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Check Off Points for a Good Church 01/10/10

What makes a good church? The pastor? The music? The youth program? Paul gives us his own checklist in Romans, and it’s not what you might expect. Is your church full of goodness? Are the people filled with knowledge? Do they teach and learn from one another? Let’s take a look at what makes a good church according to Paul.

Romans 15:14

Broadcast Archive

A Prophecy of the Resurrection 05/21/17

Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll take a closer look at Psalm 16, where David doesn’t just trust God to provide for his daily needs, or to protect him from his enemies. He’s counting on God for future restoration. What do you suppose that picture of restoration looks like for David, and what does it mean for us?

A Man After God's Heart 05/14/17

Who is worthy in the eyes of God? What are some of the characteristics of a righteous man? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll explore the answers to these questions posed by David to God, as we continue in our study of the Psalms.

Ship of Fools 05/07/17

Fools just never seem to learn, do they? In Psalm 14, David is surrounded by fools who say, “There is no God.” Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll listen to what David thinks about such fools and, more importantly, what God thinks of them.

How Long? How Long? 04/30/17

How long? How long? Psalm 13 opens with David feeling abandoned by man and God, wondering when God will remember him, turn to him and rescue him. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll continue our study of the Psalms, learning how David moves beyond his circumstances to a quiet trust in God.

False Words or Faithful Words 04/23/17

Words are important. Words matter. They can be used to build up, or to tear down. Words can be a blessing, or a curse. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll listen in Psalm 12 as David pleads with God to deal with those around him who use their words to boast, lie, cheat, distort and destroy the truth.

A Question For Easter Sunday 04/16/17

Was that really necessary?! When the risen Christ encountered some of his disciples, they were in disbelief. They weren’t looking for a risen savior, someone to release them from the grips of sin. They were simply looking for someone to rescue them from Roman rule. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll explore how Jesus posed a question, then revealed to his followers a much bigger, more astonishing picture of redemption than anyone could have ever imagined!

Would Not! Why Not? 04/09/17

Easter is a powerful reminder that we have a God who was willing to sacrifice everything for us. And it also sheds light on our own unwillingness to submit everything to Him. Join us this week on The Bible Study Hour, as we study the reality of the historic Palm Sunday account. Dr. Boice will pose the question, “How can something free come at such a high cost?”

What Can the Righteous Do? 04/02/17

When everything around us seems to be crumbling and breaking down, we can rest in the fact that our ultimate security does not depend on human institutions. Join us next week for a message from Psalm chapter 11, when Dr. Boice will challenge us to live a counter-cultural life that is aligned with God’s standards, though it may often be at odds with the world all around us.

Practical Atheism 03/26/17

As believers, we live with our eyes upon the eternal, but we still have to function now in a world that is wicked at its core. So, how should we respond to the injustices we observe and battle with every day? This week on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will encourage us to intercede now, plead with God for justice continually, and then rest in the fact that judgement is surely coming.

Praise the Lord! 03/19/17

If our worship comes with a set of stipulations for God, then the reality is that it’s not true worship. In fact, total surrender is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian life. This week on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will remind us that embracing the truth of the Gospel fills us with joy in our salvation. Heartfelt praise is simply the natural overflow of a restored life!

Our God, Our Glory 03/12/17

The human body is an amazing and complex combination of bones, muscles, nerves, organs and so on. But we are certainly more than our physical composition. We’re both body and soul, and we’re designed to reflect the image of our Creator. This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll take a look at Psalm chapter 8 to answer the ultimate question: What is our destiny?

Cry Justice! 03/05/17

This coming week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll continue our series through Psalms with a message entitled, “Cry Justice!” As believers, we’re called to stand for what is right, integral, honest and fair. But before we can plead for, or administer, earthly justice, we must first be made right before God by Heaven’s standards. Be sure to join us as we learn together from Psalm chapter 7.

A Psalm of Repentance 02/26/17

Psalm chapter 6 describes David, a great king and man after God’s own heart, stuck in a place of utter hopelessness and despair. Join us this week for The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice. We’ll discuss the complex issue of depression and discover that this modern psychological hot topic is really not so modern after all. In fact, depression is as old as sin itself.

