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Feb
26
2021
Dr. Boice teaches from Matthew’s account of Jesus calming the stormy sea. The story is a perfect depiction of the Incarnation Jesus as fully God and fully man. Exhausted and sleeping one minute and controlling the forces of nature the next, Jesus takes the staring role in this miracle account that sounds like a scene right out of an action movie!
Feb
25
2021
Most people love the feeling of getting tasks checked off of their to do list. But spiritual discipleship isn’t simply a chore that can be checked off a list or put off until tomorrow. It’s a job for today and every day. It’s a duty that is foundational to the Christian life. Dr. Boice discusses this important concept in a challenging message entitled, The Cost of Discipleship.
Feb
24
2021
If you grew up attending Sunday School, then you probably remember the old flannel graph depictions of Jesus’ miracles. Sick person is placed on the board. Flannel Jesus cut-out enters the scene. Sick figure is replaced with healed version of the same character. End of story, right? Dr. Boice explains why physical healing is actually just the very beginning!
Feb
23
2021
The Gospel is simple to understand, but not easy to accept. Scripture tells us that the road to Heaven is narrow, but do you ever wonder why so many people seem to miss the road altogether? Dr. Boice explains how apathy, false teaching and hypocrisy are often at the root of unbelief. We'll learn how to protect our hearts from these three culprits.
Feb
22
2021
Though we may never verbally admit to not trusting God, the way we live speaks volumes. And our lack of faith is often most clearly revealed in our finances. You may not consider worrying about money to be the equivalent of telling God, I don’t trust you, but that is exactly what Dr. Boice proposes that it is.
Feb
21
2021
What does warfare have in common with godliness? Aren’t believers called to be peacemakers who love their enemies and turn the other cheek? Find answers today on The Bible Study Hour as Dr. James Boice concludes his study of Paul’s first letter to Timothy.
Feb
19
2021
When we think of practicing religion, we tend to envision a list of obligations- give to the poor, pray, fast, read Scripture, and so on. But the Pharisees in the New Testament fulfilled all of these requirements and Jesus still referred to them as hypocrites. Today we’ll learn how God’s definition of religion is often different from our own.
Feb
18
2021
Laws are made to govern societies and maintain order in human relationships. But man-made laws can only address outward actions and assign consequences for those actions. God’s law, however, addresses the heart. Learn how Jesus took the historic idea of Hammurabi’s Code and flipped it upside down.
Feb
17
2021
We have bookshelves full of self-help guides to try to fix our own problems. We ask teachers, preachers and politicians to try to fix society’s issues. The bottom line, though, is that there is no cure for sin outside of the Gospel. If we really want to be fixed, we must turn to the Word of God.
Feb
16
2021
We spend our lives in the pursuit of happiness, but according to Scripture, there’s a big difference between being happy and being blessed. Blessings come from knowing God’s commands and obeying them!
Feb
15
2021
Think back to grade school grammar class when you first learned the difference between statements and commands. If a command is a sentence that gives an order and demands a response, then Jesus’ words, Follow me, are certainly no mere suggestion. Learn how this short, two word sentence has the power to change our lives.
Feb
14
2021
As our study of Paul’s first letter to Timothy continues, a logical sequence develops. Sound doctrine leads to godliness and godliness impacts our relationships. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explains Paul’s teaching on the importance of our interaction with fellow believers.
Feb
12
2021
If you grew up attending church, you probably have experience memorizing Scripture verses. Because in addition to singing songs and eating animal crackers, reciting Bible verses is a staple activity in any good children’s church program. In this program Dr. James Boice teaches why Scripture memorization is much more than just a fun activity for kids.
Feb
11
2021
He’s one of the most fascinating characters in the Bible. We don’t have much information about him, but his role on earth was extremely significant. In fact, Jesus described him as the greatest man born among women. Can you guess who this man was?
Feb
10
2021
The whole story of The Bible from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation points to one main event, one turning point in history. It all focuses on God’s great plan to redeem the world through his Son. Dr. James Boice discusses the parallel Old Testament prophecies contained in Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ birth and early life.
Feb
9
2021
Imagine the typical nativity scene. We’re all familiar with the traditional pieces, but there’s actually quite a bit of mystery within the story they tell. Who were the so-called wise men and why did they bring myrrh? Was the supposed star they followed a comet, a planet or something else? Dr. James Boice unpacks the meaning behind these mysteries.
Feb
8
2021
Each December, we sing carols and celebrate a holiday we call Christmas. But do we know what we are actually professing in the words of those old songs? Matthew begins his gospel with an historic account of the virgin birth an essential doctrine that is fundamental to the Christian faith. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will address this aspect of the Christmas story.
Feb
7
2021
Godliness is not a popular topic in the current culture. In fact, we’ve practically dropped the word from our common vernacular. Yet the term is mentioned 14 times in the New Testament and 8 times in Paul’s first letter to Timothy! Just what is godliness and what characterizes a godly life?
Feb
5
2021
Parts of the Bible are narrative in nature, some are more poetic and others read like a history book. Such is the case with the first chapter of Matthew, where we find a long list of names the genealogy of Christ. During this program, we’ll find out why this historical list is an important, barrier-breaking, conflict-causing introduction to Matthew’s gospel, as we start a new series here on The Bible Study Hour.
Feb
4
2021
Which aspect of the Christian life is simultaneously a gift, an obligation and a necessity? The answer to this riddle, of course, is prayer. It’s our means of communication with God and it’s the same powerful tool that, when used correctly, makes Satan tremble in fear.
Feb
3
2021
Every superhero has a battle to fight and a unique weapon to wield. Superman has x-ray vision. Spiderman shoots webs. Although Christians also have an enemy to fight and a mighty weapon to use, our battle is not simply a story from the pages of a comic bookit’s the daily reality of life as a follower of Christ.
Feb
2
2021
Everyone has heard the old sports adage, A great defense is the best offense. Interestingly enough, the Bible seems to agree at least when it comes to spiritual warfare and the armor of God. In fact, five of the six pieces of armor are defensive.
Feb
1
2021
People will go to great lengths to ensure their own security. Some learn self defense techniques and others install alarm systems in their homes. But when it comes to defending ourselves against spiritual attack, there’s really just one thing that we need to succeed... the power of the same God who created the Heavens and the Earth.
Jan
31
2021
Isaiah speaks of the coming Messiah as the cornerstone, and Jesus speaks of Himself as the foundation on a rock. Paul goes a step further in his letter to Timothy and declares Christ’s church to be a pillar of truth. We understand the importance of a strong foundation, but what’s the significance of a pillar?
Jan
29
2021
The Bible describes an enemy that opposes God’s plan and plots against God’s people. When you think of that enemy, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a little, red, cartoon devil carrying a pitchfork? In this message, Dr. Boice offers us a Biblical perspective on this topic as he teaches about both the reality - and the limitations - of Satan’s power.
Jan
28
2021
Imagine this: you’re considering enlisting in the army, but you struggle with fear about going into battle. You’re relieved when the recruiter explains that no matter how intense the fighting may get, your side will always be guaranteed to win in the end. The Christian life is very much like a war but one with a guaranteed victory!
Jan
27
2021
A man once pondered why God would allow such poverty and injustice to exist in the world. After a friend suggested that he just ask God the question directly, the man hesitated and explained, I’m afraid He’ll ask the same question of me. In this message, Dr. James Boice challenges us to stop pointing fingers and take personal responsibility for seeking justice.
Jan
26
2021
In response to instruction, children often pose the age-old question, Why? And well-meaning parents can frequently be heard responding, Because I said so In this message, Dr. Boice teaches on the importance of the parent-child relationship, and we learn about the real, Biblical reason why children should obey.
Jan
24
2021
Paul’s letter to Timothy focused first on sound doctrine because it was foundational to the fledgling faith, but sound doctrine wasn’t Paul’s only focus. The apostle was also concerned about those men who would lead the church. Join Dr. James Boice as he surveys the qualities of leadership from God’s perspective.
Jan
22
2021
The traditional fairy tale ends with the marriage of a charming prince and a beautiful princess and the promise that they'll live happily ever after. Most real marriages, however, struggle to live up to this ideal and are often messy, hurtful and frustrating. Even so, God has had a plan to redeem marriage all along.
