Life can be discouraging when we see the ungodly prosper. It seems that worldly people flourish, even if they directly violate the laws of God. Based on this, young Christians will sometimes question why they should live God’s way.
Hannah never dreamed of being accused, sentenced, and imprisoned. Having come from a missionary family and seen God come through time and again, she expected Him to prove her innocence in court and keep life from spiraling out of control. But He didn't! Or did He?
As believers live the Christian life, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the dos and don’ts we are supposed to follow: Honor your parents; don’t complain; make disciples; love your family; etc. In our fast-paced world, how are we supposed to stay on top of it all?
Harking back to his Cajun upbringing in Louisiana, Don Courville uses a Boudreaux and Thibodeaux story to lighten the mood of this sobering message. Thibodeaux wonders how to get Boudreaux to see that his sin has lured him away. It seems impossible. After all, what do we do if o
Born and raised in South Africa, Keith’s early years were marked by hardship. When his father succumbed to alcoholism and changed his behavior as a result, Keith’s mother filed for divorce. The broken state of Keith’s family caused him to turn to the world for fulfillment.
“There must be more to the Christian life.” Have you experienced this feeling before? Realizations similar to this often precipitate revivals. In this first message, evangelist John Van Gelderen defines revival as being restored to Life (Christ) again.
Often music's dynamics and how it plays upon our hearts and lives can be difficult to describe. A different vocabulary is needed, and even then words can often come up short and be misleading. Scott Aniol's 50-minute message helps clarify these aspects of music.
The love which newlyweds experience need not end with the arrival of children! This collection of practical tips offers a foundation of critical ingredients for creating a husband-wife relationship that only deepens through the rigors of raising a family.
If Noah could have a family working for God, worshiping God, and walking with God, then you can have a family working for God, worshiping God, and walking with God! We are facing a terrible “flood” in our own day.
Don Richardson, missionary and riveting storyteller, shares stories of taking the Gospel to unreached people groups. God earnestly intends for His supreme blessing, first given to the Jews, to be spread throughout the nations.
God can turn around a worst case scenario for good. In Larry Guthrie's situation, it certainly seemed no good could come from the mistake he made! First, he had allowed a problem to escalate out of control before calling for help.
On the evening of September 10, 2001, pilot Steve Scheibner was packing for his assignment to fly American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston the next morning at 7:45. However, at the last minute another pilot, Tom McGuinness, voluntarily took Steve’s assignment.
Coming from the land of kangaroos, koalas, emus, wombats, and wallabies, Kylie travels internationally and knows what it feels like not to fit in—not to feel at home. It's a feeling we all know. It could be that we are left out or just plain lonely.
Watching the taming of a wild animal is something few have ever seen. A horse trainer's excitement is a little different than that of a bucking bronco rider. And the thrill takes on new significance as well as conviction when real life analogies are applied. Watch as Dr.
David and Priscilla Waller share with Bob Newhouse how God brought them together. In the first part of this interview, David and Priscilla tell about their commitments to serve the Lord in their singleness. Priscilla was busy ministering to young women who were dealing with personal struggles.
Without application doctrines can become mere philosophies, but without doctrine applications often becomes purposeless. From his unique standpoint as an IBLP alumnus and a pastor, Joe Norvell tries to bring clarity to the way doctrines and principles work together.
Gary Fraley can still remember his great grandmother's account of moving west in a covered wagon. Her intentional determination lives on in the life message of Pastor Fraley and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It is a resolve rooted in God's promise.
Immigration, terrorism, and anarchy. It seems these three issues would give any human being an excuse to feel like a victim. Yet are we entitled to anything better during this mortal life? Are we not here in the world to be the difference makers?
"There is no pit so deep that His great love is not deeper still." We can believe this statement when it comes from one who has been herself in that pit so deep. We identify with it keenly in our situations too.
What if my life is bearing no fruit? Does it mean I am not a Christian or that I have lost my salvation? What does it mean in John 15 when it says that the husbandman takes away such branches? And what if I am bearing fruit? Does that mark the end of pain and pruning?
