August 29, 2013
One of the most popular topics for Bible study is the prophecy concerning the end-times. Jesus deliberately told His disciples of the events that would occur in the future so that they would not be discouraged when He left them. He knew that they, and all the believers that followed, would face terrible persecution for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus knew that they could face that persecution only through the power of the Holy Spirit working in them and the firm knowledge of the goals and events that they were working toward. He told them of a coming day of judgment for the nation Israel for their rejection of Jesus as the Messiah, and He told them of a coming day of judgment for a world that had rejected God. But Jesus also told them of the rewards for those who made Jesus their Lord and Master.
Listen to this podcast to learn the definition of terms like the Church Age, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Great Tribulation, and the Millennial Kingdom, and then listen to the description that Jesus gives of the Tribulation Period.
Learn the signs that we as believers today are to look for so that we can be assured that Jesus is coming again. And make no mistake about it, Jesus is coming again.
July 29, 2013
The criminal justice system in our country makes a distinction between those who commit crimes either ignorantly or accidentally, and those who commit crimes knowingly, willfully, and with malicious intent. This distinction has been playing out in our media for the last several weeks. However, the justice system has a special dislike of those who commit crimes knowingly, willfully, and with malicious intent.
This same principle works in the spiritual realm as well. The Bible is clear that there are degrees of punishment in Hell, as well as levels of reward in heaven. There is no doubt in my mind that a person like Stalin, or Hitler, or Charles Manson, or a person who would intentionally harm a child, has a special place in the hottest, loneliest, darkest, and most pain filled place in Hell reserved for them. It is a place that they will spend the eons of eternity being tormented in.
But imagine the penalty that will be imposed by God on those who have willfully, knowingly, and maliciously rejected Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the sacrifice that He made on the cross for the sins that they have committed.
These people have heard and rejected the gospel message of Jesus Christ on the TV, the radio, in books and magazines, and the personal testimonies of family and friends who told them how a gracious God has sent His only Begotten Son, so that they may have eternal life. They have then compounded this sin by convincing others to reject Christ, or even persecuting those that are Christians. They have made this choice knowingly, willfully, and maliciously.
Listen to this podcast to hear how Jesus Christ exposes the willful ignorance of those that would reject the Word of God and the great Biblical truth of the resurrection of the dead.
July 24, 2013
How well do you choose the times to confront your enemies, and when it is time to walk away?
Most of us are not real good at making that choice, we either let people walk all over us, or we tend to push our will upon others.
Jesus had spent much of His ministry avoiding a direct confrontation with the religious leadership of the Jews. His previous visits to Jerusalem had been subdued and quiet. Jesus actually spent most of His public ministry walking the countryside between Capernaum and the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee and all the points in-between.
He would respond to direct challenges from the local leaders of the synagogue and the representatives sent from Jerusalem to see what was happening. But when it became too contentious, He would simply move on to the next village. Jesus devoted much of His time to teaching the people and performing wonderful miracles of healing the sick and raising the dead. He was developing a great following among the people that would serve Him well at the end of His ministry.
Jesus now becomes much more direct in His confrontation with the Jewish leadership. He makes a triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem, He cleans out the temple courts of the tradesmen that were managed by the chief priest, and then He teaches and heals in the temple without the approval of the chief priests.
Listen to this podcast to learn how Jesus controlled His own destiny as He pushed the Jewish leadership into completing the tasks that the Lord’s Father had sent Him to do. Jesus was driving to the cross. He was in control. He knew what He was doing and where it would lead, but He did it anyway so that you and I could have everlasting life.
Jesus was never more Kingly during His public ministry than He was during this last week before the cross.
April 15, 2013
How do you go about meeting your family's needs?
You anticipate them. You plan for them. You work for them. You spend hours cooking, cleaning, and making the things that they need. You get up early every morning to go to a job because you know they are depending on you. You sacrifice for them. You want them to be able to depend on you. You want them to have faith that you will be able to meet their needs because you always have. You dedicate your life to meeting the needs of the family that God has been gracious enough to give you. You do this because you love them.
If you, as a parent are capable of doing this out of the love found in your human heart, how much more so can Jesus, as the Son of the living God, meet your needs out of the unlimited love found in His divine heart?
Listen to this podcast to learn how Jesus, as the Lord of our needs, plans methodically and miraculously for our needs. He structures our experiences to build our faith, and He expects us to have faith that He will always be there for us.
That faith comes as we look back at the things that He has done for us in the past.
That faith comes because He has promised to never, never, never, leave us.
April 7, 2013
Every day the headlines declare the latest act of violence and evil that has occurred in our nation.
Every day we seek answers as to why these events are occurring more often than we remember in our past. Our politicians and the news media blame the tools of the violence while they ignore the source of the evil that drives these events. They choose to issue gun control and God control laws to handle the problem.
These laws do nothing to solve the problem because it is the evil within the person's heart that drives the ability of man to commit these acts.
Man's heart has a tremendous capacity for love, charity, and compassion for others. Man's heart also contains apathy, indifference, intolerance, and arrogance. Jesus tells us that there are also thirteen things within every man's heart that makes man the most vicious creation on the planet earth.
