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Wednesday in the Word

Wednesday in the Word

Unseen Beings

Speaker
Aaron Yoder
Scripture
Ephesians 6:10-12
Keywords
Angels, Demons, Spiritual, Realm
Regardless of whether you've experienced any or not, the Bible does make it clear that spiritual beings are present within our world.  In fact, many of the stories which shape our theology include them.
  • Traditions of Faith Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 23, 2021

    Even if our surrounding culture doesn’t exalt Jesus, let’s let our small gatherings and moments at home be marked as moments which serve the Lord and strengthen the foundation of faith in Jesus.
  • Clinging To The Lord Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 16, 2021

    There is no infidelity on Jesus’ end.  He is always faithful and true.  But God’s people must make intentional decisions to ‘cling’ to the LORD.  What does this look like?  We can learn a little from Joshua's challenge in Joshua 23.
  • God's Spirit At Work Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 10, 2021

    When integrity is chosen over apathy and honesty is chosen over dodging the truth, these decisions can serve as a way of making God’s glory visible.  Do we recognize these moments as divine?  Perhaps we should!
  • Winning Teammates Listen

    Tom Linderman - November 03, 2021

    God may have made everyone different, but together we are a winning team!
  • What Was I Thinking Listen

    Tom Linderman - October 26, 2021

    We are responsible for directing our thoughts, if you change your thoughts and you'll change your life.
  • Come As You Are Listen

    Aaron Yoder - October 12, 2021

    It’s easy to try to ‘pretend’ our way into God’s Kingdom.  However, the true entrance is found through genuine surrender. 
  • Soul Revival Listen

    Tom Linderman - October 05, 2021

  • Vocal Faith Listen

    Aaron Yoder - September 21, 2021

    There are times when God’s supernatural power becomes clearly evident when we eagerly obey God’s word and declare our faith vocally.  The battle at Jericho is only one specific example, but there are others.
  • Living Like Jesus Listen

    Tom Linderman - September 01, 2021

    Since the struggle is real, let us be like Jesus and pray desperate prayers!
  • Responses To God's Power Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 24, 2021

    Once people hear about God's incredible power, they commonly respond with either faith or fear.  Rahab's story is a good example.  Even now, Christians in various parts of the world are targeted, not because they pose a physical threat, but because of an underlying, spiritual fear which can exist in unconverted hearts.  Let's pray that fear about God would turn into faith in God.
  • Preparing the Next Generation Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 16, 2021

    It’s healthy and God-honoring for older, more experienced adults to invest their time and energy into developing the skills of leadership within those who are physically, emotionally or spiritually younger.  A careful reading of the Old Testament shows us how Moses invested in Joshua, preparing him for leadership in Israel.
  • The Sequel To Life Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 27, 2021

    In the midst of life’s pains, clinging to the sovereignty of God doesn’t always feel like it’s enough.  Perhaps that is why our gracious God has revealed portions of ‘His sequel' - eternal life in heaven.  But, our hope can grow even stronger when we remember that Jesus is the resurrection right now.
  • Shepherding Listen

    Tom Linderman - July 20, 2021

    How to shepherd like Jesus
  • Exclusive Access Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 13, 2021

    The Kingdom of God is best understood as Jesus described it in John 10 - as abundant life.  It is a life which is overflowing with inner peace, joyful contentment and freedom with God which helps us endure the various the trials of this broken world.  But there is only one entrance to it...
  • The Light of Life Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 06, 2021

    Jesus, our Lord, is the perpetual ‘beacon of light’ who brings life to all who receive Him by faith.  But what does His 'light of life' look like in people?  In a word...it's FREEDOM!  Consider how the Apostle John describes this life.
  • The Bread of Life Listen

    Tom Linderman - June 30, 2021

    Can you see the symbolism in the bread of the communion meal?
  • The Work of Sabbath Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 22, 2021

