“God is trying to wake us up with this virus!”
“Coronavirus is God’s scourge!”
“He’s bringing punishment on the world!”
We’re hearing these claims about God often these days. But is this the truth?
In this short video, I address these popular ideas and share the truth that sets us free.
I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your support during these hard times. We love and appreciate you so much!
Chris was confused. People taught him that if he did not truly repent of all his sins, he was not really saved. But then Chris noticed that these same teachers continued to struggle with sin themselves, just like him!
So, is there a “repentance ultimatum” in the Gospel? Do we only remain saved if we continue with excellent performance? Where do “infants in Christ” (1 Cor. 3:1) fit into the picture?
In this short video, I address Chris’ confusion and clarify what it means to be saved and to grow up in Christ.
Through our ministry, Carrie is learning a lot about God’s grace and her new identity in Christ. But in the process, she’s encountering popular teachings that now stand out as questionable. So she called in to our radio program to share her concerns.
In this short video clip, I address what Carrie has been reading lately about God's forgiveness and answer these important questions:
- Do we have to wonder if our heart is repentant enough?
- Does God only forgive us when we are able to stop a sin?
- Do we have to "go to God" and "move into" His forgiveness?
- How would we know when we've moved into it?
If Old Testament worshipers had the benefit of a once-for-all sacrifice, they would have no longer had consciousness of their sins:
”Otherwise, would [the sacrifices] not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?” —Hebrews 10:2
Robert called in to ask what it means to not have consciousness of sins and how we get to that place. In this short video clip, I share my thoughts.
Helen was taught that she no longer needs mind renewal because she has the mind of Christ.
We do have the mind of Christ. But the Bible also tells us that our mind is constantly being renewed. So how do these two ideas fit together?
In this short video clip, I address Helen’s confusion and clarify what’s going on as we learn and grow in Christ.
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
“building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 1:20
Pray in the Spirit? What does that mean? How do we do it?
This was Jonathan’s question when he called in to our radio broadcast.
In this short video clip I discuss the true meaning of “praying in the Spirit.”
Chris is frustrated with his own performance. Chris knows he is a believer, but he’s just tired of sinning.
So he called in to our radio program to ask about his ongoing struggle and the way forward.
In this short video clip, I share with Chris two powerful truths that will help him (and all of us!) move forward in maturity.
“He who loves his own wife loves himself.” (Ephesians 5:28b)
Brandon isn’t married yet, but when he read this passage, it made him wonder whether it’s a good thing to love himself.
In this short video clip, I share with Brandon the truth about loving yourself and whether it’s sinful and selfish, or healthy.
Bobby called in to ask about the meaning of Colossians 2:14:
“…having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
In this short video clip, I unpack the powerful truths found in this passage and discuss what it means to live debt-free with God.
Romans 12:2 describes a transformation that occurs in our lives as our minds are renewed:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
So how does this “mind renewal” actually happen? Matt called in to our radio program to ask about the role of faith and to understand this process of mind renewal better.
Here’s what I shared with Matt. Enjoy!
Leonard called to ask about this challenging passage in Romans:
“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?” (Romans 9:22)
Is this just a hypothetical? Who are the “vessels of wrath”? Does Romans 9 somehow support the idea of an irresistible calling by God to salvation for select individuals? Do others have no hope?
In this video, I address Leonard’s concerns and discuss the true meaning of Romans 9 in context. So if you have ever wondered about this passage, I hope this short clip is both encouraging and clarifying!
Diane from Medina, New York called in to ask why she was being taught to “keep short accounts with God” if the Lord does not take her sins into account (Psalm 32:2; Romans 4:8).
In my response to Diane, I point out the contradictions within the faulty belief that Christians are being forgiven progressively. I also address why total forgiveness isn’t dangerous when it’s offered by God in conjunction with a new heart.
Jack from Grand Rapids, Michigan called in to ask about this challenging New Testament passage:
“For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.”
(1 Corinthians 7:14)
Is a husband automatically saved because of his wife’s faith? Or vice versa? This was Jack’s question, and in this short video, I address this difficult passage to get at the heart of the Gospel message and the Apostle Paul’s true meaning here.
Chris called in from Dallas to ask about grace and “easy believism.”
In this short video clip, I address Chris’s concern in light of Jesus saying His yoke is easy.
Mark from Chicago called in to ask about John MacArthur’s recent statement about Beth Moore.
Mark also wanted feedback on the concept of “Lordship salvation.”
Here’s what I shared with Mark on this controversial issue.
Denny from Michigan called in to our radio program to ask which religious movement is more accurate- Calvinism or Arminianism? In this short video clip, I share my thoughts with Denny.
I hope this is clarifying and helpful to you today.
Alex called in to our radio program to ask about Proverbs 6:32 and, in particular, about the meaning of “he who commits adultery… destroys his own soul.”
Alex’s question was a great opportunity to highlight the distinction between the forgiveness and grace we have in Christ versus the earthly consequences we still may experience due to foolish choices.
I hope this short video is both clarifying and encouraging for you.
In Revelation, there’s an admonition for Christians to remain focused and not lose their first love.
David from Florida called in about this expression. He had been told that not losing your first love means to “remain energized” and “stay 100% sold out” and make sure you’re always doing good works.
But the group that received this admonition from God was already busy standing up for truth and stomping out evil doctrines!
So in this short video clip, I share with David what it really means to remain focused on our first love, Jesus.
Roger from Michigan called in to ask about submission to church leaders and how far that goes.
In this short video clip, I share with Roger that there are times when we need to listen to God rather than man when the two conflict.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
Hate your father and mother? Hate your own children? What does Jesus mean here?
Wes called into the radio program to ask about this perplexing passage. In this short video clip, I address Wes’s question and the context and meaning of this verse.
Kyle called in with a question about sex before marriage.
In this short video clip, I share my thoughts with him.
David has only been a believer for about one year. But already he has noticed all the different beliefs and opinions among Christians.
His question is: If the Holy Spirit is teaching every believer, why are there so many different (and opposing!) beliefs out there?
In this short video clip, I offer David my thoughts.
The book of James tells us to “consider it all joy” when we encounter trials.
Anthony called in with back pain and Lymes disease, wondering how to apply this passage to his own life.
In this short video clip, I discuss how we can give thanks in the midst of horrible circumstances, without faking it.
Hope this encourages you today!
Am I really dedicated to God? Would I drop everything in a moment to serve Him? Am I totally surrendered to His cause? Because, if not, maybe I’m not even saved!
This was Neil’s concern when he called in from North Carolina. In this short video clip, I address Neil’s fear and highlight the truth that will set us free from that type of accusation.
Loss of job. Loss of financial security. Loss of home. Where is God in all of it? And what are His promises?
These were Robert’s questions as he inquired about the “perfect love” described in 1 John 4.
In this short video clip, I address Robert’s concerns. I discuss the unrealistic expectations we often have for God and then what His true promise really is, no matter what may come our way.
Dennis recently asked his mother why she believes Jesus is the one true way to God. Her answer: “I don’t know, I just always believed that way.”
Dennis was not satisfied with that answer, so he called in to our program to ask me the same question!
Why do I believe Jesus is the one true way to God? Why do I believe Christianity is the truth when there are so many religions in the world?
In this short video clip, I offer Dennis my thoughts. Enjoy!