Cyber Monday Deals – All Day Today

All items marked with the red tag on the store, are 50% OFF!
Items included are below:

  1. Highway of Holiness MP3
  2. Highway of Holiness DVD (Pre-order)
  3. Foundations MP3
  4. Power of the Gospel MP3
  5. Power of the Gospel DVD
  6. Worship of God DVD
  7. Family Foundations Set
  8. Church Discipline DVD

All items marked with a blue tag are $5 off each item!

We’re also offering FREE shipping on orders over $50, and a FREE MP3 of the Highway of Holiness for all orders over $150! (Use cupon code: “CYBERMONDAY” for free shipping, there is no need to add the Highway of Holiness USB to your cart, we ship it to you automatically if your order is over $150)

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Cyber Monday Deals – Coming Monday Morning

All items marked with the red tag on the store, are 50% OFF!
Items included are below:

  1. Highway of Holiness MP3
  2. Highway of Holiness DVD (Pre-order)
  3. Foundations MP3
  4. Power of the Gospel MP3
  5. Power of the Gospel DVD
  6. Worship of God DVD
  7. Family Foundations Set
  8. Church Discipline DVD

All items marked with a blue tag are $5 off each item!

We’re also offering FREE shipping on orders over $50, and a FREE MP3 of the Highway of Holiness for all orders over $150!

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Thirteen Thanksgiving Celebration Tips

It has always amazed me that we live in a nation where a holiday is given to the people for the purpose of thanksgiving. Let’s seize the day! It is a marvelous opportunity for us to lead our families in thanksgiving, building cultures of happiness and gratitude in our families that spill over into the church and the society at large. If there ever was a truly biblical holiday in America, Thanksgiving would top the list.

What follows are THIRTEEN Thanksgiving Celebration Tips.  I write this that we “may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,” and to tell of His “wondrous works.” (Psalm 26:7), and to declare the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ across the land. In it you will find encouragement to read the scripture, sing the songs, recount the history and dedicate your family to building a culture of thankfulness.

1. Do what a fun family in our church does…

We have a family in our church that has a large and fantastic Thanksgiving celebration that engages all ages in the pilgrim story. It is educational and engaging for all. Anyone who comes must be dressed as a character of someone on the Mayflower, and ready to tell the story of their lives, reciting a speech to all – from the littlest to the oldest.

2. Read Psalm 136 

A couple of years ago, our family read Psalm 136 and each person gave a personal testimony of thanksgiving between each verse. Ezra 3:11 gives the basic idea for this, “And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”

3. Capture the opportunity to teach the sufficiency of Christ

Thanksgiving offers fathers a wonderful opportunity to intentionally use an entire day to teach your family and friends about the importance of giving thanks. Families need leaders who will establish and undergird and constantly reinforce a culture of joy in a family. Thanksgiving offers a brilliant opportunity for leaders to lead their tribes in thanksgiving and drive a stake in the ground to say, “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57), and to declare, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Cor 2:14).

4. Play some Pilgrim games

It’s always nice to go outside and have some fun after such a fantastic meal. Over the years, we have played various pilgrim games. Here are some supposedly authentic pilgrim games. Following are two games that I think the pilgrims might have played that our family has played. 

The Spoon and Apple Race

Mark a start and finish line and move the apple along with a spoon. 

Pumpkin Roll 

Make a circle about 5 feet across out of a rope, and give the kids pumpkins around the circle at an equal distance from it. The first one who rolls the pumpkin into the circle is the winner.  

5. Exercise your guns

This is a distinctively pilgrim game. There is didactic evidence that the pilgrims got out their guns and went shooting… Here’s the reason we are confident this is a pilgrim game: Edward Winslow wrote, 

amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king, Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted.” 

6. Have a hay ride to end all hay rides

For the past several years, we have had a Hay Ride on Thanksgiving. One year we pulled a low farm trailer with hay bales to sit on and we drove around re-enacting the voyage of the Mayflower, including people getting washed over board as did John Howland during a gale about half way in the journey… How was John Howland saved? 