We've all heard the command, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I Thessalonians 5:18). While there is always something to be grateful for, is it really reasonable to expect someone to give thanks for everything?
Lt. Commander J. David Rogers gives the fascinating story of Pearl Harbor and one man whose responsibility, determination, and sacrifice on his ship at Pearl Harbor kept the results from being much more devastating.
Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man (Luke 2:25). The Benham brothers share insights about growing in understanding by diligently reading God's Word and growing in stature by faithfully executing the small things He gives us.
Life can be busy. Finding peace and order can feel like an impossible mission. The very pursuit of simplicity may seem to produce only complexity, intensifying the wish for one, all-important guiding principle.
"Why do you want to waste your life merely doing something great for God when God invites you to do the impossible for Him?" What a question! What a challenge! And yet the impossible is precisely what God wants to do. Anyone can do great things.
In this session, Charles “Tremendous” Jones speaks on the price of leadership, and encourages us with these words: “The price you pay today determines what you’re going to be tomorrow.” Jones emphasizes his points by telling stories, believing one should, “Never tell a point without a story and
In Matthew 5, 6, and 7, Christ preached the greatest oration on earth, the Sermon on the Mount. In it, He said that Christians are like salt to the earth. Salt burns, and cleanses, and preserves. Likewise, when the body of Christ is holy, God puts those around us under deep conviction.
The Fear of Man. Without a conscious thought, this single factor can dictate the way we conduct ourselves, the way we think, the way we talk, and the decisions we make. How can we escape such a trap? Transforming this tendency into a hunger for God's approval is the only way out.
Procrastination can be the assassination of your motivation, the dilapidation of your habitation, and much more! Rick Grubbs exposes three subtle stages of this short-sighted habit and confronts the two major excuses we naturally find ourselves using to put off God’s will.
The Duggars' story in forty-seven minutes: how the Lord turned their hearts to have children, how they made it through when the first few were young, how God led their family through the challenges of politics and gave them a testimony of the truth that children are a blessing.
Learn with Paul and Jenny Speed how to gain true freedom by being open and broken about past failures. Secret sins are damaging to those around you without you even knowing about it! Do you want to be released from bondage?
In this insightful message discover how to identify and tear down even the most well-disguised stronghold by tracing it to the lie on which it is based. Many times we may feel there is something wrong and yet not be able to discern the cause. Where is the enemy? How did he gain his foothold?
The Courageous Conversation – a strategy to follow for any pressing issue. Helping husbands to exchange normal leadership for noble leadership and enabling wives to feel truly understood and loved are Chris and Anne Hogan's special calling.
Tom Harmon gives a vivid and colorful sermon on all it means to honor, read, study, and use the Word of God. It's transforming power is the key to growth as a Christian. But our growth in the Truth must be led by the Holy Spirit and tempered in real-time situations.
The world is made up of two interesting types of people: those who take and those who give. Think of the most loved person you know. Such role models are not hard for us to remember! Givers live a life of giving! It is obvious that in giving they themselves are satisfied!
Many tyrants have fallen before God's faithful servants, as Goliath before David, but is it possible that any of us can control that giant we face now, the ever-growing tyrant of urgency, disorder, and distraction? II Chronicles records one king who did.
Will you trust Me? This is one thing God really wants to know. This is what He would ask over and over as Sam and Ann Conway went from having it all to having a couple hundred dollars and no car. Savings, position, and even reputation were all gone. Will you trust Me?
Satan sets deceptive traps. Believers sometimes believe his lies rather than God’s truth. In this message, Karl Coke reveals one of Satan’s most tempting deceptions: that man can make choices as he pleases, on his own, void of any consequences.
Josef Tson is a man who is truly not afraid to die for Christ. In his gripping testimony, Dr. Tson details his persecution as a Christian pastor in Communist Romania and how he came to be liberated from the fear of dying.
Ever since the time Doug Small shared this simple message from Genesis 18 with our staff in Oak Brook, it has been a favorite, a kind of benchmark for beginning to begin to put in words the spirit of a personal prayer life. Praying is so much more than asking and acquiring answers.