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.
Mark called in from Maryland to present a hypothetical, ethical conundrum regarding abortion and a mother’s life that is endangered.
This led me to ponder how we humans in general weigh moral questions, often without regard for the idea of being led internally, from the heart, by Christ.
In this short video clip, I discuss the difference between developing a system of morality and ethics versus walking in dependency on Christ’s resurrection life within us.
Many believe that the book of Ephesians tells the story of a God who has pre-selected certain people for salvation and left others with no hope.
Jamie called in to our radio program to ask about Ephesians and the true meaning of predestination.
In this short video clip, I address Jamie’s concerns and discuss predestination from a Jew-Gentile perspective.
If you’ve ever wondered how predestination can be understood in a simple and straightforward manner, this one is for you!
“That’s hyper-grace! Too much grace! You need to balance grace and truth!”
We hear these sort of statements all the time in the Christian world.
But should we really try to tone down or put limits on God’s grace? In a way, wouldn’t that actually end up hurting us?
Wayne called in to our radio ministry to ask about grace and how it relates to finding victory over sin.
Check out this short video clip on God’s limitless grace and why you can never have too much of it.
This is one you don’t want to miss!
Susan called in to ask about the role of suffering in the growth of a believer.
In this video clip, I share some thoughts on why God allows us to confront trouble, what God is doing in the midst of our suffering, and how it’s possible that we’re 100% righteous and holy but still learning and growing.
Take 60 seconds out of your day to be encouraged by the truth of your completeness in Christ.
Matthew 7 tells us that we will know believers (and unbelievers) by their fruit. So what does this mean on a practical level? To what degree should we be fruit inspectors of other people?
In this short video clip, I address Matthew 7 and the common misconceptions many have about inspecting the fruit of other people. Here, I highlight both the freedom and the spiritual discernment we now have in Christ.
Longina from Canada called in to our radio program to ask about a teaching she had heard concerning evil spirits infiltrating the life of a believer.
How concerned should we be about evil spirits? To what degree should this potential threat occupy our attention?
I address these questions and more on evil spirits in this short video clip.
Mike from California called in to our radio program with a fantastic question:
If we are complete in Christ and we are new creations, then is God breaking us? If not, then how should we describe the process of growing and learning in our spiritual journey?
In this short video clip, I address Mike’s question and discuss the liberating truth about brokenness.
Twenty years ago, John paid for an abortion. And to this day, he struggles with guilt over his decision.
John called in to our radio program to ask for help. In this short video clip, I address John’s guilt over paying for the abortion.
No matter what sins you may have committed in your lifetime, I hope this is an encouraging reminder of just how forgiven, cleansed, and right you are before God, because of Jesus.
If the Holy Spirit already lives within us, then why do we hear so many believers – especially during church – ask for the Holy Spirit to “come down and be in this place” or to “fall fresh on us” or to “rain down on us”?
This was Trina’s question when she called in to Andrew Farley LIVE.
In this short video clip, I address Trina’s question and share the simple truth about our relationship with the Holy Spirit.
A caller from Oklahoma named Tammy called to ask how she should view the issues of faith and doubt and salvation. Specifically, here were Tammy’s questions:
- How much faith is needed to be saved?
- What if we experience periods of doubt sometimes?
- Is there a level of doubt that becomes a deal breaker for God?
In this short video clip, I address Tammy’s concerns and explain why we can have confidence that we’re saved and why we can’t possibly break the intimate union with Jesus that God himself has secured for us.
I hope you’re encouraged by the simple and liberating truths I share in this clip.
1 Thessalonians 4 says that the Lord is the avenger. But the avenger of whom? And why?
This was Sandy’s question when she called in to our radio program. In this short video clip, I address Sandy’s concerns.
I hope this video is clarifying for you as you consider the many different passages in the New Testament that talk about punishment.
John has had a long-term struggle with pornography and is looking for real answers to sexual temptation. He called in to our radio ministry to ask for help.
In this short video clip, I address the approaches John has already tried and then share with him the true, biblical route to freedom.
No matter what type of temptations you currently face, I hope this is an encouragement to you. Also, be ready as God may put it on your heart to forward this to someone you know who is struggling.
What is “the law of Christ” and what does it mean to fulfill it? How is it different from us trying to fulfill the (Jewish) Law?
Dorothy wrote us an email to ask about this important issue. In this short video clip, I address Dorothy’s question.
I hope this brings clarity and encouragement to you today as you consider the heart of your Jesus who lives within you!
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!