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Jul
23
2021
Even the Apostle Paul blew his testimony in front of a crowd. It can happen to any of us. But the good news is that even when we are unfaithful, God remains faithful!
Jul
22
2021
How do you reach unbelieving family friends when they each have different perspectives and responses? First, discern where they are coming from before you proceed to share with them where they need to go.
Jul
21
2021
Trials are a classroom for faith and suffering is the teacher. But what is it supposed to teach us?
Jul
20
2021
Proverbs 11:14 tells us that “in the multitude of counselors there is safety,” and as a general rule this is indeed true. But what happens when all the counselors around you are wrong; even your godly friends?
Jul
19
2021
Imagine what must it have been like when the Apostle Paul left the early Christians for the last time. Their ministry had been established by his constant prayers, challenges, and visits. But those who live lives of abandon for God always leave so much behind.
Jul
16
2021
How can we distinguish between a charismatic Christian leader and a false prophet? That's an important question . . . because if we don't know what a sheep looks like, we'll never be able to spot the wolves.
Jul
15
2021
Wherever there are sheep, there are sure to be wolves lurking nearby. So how do we spot them? How do we know when the person sitting next to us in the pew or the man behind the pulpit is really a wolf in sheep's clothing?
Jul
14
2021
Many Christians today are concerned about the moral condition of our nation. But what is the best way to 'reclaim America' for Christ? Stop focusing on saving culture and start focusing on saving souls.
Jul
13
2021
Do real men cry? Can Christians show emotion without damaging their testimony and reputation? Yes! As a matter of fact, it's one of the Four Habits of Highly Effective Christians displayed in the life of the Apostle Paul.
Jul
12
2021
Healings can be staged; signs and wonders can be counterfeited; so what is the definitive proof that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? It is the resurrection. No magician in the world can pull that off.
Jul
9
2021
Sometimes sharing the Gospel with your friends and neighbors will produce a healthy conversation and debate. Sometimes it will merely turn them away. But other times it will actually incite them to anger and resentment.
Jul
8
2021
Charles Spurgeon said, "The Bible is like a lion: you don't defend it, you just let it loose." In Acts chapter 19, that happens, and transformation in the lives of people is incredible, and the assault upon the kingdom of darkness is undeniable!
Jul
7
2021
The bestowal of the Holy Spirit at Ephesus shows that the church is without social castes. We should be diverse, but unified in spite of our diversity.
Jul
6
2021
What happens when an eloquent and educated 1st century scholar is tutored by a couple of blue collar saints? Ministry happens!
Jul
5
2021
Jul
2
2021
The more persecution and opposition the Apostle Paul faced, the more confident he became in sharing his faith. But sometimes even Paul's faith was tested to the limit. In this lesson, it took a vision from God in the night to bring him back.
Jul
1
2021
If the Gospel is the central theme of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, then what role does it play in Esther's story? What does the book of Esther tell us about God's character and divine plan, His justice and mercy? Find out in the closing moments of Esther's saga.
Jun
30
2021
If the Gospel is the central theme of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, then what role does it play in Esther's story? What does the book of Esther tell us about God's character and divine plan, His justice and mercy? Find out in the closing moments of Esther's saga.
Jun
29
2021
Romans 10:15 says, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things." And in Esther 8 we see a set of these beautiful feet galloping throughout the provinces of Persia. They belong to the horses and riders who once terrified the Jewish people with messages of destruction. Now they are bringing news of hope and salvation. Stephen reveals the contents of this communiqué in today’s broadcast.
Jun
28
2021
There is a chess match being played in the kingdom of Persia between Haman and the Jewish people, and Haman effectively has the king in check. But in this message we'll watch a forgotten opponent emerge from the shadows of the board to strike a surprising blow to thwart Haman's strategy. Watch the game unfold in today's message.
Jun
25
2021
Haman has effectively lured the king to sleep with his deceit and cunning and has even talked him into warranting the death of thousands of people. But in today’s message we will watch as God gives the king a dramatic wake-up call! Join Stephen in this message to see how He does it.
Jun
24
2021
Esther thinks she has it made. No one knows her real identity; she has servants at her beck and call; she is the favored wife of the king. But just when it seems like the world is at her fingertips, something unexpected happens that threatens to end it all. Listen to “Defining Moments” to discover what it is.
Jun
23
2021
Have you ever been afraid to tell someone you were a Christian? Has the fear of losing that friend or that job or that credibility ever outweighed your desire to identify with Christ? In this message we’ll watch as Mordecai is faced with a similar crisis of faith. How will he respond? Join pastor and author Stephen Davey now to find out.
Jun
22
2021
Have you ever been afraid to tell someone you were a Christian? Has the fear of losing that friend or that job or that credibility ever outweighed your desire to identify with Christ? In this message we’ll watch as Mordecai is faced with a similar crisis of faith. How will he respond? Join pastor and author Stephen Davey now to find out.
Jun
21
2021
Esther is the epitome of a prodigal saint. She abandons God to compete for the fleeting pleasures of fame and fortune . . . and she wins, too. But in this message “The Contest and the Crown,” Stephen reminds us what she loses in the process.
Jun
18
2021
On the surface, Esther’s life is a real Cinderella story. But as Stephen takes us behind the trappings of her new-found royalty, we’ll discover that things aren’t nearly as good as they seem. Join him now in part two of his message “The Curtain Rises” to discover what’s really been going on behind the scenes.
Jun
17
2021
Sometimes when we make heroes out of the human characters in biblical stories, we forget who the real hero of the Bible is. So before we even get past the introduction of this study of Esther, Stephen makes sure we have our eyes focused laterally rather than horizontally. As we’ll discover in today’s message, the real King of Persia isn’t seated in the palace . . . He’s seated just above the royal throne.
Jun
16
2021
There is an unbreakable bond between our private testimony before God and our public reputation before others. Holiness never stays hidden.
Jun
15
2021
We don't just bear the name of Christ when we become Christians. We bear His reputation as well.
Jun
14
2021
Jesus Christ is the most precious gift in all of history. But is He precious to you?
Jun
11
2021
Everything about the Old Testament temple hailed God's holiness. The sacrifices. The lampstands. The priestly attire. The incense. Everything was set apart for His glory. So what about you?
Jun
10
2021
There are plenty of gray areas when it comes to Christian living. There are quite a few matters of conscience as well. But in 1 Peter 2:1-2, Peter reminds us that some things are black and white.
Jun
9
2021
Push back the walls of family love until they include your neighbor. Then, push back the walls even further until they include strangers. Then, push back your walls as far as they’ll go until they include your enemies. That's Stephen's message from 1 Peter 1:22-25.
Jun
8
2021
The gospel isn't about golden streets and pearly gates and unfathomable earthly wealth. It is about the inexhaustible riches of Christ's sacrifice, won through suffering and obedience. How much is the blood of Christ worth to you today?
Jun
7
2021
The command to fear God is given on numerous occasions throughout the Bible, but how do we love and fear at the same time? Aren't the two in contradiction? In this message, Stephen expounds the meaning of holy fear and shows us why it is necessary to our love of God.
Jun
4
2021
What occupies your thinking and time? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Stephen reminds us that if holiness isn't our greatest pursuit, we're just chasing wind.
Jun
3
2021
Have you noticed that God's commands are impossible to perform in your own strength? He doesn't say "laugh louder," or "work harder," or "drive slower." He says "Be holy as I am holy." That's not just an action; it's a state of being. In this powerful message, Stephen reminds us that the pursuit of holiness is not a measure of strength, but surrender.
Jun
2
2021
Written history has recorded many blessings. Blessings from father to son, blessings attributed to people from various gods. But in the Bible, God gives one particular blessing that is not only recorded in history but sets the stage for history. What words did God give to Jesus as He commissioned His Son for His earthly ministry? How did these words carry Jesus through the next years? Join Stephen today and explore the meaning of God's most powerful blessing.
Jun
1
2021
John the Baptist promised two types of baptisms as he introduced Jesus' ministry, baptism by the Spirit and baptism by fire. What are the key characteristics of these two baptisms, and how do they relate to each other? The answer may surprise you! Join Stephen in exploring John the Baptist's first-century revival.
May
31
2021
As John the Baptist begins to share his message with the world, he gives the way of salvation to many different groups of people. In the process, he gives us the keys to demonstrating a life of genuine repentance and helps us see what living a life to glorify God looks like.
May
28
2021
As Stephen explores the beginning of Jesus' adult ministry, he starts by introducing the political and religious scene that sets the stage for Jesus' arrival. Despite the hostile political climate and the corrupt religious scene, God knows the time is perfect for a true religious revival. Join Stephen today and discover that no matter the earthly circumstances, and regardless of who has earthly power, our Great Commission never changes.
May
27
2021
Did you know that there is only one Biblical story of Jesus' life between age 3 and age 30? The gospel writer Luke is the only person to tell this story, and he does so at the end of Luke 2. Join Stephen and discover this remarkable story when Jesus had discovered His true identity.
May
26
2021
When the nativity scenes go away, and the Christmas season has come to a close, there is so much more about Jesus that we need to remember. He left that manger, grew as a boy and became a man. Luke doesn't draw the curtains with the shepherds but takes us into the early days of Jesus' life. Join Stephen today and explore some of the important figures that Baby Jesus met.
May
25
2021
As the story of Jesus' birth unfolds, Luke’s gospel reveals some surprising men who were given the divine task to be the bearers of the first gospel, the first good news. How were a bunch of lowly shepherds chosen to herald the coming of the Messiah? Join Stephen and explore the announcement of Jesus' birth!
May
24
2021
The Christmas story is full of singing. From Mary to Zechariah, to the angels themselves, songs and hymns of praise echo throughout heaven, heralding the coming of the Messiah on earth. Today, let's explore the meaning and impact of one of these songs. What caused a lowly, faithful priest to explode into heavenly, prophetic singing? Join us today to discover Zechariah's song.
May
21
2021
After his dramatic encounter with Zechariah the priest, the angel Gabriel has another important message to deliver, to a young, virgin woman named Mary. Gabriel's news will dramatically change this young girl's life forever. Today, Stephen explores the moment when Mary learns that she will be the mother to the Messiah. Hers is a story of submission that we can learn from today.
May
20
2021
Even before the world heard Jesus' first cry, long before Jesus took his first earthly breath, God was displaying his providence to those in need. As told by Luke in his gospel account, God’s faithfulness extended first to a lowly priest of God, named Zechariah. God's faithfulness to this humble servant is the same faithfulness that He displayed with the gift of his Son, and is the same faithfulness that He offers to us today.
May
19
2021
When was the last time you talked with an unbeliever about Jesus? In Titus 2:15, the Apostle Paul reminds us that evangelism should be part of our everyday lives because we are constantly carrying Christ's name and reputation with us wherever we go. In this final message of his series "Family Talk," Stephen shows us, practically, how to be better witnesses for Jesus Christ.
