Also, you can pray to be inspired with the motivation to study. It helps if you approach scripture study as an opportunity and a blessing instead of a burden or a hassle. Studying and searching the scriptures is not a burden laid upon [us] by the Lord, but a marvelous blessing and opportunity. I hope that for you this will become something far more enjoyable than a duty; that, rather, it will become a love affair with the word of God. I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted.
At first it may seem tedious, but that will change into a wondrous experience with thoughts and words of things divine. Often the strongest motivation to study your scriptures will only come once you make an effort to begin, even when you do not initially feel motivated to open your book. If you make a choice to actively and diligently strive to study your scriptures, the Lord will bless you with increased motivation and focus to help you accomplish this, and He will also bless you with joy as you do so.
Planning is everything. Structure your day so that you have a regular and specific time set aside in which you know you can study the scriptures. Schedule your other activities around that time so as to avoid a conflict that might interfere with, or prevent you from, studying your scriptures. Eyring Ensign, July , If you find that you have too much on your plate to be able to devote sufficient time to a diligent study of the scriptures each day then you should consider eliminating or curtailing some activities from your life in order to make room for what really matters. Satan will try to place distractions and obstacles in your way, in order to prevent you from taking the time to have a meaningful and spiritual study session.
As Elder Richard G. He can accomplish much of his objective by distracting us with many acceptable things, thus keeping us from accomplishing the essential ones. We need to frustrate that distraction by identifying what is critically important in our lives. We must give the cream of our effort to accomplish those things. Where there is limited time or resources, this pattern may require that some good activities must be set aside.
One of those critical and essential things in our lives is scripture study. Missionaries plan every waking moment of their lives, and they adhere to a disciplined study schedule, and they are better off for following it. If you follow their example, your whole life will be better, not least because you are studying your scriptures daily. Developing these skills will help you to become more consistent in your study habits, which will go a long way toward making your study time more enjoyable.
When scripture study becomes more than a harried afterthought that we squeeze in between job, television, children, and sleep it can become a true joy and a solace to you, a balm by which unseen hurts might be healed and the stresses of the day are made to fall away or diminish. It just takes some effort on your part to make time to study before you can fully realize these blessings.
You can choose what and how to study. The scriptures are the text, and the Holy Ghost is the teacher, but you get to set the curriculum, which means that you can choose to study anything in the scriptures that sparks your interest. Both approaches have merit, but we need to go to the Topical Guide or the index from time to time and read all that the Lord has said on repentance, faith, or some other principle. You can gain a great deal of knowledge if you can learn to break the gospel and the scriptures down one subject or principle at a time.
If you will then take the time to devote yourself to obtaining a more comprehensive understanding of a particular principle you will find the scriptures to be much less intimidating and much more manageable and approachable. When you figure this out, scripture study becomes much less like eating your vegetables, and more like fun. Come prepared with questions. Surely there is something that you have always wanted to know about God and his Gospel.
I therefore recommend that you approach your daily scripture study with a question or two or a whole series of questions in mind. We can receive what seems to us new truth when we go back to the same scripture with new questions. The doctrines contained in the scriptures will become much more meaningful to you if you find them in answer to your own heartfelt and personal inquiry. There is joy that can come with discovery, especially when it is accompanied by the spirit.
It is in those moments when your questions are answered that you will come to feel the most joy in your studies. Kimball , I also wish to add that studying the scriptures isn't just an academic or an intellectual exercise. The Lord can teach us. When we come to a crisis in our life, such as losing a child or spouse, we should go looking in the scriptures for specific help. We will find answers in the scriptures.
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The Lord seemed to anticipate all of our problems and all of our needs, and He put help in the scriptures for us—if only we seek it. Live what you learn. Likewise, scripture study is always going to lack meaning for you if you never apply what you have learned in your day-to-day life. I would go so far as to say that if you truly want to gain a testimony and an understanding of any principle or doctrine you must first be willing to obey it. This is a good thing, because more light and knowledge will help you to make better choices and you will be happier for it, but living the gospel isn't always easy.
The gospel requires you to make fundamental changes in your life and lifestyle, and even in your way of thinking. The gospel makes you grow, and growth is often painful at least in the short term. When a person or group that claims to be Christian and yet seriously departs from the historical biblical doctrines of orthodox Christianity, one cannot stand idly by in silence. To not speak out would be dishonoring to God and unloving, not only to Christians, but also to the propagators of the error.
When the Word of Faith WOF movement's leaders, who through their own revelation knowledge, bring extrabiblical doctrines into the church, one must be prepared to respond correctly in accordance with God's revealed will in scripture. Watchman Fellowship is not the first to call attention to the unorthodox doctrines of the WOF movement, sometimes known as the Positive Confession movement.
Scores of scholars for years have spoken out. Those include Dr. Walter Martin, a charismatic theologian, and D. McConnell, also a charismatic and author of the recent book, A Different Gospel. Michael Horton, a well-known Christian author, has addressed the doctrinal issues in his book, The Agony of Deceit, as well. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Would the Holy Spirit force people to do things against their will? Uncontrollable laughter, shaking and other purported Spirit induced phenomena, when seen through the prism of freewill, become a moot point.
God does not force salvation or any other thing on His creation. We are free to choose and are to be in our right minds while making those choices at all times. This is because there is a being that roams around like a lion seeking whom he may devour. If anything eclipses our God given freedom to choose, you can be sure that the source is not God. Thus, God can turn tribulation to do us good in the end in spite of what we will have to go through.
It is in 1,'s of homes and Finis Dake's books have helped form the beliefs of many Pentecostal and Charismatic teachers on the scene today. Dake was called a great Bible Scholar by the late Lester Sumrall and Benny Hinn has been known to use Dake "insights" in some of his more outlandish teachings. I trust you will benefit from this Real Audio tape. If you enjoy this teaching and I am sure you will I urge you to visit the PFO web site and order this cassette and their other fine materials.
Huling, M. A careful and open-minded study of the Bible makes it clear that concerning certain vital matters, it is not only right but a positive duty to judge. Many do not know that the Scripture commands us to judge. This is by no means any substitute for studying and becoming familiar with the scriptures, but it is intended to be a guide for a new Christian, or a quick summary or reminder for a Christian who has studied scripture for a number of years.
I also do not claim that what is in here is complete - it is only intended as a guide. A literary tour de force and the inspiration of numerous canvases, it is its message that chiefly concerns us today. Therefore it can fit in well with the permissive immoral lifestyle adopted by our age and ceaselessly propagated by the mass media. Learn of me" Jn ; Mt We go to His Word to learn of Him.
