Peaks & Valleys of Faith

by William J. Stewart

Peaks and valleys in life is a common thing. Whether we are talking about our relationships, career, health, finances, emotional well being, or faith, there will be high and low moments.

A survey of what we know about the apostle Peter’s life shows that he experienced these peaks and valleys in the faith, just like you and I. It is interesting to notice that most of the low or difficult times came on the heels of a spiritual high or occasions of growth. Let’s notice this pattern from Scripture. Continue reading

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The Samuel Complex

by William J. Stewart

When he was an old man, the elders of Israel approached Samuel, who served as a prophet, priest and judge among his people, and said, “make us a king to judge us like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5). The prophet was broken up (Strong’s 03415) over their demand. The LORD assured Samuel, “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me” (1 Samuel 8:7). Continue reading

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The Spirit Realm, #4

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by William J. Stewart

Google “demon list” and you will discover site after site telling you about a myriad of demons. In these lists you’ll find everything from odd names (Bifrons, Jinn, Lamia) to human actions (gossip, lying, rape) or emotions (pride, grief, jealousy). The extensive and weird list of names given by some are not found in the Bible, but are from the writings of men. If you are familiar with the mythology of the Norse, Greek, Roman, etc., then you may recognize some of the names. Of all these, I would say along with Paul,

…we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God… (1 Corinthians 8:4-6)

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The Spirit Realm, #3

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by William J. Stewart

In the spirit realm, there are good spirits, identified at times in the Bible as angels, but there are also evil spirits, identified at times as demons. There are references to demons in both the Old and New Testaments, though by far, the majority are in the gospels. Continue reading

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The Spirit Realm, #2

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by William J. Stewart

There are several occasions recorded in the Bible of interaction between the spiritual and physical realms. This should not surprise us: our Creator is a Spirit and He has made us in His image (despite being in the flesh, we are spirits). As we have previously noted, spirit beings were given duty over the nations before the coming of the Messiah. Oh, and let’s not forget, we have a spiritual enemy, the devil. Having said all this, one might think we would see occurrence after occurrence of interaction—that it would be commonplace. It is not. The connection between the two realms is continual, but the incidents of interaction which are visible, audible and experienced by humanity are relatively few. Let’s notice some of them now. Continue reading

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The Spirit Realm, #1

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by William J. Stewart

The existence of a spirit realm and activity in that realm is mentioned throughout the Bible. In fact, there are a number of texts that seem to indicate the Lord gave angels a measure of responsibility over the nations. Deuteronomy 32:8 from the LXX reads:

When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God.

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Joining The Disciples

by William J. Stewart

Saul left Jerusalem, headed for Damascus, intending to arrest any Christians he found there (Acts 9:1-2). On the way, he met the Lord, and in Damascus, he was taught the gospel and baptized by Ananias (Acts 9:17-18). Immediately he began to associate and work with the Christians in Damascus (Acts 9:19-22). However, a plot against his life (Acts 9:23-25) made it necessary for Saul to leave Damascus.

He returned to Jerusalem and tried to join the disciples there (Acts 9:26). They did not receive him. He claimed to be faithful to Christ, but they did not believe him. Continue reading

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Messianic Prophecies

by William J. Stewart

In 1958, Peter W. Stoner published a book entitled Science Speaks. In it, he looked at the probability of a single man at some point in history fulfilling just 8 of the messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. The odds are not good. The probability that Jesus could fulfill just 8 messianic prophecies is 1 in 1017! If you are unfamiliar with exponents, that is 1/100,000,000,000,000,000. I’ll be frank with you—I don’t understand that number. It’s too big, or I guess I should say, too small. It is the epitome of the proverbial needle in a haystack. Continue reading

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Forgiveness (2)

by Greg Gwin | via collegevuechurch.com

continued from last week

Under instructions to forgive others “just as God in Christ also hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32), we have observed that God is 1) willing to forgive, 2) anxious to forgive, but 3) He forgives only when we have met His conditions of forgiveness, including repentance. We continue our study with some additional and important points about God’s forgiveness. Continue reading

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Forgiveness

by Greg Gwin | via collegevuechurch.com

Jesus was clear that forgiving others is absolutely critical to our own salvation: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). It is, therefore, essential that we properly understand this important subject. Continue reading

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