Radio Highlights

The Renewing of the Mind – Faith?

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.
Romans 12:2

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!

Who Are the “Vessels of Wrath”?

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!

Here’s Why Total Forgiveness Isn’t Dangerous!

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.

Saved By Your Spouse?

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.

Enjoy!

Easy Believism?

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.

Lordship Salvation?

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.

Enjoy!

Calvinism or Arminianism?

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.

Earthly Consequences of Sin

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.

Lost Your First Love

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.

Enjoy!

Submit to Church Leaders – Always?

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.

Hate Father and Mother?

“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.

Sex before Marriage

Kyle called in with a question about sex before marriage.

In this short video clip, I share my thoughts with him.

Enjoy!

So Many Different Beliefs!

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.

Consider It All Joy?

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!

Total Surrender?

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.

When We Experience Loss

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.

“Why Do You Believe?”

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!

Our Thoughts and Feelings

Emotions are a God-given human experience. But where do feelings fit in God’s plan for our lives?

We know we shouldn’t squash our emotions. Also, we know they shouldn’t run the show. So, as believers, what is our healthy focus each day as we wake up and live life?

This was Phil’s question, and in this short video clip, I address this important issue of thoughts and feelings in the Christian life.

Righteous By (New) Birth, Not Behavior!

Jonathan called in to ask about the difference between our righteous actions and our righteousness as people.

His question spurred me to share several important thoughts on righteousness.

In this short video clip, I distinguish the inspiring truth from some of the misconceptions we hear today.

How Do I “Get Back” to God?

Have I repented enough? Can I get back in God’s favor? Will God hear my prayers?

 

These were Clint’s questions as he nearly broke down in tears asking me about his past and his concern of being distant from God.

 

Don’t miss this one! It is truly heartwarming!

A Definition of Grace

What is grace? This was Herman’s question when he called into our radio program.

In this short video clip, I offer Herman my view of God’s grace. Some of it may surprise you.

How to Respond to Temptation

Do we fight sin? Does God do all the fighting? Is there anything we are supposed to do in confronting temptation?

This was Jerod’s question when he called in from Canada to our Radio program. In this short video clip, I respond to Jerod and discuss what our role is in response to the temptation of sin.

I hope this is clarifying and helpful as you confront enemy ideas in your thought life.

A Hundredfold Return?

Mark 10 speaks of a hundredfold return for those who believe the gospel.

But what does Jesus mean? Does He refer to a cash return or something spiritual?

This was Anthony’s question when he called into our radio broadcast. And here are my thoughts on this challenging passage.

God Speaks

How does God speak today? And how do we know that we’re hearing from Him?

Mike from California called in to ask this practical question.

In this short video clip, I address Mike’s question and discuss what it means to “hear from God.”

Enjoy!

Church Attendance

What role does gathering together play? How important is it? Why?

This was Becky’s question when she called in to our radio program.

Check out this short video clip in which I address the topic of church attendance.

Enjoy!

Was Jesus Really Tempted?

The book of James tells us that God is not tempted by sin. However, Hebrews says that Jesus was tempted in every way.

At first glance, this may seem like a real contradiction, so Chris from Akron, Ohio called in to ask about it.

In this short video clip, I address Chris’s concern and discuss the temptations that Jesus faced.

I hope this is an encouraging reminder that we have a Savior who empathizes with our weaknesses.

The Bride of Christ

What does it mean to be the bride of Christ? Is it true of every believer or just an elite group?

In this short video clip, I get fired up with passion and enthusiasm as I address Deb’s question.

Enjoy!

Your New Design

In this short video clip, I talk about the connection between identity and behavior, highlighting your new design and how good works are a perfect fit.

Enjoy!

The Believer’s Heart

Tony from Cleveland called in to ask about the believer’s heart and how Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 fits in.

This is such an important question, because it highlights the difference between the heart before and after salvation.

I hope this is an encouragement to you to continue living from your heart where Christ lives!