When Your Want-To is Willing, But Your Can-Do Is Weak, Part 2 [Podcast]

Mark 14:12-52

How can we be faithful and follow God, but we’re just not strong enough to do it? In this second part of our two-part episode of Live the Bible, where Jesus gives us the practical application of what to do when we want to obey God—but we’re not strong enough to do it.

This is where the rubber meets the road in our Christian lives. Jesus takes us to Gethsemane, and models how to rely on God for strength in moments of vulnerability.

The peace we long for in life lies on the other side of one decision we can make today.

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When Your Want-To Is Willing, But Your Can-Do is Weak, Part 1 [Podcast]

Mark 14:12-52

We desperately want to be faithful and follow God, but we’re just not strong enough to do it. How do we do it when we can’t? In this episode of Live the Bible, Jesus reminds us we have a traitor in the gates we have to watch out for.

This intensely practical two-part episode shows us Jesus’ example of what to do when our want-to is willing but our can-do is weak.

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4 Promises of God to Give You Hope & Security

In a world that disappoints us, we need to cling to the One who never will.

There’s not much we can be sure of today. We live in a world of broken promises, broken families, backstabbing friends, and personal failures. And that’s just at church. The church Paul wrote to in Rome felt the same.

Roman Forum

(Photo: Roman Forum. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The Roman Christians needed to base their lives on truth rather than on circumstances that seemed to challenge truth.

We’re the same aren’t we? After a lifetime of disillusions, we’ve come to expect little else. We often hope for nothing in hopes we won’t be disappointed. It’s easy to get sucked into the black hole of hopelessness. It happens because we live in an a culture that keeps God at arm’s length, one that claims His name but declines His Lordship.

God is a package deal. And when we refuse all of God then we miss all of what He has to offer.

In refusing all of God we’re forced to fill those gaps with substitutes that disappoint and fail us. But the Sovereign Lord, the Creator of the universe, offers true hope—and here’s why: He is the only one able to make good on His promises.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome and shared 4 promises of God that also give you hope when you need it most.

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She Did What She Could – And So Can You [Podcast]

Mark 14:1-11

Jesus held up a particular woman as an example to follow. In fact, more Scripture is devoted to her than to ten of the twelve disciples!

In this episode of Live the Bible, we meet a disciple of Jesus who didn’t write any scripture, didn’t preach any messages, wasn’t one of the twelve disciples, and she never performed any miracles. Why is she so significant for us to know?

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The Arch of Titus and Your Amazing Eternal Security

God Has Promised a Future for His People in Spite of Today’s Setbacks

It seems wrong to say it, but sometimes God’s promises in our lives seem sort of thin in light of current events. But the Arch of Titus in Rome gives us occasion to look beyond today’s bad news to our eternal security.

Arch of Titus

(Photo: Arch of Titus. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

For almost 2000 years, this massive arch has stood in its spot in Rome, Italy, beside the famous Roman Colosseum. The two structures have a historical connection, both related to Jerusalem and the Jews.

These Roman landmarks stand as more than tourist stops in the Eternal City. When we consider their original purpose and compare them to Scripture, we have a reminder of hope, love, and eternal security.

Against the dark background of the Arch of Titus, we see hope for God’s people.

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How to Stay Alert Until the End [Podcast]

Mark 13

What’s next in biblical prophecy? In this episode of Live the Bible, we get a peek at the end of the story from Jesus’ own lips. The Lord not only tells us what’s coming next in biblical prophecy, but He tells us how to stay alert until the very end.

By the way, there’s nothing like learning biblical prophecy while looking at the places where it will occur. I invite you to come with me and experience the land of Israel for yourself. Just go to waynestiles.com/tours to see all upcoming tours!

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The Hinnom Valley – When You Need Hope for Those Too Far Gone

Jerusalem's infamous valley reminds us nobody is too far gone for God.

Some people, it seems, are too far gone. We pray for them for years, but they still refuse to walk with God. After so long a time, we feel it’s hopeless. But Jerusalem’s Hinnom Valley gives us reason to hope.

The Hinnom Valley - Redeemed Just Like You

(Photo: The Hinnom Valley curves around Jerusalem’s southern side. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Some places in Jerusalem are as infamous as others are famous. The Hinnom Valley is such a site. It represented a place where evil atrocities occurred. Like, really evil.

When I see the Hinnom Valley, I think of King Manasseh and the horrific acts he committed in the area before my eyes. The infamous ravine reminds me of more than Manasseh. It also represents my redemption—and yours.

And it offers hope for those we think are too far gone.

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