Tag: Dave Wager

Meaning in Christ or the American Dream?

Satan, the enemy of our souls, is a powerful adversary with many weapons. He is the father of lies and the master of evil with thousands of years of experience in how to tempt and distract people from God. We are told to both resist him, stand firm in Christ, and to reject his sinfully seductive arguments and ways.

One of the ways he tempts us is with worldly pursuits that sound good including the pursuit of – not holiness and godliness – but the American dream. There’s nothing wrong with working for a living, paying our bills and taking care of our family, but we often take it much further to coveting or even the pursuit of wealth.

The enemy is dangerous enough, we don’t need to make his job easier by becoming obsessed with the pleasures of this world and things that overwhelm us with activities and fruitless pursuits. Sadly, we may one day find ourselves more distant from God and unable to hear His voice through His Word.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss ways we can turn away from the temptations and busyness of life and find rest in God.

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Are We Truly Living for the Glory of God?

In Matthew 15:7-9, Jesus pointed out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees by saying:

“You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

The first step for us as born-again Christians is to admit that we speak and act like hypocrites far too often. The second step is to be committed to allowing the grace and Spirit of God to bring our hypocrisy to an end as we grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. Because of the continuing sinful nature within us and the pressures in this world that will be a life long battle, but one we should be committed to fighting.

How often do we damage our testimony and witness to lost people when we behave in a way that contradicts the Word of God? Does your spouse and children see a different you compared to the one people see when you’re in church? Do we want enough of God’s grace to be saved; but not enough to be sanctified and made holy?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch is here to help us look internally at our hearts and the hypocrisy we too often display.

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Fearing God. Exactly What Does that Mean?

Proverbs 9:10 states: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” But what exactly does the Bible mean when it says we are to fear God? Does it mean that even as His adopted children we expect Him to punish us every time we disobey Him? Or that the moment we disobey Him, He will rescind His promise to those who confess, repent and place our complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ?

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss what a healthy and accurate fear of God looks like, and why “the fear of the Lord” is seen as an antiquated belief even among professing Christians.

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Birthing Ishmaels in Our Lives

Let’s start with some biblical history: God tells Abraham (Abram) that he will give him a son and his descendants will be as numerous as the stars and a great nation. Sarah, Abram’s wife, is very old and convinced that God has closed her womb, so she tells Abram to have sex with her Egyptian servant, Hagar, to birth a son. They did have a son, Ishmael, and Sarah was mad at Hagar for doing what she commanded her to do.

But God was still faithful and true and gave Abram a son through Sarah, Isaac, as his legitimate heir. Ishmael, not part of God’s plan for Israel, is sent away and fathers the Arab nations that today war against the Israelites. Instead of waiting on and trusting God, Abram birthed an “Ishmael” and all sorts of problems as a result.

Dave Wager joins us this morning to discuss how we as believers continue to “birth Ishmaels” in our lives, causing problems because we are outside of God’s will.

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The Nonsense of “Christians Shouldn’t Judge”

One of the most misleading statements infiltrating much of the Christian Church these days is the statement that “Christians shouldn’t judge.” This misrepresentation of God’s Word has been used to excuse sinful behavior and render us ineffective in living lives of holiness and sharing the gospel with the lost. In reality, the Bible teaches us that Christians should be discerning and use sound judgment in our decisions every day, from the choices we make to our interactions with believers and unbelievers. What we judge and how we judge is where the rubber meets the road.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us this morning to look at what the bible teaches us about making judgment on our own actions and the actions of others, believers and unbelievers.

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The Seductive Siren of Entitlement

The enemy of our souls has many weapons to distract us in our journey as Christians. Perhaps none is more effective than leading us to believe that we deserve something more from God, that salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ is not enough. Somehow God also “owes us” happiness, wealth, great relationships, and a stress free life.

The “Entitlement Mentality” rampant in our nation is destroying us economically, socially, and spiritually. Many young people are demanding free college, free health care, and full acceptance of their beliefs and values even though they contradict the Word of God. The path to success through hard work and sacrifice has been replaced with the idea that the world and others owe us something just because we exist.

Christians are not immune to this entitlement mentality either. It’s not enough that God has rescued us from eternal damnation through the sacrifice of His Son; and rather than understanding our indebtedness to God for His grace and forgiveness, we assume that God should give us something more. The apostle Paul called himself a slave to Christ; many professing Christians look at God as a “slave” to our earthly desires.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss the dangers of the entitlement mentality, to both our nation and to the Christian Church.

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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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Is This the Future of America’s Churches?

Today we cover an intriguing article from Denver, Colorado about an “atheist church of free thinkers.” What is very interesting about the article is the words they use to describe their “community” are the same words that appeal to many young Christians these days: Free-thinking, questioning, skeptical, and conversational.

Is this the model for the future of church for our younger people? We discuss this with Dave Wager of Silver Birch ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute. Dave has worked with youth for 35 years.

