In his first epistle, John talks about what it means to live in the light and have an innate love for other people. Then he contrasts it with living in darkness and hating others.
Mark called in to our radio broadcast to ask about 1 John and the issue of love versus hate. How much love is enough? Do we need to prove our salvation by loving others?
In this short video clip, I address Mark’s question and talk about the true context of 1 John in terms of love and hate.
Jeanette prayed for a miracle healing that never came. Eventually, her dog passed away.
Jeanette called in to our radio program to ask if animals (or even personal pets) might be part of our experience on the new earth.
In this short radio clip, I address Jeanette’s question, discussing the possibility of animals in the age to come and the comfort we have in Christ either way.
We often hear that everyone is born in the image of God. But is that entirely true?
Sure, we all have the same basic human form that Adam and Eve had by God’s design. But spiritually, the fall had an impact on all of humanity. As a result, something was lost in the garden of Eden that is only regained in Christ.
Jeff from South Dakota called in to our radio broadcast to ask about being in the image of God and what it means.
In this short video clip, I address Jeff’s question and clarify the truth about being born (or reborn!) in God’s image.
What is the armor of God? Should it be seen as literal is the armor symbolic of something else? Finally, how do we put it on?
Jason called in to our radio broadcast to ask about Ephesians 6 and the true meaning of putting on spiritual armor. In this short video clip, I share my thoughts with Jason.
I hope this is an encouraging reminder to you to keep the Gospel message simple and always focused on Jesus.
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins…” (Hebrews 10:26)
There’s no sacrifice left? What does this even mean? Can we out-sin the grace of God and reach the point where the blood of Christ runs out on us?
Edgar in North Carolina called in to our radio program to ask about this very challenging passage, Hebrews 10:26. Edgar was taught that this verse is designed to motivate Christians or “hit them on the head” so they get in line out of fear of God’s judgment.
In this short video clip, I address Edgar’s question and discuss the true and liberating meaning of Hebrews 10:26.
Marriage (or any relationship) can be difficult. Many times, one spouse (or friend) ends up bitter and resentful of the other. Sometimes, this even happens in both directions.
In this one-minute video clip, I share a few thoughts on what it means to know your spouse’s (or friend’s) identity in Christ. I talk about how this helps us identity the real enemy in our relationships.
If you or someone you know is struggling with bitterness or resentment in a relationship right now, I hope this is an encouragement.
Shelby called in to our radio program with a few things on his mind:
- How were people in the Old Testament saved?
- Isn’t it unfair that God wiped out those of Noah’s generation?
- Isn’t it unfair that so many perish today?
In this short video clip, I address Shelby’s concerns and talk about the “fairness” of God.
Gary is a newer believer who called in to our radio program from New York. Gary recently found himself at a party where some unbelieving friends were asking, “Are there any real benefits to being a Christian right here and now, or is it just about enjoying heaven after death?”
Gary and his Christian friends didn’t know how to respond to the unbelievers’ question at the time.
So, is being a Christian only about life after death or are there real, tangible benefits to everyday life right now?
In this short radio clip, I share my thoughts on this important question. I discuss why the presence and comfort and counsel of Christ in you makes the “wow” right now!
Hebrews warns against having a hardened heart. But what is a hardened heart?
And some even claim that unbelievers can’t choose Jesus because of their spiritual deadness. Is this true?
Brad called into our radio broadcast to ask what makes a heart hardened and whether or not unbelievers can actually choose Jesus.
In this short video clip, I address Brad’s important questions.
In Matthew 10, Jesus says that the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Here, Jesus is specifically referring to the disciples and the persecution they will undergo.
But it’s also a comfort to believers in any age that no matter what persecution or tribulation we might go through, in the end, we will be saved (rescued) by Jesus.
Mark from Frederick, Maryland called in to ask about this passage and to inquire whether or not it means that only the “brave” Christians will be saved.
In this short video clip, I discuss what it means to endure and how we as believers endure to the end by the power of Another.
There are half a dozen passages that some utilize to claim that the whole world is fully reconciled, forgiven, or even saved.
Jeff called in to our radio program to ask about these passages. In this short video clip, I share my thoughts on the world passages and what they really mean in context.
I hope this is clarifying as you think about what the world has in Adam and what we have in Christ.
Are we adopted by God? Or are we born of God? Or both? And what’s the difference?
These were Penny’s questions when she called in to our radio broadcast.
In this short video clip, I address the difference between adoption and being born of God.
There is certainly a lot to think about here.
Recently, a man killed eleven Jewish people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. A suspect has now been charged in a 44-count indictment.
Is it impossible for a man like this to believe the Gospel and be saved? At times like this, we may find ourselves wondering: How big is God’s invitation to grace? Can anyone be forgiven?
Mary from Washington D.C. called in to our radio program to ask this important question.
In this short video, I address Mary’s question and discuss the true extent of God’s grace.
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)
Ryan from Lansing, Michigan called in to ask about this challenging passage. What does it mean here to have “denied the faith”? Is this about loss of salvation? And how can anyone be “worse than an unbeliever”?
In this short video clip, I address Ryan’s question and present the simple and liberating truth about first Timothy 5:8.
