Category: Teaching

Listener Comments & Questions

These are some of your comments and questions we discuss today on air:

Should Every Christian be mature enough to be a teacher of the God’s Word?
What happens when a youth pastor uses games, entertainment, and get kids to “relate” to each other rather than teach the Bible or spiritual doctrines?
A brand new born-again believer in Christ asks for advice on her new life
Are some men more gifted spiritually than others?
The pattern of “positive preaching” rather than expository teaching in many churches today
A pastor writes us about feeling the pressure to put on a face that everything is wonderful in his life
If a person continues to be tempted and occasionally fall into sin, are they truly born-again?
Was Muhammad (Islam) influenced by the heresy of Arianism?
Are people waking up to the hypocrisy and hatred of today’s liberal leaders?
The fall of Willow Creek church leader Bill Hybels
Do some Christian leaders avoid controversial issues because they are either not informed or are they afraid they might lose members, tithes, or popularity?

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Two Ears, Only One Mouth

Why did God give us two ears but only one mouth?  Perhaps to show us we should listen twice as much as we should speak.  It is certainly much easier to get in trouble or look foolish when we speak instead of listening first. It is almost impossible to hear and understand others when we ourselves are talking.

When we enter into prayer to God, which are we using more, our mouth or our ears?  In our relationship and interaction with our spouse or other Christians, are we more interested in letting others know what we think or believe or do we listen and really hear others?

Dave Wager joins us this morning and we introduce a new ministry partnership of Q90 FM and Silver Birch Ranch — Relate365.com — a place to learn how to become committed disciples and leaders in our families, churches and communities.

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Forget the ‘Good Old Days’ and Press On!

It’s better to go to a funeral and get a reality check than go to a party. Why? Perspective. Death is a reminder for us (ten out of ten people die) so what are we doing with the life God has given us?

Yes, we might have a hard time forgetting – regardless of whether or not the experiences were happy or sad.

Some of us might look back and say those were happier times while others had such horrific childhoods or painful life experiences, they’re doing the best to overcome the effects of the past. For the Christian, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and the joy of the Lord is our strength. Happiness is temporary and depends on circumstances as well as our perception of things. True joy however, is a gift from God. Press on in Him, dear friend.

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Desperate for God and His Truth – in India

We take so much for granted where our faith and freedoms are concerned. Too many Christians in America have lost the desire for spiritual things while it is evident so many people in other countries hunger for God’s Word and the truth. There are striking similarities between the lukewarm church in Laodicea from the book of Revelation and the comfortable, complacent church in  the United States.

We receive another first-hand account of the state of the church today with our guest, teacher and missionary, Elijah Abraham, who just returned from India where he taught and helped equip pastors there. 

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Winning Our Spiritual Wars

Paul speaks of the spiritual warfare we are in every day as true disciples of Jesus Christ.  To win a war there are three necessary components:  A clear, committed mission.  Strong, competent leaders.  And committed, capable followers.

We often discuss on this show how the Church in America has drifted from the mission given us by Jesus; and how there have been some failures within leadership of the church to lead as Christ led.  Today we look at ourselves as followers and ask “Are we being faithful soldiers, committed to the battle?”

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to look at 2 Timothy Chapter 2, and assess where we are as faithful soldiers in this battle.

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Discernment or Self-Destruction?

This morning on Stand Up For the Truth we read your comments and answer your questions from this week.  One central theme is discernment issues within Christianity.  Are we using proper biblical discernment or engaging in prideful witch hunts, looking to discredit others who we disagree with?  Also, several have chimed in regarding young people seeking “community” outside the confines of church. We discuss these and other topics of interest today.

First up, David covers our weekly Media watch segment, answering this question:  Why does secular media dedicate so much time to covering issues Americans say they don’t care about?

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God is Faithful

We hear it proclaimed almost every time we gather in Christian fellowship: “God is faithful!” There is certainly peace and security in knowing we worship the one true God who cannot lie or contradict Himself, and whose eternal nature and attributes are unchanging. It should give us great peace to know God cannot break His promises and that He provides a consistent message for us as His adopted children.

But is God’s faithfulness conditional upon us in any way, shape or form? Can he be moved or manipulated by our level of faith? And just what is God faithful to do for both those who commit to Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, and those who reject Him? Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us for a discussion on the role of faith in the Christian life, and God’s faithfulness.

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God’s Perfect Timing in Christ, the Beginning and the End

If you have ever been disappointed with God, His answer to your prayers or His timing, then welcome to the overcrowded club! Maybe we can all learn something from these experiences. Slow down and trust in Jesus; love God and love your neighbor, submit to God’s sovereignty. Obey His commandments and walk by faith (not by sight) a day at a time.

While we were still sinners, Christ redeemed us at just the right time, forgave our sins, and will return to deliver us eternally. He’s got us covered past, present, and future!

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 2 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV)

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Reading the Owner’s Manual

You purchase that brand new smart television or i-phone, excited about the latest gadget in your life. You open the package and read the user’s manual, making certain you completely understand all the instructions and features of your newest toy. You memorize those instructions and features and enjoy your new gadget for many years.

God has given us a tremendous “user’s manual” that goes into detail about who He is and what we can expect in life as disciples of Jesus Christ. But do we approach the Bible with as much passion and desire to learn as we do the latest gadget in our lives? Or do we really think “Siri” has all the answers?

Some might say “Well the Bible is too complex and difficult to understand!” But our guest this morning says “not so”: that if we take the time to make God’s Word the most important book in our lives that we can understand it and allow it to guide us through the ups and downs of life. We’re joined this morning by Pastor Randy White discussing how we should study the bible and understand its rich depths in guiding us through the good and bad times.

