The Holy Spirit: A Brief Look

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the Law of Sin and Death" (Romans 8:1). The Holy Spirit is identified as...

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Train Up a Child – Part 2

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”                                                                                                      Proverbs 22:6   My family had a kitten named Butterscotch. Cats are not my...

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Be Not Ashamed

Paul’s second letter to Timothy contains what many believe to be the Apostle’s final words to the young preacher who would shortly pick up Paul’s mantle and carry on. As he drew this letter to a close the words to Timothy were “the time of my departure is at hand”...

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He is All I Need

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created...

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Merry CHRISTmas from Matt Ritchey

As I write this, it has been almost a year since we officially made the decision to trust the Lord’s guidance to take us to Michigan. It started out with doubts and sadness as we had to move away from dear people that we have served alongside for ten years in Beloit,...

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A Christmas letter from Joel McGarvey

Dear Friends and Co-Laborers, We send you greetings in that One called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This past year has been filled with the blessings of the Lord; we are rich...

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No Condemnation

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the Law could not do, in that it...

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Churches United in Christ

To some I will sound like a trouble maker, to others perhaps a nut, and still others a breath of fresh air. No matter your take on what I am about to write, I feel compelled to say it nonetheless. Over the years I have written several articles in examination of...

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My Plan To Stop The Departure

The statistics are daunting. Depending on which poll you follow, anywhere from 70%-80% of our young people walk away from the church as they graduate high school. This means that of those twenty teens you have in your youth group, only three will keep coming when they...

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The Mortal Man is Guilty as Charged!

Romans 2: 1 - 16 The fallen human race is in need of God’s righteousness as is seen in these verses. It is rather easy to show and believe that the immoral persons of Romans 1:21-32 were destitute of righteousness, and that it was necessary for them to acquire the...

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Healing and Atonement – Part Two

Another verse cited is Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” They say if He is the same today, then He will do the same things He did when He was here. We read in the Old Testament that Jehovah appeared to men. The Lord appeared to the...

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Healing and the Atonement – Part One

Healing and atonement ... First, let’s consider the meaning of the word atonement. The word in the Old Testament means to cover, to placate, to disannul, appease, forgive. It is used once in the New Testament, and the meaning there is reconciliation. It means, then,...

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Why the Tribulation, Part 2

Zephaniah 1:14-17 The Tribulation period is associated with God’s dealings with the Nation of Israel, not the church which is the Body of Christ. This tribulational week of years is “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7). Understanding this should answer,...

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Why the Tribulation, Part 1

Zephaniah 1:14-17 War! War! The storm clouds of war hang heavy over the Middle East. The Middle East has been the site of hostilities due to the hatred between the Arabs and the Jews. We know, according to Bible prophecy, war will eventually encompass the entire...

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Pity the Poor Prophets, Part 2

Prophesy Not! Times have not changed much in the world’s religious or political systems. Amos the prophet complains bitterly that, in the face of God’s abundant and gracious provision for Israel’s physical prosperity and spiritual blessing, Israel compromised the...

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Pity the Poor Prophets, Part 1

“Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers” (Acts 7:52). “Woe unto you, for ye build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your...

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Update from the Road: We have been very busy!

Dear Faithful Ministry Partners, Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We apologize that this is the first update that we have sent out this travel season, but we have been very busy or without internet connections since our departure...

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Of The Rapture : The When (Part 2)

1 Thessalonians Chapter four establishes the fact of the Rapture.  Now 1 Thessalonians Chapter five documents the when of the Rapture. Premillenarians have often disagreed and debated the “when” of the Rapture. The three most common viewpoints that compete for...

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Shall We Drop It or Make A Point Of It?

When I was in England several years ago for evangelistic meetings, I was privileged to visit some of the historic locations associated with the ministry of John Wesley, the father of Methodism. One of the most interesting and inspiring places was the city of Epworth,...

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