God's Brillant Plan

We Are Not Warriors in God’s Army

                        I deeply desire to be a believer who “thinks, meditates, and rolls His Word over and over in my mind.” So I was surprised when I first realized that nowhere in the New Testament is the Church referred to as God’s Army…never. We are called the... 


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Love God & Do What You Want – By Amanda Drake Cromley & Mark Drake

                                A Word From Amanda: One of the most freeing pieces of advice my father ever gave me was “Love God and do what you want.” At first I was taken aback by its almost jarring simplicity. And it certainly didn’t sound anything... 


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Is It a Mistake To Apply New Covenant Principles to Civil Government?

This is a very important question in our current political/religious climate. Nearly everyone I know feels this current political season is one of the strangest we have ever experienced. I believe the New Testament clearly gives us answers from a time when the government the early believers lived under, Rome, was extremely hostile to them. Firstly... 


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“Christians Aren’t Perfect…Just Forgiven.” What a Terrible Thought!

You’ve likely seen it on bumper stickers and throughout social media: “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven”. I’ve heard it in sermons and read it in books, “Christians aren’t perfect, they’re just sinners saved by grace”. The truth, the awesome truth is…this is simply NOT TRUE! These statements may sound nice or somehow comforting... 


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The Simplicity of New Covenant Prayer (Part 4 of The Simple Prayer Series)

  Prayer, like everything else, changed in the New Covenant. From the complicated lists of rules, or “shadows”, which made up everything in the Old Covenant, God brought forth the simplicity of the New Covenant; Christ living in and through us. This simplicity of Christ, living in and through us by His Spirit, is clearly seen by understanding... 


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Have We Made Prayer Too Complicated? Simple Prayer Part 3

“Simply mention my name…” While shopping for a book on Amazon, I clicked on “prayer” and up popped thousands of titles. This is a tiny list of just the first few: The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting, 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting, The 7 Most Powerful Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever, The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience,... 


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How to Read The Old Testament with New Covenant Eyes – Podcast!

How to Read the Old Testament with New Covenant Eyes             Could we have been reading the Old Testament incorrectly all these years?  Jesus spent the 40 days after His resurrection teaching the disciples how to read the Old Testament with New Covenant Eyes.  (Luke 24:27, 44-45)  Paul warned us that when reading... 


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Simple Prayer Part 2 – “Audacious Prayer or Simple Prayer”

To read part one of this series, click here.             I just finished reading an article in Charisma magazine entitled, “What Audacious Prayers Can Do.” Just reading the title, I could allow myself to feel a bit condemned since I’m not even sure I know what “Audacious Prayer” is. So I’m... 


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A Simple Word About Simple Prayer

                    Prayer can sometimes seem very complicated. And if we are not careful in who we listen to, we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed about how to pray. But in Ephesians 3, the two most simple, and most powerful, aspects of prayer come clear. Paul said we should pray for ourselves,... 


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The Calling to Encourage Each Other – Podcast!

This is the first official podcast of Mark Drake. http://www.markdrake.org/blog/podcast/14-02-16.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS  Read More →


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How the “Infection” of Grace is Spread

“Grace”- The airborne infection of miraculous transformation that spreads by simply talking to people about Him.    Rom 10:14- “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? NIV When Paul wrote this,... 


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Grace Does Not Need To Be “Balanced” -By Dr. Steve Crosby

Grace doesn’t need to be “balanced.” Grace is all there is. Have you ever noticed that for many, suffocating bondage and death-producing legalism is tolerated, encouraged, and even celebrated? Yet when grace is mentioned, people go apoplectic with warnings about “going too far,” the “dangers of the grace message,” or the “need for... 


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But Isn’t Grace Too Simple?

As we travel the world training leaders in New Covenant grace, one of the most common responses we get from sincere seekers is, “But this just sounds too simple.” And I completely understand this feeling. I struggled with the same thinking for years. I sincerely felt that it was dangerously simplistic to teach people that all we have to do is to... 


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You Can’t “Study” To Be An “Approved & Unashamed” Workman! -By Dr. Steve Crosby

Guest Article by Dr. Steve Crosby We encourage you to learn from Dr. Steve Crosby. (www.stevecrosby.com) An excellent author and powerful communicator, Steve is a trusted friend who has a tremendous understanding of the true New Covenant and the transforming power of grace. Statistics show this current generation of western Christians are among the... 


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Redwoods, Restaurants & The Local Church

Redwoods, Restaurants & The Local Church Redwood trees can grow to enormous heights – the tallest known is in California and measures over 384 feet, well over the length of a football field tall.  Yet, most Redwoods have very shallow roots. Typically, even a giant tree has roots that only go down about 6 feet.  So how do they remain standing... 


