THE CONSCIOUSNESS MODEL

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consciousness:Ramana Maharshi taught that you could achieve the stage of butterfly if you simply “Ask yourself again and again, ‘Who am I?’”1 “The inquiry ‘Who am I?’ will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for  stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self- realization.”2 That’s much more easily said than done; and like any other teaching in the back of the movie theater, if it worked, there would be a lot of butterflies populating the Earth by now.…

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‘When I Get Filled . . . I Will Begin To Speak’

As a young Baptist preacher, I associated with Full Gospel people around divine healing. We both believed in that, and hearing them talk about divine healing made my faith grow stronger. I also knew I needed the infilling of the Holy Spirit that they talked about, because I sensed a lack of power in my own life. But after meditating on and thinking about the scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit, I became convinced that speaking with other tongues wasn’t necessary.

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The Holiness of God

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 To any of His creation that are able and willing to listen and take heed, God says something very important in Leviticus, chapter 11. We’ll turn over there and see what this important thing is. Leviticus, chapter 11, verse 44: Tozer – The Holiness of God (Part 4 of 4) by ChristianSongs “For I am the Eternal your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and you shall be holy: for I am holy.” That is also repeated in the New Testament in I Peter, chapter 1 and verse 16.

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Christianity is Harder Than We Pretend it is

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We make a lot of pitches with Christianity.”It’s a free gift.””The peace and satisfaction your heart desires.”These are the expectations we set. And expectations help preface either disappointment or fulfillment.Unfortunately, for many Christians, the reality of faith is a shocking letdown compared to the false premises that were guaranteed them by pastors, churches and other believers.As people obsess over church attendance, burnout rates and demographic changes within Christianity, we become infatuated with solving today’s problems—determined to find the perfect fix.Thus, we analyze church traditions, styles, techniques and theologies and wonder…

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God in Gaza

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Three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting left Gaza’s beleaguered Christian community beginning 2009 in their worst situation since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.”We as Palestinian Christians are very saddened to see those on both sides killed from bombing and rockets lobbed back and forth, but Israel has exaggerated their response,” said Hanna Massad, exiled pastor of Gaza Baptist Church, the only evangelical congregation in the 25-mile coastal strip. “We weep for the Israelis who have died, but the suffering is much more on the Gazans.”The January 18 ceasefire ended a 22-day Israeli…

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Heart: Do You Want to Be Saved – Even More – by Jesus? – Romans 5:10

Heart: “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10 God sent his Son, Jesus, to die so that our sins could be forgiven and we could life life in heaven for all eternity. Because of Jesus’ death, we can also have a direct relationship with God, the Father. This reconciliation and relationship is only possible by the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross for you…

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LET THE CHILDREN COME

Jesus loves the little children  All the children of the world Whether yellow, Black or White They are precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world.Without any notion of doubt; it is believed that the above is a well known song in Christian homes and/or children Sunday schools. The song has not come into existence without some biblical support. It was not that Christians fabricated the song to affirm a guess that Jesus Christ, the Saviour, might be especially kind to children. No; not at all.…

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God’s Knowledge of the Future Is Unlimited

In the last few decades a movement has developed within Christianity that has come to be known by the term ‘open theism’. Proponents of this view believe that God’s knowledge of the future is limited. They argue in this way: God gives human beings genuine free will (often known as libertarian free will or contra-causal free will); if God knew all the future, the future would be fixed, and a fixed future is incompatible with humans having genuine free will; therefore God cannot know everything that will happen in the…

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The Gifts and Callings of God

Romans 11:29 says, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” “Without repentance” means that God won’t change His mind about what He has called you to do. If God has called you, that calling is still there, whether or not you have obeyed. And if God gave you a gift—if He gifted you along a certain line—that gift is still there!Paul told Timothy to “stir up” the gift that was within him, saying, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God,…

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Following God’s Plan

Sometimes when God says something to believers about His plans for their lives, they try to make them come to pass by their own efforts. When they do that, they can muddy the waters, so to speak. In other words, they can hinder God’s plan for them so God isn’t free to do what He wants to do. They need to just stay in faith regarding God’s plan and let God bring to pass what He has told them. To fulfill their part, they need to prepare themselves according to…

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Which Is the True Gospel?

