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18 Feb Free Book Promotion! Get It Before Offer Ends!

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Within the first three weeks of its release, my Kindle book So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion has been, thankfully, impacting so many people’s lives. Remy and I are so overwhelmed by all the positive responses we’ve been receiving from people who said it spoke the language of their heart. Wow! It’s such GOOD NEWS for us to hear!

 

But wait! I have more good news!

 

Are you ready?

 

For a limited time only, So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion is now FREE on Amazon.com until February 22! Grab your copy here:

 

Click on this link —-> Free Book Promotion of “So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion”

 

Our heart is to see this message of unconditional love spread throughout the world and to especially help those who’ve been affected by fear-based religion.

 

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.

 

To those who end up downloading this book for free, would you mind doing us a favor? Once you’re finished (or inspired at any point) with the book, would you mind doing at least two things? Can you:

 

1) WRITE A REVIEW on Amazon.com (it only takes a few minutes)

2) SHARE THIS BOOK with as many people as possible (via online or word of mouth)

 

Of course, you don’t have to. Us knowing that people are reading the book is already a big encouragement for us. But it’s something my wife and I would really appreciate.

 

A BIG THANKS to everyone who supported us during the process of this book. We learned a lot by self-publishing for the first time. And don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the PAPERBACK edition. It’s coming soon!

 

With much gratitude,

 

Josh and Remy

 

(Don’t forget to click on the link above to get your free copy today!)

 

 

 

 

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29 Jan New Book!

Check out Joshua’s new book!

So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

Order on Amazon (Kindle)

Description:

 Tired of religion?

What if almost everything you were taught about Christianity is wrong? Would you give up on faith altogether? Or is it possible to rediscover—with fresh eyes—a richer and more satisfying understanding of God and spirituality?

So You Thought You Knew is a refreshing journey written straight from the heart. It’s about thinking outside the “institutional walls” of Christianity and asking the hard questions. It boldly says in public what many people are thinking in private. And its hilarious stories and life-changing insights will inspire those who are dissatisfied with fear-driven religion but believe—deep down—there’s a better message out there for the world to hear.

Praise for 

So You Thought You Knew

  “This brilliantly thought-out, carefully worded and daringly provocative book is a must read for all who ask questions, answer questions and perhaps more importantly, question the answers we’ve habitually used and traded down for millennia. This book forces us to reconsider what we believe, why we believe it, and whether those beliefs add to or subtract from the quality of our lives.”

— Bishop Carlton Pearson, author of The Gospel of Inclusion and God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…

 “A fresh wind is sweeping 21st century Christianity. It challenges our assumptions, it invigorates our faith and it motivates us to love. Joshua Tongol is one of those moved by this fresh wind. This book is easy to read yet it is a thought provoking story of a journey with Jesus in his upside-down kingdom. This is one of those rare books where faith and questions both meet in one person’s quest for honesty in Christianity. I am reminded of The Shack.”

— Michael Hardin, Executive Director of Preaching Peace and author of The Jesus Driven Life

“In this artful, thoughtful and accessible work, Joshua Tongol asks some very disconcerting questions and offers equally liberating proposals. His challenges should not be misread as simply setting up polarizing binaries. Rather, I believe he’s faithfully shaping a generation of critically thinking believers with the capacity to perform a very specific and unlikely miracle: making Christianity possible for my grandchildren. What matters to God and what matters to me is a theology and practice that magnifies the love of God and ministers the love of Christ. The rest, apparently, really is up for grabs.”

— Dr. Brad Jersak, author of Can You Hear Me? and Kissing the Leper

“Accessible, winsome and provocative, Joshua Tongol has written a powerful book arising out of his own spiritual journey that seeks to inspire ‘those who have ears to hear’ to step out of their carefully circumscribed faith and into something that more closely resembles the freedom available through Christ.”

— Kevin Miller, director of Hellbound?

“In a personable and approachable style, Joshua Tongol fearlessly helps us to face the hard questions of faith so many of us struggle with. This is not a book with “all the answers” so much as it is one that models that it’s okay for us to ask those questions as a healthy expression of faith. That can be scary—even isolating—but Joshua continually brings the focus back to a grace that just won’t let go, allowing us to have the courage to ask those difficult questions together.”

