“Just be yourself, no can ask any more of you than that.” This is such free and easy advice – someone has probably said it to you, and you have probably said it to someone else. But what does it mean? The fact is we sometimes end up defined by our circumstances or perceptions. In these cases we settle for outside forces labeling our inside person. Other times we are defined by our vision and discipline in the face of challenge. Find out how our brains define us and also how the Scriptures define us. Watch this quick vlog then listen to the entire podcast of the same name.
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For many centuries the churches have taught that when sinners die they face a punishment of eternal torment and torture in hell. Reading some of the descriptions of how this intense and endless torture works will make your skin crawl and your stomach turn. Yet, those who adhere to such teaching are firm in their belief that it is thoroughly biblical, and therefore entirely in line with God and His plan. But is it? What if this teaching is NOT of God but rather of Satan? Watch this short vlog then listen to the podcast of the same name for the scriptural proof and historical evidence behind our thoughts.
Doubt primarily comes to us two ways: intellectual and emotional. What's the difference and how do they work together? We all wonder, and at times we all second guess. So, what of it? Is there a way to look at our questions and insecurities in a different light? How do you overcome your doubts and strengthen your faith? For more scriptures and advice listen to our full podcast of the same name.
Mercy or justice? Both! Mercy and justice are not only inseparable but fully dependent upon one another. Look at God’s impartiality. It’s clean. We can see His integrity ONLY when we connect what He did in biblical times to what we know about His motives and plan. Simply stated, God’s justice is restorative. It not only provides consequences for wrong actions, but teaches the wrongdoer how to become righteous. Watch this short vlog and then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
One of the most amazing things about Jesus calling followers was that he often did things to turn people away. In John 6 he said following him required the eating his flesh and drinking his blood. In Luke 14 he said that to be worthy of him, you had to hate your family – all of them! Right after that difficult message, Jesus told three stories that illustrated different and important aspects of becoming a disciple. For more Scriptures and thoughts on those three stories watch this short vlog then listen to our full podcast with the same title.
Jesus' example teaches us to be compassionate, but In our world there are a myriad of causes we can support but we have limited time and dollars. What do we do? What causes should the Christian support? Where do we invest our time, effort and resources to be truly God-honoring followers of Jesus? Watch this short vlog and then listen to the full podcast of the same name!
We all want to be successful at whatever it is we are focusing on. How do we do it? Be single-minded. Have your vision clear and your energy directed. It's not easy. We end up distracted, or we start something but don't finish or we even rationalize our way out of triumph. How do we put habitual double-minded thinking behind us and reach forward towards true, godly achievement? Watch this short vlog and then listen to our podcast of the same name: Am I a Double-Minded Christian?
Loving your enemies is to want good and not harm to come to them. Jesus mapped this out for us, especially in the last days of his life before his crucifixion. Jesus not only taught us in detail how to love our enemies, he showed us in living color how to profoundly care for them. He literally "walked the walk" – all the way to Calvary. As we look back upon the death and resurrection of Jesus, we will see how he was the instruction manual for loving your enemies. How did Jesus show devotion to those who were devious and hostile, attachment to those who antagonized him and affection for those who became his adversaries? For an in depth bible study listen to our inspiring podcast of the same name.
Living a fulfilled Christian life in our morally corrupt world is a challenge. Add the dimension of being single and now there’s critical mass! Everywhere you look it’s ALL about relationships, attractiveness and sex. How do single Christians find their way to not only coping with this “single” challenge but living their lives with contentment, clarity and conviction? For more advice and tips, listen to our full podcast of the same name.
What makes something a treasure? First a treasure is attractive. It draws our attention by its look feel or sound, or by how it makes us feel. Second a treasure represents personal value. It’s something that is of special personal significance. Third a treasure represents wealth by commanding time or attention or space or concern. How do we learn to isolate and diminish those things which we cherish but hurt us? How do we instead focus on and appreciate those items that bring true honor, blessing and joy? Watch this short vlog and then listen to the podcast of the same name.