Archives: January 2014

Are you setting a resolution today?

At the start of a new year, it’s smart to slow down, take an inventory, and consider the changes you’d like to make in the next twelve months. On the first weekday of 2014, let's make some course corrections in the new year!

Jesus’ claims about prayer in context of the entire Sermon on the Mount

Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive.” So why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Will we receive everything we ask for?

Discover why perseverance is so important when it comes to prayer!

It can be annoying when kids pester us with the same questions over and over again. But our heavenly Father welcomes such tenacious persistence from His children! An insightful lesson from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Why unanswered prayers may be the very thing we actually need

Even though we love our kids, as parents we’re smart enough not to give our children everything they ask for! When it comes to prayer, our heavenly Father has a similar practice. A biblical perspective on prayer.

Why we should be persistent in prayer

It can be discouraging to continually bring a need to God, only to have that request go unanswered. Some may even question why we should keep praying at all. More from our study in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Discover the value of persistent prayer Part 5

There are days when it feels like our prayers never make it past the ceiling, and our patience starts to run thin. When talking with God becomes difficult, we need to take a lesson from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Discover the motivation behind Jesus’ command to “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you” Part 1

Many people claim to live by “The Golden Rule.” But according to Haddon Robinson, it’s likely they’re following what he calls “The Silver Rule” instead!

Let’s look at how Jesus summarized everything written in the Old Testament! Part 2

It took the entire Old Testament to include all the writings of the Law and the prophets. But is it possible to condense all that wisdom into one simple statement? A look at “The Golden Rule.”

Let’s explore Jesus’ instruction about choosing the right path in life Part 1

Jesus said we have two doors open to us. One is wide and welcoming. The other is narrow and unassuming. Which do you choose? The answer may not be what you expect! More from the Sermon on the Mount.

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Taking a thoughtful look at the different paths set before us, and how to choose the right one Part 2

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus urged His followers to “enter through the narrow gate.” But what does that mean? A revealing look at Jesus’ meaningful metaphor from Matthew 7.

The ideal way to wrap up any message! Part 3

A good preacher knows that you need a good start to a sermon, and a strong finish as well! Let's study how Jesus concluded His Sermon on the Mount.

Bill Crowder

Bill Crowder joined the RBC Ministries staff after more than 20 years as a pastor. As vice president of teaching content, Bill works closely with Mart DeHaan providing evaluation of RBC’s biblical content for various ministry efforts.

Elisa Morgan

Elisa Morgan was named by Christianity Today as one of the top 50 women influencing today’s church and culture and is one of today’s most sought-after authors, speakers, and leaders.

Let’s look to Jesus for the blueprints on building a firm foundation for life Part 4

There are many things to build our lives around. But when the storms rage, will what we’ve built stand, or collapse? Another practical discussion.