Synopsis: Today we begin looking at the second foundational truth that flows out of Paul's teaching in Ephesians 4:17-24: personal renewal is not only possible, but is a successful process when empowered by God's grace and His Spirit. It's God's plan for our lives. Through three key words in vv. 22-24, God reveals for us the result that all teaching of His truth is to have upon us so that change and growth may take place. It's a reliable road map for us to follow. This message looks at the first of these words in v. 22.
Synopsis: Many are living under the crushing burden of financial debt--not a fun way to live. Neither is it a fun way to live to be under the crushing burden of an unwillingness to forgive those who owe you for all the pain, hardships, and suffering they have caused. In this third message expounding this 5th prayer request in "The Lord's Prayer," we look at the second of two key concepts in this verse that must be understood if we are to know exactly what it is for which we are praying when we offer this petition to God.
Synopsis: Flowing out from Paul's line of thinking/teaching on how we mature or grow in Christ, are two foundational truths we are to embrace and practice. The first of these is covered in today's message from Ephesians 4:17-24.
Synopsis: Paul uses a clothing analogy to drive home important truth about the nature of biblical change and how we grow spiritually. As we unpack our text tonight, it's important to understand Paul's flow of thought as he instructs how personal renewal takes place.
Synopsis: On this Memorial Day, we do well to remember the sources from which our national blessings come. That is the same admonition given to Israel in Deuteronomy 8! Our text provides us with two warnings to "Remember--Lest We Forget" and take all God's blessings for granted. Each one has a key sign to watch for when we fail to heed these warnings!
Synopsis: When it comes to imaging Christ in our relationships with ourselves, our circumstances and with people, three non-negotiable truths must be embraced, kept in mind and practiced as personal renewal cannot take place apart from any one of them. When it comes to personal renewal, this is where it all begins.
Synopsis: Chapters 10 and 11 are linked together, each being the flip-side of the other. In chapter 10 we see the benevolence of the Shepherd while in chapter 11 we see the rejection of the Shepherd. Chapter 11 deals with this theme of rejection and judgment. The message of this chapter is just as powerfully gripping and relevant today as it was in the day it was first delivered. It's a message that calls us to make a choice in response to it today. Will we experience the Chief Shepherd's blessing or the Rejected Shepherd's Judgment?
Synopsis: In part 2 of "Moms Who Made A Difference," we look at three other moms - one in the Old Testament (Hannah) and two in the New Testament (Lois and Eunice). With each one there is a key truth to associate with their names which we can all apply to our lives, whether mothers or not.
Synopsis: Every good mother wants to know that she is making a difference in her child's life. On this Mother's Day we look at two mothers who made a difference by the way they lived. Whether you are a mother or not, these lessons of faith still apply to each one of us today!
Synopsis: Zechariah delivers a message of hope by focusing on the coming Christ and His role as prophet, priest and king. In chapter 10 we see Christ as the benevolent, Chief Shepherd Who delights to bless His people. This encouraging message reminds us that Christ is indeed the foundation, focus and fulfillment of hope that stabilizes us in our present distress, encourages our endurance through it, and energizes us for His kingdom work as we await the day of His coming.
Synopsis: Both Luke 24:13-27 and 1 Peter 1:11 declare that the OT prophets spoke of Christ, His sufferings, and His glory to come. So it should not surprise that one of the OT prophets, Zechariah, should point the people of His day (and our day) to Christ, the Hope of man. In Zechariah, 13, we see yet another portrait of Christ as that Hope--His unique saving and refining work. His work is set in stark contrast to the false prophets of his day. Despite the prevalence of false teachers and false teachings today, despite adverse circumstances, we can have hope that Christ's unique prophetic work can not be diminished nor prevented. Take comfort and hope in this today as you experience discouraging times and uncertainty about the future!