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
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:39

Finney and Faith

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In recent decades, some have been quite negative about the ministry of Charles Finney. It’s easy to criticize someone who is no longer here, but are the criticisms valid?

I had heard so much criticism against the man that in spite of being blessed by biographies of his life and understanding...

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Friday, 13 September 2019 01:53

Q#99 Praying in the Spirit

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Q. Jude exhorts us to be “praying in the Holy Ghost”(Jude 20), Paul in Ehp.6:18 states, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”, and 1Cor.14:15 says “I will pray with the spirit”, while the religious Pharisee of Luke 18:11 addresses God...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 23:21

Q#98 The Sin unto Death

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Q. Our family has been studying through 1 John together and have come to verse 16 of chapter 5 and are puzzling over what could possibly be a sin unto death. We first questioned what is meant by “death” – is it eternal death (separation from God) or physical death? Our first...

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In this series on spiritual guidance, we have noted that the Spirit of God does lead individuals and have addressed how the Spirit leads. But knowing that Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light, how can we discern the true from the false? Recognizing the genuine is vital to discerning the...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:38

Q#97 How to Deal with Unwillingness

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Q.  How can I embrace Christ if I am prideful and don’t want to be humble?

Jojo

A.  Hello Jojo,

Many wonder the same. Thank you for you honesty! The Bible gives us a prayer we can all pray when we feel this way.

In Lamentations 5:21, Jeremiah cries out, “Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we...

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In the first part of this series, we addressed the reality that the Holy Spirit does in fact guide individually. But how does the Spirit lead? Knowing the genuine is always vital to discerning the counterfeit. Two key biblical principles provide a plumb line for discerning the Holy Spirit’s...

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:00

Q#96 Revival and Society

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Q. What do you think is the biggest hindrance to revival in today’s society? And on the flip side, what is the biggest key to having revival in today’s society?

Colton

A. Hello Colton,

Thanks for your thought-provoking question. If we’re speaking of society, several thoughts come to...

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Satan knows a believer in right relation to the Holy Spirit poses a threat to what he considers his turf. In response, he has orchestrated attacks against the person and work of the Holy Spirit and has influenced some individuals to even deny the specific leading of the Spirit. Is there any...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 23:32

Q#95 Revival and Desperation

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Q.  I seem to see we are in desperate need in our land. We are in desperate need in the church. As I talk to other Christians, I don’t find a sense of desperation. “It’s not good but we seem to be content with it.” My question is, can we have revival if we are not really...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:17

The Meaning of Meditation Music

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In our world, “meditation music” has become popular even in the secular realm. However, the New Age version under this label is not meditation music at all. Meditation involves the mind. Thus, the Scripture urges believers to meditate on God’s Word day and night (Josh. 1:8; Ps....

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Friday, 09 August 2019 00:56

Q#94 Too Late

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Q. While I was at church this morning, we sang the song, Have You Any Room for Jesus? One of the verses said, “Oh today is time accepted. Tomorrow you may call in vain.” Am I correct in saying this is not biblical? Does not the Bible say whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 23:17

Giving All, Taking All

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Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 22:30

Q#93 Sins of the Spirit?

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Q. Can a saved person have “sins of the spirit”?  I have heard this preached on, but I can only find sins of the flesh in the Bible.

Anthony

A. Hello Anthony,

Thanks for your intriguing question. A friend of mine and I discussed this some time ago.

Most of the time when people speak of...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:01

The Focus of Your Thinking

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In a context challenging the believer to awaken and live an overcoming life, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:14), there is a two-fold imperative.

First, it literally it says “be endued” with...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:28

Overcoming Fear

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Have you ever woken up early—too early, and found yourself dreading the day? Anxious about certain relationship tensions? Worrying over how to pay a bill? Not looking forward to dealing with circumstances you find yourself in at home, at work . . . wherever? Dread can be triggered by any...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:57

Q#92 Faith without Works

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Q. John, I frequently hear people quoting James 2 that faith without works is dead, and then basically proceed to judge others who don’t live up to their personal standard of holiness and pronounce them unsaved. My question is, does this verse and overall passage in James even refer to...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 22:29

Q#91 The Word of Faith

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Q. What do you think of the Word of Faith movement? You got me to thinking about this movement, if that is what it is.

Earl

A. Hello Earl,

Thank you for your question. In light of the recent articles addressing faith, it is a fair matter to consider.

The Word of Faith movement took shape in the later...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:48

The Danger of Misinformation

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“Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night,...

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What lies behind the criticism of Keswick theology? In this article, we will cover some key factors that fuel objections and cause some problems for those seeking the truth.

Basic MisinformationAmazingly, I have been in some settings where a speaker taught the truths of Keswick/Deeper Life theology...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 22:18

Q#90 The Spiritual Gift of Faith

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Q. I have a question about 1 Cor. 12. You are talking about growing in faith. What about the Spiritual gift of faith spoken of in verse 9? Is that only giving to certain believers as a special gift?

Beverly

A. Hello Beverly,

Thank you for your question. Many have pondered how this matter, with gifts for...

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Last week, we discussed the historical background and theology of Keswick. In our day, the orthodoxy that Keswick was once accorded has been replaced in many minds because of misunderstandings and a wealth of misinformation. Several critical charges have been leveled against it, but an examination...

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Friday, 21 June 2019 01:03

Q#89 How to Grow Faith

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Q. If I see a defect in my character (an area of frequent failure), does that mean I need more faith? What is your advice on how to grow faith? It seems “trying harder to have more faith” can also become a work of the “self.”

Thank you,

Irene

A. Hello Irene,

Great question!...

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Occasionally, I hear people use the label Keswick in a derogatory fashion. Yet others use the term quite positively. Hearing something of these widely ranging opinions, someone unfamiliar with the term might wonder whether this word Keswick denotes something good or something bad. The issue, of...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:38

The Greatest Hindrance to Revival

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The greatest hindrance to revival is not sin. Sin is why we need revival. The greatest hindrance is when we do not deal with our sin.

The psalmist said, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18). The issue is not the fact of having iniquity in your heart;...

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Q. What are the beliefs of Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Arminianism?

Steve

A. Hello Steve,

Thank you for your question. Volumes have been written on this subject, but here, we will only summarize some major points to highlight the differences.

Calvinism refers to a system of theology named after the 16t...

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