A Counterfeit Gift of the Spirit
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The Spirit Moving

Last week we studied about the gifts of the Spirit. This week we are studying about the Holy Spirit and the church. Satan has a counterfeit for most everything. There are some people in the church, who claim to have the gift of “discerning spirits,” when in reality they have Satan’s “gift” of judging and … [Click to read more …]

Nobody Is Better Than Anybody Else
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In Matthew 17, Peter, James and John were invited to an exclusive experience of the kingdom of God when they witnessed the transfiguration of Christ. Moses and Elijah were there as well, Moses representing those who will die before seeing the kingdom, and Elijah represented those who will be alive when Christ returns and will never experience … [Click to read more …]

Don’t Pray Often, Pray Always
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One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray….Luke 18:1 NLT As Sunday’s lesson talks about abiding in Christ, I have found for myself that praying often is not the answer. I must pray always. I used to have a golf cart relationships with Jesus. Golf carts charge their batteries early in … [Click to read more …]

Is Bearing Fruit That Simple?
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Bible Study Group

Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. John 15:5 NLT Is it that simple? Can I be fruitful by just remaining and abiding in Christ? I was reading John 15 the other morning, when this phrase jumped out at me. If I just live in Jesus I can be … [Click to read more …]

What’s the Point of Being Holy?
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Breaking Bread With a Friend

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! Luke 15:1-2 NLT Jesus was frequently seen publicly eating with sinners, infuriating the Pharisees, who prided themselves from staying away from … [Click to read more …]

Why I Can’t Believe in Myself
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A while back I had a conversation with a young man who was studying eastern religions. He asked me about my faith so I told Him I believed in Jesus. “But this faith in Jesus leads you to believe in yourself, right?” He asked. “No.” I said. “It actually makes me not believe in myself at all. … [Click to read more …]

Lying to the Holy Spirit
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Once, I was talking to a church treasure who told me every week she finds a few empty tithe envelopes turned into the offering plate. She figured it was kids turning them in. I was more skeptical and wondered if it was adults wanting to look like they were giving an offering. This was before … [Click to read more …]

What Do We Expect from The Holy Spirit?
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Acts 2:1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, … [Click to read more …]

Why the Church Needs Sabbath School
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Black man holding Bible in front of church.

There are many reasons why the church needs Sabbath School. Our foundation as a denomination is an outgrowth of serious Bible study. It led to an appreciation of the Heavenly Sanctuary, an understanding of the still-binding Moral law, including the seventh-day Sabbath. It led to a proper understanding of the state of the dead and … [Click to read more …]