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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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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Think about your family, your friends and neighbors in your community. How many need Christ? The lost certainly have a glaring need, but likewise, the saved undoubtedly need Him if they will be at all effective in service and genuine in their displays of love....

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Will Geiseman – The Forever Lockdown

Will Geiseman – The Forever Lockdown

I am pleased to introduce an evangelist entering the field who understands and preaches both justification by grace through faith in Christ alone and sanctification by grace through faith in the same Jesus. Will Geiseman has previously served as an assistant pastor at...

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Father and Father Figure Wounds

Father and Father Figure Wounds

In recent years, I have come to notice the use of the term “father wounds.” It resonates with many who have experienced these wounds. From fathers who abandoned their families, to those who neglected them, to those who abused them, to those who mistreated them in...

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Belief in the Supernatural

Belief in the Supernatural

The Sadducees of Jesus day denied the supernatural. They did not believe in miracles and the resurrection. Though the Pharisees upheld the supernatural, they rejected it in their own experience and, therefore, in the life of Jesus who was present with them. Today we...

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It’s About the Person

It’s About the Person

Christianity is about Jesus Christ. How basic, yet how overlooked. For a period stretching over many years, I was all about the rituals of what I perceived to be good Christianity. Give me the list and I’ll do it. Show me the box and I’ll get into it. Give me the...

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