    Although ‘Sabbath’ changed during the time of the Early Church, the practice of establishing a regular time to worship the Lord and celebrate His sanctifying work with others remained.  Because Jesus is working, we can set aside our small tasks and delight in His sovereign care.  But it won't happen unless we are intentional about it.
  • Investing In Others Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 15, 2021

    Faith grows to maturity by learning and observing the conduct of more mature believers.  Therefore, if we want to impact the world for Jesus, we need to consider how we are spending time with those who are spiritually younger.
  • Simple Bible Studies Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 08, 2021

    Biblical education and additional materials are helpful in leading Bible studies. However, they aren’t the main ingredients which make Bible studies spiritually transformative.  Humility before the Lord and access to the living words of God can be sufficient for leading wonderful Bible studies
  • New Conversations Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 01, 2021

    Meeting new people and moving into the realm of ‘spiritual conversations’ can be quite difficult for many of us.  However, if we are to take the Lord’s calling upon our lives seriously, we must venture beyond our comfort zone.
  • Life Changer Listen

    Tom Linderman - May 26, 2021

    Who will you influence?
  • When God Is Near Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 11, 2021

    We don’t hear God’s audible voice and don’t always ‘feel’ God’s presence.   Therefore, it is easy to doubt God’s nearness during times of affliction.  How can we genuinely testify to the ‘abundant life’ which Jesus promised while also walking through dark valleys?  Consider the nearness of God through the inner gift of His peace.
  • Learning To Lament Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 04, 2021

    When we are faced with trying circumstances, it is so easy to complain to God.  That is why we need to understand prayers of lament (like Psalm 22).  Lamenting gives Christians direction as we offer our raw emotions to God in the midst of suffering.  Without learning to pray this way, we won’t know how to process pain while also clinging to faith in the Lord.
  • Just The Beginning Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 05, 2021

    Every disciple of Jesus is equipped with the Bible, the Easter story, a living relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Together, they form the seeds of the gospel -  seeds which are meant to be sowed within a broken world.  As the memories of Easter fade, let us look again to the mission field right outside of our doors.
  • As Jesus Loves Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 30, 2021

    How should we love one another?  Consider Jesus' example.  Of course, the cross is the pinnacle of His love, but every personal encounter in Jesus' public ministry sets for us daily examples of sacrificial love.
  • Medicine For The Soul Listen

    Tom Linderman - March 24, 2021

    There are times when everyone will need some confessing and forgiving one another.
  • Overcoming Distrust Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 16, 2021

    Submissive Christians are ones which have a softer approach to human relationships than the rest of the world. People will disappoint us at times, but it doesn’t mean that we give up on community or submission. Rather, we submit to one another because we hold a high view of Jesus’ love, grace and mercy which is available to us daily by faith.
  • Singing Together Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 09, 2021

    The act of singing together has become counter-cultural and a distinctly Christian activity.  However, the discipline of worshipping together through song has increasingly become a Sunday only activity.  How can we take steps to encourage joyful singing with others through the week?
  • Assistance Required Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 02, 2021

    We should not convince ourselves that a victorious Christian is an isolated Christian.  We have been called into fellowship with other believers and are commanded support one another in order for all of us to finish well.
  • Friend Like Jesus Listen

    Tom Linderman - February 24, 2021

    The more we know God's love, the better we can share it!
  • Hard or Soft Hearts Listen

    Aaron Yoder - February 16, 2021

    God commands Christians to talk to other Christians every day.  That may sound excessive, we actually need these relationships in order to prevent our hearts from growing hard from sin's deceit and remaining soft towards God and others.
  • Renewing Our Strength Listen

    Aaron Yoder - February 09, 2021

    Daniel's entire adulthood was spent living in a pagan county serving pagan leaders.  Yet, he remained fiercely committed to the Lord.  How did he run the race of faith with such integrity and perseverance?  Perhaps it is because he knew how to renew this strength by waiting upon the Lord.
  • Start Looking Up Listen

    Tom Linderman - February 02, 2021

    When we are feeling down, and catch ourselves only looking down, then it’s time to turn our gaze to Heaven.   
  • The Flock of God Listen