“In sundrie of these storms the winds were so fierce and ye seas so high as they could not baree a knote of saile, but were forced to hull for diverce days together. And in one of them, as thus lay at hull in a mighty storm, a lustive yonge man, called John Howland, coming upon some occasion above ye grattings, was, with a seale of ye shippe, throwne into ye sea; but it pleased God that he caught hold of ye tope-saile hallards which hunge overboard and rane out at length; yet he held his hould (though he was sundrie fadomes under water) till he was hould up by ye same rope to be brime of ye water, and then with a boat-hooke & other means got into ye shippe again and his life was saved; and though he was something ill with it, yet he lived many years after and became a profitable member both in church and commonwealth.” (From Bradford’s, Of Plymouth Plantation)

7. Read the First Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1777

Read the rich and biblical language in the First Thanksgiving Proclamation, delivered in 1777 by the Continental Congress. The authors spoke beautifully of the elements of true Christianity. Here is a shortened version. They spoke of the, 

“Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence… (to) express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor… (to enter into) Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor… (to offer) Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance…”

8. Read George Washington’s proclamation, Oct 3 1789

This is a very eloquent and moving call to the nation to repentance, gratitude, prayer and to obedience to God. In the following excerpt, Washington appeals to, 

“all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions…To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue…”

Here you can read the Full Text of George Washington’s proclamation from the Library of Congress web site.

There are many Thanksgiving proclamations on record. Here are various Thanksgiving proclamations, from the web site of Pilgrim Hall, in Plymouth, Mass.

9. Read Edward Winslow’s description of the first Thanksgiving

Here is his description of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, in modern language,

“…our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

10. Explain the value of giving thanks from the Bible

Here are five ways:

First, do a word search on “thanksgiving”
Get out your computer or concordance and look for “thanksgiving,” “thankful,” and “thanks” in the Bible and find a few favorites to read.

Second, explain how in thanksgiving God calls us out of our sorrows
God is kind to lift His children out of despair by calling them to lift their voices in thanksgiving. He takes us beyond where we are. He takes us higher than we were. See how greatly the Father has loved us… He has done so much to lift us out of the despair that comes so naturally. He does this by calling us to give thanks.

Third, explain the value of acknowledging the goodness of God 
One of the blessings of God for His people is that He not only calls us to acknowledge the evil but to praise the good. God is a God of contrasts. He never leaves His people in the pit of despair. This is why we have so much to be thankful for. For His sovereignty over all things; for His provision for us; for the people He has put in our lives; for our churches; for a day of thanksgiving.

Fourth, explain the importance of praising God for victories
We can rejoice in His power of His Hand in the victories He has accomplished for us. This is one of the great uses of feasting in the Bible. For example, the first example of feasting in the Bible occurs when Melchizedek brings bread and wine to Abraham after his victory over five kings, “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.”  Genesis 14:18-20

Fifth, express gratitude for deliverance
The second example in scripture of feasting arose out of the victory of deliverance from Egyptian captivity where God commanded two annual holidays for feasting and thanksgiving. These feasts were, Shavout or the Feast of Pentecost and Sukkoth, the Feast of Tabernacles which was a celebration of the Ten Commandments.

Sixth, explain that through thanksgiving we endure the hard years
You may be thinking, ‘It’s been a hard year, and it is difficult to rejoice.”  Remember the first thanksgiving of the pilgrims in Plymouth.  They were giving thanks, even though only seven women were left alive after the first winter in America.  Yet, out of these seven women came the blessed rise of a “city built on a hill,” a light to the nations.

11. Read selections from “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford

Especially consider reading Chapter 4, “Reasons which led the congregation at Leyden to decide upon a settlement in America.”

12. Sing hymns the pilgrims sang

The pilgrims were lovers of music and singing. They sang the songs of the Ainsworth Psalter. Click the previous link and listen to Priscilla Mullins sing one of them. One of the more popular pilgrim songs is,  “We Gather Together.” You can listen to it here.  It originated during the time of the Dutch persecution in Holland. It is thought that Dutch Calvinists brought the song to  America in the 1620’s. This song was sung at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader in battle,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

The Old One Hundredth

There are various versions of this song. The lyrics below are from The Book of Psalmes : Englished both in Prose and Meter (Amsterdam 1612) by Henry Ainsworth, carried to New England on the Mayflower.