Each of us is expected to know it thoroughly. Yet many who think of themselves as Christians scarcely study the Bible seriously, expecting the pastor and Bible teachers to do that for them ". These were generally agreed on, throughout the entire evangelical constituency. But all that has gradually changed. We have arrived at a situation now in which people who all profess to be evangelicals can have a wide variety of opinions on what were, at one time non-negotiable, essentially fundamental matters.
How have professing evangelicals got into this situation? It has happened because people have "moved the goalposts" -- changed the rules which determine what is truth and what it isn't. In this 17, word article, based on two lectures, we ask 1 In which areas have the goalposts been moved? It takes us away from the clear interpretation and applicational teaching of the Bible. Should Christians judge?
Of course believers should judge. To not judge is to be indecent, not to mention inhuman. The only kingdom in which there is no judging is the plant kingdom. For of living things, vegetables do not judge. In the animal kingdom, though, judgment is a must, and members of the Kingdom of God must do the most judging. This has come as a result of hearing what I consider to be, at the very least, "gospel lite" and at the most no gospel at all being presented by a number of neo-evangelicals, Third Wavers and outright heretics.
The interesting thing is that many seem to be preaching the same message. What is most intriguing is that false teachers like Benny Hinn, ecumenicals, and even some preachers I would consider to be orthodox in their theology are preaching a "gospel" that is very similar. The question is: Is this new gospel message really the Gospel at all?
It talked about biblical New Testament prayers. These are prayers that the apostles and Christians prayed. Since Christ and the apostles are our foundation, we ought to be emulating what they prayed and not some guy who prayed a prayer in the Old Testament that was never meant to be a model prayer. If you are interested in a model prayer then go to the Disciple's Prayer most often called the Lord's Prayer in Matthew Tozer, The Best Of A.
Tozer , pg. Right thinking about all spiritual matters is imperative if we would have right living. As men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles, so sound character does not grow out of unsound teaching. It was Paul who said the cross was everything to him. He had a greater education, knowledge, and revelation than any other apostle, even of those who knew Jesus personally in the flesh, having been called before him. Tozer, , pgs. While no one with a genuine desire to follow Christ should eagerly want to accuse another of error in ministry, the prophets of the Old Testament, our Lord Jesus Himself, and the apostles make it clear that many will come in the name of the Lord who profess to follow Him, yet by their teachings actually deny or present a different image of God than what is demonstrated in the Scriptures.
No lords, no kings, no dictators. The rest of us are servants -- slaves. Third Wave false teachers are currently in the process of redefining both the English language and the truths of God's Word, and calling it "new revelation" and a "paradigm shift". Let's all be careful that we don't take a paradigm shift into foolishness and accept new revelation that drags us further into sin.
He is simply not a Christian in the scriptural and historic meaning of the word. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth, not of error, and He is the spirit of holiness, not immorality. There are cases where divisions are permissible howbeit not necessarily desirable , but we must exercise the greatest caution not to equate personal differences with doctrinal differences or attempt to ascribe a biblical motive for something where none exists.
Ask Him to give you a fixed heart. And pray you never, ever fall prey to any kind of delusion. Lightfoot, Adapt. Noitce that apparently they had "televangelists" in the first and second centuries who plied people for money. Pay attention to what is said about false prophets, especially the following: "And whosoever shall say in the Spirit, Give me silver or anything else, ye shall not listen to him; but if he tell you to give on behalf of others that are in want, let no man judge him.
This does not mean that we do not test, discern and judge all prophesy according to the Scriptures as the Bereans tested Paul, but it means that we must accept true prophesy and stay away from false prophets who ask for money and lie in the name of the Lord. De Haan, Truth Watch New Zealand Within the Christian community there is a wide divergence of opinion, division, and even fierce competition among the different groups.
Subsequently, many believers are confused about which church is the right one to belong to and which church being closest to the truth is therefore worthy of their support. However, if this is a valid defence - why do we never see the Apostle or other leaders of the New Testament churches resorting to this argument? Is it possible that this phrase is being misused to justify an authoritarian leadership? This is a very serious charge, which if true would mean that such people cannot be saved!
Indeed, many are so intimidated by this charge that they bury any doubts, relying on the claimant's self-proclamation for proof of the validity of the claims, rather than testing it by the Word. Often the passage above Matt. Indeed, in our post-modern age - the greatest sin is "intolerance" and it seems this is also increasingly the case in many churches.
Anyone who wants to critique something is instantly dismissed as 'judgemental' so much for tolerance then! Let's look at the picture God wants His people to see about their relationship to Him, and His relationship to them. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. Others teach that a person may "get saved" and live a Christian life for a time and then go back to his old ways. He goes back to sins and cannot be distinguished from a lost person. This school of thought affirms that such a person will still go to heaven when he dies because he is still saved even though "carnal".
Let us look at the Scriptures which make it very clear what the truth is concerning this matter of salvation. Ultimately only God knows who is saved eternal security and we can have assurance of salvation through a commitment to holding on to faith conditional security.
But what constitutes a saving faith? What do we stand for as Christians? Should we name names? Fellow believers--be warned and beware of the counsel of Gamaliel! It is not some thing we are to repeat mindlessly to get what we want from God. It is a prayer that should be at the very heart of our faith in the Lord. We show our complete worship and submission to our Father. We ask Him to meet our needs. We don't just expect Him to forgive us but we also forgive others. We ask Him to protect and deliver us from the evil one. We are completely dependant on Him for everything.
This is hardly surprising. Firstly, the doctrine is rarely preached on and therefore there is a great deal of ignorance about it. Secondly, because of its seeming complexity and difficulty to be adequately comprehended, people assume it must be an invented teaching with no biblical references. In this brief paper, it is not our purpose to concentrate on the historical controversies. There is a great deal of theological and historical literature already devoted to this. Our main concern here is to redress the rejection of Trinitarian teaching by many sincere Christians. This I know for sure: the One who planted the good seed which bears fruit will come back to harvest His wheat, and not one grain of darnel will be found in the barn.
If women today were submissive to their husbands, we would not have many of the problems we have today in the Church. But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. It is one of His favorite things, His favorite melody, His overarching theme, what He thinks is really cool. It is nonsense to carnal men, but the very power of God to those who are being saved. It is oft fussed over in theory, like the tombs of the prophets decorated by the "Sons of Satan" in Jesus' day, but rarely tried.
