Archive for March, 2008

As I sat enjoying the blessings of God and the manifestations of His power on Easter Sunday; I began to think of what could this day mean to us throughout the entire year…It is a continuing encouragement.

“The Encouragement of Easter”
I Peter 1:3-9


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And if Christ has net been raised, your faith is futile…If only for this life we have hope in Christ; we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead. – 1 Corinthians 15:17-20

For the Christian…truly, the very last of life is the very best.  The last words D. L. Moody spoke on his death bed: Earth recedes…Heaven opens before me!

Because of Easter Sunday, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, because he is alive today and promises heaven for us…THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

Some don’t think much about heaven because they don’t understand what it will be like David Lloyd George says: When I was a boy, the thought of Heaven used to frighten me more than the thought of Hell.  I pictured Heaven as a place where time would be perpetual Sundays, with perpetual services from which there would be no escaped.

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Ask the question and pastors everywhere will flock to hear the answer. I thank God for the books, studies and seminars that have been devoted to this burning issue. But I also fear, lest many of my colleagues imagine that they can improve on the finality of what God has already said, and the reality of what God has done in the past and He can do again.

To start with from Scriptural text, Paul the Apostle remind us that when in Corinth, he “planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” (1 Corinthians 3:6).  Genuine growth is a divine work. We can manipulate numbers in the church, but only God can multiply members in the body.

I have been impressed and excited all over again with Luke’s account of the early days of the church. Take a concordance and look up such words as “thousands”, “increase”, “multiplied”, “numbers” and “multitudes” and see what the Bible means by church growth. A careful examination of these opening chapters reveals that there were at lest seven Spirit-controlled activities that characterized those Pentecostal days.

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