In this program, Greg offers the tools you need to become a real student of the Bible, and not just a casual reader.
92% of American households have a Bible. 60% percent of adults believe the Bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings. It’s the number one best-selling book of all time. But how many have really studied the Bible? Greg gives seven good reasons why you need to study the Bible.
Did you know that the spelling “Sundae” in ice cream sundaes came about because church leaders in Evanston, Illinois objected to the newly popular mixture of chocolate syrup and ice cream being called an ice cream “Sunday”? Greg shows just how bankrupt legalism is.
What is the difference between Christians and non-Christians? Christians and non-Christians alike do good things, they build schools and hospitals, they care for the poor and feed the hungry.
Legalism, obedience to rules, can lead us to congratulate ourselves on our own goodness and make us feel we deserve salvation. Legalism was at the heart and core of the heresy Paul was fighting in Galatia.
Legalism is a virus that is always present in organized Christianity. It is always lurking, looking for a weakness, some way to become active. Legalism sneaks around in the shadows trying to convince us that salvation is Christ “plus.”
In one of his letters, the apostle Paul strives to convince the Galatians that the external trappings of religion are not the spiritual reality — a lesson we need to consider and that Greg drives home in this program.
What makes Christians righteous? What we do? What we don’t do? The apostle Paul says a lot about this subject.
The Apollo 13 mission was appropriately dubbed, “a successful failure.” Many defining moments in life emerge when we are on the edge of fulfillment, yet denied the thing we most want. Greg shares a biblical example and its lessons for how to be a successful failure.
Attempting to create a better impression of ourselves than we deserve is a powerful human temptation. Greg discusses the Biblical story of Ananias and Saphira who tried to create an image of themselves that didn’t reflect reality.
Do you have “enough” faith? How can you acquire “more” faith? “How much” faith will it take before God is happy with you?
When Jesus was asked a trick question, he responded with timeless wisdom about the nature of the kingdom of heaven and the kingdoms of this world.
The kingdom of God is not experienced passively – at a distance. It does not come with observation. The kingdom of God is in session! Are you involved?
Christ-followers seek peace – they are, by definition, good citizens of the countries in which they live – because of God’s grace. But we are citizens of the kingdom, and our primary allegiance is to Jesus, not earthly governments and its authorities.
Jesus’ presence and his essence defines the kingdom of heaven – an entirely different kind of kingdom.
Loyalty to country — faith in God. Are they one and the same? Many, in the name of Jesus, tell you they are. But kingdoms are in conflict — and the greatest conflict of all is that between earthly kingdoms and our heavenly kingdom.
We can have political and economic freedom, but remain enslaved to false religion. Of all freedoms, freedom in Christ is the most cherished and prized of all.
The world at large identifies Christians in terms of what we are against, rather than what and Who we are for. When the ministry of Jesus and his gospel is so inclusive, why is it that so many churches make it so hard to be a part of his kingdom?
The riches and treasures of God’s grace arrive in amazing and miraculous ways in our lives, often coming from something that seems to have little or no value. God is in the recycling business!
As Christ-followers, when we give our best in the face of overwhelming odds, we are assured that because of Christ we might be destroyed but never defeated.
HIS kingdom is 1) for everyone, 2) does not depend on our prayers or efforts, 3) is a kingdom like no other and 4) is past, present and future.
The disciples were huddled together out of fear when Jesus offered them peace – he invites you and me to faith and belief, out of a world bent on knowing only that which can be known by human abilities and senses.
A dinner in Jesus’ honor is sandwiched between the death and resurrection of Lazarus and Jesus. With the smell of death in the air, Mary, Lazarus’ sister, pours out an extravagant act of love.
One of the great travesties and tragedies of modern Christendom is the idea that Christianity means having your best life, in terms of health and wealth, now. When Jeremiah complained about his fiery trials, God told him that he hadn’t run with the horses yet.
When Jesus healed a leper he gave a bear hug to someone who was considered untouchable, even by religious priests. Join us as we consider the significance of Jesus’ embrace.
As we celebrate Father’s Day we celebrate earthly fathers and we worship our heavenly Father, giving thanks that 1) we have a heavenly Father who is God and 2) a God we know as Father.
The elements of bread and wine/juice instituted by Jesus are symbols of the limitless favor and lavish grace of God, poured out on us without measure.
C.S. Lewis once observed that everyone thinks forgiveness is a good idea until they have someone to forgive. That’s when the rubber hits the road.
Join us as we consider the remarkable, gracious, Christ-centered words of John the Baptist, as he said that Jesus must become greater while his own ministry must lessen.
Everyone knows that dying on a cross is unsafe, but that’s exactly what Jesus did. The cross of Christ is the perfect illustration and demonstration of God’s reckless love.
Inside a big, ornate religious building Jesus pointed out one of the little people to his disciples – a defenseless, vulnerable and preyed upon woman who was in religious bondage.
The parable of the Sheep and the Goats teaches us that God’s grace is shocking because it insists that Jesus is absolutely the center of our lives – far more important than paying our dues and keeping our religious accounts in order.
The gospel of Jesus Christ has already declared Christ-less religion to be as dead and obsolete as the do-do bird. Jesus, on the other hand, is the epitome and personification of God’s dynamic, enduring and eternal grace.
We remember the historic contributions of Martin Luther King Jr, who, as a Christ follower, confronted extreme hate, standing by the extreme love of God, which produces freedom in Christ.
We can understand the love relationship God has, and which defines him as who he is, and the relationship he extends to us as a dance of grace and harmony.
In our consumer-driven world, religion attempts to meet “felt-needs” – scrambling to give people the health and wealth they want, while Jesus calls us to suffering – to come and follow him. Are we attempting to remake God in our image or yielding to him so that he might transform us into his?
Is your relationship with God best defined by the choices and decisions you make, or the choice God has made in extending an invitation to you?
Much emptiness and disillusionment is caused by a small god, a cheap substitute for and counterfeit of the God revealed in and through Jesus. God’s love and grace is vast and astonishing, more than enough for all of our needs.
The Bible has a lot to say about clothing and its significance, and it is never more meaningful than when it speaks of being adorned with Christ.
When we pray we want to say the right thing using the right words, but sometimes the right words don’t come – at such times we have a Partner who helps.