Category  |  Obedience

Being Prepared For Christ's Return

Can you learn something from it about weddings in the first century?

Why did Jesus tell this story?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see the relationship of Christ's coming and our works.

Let's read a parable that Jesus told. Then let me ask you if you think this is a true story.

Avoiding The Opportunities God Gives Us To Serve Him

Do you think that religion is always good?

Do you think that religion that is orthodox is always good?

In some ways religion can be dangerous and damaging.

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore the application of this idea in their lives.

Do you think that religion is always good?

Deciding What To Do With The Opportunities We're Given

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

PURPOSE: To have listeners consider how big decisions make many other decisions for them.

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

Tough Questions About Being A "good And Faithful Servant"

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how they can be "good and faithful."

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.

What Makes Someone Faithful--actions Or Motives?

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how they can be "good and faithful."

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.

What Do Your Deeds Say About You?

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

PURPOSE: To encourage listeners to do what is in their hand to do.

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

What The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats Says About Motives

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

PURPOSE: To encourage listeners to do what is in their hand to do.

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

Opportunities Not Taken

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

PURPOSE: To encourage listeners to do what is in their hand to do.

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

Being Indifferent To The Needs Of Others Is Being Indifferent To God

There has been a great deal of research on what persuades people. Let me suggest three scenarios. Tell me which one

PURPOSE: To help listeners take seriously what Jesus says about God's purposes for us.

There has been a great deal of research on what persuades people. Let me suggest three scenarios. Tell me which one gets the best response about brushing and flossing teeth.

You Shall Not Covet: What Is Coveting?

Would you agree or disagree with the observation that this is a fairly simple, straightforward command, like "You shall not steal" or "You shall not murder"?

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore some of the difficulties that arise from reading the text.

Would you agree or disagree with the observation that this is a fairly simple, straightforward command, like "You shall not steal" or "You shall not murder"?

The First (love The Lord Your God) And Last (do Not Covet) Commandments

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that both experience and the Scriptures show the fraud in a covetous life.

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

The Benefits Of A Covetous-free Life

A successful pediatrician had acquired everything that should make people happy, and he was miserable. He went to Barbados, and there he met

PURPOSE: To help listeners see what possible benefits they might enjoy if they were to free themselves from covetousness.

A successful pediatrician had acquired everything that should make people happy, and he was miserable. He went to Barbados, and there he met people who had nothing, yet were happy. They got him thinking about people who were free of covetousness.

A Look At How The Tenth Commandment Relates To The First Nine

Have you ever noticed how the first and last things you do can have great importance?

When comedians plan a routine, they have to think about how they'll start and how they'll end.

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how the arrangement of the commandments tells us something of the significance of the commandments.

Have you ever noticed how the first and last things you do can have great importance?

The Fourth Commandment And The Tenth

The fourth commandment about the Sabbath told the people of Israel to set aside the Sabbath day and make it special.

How were they to keep it special?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how they deny themselves a blessing and benefit because covetousness consumes them.

The fourth commandment about the Sabbath told the people of Israel to set aside the Sabbath day and make it special.

The Ten Commandments And The Attitudes Behind Our Actions

A young man whom we meet in the Bible had an unsettling conversation with Jesus, recorded in Mark 10:17-22.

Have you ever met anyone who said similar things about themselves?

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate that keeping the Ten Commandments involves our heart as well as our actions.

A young man whom we meet in the Bible had an unsettling conversation with Jesus, recorded in Mark 10:17-22.