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Intentional Parenting 

Intentional Parenting 

Author: Scott Rainey Jewish tradition refers to Deuteronomy 6:4-5 as the Shema. Shema is a Hebrew word that means “hear” and is the first word in this Jewish text: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with...

Consecration 

Consecration 

Author: Ágatha Heap Coram Deo is a Latin expression that means one is before the face of God. What happens when we are in the presence of God? In Isaiah chapter 6, we see the prophet before God: Coram Deo. This experience incites despair in him. As he faced the Lord,...

The Grace of God in Regenerating Those Dead in Sin 

The Grace of God in Regenerating Those Dead in Sin 

Author: Gabriel Benjiman Regeneration is an act of God who, by grace, gives new life to those who are dead in sin.1  The worldwide body of faith identified as the Church of the Nazarene accepts that God graciously livens those who have been spiritually dead in sin....

Holy Formation 

Holy Formation 

Author: T. Scott Daniels James K.A. Smith opens his wonderful and ground-breaking book on worship and formation, Desiring the Kingdom, by inviting readers to imagine that alien anthropologists from Mars come to earth to study every aspect of humanity. Because they are...

Transformation of a Family Tree 

Transformation of a Family Tree 

Author: Scott Sessions My great grandfather was a sharecropper in Southeastern Alabama, near the Georgia state line. He rented a small piece of land to work, and in return, he would give a portion of his crop to the landowner at the end of each year. My great...

Sanctification and Original Sin

Sanctification and Original Sin

Author: Gift Mtukwa Reinhold Niebuhr once stated that original sin “is the only empirically verifiable doctrine of the Christian faith.”1 By this he meant that we only need to look at human history to believe in the reality of original sin. This doctrine goes all the...

Established in Christ

Established in Christ

Author: Svetlana Khobnya The term sanctification is not a distinct word in the Greek New Testament. The meaning of sanctification, expressed by a number of words, is related to holiness. The adjective “holy” refers primarily to God. The holiness of God the Father is...

A Community Transformed by Grace 

A Community Transformed by Grace 

Author: Tim Green Over recent years, an intriguing phrase on social media relationship updates has caught my attention: It’s complicated! I’ve not known exactly how to interpret this ambiguous phrase. I assume that it may describe a struggling relationship or perhaps...

The Initiative of God: Prevenient Grace and Sanctification

The Initiative of God: Prevenient Grace and Sanctification

Author: T. A. Noble For many of us, the word “sanctification,” like the word “justification,” has come to refer to one particular moment in the life-story of the Christian. We think of justification as that moment when we first come to faith and our sins are forgiven....

The Message of Full Salvation

The Message of Full Salvation

Author: Filimão Chambo I have fond memories of the church in Mozambique and the ways it shaped my life. The Church of the Nazarene in Mozambique invests a lot of time in teaching and preaching on holiness. A week or weeks of holiness revival were normal and intended...