Category: Leadership

Are We Prepared to Lead People to Jesus Christ?

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

As committed disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to shine brightly in a dark world, pointing lost people to the only hope: Jesus Christ and the gospel. But just how brightly do we shine these days? Are our lives a powerful light reflecting the glory of God? Or are we a flickering candle about to be snuffed out at the first sign of trouble?

Shining brightly begins with knowing the nature and character of God and then living our lives secure in this understanding. And how we as disciples react to life’s challenges speaks to our willingness and ability to be a faithful witness to Jesus as well as the gospel of repentance and salvation.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute wrote a book a decade ago titled Beyond the Deception: Learning to Defend the Truth, and he joins us for a self-examination of our lives and depth of our faith in Jesus Christ.

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Sacrificing Our Privacy for Security & Convenience

The news swirling around Washington D.C. is that we are about to hear about the exposure of illegal activities within the Obama Administration where American citizens, including then presidential candidate Donald Trump, were spied upon in direct violation of federal law. All this against the background of accusations against President Trump that he colluded with Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Like an excellent magician, the Left is great at distracting people with one hand while the other hand does the dirty work behind the scenes.

In other news, we may be surrendering our privacy due to our fascination with technology such as new products Alexa and Amazon Echo. Are we virtually giving big corporations access to our homes, personal information, and even private conversations. Are we headed toward a “Big Brother” State as predicted in the classic book 1984? Eric Barger suggests Christians are becoming “enemies of the state.”

In our first segment, we check in with Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project to discuss how feelings and opinions have increasingly become “truth” to many people, and the dangers of this trend.

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Are We Reliable, Believable Witnesses to the World?

God’s Word is under attack and indictment these days in the court of public opinion. It is being mocked and ridiculed as antiquated thinking in an “enlightened” world.

Now God does not need us to defend Him or His Word. One day every knee will bow before Him. But Jesus did appoint us as His ambassadors to share the good news of salvation available to all people through confession, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are to be witnesses to all He taught and point people to His return. But are we effective, believable witnesses? Or does our testimony fall on deaf ears because we are unreliable witnesses, discredited by the life we live?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss how we effectively bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ.

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How SCOTUS Works, & the Significance of Standing With Israel

Over the past several decades, most presidential candidates declared they believe Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel and that they would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem if elected. History has proven this to be political rhetoric to capture more votes as no past president has followed through on the promise – Until now. Yesterday, President Trump kept his campaign promise–a rarity for candidates these days–and proclaimed the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and would begin plans to move our embassy there. Whatever you think of President, Trump it is certainly refreshing to see a candidate actually follow through on a campaign promise.

Other than Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, world leaders are reacting with anger, claiming this will set the “peace process” back. This is the same ‘peace process” that has produced zero results for many decades. This morning we will discuss the potential effects of this courageous move by a controversial president.

In our first segment, we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council and hear some fascinating insights on how the Supreme Court works, as well as her thoughts on the opening arguments in the Jack Phillips’ religious freedom case. Is religious freedom hanging in the balance and could it come down to one man’s vote?

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Protecting Children, Ministry Leaders, & Christian Business Owners

We face an enemy who is crafty, experienced, and evil; Satan is ‘the father of lies.’ Ever since his unsuccessful rebellion against God at the beginning of time he has honed his craft, finding innovative ways to attack the children of God in hopes of discrediting the gospel message.

Today, Christians face increasing discrimination and ridicule in our nation. Fueled by Hollywood, media, public education, and a progressive government, we are seeing the rights of religious expression and worship attacked on several fronts. Cities and states are passing laws forcing Christian churches and organizations to choose to either approve of and support immoral, unbiblical values or risk being shut down.

But the enemy we face is clever and devious and never puts all his eggs in one basket. He is also stirring up problems within Christian churches and ministries by attacking our compassion for others. Churches and ministries are committed to ministering to anyone seeking help or hope. But the enemy has sent “spies” into our camp attempting to undermine our work. We are seeing frivolous lawsuits aimed at discrediting and even shutting down faithful warriors for Christ in order to intimidate the church.

In our second segment, we share the sad story surrounding Ravi Zacharias, a respected Christian leader dedicated to sharing the gospel and loving others, who was falsely accused of sexual improprieties even though it appears he did everything he could to be above reproach.

In segment three, we touch on the opening arguments of the Supreme Court case involving Christian artist and bakery chop owner, Jack Phillips, who is simply asking not to be forced to take part in gay marriages.

In our first segment we check in with Tina Griffin of Counter Culture Mom to discuss how we protect our children against the horrible influences of movies and video games. We also discuss the increased sensitivity to sexual harassment in our nation and the downside of ‘guilty until proven innocent.’

