In a world that is often afraid of what the future holds, how can we, as Christians, look towards the end times? Are we to treat the unknown of the future as the world does? Or is there a better way?
The final judgment is a topic that is not often discussed. Many people have questions about the prophesies Jesus made regarding this important topic. This week we'll discuss the prophesies of Christ regarding the last judgment and how they affect you!
Persecution, suffering and the end times. All of these things can spark unrest or curiosity when we hear of them. But, Jesus in the gospels brings us peace and understanding to what will happen when the world comes to an end.
How do you use your belongings or social status? Do you put them to use for the Kingdom of God, or do you use them to get your own way. This week we discuss the things we have and what we do with them.
Jesus was asked many questions during his life. But occasionally he would ask one or two of his own. He had a riddle for the Pharisees and it wasn’t “Why is six afraid of Seven”! It had significant spiritual meaning. Jesus asked the Pharisees about his own family background.
Is there really a resurrection? How can we be certain? If there is a heaven, how do we get there? Jesus answered these tough questions just before He was about to face His own death.
Can Christians be involved in politics? Are we to obey our government and its laws even when we don’t agree with them? Christ showed both His followers and enemies how they were to respond to political powers.
What the best story you’ve ever heard? Dr. Philip Ryken is going to re-tell one of the greatest stories that Jesus ever told. It insulted his audience and the climax highlights Jesus. But there’s a twist, someone is murdered!
Do you have a passion for the place God has put you? Jesus had a heart for the city God had sent him to—Jerusalem. Jesus loved the city that God sent him to.
Of all the ways that the King of kings could make an entrance into a city, Jesus chose to come on a donkey! Why would Jesus choose such a humble way to make his greatest entry into Jerusalem?
God has given us the ability to do many things for Him. Some people have the ability to give a lot, while others only a little. But no matter how much God has given, are your talents being used for Him?
Is having faith, enough to be saved? Is there anything else that we must do to have a saving relationship with Jesus? The week we learn what Jesus calls us to do when we receive his salvation.
How do we maintain our faith when life circumstances are not the way we’d like them to be? What happens during those times when we think we’re losing our faith? This week we'll discuss the blind beggar who called out for Jesus to heal is sight.
A lot of people talk about giving everything up for Jesus. Do they really mean ‘everything’? What do we get in return for giving up everything for Christ?
How do we get to heaven? Some say it’s by being like a child. Others say it is by giving away all of your money to the poor. What does the Bible really say about how to get to heaven?
It’s often far too easy to compare ourselves to other people. It’s even easier to decide that we are better than others. But this sort of comparison doesn’t help us to become more like Christ. In fact we learn a lot more about ourselves and our sinfulness.
Do you ever feel that no matter how much you pray for something, God never answers? Whether it’s for a relationship, the salvation of a friend, or justice for those who are persecuted, it sometimes feels that God isn’t answering. What does Jesus say about being persistent in our prayers?
There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the end times and the second coming of Christ. But what does the Bible really say about Jesus’ return? Jesus himself spoke about his second coming in the Gospel of Luke, and that’s where we turn to today.
How often do you think “I deserve better than this!”? If you feel that God is not treating you as fairly, as think He should be, continue listening to find out how to give thanks when you aren’t feeling thankful.
How many times have we said to our friends or family “I just can’t forgive you!” We’re often hurt in such a way that it feels impossible to forgive. Today we will be looking at Jesus’ words of guidance on this matter. We will hear how to forgive and how to accept forgiveness.
If you die tonight where will you spend eternity? It’s a standard evangelistic line. Most people respond “well heaven of course” but the fact is many don’t believe in heaven or hell. I hope you can honestly say that you’ll spend eternity with God in heaven.
What happens when you do something wrong and it’s found out. Well you try and make an excuse to justify your actions. Sometimes that works but eventually you’ll get caught and punished for your wrong behavior.
Have you ever gone to the store to buy a friend! I doubt it. But I bet you’ve bought an ice cream cone just to impress a cute girl so that she’d be your friend! Are you using your money and resources for your personal gain? Or are you using your money for spiritual advancement?
Sibling rivals! How often have you heard “Daddy loves me more!” ”No he doesn’t!” and on it goes. The oldest brother in the Prodigal Son was jealous of the love his father showed to his younger brother. But the truth is he didn’t want the love. But we’ll see his father longed to give it to him.
Have you ever loved someone even when it really cost you something, and then kept on loving? Have you ever loved so much that other people thought you a bit strange? That’s how God loves us.
What does a teenage boy, a bunch of money and freedom equal? It equals Trouble! You know how the stories go. If the truth be told we really just want to live the way we want to, wasting away in the pleasures of the sinful world. However we must repent of this desire and come back to Christ!
Are you looking for an excuse to celebrate? The Angels in heaven are. But do you know what brings them joy? It should also bring joy to our hearts. There is nothing greater on this earth an a lost soul coming to salvation.
It may not be flattering to think of ourselves as sheep – they may be cute as lambs, but they’re stupid and often wander. It’s truly comforting to know that Christ is our shepherd. When we wander and got lost, he will come find us and carry us home.
