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Doctrinal Malnutrition

Darin Bowler

There once was an old farmer who found an eagle’s egg and placed it in the nest of a chicken. Eventually the eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up right along with them. The eagle, thinking he was a chicken, did just exactly what the chickens did. He clucked and cackled. He flew in only a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers no more than a few feet off the ground. After all, that’s how chickens were supposed to fly. He never knew what it was to taste the healthy, nourishing and satisfying kill of a duck, rabbit or a fresh salmon. Instead he scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat. Naturally he was a bit thin and considerably malnourished. Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird soaring far above him in the cloudless sky. Hanging with graceful majesty on the powerful cloudless sky, it soared with scarcely a beat of its strong healthy wings. “What a magnificent bird!” said the eagle. “What is it?” “Why, that’s an eagle – the king of the birds,” a chicken clucked. “But don’t give it a second thought. You could never be like him.” So the eagle never gave it another thought. And he died thinking he was a chicken.

How sad is it that there are many people just like that eagle. People who never really reach their full potential or purpose in life because of the negative environments that surround them. Brilliant children who truly believe that they are stupid and destined to fail because of the hurtful, insulting and damaging remarks of unwise parents. People who never dare to dream or achieve anything just because of the small thinking of nay-sayers that compass them daily. People who plan the course of their lives only according to the patterns of their immediate environments. What a vicious and dismal cycle of hopelessness that is created when people only believe what they are told to believe.

It is even more tragic in a spiritual parallel when we consider the untold thousands of souls who routinely believe whatever they are told. People who never take the time to inform themselves in detail of what Jesus and the apostles actually said.

The problem we observed in the previous chapter was essentially a lack of faith in God’s Word. The problem we’ll now observe is essentially centered on a lack of knowledge of God’s Word. An ignorance of what the Bible actually has to say about a few things. President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.” God put it this way:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

Notice a certain prophecy that was written some two thousand years ago that is now being fulfilled today:

For the time will come when they shall not endure sounds doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (II Timothy 4:3-4).

Obviously the Apostle Paul foresaw a day when “Christians” would not endure (remain with) sound doctrine. In other words they wouldn’t stick with the original doctrine. He foresaw a day when the teachings of the apostles would be mentally set aside in favor of “new and improved” teachings. The Apostle Peter also foresaw this coming trend:

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you and many shall follow their pernicious ways by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of (II Peter 2:1-2).

Peter foresaw a day when the truth would actually be called evil by certain teachers. While claiming to be Christians they would still have the bold audacity to teach and speak things that diametrically oppose the things that the apostles taught. By doing this they would in reality be denying Jesus Himself. Then they would go so far as to label the way of truth as evil. And not just a few but many would follow their foolish and destructive ways. The apostles foresaw a day when innumerable masses of individuals would be misled by the teachings of men. When people would be spiritually ruined through a lack of knowledge. This is a problem that we’ll just call “Doctrinal Malnutrition.”

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee (I Timothy 4:16).

Now this kind of teaching can also be referred to as “feeding” the flock of God.

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grevious wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock (Acts 20:28-29).

The ministry is commanded to “feed” and nourish the flock of God (church). A continual application and adherence to the apostles’ doctrine is mandatory for a church’s spiritual heath and safety. Again, it is the only remedy to counter Doctrinal Malnutrition. Notice this event in the ministry of Jesus recorded in the Book of Mark:

In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them come from far (Mark 8:1-3).

If Jesus was moved with compassion to see a crowd of people who were physically hungry, how much more concerned is He today to see people who are spiritually hungry? People who are doctrinally malnourished and underfed?