    Aaron Yoder - January 26, 2021

    The Lord knows when we need to be carried or gently led.  Our spiritually maturing ‘legs’ can only carry us so far in this difficult world.  That is where the church, as the flock of God, can participate in the work of the Good Shepherd.
  • Eternally Significant Listen

    January 19, 2021

    Each one of us want to be part of something truly significant.  However, this desire can easily morph into self-exalting living, grasps at worldly control, or a false belief that right now is 'unprecedented' because we are part of it.  Instead, Christians should think soberly and remain focused furthering the Kingdom of God which is ‘not of this world.’
  • Comforted By Forgiveness Listen

    Aaron Yoder - January 12, 2021

    When humans pursue life apart from God’s leading, all that’s left is rottenness, emptiness and a path of heart-breaking ruin.  Now, we may not always be able to avoid the consequences of our sin, but we never have to fear that God will leave us in our sin.
  • A Voice From Above Listen

    Tom Linderman - January 05, 2021

  • When Glory Appeared Listen

    Aaron Yoder - December 22, 2020

    The shepherds likely wondered, 'could it be that the grace of God extended beyond the ritually pure?'  What better news could be given!  Indeed, that night outside of Bethlehem was a heavy moment.
  • Light Up The World Listen

    Tom Linderman - December 15, 2020

    When Jesus returned to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in all believers.  Since then, Christ-followers have used whatever they have to highlight the good news of Jesus!
  • Light In The Darkness Listen

    Aaron Yoder - December 09, 2020

    As adults we know that there exists a discomforting darkness which cannot be dealt with by simply turning the on the lights.  When faced with this grim reality, it can seem as though the darkness has won, or at least is winning.  What then should we do?  Is there hope?
  • Greater Mysteries Listen

    Aaron Yoder - December 01, 2020

    When people open the pages of the Scripture, they are commonly searching for answers to questions.  However, some portions of the Bible can lead us into greater, unsolvable mysteries. The Advent season places one such mystery right before us.
  • Our Current Status Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 17, 2020

    In the middle of difficult situations, we typically look back to the past or ahead to the future since it's present reality which appears to be so dreadfully difficult.  But perhaps God’s Word can assist us as we seek to find joy during each present moment.
  • Ready To Share Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 10, 2020

    Being ready to share the gospel of peace is not about checking off a to-do box or even about receiving the right theological training.  It’s more about what is already happening inside our hearts.
  • Unseen Beings Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 03, 2020

    Regardless of whether you've experienced any or not, the Bible does make it clear that spiritual beings are present within our world.  In fact, many of the stories which shape our theology include them.
  • Setting Politics Aside Listen

    Aaron Yoder - October 27, 2020

    Do you relate with Matthew's decision to set aside the work and agenda of Rome in order to point people to Jesus?  Ultimately, the true hope for the world does not rest in policies or politicians (even good ones).  It rests in authority of Jesus who supernaturally transforms sinners into citizens of an eternal Kingdom.
  • The Gospel of Grace Listen

    Tom Linderman - October 21, 2020

    Faith alone saves us!
  • A Gentle Rebuke Listen

    Aaron Yoder - October 07, 2020

    There are moments when disciples of Jesus don’t ‘self-correct’ and have no clue that we are heading into dangerous terrain.  Each of us need spiritual friends who gently nudge us in the right direction. 
  • Willingly Others Focused Listen

    Aaron Yoder - September 30, 2020

    Faithful disciple-making often involves being willing to be inconvenienced.  Paul described this as “not pleasing ourselves” (Romans 15:1b).  What does this look like during a global pandemic?
  • Adjusting Our Vision Listen

    Aaron Yoder - September 23, 2020

    If we view possessions improperly then our soul becomes vulnerable to this dreadful disease.  We are compromised with depravity, become ‘blind’ and may even be led to reject God.  So what can we do to keep our spiritual vision clear?
  • Denying Yourself Listen

