Bible Study

The Leadership Crisis In America, Part 2

We began our study with an examination of the first of four things God wants us to know about choosing our leaders and leadership itself. The first of these, the character God requires , we covered fully in Part One. Now we look at the 3 remaining points: the choice God respects the consequences God reveals the control God reserves Did you know that God will allow you to choose against His will? He certainly allowed Israel to do that. ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 0 comments

The Leadership Crisis In America, Part 1

Adrian Rogers’ Voters Guide for the Christian Citizen We are in a crisis in America, a moral crisis. But the crisis is also one of leadership. And perhaps it goes without saying, though we’ve said it often: a nation gets the kind of leadership it deserves. May I say clearly and plainly, leadership is crucial . There’s an old saying, not a Bible proverb, but a wonderful one, that says, “If the gold rust, what shall the iron do?” If our leadership, those at the helm, are not... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, April 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Nothing But The Blood

Two true stories begin our study this month: When Billy Graham was in his 30s, I spent some time with him. He was then a young preacher just starting out in ministry. A professor from Cornell University said to him, “Son, you’re a good speaker. You speak with authority and clarity. You can go places in the ministry. But I want to suggest you leave out that blood stuff.” That’s what he called it, “that blood stuff.” “Don’t speak about the blood. It’s uncultured, uncouth, and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Who Are The Enemies Of Revival?

Who Are the Enemies of Revival? A Study in 1st Kings Although he said this many years ago, no one today would disagree with the great social critic and philosopher Dr. Francis Schaeffer, who warned that we would wake up one day and find the America we once knew is gone. We’re here. The America we once knew is gone. We’re living in the midst of a crisis. The nation of Israel faced many crises in its ancient history—brought about by Israel’s own disobedience. How often might God’s... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Tolerance: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

A Study in What the Bible Says about “Judging” As we begin a new year, one which appears to promise that the cultural discourse will only get louder and more strident, it will be good to review what Dr. Rogers said about “tolerance” and what the Bible has to say about it. In what way should Christians be tolerant? What should that look like for us in the coming year? This month’s study gives us deeper insight into this hot-button issue. The new religion in America is... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, January 8, 2016 | 0 comments

The Child Of Bethlehem - When Did He First Appear?

  “ All of the Bible is about Jesus and His blood redemption. There are two threads that run all the way through the Bible. One is the scarlet thread of blood redemption; the other is the golden thread of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, how wonderful it is to trace both of these all the way through the Bible. ”  ─ Adrian Rogers If you are weary of today’s emphasis on “The Elf on the Shelf” instead of “The Savior in the Manger,” then this month’s brief study is... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 0 comments

The Deadliest Of All Sins

The Peril of Pride ~ A Study in Proverbs What is the deadliest of all sins? Is it murder? Adultery? Drunkenness? Promiscuity? Anger? Rage? Spousal abuse? All are deadly. But would it surprise you to learn that rather than being the most dangerous sin, these are more the symptoms of it? In this study, we’re going to “dig deeper” into this deceptive, deadly sin. It caused the brightest angel in God’s heaven to lose his station and be cast out. It cost Adam and Eve not only their... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Sunday, November 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Why I Am Pro-Life

Does the Bible Say Anything About Abortion? Dr. Rogers preached many messages dealing with current issues facing our culture. However, his message “Why I am Pro-Life” deals with the hot-button issue of abortion, a problem that has plagued our society for nearly half a century. The issue of abortion has been brought to the forefront of America’s attention in an even more compelling way by the release of undercover videos revealing what goes on behind closed... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 0 comments

How To Make Sense Out Of Suffering, Part 2

How to Make Sense Out of Suffering—Part 2 “God May Keep You in the Dark So You’ll Keep Your Eyes on Him” The subject is large, the questions momentous, and the take-away can be life-altering. In Part One of our study on the issue of suffering, we looked at Romans 8 and what Paul said under Holy Spirit inspiration as he weighed what we are going through here on earth against what we will experience for all eternity in Heaven. We looked at the curse that rests... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 0 comments

How To Make Sense Out Of Suffering, Part 1

How to Make Sense Out of Suffering—Part 1 Are You Dealing with Life’s Hardest Questions? Are you experiencing sorrow, suffering, pain, disappointment? Fear, frustration, confusion? If not, just wait a while. You can’t escape. We live in an age filled with these.  Man longs for a better day and it gets worse. His golden dream turns to rust. The new millennium has turned to pandemonium.  If you don’t get things in perspective in this upside-down world, you may move into... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, August 1, 2015 | 0 comments

How Can I Overcome Temptation?

