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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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Growing Christians

Are you a growing Christian? Believers often wonder how they can best gauge whether they are growing in their faith and walk with Christ. Often they’ll attempt to assess it based on a variety of measurable or tangible criteria such as frequency of Bible reading, duration of prayer time, regularity in church attendance, involvement in ministries, count of Gospel pres...

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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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D-Day

Surreal. Clearly the dominant impression as I stood on the sand watching people flying kites, walking their dogs, riding wind carriages, tossing frisbees, and playing in the sand. The carefree atmosphere was amazing as most of the beach was empty. It was hundreds of feet to the water as we were there at low tide. I casually walked across the beach to the water’...

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Prison

It was terribly disappointing. I had missed being able to enter the Folsom Prison Women’s Facility which I had been entering on a weekly basis for well over a year. I walked up and was buzzed in the exterior door. I walked over to the officer who served as a receptionist. He recognized me from the previous encounters and immediately said: “Sorry, your card has...

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Hidden Beauty

As most of you know, Pat and I recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong and several Pacific islands. We were amazed at the beauty of what we saw in these parts of the world. Hong Kong was fascinating — an incredibly clean city with a most effective use of technology. The skyline was as amazing as the population was dense! After the conference for our BMW missionar...

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Commitment to the Local Church

Last night in the Leadership Development & Training class, I was teaching on the importance of the local church. We traced the etymology of the term “church” throughout the Scriptures and extra-biblical usage. The church is properly defined as the Body of Christ composed of all those who are redeemed by God’s grace through faith in the finished work ...

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Spiritual Gifts Today

So what about spiritual gifts? What spiritual gifts are available for me today? As the Scriptures declare, the purpose of spiritual gifts in the life of the church is for the common good of the saints (1 Corinthians 12:7). The edification of the Body of Christ is the reason that God gives these gifts. They enable each member of the Body of Christ to serve the other member...

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