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When Evil Affects You

When Evil Affects You

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.” 2 Corinthians 4:8 One of the great perplexities of life is when the evil doing of others affects you. The setting can vary from family situations to interactions among neighbors...

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You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits

You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits

What does “Ye shall know them by their fruits” mean in Matthew 7? Jesus makes this statement in Matthew 7:16. The previous verse provides surprising clarification: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening...

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God’s Economy of Faith

God’s Economy of Faith

For business and trade, every nation employs an economic currency. In America, we use dollars; the euro is the choice of European Union member states; India has the rupee, China the renminbi (yuan) and Japan the yen. Economies have currencies. In God's Economy, the...

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Good Hearing

Good Hearing

For some, age brings a need for hearing aids, but regardless of age, we all need good hearing in the spiritual realm. Jesus designates two aids to good spiritual hearing. First, Jesus warned us to take heed what we hear (Mark 4:24). He offered this caution after...

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A Garden and God

A Garden and God

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…And the LORD God planted a garden…to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food…and a river went out of Eden to water the garden” (Gen. 1:1; 2:8-10). God planned and planted the first garden...

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The Urgency of the Hour

The Urgency of the Hour

Years ago, I remember my father praying, “May the urgency of the hour be upon us.” If that was true in the nineties, it is certainly true in 2021. For many, the times are unsettling, but for the people of God, it is certainly no time for despair and lethargy. Though...

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The Gift of Christmas

The Gift of Christmas

Jesus is the gift of Christmas, Love of God revealed to man, Born to die that He might save us, All in God's great master plan.   Jesus is the hope of Christmas, Full salvation offered free, Christ in you the hope of glory, Gift of life and victory.   Jesus...

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The Real Battle

The Real Battle

In the earthly realm, we observe battles and our senses offer us more than seeing and hearing should we find ourselves actively engaged in a struggle. But where truth is at stake and God's cause is the real issue, the battlefield is in the unseen realm. Battles for...

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The Gift of Jesus Christmas Tract

The Gift of Jesus Christmas Tract

Christmastime has an air of hope. Songs of Jesus ring out in the marketplace. The season is a wonderful opportunity to give out gospel tracts, and many include Christmas-themed tracts with the cards and letters they address to unsaved family and friends. Working as an...

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Fishing for Souls

Fishing for Souls

Years ago when my wife and I visited Israel, we got up early one morning to watch the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee. What an unforgettable and beautiful sight! It could have been a morning like that when Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee and called out to Peter...

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Awakening Saints & Sinners

Awakening Saints & Sinners

In a portion of Scripture where Paul argues for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (the fact that He is alive, and, therefore, real and worth suffering for) Paul boldly says, “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I...

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Otto Koning on Spiritual Warfare

Otto Koning on Spiritual Warfare

Well do I remember being a bit frightened by the concept of “spiritual warfare” and then having my faith bolstered by the truth of the authority of the believer who accesses Christ's authority. Some years ago, after preaching a series on the Spirit-filled life, an...

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The I AM and Time

The I AM and Time

In the Welsh Revival of 1904-05, David Matthews testifies in his book I Saw the Welsh Revival that as an unsaved man he pressed himself into the back of an overcrowded church. When he finally left and stepped back into the cool air he realized he had been in that...

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Netcasters Evangelistic Training Course

Netcasters Evangelistic Training Course

There was a time when I would put hours and hours into soulwinning, but in spite of the effort, I had to admit I was having little impact. Let me tell you how God changed everything. Stirred to lead souls to Christ, I worked hard. I trained and became certified in...

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Revival and Holiness

Revival and Holiness

When revival comes and hearts are restored to life again as they experience the very life of Jesus within, holiness will follow. The Spirit convicts of that which is not the life of Christ. For some, the Spirit convicts of pride, envy, jealousy, strife, bitterness,...

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Who Names and Who Claims?

Who Names and Who Claims?

I often hear people say (especially as they pray), “I claim such and such….” Is this legitimate? The word claim is used in the sense of “take by faith.” Former generations called it appropriation. As is often the case, there is a legitimate Bible truth and a going...

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The Wind of the Spirit – Back in Print!

The Wind of the Spirit – Back in Print!

Let me tell you about a time when I thought I was going to get passed by and how the Lord mercifully met with me. In 1992-93, the Lord graciously launched me on a revival journey through a discovery of the meaning of grace, but there was so much more to learn. As a...

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The Necessity of Believing

The Necessity of Believing

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Two profound truths are set forth. First, without faith it is not possible to please...

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The Unpardonable Sin

The Unpardonable Sin

Occasionally, someone will ask with trembling what the unpardonable sin is. Fear in their voice and a troubled countenance suggest that they wonder whether they have committed this sin beyond all hope. Jesus said, “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man,...

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In the Last Days

In the Last Days

This phrase from the Bible is highlighted in an enlightening way in the following letter written by Pastor Jim Bickel to his church family, Bethel Baptist Fellowship of Brooklyn, New York. In the troubled times in which we find ourselves, may we find hope in God's...

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Conviction or Convenience?

Conviction or Convenience?

Over the years, I’ve noticed that some so-called convictions are really more positions of convenience based on accepted positions and pressures from a given Christian subculture. I fell into this myself in earlier days. In such a setting, identity and even...

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