When we're mocked, insulted, attacked, or mistreated, how do followers of Jesus respond?
Someone ridicules you or attacks you on social media.
A family member is rude and unkind.
A coworker or neighbor mistreats you.
This is the stuff of
In John 8:31-32, Jesus tells us the key to living free in Him. He says, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
What does it mean to "continue" in His wor
What's the Measure of Spiritual Maturity?
Is it how involved you are at church?
Is it how much you volunteer and serve?
Is it bible knowledge? Prayer?
What is the goal we should be aiming for in our own spiritual growth and when helping ot
In Psalm 43:4, God is described as our "exceeding joy." The Holy Spirit grow joy in us (Galatians 5:22). Jesus wants us to have overflowing joy, and told us the secret to it (John 15:11).
So it's not surprising that the apostles assume that w
Habakkuk 2:4 is a key verse for walking with God, and it's quoted several times in the New Testament in this regard.
Habakkuk may be my favorite Old Testament prophet. If I'm honest, the prophets can be hard to understand at times, but I get
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance we wait eagerly for it. - Romans 8:24-25
Hope is a one of the major engin
One of the ways the already and not yet shapes our life is that we are citizens of heaven living in the present evil age. This means we are to live out the life of heaven in the cities and countries where we live ... to be a colony of heaven on
Flesh vs. Spirit is often talked about as if Christians have two natures that are battling within them, the flesh (the so-called "sinful nature") and the Spirit. But this fails to pay close enough attention to Paul’s language … and how it’s sha
Temptation…who doesn’t experience it? And who doesn't at times yield to it?
We are all confronted by temptation and sin.
So here’s the question:
How can Paul say we’ve died to sin?
But that's what he says in Romans 6:1-2:
What shall we s
If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are redeemed - correct?
Well yes, of course.
We sing songs celebrating it.
We praise Jesus for being our redeemer.
We have verses like 1 Peter 1:18-19
8 knowing that you were not redeemed wi
Have you ever felt this tension?
On the one hand, the New Testament says we a more than conquerors.
On the other hand, it says through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Suffering, weakness, and hardship now
Leviticus 10 records a shocking and surprising story... God puts to death two priests, Nadab and Abihu, two sons of Aaron. Moses explains why God did this: approaching God is serious business. His holiness must be honored. He must not be treate
The apostle Paul says that the Law is "holy and righteous and good" (Romans 7:12). But he also says that Law's job is done. Why is this? What's wrong with the Law?
Paul answers that question in Romans 7-8. He tells us the Law was weak. And be
Let's be honest, Leviticus isn't the most exciting reading! Sacrifices, priests, food laws, and other rituals too. What's the value of all of this?
I this episode, we reflect the purpose of Leviticus, noting that the whole boo
Since the Old Testament Law is still God's word for us (even though it's not God's covenant with us), how can we read it profitably? What was its original purpose? Of what benefit is it for us today?
Exodus 19:4-6 comes right between the Exodu
One of the really important things to remember when reading the Bible is that we're not the original audience. The Bible was written for us but not to us. And this is doubly so with the Old Testament Law.
The Law was God's covenant with Israe
Probably the most common thing Christ say about the Old Testament law is that it was a bunch rules that were all about works salvation. And since they couldn't keep all the rules it shows that no one can earn their salvation.
But that's a fun
Is the Old Testament Law a burden or a blessing?
Christians often denigrate the Old Testament as just a bunch of rules and rituals that people had to keep to try to earn their salvation, but they never could keep all those rules. So that's wh
If Jesus didn't rise from the dead then He's a fraud and Christianity is a sham. So does it make any sense to believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Is there any evidence?
Want to get more out of your Bible reading? Free Resour
On this episode we explore several questions that challenge our faith in God and Jesus.
Question #1 - Why does God seem so invisible, unknown and unresponsive?
Question #2 - What makes belief in Jesus the exclusive way to true life, here, now
If Jesus is the Messiah, why don't Jews believe in Him? This has been a question since the days of the apostles … who were Jews by the way. In fact, this really is the question that lies behind Romans 9-11.
And how can a loving forgiving God
On Questions of Doubt, pt. 6 (More Questions about the Bible), one of the the things we touched on was inspiration meaning that God supervised the writing of the Bible. In response, one listener had several questions:
If the Bible is inspired
If we're honest, prayer is a mixed bag. Sometimes wonderful ... incredible connection with God and God's goodness is poured out. Other times it's confusing, even frustrating. Where is God? Why doesn't He listen to me?
The Bible is central to the christian faith. Can we actually trust it?
Isn't the Bible full of errors and mistakes?
Has the Bible been edited and changed from when it was originally written?
Isn't the Bible written by imperfect men... so ho
Can I actually trust the Bible?
That's a fair and honest question. The bible is an old book. At times it can be an odd book. Or at least a foreign book. And there are things in it that don’t make sense.
So is it really trustworthy?
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