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.
Everything that happens in life is a test. Whether you pass or fail depends on your faith.
Jesus told a story of three servants who were allowed to invest their master’s resources. Two of them passed the test, but the third failed. The reason the third one failed, however, is hidden from most of us that read the story two millennia after Jesus told it.
In this third message from the series “How To Invest In Eternity,” Dr. David Rhoades exposes the secrets of this passage to deliver its true meaning—and its application to our lives.
In my own community and around the nation, spontaneous gatherings of Christians have sprung up. We are joining together not to protest, but to pray.
The crisis that has facilitated the prayer gatherings is well-known and well-documented: five Dallas police officers were ambushed and killed on Thursday evening while providing security for protesters. Seven other people were wounded.
And this tragic event was not without context. Videos of two African-American men recently killed in separate encounters with the police have escalated tensions in our nation.
Much good can come out of tragedy and crisis…if we seek it. One encouraging sign among many is that people are starting to turn away from seeking answers from Washington, D.C. Instead, they are seeking answers from heaven.
In my own town of Levelland, Texas, I was privileged to participate with about 60 others who gathered to pray for our police officers. Local resident Jaime McCabe, who was prompted by the Holy Spirit to issue this call to prayer, said she hoped for maybe ten to twelve of her friends to show up. But when we join God where He is working, He sometimes does unexpected things. Police officers came to the gathering, as did their spouses, firefighters, pastors, and many citizens.
My prayer is that this might be the spark of revival that our nation so desperately needs.
Below are two news reports on the prayer gatherings.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). In other words, true wisdom is gained only by first having a right view about God and your relationship to Him.
But is that it—you just think rightly about God and all of a sudden you are wise? Not exactly. Wisdom from God is a gift that grows throughout your life.
As we age, eternal truths about two important topics come into greater focus: time and judgment. In this second message from the series “How To Invest In Eternity,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how our understanding of time and judgment contribute to the growth of wisdom in our lives.
Growing older may not be your favorite thing about life, but there’s only one alternative. So how do you make the best of it? How can you maximize the time you have in this life?
In this first message from the series “How To Invest In Eternity,” Dr. David Rhoades tackles this difficult subject with humor, truth, and timeless advice from Solomon. Check it out below.
There are so many ways to use your time and talents for God, so where do you begin? Sometimes a church has a vacant position that needs to be filled, but those positions don’t always match up with your giftedness or desire. So what do you do?
In my opinion, passion almost always outweighs need. It’s usually a mistake to get involved in a ministry because there is a need. When people engage in a ministry that they are not passionate about just because “it needs to be done,” the following dynamics occur:
- The one doing the ministry becomes frustrated. He or she serves out of guilt or obligation, which are not as powerful motivating factors as love.
- The task is not accomplished well.
- People passionate about that particular ministry who might otherwise lead it are not given the opportunity.
- Changes in ministry cannot occur. Churches occasionally get in the habit of continuing uninteresting and irrelevant ministries because “we’ve always done it that way.” When an opening occurs, the positions are automatically filled with new dispassionate people. Perhaps it’s time to ask if a ministry has run its course, or at least if the same purposes can be accomplished in new ways. When the horse is dead, dismount!