A Prayer for Coming to God's House 02/19/17

Formality was never a requirement that God imposed on our prayer time. But he does command us to seek Him earnestly and with persistence. If you’ve ever wondered if there is a right or wrong way to pray, you won’t want to miss this week’s broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice. We’ll learn that we must always approach God on the basis of his sacrifice - and not our own merit.

An Evening Psalm 02/12/17

This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll witness King David, in the depths of his despair, pleading with God simultaneously for both forgiveness and vindication. His prayer is sincere and defenseless as he presents his case to the ultimate Judge. Tune in to find out how, by the end of Psalm 4, David has found peace in the midst of adversity and rest in knowing that God hears his cry.

New Day Dawning: A Morning Psalm 02/05/17

The historical context behind Psalm chapter 3 points us to a time of crisis and betrayal in the life of King David. We’ll learn that there’s only one tried and true method for finding peace in the midst of life’s challenges. And we’ll be reminded that, like David, we’re each in need of the kind of deliverance that only God can provide.

The Wrong Path and Its Consequences 01/29/17

Lying, cheating, lust, envy. Sin takes different forms, but it can all be traced back to one, common cause- the rejection of Christ’s kingship. On The Bible Study Hour, we’ll study Psalm chapter 2 - a complex passage with a mysterious purpose. Join us as Dr. Boice explains how we each have an important role to play in proclaiming Christ as King.

The Fast Lane or the Right Path 01/22/17

According to God’s Word, our lives are all headed down one of two, distinct paths. And the one we’re on not only determines our final destination, but also the quality of our journey. Tune in for The Bible Study Hour this week as Dr. Boice teaches from Psalm chapter 1 to unpack this powerful analogy and to remind us that the path we choose will truly make all the difference.

Jesus and Pilate: God in the Dock 01/15/17

In a message entitled, “Jesus and Pilate: God in the Dock,” Dr. Boice explains how an innocent man stood trial before two of the most impressive legal systems in history, and came out with a death sentence. Tune in for this week’s broadcast of The Bible Study Hour to learn what Scripture has to teach us about a current political hot topic: the separation of church and state.

Jesus and Judas: The Heart of a Bad Man 01/08/17

As one of the twelve disciples, he knew Jesus personally and saw miracles first hand. And then, after three years of traveling with Jesus and ministering in his name, he betrayed his Lord and friend in the most significant act of treachery ever committed. This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll learn more about the person of Judas and his role in in Christ’s arrest and execution.

Jesus and Mary: The Heart of a Woman 01/01/17

In a message that will challenge us to consider how and where we spend our time, Dr. Boice will walk us through the final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. We’ll find that although the disciples were confused about Jesus’ intention to go to the cross, Mary understood exactly what was coming. On The Bible Study Hour we’ll find out why this one woman had special insight.

The Birth of Jesus Seen Through Ancient Eyes 12/25/16

When we, like Mary, face what seem to be insurmountable odds, do we believe in faith that all things are possible with God? This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice as we take a fresh look at the famous Christmas story - this time through the unique perspective of those who were involved first hand.

Getting Ready for Christmas 12/18/16

We tend to think of the Christmas story as being about the birth of baby Jesus, and, of course, it is. But this week on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will argue that the story actually starts with another character - an obscure preacher, who was said to have “prepared the way for Jesus.” Tune in to find out how 3 themes of John the Baptist’s ministry can help us to prepare for this Christmas season.

Jesus and the Money Changers: Cash and Carry 12/11/16

It’s a story that involves the corruption of a holy place, Jesus’ righteous indignation, and God’s disregard for empty religiosity. Join us this week for The Bible Study Hour, as Dr. Boice will teach from Jesus’ encounter with the money changers. We’ll learn how that rowdy scene represented a critical point in Jesus’ ministry - and we’ll discover what in the world it had to do with a withered fig tree!

Jesus and the Rich Young Man: What's in It for Us? 12/04/16

Is it wrong to have material wealth? Is prosperity an indication of God’s blessing? Do our possessions say something about our own sin and greed? Christians have long been raising, debating and disagreeing on the answers to these questions. This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll take a look at Jesus’ encounter with a rich man, who didn’t know the blessing he was missing.