May
18
2021
People today don't like the idea of "right" and "wrong." They aren't comfortable with someone telling them how to act or think. And many Christians have fallen into this relativistic mindset, as well. Join Stephen today as he reminds us that grace doesn't give us freedom to sin . . . it gives us freedom not to.
May
17
2021
People today don't like the idea of "right" and "wrong." They aren't comfortable with someone telling them how to act or think. And many Christians have fallen into this relativistic mindset, as well. Join Stephen today as he reminds us that grace doesn't give us freedom to sin . . . it gives us freedom not to.
May
14
2021
It’s easy to go on mission trips and evangelistic outings and serve God in diverse ministries at our local churches, then forget that what we do at work is also worship. We don’t clock in and clock out of the Great Commission. Today Stephen teaches us how to worship God, even in the mundane.
May
13
2021
It’s easy to go on mission trips and evangelistic outings and serve God in diverse ministries at our local churches, then forget that what we do at work is also worship. We don’t clock in and clock out of the Great Commission. Today Stephen teaches us how to worship God, even in the mundane.
May
12
2021
The Church is made up of diverse age groups, and the Apostle Paul isn’t leaving anyone out in his divinely inspired letter to Titus. He has already addressed older men and women, along with wives and mothers, and now he turns his attention to the younger men in the congregation at Crete. So join Stephen in this message to hear what Paul has to say to these leaders of tomorrow.
May
11
2021
The Church is made up of diverse age groups, and the Apostle Paul isn’t leaving anyone out in his divinely inspired letter to Titus. He has already addressed older men and women, along with wives and mothers, and now he turns his attention to the younger men in the congregation at Crete. So join Stephen in this message to hear what Paul has to say to these leaders of tomorrow.
May
10
2021
What is your view on the role of women in the home? Do you think mothers should stay home with their kids or should they pursue a career? These questions are being hotly debated in the Church today, just as they were in Paul’s day. Today Stephen tells us what God’s Word has to say on the subject.
May
7
2021
What is your view on the role of women in the home? Do you think mothers should stay home with their kids or should they pursue a career? These questions are being hotly debated in the Church today, just as they were in Paul’s day. Today Stephen tells us what God’s Word has to say on the subject.
May
6
2021
The secular model for womanhood and motherhood is drastically different from the biblical model but, sadly, the lines are becoming blurred in our 21st century American churches. Stephen takes us back to the Book of Titus to clear up the confusion.
May
5
2021
The secular model for womanhood and motherhood is drastically different from the biblical model but, sadly, the lines are becoming blurred in our 21st century American churches. Stephen takes us back to the Book of Titus to clear up the confusion.
May
4
2021
The Apostle Paul opened the second chapter of his letter to Titus by challenging older men to be godly leaders in the Church. Now he moves on to urge older women to do the same. Join Stephen in this message to discover what a godly woman is like.
May
3
2021
Apr
30
2021
The Prophets received visions, performed miracles, and heard God speak directly. They were much better off than we are today, right? In this wonderful look at the miracle of scripture, Stephen brings us a surprising answer.
Apr
29
2021
Trials change our perspective, don't they? When sorrow strikes, the little things we thought were so important fade into the periphery. In 1 Peter 1:6-9, the Apostle Peter teaches us why trials are not only critical to the deepening of our faith, but also to the deepening of our joy.
Apr
28
2021
Would it change the attitude of a hungry beggar to tell him he would soon receive a fortune? Would it change the perspective of a wounded soldier to tell him he would soon receive a medal of honor? Peter tells us that Christ is reserving for us an eternal inheritance in heaven. Is that changing your attitude today?
Apr
27
2021
Our finite minds can only understand a fraction of the triune nature of God, but that fraction will change our perspective entirely. Stephen brings us a profoundly practical lesson on Theology Proper.
Apr
26
2021
Peter didn't point to the doctrine of election so that philosophers and theologians could have something to argue about over a cup of tea. He pointed to it so that isolated Christians could have hope in the midst of suffering.
Apr
23
2021
Christians throughout the empire are being marginalized and scattered and many of them are questioning whether God has abandoned them. Who better to remind them of God's unfailing grace than Peter?
Apr
22
2021
Christians throughout the empire are being marginalized and scattered and many of them are questioning whether God has abandoned them. Who better to remind them of God's unfailing grace than Peter?
Apr
21
2021
In these final verses of Ecclesiastes, Solomon reflects on his journey to find truth, describes where that truth comes from, and then shares some final wisdom for his son from his life experience. As Stephen opens Solomon’s journal for the final time in this series, he shares why these life truths are just as important today as they were when King Solomon sat on the throne of Israel.
Apr
20
2021
King Solomon issues a warning: Death is not the final slumbering, death is the final awakening! Since life is short, with just a breath between you and death, it's vital to remember your Creator! Remembering your Creator means you won’t become misguided in your youth – you'll walk with Him. Remembering your Creator means you won’t become miserable in your old age – you'll trust Him. And remembering your Creator means you won’t be mistaken at your death – you believe in Him.
Apr
19
2021
To the young, Solomon pulls his chair up close and says, “Listen; this is God’s Word; this is God’s design; this is God’s protection. Put sin as far away from you as you can. I want you to enjoy your youth; I want you to make the most of it, but you’ve got to do it God’s way. God knows what’s best; God created you, and God wants you to enjoy the gift of life He’s given you. So: enjoy these early years thoroughly, invest these early years wisely, and guard these early years carefully.
Apr
16
2021
There are many things in life we can’t predict; don’t let the unexpected events of life paralyze you with fear. There are a lot of mysteries too. But don’t let the unexplainable mysteries of God’s work in your life rob you of joy. While there is the sweet light of day – this day which God has made, let’s make the most of it – for the glory of God.
Apr
15
2021
Solomon gave us a description of how to aim your life in the wrong direction. The wisest thing you will ever do, to begin walking in the right direction, is to repent of your sin at the cross of Christ. The word repent literally means to turn around. To change direction. To allow Christ to lead you away from yourself and your fallen world, and walk with Him. And then, by following Him, you can influence and guide our world as we show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into a marvelous light.
Apr
14
2021
“A wise life is made up of a multitude of small things; little words, not eloquent speeches. It is not in one heroic effort, but through little things, that a life is wisely lived.” That’s another way of saying, wisdom is to be demonstrated out there in the routine, traffic patterns of life.
Apr
13
2021
It makes common sense to the honest person that they need a God. The problem is, most people don't want the God of the Bible. To them, and to us, God says "Stop wandering around in the darkness of your own speculations. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” God offers you light and wisdom for life today. So, which way are you leaning? Who are you following? What direction are you taking? Not just for this life, but as you journey through life toward that eternal life to come.
Apr
12
2021
The wisdom of God and the Word of God go hand in hand. Wise people aren’t the smartest people on the SAT scores; wise people are submissive people to the scriptures. Wisdom might not win the most applause, but it’s still right. Wisdom might not gain the largest audience, but it’s still right. Wisdom might not win the biggest argument, but it’s still right. Wisdom will mark your life and change your life as you walk with God who is all-wise. Walk through life with the Author and Finisher of our faith who humbled Himself unto death, even death on a cross. Let’s not forget Him during a lifetime of surprising events. Let’s learn to expect the unexpected, leaning on Him, and loving Him, and trusting Him, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Apr
9
2021
While we are here on earth, God wants us to enjoy the good gifts he has given us. He wants us to live with heaven in mind, but while we're here, we savor His blessings, enjoy the love and companionship of family and friends, and we serve with vigor. And then, at God’s appointed time, we each will wing our way to that Celestial City where the dancing and the feasting and the singing and serving and the loving and the thanking and the worshipping will go on and on and on in uninterrupted eternal joy.
Apr
8
2021
Life is filled with puzzles and they’re all missing a piece -- as if to remind us that God must remain the -- the middle piece -- the primary piece . . . Solomon is reminding us that God is -- and God will be and God will always be -- the final piece, tying it all together.
Apr
7
2021
God gives you practical wisdom for the workplace and helps you navigate your work and work relationships well. God gives you wisdom to respond to those in authority over you. God gives you wisdom to know that whatever happens, God has reasons, and those reasons will lead you to new depths of character and trust . . . and even more wisdom.
Apr
6
2021
The very first step in getting wisdom is wanting to get the wisdom of God. It’s a matter of life and death. Left to ourselves we’ll pursue perfectionism. We’ll become paralyzed by dishonor and criticism. We’ll become proud in our knowledge and intellectualism. We’ll get wasted in the emptiness of hedonism. Wisdom will draw you to the Creator of wisdom, and the giver of wisdom, and the word of God’s wisdom – which points to the gospel of wisdom.
Apr
5
2021
We don’t know what is going to happen the day after tomorrow. We don’t even know what’s going to happen an hour from now. God is in control of all of that: the day of our birth, the day of our death, and the winding crooked road with the ups and downs of life. So remember: God constructed the twists and turns of life to strengthen our spiritual confidence in Him. And God created the ups and downs of life to stabilize our dependence on Him.
Apr
2
2021
Over 150,000 people die every day. Despite technological advancements and progress in medicine and science, men have not been able to find a remedy for death. That's why Jesus' claim to be 'The Resurrection and The Life' is such good news! He didn't just claim it either; He proved it. He did what no other philosopher, rabbi, guru, doctor, or scientist could do: He cut to the very heart of our sinful, human condition and weeded it out from the roots.
Apr
1
2021
Over 150,000 people die every day. Despite technological advancements and progress in medicine and science, men have not been able to find a remedy for death. That's why Jesus' claim to be 'The Resurrection and The Life' is such good news! He didn't just claim it either; He proved it. He did what no other philosopher, rabbi, guru, doctor, or scientist could do: He cut to the very heart of our sinful, human condition and weeded it out from the roots.
Mar
31
2021
There have been many notorious sell-outs and traitors in history. But none of them are quite as infamous as Judas Iscariot. His name is synonymous with betrayal, and his story is the epitome of treachery. But what led this seemingly committed disciple to forsake Jesus Christ for a mere thirty pieces of silver? Where did he go wrong? And more to the point, as far as we're concerned, what are the warnings for us in this account? Stephen is going to remind us that there is a grave difference between being near Christ and being in Christ.
Mar
30
2021
Do you ever struggle with assurance of salvation? Do you feel uncertain that God will forgive you on the last day? If so, the Apostle has a divinely inspired message you need to hear.
Mar
29
2021
The greatest love a man can ever express or has ever expressed is to give up his life for a friend. That's the kind of heroism that wins a person war-medals or turns a real-life biography into a timeless drama. But the Apostle Paul gives us an incredible picture in Romans 5:6-8 of a love that is even more heroic than this. So join Stephen now to discover what it looks like.
Mar
26
2021
In this message Stephen introduces us to the mysterious third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, and explores some of the aspects of the Spirit’s ministry that often go unnoticed. So join Stephen once again in his series, “Unwrapping the Perfect Gifts,” as he brings us the greatest gift of all: God Himself!
