Soil Given By The Lord

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.

How Christ’s Return Affects You (2 Peter 3:11-18) [Podcast]

The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church - Week 11

“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.

Patience and Repentance (2 Peter 3:8-10) [Podcast]

The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church - Week 10

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.

You Are Called To Be God’s People (1 Peter 2:7-10) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 11

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.”

You Are Called To Be God’s Temple (1 Peter 2:4-6) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 9

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.

Understanding the Return of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) [Podcast]

Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians - Part 3

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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Persevere to the End (Daniel 12:5-13) [Podcast]

Unshaken: The Story of Daniel - Part 11

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]

Unshaken: The Story of Daniel - Part 10

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]

Unshaken: The Story of Daniel - Part 9

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]

Unshaken: The Story of Daniel - Part 8

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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