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When the Answer is Disaster, Part 3 of 4 (The...04/24/15
Evildoers were having a field day, and the foundations of the nation were being torn apart. Yet, in the midst of turmoil, the prophet Habakkuk had a burst of faith that God was still in charge, just as God still reigns over the USA.
When the Answer is Disaster, Part 2 of 4 (The Triumph of...
The prophet Habakkuk's dialogs with God show a man wrestling with how God could seemingly be out of touch with how tough things were. Let's get into the heart of the prophet's complaint as we learn lessons on praying during dark times.
When the Answer is Disaster, Part 1 of 4 (The Triumph of...
America is heading toward more government control and less freedom. So, what should Christians do? It's the scenario painted by the prophet Habakkuk: things were bad and getting worse. He was asking God, "Where are You?"
When the Answer is Disguised, Part 3 of 3 (The Triumph of...
When God answers prayer in ways we don't expect, He reminds us that it's Him we really need. Today, let's make sure our relationships with God are strong and growing, because knowing Him is far more vital than getting what we want from Him.
When the Answer is Disguised, Part 2 of 3 (The Triumph of...
As we mature as Christians, our prayers shift from asking for things to asking for God. That's why some prayers are answered in ways that surprise us. God wants a relationship with us that transcends the daily details we think are so crucial.
When the Answer is Disguised, Part 1 of 3 (The Triumph of...
Prayer is something of a mystery. We're commanded to ask in faith, without doubting. The answers sometimes come from unexpected directions, even unrelated to what we asked for. When we think our prayers are unanswered, we may have received an answer...
When the Answer is Delayed, Part 4 of 4 (The Triumph of...
Too many people bring high hopes to faith healing meetings, only to be told that they lack enough faith to claim their deliverance. Can believers expect physical healing on demand? Here's some straight talk on when God fulfills His promises.
When the Answer is Delayed, Part 3 of 4 (The Triumph of...
God gave Abraham promises that would not come to pass for hundreds of years. Abraham died before any were fulfilled. Next time you feel like God is a bit slow in answering your prayers, remember: His scale of time is bigger than yours. He has a larger...
When the Answer is Delayed, Part 2 of 4 (The Triumph of...
Abraham never saw the fulfillment of God's promises to him. In that light, who are we to complain when our prayers are not answered right away? Today, we'll gain a larger perspective on prayer, which many of us perhaps never had.
When the Answer is Delayed, Part 1 of 4 (The Triumph of...
When we pray for something, we hope for a quick response from God. But God has His own clock, which is not always in sync with ours. How do we handle prayers that, to us, are time critical, when the answers seem to be anything but?
When the Promises Don't Work, Part 3 of 3 (The Triumph of...
Someone has said, "Pressure produces." It's when we're suffering that God refines our character, and that's more important than Him answering our prayers when we think He should. Unanswered prayers and suffering form in us the quality of endurance.
When the Promises Don't Work, Part 2 of 3 (The Triumph of...
When the answers to our prayers don't come on our schedule, many of us lose heart. But the Bible says that trials and suffering produce endurance, a quality with which God is very pleased. Here are more lessons on what to do "When the Promises Don't...
When the Promises Don't Work, Part 1 of 3 (The Triumph of...
It happens again and again: a child dies even after we pray. Where was God? Many react by giving up prayer, questioning God's promises, intentions, and character. Do your prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling too?
Come and See His Empty Tomb, Part 2 of 2 (Come and See...
Paul said that Jesus was "declared to be the Son of God with power....by the resurrection from the dead." If we trust Christ for salvation, that empty tomb in Jerusalem is a promise that our tombs will one day be empty as well.
Come and See His Empty Tomb, Part 1 of 2 (Come and See...
Death is everyone's unavoidable fate, due to the legacy of the sins committed by Adam and Eve. But believers cling to the promise of Jesus, "I am the resurrection and the life...he that believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live."
Come and See His Agony, Part 3 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)
Jesus faced untold agony in a place called Gethsemane. Knowing what awaited Him, and praying until blood drops hit the ground, He finally said to His Father, "Not my will, but Thine be done." The great transaction would now take place.
Come and See His Agony, Part 2 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)
Gethsemane lies on the Mount of Olives facing the Old City of Jerusalem. Here, Jesus spent a night in agonized prayer before being nailed to a cross outside the city wall. His task: to drink the cup of suffering for you and for me. What does this mean?
Come and See His Agony, Part 1 of 3 (Come and See Jesus)
The legacy we inherit from our Master includes suffering. To walk with Jesus means that we must walk with Him in Gethsemane. Here a decision was reached that made salvation possible for billions of believers yet to be born.
The Light Shines in Rome, Part 3 of 3 (Light Shining in...
It's one thing to have strong faith in God when the sun's shining. It's quite another when dark storms strike. A boat loaded with prisoners were sailing to Rome when their vessel sank in gale force winds. And had it not been for the courage of Paul,...
The Light Shines in Rome, Part 2 of 3 (Light Shining in...
There's great terror being caught in a storm at sea. You fear that the deep will become your grave. Paul was on a ship taking him to Rome. Faced with sinking, his courageous actions saved the crew and fellow prisoners.
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