How to Save Your Life

Jeesy Creesy, What On Earth Is That?

Would you trade everything you own for a rock?  What is the value you place on your life?

Is it possible to waste your life?  Is it possible to exchange your life for something of no value?  Listen to this week’s podcast to learn more.  In this recording Pastor Bill explains what Jesus says about how to save your life.

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Questions for Discussion or Meditation

  1. What does it mean to deny oneself? If your life is not all about you, what gives your life meaning?
  2. How does one follow Christ today? What difference would it make if you made your life all about Christ instead of about yourself?
  3. What is “your cross?” Have you chosen to carry it? How do you stay strong even during difficult times? What do you focus on to keep going? (What did Jesus focus on?)
  4. Would you be willing to give up your life for Christ?  Would it be a good trade if by doing so you would gain eternal life?  How are we giving up our life for Christ daily? (cf. Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 15:31 “I die every day!”)

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How to Love Life

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Do you love life?

Is it possible to love life even if you are facing suffering?  The apostle Peter knows something about this, so Pastor Bill looks at some keys that Peter identifies to living life to the full, even if suffering comes your way.  Listen to this week’s podcast to learn four keys to loving life.

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Questions for Discussion or Meditation

  1. What does it mean to make Christ Lord in your heart?  Have you taken that step?
  2. Why might someone suffer even if he or she does what is right? Can you think of a biblical example? How about a recent example?
  3. Why is it sometimes hard to live in harmony with others? How do Peter’s words in chapter 3 help us in this challenge? How does Jesus’ example help you?
  4. Are you ready to tell anyone who asks you why you live with hope? What would you say?

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Faithful Marriages

This week Pastor Bill talks about what makes a marriage work and gives an example of a man who stumbled upon a key that transformed his marriage.  Listen to our podcast for the answer.

Faithful Love

Does Hollywood give us an accurate picture of love?  What examples of love does the media offer us?  Does real love have anything to do with those examples?  Are Lisa Nowak, NASA Astronaut, or Britney Spears and their relationships good examples of true love?

 Listen to this week’s recording to hear Pastor Bill discuss how to experience true love.

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Faithful Ministers

How do you keep your body healthy?  How does the church body, the Body of Christ, stay healthy?  Pastor Bill examines this question in this week’s recording.

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Faithful Messengers

Pastor Bill decides to try out the Message Delivery business, but discovers that he’s already an Ambassador.  Click here for this week’s recording.

 What would you do if you were entrusted with a life-changing message for someone?

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Money Talks – Faithful Managers – Part 2

What does your money say about you? In this episode, Pastor Bill talks about the three things your money tells others about you.

He begins by talking about a jewelry store which had a break-in. The trespassers didn’t actually rob the store. Instead they just switched all the price tags around. Then when the store opened the next day…

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Numbering Our Days – Faithful Managers – Part 1

Gerald R. Ford, our 38th President, died on December 26th, 2006.  During a number of events honoring him for his service to our country, almost every speaker noted that President Ford pardoned President Nixon because Ford thought that such a pardon would be best for the country.  Ford took the action even though, according to many political commentators, it cost him the Presidency at the next election.

Ford realized that the office of the Presidency wasn’t to be used for his own benefit, but was rather a trust which he held for the good of the people of the United States of America, even if it meant a personal sacrifice. 

Another leader who comes to mind in this regard is…

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The Promises of Advent – Week 4 – The Priest’s Prophecy

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Rev. Laszlo Tokes was a successful pastor in Timisoara, Romania. But being a successful pastor in a Communist country was dangerous. In December 1989, the authorities came for him, but they were stopped in their tracks. Around Pastor Tokes church had gathered a wall of humanity. Members of other churches–Baptist, Adventist, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Catholic–had joined together to protest Pastor Tokes’ impending arrest.

The police tried to disperse the crowd, but they stayed, all day and all night. About midnight a 19-year-old Baptist student named Daniel Gavra pulled out a packet of candles, lit one and passed it to his neighbor. Soon the faces of the united Christian protestors were illuminated with a soft glow.

Finally on the second night the police broke through the blockade. They broke through the church door, bloodied Pastor Tokes’ face and then paraded him and his wife through the crowd and into the night. But that was not the end.

The people streamed to the city square and began protesting against the Communist government. The government responded with troops and gunfire. Hundreds were wounded, including Daniel Gavra, whose leg was blown off.

The example of these brave Christians inspired the nation of Romania and within days their bloody dictator Ceausescu was gone. For the first time in 50 years, Romanians celebrated Christmas in freedom.

Daniel’s pastor came to offer sympathy to him in the hospital were he was learning how to use crutches. But Daniel said, “Pastor, I don’t mind so much the loss of a leg. After all…”

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The Promises of Advent – Week 3 – Zion’s Song

Max Lucado tells the story of a woman who had a parakeet named Chippie.  She loved Chippie because he was such a happy little songbird. Chippie’s constant chirping just seemed to brighten her day.  One day, the woman was cleaning the bottom of Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner when the telephone rang.  She reached for the telephone without removing the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner from the cage, which was a mistake.  The vacuum cleaner nozzle got pointed in the direction of poor little Chippie, and he was suddenly sucked up into the machine.  When the woman looked back at the cage and realized what had happened, she was horrified.  She dropped the telephone, turned off the vacuum cleaner and ripped open the dust bag to get to her little bird.  Chippie was a real mess, but he was still alive.  She raced to the kitchen sink and turned the water on full force on Chippie.  The more she tried to wash him, the worse he looked, so she took him to the bathroom and started trying to dry Chippie with her hair dryer—full force and high heat.  Finally, she got the bird dry and put him back in his cage.  Several days later, a friend called and asked how Chippie was doing. She replied…

 

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