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Jan
28
2022
Dr. James Boice called Psalm 98 a noisy, effervescent Psalm of praise from beginning to end and the most joyful Psalm in the Bible. Listen in as Dr. Boice studies a Psalm that simply praises God for who He is and what He’s done.
Jan
27
2022
Our God is a loving God. He's a God who cares for His people as a shepherd cares for his flock. But He’s also a God of power and might, and throughout history He has, at times, displayed that power in awesome and frightening ways.
Jan
26
2022
We’ve changed from a thinking culture to a feeling culture, and many believe that as long as they feel something about God, they’re truly worshipping God. James Boice studies Psalm 96, another of the Psalms on the subject of worship, and shares some insight into this often-misunderstoodbut exceedingly importantarea of the Christian life.
Jan
25
2022
In order for worship to meet God’s criteria, three musts are needed: We must be born again, the Son of Man must be lifted up and we must worship in spirit and in truth. Worship is not about feelings and emotions, or simply a time when we gather on a Sunday morning. True worship comes about when our spirit-the divine nature within us-meets with the spirit of God.
Jan
24
2022
In ancient times, the king was also the judge. He was the last point of appeal, acting as the supreme court of his day. It’s no wonder the Psalmist cried out to Jehovah, his king, to avenge the earthly persecution of the weak and the helpless. On The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll be studying Psalm 94, as the Psalmist begs God to rise up in judgement against the evil of his day.
Jan
23
2022
When a child makes a request of his father, he patterns his petition after the father’s nature and temperament. If that father is generous, the child will present his need with great confidence that the plea will be granted. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he reveals the joy with which our Father-God will grant His children’s requests.
Jan
21
2022
While it’s true that we serve a powerful God, He doesn’t rule by power alone. His reign is one of laws, and is marked by holiness. And unlike the kings of the earth His administration is unchangeable, and His dynasty eternal.
Jan
20
2022
Christians have many different views of how the Lord’s Day should be observed. Is Sunday the equivalent of the Old Testament Sabbath, or a day for celebration and worship? On The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll be looking at Psalm 92, a Psalm of the Sabbath, to discover the Lord’s view on how we’re to observe this day that is set apart from all others.
Jan
19
2022
While some of the Psalms reflect a multitude of dark emotions, others leave us with feelings of joy and hope for the future. James Boice reflects on Psalm 91, a Psalm that’s provided consolation to countless believers over the years in times of suffering and tragedy.
Jan
18
2022
There are times in our lives when we pause from all the clamor to reflect on the brevity of our days. For the believer, those times ultimately point us to our eternal home with God. This week we’re studying Psalm 90, the only Psalm of Moses, as he reflects on the shortness of men’s days and the qualities of an eternal God.
Jan
17
2022
"Where is Thy faithfulness?" Something so grim had occurred in Israel that the Psalmist was led to question God’s faithfulness to His covenant with the king. In fact, the Psalmist states in no uncertain terms that God is responsible for the demise of both king and country. Questioning God’s faithfulness is not something the believer wants to readily admit, but most of us have experienced the feeling of abandonment and isolation when everything seems to go wrong.
Jan
16
2022
Not all men will be saved, and there are those so opposed to the Gospel that the believer is to have nothing to do with them--to shake the dust from his feet and go elsewhere. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explains a seemingly harsh and often misunderstood passage on judging others from the Sermon on the Mount. Music info: Finlandia (Public Domain) performed by the Westminster Brass (arr. J. Hala, S. Davis) Used by permission.
Jan
14
2022
Psalm 89 begins by praising the faithfulness of our God, and one of the great promises of His faithfulness is that David’s line would be established through all generations. In fact, God goes so far as to say that He has made a covenant with His chosen one, and a covenant cannot be broken by a covenant-keeping God.
Jan
13
2022
There’s an intense feeling of spiritual anguish when the believer feels abandoned by God. Psalm 88 reflects that anguish in what has been called the darkest and gloomiest of Psalms and a psalm filled with one wail of sorrow from beginning to end. But even this darkest of Psalms has a purpose. It reminds us that, despite our faith, our lives are sometimes filled with trouble andoftenthere seems to be no end in sight.
Jan
12
2022
A day is coming when the nations of the world will be brought together--not by force or human effort, but by the power of God--to worship Him, and to live in harmony with one another. Next time on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll be studying Psalm 87. Join Dr. Boice as he paints a picture of the day when all nations will worship the Lord on Mt. Zion, the city of our great God.
Jan
11
2022
It’s been said that in the Christian life there is nothing more important than mercy. Yet we understand so little about it. David was a man who realized his need. He was a great man of God but he was also a great sinner who depended on the mercy of the Lord in both his personal life and his role as king.
Jan
10
2022
John Wesley once asked, Where is the joy I knew when I first saw the Lord? Maybe you’ve asked the same question. In this message, Dr. James Boice will be looking at Psalm 85 where the psalmist asks, Will you not revive us again?
Jan
9
2022
Zeal is generally a welcome guest in the life of a Christian, but there’s a type of zeal that can ruin our witness and hurt both ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ--it’s the passion for judging others. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he exposes an appetite that can turn a believer into a sharp and unjust critic of his fellow man.
Jan
7
2022
They were the caretakers of the House of God. They were the Sons of Korah, gatekeepers of the Temple, and they were blessed by their duties. But did the real blessing come from the Temple or from the God who inhabited it?
Jan
6
2022
Christians are not to seek revenge. But can we pray for revenge if the enemy is the enemy of God? In this message, Dr. James Boice will be studying Psalm 83, showing us that even in revenge there can be a divine purpose if judgement is left in the hands of the Lord
Jan
5
2022
Human government is part of God’s plan. He established the leaders of Israel, and they were to exercise their authority in His name. But like most human governments, those leaders soon forgot Whom it was that granted them power.
Jan
4
2022
The world sometimes points to God’s people as hypocrites because we say one thing but do another, and sometimes that observation is correct. The Israelites were no different. While their worship may have seemed happy and joyful, the Lord knew their heartsand while they claimed to love Him, they would not listen and obey.
Jan
3
2022
"Make your face to shine upon us, that we may be saved." God’s people cry out to Him again. But while they worship Him with their mouths, their hearts have grown cold. God has a shepherd’s heart but a sovereign’s might. Will He save His people?
Jan
2
2022
Worry has become one of the most widespread and debilitating ailments of our time. It’s been labeled, fear in search of a cause and worry affects Christians just as it afflicts the world at large. Is there a cure? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he looks at worry from God’s perspective and offers an antidote to the age-old malady of anxiety.
Dec
31
2021
Imagine the feeling of having lost everything: your home, your family, even your place of worship. As we study the response of the Israelites to the destruction of all they hold dear, we might wonder how we would cope when our world crumbles and there’s no hope on the horizon.
Dec
30
2021
The Gospel hangs on an historical factthat Jesus died on the cross of Calvary. The history of the Bible helps us to understand who God isnot a god of our imaginations, but a God who invades history to accomplish His purposes. The writers of Scripture laid out that history to remind God’s people that certain actions must not be repeated.
Dec
29
2021
We find ourselves discouraged at times in our walk with the Lord. We don’t see the blessings that were once abundant but now seem nowhere to be found. Today with Dr. James Boice we’ll be studying Psalm 77. The psalmist, Asaph, is discouraged. He knows God is good, but it seems like a long time since he’s seen evidence of that goodness. Join us as Asaph deals with the discouragement of feeling distant from God.
Dec
28
2021
In Old Testament times, God dwelt in Israel, and was known there. But today, God is known in Jesus, and His grace is available to all who are called and yield to His lordship. In this message, Dr. Boice examines Psalm 76, with a focus on God’s intervention for His people and where God can be found today.
Dec
27
2021
No matter what storms and trials enter our lives, as Christians we believe that sooner or later, things will be made right. In Psalm 75, the Psalmist no longer expresses fear and anxiety over Israel’s future and the plight of the God’s people. Instead, he exhibits a quiet confidence that, in God’s perfect plan, things will be made right.
Dec
26
2021
When you think of the first Christmas gifts, you likely think of the wisemen. Their gifts were exotic and expensive, but they pale in comparison to the four gifts found in Jesusthe greatest gifts that could ever be given. Join Dr. James Boice as he describes the amazing gifts given to us at Christmas in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dec
24
2021
We feel a sense of loss as we watch our country turn from the godly principles on which it was founded. But can we imagine how it would feel to have our nation overrun and our places of worship destroyed? In this message, Dr. James Boice will be studying Psalm 74, a lament for the loss of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. Psalm 74 is also a psalm of faith, and Asaph "reminds" God of His promises and His covenant with His people.
