So many of us suffer with false guilt; we take moral responsibility for actions, events, and situations that were not our fault. False guilt has no value; it is always detrimental. Where does false guilt come from? False accusations can come from other people (it was your fault that our parents got a divorce), from our own self-talk (if I hadn’t insisted on going out to...
Author: David Ferguson
The unbelieving world gives a number of excuses for not attending church: irrelevance, hypocrisy, legalism, negativity, worldliness. This series examines our role in becoming more effective in reaching the world for Christ.
Lot's selfishness, misplaced priorities and spiritual dullness cause disaster. He and his family barely escape certain death because of God's amazing acts of mercy and grace. The lesson for us is to be vigilant, to keep our hearts pure and to focus our lives on God's plan and purposes.
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: Genesis 13:5 - 19:38, 2 Peter 2:6-9, Matthew 20:25-28, Philippians 2:3-5, 1 Timothy 6:9-11
Jesus teaches that it is hard to live by God’s values when we don’t know what they are. He instructs us to saturate our minds with the Scriptures and live accordingly. Compromise usually starts small, erodes slowly, always lowers the original standard and is seldom offensive (except to true Christians and to Jesus). We are significant in the Lord’s eyes when we are faithful to...
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Revelation 2:12-17
The prophet Amos sheds light on our spiritual condition. We can often become preoccupied with our own priorities so that we miss the things that matter most to God. We place our comfort above compassion and grow complacent in our calling.
Scripture: Amos 2:6, Amos 3:2, Amos 3:10, Amos 6:4-6, Amos 8:4-6
Topic: Pride & Humility
How many of you have had the experience of being stripped naked before a room full of strangers? Anyone here this morning ever been strip-searched? You have if you’re a frequent flier. You have if you’ve recently flown through any of the sixty-plus airports that now use “full body scans” as part of their security procedures. Just as the “shoe bomber” made it a...
Author: Leonard Sweet
Was Queen Vashti, King Xerxes' ex-wife, as shallow and stubborn as we assume? I want you to ponder and puzzle with me. Queen Vashti’s gripping story is told in twelve short verses, Esther 1:8-20. Was this sexy gal a diva, or a heroine? And why should we care? We know she was one gutsy lady. Many theologians dismiss the Book of Esther from the canon because the name of God is...
Author: Julie Barrier
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
How do you know if you are greedy? If you make most decisions based on the financial impact, if you put financial opportunity over family and health, if you experience destination sickness, if you'd rather be a liar than be poor and if you have a history of conflict over money. You may be greedy if you rationalize that you may be generous someday.
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: Genesis 13:10-13, 1 Timothy 6:9-11, Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 15:7
Dear Roger, Our Bible study group was studying the Song of Solomon and came across Song of Solomon 2:15: "Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards." Could you please elaborate? Sincerely, Susan Dear Susan, The context of this verse is the poetic picture of sexual love in marriage composed by Solomon's fiancé as she looks forward to her...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
If you grew up in a conservative evangelical church like I did, it is possible there is a story from the Bible that was repeatedly used to teach you about sex – the story of David and Bathsheba in 2nd Samuel chapters 11 and 12. While our teachers’ intentions were good, the way the story was taught has planted seeds in our minds that have grown into weeds we must now deal with...
Author: Jeff Elkins