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Unity: Goal or By-product?

Unity: Goal or By-product?

In the midst of the ministry battles of today and the ensuing clash of beliefs, there is often a call for unity. Understandably so. But will it ever work to make unity the goal? At best, such an attempt can only produce a surface unity. True unity is a by-product, not...

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The Assembling of the Saints

The Assembling of the Saints

As COVID-19 has changed normal living for many in certain states, churches have had to adapt. Several have taken advantage of modern technology and now live stream their services. This is a great blessing! Yet, as I have had opportunity to interact with several...

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Lords vs. Leaders

Lords vs. Leaders

In the COVID-19 crisis, through the varying approaches governors have taken, we are seeing examples of both “lords” and “leaders.” The former is provoking as we see demonstrated across the country; the latter is refreshing. We would do well to learn from all this both...

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Genuine Spirituality

Genuine Spirituality

“Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 Genuine spirituality can only be when you access the Holy Spirit so that He is imparting to you the life of Jesus Christ. Is this possible? Not only is it possible, it’s the privilege...

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The Plague of Our Hearts

The Plague of Our Hearts

A pastor friend told me that due to COVID-19 precautions, his church is using an internet venue to pray together on Wednesday evenings. He said over the last few weeks the prayers have turned from normal petitions to repentance. That stirred my heart! While we pray...

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The Jesus Movement

The Jesus Movement

The 1960s saw the hippie generation change many of America’s youth. A non-conformist spirit prevailed in a movement known for sex, drugs and rebellion, but God saw a generation searching for something more. The Spirit of God moved and what became known as “The Jesus...

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Why Asbury?

Why Asbury?

In researching the 1970 and 2006 revivals at Asbury College, one may wonder, “Why Asbury?” God is not a respecter of persons, but the Word of God does make clear that those who seek the Lord will find Him (2 Chron. 15:2; James 4:8). Seeking God is faith, yet faith is...

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Asbury 2006

Asbury 2006

Last week we highlighted the Asbury Revival of 1970. Before we move on to other accounts from that decade, we will consider another Asbury season of refreshing from 2006. Special thanks goes to Steven Smallwood for his research on this particular revival. Asbury:...

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Asbury Revival – 1970

Asbury Revival – 1970

As mentioned in the last article, the early 1970s were blessed with revivals. Remembering what God did fifty years ago, we turn first to the Asbury Revival of 1970. The students of that college experienced revival and testified at other schools until the fire had...

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Women in Public Prayer Meetings

Women in Public Prayer Meetings

Years ago I witnessed a moving of the Spirit in a church gathering that spontaneously brought many to  cry out to the Lord—both men and women. As glorious as the experience was, people have wondered whether women are biblically permitted to pray in public prayer...

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Examples of Condemning the Innocent

Examples of Condemning the Innocent

Following last week’s article, Condemning the Innocent, a request was made for modern examples. Several come quickly to mind, but perhaps these would open a can of worms and obscure the point. However, there is a modern example that clearly is rooted in the text, “One...

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Condemning the Innocent

Condemning the Innocent

In Matthew 12, the disciples plucked grain on the Sabbath day to satisfy their hunger. The Pharisees condemned them for doing so and complained to Jesus about the perceived violation of the law. Jesus, however, responded to their wrong way of thinking. After...

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Starbucks Evangelism

Starbucks Evangelism

We are in California this month, and between meetings, we made a quick visit to San Francisco. While walking, we passed a particular Starbucks that brought back special memories. Years ago when my son John was a toddler, we stayed in the prophet’s chamber at the...

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Acts of Love and the Message of Love

Acts of Love and the Message of Love

Sometimes believers feel they must spiritualize conversations with lost friends and people they are burdened about regarding salvation. However, this can strain things as it ignores the practical side of life. Peter said of Jesus, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth...

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Vision, Faith and Passion

Vision, Faith and Passion

When I was a kid, I looked forward to Saturday morning cartoons. I liked one in particular because I love the underwater world, and this one had something to do with life in an underwater world in the year 2020. In the 1970s, it seemed so far away, but now we have...

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Mystery of Christmas

Mystery of Christmas

Mystery of Christmas night, Prophecies of old come true — Infant lies in candle light, Prince of peace in wondrous view.   Gift of God and hope of man, King of glory born on earth. God's eternal master plan Offers man a second birth.   Mystery of Christmas...

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Christmas Wisdom

Christmas Wisdom

Most nativity scenes include three wise men. Technically, there were likely more than three who undertook the journey and who arrived well after the manger scene, but the wise men add a special part to the Christmas account of the birth of Jesus. We can learn from...

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Christmas Treasures

Christmas Treasures

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”  Luke 2:19 This was Mary's response to the visit from the shepherds. The word things is the plural of rhema. Faith comes by the word or rhema of God (Rom. 10:17). What were these words? The words or...

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

Christmastime. Truly the Christmas season has a uniqueness to it more than any other season. There is hope in the air—a sort of Christmas cheer. Though many do not understand why, there is hope because, even in secular society, there is a focus on Jesus more than at...

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Scripture Memorization and Faith

Scripture Memorization and Faith

Believers desiring victorious living are often instructed to memorize Scripture as a means to experience victory. An example often cited is Jesus using Scripture against the devil's attack in what we call the temptation of Christ. Scripture memory is undoubtedly an...

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It’s a Promise!

It’s a Promise!

When someone you love gives a promise, you can count on it. This is especially true if that one is Jesus. Jesus promised, “If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:23). What a powerful promise! Jesus is both the source and goal of life. When you love Jesus—in...

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Revival Journey Book

Revival Journey Book

Are you traveling this Thanksgiving or planning a visit to be with family for Christmas? Whether you intend to go home or open your home to those making the trip, remember there is another journey that awaits all of us. We speak of life again (or as it’s otherwise...

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Christian Fake News

Christian Fake News

“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him” (Prov. 18:13). A conservative paraphrase of this verse says, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” The warning here is to refrain from speaking to an...

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The Gift of Jesus Tract

The Gift of Jesus Tract

Merry Christmas! Too early? Perhaps the greeting is rushing things, but the time is right to place your order and be ready to share the gospel this Christmas season. The Gift of Jesus, a Christmas tract written by John Van Gelderen, highlights the gospel message of...

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