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Did Jesus offer an Amendment to the 10 Commandments?

Did Jesus offer an Amendment to the 10 Commandments?

James 2:20 “You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without works is dead?” Have you ever examined the kind of works that James cited in his passage in his letter to the nations? Why didn’t James say that helping Granny paint her house was a good work instead of the examples he chose? James seems to go out of his way to use antithetical examples other than obvious “good” works we would choose. Why? In James 2:21 he writes, “Was…

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Contrasting Flesh with Faith

Contrasting Flesh with Faith

There are some who walk in fear and there are some who walk in faith. There are people who follow God’s law and there are those who follow God’s voice. There are people who live under law and there are those who live under grace. There are some who talk of God’s power and there are some who walk in God’s power. There are some who of speak of great miracles and there are those of whose miracles we speak….

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Breakthrough is only a trial away

Breakthrough is only a trial away

Are you in a situation to the point that it hurts?  I believe God has something for us that only these situations could teach.  These are the times we find ourselves on the threshold of breakthrough, the sort of breakthrough that not only allows us to move beyond the state we’re in, but promises to be a ministry in and of itself.  Hebrews 2:18 says “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who…

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The Naturalness of Spiritual Gift Tests

The Naturalness of Spiritual Gift Tests

Many peope each day spend their hard earned dollars looking to glean a bit of wisdom on finding purpose for what they should do with their lives. We will go to great lengths in search of our purpose and calling when it might be right in front of our noses. If we know the HS is faithful to tell us who we are, but haven’t we asked him lately, how would we ever expect to know what we should do? I supposed…

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Mindsets that Poison a Spiritual Walk

Mindsets that Poison a Spiritual Walk

It’s Sunday and you’re getting ready for church. You’re thinking that worship is going to be good and you’re jazzed to hear from God today.  You wisp yourself off to church and settle in. You’re feeling good. Bold! You’re walking around the church like you own the place, praying for others and laying on hands to anyone who needs it. A few good acquaintances make their way to you and say hello. It’s really going well. Suddenly you hear the…

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Embracing Refinement

Embracing Refinement

But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. Mal. 3:2 Refinement is never an easy idea to embrace. Understanding that life will not always come easy and could forever change who we are today through one defining momement is an idea that takes a great deal of forethought to deal with.  Let’s be honest. Most people are reactive to situations. They haven’t disciplined themselves…

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Prophecy Under Grace

Prophecy Under Grace

There is an assumption in the church today that all prophecy is, as prophecy was in the Old Testament.  This assumes that nothing changed between the leaving of the last Old Testament prophet, John the Baptist, and the coming of the first New Testament prophet, Jesus Christ, when in fact they were quite different. All prophetic people view prophecy in black and white terms, so we shouldn’t begrudge anyone who takes this view in the church. In fact, it’s incumbent upon…

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You were not called to be pew fodder

You were not called to be pew fodder

Attending church is supposed to be a worthwhile endeavor.  The idea is that we become Christians and plug into a body of believers who help us mature and grow until we, ourselves, are released to the work of ministry – or that’s the general idea. However, with more and more churches being inwardly forcused or missing apsects of the 5-fold ministries, who is regularly modeling the great commission and the gifts and anointing beyond the pastor? Every person that comes to Christ is supposed…

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In Defense of Graham Cooke

In Defense of Graham Cooke

There is much written on the Internet these days about people. In some ways I don’t like it because anyone can say anything about any person in total anonymity,  even if that person is in public ministry. If authors of such comments get their facts wrong, it’s nothing to them. No big deal. They are “anonymous,” and they can just move on.  But when it’s about someone else, if a person’s very livelihood and ministry is threatened, shouldn’t we count the cost before we spout off?  Would we treat…

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Has the church lost her love?

Has the church lost her love?

I was thinking recently about the time that I first started to fall in love with my wife. I remember the excitement, the passion, the wonder of getting to know her for the first time and all the talks we had. When we were together, it didn’t matter what we talked about, I was riveted by what she had to say or thought about things to the point that we would spend hours on the phone talking about our day…

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