When trials and difficulties test us, we are all faced with this question: Do I have what it takes to make it through this trial? For the Christian, if we know where to look for strength, we will have everything that we need. In this message, Nate Danser talks about why seeing Jesus in our trials is the key to having what we need to endure.
Since birth, we have all received from God a daily supply of life, love and mercy. But instead of returning these gifts to God through a lovingly obedient life, we sin, and we waste God's gifts on ourselves. We therefore owe God a debt we cannot repay—no matter how small it may seem. Our only hope is to cry out to God for mercy. In this message Luke Imperato shows us that only when we see the magnitude of God’s forgiveness in our lives will we love Jesus and others as we should.
In Isaiah 30, God reproved the Israelites because they handled the consequences of their sin in a way that displeased Him. In today's self-help culture, we also need to examine our lives. Have we dealt with sin God's way, or have our attempts to change only added to our guilt? In this message, Nate Danser shows that there is a divinely ordained path out of sin, and exalts the gracious God who invites us into a truly restored life.
Through the written record of His eternal Word and the great display of His love in sending Jesus, God has pronounced His blessings and made a way for us to partake of His divine promises. The story of Esau may seem ridiculous to many Christians, but his giving up his birthright for a bowl of soup is an image of what we are like when we chase our sin rather than live for God. In this message, Dustin Renz exhorts us through the story of Esau to see God’s blessings as precious and to be fought for, rather than focusing on the things of this earth.
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan constantly battle for the souls of men, but man has great difficulty in discerning the difference between these two invisible kingdoms. From the time that He walked this earth, man has struggled to grasp that Jesus, the cornerstone of God’s Kingdom, came to change the internal workings of His people, not the external. In this message, Nate Danser describes those who truly live in the Kingdom of God and allow Him to change their inside world. Nate also exposes the unwillingness of men to live by faith who instead prefer to live by external traditions and religious appearances.
God is always trying to get His Truth into us, but, often, our sin hardens our hearts against this Truth. In this state, we are unable to discern when God is trying to give us an opportunity to turn to Him in repentance. Therefore, we must examine the fruit of our lives to see if we are truly walking in the spirit. Then we can begin experiencing the change that His implanted Word brings. In this message, Luke Imperato demonstrates that our hearts must be prepared for the opportunities of repentance that God provides, as our time on earth is not unlimited.
The will of God for us is holiness in thought as well as deed, which comes through a process called sanctification. This sanctification comes by the transforming power of God’s Word and the influence of His Holy spirit. However, before this process can begin, we must repent of our minds which are at enmity with God and have often portrayed a perverted view of Him. In this message, Ed Buch clearly teaches how God uses His Word to realign our minds so that we can have the mind of Christ and present our lives as a worship offering, pleasing unto Him.
Every single person owes God a debt due to sin that is insurmountable; we could never pay God back for what we’ve done. We must, therefore, come to God with the understanding that He is our only hope for salvation. We understand this basic biblical principle of forgiveness as it applies to ourselves, but often struggle to apply it to others. In this message, Jim Lewis reminds us that since God forgave us when we didn’t deserve it, and since forgiveness is a command of the Lord, we must be willing to forgive others.
Many Christians are willing to perform rituals and keep laws, however, as Christians the love of God should be at the core of everything we do. We must be rooted and grounded in love so that all we do is others-focused, rather than self-focused. Without the love of God inside of us, we have nothing of value to offer; without love, we are nothing. (1 Corinthians 13) In this message, Steve Gallagher discusses several aspects of God’s love that re-focus our attention on this unfathomable attribute and help us discover where we are falling short in giving that love to others.
Without God’s Spirit, we are spiritually dead. But when His Spirit comes to dwell in us, we experience clear indications of His presence. Some of these indications are life and peace, a desire to know God and experience true life, and a delight in God’s Word. We must examine ourselves to see if God's Spirit dwells in us and diligently seek Him for this infilling. In this message, Josh Bergstrom pinpoints 10 ways we can test ourselves to see if God’s Spirit is at work in our lives.