How To Overcome Doubt and Discouragement

This is a very special video to me. I recorded it on April 20th 2013, when I was having a very tough time in my walk with Christ. I wanted to share it with others to encourage them that I too was struggling with them. Based on what has happened since, and the fact that this was the next video in line to be published and that TODAY is Persis and I's ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, this video is SUCH a blessing to me and reminder of Father's A M A Z I N G Faithfulness. I know you will be encouraged by this video to keep going and to keep trusting Christ!

 

WHEN GOD IS SILENT!!!

WHY CAN'T I HEAR GOD? When God is silent it can be frightening, especially if we have great need. In this message I'd like to share some reasons from the Bible and from my own journey why God goes silent and how to determine if it's discipline or a blessing. Often times silence is a path the great to blessing.

 

How Can a LOVING GOD Allow So Much EVIL in the World?

From RelentlessHeart.com Classics: Many of us have had moments where we grumble against God and question why he allows such hurtful things to happen in our lives or why there is so much suffering and evil in the world if He is a loving God. In this video, I share an illustration that happened while I was baking oatmeal cookies that helped me put these questions in a better perspective.

 

When Losing Your Hope and Faith is Good

"I've lost everything...I've lost ALL hope and now I'm LOSING MY FAITH!!!"  Years ago, if I would have received an email like like this, I would have felt such a panicked urgency and concern for the person.  I might have even thought, "Oh, my goodness, I've got to try to help save this person from their despair."  Today, after thousands of emails like this, and after finally understanding God's ways, I have a completely different response.  I see a wonderful opportunity for someone to lose all of their false hope and their false faith and to lose their life to find it.

07 - The Beginning of the End (the night my wife betrayed me)

FROM THERE TO HERE:  A Real Time Journey of Learning to Walk with God by Michael Chriswell of www.RelentlessHeart.com
This story tells the behind the scenes details that led to the collapse of my marriage, family, and the life I was building.   It also shows the Biblical principles of how God was working through it all, for my ultimate good and his glory.

06 - Why God Allows Us to Be Oppressed by Evil People

This is a summary of the backstory to my marriage and divorce story as told in the video "Trusting God in the Storm". In this message I also share why God allows us to be taken into "captivity" and why He allows evil men to oppress us and treat us so harshly. I also discuss the idea of why the details of our "captivity" are not nearly as important as we tend to think they are!

Will Your Faith Stand As the World Falls Apart?

I don't need to tell you that the world is falling apart.  You have seen the news.  Many think things can and will get better, but the Bible tells us that things are only going to get worse and worse.  If you are afraid now, what will happen to you in the near future?  Will your faith in God stand?

The Ironic Blessing of Weakness: Part 3 - My Own Terrible Weaknesses

There's nothing more encouraging when you are weak, than to hear the stories of others who have been weak, but who made it finally to a place of strength in Christ.  My walk with Christ has been filled with weakness, so much of it that it's quite embarrassing to look back on. However, by the grace of God, He got me through and if He can do it for me, He can do it for you!

The Ironic Blessing of Weakness: Part 2

There's nothing more encouraging when you are weak, than to hear the stories of others who have been weak, but who made it finally to a place of strength in Christ.  My walk with Christ has been filled with weakness, so much of it that it's quite embarrassing to look back on. However, by the grace of God, He got me through and if He can do it for me, He can do it for you!

The Ironic Blessing of Weakness: Part 1

I used to despise my weaknesses.  I always wanted to be strong in everything and especially in my walk with Christ.  Today, I realize what foolishness it was to despise the very thing God esteems.  Every problem you face, every fear you have, every battle you've lost, every dark step you take, every weakness you have, they are all opportunities for God to pour His AMAZING grace into your life when you respond in faith.

Why Won't God Just Give Me What I Want?

Most atheists believed in God at one point, but when they prayed and asked God to save them or their family member from abuse or a terrible crisis and He didn't answer them, in the time or the way they wanted Him to, they soon decided that the reason He didn't answer is because He isn't there!  Most Atheists are very angry with God because of what He didn't do for them. Sadly enough, there are many professing Christians who aren't much different than the atheists. God hasn't give them what they wanted so they are upset, frustrated, and even grumbling against God.  Why won't God just give you what you want if He's such a good God?

Getting a Fresh Start with God

Your life has fallen apart.  You are stuck in sin.  You can't see the light.  You've messed up too many times.  You feel hopeless, but yet you still have a desire to love and find God and his help. Where do you begin?  What should you do?  THIS IS IT!

Walking the Path from Despair to Hope

This message was from a series of recordings I made to a woman struggling with divorce, sin, poor health, pain in her body, loneliness, hopelessness, negative thoughts, tormenting thoughts, feeling condemned by the YouTube messages I was making, doubting her salvation, struggling to make sense of the God she read about in the Old Covenant, and not feeling the love and presence of God.