Archives: December 2008

Looking At Our Lives From God’s Perspective

With a short-term perspective, it’s easy to get bogged down by the weight of our circumstances and the injustice we see in our lives. God has a long-range point of view.

Discover What To Do When Uncertainties Seem Overwhelming

Sometimes life brings us more questions than answers! Perhaps you’ve been struggling with a few questions of your own.

Practical Examples Of How To Re-engage Ourselves In Our Faith

There are seasons in life that are just plain dull. We get into a routine day in and day out and boredom sets in. Let's examine how this can happen in our walk with God.

Encouragement To Keep Our Eyes Focused On Our Creator, Not On Our Trials

When you’re surrounded by questions without answers and difficult circumstances but no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s easy to become disillusioned with God.

Consider A Make-believe Savior, And The One True Messiah

If you were to imagine a king, a ruler that would come to set our nation free, what would he look like? Would he be wealthy? Have charisma? Be a spokesman who stands up for your rights?

The Life Of Jesus And How Those Living In The First Century Might Have Seen Him

Imagine growing up with Jesus. Seeing Him eat meals with His family and play with His brothers. You may start to wonder if He’s just an ordinary kid, or actually the King of Creation.

Discover The Importance Of The Crucifixion, And Your Walk Of Faith

Two thousand years ago, on a dismal morning, the heart and soul of Christianity was found dying on a hillside. It was at Calvary, on the cross, where Jesus bore our sins.

Look To The Scriptures For Solid Proof Of The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

Some believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was manufactured. A fanciful concept, dreamed up by theologians.

Discover Ways To Share The Hope We Have In Christ With Everyone

As followers of God, we strive to communicate the gospel in a clear and truthful manner. But sometimes it’s difficult to connect with someone from a different background other than yours.

God’s Power And Forgiveness Displayed In The Cross

Not everyone has an easy time accepting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. For some, it’s difficult to embrace God’s ultimate plan. Perhaps you, or someone you love, has a hard time receiving God’s forgiveness.

How A Person’s Worldview Influences Their Receptivity To The Gospel

Perhaps you, or someone you love, is having a difficult time accepting the truth of the Scriptures.

Sharing Your Faith In A Culture That Considers Your Beliefs To Be Foolish

It’s not easy sharing your faith with others. Let's look back to ancient history, and help us understand the influence of a person’s worldview. Perhaps you’ve tried to share your faith with a friend but can’t seem to get their attention.

The Life-changing Message Of Christ

The Bible changes people’s lives, plain and simple. Perhaps you grew up in a Christian home, or you met God later in life. Either way, when you begin to study the Scriptures you’ll find it impacts your life on a daily basis.

A Christmas Carol That Will Inspire Hope When Discouragement Creeps In

If you’ve lost a loved one, you know the heartache that comes during the holidays. Sometimes it’s all you can do to keep moving through the day. Discover the story of a man who moved from despair to faith.

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.