Basic Christian Life

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Basic Christian Life Christian : As disciples of Jesus Christ, we want to live the Christian life in a way which pleases Jesus. Someone has said, “The Christian life is not difficult, it is impossible.” We cannot live pleasing to God on our own strength. A supernatural life must be lived by the power of the supernatural Holy Spirit. However, living a supernatural, God-pleasing life does not mean throwing our brains out the window! We have to study and learn what it is that pleases God and then cooperate with…

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The Holy Spirit as “Helper”

Some have asked of the Spirit-Helper Jesus promised is still at work on his disciples. With an open mind consider the following. Is it fair to state that the verses to follow were spoken in private company with the eleven apostles?John 14:15-17 — “If YOU [APOSTLES] love me, YOU [APOSTLES] will observe my commandments; 16 and I will request the Father and he will give YOU [APOSTLES] another helper to be with YOU [APOSTLES] forever, 17 the spirit of the truth, which the world cannot receive, because it neither beholds…

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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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A Life of Discipleship

Only those who have repented, exercised faith, experienced the new birth, and have received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will obtain salvation. These believers will obey and be faithful disciples of Christ. Discipleship is necessarily a part of the Christian faith.Discipleship is strongly emphasized by the Lord. He said that only those who obey and are faithful disciples will obtain redemption. Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which…

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BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST

To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?’ Jesus replied, ‘ I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.…

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Last October, my wife and I spent a weekend with our daughter and her family to celebrate two birthdays—our granddaughter’s third and my . . . well, that number isn’t essential to this story.We had all piled into a van and gone out to enjoy the beautiful spring day. On the way back to my daughter’s house, we stopped at the shops to pick up some groceries and I noticed the black cats, witches and spiderwebs with which some stores, anticipating Halloween, had on display. Seeing a particularly spooky ghost…

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