Jan
21
2021
Christians are facing a current political climate that is hostile to the traditional, Biblical idea of marriage. It is more important than ever that we know what marriage really is and how God intended to use it. Did you know that in God's design, marriage is about much more than our happiness and fulfillment?
Jan
20
2021
Today's young people have embraced a life motto that simply states, "You only live once." While this sort of mindset could certainly lead to hasty, rash decision-making and a justification for irresponsible behavior, it can also have a useful place in a proper, Biblical understanding of time.
Jan
19
2021
If the mere existence of laws resulted in a moral society, we’d be in great shape! Want safer cities? Just pass more legislation! Of course, we know that unfortunately this isn’t the case because we can’t legislate the sin out of human nature. However, the ultimate solution for immorality does exist and we’ll learn what it is during this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice.
Jan
18
2021
Have you ever observed a small child’s mannerisms and realized that they seem to mimic that of their parents? As children, we learn and grow by copying others. The Bible calls us to grow spiritually in this same way but by being imitators of God. That may seems like a monumental task, but on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will explain what this looks like in daily life.
Jan
17
2021
Henry Thoreau’s godly aunt once asked him when he would make peace with God, to which he answered, I’m not at war with Him. The truth is, however, that mankind is by nature at war with God. Join Dr. James Boice as he explains the need for a mediator to resolve the conflict between God and man.
Jan
15
2021
You finish a long day of yard work and enter your house tired, sweaty and dirty. But after getting a shower and changing your clothes, you’re feeling as good as new. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain how the change that occurs in us through sanctification is a lot like putting on a new, clean outfit an outfit that clothes us in truth, forgiveness and the righteousness of Christ!
Jan
14
2021
What if there was one key to life one ultimate truth that would change everything? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will argue that such a truth does exist. Hell explain that knowing this ultimate reality makes all the differenceboth for this life and for eternity. Is the key to life an ancient proverb or perhaps a new success habit? Lets find out!
Jan
13
2021
Turn on the television or open a popular magazine and youll be inundated with images of the things the world values success, beauty, fame, and wealth. But for Christians, there is a higher calling than simply pursuing these worldly values. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will offer us a biblical perspective on living a holy life and seeing the world as God sees it.
Jan
12
2021
Businesses measure their success by profits gained, schools gauge their effectiveness by observing students grades, and athletic teams assess their results in wins verses losses. But what is the ultimate purpose of the church and how should we go about measuring its progress? Listen in as Dr. Boice discusses the topic of spiritual growth on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour.
Jan
11
2021
When it comes to the topic of spiritual gifts, Scripture has often been misinterpreted and incorrectly applied by Christians throughout the history of the church. So how can we gain a proper understanding of this important issue? Well get that answer on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour as Dr. James Boice explains how a simple comma can alter the entire meaning of a passage.
Jan
10
2021
Dr. James Boice said that true doctrine, when really understood, produces the very things which the modern church claims are absent in the orthodox. Join Dr. Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he continues his study of Pauls letters to Timothy, centered on the importance of sound doctrine and of how that doctrine came to him.
Jan
8
2021
If youve ever made yourself a cup of coffee, you probably used your feet to walk to the coffee pot, your hands to measure the grounds and your nose to enjoy the aroma. Did you know that in working together to perform that task, the parts of your body were acting as a perfect analogy for the church? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice discusses spiritual gifts and unity among believers.
Jan
7
2021
You look around the room and see a wide variety of different kinds of people. All ages and ethnicities are represented. These people have come from unique backgrounds and have very different preferences. Where are you? Right in your local church! Thanks for joining us for todays broadcast as Dr. Boice explains how true unity among believers comes from a much deeper reality than outward appearance.
Jan
6
2021
Just like a calculator that is designed to receive input data and produce corresponding output results, our lives are meant to absorb the truth of God and in turn, produce faith and good works. A life truly impacted by doctrine will be a life that is sanctified. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice discusses this important idea in an encouraging message entitled, The Worthy Life.
Jan
5
2021
Christian parents can often be overheard reminding their children that God is not just a big Santa Clause in the sky - in other words, He doesnt always just give us what we want. While this is certainly true, what if there was a way to guarantee that God would grant 100% of our requests? Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains how praying in Gods will changes everything.
Jan
4
2021
Science has taught us the importance of using proper viewing equipment to achieve accurate results. If we want to study a tiny organism, wed use a microscope. In the same way, proper perspective is a key to effective prayer. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains that looking through the lens of Scripture gives us a bigger view of what God is doing in the world!
Jan
3
2021
Doctrine is not a popular topic in the modern church. The church today is largely consumed with the ideas of love and acceptance and an emphasis on self. In contrast, Pauls letters to his spiritual son, Timothy, are all about doctrine, because sound doctrine is absolute truth. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he begins a New Testament Bible series called The Greatest Gain.
Jan
1
2021
The worlds ultimate history lesson starts before the beginning of time, introduces us to a Divine Planner, describes an epic battle between good and evil, projects the restoration of a broken world and answers the age-old question, what is the meaning of life? This may not sound like your average history lesson, but its the Biblical version as described by Dr. Boice in this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour.
Dec
31
2020
Whether its a Sherlock Holmes story or movie about a private investigation, everyone loves a good mystery! Did you know that the Bible even tells the stories of great, spiritual mysteries? Paul refers to them throughout his letter to the Ephesians and on todays broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain the significance and revelation of one of these amazing Biblical mysteries.
Dec
30
2020
What comes to mind when you think about church? Do you picture a large building with stained glass windows? Maybe you recall memories of childhood Sunday school classes. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains what the book of Ephesians has to say about what or more accurately, who the church should be.
Dec
29
2020
Can you recall the times in your life that you have felt most accepted by your family, peers or coworkers? They were most likely times of joy and fulfillment. We long for a sense of belonging because God built us to live in community. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain how Christs work on the cross gave us access to the greatest community that exists His family!
Dec
28
2020
Today, Christians are used to the idea of the body of Christ being made up of people from all different backgrounds and ethnicities. But we cant forget that in the days of the early church, there was still an important distinction between Jews and Gentiles. Dr. Boice explains why that distinction is a reminder of the great hope that we have in Christ.
Dec
27
2020
The men who found Christmas represent a great contrast. Uneducated shepherds from the lowest level of society, and learned men of wealth from a far-away land. Yet the very contrast between them proved that Christ came for everyone. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explores the lives and motives of the men who found Christmas.
Dec
25
2020
Scripture is clear that we are certainly not saved by our own good works, but then the question always arises: where do good works come into play in the Christians life and are they necessary at all? Dr. James Boice introduces a simple math equation, faith= justification + works, and explains how it can help us better understand this difficult concept.
Dec
24
2020
For centuries, theologians have tried to formulate a concise, yet comprehensive definition for the word grace. While many helpful ones have been offered, our deepest understanding of this term often comes from stories that vividly depict acts of redemption.
Dec
23
2020
If you had to sum up the entire concept of salvation in just one word, which word would you choose? In another message from his series through Ephesians, Dr. James Boice explains the deep truth of this theological doctrine by focusing on the word unity.
Dec
22
2020
Scripture presents a bleak diagnosis for mankind - it tells us we are separated from God and spiritually dead. But with two small words, the entire story changes. Find out what these two words are how they hold the power to bring dead men to life!
Dec
21
2020
Recently, weve witnessed an odd trend in entertainment: the rise of zombie books, movies, and TV shows. You may have found yourself wondering what all the fuss is over zombies, but have you ever contemplated what these morbid characters can teach us about our relationship with God?
Dec
20
2020
It can be disastrous to miss an important event, like General Erwin Rommel, who found himself back home in Germany on D-Day. More tragic is the lot of those who missed the eternal significance of the birth of the Savior. Learn about them today on The Bible Study Hour, as Dr. James Boice discusses the men who missed Christmas.
Dec
18
2020
Consider your closest relationships. The people who we know and love most are the ones who we wish to please, hate to see suffer and love spending time with. Did you know that God desires to have a relationship with us that is just as personal? In this message from Dr. Boice, well learn what it means to truly know God.
