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"Insight for Living" with "Chuck Swindoll"

What If You Were to Die Tonight? Part 2

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chuck SwindollDeath. The topic is strewn with the litter of fear, ignorance, denial, and superstition. For many, death is viewed as an unsolvable mystery, a vague departure from this life that leaves those who remain disillusioned and confused. Others hold erroneous beliefs about death, including soul sleep, reincarnation, and the possibility of making contact with the spirits of the departed. For most, it’s one of those socially unacceptable subjects—something nobody wants to discuss. Therefore, it surprises many that, rather than ignoring the subject and skirting the issues surrounding it, the Bible—like no other book—faces death head-on. It offers reliable, God-inspired information that answers most of our questions and calms our fears. In fact, the Bible not only addresses heaven, the death-related subject everybody wonders about; it also speaks openly and authoritatively about the death-related subject most choose to deny altogether: hell. During His earthly life and ministry, Jesus taught clearly about both heaven and hell. In the passage we’ll consider in this message, He brought both to the surface in an amazing story we cannot forget.

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What If You Were to Die Tonight? Part 1 - Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Death. The topic is strewn with the litter of fear, ignorance, denial, and superstition. For many, death is viewed as an unsolvable mystery, a vague departure from this life that leaves those who remain disillusioned and confused. Others hold erroneous beliefs about death, including soul sleep, reincarnation, and the possibility of making contact with the spirits of the departed. For most, it’s one of those socially unacceptable subjects—something nobody wants to discuss. Therefore, it surprises many that, rather than ignoring the subject and skirting the issues surrounding it, the Bible—like no other book—faces death head-on. It offers reliable, God-inspired information that answers most of our questions and calms our fears. In fact, the Bible not only addresses heaven, the death-related subject everybody wonders about; it also speaks openly and authoritatively about the death-related subject most choose to deny altogether: hell. During His earthly life and ministry, Jesus taught clearly about both heaven and hell. In the passage we’ll consider in this message, He brought both to the surface in an amazing story we cannot forget.
What If Your Boss Is Unfair and Disrespectful? Part 3 - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
If you’re currently employed or were once engaged in the workforce, you understand what it means to answer to someone in authority over you. Since that’s true, you need no convincing of the value of a great boss . . . one who is caring, equitable, and respectful. In many ways, the relationships we have with those in authority over us determine whether we enjoy (or don’t enjoy) our work. It’s safe to say that all of us are aware of how difficult it is to carry out our responsibilities when the one we work for lacks thoughtfulness, understanding, and ethical integrity. This is intensified if the boss claims to be a Christian but does not carry out his or her responsibilities as a Christian should. When essential characteristics are lacking in those at the top, our otherwise enjoyable jobs (or callings) can become unpleasant and unsatisfying tasks, which creates a challenge to our attitudes. Being caught in the midst of that awkward dilemma forces us to ask: How should I respond to this kind of leader? To discover the surprising answer to this question, we must first examine the truth about our work as set forth in Scripture.
What If Your Boss Is Unfair and Disrespectful? Part 2 - Monday, August 14, 2017
If you’re currently employed or were once engaged in the workforce, you understand what it means to answer to someone in authority over you. Since that’s true, you need no convincing of the value of a great boss . . . one who is caring, equitable, and respectful. In many ways, the relationships we have with those in authority over us determine whether we enjoy (or don’t enjoy) our work. It’s safe to say that all of us are aware of how difficult it is to carry out our responsibilities when the one we work for lacks thoughtfulness, understanding, and ethical integrity. This is intensified if the boss claims to be a Christian but does not carry out his or her responsibilities as a Christian should. When essential characteristics are lacking in those at the top, our otherwise enjoyable jobs (or callings) can become unpleasant and unsatisfying tasks, which creates a challenge to our attitudes. Being caught in the midst of that awkward dilemma forces us to ask: How should I respond to this kind of leader? To discover the surprising answer to this question, we must first examine the truth about our work as set forth in Scripture.
What If Your Boss Is Unfair and Disrespectful? Part 1 - Friday, August 11, 2017
