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Dr. Stephen Davey
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Jul
18
2024
Genesis chapter 3 is the saddest, most tragic chapter in all of the Bible. Yet, as we study this chapter today, we'll find interwoven into its tragic tapestry, the threads of hope and salvation. In verse 1a of chapter 3, we are told, "Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made..." Oh, Satan is indeed crafty. In fact, two times we are warned of Satan in scriptures by the apostles. We'll discover the five-fold deceit of Satan in tempting Eve and the consequences of sin. But we'll also find God's promise of victory, the potential for marital unity, the hope of a re-established paradise, and the assurance of physical immortality. Join us as we explore these profound truths and learn valuable lessons from the fall of man.
Jul
17
2024
Today, we'll delve into the powerful principles of marriage as laid out in these foundational chapters. We'll explore how God's creation of man and woman reveals His perfect design for marital relationships. We'll uncover the significance of leaving and cleaving, the deep commitment between spouses, and the true essence of companionship. Join us as we discover timeless truths that can strengthen and transform our marriages today.
Jul
16
2024
In Genesis chapters 1 and 2, we see God’s incredible power in creating the universe and His tender care in forming man and woman. The name Elohim speaks of His majestic strength, while Jehovah reveals His loving covenant. As we explore these chapters, we'll discover how God’s power and personal care intertwine, making us in His image and setting the stage for His redemptive plan. Join us to understand the profound significance of these names and the detailed care God took in creating humanity, highlighting His desire for a relationship with us.
Jul
15
2024
In the opening chapters of Genesis, we find the foundation of our faith, yet these very chapters face relentless attacks. If we believe that God created the heavens and the earth, we can trust in the entirety of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Join us as we delve into why these first chapters are so crucial, explore the numerous theories that challenge them, and reinforce our understanding of a God who is both Creator and Redeemer. Discover how this ancient text stands firm against modern skepticism and why it remains the bedrock of our faith.
Jul
12
2024
Ready to dive into the Bible's very first book? Join us on this journey that promises not just to deepen your knowledge but transform your life. We’ll explore why the Bible is entirely true and profitable, backed by fulfilled prophecy, its miraculous preservation, and the undeniable impact of transformed lives. With compelling insights and practical applications, discover how studying God’s Word can equip you for every good work and assure spiritual maturity. Tune in and begin this transformative adventure with us.
Jul
11
2024
Join us in this episode as we explore the humorous and insightful story of FBI agents ordering pizza at a psychiatric hospital, illustrating the challenges of communication. This leads us into the heart of Paul's sermon to the Athenians in Acts 17, where he introduces the Unknown God to a world filled with idols. Discover how Paul's bold declarations reveal the true nature of God as more than a monument, the Creator of all, and the Divine Magistrate of the coming judgment. Tune in to understand how Paul's message remains relevant and transformative for us today.
Jul
10
2024
In this episode, we dive into the thought-provoking idea of how our evangelical culture has downsized God, turning Him into something He is not. Drawing from Joseph Stowell's editorial and Paul's bold declarations in Athens, we explore how idolatry in its modern form diminishes the true nature of God. Discover how our understanding of God's omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence shapes our faith and why it's crucial to reclaim our awe of the Almighty. Join us as we challenge the trivialization of God and seek a deeper, more reverent relationship with our Creator.
Jul
9
2024
In this episode, we explore the profound truth that God, being omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, is beyond our full understanding yet deeply involved in our lives. We delve into how the Bible reveals His nature and why knowing God is crucial for navigating life, challenging the modern church's trend of trivializing His majesty.
Jul
8
2024
Join us as we journey back to Acts 17, where the Apostle Paul stands amidst the centuries-old idolatry of Athens. In this episode, we draw a fascinating parallel between the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, which unlocked the secrets of ancient Egypt, and Paul's bold declaration of Jesus Christ as the key to understanding the mysteries of the universe. Just as the Rosetta Stone enabled us to read and comprehend the forgotten language of the Egyptians, Paul reveals Jesus as the "Rosetta Stone" for the Athenians and for us today, translating the ultimate truths of creation, existence, and the divine. Explore Paul's two pivotal points: "My God is more than a monument" and "My God made it all," and see how these truths confront various worldviews and challenge us to acknowledge the sovereignty and creative power of God. Discover how Paul’s message not only addressed the Athenians' search for meaning but also provides us with the ultimate answers to life's deepest questions.
Jul
5
2024
In today's episode, we explore the apostle Paul's journey to Athens, a city filled with wisdom and wealth yet spiritually empty. Paul’s encounter with the Athenians provides valuable insights into addressing a world filled with false beliefs and misconceptions about God. Join us as we uncover how Paul's message about the "Unknown God" reveals the true nature and character of our sovereign, gracious God, and how this knowledge can invigorate our faith and mission.
Jul
4
2024
In this episode, we delve into the persistent challenge of false doctrines and the importance of discernment in the Christian faith. From Joseph Smith's creation of Mormonism to the rise of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and the spread of New Age beliefs, we explore how the church must respond to these spiritual deceptions. We’ll uncover how the early Christians, like the Bereans, diligently examined the Scriptures to verify the truth and how we can adopt the same practice today. Join us as we emphasize the necessity of judging teachings against the word of God to uphold true doctrine and spiritual purity.
Jul
3
2024
In today's episode, we explore the significant impact of spreading the gospel and upsetting the world for Christ. Despite seemingly scattered and challenging results, Paul's missionary journey in Acts 17 reveals a revolutionary movement initiated by God. We will uncover six essential elements needed to upset our world for Christ, drawing from Paul's experiences and teachings. Join us as we delve into the word of God and learn how to create a spiritual revolution in our own lives and communities.
Jul
2
2024
In this episode, we delve into Acts 16 and explore the profound questions of salvation and belief. We'll look at how Paul and Silas, imprisoned and beaten, sang hymns of praise at midnight, leading to an earthquake that opened the prison doors. This miraculous event prompted the jailer to ask the most important question, "What must I do to be saved?" Join us as we uncover the biblical definition of belief, the simplicity of the gospel message, and the assurance of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jul
1
2024
In this episode, we continue our journey through Acts 16, where Paul and Silas face opposition after casting out a demon from a slave girl, disrupting a profitable business tied to the Apollo temple. This led to their imprisonment and a remarkable display of faith as they sang hymns at midnight despite their suffering. We explore the themes of grace through suffering, the power of God’s intervention, and the profound question asked by the jailer, "What must I do to be saved?" Join us as we uncover the simplicity of the gospel message and the transformative power of faith in Jesus Christ.
Jun
28
2024
In this episode, we dive into Acts 16, uncovering the rich lessons from Paul’s missionary journey and the unexpected stops along the way. Discover the powerful story of Lydia, a successful businesswoman, and the slave girl tormented by a spirit of divination. Both encounters highlight the transformative power of the gospel and the significance of divine timing. Through these narratives, we explore how God's direction and the Holy Spirit's leading can turn obstacles into opportunities for spreading the gospel and deepening our faith.
Jun
27
2024
In this episode, we continue our journey through Acts, focusing on chapter 16. As Paul and his new assistant, Silas, embark on their second missionary journey, they experience unexpected delays and roadblocks orchestrated by God. We'll explore how these divine stops are as crucial as the steps in God's plan for our lives. Through the story of Paul, Silas, and the new recruit Timothy, we'll see how God’s timing and sovereign direction lead to remarkable outcomes, including the addition of a vital companion, Dr. Luke.
Jun
26
2024
In this insightful episode, we delve into the resolution made by the Jerusalem council in Acts chapter 15, which safeguarded the essence of the gospel, emphasizing faith in Christ alone for salvation. Despite the significant unity achieved in doctrinal matters, personal disagreements still arose, as seen between Paul and Barnabas. This episode explores their sharp contention over John Mark, revealing how their disagreement ultimately led to a broader spread of the gospel. We also reflect on the importance of handling disagreements within the church and the transformative power of second chances.
Jun
25
2024
In this engaging episode, we delve into Acts chapter 15, exploring the significant challenges and transformations within the early church. From humorous anecdotes to deep theological discussions, we uncover the crisis of circumcision that threatened to divide the early believers. Discover how key leaders like Peter, Paul, Barnabas, and James navigated this contentious issue, ultimately affirming the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. We also reflect on the implications of church unity, the balance between liberty and responsibility, and the relevance of these historical debates in our contemporary faith journey.
Jun
24
2024
In this enlightening episode, we dive deep into the defining characteristics of a Christian and explore the diverse perspectives that exist today. From humorous anecdotes to historical insights, we trace the roots of Christian identity back to the Reformation and the pivotal role of Martin Luther. Join us as we unravel the complexities of faith, doctrine, and the ever-relevant cry of "sola scriptura." This episode challenges us to reflect on the true essence of Christianity and the importance of adhering to the scriptures alone for guidance and salvation.
Jun
21
2024
In this episode, we continue our study of Acts, delving into chapter 14 and the remarkable phases of Paul and Barnabas' first missionary journey. Drawing from Calvin Miller's insightful description of church growth stages, we'll explore how these early church planters navigated through initial enthusiasm, growing pains, and eventual reproduction of new ministries. We’ll reflect on Paul’s deeply personal account of his hardships, revealing a transparent and encouraging perspective on the challenges of ministry. Despite being stoned and left for dead, Paul and Barnabas demonstrated incredible resilience, preaching the gospel with unwavering determination. Discover the stages of their journey: from the Initiation of preaching Christ’s truth, through the Orientation of establishing churches and appointing leaders, to the Evaluation of their mission’s impact, celebrating all that God had done through them. This episode highlights the importance of perseverance, the power of human encouragement, and the necessity of God's involvement in any lasting, eternal work. Join us as we uncover timeless lessons from Paul and Barnabas' experiences, applicable to our own lives and ministries today.
Jun
20
2024
In today's episode, we dive back into our study of Acts, focusing on chapter 14, where Paul and Barnabas face the highs and lows of their first missionary journey. Contrary to what many might think, their experience was marked not only by success and effectiveness but also by intense affliction and discouragement. Join us as we explore Paul's deeply personal reflections from 2 Corinthians 1:8, where he candidly shares the overwhelming challenges they faced, which even led them to despair of life itself. We’ll learn practical lessons from their journey, highlighting the importance of acknowledging the emotional and physical burdens of serving God while ultimately relying on His strength. We will witness their experiences in Iconium, where despite severe opposition and poisoned minds, Paul and Barnabas stayed and spoke boldly for a long time, relying on the Lord. Then we move to Lystra, where a miraculous healing leads the locals to mistake them for gods, only for the mood to turn deadly as persecution arises. This episode offers a balanced perspective on handling both undue praise and severe opposition, showing how Paul and Barnabas refused flattery, refocused attention on God, and risked losing everything for the sake of truth. Their story is a powerful reminder that in every circumstance, whether in triumph or trial, God remains faithful.
Jun
19
2024
In this episode, we dive into the contemporary challenge facing the church today: the call to replace traditional preaching with more modern, less confrontational methods. Despite the growing trend of "McChurch" services, where fast-paced, light-hearted, and non-confrontational elements are prioritized, we reaffirm the timeless importance of preaching God's Word. We'll explore how scripture mandates the preaching of doctrine and truth, referencing key biblical passages where Jesus, Paul, and other apostles emphasized the necessity of preaching. We discuss the cultural shift away from preaching and its implications, drawing from 2 Timothy 4:2-4, where Paul warns Timothy to remain steadfast in his preaching role despite the inevitable turn of people towards myths and ear-tickling teachings. Join us as we journey through the book of Acts, particularly Acts 13, where we witness the first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas. We unpack Paul's powerful sermon in Pisidian Antioch, highlighting the two key aspects of his message: the history of Israel and the proclamation of Jesus as the promised Savior. We also reflect on the significance of forgiveness and freedom in Christ, as presented by Paul, and the immediate impact of his preaching on both the Gentile believers and the opposing Jews. This episode challenges us to hold firm to the biblical model of preaching, ensuring that the transformative power of God's Word continues to be proclaimed with boldness and conviction. We emphasize the need for the church to uphold and honor preaching as a vital method for spiritual growth and truth dissemination.
Jun
18
2024
In this episode, we explore the incredible story of a first-century encounter that reveals the power of the Holy Spirit and the boldness required to stand against spiritual opposition. Starting with the dramatic history of Rasputin, a demonically empowered holy man whose influence led to the downfall of the Russian monarchy, we draw parallels to a biblical account from the book of Acts. We delve into the mission of Paul and Barnabas, who confronted Elymas, a magician with evil intentions, and how God intervened in a miraculous way to protect His mission and spread the gospel. We will examine the leadership of the church at Antioch, a diverse and united community that became a model of missionary zeal and doctrinal courage. As we study Acts 13, we see how the Holy Spirit called and sent out Barnabas and Saul, leading to the dramatic confrontation with Elymas and the subsequent conversion of Sergius Paulus, a Roman proconsul. This episode challenges us to open our eyes to the global harvest fields, strengthen our grip on biblical truth, and develop courageous hearts that expose the father of lies while worshipping the Father of truth. Join us as we uncover the timeless lessons from this powerful narrative and learn how to apply them to our lives and ministries today.
Jun
17
2024
In this episode, we journey back to the first century to explore the rise and fall of the most powerful and infamous family of that era—the Herods. Known for their ruthlessness and political maneuvering, the Herods were at the height of their power during the birth of Christianity. From Herod the Great, who reigned during the birth of Jesus, to his descendants who continued his legacy of tyranny and opposition to God's plan, we delve into their historical impact and ultimate downfall. We'll examine the intriguing history of Herod the Great, his sons, and grandsons, who played significant roles in the New Testament narrative, including the execution of James and the imprisonment of Peter. As we delve into Acts 12, we'll see how God's sovereignty triumphs over political power and human evil. Herod Agrippa I, the persecutor of the church, meets a dramatic and divine end, illustrating the timeless truth that God's purposes cannot be thwarted by human schemes. Join us as we uncover the lessons from this historical account, reflecting on the unstoppable spread of God's Word and the ultimate futility of opposing His divine will. This episode is a powerful reminder that no matter how mighty the earthly rulers may seem, the King of Heaven reigns supreme.
Jun
14
2024
In this episode, join me as I share a compelling story that underscores God's mysterious ways. Tracy Daniels, the 16-year-old daughter of a pastor, recounts an unexpected and providential event that awakened her family one winter night. The incident reminds us of the sovereignty of God, whether the outcomes are smooth or stormy. As we delve into Acts 12, we witness scenes of both panic and providence, chaos and contentment. The chapter opens with the martyrdom of James, a pioneering apostle, and the subsequent arrest of Peter by King Herod. While Peter faces what seems like an inevitable execution, the church fervently prays for his deliverance. What unfolds next is a miraculous escape orchestrated by God, filled with surprising details and divine interventions. Through this narrative, we explore lessons on contentment in impossible circumstances, the power of fervent prayer, and the assurance of God's control over every situation. We see how God's plans are unstoppable, His will irreversible, and His ways often beyond our understanding. Tune in to discover how the early church navigated these tumultuous times with faith and reliance on God's providence, and learn how these timeless truths apply to our lives today.
Jun
13
2024
Join me on a journey to the golden city of the Roman Empire—Antioch. Known as the queen city of the east, Antioch's main street, paved with marble and lined with marble columns, was a sight to behold. Despite its beauty, Antioch rivaled Corinth in its sinfulness with chariot racing, gambling, and rampant immorality. This city never slept and seemed an unlikely place for an evangelistic crusade. Yet, as we explore Acts 11, we discover an incredible example of God's grace and the power of the gospel. The church in Antioch, born amidst this sin city, becomes a beacon of light and an example of godly living. In this episode, we will uncover the transformative story of how ordinary men from Cyprus and Cyrene, burdened for the lost, brought the message of Jesus to the Greeks in Antioch. Despite their unconventional methods, the results were undeniable—Antioch was never the same. We will also delve into the role of Barnabas, the encourager, who was sent from Jerusalem to verify this revival. Upon witnessing the grace of God, he rejoiced and sought out Saul (Paul) to help shepherd this growing church. Together, they taught and discipled new believers, with the disciples first being called Christians in Antioch. This episode will challenge you to consider how you are living up to the name of Christian and inspire you to embrace new opportunities for ministry, just as the church in Antioch did. Let's learn from their example and strive to walk worthy of our name, making a lasting impact for the glory of God.
Jun
12
2024
Perhaps you can identify with having recently changed your geography, your career, or your family dynamics. Whether it's moving from the coast to dryer land, transitioning from an office career to a stay-at-home life with a newborn, or experiencing an empty nest as children leave for college, change is a constant in our lives. No change is easy. We naturally resist the rough waters and hardships that come with it. One of the most difficult changes is regarding lifelong traditions and past heritage, especially when it involves our relationship with Christ and how we worship. In Acts 10, we see a significant change in the early church as Peter's lifelong beliefs are challenged. Peter, staying in the home of Simon the tanner, receives a vision from God that contradicts the Old Testament dietary laws and paves the way for the inclusion of Gentiles into the church. This vision required Peter to set aside his traditions and embrace something new. Upon returning to Jerusalem, Peter faces criticism from the Jewish believers for associating with Gentiles. However, he calmly explains his vision and the work of the Holy Spirit among the Gentiles. This moment in church history marks the dramatic inclusion of Gentiles into the body of Christ, breaking down long-standing barriers. As we navigate changes in our own lives, we can learn from Peter's example. He was willing to change something ancient for something new, embrace someone different, and defend something new. This willingness to change allowed the early church to grow and include all believers, regardless of their background. As believers today, we must be open to change, especially when it comes to following God's leading. We need to distinguish between godly disciplines and legalism, and learn to embrace biblical commands while letting go of personal preferences that are not scripturally mandated. In the drama of the Christian life, change is inevitable. The key is to embrace it with a heart open to God's direction, trusting that He is guiding us through each scene of our lives.
Jun
11
2024
On stage, the hope of everyone is that everything goes as planned. In life, you are never really sure what God has planned for you until it happens. On stage, you stay in character – whether it is happy, congenial, or sad. In life, you are required to change your character – and you never really master any one expression. On stage, you hope you never need the help of the prompter sitting off stage, who whispers what you are supposed to say or do. In the Christian life, the prompter does not hide in the shadows and whisper, but rather, He, the Holy Spirit, directs prominently. In fact, in life, every actor is to depend on the prompter – to look for Him; to wait for His cue. A play is predictable for those involved; you are supposed to stick to the script. In life, everything is unpredictable; the scripts are written only after you have lived through the scene. And then, suddenly the scene changes; you have never seen one quite like it before, so you look for the prompter or better yet, you keep your eye on the Director. The subtitle to the play of life could be called The Drama of Change. Paul wrote in II Corinthians 5:17: if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed [continually passing] away; behold, new things have [constantly] come. In other words, the Christian’s middle name is Change. Nowhere is such a dramatic change about to occur than in Acts, chapter 10. We arrive at this chapter in our study, and we are about to discover a great drama unfolding before our very eyes. It is the drama of change that will eventually build a bridge between the Jewish and the Gentile nations. It was dramatic to see news clippings of the Berlin wall toppling down – a wall that had stood for thirty years. In Acts, chapter 10, we will see the crumbling of a wall between two people groups that had lasted for thousands of years. Chapter 10 must be observed as an entire unit, so we will actually read the entire chapter today. The drama that unfolds in this chapter can be divided into four scenes. I will interrupt periodically to provide some insight or commentary. Join us as we witness the transformative power of the Gospel and the unfolding of God's grand design for His church.
Jun
10
2024
In this heartfelt episode, we delve into the later years of Nehemiah's life and explore the enduring trials he faced even at the age of 70. Reflecting on the humorous yet profound realities of aging, we find ourselves drawn to Nehemiah's steadfast faith and unyielding commitment to God's work. Despite his desire for a simpler life, Nehemiah confronts ongoing challenges with remarkable resolve, teaching us invaluable lessons about perseverance and faithfulness. We explore Nehemiah's decisive actions against compromise, selfishness, materialism, and disobedience among the people of Jerusalem. Each scenario underscores the importance of maintaining spiritual integrity and the necessity of immediate and unwavering responses to sin. Nehemiah's story reminds us that our greatest tests of faith and character often lie ahead, and that past victories do not guarantee future ones. As we navigate our own lives, faced with trials and tribulations, Nehemiah's example inspires us to fashion pearls out of our struggles. His life serves as a testament to the hard work of the Christian journey, urging us to stay vigilant, to remain gatekeepers of our faith, and to trust in God's enduring grace. Join us as we uncover the timeless wisdom embedded in Nehemiah's final chapter and find encouragement to continue our spiritual race with unwavering determination.
