200 - What Happened to Masculine Christianity?

April 8, 2013
Sometimes, when the tides of life turn against us, the church sounds like the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz:  

"Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got?" 

Answer:  Courage!

Do you have courage?  Enough courage?  Overcoming courage?  If not, then keep listening.

The following is a study on Spiritual Warfare.
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178 - Giving All to the One Who Gave All

June 7, 2012
One of the most challenging passages in the entire New Testament is found in the book of Romans, chapter 12.  It reads:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

If you think you've got a pretty good understanding of what Paul was saying, think again... and keep listening.  You're in for a wild ride.

The following is a study on Romans 12:1-2.
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174 - Where is the Remnant?

April 26, 2012
James tells us there are two kinds of people... those who "do" and those who "hear and refuse to do."  And the difference between them is profound.  One is "blessed in all that he does" and the other is "self-deceived."

Which one are you?

Where are the men and women of God who hear the Word and strive, with all that is in them, to obey what it says... no matter what? Where are they?  Where have they gone?  

What happened to the remnant?

The following is a study on James 1:22-27.
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173 - Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to… uh, Me?

April 5, 2012
James tells us that how we stand up under trials, no matter how severe, are a strong indicator of our salvation.  In other words, if we endure, good sign we are saved.  If we don't, well... that could be a pretty good sign that we're not.

Warren Wiersbe puts it this way:

"Our values determine our evaluations.  If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us.  If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to ‘count it all joy!’  If we live only for the present and forget the future, the trials will make us bitter, not better."

So where are you when it comes to trials?

The following is a study on James 1:1-12.
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157 - The Persecution Promise

July 30, 2011
Did you know that one of the true signs of saving faith is the fact that you will face persecution?  Consider the following:

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs— heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.  Romans 8:16-17

Are you wondering exactly what that means and how it plays out in our lives today? 

Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on John 15:18-27.
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151 - Time to Come and Die

April 23, 2011
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, before he died at the Flossenburg Concentration camp on April 9, 1945, summarized in his book, the Cost of Discipleship, the Christian life like this:

"When Christ calls a man,
He bids him to come and die."

Is that true?  Does Christ really demand total abandonment of self to follow Him? 

Is that what was portrayed in the gospels?  Because it certainly isn't what is esteemed in current Christian circles today, is it? 

And why not?

The following is a study on the Cost of Following Jesus.
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142 - “I Think it Means What it Says!”

January 29, 2011
A couple of quick questions: 

Are you tired of living the high points of your spiritual life on the backs of long-ago, past dead Christian heroes?  You know, we talk about the child-like faith of George Muller, the courage of Corrie Ten Boom or the single-minded devotion of Jim Elliott... but what about us?  What about you and me?  What would you give to live the truly "abundant life" that Jesus held out before His disciples? 

Do you think a life like that is possible?  For you?  For anybody? 

And if it is, what must we do to enter into the realm of spiritual fervency that produces the kind of spiritual fruit the Lord longs for?

The following is a study on Psalm 1.
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121 - No More Lame Excuses

June 17, 2010
Did you ever wonder why it is so easy for us to trust the words of the Lord for our eternal security, yet not trust Him for our daily bread? 

Think about it:  When Jesus says He is "preparing a place for us and will come again to receive us to be where He is"— we have no problem with that.  We hold on to those words, cherish those words, are encouraged by those words. 

But what about when He also says "to seek His kingdom and all these things (food, shelter, clothing) will be given to us?"  Do we have the same faith in temporal promises as we do in eternal ones?

Daniel did. 

The following is a study on Daniel 1:8.
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118 - The Sin of Compromise

May 23, 2010
Have you ever considered how pragmatic we are as a society and as a church?  How the mantra of "expedience" seems to be the law of the land today. 

"After all," we reason, "if it works for you, go for it."

Now compare that to the mindset of the likes of Daniel, Job, Noah, Moses, Paul, Stephen and other who counted life in this world not worth living if they had to compromise their faith and obedience to survive.

Where are these men today?  Where are those who will stand for truth, no matter what?  Come what may? 

Oh where, oh where have the real Christians gone?  Oh where, oh where can they be?

The following is a study on Daniel 1:3-8.
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117 - The Consequence of Ignored Warnings

May 19, 2010
Time and time again, in the Old Testament and even today, God's people warned the government and religious authorities about impending danger and the coming judgment of God. 

And time and time again those words were ignored.

From the destruction of the Northern Kingdom in 722 BC to the deportation to Babylon in 605, 597 and 586BC.  From the revival under Josiah to the preaching of Isaiah and Jeremiah, all the tell-tale signs were ignored. 

Can you see any parallel for today?  I sure can.  Listen and find out more.

The following is a study on Daniel 1:1-2.
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