Who We Are In Christ, Evans Olang

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Philippians 4:11, “…, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content”

I always find it exciting when I discover something new. Electronics always fascinate me. When I discover more of what they can do than what I anticipated brings a smile on my face. Of course there are times I have had something for so long, limited it’s use because I did not know it could do more and I wondered why I did not discover this a head of time, I could have made use of it long time ago. We as Christians also know what we can do, how about those times we are unable to discover what we are made of because we have not learnt to unlock them? Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Temptation, Kefa Olang

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1Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (ESV)

This past Sunday’s teaching on temptation, one of the things James emphasizes, was enlightening, challenging, and eye opening. Not only is temptation the cause of all trials and tribulations experienced since the beginning of time, daily, it’s our spirits’ greatest nemesis. In fact, Paul highlights this battle in Galatians 5:17, where he discusses the unending conflict between the spirit and the flesh. Although temptations’ power is present everywhere we go, as Christians, we take comfort in knowing that we have power over it Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Wrong With The Gospel? Section 1:”The Missing Parts”, Part 4of6, Keith Green 1953-1982

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Continued Missing Parts,

8. The Necessity of Holiness to Please God. Hebrews says without holiness “no one shall see the Lord.” (12:14)It is true that Jesus commands us to be perfect. (Matt. 5:48) It is also true that you most likely have never met a perfect person, nor do you probably ever expect to be perfect yourself. Nevertheless, we still have those uncomfortable words of the Lord, Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”

Now, because of our dilemma in finding ourselves to be such numskulls, and seeing the demands of Jesus, we have invented some pretty interesting and caraaazzeey doctrines. Some Christians have said, “Well, when God looks at us, He doesn’t really see us anymore, He sees Jesus instead. And when there’s ever sin in our hearts, if God should happen to look at the wrong moment, He’ll see a smiling face of Jesus there, instead of seeing our sin. So God sees me as holy – even though I’m not! But…I really am…er, well, you know what I mean!” (I don’t happen to believe that God is that easily fooled, not even by Christians.) Read the rest of this entry »

What Must I Do To Be Saved? Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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Matthew 19:16-22,”16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

I am a firm believer of going out of my way to speak to the lost about the gospel. There is nothing wrong witnessing with our lifestyle which is important, I just believe we live in a time where people are not searching to know the truth and therefore we have to go out of our way and awaken them to their need of a Savior. For the last 20 years I have been a Christian, I have never encountered with anyone who came to me to ask how they can be saved or the hope that is in me. The bible says in John 3:19, “and this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness, rather than light, because their deeds were evil”. This is one of the reasons people are not seeking to be saved, they love darkness and they don’t want the light to expose it so they will not ask. Read the rest of this entry »

Freed Indeed, Evans Olang

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John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed”

Can born again Christians be demon possessed? It is not possible. Christians don’t get demon possessed, however they can be demon oppressed and influenced. What is the difference between the two? to be possessed is to be owned by someone or to be controlled, dominated, in other words, be a master’s slave. Born again Christians are not owned or mastered by demons, they do not belong to the devil, 1John 4:4, “Ye are of God little children and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than he (demons) that is in the world“. We are of God, automatically we have overcome them. Though we can’t fight or have no strength to fight, Him present in us is enough to scare the demonic forces, why? James 2:29, “You believe that there is one God; You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble”. The battle is not primarily against a believer but the truth a believer possesses, fighting God in a believer. Read the rest of this entry »

From Knowing About Christ To Knowing Christ, Evans Olang

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Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”

I don’t like being referred to as a religious person simply because when we are saved, we are not led to religion but to Christ. That is why we are called Christians. Being referred to as a Christians has also been messed up and soiled by many people and I’m not surprised. Correct me if I am wrong, “a Christian” means “Christ like” which is manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ. The word “manifest” is to show, display or demonstrate plainly. If that is the case, your confession of being a Christian has to be accompanied by a demonstration of its definition. It’s amazing to me how people can run around calling themselves Christians but have no Christ like qualities being demonstrated in their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Faith Laughs At Impossibilities, Part 1of2, Leonard Ravenhill

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Acts 12:5-18, 5 “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church”

Peter in prison! What a jolt! We are too far removed from the actual scene to catch the atmosphere of dismay the Christians of that day felt.

Peter had moved from Pentecost to prison, from jeers to spears. He was guarded by sixteen soldiers. One wonders why such a defenseless man needed such a group to watch him. Could it be that Herod feared the supernatural, seeing he knew that Jesus escaped such a group that guarded Him? Read the rest of this entry »