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Viola speaking in Nevada 2017.

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Frank Viola Author

Frank’s mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact.

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The New Testament in 3D

Viola plans to create a series of Master Classes on each New Testament letter, taking a 3D approach. Join his blog – frankviola.org – to get on his update list for details.

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Frank Viola Women

Frank Viola’s work on the ministry of women is prolific.

Frank Viola on Women in Ministry.

God’s View of a Woman

Frank Viola Women in God’s Work

Rethinking Women in Ministry

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Viola and DeMuth Release New Book

New book by Mary DeMuth and Frank Viola author reveals Christ in a fresh ways:

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“Jesus, from the very beginning, has been ‘good news for women.’ Perhaps that news has rarely been needed more clearly than in our day. One reads of His encounters with the women described in this book with a sense of wonder that these interactions took place two thousand years ago. He is good news for women still.”

John Ortberg

“What a treasure this diary-style book is! This impactful message focuses on five broken women in the Bible and their life-changing encounters with Jesus. The way Mary and Frank portray their stories will help any woman who has experienced heartbreak, loneliness, ​and rejection step right into the extravagant grace and love of Jesus.”

Lysa TerKeurstNew York Times bestselling author

“Step into the first century, as your senses and imagination are engaged in Mary DeMuth’s masterful biblical narrative, deftly exploring the hearts and minds of five women who met the Savior. Then Frank Viola brings his own gifts to the page, opening the Scriptures to help us understand each account more fully. Together, their voices sing of the beauty of Christ and the redemption He offers. The Day I Met Jesus is truly a wonderful book.”

Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible

“We all long to lift the veil of history and catch a glimpse of the real story–the one that makes our hearts pound, our faith grow, and our lives change. That’s exactly what Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth offer in this compelling book. You will never look at Scripture or God’s work in your own heart the same way again after you close the final page.”

Holley Gerth

“Elegant, stimulating, rewarding, this probe into Jesus’ relationship with women packages the best of biblical scholarship and theology in the spellbinding wraps of storytelling.”

Leonard Sweet, bestselling author; professor (Drew University, George Fox University); chief contributor to sermons.com

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The Joyful Part

Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him;
Joyful choose the better part.

Consider the striking contrast between the village of Bethany and the holy city of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus.

It’s like comparing the corner grocery store to the Super Mall.

The population of Bethany couldn’t have been more than four hundred people. A scant two miles away, Jerusalem had a population of fifty to sixty thousand. During the religious festivals, the population of the holy city could reach up to the hundreds of thousands.

Compare the two locations in your mind.
Jerusalem—the holy city of David contained intoxicating crowds, formed the center of Israel’s worship, and featured a fully robed priesthood. The city was fast-paced, throbbing, exciting, restless, and hectic. Jerusalem also boasted the presence of the great temple, clothed in stunning gold.

Within walking distance, almost in the shadow of the temple walls, was the lowly town of Bethany—obscure, unknown, modest.

In which of these two places did the God of the universe feel at home?

The tiny village of Bethany.

This example screams that God is more concerned with quality than with quantity. It shouts that He’s more concerned with reality than with flash. It thunders that He’s more concerned with authentic hearts than with what’s outwardly impressive.

Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, was bitterly rejected by the world. But He was gladly received in Bethany.

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

Thank God for Martha. She received the Lord Jesus into her home. She welcomed Him into her family.

This leads to a significant question. What does it mean to properly receive the Lord Jesus in our day?

Excerpted from God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola Author

See also Frank’s podcast

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The Three Stages of Spiritual Growth

The following is by Frank Viola author and it’s from his book Jesus Now.

The Bible speaks of three main stages in spiritual development that correspond to our physical development: infancy, childhood, and adulthood.

The first stage is infancy:

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Pet. 2:1-3 ESV)

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? (1 Cor. 3:1–3 ESV)

Infancy is characterized by a kind of helplessness. A baby is totally dependent on her or his parent to provide. This is true both for the infant’s external and internal needs. Just like a baby needs milk, a baby also need endless amounts of compassion and love.

I can remember a friend suggesting that a crying baby should be disciplined. How ridiculous! The infant is simply alerting us to its needs when it cries. There’s a special sensitivity that we give to infants in part because they are so helpless. But as they grow, we increase the level of responsibility we give them.

Following infancy is childhood. Jesus sanctifies us by His Spirit, making us progressively holy in our conduct. So we are first babes in Christ, and then we grow into childhood—or as John put it, the stage of being “young people” in the faith. During this stage, Jesus does His marvelous work of transformation by His Spirit (Rom. 12:1–2).

