September 27, 2016
One of the greatest needs in the life of the believer today is revival. Revival is defined as "a restoration of life, consciousness, vigor, or strength. It is an awakening to something previously dormant. It is an improvement in the condition or strength of something or someone." Spurgeon said revival means "to live again, to receive again a life which has almost expired; to rekindle into a flame the vital spark which was nearly extinguished."
But how does revival come about?
What does true revival look like?
How does it change the person being revived?
Are there stages or steps to revival?
And how can we have revival now, today, in our lives and in the church?
Are you interested in finding out more? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on revival.
September 26, 2016
Great question. Why did God choose to save each of us? Was it because He wanted to make our life better? And, if so, what does "better" mean? And "better" from whose perspective? His? Or ours? Maybe He chose to save us to give our life purpose and meaning. And what would that purpose be? And whose purpose are we talking about? God's? Or ours?
See the problem? When we view the purpose of our salvation from how it affects us, we tend to become self-centered and inner-focused. But it's not about us, it's all about Him. Totally for Him and Him alone.
Want to discover the true reason God chose to save you? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on total surrender.
September 25, 2016
There are great men of the Bible the Lord places before us as examples of human frailty and divine grace. Men such as Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Job and Daniel fill the pages of the Old Testament. And then there are our New Testament heroes, Peter, James, John, Paul, and Stephen, among others. Church history is also littered with men who forsook this life for the life to come. Men "of whom the world was not worthy" (Heb. 11:38).
But what characteristic or spiritual trait runs through each of these men? Was it human ability or ingenuity? Was it their upbringing and privileged background? Maybe it was their education, family status, financial security, political position, or something like that? No. Each of these men possessed only one characteristic that allowed God to use them like He did. And that one characteristic is being totally, fully, surrendered to Him.
Do you want to know more about total surrender? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on being fully surrendered, fully consecrated to Him.
September 16, 2016
Often we find ourselves focusing on the temporal things in life and not on the eternal. We seem to devote most of our time and energy on the things that pass, things that fade away, things that are transitory at best and have an expiration date, and not on what truly matters and what lasts. Why is that?
Matthew 5:18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."
Jesus said the law, the Word of God, is something that will outlast even heaven and earth. Then, according to Psalm 138:2, God said He honors His Word above His name. So what does all of this mean? And what are the implications for each of us? To find out more, keep listening.
The following is a study on Matthew 5:18.
September 1, 2016
Great question: "What is truth?" It's the question Pilate asked Jesus and the same question our culture asks of the church today. But there's more to that question than is readily apparent. For example:
Is there such a thing as absolute truth?
And if so, what is that truth?
How do we know that absolute truth is absolute?
What about the changing times in which we live?
Does truth change to meet the culture?
Is truth living and active? Does it evolve?
Why is truth for yesterday truth for today?
Doesn’t each generation need their own truth?
Jesus addressed these questions in His first sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7. Let's take a look at His answer together, shall we?
This is a study on Matthew 5:17.
August 7, 2016
Many Scriptures speak of things we must "do" as followers of Christ. Some of them are:
You are to "take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).
You are to "walk according to the Spirit" (Gal. 5:16).
You must "present your bodies as a living sacrifice" (Rom. 12:1).
But when we find some passages that speak about who we are (in contrast to what we do), they should stop us cold in our tracks. These are Scriptures that define and describe us from the Lord's perspective.
In Matthew 5 we find two of these: "You are the salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:11), and "You are the light of the world" (Matt. 5:12-14). And the implications of these are profound. Want to discover more? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on Matthew 5:11.
August 7, 2016
Consider these if / then passages:
"(then) Blessed are those (if) who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for (then) theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (then) Blessed are you (if) when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. (then) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for (then) great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt. 5:10-12).
Yes, and all who (if) desire to live godly in Christ Jesus (then) will suffer persecution. (2 Tim. 3:12).
Which leads us to ask a few questions:
Question: Will you face persecution?
Answer: That depends.
Question: Depends on what?
Answer: On how committed you are to live Godly in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:12).
To find out more about persecution and the if / then passages, keep listening.
The following is a study on Matthew 5:10-12.
July 26, 2016
Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9 ). Which ponders the questions:
What is a peacemaker?
What does peace really mean?
And with whom does the peacemaker make peace?
Who is calling the peacemakers “sons of God”?
And what does this look like in real life?
Amazingly, the answer to these questions might very well change your world. To find out more, keep listening.
The following is a study on Matthew 5:9.
July 17, 2016
When we are overwhelmed with fear, it's usually because our God is too small and our problems are too big.
Have you ever experienced a fear of Death?
Fear of the Future?
Fear of Failure?
Fear of Never Being Loved?
Fear of Pain or Sickness?
Fear of Financial Ruin?
Fear of Divorce?
Fear of Something Happening to My Children?
Fear of Being Victimized?
Fear of Getting Older?
Fear of Things Always Changing?
Fear of Trusting?
Fear of Confrontation?
Fear of the Death of a Loved One?
Fear of Satan?
If so, the reason for your fear is that your God is simply too small. Way too small. Tiny. Do you want to know how to change that? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on 1 John 3:1-3.