The word conjures up the idea of something mysterious, foreign, and perhaps even frightening. To think of God as holy seems fitting, but us?
In this fifth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter
The word most central to the theme of the Old Testament is not “law,” but “promise.”
There are many promises in the Hebrew Scriptures of a Messiah that would save God’s people. Contained in some of those promises is this mystery: The Messiah will bring salvation to God’s people by suffering. But how can this be? How can victory come through death?
In this fourth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how God revealed to the early church the answer to this mystery.
“If I were God….” “If I were in charge….”
We get frustrated when things don’t go our way. And when things don’t go our way, we feel like we’ve lost control.
The truth is that God is always in control, even when we feel like no one is. When we learn to trust in Him, we can relax and rejoice in all things. In this third message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the idea of rejoicing in the Lord.
Jesus spoke these famous words to a religious ruler: “You must be born again.”
But what does it mean to be born again? Why does God require it of us? And how do we become born again?
In this second message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades leads a study of this important topic.
If you were bullied as a kid, you probably wished the other person would just leave you alone! Hopefully, you’re not bullied like that anymore, but you may occasionally still feel beat up. You may even want to know where God is in the midst of all this. Does God care about you? Has He abandoned you?
God has not abandoned you. He will never forsake you.
What many followers of Christ fail to understand is that this world is not their home. God has planned something far greater for us! In this first message from his new series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explains that before we can experience what God has promised, we must first live as exiles in a foreign land.
The task of the preacher is to take a text written two millennia ago to people in a vastly different culture than our own and make it understandable and applicable to people’s lives today. Above all else, the preacher must help people fear God and keep His commands.
In this eighth and final message from the series “How To Invest In Eternity,” Dr. David Rhoades presents the ways of God in contrast with the ways of humanity. You be the judge how you should live.
If you were to throw a piece of bread into some water, what would happen? It wouldn’t take long for that bread to disintegrate. So why does Scripture say to “cast your bread upon the waters and it will come back to you?”
In this seventh message from the series “How To Invest In Eternity,” Dr. David Rhoades explains the mystery of this strange saying and how it compels us to become generous, joyful people.
For those who do not yet believe in Christ, God has given you this day to do so. It is not too late.
For those who do believe in Him, you must resist the temptation of agreeing with God simply out of habit. He wants your heart’s devotion, not just for you to say the right words.
These are some of the lessons that Dr. David Rhoades finds in the fifth message from the series “How To Invest In Eternity.” In this brief but powerful parable, Jesus tells the story of two sons who responded to their father in vastly different ways.
We are blessed to live in an era where we can vote for our own national leaders. But when the Bible was being written, there weren’t any presidents—only kings. So does the Bible have anything to say about the kind of person we should vote for as president? Yes!
The Book of Proverbs provides timeless wisdom on many current topics. Below are eight principles from Proverbs that we should consider when deciding who to vote for to lead our nation:
Many people have noticed that the very first miracle Jesus performed was at a Jewish wedding feast. But did you know that when Jesus wanted to teach His followers about the kingdom of God, He told a parable about a Jewish wedding?
If we want to understand God’s kingdom and how we can invest our lives in it, we would do well to first understand Jewish weddings. In this fourth message from the series “How To Invest In Eternity,” Dr. David Rhoades provides fresh insight into how the parable of the ten virgins can change the way we view serving God.