Spiritual Growth

‘Escaping Religion’: missionary foresees shake-up of church denominations

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Latest News, Spiritual Growth | 0 comments

“Which is worse, to worship Baal under a tree on the mountainside, or to bring the idol of Baal inside the temple of God to worship him there? It is a terrible thing when men perform evil deeds in secret. It is much worse when men bring their deeds inside the temple of God and claim that their evil is sanctioned by God…If you place God’s name upon your sin, you are adding the sin of blasphemy to your original sin.” In his book Escaping Religion, Pastor Vaughn Martin points out the deadliness of the Western church blessing and honoring sin within it,...

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Is There Not Enough Hate in the Church?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Latest News, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth | 0 comments

Is There Not Enough Hate in the Church?

A young man stood up in our church to share a word he’d heard from the Lord during the time of prayer before the service. “There are many people in this nation who will tell you that they are Christians,” he said quietly, evenly. “They say they love God. The problem, where they get off track, is they don’t hate the things God hates.” “Hate evil, you who love the Lord,” says Psalm 97:10. Paul tells the church, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). So is the church too cozy with what is evil? Is our love insincere?...

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A Creed for the New Millennium

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Latest News, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

A Creed for the New Millennium

If there’s one thing that can keep me awake at night, it’s the thought of babies and children who are suffering. One evening a friend asked for prayer concerning a little boy with a severe physical disability; for hours after I went to bed, I lay there, pillow drenched, unable to think of anything else but him and other children in similar situations. At last, rather wishing the world would come to an end, I fell asleep. The next morning, I awoke with a phrase running through my head: A CREED FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM. Now it’s common for the Lord to speak to me in the early morning hours...

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Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth | 0 comments

Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Is there something in you that comes undone when you hear a report of child abuse? Or that cancer has taken another life, despite the prayers of the saints? Perhaps you’re rattled by the lack of accountability among media, corporate, and political moguls who seem to get away with unbelievable wickedness. What about personal rightness with God? Are you crestfallen when you realize you’ve sinned against the Holy One of Israel? We stand in the righteousness of Christ; yet the knowledge that there is grace doesn’t – or shouldn’t – annihilate the personal sorrow when we know that...

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The Keys of the Kingdom

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in prayer, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 4 comments

The Keys of the Kingdom

Not long ago I was finishing my devotions, and I sensed the Lord urging me back for a moment. I sat down and told Him I was listening, and then I wrote down three things I heard Him say. The very last thing I heard was, “I have given you the keys of the kingdom.” Not a minute after I jotted it down, I heard the chime of a text come across my phone. A friend had written, “Matthew 16:19” and said God was restoring “keys of authority.” Matthew 16:19 says “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven,...

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“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, State of the nation | 2 comments

“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

“Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33). Four summers ago, the summer of 2012, I read the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who was killed after opposing Adolf Hitler. I majored in German in college and even spent a year abroad living in and traveling all over Germany, but I’d never heard of Bonhoeffer. It wasn’t until I read Bonhoeffer’s bio that I saw, for the first time ever, Germany’s history from a spiritual perspective; and the Holy Spirit was bearing witness as I read, that what happened there...

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Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

God’s supreme objective is the establishment of His kingdom on earth. Jesus told His disciples to pray this way: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10, KJV). This is God’s will: that earth should look like Heaven. The church exists to bring heaven to earth. And since we know that this is the Father’s will, we have confidence that when we pray this way, we will receive it (1 John 5:14-15). Demonic opposition, the world system, and sin in our own lives may delay God’s objective, but it will not ultimately stop it. As...

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