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

Sunday, 02 February 2020 14:00

Closing With Christ

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When modern evangelical churches seek to bring the unregenerate to Christ (and they should do so with passion), they often fall prey to a formula which produces disappointing results. The pattern runs something like this:

  • Extending a public altar call
  • Praying “the sinner’s prayer”
  • Giv...

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Friday, 31 January 2020 03:12

God’s Continuing Provision | A Letter From Jim

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I recently saw the photo below with the caption, “Online Dating in the 1930s.” You’ve got to laugh at that!

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But this photo also reminds me about what is NOT true for our ministry and our CCW team. We are NOT just hanging on provisionally, or in any other way. And that doesn’t...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 00:50

Walking to Death: Isaac and Jesus

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How beautifully and intricately the Old Testament prefigures Christ. Today I read the following words concerning Abraham and Isaac walking to the mountain where Isaac was to be slain. Some, not all, believe this to be the same mount where the Temple was later to be built and close to the very place...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 02:23

If We Are Faithless

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“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself,” meaning, “He is faithful to judge you.” (2 Tim 2: 11-13; also see Rom 3:3-8 which clarifies further).

This passage is often misunderstood. He is faithful or true to His character and His word to judge...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 08:32

The Surpassing Worth of KNOWING Christ

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Most do not understand the implications and ramifications of KNOWING Christ. It has a comparative value. Notice what one like Paul will forfeit to know Christ. I’m quoting only part of the long sentence, but it conveys what I want you to see:

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 08:55

What About Your Relatives?

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For many of us, the Christmas/New Year season is a time not only to think about Jesus’ incarnation but also to enjoy our relatives and friends. Perhaps we see them only at this time of the year. Some time ago I wrote this short article to guide us about speaking the gospel to those relatives...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 04:00

The Guarantee of Holiness

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“Say not that thou hast royal blood in thy veins and art born of God,” said puritan William Gurnall, “unless thou canst prove thy pedigree by daring to be holy.”

There is no such thing as an unholy Christian (at least in any ongoing sense.) Can Christians commit any sort of...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 08:40

The Old Ways

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The old ways. Do we want them?

Some of you are older (though I’m glad that hasn’t happened to me). And all of you are older this year than you were last. Was it better before? Do we have the right perspective about the way it used to be?

There is something charming about what things were...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 22:00

Disinterestedness

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Disinterestedness. This compelling word is not about what you might expect. We have all seen (and been) the disinterested student, expressionless, gazing into some unknown blank space outside the classroom, waiting out the final eternal moments of the professor’s pedantic, sleep-inducing hum....

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 22:00

The Love of Beauty

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I know beauty when I see it. I am now out-of-doors in the morning on a spring day, drinking coffee with the right kind of cup, a light breeze flowing over my shoulder, the prospect of a useful day (which is the best day for me) and a sense of God’s hand planning all events. It is the...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 22:00

The Unrepenting Repenter

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The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 06:46

Witness of the Spirit

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“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God . . .” Romans 8:16

This “witness” which leads to assurance that we are in God’s family is not a direct or immediate feeling or sense that we are God’s children—some inner...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 07:07

She Better Be Careful

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The person who runs from God and does not want to know him lest her motivations and deeds be revealed, had better do all she can to shield herself from any insidious notion that God has in fact displayed himself in nature and in a written revelation. She must tightly grasp evolution (or some other...

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In the first church I served as a pastor, I was the only elder. I was in that position for nearly five years. 

Since 2007, I’ve served as one elder on a team of elders. In the 1990s, I became convinced biblically that this is God’s design for each local church — to be led by...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 05:20

An Amazing Promise NOT for You (Jeremiah 29:10-14)

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10 “For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 06:04

What Did Jesus Mean by “The Broad Way?”

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In the Sermon on the Mount, the broad way that leads to destruction is the external religious way. The narrow way is the way Jesus taught. This is seen particularly in the “antitheses” section in Mt. 5. For instance, the broad way is fulfilling the command, “You shall not...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:30

Is Healing in the Atonement?

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It is a valid question to ask, “Is physical healing in the atonement?” The answer is, without equivocation, “Yes.” But maybe not as is commonly perceived.

All good things come to the believer through Christ’s death for us. “By his stripes you are healed” in...

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Here are a couple of reports from recent trips by Steve and Patty, and Pam and me.

Christ is Building His Church:Steve Burchett’s Report from Austria and Lebanon

It’s one thing to think “in theory” about Jesus’ promise to build his church (Matthew 16:18), but it’s...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 05:18

What Did They Mean, “Believe in Christ?”

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How do we explain the sudden reversals of life found in the New Testament?

As Jesus spoke, or Paul or Philip or any of the other presenters in the early days of Christianity, scores of people believed. It’s the suddenness of belief that shocks you. In a moment, before a day was over, or before...

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Listen here as Philip recounts the effect of Wasted Faith in his life.

Authors: Kole Farney...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 06:03

Check Out Our New Book!

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You can order copies here. Below is an excerpt from the Introduction:

In this book, we will revisit one of the New Testament’s compelling stories, alluded to in three of its books and featured prominently in a fourth. The Apostle Paul, responding to a crisis of poverty among the believers in...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:22

A Gospel Shotgun | A Letter from Jim

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My grandmother Elliff was a presenter of the gospel. Are you? She looks harmless, but in the case in this photo was a sawed off gospel shotgun!

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One day a tramp came to her screen door asking for food. Grandmother and her pastor husband lived close to the train tracks and this was not an uncommon...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 03:29

God’s Supply: A Letter from Jim

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Do you realize what an amazing thing it is that God has supplied everything we have needed for our ministry and our personal needs and the needs of our team for over 32 years? He has an ocean-like supply to meet all our needs. This means that many tens of thousands of dollars have come in to this...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 23:25

This Mystery is Profound

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The Apostle Paul wrote about the marriage relationship this way in Ephesians 5:

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 02:00

California Christmas | A Letter From Jim

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California Christmas! We just returned from sunny California, where the Christmas season is, frankly, a whole lot more like Israel than Kansas City.image

Years ago, I pastored a church in Orlando, Florida. Warm Decembers were part of the mystique, yet I never quite got used to it. But now it seems VERY...

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