This is the first audio message for the Heroes & Villains series.
There are few true heroes or villains in the biblical record. Most fully-developed characters in the Old Testament are not so easily labeled. They are heroes who sometimes did wrong, or they are villains who sometimes did right. Hero or villain--they each have something to teach us. Saul, David, and Solomon reigned over
This is the second audio message for the Heroes & Villains series.
Rehoboam was the first king of the Southern Kingdom, Judah, following the division of
This is the third audio message for the Heroes & Villains series.
You pick the word. On your tombstone, what word would you like to see complete this sentence: “This believer was __________ devoted to the Lord.” Here are some options: “Fully devoted” would mean that you were sold out for Jesus Christ without compromise. “Conditionally devoted” would mean that you spoke well of the Lord during fair weather, but cursed Him during inclement weather. “Not devoted” would mean that you were simply too busy with life’s distractions and attractions to pursue your relationship with God. For most of us, I think an honest description on our tombstone would read, “Partially devoted.” That means that we had some episodes of growth in the Lord, and many times of stagnation. Pick the word you want included on your tombstone.
Every day we must choose who we will rely on. We can rely on ourselves; we can rely on others; or we can rely on God. It’s a question of living by faith or living by sight. We live by sight when we rely on anyone other than God—and we also grow disappointed when they/we let us down. We live by faith when we rely on God—and we never grow disappointed because He is always faithful. When faced with an obstacle or problem, is your first instinct to figure it out and tackle it on your own? Do you immediately think of others you can recruit to help you? Or do you run to God with issue and entrust the dilemma to Him? Relying on ourselves and others is natural; relying on God is supernatural.
Are you influential or influence-able? Do you wield influence or does influence wield you? It's been said, “You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything.” And Ahaziah fell. Over and over during his short reign he succumbed to bad counsel and folded under pressure. He inclined his ear to the wrong advisors, and applied their suggestions unilaterally without using a filter. Simply put, Ahaziah was a pushover. Moreover, his fear drove him into hiding and his incompetence left
God is so very gracious. Perhaps the greatest ongoing evidence of God's grace resulting from the cross is that He does not smite us when we sin each day, but invites us to confess repeatedly and picks us back up over and over again. In the Old Testament, God would sometimes send prophets to kings who sinned. We often view prophets as preachers of doom. But these messengers were actually agents of God's grace whose threats of judgment were in fact invitations for repentance. Some kings accepted that invitation and turned away from their sins. Other kings responded with hardness of heart and pride. They would rather suffer imminent consequences than bend their knee in acknowledgment of an Authority greater than themselves.
This is the seventeenth audio message for the Heroes & Villains series
Today’s text screams out helplessness. What remains of