BECOMING MORE POWERFUL

BECOMING MORE POWERFUL

by Bill Elliff October 13, 2021

One of the great hopes of all our lives as followers of Christ is that we can become MORE. More useful, more loving, more gracious, more like Christ, a better witness, etc. Apollos was such a man. We only have five verses in the whole Bible that describe him (Acts 18:24-28), but look at the phrases God uses.

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THE WORST LIFE, FOREVER

THE WORST LIFE, FOREVER

by Bill Elliff October 12, 2021

It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.

But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.

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DO YOU SEE THE IDOLS AROUND US?

DO YOU SEE THE IDOLS AROUND US?

by Bill Elliff October 07, 2021

My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.

To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.

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WHAT GOD HAS SENT YOU!

WHAT GOD HAS SENT YOU!

by Bill Elliff October 06, 2021

To "send" someone or something is not an action taken by the receiver but by the giver. As human beings separated from God and under judgment because of our sin, we desperately need two things that we cannot have on our own. We need salvation from God to make us fit for heaven, and we need empowerment from God to make us fit for earth.

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DO YOU SEE PEOPLE AS OBJECTS?

DO YOU SEE PEOPLE AS OBJECTS?

by Bill Elliff October 05, 2021

Years ago, I read an intriguing leadership book called, "Leadership and Self-deception." The main them was that we often treat people in the workplace (and in life) as objects, not as people. When this happens, they feel it, and they began to treat others like objects and a tragic, impersonal cycle begins to happen.

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I'M THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD!

I'M THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD!

by Bill Elliff September 30, 2021

Look around you today—the humblest believer hast untold holdings. And if you know Christ, stop seeking the momentary wealth of this world. "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

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SPIRIT-LED MINISTRY

SPIRIT-LED MINISTRY

by Bill Elliff September 29, 2021

Just because a church or a pastor names the name doesn’t mean they are engaged in ministry as God desires. The picture of an effective, God-glorifying church is given to us in the pages of the book of Acts.

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PRIDE

PRIDE

by Bill Elliff September 28, 2021

Pride is the mother of all sins. God says a great deal about arrogance in the Scripture because we need to understand its source and effects. "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" is a truth that is repeated three times in the Bible. It is a foundational sin, a default posture of our thinking, that most of us will deal with until we see Him face to face.

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THE MARKS OF A SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT

THE MARKS OF A SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT

by Bill Elliff September 22, 2021

History has been forged by movements—seasons of surges that produced unstoppable and undeniable change.

The movement that began at Pentecost forever changed the world...

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SEIZING THE MOMENT

SEIZING THE MOMENT

by Bill Elliff September 20, 2021

When we are filled with God, by His Spirit's indwelling, we begin to understand the purpose for our lives on this earth. On Pentecost, tongues like fire fell along with God’s Spirit on the fledgling believers. They immediately began to speak of Christ in languages they did not know. And, by God’s design, the place was filled with people who were hearing the gospel in their native tongue.

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THE MODEL OF PRAYER IN THE EARLY CHURCH

THE MODEL OF PRAYER IN THE EARLY CHURCH

by Bill Elliff September 17, 2021

The book of Acts is a model for us of how Christ followers and the church are to function. There is one abundantly clear element throughout the book. They prayed.

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THE LENGTHS OF OUR UNBELIEF

THE LENGTHS OF OUR UNBELIEF

by Bill Elliff September 16, 2021

There is a great value in simply believing. And out of that faith, bending the knee and acknowledging Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is a simple joy in accepting the risen Christ for who He said He is and proved to be. Not no need to lie and deceive and create a false narrative to tell others. Just the joy of knowing and following Him, who is Lord of heaven and earth.

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