I am writing to you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

I am writing to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,

because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, children,

because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because you are strong,

and the word of God abides in you,

and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:12–14 ESV)

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (1 Cor. 13:11 ESV)

Transformation points to the Lord’s role in allowing us to go through trials and tribulations, which are designed to work His character into us. This is the experiential side of the cross.

From a parent’s perspective, this is when maturity is difficult to watch our children go through. Frustration produces growth, but we don’t want our children bouncing from one failure to another. However, a parent who doesn’t allow their kids to risk, stumble, and fall is actually stunting their child’s growth.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2–4)

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Pet. 1:6–7; see also 1 Pet. 4:12–13)

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope. (Rom. 5:3–4)

Jesus’ present-day ministry of reproving and disciplining us is also included in this stage.

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. (Rev. 3:19)

But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. (1 Cor. 11:32)

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Assurance & Correction

The following article is an excerpt from the book Jesus Now by Frank Viola Author

Assurance

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me …

In every grueling trial, in every dark night, in every unexpected crisis, our good shepherd promises to be with us. Therefore, we have nothing to fear.

All throughout the Bible, God tells His people to “fear not.” As sheep, we are naturally fearful, untrusting, and timid. But Jesus is greater than any problem. He has all authority in heaven and on earth. There is nothing that He cannot handle.

However, He wishes to take us to the high mountains. But this requires that we pass through and climb the valleys. Not only will He lead us through the valleys, but He will also walk with us there.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32 KJV)

Consequently, most dilemmas, distresses, and disappointments are all crafted by the hand of God to bring us to higher ground.

Even in the dark valleys, God feeds His sheep. Interestingly, the valleys provide the richest feed and the best forage for the sheep. There is also water there. So the Lord meets us in the valley with food and drink. We are often unaware of this until we get past the crisis and we look back to see God’s hand of care and protection.

Having been through the dark valley ourselves, we may offer the Lord’s comfort to those who are walking in the dark valleys now.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Cor. 1:3–4)

Correction

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me …

The rod and the staff are the shepherd’s arsenal. The rod is used to defend the shepherd and his sheep from predators. It’s also used to discipline wayward sheep and bring them back to the flock.

The shepherd’s staff is his hallmark instrument. The staff is a long, slender stick with a hook at the end of it. The shepherd uses his staff to bring newborn lambs to their mothers. He also uses it to draw sheep closer to one another or to himself (for examination). Unlike the rod, the staff is used gently.

Both instruments express the care and concern that the shepherd has for his sheep. For this reason, the shepherd’s rod and staff bring comfort to the sheep.

In the same way, the Lord Jesus Christ defends, disciplines, and draws us closer to Himself and to the other members of His body via His “rod” and His “staff.”

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Author/Blogger Seminar

Frank Viola author is one of the facilitators of the new Buzz Seminar Master Class.

WHAT YOU GET WITH THE COURSE

It’s time for you to learn how to create BUZZ. For your blog. For your book. For your business. For your message and mission.

That’s why we converted our popular Buzz Seminar into a course (we call it “The Master Class”) that you can order from anywhere in the world and take from the comfort of your own home.

The BUZZ SEMINAR MASTER CLASS includes the following:

* You get 562 minutes of in-depth teaching from the four speakers (9.5 hours total).

* You get the teachings on an MP3 CD (which plays in most newer automobiles). You can upload the MP3 audios to your smart device or computer.

* You get the 120-page Buzz workbook (printed in a 3-ring binder) that supplements the audio teachings.

* The workbook is also included on the CD in PDF, Kindle, and Nook versions.

* You get a premium membership to the closed FaceBook group called THE HIVE where those who have attended the live seminar and/or taken the course help each other.

* You get access to our ever-growing Resource Page which keeps the course evergreen and up-to-date with the latest findings and resources.

* You also get the 100-page BUZZ BOOK as a free bonus supplement.

The Workbook Table of Contents & The Supplemental Audios on the CD

1. How to Use This Workbook to Your Benefit (Frank Viola & Mike Morrell)

Audio = 5 minutes.

2. How to Build Your Hive & Gain Traffic to Your Blog (Frank Viola)

Audio = 1 hour, 2 minutes.

3. Cheat Sheet: 43 Hard-Won Tips for Bloggers (Frank Viola)

Audio = 14 minutes.

4. Finding Your Unique Blog Profit Path – How to Monetize Your Blog in Ways That Actually Work (Michelle Shaeffer)

Audio = 49 minutes.

5. How to Drive Massive Traffic to Your Blog & The Psychology of Sharing Your Content (Michelle Shaeffer)

Audio = 56 minutes.