Mar
25
2021
When the Apostle Paul says that pain is a gift from God in Romans 5, is he experiencing a moment of temporary insanity? No. He understands that pain draws us closer to the Savior like nothing else. So join Stephen in this message as he brings us Paul's timeless challenge regarding suffering.
Mar
24
2021
Grace has become a common word in Christianity today -- almost too common. We say it so much that we are beginning to trivialize it and forget what it means. So join Stephen in Romans chapter 5 as the Apostle Paul reminds us why grace is so amazing.
Mar
23
2021
Peace of mind, peaceful sleep, peace and quiet, peace in the Middle East; there are so many kinds of peace we are all longing for. But the only peace that really matters for eternity is peace with God. Do you have it?
Mar
22
2021
If there is one thing to be learned from the life of this patriarch Abraham, it is that faith in God requires more than simple obedience; it requires complete surrender. God sometimes asks us to let go of the one thing we hold most dear. In Abraham's case it was his son, Isaac. But as Abraham loosens his grip on his own possessions and tightens his grip on God's promises, he will teach us all a lesson about the type of faith that pleases God.
Mar
19
2021
Have you ever wondered how a religion so opposed to Christianity can have so much in common with it? Why do Muslims call Abraham their father even when they don't believe in the God of Abraham? In the message Stephen unveils the cunning and deceptive secrets which undergird the fastest growing religion in the world.
Mar
18
2021
Abraham was the father of many nations. He inherited the promise of God that through his seed all nations would be blessed. He was chosen directly by God to father a holy priesthood of people. But Abraham was also a hopeless case. He was old, and his wife was long past child-bearing years. There was no way, humanly speaking, he could father a son. But amidst the seemingly impossible situation, he never took his mind off the fact that when God makes a promise . . . He keeps it.
Mar
17
2021
Why is Abraham called the Father of many nations? Who was Abraham anyway? What did God find so special about him? In this message, Stephen reminds why Abraham's story -- like your story -- is a story of grace.
Mar
16
2021
Have you ever walked up to a stranger and asked, “If you were to die tonight, would God let you into Heaven?” If so, I bet that person responded with something like, “Well I’m a good person; I’ve never murdered anyone or committed adultery or robbed a bank.” Many people today believe the misconception that being “good enough” will get them into heaven. ” But in Romans 4:13-16, Paul silences that misconception in an emphatic way. As he points to his religious Jewish audience, full of people who believed that the Law of Moses would grant them entrance into Heaven, he reminds them (and us) that the standard for eternal life is not moral goodness . . . it’s perfection.
Mar
15
2021
What was the point of circumcision in the Old Testament? Many Jews believed it was a sign of salvation and that without it you couldn't have a relationship with God. Were they right? Stephen answers that question and many more in this message.
Mar
12
2021
Have you considered recently the amazing truth that even though God knows everything about you, He still loves you? No matter how many times you fail Him, He never fails you. No matter how many times you prove that you deserve hell, He offers you Heaven. These are just a few of the profound truths that Paul reveals to us in Romans chapter 4.
Mar
11
2021
Churches all across America have problems--that's obvious. Some fail to reach out to their community; some are more committed to constructing buildings than building disciples; some have little passion in worship. But these are only symptoms of a greater problem: Christians are not only ignorant of what the Bible says, they are indifferent to what it means. In this message Stephen reminds us why a proper understanding of God's Word is not a trivial matter . . . it is sometimes a matter of life and death.
Mar
10
2021
What's the big deal about Abraham? Why do Christians and Jews and Muslims alike fight to call him their "father"? What is his theological and historical importance? Paul gives us the answer in Romans 4.
Mar
9
2021
What makes a person a saint? What earns someone such a significant title? Contrary to popular opinion, sainthood is not an award for the elite and pious; it is a gift to every child of God.
Mar
8
2021
How is it possible that only one small church in Philippi supplied all of Paul's needs? Where were the thousands of other Christians who had been impacted by Paul's letters and visits? Sadly, the ministry of financial support has always been a minority operation.
Mar
5
2021
More. Isn't that what we all want? More money. More time. More success. More friends. More likes on Facebook. The apostle Paul was a human just like us, so if he could learn the secret of contentment, so can we.
Mar
4
2021
Our thought life can be a quiet killer. Bitterness, impurity, greed, hatred, and all kinds of malice take root in our minds before branching out in our actions. So if your thoughts are running rampant today, tune them out for half an hour and let Stephen give you something pure to think about.
Mar
3
2021
Do you get a pit in your stomach when awaiting that diagnosis or that acceptance letter or that apology? Do you lose sleep sometimes? In truth, our bodily responses to external and internal pressures are inescapable. So when Paul tells us to get rid of anxiety, he isn't talking about physical ills; he's talking about spiritual ones. In a society that pours billions of dollars into medicating symptoms, Stephen takes us to the source of anxiety by giving us a remedy for the soul.
Mar
2
2021
Of all the attributes Paul could have chosen to accentuate -- purity, integrity, honesty, humility, and so on -- gentleness seems a bit peripheral, doesn't it? But Stephen reminds us why it is quite the opposite.
Mar
1
2021
The most tragic thing about church splits is that they often happen over a clash of personalities rather than a clash of doctrines. Perhaps you're one of the many who have experienced the pain of division firsthand. In this much needed look at church unity, Stephen challenges us to set our personal preferences aside and love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Feb
26
2021
Christians have always realized that the cross of Christ has the power to save. But did you know that it is also has the power to destroy? Join Stephen in this profound message as he reminds us what the cross of Christ destroys.
Feb
25
2021
Ever since the Protestant Reformation, Justification by faith has been a hot topic. If we are saved by faith in Christ alone, what role does good works play in salvation? Paul said that salvation is by faith alone, but James said it is by faith plus works. So who is right? In this message Stephen shows us how they both are.
Feb
24
2021
Old Testament saints went to Heaven by way of Jesus Christ just as we do today. They looked forward to His coming through the prophets as we look back on His coming through the Gospels. The plan of salvation has never changed -- only the sacrifice has!
Feb
23
2021
We as humans are sinful and depraved so how can we ever hope to come before an awesome and holy God? There is only one bridge to God . . . and that is the cross of Jesus Christ. Have you walked across that bridge yet?
Feb
22
2021
Justification has nothing to do with what we do . . . it has everything to do with what Christ has done. Until we understand the gravity of Romans 3:23, we will constantly deceive ourselves into thinking there is something we can accomplish for our salvation. So let's join Stephen now as he grounds us again in that foundation Gospel truth.
Feb
19
2021
Paul tells us in Romans 3 that we were lost, helpless and hopeless apart from Christ, but now, through Christ, we have been found! No wonder they call the Gospel the "Good News!" Let's join Stephen again in this study to discover anew just how amazing God's grace really is.
Feb
18
2021
Puppy love manifests itself in Valentine’s Day cards, friendship rings, and nice dinners. Mature love manifests itself in 12-hour work days, hospital rooms, and nursing homes. One lasts for a moment; the other lasts for a lifetime.
Feb
17
2021
What is it that captivates your interest? What is it that captures your emotions? According to the apostle Paul, the answer to this question will reveal whether or not you really love God.
Feb
16
2021
When asked by His disciples how often they should forgive others, Christ answered, “seventy times seven.” In this message Stephen shows us why living by this divine equation can save a broken marriage, a struggling church, and—more importantly—a dying world.
Feb
15
2021
Uncommon courtesy; uncommon concern; uncommon control; these are all aspects of the most uncommon thing in the whole world: true love. Unlike other valuable possessions, true love is never hidden away in a safe or a lock-box or a vault. Instead it is constantly spending itself on others. Join Stephen in this message as he shows us why.
Feb
12
2021
Paul has already described what true love is and now it is time for him to describe what true love isn't. In a word, true love is not 'pig-headed' . . . only people are.
Feb
11
2021
Paul has been roaming around the city with a divine camera, secretly taking snapshots of 'true love' in action. Are there any pictures of you in his scrapbook?
Feb
10
2021
What do you get when you subtract 1 from 7? 6 right? Well, not always. This simple equation may work in arithmetic but not in Christianity. God says that if you take good attributes such as faith, hope, prophecy, spiritual discernment, worship, mercy, and service, and subtract love from them, you end up with nothing. This is the divine equation and it always comes out the same: anything minus love equals zero.
Feb
9
2021
Lyrics from a popular '60s song read, "What the world needs now is love, sweet love; it's the only thing that there's just too little of." To those who listen to the melody, this might be just a pretty love song. But to those who listen to the words, this is a cry of desperation. Join Stephen in this message as he shows us why there is so little love in the world today.
Feb
8
2021
The judgment of God isn't an easy topic to discuss. Our sense of self-autonomy ignores it. Our sense of self-righteousness evades it. Our sense of self-worth condemns it. But the apostle Paul reminds his Athenian audience, and us, that the supremacy of God's grace is only understood through the severity of His justice.
Feb
5
2021
Today, Christians are considered fools if they believe that the human race came from a man named Adam and a woman named Eve. Monkeys are more fashionable. Billions of years are more intellectual. So you have to make the choice: either stand with culture and transform scripture, or stand with scripture and transform culture.
Feb
4
2021
When introducing pre-Christian people to Jesus Christ, Paul doesn't start at a manger or a cross or an empty tomb; he starts at the very beginning of time. Every question of theology, philosophy, and science begins in Genesis 1.
Feb
3
2021
Respect. Humility. Consideration of other's feelings and convictions. These characteristics defined Paul's evangelism to Athenian philosophers and they should define our evangelism as well.
Feb
2
2021
Paul didn't walk into Athens with a picket sign. He didn't walk from statue to statue proclaiming the idolatries of the Greek pantheon. He didn't hide behind a corner and drop tracts into the purses of onrushing tourists. He simply started discussions and reasoned with anyone who would listen. Truly, Acts 17 provides a timeless model of evangelism that we, today, need to follow.
Feb
1
2021
Nowadays, virtue is described as accepting all forms of religion, sexuality, and political philosophies as equal and tearing down the dividing walls of right and wrong so as not to alienate anyone. But in Acts 17, true virtue is described as obedience to God and His Word.
Jan
29
2021
The Jews wanted a victorious messiah: one who could give them health, wealth, and power. Many churched people today are still searching for the same thing. But the apostle Paul reminds us why the cross is the only way to the crown.
Jan
28
2021
One of the most compelling paradoxes of Christianity is that though God has no need of our love and worship, He still desires it.
Jan
27
2021
For the Christian, our life here on this earth is but a temporary stay on our way to eternal happiness in our eternal home. We may call where we live now our "home," but we won't find our true home until we die. In this lesson, Solomon looks forward, far into the future. Stephen Davey concludes this series with a special lesson from Ecclesiastes, and a bit of Revelation too!
Jan
26
2021
Go to your local mall, and you will see dozens of people chasing after things they think will satisfy. But when they get it, they are still unsatisfied, with what they truly desire seeming just out of reach. How can we find satisfaction that truly lasts? Stephen again opens Solomon's journal to find out.
