Leaving Laodicea
270 - “O Lord, hear!  O Lord, forgive!”

270 - “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive!”

November 4, 2014
Daniel has been in captivity for close to 67 years and understands, from the writings of Jeremiah, that this captivity will only last 70 years.  In 3 more years— freedom.  And Daniel is close to 80 years old when he discovers this truth.

So what does he do?  He prays.  But not like you and I pray.  No, Daniel prays and cries for mercy for his sins, the sins of his people, and the sins of the land.  Daniel prays for his nation like you and I should pray for ours.

Consider the end of his prayer:

"O Lord, hear!  O Lord, forgive!  O Lord, listen and act!  Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name" (Dan. 9:19).

What happens when we, the church, begin to pray like Daniel?  Listen to find out more.

This is a study on Daniel 9:1-19.

255 - Shut the Door!

255 - Shut the Door!

August 25, 2014
Some of the most scathing words spoken by the Lord to those who have committed their lives to Him, the priests, are found in the first chapter of Malachi.  And I mean scathing words.

But what God says in Malachi is not limited to the priests of Israel, but also to the church today.  These words speak to everyone of us.  They are not to be taken lightly.

Consider the following:  

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor?  And if I am a Master, where is My reverence?" says the Lord of hosts.

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 1:6-14.

241 - Playing Spiritual Whac-A-Mole

241 - Playing Spiritual Whac-A-Mole

May 19, 2014
As crazy as it may sound, many of us spend our Christian lives playing Whac-A-Mole with the strongholds of sin and consequences of disobedience that we have allowed to take root in our lives.  And why do we do this?  What's the point?  Where's the payoff for us?

There isn't any.  We strive and struggle again and again, whacking one mole only to have another pop up in its place, with no end in sight.  Our so-called "abundant life" can easily become one of frustration and defeat.

But it doesn't have to be that way.  We can live victorious over the enemy and experience true freedom in Christ.  How?  Keep listening to find out.

213 - Regeneration or Conversion? Life or Death?

213 - Regeneration or Conversion? Life or Death?

August 1, 2013
There is a huge difference between conversion, or being converted, and regeneration.  Conversion is a turning, a turning from sin to repentance or to Christ.  And this is something that man can do on his own as a product of his own will.  Conversion alone doesn't lead to salvation.  After all, people get converted all the time.

"Hey, I was a Catholic but converted to a Baptist."
"I was a Democrat, saw the light, and was converted to a Republican."
"I was a Jew, converted to a Muslin, but then converted back again."

But regeneration is totally different.  No regeneration, no salvation. 

Want to discover what regeneration is all about?  Keep listening.

The following is a study of Conversion and Regeneration.
196 - Sin That is Hard to Forgive and Impossible to Forget

196 - Sin That is Hard to Forgive and Impossible to Forget

January 27, 2013
Psalm 51 is the greatest of all the Psalms of repentance.  In it, David pours out his heart to the Lord, begging that he not suffer forever the consequences of his sin.  And God forgives David's sin, but the consequences remain.

The Psalm begins with this short introduction:

To the Chief Musician.  A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone to Bathsheba.

Ah, now we know the setting of the sin... the all-too-familiar story of David and Bathsheba.  But, as with most of Scripture, there is much more to this story than we might think.

Want to see a bigger picture of Psalm 51?  Keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 51.
103 - Homogenized Spiritual Milk

103 - Homogenized Spiritual Milk

December 7, 2009
Does it seem strange to you that we're more comfortable hearing God from the lips of a preacher or the pen of an author than we are from God Himself?  Did you ever wonder why?  

Why did the children of Israel run from the voice of God when He spoke to Moses at the mountain?  And why did they beg Moses to speak to God for them?  What did they fear?  What were they afraid God what going to discover about their lives?  What were they hiding? 

Probably the same things we're hiding... sin.  No wonder God doesn't speak to us like He did in the past... we really don't want Him to. 

The following is a study on hearing God.
098 - A Call to Fast and Pray

098 - A Call to Fast and Pray

October 20, 2009
During the days of Joel, when God was raining down judgment on Israel because of their great sin, the people either ran towards Him or away from Him.  Those that recognized His hand in all their trouble did not blame or curse His name.  

Do you know what they did?  They said:

"Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD."

The following is a call to fast and pray
097 - Meditation on God’s Attributes

097 - Meditation on God’s Attributes

October 9, 2009
Often our chaotic world is overwhelmed with the sounds of everyday living:  the radio blaring, the constant noise of the TV playing in the background, the hum of people talking, the thump, thump, thump of a teenager's car stereo, a sea of cell phones, ipods, video games, Muzak and the like.  And often this doesn't allow us the opportunity to sit quietly and listen to the still, small voice of the Lord.

Did you ever wonder why?

We have heard sermon after sermon about what we should not fill our minds with but seldom about what we should.  Today, that will all change.

Note:  This is a study of God's Attributes
090 - Where is Our Supernatural Power?

090 - Where is Our Supernatural Power?

August 17, 2009
Do you remember when Jesus rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit?

At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, "I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight."

Do you remember what prompted this in Him?
Listen and find out...

Note:  This is a study of the Holy Spirit
081 - What I Want My Children to Know

081 - What I Want My Children to Know

June 7, 2009
If you received the dreaded results from your medical test and found out you only had a couple of weeks to live, what message about Christ would you want to leave to your kids?

What truths about your relationship with the Lord would you want to instill in your children while you still can? 

What are the bedrock beliefs you have that cannot be shaken, that have stood the test of time?  Do you have any?
And, if you do, what are they?

The following is a study on Absolute Surrender

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