Will you, really? It works. Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. Each individual Christian together, the Church must "measure the mixture. Even if it is unpopular and viewed as arrogant presumption, we must post the warning signs of clear biblical teaching. We must, in loving and humble obedience to Christ, always be measuring the mixture! In a world filled with opinions, lies and deceit, the truth is often overlooked and ignored. Relative truth has become a fixation in our society and it is no different for those seeking to be religious or spiritual; it has become their friend.
They diligently study the Bible in order to interpret it correctly and then apply it properly. To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. God's ancient promise in Genesis is still very much in effect: "I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent " Isaiah One of the topics, is the question on tithing. Where did it originate and what does it mean today? They come down on those who test the spirits 1 Jn.
They use the "judge not" ploy to make themselves look like they are holier-than-thou and above the fray, and in so doing they are already in violation of Matt. But think about the ways in which we all tend to judge in a whole variety of unbiblical ways every day. He fed them and watered them. He bathed them and tended to their hurts. The only trouble is he did not build a protected fence around their home. He had a habit of going to sleep at night leaving no one to guard them.
They had always been safe in the past, but one night wolves came. In the morning when he woke up many of the sheep were missing or dead. That day he built a fence and made sure there was always someone there to guard the sheep at night. Alan Wolfe, a social scientist, has been observing the changing American religious scene for years.
Last year he shared his research in The Transformation of American Religion. More Americans than ever proclaim themselves born again in Christ, but the Lord to whom they turn rarely gets angry and frequently strengthens self-esteem. Something has been added to the seed to produce a certain result. What has been added is indoctrination, brainwashing, diaprax, false prophecy, false apostolic edicts, false anointings.
These additives produce seeds that will, in turn, grow bad trees, producing bad fruit, which in turn produce more bad seeds as the process renews itself over and over again. As a result, some have actually spent a lifetime in religious work doing little more than getting glory for themselves! Those attached to this Vine, who have a connected relationship to the Vine through obedience, will be branches that bear true fruit. Many professing Christians now think it doesn't really matter what you believe, as long as you label it Christianity.
Their only test for becoming a Christian is a simple acceptance of Jesus as a historical figure. In our post-modern church, doctrine is out and tolerance is in. We are told that for the sake of unity, doctrine should not be tested or contested. We are not supposed to draw any definitive lines or declare any absolutes. Doctrinal and moral issues which were once painted black and white, are now seen as gray. The state of the church is now in a state of confusion. Think again! Jude 18 warns that there will be mockers in the last time who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Paul prepared Timothy for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables 2 Tim. The sinful nature of man wants to justify sin, even to the extent of finding false teachers to teach ear-tickling fables.
Peter further admonishes that the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer vs. Yet prophecy is neglected by most Christian preachers and writers. Liberals have always seemed to believe this, but in recent times it has been widely espoused by evangelicals and charismatics. Now we are seeing the same fatal error being declared by those who profess to be Bible believing fundamentalists. Those who are faithful in exposing error according to the Bible are now being widely denounced, and are accused of being unloving and unkind.
We intend here to present the teaching of the Bible on this vital subject. What is the benchmark of true worship? Is it sincerity? A positive experience? A good feeling? A full auditorium? Or is there an objective standard by which we can measure what pleases God in this regard? You are welcome to reject such teaching or to try to make it a matter of personal interpretation, but one day you will answer to God for offering a revision of His truth.
There is a great need today for pastors who refuse to compromise their call to speak the truth in love. A good tract to give out on the subject. For a more detailed explanation of this doctrine, read The Five Basic Doctrines here. What did I do to set off their anger? What did I say?
Well, My guess is because it was due to one of my previous newsletters in regards to TBN. I had the complete audacity to dare speak against the great spiritual giant TBN! I would like to share this e-mail with you and give my reply in this newsletter, considering the fact that this person did not want a reply from me as you will see at the end of the e-mail. So hold on to your hats, here we go! The verdict of Athanasius, one of the greatest leaders of the early church, still stands: "Let no man add to these, neither let him take ought from these, for concerning these the Lord put to shame the Sadducees, and said, 'Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures.
Rule too many times suggests unquestioned authority, religious despotism, or spiritual heavy-handedness. However, the office and title of elder is quite different; it is one of servant-leadership. It is ordinary and commonplace. It is our assumed treasure we would all sat that! When I say the gospel slipping, Hebrews corrects me to state the issue more sharply, that it is we who are slipping not the gospel. The gospel is the dock to which we must be tied. The dock is not floating away from us; we are drifting away from it.
There is only one place to drift when we stray from the sacrifice of Christ, and that is into hell itself. Such is the warning of Hebrews. We are presented with this great salvation that must not be ignored, as in Hebrews 2, OR it is the consuming fire when the Lord will judge His people, as in Hebrews It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, Hebrews Yet the gospel is that Christ by the grace of God fell into the hands of God for us.
On the cross He faced the consuming fire our sins earned for Him. There are those who claim that debating ideas in the public arena should not happen unless there was a prior Matthew 18 process of adjudication. It is my position that Matthew 18 does not apply to the public interaction of theological ideas. In this paper, I shall examine various New Testament passages that explain what we must and must not judge. But never before have occult beliefs and practices been promoted as shrewdly as today--nor have God's people been more ignorant of their dangers or more vulnerable to their lures.
They never used gimmicks, games or free giveaways. Jesus was not concerned about offending people or if His numbers would drop which of course they did! When cardinal doctrinal issues are at stake, I do not ever want to favorably quote someone to make a point. What about those who like the quotes Dr. Jeremiah uses from Sue Monk Kidd in his book, Life Wide Open and who decide to pick up her book, Dance of the Dissident Daughter, where Kidd details her journey from being a Baptist Sunday School teacher to a proponent of goddess spirituality and pantheism? Does he have no responsibility for whom he quotes?
The answer to that is yes. We all do. Self-love self-righteous pride is the cancer of the church and sadly, much the hallmark of modern faith. An unfortunate example of this would be Robert Shuller's toxic tome, "Self The New Reformation" which represents much of this move away from biblical Christianity towards the focus on self and, therefore, away from the worship and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and sacrifical service to others.
The two great commandments of "Love the Lord Thy God" and "love thy neighbor Every member of the congregation, whether in a position of leadership or not, has access to the authoritative Scriptures and may bring forth valid implications and applications from them. Together, as we prophesy, we benefit from edification, exhortation, and comfort. The lost are convicted of their sins while the saved grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
The Messiah promised to Israel by Jewish prophets of God came 2, years ago. Let us stand firm on the truth of Scripture and preach the true gospel of God, to the Jew first, then to the Gentile. These two opposite evils, being closely bound up in the heart of every man by nature, assume various shapes and gradations in different persons; and do not, in every individual, reach the same height, or attain to the same development.
