David, in the midst of his troubles, had learned the "golden secret." He taught that we must be stirred to love God and focus on Him, and He will not allow us to be shaken by our trials.
Scripture: Psalm 16
Dear Roger, Is the passage in Scripture that tells us not to be unequally yoked dealing with marriage, business or both? Thanks for clarifying. Jeri Dear Jen, This direction given by Paul regarding this subject is wisdom for the ages. God is not trying to put a damper on whom we may or may not marry—or with whom we may or may not go into business! He just...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Church and Culture, Family, Marriage
Wycliffe missionaries Larry and Nancy Hagberg relate a remarkable story of faith in the midst of cancer, a near-fatal car crash and floods. God's Word is the powerful, sustaining force in their lives.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Many church leaders are aware that pornography is a massive problem among Christians. According to some surveys, it is one of the most confessed sins and is deemed by church leaders nationally to be the most sexually damaging problem in their churches. Porn use starts young: over half of boys and nearly a third of girls see porn before their teenage years. In these tender...
Author: Luke Gilkerson
In Memory of Dr. Dallas Willard-May, 2013. Let us understand "wisdom" in the following manner: a person has wisdom provided that (i) he understands the certain and the probable sources of frustration and joy in his self, in his relations to others, and in his relations to his non-human environment, and (ii) he habitually utilizes this understanding in selecting those...
Author: Dallas Willard
Topic: Church Growth
God calls us to gaze at Him in prayer and only glance at our problems. If we reverse the two, we can allow circumstances to dictate our view of God, we can take our sins lightly and we can be deceived by Satan. We should approach God with humility, listening and surrendering to His will.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Matthew 14:25-33, Psalm 66:6-18, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 3:10-11, Galatians 4:19
Jesus stilled the storm for his disciples when they were terrified and paralyzed with fear. Christ is not threatened by our life's storms. He asks us to dare to see ourselves in light of His power in us. We need not be hijacked by the gale force winds blowing against our lives. Preached at Casas Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Ryan Kramer
Topic: Fear and Anxiety, Peace
The conclusion of Joseph's story is a lesson about moving through pain and finding God's peace. God knows what each of Joseph's brothers need to face so they can grow and be all that God created them to be. Fate is what happens to you. Destiny is realizing God's calling for you. You have the choice to let your challenges destroy you or grow you.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Genesis 38:24-25, Genesis 42:7-28, Genesis 44:33, Genesis 45:14-15
Topic: Process of Spiritual Growth
God uses troubles to purify us and mature us spiritually. If we respond to His discipline, He teaches us to persevere in the faith. Satan tempts us in order to draw us away from God. It is not a sin to be tempted. It is a sin to succumb to temptation. We must avoid Satan’s condemnation and praise God in the midst of tempting situations.
Speaker: Jim Cymbala
Scripture: James 1:1-5, James 1:12-15, 1 Corinthians 7:10, Hebrews 4:15
Low self-worth lies at the root of most addictions -- substance abuse, pornography, food disorders, internet abuse. People who miss the beauty of God's creation in themselves often turn to addictions to fill the hole of loneliness. Our communities can impact those who are struggling when we emphasize value to both the popular and the outcast.
Speaker: Seth Kreimeyer-Kelly
Scripture: Mark 2:1-5, Ecclesiastes 1:12-15