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 Mar 15, 2019
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Episode Date
How Should a Husband Treat His Quarrelsome Wife?
“Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.” What are readers of Scripture supposed to learn from a proverb like this?
Jun 14, 2019
Should My Boyfriend and I Travel Alone?
Is it wise for a girlfriend and boyfriend to travel together and stay in the same hotel? Should they? Pastor John gives three reasons why they shouldn’t.
Jun 12, 2019
Do Human Technologies Ever Threaten Divine Sovereignty?
At any moment, God can put a complete stop to the plans of man. Rebellious human plans never threaten a sovereign God.
Jun 10, 2019
Was Job a Man or a Myth?
Job is a profound book on human suffering, worthy of a lifetime of study. But was Job himself a real, historical character? And does it matter?
Jun 07, 2019
Why Does God Discipline Some Christians with Death?
Why would God take some of his children home as a means of discipline when he could have prevented their sin another way?
Jun 05, 2019
How Do I Kill My Pride?
Faith kills pride by forcing us to look away from ourselves to God to receive the gift of salvation that we could never earn on our own.
Jun 03, 2019
Do I Need to Love Myself More?
Jesus said we should love our neighbors as ourselves. How is this kind of self-love different from the mantra we hear in advertising and social media?
May 31, 2019
How Much Authority Does Satan Have in the World?
All Satan’s power is by permission. He has no authority to do anything God does not permit for infinitely wise purposes.
May 29, 2019
Are Christians Righteous or Unrighteous?
Are Christians righteous or unrighteous? Pastor John explains two forms of righteousness in Scripture that get to the core of the gospel.
May 27, 2019
Should We Postpone Children While I Finish My Degree?
Deciding when to start a family can be complex. Pastor John shares how he and Noël decided, and what biblical truths should inform the process.
May 24, 2019
Why Is It Better That Christ Went Away (John 16:7)?
It’s better for us that Jesus is gone. He said so when he left. But why is Christ’s physical absence from us better for us than his physical presence?
May 22, 2019
Will Marriage Cure My Lust?
Sex in marriage, just like other physical gifts from God, is not an absolute cure for lust, but it can be a great help in the battle.
May 20, 2019
Can an Elect Person Die Without Hearing the Gospel?
Letting the truth of election deter evangelism isn’t only illogical, but unbiblical. Pastor John shows how election moves us to action, not inaction.
May 17, 2019
Should a Gay Couple, Once Converted, Stay ‘Married’?
The union of two men or women is not “gay marriage.” It’s no marriage. When they come to Christ, that former relationship has no binding authority.
May 15, 2019
Is It Sinful to Want to Die?
Pain surrounds us in this world, and for those in Christ, the exact opposite awaits us after we die. Is it sinful to want to die and be with Jesus?
May 13, 2019
Should We Expect Revival or More Social Decay?
Scripture tells us that the last days will bring an upsurge of evil in the world. Does that mean we should stop expecting revivals to take place?
May 10, 2019
How Does the Gospel Speak to Self-Hate?
The Bible has a lot to say about the issue of self-hate. Where should we begin if we’re talking to a non-Christian who struggles in this area?
May 08, 2019
Does Christ’s Righteousness Cover My Joylessness?
Jesus is our substitute, the one who became sin so we might be saved. So does his righteousness also cover our joylessness?
May 06, 2019
Does God Direct All the Details of My Life?
God’s sovereign control is complete, not partial. He governs every aspect of nature, every aspect of history, and every aspect of personal life.
May 03, 2019
What Does It Mean to Live ‘in the Flesh’?
Over ninety times, Paul speaks of “the flesh.” So what does this word mean to the apostle? Pastor John forms a definition from two key passages.
May 01, 2019
Is Cremation Okay If I Give My Body to Science?
We testify to the hope of resurrection when we choose burial over cremation. But if we first donate our body to science, is cremation okay then?
Apr 29, 2019
Does Junk Food Dishonor God?
When it comes to food, many of us are in greater danger of judging people where we shouldn’t than of eating what we shouldn’t.
Apr 26, 2019
I Want Jesus to Be My Treasure — Is the Wanting Enough?
Our satisfaction in God will be in measure, not in fullness, until the day we see him face-to-face.
Apr 24, 2019
My Joy Is So Short-Lived — How Do I Make It Last?
God promises lasting joy. But what should we do when we feel full on Sunday but empty by Monday?
Apr 22, 2019
What’s the Significance of Simon Carrying Jesus’s Cross?
Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell us that Simon of Cyrene helped carry Jesus’s cross. What’s the significance of this story?
Apr 19, 2019
Where Was the Holy Spirit on Good Friday?