And, indeed, one of these evils will be usually more marked in some individuals than the other; the bias of some being more to superstition, and the bias of others, more to infidelity. Generally speaking, the weaker the mind, the more superstition preponderates; and the stronger the mind, the more docs infidelity prevail.
The reason they have arrived at this conclusion is because they are mostly law keepers who do not understand the covenants, nor understand the differences in the Mosaic and the new covenant based on the grace of God and the work of Yeshua Jesus on the cross. There have always been attacks on the Bible and its acceptance. In the early church about A. He threw out Matthew, Mark, and John and made a canon of his own consisting of Luke which he rewrote. There are others today who want to rewrite the Bible, add other books Gnostic books or reject some that we already have.
These are found in several thousand Lectionaries that are church-service books. After nearly years of the canon being established these rebels are causing a lot of confusion. It is impossible to honestly duplicate it as a means of financing the New Testament church or Kingdom of God. It is not taught in the New Testament and those who try to teach it today end up like the hypocritical pharisees. Have nothing to do with deeds of darkness perpetrated by false brothers.
Reject heresy. Mark and avoid false teachers. Verse 1 seems obvious, "Judge not," yet in verses 6, , we are to judge "swine," "dogs," and the "fruit" of false apostles. How do we reconcile this apparent contradiction? When we see evil, we are supposed to get exercised about it. The Holy Spirit is provoked by evil, and he stirs up the Church so that we may do something about it.
A careful and open minded study of the Bible makes it clear that concerning certain vital matters, it is not only right but a positive duty to judge. He told a man, "Thou hast rightly judged" Luke To others, our Lord asked, "Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
The Gospel is so simple! Here it is, in simple plain to the point words of the apostle Paul: 1 Corinthians - For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Jesus died for our sins, according to the scriptures, was buried and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures. How hard is that? Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross to bring reconciliation back between God and man that was lost by Adam in the Garden, because of one three letter word: SIN, and has given us eternal life and kept us from going to a place of everlasting torment, and separation from God called: HELL!
But, like most everything, man has complicated it by trying to put his own spin on God! What are their motives? Are spiritual terrorists out to destroy church doctrine at large. Watch this video to get back to what the Gospel is all about. A Different Gospel? A Different Spirit? I am eternally grateful to Almighty God for granting me repentance and leading my family out of the deceptive and self-centered gospel of greed being promoted in the pulpits of the churches today. Today's believers are replacing the call to "deny themselves" with the desire to pursue "their best lives now".
We have ignored the command to "test the spirits" because of the perverted use of "touch not My anointed" by today's pulpiteers. If I were a teacher in Hank's position, I believe I would have trouble sleeping at night doing such a thing to Scripture interpretation. Fellow-believers should be assisted to correctly understand biblical doctrines.
That is the only way to become discerning Christians who will not be deceived by the many wrong doctrines of our time. The God they believe in is a creation of their own imaginations. He is a custom designed deity to fulfill their own desires. But, why do such people feel compelled to hold to selective forms of Christianity? Why not reject it entirely and embrace something else? Perhaps they attend their designer Churches and listen to their appointed teachers to pacify their guilty consciences.
How sad to pacify what God is willing forgive and cleanse. But such forgiveness would require a savior who saves sinners and this is just too much for proud of hearts to accept. Each of these examples will be drawn from two movements, which are seemingly separated far from each other. But it is my belief that they both represent the same basic error, that the church itself can manufacture a Near Beer Gospel either apart from or in addition to the unchangeable word of God.
In both cases the church has been shorn of God's actual glory as Sampson of old. The first of these could be called the "marketing and therapeutic" movement. In it's quest for cultural acceptance and numerical success, they have marginalized the "word of God" and imported marketing methodologies as the focus of ministry. Work the system and you will be numerically successful. It seems to me to echo the first half of Jesus reply to Satan when tempted in the wilderness.
Rather than, man cannot live on bread alone, it has the feel of yes! At the other end the spectrum, God's authorized word has been succeeded by a succession of new words from God at the hands of thousands of newly restored so-called prophets. Thus, the scriptures languish and are called by Tommy Tenney "old love letters. The above analogy of Near-Beer calls for some explanation. First Near-Beer. Near-Beer was originally a term for malt beverages containing little or no alcohol one half of one percent or less by volume , which were mass-marketed during the Prohibition in the United States.
Today the term "Near- Beer" has been revived by some people to refer to modern versions of non-alcoholic beer. By the use of this analogy I am suggesting the current evangelical church can be illustrated by the Near-Beer phenomena. What can one do? Is it too late to stop this engine now on a slippery slope? Around the world it follows a pattern that goes in stages outlined by Mike. We need to work as a team, praying for one another and valuing each other and if necessary, correcting one another, following the biblical procedure for correction and refrain from engaging in gossip.
Then and only then will we see the flocks protected from wolves and the Word of God held in high esteem as did our Berean ancestors. This outward focus on dominionism always supplants the inner workings of the Holy Spirit upon the heart and conscience. What folly! What arrogance!
True transformation of the inner man Romans is inextricably connected with the Cross. Philpot, in the excerpt from his sermon "Crucifixion with Christ" below, begins by noting that this is a mystery:. The word faith movement teaches that His deity was left in heaven and He came to earth as only a man and was anointed. Because the Spirit rested upon him he was given power, and it can rest on us and we can do all the same miracles he did.
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They forget that he had NO sin- was perfect and was God before he was born and was God while on earth. Not even the apostles who were given the authority directlly duplicated his miracles. Since our King is returning to repay the wicked and rescue His people, we are called to be both prepared and faithful in light of this reality. We must cling to the blessed hope of being resurrected to be with the risen King forever. Our study in particular of the gospel of Matthew shows that Matthew uses it in that way.
We have also shown that taking the usage in Matthew to be within that same range of meaning makes perfect sense in that context and fits with what we know about Bible prophecy from other passages. Therefore, the typical preterist interpretation is contrived and fails to consider the preponderance of evidence in the New Testament for the meaning of genea in such contexts. They were keeping watch over their flock by night, a serious responsibility.
