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Month: October 2016

How Will You Read Your Bible Today?

Video Notes:  If you are wise in your own eyes, God will be little more than a question mark to you. You won’t feel much desire to pray. If you read your Bible, you will filter what God says through what you already believe. That is what the Pharisees did. […]

teens leave the church

Three Ways to Guarantee Teens Leave the Church

Does your church like teenagers? Most would answer a hearty and enthusiastic, “Of course!” Why else are you buying all that pizza, offering all those programs, and doing everything you can to teach and care for your teens? You want to keep them in church. But lurking in many hearts […]

Jesus-forgiveness-cross

Bible Q&A: How Could Jesus Offer Forgiveness to Unrepentant People?

Question: If God doesn’t forgive us until we repent, then at the cross why did Jesus say, “Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34) to people who clearly had no intention of repenting? Answer: Hi Radio Listener, If you don’t mind, let’s take your questions […]

Bible resources

Key Connections (October 26, 2016)

Why Does God Regret and Repent in the Bible? (John Piper, Desiring God) …when God makes a promise to us, he does it with complete foreknowledge of all the future circumstances and is, therefore, never caught off guard by anything. Ten ways to appreciate your Pastor (Meaghan May, The Good Book Company) Ministry […]

God knows

God Knows When You Don’t

Right now, there’s a lot I don’t know. I don’t know what today will bring. Or tomorrow, for that matter. I don’t know how long I will live, or when I will die. I don’t know how many kids my husband and I will raise, or if we’ll be able […]

mundane matters to Jesus

Your Mundane Matters to Jesus

How can the life of Jesus encourage a young mom who changes diapers? As a stay-at-home mother of four, my days are full of mundane tasks—endless cycles of preparation and cleanup for everything from dinner to laundry. Yes, there are tender moments that make it all worthwhile. But it’s easy […]

Bible study

Why Busy Parents Need Bible Study

I used to love studying my Bible. I would wake up in the morning, grab my first cup of coffee, and settle into uninterrupted time reading my Bible. I loved it. Whether I was preparing for a full day of work at the office, a Saturday with my husband or […]

blessings

Seven Blessings for Empty-Handed Believers

Empty-handedness is where the blessing of God begins. People who feel they have something to offer God come to him with their hands full, but as long as our hands are full, we are not in a position to receive. As Thomas Watson says, “If the hand is full of pebbles, it […]

resurrection bodies

What Will Our Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

Our bodies run rife with limitations. We age, get slower, need more rest, and are not able to keep up with our loved ones and the responsibilities of a physical life. We suffer from aches and pains. We can sense darkness around us, and struggle to get even the smallest […]

grief

Tears of Grief and Victory Songs

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57) Graduation ceremonies undo me now. At a graduation party recently, I watched pictures of a little baby grow to be a little girl, and then saw her step out onto the stage, […]

hope in Christ

The Two Sides of Hope in Christ

I was talking with a young girl who is facing what could be the most difficult trial of her life. She expressed her biggest fear is that it will never come to an end, that she won’t get through it. In that moment, I wanted to be able to promise […]

gospel-centered team

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Gospel-Centered Team

Ministry should never be done alone. This is why we have teams. There is something dynamic and energizing about a group of people working together with the gospel at the center. This could be a Bible study, small group, volunteer team, or a prayer group. Paul was a team leader […]

Bible resources

Key Connections (October 12, 2016)

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle (R.D. McClenagan, For The Church) God will give you more than you can handle. Guaranteed. When God Says “No” or “Wait” (Linda Green, True Woman) …while [God] may not immediately give us the answers we’re longing for, He is far from absent when His […]

small group

Three Ways to Encourage Earnest Prayer Requests in Your Small Group

We sat around the warm fireplace, journals open, pens ready, and eyes eagerly awaiting the wisdom of our women’s ministry director. A group of small group leaders from our church had gathered for a night of reflection, learning, and sharing. The first semester of small group had flown by, and now […]

Jesus loves

Three Kinds of People Jesus Loves

I like to love people who are easy to love. I prefer to show love in ways where I can control what others think about me. Sometimes I wish to “tell it like it is” in the name of love, when really I’m being hurtful and unwise. Jesus, however, blows […]

comparison trap

Break Free from the Comparison Trap

Comparison is a sneaky enemy. It may start small, under the guise of admiring a friend’s new job or social finesse. Then a question creeps in: Why don’t I have that? A coworker receives recognition for a job well done, and you wonder why your work hasn’t been recognized in […]

forgiveness

Six Strides Toward Forgiveness

Imagine standing right next to a hurdle on a race track. You can’t jump a hurdle from a standing start. You have to take a run at it. Often we get focused on one sin, one problem, one issue that we want to overcome. How do I get over my […]

Bible resources

Key Connections (October 5, 2016)

How to Sabotage Your Pastor’s Sermons (Erik Raymond, The Gospel Coalition) Hearing a sermon is not an automatic sanctification pill. Sadly, many times the sermon gets undermined by other factors….With that, here are five ways to sabotage your pastor’s sermons. Is God Tired of Listening to Me? (Denise Loock, Unlocking the Bible) Do […]

God's kingdom

Are You Seeking God’s Kingdom or Your Own?

Money, success, and self-actualization are driving motivators in our culture today. Millennials will stay at jobs roughly two years before looking elsewhere for personal satisfaction. That is not necessarily a bad thing. They view jobs where they can make an impact on the world as very important. The point is that they are looking […]

How to Work Well With Different Personalities

How to Work Well With Different Personalities

For years, companies have tried to choose employees who work well together by exploring the personality types of their job candidates. Tests like the Myers Briggs Type Indicator identify attitudes and preferences, and help extroverts and introverts figure out how to work together. Long before personality tests entered our world, […]