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Keys to Growth

My newest book will be available soon. Here's the information from the back cover: Description: Every living thing or person requires certain ingredients in order to grow, and if a thing or person is not growing, it is dying. What is true in the physical realm is also true in the spiritual arena. In order to grow spiritually, individual Christians, and the whole Church in fact needs certain fundamental ingredients. The Acts of the Apostles is a book that is all about growth. Will Vaus has been meditating and preaching on Acts for many years. In this volume, he offers the reader forty-one keys from the entire book of Acts to unlock spiritual growth in everyday life. Endorsements: In his book, Keys to Growth, Meditations on the Acts of the Apostles, Vaus has given a timely gift to all students of Luke’s second New Testament book. A rich feast awaits those who think they already have the clues necessary to understand how Jesus taught his discipl

Chuck Colson R.I.P.

The Resurrection of Jesus

"The 'Resurrection' to which they bore witness was, in fact, not the action of rising from the dead but the state of having risen; a state, as they held, attested by intermittent meetings during a limited period (except for the special, and in some ways different, meeting vouchsafed to St. Paul). This termination of the period is important, for, as we shall see, there is no possibility of isolating the doctrine of the Resurrection from that of the Ascension. "The next point to notice is that the Resurrection was not regarded simply or chiefly as evidence for the immortality of the soul. It is, of course, often so regarded today. I have heard a man maintain that 'the importance of the Resurrection is that it proves survival .' Such a view cannot at any point be reconciled with the language of the New Testament. On such a view Christ would simply have done what all men do when they die: the only novelty would have been that in His case we were allowed t

Why it's "Good" Friday

God made him who had no sin to be sin   for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Now what was the sort of “hole” man had got himself into? He had tried to set up on his own, to behave as if he belonged to himself. In other words, fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor—that is the only way out of our “hole.” This process of surrender—this movement full speed astern—is what Christians call repentance. Now repentance is no fun at all. It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie. It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years. It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death. In fact, it needs a g