Sheep are not by nature easy to care for. They are silly and stupid, prone to wander, and incapable of helping themselves. Especially they are susceptible to danger in the night when the nocturnal predators come out searching for an easy snack. It is under the cover of darkness when so many things can go wrong. If a shepherd would slack off on his night watch by dozing, he could awaken to a disaster where it would be too late to rescue his flock. Sheep were, after all, the livelihood of these shepherds and an essential source for food and clothing for their families. Because a large number of Christians don't read and study the Bible.
Additionally, many Christians have no interest in attending a church where they'll hear expository teaching from the pulpit. What they prefer is to hear the pastor preach on is their "felt needs. So, is it any wonder the Church lacks discernment? There is nothing sadder than to observe a believer in his or her twilight years wander away from the faith after having served the Lord.
This church had even created a shrine of sorts in the church basement for young people to practice this mysticism. In response she asked the leaders to compare these practices to Scripture, but to no avail. The story is all too common; why does it continue to happen?
No, I'm not joking, this is real folks! I believe we have. This is such a simple matter. Why not let the Word of God speak for itself! The following verses are just SOME of the many verses pertaining to the fear of God and the consequences of not having a fear of God. Read the following Scripture verses and then look them up so that you can see the context each was written in. It's time to get back to the truth. What you will not hear is the denial of the flesh and picking up ones cross What you will not see practiced is discipling people to grow mature in the Faith They do not teach that following Jesus will include loss or suffering What you will not hear is teaching on living a life of contentment What you will not hear is correcting brethren who are teaching false doctrine What you do not hear is encouraging the use of discernment and judge what is false What you will not hear is a rebuke for false prophets and teachers What you will not hear is naming names of those who are the false teachers You will not hear teaching on the deity of Christ nor the Tri-unity What you will not hear is teaching on separation instead of unity What you will not hear is teaching how to witness to people of other faiths the cults and other religions.
When you have people that follow what the one behind the pulpit says without checking the Scriptures to see if he is speaking the truth, disaster is soon to follow. But the broad movement that calls itself "evangelical" today no longer stands for any clear point of view and can't seem to find consensus on even the most basic of gospel truths. How did that happen? That is the sorry state of the church of Jesus Christ in the world today.
The lines are being drawn and people calling themselves "Christian" are beginning to join ranks. It is the Good News that saved us and brought us peace. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough. Message Summary When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love.
Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God , what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world. Message Summary All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness.
So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.
Message Summary What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you.
Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him? Message Summary Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you?
Message Summary How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all. Message Summary Why would anyone be interested in finding where a city such as Sodom was once located?
Is it a matter of simple curiosity, or is there a deeper, more important reason to pursue such an endeavor? Join Dr. Steven Collins as he shares valuable information about what he and his associates have found and why it is important to all believers. Message Summary Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a tall, cold glass of water. It refreshes the body like nothing else can.
When life starts to get you down or a little hot under the collar, where do you go for refreshment? Join Pastor Bill Goodrich as he shares insight and information on how we need to pray to bring about a spiritual revival that will refresh our souls more completely than that cool water can refresh our bodies.
Message Summary We all have all experienced times when things just seems to go wrong. It may be a conflict with someone close to us, an illness, or any one of a number of issues or events that seem bent on bringing us down. How do you respond in these times? As believers, we do not need to live a defeated life. Though we may face persecution, physical pain, or sorrow, there is joy that overpowers it all because God has put His Spirit within us.
Join Pastor Dave Row as he continues in this teaching series through the book of 1 John and learn more about possessing a potent faith that is available to all believers. Message Summary How would you define your role in the church? Are you involved with the youth? Do you greet people as they come through the doors? Do you pray for others in the body? What ever your role, realize that you are an integral part of the ministry. It takes an entire body of believers acting upon what God has called them to do to make a church.
Join Pastor Alan Brooks as he sheds more light on who we, as members of the body of Christ, really are in Him. Message Summary Every day of our life is full of opportunity. Some of these opportunities are acted upon, while some are missed. More importantly, some of these opportunities have the possibility of changing the eternal destination of someone close to you. As you begin each day, remember the responsibility you have to seize every opportunity God gives you to make a real difference in someone's life.
If you fail to do so, the consequences just might be eternal for a friend or loved one. Join Pastor Raul Ries as he encourages us rise up out of our complacency and make a real impact on the lives of those around us. Message Summary There are times when life seems full of disappointment, strife, hurt, and severed or damaged relationships. Each person has a choice to make when faced with these types of disappointments, to follow a path of vengeance or to opt for the path of reconciliation.
As believers who choose the path of reconciliation, realize that we are not alone as we travel this path. We have the hand of God helping and directing us along the way. Join Pastor Chip Lusko as he delves deeper into this topic of reconciliation and what it truly means to be an ambassador for the King. Message Summary Ever wonder how much God thinks about you? Do you know the thoughts God has about you and what God wants for you? King David wrote many Psalms and in these Psalms, David expressed the times of His life so we may know the heart of a man that God calls, "a man after God's own heart".
As we wait for the Lord and cry out to Him and trust Him, God will bring you up and out of anything you may be facing, so, take heart and be of good cheer for your God is on the move!!!! Message Summary Have you overcome the world? Do you know how to overcome the world?
Is your family strong enough to overcome the world? The Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 5 concerning how we can know that we have overcome the world. But what is it to really do just that? The question here is; do you know who God is and His Son or do you just know of Him? Your family will get you through this life but only Jesus can bring you beyond this world to His Father and all of it by His love, do you want this love or will you turn and trust in your worldly family?
Message Summary How do you see you're self in the eyes of God, as little children or as one needing to become one? We all have a need to be loved and taken care of and Jesus is able to do that, Jesus told a story that is repeated in three of the four gospels about taking a child in His arms. This story is asking you to be that child and to see others as little children who are seeking a father, the Father. So, are you being taught by the Holy Spirit as a little child or are you too old for that…, think about it.
Message Summary Do you believe that God hears you or do you just believe God does not want to hear from you? If God hears you do you really believe God will grant what you ask of Him? The Apostle John in 1 John 5, writes to us concerning having confidence that if we ask anything in His name Jesus He will hear us. Is that really true? John knows it to be and so can you. God wants you to know that He is available to you anytime and for any reason…, you just have to come and ask.
So, as you think about this ask God to show you and you will see that God is able to do all things for you according to His will, but it all start with meeting, asking and believing in Him. Message Summary Sin affects us all and without the knowledge of God's word we would not know sin and be lost. John writes in chapter 5 concerning sin and how we are to understand sin and its nature.