Jun
7
2024
In this episode, Stephen delves into Nehemiah 10-12, where the people of Israel demonstrate their renewed commitment to God following their revival. Drawing parallels to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen explains how true revival is marked by a declaration of dependence on God. He highlights four key evidences of true revival: rededicating one's feet to follow God's precepts, rededicating family life to biblical purity, trusting in God's providence, and dedicating finances to God's priorities. Join us as we explore the transformative power of revival and the joy that comes from a restored relationship with God.
Jun
6
2024
In this episode, Stephen explores the importance of true confession and transparency in the Christian life. Drawing insights from Nehemiah 9, he highlights how genuine revival begins with a humble approach to God's presence, a complete admission of personal sinfulness, and a clear acknowledgment of God's greatness. Stephen emphasizes that true confession involves exposing our inner struggles, embracing God's Word, and understanding the gravity of our sin while also recognizing God's grace and forgiveness. Join us as we delve into the transformative power of authentic confession and its role in fostering spiritual revival.
Jun
5
2024
In this episode, Stephen tackles the critical issue of biblical illiteracy and its impact on the church and society. Drawing from Nehemiah 8, he highlights the essential ingredients for true revival: a revived appetite for Scripture, a respectful attitude toward God, a radical application of biblical truth, and a repentant awareness of sin. Stephen underscores the urgent need for believers to return to the Word of God and live out its truths passionately. Join us as we explore how a "rebible" can transform our lives, churches, and communities.
Jun
4
2024
In this episode, Stephen explores Nehemiah 7, highlighting the often-overlooked contributions of those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Drawing from Eugene Petersen's insights and real-life anecdotes, Stephen underscores the importance of recognizing and valuing the unsung heroes in our lives. From the gatekeepers and singers in ancient Jerusalem to the volunteers and staff in our churches today, this episode reminds us that while most noble acts go unnoticed on earth, they are always seen and rewarded by God. Join us as we roll the credits and celebrate the faithful servants who make it all possible.
Jun
3
2024
In this episode, Stephen dives into Nehemiah 6, exploring the relentless attacks Nehemiah faces from both outside enemies and internal betrayers. As the Red Dragon, the Devil, ramps up efforts to stop the rebuilding of Jerusalem, Nehemiah encounters ridicule, fear, and discouragement. Stephen highlights the critical piece of armor Nehemiah relies on: the helmet of salvation, which protects the mind against the enemy's assaults. Join us to discover how Nehemiah's steadfast faith and discernment amidst the enemy's schemes can inspire and equip us in our own spiritual battles.
May
31
2024
Selfishness can be a powerful force that disrupts relationships, ministries, and even entire churches. In this episode, we explore how the Red Dragon uses selfishness to halt the work of God’s people, just as he attempted in Nehemiah's time. Stephen delves into Nehemiah 5, revealing how the Israelites faced internal conflict and selfishness that threatened to stop their progress. Discover how Nehemiah confronted and resolved these issues, demonstrating unselfish leadership and unwavering commitment to God's purpose. Join us to learn practical steps for overcoming selfish tendencies and fostering unity within the church. How can we ensure our actions align with God's will and not our personal desires? Tune in to find out and be inspired to prioritize God's glory over "Me, Myself, and I."
May
30
2024
Are you feeling stuck halfway through a daunting task? Nehemiah’s story of rebuilding Jerusalem's walls offers valuable lessons on perseverance and faith. When faced with opposition, Nehemiah and his team pushed through the ridicule and discouragement to complete their mission. Join us as we dive into Nehemiah 4 and explore how the halfway point often brings the toughest challenges. Learn how Nehemiah responded to criticism and threats, and how his unwavering commitment to God’s plan led to ultimate success. What can you do when you hit the halfway mark and feel like giving up? Discover practical insights and encouragement to help you overcome obstacles and stay the course in your spiritual journey. Tune in and find the strength to keep building, no matter the challenges you face.
May
29
2024
In 1845, John Franklin led a confident but ill-prepared expedition to find the Northwest Passage, resulting in tragedy. Similarly, Jesus warned His followers of the trials they would face. Are you ready for the challenges of your spiritual journey? Join us as we explore Nehemiah's story in rebuilding Jerusalem amidst fierce opposition. Discover how Nehemiah's preparation and reliance on God mirror the need for spiritual readiness today. How can we, like Nehemiah, withstand the winds of adversity and stay committed to God's mission? Tune in to learn how to avoid the traps of ridicule and opposition, and find inspiration to press on in your faith, fully equipped for the journey ahead.
May
28
2024
Ever wonder why so many churches close their doors? Today, we explore a critical reason: not following God's directions. While most of us meticulously follow instructions for new gadgets or medicines, many Christians forget that the church needs divine direction too. Dive into 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 with us to discover how the church, the "called out ones," operates like a human body. Each member has a vital role, from pastors and teachers to every individual part contributing to the church's growth. Learn why following God's blueprint is crucial for a thriving, impacting church. How does your role contribute to the body of Christ? What happens when we ignore God's instructions? Tune in to find out and be inspired to follow God's plan for building His church.
May
27
2024
Are you facing challenges that seem insurmountable? In this episode, we draw parallels between Winston Churchill's unyielding spirit during World War II and Nehemiah's leadership in rebuilding Jerusalem's walls. Nehemiah's story starts with silent prayers and ends in open battle. With the king's support and a clear vision, Nehemiah tackles the monumental task of rebuilding amidst opposition. Just as Churchill promised victory through "blood, toil, tears, and sweat," Nehemiah asks the same of his people. Join us as we dive into Nehemiah 2:9-20 to see how true opportunity often comes with opposition. How does Nehemiah's approach to leadership and perseverance provide a blueprint for overcoming our own challenges today? Listen now and be inspired to rise and build, no matter the obstacles in your path.
May
24
2024
In this episode, Stephen Davey explores the authenticity of Nehemiah's faith, comparing him to a Real McCoy - genuine and unwavering in his devotion to God. Through Nehemiah's story, we witness his fears, vulnerabilities, and unwavering dependence on God's strength. We also see his unwavering faith and determination to rebuild Jerusalem despite overwhelming obstacles. Discover two key principles from Nehemiah's life that will inspire and challenge you to become a "Real McCoy" believer yourself: God's delays are not God's denials. True believers refuse to take credit for God's work. For more life-changing Bible teachings from Stephen Davey, visit wisdomonline.org.
May
23
2024
What kind of prayers does God listen to? How do you gain God's maximum attention? Nehemiah shows us. For more life-changing Bible teachings from Stephen Davey, visit wisdomonline.org.
May
22
2024
In this episode, Stephen Davey delves into the power of prayer through the example of Nehemiah, a man burdened by the brokenness of his people and city. Discover the three components of a godly burden and how they can lead to a life of extraordinary impact. Learn the first two steps on the prayer path that will help you gain the maximum attention of God: recognizing His sovereignty and acknowledging your own sin. Through practical insights and biblical wisdom, you'll be equipped to deepen your prayer life and experience a greater intimacy with God. Join us as we explore the transformative power of prayer and discover how it can lead to personal revival and a renewed passion for serving God's purposes. For more life-changing Bible teachings from Stephen Davey, visit wisdomonline.org.
May
21
2024
Have you ever wondered about your purpose in God's eyes? Do you feel ordinary, insignificant? In this message, Stephen Davey delves into the remarkable story of Nehemiah, an ordinary man who achieved the extraordinary through his unwavering faith and character. Discover how God used Nehemiah to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to a discouraged nation. Through Nehemiah's example, you'll be encouraged to embrace your own unique calling and discover how God can use you to make a lasting impact on the world around you. Uncover the 26 characteristics of ordinary people who God can use in extraordinary ways and learn how to apply them to your own life. If you're looking for a message of hope, inspiration, and practical guidance for living a life of purpose, this episode is for you! For more life-changing Bible teachings from Stephen Davey, visit wisdomonline.org.
May
20
2024
The Tribulation is known for being a time of great fear and destruction. Men and women will be forced to receive the mark of the beast and anyone who refuses will be killed. But out of that tribulation the Gospel will spread and people will accept the mark of the cross instead. The blood of the martrys has always been and always will be the seed of the Church.
May
17
2024
Christians and non-Christians alike have long debated the mysterious number 144,000 in the Book of Revelation. Are these Jewish witnesses? Are they an elite group of believers destined to survive the end times? In this riveting message, Stephen Davey examines the Scripture and uncovers the identity and purpose of the 144,000. Discover their significance and learn how their profile should impact the way we live out our faith today. Key Takeaway: The 144,000 are a potent reminder that God's promises to Israel remain and that the urgency of sharing the gospel is real. Let their example ignite your witness! Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into the wisdom of Scripture.
May
16
2024
In one of the most dramatic scenes from Revelation, Stephen Davey paints a vivid picture of the coming Day of the Lord, when cosmic chaos and natural disasters devastate the unrepentant world. But amidst the terror, God's wrath makes one thing clear: the urgent need for salvation. Tune in to discover the one escape from judgment and experience the hope that only Christ offers. Key Takeaway: Earth may be doomed, but there's hope for you. Trust Christ and be rescued from the wrath to come! Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into the wisdom of Scripture.
May
15
2024
The world is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity. In this gripping message, Stephen Davey unpacks the scene of persecuted martyrs in Revelation 6. Are they weeping? Do they remember what happened? Must they wait for their vindication? Discover the startling answers in this powerful message that will challenge your thinking about Heaven and ignite your hope in Christ. Key Takeaway: Earth may be filled with suffering for the believer, but heaven is filled with rest and reward! Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into the wisdom of Scripture.
May
14
2024
In this stirring message, Stephen Davey unpacks the chaos and despair of Revelation 6 and the Four Horsemen. Discover how the wrath of God is unleashed on a world that has rejected Him. But in the midst of darkness, there is hope! Find out how to escape God's judgment and experience eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Key Takeaway: We all face death, but for believers in Christ, it isn't the end! Choose today to leave the funeral procession and join the wedding party of the Lamb. Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into the wisdom of Scripture.
May
13
2024
In this eye-opening episode, Stephen Davey unpacks the chaos of Revelation 6 and Ezekiel 38-39, revealing the devastating wars that will plague our world during the Tribulation. Will America defend Israel? What happens to those who reject Christ? Discover the lasting peace found only in Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Key Takeaway: World peace will vanish, yet through Christ we can experience His eternal peace. Today is the day to sign the peace treaty with the one true Messiah! Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into the wisdom of Scripture.
May
10
2024
In this riveting study of Revelation 6, Stephen Davey reveals the terrifying truth behind the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Explore the biblical warnings about the Antichrist's deceitful rise to power, the devastation of global warfare, and the impending terrors of the Tribulation. Gain insights into how these ancient prophecies offer wisdom for recognizing deception and finding true peace in a turbulent world. Key takeaway: Discernment and grounding in God's Word are essential for navigating the deceptions that pave the way for the Tribulation. Remember, only Jesus Christ offers true salvation, lasting peace, and hope for the future. Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into the wisdom of Scripture.
May
9
2024
Stephen Davey continues his in-depth exploration of the Tribulation. Discover the profound purpose behind this time of intense trial, from preparing Israel for Christ's Kingdom to redeeming believers worldwide. Learn about the seals, the horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the hope that shines through despite the suffering. Key takeaway: Even in the midst of judgment, God's faithfulness and justice are unyielding, and His promises will be fulfilled. Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into God's prophetic Word.
May
8
2024
Today, Stephen Davey begins a groundbreaking study on one of the most anticipated and debated events in biblical prophecy—the Rapture and the Tribulation. Dive into the biblical truth behind these events, understanding God's wrath and the timeline of His plan. Discover what will happen right before the Rapture, and why we believe it happens before the Tribulation. Key takeaway: The Bible describes future events so that we can be informed, motivated, and prepared for what lies ahead.
May
7
2024
In this lesson, Stephen Davey explores Philippians 1:9-10, examining how to make godly life decisions in a world that distorts truth. Discover Paul's prayer for believers to develop discernment, examine their lives according to God's Word, and live with purity by rejecting hypocrisy. Key takeaway: The Bible is our ultimate guide for evaluating all information, attitudes, and actions. It helps us pursue excellence for God's glory. Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration into the wisdom of Scripture.
May
6
2024
In this lesson from Philippians 1:8-9, Stephen Davey explores Paul's remarkable prayer list for the Philippian believers. Discover how to cultivate an overflowing, passionate love for God and others, fueled by biblical knowledge and godly discernment. As Paul delves into his prayer requests, he reveals God's desire for us to grow in our understanding of genuine love and apply it to every aspect of our lives. Key takeaway: True love, guided by God's Word, will transform your relationships, your outlook, and your purpose. Want to learn more? Head over to Wisdom Online (https://www.wisdomonline.org) for additional resources and deeper exploration of God's blueprint for a life of love.
May
3
2024
Discover the surprising secret to true joy! In this episode, Stephen Davey reveals how to rise above negative circumstances and choose a joyful spirit. Learn the essential ingredients to cultivate gratitude, faithful prayer, meaningful participation in your community, and an unshakeable devotion to Christ.
May
2
2024
Does life feel like a losing battle? Do you find yourself longing for joy and peace that seem forever out of reach? In this powerful message , Stephen reveals the surprising source of lasting peace even in the midst of struggle. Discover the transformative power of God's grace and the victory that is already yours in Christ.
May
1
2024
What if the path to joy isn't found in what you achieve, but in who you follow? In this engaging episode, Stephen Davey delves into the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians, a church founded amid unexpected circumstances. Discover surprising lessons on finding contentment in trials and how the transformative power of faith can reshape your outlook on life. Gain insights that will help you weather life's storms with steadfast joy and purpose.
Apr
30
2024
Discover the true meaning of life in this powerful episode featuring the teaching of Stephen Davey. Explore the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians as he unpacks what it means to be a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Gain inspiration from the story of Timothy, a young pastor raised in a broken home, who finds purpose and fulfillment. Reflect on the transformative power of spiritual guidance and the freedom that comes from true surrender to Christ.
Apr
29
2024
What happens when God's path seems blocked and his "no" becomes a "go"? In this captivating episode, we explore the unlikely beginnings of the first church in Europe. Join us as we travel to ancient Philippi and meet a wealthy businesswoman, a demon-possessed slave girl, and even a hardened jailer. Discover how the gospel of Jesus Christ transcends societal divides, heals the broken, and sparks a spiritual revolution that would eventually transform a continent.
Apr
26
2024
Welcome back! In the previous episode, we witnessed the tragic beginning of Samson's downfall. Blinded by lust and tempted by the lure of forbidden things, he began a dangerous slide into compromise. Samson, a man of legendary strength, succumbed to the weakness of his own desires. Now, as his story continues, we'll see the full extent of his crash... and the glimmering possibility of redemption amidst the ruins of his life. Let's rejoin Stephen as he dives deeper into this cautionary tale from the Book of Judges.
Apr
25
2024
Have you ever felt the seductive pull of temptation? That nagging voice that promises a thrill but ultimately leads to destruction? In this riveting episode, Stephen explores the downfall of Samson, a man who possessed incredible strength yet couldn't resist his own desires. Join us as we unpack his story and discover the critical lessons we can learn about the dangers of compromise, the devastating consequences of sin, and the profound hope of redemption in God's grace.
Apr
24
2024
In this episode, we delve into the captivating yet cautionary tale of Samson from the book of Judges, particularly focusing on chapter 16. Samson, often remembered as the Herculean figure of the Old Testament, reveals a deeper narrative of temptation, compromise, and tragic consequences. Key Points: The Whales and the Sardines: We begin by drawing a poignant analogy between Samson's pursuit of forbidden pleasures and whales chasing sardines, ultimately leading to their demise. Samson's Slide into Tragedy: Despite his immense potential and divine calling, Samson's life serves as a vivid illustration of Israel's spiritual decline. His actions reflect the nation's apathy and rebellion against God. The Slippery Slope: Samson's journey starts innocuously with a desire for a Philistine woman, setting off a chain of events that culminate in his downfall. The Illusion of Invincibility: As Samson displays incredible physical strength, his moral integrity crumbles. Power without purity becomes his downfall. Internet Trail vs. Life Trail: Drawing parallels to modern-day struggles, we reflect on how our choices shape our trajectory and the importance of staying vigilant against temptation. Prayer for Strength: We conclude with a prayer from "The Valley of Vision," seeking God's strength to resist temptation and walk in His ways. Join us as we unpack the timeless lessons embedded in Samson's narrative and glean wisdom for navigating the temptations of our own lives.
Apr
23
2024
Our modern culture bombards us with messages that distort God's design for sexuality. This can leave us feeling confused, trapped, and even ashamed. But the Bible offers a clear path to freedom. This episode explores the biblical teaching on sexual morality in a non-judgmental and compassionate way. Discover the physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of sexual sin, and importantly, the hope and transformation found in God’s grace. Learn practical steps to resist temptation, pursue purity, and experience true freedom. Key Points Covered: The Culture Clash: Why purity seems like an outdated concept and the harmful impact of society's message on our hearts. The Consequences of Sin: Understanding the real-world risks of sexual immorality, from disease to broken relationships. The Path to Purity: How the Bible provides a roadmap to overcoming temptation and living a life honoring to God. Grace and Forgiveness: The transformative power of God's love and His ability to heal and restore. If you're struggling with sexual sin, longing for a life of purity, or simply seeking to understand God's plan for your sexuality, this episode is for you. Discover how to combat the cultural chaos with biblical clarity and find the freedom you desire.
Apr
22
2024
Our modern culture bombards us with messages that distort God's design for sexuality. This can leave us feeling confused, trapped, and even ashamed. But the Bible offers a clear path to freedom. This episode explores the biblical teaching on sexual morality in a non-judgmental and compassionate way. Discover the physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of sexual sin, and importantly, the hope and transformation found in God’s grace. Learn practical steps to resist temptation, pursue purity, and experience true freedom. Key Points Covered: The Culture Clash: Why purity seems like an outdated concept and the harmful impact of society's message on our hearts. The Consequences of Sin: Understanding the real-world risks of sexual immorality, from disease to broken relationships. The Path to Purity: How the Bible provides a roadmap to overcoming temptation and living a life honoring to God. Grace and Forgiveness: The transformative power of God's love and His ability to heal and restore. If you're struggling with sexual sin, longing for a life of purity, or simply seeking to understand God's plan for your sexuality, this episode is for you. Discover how to combat the cultural chaos with biblical clarity and find the freedom you desire.
Apr
19
2024
Has our modern culture embraced sexual expression at the expense of our well-being? In this episode, we explore the timeless wisdom of the Bible on purity and the dangers of succumbing to cultural pressures. Discover why the apostle Paul challenged early Christians to champion moral purity, the consequences of sexual immorality, and the life-changing power of God's grace. Get ready to examine your own heart and find the freedom to live a life that honors God. Key Points Covered: The Battle is Real: The timeless struggle between our fleshly desires and God's design for purity. Cultural Confusion: How societal norms have shifted away from biblical standards, promoting a distorted view of sexuality. Consequences and Grace: The potential physical, emotional, and spiritual toll of sexual sin, balanced with the transformative power of God's forgiveness. Holiness is a Goal: Practical steps for resisting temptation and pursuing a life that honors God. Join us as we delve into these thought-provoking questions and find the courage to live differently, embracing the beauty of God's plan for our lives.
Apr
18
2024
Have you ever found yourself in a state of despair? King David did. He experienced circumstances that caused him to fall into deep despair. He made a desperate appeal to God while working through the emotional turmoil his despair caused. Looking at what David said about despair can teach you invaluable lessons about both the crippling effects of despair and the comforting effects of devotion to God. This is Wisdom for the Heart. Today, your Bible teacher, Stephen Davey, looks at this issue that plagues so many and offers help and hope from the Word of God.
Apr
17
2024
Many people feel adrift after retirement. Discover the fulfilling power of ambition aligned with God's purpose. In this episode of Wisdom for the Heart, Stephen Davey shares the story of Dr. Charles McCoy, who found a lifetime of impact in his 70s. Learn how to shoulder your load, shape up your life, and showcase the light of Christ. Get ready to be inspired! Visit https://www.wisdomonline.org for more resources.
