Money, Pride & Destructive Relationships Hinder Holiness

December 18th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Money, Pride & Destructive Relationships Hinder Holiness)

As mentioned last week: If we truly want to experience the power of God, we must surrender pivotal areas of our lives.

The first area was our “time.” I John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” We claim that we don’t have time for God, but we find time to enjoy the things of this world. If we don’t schedule time, time will schedule for us. “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Time is not like money; it can’t be earned, borrowed, or saved. You do, however, spend it, so spend wisely.

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Guard Your Mind and It Will Guard You

December 11th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Guard Your Mind and It Will Guard You)

As mentioned last week: Many of us do not want to admit that there is something lacking in our spiritual lives. Pride, religious upbringing, denominationalism, etc. will keep scores of Christians from experiencing the life changing power of God.If we truly want to experience the power of God, we must surrender pivotal areas of our lives. It is then, and only then, that the “rivers of living water” that Jesus described can flow freely. And, like Jeremiah, we can say that “His word is in my heart like a burning fire, deep within me; I can no longer hold it back.”

We left off last week at the second area to surrender…our mind. I’m not referring to “letting yourself go,” I’m referring to Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 8:5 sheds light as well, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Are you setting your mind on the things of God (holiness), or on the things of the world (worldliness)?

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The Holy Spirit Seeks Surrendered Lives

December 4th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on The Holy Spirit Seeks Surrendered Lives)

This is part IV in a series on the Holy Spirit

As mentioned last week: Many of us do not want to admit that there is something lacking in our spiritual lives. Pride, religious upbringing, denominationalism, etc. will keep scores of Christians from experiencing the life changing power of God.

Sadly, very few know about the surrendered life. We enjoy blessings, love, and happiness, but not repentance, longsuffering, and surrender. We quote Deuteronomy 28:2, “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…” but tend to overlook the last half, “because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” We are encouraged by Deuteronomy 28:13, “And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath…” But cringe at Matthew 16:24, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Historically, Christian leaders were identified by their actions with words such as “total dedication,” “committed completely to God,” “gave myself fully to Him,” and “surrendered all”. But the church today, in general, knows little about the surrendered life. We lean toward “feel good messages.” We are having our ears tickled, but our lifestyles are not challenged. We turn from truth and allow cultural trends to redefine morality. We absorb what we want to hear and dismiss what we need to hear.

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The Holy Spirit… Not Just for Charismatics

November 27th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on The Holy Spirit… Not Just for Charismatics)

This is part III in a series on the Holy Spirit

Last week, I asked how many can say like Jeremiah, “His word was in my heart like a burning fire, shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not” (20:9)?

If we are honest, we realize that the power of the Holy Spirit is clearly missing in the lives of many Christians.

I came across an encouraging book a few years ago entitled, They Found The Secret. It contains brief biographies of Christian leaders such as D.L. Moody, John Bunyan, Amy Carmichael, Charles Finney, Adoniram Judson, Oswald Chambers, Hudson Taylor, Andrew Murray, and more who (in their opinion) received the baptism of the Spirit after conversion…sometimes years later. In many cases, it wasn’t until they finally surrendered their entire life to God that they experienced such intensity that could only be born of the Spirit.

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WHAT IS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

November 20th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on WHAT IS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?)

This is part II in a series on the Holy Spirit

Last week I asked, “Why is the doctrine of the Holy Spirit so divisive when the Bible is crystal clear on the need for the Spirit’s power?” There is a critical need for “balance”. Many churches tend to embrace one extreme, or the other. We identified the two extremes as resembling circuses or cemeteries.

In the circus environment, anything goes. Bizarre acts are excused by thinking “the Spirit is moving.” Often, the Spirit is not moving; human emotions, and fleshly impulses are. I Corinthians 14:33 and 40 remind us, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,” and to “let all things be done decently and in order.” God works through brokenness, humility, and full surrender, not chaos and confusion. If you have ever been to a major league game, you may have noticed that fans (all who are clearly devoted to the players) come in all shapes and sizes, and with a spectrum of personalities. They all express themselves differently. I want to be careful not to discredit this.
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The Forgotten God – Who is the Holy Spirit?

November 13th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on The Forgotten God – Who is the Holy Spirit?)

It may be hard to believe, but I actually knew a pastor who asked his worship leader to remove all songs mentioning the Holy Spirit. How sad…in his zeal to avoid charismatic excesses, he actually quenched the Spirit.

Why is the doctrine of the Holy Spirit so confusing when the Bible is crystal clear on the need for the Spirit’s power? In my opinion, one of the problems is “balance”, or a lack thereof. Many churches tend to embrace one extreme, or the other. Some have identified the two extremes as resembling either circuses or cemeteries. In the circus environment, anything goes. Ungodly behavior is excused by saying, “The Spirit is moving.” Often, the Spirit is not moving; human emotions, and fleshly impulses are. The Holy Spirit may, or may not be present, but sheer outward acts are no guarantee.

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Here’s why November 2nd is so Important. Vote! – Article 2

October 30th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Here’s why November 2nd is so Important. Vote! – Article 2)

One of the most controversial issues of our time is the question of mixing religion and politics. One group believes that the church should be used as a political platform, the other advocates passivity. So, what’s the answer?

First and foremost, we cannot deny our primary responsibility: To encourage people to turn to Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is how America will “truly” change from the inside out. The No. 1 problem in America is not a political problem; it’s a spiritual problem called sin. The primary goal of the church is not to become a political movement, but a spiritual influence. Christianity has influenced large-scale changes because it first transformed the hearts of men and women.

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Here’s Why November 2nd is so Important. Vote!

October 23rd, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Here’s Why November 2nd is so Important. Vote!)

Mandatory Euthanasia Bill: What many call genocide, Congress calls necessary to curtail rising healthcare costs. In the hope of reclaiming financial stability, many legislators plan to sign a mandatory Euthanasia Bill. In defense of the Bill, some State Representatives claim that abortion has helped to offset rising health care costs. This new legislation will include those with terminal or chronic illnesses—life will be terminated when rehabilitation is uncertain, and/or when lingering illnesses threaten the economy. Those with criminal records, and the elderly, are also being considered. The bill is expected to take effect late next year.

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