Truth for Trails and Trials

Search the Scriptures, for…these are they which testify of Me.
John 5:39
A. W. Tozer seldom used an unnecessary word. His sentences were plain and vivid, connecting with readers like an electrical circuit. Listen to this Tozer paragraph: “One great concern I have is that many of today’s Christians are not taking the Word of God seriously. For whatever reason, the Scriptures do not have authority in the Christian’s life in the way that is necessary for him or her to live a life to the glory of God.”[1]
We must take the Scriptures seriously because the Scriptures take the Lord seriously. We learn about Jesus through His Word: His eternal glory, His remarkable humanity, His infinite wisdom, His glorious resurrection, His current enthronement, His swift coming, and His everlasting reign. By turning our eyes to the Bible, we’re turning our gaze to Him, and that changes the way we view the trails and trials of earth.

When you take the Bible seriously, you’ll grow closer to Christ—becoming stronger in Him and more joyful whatever befalls you. Ask the Lord to give you a love for His Word—and for His Son!

If we are going to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, we must start by taking the Bible seriously.
A. W. Tozer

  • David Jeremiah

How Did We Get the Bible?

A Broadcast with Michael Kruger

Why does the New Testament contain four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—but not the so-called gospel of Thomas? Today, Michael Kruger explains how we know that all the right books—and only the right books—made it into the Bible.

Reading the Bible Existentially

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

To better understand how the Bible applies to us, we should consider how it applied to its first readers. Today, R.C. Sproul invites us to enter into the rich and vibrant drama of God’s Word.

The Authority of Scripture

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Since the Holy Spirit breathed forth every word of Scripture through His prophets and Apostles, the Bible bears the authority of God Himself. Today, R.C. Sproul appeals to the impeccable authority of the Word of God.

Listening to God’s Word

What we hear from God depends on the condition of our heart.

Matthew 13:18-23

18 “Listen to the parable of the man who planted seeds in the ground. 19 When anyone hears the Word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the devil comes and takes away what was put in his heart. He is like the seed that fell by the side of the road. 20 The seed which fell between rocks is like the person who receives the Word with joy as soon as he hears it. 21 Its root is not deep and it does not last long. When troubles and suffering come because of the Word, he gives up and falls away. 22 The seed which fell among thorns is like the person who hears the Word but the cares of this life, and the love for money let the thorns come up and do not give the seed room to grow and give grain. 23 The seed which fell on good ground is like the one who hears the Word and understands it. He gives much grain. Some seed gives one hundred times as much grain. Some gives sixty times as much grain. Some gives thirty times as much grain.”

Two people sitting in the same pew and listening to the same message can respond in totally different ways. The determining factor is the state of a person’s heart, as the parable in today’s passage clearly shows.

A Closed Heart. There are people who harden their heart against the truth. Some may even attend church. But no truth is able to penetrate because their mind is closed to any message they don’t want to follow.

A Shallow Heart. Some people are passionate about what Christ can do for them but fall away when difficulties come. Because of their misplaced expectations, they fail to experience His provision in hardship.

A Cluttered Heart. Those who are distracted with the world’s cares and values have no room in their heart for committed devotion to Christ. Therefore, the Word they hear produces no fruit.

An Open Heart. This is the kind of attitude we should all desire and cultivate—one that positions us to hear, understand, and apply the truths of Scripture to our life.

Which category are you in? If your heart is anything but open, ask the Lord for a new, fruitful one that is eager to know and obey His Word.

The Authority of Scripture

A Broadcast with Michael Reeves

The Bible contains all the truth we need for faith and godliness. There would have been no Reformation without this truth. Today, Michael Reeves contrasts the view of Scripture held by the Roman Catholic Church with that of the Protestant Reformers.

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Sermon notes from Ephesians

The Man Born Blind

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

The Bible gives numerous examples of people receiving affliction sent by God for their sins. But what about the man born blind? Was it for his sin or his parent’s that he was born that way? In this message, Dr. Sproul helps us understand what Scripture teaches about sin and suffering and how to avoid making the same mistake the disciples made in their assumptions about the man born blind.

Why Parables?

Why Parables?

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

During His earthly ministry, Jesus used parables both to communicate and to conceal the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Today, R.C. Sproul defines the purpose of parables and begins to examine the rich truths they reveal about the Savior.