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[11 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 318 views]

One night a house caught fire, and a young boy was forced to flee flames by jumping to the ground from the roof. His father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” But the boy was afraid. He couldn’t see his father–all he could see were flames, smoke, and blackness. He was afraid. Still, his father kept yelling, “Jump son! I will catch you!” But the boy refused, crying, “Daddy, I can’t see you!” His father replied, “It’s okay, son–I can …

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[28 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 449 views]

Many millions of people suffer from a spiritual, “mistaken identity”, and the Church is given the mission of reaching out to God’s lost creation and helping to restore them to their true identity.

What if you started to research your family history and discovered the mother of all skeletons in the family closet — that you weren’t who you really thought you were? That’s what happened to the descendants of Bobby Dunbar.
Bobby Dunbar went missing at the age of four during a family trip to Swayze Lake in Louisiana in 1912. …

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[23 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 756 views]

Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…”
The word of God, resident in the hearts of men, creates a relationship with Him that keeps them from sin.
John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” v. 14 says, “and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
David’s Psalm was a prophetic declaration. If Jesus is the Word, perhaps we can read Psalm 119:11 like this…
“Jesus have I hid …

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[27 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 322 views]

The Orphan Train was a social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities of the United States to the country’s Midwest for adoption. The orphan trains ran between 1854 and 1929, relocating an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.
Two charity institutions, The Children’s Aid Society (established by Charles Loring Brace) and The New York Foundling Hospital, determined to help these children. The two institutions …

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[8 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 942 views]

I wonder how often we do a disservice to those we love who are out of the Faith?
Abram’s nephew Lot went to the sinful twin-cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. After a time, Lot is taken captive when the cities were besieged, and Abram sets out with his armies to defeat his captors. Afterward, the king of Sodom tells Abram, “you can have the goods, but give me the people.” Lot went right out of the captor’s hands and back into sinful Sodom and Gomorrah. I wonder if the defeat of …

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[13 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 366 views]

By Darren Shelton
Some have asked the question, “do we have all truth?”
This is a prudent question with a simple answer and a right answer. Understanding that clarification is key to properly pursuing “all truth.”
The simple answer is no, we don’t have all truth in the sense that we don’t know everything there is to know about our great God. We will spend eternity learning and coming to know Him.
But at the same time, it is a mistake that can lead to egregious error to suggest that we are all just …

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[13 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 495 views]

The prayer life is needed much more than buildings or organizations. These are often a substitute for the other. Souls are born into the Kingdom only through prayer.
Frank Bartleman – Azusa Street, p30

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[1 Dec 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,171 views]

The Bible explains that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of someone receiving the Holy Ghost.
Since the Bible also says that we must be filled with the Holy Ghost in order to be saved, we know that a person will speak in tongues, at the least, at the instant they are filled with the Spirit.

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[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 390 views]

© 2002 David K. Bernard
Luke 11:9-13
I.    Importance
II.    Qualifications
A.    Prayer life
B.    Burden for souls
C.    Sensitivity to the Spirit
D.    Considerate of others
E.    Faith
F.    Knowledge and Instruction
III.    Inviting Seekers
A.    Rely on Word and Spirit, not pressure or gimmicks
B.    Do you feel the Lord here today?
C.    Would you like to come with me to pray?
D.    Would you like for me to pray with you here?
E.    Respond gracefully to refusals: I understand. I’ll be praying for you.
IV.    Guiding Seekers
A.    Discern their situation
1.    Ask someone who knows
2.    Talk with them if necessary
B.    Avoid distracting practices
C.    Lead …

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[22 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 247 views]

Our salvation is more than a happenstance or coincidence – It was through a sovereign act of God that you were brought into the Kingdom – You are in the Kingdom for such a time as this …
Mosses was brought to the Kingdom to deliver Israel out of Egypt.
Rahab saved her entire household.
Abraham and Sarah were to bring to birth an entire nation.
Joseph saved his brethren and ultimately his people.
Paul reached all of Asia.
Andrew won Peter who preached to 17 nations on the Day of Pentecost.
Anninias brought Saul, who became …