Whereas Isaac was entirely God’s doing, Ishmael was the result of Abraham’s doing. Where Isaac was a gift according to grace, Ishmael was a work of the flesh The contrast between self-reliance and God-dependence for our relational standing with Him These represent the 2 different ways of relating to God: law versus grace, flesh versus Spirit. Ishmael people see God as mere...
Speaker: Britt Merrick
Scripture: Galatians 4:21-31, Genesis 21:8-9, Genesis 17:18-18
Fear and superstition? Really? Have I got your attention? Recently I’ve been reading the book, How The West Really Lost God , by Mary Eberstadt. The book makes a strong case for the Western decline of Christianity being tightly related to the decline of the traditional family. However, one quote caught my attention. It is a summary statement of the position atheists...
Author: Tom Terry
The story of the complaining Israelites in the wilderness teach us many lessons. God gives us salvation and freedom, but often, God’s people are impatient and complain. God disciplines us in order to bless us. When we repent and look to Jesus, He saves us.There will always be something to complain about. It’s ok to complain to God, but not against God. There is a great...
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Numbers 21:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:9-10, Philippians 2:14-16, Matthew 11:28-30, John 3:1-21
Contrary to popular belief, men do have feelings. But most men are reluctant to share those feelings with others. Women, on the other hand, have no problem opening up. Why the difference? Men are trained from a young age to deny their true feelings. Complete this phrase: “Big boys don’t __________.” We enforce this rule with our boys from an early age. Five-year-old Patrick...
Author: David Murrow
When the Scriptures refer to the "heavenly host," we usually think of "choirs of angels." The word "host" in the Bible meant "army" (Josh. 5:13–14). It is an important truth: the hosts of Heaven are worshiping armies. Indeed, no one can do warfare who is not first a worshiper of God. The Central Issue In Tribulation: Worship One does not have to penetrate deeply...
Author: Francis Frangipane
As believers, we are on the "winning side." God sent His prophetic messengers to prepare our hearts to receive His grace. Don't live with a short-term view of God's plan.
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: Malachi 2:17 - 3:6, Psalm 73, 2 Corinthians 2:14
The people of Judah wanted to re-build the Temple in Jerusalem, but faced great opposition and had to abandon the task. The Jews were accused of being rebellious, and wanted to undermine their rulers. Because of these reports and the insecurity of their oppressors, building stopped and the attempt to rebuild the Temple failed. So what do we do when God doesn't answer, or when...
Speaker: Kevin DeYoung
Scripture: Ezra 4:1-24
Our assumptions keep many of us from faith. As we age, many of us stop believing and start assuming. We stop living out of our right brain imagination and start living out of left brain memory. We put eight foot ceilings on what God can do.
Speaker: Mark Batterson
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6, Genesis 21:3, Isaiah 55:8
The prophet Habakkuk longs to know God’s timetable for justice among His people, but his Creator is teaching him patience. Waiting does not mean a plan is flawed, idle or delayed. Waiting means being comfortable and working with God's schedule. We are humbled when we wait upon God.
Scripture: Habakkuk 2
How long must I call for help and you do not listen? How long must you tolerate injustice? You don’t seem to care that the Babylonians, a wicked and perverse people, are oppressing God’s chosen people. Habakkuk, the Old Testament prophet struggles with these and other questions.
Scripture: Habakkuk 1