Apr
16
2024
Have you ever compromised your values for a quick win? In this episode of Wisdom for the Heart, Stephen Davey examines the Old Testament story of Joshua and the Gibeonites. Discover the true cost of dishonesty and the enduring power of integrity. Learn how your choices define your character and impact those around you. Visit https://www.wisdomonline.org for more resources on building a life of godly character.
Apr
15
2024
Does worry steal your joy and rob your peace? Join Stephen Davey on Wisdom for the Heart as he digs into Jesus' teaching in Matthew 6. Learn how to break the stranglehold of worry and live with an unburdened heart through faith in God's goodness and provision. Learn more and access additional resources at wisdomonline.org.
Apr
12
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons.  Some pastors today are teaching that a commitment to Jesus will ensure a wealthier life. But what did Jesus teach? Stephen answers that today in his look at Matthew chapter 6.
Apr
11
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons.  Satan has his schemes by which he and his demons attempt to discredit us. So what can we, as Christians, do to stop him? How can we protect ourselves? Ephesians 6 gives us the answer.
Apr
10
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons.  In his series "Angels, Demons, and Other Flying Creatures," Stephen has pulled back the curtain on that invisible world to give us a glimpse into the spiritual warfare being waged all around us. In this message he shows us an armory that is filled with incredible offensive and defensive weapons. This arsenal was outfitted by God with specific items for us to wear to war, so let's get suited up for battle!
Apr
9
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons.  To see someone who is physically possessed by the devil is terrifying because the effects are not only visible, they are often brutal. In part one of his message "Unmasking the Serpent," Stephen reveals that Satan's most devastating tactics are the not-so-visible ones. Let's join him now to discover what they are.
Apr
8
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons.  When we think of cherubs, we think of the fat little angel babies that have been popularized in famous works of art. But did you realize that Satan is a cherub? In this message Stephen clears up our misconceptions about these mysterious creatures and warns us not to take the angelic world lightly.
Apr
5
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons. The public has always been fascinated by the idea of guardian angels, but is there even such a thing? Find out in this message as Stephen tests common-held beliefs against the Scriptures.
Apr
4
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons. Questions abound regarding the mysterious life and work of angels and demons. Do people have a guardian angel? Can demons possess a Christian? Are angels and demons really fighting all around us? Answers to these questions abound in our culture . . . but in this message Stephen gives us the answers from the source that matters: Scripture.
Apr
3
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/angels-demons. People are obsessed with the angelic world today. There are angel books, angel clubs, angel jewels, and angel TV shows. But what does the Bible say about angels? What does God want us to know about these mysterious creatures? Join Stephen in today's message and find out.
Apr
2
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-final-doxology. "Unending Praise" based on Romans 16:27 is a fitting culmination to the Book of Romans. The sermon celebrates the integrity of the gospel and the character of the church, as Stephen reflects on the powerful impact of preaching scripture in its entirety. In the final doxology of Paul, Stephen unpacks the profound layers of praise encapsulated in the words "to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever." This message emphasizes the uniqueness of God, the accessibility through Jesus Christ, and the commendable nature of God's wisdom and glory. It's an invitation to embrace this unending praise, affirming the truth of God's word and committing to live it out. As the exposition of Romans concludes, we're left with a heartfelt "Amen," an affirmation of the truth revealed and a commitment to carry these teachings forward. This message is an experience of growth, reflection, and an unwavering dedication to the truth of the gospel.
Apr
1
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-final-doxology.  Join Stephen as he explores the profound influence of Thomas Ken's Doxology, a hymn of praise that has resonated through the ages. Written by a courageous 17th-century pastor and scholar, this timeless poem has become a cornerstone of Christian worship. Discover the story behind the words "Praise God from whom all blessings flow," and delve into the Greek origins of 'doxa', revealing its evolution from a simple opinion to a declaration of divine glory. This episode isn't just a history lesson; it's an invitation to contemplate your perception of God and the profound reputation of Jesus Christ. It challenges you to align your views with the true nature of Christ. Whether you're seeking to deepen your faith or simply curious about the historical significance of a beloved hymn, this message offers a unique blend of historical insights, spiritual reflection, and practical application. Join us in elevating our perspective of Jesus Christ and celebrating the glory of God through the timeless words of the Doxology.
Mar
29
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap. In Luke 19:11-27, you are confronted with the potential responses of diligence, laziness, and defiance in your service to Christ. The parable illustrates that, as a follower of Christ, you are entrusted with divine investments, and your response determines your position in the coming kingdom. Develop a godly perspective of anticipation, recognizing that you are entrusted with divine assets. You are called to engage in service for the Lord until His return, using your talents, responsibilities, and opportunities to honor Him.  
Mar
28
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap. While you probably know the Sunday school song about Zacchaeus the tax collector, chances are you may not understand the extent of his sin and the miraculous nature of his restoration. Only Jesus Christ can deliver the kind of life-transforming grace that would cause the richest cheat in Israel to become a compassionate, benevolent, above-and-beyond kind of follower of Christ.  
Mar
27
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap. Physical sight doesn't guarantee spiritual insight. Physical blindness doesn't limit spiritual vision. Jesus demonstrated perhaps the ultimate Messianic power when he restored sight to a believing blind man. But many people in the crowd had perfectly good vision, but couldn't see their Savior standing right in front of them. Stephen Davey teaches on Bartimaeus’ miraculous healing.  
Mar
26
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap. We know that there is no works-based test to become a Christian. You don't have to present your bank account to God and prove how poor you are for Him to allow you into heaven. So why does Jesus connect our entrance into God's kingdom with how much money we have? As Stephen Davey explains, it's not a matter of prosperity, it's a matter of priority. Money is not the same as love of money--particularly the love of money that supersedes all other loves. That's the lesson Jesus taught the rich young ruler, and it’s a lesson He's still teaching today.  
Mar
25
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap. If it's a dangerous time to be a child in the 21st century, it was exponentially more so during the days of Jesus. Many children never lived to adulthood, or even to their teenage years. Those who did survive infancy were marginalized in their culture. But Jesus changed all that. Through a simple act of showing interest and care in the lives of children, Jesus began a cause that, to this day, Christians all around the world continue to strive for: protecting and cherishing our children.
Mar
22
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Things--and people--are rarely what they seem to be. Social media has trained us to be more "image conscious." People even arrive to church more concerned with displaying a righteous exterior than experiencing the convicting of the Holy Spirit. And this is nothing new. In Jesus' day, He often rebuked the Pharisees as self-righteous, image-conscious hypocrites. Let's learn to avoid their tragic example.  
Mar
21
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  What are your expectations when you pray? Do you expect God to answer in a certain way, or on a certain timeline? The truth is: our prayers are only effective when we conform to God's will, not when we insist upon our own. Jesus taught His disciples this truth using a parable of a poor widow and a corrupt judge.  
Mar
20
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Just like our world is today, the disciples in Jesus' day were obsessed with the end times. What happens next when the world ends has been a fascination of all cultures in all times throughout human history. And Jesus provides some clarity and guidance about how future events should impact our present living.  
Mar
19
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Just like our world is today, the disciples in Jesus' day were obsessed with the end times. What happens next when the world ends has been a fascination of all cultures in all times throughout human history. And Jesus provides some clarity and guidance about how future events should impact our present living.  
Mar
18
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Because we can't physically see God--although we do see His works--and although we can't physically hear God with our ears--although we do read His words in our Bibles--it can be hard to remember to thank God for the blessings He gives us. It's much easier to remember to be grateful when you can see and hear and touch the person you're thanking. When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one remembered to be grateful. Stephen Davey challenges us to be like him in this lesson.  
Mar
15
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, but He also called them to be in community with each other. Jesus wanted them, and us, to understand that the Christian life is not meant to be lived in solitude. Accountability is a vital element of our discipleship, our sanctification, and our service. Through three teachings, Jesus urges us to make accountability a vital part of our churches and our fellowship.  
Mar
14
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Our world finds hell too disturbing, too painful, too seemingly cruel, too convicting to talk about. Some pastors and teachers have watered down the orthodox teaching of hell, saying instead that hell is not painful, or not permanent, or not real. But Jesus' teachings on hell are clear, and so are the lessons we need to learn from it. For the believer, if the reality of hell isn’t spurring on your evangelism, you don't understand it well enough. And for the unbeliever, if the reality of hell isn’t causing you to turn to God for mercy, you haven't yet realized the eternal judgment that right now awaits you--but can be avoided.
Mar
13
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Our world finds hell too disturbing, too painful, too seemingly cruel, too convicting to talk about. Some pastors and teachers have watered down the orthodox teaching of hell, saying instead that hell is not painful, or not permanent, or not real. But Jesus' teachings on hell are clear, and so are the lessons we need to learn from it. For the believer, if the reality of hell isn’t spurring on your evangelism, you don't understand it well enough. And for the unbeliever, if the reality of hell isn’t causing you to turn to God for mercy, you haven't yet realized the eternal judgment that right now awaits you--but can be avoided.  
Mar
12
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Discover the biblical perspective on divorce and remarriage in this thought-provoking sermon by Stephen Davey. Drawing from Luke 16:14-18, Stephen explores the challenges of marriage, the importance of commitment, and the consequences of unrepentant sin within the marital relationship. Gain insights into the exceptions for divorce outlined in the Bible and learn how to navigate difficult situations while upholding God's design for marriage. Stephen answers common questions such as, "Must an abused wife remain in her marriage?" Find encouragement and guidance for your own marriage or for supporting others who may be facing marital struggles.  
Mar
11
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  Discover the biblical perspective on divorce and remarriage in this thought-provoking sermon by Stephen Davey. Drawing from Luke 16:14-18, Stephen explores the challenges of marriage, the importance of commitment, and the consequences of unrepentant sin within the marital relationship. Gain insights into the exceptions for divorce outlined in the Bible and learn how to navigate difficult situations while upholding God's design for marriage. Stephen answers common questions such as, "Must an abused wife remain in her marriage?" Find encouragement and guidance for your own marriage or for supporting others who may be facing marital struggles.  
Mar
8
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/pap.  What you do with your currency reflects your priorities. Jesus taught this truth to His disciples through a parable about an unfaithful manager and a shrewd investor. And it's through this story that Jesus gets to the heart of our relationship with money. If your value is in the kingdom, your investments will be put into kingdom priorities.
Mar
7
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  As the Apostle John closes his brief letter in which he was just describing a godly man for us to emulate, his inspired words also reveal why he, John, is also worthy of imitation. Pastor Davey expounds upon these character traits of personal investment, personal influence, and personal interest in others, and why they matter. And he reminds us that when we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ like this, we become a beautiful reflection of our Lord's regard for us.
Mar
6
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  What kind of influence do we have as Christians today? Do we merely have a widespread presence but make no significant impact? The depth of our Christian impact depends on our action--and our actions are learned by imitation. Throughout the Bible, we are encouraged to emulate godly people and virtues, and we're warned against imitating evil. Here, the Apostle John introduces us to a specific role model who exemplifies qualities worth imitating, so we ourselves can be worthy of imitation, ultimately deepening the impact we have on the world.
Mar
5
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  Before the creation of the earth, the sin of pride caused separation from God. And since he was cast out of heaven, the prince of this world--Satan--has been using this insidious offense to establish a wedge between us and the Lord. In these verses from his short letter to a friend, the Apostle John warns us of a prideful church leader, describing five symptoms of pride so we can recognize this soul disease in others ... and in ourselves.
Mar
4
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  A group of people working together can accomplish significantly more than when each person works alone. This is synergy. From the Apostle John's third letter from Ephesus, Pastor Davey expounds upon the call for Christians to work together--in synergy--to support each other. Specifically, as John writes, we are obligated to financially provide for the Lord's workers. But more than obligation, giving is our opportunity to joyfully join in the labor to further the Gospel.
Mar
1
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  No matter where we live or what stage of life we're in, as believers we are called be ambassadors for Christ right where we're planted. Some are called to go--often to the far reaches of the globe. But, as Pastor Davey explains here, even if we can't personally go out into the world to start an orphanage, preach to Muslims, or live in the jungles, we can become "rope-holders", supporting with prayers, finances, and encouragement those who do go.
Feb
29
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  Third John is a personal letter between the great Apostle John and one of his closest friends, and it's astounding that the issues they faced haven't changed much over the past two millennia. As Pastor Davey unpacks the first four introductory verses, he raises five questions for which the answers are known only to each of us, respectively, and to God. So, let's use these promptings as a mirror for our souls and reflect upon how we are progressing in our own walk with the Lord.
Feb
28
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  Although John was the last living Apostle, authored several books of the Bible, and was even given a tour of heaven, he used the simple tools of paper and pen--well, papyrus and reed--to provide warm encouragement and rich instruction to the unnamed faithful woman in 2 John. Here, Pastor Davey summarizes the truths of John's postcard into seven key principles for us to apply as we show Christ's love to others through whatever gifts God has given us.
Feb
27
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  As Christians living in a world of heretical teaching, we don't need to know about every false religion or belief, we just have to know the Truth. We must keep our eyes open to recognize the shiny distractions of the enemy. Moreover, as the Apostle John writes in these verses, we must shut our doors to those trying to convince us of another gospel. And we must close our wallets to them--don't buy their books, watch their shows, etc.--or we'll be helping to spread the lies.
Feb
26
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  New believers often think that, because they've been saved, life from now on will be a picnic. The truth is, however, that the Christian walk is a battlefield, with pummeling enemy fire and hard-fought victories. Throughout Scripture we are charged to put on our armor and use every weapon the Lord has given us for battle with the enemy. Here, the Apostle John warns us to stay alert, so we don't lose the ground we've gained or forfeit our full reward in heaven.
Feb
23
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  When someone says they believe in Jesus, we can't presume it's the real Jesus. False teachers are proclaiming many different versions of Jesus to give people what they want to hear--and lead them away from the Truth. This is Satan's commission. In this lesson from 2 John, Pastor Davey unpacks John's warning about the deceptive messages being spread (as true now as it was then), equipping us to identify the false teachers so prevalent today.
Feb
22
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  Can love be commanded? Isn't it a "feeling" that's out of our control? According to Scripture, Christians are, in fact, commanded to love one another with a divine agape love--love that is choice, love that overcomes feelings. In these verses, the Apostle John defines agape love as obedience to God's will. Here, Pastor Davey expounds upon this truth, describing how walking in love keeps our hearts from growing cold toward others and toward God.
Feb
21
2024
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  Today, as it was in the Garden of Eden, the enemy chips away at God's truth through patient erosion--he tweaks and adapts it until what is believed is no truth at all. Therefore, it's not surprising that our current culture embraces so many lies. As parents, our goal is that our children choose to walk in truth, and this lesson from 2 John calls us to be encouraged when they are ... and to keep praying when they're not.
Feb
20
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  In our culture of moral relativism, "truth" is often defined as "yours" or "mine"--but it's never absolute. However, as Believers, we can rest in the knowledge that there is a Divinely determined truth. In this lesson, Pastor Davey looks to the words of the Apostle John to remind us that Christ-followers are bound together by our love for truth. And, despite the waxing and waning cultural norms, truth endures forever, transforming us through its mercy, grace and peace.
Feb
19
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://wfth.me/postcards.  Even in the salutation of the Apostle John's Second Letter, he offers profound words of encouragement to the anonymous woman to whom he is writing. He calls her "chosen." His letter's opening reminds this woman that she and her children have not been forgotten, and they are loved--by John and the Lord. Whatever our circumstances or challenges, let us remember who we are in Christ and stand firm on the promises of God.
Feb
16
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/when-the-roll-is-called-up-yonder. In typical fashion, Paul wraps up his letter to the Romans by greeting and thanking diverse individuals who are worthy of affirmation. But before they get too big-headed, Paul reminds them that God is the One who really deserves the credit. The gallery of our faith is just a hall in the greater gallery of God's grace.
Feb
15
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/when-the-roll-is-called-up-yonder. At one point in John Bunyan's famous work, "A Pilgrim's Progress," Pilgrim and his friend travel through a town called "Vanity Fair." The town is a lot like yours and mine: materialistic, self-absorbed, pleasure-seeking, and God-rejecting. Temptation was lurking around every corner. In this message, Stephen asks us to consider how well we are surviving the onslaught of temptation that surrounds us every day in our own Vanity Fair. In Bunyan's allegory, Pilgrim's friend didn't make it out alive. Will you?
Feb
14
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/when-the-roll-is-called-up-yonder. In Romans 16:17-18, the Apostle Paul interrupts his letter of commendation to warn the Church about false teachers. It's a warning as relevant to us today as it was to those Christians in Rome. So let's join Stephen in this message as he gives us the marks of a false teacher.
Feb
13
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/when-the-roll-is-called-up-yonder. There's a hall of fame for just about everything nowadays. There's a basketball hall of fame, a bicycling hall of fame, a nurses hall of fame, an aviation hall of fame, a quilters hall of fame; and the list goes on and on! In Romans chapter 16, however, we discover that God has a hall of fame as well. But unlike our worldly displays, the heroes in God’s hall are not praised for great feats of strength, brilliance, or artistry. They are honored for their service and humility. So let's join Stephen now as he shows us a few of the people on display.
Feb
12
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/when-the-roll-is-called-up-yonder. Have you ever heard the saying, "No man is an island?" Well the Apostle Paul, spiritual and energetic as he was, would have said the same thing. In Romans 16:3-5, he introduces us to a Godly couple who poured into him as much as he poured into others. Were it not for their persistent ministry, Paul would not have been the Apostle he was.
Feb
9
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/when-the-roll-is-called-up-yonder.  God knows Your name and He knows everything about you. You might walk down the street or walk down the aisle of your Church and feel like just a face in the crowd. But there is coming a day when God will call you by name. He will embrace you as His child . . . and He will reward you for all the things you did for his glory that no one else saw. What a day that will be!
Feb
8
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message, or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-first-hymns-of-heaven.   Scripture tells us that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. In Revelation 5:11-14, that is exactly what happens. But it isn't just men and women singing praise to God . . . animals are singing praise as well! This is a worship service you don't want to miss!  
Feb
7
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message, or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-first-hymns-of-heaven.   Revelation 5:8-10 is an incredible passage: John takes us to a heavenly worship service where Jesus is finally getting the praise He deserves. Four beasts and twenty-four elders fall on their faces before Christ and worship Him for the work He did on the cross. Will you do the same today?  
Feb
6
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message, or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-first-hymns-of-heaven.   Why is it that the things we run from – pain, discomfort, friction, etc. – are often the best things for us? In this deeply practical look at Psalm 23:5-6, Stephen show us again why we are just like sheep.  
Feb
5
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message, or the other messages in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-first-hymns-of-heaven.   The vision of heaven that John gives us in Revelation 4 is nothing like those we see on television or even imagine in our minds. His poetic imagery is peculiar and almost fantastical at first sight. But as Stephen helps us envision this heavenly scene, our eyes will be opened to the incredible reality of it.  
Feb
2
2024
Listen to the full-length version of this message, or the other messages in this series here: /the-first-hymns-of-heaven.   Why don't we as Christians think about heaven more often? It seems the only times we stop to consider heaven is when a friend or loved one dies or when we're singing hymns like "I'll Fly Away." Well, in this message Stephen gives us a vision of heaven that will dramatically increase our desire for it. Once we see what the Apostle John saw in Revelation 4:1-3, our thoughts of heaven will never be the same.  
