How Your Life Can Make an Amazing Difference [Podcast]

Mark 4:1-20

With God, your life can make an amazing difference. That’s right, your life. In this episode of Live the Bible, Jesus shows us that no matter where you are or what you’ve done, you can always come to God and start fresh—and bear fruit for Him.

Your life can matter, and God shows you how.

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How Your Life Can Make an Amazing Difference

How Geography Opens Our Eyes about God’s Closed Doors

Why does God hinder us from doing what He commanded us to do?

Sometimes it seems God gets in the way of us doing the very things He’s commanded. The most frustrating part of these moments isn’t our lack of success. It’s our confusion. Why does God close the door on His will?

How Geography Opens Our Eyes about God’s Closed Doors

(Photo: Troas, where Paul, Silas, and Timothy visited. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

These roadblocks in God’s guiding us show up in various ways.

  • A relationship that stays strained.
  • A ministry effort that can’t start.
  • A job search that lands nowhere.
  • A person who refuses to change.

These closed doors can confuse our spiritual lives by seeming to contradict the will of God. Doesn’t the Lord want relationships to mend, people to change, ministry to occur, and provision for daily needs?

Thankfully, the Bible’s geography offers us some clarity.

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What to Do When Others Reject You [Podcast]

Mark 3:20-35

Sometimes those closest to us don’t understand us. Or worse, they don’t accept us at all. Jesus’ gracious way of responding with truth shows us how God would have us respond. He also helps redirect our hopes to a place that ultimately never fails us.

In this episode of Live the Bible, Jesus models what to do when we’re misunderstood—and even rejected—by the very ones we’d hoped would accept us.

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What to Do When Others Reject You

Jesus’ Astonishing Capernaum Question Boosts Your Faith

How Christ's confusing words can deepen your spiritual life.

The question Jesus asked in the Capernaum synagogue still rattles around in our minds. In fact, whether or not we realize it, we deal with His question most days of our lives.

Jesus’ Capernaum Question Still Astonishes Our Ears

(Photo: Capernaum Synagogue. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

You do not want to go away also, do you? (John 6:67)

Jesus’ question had an edge of disappointment. He had just spoken with some of his followers, called “disciples,” though not the twelve apostles. Jesus spoke words that drew a line in the Galilean dirt, separating his followers into two groups.

Jesus had just uttered the unthinkable. How would you respond to what He said?

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Whom God Chooses He Uses—Even You [Podcast]

Mark 3:7-19

Have you ever wondered why God isn’t working in your life as He works in other lives? It’s a common question, but the reality may be far more different than you realize.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re going to be talking about how God uses whom He chooses. Without exception. In fact, God using you has less to do with your giftedness than it does with your willingness.

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Whom God Chooses He Uses—Even You

What to Do When God Gives You a Hard Command

Why God Teaches You the Same Thing Over and Over Again

What God teaches us in one area of life we can easily miss in another area. So God has to repeat Himself. But sometimes the connection isn’t so easy for us to make.

Why God Teaches You the Same Thing Over and Over Again

(Photo: Waves crash ashore on the Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Jesus performed more miracles in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee than any other place in His ministry. Standing on its shores, one can easily see across the shallow lake. The hills to the east and west tower above the water. As cool air from these heights rushes down the slopes into the lake’s warmer basin, winds can whip up the surface of the water to deadly proportions.

A small craft, such as the one Matthew reported the disciples clung to during a stormy night, could find itself foundering in an instant.

In one day, Christ taught His disciples a simple truth we should never forget.

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Jesus and the God Squad [Podcast]

Mark 2:23-3:6

We all have expectations. Funny isn’t it, how they’re seldom met? Thankfully, God is bigger than our expectations of life.

In this episode of Live the Bible, Jesus helps us understand what to do when you come to a place when life (or even God) has let you down. When that occurs, one of two things is happening.

And the solution? It’s good news.

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Jesus and the God Squad by Wayne Stiles

An Ephesus Question: What Comes First in Your Relationship with God?

One thing more than anything is essential.

All Christians long to live pleasing to Jesus Christ. That’s why if Jesus told us He had a criticism for us, many of us would pull out our checklist and grab a pencil.

An Ephesus Question: What Comes First in Our Relationship with God?

(Photo: Ephesus theater and the Arcadian Way. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

We’d make our way down the list and ask the Lord:

  • “Should I go on a mission trip?”
  • “Do you want me to pray more?”
  • “Maybe memorize the book of Romans?”
  • “You just name it, Lord, and I’ll do it!”

I have discovered that the weak points in our relationship with God never start with failing in the big things. For example, we would never consider waffling in our morality or our theology. It always comes when we ignore a more basic element.

The church in Ephesus did it. But we don’t have to.

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Bad Company [Podcast]

Mark 2:13–22

Have you ever been around bad company? I don’t mean house guests. I’m referring to those people we choose to hang around—and more importantly why we hang around them. Jesus surprised many in His day by spending time with “bad company.” But His reasons were stellar.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we see how Christ’s example gives us the freedom to engage the world for Him.

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Bad Company

 

Come With Me to the Holy Land—and Egypt!

Experience a Life-Changing Journey, October 15-26, 2020

Picture yourself standing at the Sea of Galilee, with the waves lapping against your feet. Now imagine looking up at the massive Temple Mount in Jerusalem from the very steps Jesus climbed to get there. Or stare wide-eyed at the massive pyramids in Egypt

(Photo: Three Great Pyramids of Giza. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Here’s the amazing truth: you don’t have to just imagine it—you can experience it!

I’m sending you this special note about my upcoming tour to the Holy Land in October 2020. This tour to Israel promises to be spectacular and even offers an optional pre-tour to Egypt! Egypt is amazing and gives such insight into the Bible lands and the Word of God.

Take a moment now to check out the details of our upcoming tour in October 2020.

  • Watch the video of the beautiful sites.
  • Scan the itinerary of biblical places.
  • Dream a little—and imagine yourself there.

Really there . . . at the places you’ve read about all your life.

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