— Derek Flood, author of Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross

“Many of us have inherited a version of the ‘good news’ that, honestly, doesn’t seem very good. We wrestle with the disparity between the god we are told exists, and the God our hearts tell us must exist. Unfortunately, few of us have a conversation partner with which we can process this incongruity. Enter Joshua Tongol. This is more than a book; it’s an invitation. An invitation to allow yourself to ask the hard questions of the faith you have inherited. So, grab a beverage, pull up a chair, and allow Josh to give voice to the questions your heart has been asking. I think you might just find something that you can finally call ‘good news’.”

— Raborn Johnson, co-host of BeyondtheBoxPodcast.com

“Joshua Tongol has restored to Christendom the Good News of God’s driving passion to be in a love relationship with all humanity. Beautiful, simple, yet profoundly deep, Joshua calls the church to an authentic Christian way of life that, if lived out, will transform the world. A must-read that will thoroughly, theologically, rock the status quo!”

— Sharon Baker, author of Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You’ve Been Taught About God’s Wrath and Judgment

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30 Dec Happy New Year | 2013 Reflections | Ministry Update

 

Date: 12/29/13
Location: Queens, New York

 

Things shared in our latest video update:
-a review of 2013
-Josh’s new book
-why we don’t post certain theological videos
-why we don’t answer certain questions
-upcoming “Into the Wild” podcast with Darin Hufford
-how the message of love and grace has transformed us
-how to deal with those you disagree with
-some encouragement

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18 Sep CAUTION: You’ll Never See Healing the Same Way (MUST WATCH!) The Science of Healing | Joshua Tongol

 

The Kingdom Awakening Global Conference

 

Date: August 29, 2013

Location: Wichita, Kansas

 

Is there a “science” when it comes to healing? If so, how does God fit into the picture?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

As you watch these videos, try to have an open heart and mind. And no matter what you may have been taught about God and/or the Bible…don’t forget to THINK for yourself.

 

Bless you on your journey…

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11 Sep THIS MESSAGE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!! – The Unconditional Acceptance of God | Joshua Tongol

 

The Kingdom Awakening Global Conference

 

Date: August 27, 2013

Location: Wichita, Kansas

 

Identity Crisis + Q&A

 

After the conference I received several emails from people asking me what happened at the event. Rumor has it that, during the Q&A, I was “attacked” and “publicly rebuked.” I’m here to show what actually happened during my session.

 

I spoke with some of the questioners afterward and can honestly say that they are good people. None of them intended to debate with me. And with love and respect, we came to the conclusion that we simply had to agree to disagree on certain theological issues.

 

That being said, I am thankful for all the members of Royal Family for giving me an opportunity to speak at this conference. I have nothing but love for each and every one of them.

 

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18 May NEWSLETTER: February – April 2013

Hello everyone!

We’d like to keep the updates of our ministry coming to you since our last video update (click here) . This year was off to a great start since we arrived here in America. We are mindful of the love and support you’ve given that encourages us to keep doing what we’re doing. And we’re so grateful to all of you who have given us that opportunity.

 

The Gospel is so good that, every time we share it with others, we get so pumped up! So here’s what’s been going on!

 

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Starting off in February of 2013, we were invited to Rochester, NY by a group of radicals. Our wonderful hosts were Sean and Joy Briggs. They have a beautiful family. We’re thankful for the community they introduced us to because of all the love they were experiencing with each other. They were so welcoming and open-minded. For several days we were able to dialogue and discuss several topics that are not usually mentioned in church.

 

If you want to know what was discussed at these gatherings, check out these links:

 

Is the Bible Inerrant? | Is God Violent?

 

Why Did Jesus Die? | Romans and Wrath

 

Identity and Purpose | How to Live in the Present

 

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In March our schedule was set for several events in Northern California. We were hosted by a beautiful couple, Rod and Eileen Williams, who welcomed and loved us like family. It was so refreshing to have spent so many hours with them just sharing about our lives, love, and God.

 

But before the weekend conference, we had a day to share to the Kainos group held in Rod and Eileen’s home. It was a night that could’ve lasted for hours. Check out the links to hear the things we discussed:

 

Are You Afraid to QUESTION your religious beliefs?

