(Part 3) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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(Part 3) True and False Baptism in the Holy Spirit

William Durham and “The Finished Work” What changed in the Pentecostal movement? How did the powerful revival at Azusa Street turn into today’s ecstatic experiences without holiness? For one, the teaching changed. The Asuza Street revival began teaching 1) regeneration, 2) entire sanctification, and 3) the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However, just a few...

Stop Fighting with the Devil (2004)
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Stop Fighting with the Devil (2004)

The apostle James called some in the Jerusalem church “adulterers.” Their adultery was not sexual, but spiritual. They were cheating on God. First, they were not sharing with the poor in the church, nor giving them equal seating. This reveals a worship of money, and also a compromise with the world. Any form of compromise...

The Love and Wrath of Jesus
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The Love and Wrath of Jesus

Jesus’ love is balanced by his wrath against sin. Sin destroys love, joy, peace, and all that is good. So to maintain a kingdom of righteousness, sin must be destroyed. By illustration, the peace and freedom of society depends on imprisoning murderers and rapists. Likewise, the holiness and peace of heaven depends on the destruction...

The Great I Am
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The Great I Am

Is Jesus the Great “I Was,” or is he the Great “I Am?” The lack of power in our churches today stems from worshiping a God who “was.” He “used” to heal. He “used” to free people from the bondage of sin and of the devil. But now, for some reason, he won’t. And we...

Married to the Devil (2003)
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Married to the Devil (2003)

God describes a Christian’s covenant with Jesus Christ as a “marriage.” As with any marriage, this covenant requires faithfulness. To be faithful to God is to love him wholeheartedly and to obey him. However, all sinners are married to the devil. This is evident by their unrighteous actions. In order to marry Jesus, a person...

God’s Revival
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God’s Revival

God’s revival in Argentina climaxed with the healing of Argentina’s dictator and evangelistic healing meetings crowded with over 180,000 people. Radio, television, and newspapers spread revival throughout the country. Though the battle with darkness is not yet over, revival continues in Argentina to this day. God wills to similarly break the powers of darkness over...

All On the Line for Revival
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All On the Line for Revival

Revival is God’s kingdom coming to earth in power. The Scriptures testify that this is true Christianity. Jesus came not merely to forgive sins, but to announce that God’s kingdom is here. Not only does Jesus announce this, but he baptizes those who believe it with “the Holy Spirit and fire” so that they can...

The Blood of the New Covenant (2005)
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The Blood of the New Covenant (2005)

After conversion, Christians are to mature. The writer of Hebrews speaks of this as eating “meat,” or “solid food,” instead of milk. A key feature of this maturity is entering the rest of God. Another is consecration and power for service. This includes answered prayers, souls saved, and Satan’s kingdom destroyed. Yet another feature is...

Jesus’ Vision of the Church
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Jesus’ Vision of the Church

The first use of the word ekklesia, or “church,” in the New Testament is by Jesus in Matthew 16. He said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Thus, we get Jesus’ vision of the church as a unified people victorious in destroying the works of the...

Is Your Church a Prayer Meeting?
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Is Your Church a Prayer Meeting?

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” How would Jesus do this? We find the answer plainly in the book of Acts. Jesus built his church as a prayer meeting. Though they lacked power, they were a church before the Day of Pentecost. After Pentecost,...