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First Century Wedding Customs And A Wedding Parable

To enable listeners to understand the background of the parable of the ten virgins.

PURPOSE: To enable listeners to understand the background of the parable of the ten virgins.

If I were to ask you to explain to someone from another culture (who has no idea of American customs) what happens at an American wedding, what would you say?

First Century Wedding Customs And A Wedding Parable, Part 2

 Jesus told several parables that had to do with weddings and weddings feasts that were common in His day.

PURPOSE: To enable listeners to understand the background of the parable of the ten virgins.

If I were to ask you to explain to someone from another culture (who has no idea of American customs) what happens at an American wedding, what would you say?

Hope And Faith--ideas Rooted In God's Promises

Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Do you think everyone has "faith"? What do you mean?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the importance of faith and God's promise.

Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

A New Outlook On Death And The Afterlife

Let's talk about how stories work. Listen to these two stories:
• Margaret departed last week. It was very sudden and unexpected. Harriet and Lucy miss her very much. Henry can't stop weeping.
• Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away.

A Proper View Of God Can Carry Us Through The Hardest Of Times

Hope can be difficult to sustain when we undergo hardship and suffering. It’s easy to be optimistic when life is going well . . . but how do we keep despair at bay when adversity comes?

A Revitalizing Message Of Hope For Your Future

Have you lost all hope? Where do you go when nothing seems to fill the emptiness in your heart, and you see a future that looks like nothing but more of the same? Re-ignite the flame God has for you . . .

Give God A Chance To Work . . . You’ll Find He’s Always Faithful Part 25

Waiting for God to fulfill His promises can feel tedious. Sometimes it seems like the only way to get results is to take control ourselves.

An Honest Discussion About The Walk Of Faith Part 41

Unfortunately, Christians don’t live in a protective bubble. Trusting God doesn’t mean our problems disappear.

Find Hope For A Difficult Time

Following God’s path for your life doesn’t ensure an easy route. An authentic discussion on the life of a believer in Christ.

Encouragement To Those Under Attack

How do we stand firm in a world hostile toward our Christian values? Perhaps you’re battling opposition right now. Having a tough time holding your ground?

An Invitation For You To Trust In God, No Matter What Difficult Circumstances You May Be Facing

Following God doesn’t necessarily mean life will be easy from here on out. So how do you cope when the hard times come? Hope to get you through the tough times.

A Message Of Hope Beneath This Story Of A Broken Family Part 53

It’s difficult to forgive those who have hurt you . . . especially when they are family members—the very people who are supposed to love and support you. 


A Candid Discussion About The Realities Of Doubting God Part 6

How do you handle those times when yours prayers go unanswered and your expectations fall short? Does it make you less confident in God?

An Honest Look At Doubting, And How To Get Through To The Other Side Part 7

Have you ever gone through seasons of questioning God? When doubts loom larger than the answers?

Do You Sometimes Feel Like God’s Beyond Your Reach? Part 10

The Bible clearly describes the character of God. As we study Psalm 131, learn more about God’s role in our lives.

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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

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.