Jesus & The Gospel

Empowered to Serve

Last week I wrote a blog about the reality of God’s Kingdom touching earth through miraculous deeds, and the fact that the Bible testifies that those things continue in the church today. Knowing many people who read my blog personally, I know that the “charismatic,” “continuationist” viewpoint is one that some do not agree with,(…)

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Christ in You: The Hope of The World

I have slowly been working my way through a very large book called, “John G. Lake: The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings” compiled by Roberts Liardon. Last night, as I read one of Pastor Lake’s sermons from April 26, 1914, I was stirred to pray that God would give me the grace to become(…)

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Rules Don’t Equal Righteousness

What is the essence of true spirituality? What does it look like for someone to live out  in the world the life they received through new (spiritual) birth in Christ? These questions have been weighing on my mind a lot lately as I have been discussing with others the call of the Christian as an(…)

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Crucified

(This is part 1 of an Easter weekend blog series) To Christians, today  is known as “Good Friday,” a  celebrated holiday so called because it is the day that the sacrifice was made for our sins in Jesus willingly dying on the cross. For those of us who have tasted the grace of God, however,(…)

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The Darkest Day in Christian History

(This is part 2 of my Easter Weekend series. Click here for part 1.) Put yourself in the place of the twelve disciples for a minute. For about the last three years you have walked with Jesus and seen every great miracle and heard every teaching he has presented. You have possibly been one of(…)

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Because He Lives, We Live!

(This is Part 3 of my Easter Weekend series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2) This is it. This is the day on which all of eternity shifts. Easter. Resurrection Day. Death is defeated. Jesus lives! As I have meditated on the resurrection, I am reminded of Peter and John standing before the High(…)

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How to Live Tax-Free

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 1

Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the book of Acts, just making observations in my journal of the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life. In this post I share my findings from the first half of the book(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 2

Last week we began looking through the book of Acts at the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life, then known as “The Way.” As I have continued in this study in my personal time, it became clear to me that two posts(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 3

For the last couple of weeks I have been sharing my observations of characteristics and experiences had by the Christians in the book of Acts. If you have missed them, be sure to read part 1 and part 2. And then today, to close it out, here is the final section of the book of(…)

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