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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 240 views]

About 18 years ago, a well-respected elder among us stood in his church’s pulpit and apologized for the way he had been teaching some things, and the expectations he had laid on his saints. He took a long time that night to explain clear, biblical teaching on things like facial hair, pants-length, entertainment, etc.
I remember hearing the news of this and being heart-broken… so shocked that what had been long-held understandings among us were being “let down”. What I saw from a distance was frightening to me, because I was …

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[11 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 273 views]
Fishermen Catch Fish

Everything they had labored 3-1/2 years for was stripped away by a rugged cross just two weeks earlier. Destitute and near defeat, Peter’s mind momentarily took him away from his calling to a previous, familiar vocation. “I go a fishing.” When one is losing faith, they begin to revert back into the comfort of familiarity… the way things used to be. It seemed like a good idea to his friends, and under the cover of night they made their way to launch a fishing vessel from the shore of Tiberias. …

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[26 May 2011 | No Comment | 223 views]
Despising youth…

When I was about 6 years old, I distinctly remember being fascinated by the red glow a spiral-shaped coil of metal on the top of our stove. My mother turned it on to heat up while she filled a pot with water. In a moment of curiosity, I quickly reached out and touched the surface of the burner to see what it felt like, and it was then I learned a lesson that would forever be, excuse the pun, “branded” in my mind… The lesson was, “don’t touch things that …

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[25 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 188 views]
The Vigor of Prayer

The early church was born in a prayer meeting, and as they continued in prayer, miracles, signs and wonders took place. They experienced the vigor of prayer, great revival, and tremendous church growth. Vigor is defined as energy; force; drive; vitality; strength; spirit; dynamism; enthusiasm; gusto; intensity, etc. God desires that we activate the power that He gave to us through prayer. He gave His disciples “power and authority over devils, and to cure diseases” (Luke 9:1). We too have access to God’s power and authority. The apostle Paul admonished …

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[4 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 559 views]
White Noise

A few years ago while I was working in the offices of General Motors, I was shocked at an inter-office memo I had received.
The note was to explain about a new “noise filtering system” that was to be installed in the 1,000-plus employee complex within the coming weeks. It wasn’t the system alone that got my attention… it was what I read next.
The memo went on to say that white noise is merely a constant flood of sound that fills the air around you. It’s purposes is to dampen the …

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 777 views]
The Secret Mistake Of The Titanic

For 100 years, the real reason for such devastating loss of life on the Titanic had been kept secret. A navigational error was at fault for the initial collision with the iceberg, but it has been revealed that the reason for it’s quick sinking was the rash decision of the ship’s owner, J. Bruce Ismay. He insisted they continue sailing when they should have just stayed still. Instead, because of their movement the ship sank hours faster than it should have. “If Titanic had stood still, she would have survived …

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[6 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 350 views]
Praying the Will of God

Written by Myron Powell
1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Confidence
Boldness = “Come boldly before the throne!”
Confidence in Him, not in ourselves!
Speak the language of faith, not fear! Because God doesn’t respond to fear!
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he …

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[2 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 302 views]
Building a Ministry that Lasts

Do you know of a former minister or even a former “Apostolic” Minister who now preachers a watered down version of truth? Chances are you do. When I considered all those who used to preach the gospel but have walked away from Apostolic ministry, I was amazed at the number. If this is your label, God isn’t finished with you. God is able to restore if we sincerely repent. Just because you failed or quit doesn’t mean that you will never again serve the Lord. You have a choice concerning your future. …

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[12 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 273 views]
The Big Dog

By Fred Kinzie
You’ve often heard it said, “Old men for counsel, young men for war.”
As an older minister, and throughout my pastoral years, it has been my pleasure and privilege to counsel and help many young men in the early years of their ministry. In our church, there has always been at least one and often as many as five young ministers, either aspiring to the ministry or in their beginning years. Then some of those pastoring or evangelizing, sensing my concern for them, have talked with me …

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[12 May 2010 | No Comment | 339 views]
Revelation and Relationship

The Old Testament revelation of God seems to center around His mighty works. When we look closely at these works we find that the revelation goes much deeper than showing God as a God with power to create and perform. A misunderstanding of the purpose of the revelation of God will lead us to a misunderstanding of God Himself. Such misunderstanding will lead to grievous errors in interpreting the purpose and intent of scripture.
God’s self-revelation to His people is the focal point of God’s revelation in the Old Testament. We …