Ever fallen for that ruse at the supermarket? You see a package marked new and improved, so you buy it. Then you get home, taste it, and . . and . . it isn’t new or improved! Well, as believers, there’ll come a time when we’re new and improved—for real. Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie points out just how we’ll change personally when we get to Heaven. It’s information we can trust, coming from the infallible truth of the Word of God.
Imagine sitting down for a fine meal. It may be the finest meal you’ve ever experienced. The service is first class. The chef is world renowned. His culinary creations will leave you speechless. But you can’t get your eyes off the shiny silverware. You ignore the food and gaze upon the utensil. Behold the spoon! Ridiculous. . . Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie points out the folly of being so enamored with the world we miss eternity.
Pastor Greg Laurie revealed last time that 81% of Americans—churched and unchurched—believe in Heaven. More than three quarters. Even more hope to go there! But what’s it like there? Is it even possible to know? Yes, it is. Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg brings a biblical travel brochure about our eternal home. It’s beyond our imagination, but we’ll see today the Bible gives some good information. Let’s open our minds and hearts to God’s Word.
Each year, more than 30 million people in this country move . . . relocate. That may explain why there are 7, 000 moving companies across the fruited plain. When we move, we try to find out some details about our new home. Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie provides some details about our eternal home. The Bible gives us more detail than you may be aware. And none of us knows our moving date, so it’s a good idea to get that information now and to be prepared.
Hear what Pastor Greg Laurie has to say about doing marriage God’s way! Husbands, this one’s especially for you! Notes A successful marriage is a total commitment. Wedlock should be a padlock. 1. God created marriage. Before God created the church, before God created the state, before God created the school, God created marriage. As marriage goes, so goes the family. As the family goes, so goes the nation. Satan hates what God loves. And the man said, “This is now bones of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man. ” —Genesis 2: 23 The Garden of Eden was perfection. Some are called to singleness, and for them, friendship can fill this gap. Neither Jesus nor Paul the apostle were married. 2. To have a marriage that works, requires you to do two essential things: leave and cleave. The Hebrew word for leave is often translated as “abandon. ” The Hebrew word for cleave means, “to glue, to cling. ” Companion: One you are united with in thoughts, goals, plans, and efforts. To dwell means, “to be aligned to or give maintenance to. ” Keep working on, maintaining, cultivating, and strengthening your marriage, because the moment you stop progressing, you potentially start regressing. 3. Men hold the key to a happy and working marriage. Note: Paul takes more time and gives more space to what he says to the husband than he does the wife. A successful marriage is not about finding the right person; it is being the right person. 4. Doing marriage right requires constant communication. “A good marriage consists of two good forgivers. ” —Ruth Graham “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. ” —Proverbs 31: 28 5. Doing marriage right comes back to a commitment you reaffirm every day. Marriage is tough. Dating reveals the best of you. Marriage reveals the worst of you. 6. We need the power of the Spirit to be a good spouse. The filling of the Holy Spirit will empower you to be a Godly spouse. The wife cannot submit to her husband without the filling of the Holy Spirit. If you are a Spirit-filled person, you will be a submitting person. If you are a Spirit-filled person, you will think of others over yourself. Wives are called to submit to the loving leadership of their husbands. Husbands are to bow to the needs of their wives. It’s not about you; it’s about your mate. Most marriages fail because of selfishness. Note: God uses marriage as a picture of His love for us. Jesus came to the earth and died for your sins; He will forgive you. Scripture Referenced Malachi 2: 14 1 Peter 3: 7
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