    September 15, 2020

    Many Christians are familiar with habits of giving and prayer, but fasting is a bit more foreign.  Although Jesus did not give specific instructions regarding how and when to fast, He made it clear that His disciples would fast.  Should you engage in this form of self-denial?
  • Private Giving Listen

    Aaron Yoder - September 01, 2020

    Financial giving should flow so naturally from a disciple of Jesus that it simply passes along to the recipient without drawing much attention at all.  However, there is One who knows every dollar which passes through our hands.
  • Resisting With Love Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 24, 2020

    In the face of evil, disciples of Jesus are not called to do nothing.  We are called to ‘resist evil,’ in a manner of speaking, with sacrificial love. This was not only affirmed throughout the New Testament, it was also the lifestyle of the Early Church.
  • Verbal Integrity Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 19, 2020

    We live in a culture which easily welcomes the weakening of verbal integrity. Even though promise-breaking is normative and the handshake doesn’t really hold any weight, Jesus raises the bar for His disciples.
  • As Christ Loved Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 12, 2020

    Where should people, but especially men, turn when they want to better understand what a Godly relationship should look like within the home?
  • Connecting the Pieces of Scripture Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 05, 2020

    There are pieces of Scripture which do not necessarily make sense on their own.  In fact, if taken “out of context,” their reading can actually lead a person away from the truth.
  • Boundary Lines Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 29, 2020

    Disciples of Jesus are empowered to say no to sin and to find value in personal boundaries which keep them from falling into destructive habits.  What are yours?
  • Dealing With Our Anger Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 22, 2020

    Is it really possible to quench the fire of anger?  The answer is yes.  Let's consider the causes of anger and how to deal with it in a God-honoring way.
  • Sent To Teach Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 14, 2020

    We don’t need to have all of the answers in order to point people to Jesus.  But let’s remember what we have been given.
  • Words From God Listen

    July 07, 2020

    We don’t have to be left wondering about the reliability of Scripture.  There are many reasons to be confident that the Bible really is from God.  Here are two of them.
  • One Shining Couple Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 01, 2020

    Aquila and Priscilla's examples as 'salt' and 'light'
  • A Future Reward Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 24, 2020

    For those who have admitted their spiritual need before Jesus, there is a future comfort from sin and sickness which will make earthly afflictions seem like a distant dream.
  • Signs of Repentance Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 17, 2020

    Too often, when we think of signs of repentance, we consider past events like saying the “sinner’s prayer”, going forward at a worship service, or being baptized.  Now those wonderful actions certainly can accompany repentance.  But Jesus addresses the current condition of the heart.
  • The Mystery of the Kingdom Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 10, 2020

    For as much as Jesus taught the joyful, eternal reign of the 'Kingdom of Heaven', it can be easy for us to misunderstand what he meant and how it applies to our lives.
  • Seeing Clearly Through Mercy Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 03, 2020

    How did Paul go from perpetuating violence to being inspired by the Holy Spirit to write, “bless those who persecute you” (v14), “never avenge yourselves” (v19) and “conquer evil with good” (v21)?
  • Competing With Radical Love Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 27, 2020

    All people who seek to hinder or harm disciples of Jesus, are merely blind athletes competing for a coach who is leading them down a path of eternal destruction.  Therefore, God empowers Christians to treat human “rivals” differently.
  • Genuine Love Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 20, 2020

    If love supersedes emotions, how can we better understand it?  Let's consider Romans 12:9-10 with 'Wednesday in the Word.'
  • Part of the Team Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 13, 2020

    Interdependent communities are part of God’s design for living a life of worship.  If you are a Christian, then you are part of a team.
  • Our Greatest Obstacle Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 06, 2020

    In the context of Christian community, pride must be addressed because it always obstructs relationships – between self and others and between self and God.
  • The Accessible Will of God Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 29, 2020

    When we survey the Scriptures, we’ll notice that there are some complexities about the mountain which is named “God’s will.”
  • Life As Worship Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 22, 2020

    When you think of “true worship” what comes to your mind? Of course, such a question is probably shaped by your various religious experiences. But consider this for a moment...