Archives: February 2013

Let’s turn to Psalm 51 for direction on how to seek forgiveness from God and others Part 23

The problem of sin is like a two-edged sword, it can wound our relationships with others and our connection to God.

Finding healing for a remorseful heart Part 24

Injuring others with a careless word or hurtful action can fill us with regret. Even after we receive forgiveness from those we’ve offended, it’s difficult to forgive ourselves! Find the principles of grace in praying “Forgive us our debts as we forgive those indebted to us.”

Is forgiveness really that easy? Part 25

Nobody is perfect, and we all make mistakes. So, if God forgives our occasional errors in judgment, is sin really that big of a deal? Let's look at the Lord’s Prayer to see if God truly takes sin seriously.

An eye-opening discussion on forgiveness Part 26

Are there conditions to God’s forgiveness? Does our acceptance of grace mean we owe God something in return? Let's study the model Jesus gave for prayer, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive those indebted to us.”

Finding peace by living the Lord’s Prayer Part 27

In the middle of bitter disputes with others, we often draw the battle lines and try to fight it out! Let's examine how living the Lord’s Prayer requires peace between combatants. We are learning to pray “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Looking at the dangers of an unforgiving attitude Part 28

When a grudge is allowed to take root in our heart, it can push out the very grace we need ourselves! Be sure to listen in as the team continues a study on the Lord’s Prayer.

Discover how to sincerely offer grace when faced with deep hurt Part 29

When others hurt us by their words or actions, it’s easier to hang on to bitterness and resentment than to pursue forgiveness. Discover practical steps towards transforming our perspective.

This Is a Football

Haddon Robinson is at his best when he's explaining the gospel. Listen to this sermon by Haddon, titled: "This Is a Football," from the book of Romans.

How to overcome an unforgiving spirit Part 30

Maybe you’ve struggled to put a past hurt behind you, but the feelings of bitterness just won’t go away. Another thoughtful discussion on forgiveness and the Lord's Prayer.

Discover vital principles on extending forgiveness Part 31

Being forgiven doesn’t mean the consequences of our actions are erased. So, is there a benefit to forgiveness? Let's examine the hope-filled message of Jesus’ prayer, "forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who are indebted to us."

An insightful look into the Lord’s Prayer and our attitude on forgiveness Part 32

It’s hard to have a forgiving spirit when we’re focused on the wrong done to us. But when we take an honest look at our own mistakes, our attitude on forgiveness may change!

Looking at the Lord's Prayer and the boundary lines God has set for our lives Part 33

As children, it’s tantalizing to neglect the warnings signs that say Keep Out! The thrill of adventure is greater than the fear of trespassing! Let's discuss ways that we as adults step over the boundary lines God has set for our lives.

Let’s look at the metaphor of debt found in the Lord’s Prayer Part 34

Bigger than any loan we owe the credit card or mortgage company, all of us owe a massive spiritual balance to God. Let's discuss how we’re able to pay off that enormous balance.

Consider why Jesus chose the words “debt,” “trespasses,” and “sin” when giving us the Lord’s Prayer Part 35

Every word used in Scripture is perfectly used, in a particular place, and for a particular reason.

Discover how the Lord’s Prayer can be used in community Part 36

We often think of prayer as an individual exercise. And while certain petitions are intensely personal, some prayers were intended to be communicated as a group!

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.