A World Without Excuse (before God)

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 1:18-32 What’s wrong with the world, and whose fault is it? Welcome, dear friends, to this second in our series on the heart of the Christian faith, messages from the first eight chapters of the letter to the Romans. Last time we spoke of the gospel, the good news, what it is, the gospel of God, promised and planned by God about Jesus, God’s Son, the risen living Lord. We saw how this gospel is God’s power, …

Celebrating the Good News

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 1:1-17 What is the “good news” of Jesus Christ and what does it do for people? Today Words of Hope’s president emeritus Dr. William Brownson explores Paul’s letter to the Romans for an explanation of what the gospel is really about. It’s a powerful message that we should never be ashamed of. It’s such a joy to be speaking again on Words of Hope. Welcome to this first in a series I’m calling, “The Heart of the …

The Sign of Jonah

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 12:38-42 We often think it would be nice if God would give us some unmistakable proof that would make it easy for everyone to believe in him. But he doesn’t choose to give such signs — except for one. Wouldn’t it be nice to have solid, convincing proof for the existence of God or the truth of the Christian faith? People have a perpetual hunger for certainty. We want to see signs, some sort of clear evidence …

The Unforgivable Sin

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 12:22-32 Have you ever worried about doing something so bad it could not be forgiven? According to Jesus, there is unforgivable sin, but if you’re worried about it, that means you have not committed it. Have you ever worried about committing an unpardonable sin, about doing something so terrible, so awfully wicked, that you were certain it will automatically damn you to hell, with no hope of escape? Perhaps you read about this in the Bible once, …

God's Chosen Servant

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 12:15-21 As he nears the mid-point of his gospel Matthew sums up Jesus’ ministry — who he was, what he came to do, and how he will do it — by quoting a passage from the prophecy of Isaiah. It’s all about “God’s Chosen Servant.” This series of programs has been focusing on Matthew’s account of Jesus’ public ministry in Galilee. As we near the end of this section of Matthew we find that things are growing …

The Lord of the Sabbath

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 12:1-14 Many devout Jews of Jesus’ day became upset when they saw him – as they thought – playing fast and loose with the sabbath day. But Jesus claims to be greater even than the sabbath. It is difficult for us today to realize how important the Sabbath Day was for the Jewish people in New Testament times. The exile in Babylon had taught the Jews that sabbath observance was the key to remaining distinctive as a …