What did Jesus mean when he said, Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me?
As we remember the extraordinary legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. we think of how instrumental he was in bringing people of different races and cultures together. We consider Ezekiel’s example of sitting among captives and exiles, and most of all the example of Jesus who became one of us, living among us, sitting with us.
Greg explains the real difference between the sheep and the goats of Jesus parable in Matthew 25.
Join Greg as he considers the difference between an open hand, like that of Jesus on the cross, and a clinched fist.
God comforts us so that we might act as his tools, his hands and feet, to reflect and radiate his comfort to others. God’s comfort doesn’t terminate with us!
God is not somewhere, like heaven, while he is absent from another place or location. What does the fact that we cannot measure or completely fathom God mean for our relationship with him?
Of all revolutions, and of all the revolutionary anthems, this song is all about the greatest of them all.
There is only One way to find true, eternal rest from the anxieties, burdens and obligations that weigh us down.
Doubts are not the opposite of faith, they are a necessary part of the process. The opposite of faith, the real enemy, is fear.
Christ-less religion attempts to deceive us into thinking that outward form will always produce desired results. It’s a widespread deception — join Greg as he reveals more about form and substance.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins tells us more about the kingdom of heaven. But, is this parable warning us to be careful so that we don’t “run out” of the Holy Spirit? Is this parable telling us that 50% of all Christians are foolish? Does this parable offer hidden clues about the Second Coming?
Some estimates are that 10-15 million Christians in the United States do not regularly attend a building that calls itself a church. What and where, exactly, is the body of Christ?
As he answered this question posed by a religious professional, was Jesus telling us what to do, or did his answer go to a reality far deeper than merely helping our fellow humans in need?
It’s more than simply a line from the movie “A Few Good Men” with Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. How hard is it to embrace and receive the Truth?
Greg teaches from Matthew 7:13-14, taking issue with the popular idea of the precise identity of those who journey on the broad road, and, on the other hand, who is traveling on the narrow road.
The triumph of the slain Lamb of God, improbable and impossible as it seems, is the triumph of the way of grace.
Many people find themselves in a spiritual traffic jam, lives out of control, trapped in their circumstances. Is life for you same-o, same-o every day? Have you lost your zest for living? What are you running after — what is your life about?
Prayer is frequently misunderstood. Some wonder what good it does. Just what is prayer? What is its real power? Are there different kinds of prayers?
Who is he? What is he like? Could you describe him? Most people have heard his name — but the vast majority of people — even many Christians — are not aware of Jesus’ attributes.
Our world has been invaded! We are living in enemy-occupied territory! But the good news is the rightful King has landed — in disguise — and he is calling on all of us to be part of his kingdom!
It’s possible to have the experience of Christmas, without coming to know its spiritual implications and significance. Join us for Christmas as we ponder a Christ-centered Christmas.
According to C.S. Lewis, the birth of Jesus can be likened to the rightful king who parachuted behind enemy lines, encouraging those who followed him to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. It was the grace invasion! It still is!
Let the peace of God surround and envelop you, as you consider the astonishing miracle and amazing majesty of the coming of God in the flesh.
It’s understandable that the focus of Christmas for children is the gifts they might get, but Christmas never becomes much more than that for many adults. Their question is, “What am I going to get?” In one way, that IS the question, but not in the way most of us think.
The great American dream involves becoming someone and amounting to something. Parents hope their children will “make something” of themselves. But there was someone whose sole purpose was the precise opposite. Jesus was born so that he could become nothing.
Why did God in the person of Jesus come into our world? To die for our sins, to set us free, to win the victory over sin and death. True — those answers dominate our lists, but one of the most important reasons is that Jesus came to serve us.
There are two realities about Jesus that are extremely difficult for us to grasp because they lay outside of our human experience, yet they are absolute bedrock elements of our Christian faith.
Christmas has always presented a challenge to humanity. Some take 12 days to celebrate it; on the other hand, the Puritans outlawed it and even today some cults say Christmas is wrong. The birth of Christ asks the question, “What do we do with this Christ who was born?”
Many of us are more willing to accept Jesus Christ as the helpless, dependent baby in the manger than as Lord of our lives. We don’t want to hear how he challenges our beliefs and our way of life, but the central truth of Christmas is that the baby in the manger is God!
Travel is very much a part of Christmas. We join bumper to bumper traffic as we shop, we fly many hundreds of miles and travel our freeways to be with family and friends. Travel was a part of Christmas from the beginning, but at the first Christmas travel was for a different reason.
Christmas upsets many people because at least once a year they can’t run away from Jesus. When Jesus shows up, things change, the status quo is threatened. It is a time of challenge and confrontation to religion and politics.
Have you ever been left out, missed the cut, failed to make the team or been laid off? Without power, money, talent or good looks our culture often has no room for us. You know the same thing happened to Jesus .. when he was born there was no room in the inn.
God brings interesting situations into our lives so we can “find” Him. The story of the Magi, or Wise Men, and their determined but difficult trip to find Jesus has some interesting parallels for our own lives.
“Upward mobility” is the swan song of this age, yet Jesus’ birth was just the opposite. It’s the story of “downward mobility.” Jesus humbled himself, taking the very nature of a servant. Why? Was it for him or was it for us?
King Herod organized the first opposition to Jesus, trying to kill him when he was only a baby. Herod reminds us that God sent his Son into a world that didn’t really want him. How many of us are influenced by the same spirit that influenced Herod?
If you knew that a gift would bring you great joy but also some hardships, would you accept it? Greg talks about Mary’s response to the Angel Gabriel’s announcement that she would be the mother of God and that God has offered us an incredible gift.
Christianity is a career — it’s a profession. You can’t turn Christianity off and on. You either are a Christian or you are not. Join Greg as he talks about the hallmarks of being a Christian — about our Christian credentials.
Is God unfair? Why does He allow so much suffering, any suffering? The birth of Jesus, the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world, has so much to tell us about all of the suffering in today’s world. His birth brings meaning to our own lives of hurt and pain.
From the very beginning before the boundaries of our physical lives, time and space — before planet earth — before all that we know — Jesus’ birth as the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world was determined.
What about most of the time when God isn’t obvious in a burning bush or pillar of fire? Listen today as Greg examines a book of the Bible where God’s name is not mentioned once even though he’s acting powerfully in the background.