Feb
1
2024
There are two kinds of prayers that will have dramatic effects on your walk of faith. The first is "God, make whatever You will of me." The second is, "God, take whatever you will out of me." Neither prayer comes easy. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1
Jan
31
2024
Before sonograms, ultrasounds, 3D imaging, and years of scientific research, King David gives us an unparalleled glimpse into humanity's true womb. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1
Jan
30
2024
Isn't it an amazing thought that God can't lose you? No matter where you are in the world -- whether lost in a crowd of tourists or alone on some secluded mountain -- God is already there. Stephen takes us further in his study of Psalm 139 to show us why that is cause for rejoicing. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1  
Jan
29
2024
The thought that God knows everything about us is often a disconcerting thought. But it is a thought we should rejoice in every day. David's unforgettable lyrics in Psalm 139 provide the reason for our rejoicing. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1  
Jan
26
2024
The beginning of Psalm 73 marked Asaph's darkest hour. The ending of the Psalm 73 marks his finest. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1
Jan
25
2024
Where is your sanctuary today? Where do you turn when you feel discouraged, afraid, or confused? The computer? Food? Friends? Hobbies? In today's riveting look at Asaph's spiritual revival, Stephen reminds us that our only true sanctuary is Christ. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1
Jan
24
2024
Habakkuk cried out deep, disheartening questions to God, as did David, Job, and even Moses. But the most difficult questions came from the lips of Israel's head worship leader, Asaph. Not surprisingly, his cry -- as well as God's reply -- resonates like no other. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1
Jan
23
2024
If King David's honest, humble cry at the end of Psalm 19 isn't the cry of our hearts every day, we will waste our lives. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1
Jan
22
2024
Perfect. Sure. Right. Pure. True. Do these words describe any other book in the entire world? Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1  
Jan
19
2024
God has been here. He has walked where we walk. He has stood on the same ground that you and I stand on. How do we know? The proof is all around us. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1
Jan
18
2024
Why is it that the things we run from -- pain, discomfort, friction, etc. -- are often the best things for us? In this deeply practical look at Psalm 23:5-6, Stephen show us again why we are just like sheep. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1  
Jan
17
2024
When quoting the third and fourth verses of Psalm 23, we often miss the deeper meaning inherent in the text. What we usually translate as "the way of righteousness" is actually better translated, "the ruts of righteousness." Join Stephen now as he explains the many implications that truth has for us today. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1  
Jan
16
2024
God gave us quite of a number of wonderful analogies in scripture to describe our relationship to Him, but none are as poignant as the relationship between a shepherd and a lamb. Join Stephen in this study of Psalm 23 to learn why. Access all of the resources and lessons in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-song-volume-1  
Jan
15
2024
So far in this series, Stephen has introduced us to diverse snares which can destroy churches. We've learned what happens when a church accommodates culture, embraces false teaching, and forgets how to love. But in this message Stephen warns us of a dangerous and far more subtle snare: the snare of growing comfortable. Access all of the lessons and resources in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/special-delivery  
Jan
12
2024
What can one solitary Christian do for God? In this message Stephen reminds us that spiritual effectiveness is not measured by abilities or numbers, it is measured by commitment. A Christian who is wholly surrendered to God can do more than a hundred Christians who are partially surrendered to Him. Access all of the lessons and resources in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/special-delivery
Jan
11
2024
On the surface, a sleeping church looks just like a vibrant church. Services are held, songs are sung, and messages are given. But there isn't any spiritual vitality. So how do you wake up a sleeping congregation? Join Stephen now to find out. Access all of the lessons and resources in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/special-delivery  
Jan
10
2024
Sin is no respecter of persons or places, which means the Church isn't immune to its deception. So how can we detect false theology and practice before it creeps in? That's the question Stephen answers in this portion of his series Special Delivery. Access all of the lessons and resources in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/special-delivery
Jan
9
2024
A Christian who feels sorry on Sunday for what he did on Saturday but still plans to do it again on Monday is in grave danger! This is the attitude Stephen calls "flexitarianism," and in this message he challenges us to get rid of it. Access all of the lessons and resources in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/special-delivery  
Jan
8
2024
Persecution is not relegated to the ancient past. So as Stephen takes us back in time to witness how believers in Asia Minor stood strong amidst great opposition, we'll learn better how to respond to the antagonism we face today. Access all of the lessons and resources in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/special-delivery  
Jan
5
2024
Access this series called Special Delivery here: https://wfth.me/special. The Church at Ephesus got so many things right. Their theology was sound, their discipline of sin was admirable, and their fervor was unquestionable. But in this message Stephen brings us the troubling truth that a Church who gets so much right can still get so much wrong.  
Jan
4
2024
Access this series called Special Delivery here: https://wfth.me/special. The Apostle John had every right to be prideful: he was the author of five books of the Bible, he was the beloved apostle of Jesus, and he was given personal custody of Mary, our Lord's mother. Yet he didn't let it get to his head. Why? Because, as Stephen shows us in this message, when you are captivated by Christ, who you are is not nearly as important as who He is.  
Jan
3
2024
Access this series called Special Delivery here: https://wfth.me/special. Revelation chapter 1 is one of the most amazing passages in all of Scripture. So much rich theology and prophecy is given in just a few short verses that it will take more than this lifetime to understand it all. All we need to know is this: Jesus is coming back . . . and when He does, people will finally see Him for who He is!  
Jan
2
2024
In this message Stephen reminds us that our hope and expectation far exceed any earthly pressure. We are awaiting the promised return of Christ who will one day receive us in the clouds and take us home to heaven with Him. This is an old-time revelation . . . but it is one that never gets old! Access this series called Special Delivery here: https://wfth.me/special  
Jan
1
2024
Listen to the full-length sermons in this series here: https://wfth.me/obsession   What do you do when God's will seems contrary to the desires God gave you? How do you continue to move forward in your service for God when He keeps closing doors? The apostle Paul wrestled with some of these same questions. In Romans 15, he confides in us his expectations for the future of his missionary work, but these great expectations never become reality. How will he cope with his disappointment? Find out now.  
Dec
29
2023
Listen to all of the full-length sermons in this series here: https://wfth.me/obsession.  What do you do when God's will seems contrary to the desires He gave you? How do you continue to move forward in your service for God when He keeps closing doors? The apostle Paul wrestled with some of these same questions. In Romans 15, he confides in us his expectations for the future of his missionary work, but these great expectations never become reality. What will he do when his way does not match God's will?  
Dec
28
2023
Listen to all of the full-length sermons in this series here: https://wfth.me/obsession.  An obsession with holy living must first begin with an obsession with the Holy One. Paul's passion to become like Christ was the natural overflow of his deep, intimate walk with Christ. How do we develop a passion for holiness? It begins getting a better picture of our great and holy God.  
Dec
27
2023
What motivates you? Have you ever asked yourself that question? There is no doubt about what motivated the apostle Paul. Until his encounter with the risen Christ, Paul was not only a blasphemer, he was also the number one persecutor of the church. Yet the grace offered him by Jesus Christ changed him, empowered him for service, and ultimately motivated him to live a life of holiness. It can do the same for you too! Listen to all of the full-length sermons in this series here: https://wfth.me/obsession
Dec
26
2023
The life of the apostle Paul was indeed an extraordinary one, but what was so extraordinary was not his natural gifts and abilities; it was his whole-hearted devotion to God. In Paul's letter to the Romans, we get a glimpse of his commitment to holy living and discover that holiness demands that we are willing to say "no" as often as we say "yes." Listen to all of the full-length sermons in this series here: https://wfth.me/obsession  
Dec
25
2023
What makes Luke's account of Jesus' virgin birth stand out amongst history's many other virgin birth stories? Stephen brings us a wonderful answer as he gives us a lesson in history, world religion, and Christology. Access the full-length version of this series here: https://wfth.me/myths  
Dec
22
2023
More surprising than the priests and kings who missed out on God's humble incarnation were the shepherds and peasants who didn't. Access all of the messages in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-myths-messengers-and-mystery-of-christmas  
Dec
21
2023
How did Persian dignitaries learn about the coming Messiah? Furthermore, why did they associate a star with His birth? Stephen brings us deeper insight into this peculiar yet profound aspect of the Christmas story. Access all of the messages in this series: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-myths-messengers-and-mystery-of-christmas  
Dec
20
2023
Peace is not only a desire during the Christmas season but is a longing of the world throughout the year. Global peace is possible, but it will only take place when the Prince of Peace returns to set up His kingdom on earth. Sadly, our world often attempts to solve global problems ignoring or rejecting the solutions given by the Creator of the world, the Prince of Peace. Fortunately, the God of the heavens and earth provides us with a future plan -- a Kingdom filled with peace, joy, and comfort for 1,000 years and beyond! Access the complete series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-king-is-here  
Dec
19
2023
Christmas is the season to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. Though His birth occurred around 2,000 years ago, the church still worships and exalts Jesus as Lord of lords and King of kings, and the prophesied Messiah and Redeemer of the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah focused on His attributes when penning a hymn about His names, granting the church a worshipful picture of the Son of God. Access the complete series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-king-is-here  
Dec
18
2023
People are convinced of truth if what is predicted will happen in the future actually comes to pass. Prophets, soothsayers, psychics, and diviners have held court worldwide sharing their foresight, and if the predictions materialized as promised, there was no denying the veracity of the prophecy or the one revealing it. What if there were 456 separate clues regarding a single person that were all being fulfilled by one person . . . would that be convincing? Jesus Christ is that person! He has fulfilled the prophecies of His first coming to prove that He is the Messiah, the true King. Access the complete series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/the-king-is-here  
Dec
15
2023
The world is lost in darkness not because light hasn't come, but because men have turned their backs to it. Access all of the lessons in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-light
Dec
14
2023
The world is lost in darkness not because light hasn't come, but because men have turned their backs to it. Access all of the lessons in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-light  
Dec
13
2023
Just as Christian theology hinges on a literal interpretation of John's opening words, many false religions hinge on a misinterpretation of them. But where does the confusion lie? Is John's meaning really up for debate? Stephen brings us an emphatic answer. Access all of the lessons in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-light  
Dec
12
2023
Just as Christian theology hinges on a literal interpretation of John's opening words, many false religions hinge on a misinterpretation of them. But where does the confusion lie? Is John's meaning really up for debate? Stephen brings us an emphatic answer. Access all of the lessons in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-light  
Dec
11
2023
Scripture calls Jesus the "Light of the world," but Jesus didn't light up the sky with fireworks and make an unforgettable appearance at His incarnation. In fact, His arrival was so common that it was almost unnoticeable. Why is that? Join Stephen to see how Luke answers that question. Access all of the lessons in this series here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-cousins  
Dec
8
2023
This Christmas, if you’re looking for proof of the deity of Christ, you'll find it in the very beginning of Luke's Gospel. Even before the Resurrection and the feeding of the 5,000 and the taming of the sea and the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus -- still a fetus in Mary's womb -- revealed His power in an incredible way. Listen to today's message to find out how He did this. Access all of the resources for this series at https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-cousins
Dec
7
2023
The story of Zacharias is a wonderful reminder that nothing is impossible for God. Whenever God calls us to walk by faith and not by sight -- even when all the odds are stacked against us -- He will accomplish His work in and through us to the amazement of all. So join Stephen in this message as he gives us an undeniable reminder of how great our God is! Access all of the resources for this series at https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-cousins
Dec
6
2023
The story of Zacharias is a wonderful reminder that nothing is impossible for God. Whenever God calls us to walk by faith and not by sight -- even when all the odds are stacked against us -- He will accomplish His work in and through us to the amazement of all. So join Stephen in this message as he gives us an undeniable reminder of how great our God is! Access all of the resources for this series at https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-cousins  
Dec
5
2023
Whenever Christmas rolls around and we are reminded through songs and nativity scenes about the Christmas story, one significant part of it usually gets left out: the birth of John the Baptizer. John’s life and ministry was also a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and an important part of the Christmas story. Today, Stephen tells us more about this great prophet. Access all of the resources for this series at https://www.wisdomonline.org/christmas-cousins
Dec
4
2023
The Apostle Paul doesn't give us black and white answers when it comes to issues of Christian liberty. But how could he? There was no such thing as internet and movies and alternative music back in those days! Instead, he supplies us with Biblical principles that transcend every social context generation. He doesn't tell us how to act . . . he tells us how to think. Access all of the resources for his series at https://www.wisdomonline.org/grey-matters  
Dec
1
2023
The Apostle Paul knew of no better way to make it through the fog of life than to follow Christ's footprints . . . step by step. Do you? Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/romans-lesson-147
Nov
30
2023
Contrary to popular belief, Christian liberty does not say, "I have the freedom to do anything that makes my life better." Instead, Christian liberty says, "I now have the freedom to do whatever Christ wants me to do." So many people get this wrong today. Don't be one of them! Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https:/https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/romans-lesson-146
Nov
29
2023
Did you know you are a priceless enterprise of God? We are all "under construction" and God wants each of us to treat each other as a work in progress. Stephen calls this the "principle of consideration" and instructs the believer to live it out each day. Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/romans-lesson-145
Nov
28
2023
In Romans 14, the Apostle Paul confronts certain factions that had risen in the church at Rome. Some people considered meat that had been offered to idols unclean and others didn't. Also some regarded the Sabbath to be a holy day while others didn't. So who was right in these situations? Which group honored God more? In this message Stephen discloses that it wasn’t the side who made the best argument . . . it was the side who gave the most grace. Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https:/https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/romans-lesson-144
Nov
27
2023
Our Christian liberty should never be used to offend a weaker brother. But does that mean we have to limit our own freedom because of someone else’s weakness? This is a big question in our day and age and one that many Christians have neglected to answer Biblically. Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/romans-lesson-143
Nov
24
2023
Paul did not commend the church at Corinth for being tolerant; he rebuked them for being arrogant! Likewise, Stephen cautions us to be careful with our theology and practice lest we fall into error as well. Learn more about this series, and read or listen to the full-length version of each message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/grey-matters  
Nov
23
2023
Does "Christian liberty" mean we have the license to sin? Not on your life! Stephen gives us several guidelines that balance our liberty with God's holiness as he reminds us of our responsibility to our fellow believers. Learn more about this series, and read or listen to the full-length version of each message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/grey-matters  
Nov
22
2023
One of the most difficult discoveries in the Christian life is that life is not always black and white; it is often colored in grey. Many of life's daily questions aren't answered in Scripture . . . at least not directly. So in this message Stephen lays the groundwork for dealing with difficult issues as he investigates the highly explosive topic of Christian liberty. Learn more about this series, and read or listen to the full-length version of each message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/grey-matters  
Nov
21
2023
If an unbelieving friend walked into your church on Sunday, what would he or she discover? A place of joy and love or a place of discontent? Unity in the congregation or cliques and social castes? Stephen warns us that if the local church isn't a place where unbelievers find a reason to believe, it will be a place where they find reasons not to. Read oir listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-31
Nov
20
2023
Confession to God is the key to a connection with God. When we're not confessing . . . we're probably not connecting. Read or Listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-30
Nov
18
2023
Here's the link: https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/the-advent-event Do you struggle to keep your focus on Jesus during the Christmas season? Does the busyness of the holidays distract you from the true meaning of what you celebrate? We have a resource to help you lead your family in an intentional, Christ-honoring activity. The Advent Event is a fun, easy, and enriching family activity to help focus attention on the birth of Jesus while discovering the big picture of God's plan throughout the entire Bible. Kids of all ages will enjoy the crafts, stories, sounds, and motions that make up The Advent Event. Best of all, it fits easily into your busy schedule.  Get your kit today!
Nov
17
2023
Read the manuscript or listen to the full-length version here: https://wfth.me/3sj2ctN It’s easy for us to think that God hears only the prayers of the most devout Christians, isn’t it? But in this message, Stephen proposes that if God only paid attention to the saintliest of saints . . . none of us would ever be heard! Join him now as he encourages us with the truth that God accepts “Ordinary Prayers from Ordinary People.”
Nov
16
2023
Read the manuscript or listen to the full-length version here: https://wfth.me/476sQoY What does the Apostle James mean when he says, "The Prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up?" Does this verse support the existence of faith healers? Is it a promise that strong Christians will never need hospitals and health clinics? Stephen gives us some much-needed insight.  
Nov
15
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://wfth.me/3SupXd8 If Christianity rises and falls on Christ's integrity, then our testimony of Christ to others rises and falls on our integrity.  
Nov
14
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://wfth.me/464mzIK Consider Job. He wrestled with doubt, depression, and frustration with God, yet he didn't fall into the trap of blaming God like we so often do.  So what was his secret? What kept him faithful even in the midst of intense suffering? The Apostle James tells us.  
Nov
13
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-25 When you think of the word "endurance," what comes to your mind? A marathon? A battlefield? A hospital room? When the Apostle James wrote about endurance, he thought of a farm. Stephen tells us why.  
Nov
10
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/ezra-lesson-12 Have you ever had someone apologize to you and you knew they weren't sorry? On the other hand, have you ever had someone apologize to you and you knew they were sorry? What was the difference between the two confessions? Stephen gives us the answer from Scripture.  
Nov
9
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/ezra-lesson-11  Have you ever had someone apologize to you and you knew they weren't sorry? On the other hand, have you ever had someone apologize to you, and you knew they were sorry? What was the difference between the two confessions? What made one real and the other false? Stephen gives us the answer from Scripture.  
Nov
8
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/ezra-lesson-09  If you want to please God then be good as He is good. Be a good employee, a good boss, a good parent, a good student, a good mechanic, a good doctor. In this message Stephen challenges us to demonstrate to a lost world that God doesn't just save lives . . . He changes them as well.  
Nov
7
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/ezra-lesson-09  We could argue about the value of hobbies, movies, sports, and the newspaper, and never get anywhere! But what about the time these things demand and the influence they exert on us? Is it any wonder that the average Christian knows more about the world than he or she does about the Word? In this message Stephen challenges us get back to the Bible!
Nov
6
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/ezra-lesson-08 Zerubbabel built the temple of God, but Ezra built the people of God. He led them out of spiritual darkness into the light of spiritual truth. And as we prop this puzzle picture in front of us today, we'll discover how it can help us rebuild our own spiritual lives too.  
Nov
3
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version here - https://wfth.me/3MdWC2F   Looking at the 21st Century American Church, what would you say is missing? What is the one thing we're getting wrong today??Stephen tells us in this message.  
Nov
2
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version here - https://wfth.me/3QtCrA4   Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor persecution, nor trial, nor height, nor depth, nor the opposition of rulers, nor the sin of nations, nor the power of Satan, nor any other thing can keep the Sovereign of the universe from fully completing His supreme design and His perfect plan. How's that for a postal service motto! In this message Stephen reminds us that when God makes a promise . . . He always delivers!  
Nov
1
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version here - https://wfth.me/3QuCWty   Where there is opportunity to advance the kingdom of God, there will surely be opposition. Jesus promised that when He said that all who desire to live Godly in this world will face persecution. Are you facing opposition today because of your faith? Take heart . . . it's a sign you're doing the right thing.  
Oct
31
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version here - https://wfth.me/405ZGmS   The city-wide worship service in Ezra chapter 3 gives us a perfect illustration of what Christian fellowship looks like. The Jews had prayed together, suffered together, and now they will finally worship together. Let's learn from their example today.  
Oct
30
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version here - https://wfth.me/45HKhdR   We are prone to wander, aren't we? We struggle with things like faith and obedience, which effects our worship. But there is coming a day when we'll worship God with all our minds and all hearts and all our strength -- with no sin to stand in the way. Are you looking forward to that day?  
Oct
27
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version here - https://wfth.me/45H3In4  Spiritual schizophrenia is rampant in the church today. Its basic symptom is stated in this fashion: "I believe in God, but I'll never risk my academic standing or my sexual intimacy or my money to give my life to Him. I'd rather have Babylon." In this powerful message, Stephen gives us a road map out of Babylon and back to God. So fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!  
Oct
26
2023
https://wfth.me/45N8MGu  After seventy years of captivity, God is about to restore His own people to their homeland by turning the heart of a Pagan King. In this message Stephen reminds us that if God has princes and kingdoms in His hand, He surely has us in His hands as well.  
Oct
25
2023
Watch, listen or read the full-length version of this message: https://wfth.me/475JHb3. The Parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most famous parables Jesus told during His earthly ministry. But whenever someone refers to it, they do it in that way: "Prodigal Son." Singular. But there are two prodigals in Luke's account in chapter 15. The first prodigal came home to his father, expecting rejection but experiencing grace. The other prodigal never left home, expecting recognition but experiencing bitterness. We've studied the lost son, now let’s learn from the son who never left.  
Oct
24
2023
Watch, listen, or read the full-length version: https://wfth.me/4722HHf The prodigal son prepared to return home with the posture of humility but a heart of pride. He concocted a plan to save face, restore his dignity and increase his status. As he journeyed home, he rehearsed exactly what he would say. But when he arrived in town, the prodigal was confounded by a level of grace so unexpected and irresistible, he forgot his plan entirely. God continues to blow people away with His grace and forgiveness in our world today.  
Oct
23
2023
Success often leads to pride, but have you ever considered that failure can lead to pride? Many people hit rock bottom and, rather than fall upon the mercy of God or others, continue to pridefully look for ways to get themselves out of the situation, save face, and restore their dignity. But that’s not the spirit Jesus wants from sinners who realize they are at rock bottom in their sin and desire to come to Him. As He continues the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus reminds us that the posture we bring to Him matters just as much as the fact that we come at all.
