Biblical Balance Regarding Standards

Everyone has standards; they just vary. Even the guy who boasts he has no standards forgets—that is a standard! Why standards? Do standards have a place in the believer’s life? Why have standards become a source of controversy—in some cases understandably?

Standards are protective barriers to guard against something harmful. For example, in the physical realm parents often put a “fence” at the top of a staircase to protect little ones from falling down the stairs. However, if a twelve year old still needs that particular fence, he has not matured. This does not imply maturity does not need “standards,” but that maturity internalizes the standard and, therefore, is still … Read more

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More Gospel Signs

Casper Koning is the brother of Otto Koning, who is known for The Pineapple Story. He and his wife print and supply Gospel Bible Verse signs for the side of the road, front yards, and so forth. After hearing testimonies of how God has used these men and their signs, we asked Bro. Koning for permission to share some of these testimonies with you. They demonstrate the power of the gospel through the spoken and printed Word. We shared a Gospel testimony two weeks ago and three gospel sign testimonies last week. Today we are sharing with you three more testimonies of how God has used these … Read more

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The Process of Spiritual Growth – Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Process of Spiritual Growth

We learned in Part 1 that progressive sanctification is the lifelong process of learning to let Christ live His life through us. To the extent a child of God submits to the process, he will grow spiritually. According to 2 Peter 3:18, the agents of spiritual growth are 1) the engrafted Word, the Holy Spirit, who imparts to us the mind of Christ through the written Word; and 2) grace, which the Holy Spirit dispenses, as needed. How do we access the agent of grace?

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Gospel Signs

Casper Koning is the brother of Otto Koning, who is known for The Pineapple Story. He and his wife print and supply Gospel Bible Verse signs for the side of the road, front yards, and so forth. After hearing testimonies of how God has used these men and their signs, we asked Bro. Koning for permission to share some of these testimonies with you. They demonstrate the power of the gospel through the spoken and printed Word. We shared a Gospel testimony last week. Here are three testimonies of how God has used these signs.

If you would like to order signs, you may order the 16″ … Read more

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The Process of Spiritual Growth – Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Process of Spiritual Growth

As a pastor, I am most concerned about the ongoing sanctification of the congregation God has entrusted to my care. The bottom line: I want those dear folks to be prepared to give a good account at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

What, then, is sanctification (i.e., progressive sanctification)? It is the lifelong process of learning to let Christ live His life through mine. I used to say it is the process of becoming more like Christ. I don’t say that any more, because it is confusing and, therefore, easily misunderstood. Some have abused the … Read more

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Divine Appointment for Tom

Casper Koning is the brother of Otto Koning, who is known for The Pineapple Story. He and his wife print and supply Gospel Bible Verse signs for the side of the road, front yards, and so forth. After hearing testimonies of how God has used these men and their signs, we asked Bro. Koning for permission to share some of these testimonies with you. They demonstrate the power of the gospel through the spoken and printed Word. In addition to the testimony we are sharing today, you can look forward to similar testimonies over the next two weeks!

If you would like to order signs, you may order … Read more

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Spiritual Guidance (Part 3)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Spiritual Guidance

How Can You Discern Counterfeit Guidance?

In this series on spiritual guidance, we have noted that the Spirit of God does lead individuals and we have addressed how the Spirit leads. But since Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light, how can you discern the true from the false? Knowing the genuine is vital to discerning the counterfeit. Therefore, we will note the ways of the Spirit in genuine guidance as an aid to discern the ways of the Enemy in counterfeit guidance.

First, the Holy Spirit leads; evil spirits push. The New Testament … Read more

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April Desktop Background

April is right around the corner, so here is a new desktop background for you! As always, a big thanks to Benjamin Smith and the guys at IFB Design. They do excellent work and would be a great source for your ministry graphics needs. Don’t miss the terrific graphics they designed for previous months!

This month we are pleased to provide a variety of sizes and dimensions for the graphic. If you want to find out which dimension best matches your screen size, click here.

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Spiritual Guidance (Part 2)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Spiritual Guidance

How Does the Holy Spirit Lead?

In the first part of this series, we addressed the reality that the Holy Spirit does in fact guide individually. But how does the Spirit lead? Knowing the genuine is always vital to discerning the counterfeit. Two key biblical principles provide a plumb line in discerning the Holy Spirit’s leadership.

Two key biblical principles provide a plumb line in discerning the Holy Spirit’s leadership.

First, there is the wisdom of the Spirit, where the ultimate faculty addressed is your mind.  This involves a spiritual illumination of the Word to … Read more

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Spiritual Refreshment for the Thirsty Soul

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;  To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary” (Psa. 63:1-2).

David is soul thirsty. He had seen the glorious power of God revealed in the place of corporate worship and it had wetted his spiritual appetite for God. But, now he is in a desert place away from the sanctuary and the dry wilderness reminds him of his thirst for God.

Is your soul thirsting for God today?

Is your … Read more

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