Christians argue with unbelievers, trying to reason them into believing. It simply does not work that way. Spiritual beliefs cannot be passed on by reasoning alone, why, because believing does not come through reasoning. For something to be believed in the heart, it must first be revealed to the heart, in this case, a revelation from God to the heart of man.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the (spoken)
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Look out at the stars above, and search them if you will. You will not find God in them, for He is not found in creation. The universe was created to obscure His presence, not to express it. To the world He is distant and hidden, yet within the heart of man He can be near and personal.
Reason and logic cannot fathom Him. The intellect cannot know Him. Doubt and skepticism further obscure Him.
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What determines one’s blessing, having faith or it being the will of God? What if it were both? What if having faith was the evidence of the will of God – God’s approval on the promise? If that were the case, then all you would need, and all that God would look for, is faith. I believe that is exactly the case.
Faith is not something you choose, it is imparted. If you believe that
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Whatever you are hoping for in the United States Presidential election, if it does not happen, it will not be the end of the world. I know it may seem like it will. The end will come a little later.
The end of the world will come when:
And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end
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In 1729, while John Wesley was a student at Oxford, he started a club with his brother Charles. It was soon mockingly dubbed “The Holy Club” by some of his fellow collegians. The club members rigorously self-examined themselves everyday by asking the following 22 questions:
1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
2. Am I honest in all
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Victory is not limited to casting mountainous obstacles into the sea, or swiftly calming turbulent and dangerous situations. Victory can also include maintaining an internal attitude of victory during a difficult and prolonged period of time. We are to walk in authority whether or not the mountains fly into the sea, and we are to stay in peace throughout the whole of life’s most violent storms. We are never to be controlled by outward circumstances.
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Jesus told us to learn to “agree” in prayer (Matthew 18:19)–as the apostles learned to do (Acts 1:14). Below are excerpts from Charles Finney’s instructions about group prayer, taken from his Lectures on Revivals of Religion.
Avoid Long Prayers
“The prayers should always be short. When individuals suffer themselves to pray long, they forget where they are, that they are only the mouth of the congregation, and that the congregation cannot be expected to go
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The following quotes are by Herbert McCabe, English Dominican priest, theologian and philosopher
“Life in Christ…is a seeking into the meaning of human behaviour which involves a constant reaching out beyond the values of the world. Sin consists in ceasing to reach out, refusing to respond to the Father’s summons, and settling for this present world. What makes it possible for us to reach out, to hear and respond to the summons, is that through the
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By Michael Meyers, Senior Pastor of The River Church in southwest England
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Rom 4:21
I have heard many a Bible teacher speak the many years that went by before God finally produced baby Isaac in Sarah’s womb, struggling to give us the significance of the number 25 [the number of years it took from the promise to the
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Abraham chose the faith way of salvation rather than depend upon personal merit and good works – he simply believed God. And well might Abraham have depended upon his good works, from a purely human standpoint. Excavations in the city of Ur where Abraham lived reveal the fact that Abraham was not a wild desert sheik, but an educated, wealthy, sophisticated citizen of the world. He was a man living in and partaking of
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The following is a Greek word commentary, taken from Wuest Word Studies – K. S. Wuest, on Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ. The verb is in the perfect tense which speaks of a past completed action having present finished results. Paul uses it to show that his identification with Christ at the Cross was a past fact, and that the spiritual benefits that have come to him through his identification are present realities
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How violent Christ was about our salvation! He was in agony; He “continued all night in prayer” (Luke 6:12). He wept, He fasted, He died a violent death; He rose violently out of the grave. Was Christ so violent for our salvation, and does it not become us to be violent who are so intimately concerned in it? Christ’s violence was not only satisfactory, but exemplary. It was not only to appease God, but to
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After years of service in Africa, the missionary Robert Moffat returned to Scotland to recruit helpers. When he arrived at church one cold wintry night, he was dismayed that only a small group had come out to hear him. What bothered him even more was that the only people in attendance were ladies. Although he was grateful for their interest, he had hoped to challenge men. He had chosen as his text Proverbs 8:4, “Unto
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The exercises of the worship of God are contrary to nature; therefore, there must be a provoking of ourselves to them. The movement of the soul toward sin is natural, but its movement toward heaven is violent. Let us then examine whether we put forth this holy violence for heaven. Do we set time apart to call ourselves to account and to try our evidences for heaven? “My spirit made diligent search”
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Words, words, words: we have so many words, and they are chaff, but where is THE WORD that in the beginning was God and was with God? That Word is the living and incorruptible seed. We want less of the words of man, and more of Him who is the very Word of God. BE QUIET and let Jesus speak. Let His wounds speak to you: let His death speak to you; let His
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