Does God Promise to Feed and Clothe Christians?

Especially given the age that we live in, and as we watch our brothers and sisters in the Middle East suffer at the hands of ISIS being driven from their homes and towns, this is a particularly relevant question from Kevin in California: “Dear Pastor John, in Matthew 6 we read: ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and al … [Read more...]

School Circle 4: God’s Timing in Terrible Situations

[display_podcast] Warning: Some of the topics discussed may contain accounts of real life violence, strong language, and other topics not suitable for minors. This podcast has remained unedited out of respect of those individuals who feel led by the Lord to share their testimonies. We begin today's show with Vince sharing an important story about a new direction his life is taking:I got married back in 2011. My wife’s dream has always been to be a mother. Around the time I got married, I wa … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 164: So Near, and Yet So Far

[display_podcast] You could call this story an epic “Opportunity Lost.” You talk about a guy presented with a once-in-a-lifetime golden opportunity, an opportunity that he squandered. An opportunity that he squandered Badly. And. Sadly. As you will hear in this PODCAST, we're talking about an offer rarely made, and shockingly dismissed. A young man who burst on the scene like a blazing comet streaking overhead, only to flame out and fall out of the sky to come crashing and burning to earth … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 113: Speaking Life

[display_podcast]The pine trees danced over my head as they sweetly whispered their songs of praise to the wind. I was hiking alone through the beautiful park that day, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the feeling of doing something really good for myself in diligently keeping up my pace in walking. Somewhere in my conscious hearing I began to register an angry voice lashing out in the distance behind me.“Hurry up, you slow poke. You are so stupid. Can’t you ever do anything right? You … [Read more...]

My Armor 32: How Do We Get To Heaven?

[display_podcast] As I recently read 1 Peter 2, I realized Peter’s main point is this: Buck up, Cowboy! Figure it out! And just like I discovered in James’ epistle, there are things both in James and in Peter’s letters that are hard to hear, but very important for each of us to come face-to-face with. Here’s what I mean:So get rid of your feelings of hatred. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with dishonesty and jealousy and talking about others behind their backs. (1 Peter 2:1) That is … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 105: The Ponderings of Mary

[display_podcast] With Christmas upon us, I wanted to talk about Mary today. The virgin birth of Jesus touches me in a very female way in relating to sweet Mary as a mother.  Any mother beholding those scenes of recent Jesus movies of Mary watching her beloved Son tortured and murdered on that cross can’t help but feel the deep emotions and horror that Mary felt as she watched and fell at His feet sobbing. We don’t know much about her.  We know she was young and poor and a devout believer in G … [Read more...]