Encouraging Words

Catch the Little Foxes

by J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) “Catch the little foxes that ruin the vineyards; for our vines have tender grapes” (Song of Songs 2:15). Resolve at once, by God’s help, to break off every known sin, however small. Look within, each one of you. Examine your own hearts. Do you see there any habit which you know…

Calvary Always Precedes Pentecost

by Zac Poonen In Exodus Chapter 17, we see the Israelites coming to a place where there was no water to drink. The sine wave goes down and they start grumbling again. Again the Lord shows them His solution that is right in front of their eyes. He tells Moses, “Look at that rock in…

Spiritual Growth and Fellowship

by Zac Poonen Spiritual Growth: In Ephesians 4:3, 13 Paul speaks about the necessity of unity in the Body. He says that as believers, we must all “preserve the unity of the spirit … until we attain to the unity of the faith”. There may be many areas where as believers we do not see…

Preserve the Unity of the Spirit in Your Marriage and in the Church

by Zac Poonen It is written in Ephesians 4:3 “Be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”. Unity is a great theme in many of Paul’s letters. And this is the burden the Lord has for His church too. When a human body dies, it begins to disintegrate. Our…

Memory Verses 2017 – Promises and Commands

Our church family is memorizing Scriptural [P]romises and [C]ommands together in 2017. Please join us: follow @RLCF_Verses and @RLCF_Church to stay up to date. Note: This guide is primarily to help us remember where truths are in Scripture. Let us all take the time to read the entire verse ourselves and more importantly, to obey…

Evangelize and Make Disciples

by Zac Poonen In 1 Corinthians 3, we read about evangelism and building the church. “Some of you say, ‘I am of Paul and I am of Apollos’ ” (1 Cor. 3:4). Paul says, ” What is the difference? We are both servants. I planted and Apollos watered” (1 Cor. 3:6). Paul did the work…

Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween

by Sandeep Poonen One of my children recently came home reciting this rhyme learned while at school: “Witches, ghosts, and goblins, walking down the street Knock on every doorway, ‘Trick or treat!’” I was shocked by how my child, in all innocence, could sing so casually and trivially about such scary things. I also noticed…

God Has Appointed “Helps” In the Church

by Zac Poonen “You are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues” (1 Cor.12:27,28). Every person mentioned in the above verses is one who has been equipped with some supernatural ability…

God Showing Us His Tender Love

by David Wilkerson I believe one of God’s greatest gifts of mercy to His Church is His faithful ministers who lovingly reprove us of our sins. I know that as a loving shepherd, I must be careful of my tone, but I can’t apologize for preaching convicting truth. What happens to the Church when pastors…

Anointed Music Can Bring the Spirit of Prophecy in a Church

by Zac Poonen I want to show you something about prophetic ministry. In 2 Kings 3:15, when Elisha wanted to seek the mind of God so that he could prophesy, he asked for someone to play a harp. As the musician began to play, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he prophesied…