Dec
23
2021
Have you ever known an ungodly person who seems to have everything and to have everything go his way? Has it caused you to feel resentful and maybe even question God? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice we’re studying Psalm 73, a Psalm of Asaph as he inquires, In God’s universe, why do the wicked prosper?
Dec
22
2021
As the Psalms of David come to a close, we get a picture of Israel’s next ruler, King Solomon. Like many rulers, Solomon began well, but after a time, that began to change. He was not the ideal leader his father had hoped he would be. Only one person could completely fulfil the description of the king of Psalm 72: not David’s son, but God’s son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dec
21
2021
Old age comes to all of us, and in today’s culture, that time of life is not always well regarded. Here on The Bible Study Hour Dr. James Boice will be looking at Psalm 71. David is an old man looking back on a life of faithful service. What he concludes about life and old age can serve as a road map for us as well.
Dec
20
2021
Hurry! Come quickly! Don’t delay! Have you ever found yourself in so much trouble that, if God doesn’t help immediately it may be too late? These were the cries of a desperate king. And if David, a godly man had serious problems that required God’s immediate attention, why should we be surprised when we find ourselves in that same situation? What we do in desperate times is obvious: we pray. And that’s what Psalm 70 is, a prayer from a man on the run.
Dec
19
2021
God gave mankind a wonderful gift. He was born a child, even though He preexisted and was never a child before. He was born a son and yet He was always a son, and this Son would be called by many names. Join Dr. James Boice as he examines the meaning and significance of the names of God’s wonderful gift, from Isaiah 9 verse 6.
Dec
17
2021
Have you ever felt your prayers weren’t being answered, and God was slow in coming to the rescue? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’re continuing our study of Psalm 69. David acknowledges that God knows his distress but continues to press the Lord for a response to his troubles. How does God respond?
Dec
16
2021
Remember a time when you felt like you were sinkinga time when, unless help came quickly you would drown in your troubles? Today, we’ll be looking at Psalm 69, a lament from David who found himself in those very circumstances, with a God who didn’t seem to be listening.
Dec
15
2021
The beginning of Psalm 68 spoke of God’s great accomplishments in the past and of His victorious procession to Mt. Zion, but in the second half of this Psalm we’re to look to the future. Now that the Lord is seated in His holy city, the psalmist looks ahead as our sovereign God vanquishes His enemies and all nations turn to Him.
Dec
14
2021
Our God scatters His enemies but He cares for the weak and abandoned: the fatherless, the widow and the lonely. We’re studying part one of Psalm 68 today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice. While God’s enemies flee before Him, the righteous will be glad and rejoice and the helpless will be comforted.
Dec
13
2021
God has caused His face to shine upon us and to bless us. We all know this familiar benediction from the Old Testament, but have you ever thought about what it really means to have His face shine upon us? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice we’re studying Psalm 67. God’s shining face encompasses a multitude of blessings but the greatest of all is the blessing we receive when we come to know Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Dec
12
2021
We hear of many unusual names given to members of the human race. It’s a wonder what some people name their children! Yet even in the vast array of human monikers, have you ever known anyone named Wonderful? Join Dr. James Boice as he expounds on the wonderful name given our wonderful Savior by the prophet Isaiah.
Dec
10
2021
Our God is so great and wonderful that creation shouts for joy and sings of His glory. But what about His people? Do we echo nature’s praise? Dr. James Boice takes us through Psalm 66, where David urges God’s people to take a lesson from nature and tell God how awesome are his deeds.
Dec
9
2021
Do we really believe that all that we need comes from God? The Israelites did, and they set aside a special feast to thank Him for His provision. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice we’re looking at Psalm 65, a harvest hymn celebrating the Jewish harvest festival, the Feast of Tabernacles.
Dec
8
2021
When we are attacked, do we bring our case to God and ask Him for justice? The arrows of our enemy may come at us suddenly and take us by surprise, but today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice assures us from Psalm 64 that God our Defender will return those arrows just as suddenly. Our part is simply to call on Him as David did.
Dec
7
2021
Do you remember a time when you loved a person so deeply that it hurt to be away from him or her? This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice we are studying a love song--but not a love song to another person. Psalm 63 is a love song to God.
Dec
6
2021
We often hear believers say they are relying on God for their problems when actually they are relying on Godand something else. That something else is generally a worldly remedy. We trust in God to a point but look to the ways of the world if things don’t go as planned. In today’s message we see David coming to a time in his life when he can say that he finds rest in God alone.
Dec
5
2021
It’s not difficult to find examples of people who’ve allowed the love of possessions to ruin their lives spiritually, and nullify their witness. They fill the pages of Scripture, and the malady is still with us today. Join Dr. James Boice as he poses the question, do you own your possessions, or do your possessions own you?"
Dec
3
2021
We often refer to a strong person as a rocksomeone who is unshaken by trouble and strong in the face of adversity. David was a rock to the people of Israel. But the real Rock is God and David was very aware of the need for a Savior’s protection. Listen in to hear about this unique relationship between the King of Israel and the God in Whom he trusts.
Dec
2
2021
Sometimes when we are at the top of our game and everything seems to be going right, a defeat creeps in. It may stagger us and cause us to question, why? Today on The Bible Study Hour we are looking at Psalm 60, a Psalm David wrote later in his life as he reflected back on his failures and success. Listen as Dr. Boice pieces together the circumstances of this defeat and shows us how we can apply it to our lives today.
Dec
1
2021
David was no stranger to peril. He dodged Saul’s javelins and evaded his armies. With few other resources of his own, he called on the great I AM for protection. On this program, we’ll look at Psalm 59 from an historical perspective of the life of King David.
Nov
30
2021
We may become a little uneasy when we read David’s Psalms calling down God’s judgement on his enemies. Today on The Bible Study Hour we are studying Psalm 58. David’s appeal here is a little different than it has been in previous Psalms we’ve studied; this time, he cries out against the wickedness of Israel’s leaders for the sake of the righteous, not just for himself.
Nov
29
2021
Where can you run? Where can you hide when things get tough? We're studying Psalm 57, where David is on the run, experiencing dark days inside a cave, hiding from his enemies. Do you think David’s confidence is in the shelter of the cave? Or in the Almighty God who will deliver him?
Nov
28
2021
Fasting was responsible for two of the most significant events in early church history What were they--and does God still expect Christians to fast today? If so, what is its purpose, and how does it differ from the fasting of the Old Testament? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour to discover the answer to these questions on the elusive topic of fasting.
Nov
26
2021
Do you ever feel afraid, desperate, or alone? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll study Psalm 56, where David is on his own, alone and scared. But by the end of the psalm, David expresses a quiet, steady confidence in God. How does he get there? And how can we move from a place of fear, to a place of faith?
Nov
25
2021
Have you ever wished that you could take a vacation from your problems? This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll study Psalm 55 where David is so anguished over having been betrayed by a close friend, that he wishes he could fly away, just like a bird. What does David do with these overwhelming feelings, how does he approach God, and what can we learn from him?
Nov
24
2021
Where do you go for help? Whenever David had a problem, no matter the circumstance, he took it straight to God. Today we’ll study Psalm 54, where David is again looking for rescue. David’s been betrayed in the worst way, yet he holds fast to his hope in the eternal God. God has delivered David in the past, and He will deliver David again.
Nov
23
2021
Who, or what, are you living for? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll study Psalm 53, and hear about how we should live our lives. Many today, and in David’s time, acted as though there was no God. But God is still God, whether He is acknowledged by man or not. How then, should God’s truth change the way we live?
Nov
22
2021
Whatever happened to truth? Does it seem that lies and slander go unpunished? This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll study Psalm 52, where David is surrounded by lies and deception. Despite this, he’s confident that, ultimately, God will judge both the wicked and the righteous. David knows that those who love God and follow His ways will prevail.
Nov
21
2021
When Christ was tempted in the wilderness, He resisted the Devil. We attribute His victory to His divine nature, but Jesus never relied on His divinity for victory. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he reveals Christ’s secret for overcoming temptation that can be applied to our lives, as well.
Nov
19
2021
David knew that real joy comes only from righteousness in the Lord. Today, we’ll study the second half of Psalm 51, where David is deeply aware of his sinfulness and unworthiness. Rather than hiding from his sin, David asks God to cleanse him and renew his spirit. He knows that the only answer to sin is true repentance.
Nov
18
2021
Have you ever messed up or done something you thought was unforgiveable? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll study the first half of Psalm 51, where David has done some pretty terrible things. He’s sinned against God and man, and he knows that he doesn’t deserve forgiveness. What can David’s story teach us about the mercy, love and compassion of God?
