July 2012

Q&A: "Holiness Living"

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Q: Can you explain "Holiness Living?"

A: Holiness living is a state of total devotion and obedience to God in all aspects of life. We believe that followers of Christ need and can receive the fullness of God's Holy Spirit. When believers allow God's Holy Spirit to purify and fill their hearts they are enabled by the Spirit of God, which dwells in them, to live holy lives in obedience to God (Romans 8:5). We do not have the capacity to make ourselves holy. Only God can make us holy.

Q&A: Reaching Neighbors

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Q: I keep inviting my neighbors to church but they don't want to attend. What are some other ways I can share the Good News with them?

A. This is a very common scenario in our postmodern culture. Fifty years ago, simply inviting someone to church worked great as an evangelistic tool. Today, not so much.

The Immigrant Among Us

Do you live where your ancestors lived? According to Genesis, we are all immigrants because our ancestors came from Turkey after the Flood!

The word "stranger" is ger in Hebrew and xenos in Greek. It can be defined as foreigner, alien, or sojourner. In this article, the word immigrant is inserted for ger and xenos.

Abraham was an immigrant. "I am an immigrant and a sojourner with you. Give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead" (Genesis 23:4, ASV).

The Cloud

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"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Worship and Holiness

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Jesus spoke these words to a woman at a well after she attempted to draw Jesus into a debate about the proper place of worship.  For centuries, Jews and Samaritans disagreed about the location of the proper place to truly worship God.  Perhaps these were the first of many “worship wars” that would follow even into our present age.