If you’re currently employed or were once engaged in the workforce, you understand what it means to answer to someone in authority over you. Since that’s true, you need no convincing of the value of a great boss . . . one who is caring, equitable, and respectful. In many ways, the relationships we have with those in authority over us determine whether we enjoy (or don’t enjoy) our work. It’s safe to say that all of us are aware of how difficult it is to carry out our responsibilities when the one we work for lacks thoughtfulness, understanding, and ethical integrity. This is intensified if the boss claims to be a Christian but does not carry out his or her responsibilities as a Christian should. When essential characteristics are lacking in those at the top, our otherwise enjoyable jobs (or callings) can become unpleasant and unsatisfying tasks, which creates a challenge to our attitudes. Being caught in the midst of that awkward dilemma forces us to ask: How should I respond to this kind of leader? To discover the surprising answer to this question, we must first examine the truth about our work as set forth in Scripture.
What If You Talk Too Much? Part 3 - Thursday, August 10, 2017
Honestly, do you talk too much? Do you find yourself saying, “I shouldn’t say this . . .” and then going right ahead and spilling it out? Do you promise to keep information shared in confidence, only to leak it a few days (or even a few hours) later? Do you spend too much time filling the air with words yet saying very little worth hearing? Worse, do you speak against others behind their backs and then say something completely different to their faces? Are you prone to outbursts of sarcasm, insults, and profanity . . . and then, only a short time later, to bursts of flattery, compliments, and insincerity? If these sound like your habits, you’re like the majority. Verbal restraint is rare—in fact, consistent verbal restraint is almost nonexistent. No wonder the Bible has so much to say about getting our mouths under control! Few disciplines are more important or necessary than learning to bridle our tongues.
What If You Talk Too Much? Part 2 - Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Honestly, do you talk too much? Do you find yourself saying, “I shouldn’t say this . . .” and then going right ahead and spilling it out? Do you promise to keep information shared in confidence, only to leak it a few days (or even a few hours) later? Do you spend too much time filling the air with words yet saying very little worth hearing? Worse, do you speak against others behind their backs and then say something completely different to their faces? Are you prone to outbursts of sarcasm, insults, and profanity . . . and then, only a short time later, to bursts of flattery, compliments, and insincerity? If these sound like your habits, you’re like the majority. Verbal restraint is rare—in fact, consistent verbal restraint is almost nonexistent. No wonder the Bible has so much to say about getting our mouths under control! Few disciplines are more important or necessary than learning to bridle our tongues.
What If You Talk Too Much? Part 1 - Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Honestly, do you talk too much? Do you find yourself saying, “I shouldn’t say this . . .” and then going right ahead and spilling it out? Do you promise to keep information shared in confidence, only to leak it a few days (or even a few hours) later? Do you spend too much time filling the air with words yet saying very little worth hearing? Worse, do you speak against others behind their backs and then say something completely different to their faces? Are you prone to outbursts of sarcasm, insults, and profanity . . . and then, only a short time later, to bursts of flattery, compliments, and insincerity? If these sound like your habits, you’re like the majority. Verbal restraint is rare—in fact, consistent verbal restraint is almost nonexistent. No wonder the Bible has so much to say about getting our mouths under control! Few disciplines are more important or necessary than learning to bridle our tongues.
What If a Person Is an Unrepentant Troublemaker? Part 3 - Monday, August 7, 2017
Just as a family works best when there is harmony and cooperation, so does a congregation. No parent enjoys dealing with children who misbehave, but ignoring them or giving in to them are not good options. The same is true in the family of God. Throughout the history of the church, there have been those who stirred up trouble and caused dissension. Such troublemakers will always exist. To keep the unity that is so vital in a healthy church, those who habitually and persistently sow discord must be confronted, dealt with, and encouraged to repent. Unfortunately, there are always a few who refuse to repent even when confronted; these call for stronger measures. Admittedly, these situations represent one of the most difficult and unpleasant aspects of ministry and the Christian life.
What If a Person Is an Unrepentant Troublemaker? Part 2 - Friday, August 4, 2017
Just as a family works best when there is harmony and cooperation, so does a congregation. No parent enjoys dealing with children who misbehave, but ignoring them or giving in to them are not good options. The same is true in the family of God. Throughout the history of the church, there have been those who stirred up trouble and caused dissension. Such troublemakers will always exist. To keep the unity that is so vital in a healthy church, those who habitually and persistently sow discord must be confronted, dealt with, and encouraged to repent. Unfortunately, there are always a few who refuse to repent even when confronted; these call for stronger measures. Admittedly, these situations represent one of the most difficult and unpleasant aspects of ministry and the Christian life.

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Thursday, August 17th, 2017
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19
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