In I Peter 2:2 the Apostle Peter tells us to “desire the sincere milk of the word.” The Word of God is likened to a literal, healthy source of nourishment and strength. That word “sincere” means “pure,” “genuine” or “unmixed.” If one wishes to be spiritually strong, stable, mature and complete then one needs to feed upon the pure and first teachings of Jesus and His apostles. One doesn’t need the mixtures, dilutions and alterations of other men that have gradually infiltrated Christianity through the years. I am firmly convinced that there are thousands of souls sitting on pews across America spiritually undernourished and dying because of Doctrinal Malnutrition. Some precious and soul-saving promises that were once adamantly embraced and endorsed by the original founder(s) of Christianity have now been reduced to the status of secondary options and irrelevant rhetoric. I am also convinced that many good-hearted “Christians” are simply unaware of some of the primary and core commands of Christ and His apostles. It seems that Christianity today has gradually evolved into something that it was not at the beginning. It has in fact become infiltrated with so many different voices, ideas and philosophies that it is becoming ever more difficult for people to really know what to believe or which way to go. But I have some very good news. We do not have to be left in a state of confusion and despair. Fortunately we are left with a tool, a “compass” of sorts. We have been given a fool-proof method to help us distinguish between what is really true and what is not. And it’s quite simple to use:

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error (I John 4:6).

This is how to discern between truth and error: If any person tells you to ignore any teaching or commandment of the apostles, they are not of God. Period. It’s that simple. Now I know that this passage of scripture (I John4:6) isn’t very popular or well-known by many. But personally I think it would be a very good idea for us to commit this scripture to memory and lodge it deep within our hearts in order for it to serve as a constant compass or guide to assist us in moments of questioning.

I remember hearing the story of a scuba diver who became disoriented far beneath the surface of the sea. He suddenly noticed that the bubbles from his breathing apparatus were heading downward instead of up. Now he knew in his mind and because of his training that the bubbles always go upwards to the surface of the water. Now he didn’t feel disoriented at all. In his mind he believed that he need to go in the opposite direction of the bubbles in order to reach the surface. But he knew that couldn’t be right. So in spite of what he felt or what his mind perceived he began to follow the bubbles. The fear and sense of panic only increased as it seemed more and more that he was only going deeper in the wrong direction. But he forced himself to follow the bubbles in spite of his feelings. Suddenly he emerged safely at the surface of the water. Just as these bubbles led this man to natural safety, so will the words of Jesus and the apostles lead us to spiritual safety. Regardless of what we may feel like or what the majority of everyone else is believing and doing, we’ve got to make up our minds we’re going to follow the words of Jesus and the apostles all the way through this sometimes disorienting event called “Life.”

One of our greatest concerns should be to discover after it’s too late that we’ve been spiritually deceived or misled. Even Jesus and the apostles warned us to do all we can to avoid spiritual deception:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15).

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (Colossians 2:8).

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction (II Peter 2:1).

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (I John 4:1).

Since spiritual deception is an awful and very real possibility it is ever so important that we consistently pray and endeavor to never become deceived or misled by any false way. There is nothing at all wrong with praying that way. We should regularly pray that we would always love truth, believe truth and obey truth. Now, call me crazy if you want to, but I have come to the conclusion that the safest and wisest thing to do is just stick with the original words and teachings of Jesus and the apostles no matter how unpopular they may ever become in society or among modern, twenty-first century Christianity. Let God be true but every man a liar (Romans 3:4).

Now let’s get ready for an excavation. An unearthing of sorts. Not an excavation in search of mineral wealth, but an excavation of Divine Truths. You see, far beneath all off the layers of unscriptural cliches, man-made traditions, partial truths and blatant lies there is vault. A vault of truth. And it is our privilege and responsibility to plummet the depths of this man-made quagmire, seize the treasure and plunder the “jewels” contained within. And who knows? You may discover some “nuggets” of truth that you never even knew existed!

The above article, “Doctrinal Malnutrition,” is written by Darin Bowler. The article was excerpted from the second chapter of Bowler’s book, The Intolerant Christ.