Dec
17
2020
Consider your closest relationships. The people who we know and love most are the ones who we wish to please, hate to see suffer and love spending time with. Did you know that God desires to have a relationship with us that is just as personal? In this message from Dr. Boice, well learn what it means to truly know God.
Dec
16
2020
When you think about the Holy Spirit, what comes to mind? Do you think of a voice in your head that convicts you of sin? Maybe you picture the Biblical scene of the Day of Pentecost. In this message entitled, Salvations Seal, Dr. Boice provides sound Biblical teaching on this often misunderstood member of the Trinity.
Dec
15
2020
When a heroic act of redemption occurs in a story, it is usually a significant turning point with powerful implications for the rest of the narrative. In every Christians story, the redemption accomplished by Christ is even more than a turning point. It is the story.
Dec
14
2020
Its a subject often avoided in church. Its one of the most debated topics of Christian theology: its the doctrine of Election. When it comes to salvation, has God really chosen some and not others? Is Gods process arbitrary and should it discourage us from evangelism? In this message, Dr. Boice tackles the tough questions concerning election.
Dec
13
2020
The Wise Men traveled many days to find what they thought would be a future political king. What they found instead was a child who would be a spiritual kingone who would change the world. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explains Gods revelation to the Wise Menone that would alter both the course of their return, and the course of their lives.
Dec
11
2020
When we make a large purchase, were often asked to provide an initial deposit or downpayment. Did you know that when God bought and redeemed us out of our slavery to sin, he also made a sort of downpayment to guarantee our salvation? In this message from Dr. Boice, entitled, All Good In Christ, well find out what Scripture says about that deposit and the hope that it gives us.
Dec
10
2020
The culture around us seems to be increasingly materialistic, lustful and greedy. But were not far removed from the nature of the audience of many of Pauls epistles. In every age, the church has been a beacon of light in a dark world. In this message on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice discusses the purpose and uniqueness of the church as we begin a series on the book of Ephesians.
Dec
9
2020
When someone first becomes a Christian, we often advise them to go to church, read the Bible, and, of course, to pray. Prayer is an important part of the Christian life, but when we consider that believers of other major religions also practice prayer, we must ask, What is it that makes true prayer true?
Dec
8
2020
Christians have experienced suffering since the very first days of the early church. And for as long as believers have faced trials, we have also been asking: How should we respond? The world seems to praise those who pick themselves up by their own bootstraps and forge ahead. But does God? In this Bible Study Hour message, Dr. Boice offers us a biblical perspective on suffering.
Dec
7
2020
Did you know that God cares about things like the protection of private property and the right to fair wages? If you thought that economic topics like these were reserved only for business people and politicians, then you might be surprised by how much the Bible has to say about money and possessions.
Dec
6
2020
Matthew gives us little information about the wise men. We dont know their names or even their numberbut were well-acquainted with their gifts, each of which had a special meaning concerning the mission of the Messiah and the life of the believer. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he begins a 4-week Christmas series with Bible teaching on the significance of the gifts of the Magi.
Dec
4
2020
We plan for the future, work hard to earn money, seek greater success and save for retirement. God certainly created us with a drive to survive and succeed, but did you know that He also calls us to pursue something greater?
Dec
3
2020
Pointing fingers is one of the oldest tricks in the book. In fact, ever since Adam and Eve first sinned in the garden, human beings have been looking for ways to pass the blame. In this message entitled Its His Fault, Dr. James Boice explains that while we cant escape the reality of temptation, we can control the way we respond.
Dec
2
2020
Did you know that the Bible recommends practicing mind control? Of course, we are not talking about manipulative, brainwashing tactics. Instead, Scripture tells us that our minds should be controlled by the Holy Spirit. In this message, Dr. Boice will help us understand how to better honor God in our thoughts and ultimately, in our speech
Dec
1
2020
Many have wondered if the book of James emphasis on good works is in contradiction to Pauls teaching on faith through grace alone. In this message compellingly titled, Sure I Believe, So What!? Dr. Boice explains how James actually contributes to a fuller understanding of faith - one that includes the fruit of good works as evidence of a faith that is alive and active!
Nov
30
2020
Gods redemptive plan included a humble stable, a little baby, a few common men and the death of the Savior himself. Indeed, God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. But did you know that God expects us to also operate according to this same, seemingly contradictory method? This message from Dr. Boice will challenge us to change the way we view one another.
Nov
29
2020
The final psalm in the Bible encourages everyone, everywhereby all means, at all timesto praise the Lordand to do it loudly! Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he concludes his years-long study of the psalter with a psalm that encourages us to praise the Lord without reservation.
Nov
27
2020
Have you ever thought of yourself as a fanatic? Perhaps youre fanatical about cleanliness and your home is always in perfect condition. Or maybe you are a die-hard sports fan and wear all your teams gear. Dr. Boice reminds us that Gods Word requires us to be fanatical when it comes to living a Godly life.
Nov
26
2020
In this new series, Dr. Boice begins by addressing one of the most practical aspects of the Christian life - the question of suffering. Thanks for tuning in to learn what the book of James has to say about the purpose of trials and the answer to that age-old question, Why Did God Let This Happen?
Nov
25
2020
If were honest, wed have to admit that we tend to give very little thought to the most important event that will ever occur in human history- the 2nd coming of Jesus. When Christ returns, it wont matter where you live, how the economy is doing or where youre going for lunch.
Nov
24
2020
The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse: pick up the newspaper or turn on the TV and youll find evidence of their work in this world. Wars, bloodshed, famines and death. When our world feels like a chaotic mess of sin and injustice, we wonder Has God been kicked off His throne? In this message, Dr. Boice explains how these horsemen and the realities they symbolize relate to Gods ultimate plan.
Nov
23
2020
What if you could get a glimpse into the future and know what the culmination of human history would look like? Would that insight help you better understand the purpose of your life today? If so, open to Revelation 5 and listen closely as Dr. James Boice walks us through a riveting passage from Johns prophetic vision concerning the end times and the mysterious Lion Who Is The Lamb.
Nov
22
2020
We no longer live in a singing culture. We listen to people sing, but the picture of a family gathered round the piano in the evening is an image from the past. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he examines Psalm 149, a psalm that encourages Gods people not just to singbut to sing a new song!
Nov
20
2020
Look at the sky on a clear night and youll see thousands of points of beautiful light- stars, planets, and far off galaxies give witness to Gods creative power. Have you ever caught yourself just standing in awe of Gods creation? In this message, Dr. Boice looks at Revelation 4, where the elders at Gods throne praise Him endlessly for the very same Creation that we enjoy each day.
Nov
19
2020
Did you know that not everything that passes for worship is actually pleasing to God? But if God wants to be worshipped in a particular way, shouldnt His people know about it?
Nov
18
2020
7 lampstands... 7 stars... a majestic being with white hair, blazing eyes and a voice like rushing water. Is this a dramatic preview for an upcoming sci-fi thriller? No! These are all elements of Johns vision of Jesus, vividly described in the book of Revelation.
Nov
17
2020
Do you ever feel burdened by the trials of this life? Have you wondered if there is a purpose for the suffering youve experienced or how it all fits into Gods bigger plan?
Nov
16
2020
Johns letter set the stage for a powerful message to the Church concerning persecution, the end times, and the central focus of it all: Jesus Christ
Nov
15
2020
While the natural world praises God simply by its existence, we are called to worship Him consciously, because Hes revealed Himself to us through His Word. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he looks at Psalm 148, a psalm that answers the question, Who should worship God?
Nov
13
2020
Knock, knock. Whos there? Jesus. Jesus who? That may sound like a joke, but its not. Not for the church in Laodicea, or any church, that has to ask, Jesus who? The last letter in Revelation is to a church that had closed the door on Jesus and no longer recognized his voice.
Nov
12
2020
How do you define success as a Christian? What measuring stick do you use? Do you listen to what a person says, watch what a person does, probe what a person thinks and feels? Listen next time as Dr. Boice examines the sixth letter in Revelation, to the church in Philadelphia. There he finds not one but two ways that Jesus defines the successful Christian life.
