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Growing Up in Jesus (2010)

What does growing up in Jesus look like? It begins with submission to Jesus and self-sacrifice. Then, instead of doubting whether we’ve been born again and beating ourselves up over our failures, we determine to take our honest failures to Jesus in the prayer closet, renounce that way of walking, and claim the victory in...

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The Law of the Spirit of Life (2004)

What is the law of the Spirit of life? Simply, when a seed is planted, it dies and becomes a whole plant with much fruit and many seeds. To walk in the law of the Spirit of life, we must plant the seed of the spirit by forsaking all other loves and ownership of our...

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Is Jesus Trying to Kill Me? (2009)

The Lord has said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” But Jesus died so that our soul does not have to die! So how are we to die with Christ? We are to die first to our sinful actions, and second to our sinful nature. The sin nature is not part of our soul—it...

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Remember Lot’s Wife (2003)

Why did Lot’s wife look back? Jesus explains that she longed to preserve her life: to have all of her expensive stuff and friendships and still escape the fire of judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. Are you, like Lot’s wife, trying to get to heaven without any self-denial? Or are you sold out for Jesus?

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A Battle for Your Soul! (Encore, 2003)

The battle for your soul needs to be settled so that you can pull sinners out of the fire. This three-stage process is depicted in the exodus of the children of Israel, their time in the desert, and their entry into the promised land. The first stage is an external battle with sin. When we...

Giving to Jesus: A Christmas Message
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Giving to Jesus: A Christmas Message

As we head into Christmas, it is good to be on guard against the temptation to worldliness and materialism. Let’s consider how the wise men, King Herod, and the Sanhedrin responded to God giving his Son to a lost and dying world. The wise men recognized that Jesus was God’s gift to the world, including...

Starting a New Writing Journey
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Starting a New Writing Journey

As we grow in Jesus, our thoughts and prayers about His Kingdom and Righteousness consume more and more of our mind’s eye. Our aim on this blog is to share these prayerful thoughts and contemplations with our online ecclesia.

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A Christmas Gift from Jesus! (Encore)

Guy Bevington, an old-time American holiness evangelist in the 1900s, took God at his word when he promised to give us a Savior from sin, not in sin. In this encore Christmas Eve offertory, Pastor Ray weaves together the story of the birth of Christ with Bevington’s importunity in prayer that moved God to save...

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A Few Announcements

The internet radio should be back online soon. We’ll also be exploring ways to improve it. Next week’s radio broadcasts will be a series of “classic” sermons, some dating back as far as 2003. We pray that they are a blessing to you. In addition, our Saturday classic sermons will be coming back soon. Finally, if...

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Giving up the Place of an Egyptian (Encore)

Many have stumbled in their pursuit of holiness over 1 John 1:8. A close reading of this verse as one in a series of couplets shows that John expects his readers to leave behind their lives in Egypt–the world–and live without sin in this life. As Adam Clarke wrote, “So he that says the blood...