Steve Hulshizer

Giving

Touch a man's wallet and you have touched a nerve. When Jesus challenged the rich young ruler to part with his money it struck a nerve. The young man apparently did not realize the grip his money had upon him until he was confronted with giving it away. (Lk. 18:22-23) So it is with many of us. We do not always realize how much we trust in riches, and how much importance we place on money. Money gives us a sense of security; however, Scripture would teach us that riches have wings, and really pro...

The Danger of Being Gifted

It is a wonderful thing to be enabled of the Holy Spirit to serve the Lord. (I Cor. 12:4-11) However, there are dangers associated with being gifted, as the flesh would always seek to glorify itself. The more public one's gift is, and the greater the sphere in which he operates, the greater the danger of pride (Rom. 12:3; 1 Cor. 12:21) The more his name is in print, the more conferences he speaks at, the more the Lord blesses his ministry, the greater the danger of his falling into the snare of ...

Praying For the Sick

Much of the typical mid-week prayer meeting is taken up with praying for those who are sick, or suffering in some way. The list is usually long, and if we take in those outside our own local assembly the list can get very large. There are many of the Lord's people who are going through trials of various kinds and intensity. Many are physical difficulties, while others are related to other circumstances of life. I know from recent personal experience that it is a great encouragement to know tha...

Godly Shepherds and Obedient Sheep

There is a great need in local churches today for godly shepherds. The absence of such shepherds is readily apparent. Many of the saints are as sheep having no shepherd. Many who are referred to as "elders" are more involved in "scheduling" speakers and activities than they are in "shepherding." Sheep are often poorly fed and others simply wander off without the shepherd knowing or searching them out and bringing them back to the fold. (Luke 15:4) Other sheep are suffering and receive l...

From the Tomb to the Throne

In the first chapter of Ephesians we are taught that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has "blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (Eph. 1:3) Here we learn the source, nature and sphere of our blessings. They are from God, and are spiritual and heavenly, and are thus vastly different from the physical and earthly blessings of the nation of Israel. These Scriptures also teach us that we were selected by the Father, saved by the Son, and sealed by the Ho...

Excuses

What would you think if I told you I had a way of making you a millionaire in a month? How about if I knew a way you could lose 25 pounds in one month or a way to make you look younger in one week? If you have any discernment at all you would be skeptical of such promises. There is, however, one easy way that we can increase our spiritual growth in sanctification and service. It is a rather simple method eliminate excuses! We have all made excuses in our lives. Society around us is filled with...

It is Hard to Believe

It is hard to believe, but it is true. There are men, many of them very brilliant, who actually believe that man is the result of some gaseous explosion and billions of years of evolution. Not only is there no evidence of evolution at the moment-or in the past for that matter-but there are great holes in what evidence men do claim to have in support of evolution. In truth it takes more faith to believe the theories of men concerning man's origin, than it does to believe the Biblical acco...

Why Now?

Why now? This question has come to my mind many times in recent years. I have looked back over the life of my Christian parents and the times in which they lived, and the question comes back again and again, "why now?" After all, they lived though two world wars, the great depression, and raised a family of five boys during the forties, fifties and sixties. My father's father died when he was still a teenager and he was forced to leave school and seek employment, which he found in Bethlehem Stee...
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