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323:  How to Survive the Great Deception

323: How to Survive the Great Deception

The Great Deception we are facing today centers around the same issues the church at Colossae was struggling with.  And it all has to do with this one simple question:  Who is Jesus?

Is He really the only way to the Father?
Is He really the only way to heaven?
Why is He right and everyone else wrong?
Isn’t that intolerant and judgmental?
And isn’t being intolerant and judgmental a sin?

Hence, the Great Deception.  Want to find out how to survive the Great Deception?  Then keep listening.
 

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Day Nineteen:  From Proverbs 19

Day Nineteen: From Proverbs 19

The following are a few passages that specifically spoke to me this morning.  Two great truths and a prayer. First, the prayer: Lord, help me listen to only Your voice and not blindly forge ahead in my own so-called wisdom. Proverbs 19:21 - There are many plans (or,...

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322:  Sending Me to You in the Form of Him

322: Sending Me to You in the Form of Him

In John 14 we see Jesus, trying to encourage His disciples, telling them a wondrous truth.  He said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another (allos— another, but of the same kind and essence, of equal quality) Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16).

Or, to put it another way, Jesus said, “I’m leaving.  But I’m going to send Me to you in the form of Him— to be with you forever.”

Really?  But what does that mean?  And what are the implications of that amazing truth?

Much.  So much.  Keep listening to find out more.
 

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321:  Are You a Faker?

321: Are You a Faker?

A faker is defined as someone who presents a false or misleading representation of themselves or someone who is not authentic or genuine, a sham.

Many church members today are fakers.  And the person they fake out the most is themselves.  They believe they are saved because they prayed a prayer, or walked an aisle, or raised a hand, or were baptised, or whatever— yet true salvation never took place.  They became part of the great throng of baptised, unsaved, church members.

How?  How can that be?  Because they skipped a key step in salvation.  They went from God’s effectual call straight to conversion without the sovereign act of regeneration taking place.

And that makes them a faker.  And being a faker is a terrible place to be.

Want to know more about being a fake Christian and how to find true, authentic, genuine faith?  Then keep listening.
 

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320:  How to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

320: How to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

In his book, The Baptism With the Holy Spirit, RA Torrey reveals a Scriptural path of seven simple steps anyone can follow to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  All seven steps are found or implied from Acts 2:38.

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The steps include:

  1. You must be saved.  Truly saved.
  2. You must renounce all sin.
  3. You must be baptised.
  4. You must live a life of obedience.
  5. You must have a desire, a thirst for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  6. You must ask.
  7. You must ask in faith and believe.

Do you want to know more about the abundant spiritual life and the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit?  If so, then keep listening.

The following is a study on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
 

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Mistreating the Holy Spirit

Mistreating the Holy Spirit

Prayer of Forgiveness to the Holy Spirit My Lord, I have mistreated You all my Christian life.  I have treated You like a servant.  When I wanted You, when I was about to engage in some work, I beckoned You to come and help me perform my task.  I have sought to use...

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The Neglected Member of the Godhead

The Neglected Member of the Godhead

When I pray, I usually pray to Jesus. "Why?" you ask.  It's because I can clearly see Jesus in my mind's eye when I pray.  I can see Him as a person with a personality, someone with whom I can relate.  I've seen all the Jesus movies and have read the Gospel accounts...

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319:  The Riches of Full Assurance

319: The Riches of Full Assurance

In Colossians 2:2 we read the phrase: “And attaining to all the riches of full assurance of (what) understanding, (to what degree) to the knowledge of the mystery of God.”  So, what does this actually mean?

To “attain” means “to possess, to move into, unto, towards, to be among.”  Got that.  But what about “full assurance”?  What does that mean?

The word “full assurance” is used only four times in the New Testament and means “complete confidence, a most sure confidence, a full and perfect conviction, the full and total reliance on something or someone, to have complete understanding.”  OK, but complete confidence and understanding of what?  Of Christ and the Father, to have the mind of Christ, to see things from His perspective, to understand truth as He understands truth, to have His peace and confidence and full assurance in the Father.

Is that possible?  Is this promise and prayer meant for us today?  And, if so, where do we find that kind of assurance?  How can we discover and attain the “riches of full assurance” in the things of God?

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.
 

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318:  We Are Not Alone… Even if it Feels Like it.

318: We Are Not Alone… Even if it Feels Like it.

Sometimes, when we look at how big the evil in the world is and how small we are in comparison, we tend to get defeated and depressed.  “After all,” we reason, “what can one man do?  I’m in this all alone.  The enemy is too big, too well funded, too powerful.  What can one man do?”

But we forget we are not alone.  We are part of the church, His church, the unified Body of Christ.  We are children of God. And, “if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

We can’t look at us and the enemy with our own eyes, we must look at things from the eyes of our Lord.  And when we do, everything changes.

Want to find out more?  Then keep listening.
 

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Podcast 317:  How to Rejoice in Suffering

Podcast 317: How to Rejoice in Suffering

When Paul says, "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ" (Col. 1:24), we scratch our heads and wonder how that could be? How could a man, even the over-the-top Apostle Paul, actually rejoice in his...

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This is a collection of the many questions I have struggled with and the answers I have found regarding the relationship between authentic faith in Christ and much of what is portrayed today as Biblical Christianity.  Especially with the coming darkness looming over all of us, including the church.

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“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.”

Revelation 3:15-17

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