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David, despite his difficult life filled with trials was able to rejoice in some of the things that were certain in life, things that he (and we) could count on.
Measuring progress is an important factor in the success of any enterprise. However, we tend not to do this is in our spiritual lives.
When I was a boy growing up in the Catholic church, the nuns and priests used to teach us the 7 cardinal sins. They taught us that from these sins came all others.
One of the most popular devotional songs is the one that asks God to "Make me a servant." The melody is beautiful and the words pierce through to the very core of the character of Jesus and the Christian faith. When we sing this song do we know what we are asking?
Recently, as I reviewed my day in prayer, the Lord revealed a sinful condition in my soul. At first I was ashamed to admit it, but as I accepted the truth, I realized that God's admonition is a wonderful thing because it yields so many benefits.
In Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells His disciples that they should "pray for those who persecute you."
In the book of Ezekiel, the Lord rebukes Jewish leaders for abandoning their role as spiritual shepherds over the nation. He says, "I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one." Ezekiel 22:30
Mike Cope, in his book Holy Hunger, describes two barriers that Christians face in satisfying their holy hunger for God and results in their spiritual death.
There is an interesting and sad phenomenon that aid workers serving in famine stricken countries observe. They noted that some of the people, when they realized they were running out of food and left their homes and shelters in search for nourishment and found food depots set up by foreign nations...
Ever notice that surrendering to the Lord is a slow process? It usually begins with an admission that He is God, and you are not, something fairly obvious to the casual observer but...
It seems that we often overlook the true rewards of what the Bible refers to as repentance. The scriptures extol the virtues of faith, perseverance and the doing of good, but upon careful reading we find that repentance can be the most valuable of all the spiritual exercises.
I watched him sit on the bench for most of the game. His eyes looked pleadingly at the coach every time he came near. Just a chance to play coach, his eyes said, just one time at least.
Peter and the Apostles were not only witnesses of the resurrection (and serve as this for every generation of believers in this way), they also served their generation and nation as witnesses that the people were guilty of killing the Messiah. They were the conscience of their nation and their generation.
In I Peter 5:8, the Apostle Peter warns his readers concerning the devil. He says that the devil prowls like a roaring lion seeking to devour and he seeks and knows where to find us in order to devour us.
Back in the seventies the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali used to provoke his opponents by proclaiming "I am the greatest." It seems that Ali knew that deep down inside many of us thought this about ourselves but few would have the gall or the skills to actually say it in public.
Human Resources people tell us that the first step in motivating employees to better service is by showing them how their job fits in to the company's overall objectives. The idea is that if they understand the "big picture" and what part they play, they will work more intelligently and therefore more profitably and creatively.
Christians never quit God in a single day. Oh, some give up the faith suddenly at times because of a great tragedy in their lives but these are the exceptions. No, the way that most Christians lose their faith is through "drifting".
One of the most difficult things to do at times is "nothing". We are people of action and if things do not happen, we make them happen.
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The Bible teaches that a man and a woman are to remain married for life. This course helps couples learn how to love one another in such a way that their marriage will last a lifetime.
This series of lessons uses Steven Covey's approach (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) to explore the spiritual habits that saints and leaders in the church cultivate in order to become effective in ministry.
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This series will examine the various causes for divorce and how to cope when you or someone close is going through a divorce as well as recovering from a broken marriage.
Prime 13 lessons
This series will examine the different types of psalms as well as the various literary devices used by the authors of this book.
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This series reviews the parables that define the central theme of Jesus' preaching ministry: seeking and finding the Kingdom of heaven.
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This series explains in simple terms the relationship between these two books of the Bible. Each book will be reviewed to better understand the meaning of the symbolic language used in both and the message that the writers were communicating to their readers as well as a modern application for today's Christian.
This 5-part series explores better ways to develop an intimate relationship with God.
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Each gospel writer presents Jesus from different perspectives. Matthew focuses on the royal nature of the Lord and how He established His Kingdom here on earth. Our course will examine Jesus as King and the nature of His Kingdom.
This series is a training session to help Christians understand their own religion and prepare them to answer common challenges and questions concerning the Bible and its teachings.