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Jesus commanded, “Repent you, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). But exactly what is it that we—YOU—are supposed to believe? Just what is the true gospel? Do you know? Are you certain? Be careful of assumptions. For instance, did Christ teach the same gospel that Paul preached to the gentiles? And what does the word “gospel” mean anyway?The vast majority of professing Christians do not know the vital—all-important—answers to these most basic questions, and many others related to the true gospel of the Bible! This is because the knowledge of…

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Is Jesus Really Michael the Archangel?

According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, “Jesus is not God and never claimed to be” (“Should You Believe…?,” 2000). Rather, Jesus can be understood “from the scriptures to be Michael the Archangel” (The Watchtower, 1979, p. 29). “Michael the great prince is none other than Jesus Christ himself,” they allege (The Watchtower, 1984, p. 29). The May 15, 1969 issue of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Watchtower magazine suggested: “There is Scriptural evidence for concluding that Michael was the name of Jesus Christ before he left heaven and after his return” (p. 307). Where…

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Why Is the Resurrection so Important?

In the late 1990s, a group of scholars assembled to evaluate whether Jesus actually said the things attributed to him by the Gospel writers. Although they employed remarkably subjective criteria in their evaluation of Scripture, members of the self-appointed “Jesus Seminar” were widely quoted by the media as authorities on the Christian faith.Marcus Borg, a Jesus Seminar leader, said this of Christ’s resurrection: “As a child, I took it for granted that Easter meant that Jesus literally rose from the dead. I now see Easter very differently. For me, it…

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Who was Jesus Christ?

For almost twenty centuries the name of Jesus Christ has been in the minds of a countless number of people. Some of these have even been tortured or put to death, for their conviction and belief that Jesus Christ was a person of tremendous importance to them. And while these people have been so confident in Jesus, there have been others who have denied that he ever existed, saying that he was merely a myth.An historical look at the person of Jesus Christ. Real Or Myth? Christianity is based on…

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The Devil and His Angels

Have you ever been tempted to do something that you know you shouldn’t do? Have you ever experienced an inner desire — a silent voice within you — suggesting that you do something, and that no one will ever know? What prompts us to have these feelings, or to do things that we somehow know that we shouldn’t do?The devil, or Satan, is usually the one who gets the blame. There are many people that live in constant fear of the devil, and there are many people that are convinced…

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Jesus Christ and Salvation

God’s plan of salvation for sinful humanity is central to God’s eternal purpose and is fully revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ, chosen by God before creation to be the Savior. We affirm that Jesus Christ is truly divine and truly human.Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ:Jesus Christ, God the Son, is a distinct person of the Trinity, in perfect equality and unity with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is eternally existent and is fully God. He created all things and is the…

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The Glory Cloud Appears Again

Although I was anointed to preach, that strong anointing with the glory didn’t happen again in my ministry for three more years (see Anointed to Preach for details on the first glory cloud experience). During those three years, I had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, had come over among the Full Gospel people, and was pastoring a little church in northcentral Texas.One Sunday night, I was preaching away on prophecy—it was the second Sunday night of September 1939—and the anointing came upon me. After that anointing came, I don’t…

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The Angel of the Lord His Identity, Manifestations, and Roles

Several years ago I received a letter from a fellow in Champaign, Illinois in which he asked me a number of very thought provoking questions about Jesus before He became incarnate in the flesh. Since that time, a number of other people have contacted me with a variety of questions concerning the same subject. Listed below are the questions and my responses to them.Definitely. A good example is found in Isaiah 6. King Uzziah, who had reigned for 52 years in Judah, had just died, and Isaiah, who was probably…

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God’s Ministering Spirits

To many people, the word “angel” conjures up images of winged, harp-playing, halo-endowed, perhaps mischievous beings romping around on clouds. Images and statues of angels (as envisioned in the minds of men) are found almost everywhere—in churches, books, magazines, greeting cards, etc. Angels have also been popular subjects in films, television and music. They are often portrayed as emotional entities having common human frailties. These and other such misconceptions serve to terribly blur the purpose for which God created angels.Today, there are perhaps as many wrong concepts of angels as…

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A Soldier’s View of the Tomb

Cassius stood at rigid attention in front of the commanding officer of Jerusalem’s military cohort. “Centurion,” the officer barked, “explain yourself! One of your squads was assigned to guard a tomb, a dead man. What could be so hard about that? Now I’m hearing rumors that the body is missing? Tell me this is all a mistake!””Sir, may I be frank, one old soldier to another?” asked the Centurion. He and the Tribune went back a long way, though the Tribune was of the equestrian class, and he a mere…

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Is the Son Eternally Submissive to the Father?

SYNOPSISIs the Son Eternally Submissive to the Father? The biblical doctrine of the Trinity is God’s self-revelation about His nature. Both the Old and New Testaments reveal God as a unity of three persons; because of this unity, we can enjoy the benefits of a relationship with Him. The Trinity makes possible the incarnation of God as man, and it is only through the incarnation that we can be saved from our sins, since God alone can be our savior. Believers, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, accept these truths by…

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Jesus Was Not An Angel

I recently came across a scholarly article abstract that proposed that Jesus Christ was an angel. It said that He was introduced as an angel in the beginning and presented again at the end of the book of Revelation. This caught my interest because, if true, this would seem to contradict a passage that says the direct opposite. Look at the first passage:  “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him [Jesus], to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and…

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A Fathers heart!

Much is said of fathers in the bible. Fathers are good providers, Luke 11: 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Fathers correct and discipline their children Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. The Lord also becomes the father of the fatherless which means that the role of a…

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Will God not complete His Work?

Has the Lord just opened a door for you? Or do you perceive that Gods hand is on something that you need to step into? Are you a parent? When you send your child to school, aren’t you aware that they will not only need pocket money for the first year of their studies but for the duration? If your son came to you and said well “ Daddy/ Mummy, thanks for allowing me to take up this admission, but will you pay all my school fees unto l finish…

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How Jesus Died on Both a Tree and a Stake

How Attempted and Diverted:The subject of the earthly death of The Nazarene-Son of man has had volumes of comments, but, unfortunately as with most ‘Christian’ writings, they are conditioned by the traditions of the past which started hundreds of years after his physical death.This information will of course strike one as off the course of ‘traditions’ as such, since The Bible evidences some other aspects, noted by a ‘ little flock’ of Bible students, as not comporting with the generally understood ideas regarding the attempt, mode and result of The…

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Resurrection and Easter Faith

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the single event upon which the truth of Christianity rises or falls.This study of the resurrection begins by surveying the concept of resurrection from the dead from its earliest mentions in the Old Testament through Jesus’ and the apostles’ teachings about resurrection. Then it examines at the accounts in each of the four gospels to determine exactly what took place that Easter morning. It surveys five alternate explanations of the resurrection and why none provides an adequate explanation for the New Testament accounts. It…

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Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross:

By all accounts Jesus didn’t do a lot of talking on the cross. He was silent during the hours he hung there, except for a very few words. But these Seven Last Words provide a window into Jesus’ soul, a way to understand what is ultimately important to this One who is dying on the cross.These Words reveal his incredible love, his determination, his humanness as well as his divinity, his intimate relationship with his Father, and finally his trust.One way to meditate on these Seven Last Words personally might…

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Smiling Outside, Lost Within

 A “stiff upper lip,” as the British call it, so often masks the pain within. But sometimes God reaches inside. Let me tell you a story….On the streets of town one day, Jesus was mobbed by people bumping, jostling, elbowing one another in an attempt to get close to this famous teacher and miracle-worker. In the crowd was a middle-aged woman who suffered from chronic bleeding. Over the last dozen years she had gone to doctor after doctor, hoping that one of them could heal her. She’d spent all her…

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“Lord, You Can Use My Boat”

“Nice boat.”Simon looked up from mending his nets to see a tall man touching his boat. It was Jesus, whom he�d first met down in Judea where Simon had been listening to John the Baptist�s teaching. Jesus himself was a teacher these days, Simon had heard.Jesus was fingering the joinery of Simon�s boat, admiring the handiwork. “Very smooth,” he said.”Benjamin the boatmaker finished it last fall,” said Simon. “Last boat he made before he died.”Jesus ran his hand over the planks along the side of the craft. “It looks tight,”…

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Standing Tall

“I’m not small,” the little man would say to himself. “I’ll show them.” And over the years he had found lots of ways to prove it, at least to himself. He had discovered, for example, that money helped. A rich man always had friends around, even if he was short.Of course, some people didn’t approve of the way Zacchaeus raked in his money. The tiny entrepreneur was a small but increasingly important cog in a great revenue machine that channeled money from the far-flung provinces of the empire into the…

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