Sin all started with pride in Lucifer and in the disobeying of Eve and Adam but all sin can be dealt with by one simple act…, repentance. Are you in a state of sin or are you in the loving peace and care of Christ? God calls us to be set free from sin and live free. So will you accept God's gift or grace or will you hold onto what you think is right? Message Summary Abiding in Christ will keep you from the wicked one for God wants us to understand Him and know that we are born of God.
Are you born of God? Can you really say, I am His and He is mine? This is the confidence we have in Christ, that Jesus died and rose again by the will of God and in this we who believe are born of God. John writes to us in 1 John 5 concerning who we are in Christ and how we can and do know that we belong to God. So, have you learned that your faith overcomes the world or are you still looking to the things of the world and its wisdom to help you overcome?
Know this, God is yours, you only need to ask and receive Christ, will you? Message Summary How often do you spread the news of someone you know who is walking in Christ that is having a great impact on others to the strengthening of the faith of many? In Third John the elder Apostle gives us two great examples of men who have kept the faith in unselfishness, impacting many to Christ.
But John also exposes a man who thinks of himself first instead of bringing Christ to light. These people are selfish, prideful and without wisdom, from these put yourself at distance. Do you spread the faith in humility putting the light on Christ or are you keeping the praise for yourself putting light on you? Message Summary K. Yohannan shares his passion on Living for Eternity. Particularly he explains some of the very important lessons he's learn while their church was in a tent for four years. He used these verses during his message: Philippians ; 1 Timothy ; Deuteronomy ; 1 Peter ; 1 Peter ; Psalm Message Summary I.
Respect II. Cultivate III. Message Summary Who is Jesus? Lee Strobel tackles this question in his message, "The Case for the Real Jesus," looking at the biblical and historical evidence of who Jesus really was and His divine purpose on earth. In a time where the identity and message of Jesus is under constant attack, this message focuses on rediscovering the truth of our Savior.
We turned our Bibles to 2 Peter to read the scripture and hear from Pastor Raul in a message titled, "Why do we have to repent? Jesus: In Disguise vv. Message Summary Three aspects of faith; 1 Going out, not knowing where you're going v8 2 Staying out in faith v14 3 Stepping out in faith. Message Summary Have you experienced the Lord's work through you in unexpected ways? The world around us is hurting and hungry. In this message, we'll explore what it means to be salt and light to those around us and learn to be ready for "The Unexpected Adventure.
Message Summary Have you ever felt alone, totally abandoned? While we may feel that way from time to time, we have never truly been forsaken, because Jesus endured it on our behalf. Alone on the cross, forsaken by the Father, suffering at the hands of sinners, Jesus sacrificed his life for those who tormented Him. How will you respond to Him? Message Summary How important is a Biblical worldview? Is it really necessary for Christians to consider life in light of the Bible?
In this message from Sean McDowell, we'll examine the troublesome trend of evangelical teens exiting the church and the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind. Message Summary What assurance do you have that you'll go to heaven? What is required to receive eternal life? Church membership and religious symbols can offer a false sense of spiritual security, but in this message from guest speaker Franklin Graham we'll hear a clear and concise explanation of God's plan of salvation.
We'll hear about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus under the cover of night and we'll learn about God's love and forgiveness for all who are willing to come.
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Message Summary False thoughts, false worship, and false gods - in a vision from God, Ezekiel was brought face to face with the flagrant idolatry plaguing ancient Israel. It had crept into the temple of God and the hearts of His people, and their spiritual condition demanded radical action. Join us as we uncover the roots of idolatry and discover that its long shadow reaches into the church and even our own hearts. Message Summary In an era of skepticism and doubt, the resurrection comes under continual attack, but it's not an issue exclusive to our culture and time.
From the beginnings of the faith, the resurrection has been challenged, although it is one of the best documented events in history. Can the dead come back to life? Let's explore the evidence, and the consequences of this essential doctrine or our faith. Message Summary Jesus spoke in parables to reveal truth to believers; He revealed heavenly truth through the earthly stories.
In this message, we examine Jesus' Parable of the Soils, where Jesus addresses how the good news is rejected or received. Let's look at the telling, the reason, the explanation and the power of the story, and be challenged to have well-watered, weed-free hearts, that are ready to receive the implanted Word. Message Summary Where can you find a lasting satisfaction? How can you overcome your inadequacies? How can you extend hope to the hopeless? Learn God's plan and purpose for your life, and have an eternal impact on those around you when you walk in obedience to His calling.
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Let's take a look at the faith and failings of Gideon, and learn to see as God sees. Message Summary Why is biblical geography important? Is the Genesis narrative of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah accurate? Join us for an update from Dr. Stephen Collins about his recent excavations at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and why he believes he has located the biblical Sodom.
Message Summary What do you do with the problem of pain? Why does God allow evil to exist, and why do bad things happen to good people? Let's take a look at the sovereign will and the permissive will of God and gain a greater understanding of God's providence and the promise of His working all things to work together for good in the lives of His children. Message Summary Difficult circumstances can result in bitterness.
In this message from Lamentations 3, Dr. Ross Rhoads brings us a reality check. We'll consider the heart of God in allowing us to suffer consequences, and take into account the goodness revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Message Summary The idea of sharing the truth about sin, and even the hope of the gospel, is paralyzing to some. We are all responsible for evangelism, so let's consider our high calling and the cost others may pay if fear hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission.
What are we afraid of? Message Summary Ever since the Garden of Eden, people have struggled with temptation. Perhaps we are tempted to lie, or gossip, or maybe it's physical lust that draws us away. If God isn't to blame, who or what is? Join us as we examine how to face temptation: its source, its course, and how to stand firm when temptation comes our way. Newscasts are replete with stories of greed, violence, and deceit. In this study we will look at what the Bible says about sin—its cause, its consequence and its cure.
Message Summary Have you ever thought of running away from God? Though we may not pack our bags and try to physically flee, many of us try to hide ourselves from His presence. Let's take a look at the Jonah and learn how God's prepares the prophet and consider His hand of discipline in our own lives. Message Summary Through dark times and in life's shadows, the Lord is with His people. As we examine one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament, we'll learn about the tender care of the Lord in every circumstance.
Whether we face financial hardships, physical difficulties, or emotional valleys, we are spiritually secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd. Message Summary When the unrighteous prosper, it can be discouraging.