Nov
17
2021
What does God need from us? And what does He want from us? This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’re reminded in Psalm 50 that our God is a God of justice. He sees our hearts, and He knows our intentions. How, then, should we approach Him in prayer and worship? Where should our thoughts and attitudes be focused?
Nov
16
2021
You’re probably familiar with the old saying: You can’t take it with you when you go. On this episode of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll continue our study of the Psalms with Psalm 49. This psalm reminds us that our bodies are mortal--we will all eventually meet with death. So how should such a sobering reminder affect the way we live, and the choices we make?
Nov
15
2021
How often do we stop and really think about the presence of God? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll continue our study of the Psalms with Psalm 48, which speaks of the splendor and beauty of Jerusalem, a shining city on a hill. But what’s so great about Jerusalem? Is it location, buildings, or maybe even the people?
Nov
14
2021
The director of a psychiatric hospital once said that he could discharge half his patients if only they could be assured of forgiveness. Mankind searches for forgiveness but doesn’t know where to find it. Join Dr. James Boice as he explores the greatest malady affecting the human race, today on The Bible Study Hour.
Nov
12
2021
Is God still in control, even to those who don’t know Him? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’re studying Psalm 47, which is a psalm of praise, and a call to worship the one true God who reigns over all. Yes, our God, the God of the universe, raises up nations and brings them down again!
Nov
11
2021
The Lord Almighty is with us. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll take a closer look at that in what may be a familiar psalm, psalm 46. As Christians, we often hear that God is our refuge and our strength. But what do those words really mean? We can say that we trust God at all times and in all circumstances, but what does that look like when the hard times come?
Nov
10
2021
Here comes the bride! Today, we’re all invited to a splendid royal wedding. Psalm 45 is full of poetic imagery and deeper meaning, as a noble king comes for his waiting bride. You can probably guess whom the king and his bride represent here. But what can this unique psalm teach us about our future, as well as our past? If we’re to be ready to spend forever with Him, we must look beyond earthly kings, beyond the world around us, and fix our eyes on the coming King, Jesus Christ.
Nov
9
2021
Do things ever go wrong in your life? This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’re studying psalm 44, where the psalmist is begging God for help. Something is wrong. He knows that God has rescued His people in the past, and he knows that victory and triumph can only come by the hand of God. Is God even listening? What is He waiting for?!
Nov
8
2021
What does the Bible have to say about depression, and what exactly does it mean to put your hope in God? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll begin our study of Psalm 42 and 43, where the psalmist feels downcast, oppressed, disturbed, depressed and rejected. Where can he turn for help and where is God in all of this mess? In this message we’ll learn how we as believers can find light in the middle of life’s most overwhelming storms.
Nov
7
2021
Do you ever wonder if your prayers are too self-centered, or if you pray too much for your own needs at the expense of the needs of others? Are your prayers for the Kingdom of God often an afterthought? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he describes Jesus’ instructions on what a balanced prayer life looks like from God’s perspective.
Nov
5
2021
God shows mercy to the merciful. This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’re studying Psalm 41, where the theme throughout is mercy. But what exactly is mercy? How do we receive it, and why should we be willing to freely extend it to others? David knows mercy. He knows that he deserves nothing, yet he’s received overwhelming and unmerited favor from God.
Nov
4
2021
David just can’t stay quiet! Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, David is praising God for His deliverance from the miry pit of sin and despair. David knows that there will always be trials throughout his life, but he also knows that trust and obedience in the Lord brings lasting peace and ultimate deliverance.
Nov
3
2021
In Psalm 39, David recognizes the shortness of life. Rather than give up hope, he brings his concerns before God. In doing so, David realizes that we were made for eternity, and our security lies in the only eternal God.
Nov
2
2021
You can’t hide your sin from God. He sees all and knows all. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll study Psalm 38, where David is physically sick, and he realizes that his illness is a direct result of his actions. Although David’s body is weak, he knows that God won’t forsake him, and he’s waiting on the promises of his Savior’s grace and mercy.
Nov
1
2021
Don’t worrythe sovereign God is on our side! It's The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, and we’re focusing on the second half of Psalm 37, where David continues to contrast the righteous and the wicked. David reminds us that blessings abound when we choose to follow the ways of the Lord. And what about the wicked? God has a plan!
Oct
31
2021
How can a sinner know the will of God? It’s a question that’s been posed by believers throughout the ages. It seems impossible for a mere mortal to understand the requirements of a righteous God. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he reveals the rather simple answer to a perplexing question.
Oct
29
2021
It can be hard to wait on God when we see evil all around, and the wicked seem to go unpunished. But if we look up to God and look ahead to the fulfillment of His promises, we can be sure that God won’t forget. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’re studying the first half of Psalm 37, where David is comparing the way of wickedness and the way of righteousness. We’re reminded to fix our eyes on God, and to take the long view. The Lord has promised to sustain the righteous, and deal with the wicked in His time.
Oct
28
2021
Deceit or delight? We have a choice! Today, we’re taking a closer look at Psalm 36, where David describes the ways of the wicked, in contrast with the righteousness of God. We can choose the path of deceit, or we can pursue God’s ways. When we commit ourselves to following God, His unending faithfulness and unfailing love are our reward.
Oct
27
2021
On today's The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll take a closer look at Psalm 35, a call for righteous judgment, where David pleads his own innocence and begs God for justice. He once again asks God to rescue him, and to bring judgment upon his wicked enemies.
Oct
26
2021
Taste and see that the Lord is good! This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll see in Psalm 34 that David has once again escaped the hands of his enemy. He has nothing and no one, yet David gives his testimony of all that God has done for Him. This psalm is a reminder that we should praise God at all times, through both the good and the bad.
Oct
25
2021
Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll examine the rich and beautiful imagery of Psalm 33, where David calls on all of God’s people to shout out praises of thanksgiving, to joyfully exalt our majestic and faithful God who sees all, knows all, and remains steadfast. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Oct
24
2021
The Kingdom of God. We use the phrase often, but do we really comprehend its meaning? Is the Kingdom of God past, present or future, and what exactly is it like? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explores the truths, the fallacies and the magnitude of the God’s marvelous kingdom.
Oct
22
2021
Sin is all consuming, destructive and condemning, but there’s great news! We serve a forgiving and loving God who covers every transgression, no matter the size or scope of our sin. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will take us through Psalm 32 and remind us that when we turn to God, He will forgive us, and lead us on the path of righteousness.
Oct
21
2021
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll continue our study of the Psalms in Psalm 31, as we hear David move from a desperate cry for deliverance to an unshakable confidence in God and a remembrance of God’s continued faithfulness.
Oct
20
2021
As we continue with our study of the Psalms in chapter 30, David again praises God for hearing him and rescuing him. He reminds himself and us that, as believers, God’s anger lasts for a moment, but His favor lasts for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night but, with God, rejoicing always comes in the morning.
Oct
19
2021
Even the mountains quake in His presence. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll take a closer look at the poetic imagery of Psalm 29. In this psalm of praise, David experiences God’s power through creation, and he calls on the heavenly hosts to join him in worship of our powerful Creator
Oct
18
2021
Psalm 28 teaches us how to wait on the Lord and what we should be doing while we wait. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we'll see David waiting on God to rescue him, and pleads with God not to count him among the wicked. All the while David continues to praise and trust God, asking God to save His people, be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Oct
17
2021
As an orchestra tunes its instruments in order to be in harmony, so a believer must get in tune with the Lord before he makes known his requests in prayer. Join Dr. James Boice as he shows us the method and prerequisites for conversing with our Heavenly Father. That's today on The Bible Study Hour: preparing you to think and act biblically.
Oct
15
2021
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll continue our study of the Psalms, as we hear David move from a desperate cry for deliverance and rescue from his enemies, to an unshakable confidence in God and a remembrance of God’s continued faithfulness.
Oct
14
2021
This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice as we continue with our study in the Psalms, David again praises God for hearing him and rescuing him. He reminds himself and us that, as believers, God’s anger lasts for a moment, but His favor lasts for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night but, with God, rejoicing always comes in the morning.
Oct
13
2021
Even the mountains quake in His presence. This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll take a closer look at the poetic imagery of Psalm 25. In this psalm of praise, David experiences God’s power through creation, and he calls on the heavenly hosts to join him in worship of our powerful Creator.