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The Birth, Life, And Decline Of A Church

By Dan Butler

Studies reveal some remarkable facts regarding the histories of large local churches in America. In tracking these churches over a period of 60 years or so, very few continue to be either large or a significant force, not only in the nation, but also in the region in which they are located. Further studies reveal that this is often also true in smaller churches. Finally, it has been documented ad nauseum that this same phenomenon is true of organizations of churches. The vitality which was the impetus of an organization in its beginning is lost over time, leaving it stagnant and paralyzed. The dynamic spiritual experience which the first generation experienced is often long gone for later generations and is something no longer understood or valued. The bell curve (shown at right) illustrates the life journey of churches and church organizations.

On the bottom left, the journey begins.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION-First, the dynamic spiritual experience of the initial group creates spiritual formation.

BELIEFS-Out of spiritual formation come beliefs. ‘These are conclusions formed upon both study and their dynamic spiritual experience. A doctrinal framework which enunciates the group’s core beliefs, and within which they do their work, is the result.

VISION-The dynamic spiritual experience creates the vision to take this “Good News” (beliefs) to the world.

MISSION-The vision of the believers who now share this dynamic experience and these commonly held beliefs, for the first time, turn outward towards the formation of Christ’s kingdom in the earth, rather than focusing only on the inward formation of the kingdom within their hearts.

STRUCTURE-Accomplishing this mission demands the creation of a structure to convey the Good News to the intended recipients.

MINISTRY GROWTH-All of the above leads to acts of successful ministry.
Ministry Growth

CRYSTALLIZATION-Over time, the familiarity with the operations creates a loyalty to the structure which becomes intermingled with loyalty to the original spiritual experience and beliefs and often supercedes the loyalty to the original components which gave meaning to the enterprise. This structure is, in effect, “theirs.” The members create it, embrace it, and become deeply resistant to adjusting or changing it. Nostalgia and fixation on protecting the past gains strength. Older members become victims of paradigm paralysis.

NOSTALGIA-Being a member of a group for a period of years creates a certain psychological “sense of home” among a constituency. Friends, acquaintances, personal recognition, participation in group efforts, family connections, etc. all develop over a period of time. Strong ties emerge that play significant roles in one’s everyday life. After many years, these memories pile up and link together to form a chain of comfort and sense of belonging. Individuals are held to the group by these bonds. These ongoing relationships and events are the threads that make up the fabric of the comfortable coat in which the members wrap and warm themselves. “The good old days” are recalled with fondness. Gentle Reunions replace Raucous Revivals.

QUESTIONING-Meanwhile, two forces are working among younger members. First, they are increasingly less acquainted with the original dynamic spiritual experience and vision that created the movement in the first place. Second, they are not enamored with the old structural machinery, especially as it grows increasingly less effective. Therefore, they have no nostalgia. Lacking the original dynamic spiritual experience they also no longer radically embrace the beliefs. Questioning core values is the result.

DISSIMILATION-The process of becoming dissimilar. The development of dissimilarity between two consonant sounds in a word that are originally identical. Instead of speaking with one voice, there are “voices” eventually “many voices.” The group’s “certain sound” is lost in the cacophony.

FRAGMENTATION-Finally, there is fragmentation. Often this is not simply a “split,” but rather a moving apart in multiple directions at once. Leaders struggle to come to grip with the realities that have created the situation while also grappling with a whole range of emotions and temptations, such as a sense of loss and abandonment, anger, sadness, finger-pointing, and attempts to hold together and provide direction for those who remain and have resigned themselves to the fate of the structure.

Hope lies only in an authentic renewal of the original dynamic spiritual experience. This, in turn, re-establishes the beliefs, inspires the vision, empowers the mission, releases new creativity for development of effective structure, and produces again successful ministry. The way forward is back….way back…. to Pentecost, to Calvary, to the Cross. There are no substitutes.