Jesus and Peter: All About Rocks 11/27/16

This week on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach from a passage that has raised questions, created traditions, and produced some of church history’s most fundamental controversies. The text itself contains a simple confession from one of Jesus’ disciples, but the truth it conveys has deep and lasting significance for us, even today. Be sure to tune in for our upcoming broadcast to find out more!

How to Give Thanks Well 11/20/16

Giving thanks should look a lot like what we naturally do when we see a movie we like or when we try a new, great restaurant. We tell all of our friends about it, of course! And if those simple, material pleasures of life can move us to praise, how much more should we be raving about God’s goodness? Join us this week for a special Thanksgiving message on The Bible Study Hour.

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman: Emily Post was Shocked 11/13/16

If you’ve ever wondered if God could really love you in spite of your sin, you’ll be relieved to know that Jesus made a habit of surrounding himself with sinful people. In fact, he came to address our need for forgiveness, not to avoid it. Tune in to The Bible Study Hour this week when Dr. Boice will use the story of one, persistent Canaanite woman to remind us of our own profound need for mercy.

Jesus and the Five Thousand: People Everywhere 11/06/16

In this message we’ll take a close look at an incredible miracle involving mass impact, but also a very personal learning opportunity for the disciples. Join us as we witness the very first missionary sending ever recorded. And we’ll discover that God’s priority list always involves caring for people’s needs - both physical and spiritual.

Jesus and Matthew: The Sinner's Friend 10/30/16

This New Testament writer went from what was considered a sinful professional career to full time disciple of Jesus - all in a moment of heartfelt obedience. On the next broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn how Matthew’s story reveals a pattern for the kind of people God calls. You might be surprised to learn that He tends to prefer the weak and unqualified. Tune in to find out why!

Jesus and the Paralyzed Man: Outrageous 10/23/16

Just like any good doctor knows that addressing the symptoms doesn’t provide a solution for the underlying cause of a physical condition, Jesus knew that spiritual health had to begin with a discussion about sin - the root of the problem. This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll witness the extraordinary love of true friends and we’ll learn that salvation without forgiveness is no salvation at all.

Jesus and the Demoniacs: Pigs or People? 10/16/16

When Jesus meets two demon possessed men in what seems like a scene from a Hollywood horror flick, the encounter is life altering for all involved. In a powerful display of both compassion and authority, Jesus delivers the men and leaves us with practical implications for how we are to view our material possessions.

Jesus and The Centurion: Even Jesus was Surprised 10/09/16

The New Testament contains countless stories of onlookers, filled with awe at Jesus’ various miracles. But Matthew chapter 8 describes one, incredible account of a moment when Jesus himself was caught in amazement! Tune in this week to The Bible Study Hour as we begin a new series and discover why Dr. Boice calls personal interactions with Jesus, “encounters of the fourth kind.”

Heaven 10/02/16

We can plan for our immediate future and we can contemplate our earthly calling, but as believers, we can’t talk about our ultimate destiny without talking about Heaven. This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn all about the “New Jerusalem” - a city that is defined by God’s presence, characterized by peace, and secured by the same one who grants us access to it - Christ himself!

The Greatest of These 09/25/16

We can be knowledgeable, eloquent, wise and charitable, but the true measure of our spiritual state is not determined by any of these impressive characteristics. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will offer us a simple, two question test that can identify the mark of any true believer. Let’s continue our series on “Great Chapters of the Bible” with a look into 1 Corinthians 13.

The Beatitudes 09/18/16

If you’ve ever read through Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, you may have wondered why God would ever want us to be poor, sad and weak. On today’s broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that while the “Beatitudes” are well known among Christians, they are also frequently misunderstood. We’re about to find out what kind of attributes truly characterize a Christian life.

Last Will & Testament 09/11/16

The disciples were confused and disheartened when Jesus announced his impending death as they sat around the Passover table. But along with that announcement, he gave them a promise of extraordinary hope and victory. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll discover that the key to understanding life and knowing God is contained in Jesus’ words in John chapter 14.

