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What Impatience Does

The servant who owed a tremendous debt said to his Lord, “Have patience with me and I will pay thee all.” But when forgiven he did not want to express that same patience to a fellow servant. Instead, with anger he cast him into prison. So all of us want God to be patient with us, but we don’t always want to give that same patience to others. Impatience and anger are like sister sins, with one leading quickly to the other. If you develop patience, you are far more likely to not sin by getting angry. The biggest problem parents have in raising children is not the children. It is the parents’ own impatience & anger. Impatience produces anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. It demonstrates a lack of true love. Impatience cuts you off from the blessings of patience, while increasing the number of your trials. This message also gives seven steps to develop patience.

Running time: 63 minutes

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Understanding Scorn & Mockery

Mockery, like anger, is a powerful emotional force. Also like anger, it is a negative force. In the Bible it was almost always used by a proud person who was trying to stop or hinder the work of God or the truth of God. Mockery of truth was an attempt to get people to lay aside their minds and follow their emotions. Jesus faced much mockery while here on earth. Before His crucifixion, “Herod with his men of war...mocked Him.” The crown of thorns and gorgeous robe were mockery of Jesus being a king. Before Jesus raised a girl from the dead, “they laughed Him to scorn.” But Jesus “put them all out”! God’s punishment for their wrongful use of scorn was to let them miss the greatest opportunity of their lives! God also “scorneth the scorners.” It is questionable whether Christians should ever use mockery. Psalm 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man that...sitteth not in the seat of the scornful.”

Running time: 66 minutes
The High Cost of Anger

Proverbs 19:19 is a very significant verse for any angry person: "A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again." People who live with an angry person are continually having to "deliver him." In fact, they wind up doing it again and again and again.

Anger costs:
  1. The Time of others to deal with YOUR problem.
  2. Your own Testimony destroyed by the foolish things and the mean things that you do.
  3. The loss of your greatest earthly Treasure--the angry person destroys his relationships with the people he loves.

Running time: 53 minutes

"Are You Angry?" Book by Larry Darby [PDF]
How to Humble Yourself

The sin that seemed to bring God’s judgment in the most severe fashion in the Bible was the sin of pride. On the other hand, the one character quality that is the foundation for all other character qualities is humility. Every Christian should actively seek for ways to humble himself so that God does not have to humble him. Those whom God humbled often ended up humiliated. To humble yourself:
  1. Pass praise to God and others.
  2. Serve others instead of trying to impress them.
  3. Confess and ask forgiveness for your sins and your faults.
  4. Bless those that curse you.
  5. Welcome correction, criticism and put downs.
  6. Remember your own mortality.
  7. Make humility a lifelong quest.

Running time: 66 minutes
When Forgiveness Won't Work

There is confusion among many Christians about the matter of forgiveness because they do not realize that forgiveness has two sides. The first side is the side of the “forgiver.” Christians must forgive fully, freely, and forever. The second side is the side of the one being forgiven. To be offered forgiveness is one thing. To be able to receive the forgiveness offered is something else. Even though forgiveness is offered, FORGIVENESS WON’T WORK unless the one who has done the wrong is truly repentant. In the parable of the prodigal son, both sons were forgiven. But only one of them received forgiveness because only one of them was truly repentant! Those who encourage acceptance without repentance are really encouraging indulgence and enslavement. With repentance comes cleansing, restoration, and forgiveness.

Running time: 57 minutes
How to Tell True Repentance

A common response when a person is first confronted with sin is defensiveness and lying. One of the worst things that can happen at that point is for him to find someone who will give him sympathy. Only true repentance provides a foundation upon which a life can be rebuilt after there have been broken dreams, hopes, and lives. Repentance does not stop all of sin’s consequences, but it can cut down on the reaping of some of them. Jesus gave us a picture of the proper attitude of repentance when He told the story of the Pharisee and the Publican. Though both were sinners, one was proud and the other humble. One was defensive, and the other offered no defense. Paul expounded further on true repentance by showing that the difference in true and false repentance relates to the difference between worldly sorrow and Godly sorrow.

Running time: 55 minutes
How to Rebuild Broken Trust

No matter what I do, my parents will never trust me again!” “Pastor, I want to forgive my husband, but how can I ever trust him again?” “Isn’t trust the foundation of a relationship? How can we let our runaway daughter come back home if we can’t trust her?” Trust is like a beautiful vase that has been shattered into a thousand pieces. How do you get it back together? YOU DON’T TRY! Instead, you do the things you need to do, pay the price of TIME and TRUE REPENTANCE, and God Himself will perform a miracle and restore the vase in such a way that it will be as beautiful as a brand new vase! What broke the trust? Lies, deceitfulness, disloyalty, rebellion, unfaithfulness, irresponsibility, etc. What should you do? Be honest, open, truthful, sincere, accountable, loyal, humble, submissive, etc. This video also tells the story of how Dr. Davis’ daughter broke and then rebuilt her parents’ trust.

Running time: 59 minutes
Nothing Shall Offend Them

A key verse every Christian should engraft into his life is Psalm 119:165: “Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.” The Bible and human life are full of stories of people who became offended or took up someone else’s offense. True to the meaning of the word “offense,” which is “stumbling block,” those who become offended often stumble and fall or cause others to do so. David was a wise, gracious man who almost acted foolishly because he became offended at the unreasonable, ungrateful actions of the fool Nabal. But it is not only possible to get offended because of wrong actions. Many people get offended when someone does right! And some people get offended without any reason at all! For many years this was Dr. Davis’ most well known and requested message. Some consider it his most humorous message. Here you will learn the key principles necessary for Christians to live in harmony with one another.

Running time: 65 minutes
Key Character Qualities of a Godly Man

It is clearly God's plan that the husband and father in the home create a sense of security for his wife and children.  Only as he manifests the key character qualities of a godly man is he able to do this.  Such a man is truly spiritual--willing and ready to wage spiritual warfare on the behalf of his family.  He is also selfless rather than self-centered. His love for his wife is a self sacrificing love like that of Christ for the church. Boaz in the book of Ruth was also pictured as being protective and decisive. This message, filled with Biblical and historical illustrations, is a powerful challenge to young and older men to be spiritual leaders who put "women and children first."

Running time: 59 minutes

How Right Priorities Prevent or Solve Life's Problems

A commonly asked question for years has been, "What is a top priority for a man--his job (or ministry) or his family?" Many men, including pastors, who have answered that question have lost their families. The reason they have lost their families is because the question itself is flawed, deceptive and misleading. The proper question to ask in relation to priorities is "Who is a man's top priority as far as relationships is concerned?" When that question is answered Biblically and properly then the answer provides a solid foundation for whatever ministry God gives a man. When the question is not answered Biblically, then devastating consequences may be the result.

Running time: 59 minutes