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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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More Thoughts on Finney and Faith

More Thoughts on Finney and Faith

Some people understandably and rightfully find portions of Charles Finney’s theology troublesome. Others have taken issue with his methods (an assessment which may not be as fair). But we should all recognize that Finney is excellent on faith. I recall hearing someone...

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Finney and Faith

Finney and Faith

In recent decades, some have been quite negative about the ministry of Charles Finney. It’s easy to criticize someone who is no longer here, but are the criticisms valid? I had heard so much criticism against the man that in spite of being blessed by biographies of...

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The Meaning of Meditation Music

The Meaning of Meditation Music

In our world, “meditation music” has become popular even in the secular realm. However, the New Age version under this label is not meditation music at all. Meditation involves the mind. Thus, the Scripture urges believers to meditate on God’s Word day and night...

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Giving All, Taking All

Giving All, Taking All

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your...

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The Focus of Your Thinking

The Focus of Your Thinking

In a context challenging the believer to awaken and live an overcoming life, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:14), there is a two-fold imperative.First, it literally it says “be endued”...

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Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

Have you ever woken up early—too early, and found yourself dreading the day? Anxious about certain relationship tensions? Worrying over how to pay a bill? Not looking forward to dealing with circumstances you find yourself in at home, at work . . . wherever? Dread can...

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The Danger of Misinformation

The Danger of Misinformation

“Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His...

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The Greatest Hindrance to Revival

The Greatest Hindrance to Revival

The greatest hindrance to revival is not sin. Sin is why we need revival. The greatest hindrance is when we do not deal with our sin.The psalmist said, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18). The issue is not the fact of having...

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Listening Accurately

Listening Accurately

Early in my ministry, I encountered some who misunderstood what I was preaching. I was quick to grasp the idea of speaking clearly and precisely to avoid misunderstanding, but there was another factor I had yet to consider. While talking about the matter with a wise,...

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Revived to Fulfill the Great Commission

Revived to Fulfill the Great Commission

Guest post by Evangelist Matt Barfield:Since the Summer of 2001, when the Lord touched my heart with revival, I have sought to more fully connect to his Great Commission. The Revival Road led to some surprising places (the Middle East, the Amazon jungle, and the Chin...

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