Leader:  Shout to Jehovah all the earth (Congregation Repeats)
Leader: Serve ye Jehovah with gladness (Congregation Repeats)
Leader: Enter His gates with singing mirth (Congregation Repeats)
Leader: Know that Jehovah He God is (Congregation Repeats)

It’s he that made us, and not we;
his folk, and sheep of his feeding.
O with confession enter ye
his gates, his courtyards with praising:

Confess to him, bless ye his name.
Because Jehovah he good is:
his mercy ever is the same
and his faith, unto all ages.

Following are some other lyrics that are sung to this tune:

All people that on earth do dwell
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell
Come ye before Him and rejoice

You faithful servants of the Lord
Sing out His praise with one accord
While serving Him with all your might
And keeping vigil through the night

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Here are the words from the Genevan Psalter based on Psalm 134

You faithful servants of the Lord,
sing out his praise with one accord,
while serving him with all your might
and keeping vigil through the night.

Unto his house lift up your hand
and to the Lord your praises send.
May God who made the earth and sky
bestow his blessings from on high.

13. Tell the story of the pilgrims

My friend Stephen Hopkins, NCFIC Regional Facilitator in the Southwest, and pastor at Burnet Bible Church, has used the following to tell his children the story. It is taken mostly from selections of William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation.” It takes him almost an hour to get through it, so he breaks it up into two sections. Here is the full text of his notes. Feel free to plagiarize them.

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Life Skills – Equipping Young Men for Life and Business

Over the past year I’ve been bringing together the young men in our church once a month to be given wisdom, instruction, direction, and encouragement in the areas of business and family life from some of the wise and experienced men in our church. These men are each experienced in their trade, diligent in their service to our local church, and maintain a well-ordered, Gospel-driven family life. From these meetings, we’ve created a new DVD set titled Life Skills.

These ten video sessions are designed to help young men understand some of the basics necessary for their lives as providers and churchmen. They cover areas of time and money management, and matters of career selections. The teachers in this series are local church members who are experienced in their areas of instruction.

1. Time Management
2. Investing
3. Sales
4. Dominion Over the Internet
5. The Faithful Employee
6. The Unfaithful Employee
7. Personal Finance & Managing Money
8. Managing Your Fear
9. Financial Readiness for Marriage
10. Doing What You’re Best At

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You Shall Delight Yourself in the Lord – Isaiah 58

Here is a sermon I delivered in Ridgecrest the Sunday following the Highway of Holiness conference. This message deals with the Sabbath, from the text of Isaiah 58.

For those who have a new heart, the Lord’s Day truly is “a market-day of the soul.” It is designed to serve as a taste of glory divine and of the eternal rest that awaits all of God’s elect. It is a way that God has ordained to increase the delight of His people, to re-fashion the thinking of the church, to revive and set it on a course of justice and righteousness.

I also highly recommend Chapel Library’s recent edition of the Free Grace Broadcaster on, “The Lord’s Day.”

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How His Own Arm Brought Salvation

My sermon text last Sunday was Isaiah 59:16-21. In my previous sermon, through verses 1-15, we saw a faithful witness of the heartbreaking, life crushing degradations of sin. Through imagery of many things like snakes and spiders to describe mans fallen condition in rebellion against God, Isaiah now turns to the only solution – a warrior. This warrior is the embodiment of truth – an intercessor to rescue sinners. Truth has fallen in the streets, but God will resurrect truth. We can give thanks for God’s zeal to save. He sends a warrior to destroy the enemy of our souls. 

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Young Couple’s Retreat, Georgetown TX – Only Two Spots Left!

If you were on the fence about attending the young married couple’s retreat in Texas, now’s the time to register. There are still two spots open, and registration is free. This retreat is for couples who have been married for seven years or less, it will be taking place in Georgetown Texas on Friday and Saturday, January 1st and 2nd.

We hope to see you there!

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Even the US Constitution Upholds the Sabbath

We have little sensitivity to the historical drift our country has experienced regarding the celebration of the Sabbath. While most are aware of the “ blue laws” which prohibited commerce on the Sabbath in recent history, it may come as a surprise to many that even the U.S. Constitution, Section 7 preserves and upholds Sabbath keeping for the President of the United States,

“If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.” 

