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The Light Shines on Mars Hill, Part 3 of 3 (Light...02/27/15
Paul became the Apostle to the Gentiles, moving aggressively to cities in Greece and beyond with the Holy Spirit directing his energies and birthing faith wherever he preached. In this message we'll examine that power on display atop a famous hill in...
The Light Shines on Mars Hill, Part 2 of 3 (Light Shining in Darkness)
What's the best way to witness to people about Jesus? Paul taught us how in Acts 17. He found out where they were coming from and focused his message on what they already knew. To an audience of philosophers, he talked about their monument to an...
The Light Shines on Mars Hill, Part 1 of 3 (Light Shining in Darkness)
The Hill of Ares in Athens is a mound of granite facing the famous Acropolis with its temples to pagan gods. Here, Paul the Apostle preached the gospel with power to a group of philosophers. In this message we'll explore what happened at a place also...
The Light Shines in a Prison, Part 4 of 4 (Light Shining in Darkness)
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household." Some see in this famous verse a promise that all in a family will come to faith. In this message we'll see what Acts 16:31 actually means.
The Light Shines in a Prison, Part 3 of 4 (Light Shining in Darkness)
Jailers know that locks usually stay locked. But when Paul and Silas were sprung from prison, one jailer learned otherwise, causing him to ask, "What must I do to be saved?" In this message, more on prison doors flinging open.
The Light Shines in a Prison, Part 2 of 4 (Light Shining in Darkness)
Paul took Silas and Timothy and went to preach in Macedonia. Their first stop was at Philippi, where the Spirit's power was evident. Among those who believed was a merchant woman whose heart had been prepared by God.
The Light Shines in a Prison, Part 1 of 4 (Light Shining in Darkness)
The Bible calls the gospel "the power of God." The word "power" in Greek is the word that gives us "dynamite" in English. That power began to be felt in the early church, and today we begin tracing the impact the gospel made in the first century.
The Handwriting on the Wall, Part 3 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
Ancient Babylon's leaders had no idea that their time was up. A festive party ended in the King's death, and God's judgment was served. Modern America also has no idea how many minutes are left on its ticking clock. In this message, we will see our...
The Handwriting on the Wall, Part 2 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
When God says a nation is doomed, that doom is certain. Belshazzar's feast began with revelry and ended with Belshazzar dead. Babylon died with him, as might America if we don't heed the warnings of God.
The Handwriting on the Wall, Part 1 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
The judgment of God may be long in coming, but it can come with a vengeance. For ancient Babylon, that time came when Daniel foretold the doom of Babylon's king. We in America should take heed, as his story might well be ours.
When the State Becomes God, Part 4 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
When the government tells you who to worship, believers face an easy choice. The answer is simply "no, we will worship God." Then we, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, have to be willing to face the consequences, whether God delivers us or not.
When the State Becomes God, Part 3 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
During persecution, some believers are spared; others go through torture and death. Some wonder why God doesn't deliver all of His people, since He surely could. In this message, Pastor Lutzer shares an answer to a vexing problem we all face as we try...
When the State Becomes God, Part 2 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
Kings can become very angry when disobeyed. Daniel's friends said "no" to Babylon's king and were tossed into a fiery furnace. God does not always deliver His people from harm, but this time He did. And one king found out who was really in charge.
When the State Becomes God, Part 1 of 4 (The Church in Babylon)
Every day, government pressure mounts on the Christian faith. How should believers react? We can look to a similar time of persecution long ago for guidance. The place was Babylon, and the minority Jews were in the hot seat.
Conflicts of Conscience, Part 3 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
Daniel's friends went along with their Babylonian captors, but drew the line when their consciences told them to. Some life situations force us to make tough choices. Today we will learn how to live by the Bible's principles when making them.
Conflicts of Conscience, Part 2 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
When the government creates a law, and the Bible tells us to do the opposite, what do we do? The answers are not always clear, since we are called to obey those who rule over us. We can learn from four men handled who this in ancient Babylon.
Conflicts of Conscience, Part 1 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
Christians in America are rapidly becoming like Daniel and his friends in Babylon: out of sync with their pagan environment. How do we reconcile what we believe with what we have to do in order to live in such a culture?
Life in a Pagan City, Part 3 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
God told His people in Babylonian captivity to have large families and support the country they lived in. Could this be a blueprint for how American believers should react to increasing persecution? Today: the takeaways from Jeremiah 29.
Life in a Pagan City, Part 2 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
Once, Christians were a dominant force in American culture. That day is no more. How do we live as a minority in a pagan culture? The surprising answers come from Jeremiah 29, where God tells captive Israel how to live in a faraway land.
Life in a Pagan City, Part 1 of 3 (The Church in Babylon)
Should believers living under national judgment circle the wagons and live off the grid, or engage their flawed culture with enthusiasm? The surprising answer comes from God's instructions to captive Judah living in Babylon.
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