Ask Pastor John: How Can My Difficult Marriage Glorify Christ?

A really good and important question comes to us today from an anonymous husband. “Dear Pastor John, I have been following your podcast ‘religiously’ for the past six months. As a backsliding believer it has played a significant role in bringing me back to God and to serving him, albeit in much weakness and stumbling. I am ever thankful. My marriage has suffered much due to me neglecting my wife in many ways over the past 22 years of our marriage. Currently it is teetering on the brink of colla … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 137: Forgive and (Don’t) Forget

[display_podcast] As you will hear in this PODCAST, in Matthew 18:21, Peter asked a profoundly important question. A question that haunted him. And if we are honest, a question that at times haunts us. Matthew 18:21 reads,“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Can you think of any question that hits us more profoundly right where we live than this one? There is not a one of us who hasn’t been … [Read more...]

Carty’s Contemporary Classics 34: Sinless Anger

[display_podcast] You will experience hurt, fear, frustration, and feelings of injustice.  I’m sorry. It happens to all of us. And then you die. But it doesn’t have to lead to sin. You see, if we allow ourselves to enter into a sinful attitude following the hurt, fear, frustration and feelings of injustice… then what?  Anger, rage, destruction? I submit that if you understand the source of sin and when somebody sins they have a problem with God, and not you, then you don’t have to get mad in r … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 48: Living From the Heart – Really Knowing Him!

[display_podcast] I am constantly amazed at the fact that when I am in the beauty of the outside how very close to Jesus I feel.  He woos me, courts me, and wins me over every time as I ponder Him while walking.  In the beauty of His holiness, in the presence of His creation He meets me there.  His splendor is always there when I open my heart to His presence.The first way to really know Him is in the beauty of your surroundings…notice it, ponder it, lean into it.  He is speaking.  The ke … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 47: Living From the Heart – When Feelings Lose Their Power

[display_podcast] How can I describe the feelings?Grief Despair Fear Anxiety Sorrow Emptiness AngerYears ago I was alone with myself and thought I would never recover from the empty shell that was me.My feelings became my faithful companions until I finally started talking to God.  Boy did I have the questions.The most fascinating thing to me was that He never left.  He stepped back, though,  to give me time to come to the place of realizing all my answers we … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 45: Living From the Heart, part 8 – Empty Places

[display_podcast] The continued search to find something on this earth to fill our empty places is costly.Life with Jesus is much more than an entrance into Heaven.  It is an abundant, satisfying life.  But how does this work to satisfy my existence now? How does He become the depth of my desire, and get me off this merry go round? I think some clues lie in the life of a woman whom we don’t even know her name.  The Samaritan woman.Jesus was tired and thirsty and walked over to sit … [Read more...]