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
Monday, 13 November 2017 09:36

Second Blessing or Second Rest

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Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Most agree this is a beautiful invitation to salvation. This is the “first rest.” But then Jesus continues, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 11:00

Q#33 The Book of Life

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Q. As I witness, after I get to Heb 9:27 I then ask the question: “Wouldn’t you like to see what the Judgment looks like?” Then, I take them to Rev 20:11-15 and explain that having their name listed in the book of life is the means to avoid the lake of fire. Problem is, I...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 22:21

Lifting Up Holy Hands

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In my journey with the Lord there have many times, whether individually or in a corporate gathering, where I have been stirred to raise my hands to God in either prayer or praise. In earlier years if I was in a corporate setting, I either did this during prayer—so no one else would see...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 12:29

Q#32 The Spirit-Walk and the Spirit-Life

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Q. Is there a difference between “Walking in the Spirit” and “Living the Spirit-filled life”? Or are they the same?

Josh

A. Hello Josh,

Thanks for the reasonable question. Essentially, they are the same, but in emphasis they are different. One deals more with access and the other...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 11:45

The Necessity of Hunger

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God satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness (Psalm 107:9).

My father used to say that hunger is a major key to growing spiritually. When we think of the physical analogy, this really makes sense. Hungry people eat, and nourished people grow. 

Physical growth demands...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:05

Q#31 Faith: Gift or Work?

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Q. Under the study of Calvinism/Arminianism, the statement is made, “Saving faith is not a gift or a work, but a choice to take God at His Word.” How do you understand this statement?

Buddy

A. Hello Buddy,

Great question! Actually, this is a good statement, but may need clarification so as...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 11:09

4 Steps to Using Gospel Tracts Effectively

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“But a sower went forth to sow. And when he sowed, some seeds … fell into good ground” (Matt. 13:3-8).

Throughout my years in evangelism crisscrossing the country, from time to time I meet people who were saved through a gospel tract. God uses gospel tracts to the salvation of...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 23:32

Q#30 Judgment Day

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Q. Who will be judged on judgment day? Will it be only sinners or will the Christian be judged?

Dennis

A. Hello Dennis,

Thank you for your question! Actually, it depends on which judgment day you are talking about. In Scripture there are two great “judgment days,” one for unbelievers and one...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 10:14

Prayer First, Then Revival

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In the 1920s God blessed the Lisu people of western China with an awakening movement bringing hundreds of families to Christ. Churches sprang up in the path of the awakening. The instrument God used was James O. Fraser, and the vital intercessors were Frazer’s mother with six others in...

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Several years ago I was speaking with a dear friend, an airline pilot who is truly a brilliant man and manifestly loves the Lord. As we were discussing a particular topic, we found ourselves on two different sides of an issue. As men do, we bantered the issue back and forth. Then my friend stopped...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:41

Announcing Evangelist Will Geiseman

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An evangelist is one whom God has called and gifted to specialize in the “evangel”—the Gospel! The Gospel includes justification by grace through faith in Christ alone and sanctification by grace through faith in the same Jesus. The former is the Gospel to sinners and the latter...

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What does the political liberal left have in common with the theological legalistic right? It seems that the two would be diametrically opposed. Actually, they are opposed in many ways, but surprisingly, they do have some common ground.

Before probing this common ground it is important to clarify...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:29

Q#29 Worship in Spirit and in Truth

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Q. Brother John,

Could you explain what it means to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (John 4). These are obviously key in the worship of the living God. In the application how does this apply to the progressive “christian” worship that many promote today, and how should...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 12:34

Sinless Perfection Versus Sinless Provision

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Is sinless perfection possible this side of heaven? I wish it was! I wish I could believe it. If it is, sadly my experience does not match. However, the Scripture says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). But there is...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 23:03

Q#28 Another Gospel on Sanctification

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Q. Hey John,

Great answer (see Q#24 Another Gospel).  Perhaps we could tweak Jacob’s question using the same text reference of Galatians 1:6-9 to ask, in the context of Paul’s statement in Galatians, would it not be accurate to state that “struggle theology” is...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 12:59

2017 National Symphony of Prayer for Revival

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A “symphony of prayer” involves God’s people coming together to “agree” (lit. symphonize) regarding that for which they “ask” (Matt. 18:18-20). This symphony of prayer is specifically to pray for revival and another great awakening. To prepare our...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:46

Q#27 Another Gospel: The Role of Repentance

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Q. Follow up to the question about how salvation is articulated and do we associate with those of differing views (see Q&A #24 Another Gospel). You did a very good job explaining the real issue: faith in Christ not ourselves. I really appreciated your explanation, however, could you deal with...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:32

9/11: The Call for Divine Aid

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9/11 is both a date to reflect on a national crisis as well as an emergency number to remind us to call on God in times of crisis. Since September 11, 2001, intercession for our nation and especially for another great awakening has definitely increased. In fact, groups of intercessors and prayer...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:01

Q#26 Soul and Spirit

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Q. What is the difference between soul and spirit?

Trandafir

A. Hello Trandafir,

Thank you for asking this pertinent question. Theologians have debated this question for years. In my first collage course I was taught there is no difference between soul and spirit, that man is material (body) and...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 09:32

North Korea: Revival Turf

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The early twentieth century saw seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord all around the world. From 1901 to 1913 at least 57 nations experienced the reviving and awakening presence of God. Perhaps most notable was the Welsh revival of 1904-1905. But many nations were blessed including...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:08

Q#25 Extending Grace to Others

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Q. In your article on grace (see Q#23 The Meaning of Grace) you said we can “extend grace to others.” Can you give some practical examples?

Thank you,Janet

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Thank you for bringing this thought to the forefront. In the article on the meaning of grace, we concluded with this...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 09:54

Walking on the Storm

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The country is focused on the incredible damage being inflicted on southeastern Texas right now by Hurricane Harvey—and rightly so. A Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour, Harvey has brought unprecedented and catastrophic flooding. This is a powerful storm. We pray for...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:50

Q#24 Another Gospel

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Q. How do you determine when views about the gospel are a heretical view of the gospel in the sense of Galatians 1:6-9? By this, I have in view primarily the various views about the nature of faith and of repentance or the nature of assurance. This is such critical importance given the popularity of...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 10:00

2017 CLC Report

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imageWe thank the Lord for what He has done at the 2017 Christ Life Conference! Watch “2017 CLC Report” below. More details coming soon!

John Van Gelderen
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About This Blog

Hello, I’m John Van Gelderen.I am an evangelist and the president of Revival...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:31

Q #23 The Meaning of Grace

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Q. I have been meditating on the word grace.  I have heard it explained as undeserved kindness, or the power of God to do the will of God.  Could you explain grace, is gracious part of it?

Joyce

A. Hello Joyce,

Great question! Both thoughts you mentioned are involved in grace. Twenty-two years...

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