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Michael Jakes

Michael Jakes is an Associate Pastor, Bible teacher, and writer. He is co-founder of That’s The Word! Ministries, a distinctly Cross-centered outreach. He hosts several live weekly podcasts, including "The Bible Speaks Live," and "The Cutting It Right Bible Study." Michael is also the author of two books, The Lights In The Windows, and Churchified Or Sanctified? He and his wife Eddye have been married for over 40 years, and reside in New York. You can follow him on Facebook and Youtube and listen to his podcasts on Spreaker

What Does the Bible Say about the Last Days?

While it is true that we are presently living in the last days, the beginning of the last days goes much further back. Christians living through the first and second world wars no doubt thought they were living in the last days. Each generation of Christians down through the millennia who knew the Word of God concerning these things have wondered if they would see the return of the Lord, or else the end of the world.

What Does the Bible Say about Salvation?

In the simplest terms, salvation is the deliverance of one from impending danger. As stated, this salvation is prompted by His love, but it is given to us by grace. We read from the book of Ephesians: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

What Does the Bible Say about Unity?

The church, as it is, in spite of differences, is the most powerful organism in the universe. We are the body of Christ! His church grows and expands through the power of the gospel.

What Does the Bible Say about Magic, and Is It Really That Serious?

Magic and things supernatural are real, and they can have a lasting effect on the unsaved and unsuspecting of any age. The world would have us believe that there can be no residual effects of being taken in by these things; and because the world is under the sway of Satan himself, they are of course wrong. But what does the Bible say about magic and things supernatural?

6 Things All Christians Need to Look for in the Company They Keep

Our lives will be negatively or positively influenced by the company we keep. We need good fellowship to spur us on to good works.

How Can I Effectively Wait on the Lord?

Have you ever noticed some of the things people do while they wait? For instance, when waiting on an elevator, we keep pressing the button. It doesn’t help. Or if we are stuck in a traffic jam, we honk the horn. It won’t help. When waiting on line, we try going from line to line. Stay put. And when we’re put on hold for a long period of time, we hang up and try again. Another bad move.

There are yet other more mindless things we do while we are waiting: we suck our teeth, we sigh, we tap our feet, we pace back and forth, and we even hum and whistle. All of these things are done in an effort to be patient. But what they truly reveal is just how inpatient we really are! Almost to a person, we want what we want when we want it; and that’s usually right now or yesterday.

Waiting happens to be an unavoidable part of life. It’s one of those things that we all have to do whether we want to or not. Some would go so far as to call it a necessary evil. Necessary? Actually, yes. Evil? No, even though it seems that way at times.

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5 Powerful Reasons You Need to Study the Bible

Because the church was unequipped, those with harmful intentions were able to find a place among the people of God and introduce doctrines of demons. Every child of God needs to guard against the threat of false teaching by executing a battle plan that includes the consistent and diligent study of God’s Word.

When Is the Sabbath Day?

As a young Christian many years ago, my understanding of the Sabbath was null and void. So much so, that I thought the word “sabbath” meant “seventh.” How wrong I was! The word sabbath actually means “to rest, or to cease.” The questions surrounding the Sabbath day continue to be a topic of conversation, debate, and even dissention. For centuries, the question has been, “When is the Sabbath day?” Is it Saturday or Sunday? And while we will not bring an end to this debate, we nonetheless have a voice in this matter.

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Is It True That if You Ask, Then You Shall Receive?

As we pray, we should not expect the Lord to humbly submit to our every whim and desire. God is not a genie or a magic lamp that we can run to when we want something. Here is where we must be able to differentiate a need from a desire.

Is It True That Jesus Prays for Us?

These three things Christ prayed are what He desires, because they are what we need. But simply due to selfishness and carnality on our part, these things have a difficult time settling in our lives. It’s not that we don’t have them at all; we just don’t have them enough.

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