Oct
20
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this sermon here: https://wfth.me/3rC7rED  As Jesus continues to effectively use parables to reveal truths about the human condition to His audience, He’s aware of the skepticism His message is facing from the Pharisees and religious leaders. And He has a story ready that will shake even them to their core. If you imagined the least desirable, the least redeemable, the lowest class of person you can think of, that’s the man Jesus now presents to these leaders as an example of the indiscriminate grace of God.  
Oct
19
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this sermon here: https://wfth.me/3rMlDuH  We all know the feeling of being lost. Maybe you used a GPS or map to find your way again, or maybe a helpful friend or stranger helped you find your way. There's no better feeling than knowing you have been found and are on the right course again. Jesus uses a parable to communicate to His disciples that He is in the business of finding lost people--lost souls--and setting them on the right course. And Jesus also indicates that some very special, though unseen, witnesses are rejoicing whenever a lost soul is found through faith in Jesus.  
Oct
18
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this sermon here: https://wfth.me/3RSpxgb  Jesus’ earthly ministry had a similar theme when it came to His interactions with others. He showed grace to the humble and lowly and pronounced judgment on the lofty and proud. The religious leaders in Jesus’ day looked down on others, but Jesus saw them for who they were. And he indiscriminately invited everyone to repentance. And He still does.  
Oct
17
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this sermon here: https://wfth.me/46E0aCX This captivating series comes to a conclusion with an exploration of our future heavenly home. Pastor Davey opens the book of Revelation to unpack the architectural immensity—and infinite glory—of the Father’s house and our place in it. Not only will we live in the Celestial City on a perfected earth within a perfected universe, we will be perfected…our lives will be without impurity, our service to Him without inconsistency, and our worship of Him will go on unceasingly.  
Oct
16
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this sermon here: https://wfth.me/45mEz0L And they lived happily ever after. This is a typical fairytale ending. However, it’s the anticipated truth for every believer. The world around us, as beautiful and colorful as it is, is a mere shadow of the living color and awesome reality to come. In Heaven, our bodies will be immortal and shine with the brilliance of the sun. And our human relationships will be magnified and perfected, without any competition, comparisons, or conflicts. This message pulls from Scripture to paint an exciting picture of our forever happily ever after.  
Oct
13
2023
Click here for the full-length version: https://bit.ly/3PXOHbU  In our culture today, there is a constant striving to stay young looking, despite the natural aging process. But all those efforts inevitably fail. The human body, because of sin, is subject to pain, suffering, and disability. And our minds are equally as fragile. But as followers of Jesus Christ, we are promised a glorified body in heaven--a body without ailments, sickness, or imperfections. In this encouraging message, Pastor Davey shares Scriptural truths about our eternal future of perfection and glory with the Lord…and each other.  
Oct
12
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this message: https://bit.ly/46eQrD9  The geological community, primarily driven by evolution, continues to make amazing observations and discoveries, but never connects the dots between the evidence and its substantiation of the Biblical creation account (a global flood on a young earth). Pastor Davey uncovers some amazing geological facts that will have you whole-heartedly agreeing with the Apostle Paul that our world is "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7)."  
Oct
11
2023
Watch the full-length version of this message here: https://bit.ly/3PDkltR We know from Scripture that God created the heavens and the earth about 8000 years ago--not billions. And, He created mankind to live on the earth and no other planet. In addition to the prevalence of evolutionary teaching, much of our culture is obsessed with aliens and the potential of life on other planets. In this fascinating lesson, Pastor Davey addresses why evolutionists and ET-seekers are really hoping to dispel and disprove a Creator God. And he reminds us how the vast universe reminds us of God’s personal care of us.  
Oct
10
2023
The full-length video or audio message is available here: https://bit.ly/3EZaEAX As David wrote in Psalm 33, when we consider the heavens and earth, it should lead to the reverence of our awesome God. He created the planets, stars, the sun, and every galaxy, each with a specific purpose. In this tour of the heavens, Pastor Davey illuminates the meticulous and miraculous scientific details of the earth and heavenly bodies, reminding us that amid all God’s breathtaking creation, He knows and cares for us even more.
Oct
9
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/the-wonder-of-yo Evolutionists believe that humans are the result of an accident...billions of years of randomness resulting in the fascinating intelligence of the human body. From the human eye (which confounded Darwin himself) to minute cellular structures, we see the workings of our Creator God through every intricate detail of our body. This lesson explores attributes of human DNA and how it conclusively reveals meticulous design and function. We are not merely an accident. God created us with--and for--a purpose.  
Oct
6
2023
Watch, listen, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/taught-by-a-forest-of-trees // All of nature is a classroom where the Gospel can be illustrated, the Christian edified, the unbeliever warned, and the glory of Creator God revealed. This is no truer than in examining some of the smallest creatures, like the honeybee and the ant. Whether it’s through our own visual observance or the meticulous scientific study of their complexities, we can discover undeniable truths in learning about these creative marvels. This message from Pastor Davey on these tiny teachers will deepen our awe of the marvelous Creator.  
Oct
5
2023
Watch, listen, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/truths-from-the-tiniest-of-teachers // All of nature is a classroom where the Gospel can be illustrated, the Christian edified, the unbeliever warned, and the glory of Creator God revealed. This is no truer than in examining some of the smallest creatures, like the honeybee and the ant. Whether it’s through our own visual observance or the meticulous scientific study of their complexities, we can discover undeniable truths in learning about these creative marvels. This message from Pastor Davey on these tiny teachers will deepen our awe of the marvelous Creator.  
Oct
4
2023
Watch, listen, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/the-metamorphic-phenomena // Metamorphosis in nature transforms the weak into strong and the ordinary into magnificent. Most often, this natural transformation results from intense pressure, fierce refinement, or astonishing change. These same examples of metamorphosis can be applied through Scripture to our own Christian lives. In fact, we need all three principles in order to grow and mature as Believers. These processes are not comfortable and can be quite painful…but the result is a beautiful new thing for our good and to God’s glory.
Oct
3
2023
Watch, listen, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/the-original-jungle-book // The Bible happens to be the original Jungle Book. God created all things, from the tiniest bug to the hugest dinosaurs—and He made them all on the same day He made Mankind. Initially, all creatures lived in harmony with each other and with humans (all herbivores!). At the fall, all of creation was affected, even the animals, which would now fight over food and for their lives. Studying these creatures, specifically dinosaurs as described in the book of Job, shows us how magnificent God is, how small we are, and how solid our confidence in our Creator can be.  
Oct
2
2023
Watch, listen, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/nature-gone-wild // Do you believe that God is in control of natural disasters—every hurricane, tsunami, and tornado? In His sovereignty, God commands and controls the entire natural world, just as He ordains each moment of our lives. It’s a comfort to know that nothing is by accident. Even when our life and circumstances look and feel chaotic, God has everything under control. And, as we learn in this message, natural disasters have much to teach us about living out our faith in the all-powerful Creator.  
Sep
29
2023
We have a full-length version of this message that you can watch, hear, or read. https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/bird-watching-for-the-wise.  Birds teach us valuable lessons about our Creator. Throughout Scripture, birds are used as an example of God’s love, protection, and provision for us. They even serve as a Biblical metaphor for repentance. In fact, Jesus actually delivers a command for us to observe and study birds (Matthew 6:26)! Here, Pastor Davey shares four ways that birds teach us key theological truths that can strengthen our daily walk with the Lord.  
Sep
28
2023
Watch, Listen, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/the-curriculum-of-creation. Creation displays the power of God, revealing the Truth of an amazing Creator. As Christians, it’s imperative that we notice the majesty of God’s handiwork. We must not just look, but see; not just listen, but hear; not just eat, but taste—every sense gives us a reason to praise our Creator God. In this series introduction, Pastor Davey sets the foundation for profound lessons to be learned through Creation…if we pay attention.  
Sep
27
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/revelation-lesson-72.  Grace: that's the word that best sums up the whole message of Scripture. And that's the word John uses to conclude his divinely inspired Revelation. After spending 22 chapters sharing with us his apocalyptic visions and indescribable prophecies of the future, he leaves us with a promise for the present: God's grace is with us.  
Sep
26
2023
Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/revelation-lesson-71 Thirty-nine books labeled Old Testament and twenty-seven books labeled New Testament are what make up that precious book we know as the Bible. But how do we know Scripture ended with Revelation? Stephen gives us age-old insight into that age-old question.  
Sep
25
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/revelation-lesson-70. Ever since The Flood of Genesis 7, God has warned of coming judgment. He spoke of it through the Prophets, through Christ, and here, at last, through the Apostle John's Revelation. Are you listening?  
Sep
22
2023
Listen to or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/revelation-lesson-69.  According to the Apostle John, it isn't enough to simply believe that Jesus is coming again . . . we must live as though He is already on His way.  
Sep
21
2023
Listen, watch, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-77. As Christians, what is the analogy of who we are supposed to be? Many would say a fighter—we fight for God and go to war against secular culture. Others would say a peacemaker—we offer a message of love that is offered to everyone on earth. Even more people might say a firefighter— we rescue people from the fire and bring them into a place of safety. But what does Jesus say we are to be? Well, I’m sure you have some of it sitting on your dining room table; it’s so small we rarely give it a moment of thought: salt.
Sep
20
2023
This is part 2 of a two-part message. Listen, watch, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-76 When you go on a trip and begin making your packing list, most likely you begin by checking the weather in the place you will be visiting. You want to ensure that you are packing for the climate you will be entering. Jesus wanted to make sure His disciples understood the climate where they were going on their way to Jerusalem. He knew that many of His followers were expecting a hero’s welcome and a coronation, but He also knew the reality would be quite different. And so, He challenged His disciples to earnestly and soberly count the cost of following Him.
Sep
19
2023
This is part one of a two-part message. Listen, watch, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-76 When you go on a trip and begin making your packing list, most likely you begin by checking the weather in the place you will be visiting. You want to ensure that you are packing for the climate you will be entering. Jesus wanted to make sure His disciples understood the climate where they were going on their way to Jerusalem. He knew that many of His followers were expecting a hero’s welcome and a coronation, but He also knew the reality would be quite different. And so, He challenged His disciples to earnestly and soberly count the cost of following Him.
Sep
18
2023
Listen, watch, or read the full-length version of this message here: https://bit.ly/3PwuJ7U. One Sabbath day, Jesus attended a dinner at the home of a prominent Pharisee. During the dinner, Jesus healed a man, which sparked a debate with the Pharisees over whether it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath. In response, Jesus told a parable about a great banquet. The parable serves as a warning to those who prioritize worldly concerns over spiritual matters. Jesus taught that none of those who were invited but declined to come would taste his banquet. The meaning is clear: those who reject his message will not be able to partake in the blessings of his kingdom. How will you respond to God’s invitation?
Sep
15
2023
Listen to the full-length version, watch the video, or read the manuscript for this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-74. History books are filled with stories of people the world deems important. Whether they are famous, or infamous, part of society involves determining the important players in the history of the world and documenting their achievements. But in Jesus’ earthly ministry, He didn’t associate Himself with the powerful—the high rollers of history—but with the lowly. And that’s because Jesus knew that the kings on earth had no more power than that which God allowed them. And with that perspective, we see human history—and its influential figures—in a more godly light.
Sep
14
2023
Like the “COEXIST” bumper stickers we see on cars, the worldview that many paths lead to heaven is pervasive and politically correct in our culture. But this concept, that “all roads lead to God” is not a new philosophy; in fact, Jesus confronted the same issue during His earthly ministry. The world will call it “intolerant,” “judgmental,” and “exclusive,” but the truth remains: narrow is the path to life. Listen to the full-length version, watch the video, or read the manuscript for this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-73 
Sep
13
2023
Listen to the full-length version, watch the video, or read the manuscript for this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-73 Like the “COEXIST” bumper stickers we see on cars, the worldview that many paths lead to heaven is pervasive and politically correct in our culture. But this concept, that “all roads lead to God” is not a new philosophy; in fact, Jesus confronted the same issue during His earthly ministry. The world will call it “intolerant,” “judgmental,” and “exclusive,” but the truth remains: narrow is the path to life.
Sep
12
2023
Often, the “hinge moments” in human history aren’t noticed in real time. We use hindsight and retrospection to understand what moments in history have lasting significance, and which ones may seem important in real time, yet don’t matter in the long term. As Jesus prepares to give a final sermon in the Jewish synagogues, there is no fanfare, no high-ranking dignitaries. This particularly weekly gathering didn’t seem to have any extraordinary meaning. Yet, 2000 years later, we are still reading about this singular encounter between Jesus and an afflicted woman.  The full-length version of this message is available here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-72
Sep
11
2023
When tragedy strikes -- like the recent earthquake in Turkey -- we find ourselves shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of life. During the ministry of Jesus, an accident occurred and people rushed to hear His answer. To some, it was uncaring, but to those willing to listen, it reminded them -- and us -- of the brevity of life. The full-length version of this message is available here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-71.  
Sep
8
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-71.  When tragedy strikes -- like the recent earthquake in Turkey -- we find ourselves shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of life. During the ministry of Jesus, an accident occurred and people rushed to hear His answer. To some, it was uncaring, but to those willing to listen, it reminded them -- and us -- of the brevity of life.
Sep
7
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-70.  In this message, Stephen unpacks additional warnings from Jesus about the end times -- clearly drawing a line in the sand between those who'll accept Him as the Messiah and those who'll reject Him.  
Sep
6
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: /teachings/luke-lesson-69. Anticipating our Lord's return is something that true believers eagerly await. But in the meantime, what should we be doing in preparation? In this message from Luke's gospel, Pastor Davey shares insight into Jesus' instructions on the "way to wait" for His second coming.  
Sep
5
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's Manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-68  Fear and worry are a natural part of the human experience. Many people feel anxiety when they encounter a big change in life, face struggles, or are unsure how to handle a specific situation. But Jesus taught His disciples that anxiety and worry uncover a deeper problem, they distract us from the total sufficiency of God and our total dependency on Him. From this teaching, we can learn that the closer we align ourselves to God, the less anxiety we will feel about the matters and concerns of our lives.  
Sep
4
2023
Watch or listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's Manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-67   Jesus often contrasted satisfaction with covetousness, because He knew that covetous people can never be satisfied; they will never have enough. In this message, Pastor Davey shares that riches are not a guarantee of satisfaction; riches are a test to determine where true satisfaction comes from.
Sep
1
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript for this message here: /teachings/luke-lesson-66   If you ask people what they are afraid of, you'll hear a lot of the same answers. "Heights," "the dark," and "public speaking" will be some of the most common. But Stephen Davey helps us understand that there are only two categories of fear that matter, and they have a lot more to do with who we are than what we are afraid of. Those two categories are "saved" and "unsaved," and the right kind of fear will look drastically different for these two groups.  
Aug
30
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-64    As Christians, how should we respond to the darkness we see around us every single day? Sometimes, the darkness can seem too pervasive, too corrosive, too evil. Does our light even make a difference? Jesus encouraged His disciples that just a little light can illuminate a dark room, and our example of godliness can set the example in our world.  
Aug
29
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript for this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-63   Stephen unpacks a powerful passage in Luke 11 as Jesus rebukes those in the crowd who demand further signs and miracles to convince them of who He was. Their unbelief was less about having doubts and more about being disobedient . . . something that we can certainly relate to in our current cultural climate!  
Aug
28
2023
Listen to the full-length version and read the manuscript for this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/luke-lesson-62 The scene of this study is not unfamiliar in the four Gospel accounts. Yet again, Jesus faces challenges among the crowd, who are being stirred up against Him by the Jewish religious leaders. This time, they question from where Jesus has obtained His miraculous power. But, as we've seen so often before, Jesus flips the question back on the corrupt religious leaders, and in the process, reminds us Who's power we are submitting to when we accept Jesus as our Savior.
Aug
25
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/44SAe64 Stephen warns us in this message that sin never keeps its promise and lust never pays off in the end. So run from the deeds of darkness and don't leave a forwarding address!
Aug
24
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/44SAe64 Stephen warns us in this message that sin never keeps its promise and lust never pays off in the end. So run from the deeds of darkness and don't leave a forwarding address!  
Aug
23
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/3DEPR5i Would you drive a race car without a seatbelt? Would you rappel without a harness? Would you skydive without a parachute? Not on your life! Well, this is your life -- your spiritual life -- so make sure you don't face it without first putting on the armor of Light.  
Aug
22
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/3DEPR5i Would you drive a race car without a seatbelt? Would you rappel without a harness? Would you skydive without a parachute? Not on your life! Well, this is your life -- your spiritual life -- so make sure you don't face it without first putting on the armor of Light.  
Aug
21
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/3YdEw5D  Jesus once said that the whole law can be summed up in two commands: Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. But how do we know when we’re really loving our neighbors? In this message Stephen gives us the answer from Romans chapter 13.  
Aug
18
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/3YdEw5D Jesus once said that the whole law can be summed up in two commands: Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. But how do we know when we’re really loving our neighbors? In this message Stephen gives us the answer from Romans chapter 13.  
Aug
16
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/47gfAhW After twenty-five years of ecclesiastical activism, Christians have become like political crusaders, seeking to purge society of its idols rather than pray for its conversion. That's why the Apostle Paul's message in Romans 13 is as relevant to our churches today as it was to the church in Rome all those years ago.  
Aug
15
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript to this message here: https://bit.ly/3DIqiQs A president once challenged Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." But what should we as Christians be doing for our country? Should we try to reclaim the culture through political activism? Should we fight against immoral government sanctions? Find out now as the Apostle Paul talks to us about Politics.
Aug
14
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/3Kph0ge You've heard the witty old saying, 'Don't get mad . . . get even." Well in this message Stephen shows us how that way of thinking ruins friendships, families, and testimonies all the time. Is it ruining yours?  
Aug
11
2023
Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/4543O8c When the Apostle Paul said that "in Christ, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, slave nor free," he was proclaiming a truth that is wonderful in theory, but difficult in practice. It seems that as soon as we step foot in church on Sunday mornings, our own prejudices and biases come out in a number of ways. That's why we need to keep eating "humble pie" as often as we can. We can't be spiritually healthy without it.  
Aug
10
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/3OD5kch In Romans 12 the Apostle Paul challenges us to stop believing society's self-preserving, self-serving criteria for relationships, and start demonstrating to the world that real love -- God's love -- goes far beyond greeting cards and the golden rule.  
Aug
9
2023
Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://bit.ly/3Ko9u50 If you go into your local "Christian" bookstore, you'll find a plethora of self-help books with titles like, "Living Your Best Life Now," "The Secret to Success," and "The Fine Arts of Living." What these books all have in common is that they have little foundation in Scripture. So save your money and instead join Stephen as he shows us from Romans 12:12-13 the "Fine Arts of Godly Living."
Aug
8
2023
Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: /teachings/romans-lesson-129 It's easy to make a routine of church, isn't it? Every Sunday we might help in the nursery, lead a bible study, go to a service, and sing in the choir, and while these are good things, they sometimes cause us to view Church as a series of programs rather than an assembly of people. In Romans 12 the Apostle Paul interrupts our Christian routines to remind us what "Church" is really all about.  
Aug
7
2023
Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: /teachings/romans-lesson-128 The Apostle Paul gives us a simple challenge in Romans 12:9 that could change our homes, our churches, and our world if we would take it seriously. "Abhor what is evil… and cling to what is good." Will you take that challenge to heart today?  
