Q: I know this isn't unusual, but my husband doesn't have any interest in church. He doesn't mind if the children and I go, but he refuses to come with us. How can I explain this to them, without sounding like I'm tearing down their father?
Q: I'd like to start going to church, but the only time I've been no one greeted me or made any attempt to make me feel welcome. I guess they realized I didn't belong. Maybe I'm just not cut out for churchgoing.
Q: I've always been an optimistic person, believing we can solve our differences and create a better, more peaceful world. But frankly it's been harder for me to think this way recently. Will we ever see true world peace?
Q: My doctor just called to say I need to go back to the radiologist for another X-ray, because something suspicious showed up on the first one. But I can't face going back. I'm so frightened that I might have breast cancer. I know that's stupid, but I can't help it. Why is God doing this to me?
Q:I know the Bible says we shouldn't worry, but isn't that a bit unrealistic? I could name a dozen things I worry about every day, and they aren't going to go away just because I hope they will, or because I pray they will.
Q: You preachers are always saying we need to change our behavior and become better people, but I don't agree. I think we need to learn to accept ourselves just as we are, and quit feeling guilty over our shortcomings. We'll never be perfect anyway, so why worry about it?
Q: I'm probably more fearful than most people, but why shouldn't I be? After all, the world is a scary place and a lot can go wrong. My husband says I shouldn't be so worried about things, but I can't help it. I guess it's just my personality.
Q: We moved to a new city a few months ago when my husband was transferred. He loves his new job, but I'm miserable because I don't know anyone here, and I'm just getting more and more depressed. I've even thought about going back home, although I don't want to. What would you advise?
Q: I heard from a religious friend of mine that Jesus is going to come back to earth someday. But how will we know if He does? Maybe He'll be born in some remote part of the world and we'll never even hear about Him.
Q: I graduated from high school a few weeks ago, and I don't know what to do now. Most of my friends are headed to college, but I don't think it's for me. My parents are pressuring me to do something, but how can I know what's right?
Q: I don't know how it happened, but I've gotten hooked on cocaine. My wife is threatening to leave me if I don't stop, but I don't know where to turn. You'll probably tell me to turn to God, but what good will that do?
Q: I work in an insurance office, and the other day one of our sales people ran across someone who told him they thought it was wrong to buy insurance. They said the reason was because they believe God will take care of them. Are they right?
When we preach the Bible, we are leading people to encounter God and respond to Him personally. As we work our way through the specific text we are preaching, we are leading them to encounter the God who wrote this Bible.
My Personal Testimony
I believe when a preacher of God’s Word unpacks the Scripture, revealing the Lord Jesus and His greatness, he preaches for decision. As we work our way through the text, periodically sharing illustrations that relate to the meaning of the text, then
Q: I know God can do anything He wants to, which means that if He wanted to, He could even forgive me for all the bad things I've done. But I could never forgive myself. I know I've hurt a lot of people, and I feel so ashamed and guilty. Is there any hope for me?
Q: I'm from another country and am visiting some of my relatives here who are in graduate school. I asked them what your festival on July 4 means, but they were not sure. Does it have something to do with your Christian religion?
Ben Utecht spends every minute of every day making his dreams become a reality. Utecht achieved football's highest honor when his team the 2006 Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI. Utecht is now 4 seasons removed from his NFL career as a tight end due to Traumatic Brain Injuries from Concussions. His transition has been daunting in many ways, yet amidst the trials of cognitive rehabilitation he has found himself again through pursuing another dream: becoming a successful singer and artist in
Q: I know God expects us to love everybody, but how can you love people who aren't very loveable? Many in our extended family are coming to our house for the Fourth of July, and I dread it, to be honest. Some of them are simply obnoxious.
Q: Why do some people get their feelings hurt so easily? I deeply love my wife, but I dread going out to social events or even church, because sometimes someone will say something she thinks is directed at her (although it isn't), and she gets upset. How can I help her?
Q: If something is legal, then that ought to make it OK in the eyes of God, shouldn't it? It looks like our state is going to legalize marijuana next year, so what's wrong with enjoying it once in a while, even now?
In just two years at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Allie Wilson has already made a name for herself as a marketing major, tennis player, homecoming queen and more. But above all else, it’s her willingness to share Christ’s love with everyone she meets that’s given Wilson her own identity on campus.
Q: Several teenagers from our church are going on a mission trip to a village in Central America this summer. Do trips like this really do any good? I'm sure they'll have a good time, but won't they just get in the way of the missionaries already there?
Q: Is it a sin for me to take medicine for depression? I worry about this, because someone in my church said that if we're right with God we won't be depressed. The medicine really helps me, but I need to know if I'm doing something wrong.
Q: I've not been a Christian very long, and the other day someone in my church took me aside and bluntly said I needed to clean up my language. Is he right? I admit it kind of offended me. I don't see what difference it makes, since everyone talks this way.