Walk by the Spirit

“The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battlefield.” I still remember the grey-bearded guest preacher who first spoke that sentence in a Bible college chapel service in the late 1980s. If you think the Christian life is a playground then you’ll never get serious about holiness. You’ll never really...

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When Panic Attacks

[embed][/embed]   PDF Notes Four years ago, I could not have taught this breakout session. The 2013 ACBC Annual Conference fell between two trips to the emergency room. During both trips, I was sure I was having a heart attack. Without a doubt that's what I believed and that's what my wife believed. But...

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Reasons Why God Prunes Us

According to John 15:1-8, our interpretation of the sanctifying work that God accomplishes in our lives—especially during times of trial—is directly related to our understanding of pruning. This, in turn, affects our response to personal suffering and to others in their time of trial. If we view pruning as punitive,...

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