Paul tells the Ephesians that they were taught to lay aside the old self and to put on the new self:
But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:20-24)
But then Paul tells the Colossians that they have already laid aside the old self and have put on the new self.
Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him. (Colossians 3:9-10)
So which is it? Do Christians still need to lay aside (or put off) the old self? This was Thomas’ question when he phoned in to our broadcast.
In this short clip, I address his question and discuss this important issue.
We are made up of spirit, soul, and body.
If our spirit is now holy and blameless, and if our body is a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, then what about our soul? Is our soul set apart for God too? Can it be if we still sin?
In this short video clip, I address the definition of holiness and the important topic of our soul.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today that God loves every part of you!
What is the power of sin? How does it operate? Can the tempting thoughts it produces sound and feel like they are coming from us?
These were Ben’s questions when he emailed our ministry, and in this short video clip, I address Ben’s questions.
I hope this brings you some clarity concerning how sin operates and how it can even masquerade as us.
Does the Holy Spirit convict unbelievers of each sin they commit or just concerning their unbelief in Jesus? Does He convict believers?
How has the word “convict” been misused or even abused? And what can we really expect from God in terms of Him responding to our attitudes and actions?
Star from Trinidad called in to our radio program to ask about the conviction of the Holy Spirit. In this short video clip, I address her questions.
I hope this brings clarity and encouragement to you today concerning your relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Brian from Canada called in to our radio program to ask about the place of New Testament commands in the life of a believer.
In this short video clip, I address Brian’s question and talk about the difference between Old Testament law and New Testament behavior passages.
If you have ever wondered how to incorporate New Testament instruction on attitudes and actions without it becoming legalistic, this short clip will be clarifying and encouraging to you!
When we hear the Parable of the Sower, we want to know the exact spiritual condition of each soil – whether saved or lost.
This was Will’s question when he called in to our radio ministry.
In this short video clip, I address Will’s question concerning the soils and talk about the “solution” for each soil.
As an aside, I address what the author of Hebrews and Paul say about “holding fast” and “continuing” in the truth.
I hope this is gives you more clarity on the Parable of the Sower as it highlights the importance of time and truth.
Jesus said that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin:
“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:31)
Carrie from Albuquerque, New Mexico called in to our radio program to ask about this blasphemy and why it is unforgivable.
In this short video clip, I address Carrie’s question and discuss why we as believers don’t need to worry.
I hope this is both a comfort and an encouragement to you today!
In Philippians 3, Paul presents us with an intriguing but often confusing goal – knowing Christ’s resurrection power and “attaining to the resurrection.” And then he says, “not that I have already obtained it.”
Matt called in to our radio program to ask about Paul’s meaning and what Paul was “pressing on” toward.
In this short video clip, I address Matt’s question and discuss what Paul was so eagerly awaiting.
Discipline – it’s a word that strikes fear in the minds of many believers as they think about how God might treat them when they sin.
But what if discipline is different from punishment? And what if we are always under God‘s discipline, even when we’re not sinning?
Golden emailed us to ask about God‘s discipline.
In this short video clip, I address Golden’s question and highlight why discipline is training for the future but not punishment for the past.
The grace of God has implications for every aspect of our lives, including how we parent our children.
Jay called in to our radio program to ask about parenting and discipline of children in particular.
In this short video clip, I share some thoughts with her about “grace parenting.”
Whether you have children or not, I hope it is an encouraging reminder to you today of how your heavenly Father treats you.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Marvin called in to our radio program to ask about this passage, as it is often quoted in reference to Christians in the United States.
In this short video clip, I share my thoughts with Marvin about the true context of this passage.
I hope it encourages you and brings some clarity concerning God’s agenda in the world today.
In the book of Acts, we read that Ananias and Sapphira lied about money. Then, hours later, they were both dead.
Were they believers? Did God kill them? Might He kill us if we have ever lied? How do we understand the events surrounding Ananias and Sapphira from a grace perspective?
Paulie from Oregon called in to our radio ministry to ask these questions.
In this short video clip, I address Paulie’s concerns and this very controversial passage.
In John 13, we see Jesus demonstrating what it means to serve others as he washes the disciples’ feet.
But in reading this passage, some conclude that the foot-washing event was about forgiveness.
So are we mostly forgiven but still in need of a “daily touch-up”? What did Jesus mean by “you are clean but not all of you”?
This was Stacey’s question when she called in to our radio program. In this short video clip, I address Stacey’s question and discuss Jesus’ real intent.
Bill from South Dakota called in to our radio ministry to ask about “the sinner’s prayer” and the narrow gate of salvation.
In this short video clip, I address the origins of “the sinner’s prayer” and whether or not it can be a helpful tool.
I also discuss what makes the gate to salvation so narrow and why so many world religions miss it.
Does all of Scripture have the same audience and purpose and context? Of course not!
Brett called our radio program to ask how we should view the Old Testament in light of God‘s grace.
In this short video clip, I addressed Brett’s question.
I also discussed how all Scripture is inspired yet we need to have discernment as we live under a new covenant that has changed everything.
A number of times in the Gospels, we read that we can ask anything in Jesus’ name and it will be given. Still, in our experience, this doesn’t seem to always work out.
