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Spiritual Growth

“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “ 2 Peter 3:18 Two realms of growth To grow in grace and to grow in knowledge, Peter suggests, are not precisely the same thing. It is quite possible to do one without doing the other: to acquire knowledge without that…
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The Good News of God’s Love for Everyone—Including You

A Simple Gospel Outline “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 Amplified Bible).   1. God really loves everyone.  “Say to them: ‘As…
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Freedom Through Abiding in Christ

An Exposition Three great truths Paul had put before his readers [in Romans 5-8]: substitution, identification, and union. The thought of substitution he unfolds in chapter 5: “Christ died for the ungodly,” “Christ died for us,” verses 6 and 8. Here, too, we have the headship of the first and second representatives, Adam and Christ,…
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The Liberty of Sonship

[“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts,…
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God’s Way of Rest, Power and Consecration

It is a mournful fact that the majority of Christians are not happy, and that they, if they would frankly confess it, have been sadly disappointed in their Christian life. When they were converted, the prospect was full of promise: it seemed to them like the dawn of a cloudless day of peace and joy.…
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A Testimony of Worship

“It has often appeared to me delightful, to be united to Christ; to have him for my Head, and to be a member of his body; also to have Christ for my Teacher and Prophet … “Sometimes, only mentioning a single word caused my heart to burn within me; or only seeing the name of…
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Christian Living

“I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Gal 2:20. The heart of true religion is to believe that Christ is literally within us. We must not simply look to Him as our Mediator, Advocate, and Example, but as being possessed by Him. He is our Life, the…
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The Happiness of Man with God

“He [The Lord Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He…
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The Christ Centered Life: Desire and Destiny

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 To Me to Live Is Christ The mind of the Spirit for you and me today is that we should be channels for the flowing forth of the eternal life that is in Christ, in the midst of the world. He…
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May The Word of God Dwell in You

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another…” Colossians 3:16 An example from the pen of Isaac Pennington 14th, 12th Month, 1678 To S. W. Dear S. W. I have ever had a love to you, and have many times been filled with earnest desires for…
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Steps in the Victorious Walk

Do you believe there is something in the Christian life that you have not found, or that you do not possess? And do you want that experience? If you can say yes to these questions, then give thanks to God that He has led you by his Grace to take the first step toward Victory.…
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Invasion: Sinner Made Saint

“I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live; and yet no longer I, but Christ liveth in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20 RV). Through…
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The Mission of Salvation and Sanctification

The Holy Spirit came to perform a twofold work — a work of salvation and a work of sanctification. A work of salvation with reference to those who are in the world; a work of sanctification with reference to those who are in the Church. And both of these aspects of the Spirit’s work are…
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Union with Christ: Count on it

“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life …. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives,…
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Grace-Based Communion with God

“By that will [God’s will] we [believers] have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all … Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering [required to pay] for sin … Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for…
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The Indwelling Presence

The Indwelling Presence is the Risen Christ. In Galatians 2 : 20 it is “Christ lives in me.” In Colossians 1: 27 it is “Christ in you, the Hope of Glory.” In Galatians we have the great fact. In Colossians we have the glorious hope which this great fact brings. Let us consider, 1. The…
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Facing the Future with Courage

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? …For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high…
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Come Up Higher

“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them…and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’” (Matthew 17:1,2a,5b). “Therefore, brethren, having…
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Wisdom and Gender Identity

Identity is an essential aspect of our self image. In our post Christian society the belief in no absolute truth has allowed our culture to drift into extreme confusion and subjectivity. An example of the escalation in gender identity controversy is an Internet article posted this year that is titled “81 Types of Genders &…
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Brother Andrew’s Jar of Honey

“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 Brother Andrew went to be with the Lord on September 27, 2022, at age 94. He founded Open Doors ministry for world-wide distribution of free Bibles, and was known as “God’s Smuggler,” a name borrowed from the title of…
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Fresh Grace Is Desired for Every Step

The leaves of a tree this year are not the same as they were last year; new foliage comes with each succeeding year; the climate, the circumstances are never the same as in the former year. So it is with us as Christians. The Lord’s purpose is not to teach us habits, which a continued…
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Supernatural Satisfaction

The Search “So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward…
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Spiritual Warfare Prayer

Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before you. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to You. I take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in my prayer…
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How to Age Gracefully

Aging has my attention theses days. Perhaps because my grey hairs keep increasing. Receiving my my Medicare card last year made my “senior citizen” status somewhat undeniable! All who are past their prime in life are increasingly aware of the discouraging symptoms of physical decline. As Bill Gillham would say, our “earth suit” is wearing…
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God’s Love: From Desiring to Enjoying

“Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love” (Song of Solomon 2:3,4) [Should the believer…
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The Perfect Humanity of Jesus Christ

“God our Savior…desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:…
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Praying with Thanksgiving

“…Let us take notice of a great and substantial aid to prayer, namely, thanksgiving: “In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6). “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).   Probably the advantage of thanksgiving as an aid to the…
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Finding Answers in Times of Perplexity

“I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the…
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The Receptivity of Faith

“Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith.”– Heb 10:22. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.”– Eph 3:17. FAITH IS our power of appropriation. The pity is that we are so slow to make use of our Lord’s resources! He does not force Himself upon us. Though…
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The True Dispositions of the Christian life

Reflections on Consecration “But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You” (1 Chronicles 29:14) [David’s prayer when he dedicated his treasures for the building of God’s Temple ] What…
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