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Spiritual Growth

"There is no hope of transformation without the ability to see Christ. Considering Christ, studying Him, pursuing Him, observing Him, and following Him becomes the absolute mandate for anyone who will grow spiritually."  I remember a time when I was a child that I wanted to be taller. My friends seemed to be taller than I was and I didn’t want to be “left...

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Theodicy

Instead of criticizing God when calamity happens, we ought to remain amazed that the mercy of God is known at all. Theodicy - “a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil.” One Hollywood notable declared: “God” sent Harvey and Irma because America el...

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Hurricane Harvey

God has warned sinners that He will judge sin. He has provided an “ark” — that is, somewhere we can flee for forgiveness and safety. It is the Lord Jesus Christ!   Hurricane Harvey was historic. It is hard to imagine the powerful devastation that it brought to the Texas coast. Harvey has been the greatest natural disaster on record in the continent...

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The Eclipse of God's Power

"Where are they who are oriented enough to warn people of the great dangers of looking upon the holiness of God without the protection of the shield of redemption found in Christ Jesus?" Last week we experienced a very notable, unmistakable demonstration of God’s awesome power gaining worldwide attention. We were awed by the unique experience of the solar eclipse. S...

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What Should I Watch?

Being “unaffected” by such programming actually displays that the corruptions they’ve already suffered are so deeply entrenched that their souls are not grieved nor are their spirits shamed by the sins they are watching. Most believers have to make decisions every day concerning what they will permit themselves to watch either on TV or in movies. Some de...

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Why Should I Participate in Community Group?

No believer will thrive spiritually without the stimulation of accountable relationships with people who truly know them. Believers are meant to exist within the context of caring, nurturing, interpersonal relationships with other believers. Through this environment, believers are able to grow in grace through studying God’s Word, laboring in prayer, exercising spir...

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The Value of Expectancy

I remember when I was younger, I used to consider the Rapture of the church a matter of convenience. I thought about it when I was either in trouble or facing a test for which I hadn’t studied! I realized that the very next item on God’s agenda for the advancement of His eternal purposes is the event when Jesus returns to “catch up” His Bride (1 Th...

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Cooperative Efforts

The statement is made: “You can accomplish more together than you can by yourself.” This truth is demonstrated throughout the Scriptures — especially as it pertains to the Body of Christ. I am sitting at the annual IFCA Convention in Kalamazoo, MI. I am interacting with pastors and church leaders from all of the world. We have people from Fiji, Guyana, J...

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Ordination

The Scriptures teach us that spiritual leadership is a gift from Jesus Christ Himself to the Church: “But to each one of us grace was given according the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, ‘When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.’ … And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, a...

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Unity

As I reflect on the blessings from yesterday's members' meeting, I am struck with by the value of unity. The Scriptures declare: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yesterday, we sampled the pleasantry and goodness of a church that is rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit to work in our midst to enable such ...

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