Every year, it seems, the amount of attention paid to the mechanics and outcomes of partisan politics grows. Thirty years ago there was nothing like this amount of attention given to politics. Many point out rightly that the 24-hour news cycle and the internet creates an appetite for political analysis. But I think there is more going on. It's not just that the political is...
Author: Tim Keller
Topic: Church and Culture
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
Dear Roger, Let’s be honest. I’m a Christian and I’m scared. It seems like the globalization of our world teeters on the brink of collapse. I worry about recessions. I worry about our retirement funds. I worry about the future of our children. I can’t believe it, but I’m scared to go to the mall. Is it safe? I hate to admit this, but I’ve even gone into fast food...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Terrorists terrify us. But from an eternal perspective, enemies may touch the body, but they can never touch the soul. “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of these who want to murder you. They can only kill the body; they have no power over your souls. But I’ll tell you whom to fear—fear God who has the power to kill and then cast into hell. “What is the price of five sparrows?...
Author: Julie Barrier
In this series from Acts, the church struggles from within when Ananias and Sapphira bring gifts and lie about their generosity. They also experience persecution from the Sanhedrin and some racial tension. Used by permission of the Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas.
Speaker: Matt Chandler
Scripture: Acts 4:32-34, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Acts 5:5, Acts 5:10, Acts 4:34
Topic: Marks of a Healthy Church
The Triumph of Relationship over Poverty. What is the Open Table? It’s a great program to equip Christians to restore people in poverty to our communities through relationship and by investing our own vocational and life experiences and personal networks. MISSION Train congregations and their members, through the Open Table Model, to partner their vocational and life...
Author: Jon Katov
Not everyone in Jesus’ world gave him a warm welcome. Not everyone received him with grace. And many didn’t just ignore him, they rejected him. Isaiah prophesied his reception like this: “He was despised and rejected by men” (Isa. 53:3 NIV). John summarized the rejection of Jesus with these words: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world...
Author: Max Lucado
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Missionary-commissioning, grieving with loved ones because of a tragic accident, testimony of a bereaved widow are all demonstrated in this service. At the conclusion, Pastor Chan goes to 2 Timothy. Living a committed Christian life will make waves in a secular world. Paul, relating his own testimony, encourages Timothy to stand firm, because persecution and suffering are an...
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:10-17, Romans 5:1-5
"The Lord was with Joseph" is a repeated phrase throughout his story. Chapter 40 discusses the detention of the King's cupbearer and baker, their dreams and the decrees of the king.
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: Genesis 40
Jesus knows about the afflictions, poverty and persecution the church at Smyrna has endured. This has not changed for us today. He intimately knows our pressures, needs and misunderstandings, but we can walk through these fires beside Him. We can rejoice with confidence because of our reward in heaven.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Revelation 2:8-11