This series presents 7 basic doctrinal ideas that help the viewer have a "big picture" view of the Christian religion. Done in an informal style with helpful graphics and summaries, Understanding Your Religion is a useful guide for those seeking to know what Christians believe and how these beliefs affect what they do.
All churches want growth but never know how to produce it. The Unlimited Growth series sets forth a step by step approach to generating church growth which is biblically based and easily implemented in any congregation regardless of size, age or location.
Prime 6 lessons
This 7 part series explains basic topics such as belief in God, the history and writing of the Bible, the person of Jesus, the nature of salvation and more. All presented in an easy-to-understand approach suitable for those less familiar with the Bible or the Christian religion.
Prime 7 lessons
This 6 part series explores the meaning and value of God's grace expressed in Jesus' cross as well as some common misconceptions concerning this blessing.
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This series explores the lives of both good and bad Jewish rulers in order to find timeless lessons that can be applied to Christian life today.
This series explores the true purpose of home and family in God's design. Lessons deal with child development, parental discipline, and preparing children for adolescence with a focus on the tween years. There is also a discussion about Biblical marriage and the establishment of the home.
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This series provides an in-depth look at the most well-structured gospel record originally designed to address Jewish questions about Jesus but later used by the early church as a primer for new Christians.
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This series will review Luke's two volume historical narrative concerning Jesus' life and ministry as well the beginning and spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire as he experienced it.
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Mike reviews the meaning and purpose of these Christian virtues as well as the relationship each has with the other.
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Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church deals with issues that continue to affect Christians to this day. In this epistle, the apostle addresses problems such as division in the church, sexual immorality, the proper use of spiritual gifts, the role of women in ministry and the importance of maintaining the authentic gospel message. All of these, plus in-depth teaching on the nature of the resurrection, makes this a must study for all Bible students at every level of spiritual maturity.
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Using only quotations from Jesus, this lesson outlines what the Lord Himself taught about salvation. (II John 1:9)
In the story of the prodigal son, we see the intimate, human ways that God, our Father, loves us. Ways that we as humans can understand and relate to ─ ways that a father loves a son. (Luke 15:11-32)
This lesson examines the most important thing in the world. You may think it is family, health, happiness and all of these are very important but more important than these is the Church. (I Peter 2:9-10)
The resurrection of Jesus remains the single most volatile and important event of our age. (Romans 1:3-4)
In this sermon, we examine the portrait of an ideal woman designed by God and revealed some 3,000 years ago in Solomon's book of Proverbs. (Proverbs 31:10-31)
In this sermon, Mike reviews a spectacular failure in Aaron's life and how God used this to prepare him for one of the most important roles in Jewish history. (Exodus 32:1-24;40:12-16)
A look at spiritual characteristics and virtues that cannot be developed simply by self-denial. (Isaiah 58:1-12)
The second part of this Kingdom theme examines the timeless role that the Kingdom plays here on earth and the source of its power to affect the lives of both the people who are in the kingdom and those who are outside of it. (Matthew 28:1-20)
This sermon traces out the various features of God's Kingdom that separate it from every other organized body here on this earth, and how it came to be this way. (John 18:33-36)
This sermon examines the circumstances that led Paul to write this beautiful ode to Christian love. (I Corinthians 12:31-13:13)
In this sermon, Mike reviews the timeless spiritual truths that can buffer the storms of change that are challenging this nation.
Why does God allow so much evil in this world especially if He is supposed to be a good and merciful God? Hopefully, the answers provided in this lesson will help bring to faith those who doubt there is a God because of the suffering that they see in the world.
In this sermon, Mike tackles one of the Christian's greatest challenges - how can Christians who live and engage in the human experience avoid becoming worldly? (I Corinthians 5:9-13)
Mike reviews the repeated claims that America's best days are in the past and offers a plan for our nation's renewal.
In this lesson, Mike discusses the ways Christians can maintain their spiritual momentum as they journey onward to their heavenly home. (Hebrews 6:1-12)
In this sermon, Mike traces out the various stops on the journey of faith that begins in a person's head but must travel to the heart for that believer to become a true disciple of Jesus. (Matthew 28:16-20)
Mike reviews Paul's teaching in I Corinthians that establishes the difference between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the world when it comes to death and dying. (I Corinthians 1:18-25)
Mike reviews past initiatives that have brought the congregation to this point and what will be needed to maintain our growth and development into the future. (I Chronicles 22:1-19)
Live Lessons Coming SoonThese lessons will be available to watch live as they happen. You can then watch the edited version on-demand normally 2-3 days after the live event.
