In the second half of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the story focuses on the compliant son. We either end up identifying with the Prodigal or the elder brother, who didn't share his father's joy at his sibling's return. Three marks identify "elder brother syndrome." One is chronic resentment, the ..
Christianity Illustrated, Part 11: Love for the Bitter Heart
by John Ortberg
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When your need is beyond description, only a God beyond description is sufficient. Gene Appel shares about the God Who made a way for Jeremiah through his depression, for Moses and Israel through the Red Sea, and for Gene's own life through the darkest times he's ever known. But this message is not ..
Indescribable, Part 1: The God Who Makes a Way
by Gene Appel
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"Well, let me tell you something about the Jesus I know -- He not only wants to cup your face in His hands and whisper, 'I want you,' but He also wants to ease that burden of guilt that's weighing some of you down. "The Bible declares over and over that complete and total forgiveness is available. The ..
Jesus I Know, The
by Lee Strobel
When we embrace God's thoughts about us and the things He wants to do in us and through us, school can be a place where we are free to grow in knowledge, build loving friendships and serve others because our primary motivation isn't to win other's approval. This message transcript is part of the Transformations, ..
Transformations, Part 3: In School
by Willow Creek Student Impact
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What's In a Name? Part 5: Abba
by Jarrett Stevens
"Those of you who are towel-bearers, you know what it's like. About 5,000 people are actively serving in this church, and if you picked a few at random, I bet they'd tell you how serving others in the name of Christ is like nothing else they've ever done. "They'd say 'Yea God for letting me be a servant' ..
Yea God...Part 14: For Being a Servant
"The Bible says that believers are being changed into a more accurate reflection of who God is. Once we become Christians, we are adopted into God's family. And then by His Holy Spirit and by the Word and by the church and so forth, we are gradually changed so that we are more accurate reflections of ..
Yea God...Part 2: For Being Expressive
by Bill Hybels