The Joy of Knowing God https://davidrhoades.org Sun, 17 Jun 2018 03:12:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://davidrhoades.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cropped-David-Rhoades-Ministries-icon-2-512-x-512-32x32.png The Joy of Knowing God https://davidrhoades.org 32 32 What’s Wrong with Complaining? https://davidrhoades.org/whats-wrong-with-complaining/ https://davidrhoades.org/whats-wrong-with-complaining/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:35:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1901

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What Does God Say About Sexual Harassment? https://davidrhoades.org/what-does-god-say-about-sexual-harassment/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-does-god-say-about-sexual-harassment/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:32:05 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1899

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What Does the Bible Say About Race? https://davidrhoades.org/what-does-the-bible-say-about-race/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-does-the-bible-say-about-race/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:30:54 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1897

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More Reasons Why God Allows Evil and Suffering https://davidrhoades.org/more-reasons-why-god-allows-evil-and-suffering/ https://davidrhoades.org/more-reasons-why-god-allows-evil-and-suffering/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:29:19 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1895

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Will God Forgive My Personal Failures? https://davidrhoades.org/will-god-forgive-my-personal-failures/ https://davidrhoades.org/will-god-forgive-my-personal-failures/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:27:48 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1893

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Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering? https://davidrhoades.org/why-does-god-allow-evil-and-suffering/ https://davidrhoades.org/why-does-god-allow-evil-and-suffering/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:26:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1891

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How Can God Exist If Evil Exists? https://davidrhoades.org/how-can-god-exist-if-evil-exists/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-can-god-exist-if-evil-exists/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:25:17 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1889

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How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit? https://davidrhoades.org/how-can-i-be-filled-with-the-holy-spirit/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-can-i-be-filled-with-the-holy-spirit/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:23:57 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1887

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What If I Die Before I Confess All My Sins? https://davidrhoades.org/what-if-i-die-before-i-confess-all-my-sins/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-if-i-die-before-i-confess-all-my-sins/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:22:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1885

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What Is God’s Plan for the Future? https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-gods-plan-for-the-future/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-gods-plan-for-the-future/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:20:45 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1883

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What Is The Church? https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-the-church/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-the-church/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:19:31 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1881

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How Can You Be Saved? https://davidrhoades.org/how-can-you-be-saved/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-can-you-be-saved/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:18:30 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1879

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Why Should You Follow Jesus? https://davidrhoades.org/why-should-you-follow-jesus/ https://davidrhoades.org/why-should-you-follow-jesus/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:16:36 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1877

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What Is Sin? https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-sin/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-sin/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:12:18 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1875

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What Does It Mean To Be Human? https://davidrhoades.org/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:11:12 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1873

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Who Is The Holy Spirit? https://davidrhoades.org/who-is-the-holy-spirit/ https://davidrhoades.org/who-is-the-holy-spirit/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:10:14 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1871

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Who Is Jesus? https://davidrhoades.org/who-is-jesus/ https://davidrhoades.org/who-is-jesus/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:06:05 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1869

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What Is Marriage? https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-marriage/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-marriage/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:04:33 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1866

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What Is The Bible? https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-the-bible/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-is-the-bible/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 01:33:23 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1864

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Who is God? https://davidrhoades.org/who-is-god/ https://davidrhoades.org/who-is-god/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 01:31:12 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1861

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Introducing One-Minute Theology https://davidrhoades.org/introducing-one-minute-theology/ https://davidrhoades.org/introducing-one-minute-theology/#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 23:06:48 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1851

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The 68Mission: Part 3 – What Does It Look Like? https://davidrhoades.org/the-68mission-part-3-what-does-it-look-like/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-68mission-part-3-what-does-it-look-like/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 01:30:50 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1764 This is the 3rd article in a series called “The 68Mission.” The series examines the potential impact of Micah 6:8 on the church today. In “Part 1 – God’s Case Against His People,” I described how Micah 6 is presented as a covenant lawsuit that God is bringing against Israel in Micah’s day. In “Part 2 – The Nature of God’s Requirements,” I examined the three timeless commands God gives to all people: do justice, love steadfastly, and walk humbly with God.

How does Micah 6:8 relate to churches today?

An application of Micah 6:8 would have us live in three directions at once: toward God (though humility), toward one another (with steadfast love), and toward the world (with justice). We must always be mindful that God created us for relationships. In Genesis 1:26-27, we relate to God as our Creator, to each other as male and female, and to the world by dominion/management of it.

Micah 6:8 is fundamental to being spiritual. A parallel New Testament verse that describes our spiritual obligation is James 1:27: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” Echoing Micah, James compels believers to let their faith in God permeate their lives and, by extension, the church.

Much has been written about the role of doing social good in the name of Christ without the gospel. And much has been written about sharing the gospel without showing Christ’s love through our deeds. We must do both! Peter described Jesus as going about “doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38). And Jesus did not become a human only to be an example of someone who did good deeds; he died and rose from the grave to make us right with God (cf. 1 Peter 3:18).

Could a life—or a church for that matter—be centered on the three principles of Micah 6:8? Could our very reason for existing to be on mission with God to do justice, love steadfastly, and walk humbly? This is The 68Mission.

The 68Mission practices justice by caring for orphans and widows, standing up for those who cannot defend themselves, and rescuing those who are trapped in destructive lifestyles (such as those captured in human trafficking). The message of the gospel must be intrinsically tied to these kinds of actions.

The 68Mission loves steadfastly by becoming a part of a holistic, missional Christian community. A 68Mission church would not be a church with small groups, but a church of small groups—where each member is encouraged to use his or her giftedness to impact people with the love and gospel of Christ. The groups would not focus simply on understanding Bible content, but on the transforming power of God’s Word on our relationships with God, one another, and the world.

The 68Mission walks humbly with God by truly submitting to his Word and his Spirit. Like the Jews in Berea, it receives “the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things are so” (Acts 17:11).

A 68Mission church does not have a number of disparate tasks, programs, or functions, but the mission of God is its function. At its heart, it doesn’t exist for the sake of programs, nor does it use programs to try to make disciples of the nations. Instead, it creates disciple-makers through relationships—disciple-makers who come to understand that every day they live is another day to do justice, love steadfastly, and walk humbly.

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The 68Mission: Part 2 – The Nature of God’s Requirements https://davidrhoades.org/the-68mission-part-2-the-nature-of-gods-requirements/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-68mission-part-2-the-nature-of-gods-requirements/#respond Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:11:08 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1762 This is the 2nd article in a series called “The 68Mission.” The series examines the potential impact of Micah 6:8 on the church today. In “Part 1 – God’s Case Against His People,” I described how Micah 6 is presented as a covenant lawsuit that God brought against Israel in Micah’s day.

Micah 6:8 establishes God’s most fundamental and universal demands on humans. The requirements placed upon ancient Israel here are essentially the same requirements placed on us. These are not requests, and God has not changed his standards.

In an exposition of this verse, Elmo Scoggin writes, “Three very clear, simple, straight-forward principles are delineated…. Each of the principles is to be incorporated into the routine of daily living. They are not to be ‘tacked on’ to conduct. They are to be as characteristic of the godly person’s conduct as they are of God’s own conduct.”

Principle #1: Do justice. To do justice means to right wrongs. It is looking out for the welfare of our neighbors. In short, it is to treat people like God treats people.

One of the best examples from Christian history of someone doing justice was William Carey. He is most widely known as the father of the modern missions movement, but in India he is famous for helping to end the practice of Sati, in which a recently widowed Hindu woman was burned alive on her husband’s funeral pyre.

Principle #2: Love mercy. English translations use different phrases to capture this idea: “to love kindness” (ESV), “to love faithfulness” (CSB), and “to love mercy” (KJV). The Hebrew word used here is the word hesed (pronounced ke-sed), which includes the idea of faithful love in action. It is an incredibly rich word that usually refers to God’s lovingkindness expressed to Israel: covenantal, unending, and unconditional. This kind of relationship begins as God seeks after humanity with love and mercy.

When we practice hesed love, we reach out with God’s love to everyone: even the most unlovable and most difficult people.

Principle #3: Walk humbly. This command is directed toward our relationship with God. We walk humbly as we recognize God as the Lord of all things. Just as we would be humbled to enter into the palace of a great king, God is the King of all kings. Not only does he allow us to be his humble slaves, but he has even adopted us into his family (Romans 8:15; John 1:12).

Scoggin understands our humility before God to be the bond that ties the first two principles together. He summarizes Micah 6:8 this way: “Walking with God, by his rules, in his paths, after his manner, in proper modesty and humility, with all hindrances removed, so that one is prepared or well-pleasing to God, is possible only when and if one is right with his fellow human beings and with God.”

Next in The 68Mission: Part 3 – What Does It Look Like?

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The 68Mission: Part 1 – God’s Case Against His People https://davidrhoades.org/the-68mission-part-1-gods-case-against-his-people/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-68mission-part-1-gods-case-against-his-people/#comments Tue, 24 Oct 2017 03:09:42 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1760 In a recent study of Micah 6:8, I came across a 27-year-old journal article (“An Expository Exegesis: Micah 6:6-8,” Faith and Mission Vol. 2, No. 2) written by Elmo Scoggin on the passage. This important verse is part of a larger context—a “covenant lawsuit.” God has brought a lawsuit against his people, and he plays four different roles as the case progresses: prosecuting attorney, bailiff, judge, and plaintiff. The list below is a very brief summary of the verses leading up to Micah 6:8.

  • Micah 6:1 – The defendant, Israel, is called to the stand and challenged to speak up in self-defense.
  • Micah 6:2 – The court issues various witnesses—the mountains and the foundations of the earth—to hear the Lord’s complaint.
  • Micah 6:3 – With Israel on the stand, the Lord asks, “How have I made you too weary to serve me?”
  • Micah 6:4-5 – Each year, Israel recited God’s deliverance of their lives at Passover. Now, the Lord uses the very same tactic and turns the tables on Israel. He recites their history himself. Scoggin writes, “Why, then, not return, repent, and serve God with joy? Surprise! Israel has become so insensitive to the deeper spiritual values that she now misses the point entirely… The glamor of formal, ritualistic religion has acted as a narcotic that has desensitized God’s people to the essence of true religion.”

Then we get to the heart of the matter.

In Micah 6:6-7, Israel offers a flimsy defense. “With what shall I come before the Lord?” is more literally translated “With what shall I confront the Lord?” Israel was basically complaining, “How much will you demand of me, God? Do you want me to be crushed by religious burdens so that I bow down before you, God? Shall I sacrifice thousands of year-old calves? Would you be satisfied with ten thousand rivers of oil? Maybe I should offer child sacrifices! How demanding can you be, God?”

Scoggin continues, “What had actually happened was that the Israelites had become very religious in a formal, institutionalized way. They had impressed themselves at least with their religiosity…. Israel knew beyond any doubt that offerings that have no basis in ethics and morality, that have no deep roots in character are themselves an insult, an abomination to God. Israel knew that true religion…must issue from a character base built upon and confirmed by ethical behavior.”

Then, in Micah 6:8, the prophet answers Israel: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

God cannot be pleased through the sacrifice of thousands of rams, tens of thousands of rivers of oil, or child sacrifices. And every human heart already knows this instinctively. Moreover, God has made it clear in his Word.

Next in The 68Mission: Part 2 – The Nature of God’s Requirements

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Bulldogs Care! https://davidrhoades.org/bulldogs-care/ https://davidrhoades.org/bulldogs-care/#respond Sat, 02 Sep 2017 14:51:46 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1713 On July 1, the town of Anton, Texas was devastated by a massive hailstorm. Hail the size of softballs destroyed roofs, busted out windows, and damaged cars.

The wonderful people of west Texas came together to assess needs and provide immediate assistance. Many needs are ongoing, however. The Anton High and Elementary School still needs a new roof. Some people in the town were too poor to afford homeowner’s insurance, and their houses are still in disrepair.

In spite of the hardships they continue to face, the Anton High School Bulldogs want to help out some fellow Texans that are going through a more difficult time: the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The fundraiser is called “Bulldogs Care!” All funds raised will go to J.J. Watts’ relief fund. You can donate online at https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053.

Thanks to reporter Elizabeth Pace and KLBK-TV in Lubbock for her report on Bulldogs Care! You can watch it below.

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Why Does Sadness Exist? https://davidrhoades.org/why-does-sadness-exist/ https://davidrhoades.org/why-does-sadness-exist/#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:06:03 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1708 Don’t you wish that life had only happiness and no sadness? Bob Ross explains why darkness has value.

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For Such A Time As This https://davidrhoades.org/for-such-a-time-as-this/ https://davidrhoades.org/for-such-a-time-as-this/#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:38:57 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1701 When you find yourself in a position to make a difference, you have a choice to make.

In Esther 4, Mordecai encouraged Queen Esther, who was Jewish and his own cousin, to appeal to the Persian King Ahaseurus to spare the lives of the Jewish people. The Jews were threatened with extinction due to the hatred of one of the king’s officials, Haman. Only an edict from the king could stop the wicked plan from being executed.

Esther, however, was scared. If she entered the presence of the king without being invited—even though he was her own husband—she faced the possibility of being executed herself. Mordecai reminded her that because she was a Jew, she was also in danger of Haman’s wrath. And then he added these words of hope: “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

Esther was convinced. She now believed that the unseen Lord was quietly orchestrating the events in her life so that she could make a difference. Esther chose to act, and the Jewish people were saved.

There are two questions that deserve reflection today. The first is this: Where has God placed you to make a difference? In other words, define your sphere of influence. Who can you persuade, convince, or nudge? Whose life can you impact with your words or actions?

Once you can answer the first question, the second becomes clear: What choice will you make? What will you say that can encourage faith, give hope, or express love? What can you do that will change someone’s life?

Perhaps you have been placed where you are “for such a time as this.”

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Mr. Rogers on Forgiveness https://davidrhoades.org/mr-rogers-on-forgiveness/ https://davidrhoades.org/mr-rogers-on-forgiveness/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:36:25 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1692 If Mr. Rogers can ask for forgiveness, is there anything stopping you?

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Don’t miss out on being forgiven!

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Soil Given By The Lord https://davidrhoades.org/soil-given-by-the-lord/ https://davidrhoades.org/soil-given-by-the-lord/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:47:41 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1683 In Deuteronomy 26, the nation of Israel received instructions about what they should do after they entered the Promised Land. Once they arrived at the land which God gave each tribe and family, they were to plant their crops. When the harvest came, they were to go to the place where the Lord would establish his name and give an offering of the firstfruits of their harvest. They would accompany their offering with these words: Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O Lord, have given me” (Deuteronomy 26:10).

In 2012, the Lord gave me new soil from which I was to bring him a harvest. The church was called Cotton Ridge. It began in 2010 when a group of hurting believers joined together to seek God’s healing and see what the Lord would do. Through a unique set of circumstances, this small congregation in a small west Texas town seemed destined to invest its resources not in property, buildings, and other temporary things, but in people. For over six years it supported orphans, ministered to widows, rebuilt homes for the needy, fed the hungry, prayed for the sick, witnessed to the lost, and baptized those who wished to follow Jesus. The church was able to accomplish all of this without ever owning a building, a kitchen, or even a baptistery because the people believed a very fundamental truth: people are the church.

The Lord has now shown the church’s members that the most effective way to serve God’s kingdom is to take that same spirit and belief into other welcoming congregations in the community. Our final worship service together was a commissioning service to carry out that goal. The only thing Cotton Ridge leaves behind is that which lasts forever: changed lives.

As for me, I believe that the Lord is preparing new soil in which I will plant my life and ministry. My offering to the Lord as a pastor will result in a harvest that is accompanied by the same words spoken by Israel: “Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O Lord, have given me.”

The Lord gives us both the soil and the harvest. We must do the work.

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The Rarity of Repentance https://davidrhoades.org/the-rarity-of-repentance/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-rarity-of-repentance/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:37:49 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1679 The tenth chapter of the biblical Book of Ezra begins this way:

“Ezra Reads the Law to the People” (Source:Doré’s English Bible by Gustave Doré)

While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him. Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, a descendant of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God, for we have married these pagan women of the land. But in spite of this there is hope for Israel. Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and to send them away with their children. We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law of God. Get up, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight. We are behind you, so be strong and take action.”

