The disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! — John 20:19 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! — Luke 24:31 He was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. — Acts 1:9 He...
Author: Randy Alcorn
Excuses are like hiding places that promise to keep you safe from difficult things. Ignore them. The only things that reproduce faster than rabbits are excuses when you’ve got important work to do. Everyday when I sit down to work (I’m a writer), here are the excuses I make: 1. It’s too early too write. 2. It’s too late. 3. Do I have the right music to write to? 4....
Author: Jon Acuff
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
A pastor friend told me last week that he had church members enraged with him when he suggested from the pulpit that we ought to pray for the salvation of Islamic State terrorists. The people in his church told him that he ought to be calling for justice against them, given their brutal murder of Christians, not for mercy. I thought about my friend a few days ago when these...
Author: Russell Moore
This is one of the most common and most important questions people ask about God. The answer is bigger than we sometimes think, and, while it is not always easy, the way to find the answer is simpler than we sometimes think. Be like Jesus. Be with Jesus. Read God's Word. Listen to God's people. WATCH SERMON VIDEO HERE. Preached at Southeast Christian Church. Used...
Speaker: Dave Stone
Scripture: Matthew 5:10-12, John 15:18-20
Topic: Will of God
How do we discover God's will? By personally interacting with Scripture, by praying for and acting upon received wisdom and by seeking counsel from those living Christ-honoring lives. E xcerpts taken from Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
Scripture: Daniel 4:34-35, Esther 4:12-16, Deuteronomy 8:7-9, Proverbs 2:1-5
Topic: Knowing God's Will
In order to find purpose and meaning in life, we must learn to recognize God's will. The Bible identifies six principles that are explicitly the will of God for us. When these are in place, we can learn the specifics of God's will for our lives with some practical how-to's: responding in obedience, humbling our hearts, searching the Scriptures, gathering pertinent facts,...
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: John 6:40, Ephesians 5:17-18, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 1 Peter 2:13-15
Topic: Knowing God's Will
“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…in a most delightful way” How many of you can hear Mary Poppins singing that? How many of you have no idea who Mary Poppins is? There’s the generational divide right in front of us…although Broadway has just introduced a new “Mary Poppins” musical to catch those of you who only know the more postmodern Nannie McPhee ...
Author: Leonard Sweet
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
We must clarify our priorities and our motives to really hear God's voice and respond to His direction. Bible characters are compared and contrasted to reflect their devotion to the plans and purposes of God.
Type: Bible Study
Scripture: Judges 13 - 16, Luke 1 - 3, Matthew 14:10, Judges 13:5, Luke 1:16
God's name, YAHWEH, is spoken without the vowels. In fact, when a Jew spoke the Hebrew words, it was a whisper-a breath. God gave us our first breath and we will breathe His name as our last breath. Even a child like Samuel heard Him speak. God gave him a prophetic voice, but first He gave Samuel a prophetic ear. Preached at National Community Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Mark Batterson
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-16, 1 Kings 19:11-13