Jan
25
2021
Winning a sprint in the Olympics may feel like the very height of human achievement. What can be better than running a successful race? Well, Solomon tells us that if you run the wrong race, even if you win, you still lose. Then what is the right race? Stephen explores that question in today's lesson.
Jan
22
2021
In this practical lesson, Stephen continues to find fiscal lessons for us from the journal of Solomon. How does our handling of money impact our faith? Do we view our money selfishly, or as stewards of God's money?
Jan
21
2021
What keeps you up at night? Unpaid bills, martial strife, a personal fear? Even King Solomon, the wisest man in human history, experienced many sleepless night. But he also has insight to help us control our worries, overcome our troubles, and rest comfortably in God's will.
Jan
20
2021
Have you ever caught yourself in church singing words without paying attention to what they mean? Maybe you've said a prayer with some words that you often hear other people use, without really thinking about it. Is that true worship? Today, Stephen explains that worship is not just what we do. How we worship is just as vital.
Jan
19
2021
The Christian faith is not designed to be done in isolation. But did you know that even kings, the people every person wants to be close to, struggle with loneliness? King Solomon did. And in his journal, the book of Ecclesiastes, he provides some helpful tips so we can combat loneliness too!
Jan
18
2021
What motivates your life? Power, possessions, earthly affirmation? Or is there a lasting, more fulfilling motivation in life? King Solomon found one, and in this lesson, Stephen Davey opens up Solomon's private journal, sharing his wisdom to achieve lasting contentment.
Jan
15
2021
This is a special Wisdom broadcast where Stephen and Scott discuss recent events, including all that God has done for Wisdom in 2020, and also the special announcement of the changing of the name of Colonial Baptist Church to The Shepherd's Church. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Jan
14
2021
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” commanded Jesus in Luke 6:31. While that challenge is easy to preach, living it out is an entirely different matter. In this message, Stephen gives us practical wisdom on where to begin.
Jan
13
2021
As believers and members of Christ’s Church, we have made a promise to demonstrate and communicate the Gospel to our community and our world—especially as our culture rapidly extinguishes the Judeo-Christian foundation on which it was established. In this rich lesson, Pastor Davey provides six action steps we can take to effectively share our faith with others.
Jan
12
2021
The Apostles taught first-century Christians to be obedient to—and pray for—their Roman rulers, unless a law required disobedience to God. They were to live according to God’s standard in a truly dark culture, demonstrating their commitment to the Lord by being good citizens. Today, we are also called to submit to authorities, graciously obey the law, and shine our light in the world. In other words, let’s live up to the name we wear: Christian.
Jan
11
2021
As a Christian, you are the face of the Church. And the world perceives the Church based upon how it perceives you. This may seem like a daunting fact, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to repair the current perception of Christianity—and of Christ. In this teaching, Pastor Davey describes how by pursuing a good reputation in every aspect of life, each of us has the ability to change minds—and lives—for the Kingdom of God.
Jan
8
2021
The bridge built by that Jewish carpenter over 2,000 years ago has never needed reconstruction. It’s still transporting people to Heaven every day.
Jan
7
2021
Don't follow the path that has the most footprints. Follow the path that has Christ's footprints.
Jan
6
2021
There are no cosmetics for the tongue. In fact, you have never gone on a diet to get your tongue back into shape! Yet it is your tongue that defines you more than anything else. It is your tongue that makes the greatest impact on your life and the lives of others. So set aside the gym for a moment and join Stephen as he brings you speech therapy for the tongue.
Jan
5
2021
As a child, did your parents ever wash your mouth out with soap when you talked back to an adult or said a bad word? I’m sure we all got that at least once or twice! Well in today’s study of Romans chapter 3, the Apostle Paul will reveal to us that our mouths are dirty and in need of a good washing. Soap, however, won’t do the trick. So grab your Bible and join Stephen in this sermon as he gives us the only thing that will: Scripture.
Jan
4
2021
From the beginning of time men have preferred to fashion gods in their likeness rather than allow God to fashion us in His. We are a prodigal people . . . and there is only one way back to the Shepherd. In this message Stephen tells us what it is.
Jan
1
2021
On this broadcast, Stephen and Scott answer questions phoned in by listeners.
Dec
31
2020
Anyone who thinks that man, at his core, is good has never read Romans chapter 3. The Apostle Paul is about to reveal that inside even the sweetest old lady, the quietest newborn child, and the most pious religious leader is a sinner as rebellious as the devil himself.
Dec
30
2020
We would all concede that murderers and rapists don't deserve to go to heaven. But the apostle Paul in Romans 3 says that even religious people don't stand a chance. Considering the depravity of man, it will ultimately take the deliverance of God to rescue a lost and hopeless world unto Himself.
Dec
29
2020
It’s one thing to justify sin – which our culture is constantly in the habit of doing – but it’s another thing to justify sin in the name of God. Many people today rationalize their sin by saying things like, “Well, God made me this way,” and in effect put the responsibility for their actions on God. But Stephen reminds us in this message that when the Day of Judgment comes, God won’t be standing on trial . . . we will.
Dec
28
2020
In this unique sermon Stephen takes his congregation through a Christmas "Quiz", exposing some of the common misconceptions surrounding the Christmas story.
Dec
25
2020
Were evergreen trees a symbol of pagan worship? Did the Romans really decorate their temples with holly, ivy and mistletoe? Should sincere Christians have a Christmas tree in their living room? In this special holiday message, Stephen will trace the extraordinary relationship between trees...and the Christmas story.
Dec
24
2020
Jesus never stole from the cookie jar. He never disobeyed. He never fussed out his sister. So Mary and Joseph must have had it easy when it came to raising him, right? Not quite. In this message, Stephen reminds us why raising a perfect child is much more difficult than raising an imperfect one.
Dec
23
2020
The event we come to in Luke 2:41-45 is much more than a sentimental lost-and-found story. It is a Messianic demonstration as pivotal to the gospel as Jesus’ later miracles, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Join Stephen now to find out why.
Dec
22
2020
For Mary and Joseph, the nativity was a scene of confusion, insecurity, and fear as they literally found themselves running for their lives. Here is the Christmas story through their eyes.
Dec
21
2020
In this new series “Beyond Bethlehem,” Stephen takes us on an investigation into the boyhood of Jesus to broaden our understanding of His life and, consequently, give us more reason to worship Him.
Dec
18
2020
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18
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. Due to changes being made, this program is a repeat of QA43 which aired in June 2018.
Dec
17
2020
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17
2020
Peace is not only a desire during the Christmas season but is a longing of the world throughout the year. Global peace is possible, but it will only take place when the Prince of Peace returns to set up His kingdom on earth. Sadly, our world often attempts to solve global problems ignoring or rejecting the solutions given by the Creator of the world, the Prince of Peace. Fortunately, the God of the heavens and earth provides us with a future plan – a Kingdom filled with peace, joy, and comfort for 1,000 years and beyond!
Dec
16
2020
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16
2020
Christmas is the season to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. Though His birth occurred around 2,000 years ago, the church still worships and exalts Jesus as Lord of lords and King of kings, and the prophesied Messiah and Redeemer of the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah focused on His attributes when penning a hymn about His names, granting the church a worshipful picture of the Son of God.
Dec
15
2020
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15
2020
People are convinced of truth if what is predicted will happen in the future actually comes to pass. Prophets, soothsayers, psychics, and diviners have held court worldwide sharing their foresight, and if the predictions materialized as promised, there was no denying the veracity of the prophecy or the one revealing it. What if there were 456 separate clues regarding a single person that were all being fulfilled by one person . . . would that be convincing? Jesus Christ is that person! He has fulfilled the prophecies of His first coming to prove that He is the Messiah, the true King.
Dec
14
2020
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14
2020
The world is lost in darkness not because light hasn't come, but because men have turned their backs to it.
Dec
11
2020
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11
2020
Just as Christian theology hinges on a literal interpretation of John's opening words, many false religions hinge on a misinterpretation of them. But where does the confusion lie? Is John's meaning really up for debate? Stephen brings us an emphatic answer.
Dec
10
2020
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10
2020
In our 21st century American culture we have Bibles everywhere. Perhaps this has caused us to lose our sense of awe for the Scriptures. So when you open that drawer in your hotel room or pick up the study Bible from your bookshelf, how can you regain the sense that what you hold is more than just a revelation . . . it's a miracle? In this message Stephen helps us settle that question once and for all.
Dec
9
2020
Dec
9
2020
Through the diligence and meticulous work of Jewish scribes, the Scriptures were preserved throughout the ancient world in their entirety. But how do we know that what was preserved are God's words and not man's? Can we have confidence that the Bible we hold in our hands is everything God wanted us to know and nothing else? Stephen continues to answer these questions in his series, "How We Got Our Bible."
Dec
8
2020
Dec
8
2020
The Israelites during Paul's day knew they were the chosen people of God. They had the Law. They had the prophets. They had the Temple. They had the heritage. And therefore they thought they had a free ride to Heaven. But Paul will astonish his Jewish brothers and sisters with the message that redemption is not in their blood . . . it is in Christ's blood.
Dec
7
2020
Dec
7
2020
Smoke is filling the temple. Creatures of earth and heaven are falling beneath the weight of God’s glory. Seven Angels are given seven vials that are filled with the wrath of God. Who are they for? What will happen next?
Dec
4
2020
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4
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. And, due to studio recording scheduling, this is a repeat of QA29 which aired in April 2017.
Dec
3
2020
Dec
3
2020
Smoke is filling the temple. Creatures of earth and heaven are falling beneath the weight of God’s glory. Seven Angels are given seven vials that are filled with the wrath of God. Who are they for? What will happen next?
Dec
2
2020
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2
2020
In movies and TV shows, the Grim Reaper is usually portrayed as a shadowy figure dressed in a black hooded robe, holding a long sickle. In Revelation 14:14-20, he is portrayed far more ominously. What makes the real Grim Reaper so terrifying?
Dec
1
2020
In movies and TV shows, the Grim Reaper is usually portrayed as a shadowy figure dressed in a black hooded robe, holding a long sickle. In Revelation 14:14-20, he is portrayed far more ominously. What makes the real Grim Reaper so terrifying?
Nov
30
2020
Nov
30
2020
Can a Christian lose his or her salvation? Listen to learn the answer!
Nov
27
2020
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27
2020
Can a Christian lose his or her salvation? Listen to learn the answer!
Nov
26
2020
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26
2020
Those who want to deny hell need to deny the cross as well. If hell isn't real, then Jesus died for nothing. We must keep hell in the gospel . . . lest we lose heaven in the process.
Nov
25
2020
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2020
Those who want to deny hell need to deny the cross as well. If hell isn't real, then Jesus died for nothing. We must keep hell in the gospel . . . lest we lose heaven in the process.
Nov
24
2020
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24
2020
Hell is a difficult concept to both think about--much less talk about. Many Christians today shy away from the subject. But the Apostle John speaks in clear terms and doesn't leave any room for question regarding the topic.
