Synopsis: The Bible has much to say about the use of the mind. The battleground of spiritual warfare takes place there. When it comes to renewing the mind, it's important that we set aside some common misconceptions so we can understand the full significance of what is being said. Then we will look at how all that is worked out in life.
Synopsis: We come to the 6th petition in what is commonly called, "The Lord's Prayer." On the surface it appears to be quite simple and straightforward but upon closer examination, several challenges arise as we attempt to arrive at the meaning of this verse. What was Jesus really teaching when He gave us this verse and for what are we actually praying?
Synopsis: This message completes our look at the three-step process for Christian growth that is God's reliable plan for us to follow by which the image of God is restored in us. It's a measurable tool whereby we can tell in a concrete way if we are growing to be more like Christ or not.
Synopsis: From Solomon we learn that even a wise man can indeed become a very foolish father. So how do we avoid repeating his mistakes? From our text today emerges three truths that every godly father must be convinced of and practice.
While this Father's Day message is geared primarily to fathers, yet for those single moms who function in a dual capacity performing the roles of father and mother, the same truths can instruct, encourage and equip so that they can profit as well.
Synopsis: In this parable Jesus gave to Peter, sobering truth is given regarding the seriousness and urgency of forgiving those who hurt us. Where do we find the ability to forgive? Has someone wronged us or hurt us, offended us in such a way that it could be honestly said, the debt they owe us is greater than the debt we owe God because of our trespasses against Him?
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?