation” of […]

Is it Time to Hide or Thrive?

Is it Time to Hide or Thrive? — Jay Zinn In 2009, I invited a guest speaker to share his research on the current economic trends and what secular economists were predicting about this country’s future. It was very informative and especially encouraging when he told us about the personal experiences he went through during an economic downturn in another […]

The Sixth Seal

The Sixth Seal — Jay Zinn Many complexities surround the events preceding the Second Coming of Christ. It stirs questions, emotions, and contradictions in us about God and his actions. Why does it happen, when will it happen, and why is it necessary? Of course, we hope we are not around when these things come on […]

The Rise of the Antichrist

The Rise of the Antichrist — Jay Zinn Imagine a world brainwashed and preconditioned by schools, colleges, and universities to embrace the ideologies of socialism and globalism. A socialistic society is a world without borders. Now throw into the mix a pandemic of global proportions (impacting the world’s economy), and you have the “foundation” for […]

Are We Witnessing the End-Times?

Are We Witnessing the End-Times? — Jay Zinn I’ve received numerous calls and texts from people around the world, asking me about my take on this global pandemic and its impact on the economy. They inquire because they know I’ve taught and written extensively on the book of Revelation. I’ve held off on commenting about it […]

Welcome to the DG Audio Podcast

Amy Pugh’s Testimony

First sister in Christ to complete the Discipleship Course My name is Amy Pugh and I completed the sixth and final installment of the Discipleship Group curriculum written by Jay Zinn. I can’t say enough good things about his discipleship series and how I’ve grown over the last several years because of it. I am […]

A China Pastor’s Story

Many years ago, I was asked to do a workshop on discipleship at a conference in Pennsylvania. It was hosted by a Christian organization geared toward Chinese Christians to equip them. One of the main speakers was a woman named, M***. She was a highly successful businessperson who founded and owned a company in China. […]

The Discipline of Discipleship

by Thomas Merton Discipline is not effective unless it is systematic, for the lack of system usually betrays a lack of purpose. Good habits are only developed by repeated acts, and we cannot discipline ourselves to do the same thing over again with any degree of intelligence unless we go about it systematically. It is […]

The Jesus Model

The Jesus Model: Invitation & Challenge The Jesus Model for true discipleship is that he “invited” the Twelve to be in his life in a close mentoring/discipling relationship. The effect of this highest level of “invitation” is that it produced a high level of “challenge” to change and be accountable to change toward Christ’s kingdom […]

The Master’s Plan of Evangelism

Returning to what Christ taught his followers In the 1970s I enjoyed the teachings of five prominent leaders in the Charismatic movement known as the “Fort Lauderdale Five.” These great and gifted teachers entered a mutual covenant of accountability out of concern that the charismatic movement had become too subjective and individualistic. Vulnerable pastors and […]

A Word from Jay Zinn

To those who are called to disciple the nations… In the summer of 2011, God gave me the assignment to write materials in the form of a three-year system that Christian men and women could use to reproduce disciples. This systematic curriculum was completed in January of 2019. So why this assignment? Most Christians don’t […]

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