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.
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, our host, Barbara Sandbek, will look at Jonah’s prayer from inside the fish and see if he is truly repentant. But first, let’s hear a song that so aptly fits the situation Jonah has gotten himself into.
This is the last program in our Christmas story presentation. We’ve seen that God chose people who were, young, old, lowly, elite, and even peculiar, to play the roles. The common thread was that they were willing and ready. The beauty of the Christmas story is not just that Jesus CAME to earth, but WHY He came. Listen and hear more…
We hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas Story these past few programs and that you’ve taken time to read it for yourself. On our last program, Barbara Sandbek told of the events that led up to the birth of Christ and described the surroundings in which the Savior of the world was born. Today, she will talk about the support players, and continue with the reading of the Christmas story.
On our last program, Barbara Sandbek began a series on the Christmas Story. She talked about some of the players and their roles. We learned that God’s ways are not our ways and that He chooses people to do His work, based on Godly character, rather than on outward appearance or status in life. Today, Barbara will continue with the other players, and begin the reading of the Christmas story.
HO HO HO 'Tis the season to be jolly! From the day after Thanksgiving, until the 25th of December, everybody is HAPPY. We hear Christmas music, shop 'til we drop, go to parties and attend performances. Then on the 26th of December, it's ALL OVER. We're left with un-decorating, bills, extra pounds, and even illness because we ate and partied too much. All this for one day! Christmas should really be in our hearts, EVERY day of the year! So...how can we prevent ourselves from being caught up in all of this? By focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek is going to do just that. She'll begin a series on the Christmas Story, and bring out some interesting points you may not have considered. So prepare to be blessed - and don't miss a single broadcast as she unfolds the event with a Christmas song...
Our topic in this series is ‘Thinking Right Thoughts’. Philippians 4 verse 8 is our text. It says.. Whatever is TRUE whatever is NOBLE whatever is RIGHT whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is ADMIRABLE; If anything is excellent or praise worthy THINK ABOUT SUCH THINGS. So far, we’ve found that God’s WORD is TRUE – it’s the standard to use in judging WHAT to think about. God’s WAY is NOBLE – it’s the method to use in EXERCISING God’s Word. And God’s WILL is RIGHT - It’s what we should follow to live out God’s word. On this program, Barbara Sandbek will define what PURE thinking is.
On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will follow the prophet Elijah as he moves from his mountaintop experience, to the valley of depression. We’ll see what caused this seasoned man of God to succumb to the temptation to lose hope.
On our last program Barbara Sandbek talked about Elijah’s discouragement over Queen Jezebel’s threat to take his life. We saw how misplaced confidence, misplaced armor, misplaced energy,missed prayer, and missed rest, all contributed to bring him to the valley of despair. On this program,, Barbara will share a time in her life when she, too, faced discouragement.
The mind is a powerful thing. What you think greatly influences what you say and do. It can govern the success or failure of your efforts, and even improve or ruin your health. Our mind is often associated with our personality. It’s said that a person can be weak or strong minded - sharp or dull minded - spiritually or carnally minded. You can be out of your mind or in your right mind. And..you can open, close and change your mind…the list goes on. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek begins a series on ‘Thinking Right Thoughts’. So, set your MIND in gear and listen up for a MIND enlightening message.
God gave mankind the finest gift that could EVER be given. He SAW our need before we knew it and before we even asked. We were living our lives apart from Him, but God’s heart LONGED for our fellowship, so He commended His love to us through the gift of His Son, Jesus. Jesus STRETCHED OUT His hands on the cross to give us God’s love. He died and rose from the grave, to pay the penalty for our sin against God and to provide reconciliation. When we accept this gift, we have fellowship with God. What greater gift could we possibly want? On this Grace Notes program, our host Barbara Sandbek will talk about how we should respond to this great gift.