Esther’s prayers were answered as she acted in faith and approached the king. Instead of making her request right away, she invited him to a banquet – and invited Haman, the Jews’ enemy, as well! As we see the stark contrast between her wisdom and Haman’s pride, we are encouraged by Alistair Begg to act wisely and depend on God’s sovereign purpose.
Series: The Unseen God, Volume 2
Pastoral ministry comes with the great delight of being set apart by the call of God to the cause of the Gospel. In this personal message, Alistair Begg reflects on the many other joys and challenges that accompany ministry in a local church over the long haul.
Series: The Pastor's Study, Volume 6
Success can make us proud and lead us to believe that we do not need God, and that we have achieved success on our own. Some, having lost all fear of the Lord, think of Him only as a cosmic power. Has your prayer life characterized as praying to someone who only fulfills our needs, or do your prayers include repentance and thanksgiving to our God who is holy? Join us as Alistair teaches on the importance and meaning of truly seeing the Lord for who He really is.
What does true devotion look like? In Mark 12:39-44, Jesus contrasts the ostentatious religious life of the scribes with the humble gift of an anonymous widow, and we learn that devotion to God is not measured by outward appearances, but by sacrifice.
If we hear someone boasting about mystical experiences they have had, how do we respond? In Colossians 2:18-19, Paul confronts false teaching that judges the faith of others, based on mysticism. God can and does act in our lives supernaturally; however, our faith must be based on Christ – His work and His word – not on our experiences.
How would you have responded to Jesus' revelation that he was going to Jerusalem to lay down his life? With adoration and awe? It's far more likely that we would all respond just like the disciples did - with selfish concern for our own interests. This study in Mark 10:32-32 confronts our pride with the truth that believers in Christ are called to live differently, and challenges the Church to let go of status and privilege for the sake of the gospel.
Have you ever wondered if you're making the "right" decision? Is God pleased with the path you're taking?
Author Kevin DeYoung thinks the Bible has the answer. Listen to our interview with him and then get a copy of his book, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will.
King Herod had the opportunity to repent when he heard God's Word. He chose to disregard the teaching he heard, though, and was trapped by his carelessness in distressing decisions. Are we falling into a similar trap today?