Aug
4
2023
There is no doubt that the homegoing of a young life, especially one whose life promised so much for the gospel of Jesus Christ, is often confusing and, in our perspective, tragic. One author referred to the death of a committed Christian at the early stages of great potential as, The sun going down at noon. But what we learn from these men and women is that the best time to walk with God is always today. We never know what will happen tomorrow. Listen to the full-length version, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/kings-lesson-40
Aug
3
2023
Prior to the reign of young King Josiah, the scriptures had been misplaced. They were lost. Can you imagine what that would be like today? What if all the Bibles in the world suddenly disapeared? The truth is, while we have billions of copies of Scripture in different languages and translations, the Gospel is becoming as lost now as it was then. How do we rediscover God's Word in the 21st Century? The answer is found in II Kings chapter 22. Listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/kings-lesson-39
Aug
2
2023
Have you ever had a 16 year-old for a child? They're tough to manage aren't they?! You don't want them wrecking the house but you also don't want them wrecking your car! It's a hard life. In 2 Chronicles 34 we come to an incredible story that is really very hard fo us to believe -- especially those of us with teenagers. A 16 year-old boy is on the throne in Jerusalem, and He is proving to be one of the godliest leaders Israel has ever seen. Let's join Stephen as he introduces us to this boy-wonder. Listen to the full-length version of this message, or access Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/kings-lesson-38
Aug
1
2023
There are many fascinating stories of prodigals in the Bible, but the story we find in 2 Chronicles is especially fascinating. Why? Because this prodigal is a King. What made him run away? Find out now. Listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/kings-lesson-37
Jul
31
2023
In this message Hezekiah asks God to grant him a wish and God accepts. But what happens next in Hezekiah's life is a warning to all of us. If the moral of this story could be summed up in a single phrase, it would be this: be careful what you wish for! Listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/kings-lesson-36
Jul
28
2023
When you get saved it doesn't mean your troubles will be end. It most likely means your troubles will begin! That's not a great sales pitch for following God, but understanding that helps us to not harbor unreasonable expectations. God never promised to keep us away from the Goliaths in our lives . . . but He did promise to give us strength in our stand against them. Listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/kings-lesson-35
Jul
27
2023
A new king is seated on the throne in Judah. He comes from a line of men who gave no regard to God or His law. It looks to be the same old, same old. But is it possible for a man who grew up in a pagan home with unbelieving parents to love God? Is it possible that this King will finally turn the nation back to the Savior? It would be a surprising conversion, for sure . . . but God is full of surprises! Listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/kings-lesson-34
Jul
26
2023
The most amazing thing about the gospel isn't that God saves sinners . . . it's that He saves the worst sinners. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. Is that you? Listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-24
Jul
25
2023
Barnabas gave Saul the support he needed in his early Christian experience and helped set Paul on his way to spiritual greatness. Are you an encouraging bridge builder, too? Listen to the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-23
Jul
24
2023
God sent Ananias on a mission to find Saul. But Ananias didn't know that Saul was a changed man. He expected a blood-thirsty zealot but encountered a humble, new Christian. Jesus had forgiven Saul. Would Ananias? Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-22
Jul
21
2023
Access the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-21 That God would save anyone is amazing, but that He would save someone like Paul is particularly remarkable. The church's greatest persecutor became the church's greatest preacher.  It's a mystery that Paul never quite understood. In this sermon, we will explore the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, a man who was once a fierce persecutor of Christians but who was later transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. We will learn how God can use even the most unlikely people to spread his message of love and hope.
Jul
20
2023
Access the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-20 Do you think of yourself as a committed Christian? Well, consider Philip. God called him to leave his home and walk a desert road. No mission, no time-table, and no promise of a safe return . . . just a call to go. Are you ready for that kind of commitment? In this sermon, Stephen explores the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch and Philip in Acts 8:25-40. He discusses how Philip was used by God to lead the Eunuch to faith in Jesus Christ, and he draws lessons from this story for our own lives.
Jul
19
2023
Access the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-19 Much of the confusion in Christianity today comes from a desire to get holy in a hurry. People would rather have a short-lived experience than a long-lived obedience. But there is no shortcut to sanctification. Dive into the second part of the Holy Confusion sermon series, exploring the challenges and misconceptions surrounding the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Gain insights into the transitional nature of the Book of Acts and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Discover how God speaks to us today through His Word and the inner peace of Christ. Uncover the significance of different baptisms mentioned in Scripture and the eternal consequences they entail. Join us as we seek clarity in an era of confusion and pursue a deeper understanding of God's plan for our lives.
Jul
18
2023
Access the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-18 The Church is full of people who are sharing their dreams, visions, signs and supernatural encounters. They will not be held accountable to the Word of truth if it disagrees with their experience. We live in an era of Holy Confusion! In this sermon, we will explore the story of how the Holy Spirit came to the people of Samaria. We will learn how the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life of faith and love.
Jul
17
2023
Why do you call yourself a Christian? Because you think it will help you get through difficult trials? Because it seems to be the right thing to do? Or is it because you were a sinner in need of a Savior? Access the full-length version of this message, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-17
Jul
14
2023
Shortly after the early church began, any religious freedom they enjoyed was stripped away. Persecution reached the homes and churches of these believers and tested their faith. How did they respond? What was their new message? Watch the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-16
Jul
13
2023
Stephen was the first church martyr, but we're all called to carry a cross and put to death our selfish ambitions and pride. So Christian living is all about learning how to die. What does this mean exactly? Watch the full-length version, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-15
Jul
12
2023
The Apostle Stephen was the first Christian martyr.  With no time to say goodbye to friends or put things in order; he was put to death on the spot. But Stephen was ready. Are you? Watch the full-length version, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-14
Jul
11
2023
What was the first disagreement recorded in Church history? More importantly, how should we respond to division in the body today? Watch the full-length version, or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-13
Jul
10
2023
The Sanhedrin just doesn't get it. They witnessed Christ perform miracle after miracle and still concluded that His power came from the Devil. As the Apostles preached and performed miracles, the Jewish leaders tried to put an end to it. Watch the full-length version or read Stephen's manuscript here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-12
Jul
7
2023
The reputation of your church and of Jesus is whatever your reputation is. Is it one of integrity? Is it clean or is it off-color? Is it humble or is it power-hungry? The early church had fakes, but God exposed them. Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-11
Jul
6
2023
False religion, as impressive and wealthy and powerful and magnificent as it may appear, is a facade that cannot stand even the slightest exposure to truth. It is helpless before the simple testimony of a transformed life. Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-10
Jul
5
2023
Lame men jumped for joy. Blind men could see. Deaf men could hear. The work of God through the Apostles was evident. The church was growing by the thousands, so what does spiritual revival look like? Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-9
Jul
4
2023
What happens when a church loses sight of its ultimate goal? It's easy to attend on Sunday, listen to a sermon, sing songs, and go home --all the while forgetting why God called us to meet in the first place. Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-8
Jul
3
2023
The First Sermon ever given in the Church age illustrates the Gospel so clearly and reminds us that becoming a Christian is a transaction. Sanctification takes a lifetime; conversion takes a moment. Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-7
Jun
30
2023
Have we bought into the truth that the Holy Spirit really did descend? Do we really believe that the third Person of the Trinity really does permanently indwell every believer? And does it show in the way we live? Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-6
Jun
29
2023
Like drawing straws or picking a hand, we sometimes seek God's will like it's a game of chance. But the tools for discovering God's will are not mystical. So throw the dice away and learn how to discover the will of God. Listen to the full-length version or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/acts-lesson-5
Jun
28
2023
A person's last words are his or her most important. That's why Jesus' challenge before He ascended into heaven is called the "great" commission: "Go and make disciples of all men." Are you obeying His last command? (Acts 1:8-14) Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
Jun
27
2023
The power of the Holy Spirit was never intended to be an end in itself. The Holy Spirit was given to us to sanctify us -- to set us apart. But people miss this all the time and treat Him like some sort of energy source. (Acts 1:6-8) Stephen has a Bible study guide based on this passage. Learn more: https://www.wisdomonline.org/store/view/acts-volume-1-study-guide
Jun
26
2023
The disciples are waiting anxiously in Jerusalem. Jesus has just ascended into heaven and promised that a Comforter would come. But what would His arrival be like? When would He come? How would He come? (Acts 1:1-5) Stephen Davey is the President of Wisdom International. Learn more at https://www.wisdomonline.org/sts
Jun
23
2023
When, where, and how did the Church begin? What was the first church like? Did they have Pastors and Deacons as we have? Did they meet in Church buildings or houses? Why does it matter? (Acts 1:1) Do you have a comment or question? Please email us at info@wisdomonline.org
Jun
22
2023
One minute our children are crawling around the living room floor, the next they’re running down the aisle, arms linked with someone else’s, ready to start a family of their own. Time with our kids is so fleeting, so let’s make the most of it. Want to build a lasting legacy? Stephen has a FREE resource to help you! https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/dad
Jun
21
2023
Your greatest legacy as a father will not be in a pulpit, a conference room, an office, or a mission field; it will be in your home. Are you succeeding where it matters most? (Judges 8) Want to build a lasting legacy? Stephen has a FREE resource to help you! https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/dad
Jun
20
2023
Solomon’s biography serves as a timeless warning that past spiritual victories do not guarantee future spiritual victories. Want to build a lasting legacy? Stephen has a FREE resource to help you! https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/dad
Jun
19
2023
If you want to be a godly man, go listen to what the world considers true manhood and then do the exact opposite. Want to build a lasting legacy? Stephen has a FREE resource to help you! https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/dad
Jun
16
2023
If your wallet could talk . . . what would it say about you? (James 5:1-6) Access the manuscript, or the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-24 Our extensive collection of discipleship resources is free and on-demand:  https://www.wisdomonline.org
Jun
15
2023
If your wallet could talk . . . what would it say about you? (James 5:1-6) Access the manuscript, or the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-24 Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
Jun
14
2023
Time flies, doesn't it? And it never stops either. The second hand is always ticking as minutes turn to days, days to weeks, and weeks to years. So how can we make the most of the time we have left? James tells us. (James 4:13-17) Access the manuscript, or the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-23 Get Stephen's FREE resource to help fathers build a godly legacy: https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/dad
Jun
12
2023
Make no mistake about it: words uttered from a judgmental spirit are not merely an affront to the character of our brothers and sisters . . . . They are an affront to the character of God. (James 4:11-12) Access the manuscript, or the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-22 How can we pray for you today? Let us know. https://www.wisdomonline.org/prayer
Jun
9
2023
(James 4:7-10) Whenever an author repeats something, it's because the subject is very important. That's why James continues to speak to us about humility. He knows that spiritual revival can't happen without it. Read the manuscript, or listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-21 Stephen explores the entire book of James in this practical, pastoral book: https://www.wisdomonline.org/store/view/james-commentary
Jun
8
2023
(James 4:7-10) Whenever an author repeats something, it's because the subject is very important. That's why James continues to speak to us about humility. He knows that spiritual revival can't happen without it. Read the manuscript, or listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-21 Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
Jun
7
2023
(James 4:4-6) James accused many Christians in the 1st century of being "adulterous people" because of their cultural compromises and hypocritical actions. What would he say to our churches today? Read the manuscript, or listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-2 Stephen has a book that teaches through James. Learn more: https://www.wisdomonline.org/store/view/james-commentary
Jun
6
2023
(James 4:1-3) Are you satisfied today? In your marriage? In your job? In your church? If not, the Apostle James offers the only remedy. Read the manuscript, or listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-19 How can we pray for you? Learn about our Global Prayer Team: https://www.wisdomonline.org/prayer
Jun
5
2023
(James 4:1-3) Are you satisfied today? In your marriage? In your job? In your church? If not, the Apostle James offers the only remedy. Read the manuscript, or listen to the full-length version of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-19 Receive occasional text messages from Stephen. Text the keyword - wisdom - to 833-676-4051
Jun
2
2023
(James 3:17-18) Godly wisdom isn't a gift . . . it's a reward. And only those who live for God receive it. Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-18
Jun
1
2023
(James 3:14-16) This is the conclusion to a sermon that began on our last broadcast. Envy is to our souls what mold is to a house. It spreads unnoticed until it has consumed every facet of our lives. Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-17
May
31
2023
(James 3:14-16) Envy is to our souls what mold is to a house. It spreads unnoticed until it has consumed every facet of our lives. Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-17
May
30
2023
(James 3:13-16) God doesn't measure our spiritual success by how much we know. He measures it by what we do with what we know. Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/james-lesson-16
May
29
2023
(1 John 5:21) Human beings were made to worship. The object of that worship will either be the one true and living God…or it will be an idol. A “god” is whatever we choose to serve, rely on, find refuge in, and love. And the more we worship that false “god”, the more we come to resemble it. Here, Pastor Davey expounds upon the Apostle John’s warning for believers to guard themselves from idols. Jesus Christ is the only God both worthy of worshipping and worth becoming more like. Anything else is a shallow, temporary substitute. Listen to the full-length version, or read the manuscript of this message here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/teachings/1john-lesson-25  
May
26
2023
(1 John 5:18-20) Do you ever doubt your heavenly assurance, worried that you might transgress one too many times for the Lord to accept you into His forever Kingdom? In this teaching on 1 John, Pastor Davey clarifies what the Apostle wants all of us to know with absolute certainty: we are forgiven and saved once and for always through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thankfully, our security is not dependent upon how firmly we grasp Christ. It is found in His grip on us. And God will never lose His grip. Let us know how we can pray for you: https://www.wisdomonline.org/prayer
May
25
2023
Have you ever prayed hard for a prodigal friend or family member and it seemed like your prayers weren’t getting past the ceiling. Well here’s the Apostle John’s advice for you today: keep praying! 1 John 5:16-18 Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
24
2023
(1 John 5:14-15) The Apostle John makes a bold promise that if we ask anything according to God’s will, He answers us. So why does it often seem like God is silent? Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
23
2023
(1 John 5:14-15) The Apostle John makes a bold promise that if we ask anything according to God’s will, He answers us. So why does it often seem like God is silent? Download our FREE resource for moms! https://www.wisdomonline.org/mom
May
22
2023
(1 John 5:12-13) Often, our problem as Christians isn’t that we don’t have faith; it’s that we don’t have assurance. It’s not that we don’t have hope; it’s that we don’t have confidence.  But the Apostle John delivers a message that could change all that. Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
19
2023
Often, our problem as Christians isn’t that we don’t have faith; it’s that we don’t have assurance. It’s not that we don’t have hope; it’s that we don’t have confidence.  But the Apostle John delivers a message that could change all that. Receive a FREE copy of Stephen's resource, Blessed Assurance. https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/assurance
May
18
2023
Scripture tells what Jesus accomplished in the past, what He is accomplishing in the present, and what He will one day accomplish in the future. Where would we be without this incredible record? (1 John 5:9-11) Want to receive occasional text messages from Stephen? Text the keyword - wisdom - to 833-676-4051
May
17
2023
In 1 John 5:6-8, the Apostle John takes us to the heart and soul of Christian apologetics as he gives us three undeniable proofs of Christianity. 1 John 5:6-8 How can we pray for you? Let us know: https://www.wisdomonline.org/prayer
May
16
2023
In 1 John 5:6-8, the Apostle John takes us to the heart and soul of Christian apologetics as he gives us three undeniable proofs of Christianity. 1 John 5:6-8 Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
15
2023
It’s not the strength of your faith that enables you to endure suffering. It’s the substance of your faith. (1 John 5:4-5) On today's program, Scott mentioned a special offer for moms. Learn more here: https://www.wisdomonline.org/lp/motherhood
May
12
2023
Our faith is measured by good works – as the Apostle James taught us – but our good works are measured by how much joy we express while doing them – as the Apostle John will teach us. Faith without works is dead, and so are works without joy. Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
11
2023
The dust if finally settling in Job's life. The Sun is beginning to break through the clouds again. After 41 chapters of emotional, physical and spiritual suffering, Job is finally set free. The test is over. Job has passed. Will you? Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
10
2023
Did you know that the Bible mentions the animals that we call dragons and dinosaurs? That's right . . . before archeologists found bones of these extinct creatures, Scripture recorded their existence. Job chapter 40 gives us their description. Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org  
May
9
2023
If Job ever questioned whether God truly cared for him, his questions are about to be answered in remarkable fashion. God will take him on a tour of the zoo and allow him to peer through the glass to witness how each animal is cared for. Job will learn afresh that if God cares so much for animals, He surely must care for His own children. Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
8
2023
If Job ever questioned whether God truly cared for him, his questions are about to be answered in remarkable fashion. God will take him on a tour of the zoo and allow him to peer through the glass to witness how each animal is cared for. Job will learn afresh that if God cares so much for animals, He surely must care for His own children. Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
5
2023
Is God in control of natural disasters? Can He stop Tsunamis and earthquakes if He wants to? If so, why doesn't He? In this message Stephen discusses the implications of Christ's sovereignty over nature and how this truth should effect our worldview. Learn more about our ministry and access additional Bible teaching resources online. https://www.wisdomonline.org
May
4
2023
Whenever you need a renewed perspective of God’s transcendence and his imminence, just step outside!
May
3
2023
Whenever you need a renewed perspective of God’s transcendence and his imminence, just step outside!
May
2
2023
When men try to speak for God, the result is deeper confusion and sorrow on the part of the sufferer. When God speaks for Himself, the result is deeper understanding and healing.
May
1
2023
When men try to speak for God, the result is deeper confusion and sorrow on the part of the sufferer. When God speaks for Himself, the result is deeper understanding and healing.
Apr
28
2023
After teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus demonstrates the effectiveness of prayer with two parables designed to help us learn more about the heart and desires of God. We not only need to learn what to say when we pray, and what attitude to pray with, but also when and why to pray. These two stories illustrate the readiness of God to hear our prayers, and the reliance we can have on His goodness.
Apr
27
2023
Your Bible translation may end The Lord’s Prayer where Stephen Davey left off in the last study in this series, but older translations include a doxology to this prayer in the Gospel of Matthew. These closing thoughts present several crucial elements of God that put our prayers and requests to Him in their proper perspective.
Apr
26
2023
Do you have enough willpower to not be tempted? Of course not. How about resisting temptation, do you have enough strength to resist all the temptations to sin that come your way? Every believer knows that they do not. That’s why, as Jesus continues giving us an example of how to pray, He reminds us that temptation is inevitable—it will come—and He reminds us that only through God’s strength can we overcome.
Apr
25
2023
It is not difficult for someone to fake sincerity in a prayer to God. We can pray for God’s will to be done while privately hoping our will prevails. We can pray that God’s kingdom comes soon, while secretly reveling in the cares of this world. But there’s one prayer that requires a public attitude; one prayer that demands public accountability. As Jesus teaches His disciples, and us, to forgive as we have been forgiven, He challenges us that words are not enough. God requires a lifestyle of forgiveness from His chosen people.
Apr
24
2023
There is an innate feeling of wrongdoing and guilt in all human beings. We all intrinsically know when we have fallen short, and we look to be freed from the guilt and shame we feel inside us. Many people will go to extreme lengths to confess their sins and make themselves feel right again. But Jesus gave His disciples a very simple task to do when they have sinned; in fact, it is only four words long.
Apr
21
2023
We ask God about the big things in life and the small things. We pray about big topics—like the eternal nature of God’s coming kingdom—but also about the matters of life we often take for granted: where we live, what we drink, and what we eat. By modeling this attitude for us, Jesus teaches us that God is so intimately involved in our daily life that even something as seemingly insignificant as a loaf of bread is divinely provided for us by our loving God.
Apr
20
2023
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He made sure to stress just how significant a commitment it is to say, “Your kingdom come.” As always, Jesus wasn’t just concerned with the words coming out of His follower’s mouths, He got right to the heart of the matter. Praying The Lord’s Prayer requires a type of surrender that acknowledges God’s divine supremacy and our total dependency. When we pray this prayer, we hand over the key to the castle of our life.
Apr
19
2023
The most important question the disciples ever asked Jesus was the question, Lord, will you teach us to pray? As Jesus set out to teach them how, He demonstrated that praying well starts with properly understanding God and our relationship to Him. The very first phrase of The Lord’s Prayer is the key to unlocking a successful prayer life in ourselves as well.
Apr
18
2023
Many Christians are asked the question, What makes Christianity unique? What makes it different from any other religion? The answer can be found in the first two words of the prayer Jesus teaches His disciples to pray in Luke 11: Our Father. No other religion can claim such an intimate, personal communion between God and the worshipper. No other religion calls God their father. As Jesus teaches them—and us—to pray, there are some perspective-changing, life-orienting truths to learn from these two words: Our Father.
Apr
17
2023
The religions of the world are preoccupied with performance. Prayer, rituals, works, and traditions give people a false sense of righteousness. And this is not a new phenomenon; in fact, Jesus confronted the same themes 2,000 years ago. The Pharisees were the masters of seeming righteous, they performed in all the right ways, but their hearts were far from God. As Jesus calls them out for their hypocrisy, we can glean a valuable reminder about what true worship—and what truly living for Christ—is all about.
Apr
14
2023
After enduring bad advice and heartless accusations from his so-called friends for nearly 30 chapters, Job finally receives a real word of wisdom.
Apr
13
2023
After enduring bad advice and heartless accusations from his so-called friends for nearly 30 chapters, Job finally receives a real word of wisdom.