How Can I Conquer Temptation? You’ve heard the old joke, “I can handle anything but temptation.” But there’s nothing funny about finding yourself battling temptation—and losing. You can deal with temptation 3 different ways—and I recommend only 1 of them. 1. Give in. (You may have already done this.) 2. Fight it in your own strength. (You are continually trying this one.( 3. Use the method Jesus Himself used to defeat the enemy in... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 0 comments

What Is The Unpardonable Sin?

What Is the Unpardonable Sin? Matthew 12:22-32 There is a time, I know not when. A place, I know not where, Which marks the destiny of men, To Heaven or despair. There is a line, by us not seen, That crosses every path. The hidden boundary between God’s mercy and God’s wrath. The sad truth is that any person who refuses to turn from his sin and receive Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior will not receive the mercy and grace of God. Many are ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, June 1, 2015 | 0 comments

A Guided Tour Through Heaven

A Guided Tour through Heaven Revelation 21 Since our last study dealt with the subject of Hell, It’s only fair that we now look at the other side of the coin—to what awaits all believers in Heaven. Much has been written about the subject of Heaven. Decades ago, Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross published a widely read book on her interviews with patients who had visions of the afterlife in near-death experiences. More recently, a number of people have written books about what... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, May 1, 2015 | 0 comments

The Message I Tried To Talk Myself Out Of

The Message I Tried To Talk Myself Out Of Our topic this time is a controversial one. Dr. Rogers said, “I’ve actually tried to talk myself out of this message. And I’ll tell you why. It's not a happy one. I'd much rather say something about joy, life, victory—but I’m convinced the missing message in today's church and especially on the air waves is the message concerning Hell. And I believe we're reaping the consequences of failing to bring that message.... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 0 comments

How To Smile At Death

How to Smile at Death Psalm 23:4 This time our “Digging Deeper” study takes us to one of the most familiar passages in the Bible: The Twenty-Third Psalm.  Many who would not call themselves Christians have quoted it nevertheless for comfort in dark times. Death is not a popular subject. In fact, if you mention death, people will change subjects like they change TV channels. Man is the only creature who knows he's going to die, yet he's trying desperately to forget... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Sunday, March 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Beyond Miracles

Beyond Miracles Finding Sight in the Darkness   The apostle John had a strategy when he wrote his gospel. In it, he lists seven miracles, which he calls “signs.” A sign was more than a miracle; it was a miracle with a message. Near the end of his Gospel he says, And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 0 comments

How To Have A Clean Thought Life In The New Year

Matthew 5:27-28; Psalm 119:9 Dr. Rogers’ powerful series “Building on the Rock,” based upon Jesus’ teachings in The Sermon on the Mount, gives us practical truths for building a foundation that cannot be shaken by the storms of this world. During his ministry in Rome, the apostle Paul traveled on a road called “The Appian Way.” Built by the Romans, it’s still in better condition than some roadways in the world today. One of the reasons is that the Romans laid a deep... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, January 1, 2015

Who Is Jesus?

Colossians 1:13-22 Our study this month centers upon the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the world celebrates its understanding of “Christmas” and “Santa,” there is a contrast with Christian believers. We welcome the Child in the manger not as the center of a quaint rustic scene or an excuse for partying, but as one of the two greatest interventions of Deity in human history. Our sin had created eternal separation from our Creator. Jesus changed that. He redeemed us from... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, December 1, 2014

How To Have Mastery Over Your Mind

Controlling Your Thought Life Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Genesis 6:5-6 Cigarette packages carry warnings that smoking may be hazardous to your health, but wrong thinking can also be hazardous to your health. In this Genesis 6 passage, we see that God destroyed an... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, November 1, 2014

Haunted By The Ghost Of Guilt

Zechariah 3:1-4                          So many Christians today are haunted by the ghost of guilt. Perhaps your sin is not as egregious, for example, as murder—but within your heart, guilt is gnawing at you. Many trudge to church Sunday after Sunday, sing hymns, give money, attend classes, underline their Bibles, but do not have the freedom they ought... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Is Your Faith Real?

