Joseph Mattera

Joseph Mattera

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  • 10 things the global crisis has revealed about the Church

    10 things the global crisis has revealed about the Church

    Alas, despite multiple thousands of conservative evangelicals rallying for days of fasting and prayer, they did not get the result they were looking for. My only conclusion is that much of the prayer was probably not in line with the will and heart of God.

  • 8 lessons churches can learn from the book of Acts

    8 lessons churches can learn from the book of Acts

    The early Church did not skip a beat, but continued to thrive after mass persecution broke out against them. Even though they were forced out of their homes and lost everything, their mind was on spreading the Gospel!

  • 7 effective lies the devil tells believers

    7 effective lies the devil tells believers

    The most common demonic method is unfounded accusations and slander against spiritual authority. If the devil can isolate the sheep and pull them away from their proper covering, then the wolves can come and devour them

  • 7 signs the leaven of Herod has taken root in your life

    7 signs the leaven of Herod has taken root in your life

    Since Herod was a political leader, I believe it is likely that the leaven Jesus was warning against was political entanglements. I believe that such entanglements often pollute a person’s pure devotion to the Kingdom of God.

  • Would Christianity survive if everyone was as committed as you?

    Would Christianity survive if everyone was as committed as you?

    Suppose your local church has about 100 members and everyone came to church as often as you did. Would the congregation have sufficient fellowship, participation and receive the systematic teaching needed to continue her mission?

  • 9 negative consequences of living unthankful lives

    9 negative consequences of living unthankful lives

    As Christians we are mandated to live lives of praise and thanksgiving. This is the most countercultural thing to strip the devil of his power over our families and us.

  • Biblical standards for leadership in an age of scandal

    Biblical standards for leadership in an age of scandal

    The following are some of the ethical and ministerial standards related to priests, kings, and New Testament elders. These are qualifications that we can still apply in principle to today’s Church.

  • 12 stumbling blocks to the Gospel for this generation

    12 stumbling blocks to the Gospel for this generation

    I found that often it is not the Gospel that turns people off, but it is the people carrying the Gospel that turns them off! I think that church leadership should remove as many unnecessary stumbling blocks as possible so that as many as possible can be saved.

  • 10 attributes of the Church in mission

    10 attributes of the Church in mission

    Consequently, the Church in Mission has people that know that their life is not worth living unless there is something worth dying for. Christianity is about living a crucified life. If we lose our life, then we will find it (Mark 8:35).

  • The catastrophic generational effects of postmodernism

    The catastrophic generational effects of postmodernism

    If there is no grand narrative, there is no Creator; if there is no Creator, there is no distinction between human and animal, living and non-living, male and female, good and evil. All of this confusion takes away from the sanctity of human life.