WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

by Bill Elliff October 28, 2020

Tozer said that "What you know about God is the most important thing about you." Right behind that knowledge, though, is what you know about yourself.

Do you know who you are? Paul did. Often in the opening lines of his letters to the churches he would give a one-sentence description that summed up his life. To the Romans, he summed it up in 17 words.

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SOMETHING YOU SHOULD REALLY FEAR

SOMETHING YOU SHOULD REALLY FEAR

by Bill Elliff October 27, 2020

"There is nothing so tragic as a merely formal Christian," Martyn Lloyd-Jones said. Nothing so disappointing as a person who once basked in the joy of the Lord but has now discovered that his love has grown cold.

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"GIVE ME AN ORDER OF NORMAL PLEASE!"

by Bill Elliff October 21, 2020

I long for a bit of normal. Heading to church with a full room of our friends. No masks. No COVID. No bitter election season. No sickness. No anger. No riots. No empty football stands with silly cardboard cutouts and piped in fan noise (who thought of that?) No hypocrisy by me or anyone else.

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DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?  THE POWER OF BIBLICAL SELF-AWARENESS

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? THE POWER OF BIBLICAL SELF-AWARENESS

by Bill Elliff October 19, 2020

How do you see yourself? A mature man has come to the humble knowledge that he is nothing without Christ and everything with Christ. He is a mere branch on a glorious Vine, but he has been fearfully and wonderfully and uniquely made by the Creator, designed for great achievements by God’s grace. This wise balance allows him to live powerfully, but dependently in life.

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DO YOU HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING?

DO YOU HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING?

by Bill Elliff October 16, 2020

We spend our lives trying to gain certain things and are full of joy when we get them. Our first car, our first job, our first home. Reputation and prestige and influence. The list is long. But, is it possible to have all those things and not have the most important thing?  Here’s what the Apostle Paul said:

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YOUR DIVINE ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS

YOUR DIVINE ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS

by Bill Elliff October 15, 2020

If you are a true believer, God has given you a spiritual gift(s) at the moment of your salvation. A spiritual gift is a "God-given, supernatural ability for service." It is different from a natural talent, but talents can be the vehicle through which some gifts operate at times. Spiritual gifts are designed by God to shape and empower our role in the Kingdom of God.

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WHAT CAN OVERCOME THE RAPID RISE OF EVIL AROUND US?

WHAT CAN OVERCOME THE RAPID RISE OF EVIL AROUND US?

by Bill Elliff October 05, 2020

We are seeing in our nation an explosion of evil on every side. We can sit passively and allow it to engulf our nation (and it will if unchecked). Or, as believers we can do the one thing that overcomes evil. We can walk by the Spirit and allow God’s goodness to flow in us and through us.

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THE INTENT OF THE SPIRIT

THE INTENT OF THE SPIRIT

by Bill Elliff September 14, 2020

Other than the coming of Christ, the single greatest historical event of the New Testament is found in Acts, Chapter 2. On this promised day, God sent His Spirit to the disciples who had followed Christ and instituted a new age.

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FACING THE PLACE OF SURRENDER

FACING THE PLACE OF SURRENDER

by Bill Elliff September 02, 2020

God places us purposefully in different environments for our good and His glory. Often, we don't see them as such, and we resist and run from these places. But, if we are to experience all God has, we should embrace each place, even if it’s hard.

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THE IRONIC ADVANTAGE

THE IRONIC ADVANTAGE

by Bill Elliff August 27, 2020

"Let not your heart be troubled" He told His anxious disciples. "It is to your advantage that I go away." If you have come to know Christ, His Spirit now lives in you fully. It is not a question of “How much of Christ do I have?” but, “How much of me am I allowing Christ to have?” You have, with Him in you, all you will ever need!

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THE LIFE-CHANGING SECRET

THE LIFE-CHANGING SECRET

by Bill Elliff August 26, 2020

We are born into this world separated from Christ. This is because of the fall of man through the choice of our First Parents. Starting in this position, the only resource we have is ourselves. We may rely on some other people, but in the end every decision, every activity, every step is comprised of our own choices made in our own power.

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HOW CAN I KNOW IF I'M REALLY A CHRISTIAN?

HOW CAN I KNOW IF I'M REALLY A CHRISTIAN?

by Bill Elliff August 06, 2020

There are thousands, perhaps millions of people who believe they are Christians who will never enter heaven. This is not my evaluation, but the clear teaching of Christ Himself.

Christ spoke of false prophets who "come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt 7:15). It is not the outward clothing, but the inward heart that indicates a true believer.

What is the only way to know the difference between a professing believer and a real believer?

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