Oct
12
2021
Psalm 24 teaches us how to wait on the Lord and what we should be doing while we wait. This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, David waits on God to rescue him, and pleads with God not to count him among the wicked. David continues to praise and trust God, asking God to punish those who choose to do evil.
Oct
11
2021
Is Jesus your lamb? Is he your shepherd? This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll turn our attention to Psalm 23, the psalm of the risen Lord. Psalm 23 is probably one of the most recognized, most often memorized portion of scripture in the Bible and I hope you’ll join us to hear more about it.
Oct
10
2021
To His disciples, it was both an intimate moment and a shocking revelation as Jesus addressed the King of the Universe as daddy! It came in answer to their simple request of how they were to pray. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he continues his study of Jesus’ discourse on how His followers were to address their Heavenly Father.
Oct
8
2021
Let’s take a closer look at the cross. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll continue with part 2 of our study on the psalm of the cross. The second half of psalm 22 shifts from a mood of despair and separation, to a glorious focus on deliverance, righteousness and eternal salvation from sin
Oct
7
2021
The Good Shepherd, gives His life for the sheep. This week on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll continue our study of the Psalms with Psalm 22, also known as the psalm of the cross. This psalm of David gives us a prophetic picture of Christ’s suffering, as well as a window into the mind of Christ as He hung on the cross.
Oct
6
2021
This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, the people of Israel have prayed for their king, and God has answered their prayers favorably. The Israelites are now praising God for his deliverance, blessings and provision. Join us as we study Psalm 21, a psalm of national thanksgiving, together
Oct
5
2021
God save the king! Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll take a closer look at Psalm 20, which is a corporate prayer of trust-- God will deliver the righteous king of Israel. What can this psalm tell us about the type of leaders we need today, and how should we pray for them?
Oct
4
2021
David describes the Word of God as being perfect, trustworthy, sufficient, enduring and pure. God’s Word is sweeter than honey, and more precious than gold. In the second half of Psalm 19, David shows us how we can know God through the gift of His Holy Word.
Oct
3
2021
Do your prayers bring you into the presence of God? Most of us would answer not always. Yet Jesus taught that we’re to pray only when we’re aware of the Lord’s presence! What then, is the answer to this dilemma? Join Dr. James Boice as he explores the often-misunderstood subject of prayer and shows us how sinful man should approach a holy God.
Oct
1
2021
In Psalm 19 David exclaims, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of his hands. David can see God’s handiwork in the heavens above, and his poetry in this psalm reveals the splendor of both the creation and the Creator.
Sep
30
2021
In the second half of Psalm 18, David recounts with vivid imagery all the ways that God has rescued him, sustained him, and prospered him through troubled times. In David’s eyes, God’s ways are absolutely perfect. Welcome to The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice.
Sep
29
2021
God is my rock! Psalm 18 is a psalm of thanksgiving, in which David is looking back on his life, praising and thanking God for his steadfast faithfulness. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll get a closer look at David’s thankful heart, as we continue our study of the psalms.
Sep
28
2021
How should we approach God with our needs and requests? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, David brings his urgent petitions and pleadings boldly before God in prayer, giving us a model for how we as Christians--righteous men and women of God--might pray.
Sep
27
2021
Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll take a closer look at Psalm 16, where David doesn’t just trust God to provide for his daily needs, or to protect him from his enemies. He’s counting on God for future restoration. What do you suppose that picture of restoration looks like for David, and what does it mean for us?
Sep
26
2021
The world believes that charity arises from the natural goodness of the human spirit, but true charity came into the world through Christianity and is a byproduct of a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Join Dr. James Boice as he explores the roots of true charity and its effect upon the human race.
Sep
24
2021
Who is worthy in the eyes of God? What are some of the characteristics of a righteous man? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll explore the answers to these questions posed by David to God, as we continue in our study of the Psalms.
Sep
23
2021
Fools just never seem to learn, do they? In Psalm 14, David is surrounded by fools who say, There is no God. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll listen to what David thinks about such fools and, more importantly, what God thinks of them.
Sep
22
2021
How long? How long? Psalm 13 opens with David feeling abandoned by man and God, wondering when God will remember him, turn to him and rescue him. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll continue our study of the Psalms, learning how David moves beyond his circumstances to a quiet trust in God.
Sep
21
2021
Words are important. Words matter. They can be used to build up, or to tear down. Words can be a blessing, or a curse. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll listen in Psalm 12 as David pleads with God to deal with those around him who use their words to boast, lie, cheat, distort and destroy the truth.
Sep
20
2021
When everything around us seems to be crumbling and breaking down, we can rest in the fact that our ultimate security does not depend on human institutions. Join us next week for a message from Psalm chapter 11, when Dr. Boice will challenge us to live a counter-cultural life that is aligned with God’s standards, though it may often be at odds with the world all around us.
Sep
19
2021
An old song tells us what the world needs now is love, sweet love. The world certainly does need love, but just what kind of love does the world really need, and where and how can it be found? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he looks at Jesus’ perspective on love and loving our enemies from His Sermon on the Mount.
Sep
17
2021
As believers, we live with our eyes upon the eternal, but we still have to function now in a world that is wicked at its core. So, how should we respond to the injustices we observe and battle with every day? This week on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will encourage us to intercede now, plead with God for justice continually, and then rest in the fact that judgement is surely coming.
Sep
16
2021
If our worship comes with a set of stipulations for God, then the reality is that it’s not true worship. In fact, total surrender is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian life. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will remind us that embracing the truth of the Gospel fills us with joy in our salvation. Heartfelt praise is simply the natural overflow of a restored life!
Sep
15
2021
The human body is an amazing and complex combination of bones, muscles, nerves, organs and so on. But we are certainly more than our physical composition. We’re both body and soul, and we’re designed to reflect the image of our Creator. This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll take a look at Psalm chapter 8 to answer the ultimate question: What is our destiny?
Sep
14
2021
Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll continue our series through Psalms with a message entitled, Cry Justice! As believers, we’re called to stand for what is right, integral, honest and fair. But before we can plead for, or administer, earthly justice, we must first be made right before God by Heaven’s standards. Be sure to join us as we learn together from Psalm chapter 7.
Sep
13
2021
Psalm chapter 6 describes David, a great king and man after God’s own heart, stuck in a place of utter hopelessness and despair. Join us for The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice. We’ll discuss the complex issue of depression and discover that this modern psychological hot topic is really not so modern after all. In fact, depression is as old as sin itself.
Sep
12
2021
An old song tells us what the world needs now is love, sweet love. The world certainly does need love, but just what kind of love does the world really need, and where and how can it be found? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he looks at Jesus’ perspective on love and loving our enemies from His Sermon on the Mount.
Sep
10
2021
Formality was never a requirement that God imposed on our prayer time. But he does command us to seek Him earnestly and with persistence. If you’ve ever wondered if there is a right or wrong way to pray, you won’t want to miss this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice. We’ll learn that we must always approach God on the basis of his sacrifice - and not our own merit.
Sep
9
2021
Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll witness King David, in the depths of his despair, pleading with God simultaneously for both forgiveness and vindication. His prayer is sincere and defenseless as he presents his case to the ultimate Judge. Tune in to find out how, by the end of Psalm 4, David has found peace in the midst of adversity and rest in knowing that God hears his cry.
Sep
8
2021
The historical context behind Psalm chapter 3 points us to a time of crisis and betrayal in the life of King David. We’ll learn that there’s only one tried and true method for finding peace in the midst of life’s challenges. And we’ll be reminded that, like David, we’re each in need of the kind of deliverance that only God can provide.
Sep
7
2021
Lying, cheating, lust, envy. Sin takes different forms, but it can all be traced back to one, common cause- the rejection of Christ’s kingship. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll study Psalm chapter 2 - a complex passage with a mysterious purpose. Join us as Dr. Boice explains how we each have an important role to play in proclaiming Christ as King.
Sep
6
2021
According to God’s Word, our lives are all headed down one of two, distinct paths. And the one we’re on not only determines our final destination, but also the quality of our journey. Today on The Bible Study Hour we begin a journey through the Psalms, as Dr. Boice teaches from chapter 1 to unpack this powerful analogy and to remind us that the path we choose will truly make all the difference.
Sep
5
2021
The desire to insist on our rights lies deep in the heart of man, and we live in a day when people are especially aware of those rights. But what are our rights as believers? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explores Jesus’ teaching on the rights of the believer.
Sep
3
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Sep
2
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Sep
1
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
31
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
30
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
29
2021
Nothing is sweeter than the light of truth. God takes honesty very seriously. He takes the most solemn steps to assure us of the truthfulness of His Word, and he expects us to esteem the truth as well. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he studies Christ’s words about the importance He places on truth.
