Archives: April 2007

Passing Down Our Faith To The Next Generation

It’s the hope of every believing parent to instill faith in our children . . . to teach them through our actions and words to trust God’s promises.

Encouragement To Parents

The God-given responsibility of a parent includes caring for a child’s physical, emotional and spiritual development. Unfortunately, providing spiritual nourishment often falls to the wayside in the midst of hectic schedules.

How The Home Environment Affects The Decision To Follow God

No two families are alike. Whether you grew up in a home founded on faith, or learned about Christ later on, God is at work in every life.

Making A Decision To Have A Relationship With God

Choosing to accept or reject Christ is the most important decision a person can make. It not only affects our life here on earth, but our eternal future.

Where Is God When It Hurts?

Where is God when you or those you love are suffering? Maybe you’re facing loss today. Or perhaps you know someone grieving the loss of a loved one.

God’s Sovereignty Versus Man’s Free Will

It’s a conflict that’s befuddled the most knowledgeable theologians for centuries. While we have the opportunity to make free-will choices, God is still in control!

Let’s Debunk The Notion That The Old Testament In Outdated And Inconsequential

It can be easy to dismiss the Old Testament in light of the New. We assume that Jesus came to abolish the law, so the Old Testament must not be relevant any longer.

The Importance Of Understanding The History And Context Of A Passage Of Scripture

We tend to read the New Testament as a stand-alone book. We don’t always realize how it’s interwoven with the Old Testament.

The Importance Of Passing Down Our Heritage

The oral tradition of passing down family history through stories is waning in this high tech world of ours. And yet, through photography and video recorders, we still delight in sharing our ancestry with each new generation.

Gain A Whole New Appreciation For Your Place In History

Over the centuries, God has used ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things. Even at this moment, He could be preparing you for a powerful contribution to the Kingdom of God.

Decisions That Shape Our Lives

Making major decisions can be difficult. Who we marry, the types of education we receive, the job we take . . . these are all choices that take consideration and prayer.

The Conversion Experience Of Moses

Whether at a national conference or in the privacy of someone’s home, the choice to relinquish your life to God is deeply personal . . . and uniquely yours.

Raising Children To Have A Personal Relationship With God

As parents, we try to raise our children the best we know how. And imparting our faith to the next generation is one of the most important legacies we pass on.

Examining The Life Of Moses

Ever made a decision to do something you thought God wanted you to do . . . only to end up in a miserable place? Maybe you’re wrestling with where God has you right now.

Choosing The Right Path, When Standing At The Crossroads Of Life

When life-changing decisions need to be made . . . who do you turn to? Do you trust God’s plan no matter how bleak it appears, or do you look for the easy way out?

Related Topics

> Basics Of Faith

Discover the bright future God has for each of us! Part 10

There are times in life when our burdens and trials have drained us, and we feel like we cannot take another step. Discover biblical encouragement to keep going! Join the group for the final conversation in our series, "Unquenchable."

A moving story about God’s miraculous comfort in the midst of personal pain Part 9

Even into the most intense, fiery trials of our lives, God brings refreshing splashes of joy. Hear a real-life illustration of God’s love.

The benefits of a faith that has gone through the fire Part 8

Just like a precious metal, God may run us through the refinery in order to purify our faith. And the process can be quite painful. See your trials in a new way.

> Bible Study

Can we claim the Bible’s promises for ourselves? Part 3

The Bible is full of what sound like amazing promises from God. but do all those ancient assurances apply to us today? Join us as we continue investigating Psalm 91, and discover whether it contains promises we can claim for ourselves.

Discover Malchus’ small role in a grand story Part 3

We can learn a lot from the prominent characters in the Bible, people like David, Esther, and Peter. But sometimes the minor personalities in Scripture can have just as much impact!

How our very brokenness is what makes us candidates for serving the Lord! Part 2

Ever feel like all the flaws in your family history make you ineligible for God’s work? Maybe you’ve heard God’s call for your life, but don’t feel qualified to accept. A “best of” conversation coming up.

