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
God is a "today" God. God is a "now" God. Don't get caught up in what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. Enjoy God today. God is with you. God is for you, and God loves you. God never, ever wastes His love. He will always be enough for you. LifeChurch.tv provides free ministry resources to churches through http://open.church/ . Visit Open to download...
Speaker: Judah Smith
Scripture: Matthew 4:23-25, Romans 12:9-18, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Topic: Love of God, Love
How important is your reputation to you? Have you suffered rejection and slander for following Jesus? How many of us Christians would follow Jesus during His time? His reputation was marred, to say the least. Frank Viola writes: “Imagine . . . a man who claims to be the Messiah, living during your time. This man is impressive, but He’s been accused of the following: ...
Author: Frank Viola
God has given me the gift of recruiting volunteers. It’s not a splashy gift like prophecy, healing or miracles. Recruitment is not a spiritual gift but requires the use of many of them. I’ve enlisted thousands of volunteers for multitudinous ministries: missions, music, students, discipleship, evangelism and prayer teams. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way. 1. ...
Author: Julie Barrier
Jesus brings the good news-an invitation to the world. The RSVP is for every human being on planet earth. Kingdom living is life in the power, presence and reign of Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Mark 1:14-15, John 16:33
The parable of the "treasure hidden in a field" teaches that receiving Christ's free gift of salvation is worth all that we have. Outward kingdoms only offer an illusion of wealth, power and security that quickly fade into guilt and regret. God's inner kingdom is priceless and lasts an eternity.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Matthew 13:44, Matthew 18:3, Luke 17:20-21, Ecclesiastes 3:11, John 1:12
What happens to us when we die? Paul teaches we have an earthly, temporal tent that will be transformed into an eternal, durable building from God. Paul is confident that when we close our eyes in death, we will see Jesus.
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, John 14:2, Luke 16:19-31
Topic: Death and Dying
No matter how you look at it, King Ahab’s marriage to Queen Jezebel was no match made in Heaven. When he chose her as his bride, he was seemingly entering into a pact with Satan. Warning! This account may conjure up memories of what could be power plays familiar to us, and this couple’s lack of yielding to the Holy Spirit might hit a little too close to home. Dare we have...
Author: Tricia Scruggs
Caleb modeled radical faith into his later years. King Asa, in contrast, trusted in his allies rather than God. Instead of getting comfortable and complacent as we age, we should surrender more, release more, rely more upon God. Finish stronger than you started. Take risks and see how God comes through. The goal is to live "happily ever after" when God will say, "Well done,...
Speaker: Francis Chan
Topic: Faith, Perseverance
The Winter Olympics 2010 are upon us. Athletes across the globe long to skate like Ohno and ski like Mancuso . Even if they don’t win the gold, they hope to score a cushy endorsement deal with Swatch or Wheaties . Nike’s got a spot! Will Tiger leave a hole??? As Christians, most of us are keeping score in life. We know Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by...
Author: Julie Barrier