From, “Together”/Fall 2008/Page 20-22, by Dan Butler

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“Life”

I would like to tell what Jesus has for us. Why He came. The Bible says, “In Him was life…” If this Bible tells us anything about the mission of Jesus; it’s wrapped in this Word that we don’t understand properly, or rely on enough. “He that hath the Son hath life.”
There are verses throughout the Bible which we all could quote. For instance, “In Him was life…” (John 1:5). John also quotes Jesus saying, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 10:10 sags, “The thief comes only to kill and destroy; but I came that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” I John 5:12 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath life; he that believeth not on the Son hath not life.” Then to further complicate it; (because this is to people who are alive you read Paul; who says, ” and you were dead in your trespasses and sins, but God being rich in mercy, because of His great love for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions made us alive together in Christ Jesus.”
The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ came that we might have life and that’s strange because it is written to people who are alive. Jesus says that He is the way, truth, and life. This perplexed people, Nicodemus was perplexed when Jesus told him he had to be born again. What Jesus was saying was that Nicodemus, you need life; and Nicodemus was saying that he was already alive.
The Bible says you can be alive, but in God’s sight dead. You may be able to function physically, but in God’s sight you are missing the very thing Jesus Christ came to bring. The Bible, also, says you can be dead, but still alive. Jesus said, “He that believeth on me though he were dead yet shall he live.” You can be dead to the world, but alive to God. “For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” So, you can be dead, but alive; and alive, but dead.
The word “life” used in the Bible is not the same word that we understand today. There are several different types of life, In my study of life, one of the types of life is plant life. Scientists believe that plants have a life that we have got to realize. They have discovered that plants move during the days. They move so slow that we can’t see it, but they still move. Roots are trying to go down and will embed themselves in concrete if necessary, just to find water to give that plant life. A plant has its own separate life. A bird has its own type of life. They can communicate, reproduce, and navigate the minds. It’s their life. They have their own diet that’s different from everyone. Their life is more complicated than plant life. Then
you can go into animal life: the lion, chimpanzee, etc. These animals can use their hands to operate tools. They build things that plants or birds can’t. Then the highest form of life there is – is human life. It is far above plant, bird, and even animal life. We have the ability to do things that no other life can do. We have a kind of brain energy, a kind of dexterity, and mobility that nothing else has. But as advanced as we are, we still don’t have the life that God wanted us to have.
When sin came into the would, it robbed humanity of life. God told Adam that in the day that he sinned, he would die.  Adam didn’t die physically, but he was dead spiritually.  Jesus Christ came into the world to give back the life that sin had taken. Elvis Presley was alive physically, but he was dead spiritually. Jesus said that life doesn’t consist of abundant passions, sexual promiscuity, or money. If it had, Elvis wouldn’t have taken his life. People are unhappy no matter what they taste of in human life, because we were never created just to have that life. If you’re not alive in Christ; then, you’re dead in trespasses of sin. You can go to church and be any denomination there is and still be dead. Denominations and churches can’t give life. Jesus Christ is the only one who can give ‘real’ life.
Many Christians only believe in life this wag: that if we are born again and die then our spirit willgo to Heaven where we’ll live forever. This belief is only half-right. The secondary part of life is what we call ‘eternal life,’ The Bible teaches us that if we are a Christian that even though our body dies, our spirit can never die; and that we will live eternally with Christ. You are immortal and can never be separated from God. They can bury or burn your body, but they can never kill your spirit. This is why Jesus and the Apostles weren’t afraid of death. One early martyr said, “If you take my life; you only give me true life.” However, ‘eternal life’ is only the secondary part of life.
When Jesus came, He didn’t just come to save us from Hell, The Bible says that Jesus Christ has transferred us from death into life; so therefore, we are to have life while we are yet living. This is not just a promise for when you die, but is for now, too. We, as Christians, are supposed to have divine life now! Through Jesus, we can have the life that Adam and Eve lost through sin. There are Christians around the world who are trying to obey the Bible without life. You can’t be obedient to God’s Word without life. God doesn’t just command; He gives life. Jesus told us that He came so we could have abundant life, not just a little when we die. The old covenant was the law. Moses would tell the people what God would say; and the people foolishly said that everything that God said, they would do.