The longing of every true and faithful servant of God’s people is to lead a repentant congregation that stands ready “to proceed in setting things straight.” Repentance, however, is rare in our day.

Repentance is dependent on at least three factors being present within us:

  • We must be willing to examine our lives according to God’s standards.
  • We must be willing to be humbled.
  • We must be willing to pay the cost of setting our past errors straight and living life God’s way from this point forward.

Are we willing to repent? If so, God will visit us and heal us.

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Wisdom in Relationships (Proverbs 3:27-35) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/wisdom-in-relationships-proverbs-327-35-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/wisdom-in-relationships-proverbs-327-35-podcast/#respond Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:29:33 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1661 The most difficult thing you will ever deal with is people.

Love. Revenge. Empathy. Bitterness. These are just a few of the complex spiritual dynamics that impact our lives every day.

In this third message from the series “Proverbs: Gear for Life,” Dr. David Rhoades brings to light some life principles the Book of Proverbs teaches about relationships.

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Unlocking the Door to Wisdom (Proverbs 1:20-33) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/unlocking-the-door-to-wisdom-proverbs-120-33-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/unlocking-the-door-to-wisdom-proverbs-120-33-podcast/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:04:56 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1648 When was the last time you prayed, “God, rebuke me!”?

Never? You’re not alone. But would you be surprised if I told you that this was the key to unlocking the door to God’s wisdom?

In this second message from the series “Proverbs: Gear for Life,” Dr. David Rhoades explores this incredible principle from God’s Word that goes against every fiber within us.

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How To Take An Unpopular Stand https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-take-an-unpopular-stand/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-take-an-unpopular-stand/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:33:28 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1546 Two weeks after U.S. Soccer announced that their men’s and women’s teams will be wearing rainbow-colored jerseys in support of gay pride month in June, one player has removed herself from the team.

Jaelene Hinkle has seemingly taken a very unpopular stand on a hot-button issue. I say seemingly because she has simply stated “personal reasons” for her decision.

From what outsiders such as myself can determine, Ms. Hinkle is a Christian woman with deep convictions. Her self-removal from the team gives every appearance that she followed her principles when presented with the following scenario: The team made a decision that would require her to violate her convictions. In response, she quietly and voluntarily removed herself from the team.

It is notable that Ms. Hinkle did not blame anyone for the decision, nor did she try to come across as a victim. She did not blast out on social media her reasons for leaving the team. She simply stated “personal reasons,” even when pressed to expand on her answer.

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The manner in which we respond to others is often as important as our beliefs. Ms. Hinkle seems to understand this. Here are some lessons we can learn from her:

  • No one can cause you to violate your convictions.
  • Sometimes the most powerful witness is a quiet one.
  • Season your courage with kindness.

What convictions are important reflections of your faith? If a situation arises in which you are asked to set them aside, how will you respond?

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Celebrating Israel with America’s Rabbi https://davidrhoades.org/celebrating-israel-with-americas-rabbi/ https://davidrhoades.org/celebrating-israel-with-americas-rabbi/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 02:11:02 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1521 Today I had the distinct pleasure to meet and listen to Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He was in Dallas to honor the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War.

In that war, Israel was very much outmanned and outgunned. The old city of Jerusalem had been captured by Jordan during Israel’s war of independence in 1948. As a result, synagogues were destroyed and Jews were forbidden from visiting their holy sites.

Almost twenty years later, the forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria were ready to strike in an effort to wipe Israel off the map. But Israel made a surprise pre-emptive strike, and the Lord provided miracle after miracle to keep the young nation in tact.

[shareable cite=”Psalm 122:6″]Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.[/shareable]Importantly, Jerusalem was freed and unified. Israel quickly allowed people of any faith—Jew, Christian, and Muslim—to practice their religion freely in the city.

Today, Israel is a land with no oil, not enough water, and many enemies around the world. Yet it stands as a model of liberty and prosperity to its neighbors.

To learn more about Rabbi Daniel Lapin, check out his website at rabbidaniellapin.com.

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Acquiring God’s Eternal Wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/acquiring-gods-eternal-wisdom-proverbs-11-7-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/acquiring-gods-eternal-wisdom-proverbs-11-7-podcast/#respond Sun, 04 Jun 2017 18:16:34 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1640 A treasure buried in your backyard. You know it’s there. It’s just waiting to be found.

You wouldn’t waste any time getting out your shovel or hiring a crew to start digging. It’s already yours, after all. You just need to find it.

Well, there may not be a treasure in your backyard, but there is something far more valuable within your reach: eternal wisdom from the Creator of the universe.

Take a journey with Dr. David Rhoades as he unearths God’s eternal wisdom in his new series called “Proverbs: Gear for Life.” Where does the journey begin? Find out in the very first message: “Acquiring God’s Eternal Wisdom.”

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How Christ’s Return Affects You (2 Peter 3:11-18) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/how-christs-return-affects-you-2-peter-311-18-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-christs-return-affects-you-2-peter-311-18-podcast/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 02:03:26 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1476 “On earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus taught us to pray that way, which also requires us to think that way.

Having a “heaven on earth” mindset is a powerful way to change your life. In this eleventh message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades connects the return of Christ to our daily experiences.

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Patience and Repentance (2 Peter 3:8-10) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/patience-and-repentance-2-peter-38-10-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/patience-and-repentance-2-peter-38-10-podcast/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 03:53:15 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1462 As believers, we pray, “Come quickly, Lord.” But we should not allow our prayer to turn into impatience.

In this tenth message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how God’s plan requires us to exhibit God’s character.

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Remember What God Has Said (2 Peter 3:1-7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/remember-what-god-has-said-2-peter-31-7-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/remember-what-god-has-said-2-peter-31-7-podcast/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 00:10:02 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1457 Why hasn’t Jesus returned yet? Is He ever coming back?

These are the questions asked by seekers and the accusations leveled by scoffers. To answer the question, we must look back to the past, not to the future.

When we evaluate the promises God made in His Word, we discover that He has kept every one. There is no reason to doubt Him with regard to the return of Christ.

In this ninth message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how we can always trust God’s promises.

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The Impact of False Teachers (2 Peter 2:17-22) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-impact-of-false-teachers-2-peter-217-22-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-impact-of-false-teachers-2-peter-217-22-podcast/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 00:33:47 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1442 If a man heard the gospel, understood it, and pretended to believe it, would you follow him? If he intentionally tried to mislead you in order to take your money, would you even listen to him? Of course not.

But this is a precise description of false teachers. And this is the reason that God has judgment reserved for them.

In this eighth message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades describes the impact false teachers have on their followers in this life and at the judgment.

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The Character of False Teachers (2 Peter 2:10b-16) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-character-of-false-teachers-2-peter-210b-16-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-character-of-false-teachers-2-peter-210b-16-podcast/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:27:49 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1432 Pride. Ignorance. Lust. These are the qualities that will develop in your life when you listen to the doctrines taught by false teachers.

In the seventh message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why bad doctrine leads to bad behavior.

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Why Jesus Died and Rose (2 Peter 2:3b-10a) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/why-jesus-died-and-rose-2-peter-23b-10a-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/why-jesus-died-and-rose-2-peter-23b-10a-podcast/#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:17:32 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1388 From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible makes clear what each person instinctively knows in his spirit: Judgment is coming.

But the very God who will be our Judge is also our Savior. Jesus died to provide mercy—a way of escape. To receive this gift, God requires of us belief.

In this sixth message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why the judgment of false teachers stands as an example to those who refuse to believe in Christ.

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The Influence of False Teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3a) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-influence-of-false-teachers-2-peter-21-3a-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-influence-of-false-teachers-2-peter-21-3a-podcast/#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:22:45 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1383 Imagine you were a shepherd, looking out over the flock given into your care. You see nothing out of the ordinary—just a cloud of wool gently moving about on a pasture.

Suddenly, piercing the silence comes a sound you that makes you cringe: a lamb—under attack—screams. Rushing to its aid, you find next to it and staring back at you a wolf, covered with the hide of a large sheep.

Who would put sheepskin on a wolf? There can be only one answer: your enemy. The one who has made it his mission to destroy the flock you shepherd.

In this fifth message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades issues to the church a call to remain on the alert for the wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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Living a Confident Life (2 Peter 1:12-21) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/living-a-confident-life-2-peter-112-21-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/living-a-confident-life-2-peter-112-21-podcast/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 03:10:42 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1368 So many messages are out there. Which one should I allow first place in my life?

As intelligent people, we are open-minded. We test ideas and refuse to allow ourselves to be knowingly misled. At some point in our lives, we need to develop confidence in a source that has proven itself to be always reliable.

In this fourth message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades challenges us to consider the merits of allowing the message of the Bible to have prominence in our minds and hearts.

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What Believers Will Receive (2 Peter 1:10-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/what-believers-will-receive-2-peter-110-11-podcast-2/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-believers-will-receive-2-peter-110-11-podcast-2/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:11:20 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1341 “If believers can’t lose their salvation, why does the Bible warn them against apostasy?”

Understanding salvation can be a challenge. Some people think they are saved, but in reality are not. Others who are saved have doubts about their salvation.

In this third message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades explains what belief in Jesus means and how to have assurance of your salvation.

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What Believers Should Do (2 Peter 1:5-9) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/what-believers-should-do-2-peter-15-9-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-believers-should-do-2-peter-15-9-podcast/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:33:19 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1324 “I’ve decided to follow Jesus. Now what?”

Just as faith is the initial response of our hearts to Christ, faith becomes the foundation of our life with Him. God wants us to build other qualities into our lives as we learn to walk in the Spirit.

In this second message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how God wants His children to grow.

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What God Has Done (2 Peter 1:1-4) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/what-god-has-done-2-peter-11-4-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-god-has-done-2-peter-11-4-podcast/#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:59:55 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1318 Knowing that his death was imminent and that the Christian faith would be left without the leadership it always had, Peter wrote a letter warning the church to beware of those who would lead it astray.

The final message Peter left the church was theological in nature. He needed to instruct God’s people to remember what He had done for them through Christ.

In this first sermon from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the salvation God has given us.

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You Are Called To Experience God’s Grace (1 Peter 5:12-14) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-experience-gods-grace-1-peter-512-14-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-experience-gods-grace-1-peter-512-14-podcast/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:28:58 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1309 Grace. It’s more than a prayer at the dinner table. And it’s certainly more than the period of time before fees accrue on your credit card.

Grace is a gift from God. It’s a gift He wants you to experience.

In this final message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how you can receive the free gift of grace from God.

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You Are Called To Fight (1 Peter 5:8-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-fight-1-peter-58-11-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-fight-1-peter-58-11-podcast/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:00:04 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1303 Fighting isn’t Christian, is it? Well, it matters what you’re fighting for.

There are some hills on which to die and some things for which to stand. In this twenty-fourth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows us how God calls His children to fight.

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You Are Called To Serve (1 Peter 5:5-7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-serve-1-peter-55-7-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-serve-1-peter-55-7-podcast/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:04:01 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1297 Submission. Humility. Trust.

These three attitudes are essential to serving others as God intends. In this twenty-third message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the riches of these qualities for the benefit of God’s people.

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You Are Called To Lead (1 Peter 5:1-4) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-lead-1-peter-51-4-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-lead-1-peter-51-4-podcast/#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 22:43:34 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1290 True leadership is servant leadership.

God calls certain men from His flock to serve as undershepherds to His flock. They are to lead by example.

In this twenty-second message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how faithful pastors help all Christians understand the importance of leading people in their lives.

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You Are Called To Suffer With Christ (1 Peter 4:12-19) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-suffer-with-christ-1-peter-412-19-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-suffer-with-christ-1-peter-412-19-podcast/#respond Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:31:08 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1280 The trials of life will come. There is no escape from difficulties in this life.

What we lack in avoiding suffering we more than make up for in Scriptural guidance to deal with it.

Join Dr. David Rhoades in his twenty-first message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter” as he explores this important issue.

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You Are Called To Express Love (1 Peter 4:7-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-express-love-1-peter-47-11-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-express-love-1-peter-47-11-podcast/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:06:21 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1275 It’s hard not to love someone when you pray together. And it’s hard not to love someone when you forgive one another.

In the Bible, Peter knew the depth of true love and forgiveness because he had received both from Jesus. In 1 Peter 4:7-11, Peter passes his knowledge on to us.

Join Dr. David Rhoades in his twentieth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter” as examines this passage.

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You Are Called To Move Beyond Suffering (1 Peter 4:1-6) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-move-beyond-suffering-1-peter-41-6-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-move-beyond-suffering-1-peter-41-6-podcast/#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:34:35 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1270 When a person begins to follow Christ, he begins a process of leaving his old life behind. His friends may quickly notice that something has changed. What really gets their attention, though, is his new attitude when the bad times come.

Suffering for a Christ-follower is different than for a person who is not. Handled properly, it can be a witness to friends who have yet to believe in Christ.

In this nineteenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how a Christian can move beyond mere suffering to an experience of glorifying God.

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You Are Called To Proclaim the Sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 3:18-22) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-proclaim-the-sufferings-of-christ-1-peter-318-22-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-proclaim-the-sufferings-of-christ-1-peter-318-22-podcast/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 03:19:32 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1264 Jesus was “put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit?” Jesus made proclamation to the spirits now in prison who were present in Noah’s day? We are “saved by baptism?” Certainly 1 Peter 3:18-22 might be one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted passages in all of Scripture.

However, when you understand these statements in the context of one another and in the context of Peter’s overall message, it becomes more clear. In this eighteenth sermon from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades unpacks the mysteries of this passage so that we can appreciate the beautiful, eternal gospel.

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You Are Called To Endure (1 Peter 3:13-17) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-endure-1-peter-313-17-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-endure-1-peter-313-17-podcast/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 03:39:22 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1256 When you think of endurance, what image comes into your mind? A marathon runner? Or maybe a visit to the dentist?

Does the word “endurance” make you think about a follower of Christ? Or do you imagine Christ-followers as wimpy people who make excuses or look for an escape from dealing with real-life problems?

God’s understanding of His children is always perfect, and He envisions His people as those who endure suffering in exchange for a greater glory. In this seventeenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how endurance plays an essential role of the life of a Christian.

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You Are Called To Bless Bad People (1 Peter 3:8-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-bless-bad-people-1-peter-38-12-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-bless-bad-people-1-peter-38-12-podcast/#respond Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:24:59 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1249 Most American Christians, including myself, have no experience whatsoever in what it means to be persecuted. The religious liberty we enjoy—and take for granted—shields us from the harsh reality experienced by many Christians since the day Peter and John were arrested in Acts 4.

While our level of suffering may not even rise to a level that we could rightly call it “persecution,” we nevertheless must deal with people who may mistreat us due to our faith in Christ. One of the distinguishing marks of the Christian faith is how it instructs us to react in these situations.

In this sixteenth message from the series, “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how we can fulfill the biblical exhortation to bless bad people.

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You Are Called To Love Your Wife (1 Peter 3:7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-love-your-wife-1-peter-37-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-love-your-wife-1-peter-37-podcast/#respond Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:06:58 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1244 Submission is difficult because we resist the idea. Love is even more so because of the same reason.

Wives are called to the difficult task of submitting to their husbands. Husbands are called to the difficult task of loving their wives.

In this fifteenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades instructs husbands in their highest and most noble task.

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You Are Called To Submit To Your Husband (1 Peter 3:1-6) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-submit-to-your-husband-1-peter-31-6-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-submit-to-your-husband-1-peter-31-6-podcast/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:26:35 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1231 Submission in marriage. Does the phrase make you think of a caveman dragging around his poor wife by the hair? It shouldn’t!

A wife’s submission to her husband, when prompted by his love for and service to her, is an incredible experience. Both partners in marriage supply the other with what they need.

In this fourteenth message from the series, “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades unpacks the teachings of Peter on this important subject.

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You Are Called To Submit To Your Boss (1 Peter 2:18-25) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-submit-to-your-boss-1-peter-218-25-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-submit-to-your-boss-1-peter-218-25-podcast/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:38:49 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1236 What is the essence of the relationship of an employee to his or her boss? Although we might not think of it using this term, the answer is submission.

