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

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 21:44

Q#77 Children and Salvation

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Q. I enjoy & am edified by your articles & answers. “When I was a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child” (I Corinthians 13) …. Pertaining to Children being “Saved” rather than “Safe” for a time, Do you believe caution is needed...

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What is faith? Regardless of whether you are checking a Hebrew or Greek lexicon or an English dictionary, the noun faith essentially means “trust, reliance, dependence.” The essence of faith is dependence. The verb believe means “to trust in, to rely on, to depend on.” ...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 11:12

Q#76 Musical Style and Revival

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Q. Can you articulate how the modern trends in Christian music, such as scooping, sliding, breathiness, emotionalism, ccm, worldly sound, etc., are serious hindrances to Revival?

Philip

A. Hello Philip,

Thank you for your question. I appreciate your interest in revival.

Your question presupposes that the...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:15

Repent and Believe, Part One: Introduction

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“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15

Many have been confused and hindered in their relationship with God because of misunderstanding the...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 00:19

Q#75 Change of Mind about What?

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Q. Hi John,

Thank you for issues discussed thus far. In relation to the lordship salvation controversy, is it wrong to explain to a person the teaching of faith repentance for salvation—that in repentance the person should have a change of mind of who God is and what sin is. Secondly, what is...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 05:44

Q#74 Seated in the Heavenlies

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QDear John,

Greetings in the LORD. Can you please comment about the believers position in Christ seated in the heavenlies (Eph 2:6) and the perspective of abiding in that position? I am familiar with the identification truths, but this one (Eph 2:6) seems to be elusive to most. I am hungry to learn...

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Jesus said of the devil, “he is a liar” (John 8:44), and one of the devil’s many lies comes in the form of distortion. For example, someone may say or do something abrasive to you. They really should not have said or done it, but in all honesty, it isn’t that big of a deal....

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 22:52

Partial Baptists

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Baptists have distinctives, and in a typical ordination council, a Baptist ministerial candidate is asked to articulate them. Though some people may include additional items, these seven elements are at the heart of Baptist distinctives:

  • The Bible: the only rule of faith and practice
  • Priesthood of...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:39

Q#73 Faith and Works

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If a person says he has faith but he has no works, can his faith save him? James 2:24 says that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Could you explain this please!

Harold

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Hello Harold,

Fair question that many wonder about. To start with we need to discern whether James 2:14-25 is a...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 21:57

“Off” on the Holy Spirit

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An evangelist focuses on the evangel—the good news of Jesus to sinners and the good news of the Holy Spirit to saints. The message to sinners puts an emphasis on evangelizing; the message to saints emphasizes revival. God may give an evangelist a ministry with an emphasis on one theme over...

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I know a young dad with 5 children. The oldest, a girl, struggles with mom’s authority, never with the dad. She is 14 and wanted to be saved a few years. The dad wanted to see change in her before acknowledging her desire to be saved. I shared she could not change before being saved and...

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Jesus, during His earthly ministry, delineated God’s commandments, distinguishing between the “great commandment” and the “least commandments.” Since Jesus makes this distinction, it is obviously valid. However, we witness some who attempt to put all of God’s...

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John 1:12-13 along with many other passages declare that someone who places faith in Jesus Christ become a child through birth. We are born again and His seed is placed in us (regeneration). What then is the adoption noted in places like Romans 8:14-17? I am confused regarding the choice God uses...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 23:26

Triggers for Corporate Revival

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As we enter a new year, my heart yearns to experience more of God. Perhaps your heart does as well. The following article highlights ways in which God works. The author, Harold Vaughn, directs Christ Life Ministries which conducts a variety programs and publishes materials to promote personal and...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:51

God’s Greatest Gifts

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In this Christmas season I would like to draw attention to a passage that some preachers rightly use as a Christmas text:

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the...

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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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