Save Yourself Today
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Save Yourself Today

When Elijah called down fire on Mount Carmel, the Israelites acknowledged that the Lord was God. However, they didn’t serve him. They refused the opportunity to repent and save themselves from God’s wrath. Then, when Jesus Christ laid down his life on Calvary, he set a second Mount Carmel. The call was the same: “Sinner,...

Come to Mount Carmel
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Come to Mount Carmel

At Mount Carmel, Elijah confronted the backslidden people of Israel with the question, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, serve him. If Baal is God, serve him.” You, as a member of this listening audience, may face this same question. Have you heard the Word of God on...

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...

Get Past Your Pride (2005)
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Get Past Your Pride (2005)

King Hezekiah led revival in Israel. When he seemed on the verge of death, he cried out to the Lord. God answered him with 15 more years of life. Then, King Hezekiah revealed an underbelly of pride: he showcased the wealth of Israel before the Babylonians. God responded by saying that the Babylonians would capture...

God’s Terms for Salvation
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God’s Terms for Salvation

The prophet Jeremiah warned of Israel, “Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them” (6:30). You may ask, why would God reject a sinner? Simply, God will reject sinners who are unwilling to be saved on God’s terms. God’s terms for salvation require total, complete abandonment to God and his will....

What Is Repentance?
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What Is Repentance?

When Jesus preached, he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Because repentance is the way that you enter the kingdom of God, it’s essential to understand the command. So what is repentance? First, repentance is not feeling remorse because of the consequences of your sin. Repentance isn’t conviction. It isn’t an...

How to Overcome Sin
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How to Overcome Sin

Many Christians today live in a miserable state of bondage to sin. They pray and resolve to do better. They suppress sinful urges and desires. And they think this is the normal Christian life. But they never overcome sin. So what are we to do? How do we overcome sin? First, we must recognize that...

False Comforts
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False Comforts

For centuries, Christians have defeated their own purposes in reaching out to the lost. How? When sinners become anxious about their souls, Christians gave them false comforts. Some of these false comforts include: Telling a sinner, “Just chill. Don’t worry. Nobody’s perfect” Conversion is a long, slow, progressive process Praying that God will help the...

An End of Self-Absorption (2004)
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An End of Self-Absorption (2004)

Self-absorption is the opposite of the love described in 1 Corinthians 13. Many sins emerge out of a self-absorbed heart. But, the gospel obliterates selfishness and self-absorption and creates benevolence in the heart. Like the rich younger ruler, we may come to Jesus with an eagerness to serve him. But one thing blocked the rich...

How to Speak to Sinners
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How to Speak to Sinners

After you begin praying for sinners, the next step is to speak to them. This requires wisdom, tact, and compassion. In this discussion, Pastor Ray Greenley and Alexandra Ghaly outline some very practical tips on how any Christian can successfully speak to sinners and lead them to Christ. The general principle and key is that...