When a willingness to do what an employer wants is lacking, trouble is sure to follow.

In this thirteenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades makes the transition from first-century slavery to modern-day employment as he explores this most important dynamic.

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You Are Called To Submit To Donald Trump (1 Peter 2:13-17) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-submit-to-donald-trump-1-peter-213-17-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-submit-to-donald-trump-1-peter-213-17-podcast/#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:24:42 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1226 If you are a Christian, Scripture would have you understand that you are an exile living in a strange land. Your citizenship is ultimately in God’s kingdom, not man’s.

No matter what nation you belong to or the governmental system of that nation, God calls you to submit to its leaders. Christians in the United States must soon submit to Donald Trump when he becomes President.

Submission to those in authority is a general principal. It does not mean that human authority is unlimited or that we obey people when they command us to disobey God or our conscience.

Learn more about what the Bible says about this in the twelfth message from Dr. David Rhoades’ series, “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter.”

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You Are Called To Abstain From Sin (1 Peter 2:11-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-abstain-from-sin-1-peter-211-12-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-abstain-from-sin-1-peter-211-12-podcast/#respond Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:37:01 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1222 Sin. More than a mistake, a trap, or a fault; it is a power that enslaves.

Grace, likewise, is a power. And the power of grace is greater than the power of sin.

In this eleventh message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how God’s grace helps us abstain from sin.

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The Problem With Clinton’s Gracious Concession Speech https://davidrhoades.org/the-problem-with-clintons-gracious-concession-speech/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-problem-with-clintons-gracious-concession-speech/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:35:14 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1197

Hillary Clinton just delivered a very classy, encouraging, and respectful concession speech. She set a positive tone for the country.

One problem: the terminology she used is actually an attack on religious liberty.

Mrs. Clinton (intentionally?) referenced “freedom of worship” instead of “freedom of religion.” For some time, those who do not value religious liberty have been consistently making this subtle change in wording when they address the subject (see “US Immigration Exam Replaces ‘Freedom of Religion’ With ‘Freedom of Worship’“).

The question is why?

“Freedom of worship” implies that you have the freedom to worship God in your house or church, but not in public. “Freedom of religion” is exactly how it sounds: the freedom to hold your own religious beliefs in the public marketplace, in government, and elsewhere.

The difference between these two views becomes practical in many settings:

  • Are the religious beliefs of people restricted in the marketplace? For example, should the government penalize a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim baker or photographer who does not wish to participate in a wedding that would violate his religious beliefs?
  • Are religious people allowed to serve in the government? For example, can a Navy chaplain share his religious beliefs with a sailor during a counseling session? Or should religious beliefs be restricted to one’s home or church?

As we move forward from this political season, those who value religious liberty must remain on guard.

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You Are Called To Be God’s People (1 Peter 2:7-10) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-gods-people-1-peter-27-10-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-gods-people-1-peter-27-10-podcast/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:52:55 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1216 The idea that God would have a people that He would call His own, especially after having created all the people of the earth, is amazing. The thought contains within it a strong element of exclusivity, which runs very counter to the common thinking of our day.

Dr. David Rhoades invites you to discover what it means to be God’s people in the tenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter.”

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You Are Called To Be God’s Temple (1 Peter 2:4-6) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-gods-temple-1-peter-24-6-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-gods-temple-1-peter-24-6-podcast/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:19:19 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1211 In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Temple was the place in Jerusalem dedicated for God’s people to worship Him. It was a place of holiness, reverence, and sacredness.

Now, Jesus Christ has made God’s people the very Temple of God itself. In this ninth message from the series, “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the responsibilities and privileges of being God’s Temple.

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You Are Called To Grow (1 Peter 2:1-3) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-grow-1-peter-21-3-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-grow-1-peter-21-3-podcast/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:51:35 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1207 You have been born with a sinful nature and into a sinful world. God gives you the opportunity to be born again.

After we are born again into His kingdom through faith in the Jesus the Christ, what comes next? The answer to this question is one simple word: growth.

In this eighth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how spiritual growth is a powerful and necessary component of our relationship with God.

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You Are Called To Love (1 Peter 1:22-25) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-love-1-peter-122-25-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-love-1-peter-122-25-podcast/#respond Sun, 16 Oct 2016 20:40:17 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1193 Love is not something you fall into or something that magically happens. Love is a gift from God that you can give to others.

If you are a follower of Jesus, love is calling. It is as real and valid as being called by God to serve Him in vocational ministry. In this seventh message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades dives into the love God wants us to give away.

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You Are Called To Fear God (1 Peter 1:17-21) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-fear-god-1-peter-117-21-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-fear-god-1-peter-117-21-podcast/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:48:39 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1187 God is both our Father and our Judge!

But how can this be? How can the same God exhibit love and judgment without being self-contradictory? In this sixth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how the Bible deals with this question.

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You Are Called To Live Above Sin (1 Peter 1:13-16) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-live-above-sin-1-peter-113-16-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-live-above-sin-1-peter-113-16-podcast/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:38:22 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1177 Holy.

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,” Dr. David Rhoades examines 1 Peter 1:13-16 for insight into the holiness of God.

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You Are Called To Believe God’s Promises (1 Peter 1:10-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-believe-gods-promises-1-peter-110-12-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-believe-gods-promises-1-peter-110-12-podcast/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:58:46 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1170 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.

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You Are Called To Rejoice (1 Peter 1:6-9) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-rejoice-1-peter-16-9-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-rejoice-1-peter-16-9-podcast/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 01:31:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1164 “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.

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You Are Called To Be Born Again (1 Peter 1:3-5) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-born-again-1-peter-13-5-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-born-again-1-peter-13-5-podcast/#respond Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:34:25 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1159 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.

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You Are Called To Be An Exile (1 Peter 1:1-2) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-an-exile-1-peter-11-2-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-called-to-be-an-exile-1-peter-11-2-podcast/#respond Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:13:25 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1147 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.

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Live According to God’s Word (Ecclesiastes 12:8-14) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/live-according-to-gods-word-ecclesiastes-128-14-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/live-according-to-gods-word-ecclesiastes-128-14-podcast/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:08:50 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1138 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.

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Living with Generosity and Joy (Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/living-with-generosity-and-joy-ecclesiastes-111-127-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/living-with-generosity-and-joy-ecclesiastes-111-127-podcast/#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:47:34 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1132 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.

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The Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-parable-of-the-two-sons-matthew-2128-32-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-parable-of-the-two-sons-matthew-2128-32-podcast/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:32:14 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1127 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.

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Should Christians Vote For Trump? Clinton? Neither? https://davidrhoades.org/should-christians-vote-for-trump-clinton-neither/ https://davidrhoades.org/should-christians-vote-for-trump-clinton-neither/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:59:26 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1101 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:

1. The president should always discern good from evil.

“When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good” (Prov. 20:8, NLT).

2. The president’s decisions should reflect God’s values.

“God’s verdict is on the lips of a king; his mouth should not give an unfair judgment” (Prov. 16:10, HCSB).

God’s wisdom cries out, “By me kings reign and rulers decree justice” (Prov. 8:15, NASB).

3. The president should do the right thing for the nation, never taking bribes.

“It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness” (Prov. 16:12, NASB).

“By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man who demands ‘contributions’ demolishes it” (Prov. 29:4, HCSB).

4. The president should treat the poor with justice, honor, and mercy.

“A wicked ruler is as dangerous to poor people as a roaring lion or a charging bear. A ruler without wisdom will be cruel, but the one who refuses to take dishonest money will rule a long time” (Prov. 28:15-16, NCV).

“If a king judges the poor with truth, his throne will be established forever” (Prov. 29:14, NASB).

5. The president should inspire people to be good.

“The kings’ favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, but his anger is toward him who acts shamefully” (Prov. 14:35, NASB).

“A wise king sorts out the evil people, and he punishes them as they deserve” (Prov. 20:26, NCV).

“He who loves purity of heart and whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend” (Prov. 22:11, NASB).

6. The president should surround himself or herself with people of high and noble character.

“Remove the wicked from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness” (Prov. 25:5, HCSB).

“If a ruler listens to lies, all his ministers will be wicked” (Prov. 29:12, NET).

7. The president should be free from a desire to drink alcohol or take drugs.

“Kings should not drink wine, Lemuel, and rulers should not desire beer” (Prov. 31:4, NCV).

8. The president should be humble enough to learn.

“It is the glory of God to hide things but the glory of kings to investigate them” (Prov. 25:2, GW).

 

Many other considerations—such as a candidate’s positions on issues—must be included when deciding who should receive your vote. But as you evaluate your options, keep these principles from Proverbs in mind.

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-parable-of-the-ten-virgins-matthew-251-13-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-parable-of-the-ten-virgins-matthew-251-13-podcast/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:07:16 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1122 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.

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The Untold Story of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-untold-story-of-the-talents-matthew-2514-30-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-untold-story-of-the-talents-matthew-2514-30-podcast/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:29:32 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1112 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.

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Christians Are Seeking To Heal Our Nation https://davidrhoades.org/christians-are-seeking-to-heal-our-nation/ https://davidrhoades.org/christians-are-seeking-to-heal-our-nation/#respond Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:08:02 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1084 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.

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Time, Judgment, and Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 11:9) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/time-judgment-and-wisdom-ecclesiastes-119-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/time-judgment-and-wisdom-ecclesiastes-119-podcast/#respond Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:06:08 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=1080 “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.

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How To Handle Growing Older (Ecclesiastes 3:14) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-handle-growing-older-ecclesiastes-314-podcast/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-handle-growing-older-ecclesiastes-314-podcast/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:27:00 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=939 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.

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Passion Or Need? https://davidrhoades.org/passion-or-need/ https://davidrhoades.org/passion-or-need/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 01:31:07 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=936 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!
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A Father’s Love (Luke 15:11-24) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/a-fathers-love-luke-1511-24/ https://davidrhoades.org/a-fathers-love-luke-1511-24/#respond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:11:24 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=889 The Parable of the Prodigal Son has many great and timeless themes central to the human experience: selfishness, loss, forgiveness, and redemption. It could rightly be called The Parable of the Loving Father.

In this special Father’s Day message, Dr. David Rhoades shares what it looks like when a father loves his son.

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Your Body Is Amazing! (Psalm 139:13-18) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/your-body-is-amazing-psalm-13913-18/ https://davidrhoades.org/your-body-is-amazing-psalm-13913-18/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 02:05:18 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=884 When was the last time someone said that your body is amazing? Unless you’re a supermodel, it might have been a long time…if ever!

But have you ever considered just how amazing God designed your body to be? All of the cells, organs, and systems work together in just the right way so that you can function the way God intended.

In this fourth message from the series “Being Human – And How It Can Change Your Life!”, Dr. David Rhoades examines the physical aspect of humanity for clues of God’s care and love.

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You Will Always Exist! (John 5:18-29) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-will-always-exist-john-518-29/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-will-always-exist-john-518-29/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:22:08 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=880 “Eat, drink, and be merry—for tomorrow we die!” A lot of people live their lives that way, giving no thought of eternity beyond this life.

But what if we knew that we would always exist? How would that change our lives?

A present and future eternal existence is exactly what the Bible teaches. In this third message from the series “Being Human – And How It Can Change Your Life!”, Dr. David Rhoades shares the impact this truth should have on our lives today.

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Should Christians Drink Alcohol? https://davidrhoades.org/should-christians-drink-alcohol/ https://davidrhoades.org/should-christians-drink-alcohol/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00:14 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=866 What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol? More importantly, if you were shown that the Bible’s consistent witness with regard to alcohol was different than your viewpoint, would you change your mind?

In this article you will find an honest summary of alcohol in the Bible and some reasonable conclusions drawn from it. What you won’t find is a justification of your own views through proof-texts. So leave your preconceived notions behind and let Scripture speak for itself.

This article is not my original work, but merely a summary of a great article on alcohol: “A Christian Perspective on Wine Drinking” by Norman Geisler (in Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 139). If you want to examine the subject in greater detail, make sure you include Geisler’s article in your studies.

What the Bible Says About Alcohol

  • Drunkenness is a sin (cf. Deut. 21:20-21; 1 Cor. 5:11; 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:18).
  • “Strong drink” is deceptive and sinful (cf. Lev. 10:8-9; Prov. 20:1; 31:4-5; Isa. 5:11; 24:9). The Hebrew word for “strong drink” is a different word than the word used for “wine.”
  • Drinking in excess is wrong (cf. Amos 6:1-6; Hab. 2:15).
  • Church leaders are to be moderate in their use of wine (cf. 1 Tim. 3:3, 8).
  • Wine was used as a medicine (cf. Prov. 31:6; 1 Tim. 5:23).

What the Bible Does Not Say About Alcohol

  • The Bible does not teach that New Testament communion wine was unfermented. All wine was fermented wine. Some Corinthians were drunk at the Lord’s Table (cf. 1 Cor. 11:21), which would be very difficult to accomplish if the wine was unfermented.
  • The Bible does not teach that “new wine” was unfermented. Hosea 4:11 says that both “old wine” and “new wine” take away understanding. And Acts 2:13 tells of how Spirit-filled believers were accused of drunkenness, being filled with new wine.
  • It is false to say that Jesus made unfermented wine (compare John 2:9-10 with Mark 2:22 and Eph. 5:18).
  • It is incorrect to say that the New Testament teaches that first-century Christians were not to use wine at any time.
  • It is a myth to say that total abstinence was a New Testament condition for church membership.

Is Wine Today Like New Testament Wine?

New Testament scholar Robert Stein (“Wine-Drinking in New Testament Times,” Christianity Today, June 20, 1975, pp. 9–11.) points out that wine in the New Testament was essentially purified water.[shareable]In ancient days, wine undiluted with water was considered ‘strong drink,’ which the Bible forbids except to relieve a dying man’s excruciating pain.[/shareable] Water was usually mixed with wine, and many ancient writers tell us how much water they mixed with wine:

  • Wine in Homer’s day was twenty parts water to one part wine.
  • Pliny referred to wine as eight parts water to one part wine.
  • Aristophanes: three parts water to two parts wine.
  • Euenos: three parts water to one part wine.
  • Hesiod: three parts water to one part wine.
  • Alexis: four parts water to one part wine.
  • Diocles and Anacreon: two parts water to one part wine.
  • Ion: three parts water to one part wine.
  • Strong wine was typically considered to be one part water to one part wine.
  • Anyone who drank wine unmixed was called a Scythian or a barbarian. Ancient Greeks would say to us today, “You Americans are barbarians–drinking straight wine!” The pagan Mnesitheus of Athens was quoted as saying about wine, “Mix it half and half and you get madness; unmixed–bodily collapse.”
  • According to the Talmud, wine used in the Passover was three parts water and one part wine.

In ancient times, water was sometimes unsafe to drink, just as it is in many undeveloped areas of the world today. Water could have been made safe in many ways: boiling (costly and tedious), filtering (not always safe), or adding wine (kills the germs). Today, wine has a much higher alcohol content than in the days of the New Testament. If you lived back in those days, you would have to drink twenty-two glasses of wine in order to consume the same amount of alcohol in two martinis today. Today’s wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages fall within the category of what Scripture calls “strong drink,” which are forbidden.

Deciding About Drinking Alcohol Today

If you are considering drinking alcohol, you should first answer four questions:

  1. What are the facts about alcohol? Thirty-six percent of adults who drink alcohol can be classified as problem drinkers. There are over 3 million 14-17 year-olds who are problem drinkers. Fetal alcohol syndrome is the third greatest cause of birth defects. Drinking impairs your social and intellectual capacities. Half of all traffic fatalities and one-third of all traffic injuries are alcohol-related. A high percentage of child-abusing parents have drinking problems. A relatively high correlation exists between alcohol consumption and robbery, rape, assault, homicide, and suicide.
  2. Will wine-drinking lead to sin? First Corinthians 6:12 says, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” You may think that you are master of your drinking, but if alcohol is something you must have, then it masters you.
  3. Will wine-drinking lead anyone else to sin? Philippians 2:4 says, “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Romans 14:21 says, “It is good not to eat meat or drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.”
  4. Can wine-drinking be done to the glory of God? First Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If you cannot praise and glorify God when you are drinking, then you don’t need to do it.

