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  • Zeal: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly (Keith Green)

    Posted on December 19th, 2009 timharris777 No comments

    “And [Jesus] found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers seated. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple… His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Thy house will consume me.’” (John 2:14,15,17)

    Imagine how the disciples felt watching their Master upsetting the lovely decorum of the temple. The noise, the dust, the shouting, the money spilling, the tables upturned – how dare He do such a thing! The disciples were probably shocked at first, then elated. That’s how I would have felt. “Good job, Jesus! Show everyone who’s boss!” When it was over, the disciples thought back to the Scripture that says, “Zeal for Thy house has consumed me.” (Psalm 69:9) They thought, Now we see what that means. Jesus loves His Father’s house so deeply that He won’t tolerate sin in it. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • What is the Difference Between Holiness and Legalism? (Michael L. Brown)

    Posted on December 6th, 2009 timharris777 No comments

    Holiness is beautiful; legalism is binding; holiness brings life; legalism brings death. They are as different as night and day, and yet at first glance, they can seem similar, because they both stand against sinful behavior and call for holy living. How can we distinguish between the two? Let me first present some thoughts on holiness before defining legalism and its dangers. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Cleanse Our Eyes! A Call to Consecration in the Area of Entertainment (Bryan Purtle)

    Posted on December 6th, 2009 timharris777 No comments

    “I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin? …. for that would be a fire that consumes…. and it would burn to the root all my increase.” -Job 31:1, 12

    I understand that many would brand my faith antique and my convictions archaic for approaching this subject, but that is a minuscule risk for me to take. God is too glorious, His Gospel too precious, and the fate of our sons and daughters too much at stake for me to worry about the consequences that these themes bring. I am convinced that we have woefully underestimated the damage that is done to the world and to the Church, particularly with regard to the issue of so-called entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Are you Willing to be Hated for Speaking the Gospel Truth? (Randy Alcorn)

    Posted on October 31st, 2009 thollings5893 No comments

    When Gianna Jessen spoke at our church a few weeks ago, she said many memorable things. The one that I’ve been thinking about is that to be a follower of Christ you need to be willing to be hated.

    I agree, and that’s what I want to talk about. Of course, this does NOT mean being hateful. Nor does it mean seeking to be hated. Or having a persecution complex, so you think people don’t like you because you’re following Christ, when they actually don’t like you because you’re an idiot. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Paralysis of Preoccupation (Leonard Ravenhill)

    Posted on October 31st, 2009 thollings5893 No comments

    Caesar Augustus was having trouble with his tax income. Prices were high and armies of occupation, plus each soldier’s need of a special bonus for danger money, kept the treasury low. Caesar needed cash!

    This could be part of the trouble that furrowed the brow of Herod, vassal-king in the Roman-occupied Palestine. He must channel more money to his chief. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Why I Don’t Have a Television and Rarely Go to Movies (John Piper)

    Posted on October 5th, 2009 timharris777 No comments

    The first question to me and Mark Driscoll was, “Piper says get rid of my TV, and Driscoll says buy extra DVRs. How do you reconcile this difference?”

    I can’t give an answer for what Mark means by “buy extra DVRs,” but I can tell you why my advice sounds different. I suspect that Mark and I would not agree on the degree to which the average pastor needs to be movie-savvy in order to be relevant, and the degree to which we should expose ourselves to the world’s entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Evangelism on Arab Soil (Author Confidential)

    Posted on October 2nd, 2009 timharris777 1 comment

    I have been working in the Middle East for over ten years now (1996 – 2009) and I can truly say that if evangelism was not part of my ministry, I would have packed my bags and left for my home country a long time ago. In this article I would like to mention a few things on evangelism from my experience, which might help others to put things in the right perspective.

    Firstly, when talking about evangelism there are so many aspects on which one can focus; such as the content of our message, contextualization issues, etc.  However, I remember a quote from George Housney on this topic in which he started by saying about evangelism: “The main thing, is to keep the main thing… the main thing.” Read the rest of this entry »

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  • This Is Brokenness (John Collinson)

    Posted on August 18th, 2009 thollings5893 No comments

    Sometimes it is asked what we mean by brokenness. Brokenness is not easy to define but can be clearly seen in the reactions of Jesus, especially as He approached the cross and in His crucifixion. I think it can be applied personally in this way:

    WHEN to do the will of God means that even my Christian brethren will not understand, and I remember that “Neither did His brethren believe in Him” [John 7:5], and I bow my head to obey and accept the misunderstanding, THIS IS BROKENNESS. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • When All Men Speak Well of You (Dr. Peter Hammond)

    Posted on August 18th, 2009 thollings5893 No comments

    Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.” – Luke 6:26

    It is interesting how, in spite of all the warnings in Scripture against gossip, slander, and tale bearing, just how much stock we tend to place in people’s opinions. It is said that where there is smoke there is fire. However, the smoke may be no more than dust and hot air. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • An Exhortation to Serve the Lord (Edward Griffin)

    Posted on August 18th, 2009 thollings5893 No comments

    And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.‘ Deut. 10:12.

    Complaints are often made against the ministers of Christ that their preaching is too rigorous and pungent. I sincerely wish that the world might once see what discourses the eternal God would himself deliver should he undertake to preach to men. —What do I say? He has published a volume of discourses, and they have been more harshly treated than any of the sermons of his ministers. Read the rest of this entry »

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