Can you imagine a stereotypical career fisherman penning the above exhortation in 1 Peter? The testimony of Simon Peter is fascinating. From fisherman to a fisher of men. From an accomplice to Satan’s interests to the CEO of the 12 apostles of Jesus. From a scaredy-cat, thrice denier to a celebrated martyr. The very fact that Peter recovered from an epic failure of faith to author two amazing letters testifies to the power of Jesus’ intercession, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).
Introducing The Spirit of Elijah Ministries
The Spirit of Elijah Ministries mission is to build the Kingdom of God and the local church by equipping men and their families to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. This mission is accomplished through speaking at men's, family, and couples' retreats, church conferences, homeschool conventions, as well as through audio and video resources and printed materials.
Listen as Norm Wakefield explains how the purpose of this ministry is grounded in scripture - particularly Malachi 4:6 and Romans 1:16.
Chariot of Fire Blog
“Approximately 200 years after Jesus’ birth, an anonymous Christian wrote an expanded account of the birth of Jesus called The Protevangelium of James. James had nothing to do with it. The author was not a Jew and did not understand the Palestinian geography or Jewish tradition. In that period many wrote books claiming famous people as the authors.” The book is full of details created in the author’s imagination. For example, the author described the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem as a desert, which in fact was rich farmland.
God is love. The fruit of the Spirit is love. Jesus’ commandment is to love. The perfect bond of unity is love. Love is the proof that one knows God and is a disciple of Jesus. Love of the brethren is evidence that one has passed out of death into life. Love is the greatest of the three blessings of the gospel, faith, hope, and love. These things convinced me that the purpose of the existence of the body of Christ is to live to love with Jesus.
"Thanks again for your ministry to all of us guys at the Illinois camp, my sons and I were truly blessed by the weekend. I am excited to see God leading your ministry to focus on loving like/with Jesus. I believe this message has the potential to impact the Church greatly. "
-- Father/Son camp attendee
"Three years ago at the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Omaha, NE my son and I met you. At that time his dad had just left us and was living a very immoral lifestyle. You gave us two resources: Teenagers 101 and Equipping Men. We have just finished those two and have been reaping rewards from the wisdom gleaned! We can not thank you enough!
-- single mom
"I enjoyed listening to your talks at the CHAP convention. For me, you were the highlight and blessing of the entire weekend. I intended to get to other speakers but ended up skipping others to catch all of yours."
-- conference attendee
"I just would like to say how Mr. Wakefield has changed my life. (We know it's the Lord who does the changing :-) I thoroughly enjoyed the message that you gave us at the FEAST conference on How to Build a Foundation of Faith. Thanks so much for your ministry."
-- homeschool conference attendee
The Preeminence of Jesus
Listen to Norm's teaching from Colossians 1:15-20. This track is part of the Colossians Bible study series.