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How Do We “Cleanse Ourselves” According to 2 Cor. 7:1?

There are several New Testament verses that say something similar to 2 Cor 7:1- “Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.” If true grace in the New Covenant is all... 


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Holiness is a Promise, Not a Demand (Part 1)

Am I holy enough? Do I obey enough? Am I enough like Jesus for God to be happy with me? Am I trying hard enough? As sincere believers, these kinds of questions torment many of us. We know our weaknesses and so does our adversary. And he frequently uses them to make us afraid that we are not working hard enough, we are not serious enough or we just don’t... 


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Let’s Stop Jabbing Job

The book of Job is filled with heartbreaking, disastrous circumstances and it has been the subject of countless theological arguments about why “bad things happen to good people.” A question, by the way, that God refuses to answer throughout His interaction with Job. If God wouldn’t give Job an answer then I am not sure we should be putting words... 


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Parents, Stop Feeling Guilty

Parents, Stop Feeling Guilty Proverbs 22:6- “Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This proverb, so often taken out of context, has been heaping guilt and condemnation on generations of parents and I think it is time that it stops.  If the choices of grown children were dictated by how well... 


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The Law is for the Lawless, Not for You!

The Law is for the Lawless, Not for You! 1 Tim 1:8-9- “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,  realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless…” If you have received God’s free gift of righteousness by Christ coming to live inside of you, then you are the “righteous”,... 


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God Doesn’t See You, He Only Sees Jesus…Really???

                        For years I taught what had been taught to me- “When God looks at you, He doesn’t see you, He only sees Jesus.” That may sound sweet in some religious way but it is just plain wrong. And what it really says is that if God did see you, as you really... 


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Have We Completely Misunderstood 2 Chronicles 7:14

Have We Completely Misunderstood 2 Chronicles 7:14? “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14 is used so freely today without even asking ourselves, “Who was God speaking to, what was He referring to and how should it effect us now”. Huge... 


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Usama bin Laden is Dead, Republicans and Democrats are Fighting Over the Debt Limit- How Should A Christian React To Civil Government?

Usama bin Laden is Dead, Republicans and Democrats are Fighting Over the Debt Limit How Should A Christian React To Civil Government? This is a very important question in our current political, religious climate and I believe the New Testament clearly gives us answers from a time when the government the early believers lived under, Rome, was extremely... 


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Bono of U2 Speaks about “Grace over Karma”

Bono of U2 Speaks about “Grace over Karma” This is a very interesting article taken from an interview with Bono of the band U2.  Of course, it’s not entirely accurate in it’s definition of true grace since it speaks more of mercy than true grace.   However, I found it to be extremely interesting…and a great way to... 


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What Happened To The Justified Wrath of God? -The Heart of the Gospel

What Happened To The Justified Wrath of God? The most basic truth of the Gospel is that the righteous judgment and justified wrath of the infinitely perfect God was fully exhausted at the cross.  All judgment and wrath was placed upon Jesus when “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God... 


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We Could All Do More…If We Just Had More

But What Would We Do With It If We Had It? I can relate to always wanting to do more for the Kingdom but not having the resources to do it all.  I am experiencing more of that right now than ever before in my whole life. Our ministry brought in less than $200,000.00 last year; the lowest in several years.  And yet, we trained hundreds of leaders... 


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The Gift of Frustration

Here is a critical truth I am learning the hard way: Knowing what you are supposed to do and become, does not give you the ability to do and become. But it does create great frustration. I am also learning that this often confusing, and frequently painful, frustration is a gift from God.  It drives us to search for something different, something new,... 


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How To Respond When People We Love Make Bad Choices

Question – My brother called me to tell me he was getting married today. I tried to show my support by telling him nothing would ever make me stop loving him but that marriage is a huge commitment and something he should be certain of before entering. While I gave my blessing I still have concern. He is 19 and has various issues surrounding him.... 


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The Promise of True Transformation

The amazing promise of Biblical grace is not behavior modification but true transformation.  In fact, the Bible makes it clear that we must fight against “conforming” to the image of this world but we must passionately pursue “being transformed” by the work of the Spirit into the image of Christ.  So before we examine the... 


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Enter In and Enjoy His Love

I fall short of my expectations in many ways. But one thing I have learned is how to regularly enter into, and enjoy, the presence of God. I do regularly encounter God by the Spirit. I can’t always encounter Him exactly when I want or exactly how I would like; and I certainly can’t get Him to do all the things I would prefer He do at the... 


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