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We want another Pentecost at any Cost!

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Pentecost is the second greatest festival in the Jewish calendar. It was the in-gathering of the harvest and was a great event in the life of Israel. In the New Testament too, Pentecost is a great event for it was the in-gathering of souls which began the first-century church. Coming fifty days after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Pentecost was the fulfillment of the greatest promise that Jesus gave to His disciples before He ascended to heaven. So He told them to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with the power from on high. He said “… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) [Original Article by Dr. Colton Wickramaratne]

Questions & Answers on Spiritual Backsliding

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The name Charles Bradley Templeton (1915-2001) might not ring a bell to some of us but all of us are familiar with the International Christian Movement known as “Youth for Christ.” Templeton was its co-founder with Dr. Billy Graham. According to The Christian Post–in the year 1957,  after a struggle with doubts, Templeton rejected Christianity and became an atheist. He later authored the book “A Farewell to God”

Backsliding or falling away is one of Satan’s most effective weapons against us. The Bible doesn’t always use the precise term but it has several examples such as King Saul, King Solomon in the Old Testament, The Parable of the Prodigal Son, and The Parable of the Sower and man by the name Demus in the New Testament. In this Q & A I will answer six questions often asked about backsliding.

Spiritual Gifts: A list of those specifically mentioned or indicated in the Holy Bible

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While spiritual fruit is for our personal edification spiritual gifts are for the edification of the body of Christ or the Church. This list is in alphabetical order and as inclusive and extensive as possible because we want to help you find at least one area of giftedness with which you can serve in your church. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to add that we may have missed. [Taken from “Shared Life” Study Series by Lutheran Hour Ministries]

The Four-Fold Application of Speaking in Tongues

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Speaking in Tongues is the New Testament phenomenon where a person speaks in a language that is unknown to him. This language is either the language of angels or other earthly languages (1 Corinthians 13:1). Tongues are important as initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit as well as a gift of the Spirit. This is why I have discussed the doctrine of tongues here as well. Today I wish to present the four-fold application of speaking in tongues.

The Fruit of the Spirit and Christian Leadership

The Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Leadership

Probably the most memorable verses in Galatians are those list the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruit grows from planted seeds. Every Leader should embrace this marvelous list of inward qualities. There are different leadership styles but only the style that aligns with the style of Jesus which manifests through the fruit of the spirit matters. In this post, I give you the opportunity to evaluate your leadership style against the fruit of the Spirit.

Contemporary Christian Cults and their Teachings

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The oldest Biblical references to cults are as old as the early church. Although the Bible doesn’t utilize the technical term “cult” Jesus and the apostles have warned us about cults in multiple passages. The Biblical writers used different terms such as False Prophets, False Messiahs, and Wolves in Sheep’s Skin. These references are not limited only to the New Testament. There are various references in the Old Testament also.

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