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SPIRITUAL GROWTH

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Things to Know about Speaking in Tongues

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 5:55 AM

Things to Know about Speaking in Tongues

The spiritual gift of speaking in tongues remains controversial in our day and is a subject deserving of our close attention. This short article is not designed to argue that tongues are still valid but simply attempts to describe the nature and function of tongues speech.

1: The "tongues" spoken on the Day of Pentecost were real human languages.

The variety of nations represented [vv. 8-11] would certainly confirm this. The wo...

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FOUR STRATEGIES GOD HAS GIVEN US TO FIGHT THE BATTLE AGAINST SATAN

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 2:15 AM

FOUR STRATEGIES GOD HAS GIVEN US TO FIGHT THE BATTLE AGAINST SATAN

By Rev. / Dr. James A. May

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ...

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The Gift of Forgiveness

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 2:05 AM

The "Benefits" of Un-forgiveness

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Did Jesus have a wife?

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 5:05 AM

The recent discovery and translation of the fourth-century "Jesus 'wife papyrus" has reopened the discussion as to whether Jesus had a wife /was married. The "Jesus' wife papyrus" says, "Jesus said to them,'My wife ...'" This discovery is interesting in that it is the first Gnostic writing to explicitly state that Jesus had a wife. While a couple of the Gnostic gospels mention Jesus having a close relationship with Mary Magdalene, none of them specifically state that Jesus was married to her ...

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Is It Ok to Ever Tell a Lie?

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 3:15 AM

“Is It Ok to Ever Tell a Lie?”

By Rev. / Dr. James May

Lying is probably one of the most common sins that we commit.  When we research our Bible there is nothing that indicates that lying could be considered the right thing to do.  The Bible prohibits us from “bearing false witnesses against our neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16).  The Bible also list “a lying tongue” and “a false witness who pours out lies” as two ...

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Why Worrying is a Failure to Grasp the Gospel

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Why Worrying is a Failure to Grasp the Gospel

Trevin Wax, Author, Pastor

"Don't be a worry wart!" people say… and those of us prone to anxiety promptly begin worrying about worrying too much.

I know the feeling. I worry too. I'm not the "lie awake at night" kind of person. But I notice that when I have a lot on my plate, I give an inordinate amount of attention to little details. Worry consumes me ina variety of ways: I lose patience quickly, I snap at my wife a...

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Is the Jehovah's Witness "Bible" and the NIV" Bible" the same??

Posted on January 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

In  response to my email regarding “Is the Jehovah's Witness "Bible" and the NIV" Bible" the same?” I received the following reply.  I responded to this email.  I am sending my response as a learning tool and for "spiritual growth."  I am asking if anyone does not want to receive email from me, please let me know and I will not send anymore. I have removed the name and age of the person who sent this email to protect their identity.  God bless!

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Can a Christian lose salvation?"

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Can a Christian lose salvation?"

Answer: Before this question is answered, the term “Christian” must be defined. A “Christian” is not a person who has said a prayer, or walked down an aisle, or been raised in a Christian family. While each of these things can be a part of the Christian experience, they are not what “makes” a Christian. A Christian is a person who has, by faith, received and fully trusted in Jesus Christ as the only Savior (John...

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"If I am saved and all of my sins are forgiven, why not continue to sin?"

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

"If I am saved and all of my sins are forgiven, why not continue to sin?"

Answer: The apostle Paul answered a very similar question in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” The idea that a person could “trust in Jesus Christ” for salvation and then go on living just as he/she lived before, is absolutely foreign to the Bible. Believers in Chr...

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Can you lose a spiritual gift?

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 6:25 AM

By Pastor James May

This is a controversial subject that has different theological views. While there is plenty of Scripture to support the loss of effectiveness and fruitfulness, I believe the Bible does not indicate the actual loss of gifts. . Scripture is clear that gifts are given because of grace (Romans 12:6).. nothing earned or merited.

"As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes, but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. For t...

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Is It A Sin For Women To Wear Pants?

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Is It A Sin For Women To Wear Pants?

By Rev./ Dr. James A. May

First, before I answer this question, I would like to say that this issue has been generated in Christianity for centuries. For the most part, people who believe that woman should not wear pants use Deuteronomy 22:5 as the “lynch pin” for declaring it is a sin for woman to wear pants, and women should not wear pants in church.  In short, the answer is NO, it is NOT A SIN!  In bi...

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5 Reminders for Ridding Your Life of Fear

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 5:00 AM

5 Reminders for Ridding Your Life of Fear

By Pastor Ron Edmondson

Most of us live our lives with some kind of fear. That’s probably uncontrollable to a great extent. We live in a very fearful world. The title of this post may be a bit misleading; fear may always be with us, but I think it should be a challenge to have less fear of this world in our lives.

What would it be like to live your life apart from fear or with less fear?

Here are some poin...

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When Satan Comes Knocking

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Dr. Robert Jeffress

When Satan comes against your mind with wrong thoughts, you don’t have to concede defeat. Use these practical actions to confront loose thoughts by securing them with the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14).

Action 1: Refuse to feel guilty for wrong thoughts

Imagine you are awakened at 3 a.m. by someone pounding on your front door. More than likely, before you open the door, you’ll look through the peephole to see who is causing the commoti...

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How to Find God When He Seems to be Missing

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

By Whitney Hopler

Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applicationsof Linda Evans Shepherd's new book, When You Can’t Find God: How to Ignite the Power of His Presence, (Revell Books, 2011).

Trouble hits everyone in this fallen world. Even Jesus suffered while He was here on Earth, and so will you – no matter how much you love God.

But the presence of trouble in your life doesn’t mean the abse...

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The Seven Non-Negotiables for Life

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 6:10 AM

By Dennis Rainey

If you've ever purchased a car, you've seen the owner's manual. It's the book that tells you about the "non-negotiables" for maintaining the car. These are things like changing the oil, filling the tank with gasoline, topping off the transmission fluid, and having tires with adequate tread. We spend a lot of time making sure these non-negotiables are done so that when we get in the car, it runs properly.

The same principle is true for the life of a believer. We ...

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What does the Bible say about suicide?

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Question: "What is the Christian view of suicide? What does the Bible say about suicide?"

Answer: The Bible mentions six specific people who committed suicide: Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 31:4), Saul's armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4-6), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas (Matthew 27:5). Five of them were wicked, sinful men (not enough is said regarding Saul's armor-bearer to make a judgment as to his character). Some consider Samson an instance of sui...

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"What is a sin of omission?"

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 6:35 AM

What is a sin of omission?

Answer: James 4:17 declares, "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." A sin of omission is a sin that is the result of not doing something God’s Word teaches that we should do. It is generally used in contrast with the corresponding phrase “the sin of commission,” or sins that a person actively commits. Paul juxtaposes the two concepts in Romans 7:14-20. He decries his tendency toward both types of sin. He do...

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Is it Wrong for a Christian to Drink Alcohol?

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 6:10 AM

By Pastor Joel Engle

Is it a sin for a Christian to have a drink of alcohol?

It is an important question for our time. Millions and millions of Americans have been brutalized and devastated by the abuse of alcohol. I have had to deal as a minister with the shattered lives that occurred through the addiction and abuse of alcohol. This is not just an American issue but I live here so I will talk about what I know.

I am going to make some preliminary remarks and then d...

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