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The Living Water

We all understand the importance of water for survival. In fact, next to air, water is the most important substance for life. … read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

I Am the Good Shepherd

Many Americans will never forget the newscast from Washington, D.C., after an Air Florida plane crashed into the Potomac River in 1982. Millions… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

I Am the Door

At the turn of the twentieth century, Sir George Adam Smith, a prominent British visitor to the Syrian hills, watched with fascination one evening as… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Boast in Christ Alone

In a million lifetimes, we cannot do anything for our salvation—it is God’s gift, totally undeserved. This is why no one can brag or… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Where Your Treasure Is

The rich man had allowed his wealth to create a false sense of security and self-sufficiency (see Matthew 19:16-30). He relied on his money more than… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Your Internal Compass

There is tension afoot in our world today. Really, it has existed from the moment mankind sinned in the Garden of Eden. This tension develops from… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

The Spirit of the Law

Some people say that the natural response to salvation by grace alone is something like this: “Now that I am saved by grace, I can break every… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Running from God

Adam and Eve owned up to their sin, and they regretted the break in their relationship with God. However, this was not true for their son Cain. … read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Surprised by Grace

The very first lesson in history on grace was the animal sacrificed to atone for Adam and Eve’s sin—here the innocent first died for the… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

God’s Grace Was in the Beginning

Grace has been defined as the second chance we did not expect. … read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Saved from Drowning

A group of young men was meeting by a river. During their usual horseplay, one of the men fell into the water. Immediately, this fellow began to… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Blessed Are the Scorned

Jesus closes His beatitudes with a double blessing: “Blessed . . . blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness” (see Matthew… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Blessed Are the Bridge Builders

Our culture’s idea of peace is but a shadow of God’s peace. The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, does not mean merely the absence of war,… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Blessed Are the Undivided

“The heart knows what it wants,” culture says, excusing the flighty, selfish choices people so often make. But when Jesus speaks of the… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Blessed Are the Conduits of Mercy

It is no more natural today to exercise mercy than 2,000 years ago when Jesus pronounced these magnificent words. In Roman society, mercy indicated… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Blessed Are the Spiritually Hungry

A person suffering from starvation or dehydration can think of nothing else but to find food or water. Hunger and thirst are God-given sensations… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Blessed Are Those Who Die to Self

When someone is meek, society says they must be weak, indecisive, or timid—maybe even spineless and cowardly. And so, in our culture, the meek… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Happy Are the Unhappy

This second beatitude is perhaps the most paradoxical. Jesus appears to say, “Happy are the unhappy.” But Jesus’ view of happiness… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

Blessed Are the Spiritually Bankrupt

Nowhere is Jesus’ countercultural message clearer than in His Sermon on the Mount. He directly confronts the secular world’s values with… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

The End-Times Paradox

The Bible encourages us to study its prophetic passages—but the Bible also warns us not to become obsessed with predicting the dates and times.… read more
Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D. Leading the Way

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