The Same Old Tricks

Part of why the bible is so relevant s because Satan used the same tricks on Biblical figures as he does on us today. Today on Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers explores the question of why these tricks are so effective after all this time.

Useful To God

In today's lesson we begin our investigation of the pastoral letters of Paul. These letters were written to instruct new pastors and teachers on how to spread the Gospel and shepherd their flocks.

The Tough Decisions

Sometimes we come to a crossroads in our life, and the only way to move forward is to make a tough decision. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers takes us through a moment in the life of Paul when a Godly man had to face just such a decision.

Godly Family

Some of us have the good fortune to walk on our christian path as a family unit. It's a blessing, but it can also bring a whole lot of problems. In today's Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers takes us through the instructions left by Paul that help us keep our families together.

Characteristics Of A Believer

What defines a follower of Christ? Obviously nonbelievers can be kind, loving, and doers of good works, so what sets us apart from the rest of the world? In today's lesson, Dr. John Akers examines the characteristics of a Christian believer.

Defence From Lies

One of the greatest risks a believer can encounter is that of false teachers. We encounter a lot of opinions on the correct interpretation of scripture, many of them in direct contradiction of each other, and it seems almost impossible to suss out the truth among the lies. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers examines Paul's writing on that subject.

A Great Question

In the book of Colossians, Paul is writing to a new group of believers in order to direct them in their first steps toward Christ. In the first chapter, he lays out a question any Christian can ask God, the answer to which can define that person's journey in faith going forward. In today's lesson in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers helps us understand that question.

The World Against Us

Sometimes life seems to be entirely made of obstacles, as if the whole world is pitted against us. Paul was certainly familiar with such times, and in the book of Phillipians he wrote some pieces of advice on how to survive them. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. Akers takes us through those verses.

Self Absorbed World

It's easy to focus too much on our own well-being and lose track of the world around us. But the Bible encourages us to fight that urge and turn our attention outward towards the well-being of others. In today's Understanding God's Word, Dr. Akers takes us through these instructions set down in the book of Phillipians.

Facing Down Hopelessness

It's fair to say that we have all experienced and will continue to experience times of hopelessness, even when we firmly believe in our salvation through Christ. Hopelessness is just a byproduct of being in the world, but luckily God grants us the tools we need to overcome it. In today's lesson in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers discusses hopeless times in the life of Paul, and how he overcame them through Christ.

Beyond The Rulebook

What is Christianity beyond a set of rules to live by? Any diet or self-help book can give us that. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers shows what the Bible brings us beyond rules and regulations.

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