In the School of Faith with Abraham The school of faith may be a wonderful school, but sometimes we don’t make very good students. In the school of faith, our classroom is Life. The Bible is our textbook. Our faculty the prophets and apostles. But the dean of the school of faith would have to be Abraham. Turn to Romans 4:2-3 and fill in two key words. 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 1, 2014

The Judgement Seat Of Christ

1 Corinthians 3:9-17           It is coming. Every person, saved or unsaved, is going to face judgment by God one day. Not one mother’s child is an exception. In this study we want to examine the three judgments all of us must face. First, God will be judging both the saved and the sinners. Next, God judges the saved as sons and daughters. Then God judges the saved as servants. JUDGMENT #1—The SAVED and The SINNERS ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Prayer That Brings Revival

Isaiah 64:1-12 You hear it all the time today—believers want to see revival, deeply concerned about our nation and the world, saying that only God can save us now. You may be among them. But we see no signs of the revival the Church and our nation needs. Why do we not see revival? What holds it back? Many are asking that. In this study we will look in depth at the prayer that brings revival. This month an article from Adrian Rogers about this very issue is posted at... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, May 1, 2014

It's All About Jesus

       It's All About Jesus The Psalm Of The Crucifixtion As we begin this study, it will be helpful if you’ll get 4 bookmarks or slips of paper and place one each at Psalm 22, Matthew 27, Mark 15, and Luke 23. Keep them there throughout this study, for we will be looking back and forth, comparing texts. All of the Scripture is about the Lord Jesus. In the Bible’s sacred pages, every one of us, every time and in every place we look, ought to find... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm Broken -- God Can't Use Me

What God Does with Broken Things In many cases, when something is broken, we throw it away as useless. But what does God do with broken things? In this study, we’re going to look deeper into what becomes of broken things—in the hand of God. 1. First, turn to Jeremiah 4:3: “For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, ___________  ____ your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” Why do you think God tells the men of Judah to break up the fallow... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, March 1, 2014

How's That Working Out For You?

(Working Your Way to Heaven, Part Two) As we saw in Part 1 of “Working Your Way to Heaven,” there is one way of worship that God accepts—and many ways He doesn’t.  “One Way” is more than just a catch-phrase, a slogan, or a finger pointed heavenward. There’s but one way to be accepted into God’s presence—into His kingdom, His family. “One Way” to spend eternity with Him. That way is the way of the Cross. The hymn writer said, “The Way of the Cross Leads Home.” Indeed, ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, February 1, 2014

Working Your Way Into Heaven

Genesis 4:1-8 You’ll need warm hands and nimble fingers for today’s study, for we are traveling quickly, dipping into 8 books, studying a truth interwoven in all 66 books of the Bible. As we “dig deeper,” we’ll explore all the ways you might possibly work your way into heaven. In the life of Cain, early in the Bible, we see man’s first attempt at this. 1. Turn in your Bible to Genesis 4, the story of the first two sons of Adam and Eve—Cain and Abel.  One son was a shepherd,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How To Pray In The Spirit

Romans 8:26 Are you satisfied with your prayer life? Do you feel like a successful warrior on the battlefield of prayer? Or do you feel somehow inadequate? Most of us would confess, “I need help in this area.” Help. The Helper . This is one of the names of the Holy Spirit. He is the Comforter. He is the paraclete (in Greek), the “one who comes alongside to assist” God’s child. He is essential in our prayer life! The Holy Spirit of God will help you in your prayer ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, November 1, 2013

Crossing God's Deadline

Proverbs 29:1 This study is based upon the message of the same name and can be heard on radio on October 17-18—or any time after that online at . Already it is fall and we’re approaching the end of another year. Soon we’ll be “crossing the deadline” for 2013 and entering 2014. Here’s a question: Can a person spiritually pass the point of no return? Can he or she so stubbornly and arrogantly sin against God, be so willfully rebellious, that God will give up on... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, October 1, 2013

