Northeastern Baptist College seeks to develop the perseverance of a soldier in our students. A friend says, 'Life is the hardest thing you will ever do.' Even followers of Jesus face difficult times. Sometimes we are tempted to quit, so perseverance is needed. In this weekly podcast, Dr. Mark Ballard seeks to encourage believers to persevere in life and in serving the Lord. Whether in church planting, pastoral ministry, or serving as the founding president of a 4-year college, Ballard has had to persevere through many difficulties. Today, he delights in encouraging others to persevere as well.
Even when the world goes crazy and hope is hard to find, Christians can always trust in one glorious truth: Jesus will return. In this episode, Dr. Ballard explores the meaning and significance of Christ's promised return, with an eye towards how it gives us the strength to persevere to the end.
Even the great prophet Elijah faced discouragement when the world seemed against him, even with God on his side. Likewise, Christians today often face discouragement in the midst of a chaotic world. However, like Elijah we can overcome by praying and obeying God, as Dr. Ballard discusses in this episode.
Elijah was a man of great obedience to God, even while facing great adversity, but also a man who prayed in faith for the seemingly impossible. In today's episode, Dr. Ballard shows the lessons we can learn from Elijah's faithful obedience and prayer, as we face an uncertain world.
Following God's commands can be hard, but telling others about Him can be even harder--especially when you have a hostile audience. The Prophet Elijah faced the extreme of this situation in 1 Kings, as Dr. Ballard discusses in today's podcast.
In days of change and uncertainty, it's easy to forget where we find our security and lose ourselves in stress and worry. In today's episode, Dr. Ballard discusses how we should still find our safety and security in God no matter what happens in the world, trusting that He is still in control.
In this special Christmas episode, Dr. Ballard turns the tables on our Host, Joe, and our Producer, Tripper, asking them questions about their favorite Christmas traditions and memories, and lessons they've learned from Christmases past.
Christmas is not only a time of celebration of Jesus's birth, but a time to think of giving. In this episode, Dr. Ballard discusses how giving goes hand-in-hand with Christmastime, in expressing our generosity in light of God's gift of His Son.
We've learned about the 3 God-given institutions, now it's time to find out what to do when they come into conflict. In this episode, Dr. Ballard takes us through how we as Christians should respond when our obligations to the family, the government, and the church conflict, in keeping with God and His Word.
As Christians, we are part of the body of Christ; this means we all have a role to play. In today's podcast, Dr. Ballard discusses exactly what that means for each of us, in the responsibilities we have to be members of the church.
No matter our place in life, we all have a duty to the family. In this episode, Dr. Ballard explores our God-given responsibilities as spouses, parents, and children, working to glorify God through our example.
As the election looms, we have to ask ourselves: what are our responsibilities to our countries as Christian citizens? In this episode, Dr. Ballard explores our duties to our government and our country according to God's Word, giving respect to both earthly and divine authority.
After creating the family, God established the second institution: government. In this episode, Dr. Ballard explores how government was established by God, its functions on earth, and how we live as citizens under it.
When God created mankind, He created with it the first institution: the family. In this episode, Dr. Ballard looks to Genesis for answers on what the family is, its roles in the world, and why it is the underpinning of all of society.
For our eighth special Lion's Den episode, Dr. Ballard answers questions about when it's appropriate to leave a church, how to have more consistent quiet times, and more details about his latest book, Words Matter.
God's people have always faced tension between their responsibilities as citizens on earth and as citizens of God's kingdom. To help us understand this balance, Dr. Ballard looks in depth at Jesus's own statement on the subject, of rendering to God what is God's and Caesar's what is Caesar's.
In our Season 2 premier, Dr. Ballard introduces us to his latest book, Words Matter: What Is the Gospel? In this book he seeks to explain what the gospel truly is, but equally important, what it is not.
In this edition of Lion's Den, Dr. Ballard answers questions about how to pastor in the midst of a pandemic, how to mentor someone whose spiritual growth has stalled, and what it means to be called to ministry.
This week, Dr. Ballard discusses the importance of making sure that we're using the same dictionary as others when discussing the gospel and Christianity, understanding and expressing our terms and what we believe.
In our third special Lion's Den episode, Dr. Ballard fields questions from pastors about the struggles and trials of pastorship, and how keeping God and Scripture in perspective can help them (and us) to persevere through.
This week, Dr. Ballard explores a pair of historical and biblical accounts about perseverance through danger and trials, the stories of Anabaptist leader Felix Manz and Mordecai from the Book of Esther. Both men's lives demonstrate what it means to stand for God's truth no matter the opposition, even when their very lives were put on the line.
Perseverance can be scary. When opposition comes, there may be noting you would rather do than turn and run. However, with God's help you can stand strong, as the stories of D.L. Moody and Elijah show in a powerful way.
In this episode of Perspectives on Perseverance, Dr. Ballard walks us through the stories of two great women of faith, Lottie Moon and Ruth. Both women demonstrate what it means to be faithful despite mounting adversity, be it poverty and persecution in China or widowhood and famine in the ancient world.
In this week's Perspectives on Perseverance, Dr. Ballard continues the story of Joshua and Caleb. Specifically, we look at Caleb's quiet but powerful perseverance, which lasted through his long and faithful life.
No, we are not talking about Daniel today. At NEBC, Dr. Ballard holds the occasional event he calls The Lion’s Den. It is a time for students to ask him any question they desire. The question can be about any aspect of life including biblical, theological, and practical questions. The title, Lion’s Den, comes from one of Dr. Ballard’s mentors, who introduced him to the idea many years ago. On occasion the podcast will hold a Lion’s Den episode. The questions for today’s episode came from Alumni of Northeastern Baptist College. Future Lion’s Den episodes will feature questions from you the listeners. At the end of the podcast, your host will share with you how to submit your questions on perseverance.
In today’s episode, Dr. Ballard encourages us to persevere by trusting in the strong hand of our God. We will first consider the Biblical example of Jochebed, and also consider a modern day example of perseverance as well.
We all know that opposition is a part of life, but it can distract us, discourage us, and even derail us if we are not careful. In this episode Dr. Ballard considers perspectives on perseverance from Joseph and from a preacher named Mordecai.
In this inaugural episode, Dr. Ballard encourages his listeners to persevere by considering the perspective of Noah. Dr. Ballard also shares a time that he almost quit before he even got started. Join us for this encouraging podcast!