Nov
23
2020
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23
2020
Hell is a difficult concept to both think about--much less talk about. Many Christians today shy away from the subject. But the Apostle John speaks in clear terms and doesn't leave any room for question regarding the topic.
Nov
20
2020
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2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Nov
19
2020
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2020
Throughout the book of Psalms, King David often asked God the question, "When will You judge your enemies?" In Chapter 14 of Revelation, God finally sends the answer.
Nov
18
2020
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2020
Throughout the book of Psalms, King David often asked God the question, "When will You judge your enemies?" In Chapter 14 of Revelation, God finally sends the answer.
Nov
17
2020
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2020
Charles Dickens began his novel A Tale of Two Cities with that famous line, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times," and the Apostle John could have begun his book of Revelation with that same poignant statement.
Nov
16
2020
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2020
Charles Dickens began his novel A Tale of Two Cities with that famous line, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times," and the Apostle John could have begun his book of Revelation with that same poignant statement.
Nov
13
2020
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13
2020
Every church body--and believer--should not be consumed by perfection, but focused on progressing--pursuing a holy pattern for living that comes from God's Word. This is especially vital in today's dark culture. In this teaching, Pastor Davey explains the importance of demonstrating Biblical faithfulness through the financial support of your local church. After all, God owns it all, and we are merely stewards. Let's use His resources wisely and bring Him glory.
Nov
12
2020
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12
2020
Every church body--and believer--should not be consumed by perfection, but focused on progressing--pursuing a holy pattern for living that comes from God's Word. This is especially vital in today's dark culture. In this teaching, Pastor Davey explains the importance of demonstrating Biblical faithfulness through the financial support of your local church. After all, God owns it all, and we are merely stewards. Let's use His resources wisely and bring Him glory.
Nov
11
2020
Nov
11
2020
Did you know that the words "discipling" and "discipline" come from the same Greek root word? They are similar actions--challenging, correcting, and helping to mature. But discipling is for a willing individual and discipline for an unwilling one! Being part of a church body means that we are accountable to each other, counseling, encouraging, and correcting one another for the sake of the Gospel...even when it requires confrontation.
Nov
10
2020
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2020
Did you know that the words "discipling" and "discipline" come from the same Greek root word? They are similar actions--challenging, correcting, and helping to mature. But discipling is for a willing individual and discipline for an unwilling one! Being part of a church body means that we are accountable to each other, counseling, encouraging, and correcting one another for the sake of the Gospel...even when it requires confrontation.
Nov
9
2020
Nov
9
2020
One of the most beautiful things about the Christian Church is the fact that, no matter our backgrounds, histories, or cultures, we have become one body--we are brothers and sisters, new creations, bound together in unity through the Holy Spirit. So, it's imperative that we protect and promote this unity in every local body. Here, Pastor Davey opens up Paul's letter to the Ephesians to share the ingredients (attitudes and behaviors) it takes to maintain genuine unity.
Nov
6
2020
Nov
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2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. Due to studio recording conflicts, thjs is a repeat of QA54 which aired in May of 2019.
Nov
5
2020
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5
2020
One of the most beautiful things about the Christian Church is the fact that, no matter our backgrounds, histories, or cultures, we have become one body--we are brothers and sisters, new creations, bound together in unity through the Holy Spirit. So, it's imperative that we protect and promote this unity in every local body. Here, Pastor Davey opens up Paul's letter to the Ephesians to share the ingredients (attitudes and behaviors) it takes to maintain genuine unity.
Nov
4
2020
Nov
4
2020
Believers are called to be members of a local church body, committed to participate and engage in the life of the church. We gather together because we share faith in Christ. And, as family, we are meant to encourage each other to stand firm in that faith throughout life's challenges and trials. In this lesson, Pastor Davey expounds upon the promise we must make as members of a local body of Christ to pray for, care for, and serve one another spiritually and physically.
Nov
3
2020
Nov
3
2020
Christians should stand out in the world. Our behavior will seem strange against the backdrop of what is culturally popular or politically correct. In this teaching, Pastor Davey describes from Scripture three practices of personal conduct for the Believer that distinguish us from the dark world in which we live: (1) the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship and service, (2) sexual purity and God-ordained marriage, and (3) immersion baptism and communion.
Nov
2
2020
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2020
Christians should stand out in the world. Our behavior will seem strange against the backdrop of what is culturally popular or politically correct. In this teaching, Pastor Davey describes from Scripture three practices of personal conduct for the Believer that distinguish us from the dark world in which we live: (1) the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship and service, (2) sexual purity and God-ordained marriage, and (3) immersion baptism and communion.
Oct
30
2020
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30
2020
For over 2000 years, being part of the Church has been a true act of bravery--and it still is today. Christian living is not for fence-sitters or culture-lovers. It requires complete submission to the authority of Scripture, the pursuit of holiness in all aspects of life, and the avoidance of sinful habits and entanglements. As a church family, we must walk together in the path of Light, keeping each other accountable to and encouraged by God's Word--the final authority.
Oct
29
2020
Oct
29
2020
For over 2000 years, being part of the Church has been a true act of bravery--and it still is today. Christian living is not for fence-sitters or culture-lovers. It requires complete submission to the authority of Scripture, the pursuit of holiness in all aspects of life, and the avoidance of sinful habits and entanglements. As a church family, we must walk together in the path of Light, keeping each other accountable to and encouraged by God's Word--the final authority.
Oct
28
2020
Oct
28
2020
If you asked people around you to describe the Christian Church, what would they say? Sadly, the perception held by unbelievers in our culture is not always a positive one. Our behavior as Christ-followers dictates how others see us…and how effectively we can lead others to Jesus. From these verses in 1 Thessalonians, Pastor Davey expounds upon the behavioral commandments written by Paul to that church--a wonderful example for individuals and churches today.
Oct
27
2020
Oct
27
2020
If you asked people around you to describe the Christian Church, what would they say? Sadly, the perception held by unbelievers in our culture is not always a positive one. Our behavior as Christ-followers dictates how others see us…and how effectively we can lead others to Jesus. From these verses in 1 Thessalonians, Pastor Davey expounds upon the behavioral commandments written by Paul to that church--a wonderful example for individuals and churches today.
Oct
26
2020
Oct
26
2020
Why are we here? That's a huge philosophical question for the human race. But for Christians, our purpose on earth is made very clear in God's Word. This lesson from Pastor Davey exhorts us to live with Biblical purpose--right where the Lord has placed us. Whether you are a doctor, homemaker, student, or mechanic, every believer is to be a witness, a light in the dark world, exposing evil and expanding the glory the God.
Oct
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2020
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2020
Why are we here? That's a huge philosophical question for the human race. But for Christians, our purpose on earth is made very clear in God's Word. This lesson from Pastor Davey exhorts us to live with Biblical purpose--right where the Lord has placed us. Whether you are a doctor, homemaker, student, or mechanic, every believer is to be a witness, a light in the dark world, exposing evil and expanding the glory the God.
Oct
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2020
Oct
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2020
Every believer is part of the universal church, united in faith with our brothers and sisters around the globe. And, although it may be against our radical individualistic culture, we are also called to belong to a local church family. In this lesson, Pastor Davey elaborates upon five reasons why it's vital that we commit to a local body, emphasizing our need to engage with one another and demonstrate our faith to those watching.
Oct
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2020
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Every believer is part of the universal church, united in faith with our brothers and sisters around the globe. And, although it may be against our radical individualistic culture, we are also called to belong to a local church family. In this lesson, Pastor Davey elaborates upon five reasons why it's vital that we commit to a local body, emphasizing our need to engage with one another and demonstrate our faith to those watching.
Oct
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2020
As we look around our nation today, it's evident that the culture is shifting ever farther from the foundation of God's Word. But instead of hiding away in fear or stewing in anger about our dark world, we have a great opportunity to be a lighthouse of Truth. To stand firm, however, we first need to clearly define who we are as Christians--and as the true Church. In this teaching, Pastor Davey establishes our underpinning identity: We are followers of an unrivaled Master and messengers of an unchanging manifesto.
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As we look around our nation today, it's evident that the culture is shifting ever farther from the foundation of God's Word. But instead of hiding away in fear or stewing in anger about our dark world, we have a great opportunity to be a lighthouse of Truth. To stand firm, however, we first need to clearly define who we are as Christians--and as the true Church. In this teaching, Pastor Davey establishes our underpinning identity: We are followers of an unrivaled Master and messengers of an unchanging manifesto.
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Many of the people named in Hebrews 11 don't seem to belong. They failed spiritually as much as they succeeded. In this lesson, you learn why God so graciously included them.
Jun
26
2020
Jun
26
2020
From a human standpoint, Rahab's name doesn't belong in Hebrews 11. She wasn't Jewish; her people were wicked and under the severe condemnation of God; she was an adulterer by profession. Yet, even she ends up being a hero of the faith!
Jun
25
2020
Jun
25
2020
Most of the riches-to-rags stories you hear involve people who lost everything because of foolishness and disobedience to God. But Moses' story is the opposite. He willingly exchanged his temporal possessions for an eternal one.
Jun
24
2020
Jun
24
2020
Waiting on God is hard enough when He hasn't promised us a child, a spouse, or a dream job. It's even harder when He has promised us something that hasn't yet arrived. Abraham waited nearly a lifetime to see the fulfillment of God's promise!
Jun
23
2020
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23
2020
When Noah and his family boarded the ark, they weren't walking away from their trials . . . they were walking deeper into them. The pain of living with unbelievers was doubled by the pain of watching them be destroyed.
Jun
22
2020
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22
2020
One line says it all sometimes. Here's one illustration of that: "Noah walked with God." That statement is worth a thousand words and it encapsulates a lifetime of obedience and enduring faith. But his obedience was costly.
Jun
19
2020
Jun
19
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Jun
18
2020
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18
2020
What Old Testament saint was taken up to heaven before death? Elijah is the most well known, but Enoch was first. His story is a picture of our redemptive future.
Jun
17
2020
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17
2020
The story of Cain and Abel provides us with a lot of firsts in history: the first sibling rivalry, the first murder, the first account of true and false religion, and, of course, the first example of a human hero.
Jun
16
2020
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16
2020
There would be no great saints had there been no great Savior; there would be no great men or women of faith had there been no faithful God. God is the ultimate original hero of the Bible.
Jun
15
2020
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15
2020
Hebrews 11 lists heroes who are honored for faithful ministry, and the most incredible thing is that it's full of people we wouldn't expect to find there.
Jun
12
2020
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12
2020
The legend about Pandora's box explains well the consequences of sin once you "let it out of the box." Though the story is a myth, the moral isn't. Romans 1 also reveals the consequences of sin.
Jun
11
2020
Jun
11
2020
As homosexuality grows throughout America and other parts of the world, our need to understand what the Bible teaches on the subject grows as well. In this message Stephen examines this controversial issue.