6. How to Spread Your Honey & Pollen Wherein Your Blog Posts Go Viral (Frank Viola)

Audio = 1 hour, 6 minutes.

7. How to Write a Great Book – The Three Methods I Use That Work for Anyone (Frank Viola)

Audio = 44 minutes.

8. Cross Pollination & Movement-Based Marketing (Mike Morrell)

Audio = 22 minutes.

9. Your Publishing Options & How You Can Get Published Now (Mike Morrell & Dave Hancock)

Audio = 45 minutes.

10. How to Hit a Best-Seller List – The Step-by-Step Process (Frank Viola & Dave Hancock)

Audio = 43 minutes.

11. Guerrilla Marketing – How to Get Your Message to the Masses (Dave Hancock)

Audio = 57 minutes.

12. The Entrepreneurial Author & How You Can Be One (Dave Hancock)

Audio = 52 minutes.

13. Questions and Answers (Panel of All Four Speakers)

Audio = 47 minutes.

14. Putting It All Together (Mike Morrell)

15. The Next Step – An Invitation to THE HIVE Closed FaceBook Group (Free for Course Members)

Appendix: An Inside Look at the World of Honeybees (Mike Morrell)

COURSE BENEFITS

* You have the course for your entire lifetime.

* You always have access to the special online Resource Page. It never expires. So every time it’s updated, you still have access.

* You can work through the course at your own pace! There’s no time-limits on the course lessons.

* You can put the audios on the device of your choice. Just copy the files from the MP3 CD to your device.

* You have lifetime access to THE HIVE (the closed FaceBook group). It never expires.

WHAT YOU’RE UP AGAINST

  • There are over 300 million blogs on the Web today, all vying for people’s limited attention.
  • There are over 3 million books published each year in the USA.
  • The average book in the USA sells less than 250 copies per year.
  • The average book in the USA sells less than 3,000 copies over its lifetime.
  • A book has less than a 1% chance of being stocked in an average bookstore.
  • For every available bookstore shelf space, there are 100 to 1,000 or more titles competing for that shelf space.

Point: It is increasingly difficult to make any blog or book stand out today. New titles are not just competing with three million recently published books, they are also competing with more than seven million other books available for sale.

The Buzz Master Class is designed to help you beat these odds . . . because the presenter’s have done it themselves with their blogs and books.

CONQUER ONLINE OBSCURITY – STOP BEING AN INVISIBLE BLOGGER & AUTHOR!

Suppose you enrolled in college or a trade school to learn a new skill. You would spend thousands of dollars on your education, it would take years to complete, and when you graduated, there would be no guarantee that someone would hire you.

Now imagine that you took a premium course at your own pace that would equip you to begin earning money immediately through your writing talent.

The course wouldn’t cost you anywhere near the cost of a college or trade school education. Nor would it take you years to acquire the strategies that you need to earn income.

This is what The Buzz Master Class is all about.

THE COURSE CLOSES OCTOBER 2ND AT 8:00 AM EST & THE PRICE GOES UP THE NEXT TIME IT’S AVAILABLE AGAIN

We have limited supplies of the course. So you’ll want to order soon!

Don’t wait. Your life deserves better and so do the people who need your message.

Remember, your results won’t change unless you take action and do something different.

The Buzz Seminar Master Class gives you the direction, the instruction, and the tools to bring forth the transformation that you are wanting.

We will stop taking orders on October 2nd at 8:00 AM EST and then the course will be wait-listed.

Remember: The next time we launch the course, which will be in a several months, the price will go up.

The current introductory price is only $697 USD plus shipping and handling. All courses will be shipped PRIORITY MAIL.

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The Man in the Glory

There’s a Man in the glory
Whose Life is for me.
He’s pure and He’s holy,
Triumphant and free.
He’s wise and He’s loving,
How tender is He!
His Life in the glory,
My life must be;
His Life in the glory,
My life must be.
There’s a Man in the glory
Whose life is for me.
He overcame Satan;
From bondage He’s free.
In Life He is reigning;
How kingly is He!
His Life in the glory,
My life must be;
His Life in the glory,
My life must be.
There’s a Man in the glory
Whose Life is for me.
In Him is no sickness;
No weakness has He.
He’s strong and in vigor,
How buoyant is He!
His Life in the glory
My life may be;
His Life in the glory,
My life may be.
There’s a Man in the glory
Whose Life is for me.
His peace is abiding;
How patient is He!
He’s joyful and radiant,
Expecting to see
His Life in the glory
Lived out in me;
His Life in the glory
Lived out in me.

—Mary E. McDonough, 1787

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