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...

Born Again, Purified, and Empowered
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Born Again, Purified, and Empowered

The author of Hebrews writes, “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (9:22). Thus, the cleansing Isaiah experienced with fire was not for forgiveness. Like the disciples in the upper room, Isaiah had already been forgiven. He was already righteous....

Walking in the Father’s Love
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Walking in the Father’s Love

Entire sanctification is perfect love towards God and mankind. It is God’s love completely filling the heart and soul. But, as the story of the prodigal son shows, this love cannot exist without entire consecration to God. The prodigal son’s older brother exemplifies the danger of a Christian who is not sanctified. Though the older...

Sanctification Can Be Lost
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Sanctification Can Be Lost

A Christian can lose sanctification, or the second work of grace. But, you may ask, wouldn’t someone jealously guard such a precious gift? Often, Christians lose the blessing by refusing to testify of it. They may also lose sanctification if they allow the soul to become burdened again, or through deliberate disobedience or neglect. Usually,...

How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
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How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

Our recent broadcasts on the revivals in Argentina and Kentucky highlight the power of the Holy Spirit in revival. In light of this, you may be asking, “How am I to be filled with the Holy Spirit?” The Sanctified Life, by Beverly Carradine, answers this question. First, Carradine identifies a second work of grace in...

Holiness or Hell
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Holiness or Hell

Does a person have to keep sinning until death? A fierce battle over this question has raged for hundreds of years. One preacher, William Godbey, took the strong position, “Holiness or hell.” This dear brother lifts up Jesus as a complete, all-powerful, “NOW,” Savior. He is able and willing to save his people completely and...

The Fullness of the Beatitudes
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The Fullness of the Beatitudes

The beatitudes outline what happens in a person’s heart in conversion. But the fullness of the beatitudes consists in its application to heart purity. As in conversion, the path to entire sanctification begins with poverty of spirit. You begin to see the disparity between your walk and the apostles’ walk. Every area of your spiritual...

If We Confess Our Sins
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If We Confess Our Sins

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). These words combated the first-century Gnostic heresy that the soul could be...

The Goat of Departure
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The Goat of Departure

As we enter Holy Week, the familiar story of the death and resurrection of Christ comes to the forefront. The two-fold problem the church faces during this time is that, for many, this message doesn’t result in a change in thinking and life, because, we think, “I already know that story.” Like Nadab and Abihu,...

You Must Call on the Name of the Lord
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You Must Call on the Name of the Lord

Following Sister Michelle’s welcome message on humility, Pastor Ray’s sermon examines the three accounts of Saul’s conversion. Acts 26:16 shows that the removal of all sin–including the carnal nature–and the revival, Pentecost power of the Holy Spirit are to be obtained together. To “baptize ourselves” in this way means to give ourselves to committed prayer until...