If God Be for Us 09/04/16

Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll look at a passage that delivers great news by unpacking an important sequence of events that began in eternity past. And we’ll learn what our belief in the hope of the gospel today has to do with Joshua and Caleb’s mission into the promise land all those years ago. Thanks for joining us for this powerful, practical study of Romans 8.

The Heart of the Bible 08/28/16

In an impressively rich, yet condensed presentation of Christian theology, one single chapter of Romans sums up the entire gospel. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach on this incredible chapter, which he refers to as the very “heart of the Bible.” We’ll get a theology lesson and learn why trying to earn salvation is like attempting to pay for groceries with monopoly money.

The Two Ways 08/21/16

Consequences. Judgment. Accountability. It’s no secret that these aren’t especially popular terms in our modern age of tolerance. But the Bible isn’t shy about our what God requires of us - and it’s a calling that comes with instructions, standards, and a metaphorically narrow path. Thanks for tuning into The Bible Study Hour today as Dr. Boice unpacks the Biblical secret to the “good life.”

The Birth of the Savior 08/14/16

December’s not the only good time to remember the birth of our Savior. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll consider how a lowly stable became a holy place in an amazing story, full of wonder and paradox. We’re about to find out the best way to celebrate the most famous birthday in the history of the world, as we study the narrative contained in Luke chapter 2!

God My Shepherd 08/07/16

If you’ve ever suffered though a trying time, then you can probably relate to David’s description of the “valley of the shadow of death” in Psalm 23. But even during those times when we feel most threatened, there are four essential things that we will never be without. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will walk us through the important promises packed into that famous Psalm!

The Suffering Servant 07/31/16

Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’re kicking off a new series entitled, “Great Chapters of the Bible.” Thanks for joining as we take a look at Isaiah 53 - a powerful prophecy concerning an unlikely Messiah. Dr. Boice will help us study the chapter with a five part assessment and we’ll find out why theologian, Karl Barth, claimed that the most important word in the entire Bible is a preposition.

Christ With Us Always 07/24/16

Personal goals, family commitments and work deadlines are certainly important responsibilities of this life. But as believers, there is one, primary task that demands our full attention. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll wrap up our current series on Christian discipleship with a message to remind us of our great call to go and make disciples!

Present Blessings, Plus Persecutions 07/17/16

The world teaches that the most important things about us are our ambitions, our opinions, and of course, our possessions. But God calls us to a different kind of identity - one that requires that we come to him with empty hands, trusting the promise that He will bless us abundantly!

The Happy Christian 07/10/16

There’s a significant difference between hungering and thirsting for righteousness and striving to fulfill our own desires. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will reference the Sermon on the Mount as an ultimate guide for finding lasting happiness. If you’ve ever longed to live above your circumstances and find the secret to true contentment, you’ve tuned in at just the right time!

No Turning Back 07/03/16

We’ve all heard the phrase, “there’s no if, and or but about it” and that’s exactly how we need to think about Christian discipleship. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that no excuse is a legitimate excuse for avoiding obedience to God’s call. And once we’re redeemed, there’s no turning back! Listen in to find out how Dr. Boice uses an obscure Old Testament character to make his point.

New Relationships 06/26/16

Are we truly prepared to follow Christ at any cost? Are we willing to bear pain for his sake? These questions become more than hypothetical when something as personal and precious as a family relationship is on the line. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will explain how even the God-ordained institution of the family must be placed in submission to the call of Christ.

Counting the Cost 06/19/16

The gospel message is a simple one and we shouldn’t try to complicate it. But while it may be simple to understand, it’s far from easy to accept. Truly embracing the cross of Christ requires repentance and demands our full allegiance. Today, on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that while the costs may be great, discipleship yields the greatest blessing of all - peace with God!

"But Is He With Us?" 06/12/16

We categorize people by age, gender, nationality, and socioeconomic status. And within the church, we even separate ourselves between denominations. With so many ways to distinguish and divide, how can we identify those who are truly unified as believers? Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will help us answer two important questions in our search for unity in the body of Christ.

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