Breaking Out of the Straitjacket
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Breaking Out of the Straitjacket

Are you caught in a straitjacket of opinions about doctrine and practice that make you defective for the work of the gospel? This condition, described by Charles Finney in his memoir, Holy Spirit Revivals, can be diagnosed by casualness, lack of concern about holiness, or hardness of heart. The lack of Holy Spirit power in...

Returning to the Shepherd of Our Souls (2008)
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Returning to the Shepherd of Our Souls (2008)

There is no shortage of Divine power to walk holy before God as overcoming Christians. As revealed in the messages to the seven churches in Revelation, the only true block to overcoming is the pride of ownership–owning one’s life. To give up ownership is to submit in obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit...

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,...

Jacob’s Heart (March 2017)
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Jacob’s Heart (March 2017)

Jacob and Esau were separated not by an arbitrary choice of God, but by their responses to the word of God and the Holy Spirit. While Esau despised his birthright, and therefore the blessing of God, Jacob was willing to suffer so that God’s promised blessing would be fulfilled in his life. Today, God is...

Experiencing the Holy Spirit
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Experiencing the Holy Spirit

Have you wondered, “What does entire sanctification look like?” Pastor Ray finishes this week’s doctrinal teachings on this subject with a reading from Charles Finney’s “Conversion to Christ,” found in the memoir Holy Spirit Revivals. In the same day, this dear brother was first born again, then baptized in the Holy Spirit of liquid love and...

Do Not Despise the Word of the Lord
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Do Not Despise the Word of the Lord

This fiery, impassioned close reading of Psalm 51 throws light on King David’s cry for entire sanctification. He confronted the reality that his commission of adultery and murder rose out of a wicked, bent heart and spirit that had despised the word of the Lord. It wasn’t enough for David to simply have the sinful...

An End of Entertainment
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An End of Entertainment

Do these messages hook into your soul, lead you to repentance, and result in a change in your behavior? If not, entertainment may be the culprit that has turned your brain to mush and closed the narrow door of repentance promised to us in Genesis 3:15. Unlike recreation, which rebuilds the vital energies of soul...

Un-Sin Me!
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Un-Sin Me!

King David’s prayer in Psalm 51 is that God would “un-sin” him. Though usually translated “wash” or “purge,” this literal meaning of “un-sin” reveals that David was crying out for entire sanctification, which is the total removal of the old man/carnal nature. We find this taught by the apostle Paul in Romans 6: our old...

Thorns of Destruction
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Thorns of Destruction

Jesus cut the church in half when he said, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish” (Matthew 25:1-2). What happened to their oil? The parable of the sower indicates three...