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A Few Notes from Freedom 2015

Kevin Swanson in his first address this morning said, “The American people are kissing the chains that bind them. They like the security of the state.  Then he quoted Benjamin Franklin, “either you will be governed by God or by God you will be governed.”

Kevin defined freedom as release from chains, obligation, slavery He said, Jesus defined true freedom and what stands in the way of it, John 8:34-36, Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. 

Bobby Jindal, who was on the same plane I was on from Atlanta, sitting by himself in coach said, America did not create religious liberty, religious liberty created the United States.”

Ted Cruz, said, “Any President who does not begin his day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander in chief.”  Kevin asked him of his opinion of the legitimacy of Kim Smith refusing to sign marriage licenses said, “I stand unequivocally with Kim Davis.” He said he would repeal every word of Obama care, go to a flat tax and abolish the IRS…

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Our Greatest Danger is not the U.S. Supreme Court

Our greatest danger are not the supreme court justices of the United States who hate the laws of God, but the supreme court justices in our hearts that are always negotiating and cajoling us to cause us to set aside the Word of God for the sake of our traditions. These justices are always talking and debating and compromising in our heads. They are very self serving. They serve the flesh and all their counsels lead us astray. But, God has given us His Word to correct them.

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Join Me at the Freedom Conference in Des Moines Iowa

Please consider joining me this weekend at the Freedom 2015 conference in Des Moines Iowa. Tomorrow morning at 11:00 I will be speaking on the topic of defending marriage in the church, family, and state, then at 3:00pm I will be on a pastor’s panel discussing the protection of the flock.

If you can’t make it to the conference, consider livestreaming the Freedom 2015 conference to your living room,

Watch the Persecuted Christian Forum, the American Liberty Celebration, and three presidential candidates and national speakers to get equipped to stand for your religious liberties.

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To Love the World is to Love What God Hates

“Our God wants us to know Him, to fellowship with Him, and to love Him so that as we live day by day in a lost and dying world, we might be reflecting the God of light as we walk in His light,” said Jeff Pollard.

“To love the world is to love what God hates, to esteem what God loathes, to value what God rejects, to admire what God despises, to exalt what God condemns, to accept what God rejects, to savor what God vomits out, to call good what God calls evil.

“To love the world is to worship the creature instead of the Creator.  The Highway of Holiness, the narrow way, the only way that truly is life and life more abundantly is to worship the God who is light, to walk in the light as He is in the light.

“My dear friends, let us look to Christ by faith and walk in the beauty of holiness. Love not the world.  Love the true and living God in Christ Jesus by the power of His Spirit. Amen!” said Pollard.

If you would like to watch the video of this talk and other keynote speakers from the recently concluded Highway of Holiness conference here in Asheville, North Carolina, click on this link:  You will have access to the videos for the next 30 days.

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Riches of God’s Grace vs. Fool’s Gold of Lust

“Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins. He did this that He may deliver us from this present evil world, not so that we can set our affections on it,” said Jeff Pollard. 

“He died to deliver us from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  It is impossible then to love that world and the God of light.  No man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other.

“God decreed from all eternity to save His people from the penalty, the power, the pleasure, and some day – praise the Lord – even the presence of sin.

“He predestinated us to be conformed to the image of His Son, not to the image of movie stars, rock stars, and celebrities of every sort.  Wrong image, wrong model.

“He did not lavish the riches of His grace upon us so that we could clutch the fool’s gold of lust and clutch it to our bosom as if we needed it for life.

“He did not hang the Son of God upon the cross so that we could live like those who hate Him.

“He did not send the Holy Ghost to stir up our affections for sensuality, materialism, self-glorification.  ‘If ye then be risen with Christ,’ writes Paul, ‘seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.’

“He does not give us new hearts so that we might be fashioned according to our former lusts.

“He does not feed us the bread of life so that we can hunger and thirst for the dead things of this world.

“He does not instruct us from His holy truth so that we might consume and live by the lying philosophies of darkened hearts.

“He does not add us to His holy church so that we can hang out with lost people and adopt their attitudes, their dreams, and their ways. You can have friends that are lost, but you ought to be talking to them about Christ.

