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The Lord, He Is God 05/20/12

The existence of God may be argued for, but God is the one who must prove Himself. That means different things for different circumstances. In Elijah’s case it was a supernatural fire initiated by God.

1 Kings 18:30-40

Broadcast Archive

The Pride of Life 03/26/17

Pride is self-serving. It has a long history of inflicting pain on others, and thereby, bringing about the destruction of many relationships. Unfortunately, it is one of the most subtle, and negative dispositions the human heart produces.

God of all Nations 03/19/17

Understanding how God works from both within and from outside world history can be a perplexing issue. It can be so on many levels, philosophically and theologically or practically and experientially. The bottom line is that God is the God of all world history.

Attempt Small Things for God 03/12/17

Who does not want great things or to the opportunity to do great things in this life. The scribe Baruch found out that not everyone is called to a life of social prominence. We too are likely to find that out, but how can we best respond to this likely truth?

The King or the Queen? 03/05/17

Do you believe that everyone was created for worship? What kind of activities do you believe accurately depicts worship? Do you think that you are susceptible to idolatrous worship? If not, why?

A Fatal Mistake 02/26/17

Decision making is something universal within the human experience. How is it that a Christian is supposed to find wisdom and answers in a world that provides so many options? This question is not new to humanity’s situation in the world, but has been around for quite some time.

A Remnant Chosen by Grace 02/19/17

God always provides for his people. In dangerous times, as in times of peace, God gives his people the blessings of the good life. If you belong to God, God will always take care of you. He will provide the work, clothing, home, and food you need to live.

Brands from the Burning 02/12/17

What would the church be like if Christians understood that this post-Christian culture is about to be set aflame by the wrath of God? What would our witness be like if we saw the spiritual condition of unsaved family and friends as it actually is? What if we accepted personal responsibility and helped snatch them from the fire?

A Private Audience 02/05/17

When you suffer, it should not come as a surprise, especially if you suffer for the sake of Christ. However, alongside the pain do you sense His compassion? Do you experience the sympathy of the Holy Spirit to comfort you in grief?

In and Out of the Cistern 01/29/17

News of divine judgment is never pleasing to hear. In the prophet Jeremiah’s day, speaking this message cost him some significant time in a cistern or what we know as a pit. This raises the question of, “How much are we willing to suffer for the sake of staying true to God’s message?”

Benedict Jeremiah? 01/22/17

True followers of Christ are never half-hearted. His real disciples embrace God’s Word and all it teaches. You will not become the pure bride of Christ by flirting with the Gospel. You must listen, believe, and live out the Word of God.

Book Burning 01/15/17

Do you think about why the word of God has power? The pages of scripture reflect the personality and experiences of each of the authors. And the endurance of the Bible attests to remarkable, at times miraculous, preservation. But while Satan works to prevent the production, translation, and proclamation of God’s Word, he completely and utterly fails. That’s because the ultimate author is the Holy Spirit.

Promise Keepers 01/08/17

There is a stark contrast between promise-breaking and promise-keeping. Promise-keeping means keeping your word, no matter what. So with that in mind, when we do make a promise, it should be about something that matters.

The Emancipation Revocation 01/01/17

Breaking a covenant promise is a serious thing. Whether it’s between two friends, a business partner, or our spouse, we’re really breaking a promise to God. When we do that, we bring on God’s rebuke. And when we repent, we gain forgiveness and mercy.

The Failsafe Kingdom 12/25/16

If you were to ask the average person what they think about God – someone at your office, or in your classroom, or a friend in your neighborhood – most likely the word on the street is that God has failed. A quick look around at the very real problems in the world – poverty, war, disease, corruption – all tell a story of decline. And if that was the whole story, we’d likely agree, God has failed. But that’s not the whole story.

While Shepherds Watch Their Flock 12/18/16

The promise of the Old Testament is for a savior. We see it in Genesis, Exodus, and Isaiah. And through the reminder of weddings, thanksgivings, and even farming, it’s also shown to us in the book of Jeremiah.

Pardon for Sin & a Peace that Endureth 12/11/16

Many people just want what they deserve – at least they think they do. Until they stop and examine their good deeds and see that even those acts do not measure up. And if truth be told, what they really deserve is punishment not reward.

Is Anything too Hard for God? 12/04/16

Nothing is too hard for God. He has the power to conquer your sin, save the lost, heal broken relationships, bless your work and your family. But the question is, do you believe it?

Is Anything too Hard for God? 12/04/16

Nothing is too hard for God. He has the power to conquer your sin, save the lost, heal broken relationships, bless your work and your family. But the question is, do you believe it?

Buyer's Market 11/27/16

Jeremiah was a praying prophet. Whenever he had a crisis, when he needed guidance, when he was worried about the future, his soul cried out to the Lord. That is because he knew his God.

The New Covenant 11/20/16

Jeremiah speaks of God making a new covenant with his people…but what exactly is a covenant, and why would God even need to make a new one? More importantly, what does that mean for us?