Apr
12
2023
His friends have condemned him, his wife has forsaken him, and he must now face the final barrage of enemy arrows in the solitude of his mind. Will this prove to be Job’s last stand or the devil’s?
Apr
11
2023
His friends have condemned him, his wife has forsaken him, and he must now face the final barrage of enemy arrows in the solitude of his mind. Will this prove to be Job’s last stand or the devil’s?
Apr
10
2023
There is a profound lesson to be learned from the first 22 chapters of Job’s diary and it is simply this: when God is silent, don’t speak for Him!
Apr
7
2023
There is a profound lesson to be learned from the first 22 chapters of Job’s diary and it is simply this: when God is silent, don’t speak for Him!
Apr
6
2023
The book of Job is so important for us because it deals with questions that we as Christians have all asked but are sometimes afraid to voice. Questions like, "If God loves me, why does He let me suffer?" Or "Is God as good as He says He is?" Join Stephen in this message as we witness Job and his three friends grapple with these issues philosophically and personally.
Apr
5
2023
Almost the entire book of Job is a series of conversations between he and his friends regarding the issue of suffering. Questions like "Why do believers suffer?" or "Is suffering punishment for some sin?" are just a couple. Perhaps you're asking the same questions today, so join Stephen in this message as he reveals to us what Job and his friends discovered.
Apr
4
2023
There is one thing that all fairytales seem to have in common: a happy ending. The prince rescues his princess, the dragon is killed, and the deserving young lovers ride off happily into a glorious sunset. This is the life that Job once lived, but now the Dragon is pummeling Job's shield with his flaming breath and slashing at his armor without rest. Job's fairy tale is quickly coming to an end.
Apr
3
2023
There is one thing that all fairytales seem to have in common: a happy ending. The prince rescues his princess, the dragon is killed, and the deserving young lovers ride off happily into a glorious sunset. This is the life that Job once lived, but now the Dragon is pummeling Job's shield with his flaming breath and slashing at his armor without rest. Job's fairy tale is quickly coming to an end.
Mar
31
2023
Job is right in the middle of his suffering and his spirit becomes more and more darkened with each passing chapter. His optimism is quickly fading. Thanks to unwise council from friends and lack of answers from God, Job is fast becoming the most broken and most devout cynic of his time.
Mar
30
2023
Hundreds of years before Christ came to earth, a man named Job was already preaching the Gospel. There had been no incarnation, no crucifixion, and no resurrection, but God's message to fallen mankind was still the same as it is now. Let's watch how it affects the life of a suffering Saint.
Mar
29
2023
Speaking the truth is important, but speaking the truth in love is most important. Criticism should always be given to help the other person, not harm them. Job's friend Bildad didn't get that. Not only did he offer bad advice to his suffering companion, but he did it in the most unloving way possible.
Mar
28
2023
What do you do when you're depressed? Do you go for a drive? Do you talk with a friend? Do you pray and read Scripture? Do you give up on God? The dungeon of despair often feels dark and lonely, but job's story reminds us that we are never really alone. Jesus knows what it is to suffer . . . and He can sympathize with all our weakness.
Mar
27
2023
We live in a generation of “I want what I want, and I want it now!”—and pride is actually encouraged. But, as Christians, we are called to demonstrate humility, imitating Jesus Christ as He humbled Himself for us. Through these verses in 1 Peter, Stephen expounds upon three key qualities of humility by which we can show our love for others and to our Lord.
Mar
24
2023
If Job -- a man of character, integrity and faith -- can hit rock bottom, you and I can as well. Most of us have already. That is why, when dealing with the problem of suffering, there is no better place for us to turn than to this little Divinely inspired book called Job.
Mar
23
2023
If Job -- a man of character, integrity and faith -- can hit rock bottom, you and I can as well. Most of us have already. That is why, when dealing with the problem of suffering, there is no better place for us to turn than to this little Divinely inspired book called Job.
Mar
22
2023
When a person is suffering, they sometimes need a pat on the back or a get well card. They also sometimes need an encouraging verse of Scripture. But one thing that suffering Saints always need is presence. When you don't know what to say or write to that suffering friend, then don't say anything. Just be there. It will make all the difference.
Mar
21
2023
Stephen puts an exclamation point on this practical and encouraging letter from the Apostle Peter by emphasizing the importance of church unity—we believers belong to one another in Christ, and we’re called to live in this world for Him. But how are we to do that when, as in the first century, our culture is increasingly hostile toward Christians? Discover eight action steps to live in the state of peace established by the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Mar
20
2023
How do you handle suffering? Do you try to deal with it yourself only to ultimately crumble under the stress and sorrow? Suffering serves a glorious purpose—God uses it to refine us, grow us, and make us more like Him. Thankfully, we don’t have to face trials alone. We can rest in the God of all grace, relying on Him for strength and comfort. This lesson expounds upon how, in our heartbreak, God Himself mends us, builds us up, and sets our feet on solid ground.
Mar
17
2023
Satan is our adversary, our accuser. He accuses us to God and accuses God to us. In this lesson, Stephen highlights some of Satan’s favorite tactics to destroy us, and also reminds us that Satan’s power is Providentially delegated and limited. We also learn from 1 Peter 5:9 how we can resist the enemy’s attacks. But, above all, we must remember that our only hope for triumph is by standing in the Victory already won for us by Jesus Christ.
Mar
16
2023
Satan is our adversary, our accuser. He accuses us to God and accuses God to us. In this lesson, Stephen highlights some of Satan’s favorite tactics to destroy us, and also reminds us that Satan’s power is Providentially delegated and limited. We also learn from 1 Peter 5:9 how we can resist the enemy’s attacks. But, above all, we must remember that our only hope for triumph is by standing in the Victory already won for us by Jesus Christ.
Mar
15
2023
Although as Christians we are eternally secure in the Lord, the enemy—Satan—is on the hunt to devour us. He and his minions have studied humanity since Adam and Eve. They have studied you—your words, actions and even the subtlest responses of your eyes. So even though he cannot read your mind, Satan knows what you’re thinking through his observations…and his attacks are custom designed to trip you up, steal your joy, and doubt your security in Jesus.
Mar
14
2023
Although as Christians we are eternally secure in the Lord, the enemy—Satan—is on the hunt to devour us. He and his minions have studied humanity since Adam and Eve. They have studied you—your words, actions and even the subtlest responses of your eyes. So even though he cannot read your mind, Satan knows what you’re thinking through his observations…and his attacks are custom designed to trip you up, steal your joy, and doubt your security in Jesus.
Mar
13
2023
Satan is real. And he hates you, desiring nothing less than your destruction. In this teaching, Pastor Davey unveils the very real and constant battle every believer is fighting against the enemy of our souls. But to prepare for victory, we must first understand just who our adversary really is and be able to recognize his masterful schemes to destroy our testimony, our integrity, our joy, and our fruit.
Mar
10
2023
Throughout history, humans have struggled with worry. And becoming a Christian does not, as some would teach, eliminate anxiety or the troubles that cause it. But in God’s Word, the believer is given instruction on how to deal with inevitable worry. Here, we are commanded to surrender not just our cares, but also our circumstances, ourselves, and our lives to the One Who knows, loves, and cares for us.
Mar
9
2023
We live in a generation of “I want what I want, and I want it now!”—and pride is actually encouraged. But, as Christians, we are called to demonstrate humility, imitating Jesus Christ as He humbled Himself for us. Through these verses in 1 Peter, Stephen expounds upon three key qualities of humility by which we can show our love for others and to our Lord.
Mar
8
2023
After having encouraged the Church to stand strong in faith during difficult times, the Apostle Peter turns to Church leaders—the shepherds—to describe three attitude principles of how they are to care for the flock. Like the Good Shepherd, Jesus, they are to serve willingly, enthusiastically, and selflessly. And what is the incentive to shepherd well? Anticipation of the Chief Shepherd’s return…and the awaiting reward for leading the sheep safely to His feet.
Mar
7
2023
The theme of shepherding is common throughout the Bible, but it’s not really an analogy our culture can relate to like people in Biblical times. It is, however, the perfect illustration of Church leadership. In these verses from 1 Peter, the Apostle defines this divine calling of leadership, reminding Church shepherds to guard, guide, feed and love the flock. But whether a shepherd or a sheep, we must all follow the ultimate Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Mar
6
2023
Our real joy in Heaven will not come from seeing golden streets and pearly gates and stunning topography; it will come from seeing God's face at last.
Mar
3
2023
Our real joy in Heaven will not come from seeing golden streets and pearly gates and stunning topography; it will come from seeing God's face at last.
Mar
2
2023
The opening ceremony of a great event is always spectacular, but it's never as spectacular as the event itself.
Mar
1
2023
The opening ceremony of a great event is always spectacular, but it's never as spectacular as the event itself.
Feb
28
2023
If you're one of those people who thinks heaven will be a dull, boring place of same old, same old, the Apostle John's vision in Revelation 21:9-21 will make you think again.
Feb
27
2023
If you're one of those people who thinks heaven will be a dull, boring place of same old, same old, the Apostle John's vision in Revelation 21:9-21 will make you think again.
Feb
24
2023
The fountain of life isn't offered to good people; it's merely offered to thirsty sinners who humbly come to Christ for a drink.
Feb
23
2023
The fountain of life isn't offered to good people; it's merely offered to thirsty sinners who humbly come to Christ for a drink.
Feb
22
2023
When you think of the things in your life now that won't be heaven, what comes to your mind? Pain? Sin? Family struggles? Depression? The awesome reality is that none of us can even begin to grasp the glory of a world without these things because all we've ever known is a world full of them.
Feb
21
2023
When you think of the things in your life now that won't be heaven, what comes to your mind? Pain? Sin? Family struggles? Depression? The awesome reality is that none of us can even begin to grasp the glory of a world without these things because all we've ever known is a world full of them.
Feb
20
2023
By description, Heaven is out of this world! But by definition, it is still a part of it.
Feb
17
2023
By description, Heaven is out of this world! But by definition, it is still a part of it.
Feb
16
2023
We are creatures of habit. Muscle memory drives much of our daily routine from driving, to eating, to working; and sadly, it drives much of what we do at church as well. Stephen challenges us to stop coasting through worship and let the Spirit take the wheel.
Feb
15
2023
In Romans 12:8, Paul reiterates a concept of ministry that goes all the way back to the Old Testament: God is just as concerned with our attitude as He is our actions.
Feb
14
2023
The gift of teaching and the gift of service are both gifts of proclamation. One preaches the gospel through words and the other preaches the gospel through works.
Feb
13
2023
The only way to stay humble in your ministry is to picture Jesus in the audience and then lose sight of everything else.
Feb
10
2023
Why do we need the local church? Better yet, why does the local church need us? As Stephen teaches us in this profound message, the answers to both of those questions are one and the same.
Feb
9
2023
Beyond our natural talents, genetic wiring, and personality traits, God has given us each a special gift to be used for His glory and for the benefit of His people. Have you discovered yours?
Feb
8
2023
Before Stephen gives us an in-depth look at the puzzle called The Church, he gives us a much-needed look at the Divine Designer of it.
Feb
7
2023
You won’t find the answer to the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” in some self-help book. You’ll find it in Romans chapter 12. So join Stephen now as he exposits that passage for us.
Feb
6
2023
If you want to make a difference in the world, you have to be different from the world. Join Stephen now to find out how to do that.
Feb
3
2023
One of the most powerful illustrations of Christian living is found in Isaac’s willingness to let his father, Abraham, sacrifice him in obedience to God. From his example we learn the difficult truth that Christianity is all about stepping up to the altar.
Feb
2
2023
In Romans 12:1 the Apostle Paul reminds believers that you can’t have the glory of the Gospel without the grit of the Gospel. Here is Christianity… uncensored.
Feb
1
2023
Job lost his family, his estate, his friends, his health, and his reputation in a matter of hours. But he isn’t the only person who suffered in this story. Behind the scenes his wife also lost her kids, her home, her reputation, and her security. Mrs. Job only makes a brief appearance in Job 2:9-10, but it’s enough to open our eyes to the silent and lonely pain experienced by secondhand sufferers.
Jan
31
2023
In a matter of thirty-nine seconds, Job lost his money, his possessions, his livestock, and even his children. He is sorrowing over his loss . . . and for good reason. But he is not the only one sorrowing over a loss. Satan, who was convinced that Job would respond to the torment by cursing God, watched in agony as Job fell down on his face and worshiped God instead.
Jan
30
2023
In the quest for answers to life's difficult questions, we discover that the search for strength and security eventually leads us to the foot of the throne. Hope in the valley and peace in the storm can only be found only in the Sovereign God who rules and reigns over all.
Jan
27
2023
When there are no answers on earth; when it all seems so unfair; when life deals one cruel blow after another; when there are clouds but no silver lining; that is when we worship God with childlike faith. That is when we learn to truly worship Him on the basis of who He is, rather than who we expect Him to be.
Jan
26
2023
Is it possible to worship God even when He takes everything away us? Is it possible to love Him even when He seems to have abandoned us? Job's life offers us a resounding "yes!"
Jan
25
2023
If there is a single question that has rattled Christians' minds throughout the ages it is this: "Why do God's children suffer?" Everyone asks it at some point in their lives. It is a question that deals not only with the big troubles but also with little trials as well. So what is the answer? Stephen gives us some insight from the book of Job.
Jan
24
2023
There’s great joy when something is made just for you—a tailor-made suit, a build-your-own sundae, or a custom home. The designed outcome is perfect for you. Did you know that your suffering and trials in this life are also custom-made just for you by God? They are designed to deepen your faith and teach you to fully entrust your life to our Creator God.
Jan
23
2023
As we prepare for the end of this age and Jesus’ return, it’s all about attitude. Instead of seeking control amid growing chaos, we must choose surrender to the Lord’s plan. Instead of merely resting in our salvation and future glory, we must pity unbelievers for the eternal wrath awaiting them.
Jan
20
2023
Jesus was mocked and scorned His whole life. And His followers have been persecuted ever since. As His return draws nearer, the hatred for Christians will continue to grow. How can we stand strong in our faith and glorify God, even when we suffer for Christ’s sake?
Jan
19
2023
In his letter, Peter tells us to not only expect trials in life, but to celebrate them! Thankfully, he also describes for us how this is possible for the believer, and he encourages us to use our inevitable suffering to become more like Jesus.
Jan
18
2023
Behind every great event are countless individuals that have worked, often without accolades, to make it happen. The Church is no different, filled with God-empowered Christians serving each other’s needs in support of a single grand purpose: to glorify God!
Jan
17
2023
God has given every believer special gifts. But they’re not ours—they belong to Him. And as each day brings us closer to the return of Christ, Peter encourages us to prepare by identifying our gifts and then sharing them for God’s glory.
Jan
16
2023
We are living in the last days. And, as believers, we are called to prepare as the end draws near. But the Biblical instruction for readiness contradicts worldly expectations, challenging us to stay focused on others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Jan
13
2023
To believers, “the end is near” means something very different than to the rest of humanity. While the world fears inevitable catastrophe, Christians are anticipating the return of Jesus Christ and our eternal future with Him.
Jan
11
2023
Love isn’t just something God does; it’s something He is. And in this message, Stephen explains why that is eternally significant for us as believers.
Jan
10
2023
Who are the teachers and who are the students in the body of Christ? In this message, Stephen turns our commonly-held notion on its head as he reveals that we are all called to be stewards of Truth. 
Jan
9
2023
Who are the teachers and who are the students in the body of Christ? In this message, Stephen turns our commonly-held notion on its head as he reveals that we are all called to be stewards of Truth. 
Jan
6
2023
The difference between a weak believer and a strong believer isn’t that one doubts and the other doesn’t; it’s that the strong believer is strengthened through doubt while the weak believer is crippled by it.
Jan
4
2023
When we remember the story of Cain and Abel merely as the first murder-account in history, we miss the real, Divinely-inspired weight of the account. Join Stephen in this message to rediscover what makes this story so unforgettable.
Jan
3
2023
When we remember the story of Cain and Abel merely as the first murder-account in history, we miss the real, Divinely-inspired weight of the account. Join Stephen in this message to rediscover what makes this story so unforgettable.
Jan
2
2023
The Church is made up of people from different races, classes, social traditions, and political convictions, and that means that God’s family is a smorgasbord of diversity! But amidst the diversity, there is something every child of God has in common. Join Stephen in this message to find out what it is.
Dec
30
2022
The Church is made up of people from different races, classes, social traditions, and political convictions, and that means that God’s family is a smorgasbord of diversity! But amidst the diversity, there is something every child of God has in common. Join Stephen in this message to find out what it is.
Dec
29
2022
Hope can be a consuming thing, can’t it? Just ask the mother who is waiting for her son to come home from war or the father who is kneeling at the bedside of his sick wife. Hope drowns out trivial thoughts and focuses only on that which matters most. In this message, Stephen reminds us that the Christian life should be a life consumed by hope.
Dec
28
2022
Hope can be a consuming thing, can’t it? Just ask the mother who is waiting for her son to come home from war or the father who is kneeling at the bedside of his sick wife. Hope drowns out trivial thoughts and focuses only on that which matters most. In this message, Stephen reminds us that the Christian life should be a life consumed by hope.
Dec
27
2022
When the Apostle John reminds us what it means to be a part of God’s family, he can’t contain his excitement. You can feel his passion pour out through the text as he says, “Look friends! Just look at the love which God has lavished upon us!” In this message, Stephen does exactly that.
Dec
26
2022
When the Apostle John reminds us what it means to be a part of God’s family, he can’t contain his excitement. You can feel his passion pour out through the text as he says, “Look friends! Just look at the love which God has lavished upon us!” In this message, Stephen does exactly that.
Dec
23
2022
Everyone loves a good fairy tale, especially the ones with happy endings. As believers, we are part of a real-life tale, with a great Rescue, a real Prince, and true Love. In Matthew’s gospel, the lineage of Jesus includes Boaz and Ruth, a literal love story that depicts and prefigures the redemption that Jesus Christ made more than 1000 years later for all those who believe in Him. It’s a story of amazing grace that brings a new joy to the Christmas season. It’s a story that begins before time and ends—for every Christian—happily forever after.
Dec
22
2022
Most people are aware of the account of David and Bathsheba—it’s an infamous story of adultery, conspiracy, and murder. But there’s more to the story that many don’t consider. In fact, within the genealogy of Jesus written in the first chapter of Matthew’s gospel, both David and Bathsheba are listed as ancestors of the King of Kings. By naming this couple here, the Bible reveals their repentance, God’s forgiveness, and ultimately, the marvelous grace of Jesus available to us all.
Dec
21
2022
Despite the “coexist” bumper stickers and other unity-of-world-religion assertions in our culture today, the fact is that Christianity is different—and it’s exclusive. In fact, it’s the only belief system that is fully rooted in historical and archaeological fact. The genealogy of Jesus found at the beginning of Matthew not only attests to His surprising ancestry, but also asserts unique gems of profound truth about the Person of Jesus Christ and promises of God.
Dec
20
2022
Most of us glance over the genealogy of Jesus in the first chapter of Matthew—the list of names seems tedious and even irrelevant at first glance. But, as Pastor Davey describes in this insightful teaching, there are four key truths purposefully woven within His ancestry: Jesus is the undisputed King; God keeps His promises; God is sovereign and His timing is perfect; and Jesus came in humility from a lineage of sinners to save a world of sinners.
Dec
19
2022
We typically think that the first people to learn of the birth of a new king, apart from his family, would be people of importance--noblemen, presidents perhaps. Why did God select shepherds as some of the first humans to learn that Messiah had come? Jesus set His kingly attributes aside and became a man. Jesus didn't have to be born in a stable--he chose to. Stephen concludes his series entitled "Emmanuel" by looking at the birth announcement delivered to shepherds in a field.
Dec
16
2022
When God finally broke His 400 years of silence, He didn't speak through a messenger or a prophet or a priest as in times past. He spoke directly. So join Stephen in this riveting message to better understand the implications that truth has for us today.
Dec
15
2022
Mary and Joseph’s role in the drama of Christmas teaches us a great deal about faith and obedience. So join Stephen as we learn from their unforgettable example.
Dec
14
2022
Mary was just a teenage Jewish girl when the angel delivered to her the astounding message that God’s Son was inside her. How could she handle such a revelation? How could she be expected to raise the Savior of the world? Find out now as Stephen reminds us that God never makes mistakes when choosing His servants.
