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Three Errors of “Word of Faith” Preaching

The movement known as “Word of Faith” is a branch off of the Pentecostal movement. In the late 20th century, E. W. Kenyon studied under Phineas Quimby and was taught a system known as “New Thought” that connected the mind with God’s Word in such a way that what we think and speak is brought into reality by God. This is where the “name it and claim it” theology originated. Quimby would pass on his teachings to men like Kenneth Hagin, and he would, in turn, make his own disciples. Today, the Word of Faith movement is enormous—and is...

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Gazing At Heaven Is Practical Now

“But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). The scene into which we are breaking is this: Stephen, “full of grace and power” (Acts 6:8), has been proclaiming the gospel with great authority and performing miracles among the common people. In what has become typical modus operandi for the Jewish leaders, when they are unable to publicly resist the force of Stephen’s words they privately stage a mock trial, complete with a lineup of fake, paid-off witnesses. When Stephen is...

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5 Ways Adult Children Can Honor Their Parents

How should an adult grown (presumably married, but not necessarily) child relate to his or her parents? There is a tension in Scripture between obeying the Scripture which says to “leave and cleave” in forming your own adult identity and family (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5) and obeying the Scripture which says to “honor your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12;Ephesians 6:2). Every family has it’s own rhythm. Every family has its own share of circumstances, from abusive to permissive to annoying, etc. So how one adult child handles his or her parents isn’t necessarily a blueprint for another. Still, the Scriptures...

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The Five Solas: God’s Glory Alone

The Roman Catholic Church of Martin Luther’s day would have outright denied the concepts of Scripture alone and faith alone; it did not deny the concept that glory belonged to God alone. They certainly wouldn’t have suggested that God shared His glory, and yet the reality of practiced theology revealed something a bit different. What we say we believe is always revealed in how we practice our faith, and Rome’s practice did not add up to this idea of Soli Deo Gloria. The doctrine of God’s Glory Alone reminds us that biblical Christianity is not ultimately about us. There’s...

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Yes Christian, You Need the Local Church

It happens to be one of the more popular traps along the journey of faith—the idea that somewhere along the path of righteousness we somehow outgrow our need for the church. Perhaps you’ve met someone who was too busy for the church.  Maybe you’ve encouraged someone who thought they were too important for the church. What was once the central aspect of their life has now turned into an occasional hobby. We all need a healthy reminder from time-to-time that we need the church in all seasons and successes of life. We Need the Church for Worship – Not Entertainment...

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