At the cross, the triune God was at work, securing our redemption. But what role did the Holy Spirit play in Jesus’s crucifixion?
Apr 17, 2019
Is There Any Place for Fear in the Christian Life?
Fear does not govern the Christian life. But we have a skewed view of the Christian life if we exclude fear.
Apr 15, 2019
How Does God Answer Today’s Skeptics?
Many of today’s skeptics ask questions that God himself has already addressed. Sometimes, we just need to hear how God responds to his critics.
Apr 12, 2019
How Do Christians Survive in Middle-Class America?
“Woe to you who are rich. Woe to you who are full now. Woe to you who laugh.” What do Jesus’s woes mean for middle-class Americans?
Apr 10, 2019
What Is the Sovereignty of God?
God’s sovereignty over all creation is one of the grandest themes in the Bible. Pastor John overviews some of the basics.
Apr 08, 2019
Why Have Kids If They Might End Up in Hell?
Every child is an eternal being, someone who will live forever. So if our children may end up in hell, would we be better off not having kids?
Apr 05, 2019
I’m Eager to Pastor Now — Should I Skip Seminary?
With so many urgent spiritual needs in the world, is it wise to spend years of life in a seminary classroom? If someone is eager for ministry, why wait?
Apr 03, 2019
Why Did Jesus Need to ‘Become Superior’ to Angels?
If Jesus is God, why does the Bible say that he “became” superior to angels? Hasn’t he always been superior to angels?
Apr 01, 2019
How Much Can Christians Learn from Non-Christians?
Christians can learn many important facts from non-Christian teachers. But they cannot learn the most important facts — or how to love them.
Mar 29, 2019
He Killed His Wife and Children — Can He Really Be Forgiven?
Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters. A few months into his prison sentence, he said he found God. Can he really be forgiven?
Mar 27, 2019
Does the Old Testament Alienate the Disabled?
In the Old Testament, the disabled were excluded from the holy place. In the New Testament, Jesus touched and healed the disabled. Why the difference?
Mar 25, 2019
Why Does God Choose Some and Not Others?
God could have chosen all to inherit eternal life, but he didn’t. So why would God choose some and not choose others?
Mar 22, 2019
Money, Mardi Gras, and Something Far Better: Stories from South America
Dozens of countries are experiencing a resurgence of biblical Christianity. Pastor John shares several stories from his recent trip to Brazil and Argentina.
Mar 20, 2019
How Do I Resist Smartphone Overuse?
Your smartphone is changing you, whether you realize it or not. Tony Reinke explains the costs of smartphone overuse, and how we can resist.
Mar 08, 2019
Can a Coin Flip Reveal God’s Will for My Life?
Making a decision with a coin flip glorifies chance. But making a decision from a renewed mind glorifies God.
Feb 27, 2019
My Girlfriend Affirms Homosexual Love — Is This a Deal-Breaker?
“My girlfriend affirms homosexual love — is this a deal-breaker?” Yes. Pastor John gives five reasons why.
Feb 25, 2019
What Does Jesus Mean by ‘I Never Knew You’?
When Jesus says, “I never knew you,” he means, “I don’t recognize you as my disciple, as my follower. You are a spiritual stranger to me.”
Feb 22, 2019
My Husband Is Passive — What Can I Do?
God may use you to change your spouse. But if you press in to him, no matter how disappointed you are in marriage, he will certainly change you.
Feb 20, 2019
How Do I Break My Entertainment Addiction?
As God’s child, you are not enslaved to entertainment or anything else. Christ has purchased a way out for you.
Feb 18, 2019
How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?
Watching a movie, playing a board game, reading a novel — is God disappointed if we use free time for these instead of reading Scripture and praying?
Feb 15, 2019
I’m an Anxious Person — How Do I ‘Rest in Christ’?
In Jesus, God has given us what we need to rest — even while we work. To every anxious soul, Jesus says, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.”
Feb 13, 2019
How Can I See the Beauty of God?
Seeing and loving art and seeing and loving divine glory are not the same. They require different ways of seeing. So how can we see the beauty of God?
Feb 04, 2019
Is Street Evangelism Better Than Building Relationships?
God has not given us a formula for when to share the gospel quickly and when to share over time in the context of a relationship. Both are needed.
Feb 01, 2019
Why Global Missions Requires Healthy Churches
The Great Commission isn’t disconnected from the church — it’s given to the church. God designed the local church and missions to be wed together.
Jan 30, 2019
Should Hell Motivate Our Missionaries?
We cannot afford to ignore hell. Christians must care about suffering, but especially eternal suffering. And it must mobilize us to go and to send.
Jan 28, 2019