1. Review of 1st Corinthians
In order to understand II Corinthians, it is assumed that you have studied I Corinthians, and since there is no guarantee that this is so, I'd like to begin with a brief review of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.
How to Deal with Low Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem is basically the polar opposite of the sin of pride. In order to better understand low self-esteem, it would be helpful to look at the sin of pride...
2. The Experience of Apostleship
In the introductory chapter, I provided some basic information about Corinth and its people as well as the church and the background of these letters. (II Corinthians 1:1-11)
3. Apostolic Explanation
In this section of II Corinthians, Paul will offer his readers an explanation concerning his conduct which had been questioned by some at Corinth. (II Corinthians 1:12-2:11)
4. Apostolic Ministry
Paul the Apostle describes his ministry and gives a comparison of his work to that of the false teachers. (II Corinthians 2:12-7:16)
5. The Meaning of Fellowship
Our general idea of fellowship is usually the socializing we participate in while at church. These are common types of fellowship but not the only kinds described in the Bible. (II Corinthians 8:1-9:15)
6. Paul Defends His Apostleship
In this section, Paul explains why he is a true Apostle and then shows us how he exercises his Apostolic authority over this church. (II Corinthians 10:1-13:14)
Mike begins this study by listing 10 facts about the Apostle John and the heresy that prompted his writing of this epistle.
2. Walking in the Light
John lists the first of four ways an individual can be assured of personal salvation. (I John 1:1-2:29)
3. Abiding in Love
In this lesson, John explains how one can determine who truly belongs to the Lord, and adds two other ways Christians can be confident about their salvation. (I John 2:28-3:24)
4. Abiding in Faith
John closes out his first letter with a final way to be confident in salvation and adds a warning about the Antichrist. (I John 4:1-5:21)
5. John's Cover Letter
This epistle serves as a cover letter for the epistle (I John) that the Apostle has sent to a particular church having problems with false teachers and teachings. (II John)
Line-by-Line, Verse-by-Verse Bible StudiesThese studies are designed to bring out the simple meaning of the biblical text for the modern reader.
In his short letter Jude warns the church against false teachers and reminds us that all of Christian doctrine has already been given by the Apostles.
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This study of the fourth gospel by John the Apostle lays out the case for Jesus' dynamic nature as the God/Man and the various reactions people had when confronted by this amazing reality.
No other book of the Bible gives a clearer sequence and detail of the events surrounding the glorious return of Jesus Christ than the two letters Paul writes to a young church at Thessalonica (Greece) who fear that they will be left behind when that great day comes.
This series will provide both a historical and theological overview as well as a textual study of these brief but powerful epistles which are a good source of apologetic material.
Paul's most eloquent teaching on God's plan of salvation and life in the body of Christ. A great textual study for those who want to go "deep" into God's word.
James' practical approach to Christian living makes his discussion of complex spiritual issues both easy to understand and implement in one's life.
Prime 10 lessons
Fisherman, Apostle, Elder, Martyr. The unique experience of Peter forms his teachings on the power of God's grace and the urgent need of the church to prepare for the return of Christ in all ages. From an ancient source comes a relevant message for the modern Christian.
Prime 8 lessons
Unlike l Corinthians, II Corinthians is a subjective book. I Corinthians teaches the church how to do things and how Christians conduct themselves in various situations. II Corinthians reveals what it is like to be an Apostle.
Originally written for Jewish converts to Christianity, the book of Hebrews describes the many ways Jesus and the religion of Christianity fulfilled and surpassed the elements and practice of the Jewish faith.
Prime 14 lessons
The Galatian letter is Paul's response to those in every age who would try to tamper with the essential message of the Gospel: That salvation is obtained by faith, not law, and that freedom in Christ moves us to live by the Spirit of God, not the spirit of this world.
Prime 9 lessons
Mark's gospel is a rapid fire account of Jesus' ministry focusing primarily on His many miracles. This eyewitness account presents the boldest and clearest witness of Jesus' identity as the Son of God with power!
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