Resource Library

Monday
Mar302015

The power of confidence in your testimony

The famous author Robert Louis Stevenson tells of a storm that caught a ship off a rocky coast and threatened to drive the ship into the rocks, which would mean certain destruction...

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Monday
Mar302015

The most effective way for you to share Christ

Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer who lived during the same time period as Jesus, told a story of the setting of a 99-foot-tall obelisk. Over 20,000 workers were chosen...

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Monday
Mar302015

How you can be an example to future generations

More than anything else, the Presidency of the United States rests on the character of the person who inhabits the office. This is how the founders of the U.S. designed it...

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Monday
Mar302015

The most powerful way to preserve your witness

Several years ago, Douglas Aircraft went head-to-head against Boeing to try to sell Eastern Airlines its first big jets...

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Monday
Mar302015

What it really means to grow in the Word

While studying in the Holy Land, a seminary professor met a man who claimed to have memorized the entire Old Testament in Hebrew...

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Monday
Mar232015

Who killed Jesus?

If you were to look at Rembrandt’s famous painting 'The Three Crosses', you’d notice the focal point of the painting is the center cross onto which Jesus is nailed...

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Monday
Mar232015

How you can support persecuted believers today

In 1915, a Russian Armenian Christian was reading his Bible when he was beheaded for his faith. That Bible still exists today, and a red stain which permeates most of the book...

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Monday
Mar232015

Showing external evidence of your internal change

The renowned Quaker philosopher Rufus Jones was once speaking to a crowd about the importance of having a radiant countenance. When Jones finished his lecture...

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Monday
Mar232015

Making sense of chaos in your life

In 1980, Les Henson was a 6-foot, 6-inch forward on the Virginia Tech basketball team. He’ll never forget a game against Florida State in Tallahassee when...

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Monday
Mar232015

The real secret of the Christian life

In the 1950s, there was a very famous racecar driver by the name of Bill Vukovich who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1953 and 1954. Few other drivers had matched his success...

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Wednesday
Mar182015

Where to Find Hope on Your Darkest Days

One of the most desperate feelings in life is when it seems like all hope is lost. On the other hand, even a little hope is a powerful force that can make the worst of situations bearable. Just a ray of hope can buoy the heaviest soul.

God looks over our world and sees a world filled with hopeless people wandering in darkness and in desperate need of the hope that Jesus brings. Broken and shattered lives that He wants to make new.

You see, God is in the business of making something new out of what is hopeless and broken. In fact, we are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

That’s a powerful word of expectation… especially to someone who has lost all hope and sees only darkness and despair. My life is a testament to this truth.

While I was not raised in a Christian home, mine was a good family. But I started to wander as a young kid, drinking heavily. In fact, by seventh and eighth grade I was showing up at school drunk in the morning. I’d get up an hour early just to drink a bottle of wine by myself and go to school that way.

Eventually, I ended up on drugs and things went from bad to worse. After I graduated from high school, I moved here and there, working various jobs… all the while, my drug addiction got worse.

Finally, I came to my senses and decided to leave Southern California and get away from my friends, and there would be no more drugs. So I moved up to Oregon.

But on the first day there I met a drug dealer I knew from Long Beach, and we went out and got high, and, well, things really went off the rails from there.

It’s a miracle, actually, that I lived long enough to get saved, as I had lots of near-death experiences.

I was in my twenties but had never heard the Gospel. No human being had ever told me the story of redemption; no human being ever told me Jesus Christ was alive; no human being ever told me the story of salvation.

No one.

Until one day when I met a 12-year-old boy. And for the first time, somebody told me about Jesus. At that moment, everything changed for me. I went from hopeless to hopeful, and from spiritually dead to alive like never before!

I’m a living testimony to the fact that however dark your situation may seem, there is always hope because Jesus can redeem it. That means no matter how lonely you are… how hurt you feel… or how desperate your circumstances, you can find hope for your darkest days in Jesus Christ!

Read more of Pastor Bayless’ story in his book, There Is Always Hope. Visit www.AnswersBC.org to request your copy.

Monday
Mar162015

What to do when ‘good people’ need Jesus

Over a century ago, a bishop in the United Brethren Church named Milton Wright pronounced from his pulpit and in a publication he edited that human flight was both impossible...

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Monday
Mar162015

Finding fulfillment in your Kingdom calling

A story is told of a woman who fell out of a second floor window and landed in a slow moving garbage truck. She was surprised to open her eyes and find herself half buried in litter...

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Monday
Mar162015

Avoiding the deadly danger of false teaching

Many years ago there was a terrible railroad accident in the Eastern U.S. that claimed many lives and caused even more terrible injuries. A train loaded with young people was stalled...

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Monday
Mar162015

Who’s responsible for saving others?

In 1969, a group of people in Pass Christian, Mississippi, were getting ready to have a “hurricane party” in the face of a storm named Camille. The wind was howling outside...

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Monday
Mar162015

The life or death importance of the gospel

An experiment was conducted a number of years ago where a student was blindfolded and sent into an auditorium where he was told he could do anything he wanted...

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Tuesday
Mar102015

The hope you can have for lost loved ones

Years ago, a Moscow theater put on a satirical and sacrilegious play called 'Christ in a Tuxedo'. At one point, the actor who played Jesus, Alexander Rostovzev, was supposed to recite a few lines of the Sermon on the Mount...

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Tuesday
Mar102015

How to turn your anger into fuel to follow God

Several years ago during the NBA playoffs, a player came up behind the great Walt Frazier and punched him in the face. Strangely, Frazier was called for the foul...

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Tuesday
Mar102015

Why your church needs you

In March of 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot as he was walking toward the presidential limousine. Reagan spent several weeks in the hospital recovering...

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Tuesday
Mar102015

The beauty of diversity within the body

A while back at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, psychologists Jack Lipton and R. Scott Builione presented a study where they surveyed members of 11 major symphony orchestras...

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