 

Who is the Cosmic Christ? | Beyond the Historical Jesus

 

Is God a Moral Monster? | Making Sense of the Bible

 

The Glorious Identity Conference followed that weekend and we were so blessed to minister alongside Andre and Mary Anne Rabe. (We make a great tag-team when it comes to doing Q&A’s!) In addition, we also had the opportunity to share and minister at Sausalito Christian Fellowship with Pastor Tamara Cotten. Here are the links to the videos of us sharing controversial (yet very important) subjects:

 

Are We ALL God’s Children? | The Fatherhood of God 

 

Who Am I? | Identity and Union

 

What About God’s Wrath and Judgment? | Q&A With Joshua Tongol and Andre Rabe

 

Does SATAN Exist? | Q&A With Joshua Tongol and Andre Rabe

 

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Next, we were scheduled to share at Abundant Grace Church (Pastor Lewis Yanez) in San Jacinto. We were so privileged to meet and share with this community. They’re so happy in the love of God and their hearts were so ready for what they were going to hear about grace and healing. You can watch the video of the teaching here:

 

How to Heal Yourself (MUST WATCH!!)

 

On March 27, we celebrated our 2nd year of marriage. Time goes by so fast! It’s been such an amazing experience to share life with another person. By God’s grace, our love continues to grow.

 

2nd anniversary

 

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In April, we were off to El Paso, Texas! This group was awesome! The ones who coordinated this event encouraged us not to “hold back” our theological views…so we didn’t! For two days straight we talked about everything “under the sun.” It was very liberating and stretching for all of us. Sharing our stories with one another made this trip even more personal. If you want to hear “What you Never HEAR/ASK in Church,” click the links below:

 

Things You Never HEAR in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 1

 

Things You Never ASK in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 2 (Q&A)

 

Next, Josh got interviewed for a podcast called “A Place to Talk” with Josh McDowell. He got to share his personal journey of how he got into apologetics, healing, grace, and organic church life. You can listen to it here:

 

A Place to Talk Podcast 2013 – A Chat with Joshua Tongol and Josh McDowell

 

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We were then invited to speak at Grace Communion International in Alta Dena, CA. We appreciate this community for allowing us to share our hearts about the grace and love of God. Afterward, we had the opportunity to spend time with some amazing people who came a long way just to hear us.

 

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Lastly, Josh had this wonderful interview at “The Place” live via UStream. He was interviewed by Dr. Michael W. Jones and his lovely wife, Rhonda. He was given the opportunity to share his journey and to answer some very important questions concerning faith and religion that are definitely considered “hot topics” today.  So much was discussed during the show that it’s well worth a listen. It’s a 2-hour interview. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and click on the link below to watch it:

 

Joshua Tongol – “The Place” Interview With Michael and Rhonda Jones

 

We hope you all get blessed (and challenged) as you listen and watch the links to all our messages. We have received a lot of responses (which were mostly positive) and are encouraged to keep moving forward. The message of God’s unconditional love has been so liberating for us that we just can’t keep silent about it! God is so good! There is so much freedom in knowing the truth about God’s grace. And we’re so glad to be given the opportunity to meet these wonderful communities this first half of the year.

 

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit shouldn’t be reduced to some sort of doctrine of the Christian faith. Instead, the Trinity takes on a whole new meaning once properly (though not exhaustively) understood and known. Because within this Trinitarian life, there is intimacy and fullness of joy.

 

The glorious reality is that EVERYONE has been included in the Father, Son, and Spirit relationship. Yes, even the “unbelievers.” That’s why it’s called “good news.” How else would ALL of humanity exist? Nothing (and no one) can exist apart from God. It’s impossible.

 

Therefore, the Good News should never begin with separation. Rather, the Good News begins with union. Hearing the Gospel opens our eyes to the reality of what has always been  – our union with God. We have been included into the relationship between the Father, Son, and Spirit. And nothing can remove us from this objective union.

 

The Good News is that God is for us…that He has included us into His life…and that we are unconditionally loved. This is the message we want to take all around the world.

 

Would you like to partner with us?

 

If  you’d like to connect and have us come speak at your church, conference or event, please contact us here.

 

If you’d like to support our ministry financially you may do so here. Know that your financial support goes a long way in helping us with media equipment, travel expenses, and with helping other ministries that are also sharing the same message. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you for believing in us. We love you all and wish to express our gratitude for supporting us prayerfully, financially, and through encouraging emails. We take none of this for granted.

