But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Revival Focus - Apologetic Report

In Acts 2, in the sermon preached on the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted three Old Testament prophecies: Joel 2:28-32 regarding the outpouring of the Spirit, Psalm 16:8-11 regarding the resurrection of Christ, and Psalm 110:1 regarding the exaltation of Christ. The point he makes is that the...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:30

Q#47 Seared Consciences

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Q. If spiritually, someone had a “seared conscience,” can God still talk and work through that person? Can they be revived? Or is there no hope and God turns them over to a reprobate mind, as Romans 1 states? Thank you.

Janis

A. Hello Janis,

Thank you for your interesting question! The...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:25

Alone, Yet Not Alone with Jesus

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The fragrance of Jesus produces polar responses.

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:57

Q#46 Group Standards

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Q. Your blog post on “Biblical Balance on Standards” was excellent.  I really appreciated it, but could you give one or two real life examples, I do not quite understand how it works out.  If a church group has standards, what would be one, and would the hope be the individuals...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:57

Everything You Need and Everything You Are Not

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At both the beginning and the ending of Jesus’ earthly ministry, angels told different people, “Fear not.” People feared when Jesus came, and people feared when Jesus rose from the dead.

The Bible tells us that after the resurrection the disciples saw Jesus and worshipped Him, but...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:38

Biblical Balance Regarding Standards

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Standards. Everyone has them. One may differ from another regarding where standards are set, but everyone operates with them. And what of the guy who boasts about not having standards? His may seem decidedly low, but holding himself to a relative absence of standards—that has become his...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 21:18

Q#45 Increasing Faith

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Q. Dear John:

Enjoying your latest book, Experiencing Jesus. In another one of your books, I am struggling with how our faith is increased. I believe you mentioned it has to do with duration. I used to use the phrase from faith to faith, as pictured as going from a cup to a bucket, to a barrel, to a...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:14

Guns and Sanctification

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The recent tragedy of the shooting in Florida reminds us once again of man’s depravity and his need for salvation through Jesus Christ to receive a changed heart.

The wake of this egregious crime certainly has spurred debate about guns, but common sense recognizes the truth of the adage,...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:31

Q#44 Surrender and Salvation

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Q. In regard to salvation, what must be surrendered? Would it be accurate to say that one must only surrender his soul to be saved by Jesus?  And that surrendering anything else would be a works-based salvation? Isn’t this what lordship salvation teaches? You must be willing to surrender...

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Vice President Mike Pence has recently been criticized for claiming to hear from the Lord. Some have gone so far as to say this is a sign of “mental illness.” The fake news media has been more than willing to report these criticisms.

While it is true that some claim to hear from God when...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:42

Q#43 Sanctification in the Old Testament

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Q. Brother Van Gelderen, how did Old Testament saints achieve sanctification even though they were not united with Christ? Were things different for them back then?

Hector

A. Hello Hector,

Thanks for your thoughtful question. Certainly, pre-Calvary and Pentecost had some differences from post-Calvary...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:05

I Love the Lord Jesus with All My Heart!

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Valentine’s Day highlights love. At such a time, we would do well to consider a young saint from over a century ago, reflect on a simple yet profound profession of love, and recall how a heartfelt testimony was used of the Spirit in a great revival.

In late 1903, a pastor in West Wales grieved...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 00:21

Q#42 Burned Up

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Q. I had a question regarding your thoughts on the parable of the vine and the branches.Near the last part you stated, “The “them” in verse six is neuter, and “it” is cast out, not “they” the people.”This was a bit confusing to me because, Jesus says...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:46

The Spirit of Love and Light

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The Spirit of Love without the Spirit of Light is no longer the true Spirit of Love. The Spirit of Light without the Spirit of Love is no longer the true Spirit of Light. It is no accident that in the same inspired chapter of Ephesians 5, we are admonished to “walk in love” (5:2),...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 23:08

Q#41 Water Baptism and Spirit Baptism

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Q. My question has to do with baptism, specifically, New Testament usage and how our understanding is affected by passages such as Acts 1:4-5 (Spirit baptism) and 1 Corinthians 12:13. Hoping not to be misunderstood, I must ask whether, as Christians, we do ourselves a disservice by...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:03

A Complete God

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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

The inspired precision of Genesis 1:27 reveals the image of God has attributes both male and female. In familiar terms, God possesses both fatherly and motherly sides. The many...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 10:39

Q#40 Faith and Rewards

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Q. Hello John. In your article on Holy Hands and Pure Handsyou said, “But we don’t ever earn things from God. Jesus earned it all.” How does this work together with 1 Corinthians 3:8? “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 07:29

Too Deep? …or Perpetual Milk-Drinkers?

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Occasionally, I hear someone say, “I like preaching that is easy to understand, and, I’m sorry, but that was a little deep for me.” Is this legitimate criticism? Well, perhaps.

If a speaker is inclined to use complicated, unfamiliar terms or is so tedious that things quickly become...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:59

Q#39 Holy Hands and Pure Hands

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Q. In your article about lifting up holy hands (see Lifting Up Holy Hands) would this be the same as holding up pure hands? Like someone that is righteous and has a very close relationship with Christ?

Kelli

A. Hello Kelli,

Thanks for your follow-up question to the article on lifting up holy hands. The...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:31

Revival Access: Personal and Corporate

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Revival is life again! A restoration to life; to spiritual life. Broadly speaking, it is a restoration to the life of God. On an individual level, revival is the filling of the Spirit, the action of the Spirit filling you with the life of Jesus Christ and restoring spiritual life in Him. On a...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:32

Q#38 Gifts of the Spirit

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Q. Are the gifts of the Spirit for today?

Nancy

A. Hello Nancy,

Thank you for your question. Many have wondered about this. It seems extreme positions have been taken. Like many issues there is a biblical balance between the extremes.

In the early twentieth century, with the rise of Pentecostalism, some...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 07:57

New Book: Experiencing Jesus

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Is experiencing Jesus the supreme reality of your present experience, or is it otherwise—perhaps, quite otherwise?

Bad habits…have any? And are they getting worse rather than better? As for besetting sins—have you overcome them, or does sin maintain its grip? At times, are you...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:25

Fresh Joy

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What a prospect for a new year—fresh joy! Isaiah 29:19 declares, “The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord.” The idea is that the humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord. With the prospect of a fresh year, I want that fresh joy! I’m assuming you do as...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 10:26

Q#37 Having, Yet Taking

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Q. Brother John, good article on the armour of God (see Q#36 Faith and the Armor of God). My question is, is there a difference between having v14 and taking, take v16-17. Does having indicate a completed action that we must recognize and taking up an action we do by faith? Or am I just looking at...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:04

No Impossible “Rhema”

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Many are quite familiar with the verse, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). Certainly, this is a wonderful promise! But understanding the context and specific nature of this promise makes it even more blessed.

The context is part of the Christmas account as related by...

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