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Why Knowing About God Isn’t Enough

Do you know about God, or do you know Him? Beloved, God has so much more for you than simply knowing facts and history about Him—He wants you to experience Him! In this short clip, Frank reveals why the Lord Jesus Christ came to live inside us.


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Why Knowing About God Isn’t Enough

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There are two Greek words in the Bible for knowing. First there is the Greek word oida. It means “to know in the mind;” it means “to know the facts.” But there’s a second word for knowing that we really need to understand and it’s gnosco. Gnosco means “to know by experience.”

Let’s explore the difference between these two words. I can’t come to you and say, “I know (gnosco) Abraham Lincoln,”  I don’t know him by experience. I have no relationship with him. The word I would use here would be oida. “I know Abraham Lincoln.” I’ve read the history books and I know the facts about his life. So which word do we find in the New Testament when it talks about us knowing God? It’s not oida—it’s gnosco. This is so very important because so many people live in oida. They know about God, they read the Bible, they know the facts, they study the history, and they know about God but they don’t know Him. Do you realize how sad that is?

Let me illustrate this again. I don’t want to know about a kiss. I don’t want to oida a kiss. Oida is the facts: two mouths coming together, exchanging tongues and saliva fluid. Yuck. I don’t want to know that. I want to experience it! Isn’t that strange, especially after that definition? But you want to experience it too, because that’s the first act of giving yourself to another human being and receiving another human being. And that’s gnosco, my friends, the Lord Jesus Christ came to live inside of us. Why? Well, so He could empower us, so we could experience Him so that we could know Him, not by mind only, but by experiencing His love.

I don’t want to know about love. I want to be loved, don’t you? And that’s why the Holy Spirit came inside of you. So you could experience the love, grace, mercy, faithfulness, kindness, and goodness of God and know Him (gnosco) by experience.

What a great God. Have a great day!

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Who Am I?—The Answer You’ve Been Looking For

Many of us struggle with questions about our identity, value, and worth. Do you really know who you are? In this short video, Frank shares the beautiful answers to these questions, answers laid out for us in God’s Word. You are a child of God, beloved, and He wants you to know exactly who He has made you to be.


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Who Am I? - The Answer You’ve Been Looking For

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Let’s look at 2 Peter 1:1 where Peter introduces himself as “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.” So we can look at this casually but please, don’t ever read the Bible casually, dig into it! There are precious jewels here that you might miss if you’re just skimming through. Peter introduces himself not as Peter, but as Simon Peter. Simon was his birth name, the name given to his humanity; Peter was the name given to him by Jesus, his new covenant name, “the Rock” in Jesus Christ. Then he goes further just to make sure we get it. He says he is a bond servant, basically just a slave, and he is an apostle of Jesus Christ, basically a prince in the Kingdom of God. Do you see what Peter is doing in this little verse? He’s saying, I know who I am and I know who I was. I’m just a man, but I’m so much more than a man—I’m a child of God. I’m just a servant but I’m also a child of the king, which means I’m a prince and I rule and reign with Him.

Peter knew who he was. Do you know who you are?

I find that the church doesn’t understand this issue of identity. Here’s how it usually goes. We talk to the unbeliever and we say, “You’re a sinner in need of deliverance.” So they agree and say, “Yes, I put my faith in Jesus.” And we say, “Okay, now you’re a sinner saved by grace.” But don’t you see? In this way of thinking nothing has happened, nothing has changed! Well your sins have been forgiven and you’re going to heaven, but we’ve missed the whole thrust of the New Testament. The whole point is that we get made brand new! We are no longer sinners— that’s what we do—but it’s not who we are. Here’s a new way of saying it; a new way of thinking about it. I was a sinner. Now I am a saint who sins. Sometimes that’s the best definition.

I’m just a man. When you look at me, you look at Frank Friedmann. I’m just a man, but I’m so much more than a man. I’m a container of God. I’m a prince of the Kingdom of God. Just as you are. You are a saint. You’re not a sinner anymore. If you’re a Christian, a sinner is not who you are, it’s what you do sometimes, but it’s not who you are. You are a saint. You are a prince or a princess. And for this, we praise our God in Jesus’ name.