Jun
10
2020
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10
2020
The Apostle Paul brings out an interesting truth in Romans 1:25. The very eart that many believe to be "divine" and the "mother of all" is actually pointing us to the true Divinity. Find out how.
Jun
9
2020
Jun
9
2020
Is truth absolute or relative? Has God delivered unchanging truth about Himself or is it acceptable for us to decide on our own what He's like and what He wants from us? In this message Stephen gives us an absolute answer.
Jun
8
2020
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8
2020
Have you ever taken a plunge into the ocean and swallowed a mouthful of saltwater? It might have looked refreshing and cool, but it only made you thirstier. The world's philosophies are just like that saltwater.
Jun
5
2020
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5
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Jun
4
2020
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4
2020
In this message Stephen reminds us that there is no true enlightenment apart from the Light of the World. All are lost in darkness. Worse yet . . . all embrace it.
Jun
3
2020
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3
2020
Even though God made some truths self-evident, sinful men willfully and skillfully find ways to suppress them. How do they accomplish that? In this message Stephen lays out some of the most common excuses men use to reject God.
Jun
2
2020
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2
2020
How will God deal with people who have never heard the Gospel--such as the native tribes who can't read and have no access to a Bible? Stephen gives us God's answer to this often asked question.
Jun
1
2020
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1
2020
Galatians 6:7 says, "Whatever one sows, that he will also reap." Unfortunately many people ignore the truth of this spiritual law until it's too late. So instead of waiting for experience to remind you just how devastating sin is, let this message serve as your reminder.
May
29
2020
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29
2020
In Proverbs 5:7, Solomon warns us to stop flirting with sexual temptation and start fighting it. And in our culture that is becoming more pornographic by the day, it's imperative we heed this warning now . . . before it's too late.
May
28
2020
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28
2020
When you ask the question today, "What is God's will for my life?" have you considered the fact that God already answered that thousands of years ago? Join Stephen now as he shows you where.
May
27
2020
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27
2020
There are so many contradicting views in today's society about how, when and why to discipline our children . . . so what should we do? We can start by tuning out the modern psychologists and pseudo-counselors who don't believe in God in the first place and start listening to what God, through Solomon, has to say.
May
26
2020
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26
2020
God doesn't gauge your parental success on how well your kids do in school or how often they attend church or how well they're taken care of. His standard is very different. So join Stephen now to evaluate yourself according to God's Word.
May
25
2020
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25
2020
Language can serve as a force of good as well as a force of evil depending on how you use it, and Solomon gives us example after example of both kinds of uses. So join Stephen now as he brings us Solomon’s word . . . on words.
May
22
2020
Ants are considered pests for a good reason! They build their houses in the middle of your yard and they sneak into your kitchen to eat your fruit and cereal! But believe it or not, ants also teach us a lot about discipline and hard work. So let's learn a big lesson from these little teachers.
May
21
2020
You might have heard the saying growing up, "You are who your friends are or you soon will be," but is it really true that we are positively and negatively influenced by the people we spend our time with? Find out now as Stephen continues his quest for Biblical wisdom.
May
20
2020
How do we weigh the different choices that face us each day? And how do we handle the unique trials that accompany those choices? Well the easy answer is to get wisdom. But getting wisdom isn't so easy, is it?! If it were, there wouldn't be so many fallen Christians lying by the wayside. In this message Stephen reminds us that the road to wisdom is a treacherous path . . . and there are many thieves who line the way.
May
19
2020
Although knowledge and wisdom are both by-products of each other, they aren't the same. Knowledge has perceivable limits. When Socrates made that timeless statement, "I know that I do not know,"  he was implying that no man can know everything about everything. And he was right! But wisdom isn't like that. It can't be measured by an IQ test or graded on some definitive scale. So how can we measure wisdom in our lives? How do we know when we've got it? Stephen tells us in this message.
May
18
2020
If you want to learn how God created the heavens and the earth, read Genesis. If you want to learn about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, read John. If you want to learn how the Church was started, read Acts. But if you want to learn how to live wisely in the world, read Proverbs. No other book probes so deeply into the minute thoughts and decisions of our everyday lives as this one.
May
15
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this program is a repeat of QA27 which aired in January 2017.
May
14
2020
The last days will not be a pretty sight for those who refuse to bow their knee to Christ. But they will be a glorious sight for those who do. Whose side are you on today?
May
13
2020
The last days will not be a pretty sight for those who refuse to bow their knee to Christ. But they will be a glorious sight for those who do. Whose side are you on today?
May
12
2020
Prophets like Moses, Elijah and John the Baptist don't exist anymore. They're not walking the streets of New York City proclaiming the words of God and performing miracles. Some men would like to think themselves prophets, but they're wrong. However, the days of the Prophets aren't quite over. In the last days God will send two men to prophecy of His coming Judgment. Their message . . . along with their miracles . . . will take the whole world by surprise.
May
11
2020
Prophets like Moses, Elijah and John the Baptist don't exist anymore. They're not walking the streets of New York City proclaiming the words of God and performing miracles. Some men would like to think themselves prophets, but they're wrong. However, the days of the Prophets aren't quite over. In the last days God will send two men to prophecy of His coming Judgment. Their message . . . along with their miracles . . . will take the whole world by surprise.
May
8
2020
Revelation is a difficult book to understand and interpret. It's packed full of poetic imagery yet at the same time extremely literal. So what do we make of John's vision? What does God want us to learn from it? There's only one way to find out!
May
7
2020
Imagine locking up a lion in a pit for a month without feeding him and then letting him out. You wouldn't want to be anywhere near that pit when that lion comes storming out! Well in Revelation 9, God opens the pit where Satan has been bound for a thousand years. When he comes out, all hell will break loose.
May
6
2020
People love talking about the environment in our day and age. The environment has become like a poor victim of human cruelty. So people have taken it on themselves to save her from collapse. But one day you won't hear any more eco-friendly talk. Tree huggers will be gone. Why? Because nature will rise up against us and kill us. We might show mercy to her . . . but she is not so kind.
May
5
2020
Heaven is silent as God pulls something from behind the curtain. It's seven trumpets. What are they for? What do they mean? Find out as Stephen takes us back into his study of the Archangels.
May
4
2020
How many people today are following Christ to make a name for themselves? To make extra money? How many pastors are only in it for the popularity and prestige? In this message Stephen challenges us to take off our halo and carry our cross.
May
1
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this program is a repeat of QA23 which aired in September 2016.
Apr
30
2020
How many people today are following Christ to make a name for themselves? To make extra money? How many pastors are only in it for the popularity and prestige? In this message Stephen challenges us to take off our halo and carry our cross.
Apr
29
2020
There have always been wolves in sheep's clothing in the Church--from the time of the Apostles until now. In James' day the wolves were Jewish leaders who misguided diverse congregations into thinking salvation had to be earned. Who are the wolves in our day and age? What false gospels are prevalent in our 21st century churches? In this message Stephen unveils a few of them.
Apr
28
2020
There have always been wolves in sheep's clothing in the Church--from the time of the Apostles until now. In James' day the wolves were Jewish leaders who misguided diverse congregations into thinking salvation had to be earned. Who are the wolves in our day and age? What false gospels are prevalent in our 21st century churches? In this message Stephen unveils a few of them.
Apr
27
2020
Tragically, the reason so few are willing to accept leadership roles in the Church is because so few are willing to live out the characteristics of leaders.
Apr
24
2020
Tragically, the reason so few are willing to accept leadership roles in the Church is because so few are willing to live out the characteristics of leaders.
Apr
23
2020
You know what the Church needs today? The same thing it has always needed. Leaders who are more concerned with following the commands of God than the traditions of men.
Apr
22
2020
You know what the Church needs today? The same thing it has always needed. Leaders who are more concerned with following the commands of God than the traditions of men.
Apr
21
2020
If you were on a church board looking to hire a new pastor, what questions would you ask the interviewees? What qualities would you most want to see? Paul has given Titus the weighty responsibility of anointing new elders in Crete, and his checklist may surprise you.
Apr
20
2020
If you were on a church board looking to hire a new pastor, what questions would you ask the interviewees? What qualities would you most want to see? Paul has given Titus the weighty responsibility of anointing new elders in Crete, and his checklist may surprise you.
Apr
17
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. Due to the COVID-19 situation, this program is a repeat of QA24 which aired in October 2016.
Apr
16
2020
What does a man of integrity look like? How does he think, speak, and act both in the public eye and behind closed doors? In this convicting message, Stephen deals with that question as he expounds Paul's command to Titus to find men who are "above reproach."
Apr
15
2020
What does a man of integrity look like? How does he think, speak, and act both in the public eye and behind closed doors? In this convicting message, Stephen deals with that question as he expounds Paul's command to Titus to find men who are "above reproach."
Apr
14
2020
Imagine a stranger walking into your church and announcing that he is going to make wholesale changes. He then proceeds to anoint new pastors and deacons, while delivering instructions on worship and teaching. Crazy, right? Well that is exactly what Paul is commanding Titus to do in Titus 1:5! As we'll learn from this passage, obedience to God might ruffle a few feathers.
Apr
13
2020
Imagine a stranger walking into your church and announcing that he is going to make wholesale changes. He then proceeds to anoint new pastors and deacons, while delivering instructions on worship and teaching. Crazy, right? Well that is exactly what Paul is commanding Titus to do in Titus 1:5! As we'll learn from this passage, obedience to God might ruffle a few feathers.
Apr
10
2020
The Apostle Paul once said that the resurrection is the most important part of the Gospel. Do you know why he said that? In this message Stephen discusses why the Resurrection lies at the heart of Christian doctrine and practice.
Apr
9
2020
On Sunday you probably sang hymns about the Resurrection, and heard a message about the resurrection, and celebrated the Resurrection with other believers. But let me ask you . . . how is the Resurrection affecting you today? How will it change the way you think and act over the next 24 hours? In this message Stephen challenges us to take what we heard in Church on Sunday and make it the focal point of our lives Monday through Saturday.
Apr
8
2020
How do you know that the little part you see of life and what you believe about the afterlife is really the full picture? Are you certain what you believe is true? Bring your doubts to the Scriptures and discover anew why the Gospel is reliable . . . and glorious!
Apr
7
2020
Some things never get old, do they? Talking about the resurrection is one of them! It is the focal point of the Gospel. Without it there is can be salvation from our sins and no hope of eternal life. It isn't the greatest miracle God has ever performed . . . but it might just be the most important.
Apr
6
2020
The resurrection is a fact that unbelievers can't live with and believers can't live without. So what is the proof of the resurrection? What are the bodies of evidence? Luke gives us many.
Apr
3
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. Due to the Corona Virus situation, this program is a repeat of QA21 which aired in July of 2016.
Apr
2
2020
It's been said that we form an impression of people within seconds of talking with them. If that's true, then our impression of the Apostle Paul after reading a few verses in Titus is that he is passionate about the Gospel. His message isn't formulaic, though it appears in all his letters. It doesn't get redundant with every letter he writes. Instead, it further reveals that when Paul gave his life to Christ . . . he gave it all. Have you done the same?