Rachel, Dry Your Tears 11/13/16

Sorrow is part of life. In fact, Jesus himself said that his followers would face trials, grief, and losses of all sorts. That doesn’t exactly sound like good news, now does it?

Messiah in the City 11/06/16

Have you ever looked at the great cities in our world and thought that they weren’t really that great? Did you ever think that the city was a place where God was not? Well, after today’s lesson, you might change your mind.

And Ransom Captive Israel 10/30/16

We often think of the Old Testament prophets as harbingers of terrible news. But that wasn’t always the case. Sometimes their message of impending judgment was followed by a message of hope.

The Best Made Plans 10/23/16

Do you ever wonder what God is up to? Of course! We all do. But how do we avoid that wonder turning to fear and doubt?

Seek the Peace & Prosperity of the City 10/16/16

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Does this describe you? Are you looking for hope and a future?

A Yoke of Iron 10/09/16

God is a righteous judge, and that means that anyone who doesn’t repent of their sin will be fitted with a yoke of iron! Not exactly the happiest of messages, but it is one the prophet Jeremiah was told to preach.

No Easy Yoke 10/02/16

Does the evening news scare you? Are you afraid of war, terror, or evil governments? Believe it or not, Jeremiah has a lot to teach us about who really is in control of the world powers.

Delivered from Death 09/25/16

Have you ever felt like you were put on trial by your friends or family members because of your faith? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Take from My Hand This Cup 09/18/16

If God offered you a cup of wine, would you drink from it? What if it were the cup of His wrath?

Two Baskets of Figs 09/11/16

In Jeremiah chapter 24, the prophet sees a strange vision: Two Baskets of Figs. One was full of the best figs in the land, and the other wasn’t even fit for dogs to eat.

Lament for a Ministry 09/04/16

We hear people claiming to speak the will of God all the time. But do you know how to identify a false prophet?

The Righteous Branch 08/28/16

We have heard of Jesus as Lord, and even as the Good Shepherd. But what does it mean that He is the Righteous Branch?

Second Honeymoon 08/21/16

Ever wondered what an ancient book like Jeremiah could teach you about marriage? Believe it or not, it can actually teach you the importance of having a Second Honeymoon.

A Royal Disaster 08/14/16

Do you know anyone who plans in waiting until later in life to think about God and spiritual things? Are you like that?

Dark Night of the Soul 08/07/16

Have you ever done what God told you to do, but then doubted Him because what you thought would happen… didn’t? If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Vessels of Wrath 07/31/16

No one can fully understand the ways of God. But does that mean we have the right to question His decisions about whom He saves and whom He destroys?

In the Potter's Hands 07/24/16

Have you ever questioned God for shaping your life the way He has? If He is the potter and we are the clay, then we have the right to do so, don’t we?

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy 07/17/16

Do you sometimes think you have to work seven days a week in order to get ahead? Surely God will understand, right? Not according to the prophet Jeremiah.

Planted Like A Tree 07/10/16

Do you think that people are basically good, they just need a little help to bring them closer to God? Jeremiah found out the hard way whether this statement was true, or not.

Jeremiah, the Pariah 07/03/16

Have you ever felt like your faith made you a social outcast? Well, imagine how Jeremiah felt. He wasn’t even allowed to go to dinner parties.

A Tree Planted by Streams of Water 06/26/16

Have you ever prayed for something and then become frustrated because God didn’t answer you? You’re not alone; even the Old Testament prophets experienced this.

For God's Sake, Do Something! 06/19/16

Our sin should make us weep before the Lord, but have you ever looked at the sins of others and found yourself arguing with God because of them? Jeremiah did.

Corruptio Optima Pessima 06/12/16

Corruptio Optima Pessima: The corruption of the best is the worst. That’s especially true when the people of God turn from him to follow idols.

Paradise Regained 06/05/16

We often think of Jeremiah as the lamenting prophet, but what happens when it is God who does the lamenting?

How Can You Compete with Horses? 05/29/16

Has the daily grind ever worn you out so much that you felt like you didn’t have any strength left to serve God?

Broken Covenant 05/22/16

Have you ever broken a contract with someone? The penalties can be quite severe. But imagine what happens when we break a contract…with God!

This Is Not Your Life 05/15/16

Did you ever ask God why He hasn’t given you all that you deserve in life? Actually, in Christ, we don’t get what we deserve in life, and for that we should be eternally grateful. Confused?

The Scarecrow in the Melon Patch 05/08/16

It is easy to identify an idol if it is made out of stone or wood. But how do you identify idols of the heart? Listen next time, as Dr. Philip Graham Ryken continues his study in Jeremiah by looking at what it teaches us about idolatry.

Something to Boast About 05/01/16

Do you think boasting is wrong? Well, that depends what you are boasting about. Listen next time, as Dr. Philip Graham Ryken discusses something to boast about from the book of Jeremiah.

There Is a Balm in Gilead 04/24/16

Have you ever felt beaten down by sin and sorrow and thought there was no cure for your pain? Have you ever cried out in agony for a balm to heal your wounds? The prophet Jeremiah did, and he received a surprising answer.

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