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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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God’s Two Greatest Gifts

God’s Two Greatest Gifts

Do you remember the first gift you received?. My earliest memory of receiving a gift reaches back to a Christmas when our family lived in Chicago. Christmas can be a wondrous time of giving and receiving. God, the greatest of givers, has given two gifts that must be...

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Time to Order Christmas Tracts

Time to Order Christmas Tracts

Once again, stores are focusing on the holidays. Decorations and a variety of gifts already occupy the shelves. As December 25 draws closer, there is also reason to hope that the focus of this special time will open hearts to the true meaning of Christmas. With a...

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From Fear to Faith

From Fear to Faith

Fear is that unpleasant emotion arising from a belief that something, whether real or imagined, poses a threat. Initially, fear appears as an involuntary reaction to the perceived danger, but after the initial shock has passed, each of us can and will choose how we...

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The Sin of Provoking

The Sin of Provoking

“Provoke not…to wrath” (Eph. 6:4). Many books have been written on forgiveness. They are definitely needed. But for all of those, it seems there ought to be a least a few written on “provoke-ness”! Bitterness is wrong, but so is provoking. Instead of focusing on...

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The God Who Stays

The God Who Stays

Imperfection and instability abound in a world of sin. Seemingly solid promises are sometimes broken, sought-after security is too often found to be anything but secure, and relationships of refuge can prove to be relationships of subterfuge. But for those who know...

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Convictions and Comfort Zone

Convictions and Comfort Zone

Convict means to convince. So, conviction is being convinced, and a biblical conviction comes from being convinced of what we believe the Bible teaches regarding a particular matter. Some convictions are more important than others because the Bible distinguishes...

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The Ministry of the Evangelist

The Ministry of the Evangelist

Some of my fondest memories involve hearing evangelists who came to our church for revival and evangelistic meetings when I was a youth. I remember well hearing evangelists John R. Rice, Bill Rice, Bill Rice III, Pete Rice, Glen Schunk, Monroe Parker, Ron Comfort,...

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Positive and Negative

Positive and Negative

It’s taken me years, but I love being positive. I wish I had learned the value and importance of being positive sooner in life. I love being around positive people. It’s encouraging and refreshing. In the spiritual realm, being positive is connected to faith in God....

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