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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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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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