“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Marvin called in to our radio program to ask about this passage, as it is often quoted in reference to Christians in the United States.
In this short video clip, I share my thoughts with Marvin about the true context of this passage.
I hope it encourages you and brings some clarity concerning God’s agenda in the world today.
In the book of Acts, we read that Ananias and Sapphira lied about money. Then, hours later, they were both dead.
Were they believers? Did God kill them? Might He kill us if we have ever lied? How do we understand the events surrounding Ananias and Sapphira from a grace perspective?
Paulie from Oregon called in to our radio ministry to ask these questions.
In this short video clip, I address Paulie’s concerns and this very controversial passage.
In John 13, we see Jesus demonstrating what it means to serve others as he washes the disciples’ feet.
But in reading this passage, some conclude that the foot-washing event was about forgiveness.
So are we mostly forgiven but still in need of a “daily touch-up”? What did Jesus mean by “you are clean but not all of you”?
This was Stacey’s question when she called in to our radio program. In this short video clip, I address Stacey’s question and discuss Jesus’ real intent.
Bill from South Dakota called in to our radio ministry to ask about “the sinner’s prayer” and the narrow gate of salvation.
In this short video clip, I address the origins of “the sinner’s prayer” and whether or not it can be a helpful tool.
I also discuss what makes the gate to salvation so narrow and why so many world religions miss it.
Does all of Scripture have the same audience and purpose and context? Of course not!
Brett called our radio program to ask how we should view the Old Testament in light of God‘s grace.
In this short video clip, I addressed Brett’s question.
I also discussed how all Scripture is inspired yet we need to have discernment as we live under a new covenant that has changed everything.
A number of times in the Gospels, we read that we can ask anything in Jesus’ name and it will be given. Still, in our experience, this doesn’t seem to always work out.
Mike called in to our radio program to ask what it means to ask in Jesus’ name and how we should view unanswered prayer.
In this short video clip, I address Mike’s question. I hope it is an encouragement to you today!
Mike from California called in to our radio program to ask about the difference between the old self and the flesh and how we Christians can avoid a schizophrenic Christianity.
In this short video clip, I address Mike’s question and give a simple explanation of what the flesh is and share the good news about who we are!
In Luke 9:23, Jesus tells the crowd to “take up their cross daily.”
But the word “daily” is not found in many reputable manuscripts. Also, it is not found in the parallel teachings of Jesus that we see in Matthew 16:24 and Mark 8:34.
So do we need to kill our “selves” spiritually every day? This was Cynthia’s question when she wrote in to our ministry.
In this short video clip, I address Cynthia’s question and discuss what it means that we can now “count ourselves alive to God” instead of trying to die every day.
Jesus said the opposite of abiding is being “apart” from Him. He also said anyone who does not abide in Him is like a branch that is gathered and burned. Finally, the apostle John writes that anyone who confesses that Jesus is the Son of God abides in Him.
It sounds like abiding is a pretty black-and-white thing. Still, so many have turned abiding into a work or a walk. But is abiding a moment by moment decision we must make? Or is it something that we already do?
In this short video clip, I address these questions and share the truth about abiding.
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a man was caught up to the third heaven. (2 Corinthians 12:2)
So are there three heavens? Levels of heaven? This was Kris’s question when she called in to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I answer the question and offer some insight on the meaning of the phrase “third heaven.”
In Matthew 28, Jesus says to “go therefore and make disciples” and teach them to observe “all that I commanded you.”
So how can we say that the harsh things Jesus taught are Law-oriented and not intended to bind up believers today?
This was Jenny’s question when she called in to our radio program, and in this short video clip, I address her concern.
Will Christians face a second and separate judgment event?
This was Jen’s question when she called in to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I share my thoughts on God‘s judgment.
I hope it brings both clarity and confidence to you as you watch it.
In 2 Peter, we read that it is possible that some might “fall from [their] own steadfastness” and their “last state has become worse for them than the first.”
Carla called in from Georgia to ask about these two challenging statements and how we might view them in light of the security we have in Christ.
In this short video clip, I address Carla’s important questions. I hope this serves as another encouraging reminder that we’ve been called to a brand new way of finding fulfillment.
Matthew 5 and 6 present us with the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer. Both of these contain teachings that are not merely difficult but impossible:
Cut off your hand in your fight against sin?
Pluck out your eye too?
Get right with others before giving your sacrifice on the altar?
You’ll be answerable to the Sanhedrin?
In danger of the fires of Hell?
Don’t be like the Gentiles?
Be perfect like God?
Not forgiven unless you forgive others first?
This passage of Scripture is filled with glaring evidence that there is a unique context and intended audience for Jesus’ teachings here.
Jen from Washington called in to our radio program to ask about how we should view these harsh teachings of Jesus in light of God’s new covenant grace.
In this short clip, I address this very important question.
What I share here can impact the way you view God, the way you read your Bible, and the way you see yourself in relationship to the Law.
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“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16b)
Who is righteous? Are some more righteous than others? So then are some believers’ prayers more effective?
These were Dieter’s questions when he called our radio program. In this short clip, I discuss the true meaning of James 5 and why it can give all of us the confidence that God hears us loud and clear.
Mentamir from Ethiopia wrote us to express that she had been struggling for some time with accepting herself, her appearance, and her life. She was afraid this negativity would bleed over into her relationship with God too.
In this short clip, I share some words of encouragement with Mentamir.
