A Living Hope
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A Living Hope

Is your hope in Jesus as alive as a warm handful of Mexican jumping beans? The apostle Peter outlines how one moves from being called to being chosen, or elect. This purification process, wrought by the Holy Spirit, involves many piercings that show us our true spiritual condition so that we can repent. Are you...

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Dead or Alive (2004)

How can you tell whether you–or a church–is alive or dead? The risen Christ's message to the church in Sardis points to one's works. Though we are not saved by works, true saving faith will produce works of obedience. Without them, we are dead, even if we have the appearance of being a living Christian....

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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...

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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...

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A Pure Heart by Faith (2011)

You are sanctified the same way you are saved: by a gift of grace through faith. The cost–you must die with Christ–is also the same. In early America, this gift of sanctification–or a pure heart–often came via the mourner's bench. After a service, those battling with conviction would tarry on a pew at the front...