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Strange Fire

John MacArthur has a three day teaching conference, Strange Fire, which concludes today dealing with many of the errors found in the charismatic movement. This conference has fanned the flames of blog writers to argue the merits of either the cessationist view or the continuationist view concerning the Holy Spirit. I will leave the audience to read for themselves the arguments that are being present in this discussion. For me, there is one text that settled this question. What I…

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He Has The Moves

The pastor’s name is Deitrick Haddon, and he is a preacher only in the loosest sense of the word. He is a “gospel” rock performer (what the press on the Left Coast calls a Christian R&B vocalist) and he and his staff put on rock concert “revivals” in and around Los Angeles. At the end of the concert they offer to the attending “pastors and reverends” some “altar time” and use that to send some audience members off onto a…

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You Are Faithful

There is no such thing as an unfaithful Christian. A Christian by definition is someone who is faithful. A person who is not faithful to Christ is by definition not a Christian. We are people who exercise faith in Christ Jesus. We believe in Jesus and have put our life in his hands completely. We trust Jesus no matter what happens to us in life. No matter how much prosperity and pleasure we enjoy or how much pain and suffering…

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Christ Fellowship

While I was recuperating from surgery in August and September, by chance I ended up watching Christ Fellowship’s program one Sunday. I had never seen this “show” previously, but I have seen similar ones. While pondering what I saw and heard, I remembered some of the plain fundamentals that are vitally important to anyone’s salvation. Some people would call this the gospel plan of salvation. That is okay by me as the scriptures state that it is the plan God…

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You Are Saints

Who are you and why are you here? It is easy to lose track of our identity. We start trying to find our identity in all kinds of places. Some will try to find their identity in their work. We often speak this way where we will say that we are a mechanic, a teacher, a salesperson, and so forth as if that is who we are. Some try to find their identity in their appearance. We are too thin,…

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Who Will Go?

“We must not suppose that even if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved their souls. A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world — and might even be more difficult to save. For mere improvement is no redemption, though redemption always improves people even here and now and will, in the end, improve them…

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Walking in the Light

We have taken to calling ourselves nondenominational Christians or churches. That is an oxymoron if ever one was heard. You are a Christian or not. And this is the one distinguishing factor between religious folks who call themselves Christians while not fully following the instructions, and against those who call themselves by other names. While it is our desire and prayer that all who call upon the name of Christ would come out of the sad state of affairs that…

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They Went to the Synagogue

One of the things I have pondered since I have been housebound is what happened on the last night of a meeting that was held in Ft. Pierce, Florida in 1986. In the audience of about forty were two Baptist preachers along with the local brethren, a few Christians from other congregations and various interested persons. The two Baptists had been there every night except Wednesday. On the last night, after things were concluded, the preacher told me that he…

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God’s Word

God's Word is not a mascot, a thing which brings good luck by its mere presence. It is of no value to have a copy of it in the house, or in one's pocket, if it is not read. When we read it, understand it, and give all diligence to walk according to its teaching, it benefits us indeed. So the chief duty of every Christian, in as far as others are concerned, is to do what he can to…

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Father Forgive Them

Do you suppose that Jesus’ prayer on the cross exonerated His murderers, and like the thief that they ended up in Paradise when they died? Do you suppose that without their knowledge that they possessed a golden “Get out of Hell Free” card because Christ had said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”? Perhaps those who Stephen and later Paul prayed for escaped from the consequences of their evil choices and deeds too? If…

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