Nov
11
2020
Looking at this church from the outside, youd have to say it looked alive and well. It was active and busy, with a full calendar of events and projects. It had a good reputation in the community. But it had a problem. A big one. Jesus put it this way: You are dead.
Nov
10
2020
Jesus has a way with words. He calls a spade a spade. And in the letter to Thyatira, he calls a Jezebel a Jezebel. This Jezebel is a false prophet in the church whos telling everyone they can have their every material and sensual desire, and keep their Christian faith as well.
Nov
9
2020
It was a good church in a bad place, and it was in danger. The third letter in Revelation is to the church in Pergamumthe hottest city for emperor worship in all of Asia. The believers had been true to their faith even under persecution, but they were in danger of blending into secular culture.
Nov
8
2020
Its been said that Much of what we call worship today is really not worship at all, but a glorification of self, with I as the dominant subject. Its alleged worship thats taken on the characteristics of our age. Join Dr. James Boice as he explores Psalm 147 and what it means to truly praise the Lord for who He is and for what He has done.
Nov
6
2020
Its short, sweet, and all about life and death. Its the second letter in Revelation, to the church in Smyrna. Its sympathetic and supportive, without a hint of criticism. But it faces the fact that some of the believers who read this letter will die for their faith. Dr. Boice talks about their suffering and about the crown of life they can look forward to.
Nov
5
2020
Who wouldnt like the right to eat from the tree of life in the paradise of God? Thats what Jesus promises to the believers in Ephesus after theyve overcome the challenges of this life. In fact, that promise is for all believers everywhere. Dr. James Boice looks at the first of the seven letters to the churches in the challenging and exciting book of Revelation
Nov
4
2020
Angels, trumpets, thrones, thunder, scrolls, seals, stars, crowns, plagues, dragons, lions, and a lamb. These are just some of the actors and props in the book of Revelation - a book youre either a bit crazy about, or think is a bit crazy. Listen, as Dr. James Boice introduces this important and sometimes mystifying book that completes the New Testament.
Nov
3
2020
A poor, sick man lies on the ground in front of a rich mans house, day after day, begging for food. The rich man comes and goes, ignoring him. The contrast between the two could hardly be greater. Eventually both men die. But, death is not the great leveler! The contrast between them is even greater in death than it was in life.
Nov
2
2020
Whenever Jesus tells a story about two different kinds of people, its always a little unnerving. The story seems simple enough, and you quickly see who the good guys and bad guys are. The unnerving part comes at the end, where he applies the story and says: So, then...!
Nov
1
2020
Worship is work! The world would have us believe that, if worship is to be worthwhile, it should be fun and engage our emotions. But to have any real value, worship must engage our minds as well as our feelings. Join Dr. James Boice as he explores Psalm 146, a psalm that implores us to praise the Lord for all the right reasons.
Oct
30
2020
When a parable ends with people having the kingdom of God taken away from them, and being crushed by rocks, you probably want to make sure the parable isnt about you. The chief priests and Pharisees who heard this particular story suddenly realized it was about them, and they didnt take it well.
Oct
29
2020
There are nice stories, and there are not-so-nice stories. Some of Jesus stories leave us feeling thoughtful and calm. But others leave us feeling confused and upset. This storyabout a man who wont forgive a small debt, even after his own huge debt has been forgivenis one of those stories we dread to hear.
Oct
28
2020
Its an intimate scene that might make you squirm. Jesus is reclining at the table, and a prostitute comes up. Shes crying. Her tears drop on his feet and she wipes them with her hair. Then she kisses his feet and perfumes them. But Jesus doesnt squirm. Instead, he tells a parable about forgiveness and gratitude and love.
Oct
27
2020
When you think of people praying, you probably picture them bowing their heads, closing their eyes, and speaking quietly to God. But when Jesus talked about praying, he told about a man pounding on his neighbors door in the middle of the night and refusing to go away until the neighbor got out of bed and gave him what he wanted.
Oct
26
2020
Its one of those tales that everyone knows. The boy who cried wolf. The emperors new clothes. The good Samaritan. As soon as you hear the story, you know what it means. But not so fast. Is the story of the good Samaritan really as obvious as the other two?
Oct
25
2020
It was Davids last psalma psalm that looked back over a lifetime lived with God, and a tribute of praise to the One who had never failed him. Its a psalm that provides a pattern for our praise, as well. Join Dr. James Boice as he explores Psalm 145, the last of the acrostic verses and the last psalm of David.
Oct
23
2020
Lamps have changed since Jesus day. Weve gone from oil to gas to kerosene to electric, and from incandescent to fluorescent to LED. What hasnt changed is that a lamp still gives light, and hiding one under the bed still doesnt make sense. So a 2000-year-old parable about a lamp still works, and the message stands the test of time.
Oct
22
2020
Heres the question. Is it better to say you will, but then you dont...or, to say you wont, but then you do? Oh, I know what youre thinking. Youre thinking: Its best to say you will, and then do it. Or to say you wont and then dont do it. But thats not the question Jesus asked!
Oct
21
2020
If youre a respectable member of a nice church, and you hear Jesus starting to tell one of his parables after a while, you learn to duck! Did he ever tell a story where the decent, upright person came out on top? Certainly not the story of the respectable Pharisee and the disgusting tax collector.
Oct
20
2020
A single door leading to God is a troubling picture for many people. Especially when the door is narrow. And when you can only get through it with conscious effort. And when the door will one day be closed. But then, Jesus never did shy away from saying troubling things. In this message, Dr. James Boice talks about what this narrow, yet open door means for us.
Oct
19
2020
Whod have thought you could get into so much trouble just by saying no to a wedding invitation? The way Jesus tells it, certain invitations are much more important than othersand your entire future may depend on your RSVP. In this message Dr. Boice discusses the proper response to the invitation weve received from God himself.
Oct
18
2020
Psalm 144 is a psalm of victory and deliverancea deliverance that is yet to come. Its also a highly personal prayer of David that examines his weakness-- and Gods greatness. Join us,as Dr. James Boice examines Davids prayer of complete confidence in his God and the nature of true religion.
Oct
15
2020
Dont you just hate it when you lose something? A sock, your keys, your wallet. Or something much worse. A friendshipa marriagea child. As it turns out, God hates it when he loses things too. So much so that hell go to any lengths to find whats lost. Listen as Dr. James Boice looks at three parables about being lostand about being found.
Oct
14
2020
The best phrases always become clichs. To be or not to be. Opening Pandoras box. Building your house on the rock. But hold onthat last one wasnt from Shakespeare or mythology but from Jesus. Maybe its worth looking again at this clich to make sure we really know what it means. Stay tuned as Dr. Boice talks about building on the rock.
Oct
13
2020
We hear a lot about how Christians should be loving, self-giving, kind, generous. We dont hear much about how Christians should be shrewd. You know: clever, crafty, sly, cunning. Whats the message for the loving, generous Christian in Jesus parable about the shrewd, clever man of the world?
Oct
12
2020
If you had to be either a poor fool or a rich fool, which one would you choose? Sounds like a no-brainer, even for a fool! However, the Bible has a lot more bad things to say about rich fools than poor ones in its proverbs and parables. Stay tuned now as Dr. Boice looks at Jesus parable of the rich fool...and finds some very good reasons not to be one.
Oct
11
2020
Nothing we do is ever entirely apart from sin, Martin Luther once said. Even my repentance needs to be repented of. So, hows a Christian to cope?Listen as Dr James Boice lays out our unrighteousness and its remedy, from Psalm 143.
Oct
9
2020
A hundred years ago, the Boy Scouts adopted their motto: Be prepared. A couple thousand years before that, Jesus told a parable with much the same message. The players in the parable are five young women who are prepared, five who arent, and a bridegroom who seems to be running late for his wedding banquet.
Oct
8
2020
Life is a grab bag. You have good days and bad. You have friends and enemies. You laugh and you cry. But a separation is coming, says Jesus, when everything good will end up on one side, and everything bad will end up on the other side. Keep listening as Dr. Boice looks at Jesus parable about a fish net, and checks out the consequences for the fish!