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When God Says Wait

When life is at its hardest, and we desperately need answers, it is hard to hear God say, “Wait.” In this short clip, Frank reveals the promise of God that every one of His children need to know as they wait. May you hold on tightly to Father today, knowing that He IS at work on your behalf.


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When God Says “Wait”

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Wait. Did you hear that word? I really don’t like that word. To me it’s kind of a four letter word in the Bible. When my heart gets set on something I’m going to bring into my life or maybe there’s news of a bad thing coming “wait” is a very difficult word. And that’s not only true for us, it was a difficult word for Ruth in the Bible too. In Ruth 3:18 she has expressed her desire to marry Prince Boaz and he has affirmed his desire to marry her. Romance is in the air. There’s only one problem, as so often happens with fairy tale romances, there’s somebody in the way. With Cinderella it was the wicked stepsisters and in the Princess Bride it was that deceitful Prince Humperdinck. Well here there is a kinsman redeemer who’s closer to Ruth than Boaz is and he has the right in the law of God to redeem her first.

So Naomi tells Ruth, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today” (Ruth 3:18). But here’s the other thing I want you to notice. She tells Ruth to wait because another is working to bring about an appointed end. Boaz, as you remember, was a mighty man of valor, a mighty man of influence. My friends, do you see where we’re going with this? I don’t know what you’re having to wait for—maybe it’s a job, maybe it’s a decision to move, maybe you’re single and you’re waiting for a spouse, or you’ve got a sick child and you’re waiting for a diagnosis. Waiting can be very, very difficult. But remember, there is One who is greater than we are who is not going to rest. He is going to settle this matter and as Jeremiah says, “bring us to an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). While you wait, my friends, rest in the knowledge that there’s a greater One who is working on your behalf.

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What to do When You Fall Short

Worrying about what others think of us, and trying to be perfect all the time are exhausting burdens to carry. But what if our identity, worth, and value actually didn’t depend on our behavior at all? In this short clip, Frank invites us into freedom and rest as he shares how our Heavenly Father describes a righteous person.


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What to do When You Fall Short

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Today I want to share with you one of my favorite verses from the Old Testament, Proverbs 24:16. This is what it says: “The righteous man falls seven times and gets up again.” Did you hear that? It does NOT say the righteous never fall. That’s the mind of religion. That’s a lie! In that way of thinking the focus is on my behavior and the lie that I don’t sin. 1 John 1:8 says “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Romans 2:10 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So it’s very important to understand that a righteous person is not somebody who is righteous by behavior because everyone’s behavior falls short. Isn’t that glorious? The righteous person is one who lives by faith and gets back up again.

There’s another part of this verse that I want you to notice. We don’t want to miss this. “The righteous man falls seven times.” Why didn’t God say four times or five times or twenty times? He said seven because seven is the number of biblical perfection. So what does this mean? It means that a righteous person is a perfect failure—a perfect failure who keeps getting back up. Now that’s a God I can follow! That’s a God I can serve!  In His eyes the issue is not that I fall, but that I keep getting back up and I keep choosing to believe in Him. My identity and my worth and my value and my salvation are not dependent on my behavior, but on the behavior of the Son of God who gave Himself for me on the cross. Isn’t that glorious?

Go tackle the world today with this as your motto; “You can knock me down, but you’ll never knock me out—I’m getting back up again.” Have a victorious day to day in Jesus’ name!

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Want Others To See God in Your Life? Here’s What Not to Do

What does it mean when the Bible tells us to not quench the spirit? Today, Frank untangles a confusing verse for us, as he reminds us that the Holy Spirit will never overpower us or control us; it is always up to us to allow Him to transform our lives.


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Want Others To See God In Your Life? Here’s What Not To Do

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In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 there’s a very curious verse. It says, “Do not quench the spirit.” That’s puzzling because “quench” can be used so often in a very positive way, especially when we’re talking about thirst. When I’m thirsty, what do I want to do? I’m going to quench that thirst. When I have a desire, what do I want to do? I want to quench that desire by fulfilling it. But here it’s being used in a very negative fashion. “Don’t quench the spirit.” What does that mean? I think the key to understanding this verse is to realize that throughout both Old and New Testaments, the Holy Spirit is viewed and represented as fire. Fire is a very powerful commodity. Fire purifies everything that it touches. That’s the important part. The Holy Spirit has come into our life as a fire to empower us so He can purify us in our walk. Wonderful! Do not quench that!

Let’s think about this clearly. Fire has one real enemy and that’s water. Water can put out the fire. The Bible talks about water—living water—and so we want to draw a real life from God as living water but by implication there are other kinds of water. There are other things that can temporarily satisfy our soul, never satisfy our spirit, but certainly satisfy our soul. When we take satisfaction from those things, we are quenching the power of the Spirit to completely satisfy all of my needs. So we’ve got to be very careful here, my friends. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will never overpower your life. He will never overtake you, never control you. And also, He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will always be available to you. But in the moment when you quench the spirit, you’re looking to other things than God as a life source, and you’re not allowing His power to transform you into the image of Christ.

Don’t quench the spirit, let Him energize your life in a way that transforms it so that the world will be able to look at you and see you as a letter of God and say, “There goes a man or a woman who knows God. I can see it in the way they live.”

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The Only Thing to do When You're Feeling Overwhelmed

When our eyes are on our circumstances we quickly lose sight of God. We become overwhelmed as we try to make sense of things, forgetting that there is only one thing God has called us to do. In today’s short video, Frank reminds us that it is our Father who will be our strength as He leads us through the darkness.  


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Our Resurrection to New Life

Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus is not reserved solely for Easter Sunday. It’s something for us to celebrate every day, because it changed everything for us! In this short video, Frank explains the beautiful truth that not only did Jesus rise from death, but we too rose from death into brand new life with Him!


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Celebrating the Depths of God's Love

When we lose a loved one, we gather together to mourn their death and celebrate a beautiful life that was lived. In this short clip, Frank offers a radical thought to consider as today, we remember the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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The Only Thing To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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Adversity. I don’t like that word, nor any of its synonyms—distress, hardship, struggle, conflict. All those kinds of things can loom very large in our lives. Let’s be honest, when they do, it’s so easy for you and I to fix our eyes on them and not see God. Then God becomes very small in our lives. Sometimes I feel like the disciples when Jesus said to them “Oh you of little faith!” I’m not sharing with you something that I don’t struggle with. Those looming things that pop into our lives can seem so big. What can we do?

Well, I’m always looking for stories of how other people have trusted God. I think of Asaph in Psalm 73. He went horizontal in life and life seemed so harsh. He went vertical and he saw the true reality of life. He saw the world through heaven’s eyes.

Recently I came across the story of the Boxer Rebellion in China. Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission during the Boxer Rebellion and the saints were suffering very badly at this time. So Hudson Taylor, who was now in his late seventies, gathered them together and this is what he said,I cannot see. I cannot think, I cannot even pray.” Have you ever been there? When life seems so overwhelming, you can’t think straight. You can’t see the light in the midst of the darkness and you’re so overwhelmed that you cannot pray. But Hudson Taylor wasn’t done. Listen to all of what he said. “I cannot see. I cannot think, I cannot even pray, but I can trust.” My heart was warmed by those words.

You see, God doesn’t call us to understand why things are happening. God doesn’t call us to muster up our strength and tread through the darkness. He calls us to trust Him that He will be our strength and He will be our guide and He will lead us through the path of darkness into the light of His glorious grace and love.

I hope that encourages your day and bless you in Jesus’ name.


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He is Faithful, Even When We Wander

The world calls us in every direction, and we sometimes head down paths we shouldn’t. In today’s short clip, Frank assures us that no matter where we go, what we do, or who we become, our loving Father never leaves us or forsakes us. In His faithfulness, our God perpetually calls us to Himself.


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He Is Faithful, Even When We Wander

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I want to share another one of my favorite verses with you today. It’s found in 1 Thessalonians 5:24  It says, “Faithful is He who calls you.” Stop right there. A lot of times we’ll read this as “Faithful is He who has called you. That’s not what it says! That would imply that God reached out and He called you to Himself, and now He’s not doing anything else. The Greek word is not in the past tense, it’s in the present tense. Let’s translate it correctly and let’s read the Bible carefully. “Faithful is He who calls you.” The present tense means there is an element of continuousness in the action. So God is calling you and calling you and calling you and calling you. Why is that so important? Because like the old hymn writer said, “I’m prone to wander.”