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Why does it seem like the bad guy next door never has any problems? When we struggle with self-pity, we may find that we have taken our eyes off the Lord and have set them squarely on our circumstances. Let's reconsider the fate of the ungodly as we regain an eternal perspective of a life apart from God. Message Summary Join us as we take a fresh look God the Father. Through the lens of Jesus, we'll focus our attention on the mountain-top revelation to Moses of God's very nature: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
Message Summary What are we as believers to do about the plight of the estimated million child laborers and street children in the world? What does the Lord want us do about these starving and seemingly hopeless kids? KP Yohannan compels us to put our faith into action as we consider our text from Matthew Message Summary Replacement theology is a frightening trend in the church. The belief that the Lord has written off the Jewish nation and that the church will be the sole recipient of God's promises is bad theology; and bad theology results in bad consequences.
Let's look at the Bible and find out whether the Jews are God's chosen people and why it matters. Message Summary Turmoil in the Middle East including land disputes and threats from radical Islam are continually plastered across news headlines. While we don't expect radical Muslims to accept the Jewish presence in Israel, a growing number of Christians are questioning whether the Jews have a right to the Promised Land.
Join us as we explore the Bible to determine whether Israel occupies land that does not belong to them. Does the Bible justify the Jewish presence in Israel? Message Summary There's an intense battle raging. Throughout history, enemies have sought to annihilate the Jews and the threat of radical Islam is growing. In this message from Joel Rosenberg, we'll consider Satan's plot to destroy Israel and consider why the world hates the Jewish people. Message Summary God has indeed chosen the Jewish people and given them the land of Israel, but how does He view Israel's neighbors?
As we dive into God's Word, we'll see He has not given Israel license to oppress their neighbors or to create injustice. Let's listen closely to this important reminder of God's love for the world and His promises for the children of Ishmael. With the return of Jesus Christ approaching, we must consider our part in blessing Israel and her neighbors and Joel will encourage us to learn, pray, give, and go. Message Summary Are you missing something in life? Are you searching for something, unsure of exactly what it is? As he brings us this message from Luke 19, Franklin Graham challenges us to consider our standing before God: Are your sins forgiven?
Listen and learn that though we are all guilty of sin, we can receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. Message Summary If you could do anything, what would it be? Let's consider whether our dreams are man-made or God-given as we look at the example of Moses. Faith without works is dead—how can we use our gifts fully for the glory of God? Message Summary Are you a happy person? That's the issue addressed in this message from Pastor AJ Villegas. We'll examine our overall outlook, and consider the difference in worldly satisfaction and true contentment.
We'll learn that a proper perspective of the Lord, rather than comfortable circumstances, are the source of genuine happiness. Message Summary If you really want to help yourself, then you will stop trying to fix your flesh and you will start submitting to the Spirit.
Message Summary How can we have more effective prayer lives? Let's take a brief look at "The Lord's Prayer" and consider how God Himself has instructed us to pray. We'll gain a greater understanding of how God honors our submission, our commission, and the remission or our sins. Message Summary In this message from Bob Shank, we look at God's practical instruction about money, including getting out of debt, contentment, and giving. Message Summary What is a parent's highest calling? In this message, Sean McDowell explains the role of every believer in sharing the faith with the next generation.
Message Summary The Bible helps us make sense of archaeology—His inerrant Word sheds light recent discoveries. As we consider this message from Dr. Holden, we'll discover that validity of the biblical history confirms and clarifies God's Word and further demonstrates God's love for man. Message Summary Does God still speak to man? Is He interested in our personal lives?
Can we know the will of God? Pastor Nate Heitzig addresses these issues and more in this message. Message Summary Every day, millions of people around the world search the internet for God. Learn how Global Media Outreach and online missionaries are using technology to reach the world with the gospel.
Message Summary If you want to see God do the impossible, you have to believe He can, then take the steps to make it happen. Those steps may seem scary and crazy at first and people around you may not understand, but God can do things that we can't even dream up. Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries.
He regularly addresses current issues in the national media, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States. Rhodes teaches cult apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary and other seminaries around the country. Jump To: Dr. Message Summary Like many of us, Manasseh was raised in a good home where he was taught who God is, and yet he chose to walk away.
He rebelled against his father and the Lord, leading Israel into idolatry and immorality. But Manasseh repented from his evil ways, turned back to the Lord, and received God's forgiveness. In this inspiring message, Franklin Graham reminds us that no one is outside of God's reach.
Message Summary Are your prayers rooted in God's promises? That's the issue addressed in this study from 1 Kings As we consider the prayer and faith of the prophet Elijah, we'll glean important principles about bringing our requests to the Father and receiving what God has promised. Message Summary What is your mission in life? As we study this passage from James, we gain a clearer understanding of God's plans for each of us - inwardly and outwardly. Let's consider who we are living to please and the rewards of a life lived faithfully.
Message Summary While Jesus is certainly the most extraordinary and influential figure in history, opinions about His identity vary widely. Culture and experience can influence our thoughts about who He is and why He came—but what does the Bible tell us about who He is? What will you do with the real Jesus? Collins explains our calling as believers to offer factual evidence in favor of our faith and reminds us that the Bible is a book of history, as well as a record of spiritual truth.
He also shares unpublished, unprecedented archaeological discoveries including the gateway of Sodom along the southern wall of the lower city. Message Summary What does it take to be an effective Christian? Message Summary We often have a pretty good grasp of how fleeting time can be. In this day and age of waxing philosophical, moral relativism, and a church that gives in to the pressures of the world, we need a firm grasp of how and why we must redeem the time. As we consider Ephesians , we'll be reminded that time is short—we need to be wise, walk in the light, use our minds, and understand that God has a plan for our lives.
Message Summary There are different ways of knowing. We can know "that," and have an understanding of something; we can know "how," and experience something; and we can know "personally," and have a relationship with someone. In John we will dissect a portion of Jesus' prayer to His Father, before being handed over to crucifixion. In this passage we learn that Jesus' suffering and death would reveal the glory, or character of His Father, and that through His death and resurrection, we can know God.
Knowing God is intimate and personal, and by studying what it is to know God, we'll understand that eternal life comes from being in relationship with the only true God. Message Summary Learn the facts on Muslim population growth around the globe and grapple with how to effectively reach the Islamic population.
Take cues from Matthew 22 and learn how to love non-Christians as neighbors who need to hear the good news. Message Summary Peter wrote to Christians in the Roman Empire who experienced persecution and were about to suffer greater persecution! How were they to respond to these trials and troubles? In our text, we see they were to love and serve one another, and use the gifts that God gave them—and so are we!
