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Prayer is an activity that is do-able by every Christian. Have you noticed there is no gift of prayer? All Christians – whether you have been saved five minutes or fifty-five years, have the ability to talk to God in prayer. So when the opportunity comes along to pray - seize it! And if there is no opportunity - create it!…
 
Today is the International Day of Prayer for persecuted Christians. 1 in 8 Christians, over 340,000,000 worldwide, suffer because of their faith in Jesus. Listen to this message and be encouraged to pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters across the globe.Av The weekly podcast of Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights, MI
 
Untold numbers of broken and hurting people are near you. Many have no help and have resigned themselves to living in pain. You can be their help. Yet, you will be a struggle if you too are wounded and bearing a burden of your own. Jesus stands at the pool of Bethesda, the house of mercy, asking you a question. When you hear Him and answer affirmat…
 
Are you crazy? Have you ever been accused of being crazy because you believe in Jesus? If your mental faculties have ever been questioned because of your faith, you are not alone. It has been happening in every generation since Jesus rose from the dead. In has occurred in every era and it occurs today, the culture insists that your faith is foolish…
 
Paul warned the church in Ephesus that attacks were coming from the outside, and from the inside. He likened the outsiders to savage wolves who would not spare the flock. From the inside, those who would pervert the truth would rise up. This continues to happen to the church, and it also happens to individuals and families. Paul offered advice that…
 
Sometimes life seems like it’s one thing after another. The world has added to our stress because of the pandemic, social issues, politics and more. All these issues have affected many on a personal level leaving them wondering, “What’s next?” What do you do when you don’t know what’s next? The Word of God gives answers, listen in to today’s messag…
 
Have you ever wanted to just curl up in a ball and make everything go away? It can happen to the best of us. What do we do when we are so alone and it feels like everything is closing in? The Word of God has answers. If you’ve ever felt this way, this message is for you.Av The weekly podcast of Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights, MI
 
Do you have a cause? Are you one a mission? Many are passionate about their cause. You might be one of them. It’s great to zealous for a cause, but what if the mission does not align with the cause of God? Be challenged today about the cause you take up and see that when it is in harmony with God’s cause, you will prosper!…
 
The teachings of Jesus are always applicable to life. Everything he taught could be formed into a Life App, and they would all have one thing in common. Jesus spoke of it the night before he died, important last words to his followers. Hear his words and put them into practice for they are the key to enabling application of all that Jesus taught. I…
 
Remember when you were a kid? Part of you still is! That was what an old soft drink commercial said. Jesus said something similar, “unless you become like a little child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” And Jesus said that to His followers! Jesus directs His followers to change, have you changed and become like a little child? Today’s L…
 
When our hands or feet experience repetitive hurts, they begin to form a protective barrier. Our bodies will form a natural layer of defense to protect against these pains, they’re called calluses. Calluses on the hands are good, where a hard layer of protection is helpful. Yet not all calluses are good. Jesus pointed out an area where hardness was…
 
When our digital devices have reached their storage capacity, we can add another memory module with ready to use gigabytes. Unfortunately we can’t do the same thing with our own memories. We humans are prone to forget, and since we can’t add to our storage capacity, God instituted memory helpers. Special days, seasons, and meals, visual reminders, …
 
On the packaging of most foods we purchase there is a printed section with this heading: Nutrition Facts. The table of facts lists things like calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, total carbohydrates and more. The information is listed so that informed, health-conscious decisions can be made. Unfortunately, there is no such system to he…
 
The invention of the Internet has ushered in the era of the influencer. Yet, long before there was anything called social media, there were influencers. Jesus warned his followers about the influencers of His time, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Jesus instructed His followers to be careful, for a little bit of their influence could be corrosive. …
 
The table of Jesus is the great equalizer. The sinner deserves it as much as the self righteous. Jesus is writing what seems like new rules, yet is reflecting the heart of God from the beginning. He desires a changed heart more so than an obedient law keeper.Av The weekly podcast of Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights, MI
 
At the entrance to Heaven awaits Jesus. When the time comes for you to stand before Him, will He say, “Come in!” or “Go away, I don’t know you.”? Sadly, to many who claim to be true followers of Jesus, when their time comes, He will say, “Go away.” They appeared to be true followers, but they were fakes. Today’s Life App considers the greatest ques…
 
Who are you hearing from? There is a biblical word for the one who brings the Word of God to His people, and that word is prophet. Prophetic ministry has a place in the church, but every generation deals with false prophets. Both the Old and New Testaments give many warnings to beware of false prophets. False prophets were in the generations before…
 
Two destinies. Two options. That’s it. Jesus made the point more than once in his sermon on the mount. He contrasted heaven and hell, light and darkness, life and death. Two destines. That's it. As he brought his sermon to a close he hammered the point again using images familiar to his first century audience: gates. The gate of city, large and exp…
 
When it comes to your actions toward others, are you motivated by how you want to be treated? It sounds easy, but often it is not the case. More often our response to others is driven by expectations of their actions toward us. Jesus taught a wholly different approach which has been called “The Golden Rule” and it goes like this: “in everything, do…
 
Life on this earth can sometimes be a struggle! Living as a Jesus follower can add an additional challenge. But Jesus offers us access to an incredible and powerful Advocate in the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit, or "parakletos," comes alongside us and serves as a Helper, Counselor, Mediator, and Encourager! The Holy Spirit can operate in our lives o…
 
Making judgments about other people was not forbidden by Jesus. He gives clear instruction to judge. Jesus said some uncomfortable things about some who might cross our paths. He warned about interacting with people He labeled dogs and pigs. Why was Jesus so harsh? Was he being racist? How do we determine who might be a dog or a pig? Some compellin…
 
