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As we start a new study in Hebrews, Pastor Ford will begin to explain that our ultimate destination as believers is to come to a place in our lives where are like Christ.   As preparation for that destination, God uses means in our lives to accomplish His will.  Part of that process includes God not avoiding our pain to accomplish what pleases Him.  Learn more about this when you join us for today’s Treasured Truth.
Wherever we are—at home, on the job, or any place else—we’re supposed to be praising God. As we continue to look at Psalm 103, Pastor Ford will share with us how praise is supposed to be continual and it’s actually supposed to be the lifestyle of believers.
Praise is not supplemental.  Praise is fundamental.  Pastor Ford will explain that it’s not optional, but rather, praise is essential.  As we begin to look at Psalm 103 today, we’ll discover what perfect praise looks like.
Pastor Ford will explain today that the irony about Jesus is that He is both the medicine and the Physician.  He’s the Lamb and the High Priest.  And the children of Israel mistook His positive and powerful presence and did not accept Him as their Messiah.  We’ll learn more from our study in the book of Jeremiah when you join us for today’s Treasured Truth.
Today, we’ll look further at the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, and see how the people of Israel rejected God’s solution for their problem.  We’ll learn why they did what they did and what excuses they used.  And ultimately, Pastor Ford will help us understand how we can learn from the mistakes they made.
In Jeremiah chapter 8, the prophet Jeremiah is speaking to Israel and chastising them for rejecting the provision of God.  They had a reluctance to accept God’s prescription for their problem. And today, Pastor Ford will help us understand the metaphors used in this scripture passage and explain about the significance of the balm in Gilead.
This time of year, we often sing the wonderful Christmas carol, “O little town of Bethlehem.” But how often do we sing those lyrics without reflecting on the theology behind them? Pastor Ford will challenge us to consider how, because Christ was born, that “the hopes and fears of all the years” were met in that little town on that first Christmas night.
This time of year, we often sing the wonderful Christmas carol, “O little town of Bethlehem.” But how often do we sing those lyrics without reflecting on the theology behind them? Pastor Ford will challenge us to consider how, because Christ was born, that “the hopes and fears of all the years” were met in that little town on that first Christmas night.
It was prophesied in the Old Testament that the Bread of life—Christ our Savior—would be born in Bethlehem, which means “the house of bread.” And Pastor Ford will explain that when we taste and see that the Lord—the Bread of Life—is good, then His goodness will make us fruitful. And once we become fruitful, we will give God praise.
Isaiah 9:6, scripture says, “Unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given.” Today Pastor Ford will emphasize the importance of Christ’s birth and how wonderful it is that He came for and was revealed to us, to become our Savior.
Christmas is our time to celebrate Jesus, our Emmanuel—God with us.  But it really doesn’t matter what the day is. The fact of the matter is, God came and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory. And so Pastor Ford will remind us that we should celebrate that truth and the hope of Christmas every day of the year!
As we begin this week of Christmas, we’ll discover how Jesus is the fulfillment of all that God had to say to His people prior to that wonderful night in Bethlehem, when Christ humbled Himself, put on flesh, and was laid in a manger to fulfill the prophecies about His birth.
It was prophesied in the Old Testament that the Bread of life—Christ our Savior—would be born in Bethlehem, which means “the house of bread.” And Pastor Ford will explain that when we taste and see that the Lord—the Bread of Life—is good, then His goodness will make us fruitful. And once we become fruitful, we will give God praise.
As we wrap up our series on worship, Pastor Ford asks the question, “What is this worship we’ve been talking about?”  He concludes that worship is all that we are, responding to all God is.
Do you reflect on the grace that God has given you, or do you think that you were just lucky?  Today, Pastor Ford asks that poignant question and wants us to realize that God’s grace is constantly evident in our lives and that God doesn’t get the proper praise from us, because we don’t recognize all that He’s done through His grace for us. 
King David was motivated to praise God because he couldn’t help responding to God’s goodness.  Today, Pastor Ford will ask us—have you considered God’s goodness lately, and has it motivated you to praise Him?
Pastor Ford prompts us to think about why the problems in our lives seem so difficult. Whatever the problems are, they’re difficult because they’re most likely still in our hands, and not in God’s hand. Consider this—have you put your problems in His hand yet? We need to realize God is majestic and all powerful, and He can help us handle any problem that we face.
Today on Treasured Truth, Pastor Ford reminds us about the exchange that took place between Christ and us. He took our sin and gave us His salvation.  He took our sadness and gave us His joy. He took our carnality and gave us His spirituality. And He took our poverty and gave us His wealth. So, based on all that Christ has done for us, we have plenty of reasons to worship Him!
Today, we’ll take a look at what Jesus went through in the climax of His depression while He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.  And we’ll see how He overcame His severe depression to go on to the cross in order to die and to redeem us from our sins.  We’ll see how the God of Joy, became the Man of Sorrows so that people who have sorrow and depression, can now have His joy.
Today we turn to Isaiah 40, as Pastor Ford describes how God craves our worship.  He’ll explain that this passage drives us to worship God, by giving us a glimpse of His glory, so we will be mesmerized by His majesty, blinded by His beauty and humbled by His holiness.
Pastor Ford wants us to realize that if we start telling God, “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad”—even in the midst of what we’re going through—then the Bible tells us that God is going to receive our praise and change us from worriers into worshippers.
If we want peace, Jesus is our peace.  If we want righteousness, Jesus is our righteousness.  Whatever element of our life we are struggling with, He identifies with it and redeems it in us.  So, when God sees us, He does not see our sin, He sees His Son—and that’s definitely something to be joyful about and worship Him for.
Today, Pastor Ford will let us know that our real focus should be on worship.  Whatever we are going through, we ought to be able to say like the Psalmist says, “This is the day that Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Today on Treasured Truth, Pastor Ford will explain that God has choreographed the day that lies ahead for each of us.  His sovereignty is all over this day that each of us will be living.  So we need to understand He chose for us specifically whatever we are going through.  He has a purpose that He’s trying to work in us, so that we would not lose our joy, and so we would stand firm in our faith in Him.
As we look further at Matthew 26, we’ll discover that when Jesus was depressed, He enlisted the support of His friends. However, He didn’t just pick any of them. He was selective. Because not all of the people we are close to are going to understand our distinct situation. So, we’ll see how selectively choosing the right support team can be one thing we can do to help us overcome our depression.
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Created by
Moody Radio
Podcast Status
Hiatus/Finished
Started
Apr 1st, 2017
Latest Episode
Jan 7th, 2021
Release Period
Daily
Episodes
990
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Language
English

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