While it's true that sometimes the 'walls of Jericho' come down when we merely shout, but most often there are no short-cuts, and our battles need to be fought in the ordinary way. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice assures us that whether the battle is miraculous or ordinary, the key to victory is one and the same.
"When we go our own way - rather than God's way - God makes sure we never get where we're going. He walls us in." On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains these words and how, by walling us in, God opens a door of hope for this life and for all eternity.
Genocide. It's an ugly word and an awful thing. But it’s exactly what we read in the book of Joshua. How is it possible that a good and loving God would direct his people to do such a thing? Join us on The Bible Study Hour, when Dr. James Boice tackles this moral dilemma.
Who comes to mind when you hear the words 'ancient military genius'? Napoleon? Attila the Hun? Caesar? Alexander the Great? What about Joshua? On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice explains the surprising secret to Joshua's stunning success as a military conqueror.
It is simply true that one lonely, weak, and trembling Christian against a human army is stronger than anything else if the armies of the Lord are on his side. It was true for Joshua and it is true today. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice talks about God as Divine Commander.
Joshua's army was poised for the immediate invasion of Jericho. Their enemies were filled with terror and dread. But at the last moment, the invaders pause, not for military strategy or a call to arms, but to be circumcised and observe the Passover. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains the sacraments - both old and new.
Pyramids, obelisks, sculptures and gravestones all serve to focus our memories on a person or event from the past. We need memorials. They help us remember important things in our history. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about memorials to the power of God - memorials we can see right now.
The Ark of the Covenant has always been an object of fascination, but this mysterious box is far more than a sought-after archeological relic. The Ark is symbolic of the presence, judgement, and mercy of the Living God. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the Ark and the unchangeable nature of God.
Can a heroine emerge from a brothel in a vile, pagan city? Rahab the prostitute had absolutely nothing going for her... except enough faith in the True God to stand alone against her entire culture! On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice tells the story of "Rahab Contra Mundum," it means "Rahab Against the World."
Leadership is not easy. Even great leaders can feel inadequate and afraid. This seems to have been true for Joshua. Four times God told him to be strong and courageous as he took command of the people and prepared to launch an invasion. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice teaches on the four ingredients of a great leader.
Who succeeded Abraham Lincoln? Who followed after Winston Churchill? We often overlook those that follow the great ones of history. Moses was followed by an often overlooked, but brilliant hero of the faith - Joshua. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will launch a new series entitled "Joshua: We Will Serve the Lord."
If you have heard it and received it and by the grace of God believed it, the Gospel is not something to hold as a treasure just for yourself, but something to share with others. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice inspires us to spread the Gospel to a dying world. This is The Great Commission.
If it's a real resurrection, it's a real body. And it is only the resurrection of a real body that amounts to anything at all. Today on the Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will dismantle the hazy notions of the resurrection, and display a resurrection worth believing in... and even dying for.
The tomb was sealed; the guards were posted; the barricades were placed. Both the chief priests and Pharisees were determined that there would be no resurrection of the dead man Jesus. We study the life, death, and resurrection of Christ - but why not the burial? Does it hold meaning for us? Dr. James Boice will take us, as keen observers, to the burial of Christ.
Five miracles surrounded one of the pivotal moments in human history - darkness, an earthquake, a great tearing, the dead walking, and the unlikely cry of a Roman soldier. Today, on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain the unearthly events that attended the death of Christ.
Golgotha was a grim place. It was a place of crucifixion, skulls, blood and death. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will take us through the story of King Jesus’ execution at Golgotha, and he’ll help us see past these gruesome images to the great hope it brings to us all.
Pilate wasn't a follower of Jesus. He wished only to remain neutral, and innocent of Christ's blood. But he couldn't remain neutral... and neither should we. Coming up on the Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice will explain Pilate's unfortunate failure in the courtroom, where he was far from neutral and farther from innocent. In a moment of great conflict and crisis, Pilate condemned the Son of God to death. Today, Jesus stands before each of us every bit as much as he stood before Pilate long ago. Is He the King of Kings, or isn't He?
Judas spent years with Jesus. He heard Christ's teaching firsthand, witnessed his miracles, and saw his perfection. Yet Judas perished miserably in his sin. Coming up on the Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will use the life and death of Judas to teach about true repentance. Remorse and repentance are not the same thing. Remorse involves only regret and guilt, and even Judas felt it. Repentance is something more... repentance leads from death to life.
