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!

Faith Test Stories

Programs in Series 5

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.

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.

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

A conclusion we all need to hear Part 5

Americans might be tempted to roll their eyes at the shorter work week that some nations are known for. But the people of those nations might shake their heads at the number of hours Americans put in at work. So, what's the proper balance?

Growing our relationship with God while we work Part 4

Today we continue looking at how we can honor God while on the job.

Who our real boss is Part 3

Imagine you're at work, and just a few steps from you, or in that office upstairs, was the Lord Jesus Himself! How would you work differently? Today our special guest Scott Rae reminds us that the Lord Jesus is on the job with us!

> 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.