God disciplines both to train and to chastise us. He does this because we are His children…He loves us…and wants to conform us into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. We learned that God often uses consequences to help us ‘come clean’ from the sin in our lives. On this program, we’ll take a look at the qualities God wants to mold into our character.
On our last program, we learned about some of the benefits we receive as a result of Christ’s sacrifice: forgiveness, freedom from condemnation, and fellowship with God. Because Christ suffered for us, He can identify with us…and we can identify with Him. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will begin to explore the reasons why we must endure suffering.
It’s incredible to think of what God did to redeem us. The infinite God of the universe became a finite man in the person of His Son, Jesus. Containing Himself in human flesh alone was a sacrifice, yet Jesus came to earth and lived in poverty, to show us the Father, and to pay the incredible price for our sin. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek continues her series ‘Why Trials?’ as she talks about the benefits we receive because of Christ’s suffering.
Ever heard of a man giving birth to a child? Well, if there was one, it would be all over the newspapers and the man would be a millionaire. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek talks about a man who did just that and received a different kind of reward. But instead of the news becoming a headline, He was killed, and the story attempted to be suppressed. Interested? Keep listening…
Is God good? Sure - we all know God is good - He’s perfect, holy and without sin. He’s not tempted by evil, and He doesn’t tempt us with evil. But many people say God is good only when He’s done something they think is good for them. Today on Grace Notes, Barbara Sandbek continues her new series ‘Why Trials?’ as she focuses on the goodness of God.
God often uses illustrations to help us better understand His truths. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek begins a new series entitled ‘Why trials?’. She’ll take us through a detailed description of the refining process and show how God uses fiery trials to mold our character. So listen in as Barbara addresses the topic, ‘The Refiner’s Fire’.
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.
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.
After meditating on God’s faithfulness, David was persuaded that God would continue His favor toward him, so he wrote… ”Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Let’s listen in now as Barbara dissects this phrase for us.
A father’s job is to GUIDE his children into what God has for THEM to do, not do it for them. In other words, he should be their coach, and teach THEM how to win. Today on Grace Notes, our host Barbara Sandbek will share some thoughts on what it takes to be a good father.
Faithfulness…what does it mean? Webster defines it as loyal. And ‘loyal’ is defined as faithful to a trust or confidence – true to duty or love. Is that the definition you had in mind? On this Grace Notes program, Barbara begins a new series which will take us on a journey with the prophet Elijah. We’ll see how God worked THROUGH Elijah to demonstrate His faithfulness to His people, Israel, despite their unfaithfulness. We’ll also see how God worked IN Elijah to groom him to truly be a man for the times. So, buckle your seat belts, and get ready to roll with the prophet of old.
On our last program, Barbara Sandbek began a new series on Elijah, a man for the times. The ungodly King, Ahab, had led them into Baal worship. In an effort to steer His people back to Him, God withdrew His hand of blessing so they would appreciate what He had done for them. God chose the prophet, Elijah, to tell the king that there would be no dew or rain until he said so. Then he told Elijah to go and hide, and He’d supply his needs through a brook and a raven. God kept His promise, and then began to groom Elijah’s faith for an even tougher task ahead. Let’s continue now, and see how Elijah handled his isolation and humbling conditions.
In Old Testament times, to eat and drink at someone’s table created a bond of loyalty. This scene is not simply of a host and a guest, but rather of two friends. The Psalmist David needed a loyal friend. He found this and more at the Lord’s table. Under God’s protection and power, he could feast in safety and security though surrounded by his enemies. One commentary wrote that this could also be interpreted as that of a victory feast, where David celebrated, as his defeated, unarmed enemies looked on. Regardless of the meaning, David’s enemies couldn’t harm him because the Lord was on his side. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will show how we, too, can feast comfortably in the middle of a crisis because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.