Loretta called in to our radio program from Virginia to ask:
What is our purpose here on Earth?
Why are we here?
“To serve the Lord!” someone shouts. Well, maybe that’s what we end up doing to some degree. But Acts 17 tells us that God is not served by human hands as if He needs anything from us. Our God doesn’t need us to serve Him!
So, what was God’s real purpose in creating us?
In this short video clip, I share what I believe is the biggest and most beautiful reason that God made us.
Mary from Alabama called in to our radio program to ask about sickness and disease.
Is God the initiator of these things or does He simply allow them? If God is in control, how are we to understand the bad things that happen to us? Is God ever the author of them?
In this short video clip, I address Mary’s questions. I hope this is an encouragement to you today as you think about the character of God and how He treats you.
Jack called in to our radio program to ask about the parable of “The Pearl of Great Price” and what it’s really all about.
In this short radio clip, I talk about the parable and what it can mean to us as new covenant believers with Christ living in us.
Van from Michigan attended prosperity-driven churches for quite a while. In those churches, he was taught a mandatory tithe and was told that financial planning is actually a lack of faith in God!
In this short video clip, I discuss Van’s concerns about making decisions on church giving and financial planning.
I hope this is both clarifying and encouraging to you today!
Through the new covenant, God has written His desires on our hearts.
But what exactly is written within us? Many Christians seem to think that the Old Testament Law is written on our hearts.
Jamal from South Florida called in to our radio program to ask what laws are etched on the lining of our new hearts.
In this short radio clip, I address Jamal’s question and clarify what it means to have a new covenant heart with God’s desires stamped on it.
Jack called in to our radio program to ask about depression and the believer.
In response to Jack’s question, I reference Lamentations and Psalms and discuss potential roots of depression.
I also discuss that deeper place within us – deeper than our brain or body – from which we can be counseled and comforted by Christ himself.
I hope this is a real encouragement to you today if you suffer from bouts of depression. And if you know someone who might benefit from this, consider passing it along to them as well.
Oro from Toronto called in to our radio program to ask for my thoughts on the following statement made by his friend:
“When we obey God, He is delighted. When we disobey God, He is disappointed.”
Is God disappointed in us when we sin? Does He have expectations that He holds over us?
Oro’s questions brought on a very interesting discussion that I think will be helpful as you consider God’s attitude toward you in good times and in bad.
Is there a second blessing? Is it possible that some of us are saved but we still need to “get the Holy Spirit”?
Gary from Florida called in to our radio program to ask this question.
In this short video clip from the program, I address Gary’s concern about whether or not believers really have “everything we need for life and godliness.”
“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:12-13)
Tim from Canada called in to our radio broadcast to ask about this challenging passage from James 2, especially the phrase “judgment will be merciless.”
In this short video clip, I give some context to this difficult passage and talk about what it means to be a believer living under the “law of liberty.”
Does Jesus preach the Gospel to unbelievers in Hell in order to give them a second chance at salvation after death?
This was Lynn’s question when she called in to our radio program and asked about 1 Peter 4:5-6.
In this short video clip, I address this challenging passage and the false idea that there’s a second opportunity to believe and respond to the Gospel in the afterlife.
I hope this brings clarity and equips you to respond to what is becoming a common misconception in some parts of the Christian community today.
Mike from Bakersfield, California wanted his friend to hear a good, biblical definition of “eternal life.” So Mike called in to our radio program while his friend was listening from home.
In this short video clip, you’ll hear Mike’s call as well as my definition of “eternal life” and what it means to have that life.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today as you think about your union with Jesus!
What’s the difference between being “in” the Spirit and walking “by” the Spirit? And what does it mean to “pray in the Spirit”?
Earnest called in to our radio program to ask about the Holy Spirit and prayer.
In this short video clip, I address the topic of prayer and also clarify the important difference between being “in” the Spirit and walking “by” the Spirit.
Is it the “fruit” of the Spirit or the “fruits” of the Spirit? And does it make a difference?
This was Winston’s question when he called in to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I address Winston’s concern and discuss why it is so important to see that Christ within is our singular source for every ounce of character we need in any given moment.
In Philippians 4:17, we find Paul using the peculiar expression, “credited to your account.”
This begs the question: What account is Paul referring to? Is there some sort of “bank account” for each of us in heaven?
Britney called in to our radio program to ask about Philippians 4:17 and the true meaning of “credited to your account.”
In this short video clip, I address this question and also discuss what it means to excel in the grace of giving.
Should we be asking God to “give us” more patience? More love? More self-control?
Does God pour out these attributes from heaven one by one as we ask for more of each?
This was William’s question when he phoned in to our radio program.
This question is so important because it highlights for us what it means that Christ is our life and that Christ is our everything!
I hope this is an encouraging reminder to you today that in Christ we have all we need.
What is a healthy perspective on Bible study? How about when we don’t seem to have the time or the energy for reading the Bible very much? And if we’ve lost our enthusiasm for studying the Word, how might we regain it?
These were Pam’s questions when she called in to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I address Pam’s concerns about Bible study, and I encourage her with the simple truth about God’s presence, no matter what she might be doing.