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Effectual Prayer

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:18-20).

Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual armor. It is a covering protection, and it is an assault weapon that goes against the enemy’s territory.

Believers who want to walk in spiritual revival, blessing, power, and fruit must make much of prayer. There must be a daily “prayer closet.” There must be a daily walk in continual prayer. There must be prayer partners. There must be corporate prayer, and the more the better.

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On Doubting Salvation and Struggling With the Christian Life

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I have heard from many people who doubt their salvation. Recently I received the following example. I have removed specific references to people, places, churches, and schools for the sake of anonymity.


Dear Bro. Cloud,
I am writing to you to help me clear up some things in my mind. For many years now I have had extreme doubts about my salvation. So much so that it cripples me at times. I am newly married with one toddler. These doubts cause me to shrivel up, and become useless to my husband and baby. I spend many days crying and reading my Bible, and begging God to help me.

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The Slingers of Ancient Warfare

The following is excerpted from the chapter on “Assyria” in BIBLE TIMES AND ANCIENT KINGDOMS: TREASURES FROM ARCHAEOLOGY-

There were also the skilled slingers which are mentioned in the Bible.

Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss” (Judges 20:16).

“And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it” (2 Kings 3:25).

“They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling.

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Friday Church News Notes Vol 17, Issue 26

NEW YORK TIMES SAYS PAUL COMMANDED CHRISTIANS TO KILL HOMOSEXUALS - A New York Times article says that the apostle Paul ordered Christians to kill homosexuals. The report says, “A Republican congressman read his colleagues a
Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays” (Jeremy Peters and Lizette Alvarez, “After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands,” New York Times, June 15, 2016). The ignorance behind this statement is astounding. The Bible “verse” in question is not one verse, but a passage, Romans 1:18-32, and it does not call on Christians to execute homosexuals. The passage begins and ends with these words: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. ... Who knowing..

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George Washington and the Washington Monument

George Washington is known as the father of America. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the War of Independence from Britain, the President of the Constitutional Convention that wrote the American Constitution, and the first President of the United States (1778-1797). He was born in Virginia to a fairly prosperous farmer and businessman. The family was said to be of the “middling class.” George’s mother Mary was a strong-willed and difficult woman at times, but it appears that she had a real relationship with the Lord. The last time Washington saw his mother was when he was moving to New York to begin his presidency. She was
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Michael Pearl
A Warning About Michael Pearl’s No Greater Joy Ministry

Over the past few years a number of people have asked me about Greater Joy Ministries operated by Michael and Debi Pearl, and as I have traveled on preaching trips I have found that many families in good fundamental Baptist churches are using their materials. The following is a report on my investigation into this ministry..
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Marks of Good Song Leading

The position of song leader is important. Just as orchestras need good conductors and armies need good officers, churches must have the right song leaders if they are to have effectual song services
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Friday Church News Notes

On Sunday, June 12, Omar Mateen slaughtered 49 and wounded 53 in an attack at a “gay bar” in Orlando, Florida. Following are some facts about this case: The Pulse nightclub is advertised as “Orlando’s hottest gay bar,” promising patrons “an unforgettable night of fun and fantasy.” Mateen had been known to attend the bar and had a profile on a.. Read More