Christmas time is maybe the most "full" time of the whole year. It's a time filled with so much activity, so many relational connection points, so much commercialized influence...it can fill our lives to the point that at the end of the season, we might be at the end of our rope. This year - let's conspire to something more. Something deeper.
Scripture: Matthew 1:16-17, Luke 1:46-47, Luke 2:29-32, Malachi 4:2
People usually think of “Heaven” as the place Christians go when they die. A better definition explains that Heaven is God’s central dwelling place, the location of his throne from which he rules the universe. Many don’t realize that the present pre-resurrection Heaven and future post-resurrection Heaven are located in different places. The exact location of the present...
Author: Randy Alcorn
Scripture: Psalm 16:11-11, Philippians 1:23-23, John 4:24-24, Hebrews 12:14 - 1:14, Luke 16:4-4, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 2 Corinthians 5:10-10, Matthew 12:36-36, Revelation 22:1-1, 2 Peter 3:13-13
Given the substantial evidence of Scripture to the contrary, the burden of proof is on those who argue people in heaven are unconcerned with and unaware of what is happening on earth. Does Scripture really teach this? Where? Or is the belief that those in heaven are unaware of what happens on earth merely an assumption, one that over decades or centuries has been elevated by...
Author: Randy Alcorn
Scripture: Revelation 14:10-10, Luke 16:23-26, Matthew 23:37-39, Revelation 21:1-4, Jeremiah 31:34-34
Is it okay to talk to our loved ones who've gone on to be with Jesus? First, would it even be possible for someone in Heaven to know what's happening on earth, and be able to hear us say anything? Many assume the answer is no. But in Matthew 17, Moses and Elijah clearly already knew the events going on when they appeared with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. In Luke 15...
Author: Randy Alcorn
Scripture: Matthew 17:1-13, Luke 15:7-7, Revelation 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 2:5-5, Deuteronomy 8:9-14
The “ready” position is the stance that an athlete takes to be prepared to take on any challenge. If you're ready, you are not afraid. Don't be afraid of tyrants, financial ruin, life or death. Fear God and you don't have to fear anything else.
Scripture: Luke 12:49-56
How do we balance justice and forgiveness? "Can we pray for justice, and yet love our enemy at the same time?" The answer is yes. But let's start with our own guilt. Christians know that if God dealt with us only according to justice, we would perish under his condemnation. We are guilty of treason against God in our sinful pride and rebellion. We deserve only judgment....
Author: John Piper
Scripture: Romans 4:5-5, Romans 3:25-26, Romans 5:10-10, Romans 12:14-20, Luke 23:34-34
Our God stands unchanging through time as the source of our strength. The power of same is the culmination of our consistency with Him. If you resist the monotonous, you'll miss the miraculous. Repeat the right things until the routine is the reward. You will never arrive if you can't abide. Preached at Elevation Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Steven Furtick
Scripture: John 15:1-5, 2 Kings 5:13-14, Genesis 26:18-18, Luke 4:16-16, Joshua 6:14-20, Hebrews 13:8-8, 1 Kings 18:43-44
What is the point of Jesus' parables? We must learn the context, the question and the hinge moment (the outlandish surprise element). The legal experts only wanted to call other Jews their neighbors. Jesus surprised them by saying a hated enemy, a Samaritan, lovingly saved the wounded man. Preached at Casas Church. www.casaschurch.org.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Our lives are filled with white noise: the expectations of others that distract us from God's calling for our lives. How do we tune out "white noise." hear God speak and bravely follow His will? Preached at Casas Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Andy Thomas
Scripture: Proverbs 20:5-5, Luke 5:27-32, Matthew 16:21-23, Colossians 2:8-16
Dr. Jerry Wilkinson creates a 13-week series on basic tenets of our faith. Faith Foundations are based on Jesus' teaching of the Great Commandment-that we must love God and others above all else.
Type: Bible Study
Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:25-28