The great Apostle Peter, founding father of the early church, bold and zealous disciple, swore repeatedly that he had nothing to do with Jesus! That he did not even know him! During this broadcast of the Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will help us see the 'Peter' in us all. Like Peter, we will fall, but we will only fall temporarily. Like him, true believers will rise and follow Christ again.
The trial of Jesus Christ before Jewish authorities was a travesty- complete with mockers, haters, liars, and ruffians. It is, nevertheless, indisputably in the past. Today on the Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will unravel the the seedy web of characters and motives from that distant trial, finally pulling its relevance forward to today with one question...What will you do with Jesus? Join us now for the Bible Study Hour.
Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll ask the question, “If Jesus had the power to avoid the cross, why didn’t he?” And we’ll find that the answer is all about obedience. In a world where decisions are made primarily on the basis of whatever is convenient and whatever feels good at the time, we have a lot to learn from Jesus’ sacrificial submission to His Father’s will.
Theologians may debate about the details and minor points of specific church doctrine, but at the core of the Christian faith, there is one central truth that validates all the rest. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll identify this one, powerful reality…and we’ll discover why it’s the basis for our entire belief system - and the reason we celebrate Easer.
Our human nature is quick to question and slow to believe. Cynicism is indeed our default mode, which explains why we say things like “it’s just too good to be true.” In fact, it’s also exactly how “Doubting Thomas” got his name! On today’s broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll prepare our hearts for Easter as we discover how love came to the rescue on the day that faith died.
At Christmas we celebrate Christ, born as a baby. And the miracle of Easter is that He rose from the grave. But in between these events, the Son of God lived a very human life – one full of common experiences like exhaustion, hunger, temptation and even sorrow. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll find Jesus, desperate and alone, just hours before his arrest.
What is the “new covenant” that is spoken of in Scripture and what did one quiet, simple meal in an upper room have to do with it? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn how, in just a few powerful words spoken over the breaking of break and fellowship with his disciples, Jesus effectively explained the entirety of God’s redemptive plan for mankind.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone who knew Jesus personally could have possibly doubted or denied him. But in this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll learn from the sad story of a man who had the opportunity to travel and eat with Jesus, hear his teaching and experience his miracles first hand... and still chose to betray him - a decision that would cost him his soul.
We often hear the phrase “it’s the little things that count” and today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover how that statement applies to our Christian lives. We’ll find that God doesn’t give us points for building cathedrals, starting charities or making million dollar donations. He simply calls us to live humble lives of obedience. He calls us to be faithful in “the little things.”
When eternity is what’s at stake, it’s dangerous to assume that God approves of us simply because we are pleased with ourselves. On this broadcast of the Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will remind us that being ready for the return of Christ is no passive matter. We’ll find out what two-question test can help us assess the readiness of our own hearts to face the judgment that is surely coming.
It’s true that ultimately, only God knows the condition of each person’s heart. However, Scripture also speaks of fruits of God’s spirit that grow in us and are very visible manifestations of true faith. Join us this week for The Bible Study Hour, when Dr. Boice will make the argument that the way we respond to crisis in this life can be a good indicator about where we’ll stand on judgment day.
In life’s whirlwind of busy activity, we often forget to slow down and remember the reality of eternity. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice helps us truly assess our priorities and start to ask the tough questions. If we’re willing to pay for home insurance, car insurance, life insurance and insurance on our new smart phones, are we willing to consider the eternal security of our souls?
What do the story of Noah’s ark, a report of a residential robbery and the occurrence of a lightning storm have in common? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover the answer. Together, we’ll learn a little about eschatology and a lot about our role and responsibility of living in a temporary world with the great hope of eternity.
We’ve all experienced the heavy grief of tragedy and the panic that comes along with a crisis – because in a sinful world, pain and anxiety are a regular part of the human experience. But Scripture tells us that in spite of these trials, we should “see to it that we are not alarmed.” In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll find out how to rest in God’s plan, even in the midst of apparent chaos.
Every group or club has its criteria for membership, but what is required in order to be part of the Kingdom of God? Is it a seminary degree or a certain number of memorized Scripture verses? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover that God is not impressed with our attempts at being super spiritual. In fact, the sincere Christian life is often far from glamorous.
Even agnostics would agree that Christianity simply cannot exist as one among many supposed truths. The claims of Christ are too definitive and the means of salvation are just too exclusive. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn why, in its very nature, Christianity demands a monopoly on truth and why it requires either full allegiance, or none at all.