Why Christians Need Not Drink Wine

  • People today have plenty of wholesome, nonaddictive beverages to consume. This is different than in biblical times.
  • America is an alcoholic culture, but the New Testament culture was not. In the New Testament, there were relatively few drunks.
  • Total abstinence is the safer policy. How many people would fly if they knew there was a one in ten chance that their plane would crash? That is the same chance of an occasional or moderate drinker becoming an alcoholic.
  • Total abstinence is the more consistent policy. The biggest drug problem in the U.S. is not marijuana or heroin, but alcohol. Alcohol is the “establishment” drug, the adults’ drug, the legal drug. We cannot expect our children or grandchildren to stay away from drugs if we refuse.
  • Alcohol cannot deliver on the expectation people place upon it. The main reason people drink alcohol is because they believe it will provide relaxation and enjoyment. But God says that real peace and joy comes through experiencing Him. “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11). “The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).

Geisler concludes his article with these words: “And it is an insult to the Holy Spirit for Christians to seek the superficial pleasure of stimulants when they can have the permanent joy of the Holy Spirit. God wants people to eat and drink with joy, but without jeopardy. He desires that man’s pleasures be Spirit-directed, not self-centered; that they be helpful, but not harmful.”

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Why Didn’t They Leave the Gorilla Alone? https://davidrhoades.org/why-didnt-they-leave-the-gorilla-alone/ https://davidrhoades.org/why-didnt-they-leave-the-gorilla-alone/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 01:33:07 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=874 As the world now knows, Harambe the Gorilla was shot and killed by Cincinnati zookeepers after a young boy fell into the moat surrounding the gorilla exhibit. Some people are outraged at the zoo—many more at the parents of the boy—for putting down the 17-year-old, 450-lb silverback.

There will be plenty of time for blaming people in the days and weeks ahead. I would like to ask a more basic question: Why didn’t they just leave the poor gorilla alone?

Some people mistakenly believe the gorilla was protecting the boy from the onlookers. But Jack Hanna, the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, said that video taken of the incident shows Harambe becoming more agitated. A gorilla his size, says Hanna, can crush a coconut like a marshmallow. At any point he could have killed the child very easily.

It is at this point in the drama that a choice has to be made: human life or animal life?

As Hanna said an interview with WBNS-10TV: “The decision was the right decision made. There was no other decision to make here. You have human life. You have animal life. No one loves humans and animals more than the head of a family or the zoo world. And they made the right decision.”

There are those who are upset that different tactics were not used, but I have not heard anyone say that the gorilla’s life is worth more than the child’s.

Why is that? Every human instinctively knows that human life is sacred. An animal’s life is very valuable, but it does not compare to the worth of a human.

According to Genesis 1:26-27, only one part of God’s creation is made in His image: humans. He has built this knowledge into the spirit of every person, even those who do not believe in Him.

Eventually, some secular humanist will make the case that we should have just let nature take its course between the child and the gorilla. He or she may even argue that the gorilla’s life is worth as much the child’s. A belief in evolution logically leads to this conclusion.

The idea that animals are as valuable as humans is such a ridiculous and unpopular belief that Christians everywhere should give God’s answer to the question: Why didn’t they leave the gorilla alone?

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You Are Incredibly Valuable! (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-incredibly-valuable-genesis-126-27-31-7/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-incredibly-valuable-genesis-126-27-31-7/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 18:24:02 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=862 All of us eventually ask these kinds of questions: Do I matter? Am I worthwhile? And if so, how do I know?

The world has ways of determining your self-worth:

  • How well do you perform?
  • Do others approve of you?
  • Are your circumstances someone else’s fault?
  • Does your past define you?

But God has a better way. A more perfect way. His way provides you with confidence, faith, and value.

In this second message from the series “Being Human – And How It Can Change Your Life!,” Dr. David Rhoades shows you from Scripture exactly how valuable you are.

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You Are Made In God’s Image! (Genesis 1:26-27) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-made-in-gods-image-genesis-126-27/ https://davidrhoades.org/you-are-made-in-gods-image-genesis-126-27/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 00:23:09 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=851 President Obama’s administration recently issued mandatory guidelines for school districts that wish to continue receiving federal funds: conform with its new understanding of gender identity. Schools are now directed to provide a supportive environment for transgender students and teach all children that it is normal and acceptable to identify as something different than one’s sex.

In this first sermon from the series “Being Human – And How It Can Change Your Life!”, Dr. David Rhoades explains the perspective of our Creator on this subject as revealed in Genesis 1:26-27.

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How To Understand and Study Scripture https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-understand-and-study-scripture/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-understand-and-study-scripture/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 18:02:42 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=834 Is there a proper method to studying Scripture? If so, who says that it is the right way?

The Bible itself tells us how to study it. If you follow three simple principles revealed in one New Testament verse, you’ll be on the right path to understanding and studying it for a lifetime.

Avoid These Bad Bible Study Habits

Some people mistakenly believe that Scripture can be instructive but not always authoritative. In other words, they pick and choose what they want to obey. If you’re not going to obey God, your heart is not in a position to study His Word correctly. You might have a level of intellectual understanding, but Bible study is more than an intellectual exercise.

Others, sincere in their desire to obey God, nevertheless make a mistake that hinders their own spiritual growth: They try to apply Scripture without first taking the time to understand it.

God’s Principles To Studying His Word

In 1 Timothy 4:13, the apostle Paul instructs Timothy with these words:

“Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.”

This verse gives us three clear principles that must be a part of our Bible study habits.

Step 1: Observation = “reading”

Observation answers the question, “What does this passage say?” Many Christians who face difficulties only open their Bibles when all else has failed. In fact, one reason Christians today face so many difficulties is because they have failed to avail themselves of the wisdom of God’s Word prior to problems arising.[shareable cite=”David Rhoades”]Scripture should be our first source of instruction, not our last.[/shareable]

When we read God’s Word, we must accept it for what it says. It is both intellectually dishonest and self-deceiving to knowingly read our preconceived ideas into Scripture. We must never allow our fear of having our beliefs or traditions challenged keep us from observing what the Bible says. As the very Word of God, it is truth, and it stands on the authority of God Himself.

Step 2: Interpretation = “teaching”

Interpretation answers the question, “What does this passage mean?” This is the step skipped most often. On numerous occasions I have often observed Christians read God’s Word and then immediately apply it to their own lives without even considering that the passage has a meaning independent of their circumstances. The result is a game of spiritual gymnastics. Here’s the problem: If you don’t know what a passage means, how can you know how it applies to you?

Every verse and passage of Scripture has a particular meaning, even if that meaning has levels of depth not readily apparent to everyone. To understand a passage to the best of our ability, we must make a good effort to understand its historical and grammatical context.

John MacArthur, in his excellent brief book How To Study the Bible, lists four principles that are foundational to interpreting Scripture:

  • The literal principle – In the formation of Scripture, God used normal speech to communicate to us in a normal way. You should understand Scripture in its literal, normal, natural sense. Figures of speech should be understood as such, and apocalyptic language should be understood as figurative, even though there is a literal truth that is being conveyed.
  • The historical principle – The Bible was written in a historical context. To arrive at your best understanding of a passage of Scripture, try to determine what it meant to the people for whom it was written. A good study Bible or commentary can assist you in this.
  • The grammatical principle – Even without a working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew (the main original languages in which the Bible was written), you can usually determine the grammar of a sentence. A key to understanding Scripture is to determine as much as you can about the verbs, nouns, pronouns, and prepositions.
  • The synthesis principle – Foundational to understanding Scripture is this truth: The Bible never contradicts itself. When properly understood, one passage of the Bible doesn’t teach something contrary to what another passage teaches. Since “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16), and since God’s nature is wholly consistent, then so is His Word. What may appear as contradictions in Scripture can be resolved if we have all the information.

Step 3: Application = “exhortation”

Application answers the question, “How does this passage affect my life?” This question should not be asked until you first engage in observation and interpretation. Otherwise, you may end up like the Christian who randomly flipped his Bible open to the page that read, “Judas hanged himself.” So the Christian randomly turned to another passage that read, “Go and do likewise.”

The application of God’s Word to your life is crucial. Scripture is not properly understood unless it is applied. Remember, God saved you not just so you could gain Bible information, but so you could experience life transformation. He transforms your life through His Word. Let me encourage you to read it, memorize it, meditate on it, and teach it to others. Let the Word of God fill your mind.

One resource that may assist you in studying God’s Word is a study Bible. If I had to pick one study Bible, it would be the New Inductive Study Bible. My other favorites include the Life Application Study Bible, Believer’s Study Bible, HCSB Apologetics Study Bible, and the MacArthur Study Bible.

May your love of God’s Word grow each day.

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Gender Identity Chaos and Authority https://davidrhoades.org/gender-identity-chaos-and-authority/ https://davidrhoades.org/gender-identity-chaos-and-authority/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 12:38:34 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=828 How in the world can people be confused about something as basic as human sexuality? But confused they are! There is a growing generation of people who think that gender identity is a choice. So what is going on?

Here’s a primer on what we are told we must think about these things. This is by no means comprehensive, but it will help you understand the debate as framed by transgender activists:

  • The word “sex” differs from “gender” in meaning.
  • “Sex” is said to refer to one’s physical male-or-female characteristics. “Gender,” on the other hand, describes the characteristics that a society or culture says is masculine or feminine.
  • Therefore, “gender role” refers to the social role that a male or female plays in society.
  • “Gender identity” is how one personally identifies with regard to gender. It is a result of self-awareness.

These terms and how they are used have become widespread in society. Just understanding these terms can give insight into the debate. You can see where transgender activists are coming from, and you can see where they’re going.

In general, transgender activists not only affirm the decision of people who want to identify as a member of the opposite sex, but they encourage the practice. The executive branch of our government is pushing for health plans to cover sex-change operations. The Department of Education has issued “guidelines” requiring school districts that receive federal funds not only to provide restroom and locker room access for those students that identify as a gender opposite of their sex, but to teach this chaotic and perverted view of human sexuality to our children. (See David French’s excellent article “President Obama’s Transgender Proclamation Is Far Broader and More Dangerous than You Think.”)

At the root of the gender identity chaos is the authority of me. “I get to choose my sex. Who is society to tell me I’m a male or female? And who is God for making me this way?” It is common for a person in our society not only to push God and his decisions aside, but also to replace God with self.[shareable cite=”Romans 1:25″]For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.[/shareable]

And that’s one of the many problems with gender identity confusion: a refusal to acknowledge that there are some things you don’t get to choose: your sex, your birthplace, your parents, your ethnicity, your name, and the list could go on. Sure, you might try to change some of these things, and you might even succeed. But is that best? Is it healthy? Is it right?

When a person wants to change a part of his identity that was given to him, he has to gain the approval of an outside authority. Changing one’s name requires a court order. So does changing one’s parents or birth certificate. Even changing one’s sex requires a doctor.

What our society has forgotten is that being under someone else’s authority is usually a good thing, not bad. When that someone else is God, submitting to his authority is always a good thing.

Human sexuality is sacred. The particular sex that you have been given is a sacred gift. It is part of your uniqueness.

We need to remember that, like it or not, we are creatures. We have a Creator who is all-knowing and wants our best. The sex he has made you is not a mistake. Refusing to embrace it is.

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How to Deal with Bad Christians (2 Thessalonians 3:13-18) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-deal-with-bad-christians-2-thessalonians-313-18/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-deal-with-bad-christians-2-thessalonians-313-18/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 00:47:39 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=823 Have you ever been in a situation that you could not get out of? One biblical analogy is the idea of falling into a pit: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

As Christians, we have the responsibility to assist our brothers and sisters in leaving the pits in which they find themselves. Sometimes they have walked headlong into these pits through their own choices. In this seventh and final message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades takes us on a detailed journey toward bringing healing and holiness to believers.

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College Students: No Difference Between Male & Female https://davidrhoades.org/college-students-no-difference-between-male-female/ https://davidrhoades.org/college-students-no-difference-between-male-female/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 20:12:52 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=816 This is the viewpoint of a growing number of people—especially young people—today. If asked what you believe about gender and identity, how would you respond?

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Thanks to the Family Institute Policy of Washington for making this video available.

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Finally, a Theology of Food! https://davidrhoades.org/finally-a-theology-of-food/ https://davidrhoades.org/finally-a-theology-of-food/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 14:24:37 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=597 What does the Bible teach about eating food? (Strange question, right?) Is eating meat allowed for a Christian? The following is an email I received and my reply to it:

“Can you help me? I would like to be saved and know that I will receive the gift of eternal life. But I find it very difficult to believe in a God that created man to be vegetarian, and then later told man that it is okay to eat meat (the Flood seems like a very weak excuse when you think about it logically). According to the Bible, not only did God tell man it was okay to eat meat, but He too ate meat. Jesus did also. It seems like He/They would want to at least set good examples for mankind to follow.

“Doesn’t eating meat cause a large amount of damage to the human body (the ‘temple of the Holy Spirit’) even if you factor out the numerous diseases like Mad Cow and many others? Isn’t it clearly linked to heart disease, cancer (especially colon and breast), diabetes, and other ailments too numerous to list? When people eat meat don’t they support animal abuse (castration, de-horning, de-beaking, etc., etc. without anesthetics)? Animals are stuck into tiny cages in giant, stinky warehouses for the entirety of their miserable lives. Hearing about the outrages on factory farms and in slaughterhouses seems like it would make most compassionate people cry. Also, when people eat meat don’t they endorse environmental damage and excessive consumption of limited resources (gas, water, soil)? Aren’t they directly contributing to malnutrition and starvation around the world?

“Do Christians just not know about the problems that they are causing? Or do they just not care because God says that it is okay to eat meat (and ergo it is okay to inflict this harm on animals, man, and the environment)? I like to hope it is the former, but from what I have observed it sure appears to be more of the latter.

“Anyway, it is very difficult for me to believe in this supposedly ‘loving’, ‘caring’, ‘compassionate’ God when I see so much pain and suffering going on and the justifications I generally hear are, ‘if it is good enough for Him…’, and ‘it is no sin…’, and ‘the Bible says…’

“I have been asking this question repeatedly, but I generally receive no answer. When I get an attempt at an ‘answer’, it usually doesn’t make a lot of sense. But I will keep trying.

“Thanks, Chuck”

Here’s my reply:

Dear Chuck,

Thank you for writing. I apologize for taking so long in replying, but you asked some good questions that I wanted to research. I hope that I can begin to answer some of your questions.

As I read your email, it seems that your concerns are focused in two areas, both of which deal with the issue of being a vegetarian. You summarize the problems with eating meat in the following categories: diseases, cruelty to animals, environmental damage and malnutrition/starvation.

First, you have a concern that God seems to be inconsistent on the issue. He originally makes man a vegetarian, and later tells Noah that it is okay to eat animals. Likewise, Jesus—whom Christians and the Bible claim to be God in the flesh—eats meat. You also mentioned that God Himself (as in God the Father, I presume) eats meat. I’m not sure if I know what you are referring to in regard to this last example. Nevertheless, the first two examples stand on their own.

Your second concern is that Christians are either ignorant or apathetic on the issue of vegetarianism.

I will deal with the second concern first by making the following points: (1) Many Christians are ignorant on the issue. They have never given the issue much thought. (2) Many others are apathetic. Their apathy stems from unbiblical beliefs (e.g., “God gave man dominion over the animals, so we abuse them if we want to”), uncaring attitudes (e.g., “Who cares? It’s just a dumb animal!”), or weaknesses in overcoming their desires (e.g., “I hope God doesn’t want me to be a vegetarian. I just love steak too much!”). None of these responses take the issue seriously.

There is a third option that you did not mention: Some Christians simply disagree with the idea that God intends people to be vegetarians. Most of these Christians would also disagree with the idea that eating meat is damaging (or at least as damaging as you claim).

