With this episode we begin a series on terms related to marriage. Pastor Mark Tiefel begins with definition of the word marriage itself. He takes us back to the institution of marriage and what God intends for it to be and the problems that we face in marriage because of our sinful nature and the temptations of the world around us. We pray that this series serves to encourage you in the God intended blessing of marriage and in love and respect for your spouse!
Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel for an in-depth discussion on Church Discipline. They will look at some important Biblical passages and even examples from the Bible, and look at applications of this in the church today. There are many misconceptions regarding this topic, and this study will discuss the importance of carrying out church discipline within Christian congregations out of love for our fellow Christian.
Pastor Mark Tiefel defines the word Mercy as it is used in Scripture. In the Old and New Testaments there were two words for mercy: compassion, or steadfast love. This second word emphasizes the feelings behind the compassion and what it was moved to do. God's mercy is more than a feeling, is moves Him to action. Mercy also moves us to repentance knowing that God is merciful. We are not worthy of being forgiven. Forgiveness comes from the mercy of God.
What makes something just or unjust? What is justice? Justice is doing what is right, and this has to be founded on an objective standard that applies universally to all people. The word justice was used by the prophets to describe the coming Savior who would bring "righteousness" or "justice" to the world. But compare that to our world today or the term "social justice" as used in our world. As used by our world this idea is based on subjective, always changing principles. How confusing! This is not true justice! But Jesus is, and there is nothing that can be substituted for that truth and objective standard which comes from God alone.
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Ben Libby as they take a look at a few positive and negative examples of Christian parenting in the Old and New Testament. They will look at these examples as well as passages that give us direction in our Christian parenting and consider the application of these truths to our lives as Christian parents. Join us for a helpful review of the important responsibility of Christians in their role as parents.
Join Pastor Mark Tiefel as he describes and defines the word "Scriptures" and show where it came from. This term is derived from Latin and Greek and simply means "writings". From this basic definition we are simply saying that these books of the Bible are simply things that were written. But there is a deeper meaning as well. The writings of the books of the Bible were different from other writings. Jesus Himself understood and declares that these writings are from God. The apostles also use this term to show that the writings of the Old and New Testaments are holy, or given by God. They are God's words, not man's. What a blessing that God had communicated these truths to us through the Scriptures!
What is a Christian? Join us to see how the New Testament defines what a Christian is and how that term is used of those in the early New Testament era. Being a Christian is more than just a name. It is a confession. Join us for a look at this important word!
Join Pastors Ben Libby and Tom Naumann as they uncover the purpose and meaning of the Gospel of Luke which is the third account of the life, death and ministry of Jesus in the New Testament. They will dig into the background of the original writer who was a Gentile, and the purpose behind the writing of this Gospel. They will also look at some of the unique characteristics of the Gospel and how it is distinct from the other Gospels.
Join Pastor Mark Tiefel and Sam Rodebaugh as they discuss a recent video by Quarterback Drew Brees and its relationship with Focus on the Family. They will address misconceptions about Focus on the Family, Sexuality, Conversion Therapy, love and more from a Biblical perspective. Join them to learn about how a Christian should respond to those who call them a bigot or a hater and why it is important to go back to what love really is. They will also talk about what Christianity is all about: It is not about our love for God or others, but the love of God for us.
Pastor Sam Rodebaugh joins Pastor Nathanael Mayhew to discuss an article in USA Today by a teenager about the problems with Christianity and the church. We will take a look at how she and others view church and discuss the problem with where they are coming from. We will also discuss the purpose of church and why it is important to be different from the world. Join us for this insightful discussion.