Joseph Mattera

  • 10 Reasons Our Finances Reveal Devotion to God

    10 Reasons Our Finances Reveal Devotion to God

    In the Gospels, Jesus spoke about money more than most other subjects. He viewed money as a significant indicator of one’s heart and spiritual state. He used parables and His teachings as a way to depict deeper spiritual lessons and priorities.  The following are 10 reasons our finances reveal our devotion to God:  1. Where

  • 8 Ways the Kingdom Connects Us to Garden of Eden

    8 Ways the Kingdom Connects Us to Garden of Eden

    When Jesus came as the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45), He announced the Good News of the kingdom of God (Mark 1:14). What is the kingdom of God? The rule of God emanates from the throne of God in heaven. Hence, the kingdom of God rules over all creation (Ps. 22:28. 24:1. 103:19).  When Jesus

  • God Releases the End-Times Flood

    God Releases the End-Times Flood

    With the destruction of Judeo/Christian values in Western culture, people are left to order their lives through means outside of the biblical narrative. This means that presently, we have a free-for-all system where every person defines their own laws, ethics and values. Self-expression is the new ethos, and even if self-destructive lifestyles diminish a society’s

  • Wise Preacher Offers Insights on Life’s Meaning

    Wise Preacher Offers Insights on Life’s Meaning

    This is part two of a two-part article. Find part one at this link. The book of Ecclesiastes is a profound piece of wisdom literature in the Old Testament, attributed to Solomon (referred to as “the Preacher” or “the Teacher”). It delves into the meaning of life and the vanity (meaninglessness) of worldly pursuits without

  • 5 Ways the Church Can Restore Creation’s Harmony

    5 Ways the Church Can Restore Creation’s Harmony

    This is part two of a two-part article. Read part one at this link. Unfortunately, the fall of humanity, as depicted in Genesis 3, introduced discord into God’s well-ordered system, which disrupted the perfect harmony between heaven and earth, between the spiritual and natural realms, in the following ways: 1.There was a disruption of the

  • Creation as Worship: Mirroring God’s Tabernacle

    Creation as Worship: Mirroring God’s Tabernacle

    This is part one of a two-part article. Find part two at this link. The word “liturgy” originates from the Greek term leitourgia, which means “public service” or “work of the people.” While it is most commonly associated with religious worship, particularly the structured form of public worship in Christian contexts, the concept can be

  • 7 More Reasons Christians Should Believe in Divine Healing

    7 More Reasons Christians Should Believe in Divine Healing

    Last week, I began a two-part series about divine healing. Click here to read part 1; part 2 is below.  7 Reasons Christians Should Believe in Divine Healing 8. Jesus said healing is an expression of God’s goodness. In Mark 3:1-6, Jesus identified healing as an act of goodness and a means of saving lives. Furthermore, Acts

  • 7 Reasons Christians Should Believe in Divine Healing

    7 Reasons Christians Should Believe in Divine Healing

    Some individuals within the church mistakenly align the doctrine of physical healing with the so-called prosperity gospel. While I challenge the tenets of the prosperity gospel, it’s crucial to acknowledge that God’s willingness to bestow physical and material blessings upon us stems from His inherent goodness. The real contention with the prosperity gospel lies not

  • Leadership Styles: Lateral or Vertical?

    Leadership Styles: Lateral or Vertical?

    Through the years, I have observed various leadership styles and methods. Some are effective in certain contexts but significantly limit their reach because of their limited perspective. This article aims to explore the differences between what I call “lateral” and “vertical” leadership. By lateral leadership, I refer to a person who is horizontal in scope

  • Avoiding 12 Hazards of Executive Leadership

    Avoiding 12 Hazards of Executive Leadership

    As somebody who has served in executive leadership and with senior-level leaders for many decades, I have observed the following 12 hazards of executive leadership: 1. Constant stress. Stress is unavoidable. Every time a person has a responsibility to fulfill, some stress comes with it. Not all stress is bad. However, there is often a

  • 7 Powerful Traits of the Joshua Generation

    7 Powerful Traits of the Joshua Generation

    As our congregation has been praying for the past few months, we sense that the next several years are a time for the true church to regain the ground it has lost in culture and blessings. Now, more than in the past decade, the Spirit seems to be saying that it is a time of

  • Is Christian Nationalism a Threat to Democracy?

    Is Christian Nationalism a Threat to Democracy?

    Have you noticed that, almost everywhere you turn, “Christian nationalism” is in the news? On March 3, a headline on the Christian Post stated: “John MacArthur denounces Christian nationalism as ‘faulty viewpoint’ linked to postmillennialism.” On March 7, USA Today announced: “As Trump support merges with Christian nationalism, experts warn of extremist risks.” Similar headlines

  • Top 10 Traits of Narcissistic Leaders

    Top 10 Traits of Narcissistic Leaders

    By definition, a narcissist is a person who believes the world revolves around them to such an extent their desires blind them to relational reality, which makes them insensitive to the needs and perspectives of others. One of the sad realities in our consumer-driven, hedonistic culture is that we are producing millions of narcissistic people,

  • The Ruthless Rise of the Demigod Leader

    The Ruthless Rise of the Demigod Leader

    The church has seen the rise of celebrity cult-status leaders who act like spiritual divas. In this article, I define “demigods” as those who act as little gods and believe they are above everyone else. There are some social and psychological reasons for this aberrant behavior, both from the vantage point of these leaders and

  • Is the Modern Prophetic Movement Duplicating These Ancient Heresies?

    Is the Modern Prophetic Movement Duplicating These Ancient Heresies?

    The focus of this article is that, in my opinion, the modern prophetic movement has often repeated the heresies of the early Montanist movement.  What Was Montanism? Montanism was a Christian movement that emerged in the second century, around the middle of the second century A.D, in Phrygia, a region in modern-day Turkey. It is

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