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The Advent Season

We are three weeks away from the celebration of Jesus Christ, our messiah, being born as a human, living as one of us yet remaining sinless, and dying on a cross for our sins. Yet the sole focus of the Christmas season seems to be on the birth of Christ, not including his life, death, burial, resurrection and promise that He would return one day to judge all men by His Word. Are we in essence “misrepresenting” Him when we fail to communicate the full gospel and reason for His first and second coming during the Christmas season.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss this and also how pastors, churches and ministries should react to the increase in charges of sexual harassment bombarding our institutions. Should this cause us to look at how we counsel and disciple people?

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No More Safe Haven

A very simple observation: As foretold in the Bible the world is growing more and more evil. War in the Middle East could break out at any time as Iran and Turkey vow to destroy Israel; evil regimes possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons that could devastate humanity; governments grow in power, controlling what we do, say and even think more and more each day.

Humanity collectively thumbs its nose at God. Public education and media pollute the minds of our children, indoctrinating them into a world view that opposes God and His Word.

Historically Christians have two “safe havens” where we could retreat from the insanity and growing evil of this world: Our churches and homes. Well sadly a growing number of churches are selling out to the world so as not to offend it; and now even the privacy of our homes and our very minds are under attack by the dangerous growth of highly invasive technology.

Eric Barger has been extensively researching how technology is being set up to manipulate and one day control us. This morning he joins us to discuss his new series “Home Invasion”.

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The Danger of Ignoring the Old Testament

Remember “Cliff’s Notes”? They were short summaries of books that would perhaps give a student enough information to pass an exam on the book, but not enough to understand the depth and importance of the written work. Many of us who were students before the invention of the internet probably relied on Cliff’s Notes more than we should have.

Well, are we as Christians approaching God’s Word with a “Cliff’s Notes” attitude? We understand enough to think we are saved, but we fail to grasp the eternal truth and principles of what God has given us in His Word, often at our own peril. Bible studies tend to concentrate on the New Testament, ignoring the rich history and timeless principles God gave us going back to Genesis.

Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us this morning to discuss one of the most fascinating accounts of the Bible in 1 Kings Chapter 18. The unique list of characters in this account include the Prophet Elijah; Ahab, one of the worst kings of Israel; Jezebel his scheming, idolatrous wife; and the false prophets of the false god Baal. What lessons can we learn and apply from this biblical account to our world today?

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Reviving an Increasingly Sleepy Church

As we see the wickedness and evil of this world increase at an alarming rate, the beauty of the bride of Jesus Christ, His Church, should be shining all the more radiantly. But while several churches remain faithful to God and refuse to compromise on His Word, a growing number seek compromise with the world for a variety of reasons. Perhaps fear, money or popularity are ruling the hearts of many church leaders instead of a passion for God and His Word.

But there is another culprit in this problem: A growing number of professing Christians prefer a message from the church that validates the desire of their flesh instead of challenging us to walk in holiness by the power of God’s Word and Spirit. And if the pastor dares teach a message about sin, confession and repentance—well they will just pick up and find a more accepting church where they can feel good about themselves.

Today we take an honest look at why the Christian Church in America is failing to shine brightly and point people to their only hope–the gospel of Jesus Christ–at a time when people feel more hopeless than ever. Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel Church in Madison, Wisconsin joins us for a frank discussion of the crisis we face and the only lasting solution: God and His complete Word.

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The Rumblings of a Major Earthquake

Catastrophic earthquakes are often preceded by minor tremors as the earth beneath us begins to prepare for a major shaking. To ignore these tremors is to court disaster as we are unprepared for what is about to happen.

The Bible tells us that in the final days this world will go through cataclysmic change never seen before on both a physical and spiritual level. And many biblical scholars believe we are now witnessing these minor tremors warning us that everything around us is about to change in a very profound and eternal way.

One of these biblical scholars is Pastor Carl Gallups, author of several best-selling books that warn us of what the Bible prophesies in these final days. Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of this world and the soon return of Jesus Christ to judge mankind and establish His everlasting Kingdom?

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Meaningful Christian Living & Evangelism

Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” was a best seller that got many Christians searching for God’s “purpose” for their lives. Our guest this morning says searching for our “purpose” is a wild goose chase because once you think you’ve found it the world will change its focus and you’ll end up like those dogs we see in videos chasing their tails while getting nowhere fast and becoming dizzy and frustrated. He says rather Christians should focus on the meaning of our lives–something by the way clearly defined in God’s Word.

Pastor Randy White joins us this morning to discuss the difference between purpose and meaning, along with the importance of using Biblical Exposition in evangelism.

We’ll also discuss an intriguing study about how “Generation Z” is the least Christian generation in our nation’s history–and why one Christian researcher thinks that is actually a good thing.

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