Apr
1
2020
It's been said that we form an impression of people within seconds of talking with them. If that's true, then our impression of the Apostle Paul after reading a few verses in Titus is that he is passionate about the Gospel. His message isn't formulaic, though it appears in all his letters. It doesn't get redundant with every letter he writes. Instead, it further reveals that when Paul gave his life to Christ . . . he gave it all. Have you done the same?
Mar
31
2020
If there's one thing the Apostle Paul could never be accused of, it was lacking passion. In fact, you won't find a more passionate Christian in the New Testament other than Christ Himself! Why is that? Well Paul tells us himself in Titus 1:3. So let's open our bibles to that passage and discover the answer together.
Mar
30
2020
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a brother named Titus and encouraged him to serve Christ with enthusiasm and dedication regardless of circumstances. But in that letter he also made the profound confession that although he considered himself a free man socially and politically, he also considered himself a slave. Why is that? Find out in this message, "From One Slave to Another."
Mar
27
2020
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a brother named Titus and encouraged him to serve Christ with enthusiasm and dedication regardless of circumstances. But in that letter he also made the profound confession that although he considered himself a free man socially and politically, he also considered himself a slave. Why is that? Find out in this message, "From One Slave to Another."
Mar
26
2020
It's been said that in this life there are two certainties: death and taxes. In his journal, King Solomon agrees with the former. Death is coming, he opines, whether you're a prince, pauper, or porcupine. But without the spiritual revelation of an eternal perspective, this truth can lead to despair. When we look around--under the sun--, we do observe impending death for all living things. Keeping our eyes on the Creator of the sun, however, helps us make the most of our present earthly purpose and look forward to our ultimate destination.
Mar
25
2020
Does it ever feel like the liars, cheaters, and short-cut-takers always seem to get ahead? In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon made the same observation. He laments that evil people seem to win, but he also concludes that God will be the final judge of all deeds done on earth. Yes, judgement is coming, and there are just two possible outcomes: Guilty or Pardoned. Pay the penalty of eternal wrath--or settle out of court by accepting the work of Jesus as your merciful Advocate.
Mar
24
2020
People throughout history in every culture have held the belief of eternal life. Because we are made in God's image, we are designed with this innate sense of eternity. It's why we are ultimately dissatisfied with the things of this life. In these verses, we are reminded of God's eternal sovereignty as He writes the story of our lives--amid the challenging chapters and the beautiful ones. And through it all, God desires us maintain an eternal perspective and find joy.
Mar
23
2020
Here, King Solomon interrupts his journal with a poem that may be familiar to some of us. By contrasting opposite experiences of life's journey, he asserts that every aspect and activity is God-designed and purposeful. Between our birth and death, there will be times to dance and mourn, to plant and reap, to gain and to lose. But peace will be woven through it all only when we live each day with the perspective of the Divine security we have through Jesus Christ.
Mar
20
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Mar
19
2020
Man's pursuit of the dream job has not changed since the days of King Solomon. Today people continue to look for that perfect, fulfilling, life-affirming position--but most of us find only frustration. In these verses, Solomon acknowledges that life--and our job, whatever it may be--is a gift from God. Life under the sun is always enriched with a focus on God. So, whether your work is writing computer code, building houses, or changing diapers, you will only find satisfaction when you work to bring glory to God (Colossians 3:23-24).
Mar
18
2020
As these verses begin, Solomon seems to be taking to positive turn in his journal when he says that living wisely is better than foolishness. But then he falls into the previous pattern, claiming, "It doesn't really matter, because we're all going to die--and be forgotten--anyway."  And he's mad about it. This will be our truth as well--unless we rise above it by embracing the Way, the Truth, and the Life--Jesus Christ--Who gives our lives meaning, purpose, and joy. Eternally.
Mar
17
2020
King Solomon discovered that knowledge and wisdom didn't satisfy him or bring meaning to his life. So, he decided to pursue pleasure and entertainment; and when that didn't work, he turned to alcohol. Then, he turned to various obsessions and possessions. With it all--but without God--he was left empty time after time. Without God, these pursuits will only leave us bitter, bondage, and discontentment. We will all be restless until we find our rest in the Lord.
Mar
16
2020
Solomon continues to write in his journal about the sad truths he's discovered as he searched the world under the sun. In these verses, he asserts that no matter how much we know, there will be problems, frustrations, and challenges we simply can't solve. Moreover, knowledge and information do not eliminate life's sorrows. Trusting in the world's wisdom is never the answer; we must trust in the wisdom and the word of God.
Mar
13
2020
In our culture, there is a constant quest for more. But what is enough? King Solomon had, literally, everything. But he discovered through his life that even that wasn’t enough to give life meaning. And through the thousands of years since then, this fact has been rediscovered time and time again. But, as Christians, we know the Source of true meaning and satisfaction, and we are able to live a life of purpose because of Jesus.
Mar
12
2020
Have you chased after something only to find that once you “got” it, it wasn’t actually satisfying? You felt duped by it all. For those living just for the things of this life (what Solomon deems as everything “under the sun”), life’s pursuits are, in fact, ultimately unsatisfying and meaningless. Only with God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ can life have real significance. Here, Pastor Davey continues applying the timeless wisdom of King Solomon’s Book of Ecclesiastes.
Mar
11
2020
King Solomon uses the word “vanity” 37 times in Ecclesiastes, beginning with verse 2 where he uses it five times, emphasizing this original Hebrew word meaning vapor, futility, senselessness, and frustration. In other words, Solomon begins his journal by describing how human lives come and go as the world continues turning. And he warns us that if we keep our gaze “under the sun”–and don’t look to God’s purpose for us–life is indeed a futile vapor.
Mar
10
2020
To this day, King Solomon is touted as the wisest man to ever live. Although he asked God for the wisdom he was given, he quickly turned away from following God, and his life became self-centered and destructive. Only in his last days did he remember the Truth and return to the Wisdom-giver. With urgency, Solomon tells us to learn from his mistakes–to remember our Creator God all our days, regardless of life’s ups, downs, and uncertainties.
Mar
9
2020
The only thing more baffling to me than the pride of man is the humility of God. God literally stooped so low in His incarnation, life, suffering, and death that even our most selfless, heroic acts barely scratch the surface of what He willingly endured. So how can we begin to model His impossible example? What will His humility look like when applied to our daily lives? Stephen unpacks the Apostle Paul's inspired description, illustration, and application of humility.
Mar
6
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program. Due to conflicts with scheduling, this program is a repeat of QA25, which aired in November of 2016.
Mar
5
2020
Paul planned to visit Rome, but was instead imprisoned by Felix for two years. When he was finally allowed to leave, his ship capsized in Malta. Paul learned early in his ministry that "the mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9)."
Mar
4
2020
Contrary to popular opinion, God's criterion for Church leaders isn't charisma, experience, eloquence, and education; it's humility.
Mar
3
2020
We'll never live a life without regrets if we aren't committed to living today without regrets. Paul shows us what that commitment looks like in Philippians 2:16-18.
Mar
2
2020
Discontentment is a virus in the Church today. It travels on the winds of gossip, snuffing out joy in every heart it passes through. Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:14-15 why it can have no place in a believer's life.
Feb
28
2020
We are all different people. We have different tastes, hobbies, ambitions, and convictions. Our diversity is seen from the food we eat to the places we vacation. But in the midst of all this diversity, there are a few tendencies we share in common that hinder our spiritual growth and vitality. In this eye-opening look at Paul's exhortation to Philippian believers, Stephen exposes these tendencies and teaches us how to overcome them.
Feb
27
2020
The fact that 11 of Jesus' 12 disciples were martyred for their proclamation of Christ's Divinity should tell you two things: first, that Christ's Divine nature is absolutely foundational to Christianity; and second, that the world doesn't like it.
Feb
26
2020
He washed men's feet. He touched lepers. He ate with tax collectors. He walked from place to place without material possessions. He was the Lord over all, yet became a servant to all. Are you following His example?
Feb
25
2020
All our possessions are made of matter, which God created. All our talents and strengths come from our DNA, which God designed. Everything that sustains us from food, to air, to relationships, is a gift from God. Are you living in light of that today?
Feb
24
2020
The only thing more baffling than the pride of man is the humility of God. Philippians 2:5-8 is a passage we will spend all eternity wrapping our minds around.
Feb
21
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Feb
20
2020
What is the cure for gossip and slander? What is the remedy for pride, envy, and vain ambition? Paul gives us the answer in Philippians 2:2-4.
Feb
19
2020
Paul is under house arrest. He is isolated from his friends. Church leaders in Rome have abandoned him. Yet, strangely, he isn't longing for freedom or praying for comforts. His sole desire is to see the Church of God being unified in humility.
Feb
18
2020
The gospel of Jesus Christ is still changing the world after 2,000 years; but is it changing your world?
Feb
17
2020
Are you feeling ineffective in your outreach to unbelievers and lethargic in your own private devotion to Christ? If so, this is a message you can't afford to miss.
Feb
14
2020
What made Paul’s ministry so unique? Was it the numerous adventures he endured such as shipwrecks, snakebites, and escapes from prison? Was it the many miracles he performed? Was it the varied visions and revelations he received directly from God? No. It was his passion for the Gospel that set him apart. To Paul, all these things were worthless compared to the incomparable value of knowing Christ. He never forgot that he was only a messenger . . . and he was carrying the most powerful message in the world.
Feb
13
2020
Most men are happy if their children bring home good report cards, stay out of trouble and don't embarrass the family name. But how many men long and pray for their kids to develop the fruit of the Spirit and a passion to win the world for Christ? That was the Apostle Paul's longing... is it yours, too?
Feb
12
2020
How precious is salvation to you? What price-tag would you put on it? Do you revel in the Gospel daily? Do you thank God for saving you every time you look at your face in the mirror? Perhaps if we remember again why God's grace is so amazing, we'll stop taking it for granted.
Feb
11
2020
The godly man doesn't just live for himself. He doesn't just talk about himself and his family. He doesn't just spend money and time on himself and his needs. The godly man lives life on his knees, praying for his neighbors and washing their feet.
Feb
10
2020
What are your ambitions and dreams? What gets you out of bed in the morning? For the apostle Paul, it was seeing the glory of Christ manifested throughout the world. Stephen reminds us why everything else is just chasing sticks.
Feb
7
2020
Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Feb
6
2020
Peace of mind, peaceful sleep, peace and quiet, peace in the Middle East; there are so many kinds of peace we are all longing for. But the only peace that really matters for eternity is peace with God. Do you have it?
Feb
5
2020
Salvation is only one half of the Gospel truth; the other half is what happens after salvation. So just as we needed God's grace to become a Christian, we need His grace to live as a Christian everyday. That's the Gospel truth!
