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Boldness vs. Brashness

Boldness vs. Brashness

In a context of highlighting the ministry of the Spirit, Paul makes a connection to boldness. He said, “Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness [boldness] of speech” (2 Cor. 3:12). The reference to such hope summarizes Paul's unfolding of the...

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Sectarian Carnality

Sectarian Carnality

When I was a child, I remember hearing my dad preach against being a carnal Christian. I was puzzled. I liked “caramel” and couldn’t figure out why dad was against “caramel Christians.” It made better sense after my vocabulary expanded a bit. The word carnal means...

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Learning the Holy Spirit’s Leading

Learning the Holy Spirit’s Leading

When we speak of the importance of following the Holy Spirit's leading, a question often asked is, “How do you know the Spirit's leading?” Two principles provide light: First, there is the wisdom of the Spirit, in which the ultimate faculty addressed is our mind. This...

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Good News – Gospel Tract

Good News – Gospel Tract

Good News presents a great opportunity to hand someone a tract and say, “May I give you some good news?” During a recent visit to Brooklyn, I held out a Good News tract to an older gentleman. My request to impart some good news was met with a rather sober response,...

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Experiencing Jesus!

Experiencing Jesus!

Is experiencing Jesus the supreme reality of your present experience—or is it otherwise (perhaps quite otherwise)? Habits Have any bad habits? Are they getting worse rather than better? And besetting sins, have you succeeded in overcoming them or does sin maintain its...

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Desiring Spiritual Truth

Desiring Spiritual Truth

My father used to say that hunger is the key to spiritual growth. Under inspiration, Peter said, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby,” (1 Pet. 2:2). A series of  thoughts will unfold the richness of this text. First,...

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The Beauty of Holiness

The Beauty of Holiness

Isaiah 6:2-3Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of...

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More Than a Tip – Gospel Tract

More Than a Tip – Gospel Tract

When dining out, many believers leave a gospel tract with a tip. Because of this we produced the tract, More Than a Tip, a clear gospel presentation tailored for those who serve as waiters or waitresses. If a situation allows you share a few kind words, you could...

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Tool for Witnessing

Looking for help to keep you on track with your gospel witness? Consider the gospel booklet How? Discover How to Have Eternal Life. This booklet can serve as either a gospel tract or a witnessing tool meant to be used like a flipchart. As you flip through pages, you...

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Fiery Darts

Fiery Darts

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.Ephesians 6:16 Much temptation originates in the physical realm where you can see, hear, smell, taste, or feel the source. For apparent temptations coming at...

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The Idolizing of Music

The Idolizing of Music

Over the years and again recently, I have become aware of some who make music the litmus test of fellowship. What I have observed does not target extreme differences, for those who have embraced musical extremes typically do not remain close enough to warrant talk of...

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for a special Mother’s Day gift?The Prayer that Makes a Difference is an inspiring biography of Oma Van Gelderen authored by Janet Shay. Oma, the mother of the late Wayne Van Gelderen, Sr., was just an ordinary women who learned to trust in an extraordinary...

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Reckoning and Dying Daily

Reckoning and Dying Daily

Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” My paraphrase of this text is:Allow yourselves to be convinced by the Spirit that through being identified in Christ you did in fact...

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The Real Plague

The Real Plague

As COVID-19 seems to diminish, many are looking forward to getting back to normal. Practically speaking, I understand this desire. We all do. But for God's people, is it the best course to excitedly anticipate a return to former norms? The question must be asked...

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If From There

If From There

The Word of God specifically states that if you backslide (with whatever manifestations that may bring), you can seek the Lord and find Him. Deuteronomy 4:29 states it so clearly: But if from thence [from there, the place of unbelief and backsliding] thou shalt seek...

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Abiding and Prayer

Abiding and Prayer

In John 15:7 Jesus says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” We abide in Christ through God-dependence and Christ abides in us through Spirit-enabling (John 15:4-5). Jesus says if we abide in Him...

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Abiding in Christ

Abiding in Christ

In John 15:4-5, Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much...

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The Witness of the Spirit

The Witness of the Spirit

There was a time when a young girl doubting her salvation unburdened her heart to me. Together we looked at the truth of John 6:47 that when you believe on Jesus, you have eternal life. I asked if she had ever depended on Jesus to save her. Looking up with sincere...

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Walk by Faith, Grow in Grace

Walk by Faith, Grow in Grace

Believers are challenged to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Through Jesus, we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand (Romans 5:2). And faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans...

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

A new year. New years often impress upon us the possibility of a new beginning. You may identify a deep yearning for a new beginning with other occasions too or even with life’s pressure-filled circumstances demanding your entrance into the fray, ready or not. The...

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Evangelist Matthew Barber

Evangelist Matthew Barber

Evangelists specialize in the gospel. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone—and so is sanctification and service. The gospel exalts Jesus as the Savior from sin and judgment and lifts up the Spirit of Jesus as the leader and power source for new life in...

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