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[17 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 355 views]

Sin is what happens when we have too much time on our hands and too little purpose in our lives.

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[17 Nov 2009 | One Comment | 505 views]
The Thrill Of The Climb

Now, I don’t want to brag, but there is very little I’m afraid of. Seriously. In fact, I would more accurately describe myself as “nearly fearless with a healthy tint of caution”. From bungee jumping to rock-climbing, anything that speeds and anything tall (the taller the better), I seek the thrill of flirting with danger. But I’m at least sensible about it! Well… usually.
I remember a canoeing trip some years back when some friends and I grew amazed at both the depth of the water we had just paddled into, …

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[16 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 345 views]

In 2 Chronicles 32:27-31, we read the narrative of King Hezekiah’s rise to wealth and possessions by the hand of God. The Lord had prospered him greatly, to the degree that he had to build treasuries, and storehouses, and stalls to keep it all. In verse 31, we read a profound statement about God’s dealings with the man that He had blessed so abundantly.
Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, …

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[13 Nov 2009 | One Comment | 328 views]

In the sanctity of the marriage relationship it would be absurd to live each day in a constant dare, regularly seeking how far one could go before the spouse will be pushed to divorce. It would be considered beyond despicable for one of the married partners to always be looking to see how much they can get away with before the relationship is too strained.
Yet, in daily spite of the God who loves them, many people do this very thing. They question, “will I go to hell if I (fill …

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[12 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 568 views]

God suffers in the multitude of souls whom His word can not reach. Religious truth is imprisoned in a small number of manuscript books which confine instead of spread the public treasure.
Let us break the seal which seals up holy things and give wings to Truth in order that she may win every soul that comes into the world by her word no longer written at great expense by hands easily palsied, but multiplied like the wind by an untiring machine.

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[11 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 525 views]

Chuck Swindoll was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Catalyst ’09 Conference. During his presentation, he described “10 Things I Have Learned During Nearly 50 Years in Leadership.”
Here’s the list:
1) It’s lonely to lead. Leadership involves tough decisions. The tougher the decision, the lonelier it is.
2) It’s dangerous to succeed. I’m most concerned for those who aren’t even 30 and are very gifted and successful. Sometimes God uses someone right out of youth, but usually He uses leaders who have been crushed.
3) It’s hardest at home. No one …

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[10 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 266 views]

The enjoyment of noble architecture and music is not worship, and may not be mistaken for it.
The hush which falls on us, walking the aisles of a church of eight hundred years; the thrill of the nerves and heart as the glorious praise begins, whose echoes fail amid fretted vaults and clustered shafts; all that feeling, solemn as it is, has no necessary connection with worshiping God in spirit and in truth. And we may delude ourselves with the belief that we are offering spiritual worship when it is all …

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[9 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 266 views]

“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” KJV
The wind (pneuma – Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit) bloweth (pneo – to breath) where it listeth (thelo – to will, be resolved, to desire), and thou hearest (akouo – to hear, to attend, be noised, be reported) the sound (phone – a sound, tone, musical instrument, a voice, a sound of uttered words, speech, of a …

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[6 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 642 views]

Booklet published by the UPCI, published date and author unknown.
Not Laws to Govern, But Principles to Guide.
Striving to be a good minister of the Lord Jesus Christ…
I will constantly prepare myself in body, mind and spirit
I will safeguard the Good Name of the Ministry, speak the truth in love, live honestly and avoid embarrassing debts.
I will hold as sacred all confidences shared with me.
I will exercise the authority of a spiritual leader rather than that of a dictator.
I will seek to minister rather than be ministered unto; placing service above …

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[5 Nov 2009 | No Comment | 238 views]

Freedom’s never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to children in bloodstream, it must be fought for.