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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...

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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,...

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You Must Call on the Name of the Lord

Following Sister Michelle's welcome message on humility, Pastor Ray's sermon examines the three accounts of Saul's conversion. Acts 26:16 shows that the removal of all sin–including the carnal nature–and the revival, Pentecost power of the Holy Spirit are to be obtained together. To “baptize ourselves” in this way means to give ourselves to committed prayer until...

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The Holy Spirit’s Prayer (2006)

In this encore message, Pastors Ray and Jan ask, “Was the cross enough for our salvation? Can you be saved from hell while still living in sin?” A look at the words of Jesus, Paul, and John answer, “Absolutely not!” The cross opened the way for total salvation now, but we must appropriate that gift...

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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...