Oct
7
2020
Its not something you see much in real life. A person discovers something so desirable and so valuable that hes willing to sell everything he owns just to buy it. You may never see such a thing in your lifetimebut it makes a great parable, doesnt it? Keep listening as Dr. Boice examines two parables about discovering the kingdom of heaven.
Oct
6
2020
What is it with the church? Outsiders criticize it for hypocrisy and irrelevance, and insiders complain about everything from long-winded preachers to lazy pew-sitters. If the church is supposed to be the vanguard of the kingdom of heaven, why does it fall so far short? Keep listening as Dr. Boice looks at three parables about enemy activity within the kingdom.
Oct
5
2020
Question: If you hear a stranger preaching, how can you tell if hes an ordinary preacher or Jesus himself? Answer: Check your watch. If the message is a 45-minute sermon, its a preacher. If the message is a 20-second parable, its Jesus. Stay tuned now for The Bible Study Hour as Dr. James Boice begins a series of ... well, 25-minute sermons ... talking about Jesus: the master parable-teller.
Oct
4
2020
Weve all experienced times when we felt utterly abandoned--when it seemed we hadnt a friend in the world. Our Lord Himself experienced this very human emotion as he hung on the cross, and David experienced it in the cave of Adullam.Join Dr. James Boice as he describes Davids isolation and, his curefrom Psalm 142.
Oct
2
2020
In one way, its not a happy ending to the book of Acts. The hero of the early chapters is forgotten. The hero of the later chapters is in jail. The Jews are blas about the gospel. Yet its the ending God planned. New churches are everywhere. The gospel is being preached. And the books real hero, Christ himself, is alive and well.
Oct
1
2020
Turmoil on one side, peace on the other. Wavering on one side, decisiveness on the other. Fear on one side, faith on the other. The turmoil, the wavering, and the fear were all on the side of the Roman authorities. While the peace, the decisiveness, and the faith were all on the side of their prisoner Paul.
Sep
30
2020
Its the stuff of adventure movies. A sea voyage with a boatload of prisoners. Unfavorable winds, worsening weather, a brewing storm. Throwing cargo overboard to lighten the load. Hurricane-force winds, shipwreck on an island. And finally, the guards on the brink of killing all the prisonersamong them, the apostle Paul.
Sep
29
2020
In this corner: Agrippa II, king of Israel; son of Herod Agrippa, who imprisoned Peter and killed James; great-grandson of Herod the Great, who massacred babies trying to kill Jesus. And in this corner: Paul; a Jew from Tarsus; a prisoner, a troublemaker, a chronic nuisance for two Roman governors. Is this a fair fight?
Sep
28
2020
Its not what we would call justice. An innocent man sits in prison for two years after his trial because the judge wont render a verdict. But now a new judge replaces the old one, and the case goes back to trial again. Keep listening as Dr. Boice follows Paul through the politics and corruption of the Roman court systemwith Gods hand directing every step.
Sep
27
2020
Psalm 141 is another in a series of psalms that teach us about worship, and specifically about prayer as a part of our worship. Its both a unique psalm and a difficult one, because prayer itself is often difficult. Join Dr. James Boice as he explains why such an important facet of worship can be so challenging for the believer.
Sep
25
2020
How would you like it if you went to court to defend yourself against a false charge, and presented your case, and then got sent to jail to wait for a verdict? And two years later, the judge retired without delivering a verdict? And youre still in jail!
Sep
24
2020
Not many of us inspire enough hatred in other people to become the target of an assassination plot. The apostle Paul was one who did. In Jerusalem, forty men vowed not to eat or drink until they killed him. Keep listening as Dr. James Boice talks about the plot, what it meant for Pauls life, and what it means for useven if we dont see people plotting against us.
Sep
23
2020
Its a clever ploy. When two groups of people are attacking you at the same time, do something that will turn them against each other. Thats exactly what Paul did when the Pharisees and Saducees were ganging up on him in Jerusalem. He pushed their hot button by mentioning the resurrection, and it was all over but the shouting.
Sep
22
2020
Everybody wants their church to grow. But what if your church suddenly started attracting ... well ... the wrong class of people? Undesirables. Outcasts. Rejects. Thats what was happening in the early church as the gospel spread beyond its Jewish roots to the much-despised Gentiles. And some of the Jews were ready to start a riot.
Sep
21
2020
The apostle Paul was a superstar of the faith. But like all superstars, he was an imperfect, flawed human being. The strong personality that drove him to succeed in preaching the gospel also drove him to put his own plans above Gods. Keep listening as Dr. James Boice explores what happens when a man of faith ignores his friends, a prophet, and God himself.
Sep
20
2020
Its a given fact that theres evil in the world. The evidence is overwhelming. But is there such a thing as pure evil? Are there some among us who are so profoundly wicked as to be irredeemable? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he studies the essence of evil, and Davids response to it.
Sep
18
2020
The book of Acts shows us the public Paulpreaching, debating, attracting crowds, causing a stir. But it also shows us Paul the personmeeting with a few intimate friends, sharing his testimony with them, counseling them, saying an emotional goodbye.
Sep
17
2020
How would you like to be remembered in scripture as the guy who fell asleep during one of Pauls long talks? If only Eutychus hadnt fallen out of the window he was sitting in, wed never have heard of him. As it is, hes a hero to every long-suffering pew sitter.
Sep
16
2020
Judging by the movies we watch, were drawn to big cities. More than a thousand movies have been filmed in New York alone. In Pauls day, Ephesus was a big city, with a third of a million people. And it drew himnot only to visit but to linger. It was one of the cities where he honed his strategy for reaching people with the gospel.
Sep
15
2020
Judging by the movies we watch, were drawn to big cities. More than a thousand movies have been filmed in New York alone. In Pauls day, Ephesus was a big city, with a third of a million people. And it drew himnot only to visit but to linger. It was one of the cities where he honed his strategy for reaching people with the gospel.
Sep
14
2020
The book of Actsstarring the Apostle Paul! ... If Paul were here today, hed never let us get away with saying that. The real star of Acts is the Holy Spirit, and he does his work through every believer. Keep listening as Dr. James Boice introduces us to a few of the ordinary believers God used to turn the first-century world upside-down.
Sep
13
2020
Psalm 139 is a psalm of Gods omniscienceyet to David it was more than that. Psalm 139 is worship psalm that reflects Gods knowledge of him from the beginning of timea psalm to the God who would walk with David through all his days. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explores the second half of this wonderful psalm of Gods infinite knowledge and love
Sep
11
2020
It was a cosmopolitan city. It was a commercial city. And it was a corrupt city. In short, it was very much like many of our big cities today. It was Corinth, a melting pot of people, a center of trade, and home to ten thousand prostitutes serving at the temple of Aphrodite. It was also a turning point in Pauls ministry.
Sep
10
2020
Athens, the city of the Epicureans: If it feels good, do it. Athens, the city of the Stoics: If it doesnt feel good, grin and bear it. Athens, the city of idols: If it looks good, worship it. And Athens, the city of Pauls most famous sermon, a closely reasoned message about an unknown God who has made himself known in Jesus Christ.
Sep
9
2020
Long ago and far away, the apostle Paul and a few friends traveled from place to place for months at a time. Everywhere they went, they preached about Jesus, attracted attention, drew crowds, ... and eventually got kicked out of town. But they also left behind, in place after place, a new community of believers.
Sep
8
2020
Its one of the most famous questions in the Bible. It comes from a prison guard whos having such a bad night with earthquakes and broken locks that hes about to take his own life. Looking for a reason to live, he speaks the famous words: What must I do to be saved? And Paul just happens to be there with the answer.
Sep
7
2020
Pauls second mission trip got off to a rocky start as he and Barnabas argued and finally split to go their separate ways. But Paul set out with Silas instead, and picked up Timothy along the way. And as they traveled, they also picked up a new visiona vision that led them farther west, into a brand new continent.
Sep
6
2020
Psalm 139 has been called "theology of the very best sort." The psalm addresses some of the weightiest concepts of theology, yet its wonderfully personal and speaks to the heart as well as the mind. Join Dr. James Boice next time on The Bible Study Hour, as he studies this psalm of the omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence of our God.
