April 2018 Offertory
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April 2018 Offertory

Korean Christians in the Pyongyang revival eagerly stripped off their jewelry and watches to build a debt-free church facility. Another man, eager to pay off $50 of church debt, sold his mule and plowed by hand with his son. Why did these Christians behave this way? Because their heavenly mindset saw the intense value of...

The Gospel vs. Christian Gnosticism
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The Gospel vs. Christian Gnosticism

Gnosticism originated before the time of Jesus. After the birth of the church, Gnosticism made quick inroads into the church in both teaching and practice. Today, many of these Gnostic infiltrations still exist in the church. However, they aren't recognized as Gnostic. So what is the true gospel, and what is Gnostic heresy? Pastor Ray...

The Price of Faith
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The Price of Faith

God promises to give faith to those willing to pay the price. This price includes a love for God that leads to reading and obeying the Bible, and holiness. Moreover, we must have a clean conscience and walk without any condemnation before God. This faith from God is indispensable to the prayer of faith, and...

Divorce from Religion
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Divorce from Religion

Jesus told a story of a wedding banquet in which one man did not wear the appropriate clothing. As a result, he was cast out of the banquet and sent to hell. This man was speechless. Why? Because he thought that his “religious” clothes would get him in. Instead, what he needed was the “clean...

The Holy Spirit Takes Possession
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The Holy Spirit Takes Possession

Yesterday's broadcast provided a Biblical foundation for every believer to seek the Pentecost baptism of the Holy Spirit after conversion. So, we thought a modern-day illustration would be helpful. In this story, we read Rees Howells' detailed experience of the Holy Spirit taking possession of his body and life. Three years after this young coal...

Every Christian Filled by the Spirit
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Every Christian Filled by the Spirit

God commands every Christian to take up the Great Commission. But, he also commands every Christian to seek and obtain Divine power to fulfill it. Alexandra walks through a number of illustrative Scriptures in the gospels and the book of Acts. Thus, we establish 1) the Great Commission is for all Christians, 2) the Pentecost...

Indwelt by Jesus
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Indwelt by Jesus

The Christian life is not completed in conversion. In the new birth, a person is changed from a sinner to a saint. Now, free to never sin again, the new Christian must go on to seek the Pentecost baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also described this as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit: he...

Go Back to the Upper Room
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Go Back to the Upper Room

The command to every Christian is, “Go back to the upper room.” Why? To wait for the indwelling Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the disciples transitioned from having the Holy Spirit with them to having the Holy Spirit in them. In other words, Jesus Christ comes to live out His life in that person in the...

The Prayer of Faith, Part 2
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The Prayer of Faith, Part 2

How does the Holy Spirit help us know God's will and pray in faith? First, he leads a Christian to consider the state of the lost and the church in light of the Bible. In other words, the Christian sees the lost as the Bible describes them. And he sees the current state of the...

The Prayer of Faith, Part 1
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The Prayer of Faith, Part 1

The prayer of faith is a specific kind of prayer that always obtains the blessing. As 1 John 5:14-15 says, This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have...