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Church: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

In a world increasingly hostile to God and His Word, the importance of belonging to a strong, biblical church has never been greater. Sadly, an increasing number of churches seem to be looking for ways to compromise with secular culture in the hopes of growing their church. Many crucial, biblical issues are not being addressed for fear members might be offended and leave the church. But there are still many solid Christian churches out there who are staying true to God’s Word and refusing to give in to political correctness or conform to the world.

In our consumer driven mindset these days, we want what we want, when we want it. But has this mindset caused some to leave churches for the wrong reason? Is it all about us being fed and a church meeting our needs? What about serving the body of Christ? And how do we know when it might be time to find a new church, and what does a solid church look like?

Joining us today for an in depth look at the importance of strong Christian teachings and fellowship in the church is Pastor Randy White.

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Needed: Men of God

God is a God of order. In His infinite wisdom and understanding He established guidelines for His Church to carry out His will on earth until the day Jesus Christ returns. When we do not follow His guidelines, we get the results we see today: a decaying morality, corrupt culture, ineffective churches, and families falling apart.

God ordained men to be leaders in His Church and in our families. But over the past 50-plus years, many men have abdicated their position of leadership for a variety of reasons. Most studies show that professing Christians divorce at a rate similar to unbelievers. And the disintegration of the family is creating problems for the church and our society.

How do we stand up once again and become godly men, following hard after Christ and embracing the privilege and responsibility God has given us as leaders? We’re joined this morning by Pastor Gary Gilley who just taught on this very subject at a recent Christian Men’s Conference.

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The Basics are Critical

Sometimes Christians get so wrapped up in the ways we have always done things that we lose sight of what is really important: the Basics. In no area is this more true or important than in the role of church. We go every week and “do our thing,” but how many of us have taken the time to see how God defines “church” and the requirements He has placed upon it?

First up today is our guest, Doug Wakefield, of Best Minds, Inc. to give us a healthy perspective on the economy, stock market ups and downs, and a refresher on what Christians need to be focusing on. Doug writes the monthly research newsletter, The Investor’s Mind.

In our second segment, we cover a few disappointing news stories practically condemning the liberal media of complicit bias. We also briefly review the job of a news-person today and the principles of journalism. (You’re not going to believe the Associated Press story – which they redacted – that led to fear, misreporting, and even violence all because of the anti-Trump agenda of the AP.)

In our third segment, we get back to the basics explore exactly how God defines church and the marching orders He has given her. Are we fulfilling the commands for the church that the Lord has given us in His Word?

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Churches Built on Shifting Sands

In our final segment today, Mike and David look at Willow Creek Church’s implosion based on the sexual harassment allegations against former pastor Bill Hybels. Last week, the entire Board of Elders, along with the new pastoral leadership team resigned, admitting they failed in their investigation on the allegations against Hybels. The question now is does this moral failure and implosion discredit Willow Creek’s global Leadership Summit and the Willow Creek Association, which was supposed to build leaders in the church? We discuss WHY the Willow Creek fallout matters and what can true Christians learn from it.

First, today’s guest is Pastor Randy White. We discuss how to respond in an increasingly caustic, divisive culture, including interacting on social media. We also discuss good and bad daily devotionals and why we should not recommend any devotional instead of God’s Word. We also discuss some interesting Bible facts you may not have known are in God’s Word.

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Pastors: Stop Imitating and Embracing the World

Today Mike and David discuss a provocative and compelling article by Shane Idleman that challenges pastors to stop imitating the world and return to the fundamentals of being a pastor: Teaching the complete Word of God, challenging the flock assigned to them to grow in holiness, and to quit worrying about offending members of their church. Idelman makes an interesting observation in his article: that at a time when “unity” is the buzz word in many churches perhaps it is time for a little separation to divide true born-again believers from the goats.

In our first segment, Mike and David talk with a Messianic Jew who has committed his life to reaching Jews with the truth and gospel of Jesus Christ. We will discuss why most Jews reject Jesus as messiah and how we can share the truth of the gospel with them.

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Refuting the Deceptions of Islam

Human nature is such that if a lie is repeated often enough people will believe it if they are not grounded in the truth of God and His Word. We have witnessed this in the areas of abortion and acceptance of homosexuality within our culture and even in many professing Christian churches. A vast majority of Americans used to oppose these issues, but now over time many people – even Christians – have caved to culture and generally accept both practices.

The same appears to be happening with Islam. Deceivers and those they have deceived keep repeating lies about Islam and an increasing number of Americans jumped on board. Even in the Christian Church an increasing number of pastors and church members think Islam is an “Abrahamic faith” and that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. But the Quran and other Islamic “holy books” contradict these ideas. And certainly, anyone familiar with the Bible knows that Allah of the Quran is clearly not the God of the Bible.

What other deceptions about Islam are people accepting today as truth? Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now born-again believer joins us to discuss the issues. Elijah travels around the world equipping and teaching pastors about Islam and how to reach Muslims with the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Who is Influencing Whom?

The Church should be full of salt, preserving culture, providing flavor, and being a positive influence in secular society. Instead, by any measurable standard, immorality is increasing and secular culture is infiltrating and influencing the church in part by creating division and deceiving many. Whether out of ignorance, fear, or heartfelt but compassion, more congregants as well as church leaders are embracing secular principles and beliefs in the hopes of attracting the world.

Today, Mike and David look at several news stories addressing this subject, including the ongoing controversy at Willow Creek Church as it prepares for its Global Leadership Summit. We also discuss a survey revealing the majority of Christians think God wants them to prosper financially, and the author of ‘The Shack’ claims unbelievers can still be saved even after they die.

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