Christians are to be a witness to those who are searching for God. Sometimes, however, they get in the way. This may be difficult, but let me encourage you to not confuse the way Christians behave with the way God intends for them to behave. God still gives Christians the freedom to disobey Him. The better Christians obey God, the easier it is for those who are searching to find Him. So I apologize on behalf of my fellow Christians if they have made it more difficult for you to find your faith in God.

This brings us to the first concern: Is God inconsistent on the issue of eating meat? Does God allow for the human consumption of meat? If so, how should this impact our lives and world?

I do not believe the Bible ever portrays God as inconsistent. (The primary issue, in my opinion, is your belief about God, not your belief about vegetarianism—Is God consistent or not? But since the linkage of the two seems to be a stumbling block for your belief in God, we need to address both.) The issue of vegetarianism may appear to be an inconsistency on God’s part, but I do not believe it is.

Peter Leithart summarizes my own theological position in his article, “The Way Things Really Ought to Be: Eucharist, Eschatology, and Culture” (Westminster Theological Journal, 59 [Fall 1997], 168-9):

Eating also signifies humanity’s dominion over the creation. When I eat, I incorporate a part of the world into myself, and therefore to eat a once-living thing is to say that its life is rightly subordinate to my needs, that it exists (at least in part) to serve and sustain me, that I have a right to make it mine in the most literal and intimate sense. Throughout the food chain, to eat something is to claim superiority over it: Herbivorous animals eat what is lower on the chain, while more complicated and advanced animals eat lower animals. The exceptions to this rule—man-eating lions, cannibals, Polyphemus—are horrific not only for their goriness but because they disturb our sense of right order. At the top of the food chain is man, anatomically equipped, as Leon Kass has pointed out, to eat nearly everything. Kass writes that humanity’s place in the food chain is a sign both of proper dominion and of the potential for irresponsible domination:

The expansion and indeterminacy of human appetites—reflected in human omnivorousness—are greatly problematic, as is man himself…. Human omnivorousness is the bodily mark of man…as deformer and transformer. It is the unpremeditated, strictly natural sign of our dominant and mastering posture in the world, a posture of great danger as well as great promise, not only for the world but also for man himself (Kass, The Hungry Soul, 92).

Several passages in the Bible show this connection between eating and authority. In Gen 2:16–17 the Lord grants Adam the world to eat, while in Gen 1:26–28 he presents the world to man and woman as the domain they are to fill, subdue, and rule. To be made in God’s image means not only to be given every herb for food but also to be given dominion over the earth and other living creatures. After the flood, the Lord’s promises to the new Adam, Noah, bring dominion even more directly into connection with diet:

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the terror of you shall be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant” (Gen 9:1–3).

God promises effective rule over animals at the same time he gives permission to eat flesh.*

As a preview of the shalom of the new creation, the Eucharist manifests man’s proper place in the creation and his relation to what we must insist on calling the lower creation. Much more than Christian theology has recognized, man is part of and inseparable from the created order, inserted into his environment, shaped by it, dependent upon what it offers, and responsible for its care. God also created man as the omnivorous ruler of the world, to whom every tree, as well as every beast and creeping thing, is edible. Man’s position as ruler is part of the created order that God pronounced “very good,” not a part of the curse on sin, and the new creation brings fulfillment, not a cancellation of his position.

While it seems to be a fact that Adam and Eve were vegetarians prior to their sin, God nevertheless gave them dominion His creation at that time. (To have dominion over something means to manage it or be a steward of it.) Implied in the management of creation is the freedom to eat of it. God made man to rule over creation. God’s word to Noah in Genesis 9 complements (and not contradicts) this. This is also consistent with Jesus’ actions, the actions of the apostles, and the explicit teaching of the New Testament: “Some will depart from the faith… They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer” (1 Tim. 4:1, 3-5; HCSB).Should the consumption of meat occur with as little suffering, environmental damage, and other harmful effects as possible? Yes. Ultimately we will answer to God for how well we managed His creation. But is the consumption of meat intrinsically wrong? Basing my opinion on my understanding of the Bible, I do not believe it is.

I hope this will help you in your search for answers. Feel free to contact me again if I can be of help to you.

Sincerely,
David Rhoades

* By way of contrast, it is significant that the feast of the new creation involves only vegetable fare. I would not wish to use this to make a case for vegetarianism, but the food of the Eucharist seems to reflect biblical prophecies that the new creation will bring not merely peace from animals but peace between man and the animals.

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Does Submission in Marriage Equate to Slavery? https://davidrhoades.org/does-submission-in-marriage-equate-to-slavery/ https://davidrhoades.org/does-submission-in-marriage-equate-to-slavery/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 06:33:13 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=805 One of the occasional criticisms of complementarians (those who believe that God created men to be the servant-leaders of their homes) is that it is akin to slavery.

I think it’s time to put this idea to the test.

This is what the Encyclopedia Britannica says about slavery (numerical listing is mine):

…Most of the following characteristics should be present in order to term a person a slave. (1) The slave was a species of property; thus, he belonged to someone else. In some societies slaves were considered movable property, in others immovable property, like real estate. (2) They were objects of the law, not its subjects. Thus, like an ox or an ax, the slave was not ordinarily held responsible for what he did. He was not personally liable for torts or contracts. (3) The slave usually had few rights and always fewer than his owner, but there were not many societies in which he had absolutely none. As there are limits in most societies on the extent to which animals may be abused, so there were limits in most societies on how much a slave could be abused. (4) The slave was removed from lines of natal descent. Legally, and often socially, he had no kin. No relatives could stand up for his rights or get vengeance for him. (5) As an “outsider,” “marginal individual,” or “socially dead person” in the society where he was enslaved, his rights to participate in political decision making and other social activities were fewer than those enjoyed by his owner. (6) The product of a slave’s labour could be claimed by someone else, who also frequently had the right to control his physical reproduction.

Does a Wife’s Submission to Her Husband Make Her a Slave?

Corresponding to the six points delineated above, let’s test whether slavery is an honest and valid analogy/criticism for complementarian marriage:

  1. Complementarian husbands do not consider their wives to be property. They are equals, created in the image of God.
  2. As persons made in the image of God, complementarian wives are responsible for their actions.
  3. Complementarian wives have many rights, not few. No man should abuse his wife.
  4. Complementarian wives have kin. Their families of origin should be respected and honored.
  5. Complementarian wives are not “outsiders,” “marginal,” or “socially dead.” They have the right to engage in political and social activities.
  6. Complementarian wives have control of the works of their hands (cf. Prov. 31:16). They have the right to reproduce physically.

I would add that slavery is usually involuntary. Submission in marriage is always voluntary because that is the nature of submission. There is no such thing as involuntary submission. Why? Because submission involves a willing attitude.

Submission is something that is hard to do. It becomes much easier, though, when the authority in our lives seeks our best and loves us.

 

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What Work Does for You (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/what-work-does-for-you-2-thessalonians-36-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-work-does-for-you-2-thessalonians-36-12/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 02:02:32 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=801 In the United States, there are more people living in households with someone on welfare than there are full-time year-round workers. There may not be much that we can do to affect the entire country, but we can make sure that our own lives reflect biblical values.

In this sixth message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades examines Scripture to help us discover the ways in which we are the beneficiaries of work.

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How To Deal With Conflict https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-deal-with-conflict/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-to-deal-with-conflict/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 17:11:07 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=769 No area of our lives is immune from conflict. We can encounter conflict in our marriages, with our children, at church, in school, and at work.

Some people are “conflict magnets.” They seem to attract friction and disputes wherever they go.

Others are immune to conflict. No matter what is going on around them, they are unaffected. They’re like the guy with high metabolism who can eat as much as he wants and never gain weight. (I hate that guy!).

It’s not necessarily a good thing to be unaffected by conflict. That might be a sign of severe narcissism. Hopefully you care enough about people to want peace.

And it’s certainly detrimental to be paralyzed by conflict. Your goal needs to be to deal with it and move forward.

If we’re going to deal with conflict the right way, we need to identify and avoid the pitfalls.

Wrong Ways We Deal With Conflict

  1. Ignore it. This is the most popular way to deal with conflict. But sticking your head in the sand doesn’t make the problem go away. Pouring your troubles into your favorite escape mechanism just leaves the issues for another day.Conflict is like cancer in one respect: if left alone, it will likely grow worse.Some people refuse to deal with conflict because they didn’t start it. But why would you rather live in a state of disharmony with others than go through the brief pain of dealing with the problem? Healing comes through the application of the proper medicine, and the medicine for conflict is healthy communication.
  2. Gossip. If there is a problem between you and Johnny, griping about your frustrations to Suzie doesn’t solve the problem, especially if Suzie has a big mouth. It won’t take long for word to get back to Johnny that you’ve been griping about him, and then you have conflict about the conflict.[shareable cite=”Dave Ramsey”]Gossip is discussing anything negative with someone who can’t help solve the problem.[/shareable]That’s not to say you can’t get advice from a third party. Seeking counsel from a wise person is not gossip, but the person you turn to for help needs to be trustworthy, discreet, and willing to love you enough tell you the truth (even if you’re wrong.)
  3. Blame others. You might be thinking, “But it’s their fault!” And you may be right! But before you run off and accuse someone of being in the wrong, you need to be willing to listen.Remember: You probably don’t know all the circumstances the other person is dealing with, and you don’t know their heart. Only God has all knowledge.[shareable cite=”David Rhoades”]Be kind to people. Everyone is having a hard time with something.[/shareable]

The Right Way To Resolve Conflict

  1. Examine yourself. Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3).Sometimes we have blind spots which hinder us from seeing our own problems. But if we take a little time to examine our own motivations, words, and actions, we may find that we contributed to the conflict.
  2. Deal with facts. Not everything you’ve heard from the rumor mill is true. Jesus said, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault…” (Matthew 18:15). He might as well have said, “If you know for a fact that your brother sins…” This means that you are certain of the offending party’s words or actions. Rumor and innuendo are not facts.
  3. Take the first step. If you have hurt someone else, you need to make it right. Own it. Tell him you messed up and that you’re sorry he was hurt. As Jesus put it, “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering” (Matthew 5:23-24).But you need to say more than, “I’m sorry.” Ask the offended person if he will forgive you. Saying “I’m sorry” simply expresses your emotions. But asking, “Will you forgive me?” requests a response and provides an opportunity for the relationship to heal.”But what if I’m the one harmed? Shouldn’t the other person come to me?” It would be nice if everyone who harmed us tried to make it right. But that doesn’t alleviate your responsibility. You still must go to them. “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault.”

    [shareable]According to Jesus, conflict resolution always begins with you.[/shareable]

  4. Address conflict in private, if possible. Unless the conflict has escalated to the point that it involves other people, the conflict resolution needs to be attempted privately. Occasionally conflict resolution is embarrassing or it doesn’t go well, and it’s better to have those difficult discussions away from other people.
  5. Involve other people, if necessary. It’s been my experience that most conflicts can be resolved one-on-one. But sometimes a mediator or a larger circle of people are needed. They can give a third-person perspective that both of the people in conflict need to hear.
  6. If no resolution can be found, go your way in peace. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18). Sometimes, however, there will be a lasting disagreement. But that doesn’t mean you have to be disagreeable. Remember: Be kind to people!

Conflict is inevitable in this life, but the path to peace just takes some wisdom and a little effort on your part. If you are willing to deal with conflict the right way, not only will your life be better, but you can improve someone else’s life. And there’s nothing better than being a blessing!

What are some other wrong and right ways we deal with conflict? Leave your comment below!

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Keys to Victory in Spiritual Warfare (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/keys-to-victory-in-spiritual-warfare-2-thessalonians-31-5/ https://davidrhoades.org/keys-to-victory-in-spiritual-warfare-2-thessalonians-31-5/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 02:59:13 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=793 December 7, 1941 was, for all intents and purposes, an unmistakable declaration of war against the United States of America. But there have been other times when war was declared, but it was imperceptible. In other words, we did not know we were in a war…but our enemy did.

Spiritually, we are in a war. But do we know it? How does it affect our lives? In this fifth message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades unveils some keys to experiencing victory in our spiritual battles.

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In Our Prayers (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/in-our-prayers-2-thessalonians-213-17/ https://davidrhoades.org/in-our-prayers-2-thessalonians-213-17/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:34:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=594 Whenever something bad happens, people have a tendency to say, “You’re in our prayers.” But is that nothing more than a saying designed to convey empathy?

What if people truly took prayer seriously? What kind of difference would it make in this world? In this fourth message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Studies in Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades delves into a thanksgiving and prayer that Paul wrote on behalf of the church he founded.

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Understanding the Return of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/understanding-the-return-of-christ-2-thessalonians-21-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/understanding-the-return-of-christ-2-thessalonians-21-12/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 03:25:48 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=592 Is it possible that we have missed the return of Christ? Could He have returned secretly? Or could it be that we might miss out on His return if it is still future?

In this third message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Studies in Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why we can have assurance that Christ has not already returned and why the entire world will know it when He does.

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Praying for Change (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-change-2-thessalonians-111-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-change-2-thessalonians-111-12/#respond Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:18:00 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=590 People use a lot of methods to try to better their lives: New Year’s resolutions, 12-step programs, and psychological counseling are just a few. Sometimes they are effective, but often they are not.

But how can prayer affect change? Does it make any difference at all? In this second message from the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Studies in Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades examines how prayer can facilitate changes in our beliefs and behavior.

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The Characteristics of the Christian Life (2 Thessalonians 1:1-10) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-characteristics-of-the-christian-life-2-thessalonians-11-10/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-characteristics-of-the-christian-life-2-thessalonians-11-10/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 03:09:55 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=588 Sometimes the differences between believers and unbelievers is indiscernible. The morality of both seems to be the same. But there are some distinct characteristics of those believers that are striving to live for God.

In this first message in the series “Understanding the Christian Life: Studies in Second Thessalonians,” Dr. David Rhoades unwraps the layers hiding under the surface of a Christian.

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God’s Goal for Your Life (1 Thessalonians 5:23-28) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/gods-goal-for-your-life-1-thessalonians-523-28/ https://davidrhoades.org/gods-goal-for-your-life-1-thessalonians-523-28/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:43:15 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=577 Do you have goals for yourself? Perhaps some of them are major goals, like writing a book or visiting a foreign land. God has a goal for your life as well. And His goal is ultimately more satisfying than ours.

In this final message from the series “Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how God’s goal intersect with your own to give you everything you need for life and godliness.

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Obeying God Sexually (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/obeying-god-sexually-1-thessalonians-41-8/ https://davidrhoades.org/obeying-god-sexually-1-thessalonians-41-8/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 03:41:07 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=575 Far too many Christians today are in fact sexual atheists: they behave sexually as if God does not exist. From married Christians committing adultery to single believers cohabiting, the breadth of sexual sins followers of Christ engage in is comprehensive.

Is our sexual behavior really that important? Isn’t it just my own personal business what I do with my body? In this sixth message from the series “Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why sexual behavior was the first topic Paul discussed as he began to exhort the believers in Thessalonica.

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The Benefits of Your Faith (1 Thessalonians 3:6-13) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-benefits-of-your-faith-1-thessalonians-36-13/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-benefits-of-your-faith-1-thessalonians-36-13/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 03:39:02 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=573 Have you ever felt like your spiritual condition just isn’t that important? Like it doesn’t matter if you’re far away from God because it only affects you? Or maybe you think that because you are saved, your faith is complete. These ideas are wrong!

When you draw close to God, you not only benefit yourself, but your faith overflows into the hearts of others! In this fifth message from the series “Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how having a growing faith in Christ is beneficial to everyone.

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When the Devil Closes a Door (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/when-the-devil-closes-a-door-1-thessalonians-217-35/ https://davidrhoades.org/when-the-devil-closes-a-door-1-thessalonians-217-35/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 03:35:48 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=571 You’ve probably heard the saying, “When God closes a door, look for a window.” But what if the “door” to what you wanted in life was not shut by God? What if the devil shut the door?

In this fourth message from the series “Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times,” Dr. David Rhoades examines the life and perspective of the apostle Paul for answers to satanic opposition.

