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[26 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 1,177 views]

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13)
To the ARCHITECT, He is the “Chief Cornerstone”
To the BAKER, He is the “Living Bread”
To the CARPENTER, He is the “Door”
To the DOCTOR, He is the “Great Physician”
To the EDUCATOR, He is the “Rabbi, the Great Teacher”
To the FLORIST, He is the “Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley”
To the GEOLOGIST, He is the “Rock of Ages”
To the HORTICULTURIST, He is the “True Vine”
To the INVENTOR, He is the “New and Living Way”
To the JEWELER, He is the “Pearl of Great Price”
To the KING, …

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[18 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 123 views]

Concerning “The Lord’s Supper”, I ask that anyone taking communion be born again, and living for God.
If Communion is also symbolic of the Passover, I believe there are some considerations to be made that we can draw from it.There are many points in Exodus chapter 12 that I think are important concerning the subject…
v. 3 Take every man a lamb. With Christ as the lamb, each individual must “take” him
v. 4 If it’s too much for your household, share the lamb with a neighbor. Each individual should be committed to …

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[16 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 282 views]

I had a battle fierce today
Right in the place of prayer.
I went to meet and talk with God,
But I found Satan there.
He whispered, “You can’t really pray;
You lost out long ago.
You might say words while on your knees,
But you can’t pray, you know.”
So then I pulled my helmet tight,
Way down upon my ears,
And found it helped to still his voice,
And helped allay my fears.
I checked my other armor o’er,
My feet in peace were shod.
My loins with truth still girded ’round,
My sword the Word of God.
My righteous breastplate still was on
My …

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[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 562 views]

January 18, 1993
To All of Our Ministers in the United Pentecostal Church International,
Greetings in the only saving Name, Jesus!
The General Board met in their annual Mid-Winter Meeting at the World Evangelism Center on Tuesday, January 12, through Thursday, January 14, 1993. One of the most important questions of discussion involved the resolution passed at the General Conference held in Salt Lake City. This resolution called our ministerial constituency to affirm their conviction on the matter of our doctrinal position on full salvation and our stand on holiness.
The Executive Board had …

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[13 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 514 views]

And if you greet your brethren only, what is unusual about that? Do not the unbelievers do the same? (Matt 5:47)
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? Matt 6:27
Why are you anxious about clothes? Matt 6:28
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye yet fail to perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? (Matt 7:2)
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? (Matt 7:16)
Why are you terrified? (Matt 8:26)
Why do you harbor evil thoughts? (Matt 9:4)
Can the wedding guests …

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[11 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 100 views]

647 distinct commands in the New Testament:
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship …

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[18 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 235 views]

Isn’t it strange, that princes and kings,
and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
and common-folk like you and me,
are builders for eternity?
To each is given a bag of tools,
a shapeless mass and a Book of Rules;
and each must make ‘ere time has flown,
a stumbling block or a stepping stone.
R.L. Sharpe, “A bag of tools,” circa 1809

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[1 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 173 views]

by Ralph Cushman
I met God in the morning,
when my day was at its best.
And His Presence came like glory,
a sunrise in my breast.
All day long His Presence lingered,
all day long He stayed with me…
And we sailed in perfect calmness,
O’er a very troubled sea.
Other ships were blown and battered;
Other ships were sore distressed.
But the winds that seemed to drive them,
Brought to us such peace and rest.
Then I thought of other mornings,
With a keen remorse of mind.
When I too had loosed the moorings,
with the Savior left behind.
So I think I know the …

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[2 May 2011 | No Comment | 102 views]

things are not perfect
of trial or pain
in thanksgiving
not begin to blame
when the times are hard
winds are bound to blow
is forever able
on to what you know
life without His love
would cease to be
thanking Him for all the things
imparts to thee
out of ‘Camp Complaining’
weapon that is known
earth can yield the power
can do alone
looking at the future
the time at hand
every day with worship
‘thank’ is a command
we see Him coming
in the sky
run the race with gratitude
God most high
there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

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[22 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 88 views]

According to the April, 2011 edition of Newsmax, religion in the United States is evolving almost as rapidly as America itself. Listed below are seven top religious trends that are changing the nation’s spiritual and political landscape:

Social Networking — As a cohesive community, religious conservatives are positioned to take advantage of the rise of social networking, in an era when a single tweet or Facebook post can monopolize a political agenda.
Political Ecumenism — Religious conservatives, facing a culture that appears indifferent or hostile to their values, are more willing to set …