What Does Religion Have To Do With Faith?

The word “religion” is a biblical word that means good and not evil. "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:27 (NASB) However, the modern definition and references to religion has now become a very negative term. It alludes to the self-righteous beliefs and ac...
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The Disciple and His Master

“The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” (Luke 6:40) In the Scriptures, we see Jesus as an example of faith. Thus we too must be examples to the world around us of what faith we can have in a faithful God. When I first began preaching, my wife, Irene, typed out a character confession of Jesus’ ministry and pasted it into the cover of my Bi...
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Legacy Perspectives

Statues are a remembrance of something or someone that is somehow thought to be significant. There are family properties and riches, as well as heirlooms and valuables of all kinds that are bequeathed to the generations – older to the younger. Do these kinds of things matter to the Lord? I believe that they do. But these are not the true riches that are available to every believer. The "true ri...
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Never Believe Any Part Of A Lie

You have, no doubt, heard it said that there is a little bit of truth in the lies that the devil speaks. Well, according to Jesus, that is just not true. Jesus said, “he is the father of lies, and the truth is not in him.” I think you can take that at face value and know that truth does not partner with a lie at all. And lies originate from the devil. A lie is a very spiritual thing. Because ...
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Living With Stress vs. Distress

I believe that there is a difference between “stress” and “distress.” Stress is not only necessary, but it is good for you. Unfortunately, it gets a bad rap. People who are distressed often say that they are “stressed,” making the word have a different applied meaning and connotation. When people say, “I have a stressful job!” they really mean that they have a “distressful” job. Stress, on the ...
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The Intercessory Power Of Communion

For more than three decades, I’ve been teaching on the revelation of Communion, the Last Supper, the Lord’s Table, or as it is called in the book of Malachi: The Table of the Lord. In a study of the scriptures concerning Communion, one will immediately find that the communion we celebrate as Christians is about the Passover of the Israelites. The supper that the Lord Jesus sat down to eat with His...
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What Kings Need To Know About Worms

“Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.” This Herod Agrippa I, spoken of in this scripture, was a terrible ruler and terrorist to the entire land. In his line of reigning despots was a grandfather (Herod the Great) who killed the children trying to get rid of the promised king – Jesus. Agrippa’s father was the...
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A Deep Love Calls – A Deep Love Hears

Luke 2:29 “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart (this life) in peace, according to Your word…” – Simeon, the lover of God Oh, how Simeon loved God. Oh, how God loved Simeon. The name/word Simeon comes for a strong Hebrew word, שָׁמַע shama; “to hear”. But this is not just a simple hearing, it is a deep hearing. For, when deep calls unto deep, only a deep hearing can percei...
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From Heavens Courts: When You Pray, Say…

The Lord’s Prayer empowered ... "It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.’” (Luke 11:1 NASB) There are several Greek words in the New Testament that are translated into English as the word, prayer. Generally, these words have different meanings and appl...
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