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Cooperative Efforts

The statement is made: "You can accomplish more together than you can by yourself." This truth is demonstrated throughout the Scriptures especially as it pertains to the Body of Christ. I am sitting at the annual IFCA Convention in Kalamazoo, MI. I am interacting with pastors and church leaders from all of the world. We have people from Fiji, Guyana, Japan, India, Ukrain...

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Ordination

The Scriptures teach us that spiritual leadership is a gift from Jesus Christ Himself to the Church: "But to each one of us grace was given according the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says, 'When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.' And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some...

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Unity

As I reflect on the blessings from yesterday's members' meeting, I am struck with by the value of unity. The Scriptures declare: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yesterday, we sampled the pleasantry and goodness of a church that is rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit to work in our midst to enable such ...

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D-Day

Surreal.Clearly the dominant impression as I stood on the sand watching people flying kites, walking their dogs, riding wind carriages, tossing frisbees, and playing in the sand. The carefree atmosphere was amazing as most of the beach was empty. It was hundreds of feet to the water as we were there at low tide. I casually walked across the beach to the water's edge to tu...

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Prison

It was terribly disappointing. I had missed being able to enter the Folsom Prison Women's Facility which I had been entering on a weekly basis for well over a year. I walked up and was buzzed in the exterior door. I walked over to the officer who served as a receptionist. He recognized me from the previous encounters and immediately said: "Sorry, your card has expired!" I...

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Hidden Beauty

As most of you know, Pat and I recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong and several Pacific islands. We were amazed at the beauty of what we saw in these parts of the world. Hong Kong was fascinating an incredibly clean city with a most effective use of technology. The skyline was as amazing as the population was dense! After the conference for our BMW missionaries, we...

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Commitment to the Local Church

Last night in the Leadership Development Training class, I was teaching on the importance of the local church. We traced the etymology of the term "church" throughout the Scriptures and extra-biblical usage. The church is properly defined as the Body of Christ composed of all those who are redeemed by God's grace through faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus and bap...

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Spiritual Gifts Today

So what about spiritual gifts? What spiritual gifts are available for me today? As the Scriptures declare, the purpose of spiritual gifts in the life of the church is for the common good of the saints (1 Corinthians 12:7). The edification of the Body of Christ is the reason that God gives these gifts. They enable each member of the Body of Christ to serve the other member...

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Spiritual Gifts

How can I know how God intends to use me after He saves me? This question is often paralyzing to new believers who have no idea how they are able to serve Christ. They often feel unworthy to enjoy the privilege of serving Christ. Yet, we are told that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer to the benefit of the common good of the church (1 Corinthians 12:...

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Divine Compassion

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16 Today as I was riding to the class which I'm teaching here in Kenya, I was struck with the profound numbers of people busily going about their business. Through the city of Eldoret, people were literally everywhere: on the sides...

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