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February 23, 2020

You have probably heard the old worn-out cliché about God answering prayer: "God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says Yes, and sometimes He says No." If we are honest, we have to admit that we get a lot more "no" answers than "yes" answers, at least when praying for things like miraculous healings or other supernatural manifestations. For every sick believer who has experienced a genuine miraculous healing (a permanent healing that involved no medical treatment and could be attributed to nothing other than supernatural Divine intervention), there are thousands of sick believers who prayed and did not receive a miraculous, supernatural healing. They just had to wait for the sickness to run its course, or they died. Don't get me wrong. I know there are some occasional genuine miracles among the many bogus claims. I'm thankful for all the "yes" answers to prayer, and I do not wish to deny or minimize all those positive answers to p...

February 16, 2020

What is the Jethro model? For readers who may not be very familiar with the Bible, we are not talking about television's Jethro Bodine of "The Beverly Hillbillies." We are talking about Jethro the priest of Midian, who was the father-in-law of Moses. After the Exodus from Egypt, Jethro came to Mount Sinai where Moses and the Hebrews were encamped. Moses told Jethro all about the recent Exodus from Egypt, and all that Yahweh had done for the Israelites. Jethro rejoiced, blessed Yahweh, and offered sacrifices to God. Then he sat down to eat with Moses, Aaron, and the elders of Israel. The next day, Jethro saw that Moses sat to judge the people all day long, from morning to evening. Jethro asked Moses why he did this. Moses explained that the people came to him to enquire of God, and to have Moses make judgments between them, and to explain God's laws to them.

December 14, 2019

Among Christians there are two extreme views of speaking in tongues. One extreme view is the belief that people who never speak in tongues are lost and on their way to hell. This view is based on the notion that the initial external evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues, and if a person has never spoken in tongues, that is evidence they do not have the Spirit and therefore do not belong to Christ, because “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Rom. 8:9). Brethren, I, like Paul, speak in tongues more than ye all. And like Paul, I would that ye all spake with tongues. Nevertheless, I reject this false notion. The opposite extreme view of speaking in tongues is the notion that all modern-day manifestations of speaking in tongues are deceptions and delusions, inspired either by people’s fleshly wishful thinking, or by demonic spirits.

May 5, 2019

“He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days” (Acts 1:3) “After these things Yeshua showed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias” (John 21:1). In the above verse, “these things” refers to the things that occurred in the previous chapters of John’s Gospel - the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the risen Lord’s appearance to Mary Magdalene, then His appearance that same evening to all the disciples except Thomas, and His appearance eight days later, this time with Thomas present. And now, this appearance on the seashore. The appearances of the risen Lord recorded in the four Gospels were

February 3, 2019

You have probably heard the old worn-out cliché about God answering prayer: "God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says Yes, and sometimes He says No." If we are honest, we have to admit that we get a lot more "no" answers than "yes" answers, at least when praying for things like miraculous healings or other supernatural manifestations. For every sick believer who has experienced a genuine miraculous healing (a permanent healing that involved no medical treatment and could be attributed to nothing other than supernatural Divine intervention), there are thousands of sick believers who prayed and did not receive a miraculous, supernatural healing. They just had to wait for the sickness to run its course, or they died.

January 26, 2019

What is the Jethro model? For readers who may not be very familiar with the Bible, we are not talking about television's Jethro Bodine of "The Beverly Hillbillies." We are talking about Jethro the priest of Midian, who was the father-in-law of Moses. After the Exodus from Egypt, Jethro came to Mount Sinai where Moses and the Hebrews were encamped. Moses told Jethro all about the recent Exodus from Egypt, and all that Yahweh had done for the Israelites. Jethro rejoiced, blessed Yahweh, and offered sacrifices to God. Then he sat down to eat with Moses, Aaron, and the elders of Israel. The next day, Jethro saw that Moses sat to judge the people all day long, from morning to evening. Jethro asked Moses why he did this. Moses explained that the people came to him to enquire of God, and to have Moses make judgments between them, and to explain God's laws to them.

November 25, 2018

“Forbid not to speak with tongues” (1 Cor. 14:39). Among Christians there are two extreme views of speaking in tongues. One extreme view is the belief that people who never speak in tongues are lost and on their way to hell. This view is based on the notion that the initial external evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues, and if a person has never spoken in tongues, that is evidence they do not have the Spirit and therefore do not belong to Christ, because “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Rom. 8:9). Brethren, I, like Paul, speak in tongues more than ye all. And like Paul, I would that ye all spake with tongues. Nevertheless, I reject this false notion. The opposite extreme view of speaking in tongues is the notion that all

April 8, 2018

Like John said to Peter after the net filled with fish, “It is the Lord,” we realize that it is the Lord orchestrating the events around us. And just as Peter cast himself into the sea and eagerly swam to shore, we might “abandon ship” and run to the Lord.

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