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The Characteristics of a Christian (1 Thessalonians 2:13-16) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-characteristics-of-a-christian-1-thessalonians-213-16/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-characteristics-of-a-christian-1-thessalonians-213-16/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:33:10 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=569 What is it that distinguishes a Christian from a non-Christian? Many people today take on the name “Christian,” but few seem to truly understand or believe in the substance behind the word.

In this third message from the series “Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times,” Dr. David Rhoades explains with simple clarity the characteristics of a Christian.

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Your Work of Faith (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/your-work-of-faith-1-thessalonians-11-10/ https://davidrhoades.org/your-work-of-faith-1-thessalonians-11-10/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 03:27:12 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=560 Do you have a hard time being thankful? Does it seem like all the troubles and difficulties of life choke out the gratitude that should be in your heart? The secret to gratitude is to remember everything God has done for you.

In this first message from the new series on 1 Thessalonians called “Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times,” Dr. David Rhoades demonstrates how our faith is the foundation for gratitude.

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The Announcement of Our Savior (Luke 2:8-20) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-announcement-of-our-savior-luke-28-20/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-announcement-of-our-savior-luke-28-20/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2015 03:25:00 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=558 The smallest details of the announcement of the birth of the King had profound significance. The home city, the manger, and even the swaddling cloths conveyed a the truth that the eternal Son of God has brought a Kingdom to earth.

In this second message from the series, “The Savior of the World,” Dr. David Rhoades unfolds the mystery of these details to bring out hidden truths to a widely-known story.

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The Arrival of Our Savior (Luke 2:1-7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-arrival-of-our-savior-luke-21-7/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-arrival-of-our-savior-luke-21-7/#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2015 03:21:55 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=554 We know that Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem, where she gave birth to Jesus. But why would the government create a census that caused people to uproot their lives and return to their ancestral home? And are there any applications of this for our own lives today?

In this first message from the series “The Savior of the World,” Dr. David Rhoades unwraps the mystery of the trip to Bethlehem. He explains how the circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ were all very logical, giving weight to the veracity of the story. He also explores the beneficial lessons for those who would follow Christ in any age.

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Persevere to the End (Daniel 12:5-13) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/persevere-to-the-end-daniel-125-13/ https://davidrhoades.org/persevere-to-the-end-daniel-125-13/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:19:56 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=552 After the final vision of God’s plan for Israel and the world had been given to Daniel, he discovers that both he and the angels have unanswered questions. The Lord replies that Daniel should go on about his life and trust the future to Him.

In this eleventh and final message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades reminds believers that there is a great reward awaiting them if they persevere in their faith to the end.

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A Final Vision of God’s Plan (Daniel 10:1-12:4) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/a-final-vision-of-gods-plan-daniel-101-124/ https://davidrhoades.org/a-final-vision-of-gods-plan-daniel-101-124/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:16:43 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=550 In the final vision given to Daniel, God’s plan for Israel and the entire world is revealed. A number of kings will have influence over God’s people, followed by a despicable person and the Antichrist.

In this tenth message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades exhorts believers to maintain a faith in God when man-made governments fail.

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The Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks (Daniel 9:24-27) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-prophecy-of-the-seventy-weeks-daniel-924-27/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-prophecy-of-the-seventy-weeks-daniel-924-27/#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2015 03:12:15 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=548 In this video, Dr. David Rhoades explores the prophecy of the 70 weeks in Daniel 9:24-27. The prophecy is God’s plan for Israel, and it was revealed by the angel Gabriel to Daniel. The prophecy proves to be incredibly precise in its timing.

Special recognition should go to Harold Hoehner’s book “Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ” (http://goo.gl/VSZcNM) and Sam A. Smith’s article, “Two Significant Problems With Harold W. Hoehner’s Chronology of the Life of Christ” (http://goo.gl/eRJuoF) for their work on a difficult and confusing subject.

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God Will Judge Our Persecutors (Daniel 8:1-27) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-will-judge-our-persecutors-daniel-81-27/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-will-judge-our-persecutors-daniel-81-27/#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2015 03:10:22 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=546 In the eighth chapter of the Book of Daniel, the prophet sees an incredible vision of a goat and a ram in battle. The vision, however, was a detailed prophecy of the upcoming battle between the Persian and Greek kingdoms.

In this eighth message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how God’s plan unfolds throughout these conflicts to bring victory to those who trust in Him.

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Reigning with the Son of Man (Daniel 7:1-28) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/reigning-with-the-son-of-man-daniel-71-28/ https://davidrhoades.org/reigning-with-the-son-of-man-daniel-71-28/#respond Mon, 02 Nov 2015 03:08:40 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=544 Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Or perhaps you feel trapped, far away from home. Where is God in our sufferings? Will our experience ever get better?

In this seventh message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades share the incredible and ultimately uplifting vision that Daniel experienced. As God unfolds His plan for history, we can have assurance not only will circumstances improve at the last day, but we will actually reign in God’s Kingdom with Christ.

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The Lord Saves People with Faith (Daniel 6:1-28) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-lord-saves-people-with-faith-daniel-61-28/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-lord-saves-people-with-faith-daniel-61-28/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2015 02:06:34 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=542 What do you do when the authorities in your life want you to disobey God? Should you disobey God, believing that He will forgive your lack of faith? Or should you obey Him in all things and leave the circumstances, including your punishment, in His hands?

In this seventh message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades examines the courage of Daniel in the midst of a den of lions.

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God Brings Down the Mighty (Daniel 5:1-31) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-brings-down-the-mighty-daniel-51-31/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-brings-down-the-mighty-daniel-51-31/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:04:56 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=540 Why does God judge the nations? Why does He destroy nations and depose their leaders only to replace them with others?

In this fifth message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the handwriting on the wall that brought down the kingdom of Babylon to discover whether the pattern could be repeated today.

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The Lord Sovereignly Establishes Rulers (Daniel 4:1-37) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-lord-sovereignly-establishes-rulers-daniel-41-37/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-lord-sovereignly-establishes-rulers-daniel-41-37/#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:02:27 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=538 Where is God when I’m suffering? Why did He allow all this pain and hurt in my life?

The questions we ask today are the same ones asked by God’s people centuries before. In this fourth message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades shares lessons learned from a story about God’s sovereignty during difficult times.

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The Lord Can Deliver (Daniel 3:1-30) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-lord-can-deliver-daniel-31-30/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-lord-can-deliver-daniel-31-30/#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:57:59 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=536 When we are suffering and oppressed, is it a sign that our God is weak or uncaring? How can we have assurance of God’s sovereignty and concern for us when things go wrong?

In this third message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades shares the incredible narrative of God’s provision for three young men who stood for Him against all odds.

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God’s Kingdom Will Stand (Daniel 2:1-49) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/gods-kingdom-will-stand-daniel-21-49/ https://davidrhoades.org/gods-kingdom-will-stand-daniel-21-49/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:51:24 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=524 The king of Babylon had a troubling dream, but the wisest men in his kingdom could not interpret it. Was he in danger of an assassin? Was Babylon about to be attacked? He needed a word from the God whom he did not know.

In this second message from the series “Unshaken: The Story of Daniel,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the miraculous revelation the Lord gave Daniel predicting an eternal kingdom from God.

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The God of Our Dreams (1 Samuel 1:1-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-god-of-our-dreams-1-samuel-11-11/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-god-of-our-dreams-1-samuel-11-11/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2015 01:48:33 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=521 What is it that you want to accomplish or become? What is your dream? Jesus is not against you. He is for you. He can fulfill your dream if you have faith in Him.

In this special message, Dr. David Rhoades explores one of the most powerful questions Jesus asked: “What do you want Me to do for you?” Perhaps He is asking this question of you today.

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Whatever Works for You, Right? (Acts 8:4-24) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/whatever-works-for-you-right-acts-84-24/ https://davidrhoades.org/whatever-works-for-you-right-acts-84-24/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:46:10 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=519 Simon the sorcerer wanted to use God in order to draw a crowd for himself. Peter’s rebuke of him in Acts 8 should serve as a warning to charlatans posing as trusted preachers of God’s Word who do the same today.

In this sixth and final message from the series “Veiled Deceptions: Destroying False Belief with God’s Truth,” Dr. David Rhoades exposes the dangers of pragmatism in doctrine and practice.

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What’s In It for Me? (Luke 16:19-31) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/whats-in-it-for-me-luke-1619-31/ https://davidrhoades.org/whats-in-it-for-me-luke-1619-31/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2015 01:43:18 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=517 Wealth. Pleasure. Power. The pursuit of these self-centered and worldly goals is neither satisfying nor wise.

In this fifth message from the series “Veiled Deceptions: Destroying False Belief with God’s Truth,” Dr. David Rhoades describes the decisive and final day when the question will be answered: What’s in it for me?

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What’s Wrong with Wanting a Little More? (Matthew 6:19-24) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/whats-wrong-with-wanting-a-little-more-matthew-619-24/ https://davidrhoades.org/whats-wrong-with-wanting-a-little-more-matthew-619-24/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:40:51 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=515 Many people (unfortunately including a number of preachers) will tell you that pursuing this world’s temporary wealth is fulfilling. But the one Man who claimed to have come to give us life to the full taught otherwise.

In this fourth message from the series “Veiled Deceptions: Destroying False Belief with God’s Truth,” Dr. David Rhoades encourages us to pursue eternal rewards in heaven.

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Is Mormonism Christian? (1 John 4:1-3) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/is-mormonism-christian-1-john-41-3/ https://davidrhoades.org/is-mormonism-christian-1-john-41-3/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:39:05 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=513 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (i.e., the “Mormon Church”) has nice TV commercials featuring seemingly perfect families claiming to have “another” testament of Jesus Christ. This narrative is expanded upon by the two nicely dressed young people who knock on your door.

But these young people have been deceived by the LDS Church, and if you are not careful they will deceive you. In this third message from the series “Veiled Deceptions: Destroying False Belief with God’s Truth,” Dr. David Rhoades shares three vital questions that determine whether a spiritual teaching is true or false.

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Are All Religions the Same? (Acts 4:12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/are-all-religions-the-same-acts-412/ https://davidrhoades.org/are-all-religions-the-same-acts-412/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:36:41 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=511 Are all religions the same? Do all spiritual paths lead to God? Does it matter what you believe as long as you are sincere? Does God reveal Himself in different ways to different people at different times?

In this second message from the series “Veiled Deceptions: Destroying False Belief with God’s Truth,” Dr. David Rhoades gives convincing evidence that Jesus is set apart from all other religious leaders and teachers who ever lived.

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Is There Really a God? (Psalm 53:1) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/is-there-really-a-god-psalm-531/ https://davidrhoades.org/is-there-really-a-god-psalm-531/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:32:07 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=503 Is there really a God? Is believing in God something that you just have to accept, or could He have left His evidence written in our hearts and minds?

In this first message of the series “Veiled Deceptions: Destroying False Belief with God’s Truth,” Dr. David Rhoades puts atheism on trial by asking three powerful questions.

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The Path of the Vine (John 6:26-58) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-the-vine-john-626-58/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-the-vine-john-626-58/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:30:03 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=501 Why do people come to Jesus? How about you? What brings you to Him? Many (if not most) people initially come to Jesus because of a need in their own lives. There comes a time, however, when we must begin coming to Him not just for our own needs, but to worship Him and become more like Him.

In this sixth and final message in the series “The Level Path,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how this life principle can the be key that keeps us on the path to further godliness.

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The Path of Expressing Thanks (2 Kings 5:1-19) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-expressing-thanks-2-kings-51-19/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-expressing-thanks-2-kings-51-19/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2015 01:28:00 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=499 God forbids sexual immorality, speaking in immoral ways, harboring immoral thoughts, and even having immoral desires. We know this, so why do we continue to struggle with these things? It is because we have failed to learn a very important lesson: God not only forbids those things, but He commends something else that must replace them: expressing thanks.

In this fifth message from the series “The Level Path,” Dr. David Rhoades demonstrates through Naaman’s life how expressing thanks gives us the power to obey.

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The Path of Friendship (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-friendship-ecclesiastes-49-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-friendship-ecclesiastes-49-12/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:25:49 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=497 “All I need is God.” To say or think anything else sounds like heresy. In a society that values individuality, we can easily overlook a most important resource that God has given us: friends.

What role do our trusted, Spirit-filled friends play in helping us in our spiritual journey? In this fourth message from the series “The Level Path,” Dr. David Rhoades explains the necessity of walking with edifying friends.

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The Path of Violence (Matthew 18:1-10) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-violence-matthew-181-10/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-violence-matthew-181-10/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:24:06 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=495 One of the most violent passages in Scripture is in Matthew 18:1-10. In it Jesus recommends drowning and amputation to keep others and yourself from stumbling. If His view of sin and its effects is different than ours, we should ask ourselves why that is. What does Jesus know that we have failed to understand?

In this third message from the series “The Level Path,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why getting violent against sin is critical to our spiritual journey.

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The Path of Sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:8-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-sorrow-2-corinthians-78-11/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-sorrow-2-corinthians-78-11/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:21:34 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=493 Doing the wrong thing makes us sad. We’re afraid we might suffer loss related to our reputation, our job, our money, or our family. Although this kind of sorrow is common, it will not produce change in our lives.

In this second message from the series “The Level Path,” Dr. David Rhoades explains the shortcomings of this emotion, contrasting it with the effectiveness of godly sorrow.

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The Path of Grace (Romans 6:11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-grace-romans-611/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-of-grace-romans-611/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2015 01:16:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=485 “Why do I struggle with the same temptation and sins repeatedly? If Christians are supposed to live victoriously, then what’s wrong with me?” If these questions resonate with you, then you can rest in the good news of God’s provision.

The Lord has given us a level path in which we can walk in victorious obedience to Him. In this first message from the series “The Level Path,” Dr. David Rhoades explains that this path is at its foundation a path of grace.

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God Speaks on Islam (Galatians 1:8-9) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-islam-galatians-18-9/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-islam-galatians-18-9/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 01:12:59 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=483 What is the religion of Islam? Is it true? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? And why does the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS) engage in so many gruesome executions?

In this sixth message from the series “God Speaks,” Dr. David Rhoades explores these subjects from a biblical perspective. He explains the goal of ISIS, examines a few of the deficiencies of Islamic theology, and exhorts us to receive the forgiveness of sins that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

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God Speaks on Tyranny (Genesis 10:8-10) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-tyranny-genesis-108-10/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-tyranny-genesis-108-10/#respond Sun, 24 May 2015 23:33:15 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=380 Should Christians submit to a tyrannical government? What does God say about tyrants, and what should be our response to them?

In this fifth message from the series “God Speaks,” Dr. David Rhoades describes some of the eternal principles on this subject in his examination of the very first tyrant: Nimrod.

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God Speaks on Homosexuality (Romans 1:26-27) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-homosexuality-romans-126-27/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-homosexuality-romans-126-27/#respond Sun, 17 May 2015 23:31:15 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=377 What does God say about homosexuality? Does God love homosexuals? Can a person be a homosexual and also be a Christian?

In this fourth message from the series “God Speaks,” Dr. David Rhoades answers these critical questions and more.

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God Speaks on Dating (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-dating-1-thessalonians-43-5/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-dating-1-thessalonians-43-5/#respond Sun, 10 May 2015 23:26:44 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=374 Does God care who I date? What’s wrong with going out with just anyone? What’s wrong with following my heart?

In this third message from the series “God Speaks,” Dr. David Rhoades applies the eternal principles of God’s Word to our dating lives.

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God Speaks on Abortion (Psalm 139:13-16) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-abortion-psalm-13913-16/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-speaks-on-abortion-psalm-13913-16/#respond Sun, 03 May 2015 23:05:16 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=370 Abortion is an emotional and divisive topic. How should we think about it? Fortunately God speaks on abortion in His Word.

In this second message from the series “God Speaks,” Dr. David Rhoades helps us discover God’s will regarding this crucial issue.

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How God Speaks (Matthew 5:18) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/how-god-speaks-matthew-518/ https://davidrhoades.org/how-god-speaks-matthew-518/#respond Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:01:40 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=367 Is it okay for us to just live our lives based on what sounds reasonable or feels good? Or has God given us an authority upon which we can live with success and fulfillment?

