[display_podcast]This is part one of a series where we will take a look at several of the themes found throughout the book of 1 Samuel. But, before we tackle a verse-by-verse run though of the text, we’ll take a look at the background context and other issues that can help us understand some of the larger themes of the Old Testament.In the Hebrew Bible, First and Second Samuel are combined into one book (Our Christian forefathers separated them due to the original book’s length). Along … [Read more...]
To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.org.As Christians, you and I are on a rescue mission. You see, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have received the cure for the world’s disease that is the consequences of sin. And so now, as the Church, we are called to go out into the world and rescue people from their disease. And I tell you, when you get involved in that rescue mission, your Christian life will be infused with so much passion!I know this bec … [Read more...]
In 1966, I was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. I went up to training camp in Santa Rosa, CA and immediately, I was hit with the fact that every single player there was really, really good. So, to make the team, I had to fight every minute, every day on the field and off.This started pretty much minute one, when I walked into my room, where they had assigned me two veteran players for roommates. Now, this was about a year-and-a-half after I had received Christ and I was very solid as a Ch … [Read more...]
Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard To See God & Why Do We Ignore What Is Right In Front Of Us?
[display_podcast]On a recent trip to Israel, I found myself reluctant to even be there. This sounds both sensible and selfish. After all, Israel had just attacked Syria just before we left on our trip and Syria retaliated by targeting a tourist location within a day of our arrival.Still, complaining about going abroad sounds “snobby”, selfish and inconsiderate. So as I boarded the plane, I felt like a bona fide jerk. Personally, I felt a lot like Jonah going on this trip. Jonah – you know … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]Paul listed nine godly virtues that constitute the fruit of God's Spirit—the inward and outward effect of having the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. They are "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"(Galatians 5:22-23)The spiritual fruit of goodness enables man to do good and to be good—good in the truest sense of the word. Goodness, after all, is the essence of God's nature. We all are fighting a batt … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]It is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite spot in all of Israel. Which, given my love for the land and its people, is quite a remarkable statement.In this PODCAST, you will hear where it is, and why it is.Here’s a clue: It’s the Apostle Peter’s favorite spot too. John 212 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”T … [Read more...]