Category Archives: purity

Holiness: restrained from bad or inspired to be good?

Holiness anyone? Although some Christian groups are built around the concept of “holiness,” I’ve had trouble understanding it. To me holiness has always seemed like legalistic adherence to outward appearances, and not really a matter of the heart. However, as … Continue reading

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Church programs or ekklesia fire?

Question: What would happen if church meetings were built on people stepping out in faith and sharing from their heart — instead of being built on people passively watching a highly programmed presentation? Answer: God’s fire would fall and His … Continue reading

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Is it prudent for the passions, propensities, and perspectives of the present to push aside the pervasive moral principles and probity of the past?

Has our culture walked away from the collective wisdom of mankind? Is it prudent for the passions, propensities, and perspectives of the present to push aside the pervasive moral principles and probity of the past? What makes us think that our … Continue reading

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Perhaps the “new normal” is nothing but, surrendering to the same old self-focus the Bible says is sin.

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Deciding What To Do With Desires

Most people would agree that some human desires should be resisted (the desire to commit suicide, for instance).  However, how do you decide which human desires to obey and which to resist?  Here are some questions to ask: Is the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Warfare & The Christian Battle Flag

The Salvation Army Flag is not a decoration to collect dust inside a chapel or church building.  It’s not a religious relic.  It is a battle flag that belongs on the streets of the world. The first “Blood & Fire” … Continue reading

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