Four church leaders told us how they’ve adapted their ministry plans to offer perspective for other leaders who are daunted or frustrated.
With all that happened this year, both Bible Gateway and YouVersion saw Bible readers turn to Scripture to help navigate the unknowns.
The year 2020 was not what any of us expected. Lasting effects and lingering doubts continue. How are we preparing our people for 2021?
In the first-century church, the leadership and the people were devoted to prayer, and God worked through them to change their world. Read More »
This post was first published December 11, 2012. -ed. Meet another man who missed the first Christmas: Herod. Matthew 2 tells his story. He was very different from the innkeeper. He wasn’t ignora…
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” (Colossians 1:9)
Paul has chosen a particular word,pleroo, to describe an action that “fills to the top” so that the knowledge about which he prays has no more space to fill. While speaking to his friends in Rome, Paul said that he was “persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another” (Romans15:14).
This includes the kind of knowledge (Greek epignosis) of God’s will that stresses precise and complete understanding of that will for our lives. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness….that by these ye…
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I am the vine, ye are the branches…without me ye can do nothing. —John 15:5
“Ye shall receive power.” This was and is a unique afflatus, an enduement of supernatural energy affecting every department of the believer’s life and remaining with him forever. It is not physical power nor even mental power though it may touch everything both mental and physical in its benign outworking.
It is, too, another kind of power than that seen in nature, in the lunar attraction that creates the tides or the angry flash that splits the great oak during a storm.
This power from God operates on another level and affects another department of His wide creation. It is spiritual power. It is the kind of power that God is.
It is the ability to achieve spiritual and moral ends. Its long-range result is to produce Godlike character in men and women who were…
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Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. —Romans 15:13
“Ye shall receive power.” By those words our Lord raised the expectation of His disciples and taught them to look forward to the coming of a supernatural potency into their natures.
… It was to be nothing less than God Himself entering into them with the purpose of ultimately reproducing His own likeness within them.
Here is the dividing line that separates Christianity from all occultism and from every kind of oriental cult….They each advise, “Get in tune with the infinite,” or “Wake the giant within you,” or “Tune in to your hidden potential” or “Learn to think creatively.”
All this may have some fleeting value as a psychological shot in the arm, but its results are not permanent because at…
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It is no accident that one story in the Acts of the Apostles is told three times over—that of the conversion of Saul. Yet though the story of the Apostle’s conversion is repeated but three times in the New Testament, it could have been that he told it many times more on his thousands of miles of missionary journeyings—told it until his traveling companions almost knew it by heart.
Now this matter of personal testimony has its own difficulties for we Salvationists of the second and third generation. We may never have plunged catastrophically into sin. Nor have we ever wasted our substance in riotous living in a far country. We might even feel it to be an exaggeration to describe ourselves as brands plucked from the burning. Most of the commandments have we kept from our youth up. Must our testimony then be less effective than that…
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God is good. We see evidence of this everywhere we look. We might wonder why good things happen to bad people, or why bad things happen to Christ followers. However, no matter how great our service to God, we are no more deserving of God’s goodness than anyone else. Only God can judge what is truly “good,” and He bases this on His knowledge of our hearts.
Too much of a good thing can have negative effects. For instance, a $10 tithe may not seem like much to a young person, even though he earns just $100 a week. But later that same person, now successful and wealthy, may struggle to give $1000, even though the amount represents the same percentage of his paycheck. God knows this about us and will bless us accordingly so we are not tempted to turn away from Him and worship the gift…
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