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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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Spiritual Gifts

How can I know how God intends to use me after He saves me? This question is often paralyzing to new believers who have no idea how they are able to serve Christ. They often feel unworthy to enjoy the privilege of serving Christ. Yet, we are told that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer to the benefit of the common good of the church (1 Corinthians 12:...

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Divine Compassion

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16 Today as I was riding to the class which I'm teaching here in Kenya, I was struck with the profound numbers of people busily going about their business. Through the city of Eldoret, people were literally everywhere: on the sides...

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Theological Struggle in Kenya

Later this week, Brett Smith and I take off for a ministry of teaching theology to pastors and pastors-in-training in Kenya. Pastor Situma Wanjala is committed to solid biblical theology and has asked for help in training his Kenyan brothers. These men are precious servants of Christ who are in great need of theological stability. They are attempting to serve as shepherds...

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True Confessions

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 Last Sunday night I completed a sermon on 1 John 1:9 dealing with an essential characteristic of a person who truly has a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and is therefore, "in the light." That characteristic is this: a true belie...

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Older Influencing Younger

Titus 2:1-2 This past Sunday I had the delightful privilege of speaking to our Young Marrieds on the subject of "Older Influencing Younger" as a biblical norm. I was thrilled to see approximately 12 couples, married 8 years or less, gathered in a square to consider the principles in Titus 2:1-2. As I looked at the group, I was blessed to think of the years of faithful ser...

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Joy

Do you enjoy life? I realize that this is a loaded question but really, do you? There are many different "joy-killers" that we face every day. There are obligations and duties that become so horribly mundane, repetitive, and boring! There are people that are difficult, frustrating, and downright infuriating! There are sins that stick to us like barnacles on a barge and ...

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Worthy of All Worship?

I was taught from my youngest days that one way that one can show utmost respect for others is to be punctual. Being late, tardy, delinquent, overdue, belated, dilatory or behind are not to be viewed as virtues. Of course, people sometimes say that they prefer to avoid being jammed, pressured, hasty, stressed, and harried rather than "obsess" about being "on time." In our...

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Marital Intimacy

"Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, 'I have gotten a man child with the help of the Lord.'" (Genesis 4:1) The thought of "having relations" with a spouse communicates more than what would immediately appear. Of course, the immediate context is in the holy act of marriage whereby God blessed them with offspr...

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Valentine's Day

Today is perhaps the most emotionally painful day of the year. It is the day that is set apart by our culture to celebrate dating, romance, love, and even marriage. As in many of our holidays, the origin of Valentine's Day is shrouded in a bit of mystery. The legends include a defiant priest name Valentine who defied the Roman Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage to p...

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