Sep
4
2020
Is faith alone enough to make you a child of Godor is there more to it? Do you have to do, or not do, certain things? Follow certain laws or traditions? These were hot questions for the early church, and they finally had a summit meeting to hash it out. Everybody who was anybody was there.
Sep
3
2020
Another city, another Sabbath, another synagogue, another sermon. Ah, the life of a traveling evangelist! And in each new city, Paul and his companions see a pattern: enthusiastic crowds but also hostile opponents; the seed of a new church but also growing persecution.
Sep
2
2020
Its one of the most famous questions in the Bible. It comes from a prison guard whos having such a bad night with earthquakes and broken locks that hes about to take his own life. Looking for a reason to live, he speaks the famous words: What must I do to be saved? And Paul just happens to be there with the answer.
Sep
1
2020
Pauls second mission trip got off to a rocky start as he and Barnabas argued and finally split to go their separate ways. But Paul set out with Silas instead, and picked up Timothy along the way. And as they traveled, they also picked up a new visiona vision that led them farther west, into a brand new continent.
Aug
31
2020
Is faith alone enough to make you a child of Godor is there more to it? Do you have to do, or not do, certain things? Follow certain laws or traditions? These were hot questions for the early church, and they finally had a summit meeting to hash it out. Everybody who was anybody was there.
Aug
30
2020
Psalm 138 is a Psalm of thanks for a promise made and a blessing given: that the throne of David would endure forever, and that the Messiah would come from his line. Join Dr. James Boice as he examines a psalm that teaches us to praise God for His love and faithfulness in the keeping of His word.
Aug
28
2020
Another city, another Sabbath, another synagogue, another sermon. Ah, the life of a traveling evangelist! And in each new city, Paul and his companions see a pattern: enthusiastic crowds but also hostile opponents; the seed of a new church, but also growing persecution.
Aug
27
2020
Have you ever prayed for something but didn't truly expect God to answer? Was the situation hopeless? Listenas Dr. James Boice preaches from the story of Peter's hopeless case. He was personally imprisoned by the king and was heavily guarded. Peter had no chance. Or did he? You will be encouraged by God's deliverance.
Aug
26
2020
Everyone knows the name "Christian," but where was it first used? Believers were first called Christians in a sophisticated, tolerant, and corrupt city; a business power where all the wealth of the East passed through on its way to Rome, Antioch in Syria. There, Barnabas saw what God was doing, and introduced Paul to the church.
Aug
25
2020
Actions have consequences. When Peter went to the gentile centurion Cornelius, and brought him the truth, he believed. Peter didnt require Cornelius to become a Israelite. Instead, Peter ate with the unclean gentiles. Now Peter returns to the church at Jerusalem and is questioned about his behavior.
Aug
24
2020
Did you ever notice that at the beginning of the Christian church the apostles didnt have very much to say about the teachings of Jesus. How about that! Last time we saw how God sent Peter to Cornelius, the gentile, which let Peter and everyone know that the good news was open to all peoples.
Aug
23
2020
Two cities would have a great effect on history: Babylon, the city of the world that would soon pass away, and Jerusalem, the city of God, whose glory would endure forever. Today, Dr. James Boice explores the two cities and the heartache of Gods people as they remembered their exile in Babylon.
Aug
21
2020
Have you ever had your world shaken? In today's account in the Book of Acts we see Peter dream a dream that turns his world upside down. Peter also uses the second key to the kingdom to open the Gospel to gentiles. There truly are no favorites with God.
Aug
20
2020
Peter loved and followed Jesus, and even though he denied Christ, Peter was forgiven. He followed his Lord for the rest of his life. Indeed, we have seen how he preached in Jerusalem, and how he withstood the authorities who tried to silence him.
Aug
19
2020
When Saul met Jesus on the Damascus Road he asked two questions: Who are you, Lord? and What will you have me do? After Paul knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, the first action he took was to tell others. This is exactly what everyone who wants a vital spiritual life must do. We must know Jesus, and we must tell others.
Aug
18
2020
He watched the killing of Stephen, the first martyr. He went on to do everything he could to stamp out the newly formed Christian church. We would not expect him to become a convert and a missionary and an apostle, but that is what God did.
Aug
17
2020
Imagine you're right in the middle of a very successful outreach program. People are coming to Christ daily. God is blessing your efforts. Then an angel comes and tells you to leave this successful ministry and go into the desert? What would you do? Would you argue? Would you go?
Aug
16
2020
Its been said that a disaster, such as what has happened to worship in the evangelical church, is not going to be cured overnight. Indeed, theres no quick fix, but the place to look is where true worship is always found--in the psalms. Today, Dr. James Boice unpacks the greatest of all the worship psalms, Psalm 136.
Aug
14
2020
"Kill them all, that will stop the spread of this evil." This was the plan used in Jerusalem two thousand years ago to stop the spread of Christianity. It didn't work. The enemies of Christianity have used intimidation, threat, force, imprisonment and death to stamp out the Church.
Aug
13
2020
Too frequently we hear news stories about the persecution of our brothers and sisters. We are thankful for our safety while were both saddened and horrified by such news. Yet we must remember that Christianity began in unjust persecution. Listen as Dr. Boice challenges us with the story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and encourages us to fight the good fight in our own trials.
Aug
12
2020
Are you a service-oriented person? There are two types: those who live to serve and the others who live to be served. The world is filled with bothso are churches. What about you?
Aug
11
2020
If you are a believer, you will face trials like alienation, slander, humiliation and sorrowthings that none of us looks forward to. But they are a part of the life of any believerone who is actively living for God in an increasingly hostile society. Why does that happen? Because when we are faithful to Gods ways, we make unrepentant sinners uncomfortable.
Aug
10
2020
The punishment of Ananias and Sapphira from the book of Acts seems severe. They were struck dead by God for a seemingly trivial offense. Seems like a harsh punishment. But this story teaches us a very important lesson about God.
Aug
9
2020
Its a sad, contemporary trend that many modern churches have departed from a style of worship centered around God, as all true Christian adoration should be. Today, Dr. James Boice continues his study of how worship has changed, offering instructions on the subject from Psalm 135.
Aug
7
2020
Wouldnt you like to go back in time, and sit with the early believers as they met for worship? Wouldnt you love to see how they lived together as a community of faith, sharing the good news of Jesus? We dont have a time machine, but in Acts chapter 4 we do have a portrait of the worship and work of the early church.
Aug
6
2020
It doesnt happen every day for us, but it started happening right away for the early apostles. God tells you to do something, and the state says you cant. What do you do? What are your options? What are the issues?
Aug
5
2020
On one side are gangs of priests, Sadducees, rulers, and elders. Theyre backed by the authority of their office, and they wield the power of intimidation and imprisonment. On the other side are Peter and John. Theyre backed by the authority of Gods word, and they wield the power of the Holy Spirit.
Aug
4
2020
A man who cant walk sits outside the temple begging for money. Most people look away. A few give him a coin. But today, two men stop and talk. Theyre flat broke themselves, but they do give him something. And the man who cant walk stands up, walks around, starts jumping, and runs into the temple praising God.
Aug
3
2020
Every church has its distinctives. Each congregation is different. But all biblical churches share the same essentials. What are they? What activities are at the heart of every true church in every time and place? On this episode of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice looks at the early church and finds the believers doing four things that define what it really means to live as Christs disciples
Aug
2
2020
Why is it that so little of the passionate worship that once characterized the people of God is seen in the church today? Why are we often mere uncommitted spectators, rather than true worshippers? Join Dr. James Boice as he ponders these questions and the state of modern worship from Psalm 134.
Jul
31
2020
Its biblical. Its Christ-centered. Its fearless. Its persuasive. Its Peters first sermon, and its a winner. In fact, God uses it to win 3000 new disciples, 3000 new sons and daughters, 3000 new members of the body of Christ. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about Peters Pentecost sermon as a model for how all of us can testify to what we know about Jesus.
Jul
30
2020
What do you think of when you hear the words "wind" and "fire?" A forest fire? The classical elements of the universe? A 70s blues band? In the book of Acts, wind and fire mean just one thing: the arrival of the Holy Spirit.Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explores why God chose these images to reveal the character and work of his Spirit in the newborn church.
