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June 2017 Offertory

Following an opening drawn from Rethinking Revival, Pastor Ray opens the phone lines for a day of giving. Enjoy the hymns and songs, and please Give to Jesus as the Holy Spirit leads you!  

A Living Hope (April 2017)
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A Living Hope (April 2017)

Is your hope in Jesus as alive as a warm handful of Mexican jumping beans? The apostle Peter identifies the nature of this living hope by outlining how one moves from being called to being chosen, or elect. First, Jesus calls all men to himself. Then, we choose how to respond. Peter identifies this as,...

Married for Eternity
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Married for Eternity

Jesus passionate love for us leads Him to go to every length to purify us so that we can be married for eternity to Him. To be purified, we must make a deep and thorough repentance. E.E. Shelhamer’s Manifestations of Carnality provides specific suggestions. Secondly, we must quickly do whatever Jesus tells us to do....

Grave Joy (May 2017)
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Grave Joy (May 2017)

An encounter with God’s holiness will inspire grave joy in our hearts. Unlike levity, holy joy is sober. It causes us to cry, “Woe is me!” as we see our own uncleanness and God’s holiness. As a result, we cherish the body of Christ and the lost. Instead of biting others, we love them and...

The Flame of Love
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The Flame of Love

Martha, Lazarus, and Mary offer a three-stage perspective of the Christian life. As new converts, we throw ourselves into diligent, zealous service. We then come to a point where we either burn out, or go into the Lazarus stage of death and resurrection. We grow sick of self and the carnal nature, and see ourselves...

How to Die to Self
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How to Die to Self

We often speak of dying to self–but how does one do it? G.D. Watson provides some very practical insights on how to die to self. First, the person who wishes to die to self must put off every ulterior motive for seeking Jesus. His or her only motive for seeking Jesus must be Jesus Himself....

Tenderness of Spirit
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Tenderness of Spirit

Tenderness of spirit is the Christ-life in a man or a woman. A person may be very religious, proper, and holy, yet lack a tender spirit. Indeed, a person may even be sanctified, yet their fruit is green–sour. Now, the National Prayer Chapel is walking out this transition from outward religious piety to an inward...

Holy Love and the Critical Spirit
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Holy Love and the Critical Spirit

Holy love and the critical spirit oppose one another. With this in mind, G.D. Watson’s essay, “A Critical Spirit,” provides context for understanding recent events at the National Prayer Chapel. At the National Prayer Chapel, we emphasized repentance and righteousness. But, we didn’t lift love to the same standard. This created an environment where criticism...

Abandoned (2011)
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Abandoned (2011)

The human heart dreads abandonment. We may ask, “Where is God? Why has he abandoned me?” But, to tell the truth, God didn’t abandon us. We abandoned God. The prodigal son illustrates the case of every sinner. Discontent with authority, the son struck out on his own to have his own life. In the process,...

The Need for a Solemn Assembly
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The Need for a Solemn Assembly

Every church in America needs a solemn assembly. This is a mandatory time for everyone in the church–including children–to confess corporate sin. Corporate sin includes sin as a church and as a nation. Murder, rape, abortion, increasing secularism, and gay marriage are the righteous judgments of God on this nation because of the unconfessed sins...