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Jan 2017 31 Jan 31, 2017
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Let me be clear right from the start. I stole the title for today’s article from the sub-title to J. D. Greear’s book, Jesus Continued: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You. It’s an excellent book that I recommend you read. Even if you don’t get around to reading it, I suspect that the sub-title will surely capture your attention. Is it really true that having the Holy Spirit live inside us forever is actually better than walk...Read More

Jan 2017 30 Jan 30, 2017
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The primary biblical text on the nature and meaning of the Lord’s Supper/Table, also known as Communion or the Eucharist (from the Greek word for the giving of thanks) is 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. Here are ten brief observations on what we see in this text. Continue reading . . .  The primary biblical text on the nature and meaning of the Lord’s Supper/Table, also known as Communion or the Eucharist (from the Greek word for the giving of thanks) is 1 Cori...Read More

Jan 2017 25 Jan 25, 2017
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There is a loud chorus of voices these days denouncing, in a somewhat condescending way, the long-standing belief among evangelicals that when Christians die they go to heaven. In one sense, this outcry is good and constructive. It is an understandable and much-needed response to the unbiblical gnosticism of some “fundamentalist” Christians who denigrate material creation, diminish the reality of a future bodily resurrection, and fail to reckon with the centr...Read More

Jan 2017 23 Jan 23, 2017
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I’m excited to be able to announce the opening of registration to our first national conference to be held here in Oklahoma City at The Criterion in Bricktown (downtown OKC). Continue reading . . .  I’m excited to be able to announce the opening of registration to our first national conference to be held here in Oklahoma City at The Criterion in Bricktown (downtown OKC). Bridgeway Church is hosting the conference, the theme of which is the urgent need t...Read More

Jan 2017 19 Jan 19, 2017
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Worship is utterly and eternally unique in one critically important respect: unlike every other Christian responsibility or experience, worship is an end in itself. Continue reading . . .  Worship is utterly and eternally unique in one critically important respect: unlike every other Christian responsibility or experience, worship is an end in itself. In other words, worship that glorifies God must be expressed in conscious awareness that this is the ultimate goal ...Read More

Jan 2017 18 Jan 18, 2017
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You may be wondering, “Why should the world hate Christians?” After all, look at all the good that followers of Jesus have brought to society: hospitals, homeless shelters, ministries to the poor, law-abiding lives, protection of the unborn in the womb, and the list could go on. Continue reading . . .  You may be wondering, “Why should the world hate Christians?” After all, look at all the good that followers of Jesus have brought to society...Read More

Jan 2017 16 Jan 16, 2017
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We all hear a great deal about Christian sanctification, but what precisely is it, and how does it work? Today we look at ten things about this crucial biblical truth. Continue reading . . .  We all hear a great deal about Christian sanctification, but what precisely is it, and how does it work? Today we look at ten things about this crucial biblical truth. (1) Sanctification is transformation through consecration. The Greek word often translated “sanctifica...Read More

Jan 2017 13 Jan 13, 2017
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My new book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Spirit in Your Life (Zondervan) will be released in a couple of weeks. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Here are a few of the endorsements it has received. Continue reading . . .  My new book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Spirit in Your Life (Zondervan) will be released in a couple of weeks. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Here are a few of the endorsements it...Read More

Jan 2017 11 Jan 11, 2017
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We have thus far examined what revival is and what our responsibilities are with regard to it. We now turn to yet another important question: Why do people respond to revival with fear, skepticism and disgust? There are several reasons. I’ll mention twelve. Continue reading . . .  We have thus far examined what revival is and what our responsibilities are with regard to it. We now turn to yet another important question: Why do people respond to revival with f...Read More

Jan 2017 10 Jan 10, 2017
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Yesterday we looked at ten things we should know about revival. Today I want to continue this focus by looking at some of the characteristics of true, heaven-sent revival. It will soon be evident that my observations are heavily indebted to the writings of Jonathan Edwards and J. I. Packer. Continue reading . . .  Yesterday we looked at ten things we should know about revival. Today I want to continue this focus by looking at some of the characteristics of true, he...Read More

Jan 2017 9 Jan 9, 2017
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Revival, both personal and corporate, is something about which the Bible often speaks and something all of us should desire. Continue reading . . .  Revival, both personal and corporate, is something about which the Bible often speaks and something all of us should desire. So, as we turn our attention to ten things everyone should know about revival, may these biblical prayers be in our hearts and on our lips: “Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from he...Read More

Jan 2017 4 Jan 4, 2017
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A lot of people struggle with John 15:1-11 and our Lord’s teaching on the vine and the branches. This week I’ve been looking at the question of the relationship between professed faith in Christ and consistent obedience to his commands. This passage speaks directly to the issue. Let’s look closely at it. Continue reading . . .  A lot of people struggle with John 15:1-11 and our Lord’s teaching on the vine and the branches. This week I’...Read More

Jan 2017 3 Jan 3, 2017
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Yesterday I posted an article on ten things we should all know about the so-called Lordship Salvation controversy. It reminded me of an article I came across a few months ago (www.mattmoore.org, “Is Your Heart Good Soil?”) that instantly captured my attention. The author confessed both his “sadness and terror” as he thought about the departure from Christianity on the part of several of his close friends. Continue reading . . .  Yesterday I ...Read More

Jan 2017 2 Jan 2, 2017
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Your first response to this title may well be: “What controversy?” One doesn’t often hear much any more about the so-called “Lordship Salvation” controversy, but it is most assuredly an issue that needs to be addressed. Continue reading . . .  Your first response to this title may well be: “What controversy?” One doesn’t often hear much any more about the so-called “Lordship Salvation” controversy, but it ...Read More