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The living church and the dead church

THE scriptures depict a Samaritan woman who attends the Church of Mount Gerizim. In that church, some members of the congregation have buckets, so they are able to draw water from the well to drink. Others expect to have buckets or are hoping to get buckets. Nevertheless, all the members of Mount Gerizim church are thirsty. However, when they get to church, the pastor promises they will have lots of water to drink.

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The School of the Holy Spirit

Many Christians do not want to go to school. Those inclined to do so would rather all their studies were theoretical. We want to get a degree in French but not know how to speak the language. We want to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering but be unable to change the spark plugs of a car. We eagerly recite scripture but it is clear the word of God has not been made flesh in us.

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Salvation from the world

The salvation popularly preached in the churches is not the salvation of Jesus Christ. The notion that Christians are already saved is beguiling, bewitching and illusory. Paul says we are saved without works. (Ephesians 2:9). Then he enjoins us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12).

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The Greatest Blessing of all

You want to see a man that is blessed, don’t ask what kind of job he has. Don’t ask how much he has in the bank.

Christians insist we are children of Abraham, even without doing the works of Abraham. We sing repeatedly: “Abraham’s blessings are mine. I am blessed in the morning, I am blessed in the evening; Abraham’s blessings are mine.” But since we have been appropriating Abraham’s blessings, we have not become rich. Something must be wrong somewhere otherwise Christians should be the richest people on earth today.

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Great Expectations (2)

2016 was a terrible year for John the Baptist. His expectations were not met. He walked with God, kept on the side of righteousness and preached the gospel. Nevertheless, he ended up in Herod’s prison. What kind of reward was that for doing what God asked him to do? Therefore, John sent word to Jesus from his prison-cell and asked him: “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:3).

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Good and bad success

Failure is written into the very fabric of the gospel. When a man is determined to trust in God, he has to be ready to be a failure. He also has to be prepared to suffer violence and endure rejection. Even Jesus might call you a dog, but you must refuse to be discouraged. The crowd might try to shut you up, but you shout out the more.

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