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Proposal For Local Church Counseling Ministry

Proposal for Establishing a Biblical Counseling Ministry in the Local Churchby John Woodward Grace Fellowship Int’l.   Outline The process can be divided in four phases: Pre-planning, Planning, Training, and Ministry 1. Pre-planning phase Identify and clarify the leader’s understanding of the counseling model. The doctrine of sanctification The role of psychology The biblical model…
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Dynamics of Transformation

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and…
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Are You Good Enough to Go to Heaven?

By Ray Comfort Of all the questions you will ask yourself in life, probably the most important is, “Am I good enough to go to Heaven?” The way to find this out is to ask yourself if you have obeyed the Ten Commandments. Most would answer the question, “Well, I’ve broken one or two, but…
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Taking Up Your Cross Daily

An Outline Teaching Since the believer’s SPIRIT is already saved (Ephesians 2:8-9), and his BODY will be saved (redeemed) at the resurrection (Romans 8:22-24), the major focus for taking up the Cross for victorious living is the SOUL. “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which…
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Reformation or Transformation?

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and…
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A Response

A Response to an article circulated that criticizes the counseling model of Dr. Charles Solomon This response is not required to vindicate Grace Fellowship International. Our aspiration is to have such a God-centered calling that we can echo Paul’s attitude: “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by…
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The Creation of a Christian

An Exposition of Ephesians 2:1-10 We may go on into [Ephesians] 2:4-10, where we see the sinner becoming a saint through the mighty operation of God’s mercy, love and grace. The process in the creation of a Christian is given here with a clarity and beauty found nowhere else in the Word. The passage falls…
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The Blameless Life

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and…
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The Freedom of the Christian

“And having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:18) “But now having been freed from sin….you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification….” (Romans 6:22) “But now we have been released from the Law….” (Romans 7:6) “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from…
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An Invitation to Biblical Faith

  When your eternal destiny is at stake, you can’t afford to base your acceptance or rejection of the Bible’s message on secondhand opinions. Maybe you were raised in church and are familiar with the more popular Bible stories. Or maybe you have sat under skeptical scholarship in a religious education class or the Discovery…
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His Indwelling Presence, Part 3

[In part one we considered “His Indwelling–Our Positional Sanctification”, and part two is about “His Indwelling–Our Experimental Sanctification.” After considering that THE SPIRIT’S INDWELLING OVERCOMES SIN IN US, we conclude this chapter on the practical and progressive side of the believer’s growth in Christlike character.] THE SPIRIT’S INDWELLING DEVELOPS HIS OWN CHRISTLIKE CHARACTER IN US.…
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His Indwelling Presence – Part 2

[In part one we considered “His Indwelling-Our Positional Sanctification”] “By that will [God’s will] we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” [positional/spiritual] (Heb. 10:10). “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified“ [experiential/practical] (Heb. 10:14). II. His Indwelling–Our Experimental Sanctification The…
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His Indwelling Presence

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (I Corinthians 3:16). Summary The Apostle Paul; amazed at the inconsistencies existing among the Corinthian Christians, accounts for them in one of two ways: either th ey are ignorant of the fundamental facts of Christian…
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The Two Aspects of the Cross (Part 2)

[Jesus Christ’s Finished Work on the Cross: Substitution and Identification] [“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit…
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The Two Aspects of Christ’s Death (Part 1)

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Heb. 2:9). A young Christian who had been meditating much upon the Redemptive work of Christ, found difficulty in perceiving…
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Living by Grace through Faith

“Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross … How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now…
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Say ‘No’ to the Scarecrow

“If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” (Eph 4:21,22). The issue This text in Ephesians has caused many believers to think that they are simultaneously…
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Victory

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. [The mortal body] is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam was made a living soul’; the…
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Blue Christmas

My wife and I were invited to speak at a “Blue Christmas” service for those who are grieving the passing of loved ones. The time for reflection, sharing and worship was just as much for us as for the other who attended. Four brief devotions were given as symbolized by the lighting of candles. This…
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Set Apart for God

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; now how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor” (1 These. 4:3,4). 1. Sanctified discernment “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have…
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Obeying from the Heart

Obeying from the heart is… Prophesied in the New Covenant “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My…
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Beyond Self Improvement

Before God could use these [great devotional writers of the past], He had to bring them to the end of themselves. He had to teach them that self-confidence–no matter what it’s form–could only result in defeat. Many of these servants had to spend years of struggling in the “self-life” before they learned to depend on…
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Let Us Run

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:3). “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run, that ye may attain” (1 Corinthians 9:24). “Ye were running well;…
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Self Reflections

What happens to the self under the Christian faith? It is an important question as the self is the only thing we own. It is the only thing we will take out with us when we go out of this world. It is the thing we have to live with while we are here. You…
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Testimony: My Journey to the Cross

Recognition & Celebration of My “Death” in 2005 …”yet I live” (Galatians 2:20) . Being delivered from my Self and coming to the full realization and understanding that God had been preparing me–not punishing me and that He used crisis situations in my life to complete the plan I had given Him permission to accomplish…
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Broken Cisterns

“They have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink” (John 7:37). . WHAT AN infinite mistake to miss the fountain freely flowing to quench our thirst, and to hew out…
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A Spiritual Secret from a Senior Citizen

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing…” Psalm 92:12,14 NKJV His Evangelistic Witness [This unnamed senior citizen] visited every family, prayed in every house, and talked personally with every man, woman and…
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God’s Salvation in a Person

We read in Acts 5:42 concerning the apostles: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” They had only one text and one sermon — God’s salvation in a Person. Paul, in Acts 9:20, preached his first Christian message: “Immediately he preached the…
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Saved by His Life

“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10 . “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.…
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On Asking “Why”?

[“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8,9] Life’s problems do not always have easy answers. Often there is no immediate and…
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