I hope these words are an encouragement to all of us to choose each day to ignore the Accuser and instead fix our attention on what God says is really true about us.
There’s a lot of talk in the Christian world today about generational curses. And some say that the sins of our ancestors can bring down curses upon us. Then they usually suggest a series of prayers or a process of “reclaiming spiritual territory” to break free from these generational curses.
Is there any truth to these claims about generational curses? Doesn’t the Bible tell us that there is no condemnation for us who are in Christ and that the evil one cannot touch us?
Shelby called in to our radio program to ask about generational curses now that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and have new life in Him. And here’s the short video clip on the topic.
I pray that this serves to further solidify your confidence in all that God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 6 is an important warning to each of us, because it signals just how crucial it is for each person to hear, believe, and respond to the Gospel message.
While some have twisted the meaning of Hebrews 6 into the erroneous idea that believers can lose their salvation, the context and terminology used reveal an altogether different meaning.
Cecil called in to our radio program to ask about Hebrews 6 and where this challenging passage fits into a solid understanding of God’s grace.
I hope this short video clip is an encouragement to you today, and again, Happy New Year!
This time of year, many of us may think about gift-giving and gift-receiving. So it’s not a bad time to think about the spiritual gifts that God has given to edify His church!
But are spiritual gifts still around today or have they ceased? And if they still exist today, how should we view gifts such as prophesy and tongues, for example?
Chris from Buffalo, New York called in to our radio program to ask about spiritual gifts in the modern day.
In this short video clip, I share my thoughts in response to Chris’ question. I hope it is helpful to you as you think about your own view of spiritual gifts in the church today.
“God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6)
Heidi called in to our radio program to ask about this passage.
What does it mean that “God gives grace to the humble”? And how can we really know if we have the attitude that God desires to see in us?
In this short clip, I address Heidi’s question on grace and humility.
Jesus invites us to a spiritual life that He described as “easy and light”, and then He said that we would find “rest for our souls.” And Hebrews tells us that there is a rest for the people of God that will enable us to rest from our works.
This rest has got to be real.
So how can the Christian life really be restful? What does resting in Christ even mean?
These were the questions that one caller asked when he phoned in to our radio program.
In this short video clip, I discuss the meaning of “resting in Christ” and how we can very easily start resting today.
We often hear things like “Christians need to fear God” and that we need to work out our salvation with “fear and trembling.”
But what does it really mean to fear the Lord? This was Jeanette’s question when she called in to our radio program.
In this short radio clip, I discuss the true meaning of “fearing God” in light of the fact that God is not the author of fear.
How can I know that I am truly saved? This was Robert’s question when he called into the radio program. And it is a question that all of us should ask at one time or another in our lives.
In this short video clip, I discuss the difference between putting confidence in our “story” versus putting confidence in Another.
For the many of us who do not have a dramatic story of how we came to faith in Christ, I hope this is an encouragement.
We have been saved spiritually by new birth in God’s Spirit.
We are being saved from old attitudes by the renewing of the mind.
We will be saved physically by new resurrection bodies.
These are the so-called “three tenses of salvation.”
Maybe you’ve heard something like this before. And there is certainly a great deal of truth in framing things this way. Nevertheless, many still remain confused about the idea of “progressive sanctification’” and how that does or does not fit into the picture.
This was Kathy’s question when she emailed our ministry. In this short video clip, I address the three tenses of salvation and the idea of progressive sanctification.
I hope it is helpful to you today as you think through all that God has done for you and all that God is doing in and through you!
We hear so much on the Christian airwaves about spiritual warfare and struggle with demonic forces, that sometimes it is hard to discern the truth. Some even claim that if we experience any habitual sinning, we are not really saved!
Wesley called in to our radio program to ask about ongoing struggles, spiritual warfare, and what a believer can practically do in the midst of “combat.”
In this video clip, I address Wesley’s concerns and talk about spiritual battles from a new covenant Grace perspective.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today!
Star from Trinidad called in to ask what Peter meant when he said we should make sure about our calling and election.
In this short video clip, I address Star’s concern about this difficult passage.
I hope it is an encouragement to you today that Christ indeed lives in you and that you have been privileged to bear the fruit of His Spirit.
Access? Tap into? Lay hold of?
In the Christian world, we often hear these sort of terms used with regard to experiencing God’s strength in our lives.
But these terms seem to imply that God’s strength lies outside of us and we must somehow “get” it.
The truth, however, is much simpler than all of that. In this short video, I discuss the truth about God’s strength with a caller named Kimberly.
I hope this an encouraging reminder to you today that in Christ you already have everything you need.
Some claim that God puts a hedge of protection around Christians, and at times He may then remove that protection, yanking the hedge away as some sort of test.
This was David’s question when he wrote us an email, wondering if God sometimes revokes His protective presence from believers.
In this short video clip, I address this important question: First, is there a protective hedge, and second, is it sometimes removed to teach us a lesson?
500 years ago, the Protestant Reformation began. Still, today there is so much religious jargon and legalistic practice that we need to keep on protesting.
Recently, Brian wrote us to ask about the meaning of Hebrews 13, a chapter that encourages us to step outside the walls of man-made religion and honor Jesus Christ- the renegade, the table turner.
On the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it is appropriate that we share this short video clip responding to Brian’s question as a reminder to all that there is still much to protest as we celebrate the fullness of God’s grace.