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Who Is The Christmas Baby?

By Dr. Steven Lambert, Founder/Publisher At this wonderful time of the year that we call “Christmas,” people around the world will be celebrating and commemorating the fact that more than 2,000 years ago a Baby was born in a manger. But for the believer, we know that that Baby was not born to stay a Baby. That Baby was more than a Baby! Who was that Baby born on Christmas Morn, really? This is the Story of who that Baby was! Thanks for reading this article! If you enjoy the spiritually enriching articles on Spirit Life Magazine, please sign up to receive new articles via email immediately when they are posted simply by entering your email address in the “Articles Via Email” widget located on this page toward the top of the right-sidebar. Just below that widget is another widget—”Newsletter Sign-up”—you can use to subscribe to our newsletter we send out periodically to inform you of all our new articles and occasionally other information as well. Please know that we do not bombard your inbox with emails, and we hate SPAM just as much as you do, thus we will never sell/share your contact info with anyone else—rest assured it’s …Read Article

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Who Is The Christmas Baby?

Who Is The Christmas Baby?

By Dr. Steven Lambert, Founder/Publisher At this wonderful time of the year that we call “Christmas,” people around the world will be celebrating and commemorating the fact that more than 2,000 years ago a Baby was born in a manger. But for the believer, we know that that Baby was not born to stay a Baby. That Baby was more than a Baby! Who was that Baby born on Christmas Morn, really? This is the Story of who that Baby was! Thanks for reading this article! If you enjoy the spiritually enriching articles on Spirit Life Magazine, please sign up to receive new articles via email immediately when they are posted simply by entering your email address in the “Articles Via Email” widget located on this page toward the top of the right-sidebar. Just below that widget is another widget—”Newsletter …Read Article

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The Child With Four Names

The Child With Four Names

The Child With Four Names By John Stallings There are lots of people with three names. Among them are, Sandra Day-O’Conner, US Supreme Court Judge, Jaquelyn Kennedy Onasis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tommy Lee Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Ray Cyrus, James Earl Jones, and Sara Jessica Parker. Of course we can’t forget those with one name like Madonna, or Cher or Elvis. One of the many important decisions confronting new parents is, “What shall we call our baby?” Most new parents spend hours debating this question. We all realize that names matter. Shall the new baby be named after his father, his uncle, a favorite friend? Should he be given a name that happens to be popular at the moment? Or one that simply sounds good? Thanks for reading this article! If you enjoy the spiritually enriching articles on Spirit …Read Article

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What Mystical Longing Calls Us Home for Christmas?

What Mystical Longing Calls Us Home for Christmas?

Home for Christmas! In all of our efforts to get home for Christmas, we touch others—desperate, happy, lonely, cheerful—thronging crowded terminals, all trying to make that mystical deadline. What is it on this day that so drives us to be among loved ones? Busy businessmen forget about buying and selling, creating and convincing, to lounge around the house with the family. Things like trade agreements, real estate deals, marketing and sales—all take a back seat to important things like carving the turkey and opening inane but precious gifts under a tree. Dignified college professors, their cheeks ruddy and hair blowing in the wind, race up and down sidewalks, laughing and shouting as they hold on to small children riding bikes with training wheels. Ranchers and dairymen quickly finish morning chores so they can take off muddy boots and join laughing families at Christmas breakfasts. Computer experts, physicians, engineers—(all intellectuals, all degreed and pedigreed) sit cross-legged under trees, waist-deep in wrapping paper, turned into little children—at least for the day. Gangsters, tax evaders, liars, drunkards, adulterers, prostitutes, even members of the Mafia—all turn aside on this day to kneel at altars and shed a tear in a communion cup for a baby in a manger.

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Christmas Message: Peace On Earth?

Christmas Message: Peace On Earth?

One of the wonderful things about the Christmas Season is that for a few days and weeks at the close of every year virtually the entire world is confronted with the belief held by millions throughout time that two-thousand years ago a Baby was born in a lowly manger who was the long-awaited Messiah of Israel and the Savior of all Mankind. “You shall call His Name, Jesus,” the angel of God instructed His human parents, which means Savior, for He would save the world from their sins. His Name would also be Immanuel, which means, God with us; and that He is! for all those who receive Him, are infused in their human spirit with His very Life, His Being, His Spirit, the Divine Nature. But, is peace on earth really the purpose of the first-coming of Christ?

