Leaving Laodicea
335 - The Power of Persistent, Overcoming Prayer

335 - The Power of Persistent, Overcoming Prayer

January 25, 2016
During His last week with His disciples, Jesus said the following regarding a fig tree that He cursed:

“Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing (or, to have faith in, to think it’s true, to place confidence in, to entrust), you will receive" - Matthew 21:21-22.


Do you believe what Jesus said?  Do you take His words at face value or have you reduced them to some type of parable or story not to be believed literally?  And what does Jesus mean by "believing"?  How does faith impact our prayers?  

Keep listening, for the answer to these and other questions may astound you.

The following is a study on Persistent, Overcoming Prayer.

334 - Put On, Put Off, and Put to Death

334 - Put On, Put Off, and Put to Death

January 25, 2016
In Colossians 3 we see the commands to put off, put on, and put to death various aspects of our life.  Consider the following:

put to death your members” – 3:5
“you yourself are to put off all these” – 3:8
put off the old man with his deeds” – 3:9
put on the new man who is renewed” – 3:10
put on tender mercies” – 3:12
“above all these things put on love” – 3:14

You would do well to carefully examine what about you is to be put to death (or, to mortify, kill, make dead, to deprive of force and vigor, to render powerless, impotent) and what we are to put on (or, to sink into, to clothe oneself, to be enveloped) and to put off (or, renounce, throw off, lay aside or down, to cast away).

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 3:12-17.

331 - The Stuff Life Throws at Us

331 - The Stuff Life Throws at Us

December 7, 2015
Sometimes, life throws us a curveball.  Scripture tells us to expect "trials and tribulations" (James 1:2) and even "persecutions" (2 Tim. 3:12)— but what seems to knock us down the hardest are the things we don't see coming, just the bad stuff that happens to fallen people living in a fallen world.  

All people, both good and bad, sometimes get cancer, lose their jobs, or suffer from broken relationships.  No one is promised an easy road this side of heaven.  Which, if you think about it, should make heaven more appealing.  But often it doesn’t.  Instead, we get overwhelmed and depressed by daily life.

Did you ever wonder why?   And have you ever wondered why your prayer life gets overwhelmed by the problems of life when it should be the other way around?  If so, this message is for you.  To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Prayer and Luke 18:1-8.

330 - “Will You Meet With Me?” - God

330 - “Will You Meet With Me?” - God

November 29, 2015
Our lives are busy, incredibly busy.  But the One who gets slighted when we fail at proper time management is usually the Lord.  Think about it.

We schedule a time with Him and stay up too late the night before and oversleep.  Who gets slighted?  Who gets stood up?  Our boss?  Nope.  Our friends?  No way.  Our spouse?  Not on your life. Then who?  The Lord.  The very One we say we love more than anyone.  How can that be?

Probably because we don't enjoy our time with Him as much as we enjoy our time with our spouse or friend.  That's why we choose them over Him.  And probably we don't respect Him as much as we do our boss.  That's why we choose pleasing our boss more than pleasing our Lord.

If any of this sounds familiar, there is a change that needs to take place.  And to find out more about that change, keep listening.

The following is a study on Devotional Bible Study and Prayer.

307 - Are You Dependent on You or on God?

307 - Are You Dependent on You or on God?

May 25, 2015
When Jesus said to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matt. 6:11), He was speaking to the critical issue of dependence.  What, or who, are we dependent upon?

Are we dependent on our own ingenuity, hard work, investments, our education, job, retirement, our view of the future, our own wits, our self-determination, self-esteem, competitiveness, aggressiveness, our advanced degrees from esteemed institutions, or family pedigree, our status, popularity, charisma or fame?

Or, are we dependent on God alone?

One is repeatedly taught and modeled in Scripture.  And the other is the darling of our fallen culture.

Which of them are you dependent on?

The following is a study on Matthew 6:11.

304 - Come, Kingdom of God!

304 - Come, Kingdom of God!

May 6, 2015
In Matthew 6, in the middle of what we call the Lord's prayer, Jesus told us to pray this way:

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done (to what extent) on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10).

But what does that really mean? And what are we actually praying for?

We could say it like this:

"Your (the Father's) kingdom (or, dominion, reign, sovereign rule, authority, throne, the exercise of kingly power) come (or, arise, come forth, show itself, be established, become known)."

Or like this:

"Your (the Father's) will (or, active volition, resolve, purpose, mandate, a command with the emphasis on the authority of the one commanding) be done (or, to become, to begin to be, to come into existence, to happen)."

Does that change anything for you? It does me. To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 6:10, the Lord's Prayer.

300 - The Cleansing of Your Temple

300 - The Cleansing of Your Temple

April 8, 2015
In Matthew 21 we see Jesus enter the temple of God, and He violently "drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves" (Matt. 21:12).  And He proclaimed God's temple was to be a "house of prayer" and not the "den of thieves" they had made it (Matt. 21:13).  And once that cleansing was done, something amazing happened.

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them (Matt. 21:14).

Did you catch that?  First, a cleansing to turn the temple into a house of purity.  Next, the declaration that His house is a house of prayer.  Then, it becomes a house of power when the blind and lame are healed "in the temple" (Matt. 21:14).  And finally, it becomes a house of praise (Matt. 21:16).

Could the same thing happen to you?  Absolutely.  Keep listening and find out how.

The following is a study on Matthew 21:12-16.

298 - Pray Until You Pray!

298 - Pray Until You Pray!

March 25, 2015
What is the most urgent need in the church today?

The need for purity in sexual matters.
To end abortion and homosexuality in our nation.
Financial integrity in all matters and generosity to others.
Greater evangelism and church planting.
Disciplined, Biblical thinking— a Christian worldview.
To end the plague of divorce in the church.

No, the most urgent need in the church is for a deeper knowledge of God (Col. 1:10).  And how do we go about meeting that need?  Just keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:3 and prayer.

289 - When God Seems Unloving

289 - When God Seems Unloving

February 5, 2015
Sometimes God, in His sovereignty, allows things to happen to us that are hurtful and difficult to understand.  Our fervent prayers go unanswered, our finances continue to dwindle to the point of ruin, our closest family relationships remain estranged and broken, and our sick loved ones grow weaker and die.

And when this all happens we often point the finger at God and accuse Him of being unloving.  "God, I would never allow my son to go through what You've made me go through.  Why?  I feel like I'm more loving to my children than You are to me."

But in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.  Case in point: When Jesus waited for two day before coming to the aid of Lazarus (John 11:6).

To find out more about why sometimes God seems unloving, keep listening.

The following is a study on John 11:1-6.

285 - Calling the Father, Dad

285 - Calling the Father, Dad

January 22, 2015
When Jesus said, "I and My Father are one" (John 10:30), He revealed truth so exciting and profound that we dare not overlook it.  When Jesus spoke these powerful six words, He was proclaiming that "All that God is, I am, and all that I am, the Father is."  Again, "I and My Father are one."

But what does this mean?  No, not just theologically, but devotionally.  What does this truth mean to me and my everyday, intimate relationship with the Father?  What does it say about what the Father is like?  About His attributes, personality and characteristics?  What can I know about the Father from Jesus?

The answers will change the way you live and pray... forever.  To find out more, just keep listening.

The following is a study on John 10:30.