Jul
29
2020
Waiting is hard. And its harder when you dont know how long youll have to wait. When Jesus left his disciples, he gave them their mission. But instead of giving them marching orders, he gave them waiting orders: Wait for the Holy Spirit.
Jul
28
2020
So, Jesus...if youre not planning to take control and become king, how are people supposed to know about this kingdom of yours? Where are your loyal subjects going to come from? Whos going to recruit them? How are we going to get them to sign up?
Jul
27
2020
Youre starting a new, global enterprise designed to last at least 2000 years and change the world. Youre the founder, the leader, the head. Your startup plan is to spend six weeks meeting off and on with your leadership teamand then vanish just before you go public...
Jul
26
2020
America has become one, vast, terrifying community. That rather radical statement was made by one observer of modern culture. Is it true? Have we lost the true sense of community that once bound us together, and has that loss reached its tentacles into the church? Join Dr. James Boice as he explores the current disunity in our culture, the Christian ideal for unity, and how it might be attained.
Jul
24
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
23
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
22
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
21
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
20
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
19
2020
We're back in the Psalms on The Bible Study Hour, and Psalm 132 is a song of celebration of the Ark of the Covenant coming to Jerusalem. Its also a celebration of what David did for Godbut more importantly, what God would do for David. Join Dr. James Boice as he unpacks Psalm 132, the longest of the Psalms of Ascent, and its promises for David and His people.
Jul
17
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
16
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
15
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
14
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
13
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
12
2020
Men have often tried to establish utopiaa sort of heaven on earth--but God has established that there be but one paradise, and mans feeble efforts fall far short of the glory God has planned for His people. Join Dr. James Boice on this final holiday edition of The Bible Study Hour as he compares mans idea of a perfect world with that of God.
Jul
10
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
9
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
8
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
7
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
6
2020
Taken captive and marched off to another country, Daniel and his friends have some amazing adventures in Babylonia. But through it all, they are faithful to God. As you enter into their story, you'll learn more about: the sovereignty of God, and why we must be holy and Christian living in a secular culture. In the latter half of this book, Daniel's own visions are recorded, and--in them--we catch glimpses of the future. How are these visions relevant to our lives?
Jul
5
2020
The modern-day church has bought into a secular mindseta mindset that tells us were not so bad and that we can help ourselves. Some would tell us that were to rejoice in our newfound freedom, but is that kind of freedom a cause for rejoicing? Join Dr. James Boice as he explores the consequences when the church depends on the consensus of society rather than the Word of God...on this special holiday edition of The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
3
2020
Malachi speaks with great relevance today. As Malachi reminds the people of his day to remain faithful to God, he also teaches us to keep the promises we make to God and to one another. As you study this series youll also learn the importance of faithfulness, marriage, and why God hates divorce. Malachi will encourage you by looking forward to the great future day of Gods coming, and challenge you by facing new beginnings with faith.
Jul
2
2020
Malachi speaks with great relevance today. As Malachi reminds the people of his day to remain faithful to God, he also teaches us to keep the promises we make to God and to one another. As you study this series youll also learn the importance of faithfulness, marriage, and why God hates divorce. Malachi will encourage you by looking forward to the great future day of Gods coming, and challenge you by facing new beginnings with faith.
Jul
1
2020
Malachi speaks with great relevance today. As Malachi reminds the people of his day to remain faithful to God, he also teaches us to keep the promises we make to God and to one another. As you study this series youll also learn the importance of faithfulness, marriage, and why God hates divorce. Malachi will encourage you by looking forward to the great future day of Gods coming, and challenge you by facing new beginnings with faith.
Jun
30
2020
Malachi speaks with great relevance today. As Malachi reminds the people of his day to remain faithful to God, he also teaches us to keep the promises we make to God and to one another. As you study this series youll also learn the importance of faithfulness, marriage, and why God hates divorce. Malachi will encourage you by looking forward to the great future day of Gods coming, and challenge you by facing new beginnings with faith.
Jun
29
2020
Malachi speaks with great relevance today. As Malachi reminds the people of his day to remain faithful to God, he also teaches us to keep the promises we make to God and to one another. As you study this series youll also learn the importance of faithfulness, marriage, and why God hates divorce. Malachi will encourage you by looking forward to the great future day of Gods coming, and challenge you by facing new beginnings with faith.
Jun
28
2020
It's a special series for our nation's birthday: Human government is ordained by God for our benefit, and--although it was created for a good purpose--it doesnt always serve the good for which it was intended. Join Dr. James Boice as he explores from John, chapter 19 the tension that has always existed between the church and the state.
Jun
26
2020
Malachi speaks with great relevance today. As Malachi reminds the people of his day to remain faithful to God, he also teaches us to keep the promises we make to God and to one another. As you study this series youll also learn the importance of faithfulness, marriage, and why God hates divorce. Malachi will encourage you by looking forward to the great future day of Gods coming, and challenge you by facing new beginnings with faith.
Jun
25
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is, what the significance of cleanliness is, and when you should fast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
24
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is, what the significance of cleanliness is, and when you should fast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
23
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is, what the significance of cleanliness is, and when you should fast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
22
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is, what the significance of cleanliness is, and when you should fast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
21
2020
Psalm 131 is one of the shortest in the psalter, and while its one of the easiest to read, it contains in its three short verses one of the hardest lessons to learn. Join Dr. James Boice as he studies Psalm 131 and the essence of contentment.
Jun
19
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is, what the significance of cleanliness is, and when you should fast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
18
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is, what the significance of cleanliness is, and when you should fast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
17
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach, and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is...what is the significance of cleanliness...and whenshould wefast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
16
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach, and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is...what is the significance of cleanliness...and whenshould wefast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
15
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach, and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is...what is the significance of cleanliness...and whenshould wefast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
14
2020
Psalm 130 is both a profound prayer and a great model of biblical exposition. In eight short verses, it contains both a penetrating explanation of the Gospel and the very essence of forgiveness. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour, as he follows the psalmists journey from his confession of sin to his testimony of the goodness of God.
Jun
12
2020
The book of Zechariah is the fascinating account of a priest who had visions. Discover the lessons these visions teach, and see how they relate to issues about religion today, such as what true religion is...what is the significance of cleanliness...and whenshould we fast. See also the unique picture that Zechariah gives of the Messiah as the shepherd-king. Youll be both enlightened and inspired as you study this thought-provoking book.
Jun
11
2020
Again and again, Gods people forget Him. But God has not forgotten them. This was true when God spoke through the prophets Nahum and Haggai, and it is true today. We learn what the fulfillment of the prophecies teaches us, Gods reaction when we neglect His work, and why the judgment of the nations is an encouragement to Gods people. Learn how Nahum and Haggai can teach us that the only way to avoid Gods wrath is to repent and seek His blessing.
Jun
10
2020
Again and again, Gods people forget Him. But God has not forgotten them. This was true when God spoke through the prophets Nahum and Haggai, and it is true today. We learn what the fulfillment of the prophecies teaches us, Gods reaction when we neglect His work, and why the judgment of the nations is an encouragement to Gods people. Learn how Nahum and Haggai can teach us that the only way to avoid Gods wrath is to repent and seek His blessing.
Jun
9
2020
The prophet Zephaniah faced a desperate situation. The people of Israel refused to turn back to God. See how Zephaniahs warnings that Gods judgment was soon coming endes with a message of hope. In studying this book, youll learn why judgment is necessary, how God shows mercy to His people, and why Gods people should rejoice about the future. Zephaniah will encourage you to see that, in the midst of judgment, there is hope for a new day.
Jun
8
2020
The prophet Zephaniah faced a desperate situation. The people of Israel refused to turn back to God. See how Zephaniahs warnings that Gods judgment was soon coming endes with a message of hope. In studying this book, youll learn why judgment is necessary, how God shows mercy to His people, and why Gods people should rejoice about the future. Zephaniah will encourage you to see that, in the midst of judgment, there is hope for a new day.
Jun
7
2020
Most of us look back at the past and reflect on what weve accomplished, but for the nation Israel, looking back encompassed not what she had achieved, but what she had survived. Join Dr. James Boice as he reflects on both the suffering of a people and the reason for their survival.