“He does not give us His holy worship to be set aside for hunting, fishing, concerts and unnecessary travel.  We are not to take His worship and lay it aside like an empty dress.

“He did not clothe us with Christ’s righteousness so that we can expose our bodies with the immodest and licentious fashions of perverted designers.

“He did not open our eyes so that we can inflame our lusts with pornography or any of the media’s impure images. This is Christ’s blood-bought mind and body and soul; it is His — bought for and paid at Calvary.

“He did not open our ears so that we can listen to the lies of ungodly people.

“Brethren and young people, please hear this. Do we understand? Do we have enough discernment to know that much of the music, the videos, and the films of the world are simply catechisms from hell?  Over and over and over so that you love what they love. 

“He did not illuminate our minds to make them temples of Hollywood or false religions.  God does not reveal His eternal love in Christ Jesus to us so that we might love the world, but that we might know Him, fellowship with Him; know joy inexpressible, full of glory. 

“How is your joy level?  It won’t be true for everybody, but it might be connected to the love of the world. We want real joy, that lasts, that cannot be taken away from us,” said Pollard

If you would like to watch the video of this talk and other keynote speakers from the recently concluded Highway of Holiness conference here in Asheville, North Carolina, click on this link:  You will have access to the videos for the next 30 days.

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Christan Homeschooler Catalogued Satan’s Liturgy ‘To Be Cool’

“Many modern evangelical churches are afraid to be different,” said Jeff Pollard as he hinted about his distaste for churches which are ‘seeker-sensitive’, trying to be like the world to attract the world to come to God.

Pollard has seen that kind of bankrupt thinking poison some Christian homeschoolers who do not embrace the notion that we are to be in the world, but not of the world.

 “I saw a homeschool video here recently where the young man said very cockily, ‘Hey, you think we homeschoolers are weird.  We know all the best bands; we know all the best movies.’  He gave me a wonderful liturgy and list from hell. It was the world writ large. ‘We can be homeschoolers and cool too.’  No you can’t!

“It’s also tragic to me that many seem to have an idolatrous fear of being called a legalist.  So they’ll look at God’s word until they’ve kind of found that way around what it’s saying — get a commentary, hear a popular speaker that’s agreeing with them.  

“If you want to walk with Christ, it’s a walk under the cross. It’s not a popularity contest.  But under that cross, you’ll be walking with the Savior.  And that’s the best company in the world!  Be different in Christ, not because you try to make yourself weird or odd, but because the desire of your heart is to walk on the Highway of Holiness because it brings God glory.

“We must learn to discern the difference between darkness and light.  Commune with the God of light in prayer.  There is no communion, heart communion, transforming communion with the living God without prayer,” said Pollard.

If you would like to watch the video of this talk and other keynote speakers from the recently concluded Highway of Holiness conference here in Asheville, North Carolina, click on this link:  You will have access to the videos for the next 30 days.

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Plastic Flowers vs. God’s Fruit

 “We should love the Father with all of our heart, mind and soul.  It’s ‘inside out’, not ‘outside on’,” explained Jeff Pollard.

“In our neighborhood, we noticed that the bushes in front of the neighbor’s house always had colorful, blooming flowers” – no matter the season.  Their curiosity got the best of them.  “So, one day we drove up in their driveway.  We looked carefully. 

“Someone had tied these plastic flowers on these living bushes. They looked great from the road. Isn’t that the way some of us are?  We put things on from the outside, hoping that people will look at us and be impressed. 

“God wants to develop real fruit — every one of those fruit born of God’s Spirit within us. When God regenerates us by His spirit, he gives us new desires, a new life. We don’t start a new life with external things — wired-on flowers, but an inward heavenly life which works its way out.

“If that is true of you, your life will change, you will begin to love holy things.  As much as you may struggle, as much as you have to die to yourself, you will follow Christ, and you will deny yourself daily.  You know what?  You will be different from the world,” said Pollard.

If you would like to watch the video of this talk and other keynote speakers from the recently concluded Highway of Holiness conference here in Asheville, North Carolina, click on this link:  You will have access to the videos for the next 30 days.

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