Everyone knows that the topics of faith and politics make for complicated and potentially controversial conversation. Scripture says that as Christians, we are to be in the world, but not “of” it. But how do we balance our allegiance to earthly authorities with obedience to our Heavenly Father? Tune in to find out how Jesus answered that question on this week’s broadcast of The Bible Study Hour.
Jesus had a fascinating habit of sharing deep truths through simple stories. In a parable of a generous king and an extravagant wedding feast, we’ll learn about the flimsy excuses that kept the guests from attending what would have been the best event of their lives! And, of course, it all has Gospel significance.
Parents-to-be pour over baby name books and search the Internet for that perfect name for their new little one. Decisions are made based on popularity, a desire to be unique or even purely on meaning. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will reveal the name that has received the most attention throughout history. Tune in to find out what it is - and more importantly, what it means.
“What child is this?” It’s the ultimate question and its answer determines our eternity. These four words are the title of a simple hymn, but they also lay the theological foundation for our faith! In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn how a tiny grammatical detail in the pages of Scripture points to the deity of Christ and helps us answer this all-important question.
The Bible is full of the figurative language of farming activity – everything from sowing seeds and separating chaff from grain, to reaping the resulting harvest. In Matthew chapter 21, we learn that God is also the ultimate fruit inspector. What is the fruit of a true Christian life and what provocative statement does Jesus make concerning the topic?
If hypocrisy is moral bankruptcy, then in God’s economy, true Christians should be rich in the currency of faith. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that God is not impressed with insincere profession and we’ll discover what a fig tree has to teach us about spiritual health and the dangers of “having religion” without being willing to truly obey.
If it’s true that actions speak louder than words, then what happens when professing Christians turn out to be practical materialists? On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover that God sees right through our hypocrisy. He’s not impressed when we speak of Heaven, but live for Earth. And He won’t tolerate the church replacing praise with production.
This broadcast of The Bible Study Hour begins with an event that stirred an entire city and ends as Dr. Boice frames the greatest debate of all time. In this message entitled, “The Triumphal Entry,” we’ll follow Jesus on the road into Jerusalem and we’ll find out what happens when he turns out to be nothing like the warrior king that the Jews expected.
The scene is the road to Jerusalem, the mood is solemn and the dialogue is nothing short of perplexing. Jesus is on his way to die and his disciples are busy wondering who will get the best seat in Heaven. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will continue through the current series in Matthew with a message that will challenge us to rethink our definition of “greatness.”
We’re taught from an early age that more work and harder work usually equals more income and better opportunities. In a parable that makes an important point about the nature of salvation, Jesus turns this concept on it’s head with a scenario that most of us would consider “unfair.” Dr. Boice will unpack the mystery and meaning behind this story.
We can sit around and wonder why some people are called to poverty and others are trusted with riches, but when it comes to living as a true disciple of Christ, we’re all called to do away with anything that keeps us from full obedience to God. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll be encouraged to store up eternal blessings rather than worldly possessions.
The statistics are staggering. The divorce rate among Americans – even among professing Christians – is nearly 50 percent! How should we respond to this cultural crisis when God designed marriage to last a lifetime, yet 1 in every 2 marriages today ends in divorce? On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will share a Biblical perspective on this important topic of marriage.
If there is anyone who should be ready and willing to offer forgiveness, it is the Christian. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll hear a story of debt, mercy, greed and punishment. The parable may have enough drama to feel like a Hollywood movie, but the lesson Jesus teaches by sharing it is one that’s practical and applicable to our everyday lives.
If you grew up going to Sunday school class, you may remember singing a song that proclaimed, “God’s got the whole world in His hands.” Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that those hands also hold each individual believer and that those who belong to God can never be snatched away. Listen in to learn how the parable of the lost sheep can give us a better understanding of salvation.
RC Ryle once said, “The surest mark of any conversion is humility.” On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach from an incident out of Matthew chapter 18, where we’ll get a glimpse into the selfish, prideful thoughts of the disciples and learn how, with a simple change of tone, Jesus completely turns the conversation around to expose the sin in their hearts.
We know that if we don’t eat a balanced diet, we can become vitamin deficient. But we don’t often consider the possibility of becoming faith deficient. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that’s exactly what happens when we don’t cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus. Listen in to find out what mountains and mustard seeds have to do with growing in faith.