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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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Christmas Comes To Lo-debar

For a beautiful portrait of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for you, look no further than Lo-debar. This month of December, let’s listen to a very different kind of Christmas story. As we begin, let’s turn our minds to a time long ago, to what could have been private thoughts and fears inspired by the account in the book of 2 Samuel. She stood in the doorway, gazing idly across the barren landscape of Lo-debar. The day stretched ahead as empty as yesterday…and the day before... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, December 1, 2011

What To Do When You Don't Feel Thankful

What To Do When You Don't Feel Thankful What do you think the hardest commandment in the Bible might be? Think about that for a moment. Several difficult commandments will come to mind. Write the first one that comes to your mind in the space below—before you read the next part. Now, there is no “wrong” answer to this question! Everyone will come up with something different. (Don’t cheat and look ahead for ideas.) ... Read More
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The Divine Design

As Christians we frequently hear that we should be living not as if the coming of Christ is somewhere out in the future, but as if He is coming today. Adrian Rogers said, “We ought to live as though He died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon.” His return comes more clearly into focus as world events grow increasingly grim. At any moment, Jesus Christ may return. But what will He be like, this One who is coming? Turn to Revelation chapter 1 and read... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Battle For Your Mind

A Study from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… We’ve all heard the saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement.... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 1, 2011

Winning the Battle for the Home, Part 2

A Study from Proverbs Chapter Five Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 1, 2011

Winning the Battle for the Home, Part 1

How much do you know about the devil? When you hear the word “devil,” what picture immediately comes to your mind? Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The King Is Coming, Part 2

Background: In our last study, we began filling in on the canvas of Revelation chapter 1 the portrait of our Lord when He returns in His glory. John tells us what He will be like when He comes to rule and reign. 1. Turn to the book of Revelation. The title itself should prompt a question: If this is a “revelation,” then logically we ask, “A revelation of what?” John lets us know immediately (see verse 1). “The revelation of ____________ ��_____________.” The word “... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Sunday, May 1, 2011

The King Is Coming, Part 1

As Christians we frequently hear that we should be living not as if the coming of Christ is somewhere out in the future, but as if He is coming today.� Adrian Rogers said, “We ought to live as though He died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon.”� His return comes more clearly into focus as world events grow increasingly grim. At any moment, Jesus Christ may return. But what will He be like, this One who is coming?� Turn to Revelation chapter 1 and read... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, April 1, 2011

How You Can Have a Meaningful Quiet Time

Oh how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day .” Psalm 119:97 If you are reading this “Digging Deeper,” it’s probably because you want a deeper walk with the Lord. You desire to please Him. You want a living, breathing relationship with the God of Creation, one not based on “have-to’s,” legalism or a set of rules, but of continual communion through His Spirit within you. Christianity is not a legal relationship, it is a love relationship. Ten thousand “don'ts” will never... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, March 1, 2011

You Are Selected, Saved and Sealed

A study of the Trinity in the limited space we have here cannot be exhaustive. In fact, no study anywhere of the Trinity could be complete, for God is limitless. All that we know about Him today is only a glimpse of what we will know one day when we’ll have all eternity to learn more and more about our omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God. But what we have attempted in these studies on the Trinity, beginning two studies ago, is to take a deeper look into a subject on which Bible... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, February 1, 2011

God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity

Last month, we studied the truth that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is also God the Son and the Second Person of the Trinity, fully God.� We saw that in the very Scripture where the angel Gabriel announced Jesus’ coming birth (Luke 1:35), all three Persons of the Trinity are present. If you haven’t seen that study, you can find it on this page to your right under “Recent Bible Studies.”� This month, a continuation of that study, we again look deeply into the Trinity.� The concept... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...Jesus

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 For this month’s “Digging Deeper” study, this statement by the angel Gabriel announcing the coming birth of Christ deserves a deeper look. Please open your Bible to the first chapter of Luke. Read the conversation between Gabriel and Mary in verses 28 through 38. ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, December 1, 2010

From Fearful Farmer to Champion of Faith

32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Hebrews 11:32-34 Have you longed to be a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, November 1, 2010

Head Straight for the U-Turn

It is not our duty to persuade God to send revival. We must meet the conditions for Him to do so. Last month we looked closely at the hedges of protection that in times past God set around individuals (Job, for example) and nations (the nation Israel, and even the United States). We saw that His hedges were part of His blessing for walking in His ways. But then we saw that God sometimes takes down His hedge of protection because of sin and rebellion. And we saw the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, October 1, 2010

Will God Remove His Hedge?

If you’ve been listening to your Christian radio station the last few weeks, you couldn’t miss hearing a number of the most trusted, Bible-believing teachers and ministries presenting the same message to God’s people: calling believers to a season of intense, earnest prayer and repentance on behalf of our nation. Each of them, including Love Worth Finding, has felt led by the Holy Spirit to join with the National Religious Broadcasters in asking God’s people to join in 40 days of prayer... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why Should We Love Israel?

It seems as though the eyes of the entire world are continually upon the tiny state of Israel, and your eyes need to be there as well, for the Jews are God’s people and Israel is a land of destiny. Israel is God’s measuring rod and blueprint for what He is doing in the world. As we “Dig Deeper” this month, we ask, Does God focus special love and attention on Israel? Is there an intimate love for this nation? What is His sovereign plan for Israel (as described in Revelation 12)? ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thorns In a Nation's Side

A study from the book of Judges We’re going to take a “Digging Deeper” look into the first parable ever to appear in Scripture. Not one of Jesus’ parables—for this one occurs in the book of Judges. As we take a brief tour through a portion of this book, mindful that the principles of God never change, keep this question in mind: What message does this parable have for you and for our nation? We’ll come to the parable in a moment, but first we must understand the setting: a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, July 1, 2010

Do You Qualify for a "Product Recall"?

What if you opened your church bulletin next Sunday morning and saw this banner across the top: “WARNING: Product Recall—Worthless Worship!” All worship is not the same. The Lord Jesus reveals in John 4:23-24, 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.   24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Anytime God... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Most-Often-Asked Question

Do you know what the question is that pastors get asked most often? No, it’s not “Where did Cain get his wife”! The question we hear most often is: “How can I know God’s will for my life?” We really want to know the answer to this one, don’t we? None of us wants to waste our time and effort going down the wrong path to a dead end. We want to be in the will of God because we know that’s where we’ll be not only happiest and most fulfilled, but above all, most pleasing to God. So how do I... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Saturday, May 1, 2010

Winning the War Over Worry

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matt 6:25-26) Someone did a study about what the average person worries about. They found that 40% of what people worry... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Purpose of His Passion

“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ” Isaiah 53:4-6 His Coming, Prophesied Seven hundred years before Jesus Christ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, March 1, 2010

How To Pray For Friends & Influence People

The Power of Prevailing Prayer James 5:16-18 Could I overstate the importance of prayer? There is no possible way. And I pray you will never underestimate it. How important is it? Andrew Murray said, “ In relation to His people, God works only in answer to their prayers. It is in prayer that we change our natural strength for the supernatural strength of God .” Notice the word “only.” Only in answer to their prayers . The great Bible teacher Dr. R. A. Torrey said,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, May 1, 2008