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I’m Dreaming of A RIGHT Christmas

I’m Dreaming of A RIGHT Christmas

By John Stallings A pastor worked in his study all through Christmas Eve preparing for the Christmas morning service. Being very tired he dozed off and dreamt of a world to which the Savior had never come. In his dream he was looking around his home but there were no Christmas decorations, no candles or Christmas wreaths. He walked into his study and thumbed through his library but found no books about Jesus, and the Bible he found ended at Malachi. He noticed that the last words of the Bible were: “Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Thanks for reading this article! If you enjoy the spiritually enriching articles on Spirit Life Magazine, please sign up to receive new articles via email immediately when they are posted simply by entering your email address in the “Articles …Read Article

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The Real Culprit Impoverishing Americans

The Real Culprit Impoverishing Americans

Since World War II, the Great Society programs of the 1960’s and more, the federal government of the United States has been getting larger at the expense of individual liberty and freedom. The liberals in the federal government offer more and more freebies in exchange for votes. Hence, the more dependent America becomes upon big government, the less likely it becomes that America would ever vote against it.

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Understanding the Charismata Gifts of Tongues & Interpretation of Tongues

Understanding the Charismata Gifts of Tongues & Interpretation of Tongues

This entry is part of 5 in the series Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Nowhere does Scripture inform us that God has rescinded the appointment of the gift of various forms of tongues in the Church, though many have sought to have them “impeached” or “abrogated” from the Church without any Biblical justification for doing so. Cessationists must resort to extra-biblical theorization to support their unproven assertions, which are based virtually exclusively and entirely upon past Church history, which is the record of what the Church did vis-à-vis what God ordained and prescribed in His Word for the Church to do. The chasm between the two is vast!

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25 Reasons Hyper-Authoritarian Church Leadership IS Disqualifying

25 Reasons Hyper-Authoritarian Church Leadership IS Disqualifying

In the previous post I indicated my strong disagreement with the conclusions of the group of elders and an overseer who identified themselves as the “investigators” who conducted an investigation into the long train of abuses, misdeeds, and other allegations against the founding senior leader of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Mark Driscoll. Those men concluded that “While we believe Mark needs to continue to address these areas in his life, we do not believe him to be disqualified from pastoral ministry.” I ended that post by saying that abuse of spiritual authority is one of the most, possibly THE most, egregious affronts in existence to the One who is the Source of all legitimate authority, and that in a follow-up post I would offer 25 reasons why that is so that immediately come to my mind. This post consists of those 25 Reasons.

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The Outrageous Claims of Mars Hill Church “Investigators”

The Outrageous Claims of Mars Hill Church “Investigators”

God’s people – leaders and laymen alike – need to give heed to the judgments of God that are clearly and undeniably manifesting all around us, and begin to earnestly and thoroughly “Humble (themselves) under the mighty hand of God!” (1 Pet. 5:6) for “God is opposed to the proud but gives His grace to the humble” (1 Pet. 5:5). It is much better for one to humble himself, as Scripture commands, than to refuse and leave it to an angry and avenging God to do the humbling.

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Nicolaitanism in the Church Today

Nicolaitanism in the Church Today

One of the common denominators of false cults, false religions, and the occult is that their doctrines and practices are predicated upon the “isms” of vain, humanly invented philosophies. The same is true of the heretical hyper-authoritarian Discipleship/Shepherding doctrines, dogmas, and practices that were infused into the fabric and foundation of the Neo-Pentecostal church, which fact is further corroboration that they are all of the aforementioned characterization: cultic, false, and occult. One of the most significant “isms” of the Discipleship heresy is one that is specifically mentioned and condemned in the Bible—Nicolaitanism.

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Sixteen Dangers of the Positive Christianity Movement

Sixteen Dangers of the Positive Christianity Movement

Instead of proclaiming the full counsel of Scripture, people today are looking for a buffet Bible when they can load up on chocolate cake and milk shakes while quickly stepping by the peas, carrots and salad. People want to form a god of their own design as the Israelites did when Moses was meeting with a fearful God. The plan is to sit down to eat and drink and rise up to play.

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