A Reason for Hope
God's Lovging Nature11/23/14
The love God has for every person - as exemplified by Jesus - is pure, unconditional, and self-sacrificing. It is a love so outside our human experience, that it is difficult for us to fully comprehend. Please meditate on this primary characteristic...
The Best Of Times
This centuries-old prophecy from Isaiah describes the times we live in today - fore-telling how the seemingly small and inconsequential Christian message would spread to all corners of the world. Please listen to this surprising message from Isaiah...
Looking Forward With Hope
For those times when we are weighed down and weary with the chaos of this world - God spoke through his prophet Isaiah to describe in poetic language how He will fix our fallen world. Please listen to this message of hope from Isaiah 65:17-25.
Trusting God Thru Hard Times
When we're living thru life's difficult times, we don't have the perspective to see the "good" that God promises for us - so our trust in God often flounders. But in the stories of the Bible, we get a glimpse of God's perspective and how He is working...
When Life Makes No Sense
In this corrupted world, we often witness trouble and injustice, and feel crushing disappointment. In those times, we question or even doubt God. That's how it was for the prophet Habakkuk. In this lesson, we not only get God's answers, but learn how...
Making Friends For Heaven
When it comes to worldly wealth, people strive to act wisely - no one wants to be thought of as being a fool with their money. Jesus used that idea to get Christians to seriously consider how they live with the precious knowledge of the Gospel. Are...
Contemplating the Cost
Jesus called every person he met to turn back to God - accepting both God's authority and His gift of forgiveness. But Jesus never sugar-coated the level of commitment required from those who would follow Him - or the difficulties they would...
Christian Love and Attitude
Throughout His life, Jesus had one thing on his mind - the spiritual well-being of the people around him. So in the social setting of a banquet, where he was being watched by the upper-echelon religious leaders, Jesus told this parable. A story that...
The Fire Jesus Started
The life and mission of Jesus reconciled God's justice and His love - establishing a peace between God and man. But Jesus made clear that when the true message of His life is proclaimed, it would inevitably divide people and create controversy - and...
Doubting God In A Crisis
Giving thanks to God for the blessings in our lives is certainly appropriate... but it is not faith - because faith is trusting God regarding things we cannot see. Please listen to this truth-filled message for all of us who struggle to trust God in...
What Must I Do?
As Jesus taught people about their relationship with God, he would frequently encounter the agendas of the established religious leaders, who were jealous of his popularity. But despite the opposition, Jesus would do for them what he did for every...
The People Around You
We tend to see other people in terms of outward appearance, wealth, authority, or influence - (that is, what they can do for us). Jesus taught his followers to see people the way that God sees them - as precious souls, who are in need of rescue (like...
Your Marriage To Christ
The essence of the Christian faith is expressed in the phrase "grace by faith" - meaning we get forgiveness that we don't deserve as a gift from God. But we all have an in-born desire to try to earn God's favor. In this lesson from second chapter of...
God's Blessing For You
As the nation of Israel was being led from captivity to the promised land, God had Aaron proclaim a blessing on the people - a blessing that extends to all Christians today. It is a blessing that reassures us of the gracious and merciful nature of...
The Heart Of God
When the 'church people' of his day judgmentally refused to forgive and welcome back penitent sinners, Jesus taught them about the heart of God with this story (recorded in the 15th chapter of Luke). God anxiously waits for and celebrates the return...
God's Reality Regarding Your Life
One of the beguiling myths of western culture is that truth depends on scientific proof and human reason. In contrast, God teaches us about spiritual truth. And He reminds us that in the end, the only truth that will matter is spiritual reality...
Rest From The Work Paradigm
In all people, there is some part of us that wants to earn our way into heaven - because we want the credit for being 'good'. But the Bible makes clear that trying to merit our own salvation inevitably results in our condemnation. In contrast, Jesus...
Words That Matter
Near the end of his life, Jesus took his disciples aside and warned them about the spiritual dangers that were to come - men who would claim to be the Christ and teachers who would distort the saving message of who Jesus was and the meaning of His...
Questions Of Consequence
One facet of our sinful nature is that we are often distracted by issues of self-concern - always looking out for number one. The terrible irony is that our self-centered tendencies blind us to matters of eternal consequence. In response, Jesus was...
Jesus - Feed On Me
During his 3-year ministry, Jesus was all about teaching people important spiritual truths... but often the people he was trying to reach were distracted by their day-to-day problems. In those situations, Jesus did not hesitate to use shocking...
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