Feb
4
2020
What does it mean to be a saint? Does it mean a person has reached perfection? Does it mean he or she is a head above the rest? Well in this message Stephen reveals to us that sainthood is not something to be earned . . . it is a gift that is given.
Feb
3
2020
The relationship between faith and works has proved a confusing issue for centuries. But it didn't just begin in the protestant reformation under Martin Luther. No. It began during the time of the Apostles. So let's listen in now as Stephen takes us back to Romans 1:5 to discover not only why True Faith Works . . . but how it works.
Jan
31
2020
In Romans 1:4, the Apostle Paul says that Jesus was declared to be the Son of God with power! But what was that declaration like? Was it given with words or actions? In this message, Stephen takes us back to that remarkable scene where Jesus proved his Deity once and for all.
Jan
30
2020
If someone were to ask you to explain the Gospel, where would you begin? The cross? The Virgin birth? Creation? Well in this message Stephen re-introduces us to the whole Gospel story – from beginning to end – revealing just how much we often leave out.
Jan
29
2020
Freedom is a blessing that many of us enjoy--especially those of us living in America. It's something men prize; it's something men fight for; they even give their lives for it. But when taken to an unhealthy extreme, freedom can easily digress into its ugly little brother, individualism. When that happens, men begin to think that freedom is found only in self-rule and gained when all masters are done away with. Stephen shows us in this message that freedom isn't the absence of a master . . . it's having the right master.
Jan
28
2020
The book of Romans has been considered by many scholars and theologians throughout the ages to be the magnum opus of all Paul's letters--as well as the pillar of Christian doctrine and practice. So in this message Stephen reveals to us why this book is not only essential for Christians . . . it is essential for Christianity.
Jan
27
2020
Jephthah's story teaches us the remarkable lesson that no matter what stains the pages of your past, God is not finished writing.
Jan
24
2020
It's always encouraging to hear stories about people who serve Christ even though their parents didn't. In 2 Kings 18-20, we meet a king who, due to his ancestry, seemed a prime candidate for a spot on Judah's long "wicked kings" list. But God had other plans for Hezekiah . . . and He has other plans for you too.
Jan
23
2020
Hidden in the accounts of Israel's judges is the remarkable story of Ehud. A man without connections, wealth, or notoriety, Ehud is nevertheless empowered by God to accomplish extraordinary things.
Jan
22
2020
When you think of strong, godly leaders in the Old Testament, who comes to mind? David? Elijah? Abraham? Joshua? In Numbers 13 we are introduced to a man who, though not as prominent in influence as others, was as prominent in faith. Stephen brings us his story as he continues his study of "Forgotten Lives . . . Remembered Truths."
Jan
21
2020
There were hundreds, if not thousands of lepers living during the days recorded in 2 Kings 5:1-14, but only one of them was healed. Was it due to his uncanny faith? Was it because he lived a more righteous life than the others? Find out in this compelling Old Testament portrait of redemption.
Jan
20
2020
Moses takes center stage in the drama of Exodus, but were it not for the exceptional faith of three brave women, he would have never made it past kindergarten. Stephen brings us their stories in this remarkable look at Exodus chapter 2.
Jan
17
2020
In this NEW program, Stephen and Scott discuss questions phoned in by listeners. Please note that there is NO transcript available for this program.
Jan
16
2020
If you have ever rafted down winding, turbulent rapids, you know both the pleasures and terrors of the experience. The ride is dangerous. You never know what's waiting around the bend. In Philippians 1:28-30 the apostle Paul reminds us that the Christian life is also like that. It too is turbulent and full of peril. It too is unpredictable. But that's what makes it so rewarding.
Jan
15
2020
Today, Christian celebrities get all the plaudits. Whether they be mega-church leaders, actors, athletes, musicians, or authors, we tend to hold them in higher regard than others. But in this investigation of Paul's inspired words in Philippians 1:27, Stephen warns us to change the way we think.
Jan
14
2020
The gospel isn't just for intellectuals and professionals. It isn't just for the wealthy and powerful. It pays no heed to race, education, upbringing or social status. It is a simple call, and Paul lays it out for us in Philippians 1:27.
Jan
13
2020
What kept Paul strong in the face of constant beatings, riots and imprisonment? What got him up in the morning and kept him content at night? Stephen brings us the emphatic answer as he continues his study of Philippians.
Jan
10
2020
Paul wasn't just given a vision of Heaven; he was actually taken there firsthand! He saw with his own eyes what God had in store for him after his death. So how was he able to remain content in the face of imprisonment, chains, and beatings? Paul himself tells us in Philippians 1:21-26.
Jan
9
2020
How confident are you in your prayers? I don't mean how confident are you in yourself or in your own ability to pray; I mean how confident are you that God will answer? Stephen shows us what true confidence in God looks like as he takes us back to Paul's remarkable letter to the Philippians.
Jan
8
2020
Did you know that many Christians in the early Church abandoned Paul? They didn't come to his defense. They gossiped about him. Some even considered his suffering a judgment from God! But as surprising as that is, what is more surprising is the way Paul responded to it.
Jan
7
2020
Did you know that many Christians in the early Church abandoned Paul? They didn't come to his defense. They gossiped about him. Some even considered his suffering a judgment from God! But as surprising as that is, what is more surprising is the way Paul responded to it.
Jan
6
2020
In this eye-opening look at some of the setbacks Paul experienced in Rome, Stephen will teach us the humbling lesson that God often moves us forward in reverse.
Jan
3
2020
"What must I do to be saved?" Mankind is still asking that question today. Nothing's changed. And there are a myriad of different answers. What is your answer?
Jan
2
2020
In a world full of suffering and death, what is the greatest question we could ever ask? A Philippian jailor asks it in Acts 16:30: "What must I do to be saved?"
Jan
1
2020
What makes Jesus' virgin birth stand out amongst history's many other virgin birth stories? Stephen brings us a wonderful answer as he gives us a lesson in history, world religion, and the Christmas story.
Dec
31
2019
More surprising than the priests and kings who missed out on God's humble incarnation were the shepherds and peasants who didn't.
Dec
30
2019
How did Persian dignitaries learn about the coming Messiah? Furthermore, why did they connect a star with His birth? Stephen brings us deeper insight into this peculiar yet profound aspect of the Christmas story.
Dec
27
2019
Scripture calls Jesus the "Light of the world," but Jesus didn't light up the sky with fireworks and make an unforgettable appearance at His incarnation. In fact, His arrival was so common that it was almost unnoticeable. Why is that? Join Stephen to see how Luke answers that question.
Dec
26
2019
This Christmas, if you're looking for proof of the deity of Christ, you'll find it in the very beginning of Luke's Gospel. Even before the Resurrection and the feeding of the 5,000 and the taming of the sea and the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus -- still a fetus in Mary's womb -- revealed His power in an incredible way. Listen to today's message to find out how He did this.
Dec
25
2019
The story of Zacharias is a wonderful reminder that nothing is impossible for God. Whenever God calls us to walk by faith and not by sight -- even when all the odds are stacked against us -- He will accomplish His work in and through us to the amazement of all. So join Stephen in this message as he gives us an undeniable reminder of how great our God is!
Dec
24
2019
The story of Zacharias is a wonderful reminder that nothing is impossible for God. Whenever God calls us to walk by faith and not by sight -- even when all the odds are stacked against us -- He will accomplish His work in and through us to the amazement of all. So join Stephen in this message as he gives us an undeniable reminder of how great our God is!
Dec
23
2019
Whenever Christmas rolls around and we are reminded through songs and nativity scenes about the Christmas story, one significant part of it usually gets left out: the birth of John the Baptizer. John's life and ministry was also a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and an important part of the Christmas story. Today, Stephen tells us more about this great prophet.
Dec
20
2019
How did this brilliant agnostic physician go from having a certainty of evolution to believing in the magnificent creative hand of God? Discover how the Lord brought Dr. Olsen and his wife to saving faith through intensive scientific research and observation, and then carried them to Bangladesh where they served in medical missions for decades.
Dec
19
2019
What if the gospel was your priority? What if you shared the Truth to those around you without holding back? Like Peter and John in Acts 4:13, E.V. Hill and S.M. Lockridge preached with confidence inspired by their passion for Jesus. What if we followed their example--and changed our world?
Dec
18
2019
Katharina, the wife of Martin Luther, is one of the unsung heroes of the Protestant Reformation. She lived as a revolutionary role model for her time--and ours--devoted to her husband and family. She and Martin established a godly partnership for the Gospel, profoundly impacting the definition of Christian marriage.
Dec
17
2019
Katharina, the wife of Martin Luther, is one of the unsung heroes of the Protestant Reformation. She lived as a revolutionary role model for her time--and ours--devoted to her husband and family. She and Martin established a godly partnership for the Gospel, profoundly impacting the definition of Christian marriage.
Dec
16
2019
Discouragement is one of Satan's most powerful tools against believers and unbelievers alike. This was true of 18th-century English poet and hymnwriter William Cowper, whose life was riddled with bouts of severe depression and asylum stays. But the Lord used one such residency to reveal to Cowper the Truth of the Gospel. His life of struggle demonstrates several valuable truths for us today.
Dec
13
2019
Jesus promised in Matthew 6 that God would supply all our daily needs and George Mueller took that promise seriously. His life became a stage whereon God would constantly display His faithfulness in unforgettable ways.
Dec
12
2019
Spurgeon is often heralded for his flowery language and his rich commentary on the text, but it wasn't his ability to speak that made him a great pastor. It was his ability to listen. While other preachers turned to cultural and scientific experts for direction, Spurgeon held fast to the Spirit.
Dec
11
2019
John Newton's conversion from a hated slave-trader to a beloved pastor is almost as astonishing as Paul's conversion from a persecutor to an apostle. Only God can write a story as wondrous as this.
Dec
10
2019
Do you witness a riot every time you go to church? Are you threatened by angry mobs on a weekly basis? For us, that would be extreme persecution. For Hudson Taylor, it was just another day at the office.
Dec
9
2019
His was a legacy of self-sacrifice and hers was a legacy of forgiveness. Together, they remind the Church that while the cost of discipleship is great, the reward is far greater.
Dec
6
2019
Fanny Crosby is known for two things: her blindness and her remarkable hymns. But understanding how she endured her blindness and why she spent the latter part of her life writing hymns is where the real treasure is found.
Dec
5
2019
Judson's biography of ups and downs, high peaks and deep valleys, is one of those rare stories that captivates like a grand literary classic but convicts like a great revival sermon.
Dec
4
2019
Judson's biography of ups and downs, high peaks and deep valleys, is one of those rare stories that captivates like a grand literary classic but convicts like a great revival sermon.
Dec
3
2019
Oswald Chambers alleviated so much of the mystery of God's will by offering us a simple proposition for life: just trust God and do the next thing.
Dec
2
2019
The pervasive public ministry of John and Charles Wesley is a direct result of the private ministry of their self-sacrificing mother, Susanna. Because she considered her home a great mission field, her life is still bearing fruit to this day.
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