Aug
27
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
26
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
25
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
24
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
23
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
22
2021
The greatest and strangest love story in the Bible is that of Hosea and Gomer. It’s a narrative of the unconditional love of a husband under the worst of circumstances. What are its implications for today? Learn more on The Bible Study Hour, as Dr. James Boice recounts the unusual story and the conclusions we can draw from a marriage that should have been destined for failure.
Aug
20
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
19
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
18
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
17
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
16
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
15
2021
Is divorce ever permitted or appropriate for a Christian marriage? If it is, on what grounds is it acceptable and if it isn’t acceptable, why? Jesus addressed this issue in no uncertain terms in the Sermon on the Mount and His answer is still relevant in this modern age. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour, as he outlines Christ’s response to one of the most volatile and controversial questions in the church today.
Aug
13
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
12
2021
As the young church in Corinth grew in size, its membership faced new struggles on the path toward holiness, just as believers and churches do today. The Apostle Paul sent the letter we know as II Corinthians to encourage these believers to grow up in their faith. Dr. Boice illuminates all of Paul’s key points, including God’s comfort in affliction; forgiving people who have hurt us; the blessings of generosity; and why God allows thorns in our lives.
Aug
11
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Aug
10
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Aug
9
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Aug
8
2021
Marriage is a wonderful institution but not an easy one, and raising a family adds to the pressures and responsibilities of the home. Adding to those pressures are the secular views of these relationships that run counter to the Christian model. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he examines the relevance of God’s unchanging rules for marriage and the family in an ever-changing world.
Aug
5
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Aug
4
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Aug
3
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Aug
2
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Aug
1
2021
What was God’s intent when He created the institution of marriage? Was it primarily a means to reproduce mankind and provide an outlet for sexual desire? Was it to provide companionship in this earthly life? Furthermore, what is it that makes a marriage a Christian marriage? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explores the deeper purpose of the union of man and wife
Jul
30
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
29
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
28
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
27
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
26
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
25
2021
It’s been said that sex is the cornerstone of mass persuasion, and certainly in today’s world, mass media uses the lure of sex to glamorize the pursuit of pleasure. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he compares the world’s view of sex with God’s view and discusses God’s instructions on living in a sexually debased society.
Jul
23
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
22
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
21
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, here on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
20
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, today on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
19
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study in 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church, today on The Bible Study Hour.
Jul
18
2021
Anger is part of our lives, but there’s a righteous kind of anger over the things of God, and an unrighteous anger aimed at those who would do us harm. How do we reserve our anger for the things that anger God? Find out next time on The Bible Study Hour, as Dr. James Boice delves into Jesus’ perspective on the serious matter of anger.
Jul
16
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study of 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church--today on The Bible Study Hour
Jul
15
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study of 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church--today on The Bible Study Hour
Jul
14
2021
A church struggles to come to terms with what it means to serve the Lord. But it's not easy. All around are greedy and debauched people. Inevitably some of sinfulness has begun to infiltrate the church. Sound familiar? This scenario is not just our own; the early church of Corinth faced many of the same problems! Dr. Boice's study 1 Corinthians reveals a striking similarity between own battles and the struggles the early church.
Jul
13
2021
You can’t study reformed doctrine without going over the 5 points of Calvinism in the form of the acrostic TULIP. Today Dr. Boice will take a look at each of those 5 points as we study the final verse of the entire Bible in this concluding message from the series, Amazing Grace.
Jul
12
2021
Adjectives enrich our language; they add depth and texture to our world. And when we apply adjectives to the grace of God, we get words like boundless, indelible, matchless, overflowing, abundant, marvelous, unfailing, and irresistible. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice adds persevering to the list.
Jul
11
2021
Many have tried to live by the standards set by Christ’s Sermon on the Mount--and all have failed. Is it even possible for these standards to become a reality in our lives and set the standard for our actions? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he proposes the secret to success in living a holy life according to God’s righteousness.
Jul
9
2021
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." This is simply not true! Words can hurt, wound, and kill or words can bind, heal, and make alive. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice offers five qualities that should mark the speech of a Christian, so that it's full of grace and seasoned with salt.
Jul
8
2021
Dr. James Boice explains his 'formula for great giving.' The three elements of this formula include a trial, poverty, and joy. Using an example from 2 Corinthians, we'll see how a severe trial, extreme poverty, and overflowing joy welled up into rich generosity and "The Grace of Giving.
Jul
7
2021
The throne of God, which should be a throne of judgment, has become a throne of grace - a mercy seat - because of the death of Jesus Christ. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice gives us the bottom line on all of this - that we should be bold in coming to God in prayer.
Jul
6
2021
Everyone lives with personal deficiencies and handicaps. These internal trials affect us continually and often painfully. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explores the ways that God's grace helps us and reaches us in our individual limitations and hurts.
Jul
5
2021
There are pressure points in the Christian life - things that tempt us to give up. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the challenges of ridicule, hardship, and sin in the church. The antidote to all three is the same - the power and strength of the grace of God.
Jul
4
2021
Jesus taught many things during His earthly ministry, but His greatest instructions concerned the Scriptures. Jesus taught that they carried complete authority and that all Scripture was to be fulfilled in Him. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he presents the evidence of a Savior that fulfilled both the Law and the prophets.
Jul
2
2021
If we're saved by grace, and grace abounds when sin increases, why should we try so hard to lead holy lives? Dr. Boice argues away this 'first great objection' to the gospel of grace, using the power of triumphant grace and our union with Christ.
Jul
1
2021
God doesn't dole out grace in a miserly way. He gives 100% grace that utterly and powerfully overwhelms the sin in our lives. Dr. Boice tells of the undiminishing, superabounding grace of God!
Jun
30
2021
Do you think it's possible to lose your salvation? We often perceive our standing with God to be based on how well we keep His commandments. But on this episode of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice shows that legalism does not in fact lead to holiness, and corrects common misunderstandings of the phrase "falling from grace" in Galatians 5.
Jun
29
2021
The Bible never promises that Christians will be materially rich. But Romans 5 does explain how our standing in grace swells our spiritual assets. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice details four of the great riches we are guaranteed to possess in Christ.
Jun
28
2021
In this country, we have our democracy, our Constitution, and the American justice system. The realities of guilt, innocence, punishment, judgment, and redemption exist in the spiritual realm as well. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice teaches on "Justification by Grace Alone."
Jun
27
2021
Can Christians worship the Bibleeven place it above the worship of Christ? Can God’s Word be held in higher esteem than God Himself? Some believe so, but perhaps we should view Scripture through the eyes of our Savior and discover His perspective. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he shows us Jesus’ thoughts on God’s Word.
Jun
25
2021
We know that salvation is by grace alone, but what about good works? Where do they fit in? Dr. Boice explains what he calls the deepest theology - the theology of salvation - by looking at the past, present, and future of salvation from God's point of view.
Jun
24
2021
On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice combats the shallowness of our day by offering a mini course in theology. In an age Boice calls "very introspective and disgustingly subjective," we will discover the wonderful depths of election, redemption, and the application of Sovereign Grace.
Jun
23
2021
Does grace coexist with the law? Clearly, the Old Testament is not graceless, and the New Testament is not lawless. Dr. Boice lays out the characteristics of the reign of the law versus the reign of grace, which came by Jesus Christ.
Jun
22
2021
Why do bad things happen to good people? Are these events outside of God's control? Or, maybe a better question would be - Why do so many good things happen to bad people? Next time on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about common grace, and why it is so amazing.
Jun
21
2021
Grace is truly amazing, and yet it seems that, over time, grace loses its ability to enthrall. And after many years, amazing grace can even seem like boring grace. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains that grace can only be amazing when viewed against the dark background of sin.
Jun
20
2021
Jesus said we are to be the light to a world in utter darkness. But how can we be light in a world where people prefer darkness, and where evil is an irreducible component of man? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he examines light and darkness and the answer to this dilemma.
Jun
18
2021
None of us can guarantee the choices of the next generation. We can only choose for ourselves whether or not we'll serve the Lord. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about choosing - choosing God now, tomorrow, the day after, and to the very end of our lives.
Jun
17
2021
The last words of a great man are of special interest to us; they are often poignant and deeply moving. Joshua's final farewell to the people he loved is no exception. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice shares some very stirring words in a sermon titled "Passing the Torch."
Jun
16
2021
Nations sometimes win a war but lose the peace. This was Joshua's fear for Israel at the end of his life, and Christians today often find the test of prosperity more difficult than the test of adversity. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the need to live for God and serve God in peace-time as well as in war.
