Holding the Line

Growing in Godliness: Strategies and Blockades

I’ve mentioned George Whitefield often from the pulpit. He was, perhaps, the greatest British Evangelist the world has ever seen. During his lifetime he preached 18,000 times to a total of ten million hearers. He came to America thirteen times and actually died here. (His first sermon was from the porch of a house on King’s Highway in Lewes, De.....

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“How to Grow in Godliness: The Means of Sanctification”

I was reminded of the power of  sanctification as I read the account of Jane Roe’s conversion. Jane Roe was the case used in the infamous Roe v. Wade trial of 1973 that legalized the roughly 55 million abortions that have taken place since then. After the trial, Jane became the poster child for the struggling mom who needed the “procedure.” But as she worked in the...

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“How to Grow in Godliness: A Closer Look at How Sanctification Works” (Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:17-24)

“How to Grow in Godliness: A Closer Look at How Sanctification Works” (Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:17-24) (Part VI) There are two kinds of people in this world. One kind is you who love to find out how things work. You are the ones who took apart your parent’s radio when you were little just to see how it worked. The other kind is you who could care less how it works, as long as...

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Spiritual Circumcision: Living by Faith, Not the Flesh (Gen. 17)

Spiritual Circumcision: Living by Faith, Not the Flesh (Gen. 17)   The life of Abraham has taught me so much of what it means to live by faith. At its core, living by faith means that we believe that God is El Shaddai—Almighty God. We believe it so deeply that our actions reflect a distrust in our fleshly endeavors and a total trust in God’s power to work all things for the...

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Title: “I Am Come from the City of Destruction and Am Going to Mt. Zion” (Gen. 19)

Title: “I Am Come from the City of Destruction and Am Going to Mt. Zion” (Gen. 19)   John Bunyan, a Puritan pastor in the mid 1600s and imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, wrote the Pilgrims Progress while in prison. The allegory begins with a man dressed in rags with a great burden on his back, reading a book and being thunderstruck by what he reads. He begins to...

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God's Love for Hagar: Understanding Modern Arabs and Ancient Ishmaelites (Gen. 16)

God's Love for Hagar: Understanding Modern Arabs and Ancient Ishmaelites Gen. 16 Long before there were the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s, there were the Jews and the Arabs---the Jews descending from Isaac and the Arabs, (as commonly taught) descending from Ishmael. The Muslims are proud of their Ishmaelite heritage and believe that they are the seed of promise, not Isaac. They...

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“How to Grow in Godliness: Who Sanctifies and How Does It Work?” (Rom. 6-7) (Part V)

“How to Grow in Godliness: Who Sanctifies and How Does It Work?” (Rom. 6-7) (Part V) One of the manifestations of being made in the image of God is that, unlike animals, humans can be holy. In a conference I attended last Monday, the speaker was sharing his interaction with a secular journalist who had been taught never to call anything wrong, or evil. She was told that this...

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“How to Grow in Godliness: Sanctification’s Definition and Goal” (I Pet. 1:1-2) (Part IV)

“How to Grow in Godliness: Sanctification’s Definition and Goal” (I Pet. 1:1-2) (Part IV)   The title saints is used sixty-seven times in the New Testament. Its simple meaning is “holy ones.” When a person is born again by the power of the Gospel the most basic and practical outflow of that life is that they are holy—marked by Christ-like purity...

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Justification: The Most Important Truth in the World (Rom. 4:1-12)

In a blog called “Catholic Culture”, the blogger describes Martin Luther (whistle- blower who sounded the alarm for the mass corruption of the Catholic church, of which the chief was perverting the gospel into a system of works) as a nervous, worried man who was so afraid he would never do enough that he invented the doctrine of justification by faith alone to calm his...

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Can Chrisitans be blotted out of the book of life?

Can Chrisitans be blotted out of the book of life? Biblical language concerning the Book of Life has proven a stumbling block for many. In some circles it is common to refer to our names potentially being blotted out of the Book of Life as evidence that we can lose our salvation. Here is a quick clarification of the issue: 1. Revelation 22:19 (KJV) “And if any man shall take away from...

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