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
Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:40

Q#36 Faith and the Armor of God

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Q.  How does Ephesians 6 work out in relation to walking and living the Spirit filled life, i.e. putting on the whole armor of God. It seems to be a list of “to do”.

  • Take up the armor to be able to stand in evil day
  • Gird with Truth
  • Put on breastplate of Righteousness
  • Shod feet with...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:55

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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In 1987, while on a trip to the Bible Lands, a Christian Arab friend said in earnest, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Of course, this is a quotation from Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” This reminder from my friend that...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:51

Q#35 Flesh and Body

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Q. Should any distinction be made between the Bible words flesh (sarx) and body (flesh)?  Are they synonymous in some contexts?

Mark

A. Hello Brother Mark,

Intriguing question! One I’ve thought about as well. Yet in some ways hard to answer, and in other ways simple. The word...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 12:59

Spirits versus Spirit

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The authority of Scripture commands, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess [dissipation]; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). Many today in the Christian realm seem to be re-thinking the matter of drinking alcoholic beverages. Re-thinking is not categorically wrong, but...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:10

Q#34 Assurance for Children

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Q. If a child is doubting their salvation where is the best place to start in the Bible so there is no confusion?

Kelli

A. Hello Kelli,

Thank you for your question! Jesus spoke of having faith like a child. We often call this “childlike faith.” A child simply believes in Jesus based on...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 10:47

Let Go and Let God

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“Let go and let God.” Is this language to be embraced or shunned? Saints of God from the past gladly used this phrase. Today, some disdain it. It seems there is great misunderstanding. That some may use this terminology carelessly or inaccurately is possible, although I have not heard...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 22:41

Bless the Lord!

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The psalmist said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).

“I will bless the Lord.” Usually we think in terms of the Lord blessing us—and God knows how much we need it. But the inference here speaks of us blessing...

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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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