Jun
15
2021
Forty-eight cities, scattered all across the Promised Land, were assigned to the Levites as their homes. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice reflects on a very unsavory story from Genesis to explain why these cities were so important and a blessing to all.
Jun
14
2021
Men and women are made directly by God in His own image. And human life in the image of God mustn't be wantonly destroyed. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the cities of refuge and the tremendous value of human life revealed in the law of God.
Jun
13
2021
Salt preserves, and adds flavor. It also makes us thirsty. When Jesus called His followers the salt of the earth, He was in effect saying that believers were to have those same effects on a sinful and fallen world. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he presents the qualities of salt and how they should reflect the qualities of a Christian.
Jun
11
2021
Caleb had total faith in God, and gave himself utterly to God’s service. This was the secret of his greatness. This is what enabled Caleb to look into the faces of real-live giants without fear. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice tells the story of this magnificent old man.
Jun
10
2021
The Promised Land was given to God's people, but they still needed to go in and possess it. In the same way, the whole world has been given to Christ, yet we need to go and possess it for Him! Coming up on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice calls on us to 'possess our possessions' in Jesus.
Jun
9
2021
If we're talking about salvation, God isn't interested in what you can do. He is interested in what He has done in Christ; what God calls on you to do is believe in Christ. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice asks.... Do you believe wholeheartedly, with all your life, soul, mind and strength?
Jun
8
2021
When a great God develops great faith into great leadership it leads to great victory. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice examines six characteristics of strong leadership with the backdrop of Joshua’s Southern Campaign to possess the Promised Land.
Jun
7
2021
The Bible tells of a day long ago when the sun stood still over Gibeon and the moon over the Valley of Adullum. Is this poetical language? A scientifically verifiable event? Or merely the effect of refraction? On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice talks about a day like none other - "The Longest Day."
Jun
6
2021
One of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to rejoice when you’re falsely accused or attacked for doing good. Yet, that is the very thing Jesus calls His followers to do in the eighth and final beatitude. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explains the seemingly impossible command to love those who wish us harm.
Jun
4
2021
Joshua was supposed to make war on all the enemies of God. But, when some tricksters showed up in tattered clothes, toting moldy bread and cracked canteens, claiming to be friends... Joshua trusted his eyes and failed to seek God’s guidance. Relying on his own perception, he was fooled! On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice describes a spiritual warfare above and beyond what we can see.
Jun
3
2021
From the beginning of the Bible, God is clear that there are curses for sinning and blessings for obedience? On The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll witness how Joshua paused his campaign yet again to renew the covenant with God and declare the blessings and curses of the law before the people of Israel.
Jun
2
2021
While it's true that sometimes the 'walls of Jericho' come down when we merely shout, but most often there are no short-cuts, and our battles need to be fought in the ordinary way. On this episode of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice assures us that whether the battle is miraculous or ordinary, the key to victory is one and the same.
Jun
1
2021
"When we go our own way - rather than God's way - God makes sure we never get where we're going. He walls us in." On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains these words and how, by walling us in, God opens a door of hope for this life and for all eternity.
May
31
2021
Genocide. It's an ugly word and an awful thing. But it’s exactly what we read in the book of Joshua. How is it possible that a good and loving God would direct his people to do such a thing? Join us on The Bible Study Hour, when Dr. James Boice tackles this moral dilemma.
May
30
2021
People are persecuted for many reasons, and Christians are no exception. But the persecution that Jesus describes in the beatitudes has nothing to do with race, religion or social status. That persecution arose from a very particular way of life. Join Dr. James Boice as he examines the true meaning of Christian persecution.
May
28
2021
Who comes to mind when you hear the words 'ancient military genius'? Napoleon? Attila the Hun? Caesar? Alexander the Great? What about Joshua? On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice explains the surprising secret to Joshua's stunning success as a military conqueror.
May
27
2021
It is simply true that one lonely, weak, and trembling Christian against a human army is stronger than anything else if the armies of the Lord are on his side. It was true for Joshua and it is true today. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice talks about God as Divine Commander.
May
26
2021
Joshua's army was poised for the immediate invasion of Jericho. Their enemies were filled with terror and dread. But at the last moment, the invaders pause, not for military strategy or a call to arms, but to be circumcised and observe the Passover. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice explains the sacraments - both old and new.
May
25
2021
Pyramids, obelisks, sculptures and gravestones all serve to focus our memories on a person or event from the past. We need memorials. They help us remember important things in our history. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice talks about memorials to the power of God - memorials we can see right now.
May
24
2021
The Ark of the Covenant has always been an object of fascination, but this mysterious box is far more than a sought-after archeological relic. The Ark is symbolic of the presence, judgement, and mercy of the Living God. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice discusses the Ark and the unchangeable nature of God
May
23
2021
There’s a purpose behind the order in which Jesus presented the beatitudes, and as He begins the fifth of these 8 proclamations, His emphasis turns from doctrine to character. Join Dr. James Boice as he takes a deeper look into Jesus’ thoughts on the relation of doctrine to devotion, and the evidence of a changed life.
May
21
2021
Can a heroine emerge from a brothel in a vile, pagan city? Rahab the prostitute had absolutely nothing going for her... except enough faith in the True God to stand alone against her entire culture! On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice tells the story of "Rahab Contra Mundum," it means "Rahab Against the World."
May
20
2021
Leadership is not easy. Even great leaders can feel inadequate and afraid. This seems to have been true for Joshua. Four times God told him to be strong and courageous as he took command of the people and prepared to launch an invasion. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice teaches on the four ingredients of a great leader.
May
19
2021
Who succeeded Abraham Lincoln? Who followed after Winston Churchill? We often overlook those that follow the great ones of history. Moses was followed by an often overlooked, but brilliant hero of the faith - Joshua. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice launches a series entitled "Joshua: We Will Serve the Lord."
May
18
2021
If you have heard it and received it and by the grace of God believed it, the Gospel is not something to hold as a treasure just for yourself, but something to share with others. On The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice inspires us to spread the Gospel to a dying world. This is the Great Commission.
May
17
2021
If it's a real resurrection, it's a real body. And it is only the resurrection of a real body that amounts to anything at all. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will dismantle hazy notions of the resurrection, and display a resurrection worth believing in...even, worth dying for.
May
16
2021
Hunger and thirst are daily realities for large sectors of the human race. While the need for food and water is essential, physical hunger and thirst are only a pale reflection of a far more serious deprivation that affects us all. Join Dr. James Boice as he describes a hunger that’s only satisfied one way.
May
14
2021
The tomb was sealed; the guards were posted; the barricades were placed. Both the chief priests and Pharisees were determined that there would be no resurrection of the dead man Jesus. We study the life, death, and resurrection of Christ - but why not the burial? Does it hold meaning for us? Dr. James Boice will take us, as keen observers, to the burial of Christ
May
13
2021
Five miracles surrounded one of the pivotal moments in human history - darkness, an earthquake, a great tearing, the dead walking, and the unlikely cry of a Roman soldier. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will explain the unearthly events that attended the death of Christ.
May
12
2021
Golgotha was a grim place. It was a place of crucifixion, skulls, blood and death. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will take us through the story of King Jesus’ execution at Golgotha, and he’ll help us see past these gruesome images to the great hope it brings to us all.
May
11
2021
Pilate wasn't a follower of Jesus. He wished only to remain neutral, and innocent of Christ's blood. But he couldn't remain neutral... and neither should we. Coming up on the Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Montgomery Boice will explain Pilate's unfortunate failure in the courtroom, where he was far from neutral and farther from innocent. In a moment of great conflict and crisis, Pilate condemned the Son of God to death. Today, Jesus stands before each of us every bit as much as he stood before Pilate long ago. Is He the King of Kings, or isn't He?
May
10
2021
Judas spent years with Jesus. He heard Christ's teaching firsthand, witnessed his miracles, and saw his perfection. Yet Judas perished miserably in his sin. Coming up on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will use the life and death of Judas to teach about true repentance. Remorse and repentance are not the same thing. Remorse involves only regret and guilt, and even Judas felt it. Repentance is something more... repentance leads from death to life.
May
9
2021
The meekness Jesus spoke of in His Sermon on the Mount is often misunderstood. Meekness pictures a shy, retiring person of whom the world will take advantage. In contrast: someone once said that meekness makes a man bow low before God, in order that he can stand high before men. Join Dr. James Boice as he studies the true nature of the quality of meekness.
