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

Thursday, 28 May 2020 07:33

№ 115 – What Is Forgiveness?

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Q.  Would you explain forgiveness?  Thank you!

Karen

A.  Hello Karen,

Thanks for your question. In some ways it’s a big question; in others it’s simple—but it often demands the supernatural. “Forgive as Christ forgave” demands accessing Christ. Several books have been...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 23:29

Unity: Goal or By-product?

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In the midst of the ministry battles of today and the ensuing clash of beliefs, there is often a call for unity. Understandably so. But will it ever work to make unity the goal? At best, such an attempt can only produce a surface unity. True unity is a by-product, not a goal.

Jesus speaks to this...

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Q. Having read some of your critique of lordship salvation, is it correct to say that you lean slightly more to the free grace camp in the lordship salvation debate? Examples of theologians holding a mild free grace position that come to my mind are Lewis Sperry Chafer and Charles C. Ryrie.

 Jona...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:16

The Assembling of the Saints

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As COVID-19 has changed normal living for many in certain states, churches have had to adapt. Several have taken advantage of modern technology and now live stream their services. This is a great blessing! Yet, as I have had opportunity to interact with several pastors, some have expressed concern...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 08:46

№ 113 – The Kingdom

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Q.

Brother,

You wrote “This (our faithfulness) will affect our potential in the kingdom made manifest at the judgment seat.” [Q&A № 112]

It seems that most Christians have a view of “life on earth, then heaven for eternity.” Over the years I have become aware of this...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 09:04

Lords vs. Leaders

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In the Covid-19 crisis, through the varying approaches governors have taken, we are seeing examples of both “lords” and “leaders.” The former is provoking as we see demonstrated across the country; the latter is refreshing. We would do well to learn from all this both...

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 08:36

Genuine Spirituality

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“Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Genuine spirituality can only be when you access the Holy Spirit so that He is imparting to you the life of Jesus Christ. Is this possible? Not only is it possible, it’s the privilege of every...

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Thursday, 23 April 2020 07:28

№ 112 – God’s Faithfulness

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Q.  What does Paul mean in 2 Timothy 2:13 when he says, “If we believe not, yet he abides faithful.”

Aaron  

A. Hello Aaron,

Thanks for the incisive question. Years ago this was brought to my attention. In fact, another young preacher and I strongly disagreed over the verse....

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 06:22

№ 111 – Evidence of Meekness

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Q. What are the evidences of meekness in a person’s life?

Karen 

A. Hello Karen,

Thank you for your question. Meekness is an often overlooked and misunderstood word, so lexicons and word studies will provide a good starting point.

Meekor meeknessas used in the Old Testament primarily means...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 05:01

The Plague of Our Hearts

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A pastor friend told me that due to COVID-19 precautions, his church is using an internet venue to pray together on Wednesday evenings. He said over the last few weeks the prayers have turned from normal petitions to repentance. That stirred my heart! While we pray for relief from the plague of...

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Friday, 03 April 2020 00:40

№ 110 – Revival in the Last Days

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Q. Given the fact that we are told of the dead spiritual condition at the very end of the age, “the love of many will grow cold,” “and when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth,” etc., is it even realistic at this point to expect much, if any, revival on any...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 23:22

The Jesus Movement

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The 1960s saw the hippie generation change many of America’s youth. A non-conformist spirit prevailed in a movement known for sex, drugs and rebellion, but God saw a generation searching for something more.

The Spirit of God moved and what became known as “The Jesus Movement” was...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 08:11

Why Asbury?

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In researching the 1970 and 2006 revivals at Asbury College, one may wonder, “Why Asbury?” God is not a respecter of persons, but the Word of God does make clear that those who seek the Lord will find Him (2 Chron. 15:2; James 4:8). Seeking God is faith, yet faith is not a work; it is...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 00:06

№ 109 – Capturing Thoughts

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Q. Hello John,What does it mean in 2 Cor. 10:5 “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” and how does one achieve this?

Thanks, Philip 

A. Hello Philip,

Thank you for the meaningful questions. These particular matters affect us every day.

The human mind is far...

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Monday, 16 March 2020 19:14

Asbury 2006

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Last week we highlighted the Asbury Revival of 1970. Before we move on to other accounts from that decade, we will consider another Asbury season of refreshing from 2006. Special thanks goes to Steven Smallwood for his research on this particular revival.

Asbury: Where Jesus Is Welcome(The 2006...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 06:36

№ 108: Entertainment and Revival

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Q. How does worldliness in entertainment affect revival in the church?  Does Christian involvement in and support of entertainment like American Idol, The Voice, etc. hinder revival or allow opportunity to be a Christian in the public eye?

A. Thanks for your question. One preacher has commented,...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 07:08

Asbury Revival – 1970

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As mentioned in the last article, the early 1970s were blessed with revivals. Remembering what God did fifty years ago, we turn first to the Asbury Revival of 1970. The students of that college experienced revival and testified at other schools until the fire had touched 130 campuses. Some of these...

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Q. I recently listened to a sermon in which the preacher stated that the believer can never claim that he/she has heard the voice of God because God has spoken and His revelation is complete. What is the Biblical balance between the truth that (1) God’s revelation is complete and the truth...

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Fifty years ago, God granted a season of refreshing that reached many places in North America. The revival at Asbury College spread to 130 campuses. The Canadian Revival swept through the western part of that country. The Jesus Movement took many from marijuana parties to Bible studies, and several...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 05:05

Women in Public Prayer Meetings

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Years ago I witnessed a moving of the Spirit in a church gathering that spontaneously brought many to  cry out to the Lord—both men and women. As glorious as the experience was, people have wondered whether women are biblically permitted to pray in public prayer meetings. Does the Bible...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 22:33

More Thoughts on Condemning the Innocent

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Since Matthew 12:1-8 is where Jesus confronted the Pharisees for condemning the innocent, we will investigate more specifically their error in that context.

“At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 03:39

Examples of Condemning the Innocent

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Following last week’s article, Condemning the Innocent,a request was made for modern examples. Several come quickly to mind, but perhaps these would open a can of worms and obscure the point. However, there is a modern example that clearly is rooted in the text, “One man esteemeth one...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 06:57

№ 106: Fused to Jesus

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Q. Could you please explain the verse, “he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1 Cor 6:17) and how it impacts upon our sanctification in our daily lives?

Thank you,

Eric

A. Hello Eric,

Thanks for your question. I’m delighted you brought up this subject! It’s wonderful...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 22:55

Condemning the Innocent

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In Matthew 12, the disciples plucked grain on the Sabbath day to satisfy their hunger. The Pharisees condemned them for doing so and complained to Jesus about the perceived violation of the law.

Jesus, however, responded to their wrong way of thinking. After mentioning David in a time of need and...

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Monday, 27 January 2020 08:09

Starbucks Evangelism

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We are in California this month, and between meetings, we made a quick visit to San Francisco. While walking, we passed a particular Starbucks that brought back special memories.

Years ago when my son John was a toddler, we stayed in the prophet’s chamber at the Hamilton Square Baptist Church....

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