Hebrews 12:14 says that there is a sanctification (or holiness) without which no one will see the Lord. Does this mean that some believers won’t be holy enough to see God?
This was Jamal’s question when he called in from Florida to our radio program. In this short video, I address the meaning of sanctification and the healthy interpretation of Hebrews 12.
People talk about freedom in Christ all the time, but what does “freedom” even mean?
This was Steve’s question when he called in from Decatur, Indiana.
In this short video clip, I address Steve’s question and talk about the various aspects of our freedom in Jesus Christ.
Over 30 years ago, Rick was sentenced to 168 years in prison. While inside, he became a believer and learned a great deal about God’s grace. Now, Rick has been released and has a heart for Jesus.
Recently, he was invited to become a chaplain at a campground but was told by others that he was not qualified to minister to others because of his past.
Rick called in to our radio program to ask if it would be a mistake for him to take the position as a campground chaplain. In this short video clip, I address Rick’s concern.
In many ways, this speaks to our own fears of being unqualified to share the good news with other people. I hope it is encouraging to you today!
Mark from Maryland is a believer but struggles with the idea that God will judge and punish him for his sins.
Mark called in to our radio program to ask about how to deal with a judgment mentality.
In this short video clip, I address Mark’s question.
Anthony from Tennessee called in to our radio program to ask about the Parable of the Wedding Feast.
Many are called? Few are chosen? On what basis are they chosen? And what does their clothing have to do with it?
In this short video clip, I address Anthony’s questions and discuss the true and liberating meaning of this often misunderstood parable.
Jim from North Carolina called in to our radio program to ask about the issue of fasting.
Do we need to fast? What was the purpose of fasting for the Jews and in the early church? And what do the New Testament letters say about fasting?
In this short video clip, I address these important questions. I hope this brings more clarity to you concerning the issue of fasting.
Diane from Nazareth, Pennsylvania would like to help her two friends rebuild their marriage together, but she just doesn’t know where to start. So Diane called in to our radio program to get some ideas.
In this short video clip, I share with Diane some of the major ways in which marriages can start to go wrong:
- score-keeping and trying to win
- not identifying the real enemy in a conflict
- hanging onto resentment and not forgiving
- allowing the fear of “what if?” to take hold
I hope this short video might serve as a starting point in the journey to improve your marriage, or the marriage of someone you might know. And if you’d like more on this topic, we encourage you to get a copy of The Hurt & The Healer, a book that addresses these issues in more depth.
What does it mean to “be filled with the Spirit”? Is it getting more of the Spirit? Why does Ephesians mention it along with getting drunk on wine?
Mike from Bakersfield, California called in to ask about this important topic.
In this short video clip, I address Mike’s questions and discuss the true and simple meaning of being “filled with the Spirit.”
Anthony from Tennessee called in to our radio program to ask about this challenging passage:
“If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)
Is God warning us against suicide and saying it’s unforgivable? Or is there an altogether different meaning behind this Scripture?
In this short video clip, I share the comforting truth about this passage.
Michael called in to our radio broadcast from Salem, Massachusetts, to ask about his friend who has a habit of lying, a lot.
His friend, a born-again believer, struggles with this ongoing sin and wonders if he may end up in the Lake of Fire. (Yes, “liar, liar, pants on fire” did come to mind!).
In this video clip, I share with Michael that it’s one thing to lie, but it’s another thing to call God a liar when it comes to how forgiven and how saved we really are!
I hope this is an encouragement to you today, no matter what your own struggles may be right now.
Watch me try to put on a Boston accent in this conversation with Trina. Along the way, discover what it means to be “in” the Spirit versus walking “by” the Spirit.
Put to death the members of your body? Mortify them?
What is Colossians 3:5 talking about and how does this fit with our understanding of the believer’s new identity? These were Edgar’s questions when he called in to our radio broadcast.
In this short video clip, I address Edgar’s questions and discuss the true and liberating meaning of Colossians 3:5.
Jamal from Florida called to ask for my thoughts on…
- altar calls
- and rededications
In this video clip, I discuss these three modern-day church practices and how we might see them through a new covenant lens.
Michael called in to our radio program to ask about the difference between relationship with the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and relationship with Him in the New Testament.
In this short video clip, I share some thoughts on why the new covenant changes the way that we relate to God’s Spirit every day.
I hope this is an encouragement to you as you experience the ever-present counsel and comfort of the Spirit of Christ.
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.