Mark 9 allows us an eyewitness account of a mountain top experience Jesus has with some of his early followers. It’s known as the ‘transfiguration’ – which is a fancy name to communicate that Jesus reveals more of who He really is to them. There are some lessons here for us. Life is only lived in one direction – forward. God moments are just that, moments. Enjoy them, but keep...
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: Mark 9:1-7, Exodus 14:12-18, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Malachi 4:5-6
Only God knows the future. But if current trends in Christianity continue, we can expect great change in the church by 2062. I predict the church will become both larger and smaller; less centralized and more efficient at meeting people’s needs. Doctrinal differences will continue to shrink, and emphasis on mission will continue to grow. Here are my predictions of what we can...
Author: David Murrow
Are there tears in heaven for believers? Of course, we are saved by faith, but Scripture teaches that God "will wipe away" every tear. Certain passages teach that our judgment will include both rewards and loss, that we will be judged by actions and motives. One day our closet motives will come to light. Everything we take pride in ultimately was received from God and will be...
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3 - 4, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 4:21, Matthew 7:21, Matthew 22:36-40
Job's suffering and subsequent restoration teach us three important truths: Forgiveness is worth asking for, justice is worth waiting for, and there is no mercy without justice. God sees Job's heart and uses him to restore his friends who have so misrepresented God's intentions. What emerges is a picture of the cross -- God's justice satisfied and mercy revealed.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Job 42:7-10, Psalm 11:7, Micah 7:18-19, Jeremiah 5:12-13, Jeremiah 5:30-31
The older brothers, or “self-righteous” and “faithful sons and daughters” can often resent the irresponsible behavior of their younger, more selfish counterparts. When the younger prodigal son asked for his inheritance, he basically insulted his father by saying he wished his father were dead so he could collect his due. The father’s graciousness toward the younger son was an...
Speaker: Zan Holmes
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
Jesus Christ, as our High Priest, made a once-for-all sacrifice for our sins. As we experience His complete forgiveness in our own lives, we should extend that same forgiveness to our spouses.
Scripture: Hebrews 10
Life change can only occur in the context of forgiveness and mercy. Jesus' parable of the ungrateful servant shows us how much we need to extend grace to those who have wronged us. When we understand the depth of God's forgiveness for our transgressions, we can begin to forgive the offenses we suffer.
Speaker: Tim Bourne
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35, Matthew 5:7, John 8, James 2:13
This is going to be controversial. I’m going to say something about Hamas, ISIS, terrorism, and Israel—and you may not like it. I don’t know if I like it. But since when do we not declare a truth just because we don’t like it? Once, when I was working in TV ministry in Mongolia, I was talking with a group of donors, telling them about the successes we were seeing in our TV...
Author: Tom Terry
Dear Roger, Our pastor mentioned Enoch in his Sunday sermon. I've never heard of him. He was teaching on the book of Jude and I never read much about either one of them. What are your insights? Edgar Dear Edgar, I am going to teach you three short verses in Jude that describe the coming crisis in the end times, and the devastation Enoch predicted before the flood in Noah's...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
What qualities do you consider most important in the man or woman of your dreams? What kind of person do you think will make a good lover? One woman in her 20's approached me and said, "Mr. McDowell, let me show you the type of man I want to marry." With a flourish she unfolded a list of forty-nine traits she was looking for in a man. "Lady," I said after scanning her list,...
Author: Josh McDowell