One of the most powerful illustrations of Christian living is found in Isaac's willingness to let his father, Abraham, sacrifice him in obedience to God. From his example we learn the difficult truth that Christianity is all about stepping up to the altar.Â
In Romans 12:1 the Apostle Paul reminds believers that you can't have the glory of the Gospel without the grit of the Gospel. Here is Christianity . . . uncensored.
Job lost his family, his estate, his friends, his health, and his reputation in a matter of hours. But he isn't the only person who suffered in this story. Behind the scenes his wife also lost her kids, her home, her reputation, and her security. Mrs. Job only makes a brief appearance in Job 2:9-10, but it's enough to open our eyes to the silent and lonely pain experienced by secondhand sufferers.
In a matter of thirty-nine seconds, Job lost his money, his possessions, his livestock, and even his children. He is sorrowing over his loss . . . and for good reason. But he is not the only one sorrowing over a loss. Satan, who was convinced that Job would respond to the torment by cursing God, watched in agony as Job fell down on his face and worshiped God instead.
In the quest for answers to life's difficult questions, we discover that the search for strength and security eventually leads us to the foot of the throne. Hope in the valley and peace in the storm can only be found only in the Sovereign God who rules and reigns over all.
Time flies, doesnâ€™t it? And it never stops either. The second hand is always ticking as minutes turn to days, days to weeks, and weeks to years. So before we let another 24 hours pass us by, letâ€™s join Stephen as he challenges us to make the most of the time we have . . . while we still have it.Time flies, doesnâ€™t it? And it never stops either. The second hand is always ticking as minutes turn to days, days to weeks, and weeks to years. So before we let another 24 hours pass us by, let's join Stephen as he challenges us to make the most of the time we have . . . while we still have it.
In James 4:11-12, James gives us a stern warning about the danger of speaking evil against one another. He effectively tells us that cruel words are not merely an affront to another person's character . . . they are an affront to God's character. And that's not something we should take lightly.
Are you satisfied today? In your marriage? In your job? In your Church? In this message Stephen brings us a new study from the book of James to show us what real satisfaction looks like . . . and why every Christian should have it.
James tells us that "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble." We all want grace, but do we really want humility? Let's discover what true humility looks like before we answer that.
When we pray and ask God for wisdom, what exactly are we asking for? An answer? An inner compulsion to do something or not do something? A sign from heaven, perhaps? In this message Stephen takes us back to James' convicting letter to remind us what Godly wisdom is really all about. Contrary to popular opinion, it's not a matter of the mind . . . it's a matter of the heart.