Every Christian faces a difficult task. How do we live in the world but not like the world? Our task is to not allow the world to trick us into valuing things of the world over things of God.
It's easy to approach Revelation with fear and uncertainty. There are many things in Revelation that are confusing to us today that, apparently, was more clear to those who were accustomed to apocalyptic literature in the first century. But, Revelation does one thing we often miss: Revelation reveals Jesus. It's a beautiful and powerful thing we shouldn't miss that we want to expose in two brief lessons called "Jesus in Revelation."
This lesson isn't about learning to handle criticism. This lesson is learning how to be less critical. It's true we need to learn both, but our country and churches will be much healthier if we can learn to practice less faultfinding and more good-finding. After a discussion about the problem of criticism, we looks at some solutions for overcoming criticism.
If you could be like any Bible character, you might not choose Peter first. We remember his shortcomings, but because of this fact, we probably can resonate with Peter. In 2 Pet. 1, we find some attractive traits that Peter had that should make us want to follow in his steps and "Be Like Peter."
We live in "an age of anger." Statistics suggest that those who struggle with anger believe they should seek help. No wonder then that God's word addresses this problem and gives us keys to overcoming it! This lesson discusses 5 simple steps to take in "Overcoming Anger."
Did your parents ever remind you to "Remember who you are?" If so, it was a way to help you behave your best. It might have been this very intention of Peter in 1 Peter 1:1-5 to remind the Christians who received this epistle to do the same. "Hey Christian, remember who you are!"
How important is patient endurance? In it, Jesus says, "you will win your soul" (Lk. 21:19). Our ability to overcome impatience is not just a need for getting along, but getting to heaven. This lesson's goal is to help us understand what patience really is and to understand why we need it and when we'll need it.
Where does your football team rank in the latest poll? A better question is "Where does God's Word rank in your life? James helps us determine that in James 1:21-25. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
We are sometimes our own worst enemy. Satan knows this and he'll use our tendency to focus on ourselves to cause us be overcome. It is true that God wants us to "overcome" through his Son. But one of the things the Lord said we must also do is "deny yourself." This lesson looks at practical, biblical steps to "Overcoming Yourself." Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
The letter we know as "Hebrews" tells us of the reasons Christianity is "better" than Judaism (see part 1). In part 2 of this lesson, we also consider another feature of Hebrews that "warns" about the dangers of turning your back on the best (Christ) for something inferior (anything else). Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube