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The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

“Now I, Paul, who am lowly in presence among you but bold toward you while absent, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:1, MEV).   Gentleness, one part of the fruit of the Spirit, needs a place in our everyday lives. Often translated humility or meekness, the word gentleness […]

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Michael Brown: Playing With Holy Fire

Michael Brown: Playing With Holy Fire

Michael L. Brown, Playing With Holy Fire: A Wake-Up Call To the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2018), 224 pages, ISBN 9781629994987. Dr. Michael Brown has Pentecostal roots that run deep. His early days as a Christian were spent in an Italian Pentecostal Church in New York, years later he was one of the […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

“These will wage war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those who are with Him are called and chosen and faithful.” (Rev. 17:14, MEV).   Martin Luther defined faith as “a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure that one would […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things. And an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Matt. 12:35, MEV).   This statement from Jesus shows the three stages of goodness: first, the man is essentially good; second, he has good stored up in […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

“Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Eph. 4:32, MEV)   The kindness that comes as a fruit of the Spirit is revealed in the life of Jesus in His darkest hour of trial. When Judas and the soldiers came to the garden to take Jesus, Peter used his sword to wound the ear of […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

“Keep in mind that the patience of our Lord means salvation” (2 Peter 3:15, MEV).   The word patience, as it is used in the New Testament, really has no equivalent in the English language. Patience is the powerful capacity of selfless love to suffer long under adversity. It is the ability to bear with […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

“For He is our peace, who has made both groups one and has broken down the barrier of the dividing wall” (Eph. 2:14).   The word peace as used in the gospels and in Ephesians means to bind together those things that were separated. Jesus made peace through the blood of His cross (Col. 1:20), […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

“I have spoken these things to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11, MEV).   Loveless Christians are joyless Christians. But when self is drowned in the love of Christ, the result will be unspeakable joy. Faith in Christ implants joy in the believer’s heart. […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Love

The Fruit of the Spirit: Love

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35, MEV). Love is the first and greatest of the fruit of the […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control … If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-25, MEV).    The fruit of the Spirit identifies the Spirit-filled believer. Just as speaking with other tongues confirms the baptism in the Holy […]

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How Spirit Baptism is Received

How Spirit Baptism is Received

The history of the Day of Pentecost dates back to 1500 BC when God gave Moses the Law on Mount Sinai. Fire appeared to symbolize God’s presence. On the Day of Pentecost in Acts, God made His presence known through the fire and gave us the Holy Spirit. The difference between Sinai and Acts was […]

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Sarah Bowling: In Step with the Spirit

Sarah Bowling: In Step with the Spirit

Sarah Bowling, In Step with the Spirit: Infusing Your Life with God’s Presence and Power (Chosen Books, 2017), 240 pages, ISBN 9780800798451. Sarah Bowling is the daughter of the Rev. Wallace and Marilyn Hickey. She joins her mother as a co-host and Bible teacher on their worldwide daily television program, “Today with Marilyn and Sarah”. […]

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Verna Linzey: The Baptism With the Holy Spirit

Verna Linzey: The Baptism With the Holy Spirit

Verna M. Linzey, The Baptism With the Holy Spirit: The Reception of the Holy Spirit as Confirmed by Speaking in Tongues (Longwood, FL: Xulon Press), 180 pages, paperback. A New Handbook on the Pentecostal Experience Verna Linzey’s new book, according to scholar James D. G. Dunn, is a “restatement of classic Pentecostal convictions on baptism […]

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Seven Tests of a True Prophetic Word

Seven Tests of a True Prophetic Word

God is speaking today and Pastor Loren Sandford urges all of us to pursue biblical discernment.   With so many questionable prophetic words circulating these days, concerning both the wider world and personal prophecies, wouldn’t it be a good thing for the body of Christ to sharpen its discernment? I fear that to fail to do this […]

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