> Christian Life

Discover how to imitate Mary Part 10

The Christian life is more than a one-time decision to follow Jesus. It's a daily affirmation. It also requires us saying a daily "no" to anything that hinders our faith in God. Join us today on "Discover the Word" as we conclude our study on Mary, the mother of Jesus, and how she consistently said "yes" to God.

An inspiring look at Mary's life Part 9

Think of all the moments in Mary's life when she must have topped to consider what God's plans were for her son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary went from a tender mother of a young boy to a sometimes-perplexed follower of her own son as Lord. Join us today on "Discover the Word" for another edifying discussion.

How worry strangles our faith Part 8

I think it's safe to say that there are plenty of things you could worry about. However, we are reminded that worry can strangle our faith. Don't miss this important conversation on saying "no" to worry as we continue our series.

> Current Program

How what is happening in our lives is evidence of the fruit of the Spirit! Part 13

Even a bottle labeled “fruit juice” can contain a large amount of artificial fruit flavors. It proves we can be easily fooled by inferior imitations. Let's play the part of produce inspectors and look for evidence that what is happening in our lives is 100 percent fruit of the Spirit!

Let’s allow God to cultivate godly restraint in our lives Part 12

Whether it’s taking another slice of chocolate cake, or losing our temper when frustrated, self-control can be difficult to maintain. But it’s a virtue we all need! Our study of the fruit of the Spirit continues.

How biblical gentleness is the foundation of true strength Part 11

By the world’s standards, gentleness is a weakness, not a virtue! We’ve been taught it’s imperative we stand up for ourselves. Discover that biblical gentleness is not a sign of being feeble—it’s the foundation of true strength! We’re talking about one of the fruits of the Spirit.

> Featured Series

> Life Stories

Discover how God can transform our identities Part 4A

Names can stick with us for years. Perhaps you’ve had labels, nicknames, or reputations haunt you since childhood. Let's study why Jacob’s name made him an unlikely participant in God’s sovereign plan. Our study of Jacob continues.

How to be an advocate for peace Part 5

Caught up in a fight, it’s tempting to throw out accusations in order to win. But to bring a peaceful resolution, we really need to become advocates! Concluding our series on Abigail, and reflecting on how she prevented a deadly disagreement.

Perhaps you could use some help resolving a personal disagreement Part 4

Embroiled in conflict, it can feel like we’re held captive to our frustration, anger, and strong opinions. What we need is a good hostage negotiator! Let's look at Abigail as an example of biblical conflict negotiation.

> Ministry And Outreach

A thought-provoking conversation on evangelism Part 5

This week we've been talking about how to share the gospel in a pluralistic culture. It's the same challenge that the apostle Paul faced in his day.

How Paul related to a pluralistic culture Part 1

Our world is changing, and change is difficult. So what should our attitude be as we face all the changes in the culture around us? Join us as we start a new series in Acts 17, calling Christians to engage the world.

> Pure Religion

How real religion helps us survive tough times Part 5

In the book of James, we find a radical definition of religion. True religion is not simply knowing about God, but rather, trusting in God. Join us today on "Discover the Word" as we conclude our series on "Pure Religion."

What we need most when our faith is tested Part 4

When painful trials put your faith to the test, what is the one thing you need most? Join our special guest, Mark Young, on "Discover the Word" as we discuss why God's wisdom is essential in trying times.

The greater purpose our trials serve Part 3

Life is full of trials. Some are small frustrations and others are painful roadblocks. On our program today, our special guest Mark Young explains how our trials help us see God better. Join us today and learn how to look past the pain!

> Relationships

How did Paul overcome feelings of hurt and abandonment? Part 5

Have you ever felt abandoned by someone you cared about? It can be difficult recovering from that type of pain and disappointment. Join us today for an encouraging conversation on "Discover the Word."

How to respond to people who disappoint us Part 4

Often, the reason bitterness has taken root in our heart is because someone we trusted planted it there. Join us today as we take a look at Paul's letter to Timothy and discover how to stop disappointment from becoming resentment.

How to relate to people as individuals Part 3

No two people are exactly alike. And yet, we often deal with people as though everyone is the same. Listen in today as we continue studying Paul's final letter and his instructions on relating to people as individuals.