Great Lessons from a Bad Example [Podcast]

2 Peter 2:10-22

Memorize these three words: Direction—not speed. We need to remember those words when we get discouraged about how slowly we seem to progress in our spiritual lives.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at our culture (and ourselves) right in the face. Sometimes looking at bad examples makes us feel better about our lives in comparison, but sometimes these bad examples look a lot like our lives. When that occurs, we shouldn’t be discouraged. We should let the conviction help us turn a corner.

The Apostle Peter shows us that the goal of our spiritual lives is direction—not speed.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Almighty [Podcast]

2 Peter 2:1-10

It’s a question we have to consider. What are we going to do with our sin? We all have it—and all the good deeds in the world can’t erase the fact that we’ve done bad.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at our culture (and ourselves) right in the face—as we see what the Bible has to say about 3 people: the good, the bad, and the Almighty.

But the bad news is only the first step to the good news. And it’s really good!

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Three Reminders that Matter [Podcast]

2 Peter 1:12-21

Reminders are important . . . I need them. We all do. That’s why God’s Word reminds us often of what matters. In this episode of Live the Bible, the Apostle Peter writes about 3 reminders that matter.

Our source of truth (and what it means) comes from God’s Word, and not from ourselves.

These 3 reminders are critical for our walk with God this year—and this day.

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How Jesus Took Life in the Fast Lane in Stride

The One Thing Jesus Did to Change Activity to Efficiency

Is this true of you? Whenever I find myself with a free moment, I feel compelled to fill it with something productive. Because I hate to waste time, I fill it with activity and justify it as productivity.

How Jesus Took Life in the Fast Lane in Stride

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But I’m learning that constant movement doesn’t always represent efficiency. It could, moreover, represent just the opposite.

As with every other part of the human experience, Jesus remains our model of efficiency. But His life—even before the cross—was no easy walk:

  • The demands on Him were constant.
  • The needs He faced were overwhelming.
  • The expectations He encountered were unrealistic.

No person was ever more qualified to do it all, and yet Jesus took life in the fast lane in stride.

What was His secret?

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God’s Top 7: All We Need to Succeed [Podcast]

2 Peter 1:1-11

Healthy eating and exercise often find their way to our New Year goals. But what your about spiritual eating and exercise for 2021? In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at 7 qualities the Lord tells us we need in order to succeed.

In fact, all 7 are found in one passage. This new year is a wonderful time to re-dedicate our lives to growing in our spiritual walk with Christ.

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How to Face Your Future without Fear [Podcast]

Genesis 32:24-30; 46:1-4; Numbers 13:25-14:4

Can you even imagine what the next year will be like? After all, no one could have predicted the year we just came through. Pretend for a moment you could send scouts into your future who would report back to you all the difficulties you would face in the next year.

Would you want to move forward?

In this episode of Live the Bible, we see this is exactly what happened in the book of Numbers. God sent scouts into your future—and the report has come back.

As we look ahead, there’s no need to be afraid.

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The Holy Spirit of Christmas Past [Podcast]

Luke 1:26-38

Most of us are familiar with Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, right? It’s the story in which Ebenezer Scrooge gets a visit from the Spirit of Christmas past as well as the future and present.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at the Holy Spirit of Christmas past. The Spirit of God worked in the life of a young couple, and their amazing response offers us great insight when we look at our future. Think about the year you’ve just come through! This year has been a shock to all of us. What will next year hold?

Whatever 2021 brings, today’s message gives us what we need to know to face the future with confidence.

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How to Stand Strong against a Roaring Lion [Podcast]

1 Peter 5:8-14

There’s a lion out to get you. No, not a large feline. I’m talking about your greatest enemy—a spiritual foe whom the Apostle Peter likes to a ferocious beast who lurks and looks for a chance to lunge.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at a subject so few people talk about today—and that includes so few Christians—the subject of Satan. The Bible clearly teaches he exists, that he is bent on our destruction, and most importantly, that we can stand strong against him.

Peter tells us how.

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What’s Your Motive? [Podcast]

1 Peter 5:1-7

What’s your motive? That simple question can help reboot our minds each day. Here’s why. In this episode of Live the Bible, we look in the pages of Scripture as it challenges us to preview our actions through the filter of our motives.

This one question, more than any, can help reframe our thinking and set us on a path of success for the day.

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Cairo – Jesus’ Flight to Egypt & God’s Unusual Leading

How to Take Comfort about Your Unsure Future

God seldom gives us all we need in order to understand—but He always what we need in order to obey. Jesus’ flight to Egypt as a boy offers a great example of how to take comfort when the future seems unclear.

Cairo - Jesus' Flight to Egypt and God’s Unusual Leading

(Photo: Giza pyramids. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

God warned Joseph in a dream, and he took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to live until Herod’s death. Scripture never tells us where the holy family lived while in Egypt. But there’s a cluster of churches in Cairo that honors a tradition that they journeyed here.

The Lord’s unusual leading of Jesus’ family offers insight to how God leads in our lives.

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