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.
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.