Prayer is a rather common thing. All kinds of people in all kinds of religions pray—many do so often and with a zeal that is nothing short of fanatical. However, the Bible reveals that there are conditions regarding God’s willingness to hear our prayers. The fact is that prayer for most people is done in vain futility! Our prayers help define our true relationship with God—how do we measure up?
Jesus warned: “Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” How is this to be understood? Is He saying that if we fail, someone else will take our place?
God did not create Satan and demons. And still, they exist! How is this possible? In what way do they influence man? What powers do they have? Could they affect and deceive you? Why is it so dangerous to dabble in the occult? How can we conquer demons?
Are we guilty of wrongly accusing others or of judging prematurely, without having all the facts? Are we guilty of slander, libel or spreading lies? Are we opening ourselves up to demonic influence, as King Saul did, when he became angry with David and misjudged certain situations? If we just look at outward appearance and what is in front of our eyes, rely on hearsay or gossip on the Internet, or listen to false witnesses, we may make false accusations and become guilty of sin.
When we think about buildings, do we realize that God actually cares about buildings? Just how specific was He about certain buildings in the Bible? What can we learn by studying these buildings? What about what the buildings were made of? And finally how does this tie in to our spiritual lives?
The fear of God is a unique experience, which ironically, is nothing to fear! Learning how to cultivate the reverence that God requires of us increases our ability to understand Him and stand in awe of His amazing plan – a plan that is in action today, and which will reach it’s fulfillment in the not-too-distant future.
We know that Christ knocks at our door and desires that we hear His voice and heed it. But how redily are we opening the door to worldy influences?
Psychologists misunderstand the nature of anger and give oftentimes wrong advice as to how to deal with it. What does the Bible say about the causes of anger and wrath? Does God tell us very clearly how we are not to deal with anger; and how we can solve this devastating problem which could destroy us and others?
We will face exceptionally difficult times in the future, with deception unlike anything that has happened before; however, we also will be able to know that Christ's return is drawing near. We must be watching and ready!
When we go through trials, do we have the faith and trust in God that He will carry us through; that He will give us the strength to endure the trial; and that He will give us the desires of our hearts? This sermon shows how we can have this confidence, and what God expects of us.
God is very specific in His law which we are to obey, or we will die. We must also be careful that we don't do wrong, or we will die. Sounds harsh? Let's see what the Bible has to say about it.
Doubt prevents us from believing in the truth. If it goes unchecked, doubt prevents us from examining ourselves to see if we are in the faith. We will face challenges that put our faith to the test.
Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Many do not know the real reasons. And how does God’s punishment relate to us today—and especially to those who do know the truth of the Bible?
God has designed His laws and commandments to help us be successful in the lives we live. We apply them by making them a regular practice and way of life. Yet, we need to be careful to obey them. That means that we have to be concerned with how we actually design our habits and make changes in our lives. Changing for the sake of becoming perfect and following Jesus Christ’s example is a vital aspect of our conversion.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."-Matthew 5:14