Jesus spoke in parables, and often the greater lesson in these can be difficult to understand. What lessons are there in this story from Luke 15:11-32? Watch this short video to get you started with your own study.
Most of us have friends, but they’re not often really good friends. What’s missing? Intimacy. Intimacy among friends is profoundly valuable and also rare. Helen Keller said, “I would rather walk in the dark with a friend than walk alone in the light.” We all yearn for that kind of powerful and lasting influence in our lives. What are the three absolutely necessary ingredients that must be part of any truly close friendship? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Marriage was established and blessed by God in the Garden of Eden and the scriptures give man free choice regarding the decision to marry. The Apostle Paul, who was unmarried, encouraged Christians to consider doing the same. "I wish that all people were as I am." He reasoned that an unmarried person is able to devote 100 percent of his time and opportunities to serving the Lord. How do you know which one to choose?
Mercy or justice? We want people we think are "bad" to be punished and people we think are "good" to receive mercy (and normally that includes ourselves!). Too often our judgments are based on emotions. Is God both merciful and just, even though everyone around us suffers and dies?
God’s character is all-encompassing, but we generally think of Him as having four main attributes that everything rests on: Justice, Love, Wisdom and Power. How do those attributes work together? How does God's plan tell us more about who He is? Watch this short video to learn a little bit more about our amazing Creator.
On our 2017 Christmas podcast, we took a unique approach to telling the traditional Christmas story by including various conversations Jesus had as an adult. We found a pattern of who he gave his time to and what secret reveals he shared to these special people. Watch this quick vlog and then listen to the entire program for a new perspective on how attentive this Savior of the World was to our human needs.
We all want a sense of security and peace and to feel heard, accepted and cared for. Is prayer the way to do this? Should everyone pray? Does it really do any good? Watch this quick video and then listen to the full podcast.
“The best things in life are free.” That certainly can be true, but as always there is more to the story. Take love - the love that is between a husband and a wife as a for instance. While this love certainly should be free – freely given and freely received, it does have a maintenance schedule attached to it. Funny thing is, we never hear much about love’s maintenance schedule as it can be difficult, demanding and even daunting. The good news is that if we stick with the schedule, the results will literally last a lifetime and the love that we were freely given will have become a most valuable admired and cherished part of our lives! So, how do we get there? How do we learn what to do and how to do it so our love will last a lifetime?
We live in a time of great contradiction. There are voices that shout, rant and insist for all in our society to embrace and accept everyone no matter what their choices in life are and no matter what their actions in life may be. Their message in many ways is framed as one of love – love for those who are opposite, love for those who are different. Then there are those like myself who say that while I am willing to accept and love people regardless of their choices, I will not embrace anything I believe is not moral or righteous. I will love the person but not the action. For this I have been called a "hater" by those who preach that you should embrace those who are different than you. Jesus told us to love our enemies, but what exactly does that mean? Am I not loving enough? Do I need to change?