The Article Vault. A grab bag of miscellaneous articles
on a variety of subjects. You'll find devotional articles, ministry
articles and issue articles. They have one thing in common - they are all
good. We trust you will find them relevant and challenging in your life
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The Domestication of the Spirit, by Steve
Is Jesus really the Head His Church or the
figurehead of our church? Do our modern "worship services" allow the
Holy Spirit to move or is He just our mascot, along for the ride like the
Dalmatian on a fire truck? In this message I look at several
dictionary definitions of DOMESTICATION and apply them to our attempts to
make church operate the way we want it to.
on My Watch, by Steve
The words welled up in my spirit as I sat listening to a message one
Saturday night in church. In many ways the Church of Jesus Christ is
struggling to remain viable in today's culture. Many Churches have simple
given in to the organizational aspect of church as usual. Only 3% of our
youth in the 8-28 age group claim to be born again. The thought came to
me, "will we be the generation to lose the light?"
The Second Reformation Part1: Defining God's Movements in History
since the 1500s, by Steve Highlander
In this 6-page article Steve defines the words we have used to describe
God moving in the world and some significant events and people associated
with each move. He looks at reformation; revival, renewal; awakening and
movement. This article touches lightly on the historical significance of
the first reformation, the cause of denominationalism, historic revivals,
the four awakenings in America and the Pentecostal movement, Latter Rain
and the Charismatic Renewal. You
will especially be intrigued by the person who prayed publicly in a
service on January 1, 1901 and what happened the same day on the other
side of the world in response to that prayer.
Three Dollars Worth of God, by Steve Highlander
How much of God do you want in your life? A humorous (?) look at the
attitude many people have, with a call to commitment.
A Lighted World Costs More, by Steve
What is the true cost of having a world shining brightly with the gospel
message? It takes more than money to reach the world. Jesus thought it
worth the price - do you? A true story with a challenge.
by Steve Highlander
"I have a gun here and it will be a miracle if I make it through the
night." This article relates a true story of how being available to God
means the difference between life and death. God is often more interested
in our "availability" than he is in our ability.
Behind Bars with Jesus Christ, by Steve Highlander
said, "I was in prison and you visited me." Life in prison is difficult.
And anyone who really lives for Jesus Christ knows that living a
consistent Christian life can be tough sometimes. Christians in prison
face a lot of pressure everyday. In addition to the normal pressures of
prison life and the struggle to maintain a Christian walk that we all deal
with, they face many unique situations that Christians outside the fence
don't face. Steve helps Christians understand the unique needs and
challenges of Christian brothers and sister behind bars and encourages
everyone to consider the statement of Jesus about ministering to him in
Adolescence: Growing Up in God, by Steve Highlander
Steve has said, "The Church if Jesus
Christ is in the midst of transformation. Things are not what they were
and they are not yet what they are going to be. I can think of no better
word to describe this then ADOLESCENCE." In this hard hitting article
Steve relates the dynamics of human adolescence to our spiritual journey
of becoming like Christ. Even if you consider yourself to be spiritually
mature, you need to read this one. One of the biggest problems with
adolescence is those going through it don't understand it. We all go
through repeated periods of individual and corporate adolescence.
Don't got to Hell
for Something You Didn't Do! by Steve Highlander
Nobody wants to get in trouble for
something they didn't do. However, did you know that it isn't what you
do that ultimately sends you to hell, but something you didn't do.
Confusing isn't it? Well that is why so many people have a hard time
understanding and accepting God's free gift of salvation.
If There is a God,
I'm Pretty sure He Doesn't Like Me! Now What? by Steve Highlander
The World places value on people
based on their performance. The better a person performs the more money
they make and respect they get. Because our performance is pretty dismal
when it comes to sin, we naturally assume God places little value in us.
How could He love us? After all, how could He love something with so
little value? But God's love is not based on your performance, but rather
on the value He invested you with when He created you.
By Joshua S.
Is science really at odds
with theology? In this
article J. looks at the three disciplines of science, philosophy and
theology and concludes that the three are not really at odds, but that
they all ask different questions and provide somewhat different answers
from their particular perspective. As a committed missionary with a degree
in Anthropology, J. provides a unique perspective on the issue.