May
7
2021
The great Apostle Peter...founding father of the early church, bold and zealous disciple...swore repeatedly that he had nothing to do with Jesus, and that he did not even know Him! During this episode of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will help us see the 'Peter' in us all. Like Peter, we will fall, but we will only fall temporarily. Like him, true believers will rise and follow Christ again
May
6
2021
The trial of Jesus Christ before Jewish authorities was a travesty- complete with mockers, haters, liars, and ruffians. It is, nevertheless, indisputably in the past. Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will unravel the the seedy web of characters and motives from that distant trial, finally pulling its relevance forward to today with one question...What will you do with Jesus? Join us now for the Bible Study Hour.
May
5
2021
Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll ask the question, If Jesus had the power to avoid the cross, why didn’t he? And we’ll find that the answer is all about obedience. In a world where decisions are made primarily on the basis of whatever is convenient and whatever feels good at the time, we have a lot to learn from Jesus’ sacrificial submission to His Father’s will.
May
4
2021
At Christmas we celebrate Christ, born as a baby. And the miracle of Easter is that He rose from the grave. But in between these events, the Son of God lived a very human life one full of common experiences like exhaustion, hunger, temptation and even sorrow. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll find Jesus, desperate and alone, just hours before his arrest.
May
3
2021
What is the new covenant that is spoken of in Scripture and what did one quiet, simple meal in an upper room have to do with it? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn how--in just a few powerful words spoken over the breaking of bread and fellowship with his disciples--Jesus effectively explained the entirety of God’s redemptive plan for mankind.
May
2
2021
We’ve all been there: depressed and disappointed, wanting to escape to a life of freedoma life on wings. It’s a wish as ancient as fallen man. But where would such a life take us? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explains that the happiness man so often seeks may come from a very unexpected source.
Apr
30
2021
It’s hard to imagine that anyone who knew Jesus personally could have possibly doubted or denied him. But in this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll learn from the sad story of a man who had the opportunity to travel and eat with Jesus, hear his teaching and experience his miracles first handand still chose to betray him - a decision that would cost him his soul.
Apr
29
2021
We often hear the phrase it’s the little things that count and today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover how that statement applies to our Christian lives. We’ll find that God doesn’t give us points for building cathedrals, starting charities or making million dollar donations. He simply calls us to live humble lives of obedience. He calls us to be faithful in the little things.
Apr
28
2021
When eternity is what’s at stake, it’s dangerous to assume that God approves of us simply because we are pleased with ourselves. On this broadcast of the Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will remind us that being ready for the return of Christ is no passive matter. We’ll find out what two-question test can help us assess the readiness of our own hearts to face the judgment that is surely coming.
Apr
27
2021
It’s true that ultimately, only God knows the condition of each person’s heart. However, Scripture also speaks of fruits of God’s spirit that grow in us and are very visible manifestations of true faith. Join us for The Bible Study Hour as Dr. Boice makes the argument that the way we respond to crisis in this life can be a good indicator about where we’ll stand on judgment day.
Apr
26
2021
In life’s whirlwind of busy activity, we often forget to slow down and remember the reality of eternity. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice helps us truly assess our priorities and start to ask the tough questions. If we’re willing to pay for home insurance, car insurance, life insurance and insurance on our new smart phones, are we willing to consider the eternal security of our souls?
Apr
25
2021
There’s plenty of talk today about the evils of poverty and the power of riches, just as there was in Jesus’ time. Certainly, our Lord was concerned for the poor, but His focus was not so much on material possessions. What kind of poverty did Jesus address in His earthly ministry? Find out on The Bible Study Hour as Dr. James Boice explains the requisites to inheriting the Kingdom of God.
Apr
23
2021
What do the story of Noah’s ark, a report of a residential robbery and the occurrence of a lightning storm have in common? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover the answer. Together, we’ll learn a little about eschatology and a lot about our role and responsibility of living in a temporary world with the great hope of eternity.
Apr
22
2021
We’ve all experienced the heavy grief of tragedy and the panic that comes along with a crisis because in a sinful world, pain and anxiety are a regular part of the human experience. But Scripture tells us that in spite of these trials, we should see to it that we are not alarmed. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, we’ll find out how to rest in God’s plan, even in the midst of apparent chaos.
Apr
21
2021
Every group or club has its criteria for membership, but what is required in order to be part of the Kingdom of God? Is it a seminary degree or a certain number of memorized Scripture verses? Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover that God is not impressed with our attempts at being super spiritual. In fact, the sincere Christian life is often far from glamorous.
Apr
20
2021
Even agnostics would agree that Christianity simply cannot exist as one among many supposed truths. The claims of Christ are too definitive and the means of salvation are just too exclusive. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn why--by its very nature--Christianity demands a monopoly on truth, and why it requires either full allegiance...or none at all.
Apr
19
2021
Everyone knows that the topics of faith and politics make for complicated and potentially controversial conversation. Scripture says that as Christians, we are to be in the world, but not of it. But how do we balance our allegiance to earthly authorities with obedience to our Heavenly Father?
Apr
18
2021
In what became the best-known discourse in history, Jesus points us to the nature of the Kingdom of Heaven. But is the Sermon on the Mount relevant to today, and--if so--is the standard set too high for mortal men? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explores the true meaning and the ramifications of Christ’s words.
Apr
16
2021
Jesus had a fascinating habit of sharing deep truths through simple stories. In a parable of a generous king and an extravagant wedding feast, we’ll learn about the flimsy excuses that kept the guests from attending what would have been the best event of their lives! And, of course, it all has Gospel significance.
Apr
15
2021
The Bible is full of the figurative language of farming activity everything from sowing seeds and separating chaff from grain, to reaping the resulting harvest. In Matthew chapter 21, we learn that God is also the ultimate fruit inspector. What is the fruit of a true Christian life and what provocative statement does Jesus make concerning the topic?
Apr
14
2021
If hypocrisy is moral bankruptcy, then in God’s economy, true Christians should be rich in the currency of faith. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that God is not impressed with insincere profession and we’ll discover what a fig tree has to teach us about spiritual health and the dangers of having religion without being willing to truly obey.
Apr
13
2021
If it’s true that actions speak louder than words, then what happens when professing Christians turn out to be practical materialists? On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover that God sees right through our hypocrisy. He’s not impressed when we speak of Heaven, but live for Earth. And He won’t tolerate the church replacing praise with production.
Apr
12
2021
This broadcast of The Bible Study Hour begins with an event that stirred an entire city and ends as Dr. Boice frames the greatest debate of all time. In this message entitled, The Triumphal Entry, we’ll follow Jesus on the road into Jerusalem and we’ll find out what happens when he turns out to be nothing like the warrior king that the Jews expected.
Apr
11
2021
Has Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount ever puzzled you? Have you wondered its purpose? Was it a set of standards impossible to live up to and a throwback to the Old Testament? Was it a set of ethics for the world to live by, or a standard for legalism in the church? Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he begins a new series exploring Jesus’ greatest sermon and its meaning for the believer.
Apr
9
2021
The scene is the road to Jerusalem, the mood is solemn and the dialogue is nothing short of perplexing. Jesus is on his way to die and his disciples are busy wondering who will get the best seat in Heaven. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will continue through the current series in Matthew with a message that will challenge us to rethink our definition of greatness.
Apr
8
2021
We’re taught from an early age that more work and harder work usually equals more income and better opportunities. In a parable that makes an important point about the nature of salvation, Jesus turns this concept on it’s head with a scenario that most of us would consider unfair. Dr. Boice will unpack the mystery and meaning behind this story.
Apr
7
2021
We can sit around and wonder why some people are called to poverty and others are trusted with riches, but when it comes to living as a true disciple of Christ, we’re all called to do away with anything that keeps us from full obedience to God. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll be encouraged to store up eternal blessings rather than worldly possessions.
Apr
6
2021
The statistics are staggering. The divorce rate among Americans even among professing Christians is nearly 50 percent! How should we respond to this cultural crisis when God designed marriage to last a lifetime, yet 1 in every 2 marriages today ends in divorce? On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will share a Biblical perspective on this important topic of marriage.
Apr
5
2021
If there is anyone who should be ready and willing to offer forgiveness, it is the Christian. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll hear a story of debt, mercy, greed and punishment. The parable may have enough drama to feel like a Hollywood movie, but the lesson Jesus teaches by sharing it is one that’s practical and applicable to our everyday lives.
Apr
4
2021
In this world, truth is punished, and lies are rewarded. Such was the case with Christ’s resurrection. Despite their best efforts, the religious leaders’ worst nightmare had come true. Join Dr. James Boice next time on The Bible Study Hour as he investigates one of history’s greatest coverups: the lie of the empty tomb.
