Living a Confident Life (2 Peter 1:12-21) [Podcast]

The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church - Week 4

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.

What Believers Should Do (2 Peter 1:5-9) [Podcast]

The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church - Week 2

“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.

You Are Called To Abstain From Sin (1 Peter 2:11-12) [Podcast]

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

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.

You Are Called To Grow (1 Peter 2:1-3) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 8

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.

How to Deal with Bad Christians (2 Thessalonians 3:13-18) [Podcast]

Understanding the Christians Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians - Part 7

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.

Praying for Change (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12) [Podcast]

Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians - Part 2

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]

Understanding the Christian Life: Exploring Second Thessalonians - Part 1

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]

Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times - Part 10

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]

Grasping the Good: Encouragement for Troubling Times - Part 6

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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