Dec
13
2022
Zacharias was given an unbelievable promise by God. He was told that before he died he would see the long-awaited Messiah. So join Stephen in this message to discover Zacharias’ timeless response when God’s promise is finally granted him.
Dec
12
2022
Jesus Christ is the subject of more than 300 Old Testament prophecies. His birth and life were foretold by numerous prophets over a period of 1,500 years. So why do people still refuse to believe in Him? Stephen gives us insight as he takes us to one of the most beautiful prophecies in the Bible.
Dec
9
2022
So far in his series "Christmas Choices," Stephen has taken us from the throne of heaven to a stable on the outskirts of Bethlehem to show us important decisions that have made the gospel so unforgettable. But in this message, we'll witness one of the most shocking decisions yet as the Jews decide to kill their long-awaited Messiah.
Dec
8
2022
When it comes time for Christmas, we too often forget about Joseph. His choice to wed Mary despite the scandalous allegations leveled against her is one of the most defining and self-sacrificing moments in the Christmas story -- nay, history.
Dec
7
2022
Behind the carols, productions, sermons, and decorations that fill our churches and brighten our homes every Christmas season, there is a divine mystery that we have only begun to explore.
Dec
6
2022
In this message, Stephen shows us the source of Daniel’s effectiveness in the midst of a land that defied His God and his people.
Dec
5
2022
In this message, Stephen shows us the source of Daniel’s effectiveness in the midst of a land that defied His God and his people.
Dec
3
2022
Subscribe to The Wisdom Journey on your favorite podcast app! Learn more: https://www.wisdomonline.org/twj-broadcast The Wisdom Journey is a three-year journey through the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, with one 10-minute lesson each weekday. The Wisdom Journey will help you understand the truth of God’s Word and apply that truth to your life as you courageously and obediently live for the glory of Jesus Christ. You will learn the entire storyline of the Bible. You will discover how the Bible fits together to tell one primary story - the story of God's love for you. You will gain practical insight to help you obey the Bible each day.
Dec
2
2022
The story of history was written long before Adam ever took his first breath, and God constantly reminds us of that truth throughout Scripture. In Daniel chapter 2, He gives us a prophetic glimpse into the end of human history, so join Stephen in this message to see what God has in store.
Dec
1
2022
The story of history was written long before Adam ever took his first breath, and God constantly reminds us of that truth throughout Scripture. In Daniel chapter 2, He gives us a prophetic glimpse into the end of human history, so join Stephen in this message to see what God has in store.
Nov
30
2022
God’s severe judgment of mankind is never an easy thought for us to stomach, but part of that is because we overlook His mercy in the midst of it. In this message, Stephen reminds us that before God extends His righteous arm in judgment, He always offers a way out. 
Nov
29
2022
God’s severe judgment of mankind is never an easy thought for us to stomach, but part of that is because we overlook His mercy in the midst of it. In this message, Stephen reminds us that before God extends His righteous arm in judgment, He always offers a way out. 
Nov
28
2022
God has many ways of humbling people, but the way He humbles an arrogant, narcissistic King named Nebuchadnezzar is perhaps the most unforgettable the world has ever seen. So join Stephen in this message to discover what Nebuchadnezzar learned through this unusual process.
Nov
25
2022
God has many ways of humbling people, but the way He humbles an arrogant, narcissistic King named Nebuchadnezzar is perhaps the most unforgettable the world has ever seen. So join Stephen in this message to discover what Nebuchadnezzar learned through this unusual process.
Nov
24
2022
Millions of church-goers today think that following God will lead to greater health, wealth, and prosperity. But what happens when it leads to a fiery furnace?
Nov
23
2022
Millions of church-goers today think that following God will lead to greater health, wealth, and prosperity. But what happens when it leads to a fiery furnace?
Nov
22
2022
The city was burning behind him. His God seemed to have been defeated. His hands were put in bonds. Yet, Daniel’s youthful resolve to remain faithful to God in the midst of unthinkable calamity altered the course of his life. Join Stephen in this message to find out why.
Nov
21
2022
The city was burning behind him. His God seemed to have been defeated. His hands were put in bonds. Yet, Daniel’s youthful resolve to remain faithful to God in the midst of unthinkable calamity altered the course of his life. Join Stephen in this message to find out why.
Nov
18
2022
There are a lot of charlatans in the Church today who fool God’s people by introducing something novel about Scripture or by claiming you need their help to understand the mysteries of God’s Word. In this message Stephen exhorts you to stop relying on teachers for your sanctification and start relying on the Holy Spirit.
Nov
17
2022
There are a lot of charlatans in the Church today who fool God’s people by introducing something novel about Scripture or by claiming you need their help to understand the mysteries of God’s Word. In this message Stephen exhorts you to stop relying on teachers for your sanctification and start relying on the Holy Spirit.
Nov
16
2022
The Apostle John tells us in chapter 2 of his first letter exactly how we can identify false teachers in the Church, and it has nothing to do with how they dress or what translation they read from. It has everything to do with what they say about Christ.
Nov
11
2022
While the book of First John is one of the most convicting in all of Scripture, it is also one of the most uplifting. So join Stephen once again in his series – After Darkness, Light – as we witness the Apostle John shift his tone from exhortation to encouragement.
Nov
10
2022
Love has become so diluted in our culture that we barely even know what it means anymore… much less what it looks like. And that’s a big problem because the Apostle John warns us that our love for God is correlated to our love for others. So let’s rejoin Stephen in his study of 1st John as he reminds us what Biblical love is all about. 
Nov
9
2022
Love has become so diluted in our culture that we barely even know what it means anymore… much less what it looks like. And that’s a big problem because the Apostle John warns us that our love for God is correlated to our love for others. So let’s rejoin Stephen in his study of 1st John as he reminds us what Biblical love is all about. 
Nov
8
2022
How can we have assurance of salvation? As we battle against our fickle emotions and ever-changing minds, how can we be certain that we are God’s children? Stephen brings us an answer from Scripture that you probably won’t expect. 
Nov
7
2022
Will God ever regret saving you? Will He ever become so fed up with your constant failure to live a holy life that He’ll eventually cast you off? Stephen answers that question with a resounding “No” as he takes us to one of the most beautiful promises in all of Scripture. 
Nov
4
2022
Darkness isn’t the opposite of light; it’s the absence of light. And the Apostle John warns us that those who walk in darkness are proving their absence from Christ. So join Stephen in this message as he helps us better understand the difference between living in darkness and living in the Light.
Nov
3
2022
Darkness isn’t the opposite of light; it’s the absence of light. And the Apostle John warns us that those who walk in darkness are proving their absence from Christ. So join Stephen in this message as he helps us better understand the difference between living in darkness and living in the Light.
Nov
2
2022
If our entire belief system rests on the foundation of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is there any resounding proof of His resurrection? Stephen gives an emphatic answer as he investigates the claims of an important eye-witness. 
Nov
1
2022
If our entire belief system rests on the foundation of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is there any resounding proof of His resurrection? Stephen gives an emphatic answer as he investigates the claims of an important eye-witness. 
Oct
31
2022
Be ready. Your pursuit of righteousness may lead some people to admire you, but it will lead many to hate you. The wider your light grows, the more it will expose the darkness in others.
Oct
28
2022
To walk in spirit is to wage 24/7 war with the flesh. Victory for one means defeat for the other. Which will define you today?
Oct
27
2022
If you take one thing from this controversial, confusing section of Peter’s first letter, make sure it is this: Jesus is supreme.
Oct
26
2022
Greater than any philosophical or scientific argument is the aroma of Christ in the life of a believer. Love of neighbor. Joy in suffering. Kindness amidst persecution. These are apologetics the world has no answer for.
Oct
25
2022
Jesus promised gifts like abundant life, peace that passes understanding, and rest for weary hearts, but He never said these would come easy. The paradox of Christian living is that God’s free gifts are only realized when we pursue them at all costs.
Oct
24
2022
The Christian life is not just the forgiven life; it is the forgiving life. If we are not progressing in compassion, we are only going through motions.
Oct
21
2022
“O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” This is the only way Paul could end the eleventh chapter of his letter to the Romans. God is the epicenter of the Gospel, and Paul will make sure that both Jews and Gentiles never forget that.
Oct
20
2022
At one point in time, the loudest voices proclaiming the world is coming to an end were ragged, half-crazed street preachers who wore billboards over their shoulders and screamed at passersby! But nowadays, that message is also being proclaimed on the lips of secular scientists, scholars, and media personnel. No longer is it taboo to say that the earth will one day come to an end. That fact has become “scientific.” The only question that still remains is, “What will our exit strategy be?”
Oct
19
2022
When you see the title, “Gentiles in the Tree,” you immediately think of Zacchaeus, don’t you? But, believe it or not, this sermon isn’t about him. This message is about two diverse branches of people—Israel and the Church—and how God is uniquely grafting them both into that tree called redemption.
Oct
18
2022
Throughout the ages Christianity has inspired many ill feelings in its adversaries, such as hatred, persecution, anger, and contempt. But this seems ordinary enough, given Christ’s promise that “all who desire to live godly in the world will suffer persecution.” In this message, however, Stephen discusses an ill feeling which Christianity is inciting that isn’t quite so ordinary. It’s neither anger nor contempt . . . but envy!
Oct
17
2022
Grace seems too good to be true, doesn’t it? It’s free, it’s eternal, it’s divinely given. Yet these qualities which make it so desirable to some also make it so contemptible to others. That’s because man, by nature, doesn’t like being told he is powerless to save himself. When he arrives at the pearly gates, he would rather pat himself on the back and say, “Look at what I have done,” than fall humbly to his knees before God and say, “Look what You have done!”
Oct
14
2022
Is God finished with the Jewish people? Has He forgotten about the promises He made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? The Apostle Paul gives us the profound answer to those questions in Romans chapter 11.
Oct
13
2022
In Romans 10:21 the Apostle Paul invites us to forsake the binding chains of religion and embrace the liberating arms of a relationship.
Oct
12
2022
Both Israel and the Church claim to be the chosen people of God, so who is right? The Apostle Paul gives us the incredible answer.
Oct
11
2022
In Romans 10:15 the Apostle Paul asks the rhetorical question, “How will people hear the Gospel unless we tell them?” They won’t. So let’s tell them. 
Oct
10
2022
There’s room in Heaven for a lot more people so why aren’t we going out and inviting them?
Oct
7
2022
Who is really pulling the strings of world history? The Illuminati? The United Nations? The Devil? Not even close. 
Oct
6
2022
The Gospel is so complex that it will take all of eternity for us to grasp the enormity of it, but it is also so simple that even a child can understand it. So the question is… do you believe it?
Oct
5
2022
If we can somehow earn our way to heaven then what was the point of Christ being slaughtered on the cross?
Oct
4
2022
The Apostle Paul makes is clear that we are all running toward eternity. The question is… are you running in the right direction?
Oct
3
2022
The Apostle Paul invested himself in every city and every church and every person he came across because he realized that people are eternal. Will you do the same?  
Sep
30
2022
The Apostle James gives us a rather surprising warning in James 3:9-12 that our worship won't get past the ceiling if our love for God doesn't flow out into love for others. So join Stephen in this message as he shows us why those two things are so closely intertwined.
Sep
29
2022
Our tongues are potent. If not kept in check, they can devastate entire homes and churches and leave people we love in ruins. So join Stephen now to discover the Apostle John's remedy for our speech problem.
Sep
28
2022
Did you know that the average person speaks between 2,000 and 10,000 words a day? That means we have thousands of opportunities to either turn people toward Christ or turn people away from Him. Which way are you turning them?
Sep
27
2022
Did you know that the average person speaks between 2,000 and 10,000 words a day? That means we have thousands of opportunities to either turn people toward Christ or turn people away from Him. Which way are you turning them?
Sep
26
2022
When Jesus visited the home of two sisters, they each demonstrates faithful, but different acts of service toward Him. As theologians and Christians have read the Gospel of Luke, many criticize Martha and commend Mary for their behavior, but the truth of the matter is much more complex. The reality is both sisters exhibited faithful devotion to Jesus, and both utilized their spiritual gifts, albeit through different expressions of love. There is much to be learned from both Mary and Martha today.
Sep
23
2022
As often happened during Jesus’ teaching ministry, many Jews were looking for a loophole in the Law, while Jesus was getting to the heart of the matter. When a lawyer asked Jesus a question about how to be right with God, Jesus knew that the man wanted to hear that He was already doing the right things. But with His divine perspective, Jesus defined what it means to love God and love others. To this day, Christians are set apart from the world when we follow this teaching.
Sep
22
2022
Jesus commissioned 72 of His disciples to preach the gospel in towns and cities across Israel and God blessed these men with profound spiritual victories. But even in the midst of this mountaintop experience, Jesus had some lessons for His followers to learn—lessons about rejection, faithfulness, and pride. Whether times are good or bad, whether we feel useful in God’s service or stagnant in our walk with God, these truths remain unchanged.
Sep
21
2022
After years of teaching and equipping, Jesus now prepares some of His most faithful disciples to go out and preach the gospel to towns across Israel, proclaiming the coming of the Messiah and performing miracles in His name. But Jesus did not send them without a realistic expectation, a clear focus, and specific instructions for them to complete their mission. He offers the same principles and promises to us as we embark in the mission fields all around us today.
Sep
20
2022
God ordained several divine encounters for Jesus as He walked along the road with His disciples. These encounters come in the form of three men, who either volunteer or are invited by Jesus to follow Him. Their three different responses illuminate three of the primary excuses the Israelites had for not following Jesus. These excuses haven’t changed thousands of years later. We need to be aware of them in our lives today.
Sep
19
2022
The Bible gives us four accounts of Jesus’ life, not just so we can learn the most about Him, but so we can learn the most about His disciples too. In His 12 followers, we see men dedicated to their Lord but constantly falling short, missing the big picture, and struggling to grasp the magnitude of the moment they are living in. Ultimately, they struggle to recognize the magnitude of the Person they are following. This truth is so encouraging to believers today, who also fall short and miss the mark, but continue to strive after Jesus and follow His example. In Luke 9, that example is a demonstration of divine grit and divine grace.
Sep
16
2022
The twelve disciples were given intimacy and closeness to Jesus that no other Christians in history have experienced. We might expect that being in the physical presence of Jesus and hearing His teaching from His own mouth would have transformed these men into "super-Christians." But they suffered from the same struggle with selfishness that is common today. Jesus will confront their self-centerness with the example of a child.
Sep
15
2022
God encourages believers in their walk with Him by giving them spiritual victories in their lives. But many Christians don't understand how easily these victories can be twisted into vices. When we forget where our power comes from, when we are tempted to take the credit for these victories, suddenly God-sufficiency becomes self-sufficiency, and the sin of pride takes over our lives. Jesus' disciples fell into this trap after a successful week of witnessing, and Jesus lovingly reminded them, and us, who ultimately has the power over the kingdom of darkness.
Sep
14
2022
Almost everyone universally accepts the existence of an afterlife. Some cultures use mythology, some adapt from the Bible, others refuse to predict what eternity will be, but still acknowledge that earthly death is not the end. Only a select few human beings--besides Jesus--have been given any meaningful glimpse of what the glory of the eternal kingdom will look like here on earth. And every single one of those people are in this text from the Gospel of Luke.
Sep
13
2022
There are many different aspects of our lives that go into decision-making here on earth. People consider their financial portfolio, their lifestyle and comfort, input from their friends and family, and many other factors. But Jesus is about to challenge His disciples to give up their freedomes and their choices and allow Him to determine their path and their future. He still gives us that same challenge today.
Sep
12
2022
For Jesus' twelve disciples, it was easier to say the right theological truths about Jesus with their mouths than it was for them to believe them in their hearts and lives. After being equipped by God to minister on earth, and after declaring profound theological truths about Jesus, Peter and the disciples will be put to the test by Jesus, who wants to know if their heart-living matches their head-knowledge. Jesus is asking us the same question today.
Sep
9
2022
Jesus gave His disciples supernatural and divine power on earth and commissioned them to go out and exercise that power in Israel. When they returned, the disciples were filled with awe and wonder, not at what Jesus did, but at what they did. Have you ever been tempted to do the same? Well, Jesus is about to give a needed and humbling lesson to these disciples, and to us today: when God works through us, God alone deserves the credit and the glory.
Sep
8
2022
The Great Commission is more than just an abstract concept, it's a practical command for us to obey today. But does he idea of preaching the gospel and witnessing to others sometimes seem to be too daunting for you to do? The disciples felt the same way. After sitting under Jesus' teaching for two years, the disciples are sent out by their Lord to do the work of the kingdom, but Jesus doesn't leave them unprepared. He gives them--and us--a very practical checklist as we make disciples of all the nations.
Sep
7
2022
True manhood is not chauvinistic. True strength is not condescending. True leadership is not tyrannical. Peter reminds us that we will never be leaders in our homes, churches, and societies, if we are not following the example of Christ.
Sep
6
2022
Godly male leadership is becoming a lost art. Gender confusion, love of power, and desire for autonomy have stripped the term manhood of its original, God-designed beauty and meaning. Peter's unchanging message to men in 1 Peter 3:7 is a welcome anchor in this sea of ever-shifting voices.
Sep
5
2022
Godly male leadership is becoming a lost art. Gender confusion, love of power, and desire for autonomy have stripped the term manhood of its original, God-designed beauty and meaning. Peter's unchanging message to men in 1 Peter 3:7 is a welcome anchor in this sea of ever-shifting voices.
Sep
2
2022
Men, do you want to go back to Eden? Do you want the joy of a marital union that honors God and satisfies your desire for companionship, intimacy, and love? Peter shows us the way.
Sep
1
2022
Men, do you want to go back to Eden? Do you want the joy of a marital union that honors God and satisfies your desire for companionship, intimacy, and love? Peter shows us the way.
Aug
31
2022
Was Sarah perfect? No. Did she have seasons of faithlessness and spiritual drought? Yes. But while her biography is marred by moments of failure, her legacy is marked by endurance and faithfulness.
Aug
30
2022
What does God consider beautiful in a woman? What characterizes a woman after God's own heart? Peter takes us back to an Old Testament heroine to bring us the answer.
Aug
29
2022
What does God consider beautiful in a woman? What characterizes a woman after God's own heart? Peter takes us back to an Old Testament heroine to bring us the answer.
Aug
26
2022
Society is loud today. From social media platforms to review sites strong opinions are rampant. Out-yell and out-argue everyone else "that's society's mantra. But God's ideal still resonates above the crowd.
Aug
25
2022
Society is loud today. From social media platforms to review sites strong opinions are rampant. Out-yell and out-argue everyone else "that's society's mantra. But God's ideal still resonates above the crowd.
Aug
24
2022
Feminist messages are flying at women from all angles. Submission? That's weakness. Gentleness? That's insecurity. Humility? That's old fashioned. As culture swings from one pendulum to another, Peter brings us a more radical ideal.
Aug
23
2022
In this message Stephen reminds us that God doesn't just save undeserving people . . . He saves the least deserving!
Aug
22
2022
In this message Stephen reminds us that God doesn't just save undeserving people . . . He saves the least deserving!
Aug
19
2022
When James makes the bold statement that we are not only justified by faith but by works as well, how can we reconcile that with the Apostle Paul's message that salvation is through faith alone? Stephen gives us the answer in this emphatic look at one of history's most debated questions.
Aug
18
2022
The Apostle James takes us beyond the veil of the demonic world to reveal that belief in Christ and believing in Christ are very different things. Join Stephen in this message to discover the difference.
Aug
17
2022
Here's James chapter 2 in a nutshell: faith without works is a faith that doesn't work.
Aug
16
2022
Here's James chapter 2 in a nutshell: faith without works is a faith that doesn't work.
Aug
15
2022
Homosexuality used to be a sin that was only practiced outside the walls of the Church. Today, the homosexual lifestyle is condoned, and homosexuals are even ordained as ministers. But in this lesson from Judges 19-21, Stephen challenges us to forsake the growing voices of culture and go back to God's Word for the answer to what is right and wrong.
Aug
12
2022
The nation of Israel is adrift spiritually and morally. No more judges will appear on the scene to fight or pray or preach. It is no surprise that this book closes with tragic tales of disobedience, superstition, immorality, theft, murder, and eventually Israelite fighting against Israelite. What is the root problem? The same problem we're experiencing today: everyone does what is right in his his own eyes.