Defining Sin

The Scripture, Old and New Testament, call the people of God, to reflect the holiness of the God they serve, “Be holy, for I am holy!” (Lev. 20:7; I Pet. 1:16) Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father…

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Rationalization of Holiness

Repent doesn’t mean to “be sorry” or ashamed or regretful that we got caught. It does involve sorry. It should entail profound and behavior altering regret. Repentance means “a change of thought/action, to correct a wrong and achieve reconciliation.” It assumes the violation of some value, standard, the breaking of some law, and the desire…

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What’s Holding Back a National Revival?

The current prayer revival is now in its third decade in America. There have been prayer walks, prayer missions, and prayer journeys – all with heaven’s silence. Unique prayer efforts have been fostered. One man has recently traveled to the capitals of all 50 states to pray and blow a Shofar. Prayer drives have occurred…

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The Loss of Holiness as a Christian Ideal

The sign said, “Girls, Girls, Girls.” It advertised a scandalous entertainment establishment. On the same sign were also the words, “God Bless America!” The prayer for God’s blessing and the invitation to celebrate clearly carnal behavior were on the same sign. Amazing. The connection between morality and faith, immorality and judgment are virtually gone –…

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The Formula for Awakening

II Chronicles 7:14 declares, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” To begin with there are two requirements. First, there is the necessity…

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It All Begins with Repentance

Evan Roberts, one of the central figures in the Great Wales revival had a simple formula. First, we must repent of every known sin. We must be ruthless with sin. Second, we must stop every doubtful habit. Third, we must go public with our witness. We cannot hide our light under a bushel. We cannot…

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We Need a National Great Awakening!

Caught in the crosshairs of conflicting colonial interest and of the problem of external control by European nations, the early colonial nation we now call America needed fresh direction. In the early 1700s, half of all marriageable age girls were pregnant before or without the benefit of marriage. So many opportunists had immigrated to the…

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The Profound and the Superficial

We are now plagued with performance-driven superficial worship events. “Everyone on your feet, with your hands together, for Jesus!” It is like being at a circus, little better. Prayers to ‘perform’ or preach better may be sincere, but they are misplaced. Worship has become an event characterized by an absence of humility and an atmosphere…

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Validation of Faith

The Cartesian-Kantian split between thought and experience [1] affects theology and faith practice in profound ways. It allows us to be pedantic, debating an idea without practicing its truth, all the while seeing ourselves as people of faith. In Scripture, however, thought and experience are bound together in a holistic way. There is no concept…

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Loyal Devotion

“No other gods” is a call for an exclusive relationship with Yahweh. There is “none like Him.” The search for other gods turns faith on its head. God-shopping seeks the god whose magic best meets ‘my’ needs, the god who will most often and most completely satisfy me. This is the essence of lust posing…

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