Learning How to Follow

The story of the Bible is the history of God leading His people through the wilderness. The clearest illustration of this is found in the books of Moses and the records of the Hebrew nation and their road to the promised land. It proved to each of God’s people that...

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Hearing the Voice of God

A critical part of spiritual maturity is developing the ability to hear the voice of God. Without it, the believer becomes part of the herd, following others who are following others. The uniqueness of each relationship with God requires the Christian to hear the gentle whisper (still small voice –...

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Filling Man’s Poverty with God’s Riches  

E. M. Bounds, a 19th century pastor in the Methodist Episcopal Church, wrote a number of definitive books dealing with prayer that are considered classics. Upon his retirement as pastor in 1894, he spent his final 17 years engaged in intercessory prayer, writing, and itinerant revival ministry. He would typically...

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Adopted or Orphaned

At the Last Supper, Jesus consoled His disciples that He would be leaving them, but would not leave them as orphans (John 14:18). He told them that the world would not see Him, but they would. He was trying to get them to see that a new relationship was in...

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From Rejection to Worship

Jacob’s 11th son, Joseph is a picture of one who overcame rejection and became the second most powerful man in Egypt. His life is a testimony of the way God can use anyone to be victorious in spite of incredible opposition and betrayal by even his own family. “Now Joseph...

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Two Goats

The most holy day of the year for the Jew is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It occurs in the midst of a 10-day period of introspection and repentance. We find the description of its religious requirements in Leviticus 16. One aspect of this celebration is the role played...

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Walk Before God

Question: how does fallen man walk before a holy God in a corrupt world? This may be God’s greatest miracle. Yet, it was what God intended for man all along. The failure of Adam and Eve was repeated from generation to generation in different ways until Enoch came along. The...

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Hudson Taylor and the Heart of Missions

One of the greatest missionaries of the modern Christian age was (James) Hudson Taylor, who spent 51 years as a missionary to China and established the China Inland Missions, now known as OMF International. This society was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools and...

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Discerning Good and Evil

Along the road to spiritual maturity, there are a number of landmarks a believer must pass through so “that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:20). One of those is the ability to hear the voice of God in the details of life. Another...

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