 

We’re moving forward.

 

Josh and Remy

 

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15 May Things You Never ASK in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 2 (Q&A) – Joshua Tongol

 

Date: April 13, 2013
Location: El Paso, Texas

 

Part 2: Ask Me Anything

 

At this event, Joshua Tongol was asked not to “hold back” (which he did not!) but to share anything that was on his heart. He discussed the problems of fear-based religion and offered alternative ways to understand God and spirituality.

 

People were given opportunities to ask questions about God and religion that, in many places, religious people are too afraid to ask in church. (See Part 1: “THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR IN CHURCH”)

 

Most of the attendees are unchurched (or have left the institutional church) but who still have an interest in spirituality and in God. (Is that possible?)

 

Many people today are tired of institutionalized religion. But is there another way?

 

Topics and questions discussed:

 

-Is it OK to challenge tradition?
-If Jesus was physically alive today, how would the church view him?
-When one pursues truth, is it worth losing “friends”?
-Are men and women equal in the Bible?
-What about the violence in the Bible?
-Does our culture or location of birth determine our beliefs?
-She we consider every non-Christian “lost”?
-Should we be concerned about any “appearance of evil”?
-If all are reconciled, what is the role of faith?
-How “free” are we?
-What is our motivation to do good?
-What about God’s wrath and judgment?
-Is there truth in all religions?
-What are some reasons why people don’t believe in God?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

 

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10 May Things You Never HEAR in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 1 – Joshua Tongol

 

Date: April 13, 2013
Location: El Paso, Texas

 

At this event, Joshua Tongol was asked not to “hold back” (which he did not!) but to share anything that was on his heart. He discussed the problems of fear-based religion and offered alternative ways to understand God and spirituality.

 

People were given opportunities to ask questions about God and religion that, in many places, religious people are too afraid to ask in church. (See Part 2: “THINGS YOU DON’T ASK IN CHURCH”)

 

Most of the attendees are unchurched (or have left the institutional church) but who still have an interest in spirituality and in God. (Is that possible?)

 

Many people today are tired of institutionalized religion. But is there another way?

 

Topics discussed:

 

-How has religion been used to control people?
-What motivates you to believe in God?
-Is religion based on fear?
-Is everything spiritual?
-Can we be real with one another?
-Is God “out there”?
-How should I view myself?
-How does God see us?
-Can we love someone more than we love God?
-Can we pray religiously?
-Does God get jealous of the things you love?
-Is God insecure?
-What about “Christianese”?
-Are your friendships based on ministry?
-Is Jesus like a costume that covers us filthy sinners?
-Should we really believe in an eternal hell?
-Is the Gospel we hear today really good news?
-Is God in everyone?
-Is our love greater than God’s love?
-Is God’s love conditional?
-What is the life of the church?
-Are you tired of church?
-Are you afraid to question your religious beliefs?
-How should we view others from different religions?
-Were we ever separated from God?
-How can we live in the moment?
-Are we all children of God?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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19 Apr How to Heal Yourself | Joshua Tongol

 

Date: March 24, 2013
Location: Abundant Grace Church, San Jacinto, CA

 

Topics discussed:

 

-Genetics vs. Epigenetics
-Conscious and Subconscious
-Mind/Body Connection
-Placebo and Nocebo Effect
-Visualization
-Miracles and Techniques
-Causes of Sickness
-Power of Laughter
-Power of Thoughts
-Power of Words
-Power of Faith
-Influence of Consciousness
-Role of Medicine
-How the Body Affects the Mind (and Vice Versa)
-Practical Tips on how to Feel Better
-Finances

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares some amazing stories that will help you believe for yourself and not give up. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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12 Apr Does SATAN Exist? | Q&A With Joshua Tongol and Andre Rabe

 

“Glorious Identity Conference” (Q&A Session)

 

Date: March 16, 2013
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

 

-Is Satan Christianity’s other god?
-Is Satan a “fallen angel”?
-Is the devil responsible for evil?
-Have we given “the devil” too much credit and power?
-Is there a lot of biblical support for the “fall of Lucifer”?
-What are the problems of being too “devil conscious”?
-Is “the satan” always in reference to cosmic entities?

 

Listen in as Joshua and Andre share their hearts and answer questions on these very subjects. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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