In the first message from the series “God Speaks,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why the Bible should be the foundation of every aspect of life.

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Moses: Choosing the Ways of God (Numbers 20:2-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/moses-choosing-the-ways-of-god-numbers-202-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/moses-choosing-the-ways-of-god-numbers-202-12/#respond Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:31:10 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=364 If I’m a Christian, isn’t that enough? Does it really matter that I obey God in the small things? In my daily life, why can’t I just choose my own way of living?

In this sixth message from the series “Feet of Clay: Imperfect Heroes of the Bible,” Dr. David Rhoades examines the repeated mistakes of Moses in choosing his own ways instead of God’s.

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Joseph: Subduing the Prideful Heart (Genesis 50:12-21) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/joseph-subduing-the-prideful-heart-genesis-5012-21/ https://davidrhoades.org/joseph-subduing-the-prideful-heart-genesis-5012-21/#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:26:30 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=361 We are largely products of our family. If this isn’t necessarily a good thing, is there hope to change?

In this fifth message from the series “Feet of Clay: Imperfect Heroes of the Bible,” Dr. David Rhoades looks to the life of Joseph as someone who remained faithful to God in the midst of very difficult circumstances.

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God Meant It For Good (Acts 2:23-24) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/god-meant-it-for-good-acts-223-24/ https://davidrhoades.org/god-meant-it-for-good-acts-223-24/#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2015 22:22:33 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=358 What was it that led to the crucifixion of Christ? It matters who you ask. In the end, only one opinion matters: God’s.

In this Resurrection Day sermon, Dr. David Rhoades shows how God superintended the evil actions of man to accomplish salvation for us.

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Jacob: Rising from Dishonor (Genesis 32:24-31) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/jacob-rising-from-dishonor-genesis-3224-31/ https://davidrhoades.org/jacob-rising-from-dishonor-genesis-3224-31/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:18:02 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=355 Does God love scoundrels? Con artists? Cheats? Yes, but once he starts working on their lives, he doesn’t allow them to stay that way.

In the fourth message from the series “Feet of Clay: Imperfect Heroes of the Bible,” Dr. David Rhoades examines the miraculous transformation of Jacob from a man of dishonor to a man of honor.

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Sarah: Believing the Impossible (Genesis 18:1-15) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/sarah-believing-the-impossible-genesis-181-15/ https://davidrhoades.org/sarah-believing-the-impossible-genesis-181-15/#respond Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:13:34 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=352 Everyone loves a good laugh! But what about those times that laughing is not good…even inappropriate?

In the third message from the series “Feet of Clay: Imperfect Heroes of the Bible,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how Sarah’s laughter wasn’t funny, but exposed a lack of faith in God.

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Abraham: Taming the Lying Tongue (Genesis 12:10-20) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/abraham-taming-the-lying-tongue-genesis-1210-20/ https://davidrhoades.org/abraham-taming-the-lying-tongue-genesis-1210-20/#respond Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:46:33 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=349 Telling lies is surprisingly easy and natural. But one of the problems with failing to be truthful is that it becomes a powerful force that can become a habit.

In the second message from the series “Feet of Clay: Imperfect Heroes of the Bible,” Dr. David Rhoades exposes and helps us overcome the sin of lying.

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Noah: No Longer Ashamed (Genesis 9:18-27) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/noah-no-longer-ashamed-genesis-918-27/ https://davidrhoades.org/noah-no-longer-ashamed-genesis-918-27/#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:43:04 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=346 We all have embarrassing and perhaps even shameful moments in our past. How can we deal with them and move forward?

Surprisingly, the answer can be found in the life of Noah. In the first message from the series “Feet of Clay: Imperfect Heroes of the Bible,” Dr. David Rhoades helps us discover how an embarrassing event in Noah’s life provides us with some powerful life principles.

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Bring Them To Jesus (John 1:35-42) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/bring-them-to-jesus-john-135-42/ https://davidrhoades.org/bring-them-to-jesus-john-135-42/#respond Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:39:37 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=343 How do you want to be remembered when you are gone? In this message exploring the life of Andrew, Dr. David Rhoades explains that the greatest thing that could ever be said of us is that we would bring people to Jesus.

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Supporting the Mission Financially (2 Corinthians 8-9) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/supporting-the-mission-financially-2-corinthians-8-9/ https://davidrhoades.org/supporting-the-mission-financially-2-corinthians-8-9/#respond Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:28:24 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=338 Should all Christians support God’s church financially? What are the most important issues with regard to giving that Christians should consider?

In this final message from the series “Church Impossible,” Dr. David Rhoades explores sacrificial giving and numerous other topics regarding Christians giving to the church.

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Growing Spiritually with Friends (Acts 2:42-47) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/growing-spiritually-with-friends-acts-242-47/ https://davidrhoades.org/growing-spiritually-with-friends-acts-242-47/#respond Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:26:58 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=336 In the fifth message from the series “Church Impossible, Dr. David Rhoades reflects on how the way God created us impacts the church’s ministry. Special attention is given to building relationships through the small groups.

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Worshiping God (Romans 12:1-2) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/worshiping-god-romans-121-2/ https://davidrhoades.org/worshiping-god-romans-121-2/#respond Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:25:17 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=334 Sacrifice is the essence of worship. But what kind of sacrifice does God desire? In the fourth message from the series “Church Impossible,” Dr. David Rhoades explores what Romans 12:1-2 says about worship.

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Making New Friends: Beyond the First Handshake (Genesis 18:1-18) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/making-new-friends-beyond-the-first-handshake-genesis-181-18/ https://davidrhoades.org/making-new-friends-beyond-the-first-handshake-genesis-181-18/#respond Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:23:25 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=332 Every church believes it is a friendly church, and according to guests, many are! But how do we actually make friends with strangers? In the third message from the series “Church Impossible,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the power of biblical hospitality.

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People That Need a Church Family (John 4:6-35) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/people-that-need-a-church-family-john-46-35/ https://davidrhoades.org/people-that-need-a-church-family-john-46-35/#respond Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:21:22 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=330 What kind of people need a church family? All kinds! In the second message from the series “Church Impossible,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how we need to be the kind of loving, healthy church family where people can find friendship and God’s love.

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Embracing the Impossible Challenge (Genesis 17:15-22) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/embracing-the-impossible-challenge-genesis-1715-22/ https://davidrhoades.org/embracing-the-impossible-challenge-genesis-1715-22/#respond Sun, 04 Jan 2015 22:14:23 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=328 Every church faces challenges to its growth. Sometimes they seem like they’re impossible to overcome. In the first message from the series “Church Impossible,” Dr. David Rhoades exposes the challenges the church must face directly…or else!

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Worthy of God’s Favor (Luke 2:7-14) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/worthy-of-gods-favor-luke-27-14/ https://davidrhoades.org/worthy-of-gods-favor-luke-27-14/#respond Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:19:28 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=326 Something caused the angel army to shout out at the birth of Christ. Could it have been the swaddling cloths and the manger? In the fourth message from the series “A Closer Look: Hidden Truths in the Scriptures,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why these creatures were so amazed after centuries of proclaiming God’s glory and honor.

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The Beginning of the Good News (Mark 16:1-8) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-beginning-of-the-good-news-mark-161-8/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-beginning-of-the-good-news-mark-161-8/#respond Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:17:14 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=324 Mark’s Gospel ends as it begins: with a witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the final message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades uncovers the spiritual reality behind the mysterious theme of clothing in Mark’s Gospel.

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Jesus Is Laid to Rest? (Mark 15:40-47) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-is-laid-to-rest-mark-1540-47/ https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-is-laid-to-rest-mark-1540-47/#respond Sun, 07 Dec 2014 20:15:04 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=322 Like many women today, the women who followed Jesus were among the most dedicated of His disciples. They were ordinary people with an extraordinary faith. In the 13th message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how God entrusts regular people with the most important tasks.

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The Crucifixion (Mark 15:16-39) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-crucifixion-mark-1516-39/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-crucifixion-mark-1516-39/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:12:11 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=319 Jesus is the only way to the Father. In the 12th message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how Jesus made it possible for us to experience God’s love and forgiveness through the cross.

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The Trials of Jesus and Peter (Mark 14:53-15:15) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-trials-of-jesus-and-peter-mark-1453-1515/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-trials-of-jesus-and-peter-mark-1453-1515/#respond Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:10:24 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=317 Soon after Jesus was arrested, He and Peter both endured spiritual trials of their faith. In the 11th message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the lessons we can learn from Peter’s failure and Jesus’ success.

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The Kiss of Death (Mark 14:43-52) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-kiss-of-death-mark-1443-52/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-kiss-of-death-mark-1443-52/#respond Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:08:19 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=315 In your life, you will face three obstacles from time to time: the power of position, the lure of greed, and the pain of betrayal. In the 10th message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how the proper navigation of these obstacles can lead to spiritual victory.

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The Path Through Gethsemane (Mark 14:27-42) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-through-gethsemane-mark-1427-42/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-path-through-gethsemane-mark-1427-42/#respond Sun, 09 Nov 2014 20:06:42 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=313 Jesus remained faithful even though a growing darkness was surrounding His life. In the ninth message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how His example inspires us to respond gratefully to the grace of God in our lives.

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The Final Feast (Mark 14:12-26) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-final-feast-mark-1412-26/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-final-feast-mark-1412-26/#respond Sun, 02 Nov 2014 20:04:20 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=311 Why would Jesus willingly go into Jerusalem, making a direct path to the cross? Because He believed that His death would accomplish the creation of a new covenant between God and man. In the eighth message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the sign of the new covenant: the Lord’s Supper.

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Jesus and the Temple of Doom – Part 2 (Mark 13:23-37) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-and-the-temple-of-doom-part-2-mark-1323-37/ https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-and-the-temple-of-doom-part-2-mark-1323-37/#respond Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:02:19 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=309 Sometimes Jesus talks about His return being near, but other times He says it will be delayed. In the sixth message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explores this apparent contradiction and its implications for our lives.

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Jesus and the Temple of Doom – Part 1 (Mark 13:1-23) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-and-the-temple-of-doom-part-1-mark-131-23/ https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-and-the-temple-of-doom-part-1-mark-131-23/#respond Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:00:26 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=307 The Jewish Temple of Jesus’ day was a magnificent accomplishment. The problem is that its leaders were not carrying out God’s purposes for it.

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A Genuine Love of God (Mark 12:18-44) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/a-genuine-love-of-god-mark-1218-44/ https://davidrhoades.org/a-genuine-love-of-god-mark-1218-44/#respond Sun, 05 Oct 2014 18:58:14 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=305 The religious leaders tried to trick Jesus with a question about a woman with numerous husbands. What they missed was a truth known by an unnamed widow who gave everything she had. As Dr. David Rhoades explains in the fourth message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” we are to love God and love others.

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Giving God His Due (Mark 11:27-12:17) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/giving-god-his-due-mark-1127-1217/ https://davidrhoades.org/giving-god-his-due-mark-1127-1217/#respond Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:56:01 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=303 There exists a connection between the parable of the field owner who sent his son to collect the wages and the story of Jesus paying taxes to Caesar. In the third message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains that God has invested much in us, and we are to give Him what He is due.

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Of Figs and Temples (Mark 11:12-25) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/of-figs-and-temples-mark-1112-25/ https://davidrhoades.org/of-figs-and-temples-mark-1112-25/#respond Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:52:57 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=301 What does a fig tree have in common with a temple? Not much, unless neither is what they are supposed to be. In the second message from the series “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why Jesus is so displeased toward hypocrisy.

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The King Has Arrived (Mark 11:1-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-king-has-arrived-mark-111-11/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-king-has-arrived-mark-111-11/#respond Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:50:21 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=299 The arrival of King Jesus begins with Him making the necessary arrangements to fulfill ancient Hebrew prophecies. In the first message from the series, “Mission Accomplished: The Journey to the Cross in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades describes how Jesus shows Himself to be the King. That truth, however, is only received by those with faith.

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The Price of Glory (Mark 10:31-45) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-price-of-glory-mark-1031-45/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-price-of-glory-mark-1031-45/#respond Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:48:23 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=297 For Jesus, the price of His glory was suffering. The same principle applies to our lives. In the seventh message from the series “What Is He Doing? The Mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades asks this most important question: What are you willing to sacrifice in order to follow Christ?

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Kids, Possessions, and the Kingdom (Mark 10:13-30) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/kids-possessions-and-the-kingdom-mark-1013-30/ https://davidrhoades.org/kids-possessions-and-the-kingdom-mark-1013-30/#respond Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:46:55 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=295 What in the world does the Kingdom of God have to do with my kids? Or my possessions? In the sixth message from the series “What Is He Doing? The Mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades shares some life-changing truths from Jesus.

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Divorce, Remarriage, and Following Jesus (Mark 10:1-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/divorce-remarriage-and-following-jesus-mark-101-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/divorce-remarriage-and-following-jesus-mark-101-12/#respond Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:42:13 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=292 Divorce and remarriage is a sensitive and difficult subject. In the fifth message from the series “What Is He Doing? The Mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades looks at the effect  following Jesus has on our view of divorce and remarriage.

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Purifying His Followers (Mark 9:42-50) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/purifying-his-followers-mark-942-50/ https://davidrhoades.org/purifying-his-followers-mark-942-50/#respond Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:40:06 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=290 What did Jesus say about Hell? And what does Hell have to do with believers? In the fourth message from the series “What Is He Doing? The Mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades examines some powerful realities about this often overlooked subject.

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Journeying with Jesus (Mark 9:30-41) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/journeying-with-jesus-mark-930-41/ https://davidrhoades.org/journeying-with-jesus-mark-930-41/#respond Sun, 03 Aug 2014 18:38:01 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=288 Even though we all progress at different paces, Jesus expects us to be willing to understand His mission, be a servant, and support those doing God’s work. In the third message from the series “What Is He Doing? The Mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explores what it means to journey with Jesus.

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The Difference: Prayer (Mark 9:14-29) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-difference-prayer-mark-914-29/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-difference-prayer-mark-914-29/#respond Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:35:54 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=286 Prayer is more essential than we know, and through it God can do more than we perceive. In the second message from the series “What Is He Doing? The Mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explores what Jesus taught about the power of prayer.

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On Mission From God (Mark 9:1-13) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/on-mission-from-god-mark-91-13/ https://davidrhoades.org/on-mission-from-god-mark-91-13/#respond Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:19:27 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=284 Only once we begin to discover who Jesus is can we consider the cost of following Him. In the first message in the series, “What Is He Doing? The Mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains that Jesus calls us to join Him on mission and take up our cross.

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He Is The Christ (Mark 8:22-38) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/he-is-the-christ-mark-822-38/ https://davidrhoades.org/he-is-the-christ-mark-822-38/#respond Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:15:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=282 There finally came a day when the disciples began to discover who Jesus truly was: the Son of God. In the final message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades shows that this is the first step we must make in following Him.

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Warning Against Leaven (Mark 8:1-21) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/warning-against-leaven-mark-81-21/ https://davidrhoades.org/warning-against-leaven-mark-81-21/#respond Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:12:30 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=280 Leaven is likened to sin throughout the Bible because it is small, unnoticed, and spreads into everything. In the 15th message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why Jesus warned His followers to stay away from the leaven of hypocrisy.

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Noticing the Ignored (Mark 7:24-37) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/noticing-the-ignored-mark-724-37/ https://davidrhoades.org/noticing-the-ignored-mark-724-37/#respond Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:11:04 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=278 Have you ever said or thought, “No one cares about me. I’m not important”? In the 14th message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,”Dr. David Rhoades shows how Jesus cared for those who society pushed aside, and He does the same for us today.

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Breaking from Tradition (Mark 7:1-23) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/breaking-from-tradition-mark-71-23/ https://davidrhoades.org/breaking-from-tradition-mark-71-23/#respond Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:05:10 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=275 What is it you based your church on? Your beliefs? Your very life? In the 13th message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades shows that God’s Word, not our traditions, is the only sure foundation.

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Trampling on the Waves (Mark 6:45-56) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/trampling-on-the-waves-mark-645-56/ https://davidrhoades.org/trampling-on-the-waves-mark-645-56/#respond Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:57:49 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=273 Jesus demonstrated His absolute authority over His creation by walking on the water, yet the disciples still did not understand who He truly was. In the 12th message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades leads us to a self-examination of our own spiritual insight.

