The Line of Prayer
Jan 4, 1981
Beware of a church that runs on the momentum of tradition rather than the power of prayer.
What Do Answers to Prayer Depend On?, Part 1
Jan 11, 1981
If we are unloving and unrepentant then we should not think that God is likely to answer our prayers.
The Son of God at 12 Years Old
Sunday Evening Message
Jan 12, 1981
I feel tremendously challenged by the example of Jesus to strive for increased wisdom and understanding of Scripture.
Pray for Kings and All in High Positions
Jan 18, 1981
Let your prayers embrace all kinds of people: high and low, white and black, democrats and republicans, Soviet premiers and Iranian Ayatollahs. Enlarge your heart until it embraces the world.
For Our People and for the Cities of God
Installation Service for Glenn Ogren
Feb 1, 1981
There are six things that should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.
Funeral Meditation for a Christian Who Committed Suicide (1981)
Feb 2, 1981
No single sin, not even suicide, evicts a person from heaven into hell.
Sex and the Single Person
Feb 8, 1981
God's Word is every Christian's infallible guide to maximum sexual fulfillment.
John the Baptist and the Brood of Vipers
Sunday Evening Message
Feb 9, 1981
Don't trust in the kind of tree you are. If there is no fruit that accords with repentance, you will be destroyed.
Sexual Relations in Marriage
Feb 15, 1981
Marital sex is a great joy that also proves to be a fearsome weapon against our ancient foe.
What Is the Fruit That Befits Repentance?
Sunday Evening Message
Feb 16, 1981
You can tell where a man's heart is resting by the way he handles his money and by the attitude he has toward his possessions.
That Which Is Born of the Spirit Is Spirit
The Role of the Holy Spirit in Conversion
Feb 22, 1981
Something has to happen if we are to be saved from the wrath of God. We must be profoundly changed.
Let Us Walk by the Spirit
Mar 1, 1981
The great problem in contemporary Christian living is not learning the right things to do but how to do the right things. The problem is not to discover what love looks like but how to love by the Spirit.
Be Filled with the Spirit
Mar 8, 1981
The fundamental meaning of being filled with the Spirit is being filled with joy that comes from God and overflows in song.
Mar 15, 1981
God gives us spiritual gifts so that we can help others keep the faith in the midst of life's storms.
The Cosmic Church
Mar 22, 1981
The church is the cosmic showcase of God's mercy, but he gets cosmic reproach when we fail to receive his mercy with joy.
O, That You Knew the Terms of Peace!
Apr 12, 1981
Jesus Christ is always eager and willing to make peace with anyone who will accept the terms of peace he offers.
The Holiness of God, Our Sin, and the Love of Jesus
Apr 16, 1981
God loves his holiness with infinite love and cherishes his purity. This is the starting point for understanding God and man and the world. If we don't start here everything goes askew.
Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise
Apr 17, 1981
Both thieves wanted to be saved from death. But O how differently they sought their salvation.
The Power of Hope
Apr 19, 1981
If we are going to love like Jesus loved, even in times of great stress and worry, then we must be filled with living hope.
Is There Good Anxiety?
Apr 21, 1981
In retrospect I think I can see that one of the deeper reasons why I left Bethel College to enter the pastorate is that the things that concern me most are states of the heart rather than states of the…
The Education of a Prophet: Jonah
May 3, 1981
You can't bless somebody if you desire their harm. If you are a follower of Jesus, you must desire the good of everyone, no matter what their race or nationality.
A Woman Who Fears the Lord Is to Be Praised
May 10, 1981
What does it mean to "fear the Lord"? And why is it so important that we praise a woman who fears the Lord?
May 24, 1981
What is wisdom? And what are some biblical instructions for how I can get it?
The Limits of Submission to Man
Jul 5, 1981
We must honor God above the state. But if the state does not require us to disobey Jesus then we should be subject for the Lord's sake.
Even the Hairs of My Head Are All Numbered
Reflections on My First Year in the Pastorate
Jul 12, 1981
Do not fear the work God calls you to. He loves you deeply, knows you fully, and will turn all for your good.
Quantitative Hopelessness and the Immeasurable Moment
For the Encouragement of Sunday School Teachers
Jul 13, 1981
Never underestimate the power of truth spoken in a single sentence.
Rivers From the Heart
Jul 19, 1981
We are afflicted and blessed with a chronic restlessness, an insatiable soul-thirst, for this reason: that we might keep looking until we find Christ.
Do Not Labor for the Food Which Perishes
Sep 6, 1981
Labor to feast on Jesus. Satisfy yourself with his beauty and his hope-filled fellowship.
Worship Is an End in Itself
Sep 13, 1981
Only worship is an end in itself. Only worship should not be done as a means to achieving something other than itself.
Alone in a Big Church
A Call to Small Togetherness
Sep 20, 1981
God designs human support to sustain his children's faith and to lighten the burdens they bear in the service of love.
He Commanded and They Were Created
Oct 4, 1981
Since God created everything, we and all our so-called possessions are his to do with as he pleases.
Total Abstinence and Church Membership
Sunday Evening Message
Oct 5, 1981
Total abstinence may be the best way to treat alcohol today, but it should not be a requirement for church membership.
The Emergence of Sin and Misery
Oct 11, 1981
The essence of the Fall and of our depraved hearts is the desire not to depend on God.
I Chose You to Bear Fruit
Ordination of Glen Bloomstrom
Oct 12, 1981
Everything that you try to do will come to nothing unless you do it through a conscious, abiding dependence on the enablement of Christ.
World Hunger and Us
Nov 1, 1981
Witnessing physical hunger should cause the church to wake up to the worldwide ravages of spiritual starvation.
Exodus for All the Earth
Nov 8, 1981
God shows great power on behalf of his people so that others might see and fear.
God Meant It for Good
The Lives of Joseph and John the Baptist
Nov 9, 1981
As I was reading about Joseph's unjust imprisonment the other day, I was struck all of a sudden with the similarity and contrast between Joseph and John the Baptist.
Why the Law Was Given
Nov 15, 1981
The law is a description of the obedience of faith; it is not a job description for how to earn the wages of God's blessings.
Can God Spread a Table in the Wilderness?
Nov 22, 1981
Do not grumble; it is God's grace that sends you into the wilderness. He is inoculating you against the infections of wealth.
Grace, Gratitude, and the Glory of God
Nov 26, 1981
Gratitude is not an act of will power, but the glad response of one who acknowledges grace.
The Evil Origin of a Good King
Dec 6, 1981
The way we seek to have something may be wrong, when the having, itself, may not be wrong.
I Will Raise Up for David a Righteous Branch
Dec 13, 1981
The promise will be fulfilled in spite of all judgment.
Christmas as the End of History
Celebration of Christmas
Dec 20, 1981
Christmas marks the arrival of the end of history, which will soon be consummated by Christ's second appearing.