7/28/2012 – “I’m Just Not Convicted.” You Should Be – Pastor Shane Idleman

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“I’m just not convicted like that.” I recently heard this honest statement following a message on holiness.

The text for the message was 2 Corinthians 6:15, “And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial?” Belial is the epitome of evil. Paul explicitly states that believers should not compromise their convictions, nor their lifestyle—“what communion has light with darkness?”…
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5/5/2012 “Hindrances To Holiness” — Pastor Shane Idleman

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5/5/2012 “Hindrances To Holiness” — Pastor Shane Idleman
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“Hindrances To Holiness” — Pastor Shane Idleman – 5/5/2012

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2/4/2012 “Real Marriage #1 Intro: Wilt Thou Not Revive Us Again” — Pastor Shane Idleman

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2/4/2012 “Real Marriage #1 Intro: Wilt Thou Not Revive Us Again” — Pastor Shane Idleman
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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… 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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Entertainment- What Goes In Ultimately Comes Out

August 14th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Entertainment- What Goes In Ultimately Comes Out)

Part IV in a series on compromise in the church

As I said last week: Holiness is not a strange, outdated word. Its being set apart, or separated from anything that causes us to sin, whether mentally (in what we think), or physically (in what we do). Holiness begins in the heart. We should continually strive for holiness in all that we do and say. “The Holy Spirit is first of all a moral flame. It is not an accident of language that He is called the Holy Spirit, for whatever else the word holy may mean it does undoubtedly carry with it the idea of moral purity” (Tozer).
Ironically, one youth pastor told me, “I don’t worry about what I watch, or listen to, as long as my heart is right.” But this is a very dangerous view. Most will admit, however, that this statement is really just an excuse to cross the line when it comes to entertainment. Let’s be honest: Many rationalize watching and listening to very questionable material because they enjoy it.
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Prop. 8… Seven Points Federal Judge Overlooked

August 7th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Prop. 8… Seven Points Federal Judge Overlooked)
  1. To say that authentic Christians hate, or fear, those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the principles of the Christian faith. To “confront in love” simply comes from a desire to honor God, and to truly love and care for others. We must extend compassion but without compromise.
  2. If warning, confronting, challenging, advising, an admonishing can all be categorized as “hate-speech,” then, based on this definition, many parents hate their children. But of course the opposite is true: Parents love their children, so much so that they warn, confront, challenge, advise, and admonish daily. So why are those who do the same often characterized as “hate-mongers”?
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