Do not judge. Many Christians and non-Christians alike live by this ethic. The saying originated with Jesus, He said, “Do not judge.” From the Christian perspective if Jesus said it then we should all do as He said, right? After all, to judge another person’s decisions or behavior should be left to God alone. Is that what Jesus taught? Today’s Life…
 
Having more than we need is often our goal, and many worry they’ve missed their target and don’t have enough. Are you worried you will not have enough to meet your needs today, tomorrow and into the future? If you are fretting about the future, Jesus offers a way out of worry. Free yourself from anxious apprehension about the future and having enou…
 
In the world of modern medicine heart problems can be detected and diagnosed with noninvasive tests such as an electrocardiogram. That works well for the natural heart, but what about the spiritual heart which represents the inner person and the seat of their desires? The spiritual heart needs attention just like the natural heart, and in today’s p…
 
In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus defied the religion of the day as He taught new ethics. He communicated with clarity and authority introducing concepts that had never been taught, some of it was challenging, perhaps even impossible to put into practice. As He moved into the heart of His sermon Jesus said, “Love your enemies.” That sounds hard to d…
 
It has been said of politicians, they can’t resist making promises they will never keep. Its’ a cultural norm that is so common, we accept it and have come to expect it from our leaders: promises made will be promises broken. The attitude is pervasive, we’re all susceptible to it, and when a predicament comes our way we might rely on the politician…
 
Have you ever heard the saying, "You can't see the forest for the trees?" It means that you are missing what you should see and have in focus even though it is right there in front of your eyes. That's the way it was when Jesus entered Jerusalem for His final Passover. The people hailed Him as king, and did not see the real mission of Jesus. The tr…
 
Sometimes it’s hard to let go of something that shouldn’t be kept. We get attached to things, like shoes that we’ve worn through the soles, yet we keep them to wear just one more time. We might treat parts of our lives the same way, holding on when we should be letting go. When Jesus began His ministry there were many who did not desire to give up …
 
And as we go through the Sermon on the Mount, we will see Jesus continue to raise expectations on our relationship. If you operate that law is a boundary, you are missing the "heart" of His message. Sin comes from our heart. Jesus wants us to completely surrender out hearts to Him. Jesus focuses more on the internals than the externals.…
 
Lust is a pandemic. It affects men and women, young and old, rich and poor. It steals marriages, rips apart families, and divides homes. When Jesus addresses lust, he instructs his audience to not even let lust be present in their hearts! He then goes on to instruct them to cut off the things causing them to sin. The only way that lust can be rid f…
 
At the end of Matthew 7, Jesus tells the story of the wise and foolish builders. The wise man built his house on the rock and the foolish man built his house on the sand. After the storms came along, one house was destroyed and the other house was left standing. What made the difference? We’re all building something, but what does it take to build …
 
In the early part of His Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Then to stress His point Jesus repeated His claim with more emphasis and in a dramatic way. Jesus' statement introduced some tension, tension that has remained controversia…
 
Sin has been a problem since the beginning of time. Because of sin, mankind was separated from their Creator and restoration could only be accomplished by something severe: sacrifice. The way back to God required a heavy price, a life. But God did not demand the sinner’s life, he allowed a substitute, the life of an animal. To this day God requires…
 
Have you ever been hurt, insulted, harassed, or even worse because of your faith in Jesus Christ? Jesus said it would happen, and He gave a simple command on how to respond. He didn’t say “if” you are persecuted, He said “when” you are persecuted, and when you are persecuted for you faith in Him, then rejoice. That was Jesus’ simple command in the …
 
Baptism is a command of Jesus. He submitted to be baptism as an example for all who would turn their lives to follow Him. Baptism has been called a rite of initiation. That might sound a little clubby, a tad bit exclusive, yet baptism is an initiation in this sense: It marks a beginning, a start, a new life, so fresh and new that the Word of God li…
 
When Jesus began His ministry, He started with one word: Repent. Some don’t like the word, it’s beneath them, it’s for others who do really bad things. However, Jesus was clear: All must repent and live out their repentance or else perish. How then is repentance lived? Jesus used a story about a vineyard to teach repentance applied to daily life. T…
 
Have you said anything important today? You might not think so, but if today were your last day the words you share would likely be held by those closest to you as memorable and significant. When Jesus was speaking to his disciples hours before his crucifixion, He knew he was facing death. His parting words expressed deep love for his followers and…
 
God’s Word is not given in “multiple choice” form. We cannot pick and choose from Scripture what we like, then ignore or rewrite the portions not to our liking. Before Jesus ascended to Heaven He told his followers they were to teach everything He had commanded. Everything leaves out nothing. Jesus’ instructions included two small words that were k…
 
“What am I here for?” That question can be taken as existential, plumbing the depths of purpose for this life and eternity. But ask the question in a practical sense as it pertains to church, “’What am I here for?” Or ask it another way, “What am I participating in a church service for.” As you ponder the answer listen in to today’s message as it c…
 
The world is telling us to prepare for “a long dark winter” because “America’s darkest days lie ahead.” That’s been the recent headlines, that’s been the constant refrain of the world. We are in the dark, expect the darkness to last. That dark perspective was alluded to by the ancient prophet Isaiah regarding the city of Jerusalem when he said, “Se…
 
Many have endured being away from church for months due to the pandemic. They long to join together with God’s people and worship Jesus. What would you endure to worship together with the people of God? Do you long to be in the house of the Lord praising God with others? Do you have an insatiable yearning to worship? Be inspired by the biblical acc…
 
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