Message Summary Epicenter is a term that describes Jerusalem as the center of the nations based on Ezekiel While there is darkness in the epicenter, there is also great hope. Let's consider how we can pray for peace and prepare for war along with the Joshua Fund as they plan to meet people's needs if and when war breaks out in the Middle East. Media from the entire Epicenter Conference can be found at epicenterconference. Message Summary Only God knows what tomorrow holds and through our text, He communicates both warnings and encouragement about the future. Message Summary She did what she could—her gift of costly nard in an alabaster flask was broken and poured out to prepare Jesus for his burial.
But the disciples condemned her—scolded her for the extravagant gift. Is that how we view those who are extravagantly sold out to Christ? Through this text, we learn from her sacrifice and Jesus' commendation to the heart of what we do be done in extravagant devotion to God. Message Summary Franklin Graham is noted for using every occasion to preach the gospel, inviting people to take part in God's plan of salvation—whether on the mission field, on-site at a natural disaster, behind the microphone of a national news program, or in a church sanctuary.
From the story of a blind man healed in Mark , Franklin delivers a powerful presentation of the good news. You too can be healed and your sins can be forgiven! Come to Jesus! How long will the rebellious prosper? How long will God allow suffering? The answer is: not much longer. When the time is right, God will once and for all prove His power over Satan and sin. Will you be ready? Message Summary Life has its highs and lows. When we are at our lowest, who can we count on to answer the deep, anguished cry of our heart?
Who can we call when things become so painful, we can't even believe it's real? David would tell us that there is One who neither slumbers nor sleeps, One who is ready and able to answer our call. Message Summary As a follower of Jesus, how are you representing God? In Numbers , the people contended with Moses and Aaron. They did not trust God and the leadership He appointed. Likewise, Moses and Aaron allowed their anger and frustration to control them. They rebelled against the Lord and misrepresented Him to the people.
As we consider this text, we learn that as ambassadors for Christ, we must be gracious and submissive both in our leadership and in our following. Message Summary Mark Hitchcock is a well-known proponent of Bible prophecy and a popular author who has written over 20 books on important end-times topics. Message Summary The Bible says that God destroyed Sodom and the cities of the plain with fire from heaven—an event that took out an entire civilization in the blink of an eye.
Steven Collins, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University and lead archaeologist at the Tall el-Hammam dig in Jordan, presents the evidence of the city of Sodom and its miraculous destruction. His extraordinary discoveries will strengthen your faith and bolster your trust in God's Word. Message Summary Just like the disciples rowing on a stormy sea, the church in America must face exhausting and frustrating circumstances with courage, strength, and perseverance, knowing that Jesus prays for us.
Message Summary As we celebrate Mother's Day with the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers all around us, K. Yohannan paints a portrait of his mother and the influence that she had, both in her family and in India. We catch just a tiny glimpse of a country with 62 million child laborers suffering on the streets and millions of mothers who have never heard of our Jesus to whom they can take their children. Message Summary In preparation for ministry, the prophet Isaiah was given a vision of the Lord's holiness—a vision which drove him to repentance and service.
As we consider this text, we uncover important principles to apply to our own worship of the Lord. Message Summary The Jewish scribes had such great reverence for God's Word that it was of the utmost importance to preserve the Scriptures accurately. They took great measures—memorizing 4, laws before they could begin to write—to ensure it would be copied, pronounced, and interpreted precisely. Josh McDowell presents to us one of the rarest scrolls in the world, called the Lodz Torah Scroll, showing us that God will always provide the means for His sacred Word to be available to His church.
Message Summary What we believe about God and what He tells us in His Word will affect our lifestyles and our behavior. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we become His representatives, and we must begin to live like what we believe is true. Christian comedian Brad Stine challenges us to push past our comfortable boundaries and take back our culture. Message Summary In Hebrews 11, we read testimonies of men and women who demonstrated extraordinary faith.
When God commanded them to do something, they obeyed. From their examples, we learn that in our weaknesses, we are made strong, faith requires courage to face difficulties, and obeying the Lord is about using the faith we have rather than the amount of faith we possess. Message Summary As believers, we can never outgrow the gospel—when we think we have, we are actually moving backwards. Paul's letter to the Romans was a treatise explaining the good news of Jesus Christ, and the recipients were saints!
In this refreshing study, we are reminded about the power and love that was displayed on the cross, and how our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all! Message Summary Everyone encounters trials. We can't escape them, but we can choose how we react to them. In 1 Samuel, we read about a woman who realized that God is bigger than any circumstance. As Hannah poured out her soul to the Lord, she was filled with joy that only comes from Him. Through her life, we learn that God will sustain us through any trial and He will use our pain to further His kingdom. As he prepared to present the Messiah to the world, he preached one simple message: "Repent!
In this study, we learn the meaning of true repentance and how that leads to true sanctification. By looking closely at the ark of the covenant, guest speaker Don McClure gives us insight about how the tabernacle points to Jesus, and he encourages us to give up our burdens and surrender every area of our lives to the Lord. Message Summary Out of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, He chose only one from the prophet Isaiah to share with the people in Nazareth—one that revealed His character. As we study this portrait of Jesus in Luke 4, we also learn about the power that dwelt inside Him: the power of the Holy Spirit, which now dwells in us.
Message Summary Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy. We know that the world's idea of happiness is broken, because nothing from the world can satisfy us. But God wants us to have lasting joy. As we look at the passage of Scripture known as the Beatitudes, we discover what true happiness is and Who can fix our happiness.
Message Summary Jeremiah is known as the "weeping prophet. They didn't listen. As we study this passage, it may look like Jeremiah's life was wasted, but God never puts anything to waste, even our trials. Pastor Levi Lusko shares the tough realities of following Jesus, but reminds us that Jesus will always renew our strength. Message Summary God sought to deliver Lot and his family from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lot's wife looked back, disobeying the Lord.
Franklin Graham teaches from a passage in Luke 17 and reminds us that God will judge all sin, but we don't have to receive this judgment. Because of His compassionate love, the Lord made a way for us to be redeemed? Message Summary Obituary, funeral, afterlife? The reality is that just like we were all born, we will all die. Like Elisha, with our dying breaths, we should be speaking in faith, leaving a legacy of faith that will outlast our time on earth. The end of your life doesn't have to be the end of the impact your life will have.
Message Summary Out of all the things the disciples could've asked Jesus to teach them, they asked Him how they should pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus shared the model prayer—the Lord's Prayer. In the passage that leads up to and covers the first part of the Lord's Prayer, we learn about the importance, power, and promise of prayer. Message Summary Time and time again, Joseph encountered hardships that were not his doing: harsh treatment, betrayal, false accusation, and apathy. But Joseph was always mindful of God and remained obedient despite the unfairness he met.