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Union with Jesus

Are you in union with Jesus? Rees Howells' testimony illustrates the need to abandon selfishness, which is sin, in order to enter and stay in union with Jesus. The gospel is designed to eradicate selfish motives and draw one's heart into pure benevolence. On the nature of this change, Charles Finney writes, “If you love...

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Sweeping Away the Refuge of Lies!

How can you tell whether a doctrine is true? By looking at Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and his words at the Last Supper, we conclude that there is one infallible test: does the salvation being taught save you from sin here and now? The American cultural beliefs that “Nobody's perfect; everybody sins,” and, “We...

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A New Beginning of Obedience to God

A person who looks into Jesus' face, and sees the hardness and arrogance of his own heart, will respond with strong feelings and pained weeping. Once this sin is exposed, it cannot be covered; it must be removed by Jesus. Looking into theology, being distracted, or believing that when God looks at you he sees...

The Liquid Love of God
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The Liquid Love of God

Charles Finney described his conversion as, “I felt myself justified by faith…I was in a state in which I did not sin. Instead of feeling that I was sinning all the time, my heart was so full of love that it overflowed…I could not feel that I was sinning against God. Nor could I recover...

Be Wise and Surrender to Jesus!
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Be Wise and Surrender to Jesus!

The virgin birth and the pre-existence of Jesus Christ are two key elements in understanding that Jesus is the atonement, the verdict against mankind, and the gospel. We're not saved by punishment that Jesus endured; we are saved by Jesus himself. Do you respond to this like the wise men who put their faces on...

The Crooked Lane
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The Crooked Lane

After Bunyan's Christian and Hopeful leave the Delectable Mountains, they meet a pilgrim named Ignorance from the Country of Conceit. He entered the way by a crooked lane instead of the narrow gate. Ignorance refused to be convinced that he would be unable to enter the Celestial City unless he was crucified with Christ and...

Delectable Mountains (or, What Is Your Understanding of the Atonement?)
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Delectable Mountains (or, What Is Your Understanding of the Atonement?)

Your salvation largely depends on what you believe happened at the cross, as our behaviors simply mirror our beliefs. Did God punish God with the literal wrath for the past, present, and future sins of only the elect, who will be inevitably saved from hell? Or did Jesus, as both high priest and sacrifice, lay down...

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Are You Dying in Doubting Castle?

In Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Christian and Hopeful leave the path to the Celestial City and end up in Giant Despair's Doubting Castle. When humanism, self-help, waiting, and chance fail, the brothers finally cry out to God. “What a fool I've been!” Christian exclaims, realizing that a key of promise, that will open every door in...

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Send the Rain! (1 Kings 18)

God has delayed His judgments  to give Christians time to pray for personal and national repentance and revival. He seeks an Elijah company: individuals who refuse compromise with evil, abandon all hopes for fame, and devote time to earnestly pray. Have you, by faith, been made righteous so that you can cooperate with Jesus in His revival plan? Are...

A New Creation
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A New Creation

There is no sanctification after death. A close look at the original Greek text overturns a cornerstone of this false gospel: Jesus did not become sin. Instead, “The one not having experienced sin took sin on our behalf in order that we might be made righteous.” The death of Christ condemned all who sin. You...