Archives: October 2009

Do You Know Someone Who’s Followed After Their Desires, Only To Find Emptiness And Loss? Part 22

The parable of the prodigal son is a familiar one. And like the boy in the story, many of us know someone who’s followed after their desires, only to find emptiness and loss as a result. Explore this powerful teaching.

Discover Some Shocking Truths Found In Jesus’ Parable Of The Prodigal Son Part 23

It’s not uncommon to get your affairs in order as you get older. But for a child to ask for their inheritance while their parents are still alive, it’s just not done!

Practical Tools For Really Understanding The Truth Of Scripture Part 24

As you read the stories in the Bible, you may find yourself imagining what it would have been like to sit across the table from Jesus, hearing His teaching firsthand. We’re getting face to face with the stories of Jesus.

Gain Insight Into Our Relationship With God When You Look At The Story Of The Prodigal Son Part 25

No matter how hard we try to separate ourselves from God, we can’t. Our very breath comes from Him! Delve into the teaching of Jesus and take a refreshing look at the story of the Prodigal Son.

Bringing Jesus’ Parable Of The Prodigal Son To Life Part 26

An eye-opening discussion and how the heartbreaking relationship between father and rebellious son mirrors our own relationship with God.

Unravel Jesus’ Parable Of The Prodigal Son, To Understand The Truth About Freedom Part 27

The desire to be free and independent is deep within each of us. But what is true freedom?

Take A Candid Look At Jesus’ Parable Of The Prodigal Son Part 28

Sometimes we have to go down the wrong road before we come to our senses. Perhaps you have a friend or loved one heading down a destructive path.

Find Life Application For Today In The Ancient Parable Of The Prodigal Son Part 29

When life is going well, we tend to forget God’s been with us every step of the way. And unfortunately, it often takes a major loss to get our attention.

Discover A Fresh New Perspective On The Grace Of God Part 30

Repentance is a term frequently used in Christian circles. But how many of us really understand what repentance means?

Discover The Truth About God’s Grace And Mercy Part 31

No matter where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, God is waiting with open arms for you to come back home to Him. Find encouragement in a special commentary on Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son.

Finding Comfort In Our Heavenly Father’s Abiding Love For Those Who Stray Part 32

As parents, we know the heartache that comes when a child has chosen the wrong path. Whether they’ve walked away from the faith, or are simply making poor choices, we long for them to return to the safety of our home.

What Does True Repentance Look Like? Part 33

It’s not easy owning up to our mistakes. Instead, we’re prone to give excuses for the poor choices we’ve made. An insightful look at Jesus’ parable about the prodigal son.

God’s Unconditional Love For His Children Part 34

No matter how far our children stray, whether physically or spiritually, parents long for their return back home! A touching discussion of our heavenly Father’s role in the parable of the prodigal son.

An Insightful Look At The Power Of Grace Part 35

In this world, we’re told there’s no such thing as a free lunch! You have to work hard to earn what you acquire in life. God’s grace cannot be earned. Instead, it’s given freely to us.

Bringing The Familiar Story Of The Prodigal Son To Life Part 36

Sometimes it’s easy to read the Bible without becoming personally engaged in its stories. Let's talk about the Prodigal Son and offer a realistic picture of what would happen if this event took place today.

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> 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

A new way of looking at your job Part 1

In our waking hours, we spend about eight to ten hours at work. Work occupies a large part of our lives. Today, special guest Scott Rae joins us to talk about our work as both a calling and a vocation. Listen in as we discuss some life-changing concepts.

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.

> 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.