If you want to follow Jesus, you must hate your father and mother, your spouse and even your kids. These words seem not only harsh but they seem to contradict the very commands God has given to us. Yet Jesus said them. Today we’ll be trying to understand what Jesus meant, and how we can follow him.
Sometimes we picture God condemning most people, while only a very few make it into heaven. The parable of the banquet shows us a completely different picture. We see God relentlessly seeking after people to come join his feast.
Have you found yourself stepping on other people in order to get what you want? Maybe it’s for recognition at church, a promotion at work, or a gadget at the store you’re dying to have. Our hearts tell us to push others aside to get what we think we deserve. Jesus shows a very different way for us to live.
If you look around at Christmas time you’ll likely see almost everywhere baby Jesus in a manger. But something is missing, can you think of what it is? In order to fully understand Christmas, another part of Jesus’ story needs to be told. Tune in this week to Every Last Word with Dr. Phil Ryken to hear about the very important connection between the manger and the cross.
It may seem irreverent to compare Jesus to a chicken. But Jesus does in fact describe himself this way. He says he is like a mother hen longing to gather her chicks under her wings. Jesus has so much compassion on his people that he will be stopped by nothing in his mission save his people. Nothing will stop him from advancing the Kingdom of God.
Have you ever found yourself lost without map? The natural thing to do is call someone who has access to one. When they give you directions, would you say they were wrong and that you’re sure there’s a better way? Clearly not! Yet this is often the reaction to Christ’s claim that he is the only way to God.
From its small and seemingly insignificant beginning, who would have suspected that the Kingdom of God would grow and spread across the world? It’s just like when you plant a tiny seed that turns into a huge tree. You may not notice it growing, but it does.
Our natural tendency is to avoid people in need. Whether it’s someone asking for money or a friend in crisis, our automatic response is to get out of the way. And we have good reasons for it. But Jesus walks right into people’s pain and gets his hands dirty, much to the shock of the religious leaders.
Have you ever planted something that didn’t yield any produce? Maybe an apple tree, or a raspberry bush. If it never gave you any fruit, you probably tore it out and put something new in its place. Jesus speaks of us in the same way. If we don’t produce the fruit of repentance, we too will be cut down. Repentance is a matter of life and death. Which will you choose?
Would you be ready if Christ returned tonight? Would you have an answer if tomorrow you had to stand before God? We don’t know when Christ will come for the final judgment. But we must be ready for it. Jesus warns us that he will be coming back soon, and gives us hope that we can put our trust in Him.
“Ready or not, here I come!” These are the works spoken in the child’s game of hide and seek. But one day they will be spoken by Jesus Christ. Those who haven’t hidden themselves in Christ will find out that life is not a game. Our decisions have eternal consequences. How should we be living now to prepare for Christ’s return?
We all know that worrying is useless. It won’t give us more time in our day, and will cause us to work slower. Worrying won’t provide the clothes we need, or our food. Yet for some reason so many of us are addicted to this useless activity. Jesus commands his people not to worry and gives some very good reasons why we shouldn’t.
It seems to be ingrained in us to always want more. We want to get ahead, to make our lives pleasant and comfortable. We want to secure our future, so we prepare for retirement. It’s easy for us to be busy storing up our wealth, forgetting that we are told not to gain treasure here on earth, but rather in heaven.
We hear stories of people in other places and times boldly trusting God and proclaiming his name, even to death. That often seems very far away from the reality of our lives. But we, too, must courageously stand for Christ.
Jesus was not the “nice” guy we often make him out to be. He was notorious for creating uncomfortable situations, and sometimes offended the very people who were feeding him. Today we’ll be looking at one such dinner party. The chances of Jesus staying for dessert at this home are very slim – in fact, his hosts are beginning to cook up a very different plan for him.
When Christians get offended we often call it “righteous anger”. But usually it’s only our personal preferences or sensibilities that have been violated. Today we’ll learn about how to identify hypocrisy in ourselves, and what to do about it.
How often have you heard someone say “if God would just give me a sign, then I would believe in him”? Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. People have been asking for a sign to prove God’s existence for centuries. When skeptics asked Jesus to prove that he was God, he said their only sign would be the sign of Jonah.
It may look great to other people when we clean up our lives and live morally. But self-help methods end up hurting us in the end. The truth is we can’t help ourselves. When we try, we open ourselves to the attacks of the devil who loves to take possession of our souls. What we need is for Jesus Christ to take possession instead.
It’s easy to give up on praying when we don’t see immediate answers. In a culture where instant gratification is the norm, persevering in prayer is a strange concept. But God calls us to continually come before him with boldness. We can have confidence that when we pray according to God’s promises, he will be faithful and delighted to answer them.
Lord, teach us how to pray. The plea that resounds through history started with the disciples. So Jesus taught them. The one who was in constant communication with his Father, showed his disciples how they could have the same relationship.
They say if you want to get something done, give it to someone who’s already busy. Martha was that person. She knew how to get it done, and was great at serving. But somehow in her preparation for Jesus’ visit she forgot the most important thing: the person she was serving.
Everyone knows the story of the Good Samaritan. It shows how we need to be more compassionate to those around us. We need to love others in tangible ways, even across social and religious barriers. But when Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, he wasn’t just trying to inspire us to be better people. There was a lot more to it.