Purified by Leonard Ravenhill

This 7-minute clip is fabulous!

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Repentance

So many churches do not preach a gospel of repentance these days.  Rather, they preach a social gospel that is weak and doesn’t meet the deep needs of our souls.  I found a series that is very refreshing because it DOES preach that old-time gospel of repentance.  Pastor Brian Hughes does an outstanding job of preaching this biblically based message.

Repentance

A House Built on Sand

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A House Built on Sand
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine regarding why someone would want to build a house on sand. There are three common reasons. The first is that it can be cheaper, so it doesn’t end up costing you as much. Secondly, the comfort – for sand is softer than a building on a rock. Thirdly, sand is conforming.
We’ve had many discussions about how the church will become more worldly as we get nearer to the Lord’s return. As we pondered the house built on sand and how the apostasy is already taking place, we realized that a lot of people choose to build their spiritual house on the “sand” because it doesn’t cost them as much. Many don’t want a gospel that may require them to lay down their lives.
Many prefer the comfort of a social gospel, rather than the true gospel because it makes it more comfortable because you don’t have to take a strong, biblical stand on anything, and it doesn’t seem as offensive as unadulterated truth. It’s just built on love. Everything is about love. Leave truth at the door because it may invade your comfort zone.
Many people prefer their house of sand because that house will conform to THEIR body, rather than having to conform to the image of Christ. That house of sand puts their wants first, rather than requiring one to take up their cross daily and truly follow Jesus.
My friend pointed out that those who build a house on sand have some really nasty things to deal with. The winds come along, blowing the sand into the house, causing it to settle, and eventually causing it to crack. This analogy also fits a spiritual house built on sand. When the winds of life begin to fiercely blow, that house of sand will begin to crack because there is no firm foundation built upon Jesus Christ. A spiritual house of sand won’t help you in times of fierce trials and times of persecution. In fact, a house of sand can be a bit like quicksand – sucking you down into it until it sucks the spiritual life right out of you.
What kind of spiritual house are you building?
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller

Spiritually Comatose

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Spiritually Comatose
Brushing your teeth, showering, getting dressed, making the bed – These are all things we do automatically, without giving it much thought.
If we aren’t careful, we can do the same thing in our spiritual lives. We can fall into the habit of reading the Word, paying our tithe, going to church and Sunday school – all without absorbing any of it. We do it automatically because it has become a habit.
The result is we become spiritually comatose. Though our body is very much alive, our spirit is completely dead on the inside. It’s a slow process, done little by little, but one day, we realize we just feel dead inside.
The cure is to stay hydrated by drinking from the Living Water.
Colossians 3:23 tells us that whatever we do, it should be done heartily, as to the Lord. This implies that it isn’t something done automatically – it is a choice of our will to do it heartily.
Psalm 16:11 tells us that in His presence there is fullness of joy and His path is a path of LIFE. So clearly, the Lord desires more for us than to fall into a state of being spiritually comatose.
Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us we are to love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, and strength. It requires using all of our mind and emotions to do this. By doing so, we won’t fall into that dangerous and sad state of being.
© 2017, Stacy R Miller

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