Jun
5
2020
The prophet Zephaniah faced a desperate situation. The people of Israel refused to turn back to God. See how Zephaniahs warnings that Gods judgment was soon coming endes with a message of hope. In studying this book, youll learn why judgment is necessary, how God shows mercy to His people, and why Gods people should rejoice about the future. Zephaniah will encourage you to see that, in the midst of judgment, there is hope for a new day.
Jun
4
2020
Habakkuk was deeply troubled over the problem of evil. His book tells his struggles in despair, as the prophet goes to God in prayer, and comes out rejoicing. In studying Habakkuk, youll discover answers to some of the most difficult questions that people ask, such as: Is God in charge of history? Why does He allow evil?, How can God be loving if He allows bad things to happen to us? Learn the secret of effective prayer and how to wait for Gods answers through trials.
Jun
3
2020
Habakkuk was deeply troubled over the problem of evil. His book tells his struggles in despair, as the prophet goes to God in prayer, and comes out rejoicing. In studying Habakkuk, youll discover answers to some of the most difficult questions that people ask, such as: Is God in charge of history? Why does He allow evil?, How can God be loving if He allows bad things to happen to us? Learn the secret of effective prayer and how to wait for Gods answers through trials.
Jun
2
2020
Habakkuk was deeply troubled over the problem of evil. His book tells his struggles in despair, as the prophet goes to God in prayer, and comes out rejoicing. In studying Habakkuk, youll discover answers to some of the most difficult questions that people ask, such as: Is God in charge of history? Why does He allow evil?, How can God be loving if He allows bad things to happen to us? Learn the secret of effective prayer and how to wait for Gods answers through trials.
Jun
1
2020
Habakkuk was deeply troubled over the problem of evil. His book tells his struggles in despair, as the prophet goes to God in prayer, and comes out rejoicing. In studying Habakkuk, youll discover answers to some of the most difficult questions that people ask, such as: Is God in charge of history? Why does He allow evil?, How can God be loving if He allows bad things to happen to us? Learn the secret of effective prayer and how to wait for Gods answers through trials.
May
31
2020
We all seek Gods blessing in our lives. Its been said that the way to blessing begins with God, continues with God and ends with God. Join Dr. James Boice as he describes Psalm 128, a psalm that points the way to receiving Gods blessing in our work, our families and our lives.
May
29
2020
Habakkuk was deeply troubled over the problem of evil. His book tells his struggles in despair, as the prophet goes to God in prayer, and comes out rejoicing. In studying Habakkuk, youll discover answers to some of the most difficult questions that people ask, such as: Is God in charge of history? Why does He allow evil?, How can God be loving if He allows bad things to happen to us? Learn the secret of effective prayer and how to wait for Gods answers through trials.
May
28
2020
Again and again, Gods people forget Him. But God has not forgotten them. This was true when God spoke through the prophets Nahum and Haggai, and it is true today. On today's episode of The Bible Study Hour, we'll learn what the fulfillment of the prophecies teach us, Gods reaction when we neglect His work, and why the judgment of the nations is an encouragement to Gods people. Learn how Nahum and Haggai can teach us that the only way to avoid Gods wrath is to repent and seek His blessing.
May
27
2020
Again and again, Gods people forget Him. But God has not forgotten them. This was true when God spoke through the prophets Nahum and Haggai, and it is true today. On today's episode of The Bible Study Hour, we'll learn what the fulfillment of the prophecies teach us, Gods reaction when we neglect His work, and why the judgment of the nations is an encouragement to Gods people. Learn how Nahum and Haggai can teach us that the only way to avoid Gods wrath is to repent and seek His blessing.
May
26
2020
One man can make a difference, if he's Gods man. And unlike most prophets, the people listened to Micah. As you study the book of Micah youll see how he turned Jerusalem around, and learn more about the greatness of God, Gods judgment on corrupt leadership, and what our response should be to the city today. Youll be encouraged by seeing the great impact one person can have and the wonderful things that can result when people turn to God.
May
25
2020
One man can make a difference, if he's Gods man. And unlike most prophets, the people listened to Micah. As you study the book of Micah youll see how he turned Jerusalem around, and learn more about the greatness of God, Gods judgment on corrupt leadership, and what our response should be to the city today. Youll be encouraged by seeing the great impact one person can have and the wonderful things that can result when people turn to God.
May
24
2020
Meaningless! All is meaningless, says the preacher--the same preacher, Solomon, who gave us Psalm 127. The wise king reminds us that, unless the Lord is in our work, that earthly work is meaningless. Join Dr. James Boice as he explains whator whoadds value to the work we do this side of eternity.
May
22
2020
man can make a difference, if he's Gods man. And unlike most prophets, the people listened to Micah. As you study the book of Micah youll see how he turned Jerusalem around, and learn more about the greatness of God, Gods judgment on corrupt leadership, and what our response should be to the city today. Youll be encouraged by seeing the great impact one person can have and the wonderful things that can result when people turn to God.
May
21
2020
man can make a difference, if he's Gods man. And unlike most prophets, the people listened to Micah. As you study the book of Micah youll see how he turned Jerusalem around, and learn more about the greatness of God, Gods judgment on corrupt leadership, and what our response should be to the city today. Youll be encouraged by seeing the great impact one person can have and the wonderful things that can result when people turn to God.
May
20
2020
man can make a difference, if he's Gods man. And unlike most prophets, the people listened to Micah. As you study the book of Micah youll see how he turned Jerusalem around, and learn more about the greatness of God, Gods judgment on corrupt leadership, and what our response should be to the city today. Youll be encouraged by seeing the great impact one person can have and the wonderful things that can result when people turn to God.
May
19
2020
man can make a difference, if he's Gods man. And unlike most prophets, the people listened to Micah. As you study the book of Micah youll see howhis words turned Jerusalem around...learn more about the greatness of God, Gods judgment on corrupt leadership...and what our response should be to the city today. Youll be encouraged by seeing the great impact one person can have, and the wonderful things that can result when people turn to God.
May
18
2020
part or our salvation comes first? Do we initially desire God, or does He first call us? Today onThe Bible Study Hour, We will study the story of Jonah...a book which helps us to grasp, in the same way Gods reluctant prophet testified, that Salvation is of the Lord.
May
17
2020
difficult for you and me to understand the joy of a people returning to their own country after a long period of captivity. One moment they were slaves, and the next--they were free. It was a delirious joy that must have seemed like a dream. Join Dr. James Boice as he explores the exuberant anticipation of the Israelites as they returned to Jerusalem, and their prayers for the future.
May
15
2020
part or our salvation comes first? Do we initially desire God, or does He first call us? Today onThe Bible Study Hour, We will study the story of Jonah...a book which helps us to grasp, in the same way Gods reluctant prophet testified, that Salvation is of the Lord."
May
14
2020
part or our salvation comes first? Do we initially desire God, or does He first call us? Today onThe Bible Study Hour, We will study the story of Jonah...a book which helps us to grasp, in the same way Gods reluctant prophet testified, that Salvation is of the Lord."
May
13
2020
part or our salvation comes first? Do we initially desire God, or does He first call us? Today onThe Bible Study Hour, We will study the story of Jonah...a book which helps us to grasp, in the same way Gods reluctant prophet testified, that Salvation is of the Lord.
May
12
2020
part or our salvation comes first? Do we initially desire God, or does He first call us? Today on The Bible Study Hour, We will study the story of Jonah...a book which helps us to grasp, in the same way Gods reluctant prophet testified, that Salvation is of the Lord.
May
11
2020
is the smallest book in the Old Testament, but its message is significant. We learn from the prophet what God does to a nation that exalts itself, how we are to behave as godly citizens, and why God will judge the nations as well as individuals. Obadiah reminds us that God holds nations as well as individuals responsible for their actions. Nations as well as individuals are to be ethical and moral. This small book has a very large lesson for us today.
May
10
2020
all strive for security in our lives, but security can be elusive. As our world changes and western civilization declines, where do we turn for refuge? Join Dr. James Boice in his study of Psalm 125, as the psalmist compares the protection of the Lord to the mountains around Jerusalem.
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