Our country believes that a man must have freedom to do that which he desires. But for that freedom to be successful it must be constrained by man's absolute belief in the morals of right and wrong established by the living God.
Instead of allowing our belief in the morals of God to constrain the evil that lies with the heart of man, our politicians have chosen to issue laws confining God's morals to the four walls of the church. They have mandated the abolishment of God's teachings from our schools. They have abolished the name of Jesus from our government buildings. They have banned God's commandments from our courtrooms.
They have done this in the name of a new, socially, enlightened, morality. They have called good what God calls evil. In doing so, they have removed the constraints on the evil that lies within the heart of man. Instead of a new morality, we now have a lack of any morality, and they stand surprised at the violence that is the result.
Listen to this podcast to learn that it is what comes from the heart of man that defiles our nation's soul, our people's spirit, and fills our headlines.
March 24, 2013
Do you have someone to watch over you as you go through the problems of life?
Do you have a resource with enough power to call upon when you are in your darkest moments?
Most of us go through life being controlled by the things that are going on around us. When things are going good, we are happy. When things are hard, we endure on our own.
But that is not the way Jesus wants you to go through life.
Listen to this podcast to learn how you can have a direct link to the One with the power to put all of your problems beneath your feet. You can walk victoriously over the problems and challenges of your darkest moments.
Learn how Jesus wants to be the SomeOne who watches over you.
March 17, 2013
Who, or what, do you depend on to satisfy the desires in your life?
Most of us would answer this question by saying our job. The motivation for you to get up each and every morning to go to work is so that you can earn a wage that you will use to satisfy your desires. We depend on our hard work to satisfy our desires.
Others would say they depend on the government to meet their needs. They look to others to supply their wants and needs.
Listen to this podcast to learn how Jesus used the miracle of the 5,000 to teach us that He is the One that a believer should be depending on to satisfy all of their desires
Your job will fail you. We have all learned this lately.
The government will fail you. Others will fail you.
But Jesus never will. Jesus is the bread of everlasting life.
March 4, 2013
As a believer, you have been placed in this world as the ambassador of Jesus Christ. Your mission is to share the gospel of Christ.
Satan hates everything that God does, so he has placed his own agents in the world right alongside the ambassadors of Jesus Christ. Their mission is to dilute the message of the gospel of Christ. They are to deceive those who hear the message of Christ with their own version of it. They are to destroy the message of the gospel of Christ.
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares is a story from Jesus that describes the world that we live in today. How God's messengers are hard at work, and what Satan is trying to do to stop it.
Listen to this podcast to discover how believers are to respond to the work of Satan's agents and what will happen at the time of the harvest.
January 28, 2013
What do you place your faith in to get you through the trials of life? Your friends, your family, or your own abilities?
What do you place your faith in to deal with the inevitability of death and what happens after death?
Is it science, medicine, or religion?
Science can tell you why you are going to die, but death will still ultimately come.
Medicine can make you feel better before you die, it can even extend your life, but death will still ultimately come.
Religion, with its works, and its rules, can make you feel like you are doing something about death and what comes after, but death will still ultimately come.
Listen to this podcast to hear what the Word God says that we are to place our faith in. Rejoice as the Bible tells us the something and the Someone that has the power to control death and what comes after.
January 21, 2013
As believers, it is easy for us to look at the world around us and see that it is growing farther and farther from God. The world’s religious system has taken the inerrant and infallible Word of God and homogenized it, water its truths down, and added the philosophies of man to it, so that it will be more socially adjusted and accepted by the world.
Listen to this podcast to learn how Satan has used his dirty birds as agents to create the dirty bread to pull people away from the true gospel message of Christ.
January 14, 2013
In the parable of the candle and the basket, Jesus asks the simple question of the believer, would you bring a candle to a dark room and then cover it up with a basket?
Most people would say no, that does not make any sense because the purpose of lighting a candle is to dispel the darkness. A candle’s light brings safety from the things that lurk in the dark. If you put the candle into a lantern it becomes a mobile device that lights the pathway on a dark night, and if you put a reflective surface behind it, you can cast its light for long distances.
Listen to this podcast to hear how this message applies to the believer. Learn how the believer is the candle that shines the light of Jesus upon a dark world.
January 7, 2013
Is your salvation real?
Our churches are full of people who have made a profession of faith but do not possess Christ in their hearts. Their faith is an intellectual acceptance of Christ, but they have not been reborn.
Others have attended crusades, or evangelistic meetings, and had an emotional experience, only to find that being a Christian means facing persecution.
Listen to this podcast to learn how the Bible tells us we can be sure of our salvation. How we can be sure that Christ lives in our hearts.
December 31, 2012
What makes someone a great teacher?
Is it the effect they have had on your life, or the knowledge they have imparted?
Many in the world today consider Jesus to have been a great teacher or prophet, but Jesus was much more than a teacher. Jesus as God incarnate in man, had a message for the world. It is a message of God’s grace, God’s love, and eternal life.
Listen to this podcast to see how Jesus taught this message of the gospel of Christ. How He changed the world with His parables that spoke of everyday life, but contained great Biblical truths.