Apr
2
2021
If you grew up going to Sunday school class, you may remember singing a song that proclaimed, God’s got the whole world in His hands. Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll learn that those hands also hold each individual believer and that those who belong to God can never be snatched away. Listen in to learn how the parable of the lost sheep can give us a better understanding of salvation.
Apr
1
2021
RC Ryle once said, The surest mark of any conversion is humility. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will teach from an incident out of Matthew chapter 18, where we’ll get a glimpse into the selfish, prideful thoughts of the disciples and learn how, with a simple change of tone, Jesus completely turns the conversation around to expose the sin in their hearts.
Mar
31
2021
We know that if we don’t eat a balanced diet, we can become vitamin deficient. But we don’t often consider the possibility of becoming faith deficient. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that’s exactly what happens when we don’t cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus. Listen in to find out what mountains and mustard seeds have to do with growing in faith.
Mar
30
2021
We live in a culture that prioritizes productivity and achievement, but sometimes God calls us to simply be still and listen. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will encourage us to take time out of our busy days - full of furious activity and information-overload - to simply meet with Jesus. We’ll learn from Peter’s example that sometimes the best thing to do, is to do nothing at all.
Mar
29
2021
What is a disciple? Dr. Boice will teach us the answer to this question on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour. Listen in as we’ll discover that discipleship is more than a trending buzzword and more than a one-time event. It’s a journey of self-denialand when it comes down to it, it’s not an idea that fits nicely with what Dr. Boice refers to as our domesticated view of Jesus.
Mar
28
2021
The Apostle comes to the end of his last letter to Timothyperhaps, the last letter he will ever write. Filled with emotion, Paul records his final words. What will they be? Find out on this episode of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice.
Mar
26
2021
Listening to people’s varying opinions about Jesus can feel like watching an old episode of Superman. Instead of hearing, It’s a birdit’s a planeno! It’s Superman, we often hear something like, he was a propheta good manno, a great teacher! Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that the truth about the person of Jesus is at the very heart of Christianity.
Mar
25
2021
When the wind picks up and dark clouds roll in, we recognize those indicators as sure signs of a looming thunderstorm. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that the truth of God’s revelation is even more obvious than physical changes in the weather. And yet, like the disciples, we often miss the signs that are right in front of our eyes.
Mar
24
2021
Bishop J.C. Ryle once said, It is grace, not place, that makes people believers. The Jews were God’s chosen people, but the New Testament is clear that the Gospel is for Gentiles as well. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll learn how the persistence of one woman and the hunger of a huge crowd foreshadowed the eventual spread of the Gospel to all peoplein all places.
Mar
23
2021
Traditions can serve as powerful symbols and can even create memorable pastimes. But without the proper perspective and the right motivation, traditions can also lose their meaning entirely. In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll discover that in Matthew chapter 15, Jesus had something to say about faith, traditions and the heart.
Mar
22
2021
We may assume that the disciples followed Jesus because they knew he was the Messiah, but it was not until the 14th chapter of Matthew’s gospel that they finally acknowledged him as the Son of God and worshipped him. In this message, we’ll learn about Peter’s adventure and the bizarre circumstances that brought the disciples to a place of faith confession.
Mar
21
2021
The ungodliness of the secular world and the influences of the secular church are pressing in on the fledgling faith, and much of the work ahead will fall to Timothy. Will he have the strength to carry on the work his mentor began? Find out on The Bible Study Hour as Dr. James Boice examines Paul’s charge to his apprentice.
Mar
19
2021
Scripture is full of food and drink-related imagery. We’re told that Jesus is the Bread of Life and that he can offer us living water. And while these metaphors are meant to represent deeper, spiritual truths, Jesus is actually concerned with our physical needs as well. Dr. Boice teaches from a Biblical story all about food- and its lesson is both practical and symbolic.
Mar
18
2021
We may take offense to rude comments, unwanted advice or controversial opinions, but the story of John the Baptist reminds us that it’s the simple truth of God’s word that is often most offensive to our sinful hearts. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn how a determined prophet, a crazy party and a hasty death sentence all feature in Matthew’s gospel.
Mar
17
2021
What do a hidden treasure, a valuable pearl and a fishing net all have in common?...Not much, unless of course you’re reading the parables in Matthew chapter 13! On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will continue in his series through this book of the Bible as he helps us discover what these three items can each teach us about the value of the Gospel and the Day of Judgment.
Mar
16
2021
Next time you hear someone angrily insist that the church is full of hypocrites, take the opportunity to agree with them! While it’s not a justifiable reason to reject Christianity, it certainly is a true statement. Indeed, unbelievers are mixed among true Christians and that’s just the way Satan wants it! On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will explain why that should really come as no surprise.
Mar
15
2021
It doesn’t take agricultural knowledge or farming experience to understand the Bible, but Jesus did use an interesting metaphor about sowing and reaping to teach about the Kingdom of God. Today on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll each be faced with the question: what happened when the seed of God’s Word was planted in my heart? Did it bear fruit?
Mar
14
2021
One of the greatest tasks of any preacher is the simple exercise of reminding his people. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he illustrates Paul’s command to Timothy to remind his people to not forget.
Mar
12
2021
We observe Good Friday to commemorate the day that Jesus was crucified, but should we really be celebrating Good Thursday instead? On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice provides fascinating insight into the historical context and timing of Christ’s death and resurrection. And we’ll learn how it all relates to the prophetic sign Jesus gave to the Pharisees the sign of Jonah.
Mar
11
2021
Proverbs tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue and in Matthew, we learn that there is judgment waiting for those who utter careless words. The way we speak is obviously very important to God. On this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice, we’ll learn that there’s even one sin that’s considered unforgivable and it also relates to the way we use our words.
Mar
10
2021
Scripture tells us that Jesus lived a sinless life, but didn’t the Pharisees accuse him of breaking one of the commandments by failing to keep the Sabbath? And if Jesus wasn’t bound by that Old Testament law, then should we feel obligated to keep it today? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll discover the answers to these questions as we study Matthew chapter 12.
Mar
9
2021
The media reports it, so it must be true: the majority of Americans are Christians. But what does that really mean when that majority doesn’t appear to be living according to God’s standards? Today on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will clarify that being a Christian is not about checking a box on a survey. Rather, the Gospel is a living, active message that has the power to change lives.
Mar
8
2021
It has been said that the most important thing about a person is what comes to their mind when they think about God. Our entire significance depends on one thing what do we say about who God is?... And specifically, what do we believe about Jesus Christ, who claimed to be God? In this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice explains that even John the Baptist had to grapple with this question.
Mar
7
2021
As Paul writes his final letter to Timothy from his prison cell in Rome, the apostle reminds his student that he must stay strong in the Gospel, despite the culture in which he lives. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he looks at Paul’s charge to Timothy of his need to endure, and to pass on the torch of the Gospel to others.
Mar
5
2021
For just a moment, imagine your own funeral all of the people who knew and loved you most, gathered around your grave. What will be the most defining aspect of your life on this earth? Will they say about you, as was said about John Knox, that you feared God so much that you never feared any man? During this message, Dr. James Boice will encourage us to live with bold faith.
Mar
4
2021
If we take the commands of God seriously, then we each have a very important job to do in this fallen world. Beyond caring for our families or establishing our careers, we have been given stewardship of the most important message the world has ever heard. Dr. James Boice takes us back to the moment when the first 12 missionaries were made.
Mar
3
2021
Perhaps at some point you’ve attended a missions conference or supported a missions organization. If so, then you’ve been part of a movement and a calling that started thousands of years ago when 12 average guys were sent out with a message that would change the world. Dr. Boice will encourage us all to live out that mission on a daily basis.
Mar
2
2021
Both spiritual sin and physical disease can lead to isolation and despair. And while many who are sick call on God’s grace for healing, how much more important is it for us all to call on God for forgiveness? In our desperation, do we turn to the only one who can truly deliver us not just physically, but spiritually?
Mar
1
2021
Although the promises made on big billboards, clever TV ads and online popups are tempting, we often learn the hard way that many of them are simply false advertising. We’ll learn how Jesus substantiated the claims he made about himself and find out how his miracles silenced those who questioned his divinity.
Feb
28
2021
Today, on The Bible Study Hour...as Paul pens his final letter to Timothy, knowing his time on earth is short, the apostle repeats a vital request to his spiritual son: Guard what is given to your care." Guard the gospel, Timothyand preach the truth. Listen as Dr. James Boice begins his study of II Timothy, the last letter of a guardian of the faith who’s about to meet his God.
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.
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