Barbara Sandbek is beginning a new series today on the subject of POWER. Through these studies we’ll learn about the power of God for us and the power of God in us. We’ll address such things as power in prayer, power in purity, power in God’s presence and more.
Pictures…what would we do without them? They capture the beauty of the moment and help us relive memories of times that will never occur like that again. Other people can't appreciate them like we do - we have them painted in our minds. When we think of ‘MOTHER’, we recall vivid pictures of her doting over us in loving ways. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will pay tribute to the moms and grandmoms who mold the character of their children and grandchildren.
The book of Jonah is a book about God’s provision. It was evidenced when He sent a great wind on the sea to get the rebellious prophet back on the right track, and again when He prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah and safely deliver him onto dry land. God also provided salvation for the sailors who prayed to Him for help, and the heathen Ninevites who repented. On our program today, we’ll conclude our study of Jonah and once again see God’s provision as he teaches Jonah an object lesson about His mercy.
On this program, we're going to take you back in time to one of the most exciting events in the history of the Christian church. We'll meet some special people and hear more about what took place. The setting is Jerusalem, the time around 30 A.D.
What does Easter mean to you? Is it a time to get out the Easter baskets, shop for clothes, and have your kids’ picture taken with the Easter Bunny? Well, that may be what some people do, but the actual meaning of the ‘Easter’ is ‘a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ’. On this program, Barbara Sandbek will share some important information about this special day. So stay tuned, it could change your life.
On Good Friday we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it – ‘Celebrating’ a death? Why call it ‘GOOD’ Friday? It’s good, because of the outcome. Colossians 2:14 states that the penalties of the law are removed by the cross. Colossians 1:20 says we can have peace with God because of the cross. In Ephesians 2:16 the cross is the medium of reconciliation between mankind and God. As believers, and children of God, we can have access to the Father. On this program, Barbara Sandbek will take a look at what Christ went through so that we have a GOOD Friday to celebrate.
In our study of the book of Jonah we’ve seen God SPEAK a command to Jonah, Jonah SIN by running away, God SEEK out Jonah, Jonah SURRENDER to the call, God SPARE Jonah’s life, and finally God SPEAK His command to Jonah a SECOND time. God was merciful to Jonah in saving his life and in giving him another chance. It’s now time for Jonah to extend God’s mercy to the Ninevites. Jonah still doesn’t agree with what God is going to do, as we’ll see later, but he does yield his will to do what God commands. On our program today we’ll follow Jonah to Nineveh and see why God was so insistent on having this mission completed.
In describing Jonah’s personality, one commentator wrote… He was a proud, self-centered egotist: willful, pouting, jealous, and blood thirsty; a good patriot and lover of Israel, but without proper respect for God or love for his enemies. What a poor assessment of a man who is supposed to be God’s spokesman. Do you think God will use Jonah with an attitude like that? We’d say ‘no’, but that’s where God’s mercy comes in. God extended mercy to Jonah by saving his life, and in His mercy, gave him another chance to obey. The poet Robert Frost said, "After Jonah, you could never trust God NOT to be merciful again." …So true. God is a God of second chances and we’ll see that demonstrated on our program today.
The definition for the word ‘repent’ is ‘to feel remorse, contrition or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do’. Oswald Chambers writes… Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes. On this program Barbara Sandbek, will look at Jonah’s prayer from inside the fish and see if he is truly repentant.
So far in our study of Jonah, we’ve learned that God wanted to REACH out to the pagan Gentiles of Ninevah with His mercy, so He REVEALED a message to His prophet, Jonah, and told him to go there and preach it, but Jonah REACTED by RUNNING away. On this program, we’re going to reenact what happened as a result of Jonah’s disobedience. The setting is Joppa, a seaport about 35 miles northwest of Jerusalem - known today as Jaffa. A ship is docked there and about ready to leave. It’s destination - Tarshish, a mining colony in Spain. Looks like a nice day for a cruise. Hey…there’s Jonah boarding the boat now.
It’s been said that man can live 40 days without food, 10 days without water, 4 minutes without air – but only a few seconds without HOPE. But before we place our HOPE IN something, we need to know - Can it be trusted? In this edition of "Grace Notes", Barb Sandbek shares where to place your hope.
A man's life is governed by his thoughts. He will ultimately become what he dwells upon most in his mind. This is the reason for Paul's instruction in Romans 12 verse 2, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind". It’s important that we THINK RIGHT THOUGHTS. That’s the subject of our current series on Grace Notes. Barbara Sandbek will elaborate on what it means to think about things that are noble. So put your thinking cap on and have a listen…
Barbara Sandbek will complete our study on ‘Thinking Right Thoughts’. Philippians 4 verse 8 has been our text for this series. Through studying each phrase we’ve discovered that we need to focus on things of the Lord - things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. TRUE things are God’s WORD. NOBLE things are God’s WAYS. RIGHT things are God’s WILL. PURE things are God’s WISDOM. LOVELY things are God’s WORKS. and ADMIRABLE things are God’s WONDERS. These and only these are excellent and praise-worthy things on which to think. Paul's exhortation to "think about such things" is followed by a second exhortation in his next verse, "put it into practice". So, as we conclude, let see how right thinking produces right actions.
On our last program we discussed the importance of placing our hope in the right the right Person. Today, Barbara Sandbek will address the issue of how our hope, or faith, is formed by our opinion about what we hope in. Is it? If so, how?
So far, in our study on ‘Thinking Right Thoughts’ we’ve found that according to Philippians 4 verse 8, God’s WORD, God’s WAY, God’s WILL and God’s WISDOM are right things to think about. On this program, Barbara Sandbek will discuss how to think LOVELY thoughts, but first, let’s hear a song from Barbara praising God for His marvelous WORKS.