Everything that lasts has to endure the intense desire to give up or give in. No human being is immune from this ploy of the devil. Discover how God renews our emotional and mental strength so that we can hang on through the crisis of despair.
Do you live by your feelings, or a knowledge of the truth? Do you want a temporary happiness or lasting joy? Our world is selling pleasure in place of God’s peace – but you don’t have to be a part of this losing proposition. Discover the how you can be strong, happy, and secure in Christ.
Throughout the Bible the natural world is used to illustrate spiritual realities. Just as in nature, there are seasons in our spiritual experience. Whether you find yourself in the joys of summer, or an endless winter, there are only two things that we need to possess to be content.
In Matthew 11:12 Jesus makes a fascinating statement, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” This message explores the prize, the price, and the power, and looks at how and who can take the kingdom of heaven by force.
Is being with God a bore? Or even worse, unpleasant? These questions are at the heart of keeping the Sabbath holy. How did Jesus present the experience of the Sabbath and what price did He pay for showing us the right way?
Simple is better. That’s why the first three words of the fourth commandment are worthy of serious reflection by the earnest Christian. God doesn’t want anyone confused. So make a journey through this easy-to-understand fourth commandment and discover the joy of the Sabbath.
Commandment three challenges the consistency and the sincerity of our union with Christ. Far beyond the careless use of God’s name is the haphazard way we live our lives under the moniker “Christian.” Check and see if Jesus is honored by your life and all of choices.
What kind of relationship do I have with God? What kind does He want? Do you find yourself praying “at” God, or talking with Him? Discover what idols look like and what they do to the heart of a Christian experience.
Of all the commandments, number one prescribes the only way to have a fresh and living encounter with the God of the universe. It is the most personal and intimate of all the commandments and its right fulfillment can only happen in total devotion to the God of our deliverance. Jesus made commandment number one the key principle of all relationships with Himself and holds the same expectation for the 21st century church.
God’s law has not changed. What God is hoping to change is our hearts. When we relate to God without full surrender and with a carnal heart the law is constantly speaking against our actions and our motivations, but when we experience God’s saving grace our lives come into line with highest order of law, which is love for God and our fellow man.
Jesus, when talking about preparation for heaven, encourages us to strive to find the right path (Luke 13:24). And Paul challenges Christians to strive like an Olympic athlete to gain our eternal prize. Viewing the struggles in our christian experience as problems instead of progress is sometimes all too easy. Is there really a tryout for Heaven and how focused is your “training” schedule?
There are very few moral protests in the world in regards to courtship and marriage. Consequently people do what they want and leave a wake of devastation in their path. Two seductive lies are ruining the future and the existence of marriage in our world. God calls us as communities of faith to stand up and declare certain choices unacceptable. Even at the risk of being called judgmental.
Elder Van Hurst is president of the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and was our guest speaker at Cicero on this Sabbath. The special musical number was presented by Elder Hurst and his daughter Kortnye.
A surgeon learns how to operate step by step. When it comes to removing tumors from relationships we need to learn conflict skills. We can’t just let our feelings out and hope that when we’re all done things are going to be ok. Solving problems is a science and an art. Let’s build our marriages artistically and skillfully.
How much we love our spouse is revealed by how committed we are to problem solving. You can actually start solving problems before they begin. Communication and conflict are the framework for healthy and happy relationships. Discover the guiding principles of conflict resolution.
The Devil has worked hard to take God’s treasure and make it common and cheap. Is sexuality the glue that keeps people together? Or is their a deeper bonding agent that gives sex it’s thrill? Safeguard your relationship from the common lies about God’s gift to married men and women.
The Bible teaches women to submissive to their husbands. Has this idea been hijacked by the men of the world? Does God actually give women second class status in society and in the home? Discover the paradox of God’s design for attractive womanhood.
Everything we do tells people something about us. If you’re married, or in a serious relationship, every word and every action is building or destroying the cornerstone of long lasting love. The depth of emotional intimacy that you share will be determined by this all encompassing principle. Grade yourself and see how far you can reach into your spouse’s heart.
There is one thing that Heaven gets really excited about. What is it? Is it what I get excited about? How can I make sure my priorities are in line with my beliefs? In this message, we’ll take a look at how the first three words recorded in the Bible for man after the fall, are the essence of the gospel.
Our real standing in the universe is a function of our relationship to God. We now have direct access to heaven through Jesus our Elder Brother. Discover how the human race has been elevated through the amazing condescension of Jesus.