Test your heart? Guard your heart? Purify your heart?
We hear so many different messages about our hearts, it’s no wonder that it can be difficult to discern the truth.
Viola called in to ask about the believer’s heart, and in this short video clip I share my thoughts with her.
In Matthew 5, Jesus said whoever practices and teaches the commands of the Law will be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.
But we Christians are not under the Law. And are we really ranked from least to greatest in Heaven?
These were Tim’s questions when he called in about the Sermon on the Mount. In this short video clip, I share the radical and liberating truth about Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 5.
Linda heard recently that if she submits to God, then her circumstances will submit to her prayers. She called in to find out if there’s any truth to the idea.
In this short video clip, address Linda’s question and talk about the fallacy of manipulating God.
Are some sins “bigger” than other sins? Are there small sins? Lesser sins? This was Tyler’s question when he called in to our radio program.
I hope my response to Tyler is an encouraging reminder to you today of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
What if I am not really saved? What if I don’t really have the right kind of faith? Why do I experience these doubts? What if I’m not one of the elect?
These were George’s questions when he called in to our radio program. In this short video clip, I share with George how to be assured of his salvation.
If you ever feel unsure, I hope this is a big encouragement to you today!
John 1:29 says that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away sin. Yet we still struggle with sin, so what did John mean?
This was Courtney’s question when she called in to the radio program. In my response to Courtney, I also introduce some very important distinctions:
- What is “the flesh”?
- What’s up with the popular term “sinful nature”?
- Why is understanding this such a big deal?
If you want to better comprehend your battle with sinful thoughts, this could be a HUGE help!
Trudy from Utah heard in a sermon recently that God looks at her “as if” she’s righteous. It gave here the impression that God is faking Himself out when it comes to her.
Is God only pretending you are righteous? Or has a fundamental transformation occurred within you that actually made you righteous? Is your righteousness merely “imputed” (credited) or has it been “imparted” (given) to you?
Find out the truth in this short video clip. Enjoy!
Paul tells us everyone who belongs to God has the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9). John tells us everyone who has eternal life has Jesus (1 Jn. 5:12). And Ephesians says we’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing.
So is “getting the Holy Spirit” really a second blessing that occurs later? This was John’s question when he called in to our radio program. In this short video clip, I share the simple truth about being baptized in the Holy Spirit.
If we’re totally forgiven, then is God’s grace a “license to sin”? And doesn’t it seem like so many believers are sinning just fine without this “license”? Does God’s grace somehow inspire us to sin even more?
Mike called in from North Carolina to ask these important questions. In this short video clip, I share my thoughts with Mike and highlight the two sides of the Gospel coin.
What is the Trinity? How do we know the Trinity is an accurate view of God if the Bible never actually uses that terminology? Peter called in to our radio program to ask this, because his son – who recently became a believer – asked him about the Trinity.
In this short video clip, I address the idea of the Trinity, using Scripture to support it. I hope this helps you clarify in your mind what is definitely a challenging concept!
George is 59 years old and lives in Florida. He has been a Christian for many years, but does not feel like he has accomplished a lot for God’s Kingdom in terms of leading people to Christ and making disciples. So, George has gotten down on himself lately.
In this short video clip, I share some encouragement with George. My hope is that it is a helpful reminder to you today of what real “success” in the Christian life actually looks like.
Marcy called in to our radio program to ask about this controversial passage:
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. (1 Timothy 4:1)
Fall away from the faith? What does this mean? Is it about believers who are distracted? Is it about loss of salvation? Or does it mean something else?
In this short video clip, I address Marcy’s concern and highlight the truth that sets us free. Enjoy!
Belinda’s friend asked her, “If God sent plagues upon Egypt, then why wouldn’t we expect the same from Him today?”
Then Belinda called in to get my take, and here it is in this short video clip.
I hope this serves as an inspiring reminder of why Jesus changes everything.
How do we recognize and resist the voice of sin? This was Karl’s question when he called in from Arkansas to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I address Karl’s concerns and talk about how God’s grace equips us to face temptation.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today! Enjoy!
What is “spiritual growth”? Who causes it – God or you? What role do your choices play?
These were George’s questions when he called in to our radio program. And in this short video clip, I share my thoughts on spiritual growth with George.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today!
Juanita called to ask what it means to depend on Christ every day:
What does it look like? How do we know we are “doing it”?
In this short video clip, I share with Juanita my thoughts on what it means to depend on Jesus and all that He has done for us.
“Am I a lazy Christian? What’s wrong with me if I’m not involved in formal ministry?” This was Joe’s question.
In this short video clip, I address the variety and diversity in the body of Christ and encourage Joe to see the bigger picture.
I hope this is a big encouragement to you also today!
This weekend, we celebrate the greatest events in human history – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
p>In this short video, I share a few thoughts and wish you and your family a Happy Resurrection Day!
The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us (Romans 8:11). But what roles does He play in our lives, especially when we’re hurting? This was Mike’s question when he called in to our program.
In this short video clip, I share what it means to have the Spirit of Christ within us each and every day. As we enter this special time of year and highlight the importance of the resurrection, we can celebrate some very specific benefits of having the Holy Spirit and His resurrection power dwelling within us.
“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.