Tony Evans’ Blog

The Freedom of Forgiveness

The Freedom of ForgivenessAs those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. – Colossians 3:12-13 Many of us today find ourselves on a leash. The links in the chain are anger, bitterness, resentment, and revenge. All these, however, come down to one thing—unforgiveness. Unforgiveness holds us hostage, and when we try to pull […]

Faith in Practice – Part 2

Faith in Practice - Part 2The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is. – Romans 14:22-23 Things that the Bible condemns are always wrong. Things that the Bible condones are always right. But the things that the Bible neither condemns nor condones are up to our own personal convictions, which are […]

Faith in Practice – Part 1

Faith in Practice - Part 1Faith, if it has no works, is dead. – James 2:17 The question of faith as it relates to living a life of power and authority is this: Do we believe that if we truly trust God, He will prove Himself to be trustworthy? We must believe that He is faithful, and that belief must show up in our actions. You can say that you are full of faith and yet have no faith. Or you can say that you struggle […]

The Confidence of Faith

The Confidence of FaithThe righteous man shall live by faith. – Romans 1:17 Being confident in life is fundamentally an issue of faith. Faith relates to all of life. The definition of faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith accepts that what God has said is as good as done. Faith lays claim on and stakes its existence on the person and purposes of God. Faith functions in the present, based on what God […]

Prioritizing and Praying

Prioritizing and PrayingHe who loves pleasure will become a poor man. – Proverbs 21:17 After you’ve planted and planned to use your resources in a way that glorifies God, you must prioritize. You will have to determine the difference between your needs, wants, and desires. The Bible says we have only three needs: food, clothes, and shelter. If all our needs are being met, we have plenty to praise the Lord for. Wants are based on the quality of our needs—we may need […]

Planting and Planning

Planting and PlanningRender to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. – Mark 12:17 To get out of debt God’s way, we must first learn how to plant. Any financial counselor will tell you to invest in that which gives you the greatest chance of a good return. And God will always give us the greatest return on anything in life. God is our greatest investment, and if we do not honor Him with all He […]

The Reality of Debt

The Reality of DebtIt is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. – Ecclesiastes 5:5 Financially speaking, there are three kinds of people: the haves, the have-nots, and those who have not paid for what they have! Debt has become a way of life in America. “In 2004, the average credit-card-indebted family allocated 21 percent of its income to servicing monthly debt compared to the 13 percent dedicated to debt payments among all households.”[1] We must […]

The People of Ministry

The People of MinistryLet your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 Some people believe Christianity is self-service only, but the truth is, we can’t just take in the gospel for ourselves and not share it with others. God wants to empty us of ourselves so He can fill us with something new. Then we can give to others out of that which He has […]

The Ministry of Stewardship

The Ministry of StewardshipBring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. – Malachi 3:10 Understanding who we are as the people of God is critical for success as stewards of His kingdom. We are God’s safety valve, the ones God has called to demonstrate what kingdom solutions look like. Ministry occurs when God’s people serve others for eternal purposes. Ministry touches lives with eternity in mind. Ministry takes place in God’s house. In Old Testament times, […]

Committed for Blessing

Committed for BlessingAnd my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 God has a blessing for everyone—including you. We will all face trials and tribulations, but in those times, the joy of the Lord will be our strength. In Genesis 12:2-3, God promised Abraham that He would both bless him and make him a blessing. Shortly thereafter, Abraham rescued the city of Sodom, which had been taken captive. “Melchizedek, king of Salem […]