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Biblical Submission to Authority

This morning we discuss an important biblical issue that just goes against every fabric of our sinful, rebellious nature: submission to the authorities in our lives. In many ways America is an interesting paradox. We are a Republic governed by the rule of law—yet we came into existence by rebelling against the laws we were under (from England).

In our first segment we look at a disturbing story of how bad things can get when young people are not taught respect and to honor authority. A decorated Green Bay School Teacher recently resigned because student behaviors were so bad that her very life and health was in danger. And we discuss the sad irony of this fact: teachers facing anarchy from students when their own teacher’s union used to recommend they read and emulate Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals so they can learn how to undermine political authority over them. Are we headed straight to the brink of anarchy in our nation where there is no authority or order?

What about us, professing Christians, are we honoring the authorities in our lives as the Bible instructs? Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss the biblical mandate of honoring the authorities God has placed in our lives as believers.

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Fear and Faith

The Bible has much to say about faith, and the things we put our faith in will either disappoint us or lead us to joy and peace. The Bible also has much to say about fear. And the things we truly fear say a lot about our professed faith in God. Jesus said we are to fear God, but we also have the assurance of His lovingkindness as a Father. How do we reconcile faith and fear according to God’s Word?

This morning we go to God’s Word to discuss biblical faith and fear with Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute.

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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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Liberal Theology & Thought: A Cancer Spreading in the Professing Church?

We all celebrated when we thought Communism and Marxism had finally died with the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1989. Little did we know Marxism hadn’t died; it had only morphed into something more subtle but every bit as dangerous: the new progressive liberalism. This is tolerance and inclusiveness on steroids!

By all accounts Marxism has infiltrated our colleges and media under the nomenclature of progressivism. It’s bad enough our nation’s younger people open their arms to this dangerous deception, but a growing number of professing Christians and churches have openly embraced and promoted this system that directly contradicts most of the Bible’s teachings. On today’s program, Mike LeMay and David Fiorazo explore this dangerous movement and how it is not only being openly embraced by millions of American citizens, but by too many ‘professing’ Christians in our nation.

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Kenneth Copeland “Hearing from God Again”

We hear stories of persecuted Christians in China, North Korea and Iran praying for God’s protection as they are imprisoned, tortured and murdered for the sake of the gospel. Some Christians face a health crisis, or wonder how they will put food on the table for their families because they are out of work. They go from day to day praying and trusting in God for His provision and protection, remaining faithful in the face of serious challenges. And then there are people like Kenneth Copeland…

According to his so-called “ministry” Copeland recently heard from God that he needed another luxury jet to accommodate his overseas excursions. And that God miraculously sent Tyler Perry his way to sell him a luxurious Gulfstream V private jet. All of this on the financial backs of naive professing Christians who believe in Copeland’s “prosperity gospel teaching”. But apparently the luxurious jet Copeland received is not quite good enough because he is asking his followers for another $2.5 million for “necessary upgrades” to his new toy. We’ll share the details in our second segment this morning.

In our first segment we are joined by Brad Dacus of The Pacific Justice Institute to talk about the fight for religious freedoms of Christians in our nation.

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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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What is on Your Mind and Heart?

We want to know what is important to you and hopefully together, we’ll take everything to God’s Word. Topics you asked to discuss this week include: Pastors using “The Message” paraphrase; Should we ignore or invite Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses in when they visit our homes; “Dual Covenant” theology; do President Trump’s ill-advised comments outweigh his many positive accomplishments; Yoga classes in churches; and Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual beliefs.

Every Friday we cover any topic you our listeners want to discuss. (For net week, here’s how to connect with us to share your comments or ask questions: Email comments@standupforthetruth.com, Text TRUTH to 797979, Call 1-800-979-9010 and ask for Mike or David.

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God is Love

In the book of 1 John, the writer tells us God is love. In fact He loves so perfectly that He provided every person the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins and to spend eternity with Him through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Greater love than this the world has never known.

God loves all His creation, but does He love all men equally? Are we all “children” of God? And is God’s love and provision alone enough for mankind to spend eternity in Heaven? Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us to discuss the incomparable love of God.

In the third segment, we look at a huge settlement imposed on a Wisconsin School District because they allegedly ‘discriminated” against the bathroom wishes of a self-identified transgender student.

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Remembering Our Persecuted Family

We take so much for granted in America where our religious freedoms are concerned, and many of us can feel somewhat disconnected with our brothers and sisters in the Lord around the world. Being a committed disciple of Jesus Christ is an invitation to mocking and ridicule here in the states, but in many nations it is an invitation to persecution, imprisonment and even death. Despite Satan’s attempts to intimidate or silence Christians, the gospel is being preached in every nation and there are saints who remain committed to Christ.

How can we in America help our persecuted brethren? Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs joins us for an update. You absolutely must listen to his miraculous story in the first ten minutes of the interview about how God guided a donkey to bring Bibles to Christians by walking miles after crossing a very dangerous Syrian border.

Also, Tortured for Christ: the Movie, a very powerful film will be released March 5 at select theaters. This is a great challenge and reminder for true believers to serve Christ and to witness for Him no matter the cost.

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