This is the wag most religious meetings would deteriorate today: A preacher stands up and thinks he is bringing conviction on people, when all he’s bringing is condemnation. People then come down to the altar and smash their heads against it and say, “God, I’m sorry I disobeyed your word, but I’m going to try harder,
I’m going to obey the Bible.” You can’t! If you could obey the Bible, do you think Jesus would come and die for you? But He said, “I am the resurrection and the life…” -if you believe in me, you’ll be different than you are. I will live inside you. So you can say with Paul, “It’s not I, but Christ that lives inside me.” We obey the Bible. We have life. I grew up in that syndrome. A preacher would say this is what God demands and everybody says I’m not living that way.”  Then you come up and feel sorry for yourself and make another vow. What vow? What can you do? We are supposed to repent and if you are living a double life, you need to repent. After you repent, you need to believe on Jesus because He’s the only one who can change you by giving life. If you don’t, you’ll be repenting and doing it again, and over and over again. God has to have something better than that. He has life. Not all people, who go to church, have life. Not all pastors, who preach, have life.
Not all singers, who sing, have life. There’s a lot of black, soul-gospel music and a lot of white, southern-gospel music who have emotionalism, but not life. Here’s how you know it. They don’t live right. I was listening to some music the other day; and he’s as gay as a three dollar bill. He was singing gospel music, and as I was listening I was saying to myself, “No wonder that song grieves me, because it’s in that soulful nonsense; but it doesn’t have life.” When you have Jesus, you have life and you don’t live that way. We don’t want emotions; black music, white music, or Latin music. We want life! We want life that changes us; that gives victory over sin. Gospel music is riddled with singers that have been defeated and are moving people with soul-power and emotional-power; but they’re living a double life style. So what are they singing about? They don’t even have life. Life is not emotion. Life is Christ! It makes you walk straight and live right, so that you can testify that; you have life!
Here’s how you know you have life. As Christians, we need to ask God if we’re trying to live the Christian life by natural life. So many people have life, and then go back to the law, and try to perfect themselves be trying harder and by a better devotional life. All these things are a part of it, but they have to come from the only source of life. If we are dead in trespasses and sin, what can we do to impress God. He looked at us and said, “You’re dead, but I will make you alive.” If He made us alive, then the only life we have is the one that He quickened us with.
How do you know What does Christ have for you who are really not Christians today? First of all, a person who has spiritual life begins to feel the energy of that divine life – just as plants feel plant life, birds feel bird life, animals feel animal life, and humans feel human life. When you are truly born again, you feel the surge of divine life inside of you. It’s God who works in you, both to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Not I, but Christ who lives inside of you. You start to love people you couldn’t love; not because you made a commitment; not because you struggled with the thing; but because you
received life.
Paul mas not changed because he changed his mind. He mas changed because Jesus invaded him and took him over. That’s the promise. The thief comes to kill and destroy, but I came that you might have love that you could never have. Are you battling? Battle all you want, but the only one who can give you victory is Jesus Christ. He will give you His purity. Can a leopard change his spots? If you were dead in your sins, are you going to show God you’re something now? NO! We are so hopeless that Jesus came because He was the only hope we had. He gives life. He gives an energy that you don’t have in yourself. Someone may say, “I’m so impressed with the love you have.” That’s not me. I’m a wretch. That’s Jesus; He’s given me life. It’s His life, We’re supposed to be feeding every day off of God’s life.
Christianity in the New Testament is not a life of vows to commandments like in the Old Testament. Christianity in the New Testament is that we are confident ministers of the New covenant of the Spirit not of the letter for the Spirit gives life. Only the Spirit of God gives life! This is the life He promised.
We have a right to go to Jesus today and say, “God, you know my flesh. You know that I’m weak. You know that I love you and want to obey your word.” God forbid that anyone violates this word. “God, the thing is hopeless in myself, but thank you for coming that I might have life. You’ve given me the Holy Spirit; so that I can live a holy life.”