There’s this thing in me called the flesh that is not me. There’s this thing in me called the power of sin that is not me. It’s like having a splinter. I have a piece of wood in my body, but it’s not me. And the flesh and the power of sin that are in me are attracted to the things of the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life (1 John 2:16). As Psalm 23 puts it there’s a lot of different paths out there, and sometimes I can be called to those paths. But God is so faithful. He calls me again and again and again and again. “Don’t go down that path. Don’t go down that path.” And sometimes I do it anyway and He continues to call me to Himself. Remember what God said? “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

We serve a God who calls us to Himself perpetually. That’s how faithful He is. Isn’t that glorious? And for that, we praise you, Father, in Jesus’ name, have a great day my friends, bless you.

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear

In this short clip, Frank gives an important reminder for us to always search the scriptures to confirm that what we’re being taught is true. Our God is the Father of Light, but there is also the father of lies who seeks to deceive us by speaking truth mixed with a little lie. This world is a dangerous place and we must walk closely with God.


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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

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I’m going to highlight for you what I believe is one of the most important verses in the New Testament. In the book of Acts 17 the apostle Paul went to Berea and there he taught them the word of God. But here’s what’s so special. After they listened to him the Bereans went home to search the scriptures to see if what he said was really true (Acts 17:11). I hope you understand what a desperate need there is for you to do that and for me to do that today.

You know, years ago when I first began to teach the grace of God, you didn’t need more than your fingers and toes to count the people who were teaching the grace of God. But we’re in a wave of momentum and so many people are jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve read some of the new books that are out, and I’ve listened to some of the new speakers, and I’m greatly concerned that they do not necessarily know the grace they’re talking about. We’ve got to remember, my friends, that there are two fathers in this world. There’s the Father of light, our great God, and there’s the father of lies. And the father of lies is very active in this world. What he does as a strategy is he takes truth and speaks truth and puts just a little bit of lie in it. It’s enough truth to sound good, but there’s enough lie to knock us off course. Remember, Adam and Eve and the serpent? “God said, you shall not touch that tree.” God never said don’t touch the tree. He said, “Don’t eat of the tree.” There was enough truth in what the serpent said to get her to listen to him, but there was enough lie to cause her to stumble in a very bad way.

No matter who you’re listening to, even me, I want you to search the scriptures and see if what that teacher is saying is true. If it’s true, follow them, listen to them, and keep searching and making sure they continue to speak truth. If it’s not true, run as fast as you can. Lies are nothing to play with. Be alert in this world, it’s a dangerous place. Walk close with God.

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Connecting the dots: How to trust God in this dark world

The book of Psalms tells us that we will dwell in Him, and He will be our home. Using incredible imagery from a recent movie, Frank reveals the breathtaking words of our Father who tells us “I will be your host, I will protect you, and am so much for you that I will lay down my life for you.” In all that you face today Beloved, may you find shelter in your God who loves you and gave Himself up for you.


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Connecting the Dots: How to Trust God in This Dark World

Are you struggling? Becoming overwhelmed? Connect the dots in your own life of how God has been faithful to you. Connect the dots and let your heart be encouraged, let your faith be strengthened. Let your walk be dramatically empowered as you look at His faithfulness. This is what Habakkuk did. 

Habakkuk looked upon the nation of Israel, and Israel was in trouble. He cried out to God and God said, “I see, and I'm going to wipe them out.” Habakkuk was thinking more along the lines of revival but God said no. He was going to wipe them out and use the wicked Chaldeans to do it. 

Habakkuk continued to ask God questions, but there was silence. He decided to go up into his prayer tower, and he told God that he wouldn’t come down until He answered him. Two weeks went by and God said, “Trust Me.” That's it, that was all Habakkuk got. The just shall live by faith. 

So, he comes down from his prayer tower and he begins connecting the dots: God, you parted the Red Sea, you made the sun stand still, you knocked down the walls of Jericho—Bring on the Chaldeans. Though the fig tree doesn't blossom, though there's not going to be any fruit on the vine, yet I will trust you. 

Father, Your Word is great, because it's the truth about You and all that You want to be to us. May every one of us put our faith in You, may our hearts be encouraged today, our faith strengthened, and our walk transformed, because of who You are. In the midst of this very dark world, we cling to you Father because we know You're going to cling back to us. In Jesus name. Amen.

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