Faith and Inspiration

Not Ashamed

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. - Romans 1:16 NASB The apostle Paul was previously known as Saul, the persecutor of Christians. He was raised and trained as a Pharisee, a strict religious sect within Judaism. Saul was involved in the stoning death of Stephen, a follower of Jesus Christ. Saul went on to seek more Christians to persecute and kill for their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. To put it succinctly, Saul was...

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No Need to Fear, God is With You

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"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9 NKJV Have you ever been afraid of something? Perhaps it was a bully when you were a kid, or a roller-coaster ride. Maybe it was starting a new school or new job. Perhaps you were afraid of getting medical results back from a test you took. The point is we have all been afraid at various times throughout our lives. That's what the Israelites were dealing with as...

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How to Have Power to be a Witness

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"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." - Acts 1:8 NKJV These are the last spoken words of Jesus prior to His ascension to heaven. He had endured the pain and agony of the crucifixion. He had experienced and conquered death. Now, Jesus was ascending to His rightful place in heaven. Prior to ascending, however, He charged His disciples with this final commandment. That's right, I said commandment. Jesus said, "you shall...

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How To Be An Ambassador For Heaven

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Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB In his second letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul pointedly referred to Christians as "ambassadors for Christ." If you are like me, I always thought that was an odd description, one that is worthy of further study. To begin with, we have to analyze what an ambassador is. The Oxford dictionary gives two definitions for ambassador. First, an ambassador is "an accredited diplomat sent by a...

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No Spirit of Fear Here

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"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV The apostle Paul used his letters to Timothy to provide encouragement for the young pastor to stand firm in his faith, particularly in times of persecution. This same encouragement applies to believers today. Throughout church history, there have been various forms of persecution to the Christian faith. This began with the arrest, flogging, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ Himself. The persecution then continued with the murder of eleven of the twelve apostles. This persecution...

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