If we are messing up, it’s because we are not appropriating what God has for us -LIFE. You may say, “I can’t break that  habit.” Yes, you can through Jesus Christ. He gives you life! Don’t you believe that lie -“Well, I have to be that way; I was born that way; I grew up in a house that made me that way.”  Nonsense! He’s come that you might have life. If your uptight and self-conscious, He set you free from that. You blacks that hate whites, He set you free from that.
When I read the New Testament, sometimes I wonder what kind of religion we have, In so many of the churches today, we have Old Testament religion – love Jesus and try to obey the lam as best you can. What kind of religion is that? That is not in the New Testament. The Bible says that when Paul went to Antioch the first major city he hit on his first missionary trip, he was kicked out of the town; but the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Ghost. If I’m full of the Holy Spirit, I will obey the Bible, I will love everybody because God will be working in me. You won’t be able to compliment me, and I won’t be able to boast because I know in myself that it is God working.
When you live in God, you have divine senses awakening in you that have never been there before. You can know if you are a Christian. You begin to see with spiritual eyes for the first time. You begin to weep over things that you have never wept over before. You begin to delight in things that you never knew
existed before. “For our light affliction, which is but for the moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things that are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:17-18.
Paul said that before he knew Jesus, he knew only what he saw. I know the things that human life let me come into contact with. All that I knew I had to contact with my five senses. When Jesus came into my life, He gave me divine life. He gave me His life. God is a spirit and when you have His life, you suddenly become aware of the real world; which is the invisible world.
So, you have a woman like Mrs. Workman who at the age of 51 left everything she had in America; and went to Haiti to start an orphanage; and lives in the midst of AIDS poverty, and filth. What do you think made Mrs. Workman want to go to Haiti? Was it what she could see physically Never! It was because God’s divine life opened up her eyes; and she began to see things like the will of God, the glory of God, the blood of Jesus, the value of a soul, To some Christians today, those words mean nothing. But why do you think we sing, shout, and get exited? It’s not because of what we see physically, but because that God has opened our spiritual eyes. We can see beautiful things. We can see the things that are invisible and eternal. You can have all you want of this would. You may even call us fanatics. You may think that you have security. What security do you have when Jesus comes? But we, who have life, are anxiously awaiting His appearance.
Charles Finney said, “The only way to overcome the power of the world, is for the things of God’s world to become so real that you are weaned away and drawn away from the things of this world because you delight in the other world.” You can give all the commandments that you want to about carnality, and the flesh could care less. When the TV’s there and you’re bored, it’s easy to give indulgence to the flesh. That’s when you remember Psalms 22. How God would come down and touch you, and you would soon forget the flesh. The world will laugh and say, “Why don’t you have some fun?” I have joy unspeakable and full of glory!
This thing is real! Everything done in the world is done by    feeling and reality. Pleasure is reality, sex is reality, indulgences are realities. You can’t live for God unless you understand the other realities.
The only way Christians can be free from self-consciousness is to let life flow through you. When you meet someone and your not letting God’s life flow through you; instead of looking at them the way you should, you look at them like: Do they like me, or am I accepted? If you have God’s life in you, He gives you different eyes and now when you see people, you don’t worry about what they think of you. You just see their heart and that they need God. You begin to weep for them and intercede. Others may think it’s crazy, but it’s real! That is why people, who have life, are always worshipping because they can see things others cannot.
If you haven’t given your life to Christ, then the devil is ripping-you-off from life. You may try drugs, sex, or perverseness. It will all end up at a dead end. The thing that your longing for is God’s life. You need communion with God, so that when the world passes you won’t cry, but you will rejoice. Now you enter into total life. If you don’t have life, it is because you have rejected the Giver of life. You may be a member of a church, but still be dead. Why die while you’re still living? Why reject life? God will never fail you!
If you will repent, and be baptized in Jesus’ name; I promise you that God mill fill you with His Spirit. It is life
If you once had life, but now you’re dead; Jesus Christ can revive your soul once again, You can live forever!
Message by Pastor Cymbala
Transcription by Jose’ McFarland
Typing by E. & D. McFarland

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