When Faith Is In The Fire

Daniel 3 The noose is tightening.  The war is getting hotter.  If our Lord tarries, we will have to learn to stand alone and teach our children to stand alone.  They're going to face a world different even from the one we're living in.   And I pray you are preparing now to be ready for it and preparing your children for it. This month, we’ll look at how we can prepare ourselves and our children—mind, heart and spirit—for what lies ahead. We don’t know how... Read More
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A Lifestyle For The Last Days

Important Words from the Apostle Peter But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.   Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,   looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God …. 2 Peter... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 1, 2013

Has God Removed His Hedge?

This “Digging Deeper” study is compiled from two studies first presented on our website almost three years ago. At the time, the titles were, “Will God Remove His Hedge?” and “Head Straight for the U-Turn.” In light of recent events in our nation, it might be better stated, “ HAS God Removed His Hedge?”  From tragic loss of life and property in raging wildfires to extreme heat waves in some areas, from legal assaults on marriage to the exposure of major scandals in our... Read More
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The Peril Of Pride, Part 2

Part Two PROVERBS 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. In Part One of this study, we examined— The origin of the sin of pride. Pride at the root of Satan’s fall Pride at the heart of the temptation in the Garden of Eden Pride bringing all creation under the curse of sin. We saw how pride does terrible things to the human heart. When you swell with pride, you have just made God your adversary. Pride... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Peril Of Pride, Part 1

Part One PROVERBS 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Pride is a dangerous, deceitful sin that’s doing more damage in homes, hearts, and lives than we can imagine.  And every one of us wrestles with the sin of pride.  More than any other sin, pride holds back revival—in our land, in our homes, and in our churches.  More than any other sin, pride is destroying homes, ruining happiness and joy in the home.  Pride is ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, May 1, 2013

You're Never A Failure Until You Quit

Philippians 3:7-14; 2 Timothy 4:6-8 Some of you reading this month’s study may feel you’ve failed God and there’s little hope for you. Your usefulness to God is “over” and you’re just hanging in there, wondering if by some miracle God might use you again. Or you may have already quit. You decided the Christian life is such a struggle it’s just not worth the effort. Or you believe it’s worth it, but you’re just not “up to it.” You may be disappointed with God over unanswered... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, April 1, 2013

Jesus In The Old Testament

Acts 10:43 “Digging Deeper” into Scripture, you’re going to find that all of the Bible—Old Testament as well as New—is about Jesus Christ.  Yes, He appears in the Old Testament—if you know how to find Him there. The Lord Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, is found throughout the Old Testament in prophecy, types and shadows. In this study we’ll see how that occurs. Did you know there are about 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah? Professor... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, March 1, 2013

How To Handle Your Fear

2 Timothy “We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Those riveting words, spoken by President Roosevelt in the Great Depression, struck an encouraging chord with the American people. Those are beautiful words but I don't agree with them. There's a lot to fear besides fear. I would never teach my children there is nothing to fear besides fear itself as long as there are rattlesnakes and drunken drivers! There are many things in our world to fear! Perhaps President... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, February 1, 2013

Going Into Battle With A Knife...

A prayer warrior is one of God’s most valuable servant/soldiers. Waging warfare in prayer is serious business, and we are not making light of it.  But the thought of a knife and fork as weapons does bring a smile. Actually, it’s the laying down of the knife and fork that can facilitate the battle. Perhaps the least favorite way for many Christians—maybe most of us—to enter a serious season of prayer is to do so with earnest prayer accompanied by fasting. 1. Turn to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, January 1, 2013

An Old Testament Christmas Card

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 Turn in your Bible to this passage, Isaiah 9:6, and let’s take a closer look at this verse quoted so often at Christmastime. It’s like an Old Testament Christmas card. The prophet Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, paints a word portrait... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, December 1, 2012

How Best To Pray For America

Daniel 9:1-19 This month we are “Digging Deeper” in Daniel chapter 9 to learn how BEST to pray for our nation —and Daniel, the great prophet and prayer warrior, is our guide. There are only two persons in the Old Testament whose life story records no known sin. We know they did sin, for the Bible says “ All have sinned ,” but there is no recorded sin for either of these two exemplary lives. The first was Joseph; the second, Daniel. Since this is true, the 9th chapter of ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, November 1, 2012

