THE ANATOMY OF DISSENSION

THE ANATOMY OF DISSENSION

by Bill Elliff June 08, 2019

If you are not careful, the whole ministry of a church can be hijacked by the sideways energy that contentious people create in the church. It is Satan’s greatest ploy and delight to create such diversions, for the church carries the hope of the world. So, how do we respond to such conflict?

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ARE YOU UNSTOPPABLE?

ARE YOU UNSTOPPABLE?

by Bill Elliff June 07, 2019

THE PROBLEM

… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.

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THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF UNITED PRAYER

THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF UNITED PRAYER

by Bill Elliff June 03, 2019

These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)

Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).

So, what did they do?

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WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF GOD'S OPINION?

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF GOD'S OPINION?

by Bill Elliff June 01, 2019

How do you know what your attitude is towards God’s Word? It’s very simple. If you cherish His Word, you will make time to prayerfully read it and gladly obey what He says. Every day. It is the source you run to first for direction. It will assume the highest place in your heart and mind for it is not merely a value for the Bible, it is your value of God Himself.

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WHEN AM I REALLY FREE?

WHEN AM I REALLY FREE?

by Bill Elliff May 31, 2019

 When is a train free to run? When it's on the tracks or off the tracks? On the tracks, it can move at incredible speed with perfect freedom, doing exactly what it was created to do. Off the tracks, it's unable to run as designed.

We were designed, as C.S. Lewis said, to run on God. His path is the track that liberates us. That is why veering away from His will is so laborious and leads to incredible bondage.

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BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LISTEN TO

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LISTEN TO

by Bill Elliff May 30, 2019

OUR COUNSELORS

... determine so much of our lives. How many people have gotten in trouble because they accepted a foolish challenge from a supposed friend? Listened to counsel that was directly opposed to the will of God? Missed the mark on a dare?

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WHAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO GLORIFY GOD ALL THE TIME?

WHAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO GLORIFY GOD ALL THE TIME?

by Bill Elliff May 28, 2019

If you are a true follower of Christ, you long for your life to count and make a difference for the kingdom of God. And, if your motivations have been rightly purified, you want God to be glorified, i.e., honored; seen; better known and worshiped.

But how can you accomplish that in this life?

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THE DISCIPLINE THAT HELPS US

THE DISCIPLINE THAT HELPS US

by Bill Elliff May 24, 2019

Years ago my dear pastor friend, Harry Li, said something profound to me. He was asking for prayer that his life would not slip away from living in the fullness of Christ. "I have come to understand," he said, "the discipline needed to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit." I instantly resonated with that statement and it plowed through my mind for many days.

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WHOSE APPROVAL DO YOU WANT?

WHOSE APPROVAL DO YOU WANT?

by Bill Elliff May 22, 2019

The one who lives for the approval of men discovers at the end of their life that they have had little affect for the kingdom and have lived much like the world. Their decision to not rock the boat has kept them from their most important purpose and most satisfying life. It is, for most, the most life-directing decision possible.

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OUR FAMILIAR SHEPHERD

OUR FAMILIAR SHEPHERD

by Bill Elliff May 18, 2019

There are many things about Christianity that are not true of any other religion. But one of the most amazing is the personable-ness of our relationship with Christ.

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DOES GOD'S WORD MAKE PROGRESS IN YOU?

DOES GOD'S WORD MAKE PROGRESS IN YOU?

by Bill Elliff May 16, 2019

Have you opened your heart to Christ? Are you anxious to hear everything His Word says to you and gladly continue in it? Is what Christ is saying entering your soul and making progress? Are you seeing things from God’s Word daily and is it changing you? The Word of God is not given to merely enlarge our minds but to change our lives.

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UNCEASING PRAISE

UNCEASING PRAISE

by Bill Elliff May 15, 2019

If we are in a right frame of mind about reality, we should be giving thanks to God and worshiping Him ALL DAY LONG in every circumstance. Paul reminded us to “Rejoice in the Lord always” and “In everything give thanks.” The Psalmist in Psalm 113 follows this command with the rationale for unceasing praise.

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