Mike called in to our radio program to ask what it means to ask in Jesus’ name and how we should view unanswered prayer.
In this short video clip, I address Mike’s question. I hope it is an encouragement to you today!
Mike from California called in to our radio program to ask about the difference between the old self and the flesh and how we Christians can avoid a schizophrenic Christianity.
In this short video clip, I address Mike’s question and give a simple explanation of what the flesh is and share the good news about who we are!
In Luke 9:23, Jesus tells the crowd to “take up their cross daily.”
But the word “daily” is not found in many reputable manuscripts. Also, it is not found in the parallel teachings of Jesus that we see in Matthew 16:24 and Mark 8:34.
So do we need to kill our “selves” spiritually every day? This was Cynthia’s question when she wrote in to our ministry.
In this short video clip, I address Cynthia’s question and discuss what it means that we can now “count ourselves alive to God” instead of trying to die every day.
Jesus said the opposite of abiding is being “apart” from Him. He also said anyone who does not abide in Him is like a branch that is gathered and burned. Finally, the apostle John writes that anyone who confesses that Jesus is the Son of God abides in Him.
It sounds like abiding is a pretty black-and-white thing. Still, so many have turned abiding into a work or a walk. But is abiding a moment by moment decision we must make? Or is it something that we already do?
In this short video clip, I address these questions and share the truth about abiding.
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a man was caught up to the third heaven. (2 Corinthians 12:2)
So are there three heavens? Levels of heaven? This was Kris’s question when she called in to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I answer the question and offer some insight on the meaning of the phrase “third heaven.”
In Matthew 28, Jesus says to “go therefore and make disciples” and teach them to observe “all that I commanded you.”
So how can we say that the harsh things Jesus taught are Law-oriented and not intended to bind up believers today?
This was Jenny’s question when she called in to our radio program, and in this short video clip, I address her concern.
Will Christians face a second and separate judgment event?
This was Jen’s question when she called in to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I share my thoughts on God‘s judgment.
I hope it brings both clarity and confidence to you as you watch it.
In 2 Peter, we read that it is possible that some might “fall from [their] own steadfastness” and their “last state has become worse for them than the first.”
Carla called in from Georgia to ask about these two challenging statements and how we might view them in light of the security we have in Christ.
In this short video clip, I address Carla’s important questions. I hope this serves as another encouraging reminder that we’ve been called to a brand new way of finding fulfillment.
Matthew 5 and 6 present us with the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer. Both of these contain teachings that are not merely difficult but impossible:
Cut off your hand in your fight against sin?
Pluck out your eye too?
Get right with others before giving your sacrifice on the altar?
You’ll be answerable to the Sanhedrin?
In danger of the fires of Hell?
Don’t be like the Gentiles?
Be perfect like God?
Not forgiven unless you forgive others first?
This passage of Scripture is filled with glaring evidence that there is a unique context and intended audience for Jesus’ teachings here.
Jen from Washington called in to our radio program to ask about how we should view these harsh teachings of Jesus in light of God’s new covenant grace.
In this short clip, I address this very important question.
What I share here can impact the way you view God, the way you read your Bible, and the way you see yourself in relationship to the Law.
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“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16b)
Who is righteous? Are some more righteous than others? So then are some believers’ prayers more effective?
These were Dieter’s questions when he called our radio program. In this short clip, I discuss the true meaning of James 5 and why it can give all of us the confidence that God hears us loud and clear.
Mentamir from Ethiopia wrote us to express that she had been struggling for some time with accepting herself, her appearance, and her life. She was afraid this negativity would bleed over into her relationship with God too.
In this short clip, I share some words of encouragement with Mentamir.
I hope these words are an encouragement to all of us to choose each day to ignore the Accuser and instead fix our attention on what God says is really true about us.
There’s a lot of talk in the Christian world today about generational curses. And some say that the sins of our ancestors can bring down curses upon us. Then they usually suggest a series of prayers or a process of “reclaiming spiritual territory” to break free from these generational curses.
Is there any truth to these claims about generational curses? Doesn’t the Bible tell us that there is no condemnation for us who are in Christ and that the evil one cannot touch us?
Shelby called in to our radio program to ask about generational curses now that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and have new life in Him. And here’s the short video clip on the topic.
I pray that this serves to further solidify your confidence in all that God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 6 is an important warning to each of us, because it signals just how crucial it is for each person to hear, believe, and respond to the Gospel message.
While some have twisted the meaning of Hebrews 6 into the erroneous idea that believers can lose their salvation, the context and terminology used reveal an altogether different meaning.
Cecil called in to our radio program to ask about Hebrews 6 and where this challenging passage fits into a solid understanding of God’s grace.
I hope this short video clip is an encouragement to you today, and again, Happy New Year!
This time of year, many of us may think about gift-giving and gift-receiving. So it’s not a bad time to think about the spiritual gifts that God has given to edify His church!
But are spiritual gifts still around today or have they ceased? And if they still exist today, how should we view gifts such as prophesy and tongues, for example?
Chris from Buffalo, New York called in to our radio program to ask about spiritual gifts in the modern day.
In this short video clip, I share my thoughts in response to Chris’ question. I hope it is helpful to you as you think about your own view of spiritual gifts in the church today.