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The Lust of the Flesh

The lust of the flesh.   “The Greek word for lust means the craving, the longings that are driven by our sinful nature,” said Jeff Pollard. “God created our bodily appetites. When the God of light is absent from our hearts, the natural appetites become the lust of the flesh.  For example, it’s a good […]

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If You Love the World, Repent!

Jeff Pollard warned us to “weigh carefully John’s conclusion:  ‘If you love the world, you do not love the Father.’ “All of us are tempted in this.  All of us!  Repent of it, mortify it. “Love for the world and love for the Father cannot exist in the same person.  The struggle is in every […]

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What 1 John 2 Is Not Prohibiting

Jeff Pollard clarified what 1 John 2:15-17 is not saying: *  “John is not forbidding us from loving God’s creation.  He made it and it is good. *  “John is not forbidding us from loving the souls of lost people. There is no contradiction between the message of John 3:16 and the message of First […]

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Do Not Love the World

The apostle doesn’t pull any punches in 1 John 2:15-17. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the […]

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Young Folks: I Know You Stick Out Like Sore Thumbs

“To the younger folks, I want to say something,” said Dr. Carlton McLeod. “I know you stick out like sore thumbs.  Here comes Faith, Hope and Love.  You stick out like sore thumbs. You don’t have to say it. “Be encouraged!  What is going on in your lives is so pure.  Someone is teaching you […]

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‘Who Does a Conference on Holiness?’ pastors asked

“I told a few pastor friends that I was going out to this conference,” said Dr. Carlton McLeod. “What’s the theme?” they asked. “Holiness,” I said. “Who does a conference on holiness?” they asked quizzically “It will be fun,” I countered. “Fun?” they inquired with bewilderment. “Holiness is a scary word in today’s modern times.  […]

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Our Desire to Live Holy Lives Found In God’s Mercy

Dr. Carlton McLeod cited I Peter 1:3 which says, “Blessed be the God the Father according to His great mercy He has caused us to be born again to a living hope, to an inheritance that is imperishable.” “We who desire to be holy believers must understand that it doesn’t come from us, it comes […]

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Gird Up the Loins of Your Mind, Ready for Battle

“1 Peter was written to encourage suffering Christians in the land that is today known as modern Turkey,” explained Carlton McLeod. “Be sober minded. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion.” (1 Peter 5:8) “We’ve been exhorted that we are born for this.  We follow a Person, not a system,” […]

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If You’re Insulted Because of Christ, You’re Blessed!

“I have been a part of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches for a few years,” said Dr. Carlton McLeod, the pastor at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake.  “The NCFIC has taken a lot of hits. If there was ever a movement that would incite hell against it, wouldn’t it be something like this?  “By my […]

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Help Us to Repent Immediately

“Great God of heaven, we thank you for the Holy Spirit,” prayed Joel Beeke at the close of his remarks.  “Our lives would be a sham without Him.  We would be no different than Ananias and Sapphira.  Help us to repent immediately, to run to the Savior, to cry out to the Holy Spirit, to […]

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The Door Knob of the Seminary Professor

Joel Beeke told the story of the day the theologian Charles Hodge moved in to his new home on the campus of Princeton Seminary. “We will change anything you want; we want you to be pleased.” After walking through his new home, the new professor had just one request. “I’d like for you to change […]

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Transparency Before God Is Essential

Octavius Winslow was a direct descendent of John Winslow who braved the Atlantic to travel to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620.   Octavius’ mother Mary gave her son, her eighth surviving child, some wise spiritual counsel.  “Tell the Lord everything about you as though He knows nothing even though He knows everything!” Perhaps it was […]

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Believer vs. Unbeliever’s Fear of God

“Boys and girls:  Picture sinning against your parents,” said Joel Beeke as he addressed the children in the audience. “You feel bad. You respect them. You know they have your best interests at heart.  So, your conscience cannot rest until your relationship with them is restored. “Now, picture an 18-year-old driving too fast.  The policeman […]

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Christians Are Not to be Unequally Yoked with World

“There is always an antithesis between the Holy Spirit and the world, the flesh and the Devil,” explained Joel Beeke. “That’s why we are told to ‘test the spirits to see whether they are from God.’ (1 John 4:1) “We know that we are not to be unequally yoked in marriage.  But, in addition, we […]

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God Will Not Tolerate Phoniness in Us

“Ananias and Sapphira spit in the face of God,” said Joel Beeke.  “And they dropped down dead! “The Holy Spirit knows the secrets of men. He is the holy, divine Spirit. ‘The Spirit searches all things,’ says Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:10. “Indeed, the Holy Spirit delights in absolute truth.  He is the Spirit of […]

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