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Gratitude or Grumbling

Gratitude or Grumbling

The Thanksgiving season is a reminder of the importance of gratitude. Paul exhorted, “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition,...

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The Revival Journey (New Cover Design)

The Revival Journey (New Cover Design)

Seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord—we certainly are in need of another season. What are the phases that lead up to and include revival? In the Scripture there are five discernable phases. The Revival Journey details those phases and interlaces the...

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The Gift of Christmas

The Gift of Christmas

Order Now! It is time to place your order and be ready to give the gospel this Christmas season. The Gift of Jesus, a Christmas tract written by John Van Gelderen, highlights the gospel message of John 3:16 and closes with a clear invitation to believe in Jesus. These...

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The Service of Leadership

The Service of Leadership

The terminology “servant-leadership” is popular yet often misunderstood. Typically, emphasis is placed on doing mundane tasks like washing floors—and certainly, no leader should be above dirty work. To be above getting one's hands dirty would be arrogant and pathetic....

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The Potter and The Clay: Fate or Faith?

The Potter and The Clay: Fate or Faith?

Jeremiah tells us, “Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it” (Jer....

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Keswick Theology and Sinless Perfectionism

Keswick Theology and Sinless Perfectionism

Keswick theology addresses only sanctification and teaches sanctification by faith. Much emphasis is placed on Christ in the believer accessed by faith based on passages like Galatians 2:20, “Christ liveth in me…by faith.” Keswick theology pays much attention to...

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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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