The First Baby Steps of Salvation
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The First Baby Steps of Salvation

What are the first baby steps of salvation we must take to grow up in Jesus? The traditions of our modern, hidebound church produce 30-year-old infants in Christ who argue, fuss, make messes, are jealous, and complain when left without a binky or bottle. How do we get past this Gerber food of the gospel?...

Perfectly Trustful, Perfectly Calm
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Perfectly Trustful, Perfectly Calm

In his memoir, Holy Spirit Revivals, Charles Finney describes how revival broke through fierce opposition in Auburn, New York. Finney brought the opposition before the Lord. After several days of prayer, he was lifted into a perfectly trustful, perfectly calm state of mind. Kindness for those who opposed the revival filled Finney’s heart. He determined...

The War Is On
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The War Is On

The war is on: Satan is being evicted, and Jesus Christ is conquering territory on this earth by reclaiming men and women’s hearts to obedience under the royal authority of God. In this war, we are called to repent–to leave the kingdom of darkness and enlist in the battle for righteousness. If you make this...

Interview with Corey Stewart
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Interview with Corey Stewart

In this hour-long interview with Corey Stewart, candidate for the governorship of Virginia, Pastor Ray digs into a number of moral and political questions. “What do you see as the role of the church in the community of Virginia?” “How do we reign in judges who make law instead of support law?” Corey directly addresses...

The Lie of Imputed Righteousness
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The Lie of Imputed Righteousness

The lie of imputed righteousness has cast a delusion over the modern church. “When Jesus looks at you, he doesn’t see you, he sees himself,” has pushed out mental distress over sin. The majority of those who call themselves Christians will, to their surprise, be sent to hell unless there is a dramatic change by...

The Truth of Romans 7
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The Truth of Romans 7

The truth of Romans 7 cannot be found out of context. Romans 6, 7, and 8 clearly show that Christians do not sin. The true Christian has a clean conscience because Jesus has saved him from sinning. The venom of the serpent who said that if you sin, “You will not surely die,” has bitten...

Will You, or Will You Not, Follow Jesus?
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Will You, or Will You Not, Follow Jesus?

At Evans’ Mills, Charles Finney confronted the congregation in this manner: “You admit that what I preach is the Gospel. You profess to believe it. Now, do you intend to receive it or reject it?” We are asking you this same question. You have listened to Pilgrim’s Progress day by day. You believe you are...

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...

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,...