Using the biblical story of Abraham's response to God's request to sacrifice his son Isaac, the question is posed: What is our response when God asks us to take bold risks and put all the time and talents he's given us on the altar? It is because of faith in our God we should be willing to be available, ..
A Personal Risk...A Dangerous Faith
by Steve Wu
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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
by John Ortberg
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When I was in college, sometimes I'd ride around on a motorcycle that was designed primarily for off-the-road use. Now, when I'd ride 20 miles an hour down the smooth residential street toward campus, that was pretty boring; there wasn't much risk involved. But when I'd go zipping off the road, into ..
Games We Play, Part 4: Risk
by Lee Strobel
The most often repeated command in Scripture is 'Do not fear,' yet we all battle that emotion. Psalm 46 tells us that in times of difficult circumstances, God is our refuge and our strength and thus we need not fear; however, the Bible has many stories of individuals or groups who encountered the same ..
Greater Than...Part 4: My Fear
by Gene Appel
God uses a variety of means to shape us-disciplines of Bible study, solitude, prayer-but this message concentrates on the shaping and sharpening that comes through friendship. Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." This is friendship well beyond that of a casual ..
Iron Sharpens Iron
by Shauna Niequist
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Christ walked across a cosmos to reach out his hand to a sinful population and bring people into relationships with eternal consequences. Later, as it was at the party at Matthew the tax-collector's house or with the woman at the well, Jesus sets the example for Christ-followers to be walk-across-the-room ..
Just Walk Across the Room, Part 1
by Bill Hybels
Life's Too Short To... Part 1: Play It Safe
Possibly the most dangerous word in all the English language is the word "someday." People live their whole lives waiting for it: someday I'll be the father I've intended to be; someday I'll get in shape; someday I'm going to get organized; someday when I get married. This waiting for someday is called ..
Living With an Attitude, Part 4: Of Living Now