What Does It Mean to Grieve the Holy Spirit?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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Everyone experiences some level of grief in their life. Whether it is the loss of a loved one or simply a matter of graduating from high school and moving on from the life that you have come to know. But, one of the wonderful things about God is that He is also a person and […]

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What is a Deacon? A Bible Study

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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Many churches have deacons that serve faithfully as a part of the ministry. In some churches they assist the pastor or elders in a variety of ways. In others, nothing happens in the church unless the deacons have met about it, discussed it, voted on it, approved it, then told everyone, including the Pastor or […]

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What Does It Mean to Work Out Your Own Salvation?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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When considering God’s gift of salvation, He made it clear in Scripture that salvation is not something that you can earn or work to attain (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). Yet, many people will point to certain verses in the Bible and use them to suggest that works are part of salvation. One such verse is […]

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Ephesians 2:8-9 Commentary

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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When you look at two very popular verses in the Bible through the lens of history, understanding their meaning has had great impact on modern Christianity. The verses, Ephesian 2:8-9, are a simple, but profound statement about the gift of God that He has given to humanity. However, there are some that suggest that what […]

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God Opens and Closes Doors: What Does That Mean?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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Many times people will tell me that they do not know what God’s will is for their life. After discussing this with them I find that what they really are asking is what is God’s plan for their life. As far as what is God’s will for our life, that is easy. But, what takes […]

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Who Are the Elect in the Bible?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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In many Christian circles, people describe believers as God’s elect. However, some people use the phrase “God’s elect” with the idea that God chooses some people to go to Heaven and some people to go to Hell for no reason other than He can do so because He is sovereign. The purpose of this article […]

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Jesus’ Earthly Ministry – 5 Memorable Events

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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Most people would agree that Jesus was a great man. However, if you ask most people what it was that made Him great they often would say something to the effect that He treated everyone kindly and was not judgmental. Beyond that, they usually cannot describe anything about Jesus’ life that was particularly memorable. For […]

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What Does it Mean to be Chosen by God?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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The phrase “chosen by God” is used in a variety of ways. Some people use it in the concept of saying that God chose them to do some sort of special thing. Unfortunately, my experience is that people who usually proclaim this, often when you first meet them, do so is a bragging sense and […]

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Can You Frustrate God’s Grace?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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All of us have experienced frustration at some point in our life. Things you try to do or plans that you make just do not seem to work out. The work you put in to make things happen then seems like a wasted effort and you feel frustrated that you are not able to accomplish […]

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How to be a Leader and Not a Follower

by Dr. Michael L. Williams
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Many people that become managers or supervisors struggle with the transition of going from being a follower to becoming a leader. Unfortunately, many of these same people who are very good at what they do fail miserably when they are put into a position of leading others. This is because being a leader has a […]

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