Category: Christian Growth

Steven Bancarz: God’s Sovereignty, Hope During Coronavirus, Pandemics

Today’s special guest is former New Ager, Steven Bancarz, founder of the apologetics website, Reasons for Jesus. We discuss God’s sovereignty and the truth of His Word in the midst of COVID 19. How should we understand pandemics as Christians? Where does God stand in relationship to disease, disasters, or other natural evils? And what has God promised us that can help assure our hearts during this time? By understanding the sovereignty of God and promises of eternal life, we can prepare ourselves emotionally for any pandemic that comes our way, COVID-19 included.

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Andy Woods: COVID Craziness! Church, State, and Scripture

Happy Great Friday where God in the flesh, Jesus Christ endured the cross and crucifixion, suffering for us that we might be saved from the wrath of God! Sunday’s coming, friends!

First, it’s been said ‘Freedom is tested in the midst of a crisis.’ We certainly are in a worldwide crisis that has affected nearly every family and American citizen in some way. Today we’re blessed to have a guest who can provide much clarity and insight on what is happening in the midst of COVID 19 and how Christians should be responding.

TODAY’S GUEST is Dr. Andy Woods, pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church, President of Chafer Theological Seminary, and founder of Andy Woods Ministries.

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Bill Perkins: Steeling Our Minds & Last Days Signs

It seems like end-times signs are happening at a breathtaking pace these days and Bible prophecies are being fulfilled to some degree worldwide. Now is a good time to consider digging deeper into God’s word and sharpening one another. Our mission remains the same: preach the word and love our neighbor. We should have plenty of opportunities in the weeks and months to come.

TODAY’S GUEST is Bill Perkins, founder of Compass International in 1993. The purpose of this evangelical ministry is to sharpen believers in Christ and defend the accuracy of the Bible.

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Heidi St. John: Get Off The Bench, Busy Christian Moms!

Today’s Guest writes: “Have you noticed that culture is struggling today? Look around you. Where are the answers to the difficult questions we are facing? Where are God’s people?  …In a world that desperately needs Christians who will speak about their faith, we have become timid. And as the church has lost its voice, the world has lost its way. Jesus knew this would happen. …It’s time for God’s people to find their voice. The hope we have in Jesus is the hope of the whole world:  an uncomplicated reconciling gospel that proclaims one thing: the healing work of the cross is still healing today.” -Heidi St. John

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Jeff Solwold: Kobe Bryant, Eternal Perspective, Spiritual Disciplines

Someone once said that ten out of ten people die, but we all live forever. The difference is eternal destinations. Yesterday’s news of the tragic death of basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant, shocked millions as it often does when someone famous dies. It reminds me of Psalm 90:12, a request for God to “teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.”

Everybody dies, so why don’t we seem to believe it deep down? If we did, perhaps we would live differently. As Christians, we should make the most of our time here and live with eternity in view! What are some good ways to cultivate an eternal perspective and maintain healthy spiritual disciplines?

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Juan Valdez: Responding to Charges of Intolerance

As our culture heads further away from God, it makes sense that more people are also rejecting truth. This often leads to attacks on those of us who believe in and who represent the God of truth. Are Christians equipped to respond to the false accusations and charges of hate? Is your family prepared to deal with the daily battles?

TODAY’S GUEST – Author, pastor, and apologist, Juan Valdez of Reasons for Hope

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Pastor Landon Churchill: True Revival Starts with Us

Most of us recognize the increase of moral relativism goes hand in hand with the decline of Christianity in America. Repentance and revival are needed today more than anytime in our history! But how much time do we have? Revival starts with you and me – in our hearts. But first of all, if you are not a Christian, you can’t even be revived because you must first be “vived” or made alive in Christ.

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Pastor Mike Abendroth: Bring All Things Back to the Word of Truth

Today’s discussion is centered around the importance of context when reading and applying Scripture. Context is a safeguard for us, and will prevent us from reading our preferences into the text or ‘Americanizing’ hand-picked Bible verses.

It all comes back to God’s Word. This is our foundation built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone. No matter how much the world and culture change; Jesus Christ is the same and God never changes! We must guard against the lies of the enemy and stop allowing cultural trends and false teachings to influence the church.

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Kanye West: Former Blasphemer Now Christian Brother

Breaking: Kanye West is human! Yes he is apparently a new convert to Christianity. Yes he seems to be bearing some fruit for the kingdom of God. Yes, he was a blasphemer, idolater, self-worshiper. Yes, he has a long way to go.

But we’ve heard from pastors, celebrities, ministry leaders, and fans. We’ve heard many good reports about the sincerity and boldness of Kanye’s faith in Christ and enthusiasm for the gospel.

Bottom line: let’s pray for his growth and maturity, and watch with cautious optimism.

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Chris Quintana: Reopening Churches Amidst Virus Fears, Misinformation

Pastor Chris Quintana and David Fiorazo discuss: Church leaders and pastors’ general response to opening up of churches. (Is on-line “worship” a poor substitute for church gatherings, in-person ministry?) Media’s mishandling of COVID 19 reporting and how the Left wants to keep things shut down indefinitely (or at least until November). Christians struggling with fear and conforming to the world; are we losing our influence? A comparison of Chinese Coronavirus and the Hong Kong Flu; and Chris’s recent interview with Doreen Virtue about Contemplative Prayer

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Exposing Media Malpractice: the War on Truth

An honest evaluation and pursuit of the truth is absolutely necessary in the Christian life. But in America (and the agenda-driven media in particular), the roots of deception go deep. Absolutes are questioned, history is either forgotten or rewritten, media has lost all credibility, and good people have fallen for lies, broken promises, and identity politics.

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Israel Wayne: Raising Godly Children – Against All Odds

Today, we discuss the importance of educating Christian children at home. Our guest is author, homeshooling expert, and editor of ChristianWorldview.net, Israel Wayne. He and his wife, Brook are raising ten godly kids!

We discuss technology, peer pressure, why some children leave the faith, gospel-centered parenting, the impact of culture and the LGBT movement, and the sobering statistics regarding ‘hours of influence’ in children’s lives.

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