What will you do when the dark and desperate days of pain and suffering come? The book of James gives an answer: have patience and persevere. Be patient, because if you have been persecuted, God knows this and on the Day of Judgement, will settle all moral accounts. If you have been suffering, God ..
A Faith That Works, Part 15: Press On
by Lee Strobel
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In the late 1700s, William Wilberforce and a small group of evangelical Christians sparked the beginnings of the eventual world-wide outlawing of the human slave trade, but what was it that provoked this frail British parliamentarian to become a hero of action? In this message, we see that Wilberforce ..
Building a Heroic Faith, Part 1: Being a Hero of Action
One of the most misunderstood of Jesus' parables is the Parable of the
Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-9). Jesus uses this parable to indicate that
Christians could take a cue from non-believers who at times, do a better job dealing with reality than some believers. An example of this is "spiritualizing," ..
Christianity Illustrated, Part 2: Facing Reality
by John Ortberg
Do you have convictions that move you to action and that boldly proclaim your beliefs? Convictions that tell your story? The apostle Paul praised the young church at Thessalonica as he heard of their convictions of steel, demonstrated by work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, and endurance ..
Convictions of Steel
by Steve Carter
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by Bill Hybels
In Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybels fleshes out vital principles with riveting firsthand stories. This is far more than another book on leadership strategies and techniques. You'll find those topics in here, to be sure. But beyond them, you'll find the very essence of one of today's foremost Christian ..
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The story of Daniel in the lions' den is one of the most famous in Scripture. What we can learn from that passage is that followers of Christ live in a state of tension in the world, as did Daniel. But even though our first reaction to the human-centered world is to be anti-cultural, we must, like Daniel, ..
Daniel - Part 9: When Lions Devour
by Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian
Daniel was a man who refused to live as a passive victim of circumstance. If it hadn't been for the hostile takeover of Judah by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel's life would have been quite predictable. He would have attended a great school. He would have married a godly woman and would ..
Daniel - Part 1: Pursuing Spiritual Excellence
David's conquest of Goliath showed the boldness of David's heart. When we face our own Goliaths, we can either lose heart or develop that bold heart of David's. Everyday challenges provide an opportunity to build up a bold heart. Also, if we show that we can unflinchingly face criticism and opposition, ..
David: Developing a Heart for God, Part 2: A Bold Heart
The name "God" is never mentioned in the Book of Esther, but His fingerprints are all over the relationship that develops between Esther and Mordecai. Mordecai is Esther's guardian and devoted friend, but he's also a tough-loving friend who challenges her to step into the role that God has intended ..
Esther, Part 2
John Ortberg interviews Lisa Beamer, wife of 9-11 hero Todd Beamer, who died in the United Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania. Lisa shares how she met Todd and fell in love. She speaks of Todd's spiritual life growing up and how he learned that Jesus wasn't just sitting next to him while he was sitting ..
Finding Hope in the Midst of Tragedy: An Interview with Lisa Beamer
by Lisa Beamer