How To Practice The Presence Of God, Part 2

In our last “Digging Deeper,” we closed with this thought, and it’s a good one to open with: You become like what you spend time with . To recap, when you have your quiet time each day,    Get alone .    Be determined .    Make preparation —notebook, pen, Bible, etc.    Expect that God is going to speak to you. If you follow these steps, you’ll experience the Presence of God in a more tangible way. As you sit there with... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, October 1, 2012

How To Practice The Presence Of God

What does that mean…to “practice the presence of God”? Can we really be aware of His presence throughout the day and night? Experiencing God’s presence doesn’t apply just to those times we’re inside a church building. We should be aware of His presence throughout the day. But that awareness doesn’t come “naturally.” We need to know HOW to have that living, active relationship, staying in a spirit of worship, always aware that our Lord is with us. Let’s look at the way to begin... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, September 1, 2012

Has The Nuclear Family Bombed?

Being a Parent Your Child Can Honor   Why did God give us families ? Some people reading this “Digging Deeper” study will remember an incident that took place in the 1990s when Vice President Dan Quayle was speaking to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Speaking about the rise in crime and the terrible disintegration of the home, he mentioned the problem of absentee fathers.  Within that address he made a statement—almost as an aside—but it created a firestorm in... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 1, 2012

All Things, Lord?

    18 Be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:18-20 If you are an analytical person, this passage from God’s Word should give you pause! Or perhaps…even some problems. An attitude of gratitude is easy when we receive the “good things.” But... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Sunday, July 1, 2012

What To Do In Dark Days

Habakkuk 1-3 What can we do in uncertain times when it seems every foundation of civilized society is being destroyed? Adrian Rogers often said, “There are three categories of people in the world.  Those who are afraid, those who don't know enough to be afraid, and those who know their Bibles.”  And the little book of Habakkuk is particularly valuable in this day! When we think of dark days and frightening times, we often recall Bible studies in the book of the... Read More
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What The Devil Hopes You Don't Discover

We all agree that God, the Sovereign Ruler, the Supreme Being, Creator of this world and the universe it spins in, has all power and authority. But does God ever delegate any authority? Would He ever delegate any to us? Our first instinct might be to say NO. But in His Word we see that actually, He has . A portion of His authority He shares with the believer. Our “Digging Deeper” study this month will help us understand and uncover more about what authority God has granted... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Warfare Of Prayer

You are carrying a concealed weapon. If you are a born-again child of God, it’s with you at all times. And you have a “concealed-carry” permit! More than a permit—you have a command. Our secret weapon is prayer. Before you say, “I know, I know—I’ve heard this before…” I wonder if you’ve thought of prayer in this way… Prayer is like an intercontinental ballistic missile. First, you can... Read More
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Faith Of Our Fathers

A Study in Psalm 128   If you’re a father, yours is an awesome, fearful assignment in our day, because you must lead your family through what I would call a minefield. As you look around, the landscape is littered with the wrecks of families: the wounded, the maimed, the destroyed. Families blown to bits by financial pressure, devastated and shattered by immorality, destroyed by drugs and alcohol. Our children live in an age where baby killing is called “freedom of choice,”... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why, God? part 2

Finding Your Father Amid Life’s Ruins (Part 2) The Problem of Sin and the Groaning of the Christian This month’s study is a continuation of our previous study, and if you haven’t yet seen that one, please go to last month in our archives and take a look at it now, for it lays the groundwork for this (Part 2). The problem of evil, pain and suffering is one of the deepest, most troublesome questions the heart can ask. “I'm just going to hope for the best—God’s going to... Read More
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Why, God? part 1

Finding Your Father Amid Life's Ruins, Part One It is the age-old question: “ Why does God allow suffering? ” If God is good, if He is all-powerful, if He is all-knowing and all-loving—as He claims to be—why does He allow terrible things to occur?  Terrorist attacks, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis—the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami took over 200,000 lives. The Haitian earthquake in January 2010 left such devastation we may never know the total loss of life, but it has surpassed the... Read More
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