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Feasting in the Wilderness (Mark 6:30-44) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/feasting-in-the-wilderness-mark-630-44/ https://davidrhoades.org/feasting-in-the-wilderness-mark-630-44/#respond Sun, 01 Jun 2014 17:55:11 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=271 In the 11th message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades leads us to discover powerful truths from the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes.

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Rejected and Received (Mark 6:1-13) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/rejected-and-received-mark-61-13/ https://davidrhoades.org/rejected-and-received-mark-61-13/#respond Wed, 14 May 2014 17:53:01 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=269 All people will eventually have to face this question: What did I do with the Lord Jesus Christ? In the ninth message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how there are only two options: receive Him or reject Him.

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The Masterpiece of God [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-masterpiece-of-god/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-masterpiece-of-god/#respond Sun, 11 May 2014 17:39:11 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=266 In this Mother’s Day sermon, Dr. David Rhoades shows how God took extra care when He made Eve, saving His masterpiece for last.

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The Healer (Mark 5:21-43) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-healer-mark-521-43/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-healer-mark-521-43/#respond Sun, 04 May 2014 17:30:28 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=264 Is something in your life broken and beyond repair? In the eighth message in the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how Jesus can do what no one else can. Take your burdens to Him.

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The Liberator (Mark 5:1-20) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-liberator-mark-51-20/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-liberator-mark-51-20/#respond Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:12:10 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=262 Jesus liberated a man from a strong demonic presence. In the seventh message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how Jesus can liberate us from whatever holds us captive.

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The Story (Lamentations 3:21-23) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-story-lamentations-321-23/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-story-lamentations-321-23/#respond Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:03:45 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=259 The story of Jesus is one of God’s faithfulness. In this Resurrection Day message, Dr. David Rhoades asks if this is our story as well.

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The Harvester (Mark 4:1-34) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-harvester-mark-41-34/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-harvester-mark-41-34/#respond Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:01:04 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=257 In Mark 4, Jesus begins to teach in parables. Why did He do this? What do His parables mean? In the sixth message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the first parable Jesus told, which holds the key to understanding all the parables.

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Standing Against Opposition (Mark 3:7-35) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/standing-against-opposition-mark-37-35/ https://davidrhoades.org/standing-against-opposition-mark-37-35/#respond Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:59:36 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=255 It’s no surprise that the opponents of Jesus misunderstood him. But it is surprising that his own family–the people that knew him best–misunderstood him as well. In the fifth message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,”Dr. David Rhoades examines two seemingly unrelated stories to bring us a better understanding of who Jesus is and what he desires of us.

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The Hidden Messiah (Mark 1:29-45) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-hidden-messiah-mark-129-45/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-hidden-messiah-mark-129-45/#respond Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:57:46 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=253 Jesus didn’t allow demons to reveal his identity to his followers. Jesus also didn’t want those he healed to reveal the source of their healing. In the third message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains why in this sermon from Mark 1:29-45. (Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first few minutes of this sermon were inadvertently not recorded.)

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Jesus Can Change Your Life (Mark 1:12-28) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-can-change-your-life-mark-112-28/ https://davidrhoades.org/jesus-can-change-your-life-mark-112-28/#respond Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:55:43 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=251 Early in his ministry, Jesus established his authority over every aspect of our lives. The question is whether we will trust him. In the second message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how Jesus can change your life.

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Can I Get a Witness? (Mark 1:1-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/can-i-get-a-witness-mark-11-11/ https://davidrhoades.org/can-i-get-a-witness-mark-11-11/#respond Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:53:37 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=249 Mark’s Gospel begins with the testimony of a number of witnesses who help us discover who Jesus really is. In the first message from the series “Who Is This Man? The Person of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”, Dr. David Rhoades explores these truths in the beginning of the Gospel.

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Taking Holiness Seriously (2 Samuel 6:1-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/taking-holiness-seriously-2-samuel-61-11/ https://davidrhoades.org/taking-holiness-seriously-2-samuel-61-11/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2014 03:03:58 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=247 Why did the Lord strike down Uzzah, who was trying to keep the Ark of the Covenant from falling on the ground? In the third message from the series “A Closer Look: Hidden Truths in the Scriptures,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how the failure of Uzzah and King David to take holiness seriously cost Uzzah his life.

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Praying for Your Church (John 17:20-26) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-your-church-john-1720-26/ https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-your-church-john-1720-26/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2014 03:02:08 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=245 Every person who is a member of your church was at one time lost. Yet Jesus knew and believed in the potential for that person to receive Him and enter God’s Kingdom. In the final message from the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how to pray for those who will be part of the church.

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Praying for Believers (John 17:6-19) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-believers-john-176-19/ https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-believers-john-176-19/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:00:29 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=243 In the High Priestly Prayer, Jesus prays for the disciples who followed Him faithfully. In the fifth message from the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades teaches some important principles to remember as we pray for fellow believers.

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Praying for Yourself (John 17:1-5) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-yourself-john-171-5/ https://davidrhoades.org/praying-for-yourself-john-171-5/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2014 02:59:04 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=241 Is it okay to pray for yourself? How does God view me when I pray? In the third message in the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades explores these ideas an others in his exploration of John 17:1-5.

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Praying Through Suffering (Matthew 26:36-46) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/praying-through-suffering-matthew-2636-46/ https://davidrhoades.org/praying-through-suffering-matthew-2636-46/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:56:53 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=239 In the third message in the series “The Prayers of Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the prayers at Gethsemane for clues about praying through suffering.

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Praying Like Jesus Prayed [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/praying-like-jesus-prayed/ https://davidrhoades.org/praying-like-jesus-prayed/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:54:44 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=237 What is prayer? What did Jesus teach about prayer? Explore these essential questions and more with Dr. David Rhoades in the first message of a new series called “The Prayers of Jesus.”

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Gifts for Salvation [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-salvation/ https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-salvation/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:52:47 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=235 God has given people to His church who easily and effectively tell others about Jesus Christ and teach God’s people to do the same. In the fifth message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores four of these gifts used in the 1st century: tongues, miracles, evangelism, and missions.

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Gifts for Strengthening [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-strengthening/ https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-strengthening/#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2013 02:44:13 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=233 God has given people to His church who build deep relationships with others and express God’s love through that relationship. In the fourth message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the ministries of encouragement, music, healing, and mercy.

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Gifts for Service [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-service/ https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-service/#respond Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:42:01 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=231 God has given people to His church that can meet the needs of others in meaningful and life giving ways. In the third message in the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the ministries of craftsmanship, giving, helping, and hospitality.

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Gifts for Shepherding [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-shepherding/ https://davidrhoades.org/gifts-for-shepherding/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2013 01:40:01 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=229 God has given people to His church who serve in visible places of leadership where they can influence others. In the second message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the ministries of apostleship, prophesy, leadership/administration, and pastor-teacher.

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What Are Spiritual Gifts? [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/what-are-spiritual-gifts/ https://davidrhoades.org/what-are-spiritual-gifts/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:35:17 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=227 Are spiritual gifts special abilities that God gives us on the day we receive Christ? That’s the popular view, but is it what the Bible actually teaches? In the first message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades challenges conventional thinking about the subject.

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God’s Plan Is Revealed (Ruth 4:13-22) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/gods-plan-is-revealed-ruth-413-22/ https://davidrhoades.org/gods-plan-is-revealed-ruth-413-22/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:19:25 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=223 Our viewpoint is focused on our own lives, but God sees throughout all generations. In this final message from the series “The Story of Ruth: Covenantal Love for Common People,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how the birth of a baby can change history.

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Rejoicing in God’s Provision (Ruth 4:1-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/rejoicing-in-gods-provision-ruth-41-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/rejoicing-in-gods-provision-ruth-41-12/#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2013 01:16:25 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=221 Sometimes God’s provision requires us to act. In this fifth message from the series “The Story of Ruth: Covenantal Love for Common People,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how Boaz is a model of getting things done and achieving your goals.

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Overcoming Obstacles (Ruth 3:1-18) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/overcoming-obstacles-ruth-31-18/ https://davidrhoades.org/overcoming-obstacles-ruth-31-18/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:13:32 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=219 Every time God’s plan is revealed, obstacles get in the way. What will you do about it, and how will these obstacles be removed? In the fourth message from the series “The Story of Ruth: Covenantal Love for Common People,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the story of Ruth and Naomi to discover how they overcame the obstacles facing them.

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A Ray of Hope (Ruth 2:1-23) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/a-ray-of-hope-ruth-21-23/ https://davidrhoades.org/a-ray-of-hope-ruth-21-23/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2013 01:09:53 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=217 What do you do when you’re out of options? In the third message from the series “The Story of Ruth: Covenantal Love for Common People,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how God gave Ruth and Naomi a ray of hope in the midst of severe circumstances.

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Missing Out on God’s Blessing (Ruth 1:6-22) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/missing-out-on-gods-blessing-ruth-16-22/ https://davidrhoades.org/missing-out-on-gods-blessing-ruth-16-22/#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2013 01:32:11 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=214 In the second message from the series “The Story of Ruth: Covenantal Love for Common People,” Dr. David Rhoades explores some of the possible outcomes when disobedience causes you to miss out on God’s blessings.

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Your New Self in Relationships (Colossians 4:7-18) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/your-new-self-in-relationships-colossians-47-18/ https://davidrhoades.org/your-new-self-in-relationships-colossians-47-18/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:38:55 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=208 Dr. David Rhoades explains how putting on the new self changes our relationships.

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Prayer for Your Growth (Colossians 1:9-14) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/prayer-for-your-growth-colossians-19-14/ https://davidrhoades.org/prayer-for-your-growth-colossians-19-14/#respond Mon, 27 May 2013 00:49:08 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=212 Just as a body needs food and oxygen to grow, so our spirit needs God’s Word and prayer. In this second message from the series “The Sufficiency of Christ: An Exploration of Colossians,” Dr. David Rhoades unpacks the timeless truths of the role of prayer in spiritual growth.

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Thanksgiving for Your Faith (Colossians 1:1-8) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/thanksgiving-for-your-faith-colossians-11-8/ https://davidrhoades.org/thanksgiving-for-your-faith-colossians-11-8/#respond Sun, 19 May 2013 23:45:31 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=210 As Dr. David Rhoades begins his exposition of the Book of Colossians, he helps us discover a biblical principle without parallel in any other religion: that Christ is completely sufficient for our lives.

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Remain in God (Matthew 6:5-15) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/remain-in-god-matthew-65-15/ https://davidrhoades.org/remain-in-god-matthew-65-15/#respond Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:36:43 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=206 In the third message from the series “Spiritual Basics,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how abiding in Christ every day gives us strength and wisdom for life.

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Be Baptized and Life a Raised Life (Romans 6:4) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/be-baptized-and-life-a-raised-life-romans-64/ https://davidrhoades.org/be-baptized-and-life-a-raised-life-romans-64/#respond Sun, 07 Apr 2013 23:27:26 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=202 In the second message from the series “Spiritual Basics,” Dr. David Rhoades explains the importance of baptism and how it can mark the beginning of a new life in Christ.

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Repent and Believe (Mark 1:14-15) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/repent-and-believe-mark-114-15/ https://davidrhoades.org/repent-and-believe-mark-114-15/#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:24:51 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=200 In the first message from the series “Spiritual Basics,” Dr. David Rhoades explains how to have faith in Jesus Christ, and he describes some of the impediments to belief.

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The Importance of Your Reputation (3 John 1-15) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-importance-of-your-reputation-3-john-1-15/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-importance-of-your-reputation-3-john-1-15/#respond Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:21:37 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=198 In the second message from the series “A Closer Look: Hidden Truths in the Scriptures,” Dr. David Rhoades examines the lives of one destructive and three godly men mentioned in the brief Book of 3 John.

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The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1-11) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-wedding-feast-at-cana-john-21-11/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-wedding-feast-at-cana-john-21-11/#respond Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:16:55 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=195 In this personal podcast and first of the series “A Closer Look: Hidden Truths in the Scriptures,” Dr. David Rhoades shares his insights into the real meaning of Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana.

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Parenting a New Believer (1 Thessalonians 2:7-12) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/parenting-a-new-believer-1-thessalonians-27-12/ https://davidrhoades.org/parenting-a-new-believer-1-thessalonians-27-12/#respond Mon, 04 Mar 2013 02:25:38 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=69 In the final message from the series “Faith Coach: Helping People Follow Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades describes how spiritual parenting is necessary in helping people follow Jesus.

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Bringing in the Harvest (Romans 6:23) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/bringing-in-the-harvest-romans-623/ https://davidrhoades.org/bringing-in-the-harvest-romans-623/#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:22:13 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=66 In the sixth message from the series “Faith Coach: Helping People Follow Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades demonstrates how to share your faith with others naturally and easily.

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Planting the Seed of God’s Word (Psalm 119:9-16) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/planting-the-seed-of-gods-word-psalm-1199-16/ https://davidrhoades.org/planting-the-seed-of-gods-word-psalm-1199-16/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2013 02:19:32 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=64 In the fifth message from the series “Faith Coach: Helping People Follow Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how we can share God’s Word with others in a conversational and helpful way.

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Plowing Hearts Through Prayer (John 15:7-8) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/plowing-hearts-through-prayer-john-157-8/ https://davidrhoades.org/plowing-hearts-through-prayer-john-157-8/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2013 02:17:18 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=62 In the fourth message from the series “Faith Coach: Helping People Follow Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades describes how God uses our prayers to soften the hearts of those far from God.

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Farming: How God’s Kingdom Grows (Luke 8:1-15) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/farming-how-gods-kingdom-grows-luke-81-15/ https://davidrhoades.org/farming-how-gods-kingdom-grows-luke-81-15/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2013 02:13:03 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=60 In the second message from the series “Faith Coach: Helping People Follow Jesus,” Dr. David Rhoades examines the implications of the most widely-used analogy in Scripture for evangelism: farming.

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Our One Purpose (Matthew 28:18-20) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/our-one-purpose-matthew-2818-20/ https://davidrhoades.org/our-one-purpose-matthew-2818-20/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2013 02:08:44 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=58 In the seven-week Faith Coach series, Dr. David Rhoades uncovers a biblical method of making disciples. This first message is a exposition of the one purpose Jesus gave His church: to make disciples.

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The Safe Path Through Judgment (2 Chronicles 7:13-14) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-safe-path-through-judgment-2-chronicles-713-14/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-safe-path-through-judgment-2-chronicles-713-14/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:19:43 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=49 With our nation under God’s judgment due to people losing their fear of God, Dr. David Rhoades charts a pathway through the judgment to return to God.

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Overcoming Temptation (Genesis 3:1-7) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/overcoming-temptation-genesis-31-7/ https://davidrhoades.org/overcoming-temptation-genesis-31-7/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2012 01:00:19 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=46 In his eighth message from the series “Foundations: Studies in Genesis,” Dr. David Rhoades teaches how to overcome temptation and live faithfully for God.

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A Covenant of Companionship (Genesis 2:18-25) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/a-covenant-of-companionship-genesis-218-25/ https://davidrhoades.org/a-covenant-of-companionship-genesis-218-25/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:52:54 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=41 In his seventh message from the series “Foundations: Studies in Genesis,” Dr. David Rhoades details how marriage is a lifelong covenant of companionship between one man and one woman.

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The Indispensable Lord (Genesis 2:4-17) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/the-indispensable-lord-genesis-24-17/ https://davidrhoades.org/the-indispensable-lord-genesis-24-17/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:36:40 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=35 In his sixth message from the series “Foundations: Studies in Genesis,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how the Bible describes God as being absolutely necessary for our daily lives.

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A Day to Enjoy God (Genesis 2:1-3) [Podcast] https://davidrhoades.org/a-day-to-enjoy-god-genesis-21-3/ https://davidrhoades.org/a-day-to-enjoy-god-genesis-21-3/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2012 23:26:21 +0000 http://davidrhoades.org/?p=26 In his fifth message from the series “Foundations: Studies in Genesis,” Dr. David Rhoades examines how having periods of rest benefits believers.

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